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 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...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Jan 2017 1:00 pm
Here's everything you need to know if you cracked the screen on your Galaxy S7.
Broken screens happen. Mix a big piece of thin glass (no matter how many Gorillas were involved) and something that will be dropped and bumped and otherwise gently abused and the outcome is broken displays. If this happens to your Galaxy S7, you'll probably want to get it repaired or replaced. There are several...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Jan 2017 3:35 pm
If you're looking to buy a Chromecast, here's what you need to know.
Google unveiled the new Chromecast Ultra at its October 2016 event in San Francisco, and while it doubles the price of the original Chromecast at $69, it packs quite a punch when it comes to its capabilities. It's still the small, easy to use, and affordable media streamer that people love, only designed for folks who want...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Jan 2017 3:30 pm
When 'old' models get all the features from the new everyone wins.
We expected a new Shield TV was in the works. The current model is one of the best Android products available and NVIDIA keeps it that way by constantly providing content and fine tuning the features and software. You can tell they care about the Shield name, and specifically a Shield set-top box. We didn't expect to see...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Jan 2017 5:17 pm
When the co-founder of Android makes a move, people pay attention.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Android co-founder and Google Robotics pioneer Andy Rubin has a team that's going to build the next big deal — an artificial intelligence-centric smartphone and smart home products that work together.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Jan 2017 11:11 am
The Fire TV Stick gets even better when you step outside of the Amazon App Store.
Amazon's Fire TV Stick is really cheap, really easy to use and delivers a ton of content to any TV. That's why it's so popular. But it's also a small computer that can run Android apps, including apps that you get from somewhere besides the Amazon App Store. Like Kodi.
Kodi is a video player. It can play local...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Jan 2017 7:00 am
Cover your tracks like a ninja with these tips for keeping your browsing habits private on your Chromebook.
The internet is filled with naked sweaty people doing naked sweaty things. It's also used by folks who like to look at them — but don't really want anyone else to know about it. While there's not much you can do to make sure nobody can see where you've been and what you clicked on, you...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Jan 2017 10:00 am
Put your music where you want to hear it by setting up Chromecast Audio groups.
One of the coolest features of Chromecast Audio and the Google Home app is the grouping setting. If you have multiple Chromecast Audio or Google Cast-ready speakers, you can set things up so that you can cast audio to specific devices while others stay silent. For me, this reason alone makes the Chromecast Audio...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Jan 2017 9:00 am
Sometimes being incognito just isn't enough.
Chrome's Incognito mode is a great thing. It won't hide who you are on the internet but it does keep all traces of the websites you've visited out of your Google account and local browser storage. Sometimes, you want to keep those cookies and trackers from being stuck to you and your account. Reasons range from looking at porn to using a computer on...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Jan 2017 4:25 pm
A clarification of existing rules means everyone will get at least one feature from Android 7.
It never fails that Google shows off something we think is pretty cool when they give us details about what the next Android version can do, then the people who make the phones don't include it. There is always that one thing. But it won't be the direct reply feature in Android 7 Nougat because...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Jan 2017 8:00 am
Your phone takes HDR pictures and your TV shows HDR video. Here's what that means.
HDR is a term that gets tossed around a lot, and it seems like it never really gets explained. It stands for High Dynamic Range, but it means different things depending on what exactly is being discussed. Let's break it down into simple terms so we all can understand what it means — and why it matters.