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Use a toothpick to clean out your iPhone

Reduce the time it takes to charge your device

Can a phone replace your wallet? I went shopping to find out.

The complete guide to using SwiftKey on Android and iOS

For better privacy, change these iOS 8 settings

How to improve battery life on any mobile device

Add emergency-contact info to your iPhone lock screen

Beyond basic TV settings

How to record phone calls

Create a retro game console with the Raspberry Pi

The complete guide to the iPhone's Health app

Turn your old iPod into a security camera for free

Staying safe on public Wi-Fi

Teach Google Now new voice commands

Enhance your camera experience with these travel-ready accessories

This is my personal favorite how-to of 2014. Mostly because it was the most useful to me. Having charging issues? Get yourself a toothpick and get to work.

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My favorite "I have very little time and even less battery life" how-to of 2014. If you've ever found yourself in that predicament, this is the article for you.

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Apple Pay is the new hotness, but how well does it actually work? This year, Sharon Profis was kind enough to answer that question for us.

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Tired of your phone's or tablet's stock keyboard? So am I. SwiftKey is one of the best options for spicing up your relationship with your mobile keyboard.

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iOS 8 is a fantastic upgrade from security standpoint. It's not perfect though, so here's how to bring it closer to perfection.

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Your battery running out at just the wrong moment is one of the most annoying aspects of portable devices. And while we can't unfortunately alter the fundamentals of physics -- at least not in this universe -- we can show you ways to improve your phone's battery life.

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We do  lot of how-tos that make your life more convenient; however, this how-to could literally save your life. Seriously.

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I like when how-tos go deep. And none went any deeper than this one. Forget about contrast and brightness. Put in the time with more detailed settings to perfect your picture.

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Looking to keep your customer service rep honest? Or maybe you have  a much more innocuous reason for recording your phone calls. Whatever the case, here's exactly what you need to know.

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Another of my personal favorites of the year. Not that I've created my own console. I just like the fact that it's possible.

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Don't know where to start with iOS 8's new Health app? You're not alone. Neither did I . Until I read this exhaustive piece.

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Sometimes the best how-tos are those that take something old and repurpose it, finding new usefulness. This is one of those.

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Wi-Fi is a miracle of modern civilization, but public Wi-Fi can be a crapshoot. Here's how to minimize your risk.

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Google Now is great and all, but it would be so much better if you could add your own  commands. Oh wait -- you totally can!

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Lexy Saviddes shows us several awesome ways to use your camera accessories while traveling.

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