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Transfer Files Between Mac and Android

Transfer Files between Mac and AndroidWe have come a long way in tech, but yet so many people don’t believe Android and Mac are compatible. Contrary to popular belief, Android and Mac fit well together. Sure, perhaps not as well as iPhone and Mac and one might wonder why would one even choose a Mac when they have an Android and vice versa. The reasons behind this is simple, everyone has different needs.

Why would you use Mac & Android together?

 

The Apple Ecosystem is finely intergraded with every Apple device. Why would anyone with an Android want to use a Mac!? The beauty of Macs, just like Android, is the versatility one can get out of it. Just how with Android, the options are endless. You can run any Operating System on your Mac (Mac OS, Windows and/or a Linux Distro). Yes, you can even triple boot if you wanted to. It’s not as easy to run Mac on a Windows machine as it is to run Windows on a Mac. Sure, Macs are now virtually impossible to mod or upgrade but it will support software. Macs are popular within the multimedia creative professions as the software needed is constantly being updated for Mac. Similar to what iPhone App Store and Google Play store, most of the time, apps will come out for Apple devices before on Play store. Apple has more software dev support.

Android File Transfer 

How to use it

  1. Download the app.
  2. Open androidfiletransfer.dmg.
  3. Drag Android File Transfer to Applications.
  4. Use the USB cable that came with your Android device and connect it to your Mac.
  5. Double click Android File Transfer.
  6. Browse the files and folders on your Android device and copy files up to 4GB.

 

It’s a very simple and lightweight application but it’s necessary in order to exchange files between the two devices. Without this simple application, Mac will not be able to see the contents of your phone or SD card.

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Why you should use ad blocking software

Ad blocking software

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Why you should use ad blocking software. Ad blockers can do more than just block advertisements. It can block content from any website or any list of websites. Malware, being hosted on a finite number of sites around the web, is therefore blockable. One could also add sites to a blacklist of known corrupt websites. There are plenty of free ad blocker plugins for your favorite browsers. If you use Internet Explorer, stop. Download Chrome or Firefox and you’ll be much happier. Chrome and Firefox have a huge developer community that are always on top of bugs and plugin developments, such as ad blocking software.

uBlock is my current go to ad-blocker plugin for both Chrome and Firefox, it works well and it’s FREE. For those using Safari, there are plenty of extensions for you as well. AdBlocker Plus is a good alternative when using Safari. I’ve also noticed that uBlock runs more efficient and tends to block almost all ads. Using uBlock or Adblock will prevent annoying Youtube commercials as well. Sometimes we just want to watch a video without having to sit through a minute long video ad.

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T-Mobile Tuesdays giveaways

T-mobile Tuesdays Giveaways

If you’re a current T-mobile subscriber you may or you may not know about their T-mobile Tuesdays application. If you don’t know what T-mobile Tuesdays app is, it’s basically an app from T-mobile that grants current subscribers free deals every Tuesday. There’s no catch, all you have to do is sign up and be a current subscriber. This week, T-mobile is giving away a year of MLB.TV and MLB at Bat subscription, a $112.99 value, for free! T-Mobile first launched the T-Mobile Tuesdays app last summer when it gave away free pizza to their customers. The result was overwhelming for both customers and their partner, Domino’s. Thankfully, T-Mobile has set up an agreement with the Papa John’s so that customers will have enough time to get their free pizza instead of just having one day to claim it.

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How to get SMS on your computer!

There’s an application by the name of PushBullet that can bridge the gap between all of your devices. PushBullet is cross platform and can be used almost any device.

