Learn How to use copy and paste on your Android Phone or Tablet

We have been doing computers for years and the one function that I see that people still have not learned is how to copy and paste. Learning this function is so important toward increasing productivity and making your computing life much more bearable. To me, this is one of the most important functions to learn when it comes to using a computer. Anyhow, that is another story…

Today I came across an article by Android Central (see source link below) that will quickly teach you how to copy and paste on your Android Phone or Tablet.  Trust me, learn how to do this…

Typing on your Android phone or tablet can be a bit tedious at times, especially if you have to type a lot. And what if you want to share what you’ve typed with someone else? Don’t type it all out again, just copy and paste! Here’s how!

Source: How to use copy and paste on Android | Android Central

Vollynx – Great Android App To Manage The Volume Modes On Your Phone

Vollynx is a favorite Android app of mine that provides quick access and control to the volume modes on my phone (or tablet). I especially love the widget where I can quickly glance to determine what volume mode the device is in and from that same widget can change the modes quickly.

Vollynx is an application that intelligently controls the volume of the speakers and the headphones. And you don’t need to hassle changing the 4 volume-modes like the normal mode, the manner mode, the silent mode any more.

Source: Volume control – Vollynx – Apps on Google Play

Here is “How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet” | Digital Trends

This article provides “step-by-step” instructions on how to use “Google Cloud Print” and how to use a built-in feature in some printers that allows you to email a document to the printer for printing.

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These days, you don’t need a computer to print a document or photo — you can easily print them straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few ways to do so, but once you’re set up, it should be easy. Our how-to guide will walk you through all the steps and have you printing wirelessly in no time.

Source: How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet | Digital Trends

Android Authority on “How to set up a new Google account on your Android device”

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Head into the Settings of your device.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the “Accounts” option.
  3. Tap on the “Add account” option at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Select “Google”.
  5. Choose “More options”.
  6. Tap on “Create account”.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions by entering your personal info, selecting a username, etc.
  8. Tap the “I Agree” button to create your Google account.

Read More @ Android Authority

Malwarebytes for Chromebook is an Android app engineered specifically to protect your Chromebook

Own a Chromebook? Here is a version of Malwarebytes that has been engineered to work on your Chromebook. In order to get this, your Chromebook must be able to run Android apps so that you can download and install from the Google Play Store. Malwarebytes for Chromebook is an Android app engineered specifically to protect your Chromebook. Google Play automatically detect your Chromebook and will install the appropriate Malwarebytes product. I am currently running this (and testing) on my Chromebook… I am a firm supporter of Malwarebytes on all platforms (Windows, Android, etc…).

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Malwarebytes for Android or Malwarebytes for Chromebook free download comes for a limited time with an extended 90-day trial of the Premium version, if you sign up for a free Malwarebytes account. No commitment to buy required. When the 90-day trial is ended, Malwarebytes will only detect and clean, but not prevent, infections. It’s ad-free, forever.

Source: Malwarebytes Security: Virus Cleaner, Anti-Malware – Apps on Google Play

From Gizmodo: These 22 Malware-Riddled Android Apps Might Be Draining Your Phone’s Battery

Malware is finding its’ way on people’s Android devices through apps that are downloaded from the Google Play Store. Google does a pretty good job of tracking these apps down, but sometimes it is to late and the app has already made its mark. Many of these apps had strong reviews. The battery draw occurs due to the app being on a constant run time of reporting back with information and possible grabs of your data.

On Thursday, anti-virus provider Sophos published a report describing its discovery of 22 Android apps that contained a variety of malware the company has named “Andr/Clickr-ad.” The apps come from a variety of small developers, and Sophos said that Google removed them from its Play store at the end of November. One of the offending apps, Sparkle Flashlight, had been downloaded more than a million times and many of them had strong reviews, according to Sophos.

Read More @ Gizmodo

Did you know that “500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer”?

