Friday, December 12, 2014

Copy & Paste in Android

I just figured that Copy & Paste did not exist in Android.  I could not find the function at all, even after two years and several Android versions.  Well, you can copy and paste from / to many applications.

Here is a link to a good explanation.  What they show you works well with a web browser and email, but not on .pdf files (because most .pdf viewers don't let you select text).  It does work on Word .doc files.

Basically, you long press on some text...wait a bit and two tab icons appear....move those to the beginning and end of the text you want to select and click on the menu item at the to, "copy".  Then go to the application where you want to paste (something that allows you to type in text), long-press in the location desired and an option to "paste" should appear.

Check it out:  http://www.androidcentral.com/android-101-using-copy-paste


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Android "Lolliop" Tips & Tricks

You probably don't have this version of Android yet, but these should give you a good idea of some of the new features and the new user interface.

http://drippler.com/drip/15-tips-tricks-android-lollipop-users-1


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Help Finding those Important Lost Items

KiiTag is a new product that provides "smart" tags to attach to important items.  These tags can be located via BlueTooth from your smart phone/tablet.  They are physical tags that can be moved from one item to another as the need arises. Tags cost about $20 each, but could be worth it to find items that are really impotant to you.

To learn more:

Article from USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2014/11/01/new-tech-products/18027365/


Webpage of the Manufacturer (lifensoul):
http://lifensoul.com/blue-kiitag.html





New Android Version 5.0 "Lollipop"

The latest version of Android OS is about to be released.  It apparently has a different user interface and will appear first on the Google Nexus tablets and will roll out to other devices over the next few months.

To learn more, check out this article from USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/10/30/android-lollipop-first-look/18162395/

Or...this webpage at Android.com
http://www.android.com/versions/lollipop-5-0/

or...this one from TheVerge  (12 best new features of Lollipop):
http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/28/7082875/12-best-new-features-android-lollipop-nexus



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lock your Android apps and more

Droid Protector:    Droid Protector allows you to set per-app restrictions to keep nosy people out. You can also enable a fake "crash" dialog for a specific app if someone tries to access it without authorization. This app will also allow you to hide certain photographs or videos from prying eyes, which is a particularly handy feature that complements the other features so well, you'd wonder why other apps don't already do both.

Learn more here

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

All-In-One Tool Box app looks good

I installed an app that was new to me, the All-In-One Tool Box.  It helps one manage their Android device, by providing 29 tools as shown below.  Worth checking it out, since its free.  Here is what it can do....
★ Clean out junk files:
Created in a simple method of seeing what's taking up storage and reclaiming lost memory via smart and safe cleaning.
* Delete SMS & Call logs
* Erase browsing history
* Remove Temp files
* Clean SD card
* Sweep out Apk leftover
* Eliminate cache files
★ Speedup system performance: 
Shut down unnecessary running apps to free up memory to keep Android devices at optimal performance and potentially extend battery life
* One-tap boost
* Kill unessential tasks
* Speed-up boot
★ Privacy protection: 
Provide access for you to erase your personal data and browsing traces to keep the privacy information from revealing. Pass-word service will lock the things you don’t want to share with others
* App locker
* Browsing trace erasing
* Call or SMS logs deleting
★ APP and File management: 
Check what’s on Android and provide a list of options for you to control files at your own will.
* Uninstall system app
* App to SD card
* Batch installer/uninstaller
* Zip and unzip
* Backup and restore
Plenty of additional tools: 
29+ system tools available in All-In-One Toolbox, all essential for your ease and wonderful Android experience
* Auto task plug-in: cache and junk file clean, silent mode, airplane mode and wifi management at set intervals automatically
* Compass plug-in: give you the directions when you are lost
* Flashlight: light up your surroundings when it’s dark
* QR and Barcode Scanner: quick scanning and collecting info you need
* Game Booster: boost games to give you more fun
* Android sensor box: show you all available sensors on your Android
* Quick settings: offer easy access to the
* Volume settings: provide one-click volume setup
Here is the link to the Google Play Store page covering this app:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Kill Switch coming ...

from a USA Today article (full link below):  "Google and Microsoft will add kill switches to the next versions of their cell phone operating systems, according to San Francisco district attorney George Gasc√≥n.  The move is seen as a major step towards making smart phones and other easily-stolen devices such as tablets less of a theft risk...."

