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Tip of the Week: Five Deliciously Useful Tips for Android Pie

Tip of the Week: Five Deliciously Useful Tips for Android Pie

Although Android Q is on its way, Android Pie still has a lot to offer a user - a lot of which many users may not be aware of. For this week’s tip, we’ve compiled a few ways that Android Pie allows you to customize your phone to be the productivity machine you want at your side.

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Tip of the Week: Easy Android Use Tricks

Tip of the Week: Easy Android Use Tricks

Android devices are known for being customizable, which doesn’t always translate well to user-friendliness. However, if configured properly, these devices feature some nifty shortcuts to just about any function you might require from your device. Here are just four easy ones:

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Setting Android’s Security Options

Setting Android’s Security Options

You might be shocked to find out that your mobile device holds a considerable amount of personally identifiable information on it. This has prompted many users to secure their phones at all times, but others simply ignore the threat and brush it aside. Since Google makes it so easy, there’s no excuse for Android users not to secure their devices. Here’s how you can do it.

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Ditching the iPhone for an Android Phone Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

Ditching the iPhone for an Android Phone Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

Learning how to use a new technology can sometimes be troubling. If you’ve been a dedicated Apple customer throughout the years, but are considering switching allegiances to Android, you should know that simple differences between the two platforms can end up disorienting. Here are a few things you have to know when switching away from the iPhone.

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Tip of the Week: You Can Use Your Android Device As An External Hard Drive

Tip of the Week: You Can Use Your Android Device As An External Hard Drive

Does your business have trouble keeping data on the company network? This can be an issue if your employees use their mobile devices to do work while on the go. In order to keep this from becoming an issue, you should encourage your employees to not keep sensitive data on their mobile devices, and establish policies that give you control over your data and email on personal devices. That said, let’s show you how to get your data off of your Android device and back on your network where it belongs.

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Tip of the Week: Mirroring Your Android’s Screen, Made Easy

Tip of the Week: Mirroring Your Android’s Screen, Made Easy

Have you ever gotten the feeling that your mobile device’s screen is just too small to be used effectively, despite the fact that smartphone screens are bigger than ever before? Well, there is a way to mirror your phone’s screen to a larger screen, like your PC monitor. Here’s how you can do this with your Android device.

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Tip of the Week: Take Back Your Smartphone By Blocking Problem Numbers

Tip of the Week: Take Back Your Smartphone By Blocking Problem Numbers

Have you ever received unsolicited calls from unknown numbers? Sometimes you might receive them at incredibly inconvenient times, such as while you’re home and trying to wind down after a long day’s work. While Caller ID and voicemail have allowed users to keep unwanted calls to a minimum, there are other ways that you can block a caller entirely from reaching your smartphone.

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A Tough Choice: Samsung Galaxy vs Google Pixel

A Tough Choice: Samsung Galaxy vs Google Pixel

Fans of Google’s Android OS have some tough choices to make when selecting a smartphone, seeing as the software runs on so many devices of varying quality and price points. For the purposes of this review, we will take a look at and compare two current flagship devices: Google’s Pixel and Samsung’s Galaxy s7.

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Tip of the Week: 7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Android Battery

b2ap3_thumbnail_smartphone_battery_400.jpgVirtually every tech user wishes their mobile device battery would last longer, yet not every user understands that they can achieve this simply by adjusting their device settings. Here are seven simple adjustments you can make to your Android device in order to get its battery power to last longer.

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Tip of the Week: How to Remove Excessive Bloatware on Your Android Device


b2ap3_thumbnail_software_bloatware_400.jpgSmartphones are filled with all sorts of nifty apps. In fact, some of the most useful applications come pre installed on the device. However, not all apps are worth your time. These unwanted applications are called “bloatware,” and can impede the device’s ability to perform to your specifications.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Lose Sleep Over Lollipop’s Alarm Clock Bug

b2ap3_thumbnail_android_alarm_clock_400.jpgIf you’re an Android enthusiast, you’re aware that Google issued an upgrade to the operating system known as Android 5.0, Lollipop. In addition to a significant graphics overhaul and some functionality changes, one potential issue might have flown under your radar in the form of your Android’s alarm clock application.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Improve Your Android’s Battery Life

b2ap3_thumbnail_android_battery_400.jpgWe all know how useful smartphones are, especially when you’re in a pinch and need to access the Internet. However, you can’t take advantage of any of these sweet features if your battery dies out within four hours of a full charge. This might be an extreme case, but the point stands that there’s a ton of stuff draining your battery when you don’t want it to.

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Native Apps, Mobile Web Apps, & Hybrid Apps – Do you know the Difference?

I will be using the two largest platforms, Android and iOS, to describe the differences between native, mobile web, and hybrid apps.  The windows phone and other platforms are out there but they hold a very small percentage of the market.

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      Native Apps are mobile device applications developed for a specific platform such as Android or iOS.  They are built using a language native to that platform, java for Android and Objective C for iOS.  They are installed through an app store like Google Play or the Apple App Store.  They have the best performance and are more stable.  They can access the phones built in features like GPS, accelerometer, address book, and camera for example.  They are capable of working offline.  The down side is that they are very expensive to develop.  Since they are built for just one platform, multiple versions have to build to run on other platforms.

      Mobile Web apps are not true mobile applications but rather websites that have built to run inside of a browser on the mobile device.  They are usually written in HTML5 and JavaScript.  The look and feel can be almost the same as a native app.  You should not think of them as just website though they are very different than a traditional website.  Traditional websites generally do not look good and often do not even function properly when view on a mobile device.  Mobile web apps however are built specifically for the mobile environment.  They are designed to look good and to function on a mobile device.  Often they are installed on the phone as an icon, just like a native app, but they using a mobile browser in the background.  They do have access to some of the built in features of the device but it is limited.

      Hybrid apps are both, native app and mobile web app.  They start out life like a mobile web app, usually being written in HTML5 and JavaScript.  But they are then processed through a software tool like Cordova, PhoneGap, Appcelerator, Ionic, Xamarin and wrapped or otherwise transformed into a native app.  They are then installed from an app store and function just as a native app would.  They are not true native apps though and may not work in all situations for example a 3D game.  But for the majority of apps out there you would not be able to tell the difference between hybrid and native.

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Tip of the Week: How to Sync Media From PC to Android Using Windows Media Player

b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_media_player_400.jpgWhat’s the best way to transfer your media files from your Windows PC to your Android mobile device? There are many different ways to go about this. One of the most-efficient-yet-often-neglected ways to sync your music is Windows Media Player.

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