Geek Squeaks (#2015-19) – View And Control Your Android Device From Your Computer — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 28, 2015

View And Control Your Android Device From Your ComputerVysor is a Google Chrome extension that is currently in beta (testing) that allows you to mirror (and control) your Android device (smartphone or tablet) from your Windows based computer. Keep in mind this utility is in beta testing, so there may be bugaboos… Your smartphone or tablet must be connected to your computer via USB. Typically this is not a problem for many Android device users, due this is a method that we often use to charge our devices. You can read in detail — CLICK HERE — the steps and driver involved for this to work. If you are successful, I think you will find that Vysor is an awesome application in the making where you can control every aspect of your Android device from your computer (even texting).

In summary, the ingredients to make this work are: USB debugging must be enabled on your device; your device connected to your computer via USB; the Google Chrome browser; the Google Chrome Vysor extension,; and the ABD driver installed. May sound complicated, but is not as hard as you think and in the end you have a very impressive (and useful) application.

Maryland University To Eliminate Textbooks – A spokesman at the University said “students will be able use a variety of materials like readings and videos online at no cost”.  Many Universities have been following similar models; however, UMUC is the first in making a transition of this magnitude

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4-Port USB Car Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology – Check out this Inateck Aluminum 4-Port USB Car Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology. The intelligent charging technology has a built-in smart chipset that detects your devices automatically to deliver the safest current.

Inatech 4-Port Charger

Sandboxie Now Supports Windows 10 – If you do not know what Sandboxie is then you are missing out on a very special piece of software that can keep you safe… Sandboxie is a software application that gives you the ability to run other software applications and surf the internet in an isolated abstraction area called a sandbox. Under the supervision of Sandboxie, an application operates normally and at full speed, but can’t effect permanent changes to your computer. Instead, the changes are effected only in the sandbox; thus, in the event of a malware infection or the software does not meet your needs, you simply delete the sandbox. I currently use Sandboxie to test software that I am not sure about. Since the my upgrade to Windows 10, I found that the developers of Sandboxie are working on a compatible version for Windows 10. If you are a Windows 10 and Sandboxie user, you may want to give the beta (test) version a try (CLICK HERE); HOWEVER, please note that SBIE Beta v5 does not support Windows Metro Apps or the Edge browser at this time. You will need to change your default web browser in Win 10 from Edge to something else. For example, in my case, I am currently (and safely) using Sandboxie to run the Google Chrome browser inside a sandbox.

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Send Notes and Send Directions To Your Phone From Google Search

April 26, 2015

This week’s hot Google news is similar news from last week, with a different twist, where you can go to the Google Search page (or the Google Chrome’s omnibox) and type in “find my phone” (see article here).

This week Google revealed you can go to the Google Search page (or the Google Chrome’s omnibox) and type  “Send Directions” (to push driving directions to your phone) or “Send Note” (to push a note to your phone). Appears you have to be signed into your Google account through your web browser (Google Chrome) to make this work. READ MORE…

Send Directions

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Bring An Entertaining Look To Your Browser With “Turn Off The Lights”

February 5, 2015

Watching video in our web browser is commonplace these days and is often implanted in the middle of whatever story you are reading to help bring the story home. This is all good; however, oftentimes there many distractions (such as ads, other videos, side bars, etc…) that can take away from the focus of the video.

A solution to making the video you desire to watch the main and only focus in the browser window, I suggest you take a look at the browser extension or add-on called Turn Off The Lights.

Turn Off The Lights

Turn Off The Lights works great with all known browsers and will truly bring a more entertaining look and feel to your browser. In my case I am a Google Chrome browser user and fan. You can easily darken a web page with one click on the lamp button. And it will automatically highlight the video player. In Google Chrome, the lamp button is located in the web address bar. You can also right mouse click the lamp button to bring up various configuration and customization options.

To really get an idea of how Turn Off The Lights works, I encourage you to watch this short video…

Turn Off the Lights is an extension that you have never seen before and is unique in its’ kind. Not only this, but this extension is compatible with Google Chrome™, Apple Safari™, Mozilla Firefox™, Opera™, Internet Explorer™, Maxthon™ and Yandex™ web browsers.

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You May Want To Try The Google Chrome Software Removal Tool (CRST) When You Suspect Chrome Has Been Hijacked

December 29, 2014

The Chrome Software Removal Tool (CRST) is software (developed by Google), that is currently in beta, that scans your computer for programs known to cause problems with Chrome, and then offers to remove them for you. This program is to be used only on occasions where the Google Chrome Browser is (obviously) behaving strangely and you suspect it may be due to an unwanted program on your computer (for example, showing you unusual start-up pages, toolbars, or pop-up ads you can’t get rid of). Typically, these types of examples are referred to as browser hijackers.

Two things you need to know before using CRST:

  1. To discourage attackers from changing the names of their programs, the Software Removal Tool does not reveal the names of the suspicious programs it finds. You’ll only see the number of programs detected.
  2. The Software Removal Tool beta is Windows-only (all versions) and you need to have admin rights to use it.  To learn more, please visit the Software Removal Tool beta help page.

