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How to use Google Chrome’s password manager

How to use Google Chrome’s password manager  – By Michael Allison mspoweruser.com

Saving your passwords in your head may be an old fashioned way of doing things, but it is quite impractical. You may forget, misremember, or even end up duplicating passwords (inadvisable). Saving it in a notebook, either physical or digital is just asking to be hacked. Common wisdom suggests users make use of a password manager, and Google’s Chrome has that built-in.

2 Ways Your SIM Card Can Be Hacked

2 Ways Your SIM Card Can Be Hacked (And How to Protect It) – By Mihir Patkar makeuseof.com

You probably know that your smartphone’s operating system needs to be regularly updated to protect against security vulnerabilities. But your SIM card can be a source of security vulnerabilities too. Here we’ll show you some ways hackers can use SIM cards to gain access to devices, and advice on how you can keep your SIM card safe.

Android 10 Tips & Tricks

Android 10 Tips & Tricks: the 7 best new features you didn't know about – By androidpit.com

Android 10 has landed on Pixel smartphones and is starting to trickle down to devices not made by Google too. If you've just downloaded the update, these are the new features you should be checking out first.


Here's every new Android 10 gesture explained – By androidpit.com

Android 10 has started rolling out and one of the software update's key changes is improved gesture controls. They take a little getting used to if you have been on the old two or three-button navigation for a long time, but once adjust you'll never look back. Here's every new gesture for Android 10, explained.

How to clear Cache in Google Drive and Google Docs

How to clear Cache in Google Drive and Google Docs – By HemantS thewindowsclub.com

Clearing the cache in Google Drive and Google Docs does not harm your data. So, it is 100% safe to remove it if you experience trouble in accessing your files. However, before proceeding it is essential that you sync any offline file, you’re currently working on or the one that is to be uploaded, soon. Here’s a brief look-up of the process to delete the cache in Google Drive and Google Docs.

Beginners Guide to Google Photos

Beginners Guide to Google Photos – By David Beren maketecheasier.com

If you’re taking more photos than ever, there’s no question the gallery on your smartphone, camera or tablet is getting larger and larger. There’s no better place to organize your photos online than Google Photos. Easy to use, free and supported by Google, this AI-centric platform is a must use for mobile photographers. Within two years the platform had already achieved more than 500 million users uploading a whopping 1.2 billion photos every day. Available on iOS, Android and the Web, Google Photos is a fantastic choice. That it offers unlimited storage for free makes it a no-brainer. Here’s how you can get up and running in just a few steps.

Here’s a new way Google Photos can search for your pictures

Here's a new way Google Photos can search for your pictures – By Katie Conner cnet.com

When you take screenshots on the daily, it's easy for them to become buried under the other pictures you've taken and harder for you to find the image you're looking for. Now, a new feature in Google Photos will let you search for pictures with text in them so you can quickly find what you're looking for. You can even copy and paste the text when you find it.

Best Chromebooks for 2019

Best Chromebooks for 2019 – By Justin Jaffecnet.com

Google's Chrome operating system excels at the basics. As a browser-based OS, it's naturally suited for the cloud-based services prevalent in modern work life. But it's also great for watching movies, listening to music and, of course, browsing the internet. All of this is doubly true if you're already immersed in Google's ecosystem, which extends from apps such as Gmail and Google Docs to the Pixel phone or one of the company's smart home devices.

 

Google Photos vs. OneDrive

Google Photos vs. OneDrive: What’s the Best Backup Tool? – By Dave Parrackmakeuseof.com

Think back to the pre-smartphone era. How many photos did you lose? Thankfully, the growth of online photo backup tools means this is no longer a concern.


A Quick Guide to OneDrive in Windows 10 – By Ben Stegnermakeuseof.com

Choosing a cloud storage service can be difficult. You’ve got the Big Three — Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive — along with a handful of other lesser-known alternatives. Maybe you’ve used Dropbox or Google Drive for some time, but you’re fed up and wondering if OneDrive is better for your needs.

Chrome 77 Debuts with New Features

Google Chrome 77 Debuts with a Really Useful New Feature – By Joey-Elijah Sneddonomgchrome.com

The Chrome 77 update packs the usual changes, brings a batch of bug fixes, and provides a pertinent pinch of security patches — but there’s a killer new feature too.


How to Enable a Play/Pause Button on Chrome’s Toolbar – By Chris Hoffmanhowtogeek.com

Which tab is playing sound? With Chrome’s new Play/Pause button, you don’t have to hunt it down. You can control playback from any browser tab using a convenient button on Chrome’s toolbar.

Forced Perspective Photos

10 Forced Perspective Photos You Have to Try For Yourself – By posterjack.ca

Here is a look at 10 photos that use the forced perspective technique. This type of trick photography doesn’t use photo editing software but rather, with some creative positioning of subjects and the camera, it creates an optical illusion that makes objects appear to be more distant, closer, smaller, or larger than they really are.

Smartphone astrophotography:

Smartphone astrophotography: use your phone to capture the night sky by skyatnightmagazine.com

Not all astrophotography requires an expensive camera. As Pete Lawrence explains, the smartphone you carry every day can be used to capture a range of night-sky objects
Astrophotography with just a phone camera may sound a bit far-fetched, but there are certain subjects that can be captured in this manner. We’ve got suggestions for some brighter subjects to start you off, with a gentle push towards more challenging targets.

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly?

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly? – By Cameron Summersonhowtogeek.com

Google does this thing where it uses bad names for products. Then it re-uses those names for other products, confusing everyone. Such is the case for Smart Lock, which is technically three different things, depending on whether you’re talking about Android, Chromebooks, or passwords.


