Kevin Purdy


Kevin Purdy is a freelance writer and former Lifehacker editor. He is the author of The Complete Android Guide and Google+: The Missing Manual.

Here's why DuckDuckGo works great in iPhone's Safari

Don't lose sight of another reason to try out DuckDuckGo on your iPhone or iPad: it is a really smart search engine that wants to save you time.

My most effective battery solution for Android: "Hey, this bright enough?"

Lux is an app that remembers just how bright you actually need your phone to be to see the screen. It saves you serious battery life in the long haul.

Hardness is not toughness: Why your phone's screen may not scratch, but will shatter

Phones are getting harder, but not necessarily tougher. What that means, exactly, explained here.

Make almost any semi-modern printer work with Google Cloud Print

The Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Edition can turn many, many wireless and USB printers into Cloud-Print-ready printers.

The best IFTTT recipes for Android (so far)

I have dug deep through IFTTT's shared recipes and other nerdy parts of the web to return with the most useful Android-ready setups.

Android and the Share function: a modest proposal

"Share" is Android's greatest strength, and the hardest thing for newcomers to grasp. It has to get better for Android to step ahead.

Goodbye, Google Voice: I'm breaking up with you

Goodbye, Google Voice: I'm breaking up with you

Let me just lay it all out here on the table, so there is no misunderstanding. The way we use phones has changed.

The hardest part of switching from iPhone: 'Not Delivered' (and how to fix it)

It's much harder than it looks to leave the wonderfully free world of Messages and get back to standard text messages with friends. So much so, you might wonder why it is so hard.

Save areas of Google Maps for offline use on Android or iOS

The "Make Available Offline" option in Maps seemed to go away with the big redesign, but it was actually just tucked into a strange, Google-like phrase.

The best keyboards and keyboard cases for tablets

If you want to use a tablet as a less stressful work device at home, or take it on a trip or vacation as a fail-safe, you had better have a decent keyboard.

Mobile printing apps: getting better

There are many more printers and printing companies making better apps for printing from your phone or tablet across your Wi-Fi network. Check their progress with this guide.

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