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Kannon Yamada

Senior Writer / Joined 10 December, 2012

Kannon is a Tech Journalist (BA) with a background in international affairs (MA) with an emphasis on economic development and international trade. His passions are in China-sourced gadgets, information technologies (like RSS), and productivity tips and tricks.

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Battery Woes Got You Down? Supercharge Your Battery With Wakelock Detector [Android]

Android

Battery Woes Got You Down? Supercharge Your Battery With Wakelock Detector [Android]

My phone’s anemic battery life really drained the fun away from an otherwise awesome phone, the Nexus 4. Overnight, it would typically lose about 30-50% of its battery charge – while idle! I would get about two or three hours of use before needing to recharge. However, my battery problems went away after using a single app: Wakelock Detector. Unlike other battery analysis apps, Wake Lock Detector provides an easy method to seek out app issues causing battery drain.

10-05-2013
Battery Woes Got You Down? Supercharge Your Battery With Wakelock Detector [Android]
The Latest and Best Free Android Apps From XDA Developers: Get Great Apps Before Your Friends

Android

The Latest and Best Free Android Apps From XDA Developers: Get Great Apps Before Your Friends

If you’re like me, scoring a great program feels like discovering Picasso or Caravaggio for the first time — but finding gems requires installing a lot of really bad software. XDA makes the discovery process much easier by highlighting praiseworthy apps. If you find an interesting program, pop it onto your phone and BOOM. You just got bragging rights as a true app epicurean. This article highlights ten of the latest and/or greatest apps originating from XDA.

07-05-2013
The Latest and Best Free Android Apps From XDA Developers: Get Great Apps Before Your Friends
Want to Rid Yourself of the Android Play Store? Kiss Google Goodbye and Try F-Droid

Android

Want to Rid Yourself of the Android Play Store? Kiss Google Goodbye and Try F-Droid

Did you know that Android allows the installation of app stores other than the Play Store? You might already use apps from the Amazon Appstore and GetJar—but you probably never heard that a completely free, and open source, library of apps exists: F-Droid. Standing out in striking comparison, it emphasizes security, transparency and open source products—an outstanding departure from the competitors.

03-05-2013
Want to Rid Yourself of the Android Play Store? Kiss Google Goodbye and Try F-Droid
The Three-Way Battle For Online Shopping Supremacy! Google Vs Yahoo Vs Bing

Internet

The Three-Way Battle For Online Shopping Supremacy! Google Vs Yahoo Vs Bing

I pitted Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing shopping search engines against one another to determine which of the three provided the best savings on five frequently purchased tech items – an Asus Nexus tablet, a TechNet subscription, a Microsoft Surface Pro, an iPhone 5 and a Galaxy Nexus S3. Here are the results.

23-04-2013
The Three-Way Battle For Online Shopping Supremacy! Google Vs Yahoo Vs Bing
Apps And Smartphone Equipment To Take With You Into The Zombie Apocalypse

Android iPhone and iPad

Apps And Smartphone Equipment To Take With You Into The Zombie Apocalypse

Technology failing to work remains the most ridiculous genre trope of the zombie apocalypse. We’ve seen many disgusted protagonists sneeringly discard ominously “dead” phones: That’s because people in movies do not know much about technology. Smartphones will not suddenly become useless slabs of plastic and glass after the era of the undead arrives.

19-04-2013
Apps And Smartphone Equipment To Take With You Into The Zombie Apocalypse
4 Tips for Saving Money on Prepaid Mobile Phone Plans

Android iPhone and iPad

4 Tips for Saving Money on Prepaid Mobile Phone Plans

In the United States, T-Mobile made history by becoming the first cellular carrier to not force customers into buying multi-year contracts. After the policy shift, T-Mo users can purchase subsidized phones independent of a monthly fee. The other three major carriers, however, have not yet followed T-Mobile’s lead. Mobile Virtual Network Operators can save all cellular users money. However, hundreds of MVNO plans exist—how do you know what plan best suits your needs?

12-04-2013
4 Tips for Saving Money on Prepaid Mobile Phone Plans
Got A PC-on-a-Stick? You Can Turn It Into A Roku-like Media Streaming Device For Free!

Android

Got A PC-on-a-Stick? You Can Turn It Into A Roku-like Media Streaming Device For Free!

Getting your stick computer streaming media requires very little effort and money nowadays. Considering that it provides an excellent replacement for a more expensive device, getting a stick PC can actually save you a fair amount of cash, if you ever need a device for playing media. Why get a Roku 3 when for half the price you can get a stick PC?

09-04-2013
Got A PC-on-a-Stick? You Can Turn It Into A Roku-like Media Streaming Device For Free!
Save Time & Money! The 4 Best Sites For Automatically Building a PC

Internet

Save Time & Money! The 4 Best Sites For Automatically Building a PC

WARNING! Building a PC can cause the following symptoms – despair, rage, violence against inanimate objects, poverty, feelings of regret and worthlessness, depression and suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, websites exist that take the pain out of custom building a computer. This article details how four such websites can save you a great deal of time, money and sanity building a PC.

