Quick Tip: Disable/Uninstall Unneeded Android Apps

Typically, with few exceptions, when you purchase an Android smartphone (or tablet), there are apps on the phone that are pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled (or removed) if you do not need them. Since you cannot uninstall (or remove) these apps, I suggest that you disable them to prevent them from running in the background. To do this (each phone is slightly different), go into the main system settings of the phone and look for the app list or menu. In that menu locate the app you want to disable and look for the option to disable it.

For example, below is an image of the where I disabled the “Gallery” app on my phone. This will save me space on the phone and will save on background memory.

 

You need this Fractions Calculator App for Android

I don’t know how I ever did without this calculator. How many times have you ever had to add fractions together? If, like me, not that often; but, when I do have to perform fraction calculations I find it a challenge. This calculator app, called Fractions Calculator, eliminates this problem; plus, it has taught me about fractions.

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Best and free offline fraction calculator ✌, supporting also decimals, percentages, and parentheses that shows a detailed solution for all calculations. 😊 At school 🏫 or home 🏠 need to solve simple or complex math fraction problems, convert fractions into decimals, or decimals into fractions? – this fraction calculator will do it ✅ and will show how it was done 😺 Perfect for students, parents, teachers, and woodworkers to solve or verify fraction everyday problems. Features of this fraction calculator free app ➕ ➖ ❌ ➗ 🍉 Supports combining decimal and fractional numbers. Automatically reduces fraction result to its simplest form. 🍇 Converts fractions into decimals and decimals into fractions. Calculated result is displayed using fractions. Equivalent value in decimals is also available. 🍌 Shows a detailed solution, step by step for all fraction problems and calculations. 🍎 History of previous calculations is available. 🍒 Besides basic math operations such as add, subtract, multiply and divide; fraction calculator allows calculating percentages for fractions. 🍅 Triple keypad available 🍍 Works with big numbers. No limits 😋 We have made this fraction calculator a

Source: Fractions Calculator – detailed solution available – Apps on Google Play

Check Out Drippler’s List of The Best FREE Android Apps of 2019

This list was compiled by Drippler (see source link below) and reflects a wide assortment of FREE apps for your Android devices (smartphones and tablets).

There are apps for everything, and many of them are completely free, meaning you’re just a few downloads away from supercharging your smartphone at no extra cost.

Admittedly, the huge quantity of apps doesn’t mean they’re all quality – far from it in fact, and finding the good ones can be tough.

Source: The best free Android apps of 2019 | Drippler – Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

According to Android Police, Google Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes…

Google’s note-keeping app, called “Google Keep”, just “keeps” getting better… This is by far one of my favorite, most used, apps on my devices…

According to the Android Police, “Google Keep is getting a small update today on both Android and the web, but it’s an important one if you use hand-drawing notes a lot. From now on, you won’t be constrained to a single screen for your drawing — instead, Keep will add more space at the bottom of the note so you can keep going. The first time you get to the bottom of the screen while drawing, you’ll see a pop-up explaining that more space has been added.”

Source: Google Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes [APK Download]

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.

View image on Twitter

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

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

Chrome OS 67 Makes Web Apps Feel Like Desktop Apps on Chromebooks | Digital Trends

Still learning more about “Progressive Web Apps” on my Chromebook, with the release of Chrome OS 67… Posting this to let you know that this feature is there and now available…

Google Pixelbook android apps

After having brought support for running Android apps on Chromebooks, Google just launched  Chrome OS 67 with support for even more apps. With the release of Chrome OS 67, Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs, can now be installed as stand-alone apps, Google noted on its blog.

Source: Chrome OS 67 Makes Web Apps Feel Like Desktop Apps on Chromebooks | Digital Trends

Check Out The Free Google Chrome Apps You Need Now

Some Google Chrome Apps to check out… Click on link below.