Malware on our Android devices is typically introduced by means such as portrayed in this article, with one goal in mind; and, that is to steal your data. Think about it, your smartphone contains a profile of YOU; where sensitive data could be used to compromise YOU on a personal and a financial basis. I tell people, treat your smartphone as if it is your wallet…

The malware was disguised as various games, and didn’t have any legitimate function; rather, they crashed every time they were launched. Now for the worst part: Stefanko said that before Google removed the apps, two of them were featured in the store’s trending section.

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Source: 500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer

Here are “15 Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android In 2018”

One of the (many) uses for your smartphone is turning it into an alarm clock. The alarm clock apps in this article (see source link below) are all very good…

Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android 2018

Of course, there are many apps with these functions, as you just have to search for them. But we have searched for you and here we leave you our recommendations regarding this topic. Hence, today in this article we will present our selection of the best Android alarm clocks.

Source: 15 Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android In 2018

Get ’em while they are FREE: 39 temporarily free and 86 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Sample below… My favorite is the Voice Recorder Pro… Get ’em while they are FREE… Visit the source link below to see more at the Android Police.


  1. Night Light Pro: Blue Light Filter, Night Mode $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 9 hours
  2. Secure Note $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 9 hours
  3. Harley OEM Parts Stream App $5.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  4. Step By Step Shoe Lacing Guide Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  5. Ekveer Dictionary $13.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  6. Running Calculator: Pace, Predictions, Race Splits $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  7. B-MAN: Sound Recorder $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  8. Home Workouts Gym Pro (No ad) $2.59 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  9. Timestamp – GPS Camera PRO $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  10. Private Browser Pro incognito anonymous browsing $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  11. NoteLynX Pro Outliner Mindmap Wiki $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  12. Voice Recorder Pro $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  13. voice recorder pro $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  14. Formula Solver $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  15. QR/Barcode Scanner Pro $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days


Source: 39 temporarily free and 86 on-sale apps and games to start the week

The Best Android Apps for Chromebook – Make Tech Easier

I love my Chromebook and always on the hunt for good Android apps that will run on it. Here is a good “recent” listing that I can vouch for being good apps that will run perfectly on your Chromebook (that supports the Android platform.

Chrome OS now comes with support for Android apps, but which Android apps for Chromebook should you use? Here are some of the best apps you should use.

Source: The Best Android Apps for Chromebook – Make Tech Easier

You Will Love This Virtual Note Board App

You will love this virtual note board app, called “Note Board” that will help you remember tasks, write sticky notes, save web content, post pictures, etc… “Note Board” allows you to save content you come across with the Chrome or Firefox browser extensions; AND, is available as an Android or iOS app.

Note Board, productivity app

Organize notes: move your sticky notes to the board you want and drag the bottom right corner to resize.

Multiple boards: organize notes in boards, use textures to change the look of the board, move notes between boards.

Publish boards: when board’s visibility is set to public, it is viewable by anyone, but nobody will be able to change the contents of the board except yourself. Visit the gallery to see examples.

Share boards: share boards with friends and let them have writing access rights or read-only.

Save web content: if you install the Chrome or Firefox extension right click the website you are viewing to store a note, a selection of text, an image, a link or the URL of the page.

Source: Note Board App

An Android File Manager That Works Seamslessly On The Chromebook

If you have a Chromebook that has the ability to run Android Apps, I highly recommend “Solid File Manager” as a substitute for the default file manager that is built into the Chrome OS. This app, when installed, will give you 14 days to play around with it then you will have to buy it. It was well worth the $1.99 that I paid (at a discounted price from $2.99). This “dual panel” Android file manager is the first one I have come across that can actually access the SD card (drive) on my Chromebook; plus, the network shares on my main computer. I also like that Solid File Manager allows me to encrypt files and the ability to easily access my online files from Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, etc… This Android file manager is the first file manager that I installed on my Chromebook that works seamlessly with the Chrome OS.

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Below is the features of this file manager.

