NEW Firefox Focus For Android

June 21, 2017

Firefox Focus takes web browsing to another level in the protection of your security and privacy. Firefox Focus can be used as a standalone browser or as a content blocker for Safari on supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices; and NOW, it is available for the Android platform.

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AUTOMATIC PRIVACY

Blocks a wide range of common Web trackers without any settings to set

Easily erases your history — no passwords, no cookies, no trackers

BROWSE FASTER

By removing trackers and ads, Web pages may require less data and load faster

MADE BY MOZILLA

We believe everyone should have control over their lives online. That’s what we’ve been fighting for since 1998.

SOURCE: Google Play – Firefox Focus


An Impressive and Simple Video Calling App

June 12, 2017

My daughter wanted me to try Facebook Messenger so that we could video chat with the Grand kids… I told her I do not like Facebook and I would have to find an alternative. Within minutes (actually), I found Google Duo in the Google Play Store (see source link below) and we were up and running in no time. (Note: Google Duo is also available at the Apple Store)…

If you want a low overhead video calling app, Google Duo is it. I was majorly impressed… After installing the app and giving the app permission to access my contacts, I simply called my daughter’s cell phone number. She had already installed it and as a result the connection was seamless. You can actually preview who is calling before answering. If you do call someone that does not have the app installed simply tap on “invite” or prearrange that they install the app. Google Duo is as simple as it gets and the video quality is great…

 Google Duo- screenshot

Features of Google Duo are:

Simple interface
Pick a loved one and jump right in, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.

Knock Knock
See the caller before you pick up with Duo’s live preview feature.

High quality video
Experience faster and more reliable video calls whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on-the-go.

Cross-platform
Video call all your friends across Android and iOS with just one simple app.

Audio Calls
Make audio-only calls to your friends when you can’t have a video call.

SOURCE: Google Duo


Geek Squeak #17-022: Try Out Microsoft’s Face Swap (an app for Android and iOS)

June 7, 2017

Microsoft’s NEW Face Swap app is a product of the Microsoft Garage (see source link below)… With this app you can search and transport yourself into fun, inspirational scenes. Currently available for Android and coming soon to iOS.

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  • See yourself with a new hairstyle
  • Try on different fashions
  • Pop yourself into trending scenes
  • Swap multiple faces on a group photo
  • Put your friend’s face onto some funny pictures
  • You can swap any face into any picture.

Choose a picture:

  • Pick an image with faces from your camera roll
  • Search for an image from internet right inside the app
  • Choose a scene from one of our fun categories

Choose a face to swap:

  • Take a great selfie with our special face swap camera with real time hints and instructions
  • Pick an image from your camera roll
  • Search for a face on the web
  • Using a sophisticated face swap engine:
  • Match skin tone (or any tone — try a stone statue!)
  • Automatically find faces in images and place your swap
  • Match lighting conditions
  • Match head turns and tilts
  • Process and place multiple faces in a single scene

SOURCE: Microsoft Garage – Face Swap


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Voice Recorder Pro – Grab This Android App While Free

May 8, 2017

Putting this app out there if you have an Android phone… It is Voice Recorder Pro (see source link below), which typically is $2.49. What I am seeing on the Google Play site is that this app will be free for a period of 7 days. Ton’s of features. Grab it while you can; I did…

Voice Recorder Pro is an easy-to-use voice recorder that is full of convenient features. It’s perfect for recording voices in meetings or making little voice memos.

✔Can even record while screen is in sleep mode.

✔Can record whenever you like via floating button.

✔Comes with user-friendly functions such as automatic volume change when playing back recordings.

✔The application lock function protects your privacy by requiring users to input the unlocking pattern when starting up the app.

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Source: Google Play – Voice Recorder Free


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Android Now Most Popular Operating System (in terms of internet usage)

April 3, 2017

I may need to change my site name from What’s On My PC to What’s On My Android Device…

Google’s Android has overtaken Microsoft Windows for the first time as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined…

Source: StatCounter GlobalStats


An Option To Fix Google Assistant On Your Android Phone

March 28, 2017

Google Assistant is Google’s new artificial intelligence personal assistant that allows you to ask Google questions (or give commands) and engage in a two-way conversation with Google. I have been playing around with it and it is very cool. I especially like that I can do hand’s free texting using Google Assistant when driving or I can ask Google about my day or any question for that matter. To determine if it is on your phone, simply hold down the “Home” button on your phone and you should be greeted with the “Hi, How can I help?”. In my case, I was waiting patiently for the Google Assistant to download to my Android phone and when it finally did, I ran into an unusual problem. I decided to do a blog post on this describing the problem I ran into and how the problem was resolved.

Google Assistant

The problem I ran into (in short summary) is that after I had determined Google Assistant was on my phone, by checking the version numbers of the Google App, it simply was not working correctly. When I held down the home button nothing would happen. If I tapped the home button it took me to the old Google Now screen.  At the Google Now Screen when I went into the settings, I noticed that it was the settings for Google Assistant (and not for Google Now). At first I thought that my phone being a mid-ranged phone wouldn’t support all of the Google Assistant settings; therefore, I only was entitled to maybe a lite version of Google Assistance.

Finally, after suspecting there was a software (or app) conflict and after searching the internet for a solution (with no luck), I found the Google Search and Assistant Help ForumForum’s are great for troubleshooting problems. After searching and browsing the forum I was unable to find a solution that matched the problem I was experiencing; therefore, I had to join the forum and describe the problem with hope that someone may be able to help. Part of the problem, when describing an issue, is finding the right words. When it comes to computers, electronics, smartphones, etc…; they all have a language of their own.

In this instance, I described the problem as follows:

Why is it when I launch Google Assistant it appears to launch Google Now?

When I launch Google Assistant via the home button it appears to launch Google Now.  I am not seeing the Google Assistant launch screen “how can I help”…  I also noticed that some of the Google Assistant features work and some do not.  For example, if I say “OK Google” , “read me the news” (from my customized list), it takes me to Google Play and plays a song from “the news”...

Within 24 hours a “Community Specialist” in the forum (named Lucas) came back at me with some things to try:

Lucas – Community Specialist said:

Hi Ramblinrick,

Welcome to the Google Search and Assistant Help Forum!

Just to confirm, is your Google app updated to the latest version? To check, visit Play Store and go to the Google App page. If you see update button, try updating the app that may help resolve this issue.

If that doesn’t help, try to reset the app and then try to update again. To reset go to device Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data. This step will reset the app to factory condition and all the personalization and preferences will be reset to original.

Please let me know how that works.

Best,

Lucas

The solution:

I followed the instructions and found that by doing a reset of the app was the solution (Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data).  Google Assistant is now performing flawlessly and we are now having conversations with each other on a daily basis. A big thanks to Lucas, whoever and wherever you are, for your assistance.


Update to Vudu App Converts DVD/Blu-Ray Movies To Digital (for $2 each) – TechSpot

March 25, 2017

Found this over at TechSpot; an article about an app that allows you to convert your physical movies (i.e. DVDs) to digital for $2 each…

Walmart’ streaming movie service, Vudu, is expanding its disc-to-digital program with an update to its mobile app that will allow users to scan the film’s barcode for converting into digital movies you can watch anywhere.

Source: Walmart’s Vudu app converts your physical movies to digital for $2 each – TechSpot