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June 1, 2017

Clear the Cache

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Recently, my Pixel tablet had an issue with the Maps app constantly downloading. When I checked the notification, the card said, “Canceling.” It was stuck.
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May 25, 2017

The Dawn of Android Oh

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Just this past week, the Google I/O event teased Android O. That’s the letter O and not a zero. The Oth version of Android doesn’t yet have a candy name, though most people assume it will be Android Oreo.
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May 4, 2017

What To Do When Your Android Keyboard Sucks

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The onscreen keyboard has never impressed me, neither Apple’s nor Android’s version. I understand its necessity, but nothing beats a physical keyboard for typing on a mobile device.
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April 10, 2017

Android Shortcuts

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The Shortcuts launcher icon feature was added with Android 7 “Nougat.” You might have already accessed this feature by mistake. Don’t let it alarm you!
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March 27, 2017

Avoid Data Limits and Spying Apps with GlassWire

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GlassWire app icon

In my history of using cell phones, I had an overage only once. That was back in the bad old analog days, when I left my cell phone on during a trip to Washington DC. The bill for 600 roaming minutes was outrageous. That was just for talk, not data.
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March 16, 2017

Opt Out of Android Advertising

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Unless you tell it otherwise, your Android mobile device tracks everything you do. This tracking builds an online profile designed to customize advertising. And, yes, you can turn it off — once you know how.
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February 16, 2017

Another Keyboard to Lust For

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I’ve written about my keyboard obsession many times. Yes, I pay more to have a fully-mechanical keyboard for my computers. Being a fan of the old typewriter, I enjoy typing and want a keyboard that respects my preferences. But am I willing to pay $280 for my latest crush: The QWERKYWRITER?
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February 14, 2017

Android Nougat Changes in the Settings App

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The latest version of Android Nougat (7.1.1) was installed on my Nexus phone and Pixel tablet. Along with these updates comes new frustration, mostly because my material — both printed and online — becomes out-of-date in a matter of minutes. I sigh heavily, but that’s why I write this blog: to keep you updated.
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December 22, 2016

More Weird Moves by Samsung

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Samsung is like that brilliant kid you knew in high school; a delightful genius you could admire but socially awkward enough to shun.
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December 15, 2016

Stop Correcting My Text!

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It can tick me off too: I want to type one word, but the phone changes it to another word. Sometimes this change happens because my spelling isn’t correct, but yet the replacement isn’t correct either. Other times, the change happens because the word I type is correct, but the dictionary/autocorrect feature doesn’t recognize the term. Then it “helpfully” replaces it.
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