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Kannon Yamada

Hardware Specialist / 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.

294 Articles
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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
The Secret To Getting The Best Deals On All The Stuff You Want

Internet

The Secret To Getting The Best Deals On All The Stuff You Want

If you make frequent online purchases using big-name retailers, such as Amazon, BestBuy, and Walmart, then you probably know about the deal finding sites SlickDeals and Fatwallet. A little known secret is that all the deal-hunting websites publish their best finds online through RSS feeds. The amount of deals found in these feeds staggers the mind. This article will explain two methods for extracting great deals from sites that specialize in finding sales.

15-01-2013
The Secret To Getting The Best Deals On All The Stuff You Want
Penniless Because of the Holidays? 8 Money-Stretching Subreddits

Internet

Penniless Because of the Holidays? 8 Money-Stretching Subreddits

A secret corporation doesn’t want you knowing that prices actually go up on average from Black Friday until the end of December. However, immediately following the West’s orgy of gift giving, prices become flaccid. How do we, as consumers, take advantage of this situation? Having personally gone broke after throwing away money on underappreciated gifts, it occurred to me that finding good deals was more important than ever.

12-01-2013
Penniless Because of the Holidays? 8 Money-Stretching Subreddits
No Longer Tied to a Cellular Contract? 10 Reasons You Should Switch To An MVNO

Technology Explained

No Longer Tied to a Cellular Contract? 10 Reasons You Should Switch To An MVNO

Are you out of contract with your cellular provider? Rather than upgrading your phone, and signing a new contract, consider switching to a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO. You can save hundreds, even thousands, each year in cellular costs, without signing a contract. MVNOs offer cheaper rates to consumers by renting spectrum from one of the four major carriers.

08-01-2013
No Longer Tied to a Cellular Contract? 10 Reasons You Should Switch To An MVNO
Two Simple Ways To Find a Job Or Save Money With Yahoo Pipes

Internet

Two Simple Ways To Find a Job Or Save Money With Yahoo Pipes

Do you want to save money or find a job? Yahoo Pipes helps with both by grabbing the data you want, like job openings, and feeding it to you immediately. On top of that, it’s remarkably easy to set up and use. The Pipes technology represents the web’s greatest secret – a ridiculously powerful information-gathering system that, shockingly, very few users have heard about. Its obscurity partly relates to the complexity in building a Pipe.

05-01-2013
Two Simple Ways To Find a Job Or Save Money With Yahoo Pipes
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