A What’s On My PC Pick: “How to “Navigate to Home or Work in 1 Tap with Google Maps” 

“How to “Navigate to Home or Work in 1 Tap with Google Maps” – Even if you’re totally familiar with all the routes you can take to go home or work, you’ll still want to use Google Maps to find the fastest route in current traffic conditions. If you’re on Android, there’s an extremely fast way to do this… Continue Reading @ Gadget Hacks

Source: This article is an excerpt from Today at What’s On My PC – November 16, 2019

Today’s Featured Android Apps @ What’s On My PC

November 11, 2019


Today’s Android Apps: 

A functional and simple compass application (Compass Galaxy) without unnecessary permissions; Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas); AND, get live radar updates and check the local weather (Weather Maps and News – The Weather Channel) conditions on precise maps on the go.

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Today’s Featured Android Apps @ What’s On My PC

November 9, 2019


Today’s Android Apps: 

A Facebook alternative (Swipe for Facebook) – lightweight, highly customizable, and battery friendly, with a strict “no tracking” policy to ensure your privacy is secured; Watch 100+ live TV channels (Pluto TV) and 1000’s of movies and TV shows on-demand, all streaming free; An art drawing game (Paint by Number) to color modern artworks with coloring by numbers…

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Check Your Internet Download/Upload Speed To Make Sure You Are Getting What You Are Paying For

Click on the link (or screenshot) below to check your internet speed at a site called Speedtest. I routinely check my internet download/upload speeds, at this website, to make sure I am getting what I am paying for. I typically will run this from my main desktop computer that is connected directly to the router/modem; but, you can run Speedtest from any computer or device (i.e. smartphone). When you get to the site and if you click on the “Apps” at the top menu, you will see the various platform options that you can run Speedtest, in addition to the web-based test.

Here at “What’s On My PC”, I have added Speedtest
to the Bookmarks4Techs collection…

Source: Speedtest by Ookla

Nice Android App To Keep Your Screen From Timing Out When Needed

Keep Screen Awake is an Android app that has been developed to keep your screen from timing out during times that you need it to stay “on”. This app serves as a toggle from your default screen timeout to keeping the screen “on”; AND, it can be easily toggled by using the included widget and/or the icon in the notification area. So far, this is the best app I have found to do what it does with various customization options.

Keep Screen Awake

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Source: Google Play – Keep Screen Awake


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Microsoft “To Do” List App – How To Get It

If you are big into the Microsoft applications, you may want to take a look at their new “To Do” list app… You can read more about the app and instructions on how to download to your computer and mobile devices by clicking on the source link at the bottom of this post.

A To Do list titled My Day on a tablet computer

To Do helps you manage, prioritize, and complete the most important things you need to achieve every day

Source: Microsoft to do list app

172 malicious apps with 335M+ installs found on Google Play | The Next Web

I have a motto here at “What’s On My PC”… The motto is, when it comes to the world of computing, “Trust Nothing, Verify Everything”…

This article at “The Next Web” is an eye opener. I strongly urge when downloading apps from the online stores that you closely look at what the app wants to access on your device,, the reviews, if ad-supported, where developed, etc… In other words, do a bit of research.

Google desperately needs to curb the spread of Android malware. In September alone, researchers uncovered a total of 172 infected apps on the Play Store. The worst part? These apps had racked up over 335 million installs by the time they were detected by security experts.

Continue Reading @ The Next Web

Daily Deal: Save 75% on Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal

If I were going to buy Antivirus software, this is the package I would get. Appears to be a 75% reduction in the original retail price and can use on up to 5 devices.

Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal

AUTO-RENEWAL Never have a service disruption since this product auto-renews annually. If you do not wish to renew, you can cancel in your Norton account anytime

ONGOING PROTECTION Download & install protection for up to 5 PCs, Macs, iOS or Android devices in minutes

REAL-TIME THREAT PROTECTION Advanced security that helps defend against existing and emerging malware to your devices, and helps protect your private and financial information when you go online

Source: Amazon – Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal


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[Android] FitzyTV – FREE Streaming TV Aggregator That Transforms Your Smartphone Into A Portable DVR

If you have a television subscription through your cable or satellite provider (including web-based ones such as DirecTV Now, LoCast, etc…) you definitely need this app (FitzyTV) to pull in the channels that you are subscribed to in one place. Typically, you have to download specific apps for specific channels. FitzyTV eliminates that and makes watching TV from your mobile device a pleasure; plus, you can Chromecast or Screenbeam what you are watching to the big screen.  I could not get over how fast this app loads the channels; plus, it pulled in all the channels I was entitled to from my cable provider. I found that FitzyTV also throws in some other channels as well, that are very good. It even tells you what is playing on each channel.

A big selling point to this app is the DVR function that will allow you to record your favorite programs. The DVR function will require a subscription. FitzyTV is the world’s first inexpensive cloud DVR solution. Just log in with your Cable/Satellite provider and FitzyTV will let you watch and record all of your favorite channels. This transforms your smartphone into a portable DVR.

Check out the video below to learn more. You can get FitzyTV at the Google Play Store (see source link below). Being a lover of software and apps, this one really got me excited to try.

Source: FitzyTV – Free Streaming TV Aggregator & Cloud DVR – Apps on Google Play


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Download BlueStacks for Windows 4.130.0.1049

by BlueStacks – Download @ fileforum

With BlueStacks installed on your Windows OS based computer, you can install and run Android apps on the Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) platform. If you visit their site you will see that the platform provides a great way to play your Android-based games, that you play on your phone, on your computer. You can also install other Android apps, as well. — Rick @ What’s On My PC

BlueStacks lets you play Android apps fast and full-screen on your PC. Push your favorite apps from your Android phone to your PC using BlueStacks Cloud Connect. Run 10 pre-loaded apps “out of the box.” Install up to 26 more of your favorite apps.

Source: BlueStacks for Windows 4.130.0.1029


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3-Three Ad FREE Android Apps To Scan Documents

Recently CamScanner, my go-to android app to scan documents on my smartphone, made the news for using an advertising library that injected malicious code onto devices. I don’t know if the developers were aware of this or not; but, it was enough for me to uninstall CamScanner and start looking at other options.

What I found was this. There are 3-three really good document scanner options out there that will not cost you a cent that is developed by names we all have come to recognize. Those names being Microsoft, Google and Adobe (see below). — Rick @ What’s On My PC

Continue reading “3-Three Ad FREE Android Apps To Scan Documents”

Android App: Clear Scan – Free Document Scanner App

download @ Google Play

Now convert your smartphone into a mini pocket scanner and enjoy the high-quality image in your device within just one touch with the best ever scanning mobile app Clear Scanner: Free PDF Scans. Clear Scanner lets you quickly scan any kind of documents in your office, images, bills, receipts, books, magazines, class notes and anything that needs to be there in your device within no time. This is the fastest means to get the scanned document in the highest quality and convert it immediately into PDF or JPEG format so that you can share the scanned document, image, books, bills, important notes or any kind of paper that you can think of.

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Source: Clear Scan: Free Document Scanner App,PDF Scanning – Apps on Google Play


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Tech News: Malware discovered in Google Play app with over 100 million downloads

by TechSpot

Kaspersky researchers reported that the app in question was CamScanner, “a phone-based PDF creator that includes OCR (optical character recognition.” The report notes that CamScanner was a legitimate app with no malicious intentions. Like other applications, the developers displayed ads and offered in-app purchases to make money. “However, at some point, that changed, and recent versions of the app shipped with an advertising library containing a malicious module,” writes the researchers.

Read More @ TechSpot


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Quick Tip: Try this to get the NEW Android Auto Update

If you been waiting for the Android Auto Update with the new interface that folks have been raving about and it still has not rolled out to your phone; then, give this a try to see if you can make it happen sooner.

  • Open Android Auto on your phone.
  • Tap the “Hamburger Icon” in the upper left corner.
  • Select “Settings”, then (if eligible) you should see at the top of the screen an option to “Try the new Android Auto”. Toggle that option to activate it.
  • Once activated this should begin the process to update your Android Auto to the new Android Auto interface and you should see the new interface when you plug your phone into your car.


