NEWS: Microsoft Dives Into Mixed Reality October 17th

Today Microsoft announced that it is partnered with major PC hardware manufacturers to produce 5 new Mixed Reality headsets.  Mixed Reality?  Mixed Reality is the term used to describe the merging of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) . Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Samsung and HP showed off their new products to be released on October 17 but you can pre-order them right now.  Prices will range from USD $399 to $499 and all include…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Copy Pictures From My Samsung Android Cell Phone To My PC

This post is for my dad.  He keeps forgetting to unlock his phone before he tries to copy the pictures.  Below is are the simple instructions how to copy your pictures from your Android phone to your computer: Power on your cell phone (if it is off) Connect your cell phone to your PC using a USB cable Unlock your cell phone. That just means you should swipe the lock screen or enter your password /…

SOLVED: How To Stop Android From Motion Dialing Gestures

If you have an Android phone and you keep pocket dialing people soon after you are texting, you might actually be motion dialing or what Android calls Direct Dialing or Gestures.  Direct Dialing causes the phone to dial the number of the person you are texting if you move the phone to your ear.  Unfortunately Direct Dialing / Motion Dialing / Gestures occurs when you put the phone face down or in your pocket.  This…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Number Keys Missing From Samsung Keyboard

If you have a Samsung device, like a Galaxy S7 or 8, you might find that the keyboard is missing the row of numbers.  Having no number keys gives your screen more real estate but does can be very frustrating when trying to type numbers .  Fortunately there is an easy way to turn the number row on and off: HOW TO ENABLE THE NUMBER KEYS ON A SAMSUNG KEYBOARD: Swipe down from the top Select the settings COG…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How to Enable and Disable Developer Options On Android 7 Samsung Galaxy

There are several reasons you may want to see the DEVELOPER OPTIONS on your Android device but under Android 7, the Developer Mode menu has been removed.  You know it still exists so the question is how to enable the Developer Options menu and then how can you disable the Developer Options menu. How To Enable Developer Options Menu on Android Swipe down from the top Select the SETTINGS cog icon Select ABOUT DEVICE Select…

SOLVED: Where Does Android Outsell Apple iOS?

In a word, everywhere.  Android sells 6 times as many devices as Apple’s iOS globally and 1.75 times as many in the US.  Below are some fantastic 2017 data from two very reliable sources. Get the whole report on 2017 Internet Trends directly from Kleiner Perkins Check out this amazing interactive map showing current and historical sales figures of cell phones by operating system (like Android and Apple iOS).   Below are cell phone sales numbers that let…

SOLVED: How to Un-root Your Samsung Galaxy S6 and Restore Factory Android OS

If Samsung Galaxy S6 has been rooted and a non-factory operating system has been loaded you likely already know that there are problems: You voided your warranty You can not longer receive updates over-the-air from your provider The Samsung Galaxy might be unstable Your Galaxy might have a virus or other malware If you are trying to sell it, people often will not take it without a factory version of Android … The question then becomes,…

SOLVED: How To Stop Samsung Android From Trying to Split Screen Apps

A few years ago, Samsung introduced a new feature called MultiWindow which allows you to run two applications at the same time.  In my case, I had an Samsung Galaxy S6 that had it’s screen ‘bouncing’ around and displaying errors relating to running recent apps in split screen mode.  Even after rebooting and wiping the cache the problem persisted . I was certain there was a disable split screen / disable multiwindow option in settings but certainly…

SOLVED: How To Use Google Maps To Avoid Toll Roads

This short video explains how to use Google Maps on your mobile device to avoid toll roads.  If you use your Android cell or Apple iPhone or even your tablet / Apple iPad for navigation and you want to avoid tolls, then this short video titled, “How To Use Google Maps To Avoid Toll Roads” is for you:   Share This With Your Friends Now:

SOLVED: The Ultimate Guide To Fixing Samsung Android Email Not Syncing

If you have an Android cell or tablet that has stopped automatically receiving email, there are several places to investigate.  The very first thing you should do is power down the cell / tablet, then power it back up and see if all is working.  If that does not clear the issue, the steps below should start your email automatically syncing. CONNECTIVITY & POWER SETTINGS: Troubleshooting email sync on an Android device is the same as it…

SOLVED: What is the N Icon block at the Top of My Samsung Android Phone

If you have an ‘N’ block at the top of your Samsung Android cell phone, then you have NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (alternately known as NFC) turned on. NFC does exactly what it says; it communicates to other devices nearby.  Specifically, NFC is most commonly associated with ‘Tap’ payment systems.  For instance, the much over-hyped Apple Pay uses NFC.   If you have an Android device, like my S6 shown to the right you can use Google Wallet…

Samsung Crushes Apple iPhone In the US. Has Apple Lost It’s Mojo?

Samsung has again outsold Apple in it’s strongest market, the US, but this time the margin is even larger at about 20%: …The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge accounted for 16 percent of all smartphones sold in the US in the three months ending May 2016 as opposed to 14.6 percent for the latest iPhones, according to a report by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. It is very impressive when you consider that, while the respective…

SOLVED: Is There A Way To Disable The Password Requirement After a Reboot on Android 6 Marshmallow Samsung S6 or S7

The answer is a blunt no.  I asked Samsung Business Support in Toronto about this.  Below is the conversation: Is there a ready way to disable the Marshmallow setting on S6’s that requires a password or PIN after reboot:  “Enter password instead of using fingerprint recognition after restarting to protect fingerprints”?   See below.  Our policy requires a password pin or fingerprints (via Exchange) but since the upgrade to Marshmallow, on reboot Telus S6’s are requiring…

SOVLED: Offline Mode Unavailable Error in Voice Command on Android Samsung S6 and S7

If your voice commands (aka voice typing and voice keyboard) on your Android cell when you are: creating a text creating an email asking Google a question … and you see OFFLINE MODE UNAVAILABLE, it may be that you do not live in the United States and that is apparently a problem for Google. In my case this problem started showing up as soon as I upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S6 from Android 5 to…

The Best Cell Phone Ever?

“Best” is a relative word so let me be clear that I think the Lumia 650 will be the best cell phone buy of 2016.  In January Microsoft announced Lumia 650 which has amazing spec’s… for the price.   At just $200 this cell has everything a standard user would want, except wireless charging.  Having a native Windows 10 device (even if it does not support the brand new Continuum feature) will let you access your files…