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.
How to Use Google Drive to Maximize Productivity – By Fabio Buckellmaketecheasier.com5 min
Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud-storage services out there. This cloud-storage service gives you 15GB of free storage with the option of buying additional space, as soon as you sign up for a Google account.
A year later, Google WiFi is still the best option for home internet – By Bryan Clarkthenextweb.com4 min
As a tech journalist, I should care more about routers. I know enough not to rely on the hunk of junk offered up by most ISPs, but after buying a good router for a couple hundred bucks years back, I just didn’t see any reason to upgrade.
How to Create, View, and Edit Bookmarks in Google Chrome – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com3 min
Bookmarks in Google Chrome save a link to a website you want to return to later, much like when you put a bookmark in a book. Here are several ways you can create, view, and edit your Bookmarks.
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.
Cord Cutting Pro Tip: Avoid The Temptation to Make Cord Cutting About Replacing Cable TV – By Luke Boumacordcuttersnews.com3 min
I am hearing a lot of talk about how cord cutting can cost more than cable TV. If you have been a long time reader you know how the average cord cutter saves between $87 a month and over $100 a month.
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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 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.
How Do Internet Speed Tests Work? (and How Accurate Are They?) – By Josh Hendricksonhowtogeek.com5 min
Speed tests are a quick way to see just how fast your internet is. ISPs promise “up to” a certain speed in optimal conditions, but a speed test will confirm how fast—or slow—your connection is.
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.
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.
How to Turn on Two-Factor Authentication For Your Amazon Account – By Rob Woodgatehowtogeek.com3 min
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a great security tool, and we always recommend it. Most apps make it pretty easy to turn on 2FA, and Amazon is no exception. Here’s how to enable it and make yourself safer.
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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? – 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.
7 Simple Steps for Cleaning up Your Google Drive – By Jill Duffypcmag.com5 min
Just like any other place where you keep your stuff, Google Drive can get messy. You make a file or two, import a couple of document from Gmail, accept a shared folder, and before you know it, the whole place is a disaster.
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, 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 youtube.com VIDEO
Improve your online security and save time with LastPass, the password manager that remembers all your passwords so you don't have to.
How to Create a Strong Password (and Remember It) – By Chris Hoffmanhowtogeek.com6 min
“Be sure to use a strong password” is advice we all constantly see online. Here’s how to create a strong password—and, more importantly, how to actually remember it.
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.
How to use Gmail Confidential mode – By Marc Lagaceandroidcentral.com2 min
Ever worry about what happens to your emails after they're sent? When your emails contain sensitive or confidential information, it's nice to know that these emails can't be archived, printed, forwarded, or simply left sitting in an inbox waiting to be skimmed by email hackers.
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.
How Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work? – By Andrew Heinzman howtogeek.com
If you haven’t heard of bone conduction headphones, then prepare yourself for something weird. They’re ultraquiet, they don’t sit on (or in) your ears, and they vibrate your skull. But how can you hear sound through your skull?
Chrome Remote Desktop now available on the web, replaces old Chrome app – By Abner Li9to5google.com
As the name suggests, Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to control another computer or have a trusted user access yours to render help. With Chrome 75’s launch yesterday, Google announced that Chrome Remote Desktop is exiting beta and now available on the web.
So Many Photographers Make This Mistake. Are You One of Them? – By Iain Stanleyfstoppers.com
We all make mistakes. They are part of the learning process, and if we want to improve, we have to accept that we'll make plenty of them. Photographers are no different, but there's one big mistake I see so many photographers make time and time again, yet it's so avoidable.
10 Secret Android Features You Didn't Know! – By ThioJoeyoutube.com VIDEO
Google releases Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome – By Martin Brinkmannghacks.net
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.
How to Get the Most Out of the Chrome Bookmarks Bar – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
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.
Pixel 3a XL Review: The best smartphone Clark has ever used – By clark.com
Popular smartphones from Apple and Samsung can cost you an arm and a leg, but Google’s latest Pixel phones have many of the same high-end features for half the price!
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.
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Sheets – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com11 min
If you’re just beginning to use Google Sheets, its extensive features and add-ons can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to get you on the fast track to start using this powerful, free alternative to Microsoft Excel.
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.
How to Right-Click on a Chromebook – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com1 min
While Chromebooks don’t have a separate right-click button on the touchpad, that doesn’t mean the function isn’t available. Should you need to right-click on something, there are a couple of ways to do so without the need to plug in a mouse.
31 Power Tips for Chrome That Will Improve Your Browsing Instantly – By Ben Stegnermakeuseof.com30 min
Google Chrome The Easy Guide to Google Chrome The Easy Guide to Google Chrome This Chrome user guide shows everything you need to know about the Google Chrome browser. It covers the basics of using Google Chrome that is important for any beginner.
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com11 min
If you’re just getting started with Google Docs, its extensive features and add-ons can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get started with this powerful alternative to Microsoft Word.
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 youtube.com VIDEO
Basic explanation of the web browser.
Parts of the Chrome Browser – By youtube.com VIDEO
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— Worth Downloading? – By Gwynn Ballard securitybaron.com
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.
Solve Windows 10 Issues Automatically With the New 'Recommended Troubleshooting' Feature – By Brendan Hesse lifehacker.com
You should install the recent Windows 10 May 2019 update, if you haven’t already. The update has a cool new feature, Recommended Troubleshooting, that makes diagnosing and solving common PC issues much easier.
A Guide to Your Chromebook’s Accessibility Features – By Brady Gavin howtogeek.com
If you have trouble reading text, seeing specific colors, or making out things on the screen, Chrome OS has accessibility features bursting at the seams designed to help you. You can manage them individually from the system menu or the Settings app to use on everyday tasks.
What is a Roku? You Asked, We Answer — By Jess Barnes cordcuttersnews.com
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.
Google Maps will now warn you about disasters and tell you how fast you’re going – By Aaron Mamiit digitaltrends.com
Google has announced a Google Maps update will make the app even more useful when there is a natural disaster, while another helpful feature has been spotted by users.
5 of The Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners – By layeredindulgence.com
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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? – By Max Eddy pcmag.com
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.
How to Disable Images in Chrome’s Address Bar Search Suggestions – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
When you search for something using Google Chrome’s address bar—officially called the “Omnibox”—the search suggestions generate image previews. This can be unnecessary (or even annoying) in many situations. Here’s how to turn off these previews.
How to Use Google Chrome’s Hidden Reader Mode – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com
Chrome 75 has a hidden “Reader” mode that strips web pages down to the bare minimum to make them easier to, well, read. But it’s not enabled by default—here’s how to get it now.
How to Organize Your Password Manager in 7 Steps – By Dave Parrack, www.makeuseof.com
After using LastPass for over six years, I recently decided to move to 1Password. Once I’d moved my information over to the new service, I realized how much junk had built up in my password manager over the years.
How to Back Up Android Photos and Videos to the Cloud – By Adam Doud, www.howtogeek.com
Your photos and videos are precious memories, and you don’t want to lose them. Here are four mostly-free services you can use to automatically backup your photos and videos and access them from anywhere.
Google Maps gets an on-screen speedometer while driving – By Hagop Kavafian, www.androidpolice.com
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: Which One Is Right for You? – By Billa, joyofandroid.com
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, taluspay.com
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.
Android 101: How to download or share a Google Photos album – By Barbara Krasnoff, www.theverge.com
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.