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How to Quickly Transfer Files from a Computer to Your Phone with Portal

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Android, Apple, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: We’ve all had that moment where we need a file on our phone that happens to be on the computer. Now, there are a couple of ways you can do this: email it to yourself, put it in cloud storage like Dropbox, or even transfer it with a USB cable. But there’s a faster, easier way. Enter Portal.

Source: How to Quickly Transfer Files from a Computer to Your Phone with Portal

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Scan Documents on Your Phone with CamScanner for Android

Posted on June 28, 2017. Filed under: Android, Apple, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a recommendation: You can use this handy app to scan any document straight from your phone.

Links for Android, iOS, and Windows phones apps. Free and pay versions.

Source: Scan Documents on Your Phone with CamScanner for Android

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How to Set Up Google Cardboard on Android

Posted on March 23, 2017. Filed under: Android, Phones | Tags: , , , |

If you’re hungry for a taste of this new-fangled virtual reality, Google Cardboard is by far the cheapest (and easiest) way to get in on the action. Sure, it’s not as high quality as something like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or even the mobile-focused Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream, but it’s still a nice experience for the little investment involved.

Source: How to Set Up Google Cardboard on Android

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How to Create an NFC Tag That Connects Any Android Phone to a Wi-Fi Network

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, Phones, Techniques, wireless | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: NFC is one of those tools that is great to have, but so ridiculously underused by the majority of Android users. While it can be used for advanced automation of things on your Android phone, it can also be used for equally as simplistic stuff: like easily sharing your home Wi-Fi data with friends.

Source: How to Create an NFC Tag That Connects Any Android Phone to a Wi-Fi Network

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You Can Now Use LastPass On Multiple Devices for Free

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Android, Apple, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Passwords, Phones | Tags: , , |

LifeHacker posts: Starting today (Nov. 1, 2016), LastPass will no longer charge extra to access your password vault from different types of devices. That means free users can now access their password vaults from their phone and their desktop at no extra cost.

LastPass is a favorite add-on for multiple browsers and this blog has recommended it for years to keep track of passwords. You can use a different password for each website, and still only use one master password to access them all automatically (in most cases; some web sites require you to copy it from LastPass yourself).

Source: You Can Now Use LastPass On Multiple Devices for Free

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Scan Documents To Obtain Text, No More Heavy Typing

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Phones | Tags: , |

Gizmo’s Freeware suggests: Take a picture of a printed document and get its text in a few seconds, straightaway on your mobile.

Source: Scan Documents To Obtain Text, No More Heavy Typing | Gizmo’s Freeware

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The 15 Best Non-Streaming Android Music Player Apps in 2016

Posted on August 3, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Music, Phones | Tags: , , |

So you are unable to reliably connect for streaming, or maybe you just don’t want to use up your expensive plan time just for music, and you have plenty on your Android device already to listen to.

MakeUseOf recommends: The 15 Best Non-Streaming Android Music Player Apps in 2016

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How to Easily Mirror Your Android Phone’s Screen on Your PC with Vysor for Chrome

Posted on June 7, 2016. Filed under: Android, Phones | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Smartphones are convenient, but sometimes it’s more trouble than it’s worth to pick up your phone when you’re already sitting at a computer. It would be nice to do whatever it is you want to do from the comfort of your PC—especially if you work at a desk. Thankfully, there’s a simple (and brilliant) way to completely mirror your Android device’s screen over USB with a Chrome app called Vysor.

Source: How to Easily Mirror Your Android Phone’s Screen on Your PC with Vysor for Chrome

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How to record video, slow-mo, and time-lapse with your iPhone or iPad

Posted on May 5, 2016. Filed under: Apple, Everything, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , |

Sure, your iPhone might take spectacular photos, but you can also get really fancy with video too.

iMore has advice on How to record video, slow-mo, and time-lapse with your iPhone or iPad .

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5 tips for shooting videos on Android

Posted on May 5, 2016. Filed under: Android, Everything, Phones | Tags: , , , , |

Android Central has  5 tips for shooting videos on Android .

Here’s another: some phones/tablets have an SD card slot, and you may have the option to record to the SD card instead of the limited memory in your phone/tablet.  This could give you a lot more recording time than you normally would have.

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How To Speed Up Your Android Cell Phone

Posted on February 12, 2016. Filed under: Android, Phones | Tags: , , , |

For Android users, Dave’s Computer Tips suggests How To Speed Up Your Cell Phone which focuses on controlling your apps.

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Upgrade Your Phone’s Passcode to at Least Six Digits for Better Security

Posted on January 29, 2016. Filed under: Android, Apple, Phones | Tags: , , , , , |

Lifehacker recommends a security increase.  You probably already know that the more digits in your passcode, the better, but if you’re still using a four digit passcode, especially on your iOS device, you should probably change it. Here’s why, and how to do it in iOS and Android.

Source: Upgrade Your Phone’s Passcode to at Least Six Digits for Better Security

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Keeping Your Cell Phone Safe

Posted on September 4, 2015. Filed under: Android, Everything, Phones, Security | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has one on Keeping Your Cell Phone Safe.

This is for at least Samsung Galaxy models (Android).

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Securely wiping an Android smartphone or tablet

Posted on February 10, 2015. Filed under: Android, Phones, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on Securely wiping an Android smartphone or tablet.

Sooner or later, you’ll need to replace yours.  Be sure you don’t leave anything on it!

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Create Personalized Ringtones (iPhone & Android)

Posted on October 30, 2014. Filed under: Android, Apple, Phones | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips tells how to Create Personalized Ringtones (iPhone & Android).

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Android smartphone reset doesn’t wipe your personal info

Posted on July 9, 2014. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Phones, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet warns that an Android smartphone reset doesn’t wipe your personal info — including any nude selfies.

When it’s time to change phones (or tablets), BE SURE to use a recommended app to wipe ALL the data left on your phone or tablet, or somebody could recover it and use it against you.

Especially the nude selfies!

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Teleflip: How to Send Text Messages Through Your Computer

Posted on May 19, 2014. Filed under: Phones, Techniques | Tags: , |

HowStuffWorks has a post on “How to Send Text Messages Through Your Computer”.

This uses the Teleflip service.

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Turn your Android tablet into a phone with GrooVe IP | TechRepublic

Posted on July 25, 2012. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , |

TechRepublic tells how to use the GrooVe IP app to turn your Android device into a phone using wireless.

Like any app, it may or may not work well on your device.  Use at your own risk and CHECK THE REVIEWS first — apps may be changed after being included in the store so later updates include malware.

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ScreenReader.net: freedom for blind and Visually impaired people

Posted on July 25, 2012. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

ScreenReader.net helps to provide freedom for blind and Visually impaired people.

“We look like a technology company but we are really about mitigating isolation, helping people to read, write and keep in touch with friends, family and what is going on in the world.

We do this with a free talking screenreader software package for the Windows PC and laptop and a suite of easy-to-use smartphone apps for the Android phone”.

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4 methods to customize Android phones and tablets

Posted on April 18, 2011. Filed under: Android, Phones | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has 4 methods to customize Android phones and tablets.

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