06-04-2013
Save Time & Money! The 4 Best Sites For Automatically Building a PC
Sick Of Rebates Not Paying? Use The Web To Get Your Money With 6 Easy Rules

Internet

Sick Of Rebates Not Paying? Use The Web To Get Your Money With 6 Easy Rules

Using rebates can frustrate even the most patient of buyers. While a deal-hunting customer may not encounter any difficulty at the register, collecting the rebate can cause staggering complications. Rather than risk such difficulty, following six simple rules will help you get your money. This article outlines six rules, along with a framework structured around several web technologies and strategies to receive your rebates in full.

02-04-2013
Sick Of Rebates Not Paying? Use The Web To Get Your Money With 6 Easy Rules
Spring Cleaning 2013 Part Two: Kill Your E-Clutter With Four Simple Methods

Web Culture

Spring Cleaning 2013 Part Two: Kill Your E-Clutter With Four Simple Methods

Discarded desktop computers account for a large percentage of illegally disposed of e-waste. This situation occurred because as the mobile age displaced that of the PC. Rather than pitching your things away illegally, those looking to get rid of their stockpiled electronics this spring should consider four free options: recycling, donating, repurposing, or selling.

30-03-2013
Spring Cleaning 2013 Part Two: Kill Your E-Clutter With Four Simple Methods
Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself?

Internet

Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself?

First they came for Buzz and no one cared. Then they came for Notebook. Now they’ve come for Reader. What technology will Google take away from you next? This article explains several Google technologies that might be next on the chopping block and what you can do to avoid getting Scroogled. While Justin covered the replacements for Google Reader, this article gives a roundup of alternatives to popular Google software that could possibly change for the worse in the near future.

26-03-2013
Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself?
Want A Handbrake Killer? SUPER Converts All Videos For Free [Windows]

Windows

Want A Handbrake Killer? SUPER Converts All Videos For Free [Windows]

SUPER for Windows performs video conversion (encoding), file joining, and video recording on a huge number of file types. To date, no free (or paid) video software in its class matches the versatility and broad file-type compatibility of SUPER. The short end is that it will convert, merge and record, almost any video or audio file type around.

23-03-2013
Want A Handbrake Killer? SUPER Converts All Videos For Free [Windows]
Spring Cleaning 2013: Clean Out Your Junk This Spring AND Make Money

Internet

Spring Cleaning 2013: Clean Out Your Junk This Spring AND Make Money

Do you live in a veritable bat-cave surrounded by a squalor of potential riches? Do you often trip over disused electronics and the hollowed husks of PCs? Consider preventing your foot injuries by selling your carpet mines through websites like eBay and Craigslist. It’s surprisingly easy: Getting started takes only five steps, although in fairness, it can take several hours selling a large number of goods.

19-03-2013
Spring Cleaning 2013: Clean Out Your Junk This Spring AND Make Money
The Seven Deadly Android Permissions: How to Avoid the Sin of Slothful Preparedness

Android

The Seven Deadly Android Permissions: How to Avoid the Sin of Slothful Preparedness

Everyone with an Android device should know that your private information isn’t treated as private. For example, making an app purchase may expose personal contact information, including one’s name, physical address and email address, to developers. This article explains how seven potentially deadly app permissions might hurt you and how best to avoid such calamitous installations.

16-03-2013
The Seven Deadly Android Permissions: How to Avoid the Sin of Slothful Preparedness
Sick Of Your GPS App’s Data Connection Flaking Out? Try 3 Updated Offline Maps [Android]

Android

Sick Of Your GPS App’s Data Connection Flaking Out? Try 3 Updated Offline Maps [Android]

Not long ago, Chris covered three of the best offline GPS apps available on Android. Since then, many other GPS apps released or received major updates. Do these newcomers compare favorably with those reviewed by Chris? To answer this question, I evaluate the apps based on four criteria – first, how effective is the app at helping users navigate offline? Second, what are its top features? Third, how data efficient is the app? Fourth, is the paid version worth purchasing?

12-03-2013
Sick Of Your GPS App’s Data Connection Flaking Out? Try 3 Updated Offline Maps [Android]
Zombie Android Phone Devouring All Your Data? Shoot It In the Head With 11 Free Tips & Tricks

Android

Zombie Android Phone Devouring All Your Data? Shoot It In the Head With 11 Free Tips & Tricks

For anyone with a limited data cellular plan, data consumption can become incredibly expensive, very quickly. Overage fees generally cost hundreds of dollars a month – and your phone secretly uses data without your knowledge, without proper configuration. Matt provided a great starting point for paring down data consumption. This article expands on the ideas laid down by Matt.

