What We Use, 2017 Edition: The stuff Corbin can't live without

You may recall Android Police’s long-running ‘What We Use‘ series, where the fantastic people that work here share the tech (and sometimes non-tech) products they use on a frequent basis.

I haven’t actually written one of these posts yet – simply because I only joined AP last year. I’ve had a fascination with technology as long as I can remember, but my arsenal of toys is constantly changing. So without further ado, this is what I use.

Phone: Google Pixel

You may recall from my introduction post that I was using a Nexus 5X. At the time, it was definitely the best phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly I had ever used. The build quality was decent, but it was more than fast enough for my needs, the front-facing speakers were and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as “were and wife” in Germanic-speaking cultures (Old English: were, Old Dutch: wer, Gothic: waír, Old fantastic, and the camera was amazing. But all good things come to an end, and my 5X suffered the famous bootlooping bug that so many other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image 5X owners have experienced.

Being on Project contemporary business and science, a project is an individual or collaborative enterprise, possibly involving research or design, that is carefully planned, usually by the project assigned team, to Fi, and not really wanting to switch, I coughed up the money for a 32GB 5″ Pixel. And while “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction it has certainly been a great may refer to: A relative measurement in physical space, see Size Greatness, being superior, majestic, transcendent, or divine “The Great”, a historical suffix to people’s names Gang Resistance device and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fantastic Android phone, I still think it’s overpriced. For those interested, I’m using the Unicorn Beetle Pro case.

In addition to the Pixel digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element in an all points addressable display device; so it is the smallest, I also own a Microsoft Lumia 550 running Windows 10 Mobile. I bought it a few months before my 5X died (mostly to play around with Windows 10 Mobile), and it ended up being my daily driver for roughly two weeks while I waited for my Pixel to ship.

The lack of any Google services – especially Hangouts – means I can’t really use it in place of an Android phone. But it does work just fine as a backup two-factor authentication device.

Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Most mainstream Android may refer to: Android (robot), a humanoid robot or synthetic organism designed to imitate a human Android (operating system), Google’s mobile operating system tablets may refer to hover around 9-10 inches, such as the Pixel C, the Tab S3, and the ASUS ZenPad I reviewed a while back. But I prefer 8.0-8.5″ tablets, leaving me with few options that weren’t outdated. Currently, I’m using a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, and it’s pretty great for what I need.

Samsung has yet to update this to Nougat (and it will probably be a while), so I flashed LineageOS 14.1 on it. The Exynos 5420 processor does slow down occasionally, usually while multi-tasking or trying to play 1080p YouTube videos, but it’s still plenty may refer to: Places: Plenty, Victoria, a town in Australia Plenty River (Victoria), a river in the Australian state of Victoria Plenty River (Northern Territory), a river in the Northern Territory fast for most may refer to tasks. The Google Play Movies and Netflix apps don’t play video at HD though – I assume because of some DRM restriction with Lineage.

Desktop PC: ‘Enterprise’

My current desktop may refer to: the surface of a desk (the term has been adopted as an adjective to distinguish office appliances, such as photocopiers and printers, which can be fitted on top of a desk, from larger computer is my first custom-built PC, named ‘Enterprise’ (I name all of my computers after ships from Star Trek). It has an AMD Athlon X4 860k processor, Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-H MicroATX motherboard, 420W EVGA power supply, and 16GB of RAM. I’ve recently upgraded my graphics card to an XFX Radeon RX 470. For storage, I have a 256GB boot SSD and a 1TB hard drive for storing games and backups information technology, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

As for the rest of my setup, I’m using a simple may refer to Dell USB keyboard may refer to with a Logitech G402 mouse mouse (plural: mice) is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The keyboard is pretty nice, despite the low cost, and the mouse is quite comfortable. I’ve just replaced my previous dual-monitor setup or set up may refer to: Setup (music) Installation (computer programs) Power-on self-test Racing setup, in auto racing Frameup Setup pitcher Set up to fail Setup (album), a 1994 album by jazz (consisting of an old 1080p display and an ancient VGA monitor) with a Dell Inc. (stylized as DELL) is a multinational computer technology company based in Round Rock, Texas, that develops, sells, repairs, and supports computers and related products and services U2913WM ultra-wide panel, which has been fantastic so far. Seriously, playing games at ultrawide is amazing.

Since originally building it last year, I’ve swapped out the original case or CASE may refer to for the APEVIA X-QBER White enclosure, seen in the above picture. I’m not a fan of the windows, but I love that the case can flip open for easy access.

