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Google Fi for iOS adds in-app visual voicemail

Google Fi for iOS adds in-app visual voicemail w/ transcripts, playback – By Abner Li9to5google.com2 min
Last November, Google’s MVNO dropped the “Project” status and added support for many more phones. Google Fi is available on iPhones, but with limitations that require you to tweak some settings for MMS and no support for voicemail in the native Phone client. An update to the Google Fi app today adds visual voicemail to iOS.

Password overload making your head explode

Online password overload making your head explode? A cyberfraud expert has the answer – By Rob Carricktheglobeandmail.com3 min
Technology’s most epic fail of the past two decades is arguably that passwords are still being used for internet security.

Passwords were manageable 20 years ago, when we frequented a small number of websites at most and few or none of them involved money. Today, many of us have half our lives online. 

Ting is dropping support for GSM-only phones

Ting is dropping support for GSM-only phones and T-Mobile, switching to Verizon – By Corbin Davenportandroidpolice
Ting Mobile has been a popular MVNO carrier for years. Much like Google Fi, it's oriented towards people who don't use a lot of cellular data, with the option to mix-and-match tiers for minutes, texts, and data usage. A major strength for Ting has been the ability to use either a GSM or CDMA network, but that will soon go away.

Find your way around Google Maps

Find your way around Google Maps with these handy tips and tricks – By Simon Hilldigitaltrends.com19 min
One of the early signs that Google might expand beyond search in all sorts of interesting and unexpected directions was the Google Maps release in 2005. Borne out of a series of acquisitions, the Google Maps project has grown over the years to encompass satellite imagery, millions of points of interest, street views, turn-by-turn navigation, traffic conditions, public transportation, and a good deal more.

Instead of Changing Your Passwords, Upgrade Them

Instead of Changing Your Passwords, Upgrade Them – By David MurphyEmailTwitterPostslifehacker.com4 min
What makes for a great password? Something long, something randomized with all kinds of characters—numbers, symbols, and letters of all cases—and, ideally, something backed up by a secondary authentication method. In other words, the easier it is for you to remember your password, the easier it is for someone else to crack it (generally speaking).

7 Reasons You Should Be Using a Password Manager – By Dave Parrackmakeuseof.com5 min
You’ve heard about password managers like LastPass and Dashlane, but you’re not sure if you need one. Well, here’s the thing: you need one. If you have more than one account and are security-aware enough to maintain different passwords, you need a password manager.

Google Sheets Formula Tips & Techniques

18 Google Sheets Formula Tips & Techniques You Should Know – By Benbenlcollins.com6 min
How many of these Google Sheets Formula Tips & Techniques do you know?

The 7 Most Useful Google Sheets Formulas – By Aja Frostblog.hubspot.com7 min
Lately, the best part of my day has been figuring out the cool new things I can do in Google Sheets — which, yes, definitely means I need to get out more, but also means I can share my favorite formulas with you.

SUMIFS in Google Sheets to sum cells with multiple criteria (AND / OR logic) – By Svetlana Cheushevaablebits.com10 min
The tutorial shows how to use the SUMIFS function in Google Spreadsheets to sum cells with multiple criteria. You will find a handful of real-life SUMIFS formula examples with AND as wells as OR criteria.

HP Chromebook X360 14 price cut $200

If you're thinking of getting a Chromebook don't miss this sale at BestBuy, It's a good value at the regular price. I own this model and recommend it. Glenn

HP Chromebook X360 14 price cut $200, snag this Core i3 2-in-1 for $399 – By Kevin C. Tofelaboutchromebooks.com1 min

Normally priced at $599, Best Buy is selling the HP Chromebook X360 14 for $399 over this holiday weekend in the US. You can also purchase this model directly from HP, but that will set you back a whopping $626.43 as of this morning, and you’ll wait until August for the shipment.

What is Gmail Confidential mode?

What is Gmail Confidential mode? – By Marc Lagaceandroidcentral.com2 min
Best answer: Confidential Mode is a feature built into the Gmail mobile app that gives you better control over emails containing sensitive or personal information. You're able to set emails to expire after a set amount of time, require SMS passcode verification to open the message, or you can go in and revoke someone's access to an email.

