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The best educational software for students

Get your PC ready for another academic year with the best and most productive applications.

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How to configure your Chromebook for ultimate security

Chrome OS is already tops at security, but with a few extra tweaks you can ensure the gates are even more secure.

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How to transfer everything from your old Android phone to your new one

From apps and data, to calendar and contacts, to photos, mail, and more, here's a quick and painless guide to backing up and moving all your stuff to a new Android phone.

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When your best Android apps come from Microsoft

Some of the best Android apps aren't from Google, but from Microsoft. Check out the ones that are worth a serious look.

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10 supremely useful Microsoft OneNote add-ins and tools

OneNote becomes even more powerful at organizing your life when it's connected to the right add-ins and services. Save everything from meeting notes to recipes and even emails to your digital notebook.

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The 10 best Android apps for Chromebooks

These 10 Android apps offer broader or better experiences compared to what's available on the web via Chrome OS.

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How to search Google: 10 advanced tips and tricks

Google's search powers are far and wide. Here are some hidden tricks that will help you find what you need faster.

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How to use Android's In Apps search to find your phone's content faster

The Google-powered tool can pull up messages, emails, calls, and other details more rapidly than just fumbling through your phone's apps.

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10 essential pen-friendly Windows apps

Put that slick Surface Pen to work with these ink-happy tools for your laptop-tablet hybrid.

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Master Gmail for Android with these tips and tricks

Gmail remains the productivity king, and there are plenty of tools offered to you on Android for bringing that unruly inbox under control.

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10 Google Assistant features that save you time

It's time to get over it and just start talking to your phone, because certain tasks are much faster with Google's digital aide.

on greenbot.com

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iDevices smart home products now work with Google Home

The family of outlets, switches, sockets, and other products can be controlled by voice through the Google Assistant.

on techhive.com

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Drive smarter and safer with these Android Auto tips

Google's smart car dashboard is right there on your phone, so it's time to put it to use for smarter traveling through town or the open road.

on greenbot.com

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The C by GE Sol, an Alexa-powered table lamp, is now available for preorder

The futuristic-looking light promises to enhance your sleep, function as a clock, and connect to other GE smart bulbs in your home.

on techhive.com

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Four Android apps that put SMS on your desktop

Keep the conversation going without having to pick up your phone with these desktop and web-based applications.

on greenbot.com