Features: – Material Design! – Two independent panels serving as file browsers – Rich customization options: icons sets, color schemes, themes – Drag and Drop inside and between panels – FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB/CIFS clients – Ability to read and extract ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR and TAR archives, even encrypted – Ability to create password protected ZIP and 7ZIP archives – Cloud file manager: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex – Root access makes Solid Explorer a fully functional root explorer – Extensibility: more features in separate plugins available in Google Play – Indexed search finds your files in a couple of seconds – Detailed file information with storage usage statistics – Batch rename: change names of multiple files at once using regular expressions and variables – Useful tools: hiding unwanted folders, FTP Server (plugin), bookmarks, Chromecast support, media browser

Source: Solid Explorer File Manager – Apps on Google Play

Try this Android Compass called “Compass Steel 3D”

Nice 3D compass app for your Android phone… Smooth and Elegant!

FEATURES: • Ad-free digital compass • Choose from multiple color themes • Choose between 2 heading modes – True heading (based on True north) and Magnetic heading (based on Magnetic north). • Sun direction indicator • Moon direction indicator • Sunrise and sunset times • Moonrise and moonset times • Self-calibrates as you use • Marine-style compass

Source: Compass Steel 3D – Apps on Google Play

Quick Reminders (Notification Notes)

There are thousands of Android apps on Google Play to the point that you can miss out on some really good ones. Today I happened across a new “Reminders” app (called Quick Reminders) that you may want to take a look at (features summarized below). Currently the app is FREE (for a limited time). Developer did a nice job with this.

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Quick reminders is a simple & light-weight (1.5MB) application that allows you to add Notes & Reminders to a persistent notification in your system pull-down.Key features:* Create a pinned note in your notification shade/pull-down.* Add an always visible title with collapsible contents.* All Quick Reminders are persistent across reboot & wont be lost.* Choose to show the status bar icon or not, this will also affect how much the notification can be collapsed.* Randomise the notification highlight colour.* Choose a custom highlight colour if random is unchecked.* Dismiss, edit or create a new note directly from your existing Quick Reminders.* Share the note/reminder with any other application.* Send text from any other application to Quick Reminders.* Expand and collapse your Quick Reminders so they take up less space.* Accessible from the Quick Settings Pull-down (Android 7+).

Source: Quick Reminders (Notification Notes) – Apps on Google Play

Android Authority Reporting New Integrated Service For Android and Chrome OS To Be Unveiled

Perhaps as early as next week, Google will unveil a new service called “Better Together” that will give your Android device and your Chrome OS device the power to work as a team.

Some things you will see come out of this are:

  • SMS Connect, which will let you read and respond to text messages within Chrome OS. This will likely be different and probably more robust than the recently-unveiled Android Messages for the web.
  • Instant Tethering, which will allow you to use your phone as a hotspot and then connect to the internet on your Chromebook instantly. You can currently do this with any laptop, but it will now be “instant” with Better Together.
  • Smart Unlock, which will help you avoid typing your password into your Chromebook over and over again. Instead, if your phone is nearby, your laptop will automatically unlock.

Source: ‘Better Together’ will integrate Android and Chrome OS devices

Dark Sky – Nice Weather Forecasting and Visualization App

Really like this Weather application… No ads; plus, very accurate. Available at the source link below and as an app on your Android and iOS devices…

Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information: with down-to-the-minute forecasts for your exact location, you’ll never get caught in the rain again. (It’s like magic!)

Source: Dark Sky

Nice Listing Of Chromebook Apps

If you are a Chromebook user, you are probably looking for apps to install; especially, if your Chromebook can handle Android Apps. After some research, I found the following article at Computerworld (from 2017) that is still very relevant and current in the recommendations. Many of these apps I have installed on my Chromebook and  I am very satisfied.

Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.

Source: Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials | Computerworld

Here’s everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 | Digital Trends

Tablets are becoming a rare breed; however, Samsung still continues to produce… The Galaxy Tab S4 appears to be latest in their lineup. Read more at Digital Trends

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S3. Rumors are now surfacing about its successor — the Galaxy Tab S4. While there aren’t too many details, various reports and rumored specs have helped us gather information on Samsung’s latest tablet. Here’s everything we know.

