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Voice search Google Maps

6 Oct

How does your smart phone really make things easier……. Voice search is super handy, and on an Android you have voice command for more than composing a text message or calling MOM.  The shortcuts are key.  Below you will find how to access Google Maps for the quick data you desire.  the additional features built into……..read more

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Hotmail, MSN and Live Manual Email Settings

6 Oct

Attempting to set up your personal Hotmail, MSN or Live email account onto your new smart phone?   Each device will ask for a variation of  email provider settings.  Microsoft Outlook.com email now provides an application available from each operating systems phone (Apple app Store / Google Play Store). Some devices will require the downloaded outlook.com email application.  Android users take note each manufacturer does have a “native” email application which is accessible from the phone’s settings. One could go into a retail location, or worse contact support and possibly wait on hold…… no worries I have all the information you need….read more

Conserve your smart phone’s application storage

6 Oct

How many apps are on your Android?  Want more, but have no memory?  With a SD card in your phone you may download APP2SD, this application will allow you to transfer the download(s) to the SD card’s memory. Newer software versions / phone models may not have a removable memory option and / or may not allow for applications to be stored on  an alternate storage option.

Simply download the app fro the Google Play Store,  search for App2SD and install.   Once the install has completed locate   , the menu will immediately show you which apps are movable to the SD card.  Notice at the top tool bar MOVABLE, ON SD CARD, AND PHONE ONLY.  The image shown here has MOVABLE selected, here you may select which apps to move.   If you ever need to place the app. beck onto your phone’s memory you may select ON SD CARD, select the desired app. then choose MOVE TO DEVICE.

  

To clean up applications can be the best solution if your Android is acting a bit sluggish or simply crashing.  The process is very quick and easy.  First go into the device SETTINGS–> APPLICATION MANAGER (some devices will read out APPS)–>

clear app cache from the app manager

While in the Application manager take a moment to clean out the applications that you use frequently.  You can also download an app to assist with application cache,  click here  for additional resources

 

How to Improve Battery Management on Android, iOS, Windows

15 Jul

Last I checked the leading issue on smart phones is getting through an entire day without not running to a source of power.  I know of many sweet gadgets that will allow me to reboot throughout the day but what can my “SMART PHONE” do?  There are always additional options for every smartphone or tablet.  Battery management is a great place to start, below I provide 13 recommendations to get you started.

TOP 13 BATTERY MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Email refresh rates should be reduced to 1hr if possible or manual.
  2. Disable vibrations
  3. Disable app specific notification content and sync rates.
  4. Use less widgets / tiles
  5. Use the home charger the smart phone / tablet came with.  This charger is optimized to function with your device for best results.  Note car chargers are typically universal meaning they are optimized for short burst of charging on any compatible connector.
  6. Disable WiFi prompts / disable unless at home or work.
  7. Disable Bluetooth unless constant connection to an ear piece, car sync, or regular transfer of files.
  8. Disable location when not in some search instances, navigation
  9. Auto Adjust is not needed unless frequent reading in dark areas.
  10. Avoid leaving smart phone / tablet in extreme temperature conditions, for this effects the performance of any battery.
  11. Toggle   between 2G / 3G and 4G networks when necessary
  12. Disable cellular data connection
  13. Power cycle device when signal has been an issue.

To properly complete a power cycle

You want to first take notice if information is being transmitted. If it is, keep in mind the first attempt to power down may take a bit longer to process due to the device “jamming up”.  Power off the device and leave it off for a very long 30 seconds.

 Take your time to power on the device

As the power up visuals appear, do not access any of the menus or attempt to make an outbound call, email or any message through various apps.  Your  device is transmitting through various channels, so let it do its job and communicate.  Emails, voice mails, text messages and so much more will begin to flood in to the notification bar.  If their are many email accounts and Social Media apps be extra patient the device is chugging through it all 🙂

GPS will also take a moment to position you, so let it chug and all will be better soon.  If these recommendations are not a quick fix for you please reach out to a consultant in your area, or tech support with the carrier.

Battery Management Applications for Android, Apple and Windows 8

Many portable devices now have a stock app which has battery management / saver options.  Please refer to your device for such an app prior to installing any apps to do the same thing.  You never want two apps attempting to complete the same exact task at the same time.  Counter productive if you get my drift.  This counter productivity is also hard on the device.  Apps NOT TO DUPLICATE Antivirus, Malware, and task killers!

Lookout image 1.1jpeg    Protect your Android or Apple device from data loss, theft, and other threats.  Continuous, over the air protection from viruses, malware, adware and spyware.

