Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

The Samsung S9 and Samsung S9+ are the top dogs in the world of Samsung.  At least for a few months.  It’s a complete redesign from other models, and that means the size changed.  We’re going to look at car and motorcycle mounts for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. Let’s look at the important dimensions to keep in mind when selecting the right mounts.  The Samsung Galaxy S9 checks in with a 5.8 inch diagonal screen and measures 5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 inches (147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm).  The Samsung Galaxy S9+ cost more so not surprisingly it’s … Read more

Replace the Facebook App and Improve Android and iOS Performance

A bloated Facebook app manifests itself differently on the two major smartphone operating systems.  This article will talk about the symptoms and suggest a few good remedies. iOS and Facebook Circa late 2016, my Apple iPhone 6s Plus was beginning to run short of memory.  Granted, it only had 16 GB and probably should have been purchased with at least double.  Looking at the largest consumers of memory, Facebook was always at the top of the applications. There are a few tricks to get some memory back including trying to download a 5 GB movie and tricking iOS into freeing … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Car and Motorcycle Mounts

Samsung just announced the annual model upgrade to their successful flagship lineup.  The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ is the latest to consider.  It’s a complete redesign from the S7 and S7 Edge so mounts that may have fit your old phone may not fit the new models. They made these phones larger than the prior generation which is a bit of a surprise.  The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes in with a 5.8 inch diagonal screen and measures 5.86 inches tall by 2.68 inches wide by .31 inches deep.  The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is even larger.  Sporting a crazy large … Read more

My Quest for Wireless Charging with an Otterbox Ended with a Company Called Youshares

My recent migration to a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge had me all excited about the prospects of wireless charging.  Right after selecting an Otterbox Defender as my day to day case, my excitement abated slightly as I remembered how thick this case was.  Thankfully I found the Youshares Halo Wireless Fast Charging Pad. The Youshares Halo Wireless Fast Charging Pad sits on my dresser.  That’s what you see in the photo that accompanies this article.  This is one of three that I have deployed. Settling on the Youshares charging pad was no easy feat as I tried several other brands.  The … Read more

How does Qi Wireless Charging Work and Why Do You Need It?

Qi wireless charging is just plain great.  What a terrific invention.  I hate having to plug my phone in every night.  You have to match up the plug with the little hole on the phone and plug it in.  It’s even worse with a thick case because the plug is somewhat recessed and you need to pull a flap out of the way. This is where Qi wireless charging comes into play.  What’s Qi wireless charging in a few sentences?  It’s a powered pad or disk.  You just lay your phone down on the Qi charging pad and that’s it. … Read more

NFC: What is it and what can you do with it?

Let’s discuss NFC technology and how this fairly new technology can make your everyday life a little easier.  NFC has become quite popular with certain Android based smartphones and tablets manufactured over the past few years.  Not so much with Apple, although you might be surprised to know it’s used for Apple Pay. NFC stands for Near Field Communication. This technology allows devices to communicate with other devices.  Your device looks for what’s called an NFC tag.  A tag looks like a round or square adhesive disk with a small circuit board embedded into it.  You might be using this technology without even knowing … Read more