Kevin Purdy

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Kevin Purdy is a freelance writer and former Lifehacker editor. He is the author of The Complete Android Guide and Google+: The Missing Manual.


Here's why DuckDuckGo works great in iPhone's Safari

Don't lose sight of another reason to try out DuckDuckGo on your iPhone or iPad: it is a really smart search engine that wants to save you time.

Here's how bad the calorie counts on apps and wearables really are

The entirety of calorie counting is a really, really rough estimated science. And it hasn't changed that much in more than 100 years.

My most effective battery solution for Android: "Hey, this bright enough?"

Lux is an app that remembers just how bright you actually need your phone to be to see the screen. It saves you serious battery life in the long haul.

Hardness is not toughness: Why your phone's screen may not scratch, but will shatter

Phones are getting harder, but not necessarily tougher. What that means, exactly, explained here.

Make almost any semi-modern printer work with Google Cloud Print

The Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Edition can turn many, many wireless and USB printers into Cloud-Print-ready printers.

The best IFTTT recipes for Android (so far)

I have dug deep through IFTTT's shared recipes and other nerdy parts of the web to return with the most useful Android-ready setups.

How to nerd out with NFC tags

Make your phone do convenient, geek-approved things when tapped on NFC tags: in your car, on your bike, by your bed. It's really cheap fun.

What Google is getting out of Ingress

Official answer 1: Nothing! Official answer 2: Geo-map games! People's answers: more than you can imagine.

Apps that fight our distracted driving habits

Here are some of the apps and tools I would recommend trying out if you want to try making your phone conscious of your driving.

We need phones that help us stop killing each other while distracted

If modern smartphones are all about making our lives easier, why don't they try harder at keeping us from using them while driving?

Why aren't you using MightyText for Android?

I get this sense that sometimes you'd rather read, send, and reply to text messages from your laptop or desktop keyboard, using your actual cellphone number.

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