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December 5, 2012

Notification Light Widget Available

Filed under: News — Tags: — admin @ 10:36 am

Tired of your phone’s notification light blinking incessantly? Especially when your phone may have a larger-than-normal blinking lamp? I once got an email from a reader who just couldn’t stand the blinking light because it was keeping her up at night. Well! Get some sleep with the new Motorola Notification Light Toggle widget:

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Install Phone Apps From Your Computer

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

Many of my Android books feature QR Code icons in the margins. The QR Codes can be scanned by the phone’s camera, and the results read and used to do various things. For example, you can visit a web site or pick up an app at the Google Play Store. There is, however, a more convenient way.

December 3, 2012

Microsoft Mouse 1.0

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

A few weeks ago, I posted a news article about the demise of the computer mouse. That got me to thinking about my first computer mouse.

November 30, 2012

Off Your Christmas List: The Nexus 7 16GB

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:04 pm

Oh, I’m sure you want that Nexus 7 tablet, the one stocked with 16GB of internal storage. It’s the cat’s meow! But according to the ordering page at the Google Play Store, the delay is from six to seven weeks. That means your handy tablet won’t be getting there for Christmas! This is terrible!


When You Wish Upon an App

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

The Android Market, er, Google Play Store now has a Wish List feature. Though they call it “wishlist,” which is all one word, and it sounds very 21st Century, and it drives my spell checker nuts.

November 29, 2012

Smartphones as Car Computers

Filed under: News — admin @ 11:29 am

I remember being jealous of all those cars that featured their own computers, little monitors in the dash. That looked so cool! As it turns out, the “cool” computer is a boat anchor. From the article (below), people keep their cell phones for two years, typically. They keep their computers for six. Cars? They keep those for 10 years. Having a computer in your car today could be like running a copy of Windows 98 on your desktop. Or something like that.


November 28, 2012

Macintosh Meet Android

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

After writing a kajillion books on using Android phones and tablets, I’d pretty much given up on the notion of file transfer between Android and the Macintosh. You can try. Sometimes it works. Most of the time, it doesn’t. That was until I finally discovered the Android File Transfer program.

November 27, 2012

Nexus 7 Android 4.2.1 Update Coming!

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:36 am

Android 4.2.1 Update

The 4.2.1 update is apparently a minor update that fixes a date bug in the People app. The contents of my book are still up-to-date. You can read more at the link below.


November 26, 2012

Nexus 7 Running Slow? Here’s a Fix

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:34 pm

I’m passing this on from Droid-Life. Apparently the Google Currents app, called “Currents” on the App screen, can cause your tablet to slow down. I’ve not experienced this situation, but you might. The cure can be found by clicking the link:


Look at Some Junk

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

The amount of spam or junk mail (yes, that kind of junk) has really gone down over the past few years. Things should stay that way until the spammers figure out how to spam you on Facebook. Or have they already done that?

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