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Setting up & using the Software Removal Tool beta

  1. The Software Removal Tool scans your computer for programs known to cause problems with Chrome, and then offers to remove them for you. To start:
  2. Visit the Software Removal Tool homepage.
  3. Click the Download button.
  4. Review the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. To agree, click Accept and Download.

The Software Removal Tool will download to your computer.

  1. Open the Software Removal Tool. It will immediately start searching your computer for suspicious programs.
  2. A message will tell you how many programs were found, if any.
  3. Click Remove suspicious programs. Wait until you see the message “Removal complete.” Some open applications may be closed in the process.
  4. Click Continue to quit the tool. (If your computer needs to reboot, the button will say Restart.)
  5. Chrome will automatically reopen, asking you to reset your browser settings. Click Reset.

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Checker Plus for Google Calendar – Another Google Chrome Browser Extension Gem

November 19, 2014

I just posted an article about Checker Plus for Gmail and while at the developer’s site I noticed he had developed another Google Chrome browser extension called Checker Plus for Google Calendar.

Again, this is another extension by this developer that is carrying a very high user base rating. I am a big time user of Google Calendar and this extension makes it so that you can do any and all your calendaring activitiies easily from the Chrome Browser. If you want more details, information and support for Checker Plus for Google Calendar, I encourage you to visit the developer’s site — CLICK HERE 

Check Plus for Google Calendar

Again, as I did in the article about Checker Plus for Gmail, below you will find a video about Checker Plus for Google Calendar; AND, the highlights and features (verbatim as reflected on the developer’s site).

Enjoy! Great piece of work on something that I find to be very useful.

100 times more powerful than the “by Google” extension and with desktop and voice notifications and great reviews

  • Trusted developer of many extensions – more than one million satisfied users worldwide
  • Lots of features, options and updates – just read the version changes in the logs below
  • Personal tech support from the developer – very fast response times, 5-30 minutes

Improve your productivity and your business with new features like this…

  • Add events quickly with multiple ways…Click on a day in the popup calendar or just type it into the quick add ex. Lunch with Mom 11am Sunday

    Select the text on any page like “…dinner Aug 26th at 3:30pm…” and right click to add it automatically for that date!

    Right click a webpage and add it instantly to your calendar for tomorrow or any day or time! Try it in Gmail ex. a friend emails you to play soccer tomorrow, reply to them, then right click and save it to your calendar. Screenshot: http://bit.ly/o1Qxu4. You can also use the popup calendar see video:http://youtu.be/hrrZa2egQDc

    Use Chrome’s address bar (Omnibox) to add an event by simply typing “cal” and then tab or space and your event title with the time or date – See screenshot: http://bit.ly/pmeFCU or video: http://youtu.be/owtEUtueXp4

    When viewing a Facebook event page the popup gives you the choice to add it to your calendar

  • Desktop notifications “like Outlook” when your event occurs that you can snooze and with optional voice notification: Add a cooking timer that yells out “take out pizza!” See video: http://youtu.be/kimuIJ7re8o
  • Sound and voice notification: Great for the visually impaired
  • Supports multiple calendars and Google Apps™ (for Business or Education) and hosted
  • Option to run in background even when Google Chrome is closed
  • Popup a calendar for the month, week, agenda view when clicking on the icon or customize your own view!
  • Show the current date or day or time until your next event and preview details of your future ones right on the icon
  • Lots of options that you can customize, most are free (95%) and the rest is upon donations of any amount because I’ve added those features by special requests
  • Get reminders of your contacts’ birthdays and events
  • Drag and drop events to reschedule them in the month view
  • Can also be used as a widget for the extension “Awesome New Tab Page” (ANTP)
  • Notification of events even when there is no internet connection with offline mode
  • Gray out past days or highlight weekends

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A 5 Star Google Chrome Screen Capture Utility

November 9, 2014

I love screen capture applications due they are very useful in drafting articles for the blog and for everyday computing. I have featured other capture programs on the blog, and every I time turn around I stumble across another one. The one I present today, called FireShot, I somehow missed on my radar. FireShot currently is carrying a 5 star rating (from over 7500 reviews) and was selected in 2013 as “The Best Free Google Chrome Extension for 2013″ by PCMAG.COM”. FireShot is available as a Google Chrome Extension from the Chrome Web Store.

FireShot Screen Capture Utility

FireShot typically performs like many of the other screen capture utilities; however, it offers more features than what else is out there. For example, one feature that really jumped out at me is that you can capture a page (or part of page) with FireShot and save it as a PDF file.

This is only one of the features and is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to FireShot.

Other features are:

✓ Capture web pages entirely

✓ Capture only visible part of the page

✓ Capture selection

✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF, PNG, and JPEG

✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard

✓ Print screenshot

Additionally, users on Windows can do the following:

✓ Edit screenshot: crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas and apply other effects

✓ Print

✓ Save screenshot to PDF files

✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF, PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP

✓ Send to OneNote (Pro version)

✓ Upload to Twitter, Google Picasa, Facebook, ImageShack, Flickr, EasyCaptures

✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard

✓ Print screenshot

✓ E-Mail

✓ Export to external editor


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