Android Police Reports That “Google Releases Preview Of The New Google Contacts Web Interface”

March 4, 2015

You can try out the preview of the new Google Contacts page.  My first visit, it took a bit for the page to load; but, once it did I liked the cleaner user interface. Supposedly the NEW interface will be made available in the coming weeks through out Gmail accounts. To see the preview, and give credit where credit is due, visit the Android Police page by clicking the “read more” link below.

Contacts preview 1.5

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Anyone who has used Android and Google services for long enough will probably notice how much junk has accumulated in their contacts. There’s a new version of Google Contacts in the works to fix that, and you can try a preview of it right now. Unless you have a Google Apps account. Duh…. [READ MORE]

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A Swiss Army Knife Of Powerful Network Tools

March 3, 2015

As a blogger there are those times when you run into what I call “writer’s block” and everything shuts down. Today, I did come across, what appears to be a pretty nice suite of network tools called Essential NetTools that will hopefully get me back on track. This set of tools is primarily geared toward the network administrator.

Essential NetTools

Essential NetTools is a set of network scanning, security, and administrator tools useful in diagnosing networks and monitoring your computer’s network connections. It’s a Swiss Army knife for everyone interested in a powerful network tool kit for everyday use.

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A Compact, Powerful and Rechargeable LED Flashlight From OLIGHT

February 28, 2015

A tech item that people often overlook is the flashlight, where leaps in advancement have occurred. The newer LED lights have a brightness level that is utterly unbelievable that contain electronic circuitry that enables these lights to perform at different brightness levels.

The light that I currently use (and highly recommend) is the Olight S30R Baton… Don’t let the name of “baton” give the impression that this light is large in size like some of the old Maglites, which contained multiple D-size batteries. In fact, the Olight S30R is only approximately 4 5/8 inches long with an approximately diameter slightly less than 1 inch. There are a total of five different power settings and a strobe mode, with the most powerful setting being 1000 lumens (that according to the manufacturer will last 2 hours). The light mode set at 1000 lumens is unbelievably bright and will light up a darkened area at a great distance. The plus with this light is that it is a multi-pupose, very well built light, that has a magnet in its’ tail that is handy in the event you need to attach the light to a metal object (like to the hood of your car) when you need to use both hands.

There are in between light modes, with lesser lumens, like the moonlight where you you may need a more softer light to climb under the desk to check the wiring on your computer. On the other side of spectrum, the 1000 lumens setting shined into an attackers eyes is more than enough to temporarily blind and disorient the person (to give you enough time to escape the situation). Another cool and really neat feature of this light is the blinking strobe (again, very bright) that could be used as an SOS tool or as an alert to warn others of impending danger. The Olight S30R Baton ships with a rechargeable battery and charger base and if you go with this light from link above (at Amazon) they throw in a couple of other goodies.

Olight S30R Baton

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Olight S30R Baton

 Key Features:

  • NEW Low-profile side switch featuring a battery power indicator, which glows red when battery runs low
  • NEW Includes patent-pending Micro-USB charging dock and a 18650 3400 mAh 3.6V rechargeable battery
  • NEW Thermal management safety program provides overheating protection by dropping high output by 60% after 5 minutes of constant on.
  • NEW Glow-in-the-dark o-ring in bezel to help locate flashlight from accidentally dropping it
  • 99% light transmittance rate through tempered glass, with two-sided anti-reflective coating
  • Multi-function side switch with five brightness levels, plus a strobe mode
  • Automatically return to your last brightness level with the built in memory function
  • Removable pocket clip
  • Flat tailcap with strong magnet, giving you the ability to use the light as a hands-free worklight
  • Highly reliable 6061-T6 aluminum alloy structure with ant-scratch, Milspec Type-III hard anodizing
  • Enhanced shock-proofing in battery contact springs to support both flat and tabular 18650 batteries
  • Can be powered by two non-rechargeable CR123A lithium batteries as a last resort in an emergency.
  • Low standby current below 15uA

Specifications (see specs at manufacturer’s site)

  • Lens:Tough ultra-clear tempered glass with two-sided anti-reflective coating
  • Light Source:1 x Cree XM-L2
  • Flashlight: 4.69 in/119mm x 0.98 in/25mm
  • Charging Dock: 2.17 x 1.97 x 0.63 in / 55 x 50 x 16mm
  • Weight: 122g/4.3 oz (flashlight with battery), 24g/0.85 oz(charging dock)
  • Body Material : Type-III hard anodizing, aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Battery: Use 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650
  • Warranty: Olight’s five-year warranty

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Check Out The “50 Best Android Apps 2015″ at TechRadar

February 26, 2015

I can remember a time where there was question whether the Google Play store (for Android) would be a success or not; especially, at a time when Apple was already established and was the ruler of the “app” market. Since that time Google Play has exploded with their proliferation of apps, for the Android platform, that has far exceeded the expectations of everyone.

