Set Digital Ground Rules For Your Kids Using Google’s Family Link

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


What Is Google Chromecast? | Tom’s Guide

March 17, 2017

I encourage you to visit Tom’s Guide (see source link below) for FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) when it comes to the Google Chromecast. I own several of these and especially love that I can mirror my android smartphone screen to the TV in addition to all the apps (such as YouTube) that can be cast to the big screen. The Chromecast is an inexpensive way to turn an older TV into a Smart TV…

The Google Chromecast is a cheap, simple way to stream video content right to your TV. Competing with the likes of Roku and Apple TV, the $35 Chromecast plugs into your TV and grants easy access to multiple streaming services, from Netflix and YouTube to Hulu and Google Play. You can even throw content from your Chrome browser to the big screen. Use this FAQ to get up to speed on the Chromecast and decide if it’s right for you.

Chromecast plugs into your TV and grants easy access to multiple streaming services, from Netflix and YouTube to Hulu and Google Play.

Source: What Is Google Chromecast? – How Chromecast Works – Tom’s Guide


Did You Know You Can Send and Receive Money With Gmail?

March 14, 2017

I’ve been seeing article’s today to indicate that you can now send and receive money with Gmail for Android AND that this feature has been available on the web version of Gmail for some time.

I did not know, until today, that there was an option in Gmail to transfer money. From what I understand, a Google Wallet account is required.

On the web version, to send money to another recipient, see the following steps. For other options, such as receiving money, click on the source link below for further instructions.

Send money with Gmail

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click the Compose button.
  3. Enter the email address of the person you want to send money to.
  4. Add a subject and message text (optional).
  5. Click the $ icon (£ for UK users).
  6. Enter the amount you want to send and choose a payment method or add a new one.
  7. Click Review.
  8. Click Attach.
  9. Look over your message one more time and click Send.

To learn more about sending & receiving money using Gmail, click on the source link below…

Source: Send & receive money with Gmail – Computer – Gmail Help

To learn more about sending money using the Android version of Gmail — CLICK HERE  …


Reverb Brings Amazon’s Alexa To Your Phone

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


DailyRoads Voyager – Turn Your Smartphone Into A Dashcam

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).

Key features:

– 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
– App2SD

Source: DailyRoads Voyager – Android Apps on Google Play


MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free

February 16, 2017

There has been quite a few occasions where I had to drill down, using data recovery software, to find deleted files for people. I can’t say I have had to do this on an Android device yet; however, if the occasion does arise, MiniTool Mobile Recovery may be the software option I will be using. This free Android data recovery tool provides 2 recovery modules (recover from phone and recover from SD-Card) to restore Android data regardless of the reasons for data loss. The recovery process requires connecting to the Android device via your computer.

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MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free is the best Android data recovery software which can effectively recover data from Android Phones and Tablets.

Source: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free | Best Free Android Data Recovery Software for Android Phones and Tablets


Check Out The Beta Version Of YouTube Go 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