Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Apr 2017 6:44 pm
Chromebooks for education is an excellent program, but it looks like the educators need a little more teaching when it comes to getting started.
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has renewed their charge against Google, Microsoft, and Apple for the way student privacy is handled in their respective educational markets. They say "Students and their families are backed into a corner...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Apr 2017 2:17 pm
If Bixby isn't your thing, here's how to replace it with Google Now.
The Galaxy S8 has been mostly well received by everyone. Blogger and users who have scored their phones already are saying really good things, and even the naysayers are impressed with the hardware. It just seems like a damn good phone so far. But there is one thing a lot of folks are saying they would like to change: The...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Apr 2017 12:00 pm
Sit back, relax and chat about stuff because it's the weekend!
The weekend is finally here. The five days between them sometimes feel like they take forever, but this week was pretty cool with all the Galaxy S8 stuff. Flo and Daniel have to be especially grateful that the calendar says Saturday this week. Be sure to have a look at the reviews (some things need more than one) they wrote for the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Apr 2017 1:00 pm
How the AC staff thinks about security when they're buying cool stuff.
There are plenty of reasons to want a new phone or cool tech gadget, and everyone has different reasons. And of course, there are plenty of phones and cool tech gadgets to buy. We find the right gadget for the right reasons and lighten our wallets.
In the midst of all the talk about specs and software and updates and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Apr 2017 8:00 am
How do I make sure my phone's battery lasts as long as possible?
Most of us never think about the battery in our phone until it dies. When everything is working properly the battery should not be a part of the Android experience, other than not lasting long enough because we never put our phones down. The only time we ever think about the battery is when we have to charge it.
How you do that...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Apr 2017 4:00 pm
An injection of over 1,000,000 Android apps does a great job filling in the holes in Chrome.
Updated April 2017: This post was updated to make sure it's full of awesome apps for your Chromebook.
A few Chromebooks already have Android apps through Google Play. More are scheduled to get them, and most new Chromebooks will ship with the Play store working from day one. Android app support has...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Apr 2017 10:00 am
What you need to know about America's fifth largest network provider.
When people talk about post-paid nationwide cell phone networks in the U.S. they usually mean the Big Four: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But there is a fifth company who offers full-service nationwide contract plans that are as good or better than the bigger corporations: US Cellular.
It stands to reason. As of...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Apr 2017 9:53 pm
Android's native browser could block "bad ads" in a coming update and that's good for everyone.
While ad-blockers may be the most popular extensions for Chrome on the desktop or your Chromebook, the Android app has been left out of the picture. That might be changing according to the Wall Street Journal.
Alphabet Inc.'s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature in the mobile and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Apr 2017 6:10 pm
If you're looking for yet another task manager application and use Microsoft's Office 365 you might want to check out the new To-Do beta app.
Think of it as a Wunderlist replacement that also makes suggestions for you. It actually comes from the developers of Wunderlist and uses a sorting algorithm to determine what's important for you to do today or what you missed yesterday. A video is worth...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Apr 2017 9:00 am
Android and iOS have plenty of differences. Here are five places we think Apple is doing better than Google.
The internet is filled with words about Android and iOS and why one is better than the other. It makes for fun writing and reading because everyone likes to hear about why the thing they prefer is better than the thing they don't. but there are some important things each operating...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 18 Apr 2017 12:00 pm
Android and iOS have plenty of differences. Here are five places we think Google is doing better than Apple.
The internet is filled with words about Android and iOS and why one is better than the other. It makes for fun writing and reading because everyone likes to hear about why the thing they prefer is better than the thing they don't, but there are some important things each operating...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Apr 2017 5:01 pm
When prototype meets benchmark app, magic happens. Or something.
Russian mobile enthusiasts at Mobiltelefon have spotted Andy Rubin's Essential Android phone at the GFXBench.
We saw a glimpse of the Essential FIH-PM1 in March. Today we get to see some of the things that might make it tick. According to the benchmark system information, there's a lot to look forward to here. And some things that...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Apr 2017 10:01 am
Check how much data you're using and control how it's used with these simple tools.
Most people don't need an unlimited data plan. With contract data plans offering up to 10GB per month and off-contract plans from carriers both big and small, there is a data plan that works for almost everyone and chances are using one will save you money. Add in free hotspots from your carrier or even your...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Apr 2017 5:52 pm
Will Samsung's market dominance make DeX a thing people actually use?
Samsung is one of those companies that likes to try things. Because it will put things out there and keep working on them we have technology like AMOLED screens that don't suck and devices that have ginormous displays. Heck, Samsung even brought back the stylus and made it sexy. Even when its ideas get universally panned (T-...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Apr 2017 2:30 pm
Raids, PvP and player trading said to be coming in a massive summer update.
An interview with Niantic's Asian General Manager Yoshiji Kawashima and Asian General Marketing Manager Kenji Suka hints that the long-rumored Legendary events for Pokémon Go may happen in July 2017.
In the interview with Japanese site K-Tai Watch Kawashima says that a huge event is planned for summer 2017 and the new...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Apr 2017 12:00 pm
Hooray for the weekend!
Another week is in the can and the glorious release of Saturday is here. We love weekends around these parts and are betting that most of you feel the same way. It's a time to do whatever you like to do without worrying about a boss or the things he or she want you to do. Good times.
They're also pretty chill times without a lot going on in the world of Googly techie...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Apr 2017 1:58 pm
Good news for the open source crowd.
Google's Android developers head to the blog today to let us know it has migrated the AOSP issue tracking system to use its own Issue Tracker software.
Issue Tracker is the tool Google uses internally while building and maintaining all the various stuff it does. It's also the public facing bug tracker for many of its other products, including the Android O...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Apr 2017 9:00 am
A six-month check-in to see how well the Pixel has fared from people who use it every day.
Most of your Android Central staff uses a Google Pixel or Pixel XL on a daily basis. We need to be able to see what Google has going on with Android so it's something we use for our jobs, and we all agree it's a great phone in either size. In either case, it's a phone we carry around and do all the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Apr 2017 7:49 am
Know how to use the tools you're given to keep your phone and your data secure.
Update, April 2017: In light of the recent round of celebrity phone hacks, we have refreshed this page with up-to-date information.
Google, Apple, and Microsoft have great tools for managing your online security. Some implementations may be technically better than others, but you can be reasonably sure that your...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Apr 2017 3:00 pm
Update, April 2017: These are still our picks for the most secure Android phone.
See at Google
See at Verizon
The Google Pixel is the most secure Android phone you can buy, and one of the most secure phones of any available today.
Without disabling any security protections, the Pixel and Pixel XL are updated to keep you protected against known public security...