09-03-2013
Zombie Android Phone Devouring All Your Data? Shoot It In the Head With 11 Free Tips & Tricks
Augmented Reality Apps: Useful, Or Just Hype? MakeUseOf Tests

Android

Augmented Reality Apps: Useful, Or Just Hype? MakeUseOf Tests

In 2011, analysts predicted the rise of Augmented Reality mobile apps. The nascent technology would revolutionize the way we interact with our mobile devices. Flash forward two years and dozens of AR apps populate all mobiles stores, but does that mean the technology finally evolved into software worth using? This article examines four such apps. Like most AR apps, these examples have relatively steep system requirements.

05-03-2013
Augmented Reality Apps: Useful, Or Just Hype? MakeUseOf Tests
Kick Your Crappy Android Apps To The Curb With 4 Free & Simple Apps

Android

Kick Your Crappy Android Apps To The Curb With 4 Free & Simple Apps

Has the performance and battery life on your mobile dropped off? A gang of dysfunctional and buggy apps probably cause such decline. Getting rid of the errant apps remains the single best performance enhancing tip. Unfortunately, most users lack the slightest idea of which miscreant apps to kill. This article details 4 apps that specialize in finding and murdering crappy apps.

02-03-2013
Kick Your Crappy Android Apps To The Curb With 4 Free & Simple Apps
4 Of The Fastest Tablet-Optimized Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of [Android]

Android

4 Of The Fastest Tablet-Optimized Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of [Android]

Android tablet browsers, generally speaking, are not that great. Most of the big four browsers suffer from poorly sized buttons and sluggish performance. The tablet-optimized alternatives mentioned in this article, which you may not know about, provide improved performance and usability over the so-called “mainstream” browsers, Dolphin, Opera, Chrome and Firefox. In this article I analyze four dedicated tablet browsers.

26-02-2013
4 Of The Fastest Tablet-Optimized Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of [Android]
How To Save Hundreds On Your Mobile Phone Bill In 3 Easy Steps

Technology Explained

How To Save Hundreds On Your Mobile Phone Bill In 3 Easy Steps

Cutting your mobile phone bill in half takes only three simple steps – first, find a carrier that offers discounted plans, such as an MVNO. Second, get an unlocked phone. Third, and optionally, you can optimize the phone’s functionality to cost less. Some start-up costs apply, but the overall savings will greatly outweigh the expenses.

23-02-2013
How To Save Hundreds On Your Mobile Phone Bill In 3 Easy Steps
Hitchhike Your Way Around The Internet With Three Free Apps [Android]

Android

Hitchhike Your Way Around The Internet With Three Free Apps [Android]

Everyone who has heard, seen or read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy remembers the eponymous Guide, a source of vast and questionable knowledge, which bailed out or confused the travelers, time and again. You don’t have to travel to Ursa Minor Beta in order to score an analog, either. If you own an Android device, preferably a tablet, getting your book ready only requires three apps and approximately 2.5 to 7 GB of free space on your device or SD card.

16-02-2013
Hitchhike Your Way Around The Internet With Three Free Apps [Android]
Want The Hottest Phone Not On The Market? 5 Tips To Get The Nexus 4 Before It Sells Out Again

Android Internet

Want The Hottest Phone Not On The Market? 5 Tips To Get The Nexus 4 Before It Sells Out Again

Are you waiting for a Nexus 4? You might wait a great deal longer if you don’t get one immediately after the Play Store restocks in mid-February. Fortunately, we don’t have just one method – this article presents six absolutely rock-solid strategies of becoming one of the first in line when the Nexus 4 arrives.

12-02-2013
Want The Hottest Phone Not On The Market? 5 Tips To Get The Nexus 4 Before It Sells Out Again
5 Free Influenza Fighting Apps for Facebook, Android, and Twitter

Android iPhone and iPad

5 Free Influenza Fighting Apps for Facebook, Android, and Twitter

Influenza, arguably, grew to epidemic proportions in the United States and Europe this year, according to Google Flu Trends. Search traffic for illness symptoms reached the most intense since the dawn of the information age. Fortunately, we now have the ability to defend against infection using resources derived from the Internet – in particular, social media. Facebook, Twitter and Google can tell us who among our friends might have a cold or flu.

09-02-2013
5 Free Influenza Fighting Apps for Facebook, Android, and Twitter
Low-End Android Phone? Try the Ultra-Light Fast & Secure Naked Browser

Android

Low-End Android Phone? Try the Ultra-Light Fast & Secure Naked Browser

Strangely enough, one of the fastest browsers available for Android remains virtually unheard of, despite its stalwart security, swift browsing speed and feature rich interface. In comparison, all of the other major browsers match-up poorly to the completely free Naked Browser. Naked offers a sterling array of features, such as blazing fast speed, tabbed browsing, excellent security, minimal app permissions and a tiny installed size.

05-02-2013
Low-End Android Phone? Try the Ultra-Light Fast & Secure Naked Browser