I’m switching back to Android. I used I message with my kids since they don’t need a phone # for it. But now I will not have one. Can someone recommend a chat app I can use with my kids that is secure and doesn’t require them to have a phone #?

    11/12/23 UPDATE

    Well, that didn’t last long. Back on an iPhone, so I can chat easily with my children and still not give them a phone number.

    I’ve been using my Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro together this week, carrying both around. I’ve realized two things that stand out in Android. Both the typing and navigating with gestures are way better than on iOS. I can actually tolerate writing on Android.

    Finding the perfect music streaming service.

    I’m always on the hunt for the ideal Music streaming service. Currently, I use Apple Music since my whole family is pretty much in the Apple ecosystem. I myself actually use Windows, Linux, and Android most of the time, and it is possible to use Apple Music on all of them; either with a native app or third party.

    Sometimes though, I wonder if Apple Music is the best choice. I rule Spotify out because there app is pretty awful IMHO. Which then leaves Amazon Music, which actually has an excellent selection and price point, but there app is not the best either.

    I wonder what else is out there. Mind you, my music interest is pretty eclectic, but I do listen to a lot of Indie and Americana music, some real oddball hard to find stuff.

    And of course, there is the build your own collection idea, but without becoming a pirate I don’t see gathering enough music to not bore myself or sell my children to pay for it all.

    So please share what you’re doing, especially if you are a cross-platform user.

    Is there anything similar to Little Snitch or Portmaster for #Android?

    #privacy #security