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What to buy a smartphone lover? Accessories, of course

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Friends don't let friends use an unprotected smartphone. They also don't let them listen to music through the phone's lousy earbuds, run out of storage, or leave the house without a back-up power solution. Smartphone accessories – such as protective cases, wireless earbuds, portable flash drives, and battery boosters – can all help add some functionality and longevity to a beloved (but limited) device. If you're in search of some holiday gift ideas – for that smartphone-loving friend, family member or hard-to-buy-for coworker – consider one of the following affordable suggestions. Whether your smartphone doesn't have a headphone jack, or you simply want to be untethered from your device, Sony's True Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones (WF-1000XM3; sony.com) are small, comfortable, and sounds great.


Apple, Google or Microsoft? How to match cloud storage to your computers – and cut costs

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The forecast for your next phone, tablet, laptop or desktop includes not just a chance of clouds but a choice of them. As in, which cloud-storage service will you use to back up your files? The wrong answer is "none." Any device that will leave your house needs a backup system that doesn't depend on you remembering to plug it into a drive or another computer once at home. Plus, cloud storage vastly eases access to your most important files across all your devices.


Do this before you trade in your phone

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Use a cloud service, like iCloud, to back-up your important photos and other files, but you only get 5 gigabytes for free. Tempted to upgrade to a new iPhone or Galaxy? You're not alone -- especially as it's the time of the year we see shiny new devices debut from heavyweights like Apple and Samsung. To make it even more tempting, many phone providers and retailers offer a trade-in incentive. After all, you likely don't need your existing device if you're upgrading to a new model, so it's not a bad idea to take advantage of trade-in deals.


iPhone storage full? Here are 3 ways to save your photos and videos.

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After all, unlike Android smartphones, you can't add more capacity with microSD cards. You're stuck with what you purchased – for an iPhone 12 (from $829 for 64GB). It could be tough to get photos and videos off an iPhone, so you can delete the media to free up some room. It can be done, however, with a "good," "better," and "best" approach. The following are three ways to back-up your precious memories from your iPhone or iPad – and freeing up some valuable space in the process.


Five rad and random things I found this week

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The GNARBOX lets you backup and upload 128GB of footage from your camera and edit that footage on a smartphone or tablet via their app. Insert a memory card--MicroSD or SD--or connect the GNARBOX to your camera using a USB cable. Once you've transferred the footage, connect your tablet or phone to GNARBOX's built-in WiFi, open the app, and start editing your footage. It works with RAW and 4k videos. Once you're done editing, you can send the videos to friends over social media, upload the footage to your computer, or plug in another hard drive to back up that footage.