Basic tips on making a WordPress site mobile-friendly

Having a mobile-friendly website is now more important than ever with the dominance of smartphones. While Google’s algorithms for ranking websites changes often, what’s permanent is that website mobile support is taken into account. Mobile-friendly sites not only make usability on mobile devices easier, but it’s also a courteous gesture to your visitors. Unfortunately, there’s still too … Continue reading “Basic tips on making a WordPress site mobile-friendly”

Android or iOS are the only (popular) mobile OS choices

A study by research firm Gartner has revealed that smartphone sales are still growing, though growth last year was the slowest since 2008. However, it’s also revealed that Android and iOS now dominate smartphone operating system marketspace, with a combined 98.4% market share. The current shares of smartphone operating systems are listed below: Smartphone OS 2015 market … Continue reading “Android or iOS are the only (popular) mobile OS choices”

A week with the Moto G (third generation) smartphone

Last weekend, I finally replaced my Nexus 4 smartphone with the third-generation Lenovo Moto G. While I enjoyed my Nexus 4, over the past year or so the number of problems has grown to be troublesome. The battery’s lifespan had greatly shortened; the 8GB of non-expandable space created a lot of problems (error messages, etc.); no LTE … Continue reading “A week with the Moto G (third generation) smartphone”

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”