Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sharing data across multiple devices with Pushbullet



Have you ever been RDP’ing into your home computer at work and found a webpage or picture you liked but would prefer to have it on your phone in order to send via SMS? How about a quick and easy way to get a song from your computer to your mobile without all the hassle of looking for a cord or transferring it via Dropbox?


Pushbullet is a great app that pushes things to other devices. Not only can it send links, pics and files, it can aslo, with the addition of a Chrome extension, push notifications to your browser. No need to check your phone whenever it beeps, a small notification window will pop up in Chrome that you can click on, or dismiss. Clearing the notification in Chrome will also clear it from your phone.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Backing up your SMS messages




I like to text. I mean, I really, really, really like to text. It's my preferred method of communication. I abhor talking on the phone, not unless it's one of those quick thirty second conversations.

The downside to texting a lot, is the abundance of old messages you create. Along with a love of texting, I also am a bit of a pack rat. I collect everything digital, for fear I may need it later. This means thousands of messages in my messaging app (I use Handcent, btw) that will eventually start bogging down my phone.

I tried using an application that created a nightly log of the texts and uploaded them to my Google Drive account every night. This worked fairy well until one of those rare occasions where I needed to provide digital evidence in the form of a text based conversation. Upon restoration of the archived messages, I discovered that this app wasn't very good of keeping track of timestamps. This kind of thing is important when trying to prove a point via a timeline.

I eventually stumbled upon an app called SMS Backup+ on the Play store. This app is simple enough to use, has enough options to keep things interesting and the best part, it integrates itself into Gmail. That's right, every text is saved as a email and entire conversations are saved as email threads. Awesome.