Source: Here’s everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 | Digital Trends

Hey Android Users… Here are the Google Play Awards 2018 winners as revealed by Android Authority…

Android Authority, one of my favorite “go to” Android news sites, has published the winners for the 2018 running of the Google Play Awards.

Here is the full list of winners, along with their Play Store links:


Source: Google Play Awards 2018 winners revealed: who stood out from the pack?

How To Use Specialized Software To Recover Lost Data From Android Phones | EaseUS

Most Android data recovery processes require connecting your phone to a Windows based computer and using specialized software installed on the computer to initiate the recovery process. EaseUS MobiSaver is an example (see source link below to learn more).

Connect Android phone to PC and run EaseUS online data recovery software for Android

 

How to recover lost data from Android phones? This article introduces you a powerful Android data recovery tool which you can use to recover lost photos, messages, contacts and more.

Source: Android Data Recovery Tool – EaseUS

A Promising NEW Android App Called Radiogram

Radiogram is currently designated as being “unreleased”; however, you can download and try it. In other words, it is in “beta testing” and could be unstable; but, don’t let that stop you. I have installed it on my Android phone and so far I have found it to be quite stable. Radiogram is a FREE app (no ads) that gives you the ability to listen to thousands of radio stations (music, news, sports, etc…). Find your station of interest and simply tap on it to start playing. Nice app that is already good and will only get better…

Source: Google Play Store – Radiogram

 

You Can Now Get Facebook Lite Here In The U.S.

Facebook Lite has actually been around since 2015; however, was only available in other countries where mostly 2G networks were the norm. It has now been released to over 100 countries, including the United States, and is geared to run on older Android devices where memory and storage could be an issue (if you installed the full mobile version of Facebook).

When I hear the word “lite” I have to try it out. My theory is that if it is designed to run on older smartphones, Facebook Lite should fly like an eagle on a newer phone.

For testing purposes, I installed Facebook Lite on my Motorola Moto G Plus (5th Generation), 64 GB Storage, 4 GB RAM, which is a mid-range modern smartphone, to see if in fact it would fly like an eagle.

End Result: It flew like an eagle and I am definitely keeping it installed on my smartphone. From what I can tell, it will do everything I need it to do when it comes to Facebook…  I say give it a spin if you are finding that the full install of Facebook is causing your phone to slow down or you want to fly like an eagle on your new phone.

Source: Facebook Lite

PicSay – An Award Winning Photo Editor for Android That Works Great On A Chromebook

As the old saying goes, “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words” and the developers of PicSay, have nailed it. I was looking for a good photo editor for my Chromebook and came across the Android app called PicSay. The catch here is that you do have to have a Chromebook that will run Android apps. If not, I still highly recommend PicSay for your Android Phone or Tablet. As a matter of fact, after testing PicSay, I ended up buying the app and installing it on my Chromebook and all my Android devices. It is probably the best Android app I have installed and run on the Chromebook. There is a FREE version of PicSay (with limited features) and the paid version called PicSay Pro. I encourage you to try the free version first to determine if it is something you will like.

Trust me, you will not go wrong with his app if you are into editing photos and graphic design.

Feature Summary: Sharpen, remove red eye, crop & straighten, distort, insert cutouts of other pictures, paint, make color splash out of black-and-white pictures, add text, word balloons, apply effects like Cross Process, Lomo, Vignette, faux HDR, Tilt-shift, Pencil Sketch, and much more.

Supports high resolution editing up to 13MP for devices that can handle it.

SOURCE: Google Play Store – PicSay and PicSay Pro

 

Android | Paid Apps Going Free

Just added a feed on the “Downloads” page,  from Ubuntu Vibes, that features paid Android apps that have gone free for a limited time on the Google Play Store. I have personally found some good apps, that typically you have to pay for, by going through Ubuntu Vibes.

Below is a sampling of the feed, that updates on a daily basis:

SOURCE: Ubuntu Vibes

Here are the best document scanning apps for Android as reviewed by Android Central

Thought this to be worthwhile to share… Android Central has a review of 4 document scanners for your smartphone. My favorite is CamScanner. Most people do not realize there are apps out there that are exclusively made to scan documents, pictures, etc… How good are these scanners? Well, let’s just say, I don’t have a scanner hooked to my computer anymore and exclusively use CamScanner to scan, store, share, and email my documents.

