A What’s On My PC Pick: “How to “Navigate to Home or Work in 1 Tap with Google Maps” 

“How to “Navigate to Home or Work in 1 Tap with Google Maps” – Even if you’re totally familiar with all the routes you can take to go home or work, you’ll still want to use Google Maps to find the fastest route in current traffic conditions. If you’re on Android, there’s an extremely fast way to do this… Continue Reading @ Gadget Hacks

Source: This article is an excerpt from Today at What’s On My PC – November 16, 2019

Nice Android App To Keep Your Screen From Timing Out When Needed

Keep Screen Awake is an Android app that has been developed to keep your screen from timing out during times that you need it to stay “on”. This app serves as a toggle from your default screen timeout to keeping the screen “on”; AND, it can be easily toggled by using the included widget and/or the icon in the notification area. So far, this is the best app I have found to do what it does with various customization options.

Keep Screen Awake

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Source: Google Play – Keep Screen Awake


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Microsoft “To Do” List App – How To Get It

If you are big into the Microsoft applications, you may want to take a look at their new “To Do” list app… You can read more about the app and instructions on how to download to your computer and mobile devices by clicking on the source link at the bottom of this post.

A To Do list titled My Day on a tablet computer

To Do helps you manage, prioritize, and complete the most important things you need to achieve every day

Source: Microsoft to do list app

[Android] FitzyTV – FREE Streaming TV Aggregator That Transforms Your Smartphone Into A Portable DVR

If you have a television subscription through your cable or satellite provider (including web-based ones such as DirecTV Now, LoCast, etc…) you definitely need this app (FitzyTV) to pull in the channels that you are subscribed to in one place. Typically, you have to download specific apps for specific channels. FitzyTV eliminates that and makes watching TV from your mobile device a pleasure; plus, you can Chromecast or Screenbeam what you are watching to the big screen.  I could not get over how fast this app loads the channels; plus, it pulled in all the channels I was entitled to from my cable provider. I found that FitzyTV also throws in some other channels as well, that are very good. It even tells you what is playing on each channel.

A big selling point to this app is the DVR function that will allow you to record your favorite programs. The DVR function will require a subscription. FitzyTV is the world’s first inexpensive cloud DVR solution. Just log in with your Cable/Satellite provider and FitzyTV will let you watch and record all of your favorite channels. This transforms your smartphone into a portable DVR.

Check out the video below to learn more. You can get FitzyTV at the Google Play Store (see source link below). Being a lover of software and apps, this one really got me excited to try.

Source: FitzyTV – Free Streaming TV Aggregator & Cloud DVR – Apps on Google Play


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3-Three Ad FREE Android Apps To Scan Documents

Recently CamScanner, my go-to android app to scan documents on my smartphone, made the news for using an advertising library that injected malicious code onto devices. I don’t know if the developers were aware of this or not; but, it was enough for me to uninstall CamScanner and start looking at other options.

What I found was this. There are 3-three really good document scanner options out there that will not cost you a cent that is developed by names we all have come to recognize. Those names being Microsoft, Google and Adobe (see below). — Rick @ What’s On My PC

Continue reading “3-Three Ad FREE Android Apps To Scan Documents”

Android App: Clear Scan – Free Document Scanner App

download @ Google Play

Now convert your smartphone into a mini pocket scanner and enjoy the high-quality image in your device within just one touch with the best ever scanning mobile app Clear Scanner: Free PDF Scans. Clear Scanner lets you quickly scan any kind of documents in your office, images, bills, receipts, books, magazines, class notes and anything that needs to be there in your device within no time. This is the fastest means to get the scanned document in the highest quality and convert it immediately into PDF or JPEG format so that you can share the scanned document, image, books, bills, important notes or any kind of paper that you can think of.

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Source: Clear Scan: Free Document Scanner App,PDF Scanning – Apps on Google Play


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Tech News: Malware discovered in Google Play app with over 100 million downloads

by TechSpot

Kaspersky researchers reported that the app in question was CamScanner, “a phone-based PDF creator that includes OCR (optical character recognition.” The report notes that CamScanner was a legitimate app with no malicious intentions. Like other applications, the developers displayed ads and offered in-app purchases to make money. “However, at some point, that changed, and recent versions of the app shipped with an advertising library containing a malicious module,” writes the researchers.

Read More @ TechSpot


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Zamzar – Online Converter (1200+ formats)

Free online video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter. No download or account required.

Zamzar - Video Converter, Audio Converter, Image Converter, eBook Converter

Convenience – No software to download. Just select your file, pick a format to convert to and away you go.

Speed – Aim to complete all our conversions in under 10 minutes.

Formats – Support 1200+ file formats, more than any other converter.

Experience – Have been successfully converting files since 2006 with millions of happy customers.

Support – Got a file you can’t convert? Just email Zamar and they will ask their dedicated engineers to take a look for you.

