February 7, 2018
As the old saying goes, “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words” and the developers of PicSay, have nailed it. I was looking for a good photo editor for my Chromebook and came across the Android app called PicSay. The catch here is that you do have to have a Chromebook that will run Android apps. If not, I still highly recommend PicSay for your Android Phone or Tablet. As a matter of fact, after testing PicSay, I ended up buying the app and installing it on my Chromebook and all my Android devices. It is probably the best Android app I have installed and run on the Chromebook. There is a FREE version of PicSay (with limited features) and the paid version called PicSay Pro. I encourage you to try the free version first to determine if it is something you will like.
Trust me, you will not go wrong with his app if you are into editing photos and graphic design.
Feature Summary: Sharpen, remove red eye, crop & straighten, distort, insert cutouts of other pictures, paint, make color splash out of black-and-white pictures, add text, word balloons, apply effects like Cross Process, Lomo, Vignette, faux HDR, Tilt-shift, Pencil Sketch, and much more.
Supports high resolution editing up to 13MP for devices that can handle it.
SOURCE: Google Play Store – PicSay and PicSay Pro
January 23, 2018
Just added a feed on the “Downloads” page, from Ubuntu Vibes, that features paid Android apps that have gone free for a limited time on the Google Play Store. I have personally found some good apps, that typically you have to pay for, by going through Ubuntu Vibes.
Below is a sampling of the feed, that updates on a daily basis:
SOURCE: Ubuntu Vibes
January 16, 2018
Thought this to be worthwhile to share… Android Central has a review of 4 document scanners for your smartphone. My favorite is CamScanner. Most people do not realize there are apps out there that are exclusively made to scan documents, pictures, etc… How good are these scanners? Well, let’s just say, I don’t have a scanner hooked to my computer anymore and exclusively use CamScanner to scan, store, share, and email my documents.
Keeping track of bills and important documents is easier once they live in the cloud, and these apps can help you out. Here are the picks for the best document scanning apps as reviewed by Android Central:
Source: Best document scanning apps for Android | Android Central
January 2, 2018
Here is an Android app, called Firefox Focus, that I highly recommend for your Android-based smartphone, tablet, and Chromebook. Firefox Focus, built by the same maker (Mozilla) as the Firefox browser, has been engineered for our Android mobile devices with privacy, safety, and security in mind. When you browse with Firefox Focus it automatically will block a wide range of online trackers; AND, will automatically erase your history, passwords, and cookies (which, by the way, is the method used to bombard you with unwanted ads). I use this browser a lot, to supplement my regular browser when I am shopping on the internet to prevent the cookies from haunting me with ads. The install on this is small (less than 3 MB) and works great on all Android devices, including the Chromebooks that support Android app installations.
SOURCE: Google Play Store – Firefox Focus: The Privacy Browser
January 1, 2018
If you have a Chromebook, with Android support, where you can install Android Apps, I highly recommend that you install the Android version of WPS Office. I currently have this office suite on my Windows based computers, Android devices (smartphone) and now found a home for it on my Acer Chromebook.
This office suite is probably the most compatible that I have found to the Microsoft Office products. As a matter of fact I use WPS and do not have Microsoft Office installed. The reason for this is that WPS Office is FREE (with ads).
View, edit and create of almost any document type – all fully compatible with Microsoft Office ® and Google Docs. The main types of compatible file fromats: doc, docx, dot, dotx, wps, wpt, txt, rtf, ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx, pot, potx, dps, dpt, xls, xlsx, xlt, xltx, et, ett, pdf, html
All-in-one Free Office Suite App
- Integrate with Memo, Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation, lets you make quick office documents editing, creating and reading on-the-go
- Fully compatibility with Microsoft Office( Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Txt), Google Docs, Sheets, Slide and PDF, Adobe PDF
Free PDF Converter and PDF Reader
- Support PDF files reading and viewing
- Convert all office documents ( word, text, excel, powerpoint,doc ) to PDF files
SOURCE: Google Play Store – WPS Office (for Android)
December 21, 2017
Here is an really nice, lightweight, and simple Android app (with advanced features), called Musicolet, that plays music files (mp3 etc) that you may already have in your personal collection. Musicolet does not support internet-based music streaming and as a result requires no internet related permissions or connections. It is 100% FREE with no ads. Musicolet has become my go to music player when it comes to playing my personal music files.
To install on your smartphone, simply go to the Google Play Store app and search for Musicolet…
SOURCE: Google Play Store – Musicolet Music Player [Free, No ads]
December 3, 2017
Check out the Android App Easy Notify… This is a nice app to keep notes and reminders that can be easily managed from the notification area on your smartphone. This app has become one of my favorites.
Create Reminders, set the alarm for every note individually
Simple Memo function with additional notifications, so that you have always your tasks on screen
Manage your notes on your homescreen with an useful widget
Create a backup using the responsive material design
Fast input with speech to text
With lists you can organise your notes efficiently
By holding a Notify you can edit and delete your notes
SOURCE: Google Play – “Note Reminder – Easy Notify”