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!

Audiomack

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…

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!

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


What are the best note-taking apps available for 2021?

Looking for a note-taking app? Below you will find four great resources that provide reviews on notetaking apps such as Evernote, OneNote, Notion, Simplenote, Google Keep, Rocketbook, and the likes. You will find as you explore note-taking apps, it comes down to a matter of preference.

Which one do I use? I have tried every single one of these note-taking apps and what I settled for that meets my needs is Google Drive (with Google Docs). Yes, Google Drive… You can read more on “Using Google Drive To Create A Powerful (and Free) Note-Taking Application“. For notes that I write down, I use a Rocketbook notepad that is reusable.

Follow the links below to get a good overview on what note-taking apps are out there from several of my favorite tech sites…

Best Note-Taking Apps: Evernote, OneNote & More (For Android & iOS)

Systweaks

The 11 Best Note-Taking Apps in 2020 – Evernote, Notion, and More

College Info Geek

The 5 best note-taking apps of 2021

Zapier

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook – Dot-Grid Eco-Friendly Notebook with 1 Pilot Frixion Pen & 1 Microfiber Cloth Included – Infinity Black Cover, Letter Size (8.5″ x 11″)

Amazon – Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

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

Perform a data connection speedtest on your phone using Speedtest by Ookla…

Discover your download, upload and ping/ Stay private and secure with our free Speedtest VPN; Real-time graphs show connection consistency; The only internet connection test capable of accurately measuring 5G; Mobile carrier coverage maps; Test with a single connection to simulate downloading a file or multiple connections to understand max speed; Troubleshoot or verify the speed you were promised; Track past tests with detailed reporting; Easily share your results

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Source: Google Play – Speedtest by Ookla

A Reader’s Submission: Found an excellent weather site. Was so impressed with it I subscribed! I travel over multiple states by car for business so am always on the lookout for a good weather app…

Recently a visitor to “Tech News for You” contacted me (Rick) and submitted information about a weather site and app, called “Windy.com“, that they highly recommended. I took a look at this and found that the “Windy.com” app and web site as a new find for me and that it is everything the reader stated. Thank you to “Carmicheals” for this submission.

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To help get you to the weather site and to the app, here is what the reader had to say:

Found an excellent weather site/app:

https://www.windy.com/

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.windyty.android&hl=en_US

Was so impressed with it I subscribed! I travel over multiple states by car for business so am always on the lookout for a good weather app. This one’s right up there with RadarNow

(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.usnaviguide.radar_now&hl=en_US)

which I have also purchased. Thanks for your site – good job on the rename and upgrade!

Locast.org is a public service to Americans that provides over the Internet the local broadcast signals of select markets.

As a side note to this, I am a subscriber to Locast. I recommend you give this a try first. If you are able to bring in the local TV stations, with the app, I recommend you sign up and donate $5 per month (that will eliminate the Locast ads, which can be a nuisance). All-In-All, I love Locast…  You can also watch TV with your Locast account on any device (including your desktop computer). Locast is based on your location and is a very cheap way to get the main basic channels.

Below is the source link for the Android App

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Source: Google Play Store – Locast

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