Source:  Zamzar – video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter

Quick Tip: Try this to get the NEW Android Auto Update

If you been waiting for the Android Auto Update with the new interface that folks have been raving about and it still has not rolled out to your phone; then, give this a try to see if you can make it happen sooner.

  • Open Android Auto on your phone.
  • Tap the “Hamburger Icon” in the upper left corner.
  • Select “Settings”, then (if eligible) you should see at the top of the screen an option to “Try the new Android Auto”. Toggle that option to activate it.
  • Once activated this should begin the process to update your Android Auto to the new Android Auto interface and you should see the new interface when you plug your phone into your car.


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Android App Selection for 08/19/2019 – Eye Protector

Eye Protector

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

This app is ad-free and is one of the easier-to-use apps for setting up your screen to read your phone during the night time hours. I currently use this app… Protect & care your eyes, reduce the blue light. Make your eyes feel more comfortable when you watching cellphone. You can make the screen darker, or set other plans to fit your eyes, set the scheduled task. Besides, you are able to shake to catch screenshot and share.

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Android App Selection for 08/14/2019 – SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

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Breaking News —
Notifications for breaking news headlines.

Smart Mode —
Readability mode for optimal news reading experience.

Offline News Reading —
Fetch trending news and read it offline.


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Android App Selection for 08/12/2019 – HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator is a popular calculator with more than 16 million downloads and 100,000 five-star ratings.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

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The calculator has many functions, such as:

– basic arithmetic operations including percentage, modulo and negation;
– fractions (in the expression mode any expression including nested fractions can be entered as a numerator and a denominator);
– mixed numbers;
– periodic numbers and their conversion to fractions;
– unlimited number of braces;
– operator priority;
– repeated operations;
– variables and symbolic computation;
– derivatives and integrals;
– graphs of functions and integral area;
– calculation details – extended information about a calculation like all complex roots, unit circle etc.;
– complex numbers
– conversion between rectangular and polar coordinates
– advanced number operations such as random numbers, combinations, permutations, common greatest divisor, etc.;
– trigonometric and hyperbolic functions;
– powers, roots, logarithms, etc.;
– degrees, minutes and seconds conversion;
– fixed point, scientific and engineering display format;
– display exponent as SI units prefix;
– memory operations with 10 extended memories;
– clipboard operations with various clipboard formats;
– result history;
– binary, octal and hexadecimal numeral systems;
– logical operations;
– bitwise shifts and rotations;
– haptic feedback;
– more than 90 physical constants;
– conversion among 250 units;
– Reverse Polish notation.


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Android App Selection for 08/09/2019 – Inoreader – News App & RSS

Inoreader – News App & RSS

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

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Used globally by techies, business professionals, digital marketers, research institutions, content publishers, and more – Inoreader is a news app that offers not only a beautiful and light reading experience, but also powerful news aggregation and curation features that let you build a perfectly personalized news feed.

FREE Plan
– Add feeds and organize into thematic folders
– Search inside your own subscriptions for FREE
– Use on any device with web and mobile apps
– Day and night reading modes
– Free search and full archive of your subscriptions
– Save articles to third-party tools like Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, Pocket, etc.
– Share to any social media or scheduling tool like Buffer and Hootsuite
– Save pages from the web for viewing later


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Android App Selection for 08/05/2019 – OpenSignal

Open Signal

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

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The free OpenSignal app is packed with features to help you accurately measure the everyday experience you receive on your mobile network. No estimates. Includes:

  • Download speed, upload speed and latency test, test speeds on cellular or wifi
  • History of speed tests, visualized on a map or list
  • Stats on network availability – how much time you are connected to 2G, 3G, 4G, or have no signal
  • Stats on speeds experienced on all networks worldwide
  • Independent coverage maps made with data contributed by users
  • Free and ad-free

Click Here For More Android

Android App Selection for 08/04/2019 – Keep Screen Awake

Keep Screen Awake

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

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Very useful and easy to use application that allows you to quickly toggle phone’s screen timeout settings, setting it to always on or revert back to chosen before display timeout.

KEY FEATURES:

NEW! Quick Setting Tile (requires Android Nougat or above) to toggle screen timeout in the most convinient way.
• Quickly toggle screen timeout with compact and easy to use widget.
• Screen always on mode.
• Multi-tap support for switching between different screen timeout values.
• Up to 6 user definable custom timeout values, that you’re able to quickly switch between using double and triple taps on widget.
• Option to restore last active timeout state on device boot.


