11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone | PCMag.com

Don’t throw that old smartphone away. There are many “afterlife” uses…


11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone

Most of us can probably eke out a few years with our smartphones, but the upgrade cycle means it’s always tempting to splurge on a shinier model. You can usually save a few bucks by trading your old phone in when you buy a new one, but there are times you might end up with an extra, aging smartphone hanging around. Instead of letting that phone collect dust, reuse it. If it connects to Wi-Fi, it can still be a handy addition to the household. Here are a few cool things you can do with your old smartphone… — Continue Reading @ PCMag.com

Daily Deal: Save $50 on the Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB

The Motorola Moto G7 has been rated as one of the best mid-range smartphones you can get for under $300. If I was in the market for a phone, this would be the one I would purchase.

Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB

6.2″ Full HD+ Max Vision display (2270 x 1080) with 19:9 aspect ratio, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage with the option to add up to 512 GB of microSD expandable memory, Android 9.0, and US warranty

Source: Amazon – Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB


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Labor Day Tech Deal: You Will Not Go Wrong With This Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked

You cannot beat the Motorola mid-ranged phones for their build quality and pricing. Here at What’s On My PC, when I buy a smartphone, I go “mid-range” and save myself a big chunk of ching. You will not go wrong with this Labor Day deal… —  Rick @ What’s On My PC

Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked

  • Pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including Amazon Shopping, Amazon Music, Audible and Amazon Alexa
  • Amazon exclusive version with Amazon Alexa built-in: Simply say “Alexa” or double press the power button to play music, hear the news or check the weather wherever you are. Just ask – and Alexa will respond instantly
  • 6.2″ Full HD+ Max Vision display (2270 x 1080) with 19:9 aspect ratio, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage with option to add up to 512 GB of microSD expandable memory, Android 9.0, and US warranty
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor with 1.8 GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 506 GPU
  • 12MP + 5MP dual camera with LED flash, 8 MP front-facing camera with screen flash for low light selfies
  • 3,000 mAh non-removable battery with USB Type-C 18W TurboPower charger
  • Facial recognition and fingerprint sensor to instantly unlock your phone

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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

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Quick Tip: Cleaning Your Smartphone Screen

Long Story Short: Buy a cleaning kit made exclusively to clean the screen on your smartphone.  Smartphones are not cheap and the last thing you want to do is ruin the screen on your phone. You will see various DIY mixtures, but I have found it is best to get a product that is already packaged in a spray bottle that often comes packaged with a lint-free microfibre cloth. You will not regret it and you will find you will be cleaning and sanitizing your phone more often. Always spray the solution on the cloth and not directly on your phone or other devices.

What you don’t want to do: Due to the special coating on many of these smartphones, do not use household cleaners such as window cleaners, aerosol spray cleaners, solvents of any kind, bleach, ammonia, undiluted alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide.

Where to buy: If you look on Amazon (click here) you will find an array of products made exclusively to clean smartphones. The one that I specifically selected is the WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner Kit. The cleaner is designed to clean eyeglasses, smartphone, laptops, tablets, HDTV’s, and wearable tech, such as smartwatches. The kit is reasonably priced and ships with a large and small (portable) container of the cleaner with Two 6′ x 6′ cloths + BONUS Poo cloth.

WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner Kit – Safe for All Screens

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My Review of the Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

The Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 is a wireless stick that plugs into an HDMI connection (or port) on your television. It is powered via a USB connection, either by your TV or by the included power block. This device, I rate as “excellent” in giving you the ability to wirelessly mirror what you see on your Android phone onto a TV or projector.

Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

The key to using this device is that your Android phone must have mirroring capability (Miracast), which most of the modern day Android phones possess. In other words, when you get this setup (which is very easy – plug and play) you will be able to see what is on your phone on your TV or projector. This allows you to use your phones data connection to view pics, play games, read the news and stream video, such as YouTube, Hulu, Pluto, etc… I do recommend that you make sure you have an unlimited data connection through your cell service before using this device, which most people do these days. The real feature with Screenbeam is that you do not need a wi-fi connection or router for this to work; instead, Screenbeam wirelessly communicates directly with your smartphone.

Why did I purchase Screenbeam? I have an RV, way out in no man’s land, where I have managed to pull in a high-end 3G data signal using a booster. I use Screenbeam connected to the TV in my RV to stream video from my smartphone. It has literally opened up a whole new world in watching TV during the evenings when I am camping. Anything that I can pull down on my smartphone I can watch on the big screen. Screenbeam, so far, for me, has worked flawlessly.

Cost? The Screenbeam Mini 2 will run you around $40. To me, this an inexpensive device that works very well and would serve you for all sorts of purposes; such as using your phone to project a report or video in a conference meeting scenario or for home entertainment (gaming and movies). The selling point to me was that I can do a direct wireless connection where I do not need a wireless router like you do with the Google Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire Stick; pLus, this thing is very portable.

