Geek Squeaks (#2015-30) FEATURING — Use This App To Create Your Own Android Car Dashboard — and MORE GREAT STUFF

October 5, 2015

Use This App To Create Your Own Android Car Dashboard – Many auto manufacturers as well as aftermarket units are bringing Android to the dashboard of your car. One such example is Android Auto that projects or casts what is on your phone onto a compatible dashboard touchscreen; but, most of us do not have the luxury of this technology. To fill in this gap, did you know that there is an android app called Car Dashdroid.

 Car dashdroid- Car dashboard- screenshot

Car Dashdroid does not project to a screen in your car’s dashboard; however, it will turn your phone into a distraction free device that has been specifically developed for use in your car. I have been testing this app and can attest that it is very good. In summary, Car Dashdroid is a car home dock replacement that makes driving easy (and safer)! It can switch on and off with your car (using Bluetooth), and return from any app to the specially-designed Car Dashdroid homescreen with a press of the Home button while connected (see settings). The interface features large buttons to launch apps (such as your GPS mapping app) and can be set to read incoming text messages to you (and you can respond back without taking your hands off the wheel). This app is fully customizable; for example, you can set up to 16 shortcuts for your favorite apps, contacts, and even shortcuts to custom actions like directions to a particular place, opening a specific playlist, or sending a pre-written message (like “On my way!” or “Stuck in traffic!”). You can use it FREE (with ads) and with some of the features disabled; however, if I were to buy an android app, this is one that I would buy. (UPDATE – I did buy this app!)…


How To Update Windows In An Isolated Environment – Another tool for the tech toolbox is Portable Update. This tool is used to perform Windows updates on a computer where there is limited or no internet connection. Portable Update uses an external cache to store updates. The cache can reside on any usb external drive or, via private lan network, on a shared path. Once an update is copied to the cache (the only time that an internet connection is required), the same update will be used for all computer that need that particular update. I have added Portable Update to the What’s On My PC downloads page (under the Portable Apps Swarm).

Portable Update Hystory tag


Daimler Driverless Truck Tested  – I’ve been saying that one of the first areas of transportation that will host autonomous driving is the truck industry. Take a look at the this article, “Daimler driverless lorry tested in motorway traffic” …

Daimler's self-driving truck took to a German autobahn to prove its capabilities


Compact Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank – I don’t know about you, but my smartphone has become an extension of my body. I feel lost when I don’t have it in my possession and frustrated when it needs charged. To remedy the charging issue, I am exploring (looking at) the compact portable chargers. One that has caught my eye, that is inexpensive and has great customer reviews is the Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank … One in three chargers sold on Amazon are from Anker!

Anker Astro E1


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-25) FEATURING — Take A Virtual Reality Ride On A New Dive Rollercoaster Coming In 2016 — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 15, 2015

Take A Virtual Reality Ride On A New Dive Rollercoaster Coming In 2016 – When introduced in 2016, this rollercoaster (called the Valravn) will establish itself as being the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster.  You can read more about it here.  In the meantime you can take a virtual reality ride on it from your computer (see video below) and even on your phone as an Android or Apple app.

Start Video Below To Ride The Valravn
(Click full screen to get the full effect. There is a control at the top left
corner that can be used to get a panoramic view)

Campaign To Ban The Development of Sex Robots – Folks, this is not a joke. Knowing what I know about computer technology and the rapid development of robotics, we are very close to the time where you will be able to purchase your own sex robot. From an ethical standpoint, this is very disturbing. “Dr Richardson, a robot ethicist at De Montfort University in Leicester, wants to raise awareness of the issue and persuade those developing sex robots to rethink how their technology is used — READ MORE

Roxxxy the robot in a publicity shot

Free Security Protection and Speed Booster for Android Phone – If you are looking to take protective measures on your Android smartphone or tablet, you may want to take a look at the 360 Security – Antivirus Boost app. I am currently testing this on my tablet and phone and in comparison to many of the other security apps I have tried, I am really liking what I am seeing with this app. In summary 360 Security is a Security & Antivirus app with features such as:  junk-file remover, memory booster, power saver, anti-theft components (locater, eraser, alarm and lock), privacy & app locks, and real-time protection. This app runs as smooth as silk on both of my devices and carries a high rating at the google play store. I have added 360 Security to the downloads page under the Android Apps swarm.