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Shouter – An Android App That Will Announce Text Messages, Notifications, Missed Calls, the Time, etc…

Shouter Pro is by far one of my most favorite Android apps where your phone will talk to you and make announcements of:

1) Notification reading. (jellybean(4.3) and above)
2) Caller name announcement while the phone is ringing.
3) Missed calls announcement if you get a missed call.
4) Text messages reading.
5) Time announcement at user defined intervals.
6) Battery status announcement
7) Device charging states announcement
8) Voice reminders

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Once installed, I suggest you install the widget where you can easily toggle Shouter on and off. This app is especially helpful when you are driving. There is a free and pro version…

Source: Google Play Store – Shouter Pro

Android App: Vollynx Volume Control

I spend a great deal of time reviewing various Android apps; especially those apps that have a practical purpose such as this one. It is called “Vollynx” and its’ main purpose is to help you manage and control the various volume controls and modes on your smartphone. If you give this app a try, make sure you install the widget which will give you quick access to maintain total control over the volume setting and mode settings. A key feature is you can lock in the volume settings. Vollynx is totally free (no ads or other purchase options). Vollynx can be downloaded on your phone from the Google Play Store.

Vollynx

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Source: Google Play Store – Vollynx

Android App: Fire and Police Scanner 

This is a nice fire and police scanner for your Android phone (or tablet)…

Listen to live audio from over 7,000 fire and police scanners, weather radios, amateur radio repeaters, air traffic and marine radios from around the world. Turn on notifications to receive alerts anytime a scanner has more than 3500 listeners (find out about major events as they’re breaking).

Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner

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Source: Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner – Apps on Google Play

Note: To install on your smartphone or tablet, look for the “Google Play” app. Open the app and search for the title of this application.

Quick Tip (Android): Access ALL of YOUR Photos Wherever You Go

On your Android smartphone or tablet, look for “Google Photos”. With “Google Photos” you can back up any photos you take and see them online from any device at the “Google Photos” web site.  To make this an automated process, do the following:

  1. Open the “Google Photos” app on your device and tap on the (menu)…
  2. Tap on “Settings”
  3. Select “Backup & Sync”
  4. Toggle “Backup & Sync” to the “on” position. At this point on the selections under “Backup & Sync” you should see your Google (Gmail) account.
  5. Scroll down to “Upload Size” and select “High Quality” (free unlimited storage).

Note: Google will allow you to upload unlimited images providing you let Google convert the images to the “High Quality” setting. If you select “Original”, you will eat up your online space at Google.

Very easy; and will allow you to see your photos online. You can then, at your convenience, delete the photos on your phone when space becomes an issue.

Note: A Google account is required. Typically, you should already have a Google account when your Android phone was set up for your personal use.

Check Out Jigsaw Explorer – Online Jigsaw Puzzles

If you enjoy working on jigsaw puzzles, you need to check out “Jigsaw Explorer” (that runs in your web browser). What I found is that once you load a puzzle, select the number of pieces you want; then, go to full screen (to eliminate the ads loading). You can also upload your own images and what I discovered by doing that is that you can rotate the pieces by using the wheel on your mouse. To lift and move a piece, simply click on the piece using your mouse. You can even create puzzles and send/share them with others. Really nice online jigsaw app. Great app for Chromebooks, as well.

Jigsaw Explorer – Premium online jigsaw puzzles.

Source: Jigsaw Explorer – Online Jigsaw Puzzles

“App Launcher Customizer” for Google Chrome

“App Launcher Customizer” is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to customize the launcher and add more than 250 Google shortcuts. I bet you didn’t know that Google had that many shortcuts, but they do.

The real killer part of this launcher is that the extension also allows you to create your own custom shortcuts to any website that you want. You can get this Chrome extension at the Chrome Web Store (see source link below).

Source: App Launcher Customizer for Google™ – Chrome Web Store

Vollynx – Great Android App To Manage The Volume Modes On Your Phone

Vollynx is a favorite Android app of mine that provides quick access and control to the volume modes on my phone (or tablet). I especially love the widget where I can quickly glance to determine what volume mode the device is in and from that same widget can change the modes quickly.

Vollynx is an application that intelligently controls the volume of the speakers and the headphones. And you don’t need to hassle changing the 4 volume-modes like the normal mode, the manner mode, the silent mode any more.

Source: Volume control – Vollynx – Apps on Google Play

You Will Love This Virtual Note Board App

You will love this virtual note board app, called “Note Board” that will help you remember tasks, write sticky notes, save web content, post pictures, etc… “Note Board” allows you to save content you come across with the Chrome or Firefox browser extensions; AND, is available as an Android or iOS app.

Note Board, productivity app

Organize notes: move your sticky notes to the board you want and drag the bottom right corner to resize.

Multiple boards: organize notes in boards, use textures to change the look of the board, move notes between boards.

Publish boards: when board’s visibility is set to public, it is viewable by anyone, but nobody will be able to change the contents of the board except yourself. Visit the gallery to see examples.

Share boards: share boards with friends and let them have writing access rights or read-only.

Save web content: if you install the Chrome or Firefox extension right click the website you are viewing to store a note, a selection of text, an image, a link or the URL of the page.

