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5 easy ways to boost your Android phone's battery life

These set-'em-and-forget-'em settings will help keep your Android phone up and running from daybreak to lights-out.

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7 truly annoying iOS features, and how to make them stop

Nope, you're not the only one who's ever barked "stop it!" to your iPhone or iPad because it was being, well, a little too helpful. Luckily, you can tweak or turn off many of iOS's most nagging and intrusive features.

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6 ways to make the most of Google Photos for Android and iOS

The new Google Photos offers some great new ways to organize and enjoy your photos. Try these highlights first.

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9 fantastic Facebook tips for Android and iOS users

The trusty Facebook app on your Android phone or iPhone has some nifty—and powerful—features up its sleeves. Not only can you pick and choose which friends appear in your news feed, you can also save links to interesting articles, close another of your "active" Facebook sessions, put stickies on your photos and even post updates without an Internet connection.

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6 gotta-know sound settings for Android and iOS

Clicking the volume rocker isn't the only way to control the sound on your Android phone or iPhone. You can make key taps "click," assign different ringtones to your favorite contacts, tweak your equalizer levels, and more.

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Top 5 reasons to get a dedicated reader app for Android or iOS

As good as they are at loading web pages quickly and precisely on smaller screens, both Safari for iOS and Chrome for Android are terrible when it comes to loading a massive page-turner of an article—you know, that one you want to curl up with on a lazy Sunday. The solution: a dedicated reader app, and here's five reasons why iPhone- and Android-toting bookworms shouldn't be without one.

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7 ways to curb your iPhone's cellular data use

How to put a lid on your iPhone's cellular data use—and avoid nasty surprises on your monthly wireless bill.

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5 reasons to switch to Inbox by Gmail, and 4 reasons not to

Google's new Inbox for Gmail app could be a silver bullet for your email woes. But for almost every time-saving feature that Inbox brings to your smartphone or laptop, there's a drawback that'll make you think twice.

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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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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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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 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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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.