Geek Squeaks #2015-15 (Featuring: 70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands— and MORE STUFF)

August 21, 2015

70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands – I am a big Android smartphone and tablet user. I am finding more and more of using Google’s version of a virtual personal assistant called Google Now. What amazes me is how accurate Google Now is in interpreting what I am saying. If you are like me and you find Google Now to be very useful, then check out trendblog.net’s infographic on their “Awesome List Of 70 Google Now Voice Commands“.

Google Now Commands

DSpeech Upgraded DSpeech is a portable app program that will read text back to you. I find it very helpful when composing documents where I can have the document read back to me. Really makes a difference in the final product of the document when you can actually hear what you have written. 

Dspeech

Wunderlist Has A New Design – Just plucked this off of the Wunderlist blog site that indicates there is a new user interface for Wunderlist. “The new-look Wunderlist is available on Web, Chrome and Windows 7 today and will be coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android and Windows 10 this year, plus a host of new updates too”… — READ MORE

Wunderlist

Quickly Search For Files On Your Android Smartphone or Tablet – What I find when using Google to search my phone, the search is limited to my contacts and apps. If you would like something that will dig a little deeper then take a look at the app called Andro Search. This app when installed will create an index of the files on your computer to make searching for files fast. Andro Search can be described as a full-text instant search over your Documents/Files, Contacts, and Apps – An efficient powerful search engine and launcher on your Android.

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Geek Squeaks #2015-14 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer — and MORE STUFF)

August 18, 2015

An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer – With the release of Windows 10 a new photo viewer comes with it. If you don’t like it, you may want to download and install FastStone Image Viewer. This viewer has been in development for quite some time, was recently upgraded and is the only viewer that I have personally used for years. It can be downloaded as a full install or as a portable app.

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

Simplify Copy Paste On Android With Easy Copy – Copy and Pasting is a function that everyone should learn to do and I am constantly running across folks who still do not know how to perform the copy and paste function. If you are an Android (smartphone or table) user, you can simply the copy paste function with the app called Easy Copy. After you tap on copy, a pop-up menu is displayed and allows to auto paste into other apps to: locate in Google Maps, call a number, translate text in Google translate, create a calendar event, send a text or just to simply share what has been copied…

 Easy Copy - 1-Tap Copy Paste- screenshot

 Next Version of Android Is Called Marshmallow – Google’s update for Android, its mobile software for smartphones and tablets, officially has a name: Marshmallow — READ MORE

If you were wondering about the
Android Version Names

Alpha

Beta

Cupcake

Donut

Eclair

Froyo

Gingerbread

Honeycomb

Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean

KitKat

Lollipop

Marshmallow

Off-To-College Essentials – It is that time of year that our kids are off-to-college and they need “stuff” to manage and get through their daily “away from home” lives. To help plan and get “stuff”, Amazon is a good place to start to find college essentials needed to decorate, study, sleep, clean, cook, freshen up, relax, and organize…  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED

Back To College

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Exciting News! S10 Password Vault Now Available On Google Play (as an Android App)

August 12, 2015

You may have noticed on yesterday’s Geek Squeak I posted “A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password” that featured the S10 Password Vault. I have tested and tried numerous password managers and in my humble opinion, S10 Password Vault is the best out there. You don’t hear much about it, due the developer himself is very humble.

When I started using S10 and found out how good it was I was hoping that there was an Android version available that I could download to my Android devices (smartphone and tablet). At that time, S10 was not available at the Google Play Store; however, the developer had a downloadable Android version available that required a manual install of an .apk file. I contacted the developer, expressed my gratitude for S10, and encouraged him to get the Android version of the S10 Password Vault onto Google Play Store (where the app would gain more exposure and the install process would be more automated).

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GREAT NEWS! The developer contacted me today and informed me that S10 is now available on Google Play – CLICK HERE – (and is also available for iPhone/iPad in the App Store). The developer also advised that S10 Password Vault has been upgraded, as well.

I know many people are going with the online password managers; however, my “words of wisdom” is to go with a software version such as S10 where you know your data is much safer and more manageable; and you know for sure where your data is located.

To get you started with S10 Password Vault, visit the main website – CLICK HERE – so that you can see how feature enriched this software is; YET, simplistic.  I have been using it for years and would be totally lost without it. S10 Password Vault can either be installed on your computer or be downloaded as a portable app.

A big THANK YOU to the developer of S10 Password Vault…

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Geek Squeaks #2015-6 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring – Did You Know Windows 10 Is Sharing Your Computer?)

August 4, 2015

Windows 10 Is Sharing Your Computer By Default – I found this article on PCWorld (How to stop Windows 10 from using your PC’s bandwidth to update strangers’ systems) that explains how Microsoft is a using a new peer-to-peer (P2P) delivery update mechanism (in Windows 10) that turns your Windows 10 PC (by default) into a server for distributing updates to other machines.

