Contrary to the old saying, no one was born ready, so we aim to provide step-by-step tutorials on doing specific tasks on your PC or smartphone. Whether you need to learn in-depth how to use your operating system or take full advantage of the capabilities of the programs you use, we offer user guides for both day-to-day and professional activities.

With the arrival of Windows 8.1, Microsoft released its own integrated remote desktop service for the Professional and Server versions of its desktop operating system, with direct connection from Android devices. Microsoft Remote Desktop might not be at the level of specialized software like TeamViewer, but it’s still true that its super-simple setup process makes it a tool to keep in mind. Here we explain how to configure it.

Classic point-and-click graphic adventures are a genre that bring you back again and again, as few other subgenres remain as a testament of the prolific production from the late 90s. Fans of abandonware – indeed, nostalgic gamers in general – are probably already well acquainted with ScummVM, a program that can run several retro graphic adventures on modern machines without the headache involved in setting up an MS-DOS emulator. (In fact, tons of the retro games sold on platforms like Steam and GOG run using DOSBox.) But what few people know is that there’s an Android port of ScummVM that adapts the controls to touchscreens and in recent years it’s been tweaked to run much more smoothly. Plus there’s a good handful of iconic graphic adventures you can play on it both freely and legally.

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Time marches on but some things never change: The list of common passwords is as insecure as ever. We saw it in 2014 and we saw it again in 2015 – this particular walk of shame will remain as agonizing as ever until society develops a bit more awareness of Internet security. Couldn’t be otherwise, could it – we’re looking at a lineup of the usual suspects like ‘123456’ and ‘qwerty.’ Luckily this year we’re not just going to give you a lecture about this – we’ve got a couple Android apps to notably improve the security vulnerabilities caused by weak passwords.

There are lots of ways to record what’s happening on your device screen together with the audio that’s playing alongside it, but most Android tools for that purpose require root, which not everybody can (or wants to) do. Luckily there’s an alternative that doesn’t require this procedure thanks to the Recordable app, which lets you capture everything happening on your screen and the incoming and outgoing audio for any app, including WhatsApp.

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TeamViewer is the premier tool for fixing your dad’s PC when he goes into something he shouldn’t and suddenly finds himself in the Seventh Circle of Hell in his toolbars. This popular remote assistance service lets you make cross-platform connections, including interactions with Windows, Mac, and smartphones. In other words, your dad can rest easy because now you can also remotely fix his phone. Here we explain how to remotely connect to any Android and provide technical assistance via any desktop computer.

Spotify is one of the biggest names in music streaming today. Every year that passes it gains more and more heft, and this translates into frequent changes and updates to the service it offers. These changes have left some of its features rather hidden – and that’s precisely why we’ve created a list of tips and tricks to improve your Spotify user experience.

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WhatsApp always seems to come late to the game but it never matters. Given its gigantic user base it can allow itself the luxury of adding features long after its indirect competitors like Telegram or Facebook Messenger have done so. Bot is one of those things. While the competition has already hyper-integrated this type of features, it still hasn’t officially arrived to WhatsApp, and the few third-party options require you to add some frankly shady phone numbers. qeuBot goes another direction, offering a series of useful features on WhatsApp just by installing a small app. And best of all, it’s legal, free, and requires neither root permissions nor complicated setup processes.

Call it the home team advantage. Google, as the adoptive father of the Android platform, has a lot of facilities when it comes to preferring its own apps over those from third parties. This doesn’t mean you can’t unlink your device from its software, though to completely root out all traces of Google you’ll need patience, caution, and the willingness to make a few sacrifices. Here I share my experience trying to block all Google apps on an Android device.

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Android Nougat is already walking amongst us – at least for people who use a compatible device. Unfortunately loads of users of even relatively modern phones haven’t gotten the update to version 7.0, meaning the only way to get some of the new features is by installing external apps or using other tricks. (Or installing unofficial ROMs, but that’s another story.) In the meantime, here’s a summary of everything you can install on your device to make it look like Google Pixel, with the best graphics from Android Nougat (which they say are something like the Second Coming in terms of excitingness).

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Way back in 2014, the brilliant young minds at Google launched Chrome Remote Desktop, the free service that allows you to send a signal to your desktop PC from any Android device. Tactile hand gesture recognition, real-time control at the time these features were near groundbreaking. It was even able to use your data plan instead of relying on plain old WiFi. Although there are several alternatives, this option is as easy to use as it is comfortable to set up. Best of all – even today in 2016 – it’s still getting updated. The latest version 53 just added audio streaming among its playback capabilities.

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