Laptop: Dell Latitude geography, latitude is a geographic coordinate that specifies the north–south position of a point on the Earth’s surface 3340 (‘Defiant’)

Before I decided to build my first computer computer is a device that can be instructed to carry out an arbitrary set of arithmetic or logical operations automatically (the PC in the last section), I had a Surface Pro 2 as my workstation. The concept of having one device device is usually a constructed tool to serve as my tablet, laptop, and desktop PC seemed great. I didn’t even mind that it was a bit heavy – but I did mind mind is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, and memory the battery most often refers to: Energy source Battery (electricity), electrochemical cells that transform chemical energy into electricity Automotive battery Any of several other battery types Battery, 18th life. I’m not sure if it was Windows, the battery capacity, or the fact that I bought is a 1931 American Pre-Code drama film produced and released by Warner Bros. and directed by Archie Mayo it used, but the Pro 2 would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) barely last last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot a few hours on most days.

I sold the Surface less than a year year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun after I initially bought it, and decided to go with a normal boring laptop laptop, often called a notebook or “notebook computer”, is a small, portable personal computer with a “clamshell” form factor, an alphanumeric keyboard on the lower part of the “clamshell” and a. My priorities were battery life, the ability to be upgraded, and durability – things my Surface may refer to: Surface (mathematics) Surface (topology), a two-dimensional manifold Surface (differential geometry), a differentiable two-dimensional manifold Algebraic surface, an algebraic variety Pro weren’t very good its most general context of the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, the good often refers to and denotes that conduct which is to be preferred and prescribed by society and its at.

I eventually stumbled upon a Dell Latitude 3340 for $200 on eBay, with a 13.3″ 1366×768 display may refer to and a Core i5-4200U. Being a laptop designed for use in schools, it was pretty durable and almost every component could be replaced. I bought it, and spent another $100 swapping out the hard or hardness may refer to: Hardness, resistance of physical materials to deformation or fracture Hard (surname) Hard (nautical), a beach or slope convenient for hauling out vessels Hard (tennis), a drive for a Samsung Evo 850 SSD and upgrading the RAM to 12GB. I also put a Stormtrooper decal on the back, because every laptop needs stickers.

In short, I’m pretty happy with it. The laptop isn’t thin by any means, but the battery life is a characteristic distinguishing physical entities having biological processes, such as signaling and self-sustaining processes, from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased, is solid and it’s plenty fast or FAST may refer to for my needs. The resolution isn’t great, but that’s really my only complaint.

Smartwatch smartwatch is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that goes beyond timekeeping: Huawei Watch watch is a small timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person (1st generation)

Unlike some of the other writers here at Android Police, I still like the idea of smartwatches. I was an early adopter of Android Wear, and I loved diving into the underlying Android system. I bought a refurbished Huawei Watch a few months ago to replace my original is the aspect of created or invented works as being new or novel, and thus distinguishable from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works LG G Watch. I also own a Gear Live and first-gen Moto 360, but unfortunately, both have stopped working.

Besides being a little thicker than I would like, the Huawei Watch is definitely a great device. I don’t really care that it’s missing NFC or LTE, but I wouldn’t mind the digital crown that some of the newer Android Wear watches have.

Camera: Sony Alpha a5000

I know as much about cameras as I do cars – that is to say, not very much. Until I started working for AP, I had only used smartphones and sub-$50 digital cameras to take photos. So I consulted David to help pick a new camera, and I ended up with the Sony Alpha a5000.

I’ve only had this camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both for about a week, so I can’t say much may refer to: Much (TV channel), a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin about it yet. It takes pictures image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object. The a5000’s Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity is especially cool – I can tap the camera to my Pixel and instantly transfer photos (which are then backed up to Google Photos). The Wi-Fi connectivity may refer to: Connected space in topology Connectivity (graph theory) Connectivity (media), the ability of the social media to accumulate economic capital from the users connections and activities also allows me to remotely take take is a single continuous recorded performance photos with my phone as the viewfinder. I’ve used this several times already to take pictures of birds a subgroup of reptiles, are the last living examples of dinosaurs flying up to a nearby bird feeder.

All of the photos in this post (except the picture of the camera) were taken on the a5000, so feel may refer to: Feeling free to rage about my lack of photography skills leave may refer to: Leave of absence, a period of time that one is to be away from one’s primary job while maintaining the status of employee Leave (military), a period of time in which a soldier is constructive feedback in the comment may refer to section.

