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Somewhere along the way your mobile phone went from being a way for your friends and family to reach you, to becoming a portal through which marketers and spammers can bombard you with calls you're not interested in. It's sort of like the landline, only much, much more irritating. Here's what you can do to reclaim your device.

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Good news for anyone with an Android phone that isn't a Pixel: Google Assistant is rolling out to more phones, new and old. That means many more of us will be able to take advantage of Google's latest and smartest AI. There are some things both the Google Assistant and Siri are excellent at — like pulling up emails or showing photos you've taken in the last week in a specific city (Apple really seems to be catching up to Google in the image analysis department).

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Some of the biggest names in the smartphone business — including Apple, LG and Huawei — now make phones with dual-lens cameras installed, and other manufacturers are tipped to follow suit soon. Not all phone makers use two lenses in the same way: on the Huawei P9 one takes shots in black and white to tease out more information about light, whereas on the iPhone 7 Plus you get the advantage of 2x optical zoom for a closer look at your subjects (one lens is wide-angle, and one is telephoto).

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A new year means a new opportunity to put into practice all those good habits you keep promising to stick to — like keeping a journal, for instance. Journaling has actually been proved to do wonders for your health, and it can keep your creative juices flowing too, as well as giving you an archive of memories to look back on. Here are the best mobile apps for getting your thoughts down.

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Whether you've picked an Android or Apple smartphone, there is an official beta program you can sign up for that will give you a sneak preview of upcoming features in return for one or two bugs. Here's how to sign up and sign out of the iOS and Android beta tests.

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We spend a lot of time playing with gadgets at Gizmodo. A lot! Very few actually impress us, but 2016 did deliver some great gear we actually liked. Here are some of our favourite gadgets this year.

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One of the tasks any respectable virtual assistant should be able to carry out for you is to discover new music, and Siri is certainly up to speed in this regard. If you're lacking inspiration for your next road trip tune or party mix, here are some of the ways you can get Siri to help.