March 17, 2017
Google’s Family Link app lets you create a Google Account for your kids that helps you set certain digital ground rules, such as; managing the apps for your kids, keeping an eye on their screen time, and even setting a bedtime on their device.
Family Link is available by invitation only
to parents of kids under 13 years old.
To get started, you’ll need:
- To create a Google Account for your kid through Family Link.
- A compatible Android device for your kid*.
- Your own Android device.
- Your own Google Account.
- To be in the U.S.
Source: Google Family Link – Home
March 10, 2017
YESTERDAY I posted an option to remotely access your files on your computer using Microsoft’s OneDrive (Remotely Fetch files on your PC Using OneDrive); and, TODAY I will give you another option called “Tonido”.
I currently use Tonido to turn my main computer at home into a cloud server, which allows me to access my files from a remote computer (through a web browser) and/or my smartphone (via the Tonido app).
Tonido Server allows you to access all your files on your computer from a web browser, smartphone, tablet or even DLNA enabled devices.
Simple setup. Start your own Personal Cloud in minutes.
Easy to get started: just install the Tonido Server software and your computer turns into a private cloud server.
Easy to remember link to your computer. e.g.: http://john.tonidoID.com
Ideal as a personal cloud server or a home cloud server. Your files reside on your computer not on a third party server.
Your Own Free Personal Cloud
Source: Tonido – Run Your Personal Cloud. A Free Private Cloud Server
March 3, 2017
Love Amazon’s Alexa??? If so, you may be interested in taking a look at Reverb. This app is currently in development and will only continue to improve. Simply install, log in to your Amazon account, and ask Alexa questions or give commands by holding down the microphone on the screen.
Reverb currently does not support the music component that Alexa supports. The app can be a little buggy at times and on my phone appears to conflict a little with “Google OK”, however, I was very impressed and expect that this app will only improve (and become quite popular).
If you need to learn more about Alexa’s commands, check this out “The complete list of Alexa commands so far“…
Reverb allows you to interact with Alexa from anywhere. Via Alexa, Reverb answers questions, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service.
Source: Reverb for Amazon Alexa – Android Apps on Google Play
February 28, 2017
It is unbelievable what one can do with these smartphones these days. I now know why the PC industry is on the downslide. It is because of apps such as DailyRoads Voyager. I have a real passion for software and the Android platform continues to feed my passion. This app (DailyRoads Voyager) allows you to turn your phone into a dashcam; and, I must say it has worked flawlessly for me. You will need a phone mount that you can place at dash level in order for this to work for you and it is advisable that you keep the phone plugged in when using this; and, “yes” you can continue to use the phone when running the app (which will run in the background). On my phone I have the app saving the video to the SD card in 3GB segments (note: you can allocate how much space to use to store video).
– Continuous video recording, with user-defined length and video quality; sound can be included
– User-defined storage space on the SD card with cyclic recording; i.e. the card never fills up
– One-touch video retention allows you to keep video files for interesting road events during the whole journey
– Auto retain video upon sudden shock (e.g. accident); configurable g-force sensitivity
– Automatically capture photos at user-defined intervals and resolutions; great for time-lapse photography
– Background video/photo capture, with optional buttons over other applications
– Auto start and shutdown based on car dock detection and related options
– Videos/photos are timestamped & geotagged
– Automatically determine street address of retained videos/photos
– Display videos/photos location on a map
– Display speed, elevation, timestamp and GPS coordinates on videos/photos
– Option to change speed units (km/h, mph) and date format
– Overheating protection
– GPS can be disabled to reduce power consumption
– Brightness adjustment option allows less distraction when driving at night
– Built-in file manager, video/photo browser
– Add title/description/bookmark to files
– Upload files to DailyRoads.com
Source: DailyRoads Voyager – Android Apps on Google Play
February 12, 2017
Thought this may be of interest to you Android users… It is called YouTube Go (currently in beta) that allows you to preview and download YouTube videos to your device. The goal is to save you on your data usage. The app allows you to select either a standard or basic download (which both are less than 720p).
✔️️ Find a world of videos: 🎵 songs, 🎥 movies, 📺 TV shows, 😂 comedy, 👜 fashion, 🍲 cooking, 🛠️ how-to’s and many, many more!
✔️️ Download and watch your favorite videos
✔️️ Instantly share videos – no data used to transfer
✔️️ Search for any video and discover new videos
✔️️ Only 8.5MB app size
Beta test of the new YouTube Go app – try it now!
Source: YouTube Go – Android Apps on Google Play
January 3, 2017
Thought I would throw this out there for you Android users. It is called “FastKey” and it is a launcher for your phone or tablet. I installed this and was super impressed on how fast it was; however, I wish it had an option where I could solely use it as an app (and not so much as a default launcher). Anyhow, this launcher keeps a keyboard on your screen and when you need to find something, such as an app, contact, etc…, this launcher is right on top of it.
Source: Google Play Store (FastKey Launcher)
December 17, 2016
On Black Friday I took advantage of the $25 Chromecast and installed it on my TV in my garage. My wife hasn’t seen me since. You can still take advantage of the $25 Chromecast at the official Google site (click here), until December 24th. After getting the Chromecast I was like a kid with a new toy and it wasn’t long before I was looking for Chromecast ready apps (that you install on your Android phone or tablet then cast or display on the TV).
One of my favorites so far, is Haystack TV… In a nutshell it is like a high-def visual feed reader that specializes mostly in news; however, I found that you can customize (search for and save sources & topics) that can be quite entertaining (like late night TV segments). Even if you do not have a Chromecast, Haystack TV is worth downloading on your smartphone or tablet.
Haystack TV is a free and Google Cast™ Ready app, a great alternative to cable news. Haystack has featured repeatedly for Chromecast and Android TV the latest politics, local, national and world news from top news organizations such as CNN, AP, MSNBC, NYTimes and the BBC.