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July 29, 2020

Bye-bye Google Play Music

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According to a message from the Google mothership, Google Play Music is going to join My Space and Lotus 1-2-3 in digital purgatory. It’s going away.

July 14, 2019

Android Tablets RIP

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Reflecting on the past 10 years, I bought a lot of Android tablets: Galaxy Tabs, Nexus tablets, Pixels, even a few oddballs I forgot the names. And now, beyond Samsung and a few others, I would offer the sun is setting on the Android tablet.

May 21, 2019

The 5G Cellular Standard: Meh

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The tech world is abuzz with the new 5G standard, which seems to be taking its time. As I recall, 4G was hot on the tail of 3G. The 5G standard must be something super special if it’s taken so long to implement, but is 5G really going to knock your socks off?

August 31, 2018

The Roku Media Caster

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I cut the cable almost three years ago in 2015. I don’t regret it, but the cut required that I rely upon streaming devices and screencasters to sate my visual entertainment desires. Key among these devices was my Nexus Player. Just last month, it died.

June 3, 2018

The Disappearing Android Tablet

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Back in January, I wondered what happened to the Android tablets. I wanted a new one, but the offerings were (and continue to be) quite thin. I settled upon the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, and I’m not disappointed with it, but it’s still the newest offering at over a year old. What’s going on?

May 22, 2018

Area Code Madness!

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If you haven’t yet got the message, your phone company will remind you soon: Update your contact’s phone numbers, or when dialing, ensure that you dial the 1 and the area code. For some people, that’s a lot of contacts, a lot of updating, and a lot of work!

April 9, 2018

My Latest Course: Android Security

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Learning Android Security

I’m pleased to announce that my latest course from LinkedIn Learning is up and ready for your viewing pleasure: Learning Android Security.

April 2, 2018

Dropbox is Still the Best

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You never forget your first time, and my first time saving to the cloud was on Dropbox. I forget who told me about or why I signed up, but I’ve never been disappointed.

March 29, 2018

Here Comes 5G Cellular Service

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Coming soon, your phone will find a 5G signal. I don’t know the technical details enough to say whether your existing phone supports the service. To be safe, I’ll say, “No.” Anyway, by the time 5G rolls out, you’ll most likely have a new phone anyway. Hopefully it supports those fancy new 5G cell towers when they appear.

March 19, 2018

Setting the Ring Time

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I remember having landline phones long before cell phones became popular. If you phoned someone, you could just let it ring and ring. Like when you knew Grandpa was out in the yard and it would take him a while to get in the house and answer. Yet, with today’s smartphones, if you don’t answer after a few rings, the call is sent to voicemail. Can that duration be changed?

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