  • Send links between devices: From your desktop, using the Chrome or Firefox extension, you can send a link to your phone or tablet with the click of a button. If you’re on the page you need to send, Pushbullet will automatically fill in the title and link, so you just have to pick the device and hit push.
  • Copy files to other devices: Pushbullet can copy files from one device to another, including pictures, videos, music files, PDFs, APKs, and just about anything else that you can copy. While Dropbox is a pretty good solution for some file movement, being able to push a file directly from one device to another without a middleman can be useful.
  • Open an address in your maps app: One of the sucky things about Chrome to Phone getting abandoned is that moving a Maps location from your desktop to your phone is a little harder. If you’re in Maps on the desktop, you can send a link from where you’re at. You can also send an address without opening up Maps at all with the address function. Both options open directly in the Maps app on Android. iOS requires you to open the address in the Pushbullet app first, but then it will jump to your maps application.
  • Push a link to someone else’s phone: While you’ll have to add them as a contact in Pushbullet first, you can send pushes to a friend’s phone by simply changing the target device. If you’ve ever had to open a messaging or email app just to share a link with someone, you can immediately see how much nicer this is.

 

One of the neatest features of Pushbullet on Android is that it can mirror your notifications on your desktop. You can do this en masse or on a per app basis. The app accomplishes this by using the notification listening service (which is why it doesn’t work on iOS, unfortunately). Enable notification mirroring on your Android phone or tablet and then install the Pushbullet extension on Chrome or Firefox. From then on, any notification you get will show up on your desktop. You can even dismiss them from your phone, which makes it particularly handy for managing all the notifications that build up during the day.

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The Best Bluetooth Speakers

Portable Bluetooth speakers let you listen without headphones – and let your friends listen with you. But many of them offer other advantages and features as well. Most bluetooth speakers come with a built in microphone in case if you have to take a call while in the middle of a jam session. If you’re looking for portable sound, consider these options.

UE Boom 2

The Best Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Charge 3

Bose SoundLink Mini II

UE Wonderboom

Bose SoundLink Color II

Fugoo Style

B&O Beoplay P2

Marshall Kilburn

JBL Flip 4

Bose SoundLink Revolve

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Using the wrong screws can be costly

Using the wrong screws can be costly

If you’ve ever had to repair an iPhone you’ll know they have a ridiculous number of screws. Most companies standardize screws in their products, but since Apple doesn’t expect or want you to service your iPhone yourself, they use different length screws. Using the wrong screws can be costly.

Using the wrong screws can be costly

 

You see, each of these screws is different. The red ones are 1.7mm long, the yellow one, 1.3mm, and the orange one, 1.2mm.

Guess what happens if you install either red or yellow screws into the orange spot, since your eyesight isn’t good enough to notice a 0.1mm difference? The screw will cut into the PCB and break several 50 micron traces, as shown in the picture above, causing a blue screen error on the phone. The only way to repair this is by micro-soldering wires to make the connection again. What started off as a simple screen repair ends up being a costly logic board repair. Make sure to keep all screws organized and know where to put them once they’re off.

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SSD vs HDD

 

SSD vs HDD

 

 

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HDD and SSD Explained
The traditional spinning hard drive (HDD) is the basic nonvolatile storage on a computer. That is, it doesn’t “go away” like the data on the system memory when you turn the system off. Hard drives are essentially metal platters with a magnetic coating. That coating stores your data (music, documents, videos, application files). A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning in a hard drive enclosure.
An SSD does much the same job functionally as an HDD, but instead of a magnetic coating on top of platters, the data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there’s no power present. The chips can either be permanently installed on the system’s motherboard, on a PCI/PCIe card, or in a box that’s sized, shaped, and wired to slot in for a laptop or desktop’s hard drive. These flash memory chips differ from the flash memory in USB thumb drives in the type and speed of the memory. That’s the subject of a totally separate technical treatise, but suffice it to say that the flash memory in SSDs is faster and more reliable than the flash memory in USB thumb drives. SSDs are consequently more expensive than USB thumb drives for the same capacities.

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Why you should (or shouldn’t) encrypt your SD card.

Encrypted SD card

This is easy to answer. If you don’t want someone who isn’t you, but has access to your phone, to be able to pull the SD card and put it in another computer to see what’s on it, you need to encrypt it. Head into your GS7’s settings and find the Lock screen and security menu to do it. encrypt your SD card

But encrypting an SD card also has a drawback — you can’t ever read the contents in another device. That means if you break your phone while the SD card was encrypted, everything on it is gone. Because of the way encryption works, even using the same password on a different phone of the same model doesn’t give you access.

