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Use an emulator to run Android apps on a Windows computer

June 29, 2017
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

One way to run Android apps on a Windows computer is by using an Android emulator. Android emulators act as hardware go-betweens, supplying apps with the memory, processing power and storage they need to run on most any Windows computer. Perhaps the biggest benefit of Android emulators, though, is that they behave like regular Windows programs. You can launch them from the Windows desktop or start menu, and once they're up and running, you can resize them,

The Bluestacks App Player is one of the most robust Android emulators around. Installing Bluestacks couldn't be easier. Because it's entirely self-contained, you can install it just like any other Windows program.

Download the installer from the official Bluestacks website.

Once Bluestacks finishes installing, launch it. Enter your Google account credentials - you'll log into the Google Play Store, where you have all of your installed and purchased apps.

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The promise of new innovated products and software came through on June 5 with Apple announcing a new iPad Pro that is 10.5 inches, thinner and better. You can open a second app from the dock, and both apps remain active in slide over as well as split view. Now you can drag and drop text, photos and files from one app to another. Add a pencil and use instant markup on photos or PDF files. With the pencil, you can fill in blanks or sign it with the new document scanner in Notes. The new keyboard has all the punctuation marks and symbols right in front of you - instead of clicking on the world icon to find them - and now you can use search in Notes. You can turn a live photo into a video loop - the new camera settings let you take a photo with the same quality.

Ask Siri in English to say something in Spanish, French, German or Italian.

With Airplay 2, you can control your home audio system and speakers throughout your house.

The new control center where you swipe up has changed; you can add a voice memo, dim lights, and it has a nice-looking interface.

The iPhone can now sense when you're driving your car and prevent you from getting distracting phone calls and texts by people trying to reach you. They automatically get notified that you're driving.

The Maps app has changed, and with indoor maps, it will give you detailed maps of hundreds of major airports and shopping centers around the world.

Automatic set-up is so cool - you just hold your new iPhone or iPad near an IOS device, and many of your personal settings, preferences and iCloud keychain passwords are imported.

For the Mac laptops, there is the new Mac High Sierra operating system software, and for the iPhone is IOS 11.

Now Windows 10 users can pin individual websites to their taskbars, which can be helpful for accessing web apps.

Microsoft Windows Insiders just rolled out another update for Insiders, which turns your handwriting into text directly on the screen. Just scribble down words into the panel using a Surface Pen, and once you lift the pen off the screen, it will translate your handwriting into usable text. You can also make corrections to your handwritten inputs using Windows Ink gestures, like slashing through a word to delete it or slicing two words apart with a single stroke.

Additionally, Microsoft has expanded the palm rejection capabilities of Windows Ink, so your hands shouldn't provide as much interference as they used to if you happen to graze the screen by accident.

Amazon has a new patent designed to stop you from going online to buy something while you're in a store looking for a cheaper version of the same product. The patent would essentially try and intercept you if you made a price comparison search using the shop's Wi-Fi. So don't go to Walmart thinking you'll buy cheap popcorn, then get on the Internet and price out what Amazon would charge.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.

 
 
 

 

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