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Each episode of the podcast and each blog post helps listeners and readers get the most out of your Google-powered devices and apps such as the Pixelbook, Pixel Slate, and Pixel phones.


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Latest Episodes and Posts

  • August 09, 2020

    0048: Pixel Buds!

    In this episode, I talk about a new addition to my Pixel powered devices, the Pixel Buds 2. Are these the ear buds I am looking for? Almost, but you’ll...

  • May 31, 2020

    0047: Linux Apps with Flatpak

    In this episode I share my favorite Crostini (Linux) application manager; Flatpak. Flatpak makes the installation and management of current versions of Linux applications easy. I also take some...

  • April 26, 2020

    0046: Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) for Chrome OS

    There are thousands of applications available on the Chrome Web and Google Play stores. There are also thousands of applications available as a web page or service. What if you...

  • April 11, 2020

    0045: COVID-19 Catch Up

    It been some time since my last podcast episode and a lot has changed. In this episode, recorded live on YouTube, I take time to catch up on what’s been...

  • April 08, 2020

    Using the Wyze WebCam firmware on Chrome OS

    Over on my blog, I have a post about the new webcam firmware for Wyze Cams. This firmware was released to help with the shortage of webcams available...

  • March 08, 2020

    0044: Part 3 - Using IFTTT with G Suite

    This is part three of a three-part series on the use of the free service IFTTT to automate actions on an Android phone, Google Assistant, or G Suite applications....

  • February 16, 2020

    0043: Part 2 - Using IFTTT with Google Assistant

    This is part two of a three-part series on the use of the free service IFTTT to automate actions on the Pixel Phone, Google Assistant, or G Suite applications....

  • January 29, 2020

    0042: Part 1 - Using IFTTT on a Pixel or Android Phone

    This is part one of a three-part series on the use of the free service IFTTT to automate actions on the Pixel Phone, Google Assistant, or G Suite. In...

  • January 12, 2020

    0041: A New Year and a New Pixel Power Podcast

    It’s a new year and a new Pixel Power Podcast. What’s new? For one, I set a timer for 20 minutes and do my best to stick to it. Get...

  • December 18, 2019

    0040: Holiday Hiatus!

    It’s the last episode of the year before I head off for a holiday hiatus and I’ve got some news for the new year. No main topic this episode, but...

  • November 25, 2019

    0039: Part II – Become a Chrome OS Keyboard Master

    In the second and last part Turkey Day edition of the two-part series, I spend less time than normal talking about extensions and utilities you can install that power up...

  • November 11, 2019

    0038: Part I - Become a Chrome OS Keyboard Master

    In the first of this two-part series, we learn how to master our Pixelbook/Slate and Chrome OS keyboard. Adding these keyboard shortcut keystrokes to your typing repertoire will allow you...

  • October 28, 2019

    0037: Pixel 4XL Ramblings

    It’s Halloween and in this episode I share my new Treat (or is that Trick?); the new Pixel 4 XL (I don’t have a Pixel 4, so I can’t comment...

  • October 15, 2019

    0036: Ad Hoc - Made by Google Event 2019

    In this recording, and just in time for your commute home, I share my ramblings and musings from the 2019 Made by Google event. As a reminder, ad hoc episodes...

  • October 13, 2019

    0035: Gboard

    The Android keyboard is the most important user interface for your Pixel phone and your productivity. In this episode I talk about the default Pixel keyboard, Gboard. After listening you...

  • September 22, 2019

    0034: My Favs Part VI: Android Apps

    The sixth and final in my six-part series of My Favs episodes. In this episode, I share my favorite Android apps for the Pixel Phone. These are the applications I...

  • September 08, 2019

    0033: My Favs Part V: Chrome Browser Extensions

    The fifth and penultimate in a six-part series of episodes I’m calling, My Favs. In this episode, I share my favorite Chrome browser extensions. These are the extensions installed and...

  • August 25, 2019

    0032: My Favs Part V: Chrome OS Flags

    The fifth and penultimate in a six-part series of episodes I’m calling, My Favs. In this episode, I share my favorite Chrome browser extensions. These are the extensions installed and...

  • August 11, 2019

    0031: Pixelbook and Pixel Slate

    I take a half-time break in the six-part series of “My Favs” to share my thoughts on the Google Pixel Slate (m3). Regular listeners know I use a Google Pixelbook...