Keeping track of bills and important documents is easier once they live in the cloud, and these apps can help you out. Here are the picks for the best document scanning apps as reviewed by Android Central:

Source: Best document scanning apps for Android | Android Central

Browse on your Android devices like no one is watching…

Here is an Android app, called Firefox Focus, that I highly recommend for your Android-based smartphone, tablet, and Chromebook. Firefox Focus, built by the same maker (Mozilla) as the Firefox browser, has been engineered for our Android mobile devices with privacy, safety, and security in mind. When you browse with Firefox Focus it automatically will block a wide range of online trackers; AND, will automatically erase your history, passwords, and cookies (which, by the way, is the method used to bombard you with unwanted ads). I use this browser a lot, to supplement my regular browser when I am shopping on the internet to prevent the cookies from haunting me with ads. The install on this is small (less than 3 MB) and works great on all Android devices, including the Chromebooks that support Android app installations.


SOURCE: Google Play Store – Firefox Focus: The Privacy Browser

Best FREE Office Suite For Your Chromebook (Andoid support required)

If you have a Chromebook, with Android support, where you can install Android Apps, I highly recommend that you install the Android version of WPS Office. I currently have this office suite on my Windows based computers, Android devices (smartphone) and now found a home for it on my Acer Chromebook.

This office suite is probably the most compatible that I have found to the Microsoft Office products. As a matter of fact I use WPS and do not have Microsoft Office installed. The reason for this is that WPS Office is FREE (with ads).

View, edit and create of almost any document type – all fully compatible with Microsoft Office ® and Google Docs. The main types of compatible file fromats: doc, docx, dot, dotx, wps, wpt, txt, rtf, ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx, pot, potx, dps, dpt, xls, xlsx, xlt, xltx, et, ett, pdf, html

All-in-one Free Office Suite App

  • Integrate with Memo, Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation, lets you make quick office documents editing, creating and reading on-the-go
  • Fully compatibility with Microsoft Office( Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Txt), Google Docs, Sheets, Slide and PDF, Adobe PDF

Free PDF Converter and PDF Reader

  • Support PDF files reading and viewing
  • Convert all office documents ( word, text, excel, powerpoint,doc ) to PDF files

SOURCE:  Google Play Store – WPS Office (for Android)

A Lightweight (Simple In Design) Music Player For Android

Here is an really nice, lightweight, and simple Android app (with advanced features), called Musicolet, that plays music files (mp3 etc) that you may already have in your personal collection. Musicolet does not support internet-based music streaming and as a result requires no internet related permissions or connections. It is 100% FREE with no ads. Musicolet has become my go to music player when it comes to playing my personal music files.

To install on your smartphone, simply go to the Google Play Store app and search for Musicolet…


SOURCE: Google Play Store – Musicolet Music Player [Free, No ads]

Check out “Note Reminder – Easy Notify”

Check out the Android App Easy NotifyThis is a nice app to keep notes and reminders that can be easily managed from the notification area on your smartphone. This app has become one of my favorites.

Features:

Create Reminders, set the alarm for every note individually

Simple Memo function with additional notifications, so that you have always your tasks on screen

Manage your notes on your homescreen with an useful widget

Create a backup using the responsive material design

Fast input with speech to text

With lists you can organise your notes efficiently

By holding a Notify you can edit and delete your notes


SOURCE: Google Play – “Note Reminder – Easy Notify”

Best Facebook Lite and Facebook Messenger Alternative

Ok, if you are looking for an alternative “lighter version” of Facebook and Facebook Messenger, for your Android smartphone, go with “Friendly For Facebook”. I have tried every “lite” version app out there and “Friendly For Facebook” has topped them all. I have found it to be very reliable with minimal space usage, memory usage, and battery usage; plus, the notification feature and the ability to upload a photo (or video) works quite well (which was important to me). The Facebook Messenger component is built right into the same app. What I found with many of the other “lite” versions out there is that either/or the notification feature was not available and/or the ability to upload a photo/video simply would cause the upload to hang.

