FREE QR Scanner: Barcode Scanner & QR Code Scanner

One app you should have on your phone is a barcode and QR code scanner. Here is a good one that is FREE…

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FREE QR Scanner

QR Code Reader Free can read and decode all kinds of QR code and barcode, including contacts, products, URL, Wi-Fi, text, books, E-mail, location, calendar, etc. 🔍 You can also use it to scan promotion and coupon codes 💰 in shops to get discounts.

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Considering how quickly phone manufacturers clone their competitors’ newest features, it’s amazing that this Samsung security feature has not made its way to stock Android or iOS …

The thing that Samsung has that Apple and Google lack is a simple feature that prompts you to enter your lock screen passcode before you can turn off or reboot your phone. Follow the source link below to learn more why this is critically important.

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Here’s Why It’s Harder to Steal a Samsung Phone Than an iPhone or Another Android

Pretend you’re a phone thief for a moment. You might be a pickpocket or a stickup kid, but you’re in possession of other people’s phones on a regular basis. Now ask yourself this: what’s the first thing you do after you steal a phone? Any real phone thief with half a brain would simply turn the phone

Niagra Launcher – A modern + minimalist Android home screen optimized for one-✋ access and staying focused.

Many folks don’t know that you can change the app launcher on their Android phone. There are many good launchers to choose from and one of the most recent (popular) is Niagra. What is cool about Niagra is that you can launch any of your apps from the home screen (with one hand); without having to scroll through screens as you most often do with other launchers.

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Niagra Launcher

The traditional home screen we know was made more than a decade ago, where phone screens were smaller than your credit card. Smartphones keep growing, but not your fingers. The minimalist Niagara Launcher makes everything accessible with one hand and lets you focus on what matters.

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Audiomack – Stream and download the best new songs, albums, and playlists for free and play them offline data-free!

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Audiomack provides streaming and free download access to the newest and hottest tracks, right at your fingertips. Our free music download feature allows you to play your favorite songs offline, and our proprietary “Trending” section shows you the best albums and songs that are hot right now. Plus, you can listen to all local MP3s, WAV, M4A, AAC, and other local files right from the app.

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Google’s Area 120 team has launched the new Stack scanning app to digitize bills, receipts, and other documents

Google launches Stack scanner app to help you organize your documents

Google Stack is being developed by Cristopher Pendrogal and Mathew Cowan alongside the rest of Area 120’s team, Google’s in-house incubator for experimental apps. Besides Stack, Cristopher and Mathew also worked on DocAI—an enterprise-grade application used to process and categorize data…

Keep “Password Protected” notes on your smartphone

Safe Notes (Android App – Download from the Google Play Store)

Password-protected notepad that’s safe, fasteasy to use and ad-free!

✔ Protect notes and to do lists with password, and lock the whole notepad app with the PIN.
✔ Copy any text from your phone to your computer (app-to-browser).
✔ Write colorful notes, memos, emails, to-do lists, and encrypt them if you want.
✔ Custom note colors / fonts / text size / sorting order / etc.

✔ Sync notes online and access them both through a web browser and Safe Notes app.
✔ Taking notes with Safe Notes is as easy as it gets.
✔ You can sync individual notes with ProtectedText.com, and access them from this app and through a web browser.
✔ Safe Notes provides ultimate security – you don’t have to trust us, or any other third-party to be completely secure (read more under FAQ on http://www.protectedtext.com).

✔ Unlimited text size (up to ~250 000 characters per note)
✔ Search function
✔ Simple safe password encrypted notepad!

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Windows Software to install and run (or play) Android Apps …

BlueStacks App Player 5.0.0.7129

BlueStacks is the first production desktop software that allows you to use your favorite mobile apps on a Windows PC. You can download apps like Angry Birds Space, Candy Crush Saga, Telegram, Temple Run 2, Evernote, or Documents to Go directly into Software or sync the apps from your phone using the Cloud Connect Android app. Basically this application is an Android Emulator. Play PubG or Fortnite mobile on BlueStacks App Player!

Increase your productivity and learn how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”…

To this day, after over 30 years in computing, people still do not know how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”; and, I have found it to be one of the most difficult things to teach people. I consider it the most important process you can learn in order to master the computer (or smartphone) that will increase your productivity immensely. I encourage you to learn how to “cut or copy and paste”; you will not regret it.

