January 01, 2013, 4:07 PM —
Original photo by Robert S. Donovan on Flickr
Sometimes, in this space, I prognosticate, opine, and analyze things that have recently happened in the technology sector of our weird modern life. Those opinions are sometimes intriguing, and sometimes popular. Other times I actually try to provide help and suggest best practices and point to actual tools for fixing things up, and my editor, my friends, and everybody else seem much, much happier.
To close out 2012 on the first day of 2013, I present here, in helpful (read: holiday-lazy) list form, a subjective list of the most helpful and useful things I wrote at ITWorld in 2012.
I write about Android quite a bit, usually with an eye to explaining its peculiarities to newcomers, troubleshooters, and even those looking for a reason not to like it.
5 Things to do right away on your new Android device: Part 1 and Part 2 - It’s these little things that, over time, add up to a much nicer Android experience. Especially if you know your phone is secure and enjoying a good battery life.
Why you can totally tether your Verizon Android phone for free - Discovering that Big Red has a wide-open soft spot, one they created themselves? Just far too much fun.
Five Android apps that fix something about Android - Whenever Google has left something out or left a setting un-tweak-able, developers have often confidently stepped in.
Better Android keyboards get even betterer - As with other upgrade apps, no Android user is actually stuck with the keyboard their phone came with.
What is Google Now (exactly)? - It’s kind of a search tool, it’s something like Siri, and it’s also a personal notebook. Google Now is fascinating.
Make Gmail on Android even beter with these helper apps - If Gmail can’t be near-perfect on Android, then that needs addressing.