Do you need that app

If you have a newer Android phone, you may find that an app you used before is now baked right into Androids OS so you don’t need it anymore.  Here is a list of some common apps that you should delete right now!

  1. Flashlight app – These apps are very common and many of them have very invasive permissions to your phone.  In addition to this, almost every phone purchased in the last two years already has a flashlight available as a standard feature.
  2. File Browser –  In the past this was a needed feature, but has now become integrated into most new phones.
  3. Anti-Virus – Unless you are downloading apps and side loading (If you do not know what side loading is then odds are you are not doing it) then you do not need an antivirus.  Google makes it a top priority to keep malicious apps out of the play store.
  4. Cleaner Apps – These apps are very common but provide very little benefit.  They often come with annoying ads in the lock screen and constant reminders to scan your device.  If you feel that you need such an app the only one I have found that is not invasive and annoying is ccleaner.
  5. Any other app you have not used in the last few months.  If you are not using it and you have no intention to use it, remove it! Your phone will thank you.

Apps can make your phone great! They can add functionality and fun. However, when an app becomes redundant or invasive, it needs to be removed.  Every app uses system resources. You may just find that the 5 minuets you will spend removing bad or unused apps will make your phone run longer and faster.  As always please feel free to respectfully disagree or add anything that I may have missed in the comments or via the contact page.

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4 New-old Capcom games for Android & iOS

Can’t wait to see if they are well done remakes or terrible ports like the Mega Man remakes.

Capcom to Release Four Arcade Classics to iOS and Android Platforms

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – March 02, 2017) – Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games today announced that it will be bringing four Capcom arcade favorites to iOS and Android devices. The titles include 1942 Mobile, Ghosts’N Goblins™ Mobile, Ghouls’N Ghosts™ Mobile and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile

Each of these games maintains fidelity to the originals, while offering players the option to play in modes that take full advantage of touch screen devices. In addition to Classic and Casual modes of play several of the games offer control options such as auto-fire and different button arrangements. Each game will also feature leaderboards so players can see how their skills compare against players from around the globe. All four games are expected to be available within the next few months.

Game Details:

  • 1942 Mobile This vertically scrolling shoot ’em up tasks players with battling through the entire enemy fleet. Shoot down enemy planes, avoid enemy fire and perform rolls and loops to avoid certain death in this epic retro nail-biter.
  • Ghosts’N Goblins™ Mobile Return to the days of yesteryear in this famously difficult action-platformer. As Sir Arthur, you must battle against demons and undead in order to rescue the princess Prin-Prin.
  • Ghouls’N Ghosts™ Mobile Better, bigger and more beloved, this legendary side scrolling platformer pick up where Ghost ‘n Goblins ends.
  • Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile Armed with a sub-machine gun and a limited supply hand grenades, players battle through legions of enemy troops in this classic vertical scrolling shooter.

source – Capcom

Allo is getting even better

The Allo app is a great way to communicate with friends. Using Google’s machine learning in the form of Google Assistant, it makes texting more fun by adding relevant GIFs, Stickers, Emojis, and quick responses.  This latest update takes those same features and makes them even more accessible.

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A GIF library at your fingertips

A few months ago, we introduced a smarter way to help you find the perfect emoji or sticker without having to scroll through hundreds of options. Now, we’re making it easier to add GIFs to your conversations too—just tap the smiley icon in the chat bar and swipe left to find the right GIF for your chat.To roll the dice with GIFs, we also recently introduced Lucky. Tap on a Smart Reply with the Lucky icon or type “@lucky” followed by a phrase, and you can share a randomly selected GIF to your friends. So far, lmaowow, and I love you are among the most used phrases with Lucky.

Bring your emojis to life

We’re guessing that you don’t keep a straight face when you hear a great joke. So why should emoji?! Step up your emoji game with new animated emojis in Google Allo. To animate your emoji, touch and hold the send button, and then drag up to see it come to life. This currently works on 10 emoji (try one of these: , , , , or ).

 

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One tap to get help from your Google Assistant

The Google Assistant can help you share lots of information and content right in your chats, like movie showtimes, YouTube videos, or even pics of cats in hats (because why not?). So today we’re adding a shortcut to make it faster and easier to bring the Google Assistant into chats with friends. Just tap the Google Assistant icon in the compose box and your Assistant is ready to help.

