Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Dec 2016 3:00 pm
We're all data-millionaires and should start acting like one.
I like to talk a lot about security and privacy. It matters to me, and I place the same astronomical value on my personal data that Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook do. Your data has the same value, and I think we all need to be aware of how our data is used by the people who use it because it's so valuable.
Big tech companies...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Dec 2016 9:30 am
Mark Zuckerberg's latest Facebook post serves as a look at how the next great idea might be born.
If you're the wealthy CEO of one of the biggest tech companies out there, you probably have a staff of talented people who can do just about anything you ask of them. But if you're Mark Zuckerberg — and the thing you want is something ultra-cool like a complete AI server that you built from...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Dec 2016 7:00 am
Having Google Home turn on your lights and make your coffee feels like the future.
A little box or tube in your living room that you tell to do things seems like magic. With Google Home, there are literally hundreds of things that you can make do what they're designed to do by connecting things together with the IFTTT service.
Some of those are from Belkin and marketed under the WeMo brand....
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Dec 2016 10:00 am
Everyone likes free stuff. I love free stuff. But nothing in life is really free.
We're not your mom, and we're not going to get into the middle of a morals debate on software piracy and if it's really stealing. But we can give you a couple of really good reasons not to download a pirated copy of a paid app.
It's a good way to get malware
Yup. Malware. Most of what you hear about malware...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Dec 2016 2:00 pm
The ASUS Chromebook Flip is the best Chromebook for a student.
ASUS Chromebook Flip (C100)
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If you are a student in the market for a Chromebook or if you're buying for someone who is, the ASUS Chromebook Flip is our top pick. While not the most powerful available, it still has plenty enough where it counts so it can do everything a student or graduate needs in...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Dec 2016 7:40 pm
Google gives us a first look at stand-alone apps on Android Wear 2.0
Android Wear 2.0 has plenty of improvements and changes, but one that has plenty of people excited is having apps installed on, and running from, the watch itself instead of the connected phone. In the past Google had said that this wasn't optimal and would lead to a bad experience, but hardware improvements and Android just...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Dec 2016 4:39 pm
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is once again in your news feed. The lone holdout among U.S. carriers who have decided to disable the phone — Verizon — has changed its mind and will be killing the Note 7 come January 5, 2017.
When AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile announced the path to the end for the Note 7, Verizon didn't go along with it and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Dec 2016 12:30 pm
Have we reached the point where the things we do because we want to do them all can be done on our phone?
Six years ago, the late Steve Jobs said that a PC was like a truck. He was comparing tablets to traditional computers the way you would compare a car to a truck, claiming the PC was for work and to do the "heavy" things while a tablet was all we needed to do everything else. That always...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Dec 2016 11:00 am
2016 Jerry's Favorite Tech
Everything we do at Android Central revolves around technology. The phones, the accessories, computers and all the cool gear and toys that work with them are our passions. Besides seeing what makes them tick and helping everyone understand so we all can get the most from them, letting you know what we think is the best is an important goal we all...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Dec 2016 7:11 pm
Why leave your digital assistant in just a speaker at home? Bring it with you.
Amazon's Alexa voice assistant technology can be found in several different Echo products, Fire tablets and hotel rooms. Coming in January, you can add your phone to that list for $400.
OnVocal has announced its wireless headset today that not only does the things any other Bluetooth headset can do through Assistant...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Dec 2016 4:33 pm
You've decided on a Chrome OS — now you just have to choose which one fits your needs best.
Plenty of people have started to consider Chrome OS computers — whether that's for a primary, secondary or travel machine — for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being price and simplicity. Chrome OS enables you to have a simple yet powerful computer that can be handed to anyone and used...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Dec 2016 8:00 am
We all want a better way to do messaging and calls on our Androids, and RCS is the best way to make it happen.
Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T have all jumped on the RCS bandwagon in one way or another. Sprint has gone all-in with Google behind them and you have probably seen people talking about RCS recently. Both are very cool things — Sprint and Google using new standards that make text...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Dec 2016 3:00 pm
Get the most from your Google Home by starting with these tips and tricks.
Using Google Home is fun. That's not unique to just Google Home — telling any computer no matter what size or shape to do stuff by talking to it is just fun. And the more you talk to your Google Home the more things you'll find out about what it does and what is doesn't do.
Since a lot of us picked up a Google home...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Dec 2016 1:00 pm
We switch phones a lot. Here are the ones we're using right now.
Part of our jobs as editors here at AC is using all sorts of different Android phones. Big ones, small ones, red ones and blue ones — we try them all. And while you'll usually find more than one phone in our pockets or bags, we always have one that we use a little more than the rest and do our personal stuff like posting on...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Dec 2016 7:00 am
All computers have a processor, and your phone probably uses one designed by ARM.
We got a great question recently that made us remember that not everyone keeps up to date on specs and hardware design. Someone asked what ARM meant.
Firstly, that's an awesome question. I can imagine it's difficult to make sense of some of the technical talk that happens if you aren't sure of even the basics,...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 10 Dec 2016 3:38 pm
Microsoft wants to hold on to the only thing they have left — desktop apps — in a mobile market where nobody wants them.
A while back I mentioned that having a third company make a big splash in mobile was sorely needed. Apple and Google holding all the chips isn't good for anyone except Apple and Google. It was clear then, and still is now, that only one company can afford to keep trying —...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Dec 2016 11:24 am
This mesh networking stuff is cool, but it's also expensive. Let's try and sort out who needs what.
Wireless mesh networking has become something that's ready for you and me to buy and put in our houses. The technology and hardware that powers it is no longer too expensive or too complicated, and companies like Google with their Google Wifi setup want in on it.
But do you — yes, you...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Dec 2016 10:26 am
Say goodnight, Gracie.
Apparently, the Verge received an image from a Galaxy Note 7 user on US Cellular today about the fate of the now-deceased Note 7 line. In the photo, a message saying it was from US Cellular states: "AS OF DEC. 15, SAMSUNG WILL MODIFY THE SOFTWARE TO PREVENT THE GALAXY NOTE7 FROM CHARGING. THE PHONE WILL NO LONGER WORK." The message, in all caps so you know they mean...
Actions are the tools developers need to integrate their products into Assistant on your Google Home.
Google has opened up the Actions on Google program today, and developers can now start building their own tools and conversational bots for Google Home.
First seen at Google I/O 2016, the Actions SDK brings everything developers need to integrate their services into Google Assistant the same...
Chromecasts are cheap enough to get them all, but we can guide you to make sure you get the one you need.
Streaming media isn't a new idea. Internet radio and video sharing sites have been around for over a decade, and smartphones might not have become as popular (some say necessary) as they are today had Apple and Google not worked together in 2007 to bring H.264 YouTube streaming to the...