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How to Remotely Troubleshoot PC’s

How to Remotely Troubleshoot a Friend’s Windows PC Without Any Extra Software – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com

Windows offers a few built-in tools for performing remote assistance over the Internet. These tools allow you to take remote control of another person’s computer so you can help them troubleshoot it while you’re on the phone with them. They work similarly to Remote Desktop, but are available on all editions of Windows and are easy to set up.

How to Avoid Fingerprint Scams in Apps

How to Avoid Fingerprint Scams in Apps – By David Murphy, lifehacker.com

It’s great when an app allows you to add extra security—a fingerprint scan or a depth map of your face, for example—to access its contents. In case someone ever gets their hands on your unlocked device (or figures out your PIN), it’ll be trickier for them to access critical apps, like your banking apps, if they don’t have your finger or face nearby. 

Project Fi is Now “Google Fi,” Works with Most Phones—Including the iPhone

Project Fi is Now “Google Fi,” Works with Most Phones—Including the iPhone – By Cameron Summerson, www.howtogeek.com

It’s been a long time coming, but Google is upgrading its Project Fi cellular service with a new name, more features, and compatibility with a lot more phones. Even the iPhone is along for the ride now.

The Best Grammar Checkers For Every Type Of Writing

The Best Grammar Checkers For Every Type Of Writing by Jennifer Allen  @jenjeahaly

We all want to write better and more effectively. It’s easy to become both paranoid and complacent over one’s writing style. Fortunately, there are plenty of online services that help by checking your grammar. We’ve looked at some of the best grammar checkers out there.

– Office 365 Home Update

Office 365 Home Update – Now with more users, and sign-ins.

Starting October 2, 2018 subscribers to Microsoft Office 365 Home accounts will allow more users to access the subscription and increase login limits.

Microsoft Office 365 Home at $99/year gives access to Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and 1 TB of OneDrive storage for each user. Office 365 Home was limited to 5 users with 10 device installs total, five of the devices could be PCs, and the rest could be tablets or phones. With the new terms, Office 365 Home is now going to cover six people instead of five, and each allowed 1 TB of OneDrive storage.  Device limit has increased as well, with no limits to the number of devices Office is installed on, and each user can be signed into Office on five devices at a time. 

These new changes come at no additional cost. Office 365 Home still costs $99/year, or $9.99 per month directly from Microsoft. You can save more by buying the Microsoft Office 365 Home 1 year Product Key Card from Amazon or Costco, they both offer it for about $85.

Grandparents this is a great gift for your grandchildren.
You can have a copy of Office 365 and five remaining subscriptions to give to your grandkids or anyone you choose. Microsoft Office is the standard in business, being familiar with these tools is essential for young people entering the workforce.


Why Microsoft’s Office 365 is a Great Deal by howtogeek.com

Microsoft’s Office 365 service has been a great deal for a long time, and it’s getting better. Starting, soon Office 365 Home will let six users install an unlimited number of Office applications.

 

How to Juggle Multiple Google Calendars

How to Juggle Multiple Google Calendars by howtogeek.com

If you only have one Google account, managing your calendar is pretty simple. But once you bring your work account, shared family calendars, and even specialty calendars into the mix, keeping things organized becomes more challenging.


How to Set Up Google Family to Share Your Google Services by howtogeek.com

If you pay for a book on Google Play Books, your significant other should be able to read it, too. The same goes for movies, music, and even apps or games—if you make a purchase, everyone in the family should be able to enjoy it. Thanks to Google Family, they can.

Google’s New Gmail Features

Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live by theverge.com

The world’s most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today. Google is making official the changes we saw leaked earlier this month, with email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode making their debut alongside a substantial visual redesign for Gmail on the web. The new Gmail begins a global phased rollout today, which is to say that it won’t be available to every one of Gmail’s 1.4 billion users right away, and the first to get it will be invited to opt in rather than being able to just turn it on themselves.


Google’s New Gmail Features and How Best to Use Them by tech.co

This year, Gmail’s 1.4 billion users are getting their first major upgrade since 2011. From a game-changing “snooze email” function to the exciting option to make sent messages “self-destruct”, we run through the key features of the new Gmail upgrade.