  • August 04, 2019

    0030: My Favs Part III: Chrome for Android Flags

    The third in a six-part series of episodes I’m calling, My Favs. In this episode, I share my favorite flags for the Chrome browser on Android. Before that, I share...

  • July 21, 2019

    0029: My Favs Part II: Android Apps for Chrome OS

    The second in a six-part series of episodes I’m calling, My Favs. In this episode, I share my favorite Android Apps for Chrome OS. These are the Android apps that...

  • July 07, 2019

    0028: My Favs Part I: Chrome OS Applications

    The first in a new six-part series of episodes I’m calling, My Favs. In the first episode of this six part series, I share my favorite Chrome OS applications. These...

  • June 23, 2019

    0027: Android Q Beta 4 Test Drive

    In this episode, I take a look at the latest version of Android Q beta with release 4. What works, what doesn’t and should you install are the questions I...

  • June 09, 2019

    0026: Termux on Pixel Phone

    The previous four episodes of the podcast focused on Linux on Chrome OS with our Pixelbooks. Not to be outdone, the Pixel phone gets a Terminal via an app called...

  • May 27, 2019

    0025: Linux on Chrome OS (Part 4)

    I’m finishing up my four part series on Chrome OS with an introduction to the basic Terminal commands every Chrome OS user should know. I’ll then share some fun commands...

  • May 19, 2019

    0024: Linux on Chrome OS (Part 4)

    In the first two episodes of the four-part series, we learned how to get started with Linux on Chrome OS. In this episode I share how to access files and...

  • May 07, 2019

    0023: Ad Hoc - Google I/O 2019

    I’m on the road this week and had some time to pull over and share the announcements from Google I/O 2019. More sharing than telling, this ad hoc episode was...

  • April 29, 2019

    0022: Linux on Chrome OS (Part 2)

    In the last episode, I explained how to activate Linux (Beta) on your Pixelbook or Chromebook. Now it’s time to install Linux applications. I share my Linux applications recommendations and...

  • April 22, 2019

    0021: Linux on Chrome OS (Part 1)

    You own a Pixelbook or Chrome OS device. Did you know you are running a Linux kernel based operating system? Why not open Chrome OS so you can load actual...

  • April 15, 2019

    0020: Google Sites Promise Fulfilled

    Promised way back in episode 0001, I finally provide my thoughts on the use of Google Sites and how you can create a free online presence. As always, I...

  • April 08, 2019

    0019: It Doesn't Look Like a Laptop!

    In this episode I share how to relax with your Pixelbook, or any other convertible Chromebook, and use the device in one of four unique configurations: laptop, tent, stand or...

  • March 25, 2019

    0018: What's New in Android Q?

    For this episode, I’ve scoured the web looking for what’s new in the beta release of Android Q, the next OS coming soon to Pixel Phones (and possibly Pixelbooks). And...

  • March 17, 2019

    0017: What will you Todoist Today?

    In this episode, I end my three-part series on getting things done (GTD) by sharing my favorite task and project management application; Todoist. I share a complete look at the...

  • March 10, 2019

    0016: Conversation with GTASKD Creator, Kevin Micke

    In part two, of a three-part series on getting things done (GTD), I have a conversation with Kevin Micke, creator of GTaskD; a new web front end for Google...

  • March 04, 2019

    0015: Git ’R Dun with Google Keep & Tasks

    You hear it everywhere you go; Getting things done! In part-one of a three part series, I discuss the readily available, and free, tools: Google Keep and Google Tasks,...

  • February 23, 2019

    0014: Warts and All

    I’m on the road and took some time to use the mobile recording equipment to crank out an episode of observations and news.

    Hear me talk about my travel experiences...

  • February 17, 2019

    0013: PDF Palooza

    I discuss tools (Kami, Xodo, and the built-in PDF viewer) to help you manage, organize, edit and annotate PDF files on your Pixel devices. During the show, I also clear...

  • February 03, 2019

    0012: Remote Conundrum

    In Episode 0012, a double-sized edition, I take a look at some alternative remote control devices for Android TV. Afterward, I share the latest news, thank a colleague, and begin...

  • January 27, 2019

    0011: Analog to Digital

    In Episode 0011 (2019-01-27), I admit it that while I do love the digital, I am a huge user of analog paper. From sticky notes, to notebooks, to sketchnotes, I...