Articles Tagged with: android

Ten Reasons To Own The NVidia Shield


My recent acquisition of the NVidia Shield has really got me charged up. I wrote a four part review discussing it in great detail, but I know not everyone wants to consume that much literature on the topic, so here is the quick guide version of why you should own an NVidia Shield. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

The 2014 New User’s Guide to Power Apps on Android


Around the holidays, a lot of people get new technology.  As the prices come down and availability goes up – it is more and more likely that some folks got their first Android device this very Christmas.  But just because they are new to Android doesn’t mean they are new to technology.

This article isn’t for the new casual user of Android.  We’re not going to list Flipbook here.  You’re not going to find Candy Crush Saga, Instagram, Netflix or HBO to Go on our list.  In fact, there will be no games listed here at all.

Instead, we’re going to take a look at the “power” apps for Android – presented for the first time or new Android user.  If things like FTP and RSS are foreign to you or you don’t know why you need a file manager on a phone – this article isn’t for you.

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About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Smart IR Remote – Android Universal Remote App


Perhaps you just got your first Android device for Christmas; a nice HTC One Smartphone or maybe a gorgeous new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.  Sure, you’ve been scouring the internet for hot apps, fun games and some Android sites (like our very own Green Robot Gamer site) but what you may not have noticed about your hot new toy is that it comes with an IR (infrared) Blaster built in.

Hmmm … what COULD you do with THAT?

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About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Women Love 8″: Why Size Matters (for Tablets)


I Love My Nexus 10

I love my Nexus 10 Android tablet.  It wasn’t my first tablet – nor will it be my last.  I love everything about it – I love the size, the weight, the battery life.  I use it for almost everything.  I watch media on it.  I game on it.  I read on it.  Heck, I’ll even remote the PC across the room with it if I suddenly feel the urge to be productive.

The Impulse BT Controller

The Impulse BT Controller

The Nexus 10 comes with me everywhere (I even bought a man purse to assist me in carrying it and the various little accessories around with me; I have a tiny OTG drive, an OTG cable, a stylus, a backup battery (with power to spare) – heck, I even have a tiny little wireless Bluetooth game pad (the fun little Impulse controller) in case I need some Mr. Do on the go.

I’ve worked my way through the tablet world to get to this point.  I started with a hacked 7″ B&N Nook Color running a full AOSP-type Android rom.  I moved to a 10″ Asus Transformer 101 complete with docking keyboard, gave the TF301 a go, invested in a Nexus 7 and finally ended up finding what I wanted in the Nexus 10.

What I could NOT work through was why I couldn’t get my wife to buy into the tablet lifestyle. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon)


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Recently I moved “up” from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (just Gnex from now on) to the Samsung Galaxy S4 (just S4 from now on) – both on Verizon. You can read my write up on the Gnex here.

I’ve been asked to give my opinions on the new S4 and while I covered it on my podcast, Passenger Seat Radio – I think a written review is in order.

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About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

X-Plore File Manager (Android)


This is what passes for file management on Win 8

This is what passes for file management on Win 8

File management is not a part time gig for me. If there is a storage medium attached to the device I’m using? I want the most power possible in accessing and manipulating it. It doesn’t matter if it is a local drive, flash drive, network drive, FTP site, Google Drive … if it stores files, and I have access to it – I want the best experience possible.

Let me start off by saying I am not a typical user. Not a typical cell phone user, not a typical tablet user – and certainly not a typical computer user. For you to understand this review from my point of view, you’ll need to understand my feelings on file management. If you are in a hurry, you can jump down to “Enter X-Plore” below. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Review: Pocket Tanks (Android)


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Artillery games are nothing new … Set your angle. Compensate for the wind. Set your power. Hit fire. Give an evil chuckle when you hit your enemy. Wash, rinse and repeat. In fact, before Solitaire became the “installed on every computer” go-to game, some form of Artillery was pre-installed on most computers (or at least included as a type in program). No matter the platform, the resolution or the graphics; in the end – killing your enemy using basic power vs. angle is still the core game play. You’ve seen it called many names; Worms, Warheads, Scorched Earth, Gorilla – all shadows of a very similar genre. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Review: Samsung Nexus 10 Tablet


Before we settle in with the wash and rinse review of the tablet, you should hear a bit about my back story so you know where I’m coming from.  While not essential for the review, it will give you a good idea what mindset I come from with regards to tablets.  If you’re only interested in the meat and potatoes, feel free to skip ahead to the next section. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Nyko PlayPad for Android Devices Review


When it comes to hardware – “software is king”; after all – who wants a great piece of hardware with poor (or no) software available for it? Nintendo has proven that they can take low spec machines and pump out great software for it – and make a killing. Microsoft is combating the “end of cycle blues” by releasing updates to their Xbox software to extend the life of the aging console. The greatest games of all time … are the greatest games of all time BECAUSE software is king.

If “software” is king – then it stands to reason that controls are queen in the royal marriage of entertainment technology. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Nexus: Learning to Live Without an SD Card


While Apple users are quite used to (and apparently content with) not having a microSD card slot on their phones and tablets, a lot of Android users consider it a God-given right. Unfortunately, the latest (and greatest) devices coming out seem to be bereft of removable storage solutions. This includes the beloved Nexus line from Google and its affiliates.

In this article, we’ll examine the hows and whys of this phenomenon, then we’ll help you cope with the loss – which just doesn’t give any indication of ever coming back. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+