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Tech Fix: Samsung’s Galaxy Note9: Too Much Phone for Most of Us

AdvertisementTech fixThe new $1,000 device is aimed at power users who work, play, consume and create on their phone. For others, there are plenty of cheaper options.Aug. 22, 2018ImageThe Samsung Galaxy Note9 has new features like the ability to convert the phone into a personal computer. It also has a bold new starting price: $999.99.CreditSamsungApple’s iPhone X broke the pricing barrier for smartphones with a $1,000 price tag. Now Samsung’s new Galaxy Note device, which will be released this week, is joining the $1,000 Phone Club.That raises the inevitable question: Is this new phone worth spending that much money?After a week of testing, my conclusion is you…

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Tech Fix: Are Targeted Ads Stalking You? Here’s How to Make Them Stop.

Online ads have always been annoying, but now they’re worse than ever.Consider what happens when you shop online for a wristwatch. You peruse a few watch websites and the next thing you know, a watch advertisement is following you everywhere. On your computer, it’s loading in your Facebook feed. On your phone, it’s popping up on Instagram. In your web browser on either, it’s appearing on news sites that have nothing to do with watches. Even if you end up ordering the watch, the ads continue trailing you everywhere.They’re stalker ads.And they are a symptom of how online ads are becoming increasingly targeted and persistent. Tracking technologies…

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Tech Tip: Scrub Your Android Tablet Before Handing It Down

AdvertisementTECH TIPBefore giving your device to a family member or selling it to someone else, be sure to erase all the content and remove your accounts.Aug. 2, 2018Q. How do you fully erase all the personal information and stored credit-card numbers on an old Android Wi-Fi tablet before passing it on to a child?A. Erasing or “resetting” your Android device takes a few steps and some time, but first make sure you have backed up all your own personal data and photos, because the process wipes everything from the tablet. You should also sign out of any accounts for third-party services like Microsoft Office, Twitter or Yahoo,…

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Tech Tip: When You Want to Be Disturbed During ‘Do Not Disturb’ Time

AdvertisementTECH TIPAndroid and iOS have a setting to mute alerts, calls and notifications when you need some peace and quiet, but you can still let important calls ring through.July 27, 2018Q. I like the concept of the Do Not Disturb feature on my phone, but I’m afraid I’ll miss an emergency call from a family member. Is there a way to allow calls from specific people?A. The Do Not Disturb feature, found in slightly different variations on Android and iOS devices, mutes calls, notifications and alerts so you can have some peace — but you can adjust the settings to let calls from certain people through the…

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Google Shrugs Off $5.1 Billion Fine With Another Big Quarter

SAN FRANCISCO — European authorities took their best swing, but it appears that Google hardly felt it.Less than a week after the European Union fined Google a record $5.1 billion for abusing its dominance in the smartphone market, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said on Monday it had already absorbed the cost of the fine and still made $3.2 billion in profits in its latest quarter.Alphabet’s stock rose 3.5 percent in after-hours trading, and some analysts recommended the company’s shares. With the regulatory issue settled, they said, Google could get back to focusing on selling ads across the internet.“It’s like a delivery company having to pay for a…

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Tech Fix: What Europe’s Google Fine Means for Android Users

You may have heard that the European Union punished Google with a record $5.1 billion fine on Wednesday for abusing its power in the mobile phone market.Specifically, the authorities dinged Google on its practices with Android, the mobile operating system that the company provides to makers of devices. The size of the fine and the remedies that regulators ordered Google to make were consequential, both symbolically and in how handset manufacturers may incorporate Android into mobile devices in Europe in the future.But what does that mean for you if you own an Android phone? Here’s a rundown.What’s the problem?Android is one of the most prevalent mobile operating…

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E.U. Fines Google $5.1 Billion in Android Antitrust Case

The case has parallels to a similarly significant action against Microsoft in the early 2000s, when it was heavily penalized in Europe for using its power in the personal computer market to stamp out rivals. In a reversal of fortunes, Google, then a young upstart, was among those to complain about Microsoft’s practices at the time.The long-anticipated ruling arrived at a politically delicate period, with Europe and the United States engaged in an escalating trade conflict in which both sides have imposed tariffs on an array of products, from alcohol to aluminum. Last week, on a trip to Brussels, President Trump reiterated his complaints that American businesses…

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Tech Tip: Add Pictures to Android Contacts

AdvertisementTECH TIPTired of seeing your friends as initials in tinted circles? If they don’t have a profile photo already, you can add your own to their address-book entries.July 17, 2018Q. How do I add an Android contact photo for someone who doesn’t already have one so I can see something besides initials in a circle?A. Start by opening the Contacts app on your Android device and selecting the contact you’d like to dress up with a photo. Tap the pencil-shaped Edit icon in the lower-right corner; if you have multiple accounts on the device, you may be asked to pick one here.ImageAndroid offers two ways to add…

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Tech Tip: How to Back Up Your Android Phone

AdvertisementTECH TIPGoogle saves your settings and some app content to its cloud, but third-party programs may give you a more complete backup.June 19, 2018Q. How do you automatically back up an Android device without a computer, and where do the files live? A. Google includes a basic online backup service in the standard Android system that stores copies of your settings and other data on its servers. The backup feature may already be enabled, depending on how you set up your phone or tablet. Open the Settings icon and tap the Backup or Backup & Reset icon to see. ImageYou can set the backup preferences for your…

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Tech Tip: Get Gmail to Stop Archiving and Start Deleting

AdvertisementTECH TIPThe mobile app for Google’s service may be set to automatically archive messages you’ve swiped past, but you can change the setting.June 15, 2018Q. When I swipe to get rid of a message I don’t want in the Android Gmail app, it says Archived instead of Deleted. I don’t want these messages around, so how do I delete them, and how do I get rid of anything that was “archived”?A. The Gmail app for Android gives its users two choices for discarding a new message: archive or delete. The Archive action removes the message from view in the inbox and puts it in the All Mail…

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