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Lilbits: Clubhouse gets a little less clubby (and open to everyone)

When Clubhouse made its debut as an audio-only social app for joining or listening into group conversations, it was an invite-only, iOS-only app released at a time when millions of people were stuck at home and perhaps craving social contact. It was a hit even before the app expanded to Android. And then signups started […]

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Microsoft puts Windows 10 October 2018 Update on hold

A few days after starting to roll out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to users, Microsoft has temporarily stopped distributing the latest feature update for its desktop operating system. The company says it’s “paused the rollout … for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.” Update 10/09/2018: […]

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CrashPlan is pulling the plug on its cloud backup service (for home users)

Want to make sure your photos, music, and other data stored on your computer are safe even if something happens to your PC? Then it’s a good idea to either back everything up to another device manually or automatically. And it’s an even better idea to have an off-site backup in case it’s not just […]

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Wannacrypt ransomware halted (for now), Microsoft patches Windows XP and up

On Friday a ransomware attack hit tens of thousands of computers around the world before it was (at least temporarily) stopped by a security researcher who found and activated a killswitch. But it’s possible the developer of the malware could tweak the code and try again, so the best protection is to make sure your computer’s […]

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Seagate Duet is a portable hard drive that syncs with Amazon Cloud Drive

Backing up your data is always a good idea. But you know what’s even better? Making two backups including one that’s stored remotely so that if your house or office burns down with your computer and backup drive in it, you won’t lose all your data. Now Amazon and Seagate have introduced a new portable hard […]

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Carbon backs up your Android apps, syncs between devices

Android developer Koushik Dutta (Koush) is beta testing a new app tentatively called Carbon, which lets you backup your installed apps. But that’s not all it does. It will also synchronize your apps across multiple devices. That’s because Carbon can backup your apps and data (including saved games, account information, and more) and upload it […]

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Titanium Backup lets you make a flashable ZIP with all of your apps

Titanium Backup has long been one of the most useful Android apps for users who root their devices and tinker with custom ROMs. It lets you backup all the apps and data on your device and restore from that backup — even after switching from a stock ROM to CyanogenMod, AOKP, or other custom firmware. […]

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Backup and restore a Kindle Fire HD

Early Amazon Kindle Fire HD users have been rooting their tablets and making other changes almost as long as the 7 inch tablet’s been available. But since the Kindle Fire HD has a locked bootloader, there’s no way to install a custom recovery that lets you completely backup or restore your device in case anything […]

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QtADB makes it easy to connect to Android from your PC

The Android Debug Bridge is a utility that allows you to connect an Android phone or tablet to your computer and send commands to your device over a USB or WiFi connection. It’s part of the Android Software Developer Kit, and if you’ve read my instructions for rooting the Amazon Kindle Fire or NOOK Tablet, […]