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“Consumer Bits” on Brusimm.com are articles designed to share the author’s consumer experiences with the reader where as you can learn from our experiences.

Samsung S6My Samsung S6 just received the latest Android system update, version 7.0, called Nougat. It takes quite a while to update, so only let it do its thing when you’re fully charged up or near a power source.

There were a few interesting changes and a couple of Samsung updates you need to be aware of.

Samsung phones, chargers and other products.

The more obvious change was my ‘desktop’ icons all got changed under Nougat. If you do not like how they look, you can change them back by going to

‘Setting,’ then
‘Display,’ and then
‘Icon Frames.’

There you can select frames or no frames.

The battery interface in Nougat is different too. Now you can choose from two different power saving modes and you can now also set up a process called ‘App Power Monitor.’ Under that, you can select what apps can use your battery while the are not in use!

The camera seems different and faster too. If you are wondering how to get to the settings for your camera under Nougat, all you have to do is

Swipe the camera screen to the right for camera options,
Swipe left for live filters,
Swipe up or down to turn the camera lens around for selfies.

It’s also been said that if you were having sluggish response issues with your Marshmallow-based phone, this update was going to fix that. It’s is reported to dealing with battery or speed issues, along with spotty Bluetooth or WiFi connections! Reportedly.

If you updated and hate what’s happened to your interface, before condoning Samsung, go take a look at your options to see if you can fix the issue. For instance, some are grumbling about the graphics and they’re hard to see. If that’s the case, head to

‘Settings,’
‘Display,’ and
Choose/look into ‘Screen zoom and font.’

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Chromebook Text EditorsIf you have a Google Chromebook and you are looking for a simple text editor, here’s a bit of a user-experience/warning after using one of the more popular text editors for a few years. I’ll be talking about Gmail, Text, Caret and your own Chrome web browser as a writing utilities.

A little while ago I picked up a couple of Chromebooks and one of the first things I noticed was that you CAN NOT use any kind of developed or over-the-counter app that is not part of the online Google apps world. It’s a bit of a bummer, so you need to have a Google account like Gmail to use these simple laptops and have them be of of any use. And to be honest, if all you want to do is surf the web, use web portals or social networks like Facebook, and do some light work via Google Apps, you should be fine.

Find a cheap Chromebook computer on Amazon.

But if you want to go beyond the basics of Google Docs and other online apps, you’re out of luck. Apps like their Google Docs is fine, but mildly limiting. For one, considering how slow they can act when you load files, even simple ones, could be a frustration point. The other aspect I am not fond of is that in their Google Sheets app, you can’t password protect those files like you can MS Excel. That for me is a bit of a showstopper because I have a few Excel files that I save as password protected files. And I won’t use third party online password file generators and databases because too many times hackers have their way with online based services we trust.

Laptops for under $500 on Amazon.

Then there’s the thing about if you run blogs and type up rough drafts in something other than your blogging platform.

When I write posts for my blog, I tend to do it off-platform or offline of my blog’s application. This way I am not dependent on any kind of internet connection during my brainstorming time of writing. When I’m mostly done with my draft, then I will log on to my blog and copy my content to it, in plain text mode. If you aren’t using Gmail’s draft mode, this is a great way to write without needing an internet connection. And trust me, if you ride Caltrain in the Bay Area region and use Verizon Wireless, you will definitely need to work offline because Verizon’s coverage is spotty in the most surprising of ways. So offline rough draft use it is! (OH, and if you do use Gmail, don’t forget to choose ‘paste as text’ when copying into your blog! Gmail puts a lot of div html flags in their content.)

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Following A Facebook Post Without Commenting

April 5, 2017

This post is about how you can follow a Facebook post, privately, without having to comment on it, showing the world what you’re doing. And there are other practices you can try too. – Up until recently if you saw a post you were interested in, you had to type a comment under the post […]

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Is Facebook & It’s Marketing Tricks Getting Old

January 27, 2017

I don’t know about you but I am very slowly getting tired of Facebook, the antics they pull with your feed and the things they allow to happen in and around your own account. From security settings of other users impacting my own feed, to memes that trick you into commenting or sharing, to FB […]

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Restrict Your Facebook Posts

January 26, 2017

On occasion, we’ve all wanted to make posts that are a little more private than the usual train. Here’s a way to create filters to that will restrict who cam see your profile.

