Best World News App for Android and Apple Smartphones (and devices)…

You have to take my word on this. The best world news app for Android and Apple Smartphones (and devices) is “SmartNews”… It is one of the first apps I install on my phone and other supported devices (tablet, Chromebook, etc…). This app is a news aggregator that will automatically curate must-read stories in an attractive tabbed interface that is categorized. You can even customize and add specific news sources. Trust me, if you want the news as it is breaking, this is the news app to get…

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Source: SmartNews (visit this link to get an overview of the app and the download sources for your Android and Apple Devices).

The BEST file manager for your Chromebook in 2021…

If your Chromebook supports the installation of Android apps, then I encourage you take a look at (download and install) the Android app “Cx File Explorer”. The built-in file explorer (or file manager) in the Chrome OS has a lot to be desired; especially, when connecting to drives you have in the cloud (such as Google Drive, One Drive, Box and Dropbox) or when trying to connect to your network shares on your home network. I featured “Cx File Explorer” in another blog post (click here) and one of the things I wanted to experiment was to see how it performed on a Chromebook. Well, long story short… It is awesome. There is one thing you will need to do if you have an SD card installed in your Chromebook. In order for Cx File Explorer to see the SD card, go into the setting and toggle on, “Show system storage”. Once you do that, you can access the files on your SD card through the system files. In my case, once I toggled “on” the “Show system storage” setting, rebooted the Chromebook, the SD card showed up in Cx File Explorer’s home screen.

Cx File Explorer

What I found with Cx File Explorer is that it works just as well as on my Chromebook as my Android smartphone. Definitely is a nicer file manager than what is built into the Chrome OS to the point that moving files around, etc… is much more easier and makes more sense.

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Source: Google Play Store – Cx File Explorer


A “killer app” file manager for your Android phone…

Being a tech guy, having a good file manager (or file explorer) is a must. On our Android phones, the baked-in file managers they ship with the phones are rudimentary and in my opinion horrible. Then there are the third-party file managers that are a great step above, but what I have found is that many of these file managers (some good and some not so good) have become bloated to the point that they can leave a pretty big footprint on your device (and are not easy to navigate). So, I went on the hunt again in the Google Play Store and came across a file manager called “Cx File Explorer”. I almost overlooked it and I am glad I did not.

Cx File Explorer
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How to turn your Android Phone into a file server and quickly transfer files to any computer …

Using a web browser on any computer, you can access the files on your phone (and transfer them to any computer) using an Android app called “Recall”. First, install Recall on your phone from the Google Play Store. With Recall you don’t have to install anything to a PC or laptop to access your files. Just go to web.recall.im, scan a QR-code, and you can list, search, preview and download your files. End-to-end encryption, no passwords to lose. The “Recall” app, once installed and ran, turns your phone into a file server. Transfer of files uses end-to-end encryption for security and the developer’s web site touts the app is safer than using many of the popular online cloud services. Recall, at the moment appears to be relatively new; is FREE at the moment; but, if this app takes off (like I think it will), there will be a paid or pro option made available.

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