How to Find Contacts in the New Gmail by howtogeek.com

The new Gmail started rolling out last week, and it’s awesome. But many people are asking the same question: where did Contacts go?

The previous version of Gmail, now called “Classic Gmail,” had a drop-down at the top-left for quick access to Contacts and Tasks.


Google will force you to switch to the new Gmail whether you want it or not — here's when you'll get it by businessinsider.com

Google recently announced a massive update to its popular email platform. So far, it's given personal account holders and company admins (who run company's G Suite accounts) the choice to leave their Gmail inboxes as-is, or to opt into the new Gmail, which comes with a new look and a lot of new features. If they don't enjoy the experience, users and admins are welcome to opt back out.

That's no longer going to be the case in a matter of months, as Google announced


How to undo the Gmail update – and what features you'll miss if you do by independent.co.uk

The new Gmail update features a snooze email function, a fresh design and a 'confidential mode' that protects outgoing emails.

However hundreds of Gmail users took to social media to complain about Google's new design. Fortunately for them, there is a way to switch it back to the old version, but only for a limited time.

 

Apple Pay Now Accepted at Costco Warehouses

Apple Pay Now Accepted at All Costco Warehouses in United States by macrumors.com

Apple Pay is now accepted at all Costco warehouses in the United States, at in-store checkouts, according to the company. Costco has been equipping its warehouses with contactless payment terminals over the past several months, and as of this week, it has activated contactless payments at all of its 750 locations

– Grammarly, an online grammar checking too

Grammarly Review: Is Grammarly Worth All The Hype? by bloggingocean.com

Do you make a lot of grammatical and punctuation errors? Don't worry; you are not the only one to face this problem.

Grammarly, an online grammar checking tool, claims to make writing a lot easier by proofreading your content in real time as you type. Off late, it is gaining a lot of popularity and is being used and recommended by many people.


Grammarly – Advanced grammar and spell checker for iPad and Mac by michaelkummer.com

Grammarly is an advanced grammar and spell checker for iOS and the Mac. It helps me to write better copy at work and in my capacity as a blogger. If you write as much as I do, I would highly recommend to check it out.

LastPass Authenticator

LastPass Authenticator by logmeininc.com

LastPass Authenticator is a multifactor app for Android, iOS, and Windows mobile devices. It supports 3 ways to log in:

  • Time based 6-digit codes
  • One-tap push notifications
  • SMS 6-digit codes

LastPass Authenticator is also TOTP compliant, meaning it’s compatible with all apps and websites that support Google Authenticator. That means you can conveniently manage Multifactor Authentication for multiple services, all from LastPass Authenticator.

Yes, You Should Still Change Your DNS Settings for Better Internet

Yes, You Should Still Change Your DNS Settings for Better Internet by gizmodo.com

The DNS (Domain Name System) server settings on your laptop, phone, or router are your gateway to the web—converting easy-to-remember domain names into actual internet IP addresses, just like your contacts app converts names into actual phone numbers. You can change which DNS server your devices use though, and perhaps get yourself a faster, more secure internet connection along the way.


How to Change the DNS Server on a Chromebook by howtogeek.com

Chromebooks allow you to set a custom DNS server, but Google doesn’t make the option easy to find. There are many reasons to change your DNS server, after all.

* Turn Your Smartphone into an Early Warning System

How to Turn Your Smartphone into an Early Warning System for Almost Anything by gizmodo.com

Our phones affect our lives in all kinds of ways, from socializing to travel, but these ever-present pocket gadgets can also act as early warning devices for a host of important alerts—from life-saving notifications to convenient warnings about your commute. Here we’ll show you what’s possible, and which apps you’ll need. 

NeverSSL

NeverSSL by NeverSSL.com

This website is for when you try to open Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc on a wifi network, and nothing happens. Type "http://neverssl.com" into your browser's url bar, and you'll be able to log on.

How to Make Your Phone’s Fingerprint Reader More Accurate

How to Make Your Phone’s Fingerprint Reader More Accurate by howtogeek.com

 

Fingerprint readers on phones have made devices more secure and faster to unlock, at least when they work on the first try. If you have trouble unlocking your phone quickly, there are things you can do to improve your device’s fingerprint reader.