Source: Note Board App

If You Love Baseball, Get Baseball Dash – Baseball MLB New Tab Page – Chrome Web Store

If you love Baseball and use the Google Chrome browser, I highly recommend “Baseball Dash”. The developer of “Baseball Dash” had contacted me to take a look at “Baseball Dash” and I have to say, I am very, very impressed.  You will not be disappointed…

“Baseball Dash”, after installed, will appear when you open a new browser tab. The first time I opened it I was prompted for my name and then my favorite Baseball Team. In my case, it was the Baltimore Orioles (not doing so good this year). Now when I open a new tab I get beautiful wallpaper background  (related to my team), a search box, the current weather, the time, the ability to buy tickets, current news on my Orioles, and a baseball schedule.  It doesn’t get any better than that; but, it does. I nearly missed this. On the left side of the page you will see “Links”. You can add your own links, which makes it convenient to load your favorite websites. To modify some of the settings, such as changing the search provider or turning on/off the weather or clock, you will find a “gear icon” in the bottom left corner. In the end, “Baseball Dash”, in my opinion, is one of those hidden gems on the internet that I just love coming across.

To get the full drift of what “Baseball Dash” is all about, click on the image below to see a screenshot of my computer screen.  Also, if interested in “Baseball Dash”, the source link is below. I highly recommend it…

Source: Baseball Dash – Baseball MLB New Tab Page – Chrome Web Store

Dark Sky – Nice Weather Forecasting and Visualization App

Really like this Weather application… No ads; plus, very accurate. Available at the source link below and as an app on your Android and iOS devices…

Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information: with down-to-the-minute forecasts for your exact location, you’ll never get caught in the rain again. (It’s like magic!)

Source: Dark Sky

Browse on your Android devices like no one is watching…

Here is an Android app, called Firefox Focus, that I highly recommend for your Android-based smartphone, tablet, and Chromebook. Firefox Focus, built by the same maker (Mozilla) as the Firefox browser, has been engineered for our Android mobile devices with privacy, safety, and security in mind. When you browse with Firefox Focus it automatically will block a wide range of online trackers; AND, will automatically erase your history, passwords, and cookies (which, by the way, is the method used to bombard you with unwanted ads). I use this browser a lot, to supplement my regular browser when I am shopping on the internet to prevent the cookies from haunting me with ads. The install on this is small (less than 3 MB) and works great on all Android devices, including the Chromebooks that support Android app installations.


SOURCE: Google Play Store – Firefox Focus: The Privacy Browser

Best FREE Office Suite For Your Chromebook (Andoid support required)

If you have a Chromebook, with Android support, where you can install Android Apps, I highly recommend that you install the Android version of WPS Office. I currently have this office suite on my Windows based computers, Android devices (smartphone) and now found a home for it on my Acer Chromebook.

This office suite is probably the most compatible that I have found to the Microsoft Office products. As a matter of fact I use WPS and do not have Microsoft Office installed. The reason for this is that WPS Office is FREE (with ads).

View, edit and create of almost any document type – all fully compatible with Microsoft Office ® and Google Docs. The main types of compatible file fromats: doc, docx, dot, dotx, wps, wpt, txt, rtf, ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx, pot, potx, dps, dpt, xls, xlsx, xlt, xltx, et, ett, pdf, html

All-in-one Free Office Suite App

  • Integrate with Memo, Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation, lets you make quick office documents editing, creating and reading on-the-go
  • Fully compatibility with Microsoft Office( Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Txt), Google Docs, Sheets, Slide and PDF, Adobe PDF

Free PDF Converter and PDF Reader

  • Support PDF files reading and viewing
  • Convert all office documents ( word, text, excel, powerpoint,doc ) to PDF files

SOURCE:  Google Play Store – WPS Office (for Android)

A Lightweight (Simple In Design) Music Player For Android

Here is an really nice, lightweight, and simple Android app (with advanced features), called Musicolet, that plays music files (mp3 etc) that you may already have in your personal collection. Musicolet does not support internet-based music streaming and as a result requires no internet related permissions or connections. It is 100% FREE with no ads. Musicolet has become my go to music player when it comes to playing my personal music files.

To install on your smartphone, simply go to the Google Play Store app and search for Musicolet…


SOURCE: Google Play Store – Musicolet Music Player [Free, No ads]

Check out “Note Reminder – Easy Notify”

Check out the Android App Easy NotifyThis is a nice app to keep notes and reminders that can be easily managed from the notification area on your smartphone. This app has become one of my favorites.

Features:

Create Reminders, set the alarm for every note individually

Simple Memo function with additional notifications, so that you have always your tasks on screen

Manage your notes on your homescreen with an useful widget

Create a backup using the responsive material design

Fast input with speech to text

With lists you can organise your notes efficiently

By holding a Notify you can edit and delete your notes


SOURCE: Google Play – “Note Reminder – Easy Notify”

Best Facebook Lite and Facebook Messenger Alternative

Ok, if you are looking for an alternative “lighter version” of Facebook and Facebook Messenger, for your Android smartphone, go with “Friendly For Facebook”. I have tried every “lite” version app out there and “Friendly For Facebook” has topped them all. I have found it to be very reliable with minimal space usage, memory usage, and battery usage; plus, the notification feature and the ability to upload a photo (or video) works quite well (which was important to me). The Facebook Messenger component is built right into the same app. What I found with many of the other “lite” versions out there is that either/or the notification feature was not available and/or the ability to upload a photo/video simply would cause the upload to hang.

