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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.

298 Articles
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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]
The Future Is Prepaid: How To Save Hundreds On Your Mobile Phone Bill In 3 Easy Steps

Technology Explained

The Future Is Prepaid: 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
The Future Is Prepaid: 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
10 Efficient and Minimal Android Apps That You May Not Have Heard About

Android

10 Efficient and Minimal Android Apps That You May Not Have Heard About

Software bloat in the Android software ecosystem causes more problems than any other issue. Poorly written apps, particularly ad-supported apps, constantly draw on your handset’s wireless components, waking the kernel and overall diminishing performance and battery life. Uninstalling bad apps and replacing them with better apps provides the best solution.

02-02-2013
10 Efficient and Minimal Android Apps That You May Not Have Heard About
Wake Up To Your Favorite Song Or Radio Show, Get Better Battery Life & More With Atooma [Android]

Android

Wake Up To Your Favorite Song Or Radio Show, Get Better Battery Life & More With Atooma [Android]

It will grow on you over time and, no, it’s not a tumor. It’s Atooma, an Android automation application currently in open beta. Unlike all other automation apps, Atooma simplifies the automation process, by providing you with configurable symbols rather than complicated scripts. In short, you can get started almost immediately, with very little effort. Atooma possesses the ability to do almost anything with your phone.

29-01-2013
Wake Up To Your Favorite Song Or Radio Show, Get Better Battery Life & More With Atooma [Android]
How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips

DIY

How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips

Have you ever got tired of cleaning out your PC’s dust bunnies? Or have a rattling fan that just ruins your concentration? Believe it or not, fixing both problems can cost just dollars and the results provide coolness, silence and easier maintenance. Getting started requires only one of the following – machine lubricant, a PC dust filter or pantyhose, although you can use all three if desired.

26-01-2013
How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips
Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life – 3 Apps That Lead To a Longer Lasting Battery [Android]

Android

Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life – 3 Apps That Lead To a Longer Lasting Battery [Android]

Have you ever forget to charge your phone overnight and, come morning, realize your phone’s battery life sucks? A portion of your troubles probably relate to Android’s inherent design flaws – in particular, its poor background app management. Another large part of your problems could originate from poorly designed apps that you unwittingly installed. Together, these two problems devastate battery life.

22-01-2013
Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life – 3 Apps That Lead To a Longer Lasting Battery [Android]
A Simple Tip That Will Save Money With FatWallet and SlickDeals

Internet

A Simple Tip That Will Save Money With FatWallet and SlickDeals

After the expensive holidays, and global recession has thinned our wallets, spotting a good deal can really boost your morale. Fortunately, some money-saving websites cater to your needs. Two of the best online communities for finding well-priced products are FatWallet and Slickdeals. This article discusses the differences and similarities between SlickDeals and FatWallet.

19-01-2013
A Simple Tip That Will Save Money With FatWallet and SlickDeals
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