Where can I get the Screenbeam Mini 2?  My recommendation is to purchase it through Amazon (see link below); that way, easy to return if you do not like it, plus you can see the reviews. I can tell you that the Screenbeam Mini 2 is a great device that I am glad (and excited) to have purchased.

CLICK HERE to VIEW and PURCHASE THE SCREENBEAM MINI 2

Good Deal on this Moto G7 Power with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32 GB

Moto G7 Power with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32 GB

  • Pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including Amazon Alexa , Amazon Music, Audible and Amazon Shopping
  • Amazon exclusive version with Alexa built-in: Double press the power button to just ask, and Alexa will respond. Alexa can play music, provide news updates, check the weather wherever you are and more
  • 6.2″ HD+ Max Vision display (1570 x 720) with 19:9 aspect ratio, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage with option to add up to 512 GB of microSD expandable memory, Android 9.0, and US warranty
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor with 1.8 GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 506 GPU
  • 12MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 8 MP front-facing camera with screen flash for low light selfies
  • 5,000 mAh non-removable battery with USB Type-C 15W TurboPower charger
  • Facial recognition and fingerprint sensor to instantly unlock your phone

Source: Amazon – Moto G7 Power with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32 GB

Quick Tip: If You Use An Android Phone You Have A Google Account (i.e. Gmail)

When you purchase and set up an Android phone, you initially are prompted to establish a Google Account. Many home-based users who are just getting into the Android smartphone arena do not know that. By establishing a Google Account (with a username and password) you now have access to many of Google’s apps and services such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, etc… that can be accessed from any web-based device (i.e. computer and tablet). Anything that is Google related, you will be able to access with your username and password. There is a great benefit to this on the upside, but on the downside, you essentially have sold your soul to Google…

There are workarounds to this, but for most folks at home just want their phones to work and do not think about workarounds. Just want to point that out…

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Quick Tip: How To Power “OFF” Your Android Smartphone Or Tablet

One of the first questions I am often asked about Android OS Smartphones and Tablets is: How do you shutdown or power “off” the device (smartphone or tablet)?  

Many folks will often tap the power button thinking they are turning the device “off”, when in fact they are only putting the device in a standby mode only. To really power “off” the device you need to hold down the power button until you see an option to power the device down (varies slightly from device to device, but the process is very similar). Select the “power off” option and the device will shut completely down. To power the device back “on”, hold in on the power button until you see the screen light up (typically with the phone or tablet’s logo).

A good practice to follow is to turn the device completely “off” on occasions. I typically will power my smartphone (off) and back (on) at least once or twice a month. You will find this helps refresh the memory cache and the device will actually run a bit faster.

How Google’s rift with Huawei could change Android and smartphones forever | PCWorld

A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.

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The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.

To read this article in full, please click here

 

Google cuts off some business with Huawei, report says – CNET

If you own a Huawei phone, as I do, it appears we will no longer be getting any Android OS and security updates… Needless to say, “I am not a happy camper”…  Also, appears that any new phones distributed by Huawei will be cut off from the Google Play Store, as well.

Huawei is losing Android operating system updates, a source close to the matter told Reuters, and Huawei’s upcoming phones outside of China will no longer get access to apps and services like Gmail and Google Play. Google also will no longer offer technical support to Huawei, the source told Reuters.

Source: Google cuts off some business with Huawei, report says – CNET

Quick Tip: How To Find, Lock Or Erase A Stolen or Lost Android Device

There is nothing more distressful than losing your smartphone… If you own an Android device, such as a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook, you most likely performed the initial set up using a Google Account (i.e. Gmail account). As a result, you have a feature where you can remotely find, lock or erase the device in the event the phone is stolen or lost (Note: The phone must be turned “on” in order for this to work). You can even ring the phone and send information to the phone requesting that the phone be returned. You will need to go to a computer, log into your Google account, in order to make this work. Follow the steps below to put you on the road of recovery. You can go ahead and practice this…

  1. Open a browser, like Chrome Chrome. If you’re using someone else’s device, use private browsing mode.
  2. Open your Google Account.
  3. In the “Security” section, select Find a lost or stolen phone.
  4. Select the lost phone, tablet, or Chromebook.
  5. Follow the step-by-step suggestions to help find and secure the device.

ADDED TIP: Also, did you know, if you have a Google Account, and you are logged in, you can perform a Google Search, type in “Find My Phone” and Google (with a map) will find your phone within about 50 feet.

