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Google Chrome its 7 best tools

Google Chrome is the world's top browser. Stop missing out on its 7 best tools – By Dale Smith cnet.com

Google Chrome is the world's most popular browser, and for good reason. It's packed with useful tools that connect you to the internet every day, like dark mode, toolbar playback controls and a "privacy sandbox" coming later this year. But it's also hard to keep up with all the browser changes. After all, you can't very well store your login credentials in Chrome's password manager if you don't know it exists.

Google Duo can now support twelve-person group video calls

Google Duo can now support twelve-person group video calls – By Kyle Bradshaw 9to5google.com

As we all work together to practice safe social distancing, we’re finding and adapting ways to replace that personal connection between friends, family, and co-workers, especially through video calling. To help more of us stay connected, Google Duo is expanding its group calling capabilities to allow up to twelve people into a single group call.

Google Photos adds text selection

Google Photos adds text selection prompt on mobile and upload origin information on the web – By Manuel Vonau androidpolice.com

Google Photos is already a solid product and has only recently received a massive facelift that's still not rolling out widely. But there are always little things that can be improved upon, and recently, two have surfaced: The Photos app now shows you toasts that let you quickly copy texts from images while the web interface allows you to see where you've uploaded a given photo from.

Set Up Contactless Payment Now

Set Up Contactless Payment Now to Avoid Coronavirus Exposure at Checkouts – By Jason Fitzpatrick lifesavvy.com

If you have a smartphone or smartwatch that supports contactless payments, there has never been a better time to turn that feature on. Everyone touches the payment terminal at the store, which means it’s the last thing you want your hands near.


How to Set Up and Use Apple Pay on an iPhone – by How-To Geek
There are many reasons to live within Apple’s walled garden, and Apple Pay is one of them. Here we’re going to run through the steps that must be taken to set up, and then use, Apple Pay on an iPhone.


Everything You Can Do With Google Pay – by How-To Geek

Google Pay has really grown over the last several months. It stepped away from the Android-specific branding and has added supported for loyalty cards and boarding passes. So what all can you do with Google Pay?

Google Advanced Protection Program

Google Advanced Protection Program – By landing.google.com

Phishing is a common technique that can be used to trick you into giving away your username, password, 2-Step Verification code, or other personal information. Phishing attacks can happen through a variety of channels, including email, telephone, text message, or in apps.


Use Google Advanced Protection to Protect Your Family Members From Android Malware – By lifehacker.com

The Google Play Store unwittingly hosts malicious apps, and it seems like a new batch is discovered every other week. You should be OK as long as you follow basic data security protocols, use a reliable anti-malware service, and are vigilant about removing dangerous apps whenever they’re spotted. But here’s the thing: These shady app developers and hackers aren’t targeting users who keep their devices safe; they’re after your friends and family members who don’t know the risks (or stubbornly ignore them).

Unleash the Full Potential of Google Maps Saved Places

How to Unleash the Full Potential of Google Maps Saved Places – By Chris theunconventionalroute.com

If You Use Google Maps, You Should Be Using Saved Places
Even if you’ve never heard of Google Maps Saved Places before, you can probably guess what it is.

It’s a way to save and manage lists of locations on Google Maps, view them right on the app, and share those places with others.


20 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Maps could do – By JR Raphael fastcompany.com

Google Maps is great for just getting around. But don’t be fooled: the app is much more than a glorified Garmin. Maps has all sorts of powerful features and timesaving shortcuts that aren’t obvious, but are just waiting to be discovered. So grab your compass and get ready: It’s time to explore some of its most useful off-the-beaten-path options.

Avoid Missed Calls With Google’s New ‘Ring Gradually’ Feature For Pixel

Avoid Missed Calls With Google's New 'Ring Gradually' Feature For Pixel – By David Murphy lifehacker.com.au

In a perfect world, I’d leave my phone on vibrate all the time. Nothing against my fun ringtone; I just find it more pleasant to feel a buzz when someone is calling than get blasted with some song. Thanks to a new update from Google, however, I can have both—on my Pixel, at least.

We asked an expert if you’re better off with a Chromebook or a tablet with a keyboard

We asked an expert if you’re better off with a Chromebook or a tablet with a keyboard – By Jaime Vazquez chicagotribune.com

Tablets and Chromebooks can be smaller than the typical laptop, so if you're worried about having enough keyboard space, you might opt for a larger Chromebook.
It's no secret that tablets are getting to be just as fast as laptops, but the question is, is it possible to transition from a traditional laptop to a tablet without skipping a beat?

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