Visit the “Android Police” (see source link below) to learn about 3 new experimental apps by Google (Envelope, Activity Bubbles, and Screen Stopwatch) that could help you cut down on your phone usage.
Nearly everyone that carries a smartphone has sensitive information on the phone. Typically this information is accessed by an app that is installed. Most folks don’t think about the security of this information until they misplace or lose the phone. For example, apps that store pictures, personal and financial information, and even control the devices in your home could be compromised if the phone ended up in the wrong hands. Yes, most folks password-protect their phones; but, many do not (which is a disaster waiting to happen). Even if you do password protect your phone there is a high probability that someone else, who wanted to compromise your phone’s information, would find a way to get to the information. It could even be someone you trust.
To give you a layer of protection, which is FREE, I suggest you take a look at Norton App Lock. Norton who has been around for years has developed an app lock that is more secure and not battery hungry compared to many of the app locks available where a crafty person can bypass the security.
You can read more on Norton App Lock by clicking on the source link below, but in summary what this app does is give you the ability to password protect whatever app you want by assigning a PIN, Password or Pattern. For example, I assigned a PIN to my Gmail app on my phone. In order to launch and open the Gmail app, a PIN is required. I have also locked down other apps on my phone, as well. This added layer of security gives me a better feeling knowing my information is safe in the event the phone is compromised.
This Android App (Microsoft Lens) is currently in beta but is one of the best document scanners out there. What impresses me is the accuracy of the scans (corner detection) and the clarity of the result. If you are in the world of Microsoft and use OneNote and OneDrive, this is a must-have app. When you complete a scan you are given the option to upload the scan (PDF or Image option) to OneNote, OneDrive or both. You can also convert the scan of a document to Microsoft Word or Powerpoint using OCR technology (Optical Character Recognition). Since this is in beta, you may have to sign up as a beta tester to download the app.
Scan and upload all your notes, receipts, and documents. Increase your productivity by eliminating time spent looking for documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Whether you’re using it for business or education, Office Lens will help you save and share your documents in OneNote and OneDrive so you can all work together.
For simple note keeping, I suggest you take a look at “Simplenote“… I have installed, uninstalled, reinstalled this application so many times that I cannot keep count; BUT, here I am back to it again. In reality, if you are tired of all the bells and whistles and want something that is “simple” (as the name implies) and is dog fast in terms of load time and searches, this is the note-keeping application to go with. It is a text-based application; but, you can use (learn) the very simple markdown language to make elements of a note standout. Simplenote has been around for years and is now being developed by “Automattic”, the developers of WordPress…
Simplenote is a cross-platform application that is available on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Linux and on the WEB…
After reading the review on the ASUS Zenfone 6 smartphone (see source link at end of this article), I managed to find this phone on Amazon (click here). I am a big fan of ASUS products…
The Asus Zenfone 6 stands out for its borderless screen and a flip camera that can swivel to take shots from multiple angles. At $500, the price is also a standout in an era when $1,000 has become the norm for a new smartphone. But that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. The phone’s signature feature can also detract from its appeal in some ways. – Business Insider
One of my favorite board games growing up was Scrabble; and, to this day it still is. It is the only game out there that will hold my attention. I have tried many of the Scrabble type games on the Google Play Store (including Hasbro’s version) and today I came across one called “CrossCraze“, that not only is visually appealing; BUT, it is not constantly blinking ads while you are playing; and, is just plain fantastic. With CrossCraze you play against your device (at different difficulty levels) OR if you go with the PRO version you can play with another person by taking turns. My wife and I enjoy (together) trying to beat the device (such as the Tablet, Smartphone or Chromebook). I have installed and run the game on all three (Tablet, Smartphone and Tablet). Also, while checking out the developer’s website, I noticed there is a Windows version as well; however, you are limited to a trial run of 10 games. If you like playing Scrabble and want to sharpen up your skills, you may want to give this one a try!
Using this quick gesture on Chrome gives you a faster and more seamless experience without having to lift a finger.
One of the things that Google users have been requesting is to have the new-ish Google Tasks integrated with all the other Google productivity apps to make it a seamless process. Well we did get that with Gmail previously and now it looks like Google Calendar is the next one to follow. They have actually been working on the task integration for some time now but a recent teardown has spotted the feature and can actually be manually triggered if you know how.
Download and install the software for your operating system on the computer or device you are connecting from and on the Windows/Linux/Mac computer you want to connect to. You can easily share a remote desktop or control a server over any network. No matter where you are, NoMachine makes it safe and easy to quickly access a remote desktop within a few seconds.
NoMachine works on the following platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, and ARM