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Opinion: Android Hacks and the Stagefright from Hell

You may have read about the multiple-hack affecting Stagefright, the code in Android that plays back media in MMS (multimedia messages). An enterprising hacker (allegedly) needs only send an MMS containing the exploit to the phone number of an Android 2.2 or later device and Stagefright will write code to any part of that device … Continue reading

Opinion: Goodbye Google Plus

It’s true: Google is breaking it’s heavily embedded but failed social networking product Google Plus into separate products – Streams and Photos, new head of Social Bradley Horowitz announced on Google+ earlier this month. It was telling that Horowitz didn’t specifically mention Google Plus, which pretty well signals the end of Google’s foray. Google Plus … Continue reading

News: Numbers Prove Nobody Uses Google Plus

As we all thought, nobody uses Google Plus. The unwanted and unloved social network foisted on us by the advertising machine masquerading as a search engine has been revealed as Tumbleweed Central. Of course, ‘nobody’ is a relative term. Google made Plus accounts a mandatory add-on to all it’s Google sign-ons from Gmail to YouTube … Continue reading

How-to: Googleability

Googleability first appeared on Pippa’s site Speaking Well in Public Speaking well in public isn’t just about what you say. What you put online will affect your personal and professional image. Be careful – everything you put out there is visible, so make sure grammar, spelling and punctuation are checked, your facts are correct and your … Continue reading

Review: Google Play Music All Access [Guest Post]

Review: Google Play Music All Access by Kevin O’Brien originally appeared in Full Circle Magazine issue 78, October 2013. Like many people, I enjoy listening to music, and having my music with me everywhere is important – and I have a large music collection to draw on. Trying to have everything with me at all … Continue reading

Humour: Social Media Explained

Social Media explained… Via Twitter: @BruceVH: Here’s the best infographic I’ve found that explains the differences between FB, Twitter, Pinterest etc. With thanks to Ben Corbridge for the retweet. RC

Review: Google Drive and Docs [Guest Post]

Review: Google Drive and Docs by Art Schreckengost first appeared in Full Circle Magazine issue 76. As best as I can decipher, Drive is the cloud based file storage system that hosts Docs, Sheets and Slides, the three basic apps that comprise the Google Office suite, which is given the generic title of Google Docs. … Continue reading

How-to: Use Google OneBox Part One

Google: type a few keywords, hit enter. Sure. That will work. But you probably don’t want the 7.8 million results. You want seven. Good results. Quality results. Quickly. There are several enhancements to Google search – what it calls OneBox, designed to make searches simpler and more effective. Google has enhanced the artificial intelligence and … Continue reading

How-to Avoid Fake and Insecure Apps

Do you assume that anything in the Apple and Android app stores has been vigorously tested, vetted and proven 100% legit? Don’t. We’ve been telling users for decades now to be extra careful when downloading PC software to avoid common scams by crackers, fraudsters and pirates: so it is with tablet and smart-phone apps. Even … Continue reading

How-to: ChromeOS Desktop Part 2

The second part of our look at the ChromeOS desktop. On paper, ChromeOS gives you a very flexible working environment; within the browser, you have access to all the Google Apps, a huge selection of extensions to enrich the browser itself, and the Chrome Store sitting on top of that, providing a vast array of … Continue reading

How-to: ChromeOS Desktop Part 1

ChromeOS: lightweight web-based alternative for the Internet Age? Or browser with ideas above it’s station? The engineers at Google thought they had it right when they looked at the majority of computer users’ actual usage and concluded that 90% of it was spent in-browser. So they put everything on-line in the Cloud and wrapped a … Continue reading

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