By - JR Raphael

How Chrome OS Virtual Desks could change the way you work

Here in the land o’ Chrome OS, fresh paint shows up almost constantly. And while most of it involves minor refinements or relatively small-scale improvements, one soon-to-land new Chromebook feature has the potential to shake up your work environment in a really significant way. It’s a little somethin’ called virtual desktops — or Virtual Desks, in current Chrome OS lingo

By - JR Raphael

10 useful Google apps you probably aren’t using

Google’s got a lot of apps. Maybe even too many, in certain (ahem) cases. Amidst all the obvious titles and oddly overlapping offerings, though, Google’s wing of the Play Store holds some genuinely useful treasures — clever creations by the creator of Android that are just waiting to be discovered. Here are 10 off-the-beaten-path Google apps that’ll help you do

By - JR Raphael

The smarter way to capture screenshots in Chrome

For all of its features and web-spelunking utensils, Google’s Chrome browser is curiously missing one core function: the ability to capture a screenshot of a website you’re visiting. Or so it would seem. Here’s a little-known secret: Chrome actually has a supremely useful built-in command for capturing screenshots — no extensions required. It’s flexible, effective, and easy as can be

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4 big, fat, pesky problems with Android Q gestures

Once upon a time, getting around Android was a pretty simple process. You wanted to go to your home screen? You’d tap the Home button. Needed to move back a step? You’d hit the Back button. Felt like hopping directly between some recently used apps? Yeah — you’d smash that Overview button in the same bottom-bar area of your screen.

By - JR Raphael

How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform may effectively be dead at this point, but don’t despair: You can still get a fantastic Microsoft experience on your mobile device. You just have to look to an unlikely bedfellow. With Windows Phone (a.k.a. Windows 10 Mobile) out of the picture, Microsoft is devoting an ever-increasing amount of energy to creating its own mini-platform within

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The most important thing to check before buying a Chromebook

When it comes to upgrades, Chrome OS and Android couldn’t be more different. Since Chrome OS can’t be customized by device-makers in the way that Android can, y’see, Google’s able to control Chromebook updates completely on its own — and that means pipin’ hot software can roll out to all current devices within days of its release, regardless of who

By - JR Raphael

A simple way to supercharge Gmail snoozing

Being able to snooze messages in Gmail is fantastic. I love snoozing. It’s one of my favorite methods of organizing my inbox. (It’s also one of my favorite things to do at night — and occasionally also in the afternoon. Zzz.) Much as I love the fact that Google added a native snoozing function into Gmail, though, I frequently find

By - JR Raphael

A word of warning about Android upgrades in 2019

Hear ye, hear ye, citizens of the Android-using world. You no doubt know by now that Android upgrades are, by and large, a steaming hot mess (to use the technical term). But there’s new reason to remain alert and think extra carefully about any Android phone purchase you might one day consider. You’re probably already aware that no Android phone-maker