A Software (App) Solution For The Nexus 5 Power Button Problem

May 22, 2015

I started experiencing an issue on my Nexus 5 Smartphone where the phone would enter into a reboot loop, rebuild the app list, etc… (common problem with the Nexus 5 when the power button is failing). If you perform a search on this problem, you will find multiple solutions, including one (last resort solution) where you take the phone and hit it against a table to cause the power button to release itself (which actually worked in my case). Once I did get the phone back to where it was functioning (power button and all), I knew I needed another solution before the power button failed again…

The solution that I found, that has worked for me so far, is an app called Gravity Screen. Gravity Screen will automatically turn “on” your screen when you need it and turn it “off” when you don’t. For example if I lay the phone down on a table or put it in my belt case, the phone will go to sleep. When I pick the phone back up, depending to the length of time it was asleep, the phone will awaken. Pretty neat…

Gravity Screen uses the sensors that are already built into your smartphone. This app, from what I researched, is one of the best out there for what it does; AND, as with any app that controls hardware features, the results can be mixed (depending on the phone, Android OS, etc…).  So far, on the Nexus 5, it has performed superbly and has given me a level of automation where I should never have to touch the power button again, other than on occasions to reboot the phone, etc… This app is not just for broken Nexus 5 phones, but is for any Android Phone; and, if it continues to perform as good as I have experienced, I can see me installing this on my next Android smartphone….

Below is a video explaining how Gravity Screen works and its’ associated features…

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Windows Technical Department

May 2, 2015

Ramblinrick:

DO NOT FALL VICTIM to the FAKE MICROSOFT TECH SUPPORT CALLS…

Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone has posted “rules” that you need to keep in mind. Probably, the most important rule is NEVER relinquish control of your computer to a third party that calls you out of the blue…

Originally posted on Tech - for Everyone:

I just got a phone call from some Indian claiming to be from the “Windows Technical Department”; he addressed me by name, and he started to tell me that there were serious problems with my computer, but I told him he is a vile criminal, and hung up on him.

This was my second such call this week. So be aware, folks, the fake Microsoft tech support phone call scammers are still quite active. Remind your friends and loved ones of this fact, and tell them that no way, no how, are such calls legitimate. Maybe even refer them to this resource: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0346-tech-support-scams.

Keep these other tips rules in mind:

  • Don’t give control of your computer to a third party who calls you out of the blue.
  • Do not rely on caller ID alone to authenticate a caller. Criminals spoof caller ID numbers. They may appear to be calling…

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A New Smartphone Battery Technology (charge your phone in less than a minute)

April 7, 2015

A hot topic in the tech news is the aluminum battery that is being developed that is not only safer than the current existing lithium-ion batteries; but, can be fully charged in less than a minute…

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NEW Aluminum Battery

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NEW Version of Start.me

April 2, 2015

If you are into customizing your own homepage in your browser or wish you had the means to customize your homepage, I encourage you to take a look at start.me. I have been using start.me for over a year now and would be lost without it. It has become my main launching point to everything I do on the internet. This online application gives you the ability create a personal startpage (completely ad free) with your most important bookmarks, RSS feeds and even widgets.  I also like the fact that start.me is very tablet and smartphone friendly.

Start.me

Start.me is totally customizable (with background images of your choice) and continues to improve and get better. I just learned today when I launched Start.me in my browser that a new version has been released that features a new logo, new pages menu, availability of custom icons for bookmarks, transparency for widgets, new flow to adding bookmarks, and a new upload feature to adding images such as using copying and paste.

If interested in using start.me — click here — . I think you will find that this application gives you a way to become more organized and efficient when using the internet.

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4 Exabyte download coming soon?

March 22, 2015

Ramblinrick:

This post, by TCAT Shelbyville is an interesting post to read and is in relation to the upcoming Windows 10 release that will make its’ way to our computers (if you are eligible) via the Windows Update Service.

We all have heard of Megabytes and Gigabytes, but Exebytes??? If you keep reading you will also learn about Geopbytes…

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

While numbers conflict on the exact number of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users there are,  it seems that most agree that almost 1 billion Windows products are out there.

Microsoft’s upgrade path to Windows 10 for its predecessors includes Windows 7 SP 1 and Windows 8.1 by the Windows Update (RTM – Release to Manufacturing is by ISO download).   Microsoft says this upgrade will come down by Windows Update or by ISO.  I’m certain that if you want the installation media there will be a small charge (not announced yet).

Anyone needing to upgrade their OS that is not Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1  can download the ISO and will need to burn an installation media.

So the question of the year is…will Microsoft deliver 4 Exabytes of downloads to these users?  That’s around 4000+ Petabytes or 4,000,000 Terabytes or 4,000,000,000 Gigabytes.   I certainly don’t want that internet bill.

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HOT TECH NEWS – Microsoft Launches Technical Preview of Office 2016

March 16, 2015

From what I understand you can get a look at Office 2016 if you are a subscriber of its’ business-grade Office 365. While us at home may not be able to get a peek at Office 2016, this is a sign that Office 2016 is on the horizon.

You can read more about Office 2016 news by clicking on the screenshot below:

Office 2016

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Collection Of Powerful Tools To Help Both The Technician And Home User

March 12, 2015

Looking for a collection of powerful diagnostic and troubleshooting tools that is geared toward the computer tech and home user? Look no further. Go to Tweaking.com to explore their version of the Technicians Toolbox.

This toolbox is FREE for personal and non-corporate use and is available as a portable app. The goal of the Technicians Toolbox is to have the needed utilities to troubleshoot computer problems in one application. To get a good review (and feel) of what the Technicians Toolbox consists of I encourage you to review their very nicely done online Tweaking.com – Technicians Toolbox Online Help File.

Technicians Toolbox

Below is a sampling of some of the tools that this toolbox consists of:

  • Quick Tools (Windows Built-in Tools)
  • Take A Screen Shot
  • Check Disk (chkdsk) At Next Boot
  • Run As System Account
  • Netstat
  • Network Information
  • Static IPv4
  • TCP & UDP Stats
  • IP Subnet Calculator
  • IP Address Scanner
  • Manage Windows Users
  • Manage Users
  • Create New Windows User
  • User Account Properties
  • Manage Groups
  • Create New Windows Group
  • Group Properties
  • Bulk Manage Users Tool
  • Delete, Move Or Rename Locked Files At Bootup
  • Svchost.exe Lookup
  • Process Information
  • Windows Services
  • Windows Services Safe Mode
  • Windows Shutdown Timer
  • CPU Monitor
  • Drives Monitor
  • Memory Monitor
  • Network Monitor

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