Biometric identification on phones has come a long way over the last few years, with both Apple and Google building…

Chrome Tech Support Scam

Watch Out for This Chrome Tech Support Scam by pcmag.com

Even seasoned tech professionals can't help but react badly when lots of big, red text appears on a computer screen proclaiming your machine has been compromised. They are almost always a scam, but unless you know what they look like it can be easy to fall for them. Now a Google Chrome bug has presented scammers with a new opportunity to scare users into paying them to fix a non-existent problem.

Factor Authentication (and Sync Your Codes Between Devices)

Factor Authentication (and Sync Your Codes Between Devices) by howtogeek.com

Strong passwords are not enough anymore: we recommend using two-factor authentication whenever possible. Ideally, that means using an app that generates authentication codes on your phone or a physical hardware token. We prefer Authy when it comes to authentication apps—it’s compatible with all sites that use Google Authenticator, but is more powerful and convenient.

MoviePass: Everything you need to know

MoviePass: Everything you need to know by androidcentral.com

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, there's a good chance you've heard a thing or two about MoviePass. Although the company was founded way back in 2011, it's picked up a lot of steam over the past year or so with its too-good-to-be-true offer of allowing you to see one movie per day for just $9.95/month.

10 Phone and Laptop Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

10 Phone and Laptop Problems You Shouldn't Ignore by gizmodo.com

If you own a phone or a computer (and we’re assuming you do) there are bugs and annoyances that you just have to learn to live with. On the flip side, there are also problems that hint at something much more serious going on with your device—issues you shouldn’t learn to live with, but should address at the earliest opportunity. 

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay: Which mobile payment system is best? by cnet.com

Mobile payment systems want you to swap your wallet for a phone or in some cases, a watch.

Rather than carrying around cash and cards, just tap your phone to pay. Currently, the three most established systems are from Apple, Samsungand Google, although some wearables from brands like Garmin and Fitbit also offer their own payment systems.

Resize Photos In Windows, Mac & Chromebook

Image Resizer Online Is a Fast Image Resizer

Image Resizer Online does all image resizing in the browser, so you do not need to upload any photos to the server to resize the pictures. Not uploading also allows you to keep your photographs secure as all the images stay on your computer at all times as well as using no bandwidth for sending copies to a server which also makes Image Resizer Online very fast. Or visit: https://imageresizer.online/

Installing the Chrome Extension lets you use the tool with a Chromebook.

Or visit the Web Site to use the tool online directly: https://imageresizer.online/

About

Image Resizer Online was created for a simple reason, to make resizing images online as simple, secure and fast as possible. Image Resizer Online does all the image resizing in the browser which means that your pictures stay on your computer at all times, they never get sent to a server to be processed like many other services.

Image Resizer Online is actively being worked on to improve functionality and user experience. We want to make image resizing and conversion as fast and as simple as possible.

Why use Image Resizer Online

  • Works with Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks.
  • Pixel or percentage based image resizing
  • Image Resizer Online can convert images to JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and WebP (Chrome only)
  • Image Resizer Online can compress JPG and WebP images.
  • Very fast. Because Image Resizer Online runs in your browser, it's extremely fast.
  • Batch image processing. Image Resizer Online can batch process images which means that you can select multiple photos and process them all together. 

Need more features check out TinyPNG.

Why use TinyPNG?

PNG is useful because it’s the only widely supported format that can store partially transparent images. The format uses compression, but the files can still be large. Use TinyPNG to shrink images for your apps and sites. It will use less bandwidth and load faster.

 

 

Noosfeer – One-click Saving of Any Page

Noosfeer Is a Content Reader and Aggregator.

Using Noosfeer you'll have clean articles and personalized recommendations without annoying ads. They load 10x faster, they use 20x lesst mobile data and you can read them offline on any device.

Each time you stumble upon a page you want to read but don't have the time, add it to your reading list. Stop accumulating 'to-read' tabs and links, have them in one beautiful place.

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When you find something on the web that you want to read later, put it in Noosfeer. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection and without downloading an app.

Phone and Tablet Apps

Web articles are over saturated. Lots of annoying ads, slow connections and heavy websites hold us back from staying informed. – Noosfeer simplifies your reading. Use Noosfeer to have simplified articles loading faster, consuming less memory and accessible offline. – And keeps you informed. Create a reading list with your favorite topics and articles. Noosfeer provides suggestions, so you can stay up-to-date and expand your knowledge.

