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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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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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The Internet of Things is already linking up in sports

Sensors help players improve their game with smart gadgets and digital coaching.

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Chromebooks enter homes, schools, small businesses

The Chromebook owns just 1 percent of the PC market, but may find long-term success in the classroom.

Appliance maker prepares to grow the Internet of Things

A German appliance maker starts a separate firm to design sensors so its products can communicate over the Internet to each other and other gadgets.

Consolidation will cut cloud choice next year, Gartner says

One in four cloud vendors will be gone by 2014, Gartner analysts predict.

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3D printers find a home in Hollywood, cranking out props

3D printing is not only entering the consumer space these days, but it also is finding application in the filmmaking industry.

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Open source won't address everything, says Red Hat CEO

Open source is a development model and not a support one that does bug fixing, according to Red Hat global CEO and president, Jim Whitehurst.

Known, unpatched flaws draw most attacks, Kaspersky says

Most security breaches can be blamed on known but unpatched vulnerabilities, according to Kaspersky Lab.