Why would you want to go with a “lite” version option?  The true Facebook app and Facebook Messenger app will consume a large amount of space on your phone, will use more memory and will cause noticeable battery drain. If you are experiencing noticeable problems when running Facebook, you may want to uninstall it, then you may want to install a “lighter” version (such as “Friendly For Facebook). The “lighter” apps for Facebook are built (by third party developers) as an extension of the Facebook mobile website. By going “lite”, you will preserve your battery, storage and data, while giving you back control over your news feed. The lighter versions may not be as robust at the true Facebook app; but, it gets the job done.

Why You’ll Love Friendly
• Download videos from Facebook
• Take control of your news feed with Keyword Filters.
• Sort your news feed by most recent posts.
• Block FB Ads
• No need for another Facebook messenger app
• Secure your account with Fingerprint & Passcode Lock
• Quickly switch between multiple FB accounts
• Beautiful material themes
• Fast Facebook lite app! Don’t settle for anything else.


SOURCE: Go to the Google Play Store on your smartphone, search for “Friendly For Facebook”.  You can take a look at the app, here on the web by “clicking here“.

Gives Your Eyes A Break – Download Twilight For Your Phone (Android)

The brightness of the screens of these smartphones is enough to make you cross eyed if you are not careful. I recently purchased the Motorola Moto G5 Plus and one of the very first apps I installed was an app called Twilight. What Twilight does is this:

The Twilight app makes your device screen adapt to the time of the day. It filters the flux of blue light emitted by your phone or tablet after sunset and protects your eyes with a soft and pleasant red filter. The filter intensity is smoothly adjusted to the sun cycle based on your local sunset and sunrise times.

I especially like using Twilight prior to bedtime and when I am driving at night (when using my map and music apps). Believe it or not (and I believe this), research suggests that exposure to blue light before sleep may distort your natural (circadian) rhythm and cause inability to fall asleep. With Twilight the screen turns to a redish tint; which, believe it or not makes your eyes feel more relaxed. Twilight can be configured to activate automatically or manually.  In my case, I have it set to the manual setting so that I can toggle it on and off at will. Twilight is a FREE app with no advertisements and is highly rated and sought after in the Google Play Store.


SOURCE: Google Play – Twilight

SmartNews- The Only News App You Will Ever Need

I am a news junky and can tell you, I have tried every “news source” app out for my phone and tablet. What I settled on and have used for over a year, is an app called “SmartNews“… This app uses a specially engineered algorithm that automatically curates the must-read stories that matter now (from numerous news sources). With today’s political climate being as it is, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using more than one source to get your news. Not only will this app pull down news worldwide, you can add official channels from USA Today to TechCrunch, Vox, VICE, People, NBC and more–for free! This app has been downloaded over 20 million times and I can tell you from a personal standpoint, this is the only news app you will ever need. So, save space on your phone or tablet and give SmartNews a try. SmartNews is available as an Android and Apple app (see links below).


SOURCE: SmartNews (for Android) and SmartNews (for Apple)

ZEDGE – Tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more…

Zedge is a smartphone app available for Android, iPhone and Windows that gives you the ability to download and manage tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more… Zedge also has a site (see source link below) available where you can preview (and download) wallpapers and ringtones from your computer.

Zedge is one of the biggest and best mobile centric social networking communities in the world. We specialize in phone personalization and offer several unique and creative services through this website. We do currently have over 27 million registered members from all over the world. The Zedge brand and services are owned by Zedge Inc.


SOURCE: Zedge

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A Very Simple To Use App To Take Screenshots On Your Android Phone

Taking a screenshot on an Android phone is typically possible by holding down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. This is tricky to do; and saving or sharing the screenshot requires too many hoops to jump through.

A solution that I found is a small app called “Selection – Screenshot & Crop”. Once the app is launched and enabled, you simply go to the notification area of the phone (at the top) to initiate the capture sequence. Once initiated, a grid will appear on the screen that will allow you to crop your selection; then, you can subsequently share the screenshot through other apps (such as your email). I have tried many screenshot apps and this one is the simplest I have found to use and is now a keeper on my phone.


SOURCE: Google Play – Selection – Screenshot & Crop (to install on your Android Smartphone, open the Google Play app on your phone and search for “Selection – Screenshot & Crop”)

The World’s No. 1 Mobile Document Scanning And Sharing App (for Android).

The world’s No. 1 mobile document scanning and sharing app is how “CamScanner” is described on Google Play. CamScanner is an app that has been exclusively developed to scan documents, pictures, etc. using your smartphone.  How good is it?  Well, I use it a lot and don’t even use the scanner that is with my computer anymore when it comes to scanning anything. The reason for that is that CamScanner is much faster than the scanner attached to your computer, is portable (because it is on my smartphone) and after I scan a document or picture, it automatically aligns the result and is saved to my phone (as a PDF file or image file). I can also upload the scanned result to my Google Drive.