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Android App Selection for 08/19/2019 – Eye Protector

Eye Protector

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

This app is ad-free and is one of the easier-to-use apps for setting up your screen to read your phone during the night time hours. I currently use this app… Protect & care your eyes, reduce the blue light. Make your eyes feel more comfortable when you watching cellphone. You can make the screen darker, or set other plans to fit your eyes, set the scheduled task. Besides, you are able to shake to catch screenshot and share.

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Android App Selection for 08/14/2019 – SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

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Breaking News —
Notifications for breaking news headlines.

Smart Mode —
Readability mode for optimal news reading experience.

Offline News Reading —
Fetch trending news and read it offline.


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Android App Selection for 08/12/2019 – HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator is a popular calculator with more than 16 million downloads and 100,000 five-star ratings.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

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The calculator has many functions, such as:

– basic arithmetic operations including percentage, modulo and negation;
– fractions (in the expression mode any expression including nested fractions can be entered as a numerator and a denominator);
– mixed numbers;
– periodic numbers and their conversion to fractions;
– unlimited number of braces;
– operator priority;
– repeated operations;
– variables and symbolic computation;
– derivatives and integrals;
– graphs of functions and integral area;
– calculation details – extended information about a calculation like all complex roots, unit circle etc.;
– complex numbers
– conversion between rectangular and polar coordinates
– advanced number operations such as random numbers, combinations, permutations, common greatest divisor, etc.;
– trigonometric and hyperbolic functions;
– powers, roots, logarithms, etc.;
– degrees, minutes and seconds conversion;
– fixed point, scientific and engineering display format;
– display exponent as SI units prefix;
– memory operations with 10 extended memories;
– clipboard operations with various clipboard formats;
– result history;
– binary, octal and hexadecimal numeral systems;
– logical operations;
– bitwise shifts and rotations;
– haptic feedback;
– more than 90 physical constants;
– conversion among 250 units;
– Reverse Polish notation.


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Android App Selection for 08/09/2019 – Inoreader – News App & RSS

Inoreader – News App & RSS

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

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Used globally by techies, business professionals, digital marketers, research institutions, content publishers, and more – Inoreader is a news app that offers not only a beautiful and light reading experience, but also powerful news aggregation and curation features that let you build a perfectly personalized news feed.

FREE Plan
– Add feeds and organize into thematic folders
– Search inside your own subscriptions for FREE
– Use on any device with web and mobile apps
– Day and night reading modes
– Free search and full archive of your subscriptions
– Save articles to third-party tools like Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, Pocket, etc.
– Share to any social media or scheduling tool like Buffer and Hootsuite
– Save pages from the web for viewing later


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Android App Selection for 08/05/2019 – OpenSignal

Open Signal

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

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The free OpenSignal app is packed with features to help you accurately measure the everyday experience you receive on your mobile network. No estimates. Includes:

  • Download speed, upload speed and latency test, test speeds on cellular or wifi
  • History of speed tests, visualized on a map or list
  • Stats on network availability – how much time you are connected to 2G, 3G, 4G, or have no signal
  • Stats on speeds experienced on all networks worldwide
  • Independent coverage maps made with data contributed by users
  • Free and ad-free

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Android App Selection for 08/04/2019 – Keep Screen Awake

Keep Screen Awake

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

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Very useful and easy to use application that allows you to quickly toggle phone’s screen timeout settings, setting it to always on or revert back to chosen before display timeout.

KEY FEATURES:

NEW! Quick Setting Tile (requires Android Nougat or above) to toggle screen timeout in the most convinient way.
• Quickly toggle screen timeout with compact and easy to use widget.
• Screen always on mode.
• Multi-tap support for switching between different screen timeout values.
• Up to 6 user definable custom timeout values, that you’re able to quickly switch between using double and triple taps on widget.
• Option to restore last active timeout state on device boot.


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25 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps and games, including Majesty and Majesty: Northern Kingdom | Android Police

I always check out the free apps at Android Police. This week I grabbed a Unit Measure app (for free) that was posted.

