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Black Friday no-nos: Tech etiquette to know before you buy anyone a phone or gadget

The process of picking out the perfect gadget this Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any day shouldn't be a straightforward affair.The most important one is making sure that the phone you're buying someone will work with their wireless carrier of choice.

Don't break these Black Friday rules when buying phone and gadget gifts this week

The process of picking out the perfect gadget this Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any day shouldn't be a straightforward affair.Stephen Shankland/CNET
The golden rule of buying a phone as a gift If you're buying someone a phone, pat yourself on the back for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Black Friday no-nos: Read this before you buy anyone a phone or gadget

In some ways, giving someone a phone, tablet or another gadget can be very personal.The process of picking out the perfect gadget this Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any day shouldn't be a straightforward affair.

Giant Black Friday phone deal slashes price of 2019's Google Pixel 4 and 3a

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If you've been looking to pick up a Google Pixel 4, the latest smartphone from the tech giant, you're in luck, as a Black Friday deal on it and the mid-range Google Pixel 3a means the two smartphones are much more affordable than before.This Black Friday phone sale comes from Google itself, as the company has cut prices on a few of its products including these two phones, certain smart home kit and more.

How to set up a VPN on your iPhone or Android phone: Yes, you need one

If you're looking to invest in a VPN for the long-haul, you're going to need more than 10 minutes of research time.But when you're ready to take a deeper dive, CNET's guide to choosing and understanding VPNs will come in handy.

Traveling? This $7 gadget protects your phone from treacherous USB charging ports

Buy a data-only adapter or charging cable and don't worry about it.But at airports, hotels, and other locations, people will happily plug in their phones to an available USB charger to save their phone running out of juice.

Motorola Razr: Reinventing the classic flip into a foldable phone

Everyone who was anyone in the early 2000s owned a Motorola Razr.Jahnke is decked out in a matching purple patterned bowtie and sweater, which pop in front of the gaggle of different-colored Razr phones behind him.

Xiaomi could have a clamshell foldable phone to rival the Motorola Razr

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We've been hearing news of a foldable phone from Xiaomi through nearly the entirety of 2019.This news comes from tech site Tiger Mobiles, which uncovered a patent filed by Xiaomi in 2018 that's just become public.

Foldable $1,500 Motorola Razr: This flip phone's hinge could also be its edge

That's not to say that every foldable phone should or will follow the Razr's model, even if Samsung teased its own foldable flip.James Martin/CNET
The Motorola Razr goes on sale in the US some time in January for $1,500.

Motorola Razr: Reinventing the flip into a foldable phone

Everyone who was anyone in the early 2000s owned a Motorola Razr.Mike Jahnke, global industrial designer at Motorola, worked on both the original and new Razr.

Motorola Razr: Hands-on with a foldable flip phone for the modern age

That's not to say that every foldable phone should or will follow the Razr's model, even if Samsung teased its own foldable flip.James Martin/CNET
The Motorola Razr goes on sale in the US some time in January for $1,500.

Motorola's foldable Razr: Inside the remaking of a flip phone icon

Everyone who was anyone in the early 2000s owned a Motorola Razr.The new Razr is a reinterpretation of the classic ultra-thin flip phone.

Motorola Razr foldable phone does something the Galaxy Fold can't -- it snaps flat

Now it's Motorola's turn to step into the spotlight.The Motorola Razr's chin helps keep the sides slim by storing the phone's bulkier elements in that base.

Sample pictures from Sony's new phone camera show the future of photography

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While Sony phones may make up a small percentage of the phones in peoples' hands, the company's camera sensors are in plenty of the newest smartphones, so if you take pictures you could well be using Sony's tech.The company has just posted a few pictures from its new upcoming sensor, which will likely be in plenty of handsets very soon.

Motorola Razr rumors: Everything known about the foldable phone so far

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The latest photo leak gives us a clear picture of the Motorola Razr foldable phone.Another plus going for the Razr foldable phone is that it will be comparably less expensive than its $2,000 premium counterparts.

With the App Defense Alliance, Google Play Protect might actually keep malware off your phone

So it’s stepping up its efforts with the formation of a new App Defense Alliance with some of the biggest name in mobile security.The partnership brings Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium together to augment Android’s Play Protect malware scanner that’s been in effect since Android 8 Oreo.

How to use Windows' Your Phone app to connect your phone to your PC

Any recent Android phone should be able to connect to Your Phone and receive Your Phone’s basic functions: photos, SMS texts, and notifications.Interacting with your phone’s screen (Phone screen) from your PC:A Windows 10 Insider PC supporting Low Energy Peripheral Mode, including Surface Laptop 2, Surface Pro 4-6, Surface Book 1-2, and Surface Go.

Donald Trump's phone records back details of woman's claim: Lawyer

The records also show a call to Zervos from Trump's phone the next afternoon and calls from her to his phone in the following months.The phone records show "that numerous specific details that Ms.

Google has released six free apps to break your shameful phone addiction

We've scoured the Google Play store for the best apps for AndroidOn a budget?As Android Police reports, the apps are available for all Android devices, though most require you to be running at least Android 8.

Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL start at $799 and $899, respectively.Fortunately, if you want a Google phone that has a great camera and receives prompt software updates, the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL are much more affordable options.