 360 Security - Antivirus Boost

Could You Spot A Fake Product Review? – When I intend on making a purchase online, I head straight to the customer reviews to see what other people are saying about the product. The problem with this is that there are people paid to post fake reviews (often using automated technology) and you really have to be careful.  I typically will head to other sites that have the product and also check out their customer reviews so that I have a good comparative analysis. I typically try to stick with Amazon for reviews because there are typically many reviewers (often with pictures and videos).  As a matter of fact Amazon will often contact you, after making a purchase, to encourage you to post a review and/or answer a question about the product.  So, how do you spot fake reviews?  I encourage you to take a look at this article at TNW News, “How to spot fake reviews“… As the article states, “The bottom line is that you should easily be able to figure out if an item is a quality product or which companies have superior customer service without going through an exhaustive or misleading web experience”.

How spot fake reviews @ TNW News

How To Spot A Fake Review

Always Check The Deal Of The Day (@Amazon) – At the bottom of the blog you will see an icon for “The Deal Of The Day“.  When visiting, always click on that icon to see what Amazon has going on. For example, as of today’s blog post, they are offering tremendous savings on TP-Link Networking products

Deal of the Day

What Antivirus Do I Use? – I can tell you this… I have NEVER paid for any antivirus software EVER. Much of what we do on the internet and how we do it determines what our risk level is when it comes to becoming a victim of malware. The antivirus software that I currently use is Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition. Once you install it, establish an online account, you will not even know it is there.

Bitdefender Free Edition


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-18) – Featuring Amazons NEW Underground App For Android — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 26, 2015

Amazon’s NEW Underground App For Android – From what I am gathering, Amazon is replacing their Amazon free app of the day with a new app that has the same functionality as their regular shopping app. It is being called Amazon Underground and it includes “over $10,000 of apps and games that are actually free”. Appears Amazon has an agreement with the app developers where they are reimbursed based on the amount of time the apps are actually used. You can learn more on this HERE …

Amazon Underground

 Windows 10 Now Installed On Over 75 Million Devices – Sounds like a good start for Microsoft and Windows 10 — READ MORE

Windows 10 - Over 75 Million

 A Tech Tool To Keep Your System Under Control – Get detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files with System Explorer

 System Explorer

Best Seller Inexpensive Mouse At Amazon – The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver is a smooth, precise and affordable wireless optical 3-button mouse with nano receiver for laptop, desktop and netbook PCs. Check out the other AmazonBasics deals and save…

 Amazon's Basics


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Geek Squeaks #2015-14 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer — and MORE STUFF)

August 18, 2015

An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer – With the release of Windows 10 a new photo viewer comes with it. If you don’t like it, you may want to download and install FastStone Image Viewer. This viewer has been in development for quite some time, was recently upgraded and is the only viewer that I have personally used for years. It can be downloaded as a full install or as a portable app.

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

Simplify Copy Paste On Android With Easy Copy – Copy and Pasting is a function that everyone should learn to do and I am constantly running across folks who still do not know how to perform the copy and paste function. If you are an Android (smartphone or table) user, you can simply the copy paste function with the app called Easy Copy. After you tap on copy, a pop-up menu is displayed and allows to auto paste into other apps to: locate in Google Maps, call a number, translate text in Google translate, create a calendar event, send a text or just to simply share what has been copied…

 Easy Copy - 1-Tap Copy Paste- screenshot

 Next Version of Android Is Called Marshmallow – Google’s update for Android, its mobile software for smartphones and tablets, officially has a name: Marshmallow — READ MORE

