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How to use Google Now cards: 7 tips for managing what they show you, when and why

Google Now cards—those bite-sized alerts, reminders, and personalized recommendations, are so prescient, they're positively spooky. Learn how to manage what they show you, when and why.

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10 gotta-know calendar tips for iOS

Confused by Apple's sparse, ultra-simplified Calendar app for iOS? Read on for ten tips that'll help you get your bearings with the revamped iOS Calendar, as well as a few advanced pointers on setting default alert times, dealing with time-zone changes, adding a non-iCloud calendar, and more.

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6 handy Android tasks you can do from Google desktop search

Send data from your desktop to your phone using Google search--everything from reminders and notes to setting an alarm, and even finding a lost Android device.

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6 great Google Chrome gestures for Android and iOS

No need to dig through menus or take aim at tiny buttons to make the most of your tabs and webpages. Just try these tips.

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Make the most of Mail for iOS with these 8 powerful tips

Learn how to see more of your messages from Mail's inbox view, zip directly to your draft messages, manage mail recipients with your fingertip, get special alerts whenever (say) your boss sends you a mission-critical email, and more.

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2 easy ways to child-proof your Android or iOS device

Android and iOS devices both have parental controls, but here are ways you can quickly and temporarily lock down your handset, without having to take a deep dive into the Settings menu.

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Rise and shine: 8 eye-opening alarm clock tips for iOS and Android

Your Android or iOS clock app can do plenty, from putting your alarms on a schedule to picking the perfect song to awaken you.

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8 great Google Maps tips for Android and iOS

The redesigned app offers new ways to swipe, tap, or say commands. Also, how to find your old favorite features and the coolest news ones.

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All about Action buttons, your handy helpers in iOS

Action buttons are ready when you want to share, print, save, or otherwise interact with something in iOS.

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4 ways your Android device is tracking you (and how to stop it)

Android keeps everything you do on your device--even voice commands. But you do have some control over the data.

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9 time-saving search tips for Google on Android and iOS Spotlight

The handiest tool on your Android or iOS device lets you search, launch apps, check for news and much, much more.

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8 Gmail mobile app tricks for iOS and Android

There's more to the recently revamped Gmail app than just checking your Gmail inbox. Manage threads, sync subfolders, get notifications and more.

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5 ways to take charge of Android and iOS notifications

Don't let your phone boss you around. Control which people, apps, and activities can bug you, and when.

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Six ways to make your iOS or Android phone easier on the eyes

These settings will make your screen a bit easier to read, from boosting the size of text to zooming your display with your fingertips.

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6 time-saving Safari gestures for iPhone and iPad

Simple swipes and tap-and-hold gestures can speed up your Safari browsing, especially if you're trying to use your iPhone one-handed.