It’s hard to believe, but Android has been around on smartphones for a decade now — and it has come a really long way in that time. So much so, that it can easily go head-to-head against any other digital platform. From Android 1.0 to Android 10, here’s the story behind Android’s evolution.
Google Photos already features handy automatic tagging features that let you find every picture you’ve ever taken of, say, a dog or flower with one simple search. But now, after some eagle-eyed users spotted a new feature, Google has confirmed that Photos is getting the ability to search for photos based on text captured in the picture…
Well, it’s time for another round of app sales. Today’s is mercifully smaller than Monday’s, but still check it out; you might like something here.
Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, at ZDNet makes a good argument with “Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops“.
I can honestly attest to being a Windows user all my time being associated with computers, until last year when I purchased my first Chromebook. Yes, Windows can be a powerhouse; but, there are so many negatives with Windows vs. the positives of a Chromebook that I came to the conclusion for home-based users, a Chromebook is all you really need.
I encourage you to read Steven’s article to see the five reasons he listed. In his final closing summary to his article, he said this (for which I totally agree):
“If you want a laptop that does all the bread-and-butter internet and office work, get a Chromebook. If you have a friend or relative who needs a safer machine, give them a Chromebook. If you need a flexible system that can juggle Android, Linux, the web, and a bit of Windows, get a Chromebook. You’ll be glad you did.”
According to an article posted by Taylor Kerns, at Android Police, “Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks” with a new built-in grammar checker (and enhanced spellcheck that will auto-correct spelling errors). The rollout of these features are scheduled in September for G Suite users; with no rollout date set at this time for regular Gmail account users at home (like you and me). For us at home, be patient, it will come; and, when it does this will be a welcome addition.
After reading the article by Brian Fagioli (at betanews) , “I canceled Amazon Prime and you should too” makes me think and question; “Who is taking advantage of who?”. Is the $129 I am spending every year to take advantage of Amazon Prime (i.e. free 2-day shipping, movies, tv show, whole foods, etc..) worth it?
I would love to hear what people think about this… Read the article that Brian posted. It makes a whole lot of sense and you may be throwing $129 out the window that could be used for something else more valuable; PLUS, Brian gets into the flip side of things where Amazon graciously cancelled (reimbursed in full) his annual subscription; but, at the same time Amazon has a reputation of not treating their employees too good. The last part, “not treating their employees too good” may be enough for me to cancel right there.
If you are seeing error 0x80073701, after cumulative update KB4512508, for Windows 10 (1903); according to BetaNews, Microsoft is working to fix error 0x80073701 in Windows
I don’t know about you, but I am liking my Chromebook, more and more!
It’s Prime time to sit back, relax and watch TV. Starting today, you can watch Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV devices, giving Prime members unlimited access to their favorite Amazon Originals, films and more. Meanwhile, you can also now access the official YouTube app on select Amazon Fire TV devices.
If you’re running any version of Windows 10, you should update your computer as soon as possible. Microsoft recently alerted users that it patched two critical remote code execution (RCE) “wormable” vulnerabilities, which could have allowed hackers to spread malware to both your — and others — PCs without your knowledge or any interaction.
Windows Defender is the default antivirus software that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 and is the antivirus software that I use here at “What’s On My PC”. The best part is that it is FREE!
Performance issues, privacy concerns, and other problems make it harder than ever to recommend third-party antivirus solutions on Windows. Now it’s about to become even more difficult: TechSpot reported that AV-Test, an independent organization that evaluates security products, gave Windows Defender perfect scores across its three evaluation categories after testing 20 antivirus products made for Windows 10 throughout May and June
Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and others let you ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Here’s how they stack up.
If you own any smart devices at home, you may want to read this article at Malwarebytes Labs that will teach you how to tighten the security on those devices. Like anything else that is connected to the internet, there is always the risk of being compromised.
Let’s face it: No matter how often we warn about the security concerns with smart home devices, they do make life more convenient—or at the very least, are a lot of fun to play with. It’s pretty clear this technology isn’t going away. So how can those who’ve embraced smart home technology do so while staying as secure as possible?
Here are eight easy ways to tighten up security on smart home devices so that users are as protected as possible while using the new technologies they love.
Unlike a lot of other screen recording tools that require a download, the screen recorder works directly in your browser. All you have to do to record is to launch the site and press the record button.
Here at ‘What’s On My PC’ I am hearing the version 1903 feature update this is starting to show up on Windows 10 computers at home. As with any Windows 10 update, expect the process to be time-consuming (and leave the computer “on” during the update process).
Windows 10 version 1903 will be arriving soon for many of those individuals and organizations not presently using it.
c|net has put together a list of the best antivirus solutions for Windows, encompassing both free and subscription options. These picks of the best antivirus programs are a combination of recommendations from independent third-party labs AV-Test and AV-Comparatives and our hands-on testing.
There’s a new Google emergency services feature on the way to Android phones. The feature will allow you to quickly transmit integral information about your location and situation without needing to say anything.
