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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How To Update Extensions on Chrome

Yesterday I had to update an extension on my Chrome browser.  I have a Moto X cell phone and Motorola posted an update to the Motorola Connect app on my phone.  The Motorola Connect app is a very handy feature for Motorola users only. It allows you to download an extension to your Chrome browser so that you can share your text messages on your phone with your computer and a list of your call history. You can send and receive text messages from your Chrome browser. The update refreshes the UI on the phone and the browser app and adds the ability to ring your phone from the browser extension.  This new ring your phone feature is handy if you misplaced your phone.  But in order to take advantage of the updates, you have to update the extension on your Chrome browser.  To do so is very simple.  Here's what you need to do:

-Go to the "settings" tab.
-On the left side click on "extensions."
-On the top click the box next to "Developer Mode."
-Below Developer Mode click on "Update extensions now."

That's it. Now all of your extensions are updated automatically and you are assured of having the most up to date extensions on your Chrome browser.

Hope this is helpful.

Monday, June 30, 2014

How to Set Up K9 Mail on Android Phone

If you are like me and have several email accounts, being able to unify all your incoming emails into one unified inbox makes life just a little easier.  For the past several months I have been using the Mail app from Dropbox.  I am pretty satisfied with the app and have very few complaints.  The UI of the app is a little boring, but the app is very stable and reliable. I decided to give the K9 app a try to see if it does a better job for me.  I noticed that the UI is a little nicer than the Mail UI.  Another difference between the two is that it's a little harder to add email accounts to the K9 app than it is with the Mail app.  If you are using the Mail app just add the user name and password.  With K9, if you are using a regular gmail account then you will encounter no problems.  Just type in your user name and password and the app will automatically set up your account.  But if you are like me, and have an email account associated with a paid Google Apps account, you will run into problems.  Simply including your user name and password will not work.  You have to manually configure the details in order to get the app to sync your Apps email account.  Here's what you have to do:

1.  Install the K9 app from the Google Play Store;

2.  Open the K9 app and manually set up your personal email account as the default account by simply         adding your personal email account details;

3.  Now you can add your Google Apps email account.  Start by clicking the "+" button.  Type in your full email address and password. Click "next" and choose "IMAP."  

4.  This is where it gets tricky.  Here's what you should change the settings to.

     Incoming server settings     
     Username:        Name@(Your Domain).com
     Password:        Make sure password is correct
     IMAP Server:  imap.gmail.com
     Security:          SSL/TLS (always)  
     Authentication: Plain
     Port:                993

     Outgoing server settings
     SMTP server: smtp.gmail.com
     Security:         STARTTLS (always)
     Port:               587

5.  Click next and set up your individual preferences.

And that's it.  Obviously, I only talked about Gmail accounts.  I only use Gmail accounts.  I have a couple of old Hotmail accounts and a Yahoo email account that I have synced with my personal Gmail account. I no longer use my Hotmail or Yahoo email account so I have not tried to set up those accounts on K9 so I don't know if you can even do it.

Anyway, let me know how it goes in the comments below.  I would be interested to see what you think about K9 and Mail.

Monday, January 23, 2012

LTE Spectrum Article

I want to share an informative and educational article which does a great job of explaining how frequencies are allocated to wireless carriers.  According to this article, Verizon is winning the war.
LTE spectrum: How much do the big carriers have?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Why Nexus One Can't Run 4.0

I ran into this article this morning which does a great job of explaining why the Nexus One cannot run Android 4.0, the upcoming newest version of Android commonly known as Ice Cream Sandwich.  Even though the Nexus One was considered state of the art a little over two years ago when it was released, it is now considered a relic.  It's 1 ghz Snapdragon processor is an outdated version and its lack of internal memory are serious limitations for today's resource intensive apps and operating systems.  While I can't complain about its processor I can, and often do, complain about its lack of internal memory.  I frequently find myself complaining that I have to delete apps to free up memory.  This is the only serious flaw I see with this device.

Anyway, here's the article:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

End of the Road for Nexus One

A Google representative has revealed the dreaded news that the venerable Nexus One will not be receiving the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0.  The Nexus One was released a little less than 2 years ago.  It set the stage for the future models of the Android line and helped propel Android past the iPhone in popularity.  Google had previously claimed that Ice Cream Sandwich will be made available on all phones capable of running Gingerbread but revealed yesterday that it won't be making its way to the Nexus One.  While the Nexus One certainly has the processor and RAM to run Ice Cream Sandwich, it is believed that it's lack of a graphics processor is the main reason for it not receiving the upgrade.  Google did reveal that the Nexus S will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the coming weeks.

This announcement means that the Nexus One will end at Gingerbread.  It's been a glorious ride!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nexus Prime to be Unveiled?

Samsung has announced that they will be hosting a special event at the upcoming CTIA Enterprise and Applications Conference in San Diego.  The event is called "Samsung Unpacked, Google Episode."  Speculation is rampant that Samsung will unveil the rumored Nexus Prime, the next version of the pure Google phone.  The first phone was the Nexus One and the second was the Nexus S.  The Nexus One was manufactured by HTC while the Nexus S and the upcoming Nexus Prime are manufactured by Samsung.  The line of Nexus phone features the pure Android experience, without any add-ons or changes to the Android operating system.  The Nexus Prime is rumored to have some top of the line features including a 4.6 inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1080p video recording, 720p hi-def screen, 1GB of RAM, 5MP primary camera and 2MP front facing camera, and the first Android device to run the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich version of the OS.  

The San Diego event is scheduled for October 11, seven days after Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nexus One Updated to 2.3.6

The venerable Nexus One is still receiving updates directly from Google.  While we are not sure what this updated version of Gingerbread does for the Nexus One, Google does say that it has "important bug fixes and security patches."  I can report that immediately after I manually updated my phone I did notice something on my N1 that I had never seen before.  When I turned on my Bluetooth device, the BlueAnt T1, I noticed a notification on my taskbar informing me that my Bluetooth was requesting permission to connect with my phone.  I noticed that my Bluetooth was not connecting so a pulled down the notification, clicked it, and it asked me for permission to accept the connection.  I turned off my Bluetooth and turned it back on and I did not get this notification and my Bluetooth connected to my phone normally.  I will update you on any new features or issues that I may notice with this new version of Gingerbread.

The Build Number is GRK39F.  If you do a Google search for this Build Number you will find many download locations.  Just download the zip file, rename it update or update.zip, install it to your SD card and reboot the phone just like with past manual updates.  If you want detailed instructions on how to manually update let me know and I will email you step-by-step instructions.  If you don't want to go through the process of manually updating your phone, just wait and you should be getting an OTA update directly from Google in the coming weeks.

There's only 2 phones that have the most up to date version of Gingerbread, the Nexus S and the Nexus One.  Long live the Nexus One!