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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?

March 12, 2018

Android P Peeks Out

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I’m going [to try] to avoid my ongoing rant about whether new OS upgrades are needed annually, and just dive into what happened this past week: Google released the first prototype (not even a beta) of the next version of Android, P. It doesn’t even have a dessert name yet.

February 26, 2018

Android Screenshots

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It seems weird, but taking a screenshot, making an image file of what you see on your mobile device’s screen, is something many people want to do. So many, in fact, that a default method exists to snap a quick screenshot on any Android.

February 12, 2018

Android Security

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I’m spending this week at Lynda recording another course for LinkedIn Learning. The topic is Android Security, something every phone and tablet owner show know.

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