Rats, rodents, maggots, crime. These words have literal meanings, but when they’re used to describe specific places or groups, they take on something more. It’s something CNN anchor Victor Blackwell pointed out in a moving segment about Trump’s racist use of the word “infested” in tweets — and also something that Twitter explicitly prohibits in its rules against “dehumanizing language.”
Google recently removed several apps from the Google Play Store after discovering they violated the Play Store terms of service—and, more importantly, could be used as stalkerware. That doesn’t mean they’re deleted from your Android device, though, so now’s a great time to remove them.
Once a PC is updated with the latest version of Windows 10, an option becomes available to “Make your device passwordless”.
“Enabling passwordless sign in will switch all Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device to modern authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN.”
If someone falls for the scam and does fill in the information requested on the fake webpages, the scammer would then have their name, Amazon password (and if that password was used for other websites, access to those accounts as well), birthday, address, credit card information, and Social Security number, Wired reported.
The PC market grew by almost 5 percent in the second quarter, helped by Microsoft’s Windows 7 transition and a greater supply of Intel chips.
Overall, 64.858 million PCs were sold worldwide, IDC said, a 4.7 percent increase. A year ago, HP topped the list of worldwide vendors. For the second quarter, however, a whopping 18.2-percent increase in year-over-year sales propelled China’s Lenovo to the top of the list.
Is there a case for having more than 16GB or more of RAM in a Windows 10 PC? Sure there is, but the bang for the buck trails off.
The Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 is a wireless stick that plugs into an HDMI connection (or port) on your television. It is powered via a USB connection, either by your TV or by the included power block. This device, I rate as “excellent” in giving you the ability to wirelessly mirror what you see on your Android phone onto a TV or projector.
The key to using this device is that your Android phone must have mirroring capability (Miracast), which most of the modern day Android phones possess. In other words, when you get this setup (which is very easy – plug and play) you will be able to see what is on your phone on your TV or projector. This allows you to use your phones data connection to view pics, play games, read the news and stream video, such as YouTube, Hulu, Pluto, etc… I do recommend that you make sure you have an unlimited data connection through your cell service before using this device, which most people do these days. The real feature with Screenbeam is that you do not need a wi-fi connection or router for this to work; instead, Screenbeam wirelessly communicates directly with your smartphone.
Why did I purchase Screenbeam? I have an RV, way out in no man’s land, where I have managed to pull in a high-end 3G data signal using a booster. I use Screenbeam connected to the TV in my RV to stream video from my smartphone. It has literally opened up a whole new world in watching TV during the evenings when I am camping. Anything that I can pull down on my smartphone I can watch on the big screen. Screenbeam, so far, for me, has worked flawlessly.
Cost? The Screenbeam Mini 2 will run you around $40. To me, this an inexpensive device that works very well and would serve you for all sorts of purposes; such as using your phone to project a report or video in a conference meeting scenario or for home entertainment (gaming and movies). The selling point to me was that I can do a direct wireless connection where I do not need a wireless router like you do with the Google Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire Stick; pLus, this thing is very portable.
Where can I get the Screenbeam Mini 2? My recommendation is to purchase it through Amazon (see link below); that way, easy to return if you do not like it, plus you can see the reviews. I can tell you that the Screenbeam Mini 2 is a great device that I am glad (and excited) to have purchased.
Android might be one of the two most important mobile operating systems right now, and the biggest one by market share, but it certainly won’t be around forever. That’s why Google is already working on a universal OS that would one day replace Android without users having to worry about it. Fuchsia, as it’s called for the time being, will run seamlessly on a variety of devices, regardless of screen size. It’ll deliver faster updates and better privacy features, according to some reports, and it’ll support Android apps as well as native Fuchsia apps.
These are decent phones for the money. I had a couple of these (older model version) and just handed them down to family members. No other phone, at this cost point, has a stylus and does everything most people need. I have not seen these hit Amazon yet, but get this. You can get a case for the LG Stylo 5 at Amazon – click here – to see!
When it comes to smartphones that come with a stylus, you might probably think of the Samsung Galaxy Note series of handsets. If you’d rather not spend so much money on a high-end flagship like the Note 9, then you might be interested in checking out the recently-announced LG Stylo 5.
Choose a time limit for how long you want your activity data to be saved—3 or 18 months—and any data older than that will be automatically deleted from your account on an ongoing basis. These controls are coming first to Location History and Web & App Activity and will roll out in the coming weeks — Read More @ Google
Looks like Amazon increased the hours this year from 36 hours to 48 hours.
Microsoft first unveiled its new command line app for Windows, dubbed Windows Terminal, at Build earlier this year. It’s a new central location where you can access the traditional cmd line, PowerShell, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
Update, June 18, 3:20 p.m. EDT: According to Google, Google Calendar’s disruption ended at about 1:30 p.m. after being down for more than three hours.
Let’s be honest, you can’t kill robocalls completely. But you can block more of them than you might think.
Though robocalls will never disappear completely there are some things you can do to keep your phone from ringing off the hook all the time.