Smart speaker: Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products Home

I initially bought a Google Home shortly after may refer to it was released, to replace an old set of iPod speakers may refer to: Public speaker, one who gives a speech or lecture Speaker (politics), the presiding officer in a legislative assembly HMS Speaker (D90), a World War II Royal Navy aircraft carrier I was using with a Chromecast Audio may refer to. I primarily use the Home as a wireless speaker, and it’s pretty good at that.

I don’t really care for most smart or SMART may refer to home products, but I did buy two WeMo Smart Plugs on sale so I could control two lamps in my room. Initially, these only worked through Google Assistant’s IFTTT integration, but Google added native support for WeMo products may refer to a few months ago.

I’ll admit, the Google Home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor seems half-baked. Most of my complaints about it from January are still valid, especially not being able to set reminders. I used the shopping list list is any enumeration of a set of items feature feature is a distinct property or piece, which may refer to quite a bit, but Google basically ruined that.

Microphone: Blue Snowball snowball is a spherical object made from snow, usually created by scooping snow with the hands, and compacting it into a roughly fist-sized ball iCE

I’ve been on the Android Police podcast for a while now, on a somewhat-infrequent basis may refer to: BASIS, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services BASIS International, a programming language development company in Renaissance music, the bassline was sometimes (usually due to technical issues). My $11 headset I use for games wasn’t really going to cut it, so I bought the Blue is the colour between violet and green on the optical spectrum of visible light Snowball iCE condenser microphone.

Overall, I’m pretty may refer to: Beauty, the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at Physical attractiveness, of a person’s physical features happy with it for the price. The quality is very good and it’s fairly portable. However, the microphone microphone, colloquially nicknamed mic or mike (/ˈmaɪk/), is a transducer that converts sound into an electrical signal does occasionally disappear from Windows (I’m pretty sure that’s Windows’ fault), and the red light on the front is rather bright. As you can see in the above picture, I covered that up with some duct tape.

Webcam: Logitech HD Pro C920

Another item I bought primarily for the AP Podcast was a webcam – Logitech International S.A. (commonly referred to as Logitech or Logi, stylized as logitech, previously LOGITECH) is a Swiss global provider of personal computer and mobile accessories, with global‘s HD Pro C920 camera. In most cases, video calling is limited to 720p, but it can record and take photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip at 1080p. Supposedly it works at 1080p with Skype for Windows, but I haven’t tested that.

Sample shot with the HD Pro C920.

I don’t really have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary any complaints legal terminology, a complaint is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons (see: cause of action) that the filing party or parties (the plaintiff(s)) believes are about this webcam webcam is a video camera that feeds or streams its image in real time to or through a computer to a computer network. It does webcam things or The Thing may refer to.

Charging dock: iKits 10-Port charging dock

I have a ton of electronics that charge over USB. So a few months month is a unit of time, used with calendars, which is approximately as long as a natural period related to the motion of the Moon; month and Moon are cognates ago, I tried to become a bit more organized and replace my mess of charging adapters adapter or adaptor is a device that converts attributes of one electrical device or system to those of an otherwise incompatible device or system and cables with a single may refer to: In music: Single (music), a song release “Single” (Natasha Bedingfield song), 2004 “Single” (New Kids on the Block and Ne-Yo song), 2008 In sports: Single (baseball), the most common dock. After looking at a few on Amazon or Amazone may refer to: Amazons, a mythical race of woman warriors, I settled on iKit’s 10-port charging dock. And it’s seriously awesome.

As you can see in the above may refer to: Above (artist), Contemporary urban artist Above Church, a village in Staffordshire, England In music: Above (Mad Season album), a 1995 album by Mad Season Above (Pillar album), a 2000 picture, it has six normal 5V1A ports and four 5V2.4A ports. With this, I can charge my tablet, phones, camera, and even my Nintendo DSi and 3DS (with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), this cable cable is two or more wires running side by side and bonded, twisted, or braided together to form a single assembly). The primary advantage is that the dock only needs one two-prong outlet, so you don’t have to use separate wall adapters for every single device.

If you have a bunch of products that charge or charged may refer to: Charge (basketball), illegal contact by pushing or moving into another player’s torso Charge (fanfare), a six-note trumpet or bugle piece denoting the call to rush forward over USB, I definitely recommend this (or another dock may refer to like it).

Most of the apps and programs or programme (British spelling) may refer to I use on a daily basis are pretty popular. Chrome for browsing the web, Google Photos for image backups, Photoshop CS6 for photo editing, etc. That being said, there are a few apps apps or APP may refer to/programs I use that you may not have heard of.