This will allow a user to disable their stolen phone and erase data (if they wish)...making the phone not worth hardly anything.  If the phone is recovered, it can be reloaded by the rightful owner.

here is the full article:  USA Today Article





Tuesday, June 10, 2014

KiIndle android app improves speech function

The new Adnroid Kindle app now makes it much easier to switch between reading and being read to (speech function).  Here is an article that explains it all.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/10/kindle-android-app-gets-audible-integration-provides-option-easily-switch-reading-listening/


Change in the Google Play Store

The new version of Google PlayStore has reduced the amount of detail that you see for permissions the desired application requires.  This could cause us to download and install an app that needs permissions that we don't want to grant.  So...here is a link to an article that explains the situation and shows you how to see the permissions detail before downloadin/installing a new app from the PlayStore.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/10/simplified-permissions-ui-in-the-play-store-could-allow-malicious-developers-to-silently-add-permissions/



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quick-Charge your phone

From "Drippler.com" 
Today, we’re going to show you how to charge your Android’s battery to 100% as quickly as possible:

Turn your phone off

You probably already know this tip, but turning your phone off (or enabling airplane mode) is an easy and effective way to reduce charging time. The reason is simple: your phone burns a lot of battery when it’s connected to Wi-Fi or mobile networks. Disabling that connection reduces outgoing battery life.

Don’t charge using your computer’s USB port

Ever wonder why your phone seems to charge more slowly on some electrical outlets or ports? You’re not crazy – there’s a good reason for it, and that reason is USB. USB 2.0 ports output 0.5 amps of energy while USB 3.0 ports output 0.9 amps of energy. When you charge via a traditional electrical outlet, you can receive anywhere from 1 to 2 amps of energy. The more amps you send to your phone’s battery, the faster it will charge. 1 to 2 amps of power may not seem like a lot, but 2 amps is four times as much power as you’ll get from USB 2.0, which roughly translates to 4 times faster charging times.

Avoid low-quality chargers from third-party manufacturers

Avoid using third-party chargers or other unsupported chargers. This tip is obvious, but it needs to be said. In some cases, third-party chargers aren’t as efficient. They may be poorly designed or use lower-quality materials. In some cases, they can even pose a fire risk. Use the charger that came with your Android.

Use more powerful chargers

Here’s a tip many people aren’t aware of: your smartphone charges faster when connected to a tablet charger than to a smartphone charger. The reason is simple: different chargers draw different amperages. A tablet requires more juice, which is why it draws more amperage. If you have a charger for your Android tablet, try using it on your Android smartphone and see how quickly it charges. You can also buy third-party charges designed for higher amperages that will charge your device more quickly.

Charging an iPad or iPhone? Use your Mac’s USB port

Yes, I know this is an Android site, but let’s talk about Apple for a second. It’s no secret that Apple devices work well together. In fact, as we recently learned, Apple deliberately designs its devices to arbitrarily work better with iDevices than Android devices. If you use a Mac and an iPhone or iPad, you’ll receive 1.1 amps of power when charging your iDevices via your Mac’s USB port. The Mac automatically detects the iDevice and cranks er into overdrive. Or something like that.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Solution for Crowded Key Rings

If you have a key ring that is full of those little affinity / rewards  membership cardlets used by many retailers now, and that bothers you, you might want to check out an App called "KeyRing".  This app allows you to create a catalog of all of those membership bar codes and numbers, and then you can use your smart phone at the check out counter and you always have those numbers and bar codes with you.  

Here is the link to their webpage:  https://www.keyringapp.com/

I found that the Big Lots bar code would not work, so the app defaults to the numbers only.




PPCUG Meeting April 21

At the PPCUG meeting tonight, there were no Tablet/Smart Phone questions.  If they do come up in future meetings, I will try to post the question and answers here on this blog.  I did ask those who attended (23 people) if any of them would like to contribute iOS posts to this blog, but so far, no takers.

Monday, April 14, 2014

100 Best Android Apps of 2014

The folks at PC magazine have published their list of the top 100 Android apps for 2014.  On the page (link below) there is a list of categories that you can click to go to that section of the article.   Click here for the article    

Categories are:

  • Communication and Social
  • Security
  • Health and Fitness
  • Cooking and Food
  • Travel
  • Shopping
  • Reading and News
  • Utilities
  • Browsers
  • Productivity and Finance
  • Organization
  • Entertainment
  • Creativity

Introduction:  This blog will be used by the Plateau PC Users Group to provide tips and tricks for Android and iOS computing devices, including reviews of apps and hardware announcements.