Newsletter Archives

  • Got a cell phone? Are you getting more spam calls?

    Even though “supposedly” the industry is trying to clamp down on spam calls, I get more, not less. Lately I’ve received calls where clearly the spam technology isn’t working and they end up being calls with “dead air”.

    If you have an iphone you can opt to REALLY block all unknown phone calls and ONLY those people in your iphone contact list with the following settings:

    Go to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb > move the toggle next to Do Not Disturb > to ON position and tap on the People tab. On the next screen, tap on Calls From option, located under “Also Allow” section. On the next screen, select All Contacts option. After this, your iPhone will only allow Calls from people who are listed on your Contacts List. All other Calls from unknown Callers or Callers with hidden Caller ID will be automatically silenced.

    If you don’t have someone on your contact list, when they call it will go to your voice mail.

    Androids may be a little different depending on the model, but you should be able to google and find instructions.

    Bottom line what are you doing to stop being annoyed with spam calls, spam texts and anything else related to spam?


  • Surface Duo (the Android-based two-screen phone) teased yet again

    Credit: MS exec Shilpa Ranganathan

    Yes, the Surface Duo should arrive shortly.

    No, I’m not the least bit interested. I don’t know anybody who’s going to line up to buy one. Look at the huge bezels and the 1930s-style hinge.


  • What’s the best way to lock your Android phone?

    Android security

    Security vs. convenience: What’s the best way to lock your Android phone?

    Lincoln SpectorBy Lincoln Spector

    You want your smartphone to be locked down so that no one but you can find your secrets. But you want to unlock your phone quickly and easily.

    You can’t have the best of both worlds. You must choose between the best security and the easiest entry. But with the right precautions, you can have reasonable security without constant annoyance.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.26.0 (2020-07-06).

  • Three of the best Android file managers


    By Lincoln Spector

    Among its many duties, an operating system should provide the tools you need to manage files — to, at a minimum, copy, move, find, and delete them.

    Oddly, Android doesn’t offer its own built-in file-management app. It’s almost like using Windows without File Explorer. Thus, countless developers have stepped up and created add-on file managers for Android. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that many are simply awful. But a handful are quite good, as I discovered when I tested 11 file-management apps for Android devices. (However, none matches Windows’ File Explorer.)

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.24.0 (2020-06-22).