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Top lesser known messaging apps you should give a try

Top lesser known messaging apps you should give a try

We're all familiar with the big messaging options: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, and iMessage. But what if you don't have an Apple device, don't trust Facebook and WhatsApp's encryption, and balk at the thought of embracing Google? Good news: there are a bunch of great messaging alternatives out there, and your biggest struggle will be convincing your friends to switch. Here are the top options to get you started.

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Fixing a PS4 controller that won’t connect or charge

Fixing a PS4 controller that won’t connect or charge

If you're reading this, you've probably experienced an issue from which many PS4 owners have suffered: one moment your DualShock 4 controller is working fine, the next moment it appears completely dead. No lights will turn on, USB charging doesn't work, resetting the controller doesn't work. It seems that it has completely died, and no matter how many troubleshooting guides you follow, nothing fixes it. Fortunately, there's a solution.

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3 reasons to quit Pokemon GO and 3 to stay

3 reasons to quit Pokemon GO and 3 to stay

Pokemon GO is at a point where there just as many reasons to quit playing as there are to stay. What we're going to explore today is why, after months of being king, Pokemon GO becomes a conundrum. Users have to decide if the reasons to keep playing outweigh the reasons to just give up. For those that spend hours per day on a game like this, the struggle is real.

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Using a Kindle for textbooks

Using a Kindle for textbooks

The fall semester is well underway at this point, and if you've been lugging around heavy textbooks for the last two months, you're probably ready for an alternative. Most people look toward the Kindle as that alternative; it makes sense, as the Kindle is billed as a slim, long-lasting and lightweight alternative to traditional books. Making this work, though, usually proves tricky once you give it a try. In fact, just loading digital versions of your textbooks onto something like a Kindle Paperwhite or Voyage will be little more than utterly frustrating.

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All 6 Pokemon generations ranked best to worst

All 6 Pokemon generations ranked best to worst

Pokemon Sun and Moon are nearly upon us, and the seventh generation seems to be ushering in big things for the Pokemon series. Not only do Sun and Moon seem to be bringing some significant changes to the age-old Pokemon formula, but it's also the 20th anniversary for the franchise. With that in mind, it's time to rank the existing six generations from best to worst!

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What if Google is abandoning Android?

What if Google is abandoning Android?

With the release of Google's Pixel Android-based smartphone family the company has opened the door to the real possibility of abandoning all 3rd-party manufacturers. Today we're imagining the potential for devastation that'd be wrought by Google closing off Android from the open source community. Today we're imagining what would happen to manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola (Lenovo), and HTC if Google kept Android to themselves from this day forward.

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How Apple’s next MacBook Pro could be the most flexible laptop ever

How Apple’s next MacBook Pro could be the most flexible laptop ever

Apple has been tipped to be speaking with Foxconn startup Sonder, a company which creates some of the strangest keyboards in the world. The keyboards Sonder makes don't look significantly different from Apple's current MacBook Pro and iMac offerings - just so long as their keys keep their standard characters. Sonder's big differentiator in keyboards is their ability to switch keys at a moment's notice using E-Ink technology.

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A true Galaxy Note 7 alternative does not exist (…yet)

A true Galaxy Note 7 alternative does not exist (…yet)

Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially out of commission, Note users will be looking for alternatives. But there are none. No new alternatives, anyway. Samsung is at a point in its phone brand history in which it has two major players in the game, neither of which are currently battling the rest of the Android smartphone market for want of better specs. The Galaxy, as it's generally known, comes in two sizes. One is normal size, the other is big, and has a stylus.

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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: what should I do?

Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: what should I do?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled around the world, in all forms, from all generations, immediately and without exception. For those that avoided the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the first place, this will get a little confusing. Instructions issued for the first recall might seem like they're no longer valid, and shared articles from the first wave might end up being dismissed by consumers with the newer "Green Battery" version of the device. Let SlashGear assure EVERY SINGLE Galaxy Note 7 user in the world: there is no exception to the rule. Every single Samsung Galaxy Note 7 needs to be turned off and returned to Samsung IMMEDIATELY.

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The Apple Tax – A concept of economics

The Apple Tax – A concept of economics

For those who’ve been monitoring consumer technology long enough, the term ‘Apple Tax’ will be familiar. It’s a phrase coined in the late aughts to cleverly describe the high price tag of Apple devices, like the Mac. Prices are still high, but with other manufacturers creating similarly beautiful and expensive machines, ‘Apple Tax’ has slipped out of our vernacular. Without us paying attention, Apple resurfaced it as a real tax levied against how you use your devices.

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Apple Dongles A Go-Go

Apple Dongles A Go-Go

Apple’s newest offerings, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, are really nice phones. Its latest computer, the MacBook, is also a very good piece of hardware. Unfortunately, they both have an issue: ports. The iPhones rely on Lightning for wired connectivity, and the MacBook leans on USB-C. Incoming MacBook Pros are believed to depend on USB-C, too. While it may not have meant to, Apple has created a dongle problem for users, and it’s getting out of hand.

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