Saying “Shazam” will finally do something in real life (on Android)

Marvel Family

Just like Billy Batson, saying “Shazam!” will finally let you see something happen in real life. Unfortunately, it’s not turning you into the World’s Mightiest Mortal, but rather, it does tie into an expansion of Android’s features. For awhile now, Google’s “OK Google” voice command’s let you do stuff within Android’s core services. Now, it’s being … Read more

Apple now accepting non-iPhone phones for trade-ins

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Apple’s announced it’s expanding its “Reuse and Recycling Program” for computers to include iPhones. Those looking to buy a new iPhone can now bring in a Windows phone, Android phone, or Blackberry for trade-in credit toward a new iPhone. The offer only applies to certain models, however, and doesn’t apply toward the Apple Watch. Details are available … Read more

My favorite comic readers by operating system

Simple Comic

Given my cross-platform and multiple operating system device usage, I have a fair amount of interest in software that’s compatible across multiple “eco-systems,” or “walled gardens” if you prefer. When this isn’t possible, I’ll just use the best native software available for each device. With that in mind, here’s a look at the best software … Read more

Google under fire for refusing to fix a security bug in pre-KitKat Android versions

Google sign

While Google’s discontinued support for plenty of things in the past under the excuse of “spring cleaning”—see Google Reader—this time, it’s facing particular criticism for the latest discontinued item. Google’s announced that it’ll no longer perform bugfixes in pre-KitKat versions of Android for a piece of software called WebView. Said software is used to display … Read more

Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

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Last week, I bought a new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The first-generation Nexus 7 I’ve had since 2012 is starting to die (problems waking up, sluggish performance even before upgrading to Android Lollipop, etc.), and I ultimately decided it was time for a new tablet. I bought the Galaxy based on trying it … Read more

My choice of music services (fall 2014)

iPod Classic

Here’s an update of a previous post I’d written about what music services I use. These days, my choice of music/audio services include: TuneIn Radio I’ve written about TuneIn Radio before. TuneIn’s quite useful in letting me listen to NPR streaming audio on my phone. The Pro version is only a dollar, but gets rid of … Read more

Google announces new Nexus devices and the newest version of Android, “Lollipop”

Nexus 6

Today, Google announced (a day ahead of Apple’s own big new product news) several new products, as well as the newest version of Android, “Lollipop.” There’d been much debate over what the new Android OS name would be, including “licorice” or another licensed product (a la KitKat). Of course, now there’ll probably be various jokes … Read more

Read-only MTP support for Android devices comes to Chrome OS

Nexus 4

Google’s been adding more and more features to its Chrome OS for Chromebooks, in order to bring it more on par with conventional laptops. The latest feature to be added: MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) support for Android devices. Simply plug in your Android device, and you can copy files from said device to your Chromebook. … Read more

Chrome OS finally receives its first four Android apps

Chromebook with Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Chrome OS’ web-based orientation means its apps are either just bookmarks to websites or actual stand-alone programs. Meanwhile, Android’s much longer history and smartphone dominance means there’s a vast number of apps available. Thus, Google’s promised to bring integration between the two operating systems, which should make Chrome OS more appealing. Last week, Google finally made … Read more

Coming soon: Android TV

Android TV

Coming this fall is Google’s latest effort at competing with Apple TV, Roku, and video game consoles: “Android TV.” Unlike previous efforts Google TV and Chromecast, Android TV will be an operating system rather than a specific set-top box brand name. Smart TV makers will be able to embed it into their sets, while third-party set-top … Read more