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5 Best Android Shortcut Apps for Quick Access to Everything. Smartphones are in a rut.

5 Best Android Shortcut Apps for Quick Access to Everything

Whether you’re using an iPhone or something running Android, you get a static row of icons at the bottom along with rows and rows of additional ones above or in a drawer. Doing anything generally involves stopping what you’re doing and tapping on one of these icons. Fortunately, on Android, we can make changes that speed up how we interact with our phones — no rooting or flashing required. Developers have come up with some rather creative shortcuts for placing a call, sending a text, and quickly accessing other common tasks. Many of them have opted to emulate Assistive Touch for iOS. Here are five that caught my attention. 1. Assistive Touch places a button on your iPhone screen that floats above everything else. When Assistive Touch launched for iOS, some Android apps had already experimented with the idea of putting a floating button on the screen. EasyTouch is one of those apps. The downside to apps like this is that the button is always visible.

5 Simple Ways to Be a More Mindful Smartphone User. Smartphones make us dumb.

5 Simple Ways to Be a More Mindful Smartphone User

If not dumb, then lazy. That’s the fear that many of us have going through our minds, anyway. Scientists are trying to determine the effects of smart technology and constant Internet access on our brains, but that’s a matter only time will tell. UX Design for Mobile: Bottom Navigation — UX Planet — Medium.

UX Design for Mobile: Bottom Navigation by Nick Babich Designers know that design is more than good looks.

UX Design for Mobile: Bottom Navigation — UX Planet — Medium

Design also covers how users engage with a product, whether it’s a website or app. How to Avoid Being Bombarded with Annoying Spam. How to Avoid Being Bombarded with Annoying Spam. The Holy Grail of Ubiquitous Plain-Text Capture. How to take better photos with your Android phone. Clean your lens As AndroidPIT reader Jim Davidson pointed out, the first place to start when trying to take a good picture is to clean your smartphone's camera lens.

How to take better photos with your Android phone

These frequently become dirty and the results will be a blurry image. Every time you go to take a picture, give the lens a quick wipe on your T-shirt first to sweep away any grime. Shoot in landscape We have become accustomed to a 16:9 media format and as a consequence, pictures shot in portrait just tend to look awkward now. Avoid using the flash (most of the time) Even on a DSLR camera, the flash function is generally best saved for emergencies. How to Augment Your Computer with an iPad. Dropbox vs OneDrive vs Google Drive: The best cloud storage service of 2015. Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive are three of the largest cloud storage services available, but each one comes with a number of different benefits.

Dropbox vs OneDrive vs Google Drive: The best cloud storage service of 2015

To help you decide which fits your needs best, we've investigated the pros and cons of each service. Dropbox vs OneDrive vs Google Drive: service overview Dropbox Dropbox is a basic file storage service in the cloud. It’s very similar to the kind of interface you’d expect from a desktop computer, with the ability to arrange your files into folders and sub-folders. Why You Should Worry Whenever a Service’s Password Database is Leaked. “Our password database was stolen yesterday.

Why You Should Worry Whenever a Service’s Password Database is Leaked

But don’t worry — your passwords are completely safe.” ?tag=nl. Nothing in this world is secure.

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If you're finding this out for the first time now, well -- sorry. Not your bank account, your house, or a stock exchange's vast network of computers. Even military units are not safe from hackers. The one thing we all have tucked away in our pockets is a phone. It calls people, it texts people, and if you're really fortunate, you can pay for things on the go, browse the web, and throw imaginary flying birds at ominous-looking pigs. Because everyone has one, the target on our backs is bigger than ever. We started with a simple enough question for security researchers: "What is the most secure smartphone today?

" It turns out, it's not as simple as you might think. But there was one phone maker security researchers, experts, and reporters were leaning towards. 4 Ways To Get Paid Android Apps for Free (Legally) OsJS: A New Kind of Operating System for the Web. How to Know if Your Android Phone is Spying on You. OsJS: A New Kind of Operating System for the Web. Cnet. I invested in two power line adapters earlier this year to extend the range of my Wi-Fi network at home.

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I put one in the kitchen and the other upstairs to increase the signal strength at the kitchen table and in the upstairs bedrooms. The adapters seem to be working, but with free Mac app NetSpot, I now have visual confirmation of their effectiveness. NetSpot is a free app for OS X that scans nearby Wi-Fi networks as soon as you launch the app. For each network, it shows the signal strength, security type, channel information, and more. This information is displayed on the default Discover view, but if you toggle the slider switch at the top of the app to Survey, you can quickly build a heat map of your network. On the Survey screen, you'll first be asked to load or draw a map of your abode or simply use a blank canvas.

After plotting your points, click Stop Scan to see the results. My network has three access points -- my Comcast Wi-Fi router and the two power line adapters. Seven tips for securing your Facebook account.