There are two groups of people: those who use their smartphones or tablets in the bathroom, and those lying about using smartphones and tablets in the bathroom….

July 16, 2017

Our smartphones (and tablets) are an extension of ourselves; and, as result, we take them to the bathroom. Here is a good read on “Stop taking your gadgets into the bathroom. Here’s why…“.

Yes, your smartphone likely carries more germs than a toilet.

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SOURCE: USA Today -Stop taking your gadgets into the bathroom. Here’s why 


Geek Squeaks (#2015-28) FEATURING — NEW Gmail Features — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 28, 2015

NEW Gmail Feature – Gmail now has a built in feature that gives you the ability to EASILY block a nuisance sender (via the web interface and on Android) and the ability to unsubscribe from various services (on Android only). I am especially eager to test the unsubscribe option…  You can read more (and get a visual of how this works) at the official Gmail blog

Just Added “Feedly” To The Downloads Page – Feedly is an RSS (Really Simply Syndicate) Reader that I use to connect to the blogs and news sites that I am interested in. What RSS allows you to do is subscribe to a sites’ RSS feed.  The reader then pulls down the content into the reader (from the sites that you are subscribed to). RSS allows you to automatically pull down content from numerous sites into one place where you can then read it (just like a newspaper).  If you are not using RSS, then you do not know what you are missing. Feedly does a nice job of this and gives you a ton of options.  I currently use the web based version of Feedly and the Android version of Feedly  …

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Watermark Your Digital Photos With Ease – Download and Install SquiggleMark, follow these instructions, and you will be watermarking your photos and images in no time. With SqiggleMark you can watermark and resize multiple pictures simultaneously.

Is Tablet Use Starting To Shrink – ZDNet has an article posted, “Tablet use set to fall in 2016 for the first time”, where a new study from ABI Research now suggests the user base for the devices will itself start to shrink next year for the first time. Read this article to find out WHY(???)…

Get Instant Weather Information With This Portable App – Windows based weather software is actually a hard find. One that has weathered the storms over the years, that is a portable app, is WeatherMate.

WeatherMate

Easy-to-use, attractive interface

Displays the weather for multiple locations

Displays severe weather alerts

Displays radar images

Displays a variety of US weather maps

Speaks the weather

Moves out of the way when not in use

Automatically checks for a new version

Highly customizable

100% free!

Check Out The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – I currently own a Samsung Tablet and can tell you they are a quality build. I encourage you take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S2 9.7 (Samsung’s latest tablet.).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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How To Activate the Floating Assistant Menu On The Samsung Galaxy Tab S

January 7, 2015

I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 inch) Android tablet; AND, after having owned several Android tablets, this one is definitely the cream of the crop.

I continue to learn to navigate the tablet and came across a setting that I have found to be very useful that many users most likely will not try (because they do not know it is there or how to turn it “on”). It is called an Assistant Menu, that once activated, creates a small (square) floating icon (that can be moved around the screen) that will give you the ability to launch various actions, such as:

  • Home
  • Back
  • Recently Opened Apps
  • Lock and Turn Off Screen
  • Brightness Adjustment
  • Volume Adjustment
  • Screen Capture
  • Open Notification List
  • Power Off
  • Restart
  • Device Options
  • Settings
  • Cursor
  • More Options
  • Rotate Screen
  • Zoom

SPECIAL NOTE: If you notice on the list above there is one option that will give you the ability to grab screenshots, which is worth its’ weight in gold. I used that option to create the screenshot below.

The neat thing about all of this is that this floating assistant menu can be edited; and, the functions you find that you would use the most, can be reordered. The menu is easy to turn “on” and if you find you do not like it, simply go back and turn it “off”.

To turn this menu “on” and to get you to the place to where you need to be, here is how to turn “on” and edit the menu:

  • On the Apps screen, tap Settings > Device > Accessibility > Dexterity and Interaction
  • Tap the Assistant Menu Switch to toggle the switch to “on”. The Assistant Menu icon will appear at the bottom right of the screen (at which point it can be moved around).
  • To edit the menu, simply tap where it says  Assistant Menu > Edit (see screenshot below). At this point you can drag the icons around and place them in the order you desire. The order you see below is the actual order I set for my menu.  You can also remove various components from the menu.  For example, using the screenshot below, I opted to remove Cursor, More Options, Rotate Screen and Zoom from the menu.