Outside of the phone you originally used to encrypt your card, your only option to ever use the card again is to erase it and start fresh. If you’re storing things like confidential business documents on your SD card, this is a good thing. If you’re using the card to keep memories from your camera, this isn’t such a good thing. You’ll need to decide if what you store on the card is important enough to lose forever if it falls out of your hands, or important enough that you don’t want to lose it when or if your phone breaks.

You’ll need to think and decide for yourself whether or not to encrypt your SD card. There is no wrong answer.

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Run Android on any PC

 

For quite some time, people have been working on a way to bridge an Android platform OS that’s fully compatible with any PC system. There have been a few workarounds in the past but all with a few critical bugs such as Wifi not working, bluetooth not working or apps closing out randomly. Remix OS and run it free of charge on whatever PC you might have around the house. Remix OS is an Android fork that brings over a Windows-like Android experience. Jide, the company founded by former Googlers, has decided to make the operating system available free of charge for anyone looking to run Android on their computer.

One key thing about this software is the ability to take your entire preferences and settings with you, everywhere you go. Remix OS can run from your USB so you can use virtually any computer to access your system. It’s worth noting that not only will this work with x86 PC’s but will also work with some Macs as well.

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Tech Gift Ideas

tech gift ideas

A good accessory should complement or enhance the functionality of the main product. Whether it’s a printer working with a computer, or an Apple Pencil with an iPad Pro, the two should work in lockstep to give you a better experience.

Flash Drive

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The cloud is getting more reliable, but using it to move large files around still requires a very fast internet connection, so it still pays to keep a flash drive handy. This drive from SanDisk should be perfect for most day-to-day tasks.

It’s got 64 GB of storage — enough to hold thousands of pictures, songs, and documents, or hours of HD footage. It’s also capable of transferring data at USB 3.0 speeds, so getting stuff onto and off of the drive will be snappier than using older flash drives.

USB hub with micro and regular SD card readers

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A hub with a twist! USB hubs have become a fairly standard accessory, but Cateck ups the ante a little by including a micro and regular SD card reader alongside the three USB 3.0 ports.

What makes the inclusion of the card readers so nice is that this hub puts them at arm’s-reach. Even though most laptops and desktops have built-in card readers, they’re typically somewhat inconvenient. This is especially true if you’ve got a laptop in a stand hooked up to a display. This hub eliminates that problem.

Bluetooth Keyboard

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Don’t be put off by the inclusion of iOS-looking glyphs on some of the keys — specifically the home-button key in the upper-left corner. The keyboard works just fine with any desktop or laptop you pair it with. That said, if you’re looking for a keyboard to pair with a tablet, then this is a good choice.

Battery Bank

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Thankfully, smartphone battery life has gotten better over the years, and Android and iOS now have built-in low-power modes. That said, it’s still anxiety-producing to see your battery at 20% halfway through a transatlantic flight.

Multi-port USB wall charger

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If you’ve ever fought over who gets to use the phone charger, then this multi-port hub from Aukey will solve that problem forever.

Having the ability to charge everyone’s devices before trips makes packing significantly less stressful. If you live with roommates or have a family, then sticking one of these in the kitchen will be a game-changer.

Car Phone Mount

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If you’re looking for a way to safely use Google Maps while driving, then it’s a good idea to invest in a way to mount your phone on the dashboard.

There are two types of products that accomplish this: mounts that clip onto your car’s air vents, like this Zilu mount, or those that adhere to your dashboard with a suction cup. I’ve used a suction-cup mount for a couple of years, but want to move over to the dash. Because of the heat of the summer months, I’ve had my phone mount fall while driving.

 

Micro USB / 8 Pin Charging Cables

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It’s never a bad idea to have extra charging cables around, especially if you’ve recently picked up a multi-port USB hub or external battery.