Chrome Browser on Android reduced mobile data usage up to 70%

Back in the good ‘ol Internet days of dial-up, a common trick was to turn off graphics in the browser by default and only once you arrived at the desired page would you manually press a button and show all the graphics. (Anyone remember Netscape?)

Well, what was new in the ’90s is once again new in the ’10s.  The latest Chrome browser on Android essentially lets you do the same thing. You’ll not only save on your data plan by not downloading images you don’t really care to see anyway, but in addition you’ll get lightning fast downloads of websites since you’re only pulling down the text.

All we need now is the Macarena playing in the background to give us that complete 90s experience.


Straight from Google’s blog:

Now, we’re updating this mode to save even more data – up to 70 percent! – by removing most images when loading a page on a slow connection. After the page has loaded, you can tap to show all images or just the individual ones you want, making the web faster and cheaper to access on slow connections.

Source: Google Chrome Blog: A new way to save data with Chrome on Android

New flagship Android Nexus phones from Google released

I long switched to iPhone but my wife and others understandably swear by Android phones for many good reasons. If you’re in that category, take a good look at the Nexus 5X and 6P if you’re in the market for an upgrade to your existing Android phone.

The Nexus 5X and 6P are two of the best Nexus devices ever produced. It’s a common line that people say every year, but these are the first Nexus devices that don’t have a huge deal breaker attached to them. Google and its partners have finally nailed two of the things Nexus devices have traditionally been poor at. The camera is actually good—great, even—and can hold its own against the best mobile shooters out there. And the battery life is just as good as any other flagship as well.

Source: Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P review: The true flagships of the Android ecosystem | Ars Technica

If you applied for credit at T-mobile, your identity may be at risk

T-Mobile customers should keep an eye out for identity thieves. The cell service provider said today that the data of about 15 million credit applicants was stolen from credit reporting agency Experian.

It’s always a bummer when you see these kinds of reports. If you supplied your SS# to T-mobile for a credit-type application, there’s a good chance that information is now in the hands of thieves so take appropriate action.

Source: Personal data of 15M T-Mobile credit applicants stolen through hack of credit reporting agency Experian – GeekWire

It’s time to keep your phone on silent by default

This didn’t quite occur to me until I read the article, but yes, it’s time to keep that phone on silent. These days, the phone is either in your hand or on the table where you can see it, so why annoy the rest of us with whatever your ringtone is?

A ringing phone is really a relic of the past when we had one phone in the house and had to hear it ring from anywhere in the home.

Most savvy people know that their phones should be muted in public. According to a Quora poster, all the young, hip “millennials” have switched their phones to silent mode, “even though they use them incessantly.” A brave member of the clan explained what was happening: “It spares the person from the constant beeping of their cell and also from the weird looks that one receives when one’s phone keeps on beeping.”

Source: Attention, people: Your phone should never make noise in public | Fusion

If the fastest mobile speed across the nation is your priority, looks like it’s Verizon for you. 

For me personally, I chose to compromise for imperceptibly lower speed in exchange for much lower cost, so I chose Tmobile. However if you must have the highest speed and you travel across the country a lot, Verizon might be worth looking into if you haven’t already.

For the second year in a row, Verizon Wireless takes the crown as America’s fastest mobile network by delivering the quickest speeds and the best coverage across the map.

Source: Fastest Mobile Networks 2015 |

Using your  Apple Watch while driving could get you a ticket.

Better check local laws that dictate how you can use electronic devices while driving.

Macesin was hit with a $120 fine for violating the Quebec Highway Safety Code, which states “no person may, while driving a road vehicle, use a hand-held device that includes a telephone function.”

Source: Man ticketed for using Apple Watch while driving | New and Used Car Reviews, Research & Automotive-Industry News & LeftLaneNews

Will you get the iPhone 6?

Wait for that new Samsung

..they are coming out by the end of the year.

Your phone will be your universal computing device

In your car, living room, or on the desktop, your future phone will control all.

Which phone goes to the car: iPhone or Android?