I typically do not purchase apps or software and look for the free stuff; however, CamScanner is the exception. I highly recommend this app.

CamScanner helps you scan, store, sync and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, tablets and computers.

Features:

Mobile Scanner  – Use your phone camera to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates, etc.

Optimize Scan Quality – Smart cropping and auto enhancing make the texts and graphics look clear and sharp

Quick Search – By entering any keyword, you’ll see a list of docs with the word in their titles, notes or images (Registrants only)

Extract Texts from Image – OCR (optical character recognition) extracts texts inside single page for further editing or .txt sharing. (Licensed only)

Share PDF/JPEG Files – Easily share docs in PDF or JPEG format with others via social media, email attachment or sending the doc link

Print & Fax – Instantly print out docs in CamScanner with nearby printer; directly fax docs to over 30 countries right from the app

Collaboration – Invite friends or colleagues to view and comment on your scans in a group. (Registrants only)

Advanced Editing – Making annotations or adding customized watermark on docs are made available for you

Secure Important Docs – Set passcode for viewing important docs; meanwhile, when sending doc link, you can set password to protect it

Sync across Platforms – Sign up to sync documents on the go. Just sign in to any smartphone, tablet or computer (visit www.camscanner.com) you own and you can view, edit and share any document. (Registrants only)


SOURCE: Google Play – CamScanner

A Nice Android Screen Capture and Photo Markup Tool

Grabbing a screenshot on an Android device, such as a smartphone or tablet, can be a pain in the droid…

Typically, you can hold down the power button and volume down button simultaneously to perform a screen capture; however, on a phone like mine, that maneuver is quite difficult. Besides, if you are not familier with using an Android file manager, locating the file is another frustration.

The solution is an app that is designed to perform screen captures. Today, I tried quite a few of them; five of them to be exact; and, the one I settled on was one called Screen Master. What I really like about this app is that it is FREE; has a small size less than 5 MBs; no rooting is required; can crop captured images; can easily share whatever it is you capture; and, with the photo markup tool you can add text, arrows, circles, and even turn the captured area into a shape (such as a heart)… As a matter of fact, you can use the photo markup tool to work with existing photos on your device.

Screen Master has a mid level learning curve, but once you get the hang of using Screen Master you will wonder why something like this is not already built into Android.

 Screen Master: Screenshot & Photo Markup- screenshot

Key Features:

1. Capture Screenshot, included:

– Selection screenshots
– Take screenshots by floating button
– Shake to take screenshots
Note: Floating button and Shake function are available on Android 5.0 or later

2. Image Markup, included:

– Cropping and rotation
– Photo Pixelated
– Add text on photo, custom color, style, size
– Doodle on photo, all tools you need: Arrow, Rect, Circle, Pen
– Large images can be directly annotated and do not have to be cropped
– Not only screenshots but all images are supported, you could import photo from gallery
– HD save and share with your friends

SOURCE: Google Play – Screen Master: Screenshot and Photo Markup

Boost Your Smartphone Performance and Free Memory With Ashampoo Droid Optimizer

You may have installed and used many of the software products developed by Ashampoo on your Windows Computer. Now I see Ashampoo has developed an android phone optimizer that you may want to try on your Android smartphone, called Ashampoo Droid Optimizer. There are tons of these optimizers on the Google Play store and I said what the heck, so I installed it on my LG Stylo 2 smartphone and so far I am liking it (especially, that I am not seeing ads popping up).

Against data chaos – Installed apps, downloaded files, photos, music, videos – over time, your smartphone will become cluttered and slow. Declutter your phone and reclaim disk space with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

For your privacy – Browsing the Internet with your smartphone leaves various traces that can be used to violate your privacy. And let’s face it, do you really know all the time what device permissions your installed apps have? Get rid of Internet traces and expose potential spy apps with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

For prolonged battery life – The integrated Good Night scheduler can disable features such as WLAN or mobile connectivity automatically during customizable time periods. Put your smartphone to sleep at night and conserve precious battery power with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

With fun and motivation – Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring. Ashampoo Droid Optimizer comes with a ranking system that uses achievements and funny pictures to keep you motivated. You will clean your way from novice to master in no time.

Free and without ads – Ashampoo Droid Optimizer is and will remain free to use and without ads.

For all Android devices – Ashampoo Droid Optimizer works with Android 2.3 and higher devices which is practically every device.