Why would you want to go with a “lite” version option?  The true Facebook app and Facebook Messenger app will consume a large amount of space on your phone, will use more memory and will cause noticeable battery drain. If you are experiencing noticeable problems when running Facebook, you may want to uninstall it, then you may want to install a “lighter” version (such as “Friendly For Facebook). The “lighter” apps for Facebook are built (by third party developers) as an extension of the Facebook mobile website. By going “lite”, you will preserve your battery, storage and data, while giving you back control over your news feed. The lighter versions may not be as robust at the true Facebook app; but, it gets the job done.

Why You’ll Love Friendly
• Download videos from Facebook
• Take control of your news feed with Keyword Filters.
• Sort your news feed by most recent posts.
• Block FB Ads
• No need for another Facebook messenger app
• Secure your account with Fingerprint & Passcode Lock
• Quickly switch between multiple FB accounts
• Beautiful material themes
• Fast Facebook lite app! Don’t settle for anything else.


SOURCE: Go to the Google Play Store on your smartphone, search for “Friendly For Facebook”.  You can take a look at the app, here on the web by “clicking here“.

Gives Your Eyes A Break – Download Twilight For Your Phone (Android)

The brightness of the screens of these smartphones is enough to make you cross eyed if you are not careful. I recently purchased the Motorola Moto G5 Plus and one of the very first apps I installed was an app called Twilight. What Twilight does is this:

The Twilight app makes your device screen adapt to the time of the day. It filters the flux of blue light emitted by your phone or tablet after sunset and protects your eyes with a soft and pleasant red filter. The filter intensity is smoothly adjusted to the sun cycle based on your local sunset and sunrise times.

I especially like using Twilight prior to bedtime and when I am driving at night (when using my map and music apps). Believe it or not (and I believe this), research suggests that exposure to blue light before sleep may distort your natural (circadian) rhythm and cause inability to fall asleep. With Twilight the screen turns to a redish tint; which, believe it or not makes your eyes feel more relaxed. Twilight can be configured to activate automatically or manually.  In my case, I have it set to the manual setting so that I can toggle it on and off at will. Twilight is a FREE app with no advertisements and is highly rated and sought after in the Google Play Store.


SOURCE: Google Play – Twilight

Best FREE Android Apps of 2017 AND Best Free Windows Software of 2017

I am sure you have figured out that I love apps and software that run on the Android OS (for smartphones and tablets) and the Windows OS (for desktops and laptops). If you are in the same boat with me, then you will appreciate the following from two very credible sources:

Best free Android apps of 2017: 100 you must download – Here’s our selection of the best you should install right now – each one has been carefully chosen to ensure you’ll have a whole suite of fun, engaging and, useful apps on your phone or tablet… READ MORE

The Best Free Software of 2017 – Software can be expensive if you’re not smart about it. Free programs have been a mainstay of the desktop experience for decades, and the offerings only get more powerful and fascinating each year. As PCs compete with smartphones, it gets even better… READ MORE


SOURCE(S): Drippler AND PCMag

SmartNews- The Only News App You Will Ever Need

I am a news junky and can tell you, I have tried every “news source” app out for my phone and tablet. What I settled on and have used for over a year, is an app called “SmartNews“… This app uses a specially engineered algorithm that automatically curates the must-read stories that matter now (from numerous news sources). With today’s political climate being as it is, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using more than one source to get your news. Not only will this app pull down news worldwide, you can add official channels from USA Today to TechCrunch, Vox, VICE, People, NBC and more–for free! This app has been downloaded over 20 million times and I can tell you from a personal standpoint, this is the only news app you will ever need. So, save space on your phone or tablet and give SmartNews a try. SmartNews is available as an Android and Apple app (see links below).


SOURCE: SmartNews (for Android) and SmartNews (for Apple)

ZEDGE – Tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more…

Zedge is a smartphone app available for Android, iPhone and Windows that gives you the ability to download and manage tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more… Zedge also has a site (see source link below) available where you can preview (and download) wallpapers and ringtones from your computer.