If you were wondering about the
Android Version Names









Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean




Off-To-College Essentials – It is that time of year that our kids are off-to-college and they need “stuff” to manage and get through their daily “away from home” lives. To help plan and get “stuff”, Amazon is a good place to start to find college essentials needed to decorate, study, sleep, clean, cook, freshen up, relax, and organize…  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED

Back To College


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Exciting News! S10 Password Vault Now Available On Google Play (as an Android App)

August 12, 2015

You may have noticed on yesterday’s Geek Squeak I posted “A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password” that featured the S10 Password Vault. I have tested and tried numerous password managers and in my humble opinion, S10 Password Vault is the best out there. You don’t hear much about it, due the developer himself is very humble.

When I started using S10 and found out how good it was I was hoping that there was an Android version available that I could download to my Android devices (smartphone and tablet). At that time, S10 was not available at the Google Play Store; however, the developer had a downloadable Android version available that required a manual install of an .apk file. I contacted the developer, expressed my gratitude for S10, and encouraged him to get the Android version of the S10 Password Vault onto Google Play Store (where the app would gain more exposure and the install process would be more automated).

Cover art

GREAT NEWS! The developer contacted me today and informed me that S10 is now available on Google Play – CLICK HERE – (and is also available for iPhone/iPad in the App Store). The developer also advised that S10 Password Vault has been upgraded, as well.

I know many people are going with the online password managers; however, my “words of wisdom” is to go with a software version such as S10 where you know your data is much safer and more manageable; and you know for sure where your data is located.

To get you started with S10 Password Vault, visit the main website – CLICK HERE – so that you can see how feature enriched this software is; YET, simplistic.  I have been using it for years and would be totally lost without it. S10 Password Vault can either be installed on your computer or be downloaded as a portable app.

A big THANK YOU to the developer of S10 Password Vault…


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An “Ad Free” Battery Optimizer App For Your Android Smartphone

July 20, 2015

When I saw Intel and McAfee together, as an app logo, it caught my attention. What they have developed is called the Intel Security Battery Optimizer. I know there are some really nice battery optimizer apps out there, but what has drawn my attention to this one is that it works in an ad free environment and it appears that, based on the number of reviews, it is relatively new.

Intel Security Battery Optimizer

Intel Security Battery Optimizer is an All-in-one battery energy boosting and power management tool for Android smartphone and tablets. Saves battery life, provides real-time power usage information, alerts you when battery is low or time to charge battery, extends call time, and helps you deal with various battery wasting situations with ease.

What this app does:

✔ Control Your Device Battery Usage

▪Identifies battery draining apps and allows you to save battery life by stopping them

▪Starts conserving battery early on by turning off less important functions

▪Shuts off all non-emergency functions when battery is critically low so you can take emergency calls and messages

✔ Accurate Energy Consumption Information

▪Provides you with real-time battery usage information

▪Displays remaining standby time & remaining charge time

▪Gives accurate battery time estimation saved by stopping an app

▪Offers accurate energy rating of apps

✔ Quick Access & Easy Management

▪Notification Bar Power Control


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Turn Your Android Smartphone Into A Level

May 19, 2015

iHandy Level Free may be a handy app to keep on your phone for those times you are hanging a picture on the wall (to get things straight). Not only handy, but a beautiful app as well.

iHandy Level Free


NOTE: Because the sensor inside every individual device could be built slightly differently, to make the level more accurate for your device, you need to calibrate before use.

To calibrate:

1. Find a flat surface.

2. Hold your device upright , put the bottom edge of the device on the flat surface, then press Calibrate button (the one with a target image on it) to calibrate the portrait mode.

3. Turn your device 90 degree clockwise , again keep it upright, and put the current bottom edge (long edge) on the flat surface, then press Calibrate button to calibrate the landscape mode.

4. Put the back of the device against the surface, then press Calibration button to calibrate the face-up mode

5. You are ready to go!


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