SOURCE: Ashampoo Droid Optimizer

An Impressive and Simple Video Calling App

My daughter wanted me to try Facebook Messenger so that we could video chat with the Grand kids… I told her I do not like Facebook and I would have to find an alternative. Within minutes (actually), I found Google Duo in the Google Play Store (see source link below) and we were up and running in no time. (Note: Google Duo is also available at the Apple Store)…

If you want a low overhead video calling app, Google Duo is it. I was majorly impressed… After installing the app and giving the app permission to access my contacts, I simply called my daughter’s cell phone number. She had already installed it and as a result the connection was seamless. You can actually preview who is calling before answering. If you do call someone that does not have the app installed simply tap on “invite” or prearrange that they install the app. Google Duo is as simple as it gets and the video quality is great…

 Google Duo- screenshot

Features of Google Duo are:

Simple interface
Pick a loved one and jump right in, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.

Knock Knock
See the caller before you pick up with Duo’s live preview feature.

High quality video
Experience faster and more reliable video calls whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on-the-go.

Cross-platform
Video call all your friends across Android and iOS with just one simple app.

Audio Calls
Make audio-only calls to your friends when you can’t have a video call.

SOURCE: Google Duo

Geek Squeak #17-026: A Smart Clipboard For Your Android Phone

I have a LG phone and it has its’ own built in clipboard manager to store anything I copy and paste; however, it is not the best and I often forget about it due that it is hard to find.  It also does not have many features.

Well this all changed for me when I found Clipo: Smart Clipboard Manager. In a nutshell, with Clipo you will get a floating bubble after you copy text, etc… to the clipboard that gives you a multitude of options to take what you copied and perform a multitude of tasks (see features below).  One thing to point out, I mentioned that Clipo has a floating bubble.  This feature will need to be turned on in Clipo’s setting. If you don’t like the floating bubble, then simply go to the Clipo app to select what you want to do with what you clipped (or copied).  Clipo, itself is a clipboard manager that stores everything you copy…

 Clipo: Smart Clipboard Manager- screenshot thumbnail

Features:

👍 No Ads, No Freemium Stuff, No Donations! Free Clipboard made for you!

👍 See all your clips, in a clean and intuitive materially designed list! You can quickly copy an older clip to the Clipboard for using!

👍 Search: Get a quick action to search the copied text on the search engine of your choice – Google, Bing, Baidu, AOL, DuckDuckGo!

👍 Call: Filters your clips and detects phone numbers to give you a one tap to call experience!

👍 Add to Contacts: Filter phone numbers and quickly add to contacts!

👍 Open Link: Quickly open a link in your clip!

👍 Shorten Link: Quickly shorten a url and get it to share quickly!

👍 Email: Detect emails and get a tap to write email action!

👍 QR Code: Convert text to QR code instantly with one tap and share it to your friends!

👍 Define: Quickly get meanings to words you copy! Get notification for the definition and also inside app anytime!

👍 Speak Out: Speak out the word you copied with one tap!

👍 Translate: One tap to translate the text you copied to the language of your choice!

👍 Export: Export to SD Card

👍 Export/Import/Backup: Backup and Import your clips!

👍 Get a floating bubble when you copy text!

👍 Mark Clips as favorites, archive them for later!

👍 Select your notification background from a wide variety of colors!

👍 Timeout and automatically remove notifications


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Geek Squeak #17-015: You Need A Document Scanner On Your Smartphone

Did you know that you can scan documents with your smartphone?  Sure, you can take a photo of a document; however, there are apps out there specifically designed to scan documents by taking a snapshot of the document, squaring it up, converting it to other formats (such as JPG and PDF), and saving it to the cloud (or sharing directly with others).  My favorite is CamScanner (SEE VIDEO BELOW).

To see CamScanner and others you need to see the 10 best document scanner apps at Android Authority (SEE SOURCE LINK BELOW)

Smartphones are useful for so many things. One of the less typical use cases are for digitizing documents. It’s very helpful for things like scanning forms into PDF format, scanning receipts for taxes, and even scanning a filled out form for email. You are no doubt here because you fit into one of those use cases. Worry not because we can help. Here are the best document scanner apps for Android… READ MORE


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Voice Recorder Pro – Grab This Android App While Free

Putting this app out there if you have an Android phone… It is Voice Recorder Pro (see source link below), which typically is $2.49. What I am seeing on the Google Play site is that this app will be free for a period of 7 days. Ton’s of features. Grab it while you can; I did…

Voice Recorder Pro is an easy-to-use voice recorder that is full of convenient features. It’s perfect for recording voices in meetings or making little voice memos.

✔Can even record while screen is in sleep mode.

✔Can record whenever you like via floating button.

✔Comes with user-friendly functions such as automatic volume change when playing back recordings.

✔The application lock function protects your privacy by requiring users to input the unlocking pattern when starting up the app.

