Google Now On Tap

One of the best features of the new Android OS 6.0 is Google Now On Tap. “Now on Tap allows Google to scan the screen whenever you open it, automatically guessing what you want to search for and providing you with more information.”

The example below illustrates the power of this new feature. I open an email in the usual manner. In this example it is an email from “Goodreads” informing me of some books that I might be interested in. I then do a long tap on the home button of my phone and the screen below pops up.


This screen then allows me to search further on any part of the post, buy the book, find images, maps or even make a phone call from the On Tap Now screen.

You can find out more information about Google Now On Tap at this well done website

Flickr Favorites 2015

I take photos everyday in Cuenca on my Nexus Smartphone. The photos are automatically uploaded to Flickr. I have 12K + photos. Everyday I spend 10 minutes perusing my friends photos on Flickr and I often save one or two each day to the favorites section.

Below is I photo I snapped today followed by a short video of some of my favorites.

mother with child

What Is Your Digital Brand?

A Canadian friend tried to find me on the Internet after a 25 year hiatus. He did a google search on my name and the first result was my account.


My guess is that the readers of this website have at least 4 or five digital brands. The following are some common ones.

  • email
  • Blog/Website
  • Facebook
  • Skype
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Instagram
  • Youtube

It is even more important to have several digital brands if like me you move away from your country of origin. Even if you are not a techy or geek you can establish more digital brands. The following link is a superb method for the novice user of technology to create more digital brands. My next one is a mobile app.

77 Tools To Build A Website Or App Without Code


You need more than one digital brand if

  • Past friends, family students are searching for you
  • To establish a business
  • To reach other people
  • To establish yourself as an expert

Tablet, Phablet, Smartphone 2015

Last year at this time I wrote an extensive post on this topic. As expected there are big changes. Prices have dropped.

  • Nexus 6 smartphone $349
  • Amazon 7 ” Fire Tablet  – $50

More importantly apps have become more productive and entertaining.

  • Amazon Photo – Unlimited photo and video storage
  • Amazon Music – Tens of  thousands of popular songs
  • HBO Now – Latest series and movies
  • Medium –  A new publishing forum from the creators of Twitter
  • What’s App – Free texting and phone calls
  • Pocket Casts – Listen to public radio and podcasts all over the world
  • OK Google / Siri – Search assistants to explore the web
  • 4K Video – Broadcast quality movies


The smartphone has now become your computer, camera and messaging appliance that fits in your pocket or purse.



Google Translate And The iPad Split Screen

If you are  using iPads that supports Split View(IOS 9 feature) you will be able to use Google Translate along with the new feature. So if you’re sending an email or text and need to translate, you can see both apps at the same time. And it even works with text from online books or websites.

There are a lot of helpful tips on the Google Translate Blog.



These And That Oct. 2015

This time of year is the rollout of the new operating systems for the new IOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod) and the new Google Android Operating System for the smartphones and tablets.

  • The new IOS is simpley called IOS 9
  • Android’s new OS is called Marshmellow

Tomorrow, at the iPad Users Group Meeting  I will be demonstrating tips and tricks of IOS 9.

Here are two great tip links on the two operating systems



What’s Your Favorite App (2015)

Last year at this time I wrote a post on my favorite apps and they were:

  • Flickr
  • Pocketcasts

This year Flickr and Pocketcasts still remain my favorite apps but I also use on a daily basis the following apps. All are available in both the Android and IOS platforms.

  • Yahoo News Digest  daily news stories – updated twice a day.
  • Medium – Published stories in tech, art and education from around the world
  • OK Google.  The ability to search with your voice using the Google search enine
  • Pocket  an application and service for managing a reading list of articles from the Internet

What are your favorite apps?