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On one of the morning talk shows earlier this week, guest “Kurt the Cyber Guy,” also known as Kurt Knutsson, discussed “5 Apps That Can Help You Earn Extra Money.” All of the apps that he mentioned were free, and available for both Android and iOS devices.

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As happens a few times each year, earlier today I was the guest speaker for the local computer club. Before my presentation, one of the leaders of the computer club was answering some questions from a few of those present, and his answers led to one of the several websites that I visit daily to find the latest deals in software, Ashraf’s ShareWareOnSale.com.

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At a recent meeting, I was asked to put together a presentation on my favorite Android apps. While all of the people present had a smart phone of some type, about three quarters of those present had some form of Android phone, while about one-fourth had an iPhone of some type. What brought about this request was a discussion that we were having, and using selected apps on my phone, I was able to come up with answers and resolve problems faster than anyone else present.

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I have a gaggle of grandkids scattered across the country. When my own kids were little a few decades ago, the little Golden Books were among their favorites, and over the years, we accumulated quite a collection. Now, three of my granddaughters, each age 5 or under, have their own Android tablets with Wi-Fi access. All three can tap, pinch and swipe the screen with a degree of expertise that could put many adults to shame. Good or bad? That could be debated, but these kids are quite at home using technology.

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Most of us are familiar with Google as the ubiquitous search engine, even to the point that the term “Google” has become synonymous with the term “search.” Google is much more than a search engine, making frequent announcements about new hardware (such as Google glasses), new software (the recently announced “Android M”), and new Web based services (Google translate, Google Maps, and many more). In San Francisco late last month, Google held its annual developers conference, which it calls Google I/O.

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