Information overload is slowly killing our productivity and our capacity to stay informed.

A reading list is the best tool to read more and be productive. It is like a to-do list filled with the articles you want to read when you have the time (whilst commuting, on the toilet, eating breakfast…).

How to Fight Mobile Number Port-out Scams

How to Fight Mobile Number Port-out Scams by krebsonsecurity.com

T-Mobile, AT&T and other mobile carriers are reminding customers to take advantage of free services that can block identity thieves from easily “porting” your mobile number out to another provider, which allows crooks to intercept your calls and messages while your phone goes dark. Tips for minimizing the risk of number porting fraud are available below for customers of all four major mobile providers, including…

Tips – Google Maps and Apple Maps

10 Tips for Making Journeys Faster with Google Maps and Apple Maps by gizmodo.com

It’s no exaggeration to say map apps like Google Maps and Apple Maps have transformed the way we get from A to B, replacing paper maps, guesswork, and friendly strangers with the power of our smartphones. But if you’re using these apps in default mode, you may not be getting to your destination as quickly as possible—here are some tips to change that.

Find and Store Account Recovery Passcodes​

Here’s How to Find and Store Your Account Recovery Passcodes​ by lifehacker.com

Losing (or breaking) your phone is never fun. Yes, there are the complications that come from it being covered in fragile glass, but the issue that’ll ultimately cause your more grief is this: your phone is the key to your online identity. If you’re using two-factor authentication on your devices, you may rely on the authentication app or SMS texts providing randomly generated access codes used to verify your identity when you log into a different device, or make a purchase. For added security, you should keep a physical copy

iTunes Alternatives for Windows

The Best iTunes Alternatives for Windows by How-To Geek

iTunes on Windows is terrible. Launch it, and everything comes to a screeching halt as iTunes consumes … The Best iTunes Alternatives for Windows ….


The best free alternative to iTunes 2017 byTechRadar

MusicBee. A feature-packed music player and manager – the best iTunes alternative. MediaMonkey. Keep even the biggest music libraries in check, and sync with all your devices. PodTrans. A streamlined, minimalist approach to music management for Apple devices. 


Best Free iTunes Alternatives for Syncing Music by Lifewire

If you're looking for a free iTunes alternative to use with your iOS device then take a … Amarok is a multi-platform media player for Windows, Linux, Unix, and …

Fragmentation Isn’t Android’s Fault, It’s the Manufacturers

Fragmentation Isn’t Android’s Fault, It’s the Manufacturers by How-To Geek 

It’s 2017, and I still see people criticizing Android for “fragmentation”. This gives Android in general a bad name, and I want to make the facts clear: this isn’t Google or Android’s fault. It’s the fault of your manufacturer. 

When it comes down to it, Android in its purest form is just like iOS. Much like iPhone users can choose the iPhone or iPhone Plus, Android users only have two real choices to avoid update issues: Pixel or Pixel XL. As much as Android users love choice, I really see this as somewhat of an illusion—the only choice you really have is whether or not to support the manufacturers that don’t support you.

Reduce Your Android or iPhone Data Usage

How to Reduce Your Android or iPhone Data Usage |by Digital Trends

Log in to your carrier's website and review your data usage over the past few months. Select a plan that is higher than the amount of data you used during this …


Six simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data by Ting.com …

Check out Ting's App of the Week review. …. Noosfeer helps me navigate a lote more news and blogs in general while drastically decreasing my data usage.

Minimize Your Cell Data Usage

How to Minimize Your Android Data Usage and Avoid Overage Charges by How-To Geek

Increasingly sophisticated phones and data-hungry applications make it easier than ever to blow through your cellphone plan’s data cap…and incur nasty overage charges. Read on as we show you how to manage your data use.


How to Reduce Your iPhone’s Cellular Data Usage

Not everyone has unlimited cellular data. If you find yourself going over your cellular data allowance and paying overage charges or getting throttled, you can make your iPhone use less data.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to micromanage any of this stuff. But we don’t all live in that world yet, and there are many ways to reduce the data your phone is using.

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