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The wireless world is evolving rapidly, with fancy new smartphones and wearable gadgets emerging all the time. The industry is changing at such rapid pace. It can be difficult to predict the next smartphone trend. With 2017 right around the corner, tech enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting what will come next in the world of mobile, gadgets, and smartphones. To gain some insight into possibilities in tech, we asked a panel of mobile enthusiasts to weigh in on smartphone trends for 2017. We asked them:

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After impatiently waiting all year, we’re jazzed that the holidays are finally here. To make sure you don’t get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we’ve compiled a list of handy holiday apps to help you out. Whether it’s keeping your shopping lists organized, saving money on gifts, or a helpful cooking app to help you power through Christmas dinner, we’ve got you covered! We've broken our favorite apps into several groups: deal apps, festive apps, gift apps, organizational apps, and cooking apps - none of which are in any specific order.

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For three weeks now, we‘ve been giving away eye-catching and useful tech gadgets in our Holiday Giftaway sweepstakes. Each week, we feature an awesome bundle of devices and accessories, and a handful of lucky winners can look forward to a brighter holiday. This week, our Giftaway is sponsored by Samsung. And you definitely don’t want to miss out.

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2016 was a pretty big year in tech. We’ve seen a sudden emergence of new competitors and start-ups to the tech market. New and old social media platforms have adapted to new messaging techniques. No one foresaw the popularity of Facebook live-streaming, or virtual reality games like Pokemon Go. Needless to say, we’re sitting on the cusp of even more advanced technologies in the coming months. We at TCC can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2017!

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"The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate."
- Thomas Jefferson

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Updating your Android operating system (OS) is imperative to the safety and natural working order of your smartphone. OS updates are important because you want to ensure that your apps and other functions run smoothly, and to protect your phone from vulnerabilities. This is because updates often contain patches and address specific identified risks. This guide is meant to help you identify available updates for your Android, which will enable maximum performance.

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The first tablet computer was invented in 1888, when the telautograph included a sheet of paper and pen attached to electromechanical actuators. This early tablet sounds complex and not at all portable. Luckily, tablets have come a long way in 138 years. Want to know more about which tablets paved the way for today’s technology? Here’s a chronological list of tablet innovations.

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Want to know how you’ll save your phone from the next water splash or other liquid spill? The machine that dries your phone from certain doom is Redux. Tech news website Mashable got a great interview with Redux co-owner Rubin Zielinski, who described Redux’s drying powers.

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When you save cash on a shopping trip, I'm willing to bet that you feel like you somehow won the lottery. Everyone wants to save a little cash, particularly on items they have to purchase. The very best shopping websites offer a range of cost savings, whether they be weekly circulars, coupons, discounts, special offers, or even price tracking. In this blog, we've identified 50 of the most comprehensive savings apps for your smartphone. Many of these sites offer apps on iOS and Android, however there are a handful Android-specific apps.

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One of the most popular trends of the past ten years is to take a selfie, or a picture of yourself on your phone’s camera. Your Android’s camera offers a great, quality photo-taking application. Whether you use your camera on a daily basis or you’re just learning how to use the Camera app, this is the perfect opportunity to review the Android camera app and all of its capabilities.

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You might be surprised to find Android apps in every category under the sun. Wading through reviews and updates can be overwhelming. Especially if you just want to find an app quickly and easily. But you might not be aware of the variety of apps available until you start browsing through Google Play. Then, it might feel as though it's impossible to choose the right app.

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Definition of mobile payments

Mobile payments, also known as "m-payment", "mobile money", "mobile money transfer", and "mobile wallet", are transactions made or received with mobile devices. Simply put, you might use mobile pay in place of cash, check, or credit cards. You might use mobile payments as an alternative to credit cards because it's more convenient and secure. You see, traditional credit cards store consumers’ information on the merchant’s point-of-sale (POS) terminals, while mobile payments don't. When utilizing a mobile pay, your mobile device serves as a security token and creates a random code for the transaction, which makes the transaction more secure. In fact, mobile payments have become so popular that the total value of mobile payment transactions is expected to triple to $27 billion in 2016.

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Your Android smartphone has oodles of handy features and access to millions of ingenious apps. Tech pros and gadget aficionados analyze the latest Android devices to discover clever hacks and useful tricks that go beyond the norm to increase the potential of your Android phone.

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Technology is more pervasive than ever before. So it’s no surprise that teachers are starting to incorporate apps and other devices into their curriculum. We asked a group of teachers, all located in Indiana, what kinds of apps and devices they like to use in the classroom. Here are their answers:

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A definition of Android OS
Android OS is the Android (operating system) which powers Android devices, such as Android smartphones and tablets. In Amazing Android Apps for Dummies, Daniel A. Begun explains, “Think of it [Android OS] as the underlying software that instructs your device what to do, much like how the Windows operating system powers laptop and desktop computers.”

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If you’re like me, you don’t have the time or patience to consume every new announcement coming out of Silicon Valley. Although, you might have recently heard some news that Google will launch a sweet new smartphone operating system Android Nougat. Google claims the software refresh comes with over 200 updates. Of those updates, I’ve personally identified three that could save you up to 12 minutes a day.

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Podcasts, or digital broadcasts, cover a wide variety of subject matter – ranging from comedy, horror, fantasy, news shows, reviews, and more. Because there are literally millions of narrative and engaging shows, we’ll explore a variety of listener favorite podcasts to make it easier for you to find something you’ll enjoy. Read more about our favorite podcasts here.

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A Definition of Mobile Hotspot

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This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.

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The definition of an Android phone

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This Week in Tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.

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In just a few days, hundreds of thousands of people will flock to Speedway, Indiana to take part in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. And while the event always draws a large crowd, this year’s attendance for the biggest day in racing will be greater than usual.

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Unless you have an Apple iPhone, odds are that you have a smartphone that runs on the Android OS (operating system). If you’re not familiar with Android, this handy tutorial will get you up and running in no time.

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Android, the company that creates the operating system many of our phones rely on, presented one of the more memorable commercials of the evening during the Academy Awards’ television broadcast.

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