10 Can’t-Miss Gmail Tips and Tricks

10 Can't-Miss Gmail Tips and Tricks That Will Change the Way You Email – By Currie Engeltime.com8 min
Summer usually means a vacation from your Gmail inbox. But all your unread emails aren’t going to get answered on their own (well, actually, they might — but I’ll get to that later). Over 281 billion emails were sent last year, according to Radicati, a tech marketing firm. And that number will only grow, hitting 330 billion in the next three years. That’s a lot of emails that will require our attention.

Why You Should Use a Password Manager

Why You Should Use a Password Manager, and How to Get Started – By Chris Hoffmanhowtogeek.com6 min
The majority of people use very weak passwords and reuse them on different websites. How are you supposed to use strong, unique passwords on all the websites you use? The solution is a password manager.

LastPass: Password security for your family in 2018  – By  dottotech VIDEO

Improve your online security and save time with LastPass, the password manager that remembers all your passwords so you don't have to.

– Create a Google Home routine

Create a Google Home routine for every part of your day  – By Shelby Browncnet.com4 min
When you open the Google Home app, tap Routines to get started with setting them up. If you tap any of the individual routines (Bedtime, Good Morning, I'm home or Leaving home) Google Assistant will open on your phone and tell you a few things you can set up on each routine. For example, the Assistant can set your alarm, tell you what's on your calendar tomorrow and play some relaxing nature sounds for your bedtime routine.

Google Pixel 3a XL Review

The Google Pixel 3a XL Review: Does Mid-Range Make Sense? – By Andrei Frumusanuanandtech.com32 min
It’s nearing 8 months since Google released the Pixel 3 and we extensively reviewed the phone. It also has been several years now since Google abandoned the Nexus line of devices; one of the most attractive aspects during the early days of Google’s own phones was their incredible value proposition and very competitive pricing. 

Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome

Google releases Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome – By Martin
Suspicious Site Reporter is a new browser extension by Google for the company's Chrome web browser that provides users with options to report sites to the company.

The extension has two main functions: to report sites to Google and to highlight if Google found anything suspicious about the site.

Get the Most Out of the Chrome Bookmarks Bar

How to Get the Most Out of the Chrome Bookmarks Bar – By Brady

The Bookmarks Bar in Google Chrome is more than just a place to store random pages for you to read later; it’s a highly functional and versatile feature that doesn’t get enough credit. Here’s how you can organize, beautify, and create bookmarklets to use it to its full potential.

Got a Chromebook? Here’s how and why you need to protect your Google account

Got a Chromebook? Here’s how and why you need to protect your Google account   – By Kevin C. Tofelaboutchromebooks.com4 min
With a simple Google account sign on, a Chromebook is quick to get you working, playing or whatever you want to do. But that Google account is the key to your Chromebook castle, and probably many other services as well, so you want to make sure it’s protected at all costs.

Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work together

Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work together – By blog.google2 min
Many of you store your photos and videos on both Google Drive and Google Photos, which keeps them safe and easy to access. We’ve heard feedback that the connection between these services is confusing, so next month, we’re making some changes to simplify the experience across Drive and Photos.

Autosync for Google Drive can replace the outgoing Photos sync functionality – By Manuel Vonauandroidpolice.com3 min
Google recently announced that the link between Drive and Photos is going away in July, saying that many users find it confusing. Thus, the company leaves us without a simple solution to see our backed up images right in Drive. Thankfully, as is so often the case, there's a third-party app that can do a similar job for us. Autosync for Google Drive could fill in the gap for some users going forward, although it comes with its own limitations.

How to back up your Google Photos – By Barbara Krasnofftheverge.com3 min

So now that automatic synchronization between Google Photos and Google Drive is going away, how can you be sure that your photos and videos are being backed up safely?

Google to disconnect Drive from Photos: How to keep your photos in sync – By Clifford Colbycnet.com2 min

If you store all your Google-related document and files — including photos — automatically in Google Drive, take note: Starting July 10, Google will uncouple Google Photos from Google Drive, and the two storage services will not automatically keep each other's photos in sync. With the change, you will be able to choose where and how you store your photos and videos, but if you're used to finding all your photos in Google Photos and in Google Drive — automatically synced in both places — you'll need to decide how to manage your photos before Google turns off syncing next month.