What really sets Chrome apart from other browsers, however, are the super useful apps you can supplement it with. There are a ton of Chrome apps that will make your life in the digital space much less of a hassle. They can help you block ads, stay focused, edit photos, manage projects, collaborate with teammates, and more.


http://www.complex.com/life/the-free-google-chrome-apps-you-need-now/

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

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?

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

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

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 

NEW Firefox Focus For Android

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.

 Firefox Focus: Private Browser- screenshot

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

NEW – Software Downloads Page (with hundreds of titles — updated daily)

Just did a revamping of the software Downloads Page…  The page consists of feeds from numerous reputable software and app sites that primarily specializes in FREE software. I am currently using this as my “go to” source to review software listings and to see what is new and/or has been updated. The list is very, very long…  If you hover your mouse pointer over a software title that interests you, a floating description will appear. 

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Haystack TV For Your Chromecast

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: Daily News- screenshot

 

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.

 

Malware Called “DressCode” Found In Android Apps

If you think you are immune from malware in Android Apps; “Think Again”…

“Researchers from Check Point discovered malware they’re calling DressCode in 40 Google Play store apps and more than 400 apps listed in third-party app stores”…

“Once installed on the device, DressCode initiates communication with its command and control server,”

READ MORE @ BGR

The following video also explains how DressCode works:

Text From Your Computer (or Android Tablet) Using Your Current Android Phone Number

Here’s how this works… Install Yappy on your Android phone; then, install Yappy on computer (and/or tablet). Another option, if you use Google Chrome or Firefox, is to install their browser extensions for Yappy. The key here is to make sure you have the app installed on your phone to make sure your texts sync between your phone and computer (and vice versa). If you are confused with my instructions, then visit the Yappy web site to learn more. I have been using Yappy and it has worked quite well for me.

Yappy

Protect Your Android Apps From Unwanted Access

… and, MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-016)

Recently I have been paying special attention to folks who have Android smartphones (and tablets) and I am noticing that the majority do not have their phones locked down (either with a pin code or pattern lock). I highly recommend that you get into the security setting on your devices and lock them down; preferably, with a pin code so that when your phone is turned “on” or awakened out of its’ sleep mode, a code (that you pre-designate) is required to access and operate the phone. You will not realize the importance of this “slight” inconvenience, until your phone is misplaced.

To take this a step further, there are apps available that allow you pass code protect individual apps to prevent apps from being launched on your phone (or tablet) in the event you hand off the device to someone else, such as your kids. An app locker that I have been testing out is called Avira Applock+. What I like about Applock+ is that it is very easy to setup; and, it specifically focuses on securing access to your apps (and not a bunch of other stuff is bundled with it). An included powerful feature in the FREE version is the unlimited remote device management, where you can remotely lock and unlock apps on your managed phones (as many as you like!) from Avira Online Essentials – your online dashboard.

Avira Applock+

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MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF

A Surge Protector For High-End Home and Professional Workstations – Here is a surge protector that is highly recommended.  It is the Belkin BE112230-08 12-Outlet Surge Protector that is a #1 Best Seller at Amazon. This surge protector is built to protect professional workstations, laser printers, telephones, home-theater systems, and everyday household electronics. While it is recommended for heavy duty devices, it can also be used to protect other household electronics as well without problem.

Belkin BE112230-08 12-Outlet Surge Protector

Belkin BE112230-08 12-Outlet Surge Protector

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Q-Dir  Windows 10 Emulation

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Google Calendar Keeps Getting Better And Better – You may not have noticed; but, as of this month, a new feature has been implemented that will allow you to create reminders in your calendar. 

Just like on Android and iPhone, you’ll get the following:

  • Reminders stick around – If a reminder isn’t completed, it will appear at the top of your calendar until you mark it done.
  • Reminders work across Google – Reminders you create in Inbox, Keep, and the Google app will also show in Google Calendar.
  • Reminders sync with mobile – Reminders created in mobile show up on the web and vice versa. So you can stay on track from just about anywhere.

To read more on this, CLICK HERE

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