Zedge is one of the biggest and best mobile centric social networking communities in the world. We specialize in phone personalization and offer several unique and creative services through this website. We do currently have over 27 million registered members from all over the world. The Zedge brand and services are owned by Zedge Inc.


SOURCE: Zedge

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Naked Security: Advising Us To Stop Using The Android Unlock Pattern To Secure Phone (to easy to crack)

How many of you are using an unlock pattern to secure your device? In a nutshell: it is far easier for an attacker to shoulder surf a pattern than a PIN.

A new report (PDF) from security researchers at the US Naval Academy and the University of Maryland Baltimore County has quantified just how absurdly easy it is to do an over-the-shoulder glance that accurately susses out an Android unlock pattern…. READ MORE


SOURCE: Naked Security

A Very Simple To Use App To Take Screenshots On Your Android Phone

Taking a screenshot on an Android phone is typically possible by holding down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. This is tricky to do; and saving or sharing the screenshot requires too many hoops to jump through.

A solution that I found is a small app called “Selection – Screenshot & Crop”. Once the app is launched and enabled, you simply go to the notification area of the phone (at the top) to initiate the capture sequence. Once initiated, a grid will appear on the screen that will allow you to crop your selection; then, you can subsequently share the screenshot through other apps (such as your email). I have tried many screenshot apps and this one is the simplest I have found to use and is now a keeper on my phone.


SOURCE: Google Play – Selection – Screenshot & Crop (to install on your Android Smartphone, open the Google Play app on your phone and search for “Selection – Screenshot & Crop”)

The World’s No. 1 Mobile Document Scanning And Sharing App (for Android).

The world’s No. 1 mobile document scanning and sharing app is how “CamScanner” is described on Google Play. CamScanner is an app that has been exclusively developed to scan documents, pictures, etc. using your smartphone.  How good is it?  Well, I use it a lot and don’t even use the scanner that is with my computer anymore when it comes to scanning anything. The reason for that is that CamScanner is much faster than the scanner attached to your computer, is portable (because it is on my smartphone) and after I scan a document or picture, it automatically aligns the result and is saved to my phone (as a PDF file or image file). I can also upload the scanned result to my Google Drive.

I typically do not purchase apps or software and look for the free stuff; however, CamScanner is the exception. I highly recommend this app.

CamScanner helps you scan, store, sync and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, tablets and computers.

Features:

Mobile Scanner  – Use your phone camera to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates, etc.

Optimize Scan Quality – Smart cropping and auto enhancing make the texts and graphics look clear and sharp

Quick Search – By entering any keyword, you’ll see a list of docs with the word in their titles, notes or images (Registrants only)

Extract Texts from Image – OCR (optical character recognition) extracts texts inside single page for further editing or .txt sharing. (Licensed only)

Share PDF/JPEG Files – Easily share docs in PDF or JPEG format with others via social media, email attachment or sending the doc link

Print & Fax – Instantly print out docs in CamScanner with nearby printer; directly fax docs to over 30 countries right from the app

Collaboration – Invite friends or colleagues to view and comment on your scans in a group. (Registrants only)

Advanced Editing – Making annotations or adding customized watermark on docs are made available for you

Secure Important Docs – Set passcode for viewing important docs; meanwhile, when sending doc link, you can set password to protect it

Sync across Platforms – Sign up to sync documents on the go. Just sign in to any smartphone, tablet or computer (visit www.camscanner.com) you own and you can view, edit and share any document. (Registrants only)


SOURCE: Google Play – CamScanner

Fast Finder – Android App To Search For and Find Files, Apps, Contacts, Songs and Videos In Milliseconds

I want to share a small Android App with you, that I came across, called Fast Finder. Once installed on your Android Device (smartphone or tablet) you simply invoke a search by tapping on the Fast Finder icon. A search dialog box will quickly appear where you can type in whatever it is you are looking for (i.e. files, apps, contacts, songs and videos). I am finding, as I use it more and more, that it is extremely useful in finding (and launching) apps and when searching for contacts. Super, Super fast! Definitely a keeper on my phone…

   Fast Finder- screenshot


SOURCE: Google Play – Fast Finder

Has anyone tried the Nox App Player (Android Emulator for Windows / Mac)?

