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Oct
18th

A Virtual Android

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

My phone is dead. I’m not exactly sure what happened to it, but for some
reason, my beloved Sony Xperia Z5 Compact no longer turns on. Granted,
it’s not my main work phone, but it’s my personal phone and also my
audiobook player. The biggest problem is that when I’m exploring new
Android apps, the Sony is the device I use for testing. Thankfully,
there are other options.
more>>


Sep
20th

YouTube on the Big Screen

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

For years I’ve been jealous of folks with iOS devices who could just send
their phone screens to their Apple TV devices. It seems like the Android
screen-mirroring protocols never work right for me. My Sony Xperia has
multiple types of screen mirroring, and none of them seem to work on my
smart TVs or Roku devices.
more>>


Aug
31st

If Not This Then Stringify

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I love IFTTT (If This Then That),
but
although it usually works
well, it’s more and more common for triggers to fail. Sometimes they
don’t fail, but take several minutes to activate. When you want a light
to turn on as you enter a room, several minutes of delay clearly
can be a deal-breaker. more>>


Aug
7th

Read a Book in the Blink of an Eye!

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I love reading. Sadly, the 24 hours I get per day seems to be inadequate
for the tasks I need to accomplish. That might change as my teenagers
turn into college kids and then begin to start families of their own. For
now, however, between drama class and basketball practice, it seems like
it takes about 30 hours to accomplish a 24-hour day. more>>


Aug
3rd

Android Candy: My World, in a Lock Screen

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

It feels weird to mention a Microsoft product in Linux
Journal
. But to
be honest, there are some cool things coming out of the Microsoft Garage
One of those things is
“Next Lock Screen”,
which is an Android app that brings interactive tools to the lock screen.
more>>


Jul
13th

All Your Accounts Are Belong to Us

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

Last weekend my work phone suddenly stopped working. Not the phone
itself, but rather all service stopped. I first noticed (of course) due
to an inability to load any web pages. Then I tried calling someone and
realized my phone was disconnected. In fact, when someone tried to call
me, it said the line was no longer in service. more>>


Jul
10th

Android Candy: Exploding Kittens!

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

I don’t very often play games. I know that seems odd, because I do often write
about gaming. Honestly though, I very rarely actually take the time to
play video games. Recently, however, there has been an exception to that rule.
more>>


Jul
5th

Analyzing Videos for Fun and Profit

Author: Joey Bernard | Files under syndicated

People’s phones and all of the various sensors that may be built in to them
is a
source of scientific data logging that almost everyone carries around.
Although the selection of sensors varies from phone to phone,
they almost all have a camera. In this article, I take a
look at a piece of software called Tracker that can be used to analyze
videos you take of experiments.
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Jun
15th

Low Tech High Tech

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

Google Cardboard should be terrible. Really, it should. It’s literally
made of cardboard. I remember as a kid some cereal boxes came with spy
glasses you had to cut out of the box itself—and they were terrible. But
Google Cardboard is amazing. Granted, you need to add your $750 Android
phone to it, but that’s already in your pocket anyway.
more>>


Jun
14th

Android Candy: the Verbification of Video Chat

Author: Shawn Powers | Files under syndicated

People who study the history of languages probably will look back at our
current time and scratch their heads. We keep inventing verbs! First,
Google became the verb we use for searching. Then, “Facebooking” someone
became a viable way to contact them. Heck, I forgot about “texting”
someone. It seems we just keep taking perfectly good nouns and making
them verbs. more>>