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6 Android Hacks You Never Knew Existed

6 Android Hacks You Never Knew Existed

Although many people are much more familiar with Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android operating system actually runs on significantly more phones. Unlike the iPhone, phones that run on Android have a lot more options and hacks that you can do with them. This is because they have a much more free platform for people to use, whereas Apple has much more control over their operating system. Many people do not know some of the options that they can have with their Android, which is sad because of how incredible some of the hacks are. Here are the top six.

Open your garage

Did you know that your Android phone has the capabilities to open your garage door? No, it doesn’t come built-in with the operating system, but with a few minor tweaks and a simple app, you can open your garage door with your phone. No more annoying garage openers that never seem to work. This app will even open your garage door from up to a block away!

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Run Android on iPhone

Do you love the look of the new iPhone, but love the Android operating system? Or do you just simply want to play a joke on a friend? There is actually a way that you can upload the Android operating system onto an iPhone that you have laying around. You can even install apps that have been restricted by Apple. To do this you need a special kind of software available here.

Free apps

Yes, you read that right. A company called Lucky Patcher recently released a way to help get a lot of apps that typically will cost money for free on Android. They explain how it works on their website with a lot of technical jargon, but reviews say that it works.

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Ad blocker

Is there anybody that really likes ads? Typically when you get anything for free, it will come with ads. That is how they make their money. That doesn’t make it any less annoying, however. There are a lot of new programs now that will help Android block ads even if you have a free version of the app.

Mobile hotspot

IPhone users love to talk about how the iPhone can be a mobile hotspot. Fortunately, although it is much less well known, Android has the same capabilities. This works with all mobile carriers as well. It is an app that is called the Wireless Tether app and it is very simple to use. Just make sure you don’t go over on your data plan or you may face expensive consequences!

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Slide keyboard

A lot of people hate how hard it is to use a keyboard on any phone. It is not easy for any company to fit a full keyboard on a small phone screen, but they do fairly well. That being said, there are many apps that can make this a lot easier. One is called SlideIT Free Keyboard. This gives you the ability to never lift a finger when typing words. You just slide from letter to letter and the app figures out exactly what you were trying to type out. It is surprising how accurate this app and others like it are.

These are just a few of the many hacks that can be done with an Android phone! Many people do not realize what kind of stuff their phone is capable of doing and just stick to using it for basic things. However, there are actually thousands of things your phone can probably do that you are missing out on. Learn these six, and then search for more. Don’t underutilize one of the greatest tools ever invented!

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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