Fitbit Charge 3 Weather SOLVED

Last Updated on December 5, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

My Fitbit Charge 3 was not showing the Weather. This issues is SOLVED. 

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Hot phones drain your battery faster.

Last Updated on December 13, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Today’s phones will drain your battery faster when they are hot. For example, if you are driving and have your phone on the console where the sun is hitting it, the battery becomes less effective. Another example would be having the phone in your shirt pocket at an outdoor event where the sun is hitting it.

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Re purposing an old android phone as a security camera.

Last Updated on December 12, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I had been considering trying to use an old android phone as a security/monitoring device. One example of an application would be to be able to check the basement to make sure that the sump pump was operational if I was out of the house.

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Companionlink stopped working around 10/3/13

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I noticed that Companionlink was failing to sync properly.  There is an update to build 5074 at http://www.companionlink.com/downloads/updates.html

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Freeing up space on an Android Phone (or other device)

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

The storage on the phone side of my Samsung Galaxy S3 was almost full. The phone was slowing down dramatically for even the simplest tasks.

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Trying Android 5.1 (Lollipop) update on my Nexus 7

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

My Nexus 7 tablet was running extremely well until I installed the Lollipop update. It went from being trusty and reliable to crashing and hanging every 2 minutes.  I applied some of the fixes such as clearing the system cache which helped a bit. I also put Advanced Task Killer in the tray and started using that to kill all processes **IF** I could get the thing to respond when I turned it on.

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Privacy Danger from Android Flashlight and other apps

Last Updated on December 1, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

A friend sent a video about the dangers of  Flashlight apps for Android based devices.   Let me say that I am an App Junkie with dozens of apps on my phone and tablet.

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Android Nexus 7 – Periodic “Starting Android – Optimizing application x of x” IOW Lollipop sucks

Last Updated on November 30, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

My Nexus 7 has been a mess ever since the Google Lollipop update.  A new issue is cropping up where the tablet will spontaneously reboot. When it restarts, it goes into a “Starting Android, Optimizing app n of nn” mode.

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