Category Archives: Android

Listening to HD Music with an Android Device

Hello I put together a video to setup your Android device to play HD music formats.

Let me know what you think and if you are interested in more detail on HD music formats.



Setting up the Google Nexus Player

I received my new Google Nexus player last week, and I like it. It is like a Chromecast that has Bluetooth controllers you can cast content from your mobile devices to your TV and also play games on the player all for about $100. Setup was easy take a look.


Dave’s Gadget Gift Guide 2014

I put together a list of gadgets that any self proclaimed nerd would love to have this holiday season. The good news is you can find a great gadget for as little as $35, which is where the list starts.

Under $50

The Google Chromecast. I now have one of these on every TV at our house. It is easily my favorite gadget that has been released in the past year. It allows you to locate content with your device (on TouTube, Netflix, HBOGO etc) and cast it to your screen. You can also cast your devices’s screen to the TV if you have KitKat or Lollipop. If your family gathers for the holidays it is a fun way to share some of those funny videos from the internet without playing pass the phone! A must have gadget!


Under $100

The Google Nexus Player is similar to the Chromecast just add a gaming controller (the controller is sold separately and will put over the $100 price point)  and Games. If you like to play games on your phone or tablet this device will give those same quality games on your TV, along with the same casting capabilities of the Chromecast.

Google Nexus TV (33) Cropped

Under $300

The smartwatch category is exploding. Finding the right smartwatch for your gadget loving nerd will depend on which phone or tablet and what they would like to do with it so here are several choices.

Motorola Moto 360 – Of course this goes best with the Motorola phone and is probably the best looking at all the smartwatchs. The android where software works great on it however it’s battery life is somewhat lacking.Moto 360 Watch

Samsung gear smartwatch – Works best with Samsung devices, it puts the Google now app on your wrist but it to suffers from low battery life. And for my money still looks old clunky.Samsung Watch

Sony smartwatch 2 – The second-generation of Sony smartwatch. It may have the most apps available of all the smartwatch is and is easy to read in the sunlight. It is still fairly large and only works with android devices.Sony Smartwatch

Pebble steel smartwatch – Pebble has been making smartwatch is for several years now, they do not make a phone so they are not trying to marry their device with a particular phone. They have their own app store for their smartwatch is the display gives the user more customize interfaces than the other manufacturers. Battery life is more than adequate for a full days use.

Pebble Watch

Both Microsoft and Apple will have new products arriving in this space shortly, they will be available for Christmas and could be good options for your favorite gadget guru.

Under $600

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2014. The galaxy note comes with a 2560 x 1600 TFT display compatible with its note pen, up to a 2.3 GHz quad core processor, 3 GB of RAM up to 64 GB of flash storage, an 8 MP camera, every type of wireless connectivity imaginable, GPS and 8220 mA battery and a very large assortment of built-in apps for productivity. This tablet does it all and makes a fantastic gift.Galaxy Note 2014

Break the Bank

The Asus ROG G750JZ provides a one of the best “portable” gaming notebook available. With its i7 Intel processor, HM87 chipset, up to 32 GB RAM, 17.3 inch Auto FHD display, Nvidia GTX 880M with 4 GB/8 GB GDDR5 memory, Blu-ray reader, and solid-state drives available this is one serious gadget for gamers.Asus G750JZ

I hope this help you find a great gift for your favorite nerd.

Don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel with tips on how to use some of these gadgets.

– Dave

Using Google Hangouts Part 3 Starting a New Hangout

The last of the 3 part series for Google Hangouts…Creating a hangout. Navigating the Google world can be somewhat challenging because there are always several different workflows to use their software offerings and Google updates their products frequently. All this to say if you find another way to start a Hang out that you like use it!


Using Google Hangouts Part 2 Adding people to your Google+ Account

Alright part 2 is ready. You need to have people to talk with in a hangout so here are several ways to add them to your Google+ account so you can hangout with them. After adding people you can put them into circles to keep them organized.


Using Google Hangouts Part 1 Create a Google+ Account

I wanted to put together a series of videos for my family so we can all get together using Google Hangouts. I quickly realized that there would be many steps…none of them hard. So this will become a multi-part posting beginning with creating a Google+ account..

So What is Google+…from Ara Wagoner:

Google+ is a social network that builds off of your Google Account. If you have a Google Account, you can activate your Google+ account as easily as you would activate Google Now. At first, it seems about the same as Facebook or Twitter, importing contacts and assigning them to circles — Google+’s version of lists. After that, you can add curated circles for your particular interests, entertainment, news, sports, etc. That said, the first big difference is that Google+ isn’t reliant on any of those real-life contacts you import. I went into Google+ with none of my family or friends using the site. That’s right, none. And that was perfectly fine, because my feed is not clogged with baby pictures and engagement announcements like Facebook is. It’s filled with Android, cooking and Disney. Because those are my interests and my passions, and that is a big part of what Google+ is for: connecting you to other people who are interested in your passions.

I looked at several different definitions and I liked this one the best.

We need Google+ circles to create our Google Hangouts and invite people to attend. So let’s get to work creating a Google+ account, review my video and get your account setup.


Printing with Your Android Device to an HP Printer

The latest of my Android “How To” video. With the change of checking email and other work tasks moving to our mobile devices the ability to print from these devices is almost becoming a necessity. I put together the video that details the procedure for installing and using the HP ePrint app.


Google Play Movies is getting second-screen smarts for Chromecast

I love my Chromecast and now they made it better!
If I am watching a movie through the Chromecast I can easily look up the actors and see what other films or shows they have appeared in.
Great add in Google!



Google’s Play Movies app for Android phones and tablets is getting an update that isn’t just bringing the company’s new material design philosophy to the app, but should also make using it with Chromecast a lot more interesting.

The update, which starts rolling out today and will be available to all users over the next few days, comes with a dedicated second-screen mode that will relay relevant information to the mobile device while you watch a movie on the TV screen.

Play Movies - Second Screen

For example, the app will show cards for the actors of a movie as soon as they appear on the screen, and other cards will tell you which song is playing as part of the soundtrack without the need to fire up Shazam. Similar cards are also available for some of the more popular TV shows on Google Play.

This kind of second-screen experience isn’t entirely new — Amazon…

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Using the Gmail app on an Android Device

A quick video…Let’s put that Gmail account to use on your Android Device!