Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Jan 2017 4:31 pm
Satechi's USB-C power meter can tell you at a glance if everything is OK when you're charging your stuff.
USB Type-C is the new hotness when it comes to plugging things in. It's better that the old USB connector standards in every way because it provides a standardized way for everything with a battery and a USB-C port to be a charger and get charged. And you can plug your stuff in on the first...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Jan 2017 8:00 am
Is sideloading an Android app considered piracy? Yes. No. Maybe. It depends.
Recently, we got a question from someone new to Android about sideloading apps. For the most part, this isn't something you do (or can do) on iOS and seeing people in the comments of articles here and elsewhere about getting APK files online and sideloading them was a little confusing. Along with some confirmation...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Jan 2017 10:00 am
Knowing when to be concerned over application permissions and when not to be is tricky. And important.
We've all heard stories about bad apps that want to steal your valuable data and ship it off overseas, and those discussions always end with one thing -- someone says you need to read an app's permissions before you install it. Well, that's fine, but there is a small problem -- how do you...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Jan 2017 7:00 am
These five tips will make Chrome as fast as it can be on your Chromebook or any other computer. Zoom zoom!
One thing even a basic entry-level Chromebook can do faster than any other computer is surfing the web with the Chrome browser. It makes sense — a Chromebook is designed to run the browser, which is a core part of Chrome OS. It better be fast.
But for many of us, things can never be fast...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Jan 2017 4:38 pm
Google killed twice as many bad ads in 2016 as they did in 2015.
Google makes most of its money from hosting ads. They use services like Android and Gmail to help determine what we like and can use this data to get plenty of companies interested in buying time and space to show their wares through them. Targeted ads produce more clicks and more money for Google's customers.
But ads also suck...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Jan 2017 2:58 pm
Keeping in touch just got a little cheaper.
Verizon has a new plan option for people who make calls outside the U.S. dubbed Unlimited Together - World. The $15 monthly add-on provides unlimited voice calling minutes to landlines in over 70 countries and unlimited calling minutes to mobile numbers in over 40 countries. Additionally, rates are discounted for calls in over 160 other countries....
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Jan 2017 9:00 am
With Android Nougat, Google is refining the experience instead of reinventing it.
Android Nougat is Google's way of refining what we already have and adding some essential features to an operating system they were already happy with.
The past two years have shown us how Google was shifting its design language on the phones it sells itself and the apps and services that come on your phone....
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Jan 2017 7:00 am
Supervised profiles for Chrome let you decide what your kids will see on the internet.
Got little ones who want to use a Chromebook or surf the web on your MacBook or Surface but aren't ready for everything on the internet? A supervised profile might be just what you're looking for.
A supervised account isn't connected to Google in any way, and the owner of the Chromebook (whoever first...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Jan 2017 5:20 pm
While we still need to wait until February 9 to get all the details of Android Wear 2.0 and the new watches that are coming with it, this is probably what LG's Watch Sport and Watch Style will look like.
The photo, published by Techno Buffalo, shows two distinct watches that line up with all the past leaks and tidbits of information we've seen about them.
The LG Watch Style (pictured on the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Jan 2017 12:00 pm
It's never too early to start thinking ahead.
We're getting used to the changes that came with Android Nougat, but we still have a wish list for Android O. We'll start guessing the name soon, I'm sure.
Android is a far different animal than it used to be, and major platform updates don't actually look very major on the surface. The jump from Marshmallow to Nougat is a good example — large...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Jan 2017 12:30 pm
An injection of over 1,000,000 Android apps does a great job filling in the holes in Chrome.
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 also been announced for several Chromeboxes and the Chromebit. It's a slow process, but it is happening...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Jan 2017 5:38 pm
People freaking out over an Android app's permissions again was overdue.
It's a regular happening in the tech press. An app has questionable permissions and people freak out about it. Sometimes it's warranted, but most of the time it's because the people freaking out don't understand the Android permission model or haven't taken the time to see what reasons an app might have to need those...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Jan 2017 2:23 pm
Make the most of your Chromebook with these apps.
Your Chromebook is a safe, inexpensive, and simple portal the internet but it can do so much more. Whether you want to get productive, have a little fun or keep in touch you'll find an app to help do it in the Chrome Web Store. Here's the short — and ever-changing — list of ones we think you have to try.
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Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Jan 2017 10:00 am
Kodi has a ton of quality — and legal — content available.
Kodi is one of the easiest ways to cut the cord and say adios to your monthly cable bill. Formerly XMBC, Kodi is a front end that streams media. It's also super easy to install on just about anything that runs Android. Even if it's Android in name only, like Fire OS on the Amazon Fire TV stick. If it can install and run Android apps,...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Jan 2017 6:03 pm
Safer apps make for a safer phone.
Google's new Security for Android Developers page has a pretty bold statement as it's tagline:
Our goal is to make Android the safest mobile platform in the world. That's why we consistently invest in technologies that bolster the security of the platform, its applications, and the global Android ecosystem.
Google is pretty transparent when it comes to...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Jan 2017 10:06 pm
App shortcuts are great, but can quickly overwhelm your home screens.
There's nothing worse than getting overwhelmed on a new device, but thanks to one pesky setting in Google Play Store, while you're installing all your apps on your new Android phone you might go into Google Play with an empty home screen and come out to find it completely covered with apps. It's a bit annoying if you're not...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Jan 2017 11:00 am
Cheap can be good and these earbuds prove it.
A headset — earphones or earbuds (or even a single earbud) with a microphone and controls — is a different beast than a set of earbuds or headphones without a mic. For starters, not every set works with every brand of phone once you add the third wire. You need to make sure what you're buying is made specifically for one brand (Blackberry and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 18 Jan 2017 4:15 pm
The Galaxy S8 is coming, and this might be the front end of it.
We have no way of knowing what this big piece of glass is. @DforDesign tells us it's part of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and mentions that it's rounded at the top and bottom as well as the sides.
W tym lepiej widać zagięcie. Lekkie zaokrąglenie jest też na gorze i u dolu #GalaxyS8 pic.twitter.com/KXKfn6t9GO— DforDesign (@dfordesign)...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 18 Jan 2017 3:16 pm
Twitter has announced that Google has purchased Fabric for an undisclosed sum.
Fabric is Twitter's set of tools that helps mobile app developers to build, distribute and monetize apps. These tools are designed to give developers easy access to Gnip, Fabric's data platform, and the MoPub ad revenue platform. This gives a wide range of analytics and tools for development and a complete set of...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Jan 2017 9:35 am
Here's what you need to know if the screen on your Galaxy S7 edge breaks.
Chances are you will break the screen on your phone one day. If it hasn't happened to you yet, you have it to look forward to. They're glass — which is pretty fragile — and we carry them around all day every day in our pocket or bag or even in our hand. No matter how careful you are, your phone is bumped and squished and...