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AnySoft Keyboard for Android

May 2017 – Excellent Android keyboard which keeps your typing private. You can think of it as a privacy keyboard. Many options and keyboard styles.

Improving Wifi connection

March 2017 – This simple technique improved my WiFi reception at my Roku box 20 fold. How to reduce interference on the 2.4 GHz channels.

US Mobile

January 2017 – Inexpensive no-contract service that will be excellent for the right audience.

Podcasts

January 2017 – Podcasts are an excellent way to listen to what you want when you want. Podcast Republic is an excellent podcast player and it has a fantastic car mode.

Chromebooks- the Computer Appliance

August 2016 – Many people want a computer to work like an appliance. Just plug it in, turn it on and it works. It should be very easy. A chromebook will do that. They are fast, safe, secure and easy. But this safety and security comes at a price; your freedom.

Android: WiFi Manager

August 2016 – Quickly switch between WiFi networks and check which you are connected to with a Desktop widget and app.

Google's Find my phone

June 2016 – Google has an easy way to find, ring, lock or even wipe a missing phone.

Mobile App of the Month

May 2016 – Kaspersky Labs' QR Scanner checks for dangerous links in QR Code targets.

Shush! Ringer Restorer

March 2016 – Simple app restores your ringer after a time period, so you don't have to remember after shutting it off. Easy, clean and free.

MightyText

December 2015 – A wonderful service that lets you send and receive sms text messages from your computer and tablet. It links these with your phone, so your computer and tablet see and can use your phone's texting power.

ColorNote - Fabulous Android Note program

November 2015 – Colornote is an amazing note app for Android. It has over 1 million 5 star reviews on Google Play! I use it frequently on both my tablet and my phone. I use it for my shopping list, things I need to remember, and note taking.

Trustgo Android Mobile Security Discontinued

October 2015 – I've recommended Trustgo Android antivirus in the past. It has been discontinued. I now recommend Avira. Here's why.

Android: Lightning Browser

September 2015 – This is the best Android browser I've found by far. It is very fast and safe. It has all the features I want, but remains small. Possibly best of all, it does not crash as much as any of the other 10 browsers I have tried.

Nova Android Launcher

June 2015 – Nova is a wonderful replacement for the launcher that came with your Android phone or tablet. It will make your device easier to use, and better tailored to your needs. It'll also be prettier.

Mobile App of the Month

April 2015 – Contacts+ is a great replacement for the standard mobile contacts application.

Mobile App of the Month

March 2015 – SpeakerPhoneEx is a great Android app that uses the proximity sensor to turn the speaker on your phone on or off as it is moved to your ear or away from it.

Stop Using the Android Browser

March 2015 – Android's stock browser is security challenged. Google will not patch it for versions below 4.3 (KitKat). It should not be used.

Lenovo Installs Superfish Malware on New Laptops

February 2015 – Lenovo installed very dangerous malware on new laptops from Septmeber 2014 to February 2015. Here's what it is. How to test for it and how to remove it.

News360

December 2014 – This is a fabulous News aggregator for mobile devices (or Windows). It collects news from over 100,000 sources and allows you amazing customization choosing (or searching) from over a million topics.

Haystack TV News App

December 2014 – Haystack is a News Aggregator app for phones and tablets that collects video news segments rather than printed articles. It is done well and I really like it.

Where I Buy Books

October 2014 – The leading Ebook retailers I use and some factors to consider.

How to Wipe your phone

August 2014 – Before you sell your phone, you need to get your stuff off it. Here's how to do it properly.

Notebook and SSD Power Settings

August 2014 – Windows Sleep and Hibernate are normally unnecessary and sometimes reek havoc with a notebook's proper functioning. You do not need to use them. Here is how to stop it.

Phone Passwords

August 2014 – Phone lockscreen passwords are a hassle. One way to avoid them is to use an App locker instead.

Passwords on phones and tablets

June 2014 – Easy password entry using Keepass2Android on phones and tablets.

Chromebooks, The Computer Appliance

April 2014 – Chromebooks begin a new generation of easy to use, fast, low maintenance and inexpensive computer appliances. Some of the benefits and limitations are discussed.

