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How to permanently delete pictures and videos from Google Photos

You have your reasons as to why a picture or video needs to be deleted. We don’t judge, and we probably shouldn’t know everything you snap and record in life. But we can help you throw away things you don’t want anymore. Google Photos is a brilliant cloud storage solution for pictures and videos, but you may not know that deleting them isn’t quite as seamless. There’s an extra step involved if you really want to avoid a specific picture or video from appearing again.

Today we’re helping you permanently delete pictures and videos from Google Photos.

Best Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ screen protectors

If you put your phone in your pocket, screen protectors can be a life saver. Change or car keys dangling in your pocket can very quickly scratch up and damage your screen. You definitely don’t want that happening on your brand new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, so a screen protector is definitely the way to go.

We’ve listed a handful of screen protectors that are sure to keep your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ safe.

Best Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ cases

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are now available, which means you’re going to need a case! You don’t want any harm coming to its fragile, yet beautiful Infinity Display. In fact, with such an investment, you want to keep the entire phone in top-notch condition.

Whether you’re picking up a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, we’ve outlined a variety of cases below. If you’re looking for protection, there’s plenty of options. Or, if you’re looking for a little less protection, but more style, there’s a number of good cases listed there, too. Check them out below!

Best LG G6 cases

Phone are getting more fragile as time goes on, and that’s most definitely the case with the LG’s new flagship, the G6. With its glass structure, dropping this handset on the ground from ear-level could prove to be catastrophic. And, even with technologies like Corning’s Gorilla Glass, displays and screens are still extremely fragile. That said, spending a few extra dollars on a case to protect your new phone is great idea.

Follow along below and we’ll show you the best cases for the LG G6.

Best LG G6 screen protectors

The LG G6 presents itself as an achievement in mobile engineering. Just look at the screen. It’s elongated because of the minimal bezels at the top and bottom. LG figured out how to create a compact device with a spacious, beautiful display. That change in aspect ratio, however, means the face of your phone is more susceptible to damage.

You need a screen protector, and luckily none of the best makers shied away from LG’s 2017 flagship and its unusual display. We picked out a couple of best screen protectors for the G6.

Best arcade games

The arcade games of the 80’s and 90’s were quite something to experience. Being in a classic arcade, learning how to use a joystick in order to win, and eating sub-par food is something you don’t forget quickly. And yet, the classic arcade is not as much of a big deal as it once was, especially when you can have games at your fingertips anywhere you are. While arcades are still plenty of fun when you can find one, wouldn’t it be awesome to pull out your own arcade while you’re waiting at the doctor’s office, in line for tickets somewhere, during a meeting, or at home on the couch when you’re crashing after work? That’s why today, we’re bringing you our favorite arcade classics, all available for your Android device.

We’ve picked out four of classics that just about everyone has experienced at some point in their lives. These games really are the foundation of all arcades, and would be great to add to your handy app arsenal. So without further-ado, here’s the best arcade games for Android.

Best apps for Daydream VR

Virtual reality is something we’ve been hearing a lot of over the past couple of years. It’s an immersive experience that puts you right in the middle of games and movies, allowing you to experience all of your favorite things all from one spot. And right now, one of the best VR headsets out there, by far, is Google’s Daydream View headset. What makes it so fantastic is the combination of quality and comfort that come together to give you the best experience possible. So whether you’ve been holding off, waiting for VR to progress a little more before you jump in, or if you’re looking for a great gift for any techy in your life, you can’t go wrong with gifting Daydream VR.

Today, we wanted to bring you some of the best apps for Daydream VR that are currently out, so we’ve compiled a list of 6 very different apps that will introduce you to some entirely new experiences. Whether you want to catch up on your favorite show, solve mysteries in a compelling, life-like game, take a closer look at the solar system, introduce your kids to VR, or something different all together, we’ve got you covered.

What is a System on a Chip (SoC)?

In combing across Android blogs, you’ve probably heard the term SoC mentioned a couple of times. It stands for System on a Chip, which is basically the brains of your smartphone. An SoC can be in a lot of things — phones, tablets, wearables and more.w

Follow along below and we’ll show you how SoCs work, what they are and how they come together to operate your smartphone.

How to install APK files on your Android device

If you’ve used an Android device and frequented any Android publication before, you’ve probably heard the word APK at least once. Think of an APK as Windows’ executable files, except for Android. It’s a way to install an application on your Android device, and has proven to be extremely useful so that you can skip the line and get a new update faster or even download an unreleased app.

Hit the break to find out how you download an APK.

Best augmented reality apps

Apps with augmented reality integration interact with the things around you, giving you a different perspective and way to see the world. Some hardware, such as Project Tango in Lenovo’s PHAB2 Pro can even help with this! Augmented apps take physical items and add a digital aspect to them, reminiscent of pop-up books, adding an element of fun to whatever you’re doing, whether it’s playing Pokemon Go, looking at the stars, or just scanning your favorite snack at the store. Here’s some of our favorites.

Best apps for educators

If you’re an educator, you’re familiar with all that you have to keep up with in that field of work. While from afar it may seem that some teachers just “teach,” they do so much more than simply that. Not only do they teach, but they also have school requirements they have to meet (one often being keeping up with each student individually). And beyond that, most teachers work extremely hard to go beyond the books, desiring to make a lasting impact in their student’s lives, because it’s not merely about their classroom, but about their community, and even the world as a whole.

That’s why today, we’re bringing you our top 5 app picks for educators. These apps have a variety of different purposes, and yet all have one thing in common: improving the education of students everywhere so that they will one day go out and make positive impacts in their relationships and in their communities. So whether you’re a teacher struggling to keep track of everything, or you’re just looking for a fresh way to present coursework, here’s our top 5 favorite apps for educators.

Best apps for artists

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned artist or just a person full of creativity, the term “artist” carries a number of different meanings. If you’re an artist, you could be a sketchbook artist, a music artist, an animation artist, and so on, without stopping there. Whatever your niche may be, chances are, there’s an app for that.

That’s why today, we’re bringing you six of our favorite Android apps for artists, specifically focusing on drawing and painting, music, and animation. Even if you’re not an artist, but have always wanted to dabble in something to get your creative juices flowing, here’s what we recommend:

How fingerprint scanners work

There are several ways to unlock your phone, from pin numbers to passwords, patterns, and fingerprint scanners, which one is the best option to go with? You may be surprised to find out that the best option for you may indeed be the fingerprint scanner.

If you’ve been keeping up with fingerprint scanning for any length of time, you already know it gets a bad rap the majority of the time. From the stories of people’s phones being mysteriously hacked to the overall faultiness of getting your finger in the same spot all of the time, it’s no wonder that so many people are wary of choosing to go with it over, or alongside with, the other available security options.

That’s why today, we’re bringing you an overview on three of the popular fingerprint scanners, how they work, the advantages and disadvantages, and how they might be a great option after all.