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WhatsApp now lets you backup to Google Drive without using any of your cloud storage quota

Facebook and Google have struck a deal that benefits WhatsApp users. Starting later in the year, users will be able to store WhatsApp backups on Google Drive without using up any of their storage space. The new arrangement means that WhatsApp users now essential have unlimited storage space available to them free of charge. But …

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Kids are dying because of their parents’ obsessive phone use

Although it is the children of today who have never known a world in which mobile phones do not exist, it is the parents of these children that are causing serious problems — and not just by using phones while driving. The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has warned that children are dying because of their …

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How to backup your computer to the cloud with OneDrive folder protection

Previously only available to OneDrive for Business users, Microsoft is now rolling out OneDrive folder protection to everyone. Also referred to as “known folder move” — and rather copying the Backup and sync app from Google — OneDrive folder protection makes it possible to back up your important files and folders to the cloud. Here’s …

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If you want to record calls in Android 9 Pie, you’ll need to root your phone

Recording phone calls is dodgy territory legally speaking, but whether you choose to do it depends on where you are in the world, and whether you’re concerned about complying with the law. Since Marshmallow, Google has made it difficult to record calls on Android phones by killing the recording API, but this has not stopped …

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How to enable Chrome’s secret Emoji Context Menu to make it easier to type emoji

The likes of Duolingo have made it easier than ever to learn French, Spanish, Polish, Hebrew or whatever other tongue tickles your fancy, but the language of the internet is — arguably — emoji. On your mobile phone, these handy little characters are easy to type, but less so on your computer. To make things …

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Twitter is killing push notifications for third party apps — here’s what you need to do

Starting tomorrow — Thursday, August 16 — Twitter is disabling push notifications for third party clients. If you use the likes of Twitterific, Fenix or Plume, this could mean you miss out on important messages as Twitter clamps down on what third party tools are able to do. Twitter has long had a tempestuous relationship …

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Need a rugged Oreo smartphone without (too many) compromises? Try the Poptel P10

As Samsung, Apple and even the likes of OnePlus push out flagship smartphones with ever-larger price tags, it’s little wonder that people are increasingly seeking out cheaper alternatives. Where there’s demand, supply follows, so there’s no end of choice when it comes to handsets that pack a punch without breaking the bank. It’s possible — …

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Turkey to boycott US electronics as Trump implements ZTE and Huawei ban

Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Act into law which imposes a watered-down ban on ZTE and Huawei products by the US government and IT contractors. The ban also covers a number of other Chinese telecoms manufacturers. There has been much to-ing and fro-ing about whether these sanctions would actually be introduced, but now …

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The Alldocube X is a low-cost ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 killer’

The big news from Samsung recently was the launch of the Galaxy Note9 smartphone, but the company also launched an Android tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab S4. Starting at $649, the tablet may be beyond the reach of many people, but the Alldocube X is a cheap alternative. This 10.5-inch Super AMOLED …

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Google is tracking your location even when you tell it not to

An investigation by the Associated Press has found that Google is tracking the location of Android and iPhone users even when privacy settings supposedly explicitly stop this from happening. The AP concedes that “for the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information”, but its investigation — the findings of …

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