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Watch Live Local News Anytime, Anywhere with NewsON …

NewsON is an app for your phone (Android/Apple) AND for Roku or Amazon that gives you the ability to watch live local news anytime, anywhere… For example, with NewsON, in my area I am able to pull down live feeds from Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. NewsON describes their service as “Free instant access to live or on-demand broadcasts from over 275 local station partners in over 160 markets”.

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A handy PDF content protection tool prevents readers from unauthorized sharing and copying PDF documents …

PDF Unshare is a free PDF copyright protection utility that creates unshared PDF and UPDF formats to protect your PDF files from sharing, printing, editing, copying, or unauthorized access. This creative document protection tool also allows you to set an expiry date for the protected PDFs, and then all these documents would not be viewed after that date. Now entrepreneurs, book publishers, or educational institutions can easily protect their documents from unauthorized sharing to other people or publishing online with this handy application.

PDF Unshare is 100% FREE for personal / non-commercial use. Installs available for Windows (full and portable), iOS (Apple), and Android.

Source: PDF UnShare

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.

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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.

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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.

Make your smartphone unique by setting cool wallpaper for your Home screen and lock screen …

Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to make your smartphone look unique. Almost all Android smartphones and tablets are pre-loaded with some default wallpapers to choose from. In addition to that, you can add images and themes from local storage. Android also allows you to set a different wallpaper for the home screen and lock screen. So, let’s see some of the simple and effective ways to change the wallpaper on Android.

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Looking to try a different browser on your Android Smartphone?

There are so many alternatives to the Google Chrome browser for the Android based smartphone, that it is mind-boggling. Right now, on my computers and smartphones, I am wrestling between Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Vivaldi. If you follow the source link below, you will land at Phandroid where you can take a look at “7 great browser alternatives to Google Chrome for Android”.

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Source: Phandroid – 7 great browser alternatives to Google Chrome for Android

ProtectedText is an free online notepad with password, where you can securely save your notes on the web.It’s a secure notepad with password, for all your notes, ideas, to-do lists, scripts, etc…

It’s free and also without ads and tracking, and you don’t even have to register or have any kind of account. Store your notes anonymously and encrypted in this simple and secure free online notepad. You can also use our Android app to access your notes conveniently from your Android device.

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Source: Online Notepad – Protected Text

Square Launcher – Best Android Launcher for your Phone, Tablet or TV Box

I have always had an obsession for organization; and as a result, when it comes to computers, phones, etc…, I love the ability to organize my stuff on these devices and make it visually appealing. I have messed around with just about every Android launcher out there and just recently I started messing around with a launcher called Square Launcher. This launcher is different in that it replicates the Windows 10 Metro UI (user interface). Once I downloaded and installed Square Launcher, it took me short time to learn my way around and before I knew it I had a visually designed Metro type interface on my phone (see below) that no one else has. How good is this app? I am buying this app ($4.99) to unlock the other features; it is that good…

Source: Google Play Store – Square Launcher

Visually Organize Anything

If you are like me, you save a lot of internet based information. The problem is that you can get “discombobulated” and forget where you saved this information that results in that feeling of being disorganized. Recently, I came across a web based app called “Bublup” that works across multiple platforms (web, android, ios) that gives you the ability to keep links in the same folders as PDFs, photos, videos, GIFs, notes, and other files. In other words, you can visually organize anything with one application. Add the browser extension and you can rocket anything you save to Bublup. Here at “Tech News for You” I have been testing this application and have come to the conclusion that “Bublup” may just end up being the app of the year.

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Bublup – A visually appealing bookmarking app where you can save, collect, and share just about anything…

Bublup is the new modern visually appealing way to collect and save, not only links, but PDF’s, photos, videos, GIF’s, notes, emails and other types of files. These items can be saved in the same folders together, making it ideal for research and for establishing collections. A cool component of Bublup is when you save something, other relevant information relating to the topic you saved, will bubble up. There is also a method to import your bookmarks into Bublup from Chrome, Safari and Firefox. With a FREE account you get 3 GB of storage and if that is not enough, go for one of the paid options. So far, here at Tech News for You, we are liking what we see with Bublup… Almost forgot, you can create Roll web pages instantly from Bublup folders. Customize them easily into beautiful stories and collections of your content including links, photos, videos, GIFs, notes, PDFs, and other files. Bublup is available on the web, in your browser, and as an iOS and Android app.

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