The company that has spent over a decade focusing on getting you to look at your phone has gone in the complete other direction and now wants to help you stop, and it's going about it in some certifiably weird ways.
Walk into a university lecture hall or tutorial in the last 10 years and you were likely greeted with the same sight: the glow of dozens of individually illuminated Apple logos shining from the rear of MacBook laptops dominating the view.
Regularly uninstalling unused apps from your smartphone (and disabling unnecessary app permissions) does more than just free up extra storage space—it helps keep your personal data safe. Case in point: Several third-party Android apps were recently implicated in a data breach that affected millions of Facebook and Twitter users.
Xbox One owners can now stream games from their consoles to their Android smartphones and tablets. PC and PlayStation players have had similar streaming options available for a while now but, until today, Microsoft limited Xbox One streaming to Windows PCs.
iOS: If you're a good Google user, you're probably used to receiving all sorts of prompts on your device whenever you sign into your account (or in the not-so-great instance when someone else is trying to sign in as you). Android users have been able to use their devices as security keys for some time now, and iPhone users are now finally getting the chance, too.
A brand-new version of Nvidia's GeForce drivers has unlocked a helpful little feature: a universal frame rate cap. If you're tired of setting this limit in every individual game you play, this will save a you a bit of time—and since the feature is somewhat buried in Nvidia's Control Panel, and arrived with little fanfare, here's how to find it (and what it does).
It's never fun to lose your phone, but it can get worse. While Androids and iPhones have plenty of protections you can use to lock or otherwise find your device when you've misplaced it, or when someone has swiped it, these do you little good if you can't even log into your online account to activate them.
A cable is a cable is a cable, right? Not quite. While there shouldn't be any difference from one USB cable over another—it's mostly the protective covering around the cable and a bunch of marketing—some have found that their Pixel 4 smartphones get fussy depending on which USB cable you're using to charge them. Pick the wrong cable, and you might find yourself with a paperweight instead of a fully charged device when you wake up to start your day.
Which Android app is worth a spot on your new smartphone or tablet? Trying to find the very best of the best is a challenging process, because there are millions of apps to pick from on the Google Play Store. Even if you just scan Google's "top free" or "top paid" list on a daily basis, you'll miss out on a lot of digital gems. Allow us to help you out with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for Android.