Use Smart Lock to Automatically Unlock Your Chromebook With Your Android Phone – By Emailhowtogeek.com

The “Smart Lock” feature on Chrome OS allows you to pair your Chromebook with your Android phone, automatically unlocking it when the phone is nearby and unlocked.

Spam In your Calendar? Here’s What to Do

Spam In your Calendar? Here’s What to Do. – By krebsonsecurity.com

Many spam trends are cyclical: Spammers tend to switch tactics when one method of hijacking your time and attention stops working. But periodically they circle back to old tricks, and few spam trends are as perennial as calendar spam, in which invitations to click on dodgy links show up unbidden in your digital calendar application from Apple, Google and Microsoft. Here’s a brief primer on what you can do about it.


Google Has a Fix to Stop Google Calendar Spam – By Kris Woukmakeuseof.com

Google is working on a fix to stop Google Calendar spam. Which is hitting more and more people every week. And while Google’s permanent fix isn’t ready yet, there is a way to stop Google Calendar spam right now by tweaking a few settings.


Google says it’s working to remove annoying spam from Calendar – By Manuel Vonauandroidpolice.com

In June, we discovered that spammers and scammers found a new way to distribute their unwarranted information via Google Calendar by exploiting a default setting in Gmail which automatically invites email recipients to events. Now, Google is finally ready to step in. The company today announced that it's working on resolving the issue, but isn't ready to share any details just yet.

Google Photos can now search for text in your pictures

Google Photos can now search for text in your pictures — here's how -By Katie Connercnet.com

Scrolling through 2,567 photos to find the precise picture you want can be a nightmare. Now, a new feature in Google Photos will let you search for pictures that have text in them so you can quickly find what you're looking for. You can even copy and paste the text when you find it.


Google Photos Can Now OCR the Visible Words in Your Shots – By Michael B. Stuartfstoppers.com

In a recent update, Google Photos added the ability to recognize the words in your photos by harnessing the power of Google Lens.

– What are Cell Phone Plans?

What are Cell Phone Plans? by lifewire.com/
Understand how cell phone plans work to choose the best plan for you
A cell phone plan is a paid agreement with a mobile carrier allowing your cell phone to use their network for phone calls, text messages, and mobile data (internet access).


The 9 Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans of 2019 by lifewire.com/

Don't pay more than you need to for your wireless phone bill

Easy Way to Capitalize Words After You Type Them

Quick Tip: There's an Easy Way to Capitalize Words After You Type Them – By android.gadgethacks.com

So you're typing a fairly long sentence to a friend in WhatsApp and you realize five words down you forgot to capitalize their name, what do you do? The lazy way is to delete your way back to the last word. The slightly better approach is to delete the one letter and retype it. But neither of these is the best way.

Decrease the data usage on your phone

How to decrease the data usage on your phone? – By View Postpandasecurity.com

If you are one of the lucky ones who recently switched to a new smartphone, you might have noticed that your cell data usage has increased without any significant changes in your habits. The truth is that the more advanced cellphones get, the more data they require to operate. Newer devices come with improved cameras that capture fantastic quality content that not only take more space on your device but also drains your data when you upload it to social media. The bigger screens and higher resolutions often used in new smartphone models also negatively impact the data usage.

Google Drive Tips

5 Google Drive Tips You Might Have Overlooked or Forgotten – By freetech4teachers.com

Google Drive is the core of many aspects of G Suite for Education. There are lots of little features of Google Drive that are often overlooked or simply forgotten about. Many of those little features can improve your Google Drive experience. So as we head into the new school year, take a look at these five Google Drive settings that you might have overlooked or just forgotten about.

Why You Need the ‘Google Go’ App on Your Older Android Device

Why You Need the 'Google Go' App on Your Older Android Device – By Brendan Hesselifehacker.com

Despite being associated with some of the biggest technologies and most popular devices currently available, Google also develops products and services for places with limited infrastructure and resources. One of these products, the streamlined search app “Google Go,” is now available worldwide for all Android users to try. 

14 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Drive could do

14 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Drive could do – By JR Raphaelfastcompany.com

If you’re thinking of Google Drive as a mere place to plop your files, you’re missing out on some pretty powerful possibilities.

Beneath its fluffy cloud exterior, Drive holds all sorts of useful tools for collecting information, working with data, organizing your virtual goods, and sharing stuff externally. In some cases, the options are built directly into Drive; in others, they require a little help from a connecting app or service.

Google Maps tricks to travels efficient & fast

5 Google Maps tricks to make your travels more efficient, fast, and fun – By Doug Aamothfastcompany.com

For many of us, Google Maps is an indispensable tool—but not one whose advanced features we spend that much time exploring. While it’s a solid choice for simply getting from point A to point B without much fuss, here are some helpful features and functionality that let you do a lot more than simply arrive safely.

Bill Nye Pimps Chromebooks in Brand New Video Ad

Bill Nye Pimps Chromebooks in Brand New Video Ad – By Joey-Elijah Sneddonomgchrome.com

Bill Nye, aka the science guy, is back educating the masses in his own imitable style, but this time the topic he’s tackling is Chromebooks!

A three-minute ad added to the Chromebook YouTube channel this week sees Nye dish out some salient computing tips, with the chief takeaway being: buy a Chromebook.

How to Organize Your Google Drive

How to Organize Your Google Drive – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com

Over time, with some neglect and potential laziness, your Google Drive can accrue tons of files and become a mess to find anything. Here’s how to organize your Drive to find everything fast and make sure it stays in order.


How to Use the Equation Editor in Google Docs – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com

The equation editor in Google Docs is the perfect feature for people who use mathematical equations inside their documents. Here’s how you can quickly add math equations with ease in any of your Google documents online.

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