These new features in Google Allo will be rolling out on Android starting today, and will come to iOS soon.

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source – Google Blog

Google wants to pay you

I don’t know when the last time I paid for an app was, (and no I am not getting them illegally somehow).  By signing up for google opinion rewards you can make between $0.10 and $1.00 for answering surveys that usually take less than a minute of your time.

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Over time the rewards can add up!

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If you like free apps, books, and movies, you should get the app and start letting google pay for your stuff.

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Google wants to be your music partner

I was going through the google developer channel on youtube and I came across this very interesting way to musically interact with a computer.  This is done by using googles magenta project and a machine learning program called TensorFlow.

TensorFlow seems to be an amazing platform for machine learning.  Google open-sourced the technology about a year ago and this has allowed users and developers like Yotam Mann (the guy in the A.I. Duet video seen above) to create amazing projects that could push the boundaries of A.I.  As I learn more about this technology, I will keep you informed.

Here is another video by google about TensorFlow.

I wonder if John Connor is nervous about this technology. #skynet

Deal – Google just sweetened the deal – Samsung Chromebook Plus

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If you have been thinking about or have recently purchased the Samsung Chromebook Plus, google just sweetened the deal with a $20 google play gift card.

Once you purchase the Chromebook follow this link to activate the $20 play store credit.

And here is the article about getting $100 from Best Buy

Delete that app!

If you have a newer Android phone, you may find that an app you used before is now baked right into Androids OS so you don’t need it anymore.  Here is a list of some common apps that you should delete right now!

  1. Flashlight app – These apps are very common and many of them have very invasive permissions to your phone.  In addition to this, almost every phone purchased in the last two years already has a flashlight available as a standard feature.
  2. File Browser –  In the past this was a needed feature, but has now become integrated into most new phones.
  3. Anti-Virus – Unless you are downloading apps and side loading (If you do not know what side loading is then odds are you are not doing it) then you do not need an antivirus.  Google makes it a top priority to keep malicious apps out of the play store.
  4. Cleaner Apps – These apps are very common but provide very little benefit.  They often come with annoying ads in the lock screen and constant reminders to scan your device.  If you feel that you need such an app the only one I have found that is not invasive and annoying is ccleaner.
  5. Any other app you have not used in the last few months.  If you are not using it and you have no intention to use it, remove it! Your phone will thank you.

Apps can make your phone great! They can add functionality and fun. However, when an app becomes redundant or invasive, it needs to be removed.  Every app uses system resources. You may just find that the 5 minuets you will spend removing bad or unused apps will make your phone run longer and faster.  As always please feel free to respectfully disagree or add anything that I may have missed in the comments or via the contact page.

Deal Alert – 50% off 6 Orange Pixel games!

These Orange Pixel games are usually 1.99 and are now on sale for .99.

GunslugsiOS, Android

Gunslugs 2iOS, Android

Heroes of LootiOS, Android

Heroes of Loot 2iOS, Android

Space GruntsiOS, Android

Groundskeeper 2iOS, Android

Questions about the Samsung Chromebook Plus

Since I posted the article about the Samsung Chromebook plus I have been getting emails and texts about whether or not it is a worth while purchase.  I don’t have tons of details right now about benchmarks or multitasking speed, but I did come across one quick benchmark done when Samsung was first showing off the laptop.  In the benchmark tool octane, they claimed that it got a score of right around 10,000.  That score would compete well against many of the current tablets and phones on the market, and in fact beat most of them. This means that anything meant for Android should run very well and without any hiccups.  The Pro version on the other hand, has not been benchmarked from what  I can tell but benchmarks on other laptops running a similar m3 processor can be used as a substitute.  Currently the HP g1 with a similar screen and an m3 processor gets an octane score of just over 22,000 so in essence it doubles the processing power of the Chromebook plus.  If you are going to use the Chromebook plus for light browsing and Android games and apps, then I think it should be a great buy especially since it is effectively $350 bucks.  If you are going to use the laptop for tasks more taxing than that, it may be advantageous for you to wait for the Pro version with an Intel processor.  I hope this helps all of you to decide weather or not this would be a good product for you.

Here is the link for the sale at Best Buy

Deal – New Samsung Chromebook Plus Save $100