July 5, 2016
I have been playing around with the various Android utilities that are designed to reduce the harmful effects of blue light (that is emitted from Smartphones and Tablets) and settled with the utility called Bluelight Filter.
If you use your smartphone or tablet at night, this utility will help you protect your eyes; and, help you with getting a good nights sleep. Bluelight Filter is very small in size (84kb) FREE app that has no ads and requires no special permissions (to install).
June 11, 2016
“Ok Google“, search for “What’s On My PC“…
The “OK Google” command is very powerful feature; especially if you know what to say and how to say it. If you have an Android phone or tablet with Google Now, I strongly encourage you to learn how to use it. You can ask your device just about anything and Google will most likely give you a smart answer. To activate the Google Now voice command, simply pick up your Android device and talk directly to it and say, “OK Google” and a pulsing microphone icon will appear on your screen awaiting for your command. Typically, if you ask Google Now something and it is not in its’ command line structure, you will be taken to a list of google search results.
So, what commands can you use? Greenbot, a site that specializes in the Android platform, has posted “A list of all the Google Now voice commands” of just about everything you can say to Google Now. I think when you review these commands you will find that Google has done a nice job of keeping the commands simple (with common sense in mind).
If anything, by asking Google Now a question or giving a command is fun and will be sure to impress your friends… “Ok Google“, “Do a barrel roll“
A list of all the Google Now voice commands
June 8, 2016
Have not had a chance to play with this yet; but Opera has released a NEW Android App in the Google Play Store called “News and Search“. I am big into the news aggregator (feed) apps and will be definitely checking this out.
ADDENDUM (6/9/16) – Ok, had some time to install and play around with Opera’s News and Search. At this point, is going to be a keeper on my phone (and tablet). In summary, it is a news aggregator (that you can customize channels to meet your interests) that is built on top of a flavor of the Opera browser designed for the dual purpose of setting up channels (of your interests) and for surfing the internet (as you would with any browser). It took me a bit of time to navigate around; but, once I learned, I really like where all of the controls are located. Very impressive at this point…
Browse hot topics, trending & breaking news per category and even connect your Twitter account to get an overview of all the news stories shared by your friends’ networks. Stories you want to keep or share can easily be added to the built-in reading list.
News and Search
May 20, 2016
If you are an Android smartphone or tablet user; and, you use the Google Chrome browser (or the native Android Browser), you may want to take a look at (and install) the mobile version of Web of Trust. I currently use the PC version of Web of Trust on all of my computers to help me determine which sites are reputable and which sites are not.
Against what types of online threats can WOT protect you?
Malware & Viruses – Avoid visiting websites that host malicious software, such as viruses, spyware, and adware that can steal your information and spread to other devices.
Phishing – Turn back from malicious links in fake emails, websites and text messages that are designed to fool you into giving away personal information.
Scams – Users ratings warn you when you visit a site that may host any type of fraud designed to steal money or personal information.
Spyware – WOT can warn you when a site has been reported to host spyware, which collects your personal information without your knowledge.
May 17, 2016
Here’s how this works… Install Yappy on your Android phone; then, install Yappy on computer (and/or tablet). Another option, if you use Google Chrome or Firefox, is to install their browser extensions for Yappy. The key here is to make sure you have the app installed on your phone to make sure your texts sync between your phone and computer (and vice versa). If you are confused with my instructions, then visit the Yappy web site to learn more. I have been using Yappy and it has worked quite well for me.
May 17, 2016
Recently, I posted an article, “Protect Your Android Apps From Unwanted Access” to emphasize the importance of securing your phone to prevent unwanted access (especially if the phone is lost). On my Android phone I have the phone locked down with a passcode that is managed through the phone’s security settings. If I lose my phone, someone has to get past that level of security before they will be able to access the contents on the phone. The question that is often posed with this type of security is; “What do you do if you completely forget the passcode (or pattern lock)???”… There are options available…
I encourage you to visit, Joy of Android, and read the “how to” article (How To Unlock Android Phone If You Forget the Password Or Pattern Lock) to learn about (5)-five different methods that you can work through to get back into your phone; from, the less aggressive method of using your Google account information to the most aggressive method of resorting to a factory reset. Each of these methods require having some knowledge of your phone and other account information.
How To Unlock Android Phone
If You Forget the Password Or Pattern Lock
May 12, 2016
When performing a google search on your mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.); Google now gives you a search tab to look for apps. Of course you can go to Google Play to do the same thing, but this is pretty convenient; especially, if you are into apps (and software) as I am…
You can learn more about this new feature at Android Central…