Quick Tip: How To Power “Off” and Power “On” Your Android Phone

How do I turn the darn thing off and on?  Typically your Android Smartphone and other Android devices (like your tablet) are made to remain “on” and will go to sleep after a prescribed amount of time; however, it is a good idea (every so often) to turn the phone “off”, then back “on”. This is good to refresh the memory, dump any cached files, etc… Couple other situations where you may need to turn the phone “off” is a situation where you do not want the phone to cause a disturbance (like in Church, at a funeral, at a wedding, a meeting, etc…) OR you may need to turn it “off” when the phone has locked up.

On most Android devices if you do the following, you can turn the device (phone or tablet) “off”:

Press and hold in on the power button. Typically an option will appear that will allow you to select power “off” the device.

Samsung Power Off Restart

On most Android devices if you do the following, you can turn the device (phone or tablet) “on”:

Press and hold in on the power button. Be patient, it may take a bit of time for the boot screen to appear to indicate the device is powered “on”. Also, give the device a minute or more to fully boot up.

Quick Tip: Securing Your Android Phone

If you have ever lost or misplaced your Android phone there are two waves of panic that hit. Wave number one is just the fact of knowing you lost a valuable piece of property. Wave number two hits you when you realize everything you do on that phone (photos, personal data, passwords, social media, text messages, etc…) could be in the hands of someone else. Smartphones are a treasure trove of personal data that ultimately could compromise your life if you do not take the proper measures to secure your phone.

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Today’s tip is simply this… Secure your phone and do it now…

To do this (and each phone is slightly different), go into the “Settings” and look for a selection that will fall under the premise of “Security and Privacy”. In those “Security and Privacy” settings (and each phone is different) look for the options to secure your phone (via a lock screen). On today’s phones, depending on the model, you can protect access to the phone through passwords, swipe patterns, pin numbers, fingerprints, and face recognition. What do I use on my phone? I use face recognition, a pin number, and fingerprints in combo. What is the safest? I am going to say fingerprint; however, I am now reading that the crooks have ways to break that (one of the reasons I use a combination of access controls).

Anyhow, please lock down your phone before you experience the two waves of panic…

Quick Tip: Disable/Uninstall Unneeded Android Apps

Typically, with few exceptions, when you purchase an Android smartphone (or tablet), there are apps on the phone that are pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled (or removed) if you do not need them. Since you cannot uninstall (or remove) these apps, I suggest that you disable them to prevent them from running in the background. To do this (each phone is slightly different), go into the main system settings of the phone and look for the app list or menu. In that menu locate the app you want to disable and look for the option to disable it.

For example, below is an image of the where I disabled the “Gallery” app on my phone. This will save me space on the phone and will save on background memory.

 

Here is “How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet” | Digital Trends

This article provides “step-by-step” instructions on how to use “Google Cloud Print” and how to use a built-in feature in some printers that allows you to email a document to the printer for printing.

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These days, you don’t need a computer to print a document or photo — you can easily print them straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few ways to do so, but once you’re set up, it should be easy. Our how-to guide will walk you through all the steps and have you printing wirelessly in no time.

Source: How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet | Digital Trends

Eureka Ergonomic Ventilated Laptop Riser Stand and Bonus Smartphone Stand

The laptop stand is compatible with laptop, MacBook, notebook & tablets size up to 17″, depths less than 12.6″ Raises your notebook screen 6.2-inches in to a comfortable and ergonomically correct eye level, while freeing up desktop space.

BONUS Smartphone Stand: Comes with an free adjustable Phone Stand, which offers you five tilt choices from 36°to 67°, ensuring a comfortable fit for a wide range of personal preferences.

Source: Amazon – Eureka Ergonomic Ventilated Laptop Riser Stand with Free Adjustable Phone Stand, Metal, Black

In The Market For A Smartphone? Here is my recommendation that will save you a lot of money…

In the market for a smartphone? Difficult decision to make and can be worse than shopping for a car. As smartphones continue to evolve, I am learning more and more; however, I am finding it is really not much different than shopping for a laptop or desktop computer. In reality, these smartphones are our computers in our pockets and have become an extension of our physical presence.

Like computers, there are specific hardware (and software) components to look for; such as the processor; the RAM (random access memory); the operating system (Android, iOS, etc); the display (LCD or Oled); the camera (single lens, dual lens, megapixels, etc…); and, the big one, the battery life. Typically, I shoot for a good mid-range phone and an example of that is the Motorola (Lenovo) Moto G Plus. Now, there is another “G” model that is out there (that I am looking at) and it is the Motorola (Lenovo) moto g⁵ˢ plus (which is a model that just came out); HOWEVER, for the sake of this blog article, I am focusing on the Moto G Plus to point out a good deal at Amazon.

What Amazon has done is cut a deal with Motorola (Lenovo), for Amazon Prime members, where on the notification screen you will see an Amazon ad here and there; and, from what the reviews are saying, this is not anything to get concerned about and is not intrusive. As a result of this deal, you can get a really nice mid-range phone for less money than the original cost and a whole lot less money than the top-end phones that are out there. If you are not an Amazon Prime Member, you can still buy this phone, straight-out with no ads, and still get a great phone at a very good pricing point.