A widespread Google Cloud outage hit Sunday, rendering popular sites and apps like YouTube and Gmail unusable for many users for a few hours, CNET reports. Google’s Cloud Computing Engine and Cloud Networking services began experiencing issues as of 4 p.m. ET, according to the status page on company’s website.
More than one-third of teenagers and over one-quarter of parents wake up and check their mobile device for something other than the time at least once a night, according to a new report by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based organization that examines the impact of technology and media on families. The organization surveyed 1,000 parents and their children.
Cashless stores and events are just starting to crop up in the retail landscape with much hoopla — consider the splashy launches of Amazon Go stores — but they’re already running into hurdles from legislators in cities and states around the country. These governments are concerned that what some see as technological innovation could actually widen societal gaps between those who have access to financial services and those who don’t.
Right about now (or in the next few days) you should be seeing the latest major update for Windows 10 hitting your computer—and here’s an overview of all the new features and settings that you can start playing around with once the installation is finished, from launching apps in VR to pausing Windows updates.
Those using System Center Configuration Manager or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to patch their systems need to make a one-time change to the settings around getting updates and patches for Windows 10 1903 and Server 1903 or later, as Microsoft noted in its blog post today.
In addition to the new features and enhancements bundled with the May 2019 Update (version 1903), Windows 10 is also introducing a slew of changes to the Settings app to help users customize and modify system settings.
Starting with version 1903, the Settings experience revamps the homepage with a new header design (controlled feature) similar to the one found in the Microsoft account page online, and you’ll find many new settings and tweaks.
A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.
The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.
If you own a Huawei phone, as I do, it appears we will no longer be getting any Android OS and security updates… Needless to say, “I am not a happy camper”… Also, appears that any new phones distributed by Huawei will be cut off from the Google Play Store, as well.
Huawei is losing Android operating system updates, a source close to the matter told Reuters, and Huawei’s upcoming phones outside of China will no longer get access to apps and services like Gmail and Google Play. Google also will no longer offer technical support to Huawei, the source told Reuters.
Don’t do this… They are collecting your personal information for political purposes and maybe for other purposes… This is on the same lines as a scam!
The Trump administration launched a new site that lets users report when they think a social media platform has censored, suspended, or banned their activities due to their political opinions. But the White House wants a lot of personal information.
The scam works like this: A scammer places a robocall to a number and hangs up after one or two rings. They may call back several times. The idea is to get the caller to call the number back. When they do, the caller is prompted to pay long distance fees to connect the call, fees that are usually paid in part to the scammer.
I encourage you to visit the source link at the end of this article to learn more about ransomware and how you can protect yourself…
Ransomware locks up a victim’s files until money is paid. Here’s how to protect your data and avoid an attack on your computer network..
At its 2019 first-quarter earnings call, Amazon announced it is currently working on cutting shipping time in half to offer one-day shipping as the default to all Prime subscribers.
Welcome, all, to the final app sales roundup of the week. Today’s list doesn’t star too much extraordinary – though, if you’re into the… by Jordan Palmer in Applications, Deals, Games, News
Both 32- and 64-bit requirements have been increased.
Previously, 32-bit Windows had a minimum storage requirement of 16GB, and 64-bit Windows needed 20GB. Both of these were extremely tight, leaving little breathing room for actual software, but technically this was enough space for everything to work. That minimum has now been bumped up: it’s 32GB for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) today announced that all Kohl’s stores will be accepting free, convenient, unpackaged returns for Amazon customers starting in July. Kohl’s and Amazon first worked together in 2017 to pilot the returns program, which is currently operating in 100 stores in the Los Angeles, Chicago and Milwaukee markets. Kohl’s and Amazon will roll out the program to all of Kohl’s more than 1,150 locations across 48 states. Kohl’s will accept eligible Amazon items, without a box or label, and return them for customers for free, providing additional service and convenience to Amazon customers.
Check these temporary freebies at the Android Police…
We’re nearing the end of April already, if you can believe it. And since it’s Monday, I have a new list of app sales for you all, which includes some… by Jordan Palmer in Applications, Deals, Games, News
If you use an RSS reader, and like reading comics, then this is the site for you! A very wide selection of popular comic feeds to choose from that can be plugged into any RSS Reader where you can get your daily dose of humor and perspectives on life.
Source: Comics RSS
Amazon’s Prime Video app is coming to Google’s Chromecast and Android TV, while Google’s YouTube app will return to Amazon Fire TV products.
Gmail users, the NEW “schedule” email option is now rolling out. Go into your Gmail, click on compose, enter a recipient’s email address and if you go to the bottom left corner where it displays the send button (see below) you will see a small down arrow. Click on the down arrow and then click on “Schedule Send”. From that point forward it is self-explanatory. You can then select a date and time that you wish for the email to be sent.
I am thinking of scheduling and sending an email for far out in the future, beyond my demise, to let everyone know, I am spiritually still with them and that there is Gmail in Heaven.
Google announced today on the YouTube blog that anyone with a Google Home or Google Assistant-powered speaker can now listen to ad-free music from YouTube Music.