Yesterday I posted about the NEW upgraded version of Vivaldi for Windows and let me tell you, it is now my default web browser. It is that good.
In follow up to that post I decided to try out Vivaldi’s new Android version and again, after some testing and trying, it to is a winner. The Android version is very close to the features of the version for Windows and it is very fast. No hurt in giving it a try…
Vivaldi is a new web browser with an integrated ad blocker, tracking protection, and useful built-in features. Browse with unique desktop-style tabs, end-to-end encrypted sync, dark & private mode. Download for free and browse fast, take notes in the browser, and capture full-length screenshots.
Source: Google Play Store – Vivaldi
With today’s mid-range phones (less than $500) being capable of doing everything you would want them to do, it may be wise to purchase your own phone. I typically start at Amazon looking for unlocked smartphones that will work on most networks and go from there. However, there are instances when buying a phone with a plan does make sense. The below article from LifeHacker will walk you through the options.
Splashtop Personal (see links below) is the best app I have found that allows me to remote control into a Windows computer on my home network from my Chromebook. Splashtop Personal is FREE and will only work within the same LAN (local area network), such as what most of us have in our homes. One thing to point out… The steps below will also work from your Android phone or tablet.
- If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android apps, download (and install) from the Google Play Store the Android App called Splashtop Personal – Remote Desktop. Open Splashtop and setup an account (requires that you enter an email and create password). You will be sent an authentication email to validate the account.
- On the Windows PC that you wish to control, download (and install) the Splashtop Personal App for the version of Windows you are running. You will be required to enter the email and password again in order to make the connection.
- Once the above steps are completed, open the app on the Chromebook and you should see the Windows computer where the software was installed. Make the connection and you will see the Windows computer screen on your Chromebook. On the right bottom side of the screen you will see a darkened control module that will slide out (when clicked on) that will reveal a bottom button menu and/or a top button menu. From these menus you can manage and control the connection and various options. One thing to point out… To open the “Windows Menu” and to show the “Taskbar” on the remote computer, open the top button menu and double click on the “Windows Start Menu” icon.
I have found “Splashtop” to be the best out there. When I am using “Splashtop”, I feel like I am on my Windows Computer when I remote in from my Chromebook… “Splashtop” also offers commercial versions of their remote software and apps that allow you to access a computer when outside of your home or business.
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T-Mobile has completed its merger with Sprint. As of today, the two carriers are one — they’ll do business simply as T-Mobile. They’re also clearly confident in the transition, as CEO John Legere is stepping down early rather than waiting until the end of April as his contract dictated. COO Mike Sievert is taking Legere’s place, effective immediately.
Within the next two years, Lynk plans to create a constellation of shoebox-sized satellites that will function as orbiting cell towers. Each satellite will use a modified version of terrestrial cell tower software that corrects for things like the Doppler frequency shift caused by the satellite rapidly passing overhead and the delay from sending a signal to space and back. The satellites operate on a relatively low frequency compared to other communications satellites, which means they can tap into the part of the spectrum used by cell phones on earth. Miller says the company has developed an antenna that is both sensitive and powerful enough to communicate with cell phones on earth, but declined to get into specifics of the technology.
Here is an opportunity to get a really decent smartphone for $149… This is an unlocked phone, has been renewed (90 day warranty)… I do not know how long this deal will last. There is also a 128GB model for $179, as well.
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Visit the “Android Police” (see source link below) to learn about 3 new experimental apps by Google (Envelope, Activity Bubbles, and Screen Stopwatch) that could help you cut down on your phone usage.
Google’s $400 Pixel 3a was well received when it launched last year, and now the search giant could be preparing to launch another similar phone in just a few months.
Amber, Blue, Silver, Camo: Is it really a good idea to push so many alarming messages to the public?
The appeal of doing everything we can in the aftermath of a horrific crime is powerful. But there’s little evidence that any of the rainbow of alerts have much impact at all. In fact, these alerts are best described as “crime control theater”—a term criminologists use for programs that merely foster the perception that the government is taking swift and significant action.
After reading the review on the ASUS Zenfone 6 smartphone (see source link at end of this article), I managed to find this phone on Amazon (click here). I am a big fan of ASUS products…
The Asus Zenfone 6 stands out for its borderless screen and a flip camera that can swivel to take shots from multiple angles. At $500, the price is also a standout in an era when $1,000 has become the norm for a new smartphone. But that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. The phone’s signature feature can also detract from its appeal in some ways. – Business Insider
One of the most important features of your smartphone is its storage. This is how you download your favorite apps, save all of your special photos, download music playlists for long road trips — you name it. The longer you hold onto your phone, the more likely it is you’ll start to run out of space at some point down the road. Should you find yourself in this situation, here are a few tips on how to free up storage space on your Android phone.
Finally, in an effort that should have happened years ago, Google has finally re-added the ability to take notes and make lists via Google Assistant on your Google Home speakers, Nest speakers, Chromebooks, or phones. This is a feature I’ve long hoped would return and Google seems to finally have relented and brought it back better than it was before.