   Voice Recorder Pro (License)- screenshot

Source: Google Play – Voice Recorder Free


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How To Use Microsoft Windows Scan To Scan Documents And Pictures

If you are using Windows 10 and have a current model printer with a scanner installed, you may want to take a look at the Microsoft Windows Scanner App (called Windows Scan). I know through experience of assisting others, the scanning software that is often bundled with the printers/scanners is difficult to navigate and understand. Windows Scan is about as simple (and easy to understand) as it gets when it comes to scanning documents, pictures, etc…

The Windows Scan App may already be installed on your Windows 10 Computer; and, if not, you can download it from the Windows Store (see source link below). Once installed, make sure your printer/scanner is turned “on”; and, what you want to scan is on the bed of the scanner. At this point, launch Windows Scan and you should see your scanner’s model name; the source (which is typically a flatbed); and the file type (that provides options to save the scan, such as PDF, JPG, PNG, etc…).  You will also see “Show More”, which will give you additional options such as changing the resolution of the scan. At the bottom of the Window you can then click on “Preview” (to see what the scan will look like) or you can click on “Scan”.  I typically go with the “Preview” selection. Once you click on “Preview” the document or image will be scanned. After it has scanned you will see round handles at the corner of the scanner window. You can move these handles to crop the document or picture down to its’ realistic proportions. Once you are satisfied, click on “Scan” and following the scan the document or picture will open (typically in a software app already built into windows). Typically all scanned documents or pictures are saved to the Windows “Pictures” folder by default.

Once you learn how to navigate Windows Scan, I think you will agree that this app is a real time saver and gets the job done without pulling your hair out.

Source: Microsoft Store – Windows Scan

An Option To Fix Google Assistant On Your Android Phone

Google Assistant is Google’s new artificial intelligence personal assistant that allows you to ask Google questions (or give commands) and engage in a two-way conversation with Google. I have been playing around with it and it is very cool. I especially like that I can do hand’s free texting using Google Assistant when driving or I can ask Google about my day or any question for that matter. To determine if it is on your phone, simply hold down the “Home” button on your phone and you should be greeted with the “Hi, How can I help?”. In my case, I was waiting patiently for the Google Assistant to download to my Android phone and when it finally did, I ran into an unusual problem. I decided to do a blog post on this describing the problem I ran into and how the problem was resolved.

Google Assistant

The problem I ran into (in short summary) is that after I had determined Google Assistant was on my phone, by checking the version numbers of the Google App, it simply was not working correctly. When I held down the home button nothing would happen. If I tapped the home button it took me to the old Google Now screen.  At the Google Now Screen when I went into the settings, I noticed that it was the settings for Google Assistant (and not for Google Now). At first I thought that my phone being a mid-ranged phone wouldn’t support all of the Google Assistant settings; therefore, I only was entitled to maybe a lite version of Google Assistance.

Finally, after suspecting there was a software (or app) conflict and after searching the internet for a solution (with no luck), I found the Google Search and Assistant Help ForumForum’s are great for troubleshooting problems. After searching and browsing the forum I was unable to find a solution that matched the problem I was experiencing; therefore, I had to join the forum and describe the problem with hope that someone may be able to help. Part of the problem, when describing an issue, is finding the right words. When it comes to computers, electronics, smartphones, etc…; they all have a language of their own.

In this instance, I described the problem as follows:

Why is it when I launch Google Assistant it appears to launch Google Now?

When I launch Google Assistant via the home button it appears to launch Google Now.  I am not seeing the Google Assistant launch screen “how can I help”…  I also noticed that some of the Google Assistant features work and some do not.  For example, if I say “OK Google” , “read me the news” (from my customized list), it takes me to Google Play and plays a song from “the news”...

Within 24 hours a “Community Specialist” in the forum (named Lucas) came back at me with some things to try:

Lucas – Community Specialist said:

Hi Ramblinrick,

Welcome to the Google Search and Assistant Help Forum!

Just to confirm, is your Google app updated to the latest version? To check, visit Play Store and go to the Google App page. If you see update button, try updating the app that may help resolve this issue.

If that doesn’t help, try to reset the app and then try to update again. To reset go to device Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data. This step will reset the app to factory condition and all the personalization and preferences will be reset to original.

Please let me know how that works.

Best,

Lucas

The solution:

I followed the instructions and found that by doing a reset of the app was the solution (Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data).  Google Assistant is now performing flawlessly and we are now having conversations with each other on a daily basis. A big thanks to Lucas, whoever and wherever you are, for your assistance.

Update to Vudu App Converts DVD/Blu-Ray Movies To Digital (for $2 each) – TechSpot

Found this over at TechSpot; an article about an app that allows you to convert your physical movies (i.e. DVDs) to digital for $2 each…

Walmart’ streaming movie service, Vudu, is expanding its disc-to-digital program with an update to its mobile app that will allow users to scan the film’s barcode for converting into digital movies you can watch anywhere.

Source: Walmart’s Vudu app converts your physical movies to digital for $2 each – TechSpot

New Tappable Shortcuts Coming To The Mobile (google.com) Search App

On your mobile phone you should soon start seeing when performing a Google search (google.com), shortcuts peppered on the home screen for quick access to in-depth experiences associated with sports, eat & drink, entertainment and weather.

Google Search is taking the next step forward: providing in-depth, tappable search experiences within the Google app, keeping you in the know about the things that matter to you.

Source: New shortcuts in Search help keep you in the know

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