Log into Lookout.com from any computer or tablet to;

-Locate your lost / missing device.

-Sound a loud alarm to find your device if you think its nearby.

-Display a custom ‘lost’ message on the device’s screen complete with contact details (phone may not have a pass code enabled). swipe to call.

Android users download here

Apple users available via Apple App Store

Juice Defender-battery saver   Juice Defender – Battery Saver  Packed with smart functions, it automatically manages the most battery draining components, like 3G / 4G connectivity and WiFi. Android download here

Juice Defender-battery saver   Juice Defender-battery saver

System Status Lite   System Status Lite Monitor and optimize your iPhone and iPad performance.  Battery monitoring, CPU monitoring.   Apple downloads via iTunes

System Status Lite  System Status Lite

Apple users have a quick and easy process to shut down applications, simply double tap the HOME button.

ios7 close apps  You will be able to swipe from left to right and simply flick the desired “screen” up to close it out.

Battery Doctor  Battery Doctor HD Will display remaining usage time.  Apple downloads via iTunes

Battery Doctor

Battery+   Battery+  Perfect way to see battery status and remaining charge percentage on your main screen and lock screen.  Windows 8 download here

Battery+     Battery+

Evernote 5 Update for Androids / Apple iOs

16 Apr

As of late (6.17.2014) Evernote now integrates with Sunrise a calendar app (Andorid and iOS),reminds you from Evernote, and syncs up with an assortment of other event planning apps; Tripit, Songkick and a few more…. although at this time event can can’t be edited from other apps or services.

Evernote has provides many media file features ; camera improvements, making it possible to take multiple photos of documents or anything else while saving all under one note.  Very similar to Skitch which allows you to draw in various colors (see Skitch for additional tips & tricks).

Shortcuts, were also updated for Android users, users can jump to notes, notebooks and tags that are accessed frequently.  For premium users Document Search is now available, search in attached office documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Evernote adds a level of connectivity to your various devices;  (smart phones, tablets) for all OS’s, including laptops and all desktops.  Stay connected for school projects and/or team projects, capture pictures and/or storage of pic file(s) including those captured from Skitch.  Create notes to self, access files frequently shared, there are so many more functions of life one may utilize Evernote.

Several apps and/or OS’s are  now taking  steps to communicate efficiently across multiple devices enough for me to choose one and only one cloud based provider for personal and professional  storage of files.   The industry is still accommodating to the general public on ease of use, and functionality.   At this time they all provide ample storage for any one person so it is an awesome time for users to try them all and identify which cloud based storage is best suited for your personal and professional use.  Below I have provided links to download.

 

Evernote at this time does no have an official storage limit, although you are permitted a monthly upload of 60Mb for FREE.  Annually 720Mb, and 7 Gb 10 years.

EVERNOTE Android download here

Black Berry download  here

Windows 8 download here

Apple     download here

Additional info click here

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Docs To go – FREE Office Suite Updates

11 Mar

Docs to go Docs To Go now includes editing for free!  Android devices (Smartphones and Tablets) may now edit Microsoft Office files and view Adobe PDF files.  In addition to these recent changes additional Cloud services are supported- DropBox, SkyDrive/OneDrive and Google Drive.

Download / Update here

Twitter – Android Apps on Google Play

28 Jan

Twitter - screenshot thumbnailToday January 28,2014 Twitter updates  for Android devices; w/ better login verification, easily mention other users when you Tween a photo. Also improvements to the photo cropping and image rotation.

You may update via: Twitter – Android Apps on Google Play.

Printing Wirelessly from a Smartphone / Tablet

26 Jan

Need to print something from your Android / iPhone smartphone?  Maybe its a file you just downloaded from an email, or a photo you took on your smartphone. With recent advances in wireless technology it is as easy as a few taps on your mobile device.  Many printers have established an app for you to easily connect through, Google Cloud, and Apple AirPrint. ….read more

Apps vs Internet Browsing

18 Jan

The mobile experience have changed drastically in the past couple of years. Browsing  has become faster with 3G and 4G speeds, and apps are plentiful.  This makes the mobile device more exciting to use.  Most of the time there is an app…read more

How to use Google Map on Android Smartphone / Tablet

28 Dec

How does your smart phone really make things easier……. Voice search is super handy, and on an Android you have voice command for more than composing a text message or calling MOM.  The shortcuts are key.  Below you will find how to access Google Maps for the quick data you desire…read more

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