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Patrick Nelson was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication Producer Report and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson wrote the cult-classic novel Sprawlism.

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How to turn on Android encryption today (no waiting necessary)

Google's new Android encryption policy is great, but you don't necessarily need to wait for an OS update to protect your data from investigators, be they government snoops or someone you know.

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What you need to know about Android permissions and rogue apps

Carefully monitoring permissions when installing an app is the best way to safeguard your privacy and pocketbook.


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How to use your Android tablet as a second laptop screen

If you’re in the market for screen real-estate, Android has a convenient solution: use your tablet as laptop overflow screen.


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With Android 4.4.3, Google fixes its dreary dialer and hints at future interface

Spoiler alert! Android’s new dialer in 4.4.3, deploying to some devices now, reveals a new design direction.


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Juice with your latte? The wireless charging at Starbucks isn't that simple

Starbucks is adding wireless chargings to its coffee shops, but it's shockingly limited by a lack of compatible devices. Here's how to make your phone work with them.

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Low-cost NFC tags will change how you control your Android device

Cheap plastic tags let you control your Android device through short-range radio communications. Here’s everything you need to know about how to implement a DIY solution.

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How to encrypt your Android communications to prevent spying and stop thieves

Scrambling your mobile communications makes it harder for criminals to pluck out juicy chunks of data, like banking passwords.

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Turn your Android device into the ultimate GPS back-country navigator

Here’s how to optimize your Android device for remote overland travel, on foot or vehicle. And we're not talking about turn-by-turn navigation for the nearest Starbucks.

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Prep your Android phone to help you during a disaster

Thanks to smartphones and social networks, disaster prep is easier than ever.

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Five tools for finding, taming, and eliminating rogue apps and files

Analyze your device to identify which apps and files are hogging your space, battery, data, and time.

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CarPlay can wait: How to get Android set up in your car today

You don't need to wait on car manufacturers to integrate mobile tech, you can get it all now with the right apps and accessories.

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AlarmPad review: A glimpse at the future of alarm apps

AlarmPad beats most other alarm apps by giving you at-a-glance smart context.