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How to become an Android developer

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus Google’s Android operating system (OS) has been storming global smartphone sales in recent years, leaving Apple’s iOS lagging behind. In fact, 81.7 percent of smartphones sold in Q4 of 2016 were Android, with 17.7 percent going to iOS and the rest being fought over by Windows, BlackBerry, and other OS. (See the Gartner report here). So with an average salary of £50,000 and demand for Android developers growing, this could be a very smart move. Here,…

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How to delete iOS apps in iTunes for Mac to free up storage

Syncing your iPhone and iPad to your Mac is a good way to keep your devices organized. But if you like to download iOS apps, those apps take up a lot of sotrage space on your Mac. This is the case with reader Lauren King. She finds that a fair amount of storage on her Mac is occupied with iOS apps. She wonders, “Is there a way to delete them from the computer and not the other devices?” This happens…

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Stop Amazon Echo or Google Home from ‘accidentally’ ordering stuff

There’s no denying that Google Home and Amazon Echo (or the less-expensive Echo Dot, if you’re not using it for music) have changed the way we interact with our homes. Turning on the lights has never been easier, nor has it been simpler to field the latest traffic report or order delivery for dinner. The future is here, and we’re reveling in it! But the proliferation of these devices around our homes leaves room for error. Google’s and Amazon’s connected…

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How to use Cortana on Android

Microsoft’s Cortana is available on Android phones. It’s interesting that rather than being rivals, we’re seeing voice assistants popping up on other platforms more are more. The latest news is that soon – probably by the end of 2017 – the Cortana be able to communicate with Alexa, Amazon’s assistant built into Echo and Fire devices. The two companies are working together so that you’ll be able to use the capabilities of both assistants regardless of whether you’re using a…

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CrashPlan alternatives: What home users can do, from staying put to exploring other services

It’s been a week since CrashPlan decided to call it quits on its personal backup service. But CrashPlan isn’t going away—it’s just ending a program that probably wasn’t profitable. After the initial shock, home users should realize there’s absolutely no reason to panic—or even be hasty. The company will keep your data safe for an extra 60 days past the end of your current subscription, and it will keep its servers online until October 23, 2018. But it’s still a…

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10 tips to ace that tech job interview

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus Congratulations! You’ve nailed your job application and have been called to the all-important interview. Now comes the hard part. The elation of getting one step closer to a new IT job can soon turn to panic at the prospect of your looming interview. If you’re feeling nervous about an upcoming tech interview, take a look at these pointers to help you calm your nerves and make a good impression. Look for your next job…

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How to keep Migration Assistant from overwriting existing files on a new Mac

The Mac has a great app called Migration Assistant that is very helpful when setting up a new Mac and you need to transfer files from an old Mac. Jim O’Reilly asks a great question about using Migration Assistant: If I use Migration Assistant, how can I avoid writing over on the new Mac files with the same name as the corresponding files from the old Mac? While Migration Assistant is relatively straightforward to use, it does have settings that…

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How to use Miracast to mirror your device’s screen wirelessly on your TV—even 4K

After the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the finalization of the Miracast wireless display standard at CES 2013, a plethora of Miracast-enabled devices and receivers followed, and include newer devices like Microsoft’s Surface Pro (2017) and Amazon’s Fire TV stick. But while Miracast continues to be developed—as of July 2017, Miracast hardware will support HD and 4K streaming, for example—it’s also lost some support to competing technologies. Keep reading to figure out how Miracast could work for you. How Miracast works Users can wirelessly mirror…

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