What I usually do, even if I don’t really want the app and only have a slight interest, I will install it and then uninstall it. At that point, it becomes part of my Google Play app library. I can always then can go back to my library and install it, when I need it.

 

25 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps @ Android Police

Good Android “Word Search Puzzle”

If you’re looking for the most trendy word search game, Word Search Puzzle is the game for you! You will enjoy a fun challenge as you identify the hidden words and then swipe up, down, left, right or diagonally to mark them. It’s a fun way to hone your vocabulary, spelling and puzzle skills. The game has 3 difficulty levels from easy to hard, you can choose them freely. Need more challenges? Try the Blitz mode and Marathon mode and enjoy time pressure.

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Word Search Puzzle @ Apps on Google Play

Shouter – An Android App That Will Announce Text Messages, Notifications, Missed Calls, the Time, etc…

Shouter Pro is by far one of my most favorite Android apps where your phone will talk to you and make announcements of:

1) Notification reading. (jellybean(4.3) and above)
2) Caller name announcement while the phone is ringing.
3) Missed calls announcement if you get a missed call.
4) Text messages reading.
5) Time announcement at user defined intervals.
6) Battery status announcement
7) Device charging states announcement
8) Voice reminders

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Once installed, I suggest you install the widget where you can easily toggle Shouter on and off. This app is especially helpful when you are driving. There is a free and pro version…

Source: Google Play Store – Shouter Pro

Android App: Vollynx Volume Control

I spend a great deal of time reviewing various Android apps; especially those apps that have a practical purpose such as this one. It is called “Vollynx” and its’ main purpose is to help you manage and control the various volume controls and modes on your smartphone. If you give this app a try, make sure you install the widget which will give you quick access to maintain total control over the volume setting and mode settings. A key feature is you can lock in the volume settings. Vollynx is totally free (no ads or other purchase options). Vollynx can be downloaded on your phone from the Google Play Store.

Vollynx

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Source: Google Play Store – Vollynx

CamScanner – Best Android Document Scanner For Your Smartphone

In my opinion, after testing many scanner apps, CamScanner is top dog. As a matter of fact, I liked the free version so much I purchased the app. At home, I do not own a printer/scanner combo as most people do. I use CamScanner on my phone as my scanner and have found I have used it more than when I did have a computer connected scanner. It is fast, will auto align, auto brighten, and gives multiple options to save the document to the cloud (such as Google Drive, Box, Gmail, etc…). I suggest giving it try…  CamScanner is available for Android and iPhone.

CamScanner

Android App: Fire and Police Scanner 

This is a nice fire and police scanner for your Android phone (or tablet)…

Listen to live audio from over 7,000 fire and police scanners, weather radios, amateur radio repeaters, air traffic and marine radios from around the world. Turn on notifications to receive alerts anytime a scanner has more than 3500 listeners (find out about major events as they’re breaking).

Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner

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Source: Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner – Apps on Google Play

Note: To install on your smartphone or tablet, look for the “Google Play” app. Open the app and search for the title of this application.

Quick Tip (Android): Access ALL of YOUR Photos Wherever You Go

On your Android smartphone or tablet, look for “Google Photos”. With “Google Photos” you can back up any photos you take and see them online from any device at the “Google Photos” web site.  To make this an automated process, do the following:

  1. Open the “Google Photos” app on your device and tap on the (menu)…
  2. Tap on “Settings”
  3. Select “Backup & Sync”
  4. Toggle “Backup & Sync” to the “on” position. At this point on the selections under “Backup & Sync” you should see your Google (Gmail) account.
  5. Scroll down to “Upload Size” and select “High Quality” (free unlimited storage).

Note: Google will allow you to upload unlimited images providing you let Google convert the images to the “High Quality” setting. If you select “Original”, you will eat up your online space at Google.

Very easy; and will allow you to see your photos online. You can then, at your convenience, delete the photos on your phone when space becomes an issue.

Note: A Google account is required. Typically, you should already have a Google account when your Android phone was set up for your personal use.

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