I discovered Nox App Player on FreewareFiles and it has me interested; however, if anyone out there has installed this, I would be interested in knowing what their experience was. The Nox App Player is a 277MB install and serves as an Android Emulator. What that means is, if you install Nox App Player you can install and run Android apps on your Windows based computer through the emulator.

Although there are several programs providing an Android environment on PC, it is difficult to get a complete Android experience using the traditional emulators. However, Nox App Player provides an interface that looks like an actual Android device in all ways. The intuitive emulator is based on Android 4.4.2 and compatible with both AMD and x86 systems.

Screenshot for: Nox App Player 5.0.0.0

SOURCE: FreewareFiles – Nox App Player 

A Nice Android Screen Capture and Photo Markup Tool

Grabbing a screenshot on an Android device, such as a smartphone or tablet, can be a pain in the droid…

Typically, you can hold down the power button and volume down button simultaneously to perform a screen capture; however, on a phone like mine, that maneuver is quite difficult. Besides, if you are not familier with using an Android file manager, locating the file is another frustration.

The solution is an app that is designed to perform screen captures. Today, I tried quite a few of them; five of them to be exact; and, the one I settled on was one called Screen Master. What I really like about this app is that it is FREE; has a small size less than 5 MBs; no rooting is required; can crop captured images; can easily share whatever it is you capture; and, with the photo markup tool you can add text, arrows, circles, and even turn the captured area into a shape (such as a heart)… As a matter of fact, you can use the photo markup tool to work with existing photos on your device.

Screen Master has a mid level learning curve, but once you get the hang of using Screen Master you will wonder why something like this is not already built into Android.

 Screen Master: Screenshot & Photo Markup- screenshot

Key Features:

1. Capture Screenshot, included:

– Selection screenshots
– Take screenshots by floating button
– Shake to take screenshots
Note: Floating button and Shake function are available on Android 5.0 or later

2. Image Markup, included:

– Cropping and rotation
– Photo Pixelated
– Add text on photo, custom color, style, size
– Doodle on photo, all tools you need: Arrow, Rect, Circle, Pen
– Large images can be directly annotated and do not have to be cropped
– Not only screenshots but all images are supported, you could import photo from gallery
– HD save and share with your friends

SOURCE: Google Play – Screen Master: Screenshot and Photo Markup

Boost Your Smartphone Performance and Free Memory With Ashampoo Droid Optimizer

You may have installed and used many of the software products developed by Ashampoo on your Windows Computer. Now I see Ashampoo has developed an android phone optimizer that you may want to try on your Android smartphone, called Ashampoo Droid Optimizer. There are tons of these optimizers on the Google Play store and I said what the heck, so I installed it on my LG Stylo 2 smartphone and so far I am liking it (especially, that I am not seeing ads popping up).

Against data chaos – Installed apps, downloaded files, photos, music, videos – over time, your smartphone will become cluttered and slow. Declutter your phone and reclaim disk space with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

For your privacy – Browsing the Internet with your smartphone leaves various traces that can be used to violate your privacy. And let’s face it, do you really know all the time what device permissions your installed apps have? Get rid of Internet traces and expose potential spy apps with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

For prolonged battery life – The integrated Good Night scheduler can disable features such as WLAN or mobile connectivity automatically during customizable time periods. Put your smartphone to sleep at night and conserve precious battery power with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

With fun and motivation – Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring. Ashampoo Droid Optimizer comes with a ranking system that uses achievements and funny pictures to keep you motivated. You will clean your way from novice to master in no time.

Free and without ads – Ashampoo Droid Optimizer is and will remain free to use and without ads.

For all Android devices – Ashampoo Droid Optimizer works with Android 2.3 and higher devices which is practically every device.

SOURCE: Ashampoo Droid Optimizer

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