What is a browser?

The Easy Guide To Google Chrome – By Megan Ellismakeuseof.com36 min
This Chrome user guide shows everything you need to know about the Google Chrome browser. It covers the basics of using Google Chrome and also outlines more than a few advanced tricks. Enjoy!

What is a browser? – By   VIDEO

Basic explanation of the web browser.

Parts of the Chrome Browser  – By  VIDEO

Use Token to protect yourself against credit card fraud

Use Token to protect yourself against credit card fraud – By Rick Broidacnet.com4 min
My son had his first debit card for all of three months before the number got stolen and used for unauthorized purchases — to the tune of about $1,600. It's happened to me at least three or four times. And based on a couple informal polls I ran, at least 75 percent of Cheapskate readers have experienced it at least once.

LastPass Password Manager Review

LastPass Password Manager Review— Worth Downloading? – By Gwynn Ballard

We all heavily depend on password-protected sites and apps. Between social networking, work emails, personal emails, and online banking, using the same password for everything may seem convenient. But using one password across multiple accounts makes you much more vulnerable to hackers and security breaches. Luckily, there are password managers that allow you to store all of your unique passwords in one place.

The Five Best Password Managers – By Alan Henrylifehacker.com12 min

A while ago, all it took to be a great password manager was to keep your passwords in an encrypted vault. Now the best password managers give you the option to sync or keep them local only, change web passwords with a click, log in to sites for you, and more.

What is a Roku?

What is a Roku? You Asked, We Answer  — By Jess Barnes

We’ve seen a lot of questions lately from those who are brand new to the cord cutting family, and those who are looking for more information before making the leap. In these posts, we’re answering some of those common questions about streaming devices and services, to help you decide which options are right for you.

Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners

5 of The Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners – By

Thanks to BeFunky for sponsoring this post. All comments are opinions are my own!

So, you’ve finally got your photography skills down. But that’s only half the battle! Photo editing can take your images from beautiful to breathtaking, enhancing their already stunning features. Editing photos used to be left to professional photographers, but now that so much of our lives is documented, photography and photo editing has become part of the everyday girl’s life. Whether you have a website or blog, are growing your Instagram account, or simply love posting photos to your social media feeds, photo editing is a great skill to master. If you’re new to photo editing, today I’m sharing 5 of the best photo editing tips for beginners!

– Does Two-Factor Authentication Really Make You Safer?

Does Two-Factor Authentication Really Make You Safer? – By Max Eddy

This week, I'm digging back into my bottomless mailbag to tackle another question about two-factor authentication (2FA). It's a subject I've touched on before, but judging from the volume and specificity of the questions I've received about it, it's clearly an issue a lot of people are thinking about. Since I view 2FA as, perhaps, the single best thing regular people can do to stay safe online, I'm more than happy to talk endlessly about it.

Google Maps gets an on-screen speedometer

Google Maps gets an on-screen speedometer while driving – By Hagop Kavafian,

Just last week, we reported Google was finally rolling out essential Waze features to Maps, including speed limit indication and speed camera alerts. The company appears to be on an improvement spree, as some users are starting to see an option offering to display a speedometer while they drive.

Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay

Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which One Is Right for You? – By Billa,

Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which One Is Right for You?

The age of smart payments systems is here and it’s inevitable that we would do a Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay comparison. After all, both of them are available for Android and both offer essentially the same services.

Mobile Pay Apps: Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay vs Google Pay – By Daniel Carleton,

The physical wallet is quickly becoming a relic. It’s not always necessary now to carry around cash or a credit card to make a purchase. With mobile payment apps, your smartphone or smartwatch is all you need.

How to download or share a Google Photos album

Android 101: How to download or share a Google Photos album – By Barbara Krasnoff,

One thing Google really wants you to do is, well, stay in Google — because the more you do things the Google way, the more data the company can monetize. The result is that while it is possible to pull your emails, photos, and other material outside of the Googleverse, it’s just a little bit more difficult.

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