Assistant Menu

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Most Helpful Positive Review On The Samsung Galaxy S 8.4 Inch Tablet

December 6, 2014

After reviewing and researching the newer Android Tablet brands out there, I am pretty much sold on The Samsung Galaxy S 8.4 Inch Tablet. If you keep checking, you will find that Amazon will periodically drop the price from $399 to $349 (was at that price today when I wrote this post).  I could give some pretty good insight on this tablet; but, why reinvent the wheel (see most helpful positive review below).

Samsung Galaxy S 8.4 Inch Tablet

Samsung Galaxy S

You can get the Most Helpful Positive Review on this tablet by one of Amazon’s recognized “most trusted reviewers:

Amazing tablet, with a screen that brings color to life…

First Look: Hands on review

Rating 4.5 Stars (Excellent Tablet but not a perfect 5 star). Unfortunately there is no half rating with Amazon so I went with a 4

There is no question that Samsung has flooded the market with tablets in the past year. From low range to upper range. When the Tab Pro 8.4 came out a few months ago I knew that was the Android I have been waiting for. Of course had I known the Tab S was coming out I would have waited for this tablet. That takes nothing away from the Pro because it is an excellent tablet and I assume there will be further discounting. I broke up my review into sections so you can jump to a section faster… READ MORE

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I Wish Someone Would Buy Me This Android Tablet

December 2, 2014

I love the Android devices and as Christmas nears I keep salivating over the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Tablet. I have had the opportunity to handle one of these at the local box store and that is all it took. What is mesmerizing about this tablet is the display (Super AMOLED 2560×1600 WQXGA Resolution) that sets it apart from anything else out there. I like the idea of the microSD slot (upgradeable to 128GB), the 3 GB of ram, and that the engine under this lightweight thin tablet is a 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa Processor (1.9 GHz Quad Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core). The Amazon customer reviews are confirming what I am thinking on this.

I was thinking if I posted this on the blog, someone out there (like my wife), would send a poor blogger like me this Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Inch Tablet… Oh, I almost forgot, shipping on these at Amazon are FREE…

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Tablet 

Samsung Galaxy S Tablet 8.4 Inch

At a Glance:

  • Super AMOLED 8.4-inch display for bright and vivid graphics
  • Use two apps at the same time with Multi Window
  • Rear and front cameras for photos and video chat
  • Lightweight, ultra-thin design for portability
  • Add up to 128 GB memory with microSD slot
  • Fingerprint scanner for security
  • Share tablet with Multi-User and Kids Modes
  • Up to ten hours of battery life, and even more with Ultra Power Saving mode

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FEATURED TECH PRODUCT – Toshiba Encore 2 Windows 8 Tablet

September 5, 2014

USA Today had a feature tech write-up on the Toshiba Encore 2 that is worth a look see (titled: Review: Toshiba’s Encore 2 Windows tablet makes the grade) for those considering a full Windows 8 experience tablet at a price that is comparable (or better) than some of the other tablets (of this caliber) out there.

I also noticed that Amazon has the Encore 2 now available (click here) in the 10 inch model and (click here) in the 8 inch model.

Toshiba Encore™ 2

One of the first reviewers at Amazon had this to say about the Encore 2:

Got one yesterday at BB. Really like this tablet. Full windows 8.1 and MS Office 365 personal. You get to download another Office 365 on your home PC. You also get 1000 gb of storage on MS One Drive. Running ITunes off of my 14 gb of music on the micro SD card. Very good processor response. The 1 gb of Ram may have it limits, but no noticeable slow down. Overall, very happy. We also have an iPad and Samsung Galaxy. Cannot go wrong, when you consider the price and power of this 10 inch tablet… 

Meet the Encore™ 2 tablet—a powerful performer that works the way you do. Thinner, faster, lighter and more capable than ever, this Windows® tablet with a brilliant 10.1-inch display and ultrafast Wi-Fi® goes from work to play in an instant. Get going right out of the box with a complimentary one-year subscription to Office 365™ Personal, capture video and take amazing photos with a built-in 5MP camera, synchronize across all your Windows® devices and much more. Powered by a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor with InstantGo technology, this is one tablet that’s up for anything.