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To give you an example, take a look at the “50 Best Android Apps 2015” that TechRadar has posted that I can personally attest as being some of the best out there…  Enjoy!

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FEATURED TECH SITE – Digital Trends

February 26, 2015

Digital Trends is your authoritative guide to the world around us. They love, live and breathe tech and explain it to you simply and clearly; featuring editors, engineers, and marketing specialists who provide unique solutions to their advertising partners. Digital Trends is hit monthly by over 20 million monthly unique visitors and growing every month — backed by the number 1 tech network on the web with almost 100 million technology influencers.

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Below you will find some of the most recent articles featured at Digital Trends…

 

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 8:15:51 ESTAccording to a post on the official website for the British Monarchy, a job listing to chauffeur Queen Elizabeth II is open for application. The live-in job naturally requires some high standards and gives the driver access to rare vehicles such as the official Bentley State Limousine.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 8:04:52 ESTAudi has introduced the all-new second-generation R8 ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Built using lightweight materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, the R8 ditches the outgoing model’s entry-level V8 and goes V10-only.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:55:08 ESTThe earliest examples of Sony’s Aibo robotic dog are now around 15 years old, and many are coming to the end of their short lives. Engineers specializing in keeping the Aibo’s going have been pictured at a funeral in Japan, honoring those which can’t be saved.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:15:09 ESTDo you know which appliances in your home take up the most energy? Instead of installing lots of individual energy-monitoring plug, Neurio is a single sensor that hooks into your electrical box.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:00:33 ESTWith little more than a month to go before the launch of Apple’s first ever wearable, the company’s massive marketing machine has stepped up a gear with a 12-page spread in Vogue’s March issue.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 6:15:54 ESTFor the second night in a row, mystery drones have been spotted buzzing around various landmarks in central Paris despite strict bans on such flights. The incidents follow similar happenings last year involving quadcopter flights over French nuclear plants
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 6:15:08 ESTWith the arrival of Apple CarPlay, it is more tempting than ever to compare infotainment to smartphones, but should we? No, and we want to explain why not.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:45:56 ESTFollowing a limited launch late last year, Viber, the popular messaging app, has released its new series of social games worldwide. The three titles are available right now for Android and iOS devices.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:45:25 ESTWith its population aging fast and birth rate falling, Japan is set to call on robots to help care for its senior citizens. A team of researchers in Nagoya recently unveiled the third version of Robear, a robot with a bear’s face capable of lifting adults
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:28:19 ESTLG has announced another new smartwatch. This time it’s a variation on the Watch Urbane, and it has a built-in LTE modem, ready to make and receive calls. However, it doesn’t run Android Wear, but WebOS instead.

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A Recommended Windows File Manager and Explorer Replacement

February 25, 2015

File management is a skill that I have found that most computer users have a hard time grasping. If you can understand the concept of file management and how the files (and folders) on your computer are layed out, it will boost your confidence and open up a whole new world to you when it comes to using your computer. If you are a power user when it comes to file management, then you most likely prefer a file manager that is tabbed based or dual-paned based that will allow you to perform file management operations in a more efficient manner.

Today I want to share with you a file manager that gives you the best of both worlds (tabbed based and dual-paned based) called XYplorerwith its’ friendly,beautifully engineered and easy to use interface.

XYplorer

This file manager comes to you in a FREE version and a PAID version (compare here) that is continually being improved and developed; AND, can be either installed as a normal Windows installation or installed as a portable app (that can be carried with you from PC to PC on your flash drive). In my case I use the portable version, which I know will help keep my registry a little cleaner; plus, XYplorer is one of my “go to” tools in my portable app tech toolbox.

The features of XYplorer are too numerous to list here; however, you can get a quick alphabetical overview of the features, including links to online documentations by clicking HERE. You don’t have to take my word for it, but this file manager is an excellent replacement (or supplement) to the Windows File Manager and Explorer.

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