Hmmm…  I’m not liking the sound of this. Anyhow, the setting or toggle to turn this off is buried in the update and security settings.  CLICK HERE to learn how to turn this off.

win10 updates advanced options

Need advice for buying a Smartphone? – I am pretty seasoned when it comes to computers and smartphones, but when it comes to shopping for either (especially smartphones) I soon become discombobulated (in a state of confusion). To help you folks out there looking for a smartphone, be sure to read Best Android smartphones for work and play (Aug 2015 edition) at ZDNet….

Make Sure You Check Out This Screen Capture Program – I use screen capture utilities on a daily basis and would be lost without one. A new kid on the block recently to me is ShareX. This utility is being updated regularly and the most recent update allows you to either perform a full installation or the option to install the program as a portable app. Very nice screen capture program that does not disappoint. Best thing about ShareX is that it is FREE, Open Source and there are no embedded advertisements.

If you need to install or reinstall Windows 10 – As a reminder, if you need to reinstall Windows 10 (for whatever reason), make sure you are prepared.  CLICK HERE to create your own Windows 10 installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

RedLaser Barcode and QR Scanner — Shop Smarter – Nice Android App that was rated as a top shopping app by US Today, The New York Times, CNN Money, PC Magazine and Smart Money magazine. RedLaser searches millions of products across thousands of online and local retailers to find the best prices…

Harness The Energy Of The Sun To Light Your Night – Check out this outdoor LED motion sensored solar light for less than 15 bucks….

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An “Ad Free” Battery Optimizer App For Your Android Smartphone

July 20, 2015

When I saw Intel and McAfee together, as an app logo, it caught my attention. What they have developed is called the Intel Security Battery Optimizer. I know there are some really nice battery optimizer apps out there, but what has drawn my attention to this one is that it works in an ad free environment and it appears that, based on the number of reviews, it is relatively new.

Intel Security Battery Optimizer

Intel Security Battery Optimizer is an All-in-one battery energy boosting and power management tool for Android smartphone and tablets. Saves battery life, provides real-time power usage information, alerts you when battery is low or time to charge battery, extends call time, and helps you deal with various battery wasting situations with ease.

What this app does:

✔ Control Your Device Battery Usage

▪Identifies battery draining apps and allows you to save battery life by stopping them

▪Starts conserving battery early on by turning off less important functions

▪Shuts off all non-emergency functions when battery is critically low so you can take emergency calls and messages

✔ Accurate Energy Consumption Information

▪Provides you with real-time battery usage information

▪Displays remaining standby time & remaining charge time

▪Gives accurate battery time estimation saved by stopping an app

▪Offers accurate energy rating of apps

✔ Quick Access & Easy Management

▪Notification Bar Power Control

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A Must Have Android App Called Drippler

July 13, 2015

Most Android phone and tablet users do not have the time to explore all the Android apps, tips, tricks, etc… that are out there. As a result, most people are not getting full use of their phones or tablets. To bridge that gap, I recommend you install the app, called Drippler.

Drippler is an app that specializes in discovering and pulling in the latest Android tips, top apps, new features, Android updates, cool accessories and more, from reputable sources on the internet. I have come to rely on Drippler as my main Android news source and look forward everyday to receiving new drips. (Note: I have added Drippler to the Downloads page under the Android Apps Swarm Category — CLICK HERE)

Drippler

Drippler specializes in the following:

✓ Android tips, tricks & secrets

✓ Android apps & games

✓ Software updates & firmware upgrades

✓ Android widgets & tools

✓ Android manuals & guides

✓ Android themes, wallpapers & accessories

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A Mid-Range Inexpensive Smartphone By ASUS

July 7, 2015

ASUS has become a well known product name for desktop computers; BUT, did you know that they make an Android Smartphone that is probably one of the best mid-range inexpensive phones out there. It is called the ASUS ZenFone

ASUS ZenFone 2

Based on the excellent customer reviews at Amazon, this phone is a hit. I am sure the price point on this phone is a main factor; especially, when you start comparing this phone with some of the other more expensive phones (such as the Samsung S6 or Apple’s iPhones). This phone comes unlocked and is compatible with the GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network such as: Straight Talk, Walmart Family Mobile, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Brightspot, Net10, h20 Wireless, and Cricket Wireless. I encourage you take a look at the reviews and I think you will agree this phone is a phone to consider. From what I have read the processing power is right up there, but the camera is not up to what maybe the Samsung S6 is…

The ASUS ZenPhone is definitely a phone to consider purchasing straight out to reduce your monthly cell bill where most people are paying for their phone a bit at a time each month.

Features At A Glance:

  • Unlocked, No Carrier Contract required. 4G/LTE Ready
  • Android 5.0 – Lollipop
  • 5.5″, FullHD 1920×1080 IPS
  • Available in 2GB or 4GB RAM
  • Dual SIM slots, Dual Active phone lines
  • Intel Atom Quad Core (1.8 or 2.3GHz) with OpenGL 3.0 support
  • 16GB or 64GB onboard storage
  • 5GB lifetime ASUS WebStorage
  • MicroSD card slot (up to 64 GB)
  • Lastest WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

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