To cut right to the chase, here is the Motorola G Plus that is at Amazon that I highly recommend and so do nearly 3000 other people. I have done quite a bit of research on this phone, watched the YouTube reviews, and am convinced the Motorola phone is going to be my next Smartphone. Yes, you can go with the Samsung or the Apple; but, guess what? Their newer models are fast approaching the $1000 mark. I can buy 4 or 5 of these Motorola’s at that price that will do what they do… If you notice below, the model I spec’d out is the 4GB RAM model with 64GB of storage (plus, can handle a 128GB microSD card). No midrange phone that I know of out there, for this price, can match this. Also, this is an unlocked smartphone and will work on all major carrier networks.

Moto G Plus (5th Generation)
64 GB Storage + 4 GB RAM

READ THE REVIEWS HERE

  • Fast 4G LTE speed, up to 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.2” full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great
  • Enjoy the best of Google Android 7.0 Nougat, including Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and more
  • Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
  • Take brilliant photos with the 12 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card
  • The all-day battery includes TurboPower (TM) charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes
  • Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad
  • The fingerprint sensor instantly unlocks your phone
  • Prime members get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, storage on Prime Photos, deals, and more with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps

SOURCE: Amazon – Prime Exclusive Moto G Plus (5th Generation) – Lunar Gray – 64 GB – Unlocked – Prime Exclusive – with Lockscreen Offers & Ads

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

There are two groups of people: those who use their smartphones or tablets in the bathroom, and those lying about using smartphones and tablets in the bathroom….

Our smartphones (and tablets) are an extension of ourselves; and, as result, we take them to the bathroom. Here is a good read on “Stop taking your gadgets into the bathroom. Here’s why…“.

Yes, your smartphone likely carries more germs than a toilet.

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SOURCE: USA Today -Stop taking your gadgets into the bathroom. Here’s why 

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

Car Smartphone Holder That I Can Attest To

My previous post about the app, DailyRoads Voyager (see here), I use the Mpow CD Slot Car Mount Universal Cell Phone Holder to mount my phone (to use as a dashcam). Fortunately, my CD slot in my head unit is close to the top of the dash. Even if you have no intention of using your phone for a dashcam, this phone holder is an excellent choice. In my case, I never use CD’s and this mount has proven to be a good mount.

 

Simple Usage Modes

Just push the Mpow mount holder into the CD slot, it will get stuck firmly. Then place the metal plate between your device and it can hold your smartphone safely. 360 Degree Swivel Innovative ballhead construction allows you to quickly adjust to optimal angle in 360 degrees. No Blind Side. 

Three-sided Clip

Three-sided cradle keeps your sensitive electronic devices firmly in place while still allowing full function. Two cushioned side grips keep your electronic device safe and secure, while a detachable ledge creates a resting shelf for additional support. Remove your device easily and quickly with a push-button release. 

Wide Compatibility

Up to 3.9in locking range allows large phones with thick otter box. Phone models included: iPhone 5s/6/6s/6s Plus, HTC One, Google Nexus 4/5 P, Nokia Lumia 920/1020, and more. 

 

 

Get The Android Auto Experience On Your Smartphone

Two years ago Android Auto was launched and was available only in certain model cars. Soon, through the Google Play Store, you will be able to get Android Auto for your Smartphone (Android 5.0 and later) as an app. Android Auto provides a “driver friendly interface to access the key stuff you need on the road ― directions, music, communications ― without the distraction of things that aren’t essential while driving”.  You can read more about this HERE and when it will become available.

Android Auto

Want An Inexpensive Smartphone? Get the LG Stylo 2

I recently moved my cellphone service to Cricket Wireless; and, part of the deal I got was the LG Stylo 2 smartphone (unlocked) for a straight out $80 (with no contract). I was reluctant to make the change from my Nexus 5 to the Stylo 2, but let me tell you, the Stylo 2 rocks. I am in love with this phone… With the Cricket service (owned by AT&T); not only has my coverage improved (and expanded), the addition of the Stylo 2 was just the icing on the cake. The Stylo 2 is a phablet size, quad core, 16GB (storage), 2GB (ram), Android Marshmallow phone (with SD slot), and a removable 3000mAh battery. The Stylo 2 also comes with a removable stylus, which allows you to do some really neat things. I have thrown everything at this phone and it has handled it. If you go to Amazon (CLICK HERE) you can see that this phone, which is relatively new to the market, is accumulating excellent ratings. Why pay $500 to $800 when you can get a really nice phone for $80, if you look around (typically this phone is sold for around $179 to $199 unlocked).

Lg stylo 2 full review is it worth it?

 

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