Firefox is now the best mobile browser

April 2014 – Flexibility, power, freedom and usability now make Firefox the best mobile browser.

Republic Wireless

December 2013 – I really like the phone, service and value of this unusual cell phone provider.

Android App of the Month - The Portland Trailblazers

December 2013 – Portland Trailblazers NBA Basketball team has a new mobile app that is really very good.

Syncing Keepass with Mobile Devices

August 2013 – How to sync your Keepass safe between your phone, tablet and desktop computers

TrustGo Security

August 2013 – TrustGo is an Android antivirus and security app that provides good protection as well as lots of other security features including lock, find and wipe.

Reselling Mobile Devices

August 2013 – Two sites which buy used mobile devices (phones and tablets)

Dwolla

June 2013 – Dwolla is a payment network allowing you to send and accept money within seconds very inexpensively. A potential alternative to high credit card fees.

My Favorite Android Tablet Apps

June 2013 – These are my current (May 29, 2013) favorite Android Apps for my tablet. Perhaps you'll find something new in here.

Google Apps

June 2013 – A short description of Google apps and their advantage over other office options.

SwiftKey

April 2013 – I think this is the best keyboard app available for Android. It is also available for the Kindle. Its prediction mechanism is unbelievable.

Secure Internet While Traveling

February 2013 – When connecting to uncontrolled hotspots at cafes or motels you gain a lot of security by using an SSL VPN service to protect your communications from eavesdroppers.

Preserving Mobile battery life

December 2012 – Prolonging the battery life on your mobile phones and tablets.

Google's Android Voice Search

December 2012 – Google's voice search is getting better and better. Here are some examples to help you learn to get the most from it.

Thinking about 7" Tablets and E-Readers

October 2012 – Looking at 7" tablets and E-ink readers. I quickly review some and discuss the various ecosystems, DRM (digital rights management)they represent. I compare the Nexus 7 with the new Kindle Fire HD.

Streaming Video Speed

October 2012 – If you are interested in streaming video, you'll probably need to know what your WiFi speed is at the location you'd be streaming and how fast it needs to be. This article explains both.

Market Share, Android / Apple

October 2012 – Android is gaining more market share compared to Ios

Pocket: App of the Month

August 2012 – Pocket (formerly called read-it-later) is a great way to read an interesting article later on any of your devices, desktop, phone or tablet. Find it anywhere, read it later anywhere.

Google Drive

June 2012 – Google drive offers a simple way to store a lot of files for very little money. This is not a real backup system, but it is online storage that can be very useful. It also provides a simple way to share files between devices.

Android App: AirDroid

June 2012 – This Android app lets you manage your phone from your desktop or notebook computer.

Thinking About a Notebook Computer

April 2012 – This is a form to use to help you think more clearly when trying to decide on a new notebook, netbook, tablet or other mobile computer. It should help you weigh the various pluses and minuses of your options.

Improving You WiFi Coverage

February 2012 – How to improve your WiFi coverage so you can get a good WiFi connection throughout your whole office or home.

Prolonging Battery Life

February 2012 – How to get the best results from your lithium Ion batteries. Improving the battery life of you cell phone, notebook, tablets and ebook readers.

SSD Drives

February 2012 – SSD or Solid State Drives are faster and more reliable than traditional spinning drives. Here is a comparison.

Using Sync

December 2011 – What is Sync and how can you use it? The different types of synchromization. Using Sync for backup. Issues to consider.

21st Century Passwords

December 2011 – Making strong passwords for small form factor devices

Dropbox Issues

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Android Security Issues

August 2011 – Android security issues and a new Android antivirus answer

DropBox Insecurity

June 2011 – Why Dropbox is insecure and more secure options.

Thinking about Ebook Readers

April 2011 – What are the variables to consider before buying an Ebook Reader?

Where to get Ebooks

April 2011 – Where can I buy and download ebooks?

Secure Internet Connections while Traveling

May 2010 – How to set up a trusted connection to the Internet while traveling.

Notebook Battery Preservation

March 2010 – Notebook Battery Life

WEP Needs to Die

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