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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: Android tablet question
« Last post by MacGyver on July 20, 2021, 09:53:02 AM »
In Chrome, when pull down the menu I get, New Tab, New incognito tab, History, Downloads, Bookmarks, Recent tabs, Share, Find in page, Translate, Add to Home screen, Desktop site, Settings, & Help.  It will be a little different from version to version.I can look on a tablet later.  That's my phone.
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: Android tablet question
« Last post by EV607797 on July 19, 2021, 11:29:52 PM »
Thanks, Trace.  I'm not getting anything even close to that, even after downloading and installing the Firefox browser.  About the closest-sounding options when hitting the three dots are "add to top sites" or "copy link location".  Oh well, I was just looking for a shortcut, no biggie.
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: What's a good DNS server IP?
« Last post by MacGyver on July 19, 2021, 09:29:07 PM »
The other Google is 8.8.4.4.
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: Android tablet question
« Last post by MacGyver on July 19, 2021, 09:27:54 PM »
From the Firefox browser, I hit the three dots, and there is an option to "Add to Home Screen" for website shortcuts. 

Google Play is the primary.  You can also get apps from the Amazon app store.  As for making calls, just add the Google Voice app.  On the Youtube icon, just tap and hold.  You'll seen option come up to Add to Home Screen.

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Computers, Software & Accessories / Android tablet question
« Last post by EV607797 on July 19, 2021, 07:30:52 PM »
I just treated myself to a tablet.  I wanted to get an iPad since I'm familiar with the operation of iPhones, but the cost was prohibitive.  I just got a cheap Android version instead.  It is using Android version 10, which I believe is the most current version.  I have figured most of it out, but I have one question that I can't resolve:

I know that you can download apps via their Google Play Store, and that works for most of what I need, but I'd like to add desktop icons for some of Google's apps, plus others that are just websites (like this one) without an app.  Is there a way to do something like that as with Windows where you can add a desktop icon for pretty much anything?

Since this tablet does not have cellular abilities, I would like to use my Google Voice account to be able to make phone calls.  I can go through the link to Chrome, then pick Google, then Google Voice from there and log in with my e-mail and password, but  that's a PITA.  Same for YouTube.  I'd like to have these icons right there on the front page.

Am I asking for too much from a $100.00 tablet?
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: What's a good DNS server IP?
« Last post by EV607797 on July 19, 2021, 07:18:06 PM »
I think I was wrong about using 2.2.2.2 for Google.  I tried to ping it and it was dead.  Thanks for the suggestions though.
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: What's a good DNS server IP?
« Last post by MacGyver on July 19, 2021, 10:24:19 AM »
We normally do one from Google and one from Level 3.
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: What's a good DNS server IP?
« Last post by Keighlar on July 19, 2021, 08:37:10 AM »
4.4.4.4 and 4.2.2.1 are Level 3, but I don't know if they farm. 

Here is a little review of some of the open DNS servers:  https://www.wizcase.com/blog/best-free-public-dns-servers/
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Computers, Software & Accessories / Re: What's a good DNS server IP?
« Last post by telemarv on July 19, 2021, 07:31:56 AM »
I use 8.8.8.8 which is definitely Google.
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Computers, Software & Accessories / What's a good DNS server IP?
« Last post by EV607797 on July 18, 2021, 03:57:33 AM »
After realizing how my connectivity issues were due to a DNS server issue, I changed my router from the default cable company's setting for the DNS server to 1.1.1.1 and 2.2.2.2.  I cannot believe how much faster my web searches load and now I know why.

Still, as with everything on the internet, I'm sure that some of these DNS resources are also farming our data.  With that said, what's a good one that can be trusted?  I'm pretty sure that 2.2.2.2 is Google's, so I really don't want to keep using it if I can avoid it.
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