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Android flashcards

One thing I learned about ten years ago is that when I need to memorize things, flashcards work really well for me. More recently, because I often bounce between many technologies, I have been making flashcards as a way of bringing me back up to speed after I’ve been away from a technology for a while.

The image shows one example of this, where I created a stack of flashcards to help me remember/relearn Android, which I haven’t used in several months. In this case I also have my Android cheat sheet to fall back on, but even then I still like using the flashcards. I think the theory is that rather than reading something passively, flashcards force you to try to recall something, and that’s a much more active way of using your brain and memory.

Android: How to go back to Google App stories after closing the Now card

I like the “Google” app on Android — the thing you see if you swipe right on the Android home screen. But a weakness of it is that you can’t get back to a story easily. For instance, this morning I followed a Google Now card to see a story about Tom Ricketts and the Cubs, closed the story, then thought, “Wait, I meant to look at XYZ in that web page.” Once you close a story like this the Now card disappears, and you can’t get back to it easily (which is the weakness).

Solution 1: Going back to Google Now app stories on Android 7

I don’t know if this is the only way to do it, but as a solution, one way to get back to the story on Android 7 is to follow these steps:

iOS a lot like Android

I just upgraded to iOS 10 yesterday. So far it seems to work a lot like Android, with “cards” for notifications, and you swipe right on the home screen to see Google Now, or whatever Apple calls that screen.

How to use the Android 7 split screen feature (tutorial)

Android 7 comes with a cool new “split screen” feature where you can look at two apps running at the same time. This little pictorial/tutorial shows how to use this split-screen feature.

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How to use Android’s split-screen feature

Step 1: Open two or more apps

The easiest way to get started with this feature is to have two or more Android apps open. You may want to open more than two apps, because some apps won’t support the split-screen feature. For instance, at the time of this writing, Kindle and Netflix don’t support it. I recommend starting a browser like Chrome, and another app like Twitter or an email app.

Tip: When you’re first getting started, open a few Google apps. They are more likely to work in split-screen mode than other apps.

Step 2: Tap the Android “recent apps” icon

Ars Technica says the HTC 10 is the best Android phone of 2016

Ars Technica says the HTC 10 is the best Android phone of 2016. The new design looks very nice. I like how there’s a little room under the sides when it lays on a flat surface. IMHO, that makes it a easier to pick up, whereas with flat phones you sometimes have to slide them off a flat surface to pick them up.