8″ HD display, 2X the storage (32 or 64 GB of internal storage and up to 1 TB with microSD card) + 2 GB RAM. All-day battery life – Up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music. Click on source link below to see the other features…
I don’t know how long this deal will last, but you can get the Amazon Fire HD 10 at a 27% savings.
Cheap Android tablets are not hard to find, but ones with decent specs and running the latest version of Android can be a little more difficult. Walmart seems to be planning a refresh of its budget tablets from last year to meet that less common option of low cost and latest software.
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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Was checking things out at Amazon to post on the blog and came across the “HP 10-P018WM Detachable Windows 10 Laptop“, which is a low end laptop that can be used as a tablet. This would be great internet surfing, videos, etc… while we are at home. What I found is that if you scroll down on the page, look for “New & Used (9) from $264.98 FREE Shipping”… The $264 price is an open box “never used” price. I have purchased many items on Amazon by looking for the “New & Used” selection and have not had to send anything back yet. In this case you could save about $70. If you don’t like it when you get it; then, simply return it.
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If you want to wipe out all the data from your Amazon Fire Tablet, you need to access the Settings app and perform the factory reset process from there. However, in certain situations, you won’t be able to do this – the touch screen won’t work, the system glitches, or most frequently, you forget the pin.
The updated Fire HD 10 tablet includes a faster processor than last year’s model, a 10-inch 1080p display, up to 12 hours of battery life, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers and a new USB-C port that lets you charge faster. Amazon’s tablets, until now, have continued to use older micro USB technology.
The Fire HD 10 can be pre-ordered — HERE …
If you need a portable charger, this is a good deal… 16000mah provides almost 4.5 Cellphone charges or 3.5 Galaxy S8 charges. Definitely went on my order list.
Power Bank iChance 16000mah Portable Charger with Fast Charge and Safety Charge System Battery Pack for Smart Phone Cellphone Tablet and More Devices
One of the first questions I am often asked about Android OS Smartphones and Tablets is: How do you shutdown or power “off” the device (smartphone or tablet)?
Many folks will often tap the power button thinking they are turning the device “off”, when in fact they are only putting the device in a standby mode only. To really power “off” the device you need to hold down the power button until you see an option to power the device down (varies slightly from device to device, but the process is very similar). Select the “power off” option and the device will shut completely down. To power the device back “on”, hold in on the power button until you see the screen light up (typically with the phone or tablet’s logo).
A good practice to follow is to turn the device completely “off” on occasions. I typically will power my smartphone (off) and back (on) at least once or twice a month. You will find this helps refresh the memory cache and the device will actually run a bit faster.
There is nothing more distressful than losing your smartphone… If you own an Android device, such as a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook, you most likely performed the initial set up using a Google Account (i.e. Gmail account). As a result, you have a feature where you can remotely find, lock or erase the device in the event the phone is stolen or lost (Note: The phone must be turned “on” in order for this to work). You can even ring the phone and send information to the phone requesting that the phone be returned. You will need to go to a computer, log into your Google account, in order to make this work. Follow the steps below to put you on the road of recovery. You can go ahead and practice this…
- Open a browser, like Chrome . If you’re using someone else’s device, use private browsing mode.
- Open your Google Account.
- In the “Security” section, select Find a lost or stolen phone.
- Select the lost phone, tablet, or Chromebook.
- Follow the step-by-step suggestions to help find and secure the device.
ADDED TIP: Also, did you know, if you have a Google Account, and you are logged in, you can perform a Google Search, type in “Find My Phone” and Google (with a map) will find your phone within about 50 feet.
Typically, with few exceptions, when you purchase an Android smartphone (or tablet), there are apps on the phone that are pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled (or removed) if you do not need them. Since you cannot uninstall (or remove) these apps, I suggest that you disable them to prevent them from running in the background. To do this (each phone is slightly different), go into the main system settings of the phone and look for the app list or menu. In that menu locate the app you want to disable and look for the option to disable it.
For example, below is an image of the where I disabled the “Gallery” app on my phone. This will save me space on the phone and will save on background memory.