Does Facebook’s Android app drain the phone battery?

The website BGR, The Guardian newspaper, and a Reddit user all have reported on Facebook’s Android app supposedly being a resource hog. According to these three sources, the social network’s app not only puts a drain on battery life, but also stresses other system resources. Said resource usage isn’t reflected in the phone’s statistics for … Continue reading “Does Facebook’s Android app drain the phone battery?”

Phablets popular during 2015 holiday season

Analytics firm Flurry Analytics took a look at what mobile devices were most popular during 2015’s holiday season, based on app usage and device activations. The most popular platform was iOS, with Apple devices making up 49% of all activations between December 19 and 25. As for what types of devices were the most popular, apparently phablets … Continue reading “Phablets popular during 2015 holiday season”

Google announces new Chromecasts, Pixel tablet

Earlier this week, Google announced a variety of new devices and services. Here’s my two cents on all the new Google stuff. Chromecasts: Now with audio Google’s released an updated version of the Chromecast. Besides various software (and WiFi hardware) updates, the new Chromecasts will also come in a choice of colors: black, “coral” (red), and “lemonade” (yellow). … Continue reading “Google announces new Chromecasts, Pixel tablet”

10 years with Linux, and how my usage has changed

It’s been 10 years since I started using Linux as an operating system for my home PCs. A decade ago, I’d grown interested in using Linux for various reasons, including: A free (as in cost) operating system, as well as free (as in cost) software. I didn’t have much money to spend on an office … Continue reading “10 years with Linux, and how my usage has changed”

Next on the “dying tech” list: home landline phones

The next dying piece of technology, per current trends, is the landline home phone. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been surveying phone ownership since 2004, as part of one of its health studies. The CDC’s figures show that US households have gone from 90% landline usage a decade ago to landline-only and cell … Continue reading “Next on the “dying tech” list: home landline phones”

Apple now accepting non-iPhone phones for trade-ins

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 … Continue reading “Apple now accepting non-iPhone phones for trade-ins”

Google launches mobile payment platform called Android Pay; Samsung launches Samsung Pay

Google’s announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that it’s launching a new mobile payment platform, Android Pay. The service will allow third party companies to build payment services into their Android apps, and let users pay for purchases with their smartphones. This isn’t a stand-alone app, but the service will be built … Continue reading “Google launches mobile payment platform called Android Pay; Samsung launches Samsung Pay”

Google Wallet will be pre-installed on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Android smartphones

Google’s own Wallet smartphone payment service hasn’t been getting as much traction as Google’s hoped. Despite the temper-tantrum thrown by a few stores over Apple Pay a few months back, Apple’s service seems to be gaining ground, thanks in part to its control over iOS/iPhones. Less so for Wallet, Softcard, and other services. To rectify this, Google’s … Continue reading “Google Wallet will be pre-installed on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Android smartphones”

Apple introduces the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple today announced its biggest news in awhile. The iPhone line is being updated with bigger screens; Apple’s introduced its own smartphone-using payment system; and Apple’s introduced its own smartwatch. My thoughts on all of these are below. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus The two new iPhones are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 … Continue reading “Apple introduces the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus”

Blackberry will *not* be undersold…or sold period?

In a surprise bit of news today came word that Blackberry’s impending sale reported in September has fallen through. Instead, Blackberry plans to raise $1 billion while letting go its now-former CEO Thorsten Heins, replacing him with interim CEO John S. Chen. The stock market apparently didn’t like this news, as Blackberry’s value declined today … Continue reading “Blackberry will *not* be undersold…or sold period?”