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How to sideload Android apps on Windows 11

Windows 11 is the first version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system to offer native support for running Android applications. Thanks to a partnership with the Amazon, setting up Android app support is as simple as downloading the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store. Eventually you’ll be able to use the Amazon Appstore and/or Microsoft Store […]

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How to install Windows 11 (if it’s not available from Windows Update yet)

Windows 11 is now available, which means that new PCs powered by the latest version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system have begun to ship and Microsoft has started pushing the update to eligible PCs through Windows Update. But the company is doing a phased rollout, which means that some users may not see an upgrade […]

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Amazon Fire tablets: How to disable Amazon apps and features

So you’ve installed the Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet. What’s next? While you can’t yet root Amazon’s latest tablet or replace the operating system with a custom ROM, you can disable a bunch of Amazon apps and features. Don’t need the Amazon Appstore, want to disable the Weather, Prime Video, or Kindle apps? […]

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Windows 10 begins blocking installation of “Potentially Unwanted Apps” by default this month

Microsoft’s built-in Windows Defender has had a feature that blocks installation of Potentially Unwanted Apps, (PUAs) since May, 2020. But up until now, it’s been disabled by default, which means users who wanted that protection would have to opt-in by flipping a few switches in their Windows Security settings. Now Microsoft says it’s going to […]

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How to sideload apps on Amazon Fire tablets (install apps that aren’t in the Amazon Appstore)

Amazon’s Fire and Fire HD tablets ship with a fork of Google’s Android operating system called Fire OS. For the most part that means they have a custom user interface that’s designed to highlight Amazon apps and services. But it also means that instead of the Google Play Store, they ship with the Amazon Appstore […]

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How to install Google Play on the Amazon Fire HD 10 (9th-gen)

Amazon’s Fire tablets have a well-deserved reputation for offering decent bang for the buck. They have decent displays, long battery life, and affordable price tags. But they also come with an operating system called Fire OS, which is Amazon’s custom version of Android. Instead of the Google Play Store, there’s the Amazon Appstore. And while […]

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How to install apps in postmarketOS (with Phosh shell)

PostmarketOS is an operating system based on Alpine Linux which is designed to run on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. It can at least boot on over 200 devices, and it supports a number of different user interfaces. The PinePhone postmarketOS Community Edition is one of the first smartphones that actually ships with the […]

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uBlock Origin: How to hide Google’s script blocking warning for websites using Funding Choices

If you’re using uBlock Origin with your web browser to block ads and other scripts, then you may come across messages from time to time asking you to disable your ad blocker because it’s interfering with the page. And sometimes that’s the last thing you want to do. I was recently alerted to the fact […]

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How to install Fortnite on Android (now that it’s gone from the Play Store)

The developer of the wildly popular battle royale game Fortnite launched their own battle against Apple and Google this week. In a well-orchestrated series of moves, Epic intentionally broke the rules of the App Store and Google Play, which resulted in Fortnite being kicked out of both stores… and in response Epic file lawsuits against […]

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Google Meet shortcuts added to Gmail app for Android (Here’s how to disable it)

Video communication tools have become more important than ever during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Zoom has exploded in popularity. Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have added new features to their video chat and video conferencing tools. And Google decided to add Google Meet shortcuts to the Gmail app for Android so you won’t forget that Google […]