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SAMSUNG Update Changed Settings

January 17, 2017

My wife and I own Samsung S6 smartphones. We’re not unhappy with them, but they do have their quirks. But nothing you can’t usually get past. Like for instance, the HORRIBLE Samsung spell checking mechanism. It changes words it does not need to or makes “fixes” that aren’t needed. Here are some classic Samsung spell […]

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You Are Responsible For Donald Trump Becoming President!

November 9, 2016

Embed from Getty Images – I’m not sure if you know it, but everyone involved in the presidential election race are directly to blame or credit for Donald Trump becoming elected to be our next President. – When Donald Trump came on the scene saying he wants to run for President, I thought it was […]

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Do Website Ads Drive You Away?

October 31, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened a website on my phone, only to have to have a scrolling-down fight with all their f*ing pop-up ads. More than half the time, I’ve just hit the back arrow and bailed on the website because it seems to be […]

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How To Stop WhatsApp From Sharing Your Data With Facebook

August 26, 2016

WhatsApp And Facebook are now sharing data, ticking off their users, after WhatsApp has announced they’ll be sharing your data with Facebook. This is a little rundown on what they’re doing and how to opt out if you want to.

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Need To Replace Windows Media Player?

August 2, 2016

Of late, my Windows Media Player is acting like a P.o.S., where it makes me wait around 30 seconds between playing videos, or that it constantly accesses my Cd drive when I start a video. How annoying. Add that to my woes with my MS operating system and the known update snags it seems to […]

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POKEMON GO And Saving Battery Juice

July 31, 2016

IF you are one of the millions who have downloaded and started playing Pokemon Go, then you have discovered how battery-sapping the game can be. The cell phone industry, specifically, the battery makers must be loving this latest trend, as folks are trying to figure out how to stay out in the field longer while […]

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Who Is 424-239-5373 Or “VR INTERVIEW?”

July 21, 2016

So who is this entity behind the telemarketer whose phone number comes up as (424) 239-5373? Who claim to be with “VR Interview?” I’ll tell you what they are. They’re rude, annoying and conducting illegal telemarketer practices. – How we came to know this phone number is that they started calling my wife. Over the […]

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POKEMON GO Tips, For Players And Non-Players Alike

July 20, 2016

Pokemon Go, has captured the imagination of millions and millions want to know what can give them the edge of gaining the experience points.

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The Danger of Blind FACEBOOK Friend Requests

July 5, 2016

Lately I’ve seen several friends put up Facebook posts that say not to accept friend requests from them because their profiles have been hacked. And more and more we’re seeing warnings about this very issue. It’s not a new practice to FB, but every now and then the warnings make the rounds and you or […]

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Could Anton Yelchin’s Tragedy Have Been Avoided?

June 28, 2016

It’s obvious we may all know about it, but in case you missed it, but up and coming actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, has died via a tragic accident at his home involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. He has up to five movies that he’s been working […]

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I Can’t Turn On My Samsung S6, Help!

May 10, 2016

The other day my Samsung S6 froze up on me and I could not turn it on or off. Find out how I rescued myself and how I fixed by Samsung S6. – – – The other day I was watching a video that I had downloaded from Amazon (because Netflix does not have that […]

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STARBUCKS Reminds Us About Their Diminished Rewards Program

April 11, 2016

I received an email from Starbucks reminding me about the short end of the stick they’re giving their customers concerning their rewards program. I mean seriously, a while back, I wrote about how Starbucks ( Starbucks must think we are idiots ) announced that we, the customers, asked for a change to the program where […]

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Get The Best Price And Best Gasoline For Your Gas Mileage

March 17, 2016

Check out how I saved between $30 to $60 on gasoline in the last month! And how you can save around $700 a year on fuel. And what I learned along the way about gasoline quality! – I don’t know if you’ve noticed but gas prices are starting to climb again. All because OPEC or […]

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