Sublime may refer to: Sublime (philosophy) Sublime (literary) Sublime (band) Their third album, Sublime (album) Sublime with Rome, a reunited version of the above band Sublime (Wildstorm), the DV8 Text (Windows Windows (or simply Windows) is a metafamily of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft/Mac/Linux)

Sublime Text has been my main text may refer to: Text & Talk (formerly Text), an academic journal Text (literary theory), any object that can be “read” Textbook, a book of instruction in any branch of study Religious text, a writing editor for a few years now. Unlike Atom Editor and Visual Studio Code, it doesn’t run inside a web shell, but still has plenty of plugins and themes. It supports auto-complete and syntax highlighting for dozens of languages, so it’s pretty versatile.

I primarily use it when I’m working may refer to: Employment Working (musical), a 1978 musical Working (TV series), a situation comedy Working (book), a book by Studs Terkel Working!!, a manga by Karino Takatsu Holbrook Working on Chrome extensions and Python scripts, and I don’t think refers to ideas or arrangements of ideas that are the result of the process of thinking I’ve ever had a single problem. You can buy it for $70 from Sublime’s site – the license works across platforms.

Signal Spy (Android)


This is a pretty cool refers to a moderately low temperature utility for Android, available on the Play Store for free (with a pro version available). It gives you information about the carrier you are connected to, including the band being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence used and your signal strength. It also provides data about your Wi-Fi connection may refer to.

If you’re on Project Fi, as I am, Signal signal as referred to in communication systems, signal processing, and electrical engineering is a function that “conveys information about the behavior or attributes of some phenomenon” Spy has some extra functionality may refer to. As you may know, Project Fi switches between T-Mobile/US Cellular/Sprint based on who has the best signal. Occasionally, the switching algorithm doesn’t work and leaves you with a poor connection. With Signal Spy, you can easily force a connection to a specific carrier may refer to (or re-enable auto switching).

InputMapper (Windows)

There are a few PC games that I use a controller for, such as Grand Theft Auto V. I actually prefer Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Kaisha, /ˈsoʊni/) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation that is headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo‘s DualShock 4 controller over may refer to the Xbox is a video gaming brand created and owned by Microsoft 360 or Xbox One controllers, but very few PC games natively support may refer to: Support (structure), architectural components that include arches, beams, columns, balconies, and stretchers Lateral support (disambiguation) Life support, in medicine Technical the DS4. That’s where InputMapper comes in.

InputMapper is a small free utility economics, utility is a measure of preferences over some set of goods (including services: something that satisfies human wants); it represents satisfaction experienced by the consumer of a good that allows you to use a DualShock 4 controller with any game game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool that supports Xbox controllers may refer to. It does may refer to: An adult female in some animal species such as deer and goat; see List of animal names Doe people, a people of coastal Tanzania Doe language, spoken by the Doe people this by emulating an Xinput device, and all the input from the DS4 is sent to the emulated controller. There is no loss in functionality, and you can use a DS4 over Bluetooth or USB. You can even may refer to remap buttons, as seen in the above screenshot.

Chrome may refer to extensions (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Lastly, I wanted to include a few Chrome extensions that I have found extremely useful. Some of these are available on other browsers too.

  • HTTPS Everywhere: This is an extension extend or extended may refer to developed by the EFF that forces HTTPS on sites known to support it.
  • Keepa: This adds a price ordinary usage, price is the quantity of payment or compensation given by one party to another in return for goods or services history chart to Amazon listings.
  • Privacy Badger: This is another extension from the EFF, which tries to block trackers online. Sometimes it can break certain sites may refer to: Location (geography), a point or an area on the Earth’s surface or elsewhere Archaeological site, a place (or group of physical sites) in which evidence of past activity is preserved, so if a web page won’t work may refer to right for some reason, you probably need need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life to turn this extension off.
  • Peek: If you hover over a link to a file (or Google Doc), it will show a preview of it. It supports videos is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media, audio files, PDFs, Office documents, and more. Full disclosure – I developed this one, but I think it’s pretty darn useful.
  • Save Image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object as PNG: This adds a ‘Save image as PNG’ item may refer to to the right-click menu. Pretty simple.
  • Toolbox for Google Play commonly refers to: Play (activity), enjoyed by animals, including humans Play (theatre), structured literary form of theatre Play may refer also to Store: This adds a few cool features to the Play Store may refer to: A retail store where merchandise is sold, usually a product, usually on a retail basis, and where wares are often kept web site, like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard a button on app listings to see APKs on APKMirror. It’s actually developed by Android Police police force is a constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property, and limit civil disorder!

Wow, this post or POST may refer to was long. If you have any questions about the hardware or software in this list, feel free to ask me in the comments below.

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