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Windows 10 Can Now Make and Receive Android Phone Calls

Microsoft made it clear back in August at the Samsung Unpacked event that it wanted to allow Android phone calls to be possible through Windows 10. Now the feature has rolled out in the latest Insider Preview build of the operating system.

The new Calls feature forms part of the existing Your Phone app which already allowed texting, notifications, and file transfers between an Android device and Windows. Linking your Android device to Windows 10 is easy. Now it allows you to leave your Android phone in your bag or pocket and make/receive calls through Windows 10.

The feature set of Calls extends to answering incoming calls, initiating calls, declining incoming calls or sending them to voicemail, accessing recent call history and quickly dialing one of the numbers, and finally, seamlessly transferring calls between your PC and Android phone.

In order the Calls to work, you require a phone running Android 7.0 or higher, a Windows 10 PC with Bluetooth enabled, and the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10 for all the functionality detailed above to be available to use. Even with all of the above requirements in place, Calls isn't without its bugs right now. Microsoft says it may be required to repeatedly pair and unpair your devices and "go through the Calls set up flow again" to get it to work.

Calls will gradually roll out to Insiders on the 19H1 build or newer in the Insider program. If you don't have it yet, keep checking the Your Phone app on your handset to see if the new functionality has appeared.


A tech man's joy - wasting scammers time

I initially got started doing this kind of work teaching Senior Citizens computer skills way back in 1998.  One of the more infuriating things I had to deal with is people scamming them.  There are countless scams out there.  I am in the middle of a fun one.  I put a Macbook Pro up on Letgo.  In short, a scammer wants me to mail it to his "son" (in the military, a typical scam, plays on your love of the troops).  He is willing to pay me $100 on top of my price for shipping and for helping him get his military son a computer.    He is sending the money to western union for me to pick up.  I am screen shotting the the whole conversation so that the world can see how these scams work.  Will update shortly.......


Want to get a little revenge on your ISP, Try these tactics...

Internet providers are real bastards: they have captive audiences whom they squeeze for every last penny while they fight against regulation like net neutrality and donate immense amounts of money to keep on lawmakers’ good sides. So why not turn the tables? Here are 13 ways to make sure your ISP has a hard time taking advantage of you (and may even put it on the defensive).  Click here for all the develish deeds you can employ!  Article courtesy of


Squeezing the most out of your laptop battery

Who wants to make an urgent dash to a power outlet to rescue their laptop battery? That's no fun, especially if you're working a crowded convention center, tapping away at an airport gate, or even lounging on a tropical beach. Luckily, modern laptops are much more efficient than their predecessors. Nowadays, even inexpensive desktop-replacement laptops and some gaming behemoths can last for more than eight hours on a single charge. Some ultraportables can endure for 14 hours or more.

Still, the inconvenient truth is that the battery in your PC or Mac laptop won't last as long as the manufacturer advertises unless you pay attention to some key factors: your power settings, how many apps you're running, even the temperature of the room in which you're working. The good news is that none of this requires very much work to sort out, once you know which settings to adjust. Let's take a look at the highest-yield ways to get the most out of your laptop's battery.  Check out the rest of the article here on


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10 best free movie streaming services: Netflix alternatives for 2019

Is Netflix putting a strain on your budget? Following a price hike earlier this year, the streaming service now starts at $9 per month, with its most popular plan now at $13 and its ultra-HD tier priced at $16.

Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can continue to enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to stream Hollywood's latest, but you can still watch gems such as Blade Runner, Captain Fantastic, Eighth Grade and plenty of classics, all without spending an extra penny.

Here are 10 services offering totally free, totally legal movies you can watch online. Some offer TV shows as well. Just be prepared to sit through commercials, because that's how most of these services pay the bills. And note that because selections change regularly, not all the titles listed here may still be available.


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