How to Get Android 5.0 L Right Now

By Rich Woods At Google IO, Google announced that the next version of Android will be Android 5.0 L. While any and all are welcome to download the developer preview, installing a different OS on an Android device is not nearly as simple as with iOS 8 or Windows Phone 8.1. If you try to search the Internet, most sites will talk to you like you’re an expert or at least like you have an…

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Can’t Put Your Surface Pro 3 to Sleep? Here’s a Fix

By Rich Woods Saturday, I purchased the Surface Pro 3, the tablet that can replace my laptop (they were all marketed like that). After installing the Windows updates and the firmware updates that fix the power management bug that Paul Thurrott of the Supersite for Windows pointed out, I found a brand new problem. Normally when a user would press the power button on any tablet including the earlier versions of the Surface Pro, the…

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How to Get iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Right Now and Not Break Your Phone

By Rich Woods For the record, I do not recommend doing this. If you are not a developer, you should wait for the public release. Last year, I made the mistake of thinking that I could use the iOS 7 beta on my regular phone. I’ve used beta software before. How bad could it be, right? Bad enough that I added an extra phone line to my AT&T account so I could upgrade my phone….

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Windows Phone 8.1: User Guide and Review: part 1

By Rich Woods Windows Phone 8.1 is a big leap from Windows Phone 8. There are so many new features, it’s hard to tell where to start. But there are a lot of changes, so here’s a quick guide of some useful tips. It just came out today, so I’m going to call this part 1 assuming that there will be more to come. If you have a Windows Phone and don’t have the 8.1…

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Your Guide to iOS 7

By Rich Woods At WWDC on June 10, Apple announced the brand new iOS 7 and made the beta available to developers that same day. On September 10, Apple announced that the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S will be available on September 20 and the full version of iOS 7 will be available for download on September 18. Well I’ve been using the beta since WWDC and since I have a developer’s account I…

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How to Child-Proof Your Smart Phone or Tablet on ANY OS

Hundreds (maybe thousands) of times a day my kids ask me if they can play with one of my phones or one of my tablets, but we’ve all seen those nightmare scenarios. You start the kid off playing a game like “DragonBox+” (a really great game that pretty much tricks 8 year old kids into learning Algebra), and the next thing you know that picture of your wife that no one else was supposed to…

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