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How to Check for Speed Traps, Speed Limits, and Traffic Accidents in Google Maps

How to Check for Speed Traps, Speed Limits, and Traffic Accidents in Google Maps – By Brendan Hesse, lifehacker.com

Starting today, Google Maps is expanding its traffic features to more regions. The app will now display the speed limit for roads you’re currently on, as well as the location of various key pieces of traffic information—such as accidents, mobile speed trackers, and traffic cameras—in over 40 countries. 

Smart Lock is Android’s best-kept secret

Smart Lock is Android's best-kept secret – By Ara Wagoner, www.androidcentral.com

The original Moto X was a glorious phone for a lot of reasons, and I loved mine to (literal) death for its clean software, Moto Voice, and also for this awesome little feature called Trusted Bluetooth. Trusted Bluetooth kept your phone unlocked so long as it stayed in connected to a trusted device, and since my headphones lived around my neck, I hardly ever unlocked my phone.

What Is Gmail Confidential Mode?

What Is Gmail Confidential Mode? (And How to Use It) by Richard Priday  tomsguide.com

Since 2018, the time of Gmail’s last redesign, personal account users have been able to activate ‘Confidential Mode’, a series of options intended to make your emails more secure.

Credit: ShutterstockAmong these options are making the email delete itself after a set period of time, limiting the recipient’s ability to copy, forward, print or download the contents, instantly revoking access or setting up an SMS verification lock, which sends the recipient a code they have to enter before reading what you’ve sent to them.

Best Account Security Methods

Here Are the Best Account Security Methods, According to Google – By David Murphy, Email, Twitter, Posts, lifehacker.com

Everywhere you turn, someone is handing out advice about account security and privacy. And while it never hurts to be reminded about all the ways you can protect your critical data, have you topped to wonder whether any of the various security measures you’re taking are actually effective?


WebAuthn Web Authentication with YubiKey 5  – By Todd A. Jacobs, www.linuxjournal.com

A look at the recently released YubiKey 5 hardware authenticator series and how web authentication with the new WebAuthn API leverages devices like the YubiKey for painless website registration and strong user authentication.


Google data shows 2-factor authentication blocks 100% of automated bot hacks – By Napier Lopez, thenextweb.com

Two-factor authentication is annoying. Getting flustered because you have to find your phone and tap on a prompt every time you log into your accounts from a new device is peak first-world problems. But if you ever had any doubt whether it really made you that much safer, Google has the data to dispel that uncertainty.

 

Google Photos Fixed Photo Organization

Google Photos Fixed the Bad Photo Organization That I Spent Years Creating – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

If you’ve lived long enough to remember the early days of digital photography, you may well have hundreds of thousands of pictures squirreled away on your computer, from various cameras and phones and the web, all terribly organized and almost beyond hope as far as sorting and cataloging goes. That was my situation—until Google Photos came along.

How to use Windows 10’s Your Phone experience

How to use Windows 10's Your Phone experience – By Mark Hachman, www.pcworld.com

Microsoft’s Your Phone app bridges the gap between your Windows 10 PC and a smartphone, allowing quick interactions with images shot with your phone’s camera and the ability to send and receive texts right from your PC. Having tried, and abandoned, using the phone as your PC with Continuum, Microsoft apparently settled upon an assistant role via the Your Phone app. Eventually, Microsoft hopes that Your Phone will evolve into something even bigger, so it’s worth checking out.

Make Your Own Free Multipurpose Web Page With Google Sites

Make Your Own Free Multipurpose Web Page With Google Sites – By Visiting These, www.makeuseof.com

Google Sites is one of the best online tools available to create your own free web page. Many people use it as a quick way to publish a personal portfolio page The Best Website Builders to Create a Clean Online Portfolio The Best Website Builders to Create a Clean Online PortfolioHaving an online portfolio is critical for today's digital worker. Which free website builder is best for your portfolio? We help you pick out the suitable one from the ten contenders. Read More or a simple business website. None need any special web design skills or coding knowledge.


Set Up Your Blog With WordPress: The Ultimate Guide  – By Dan Price, www.makeuseof.com

Want to start your own blog, but don’t know where to start? You should really look into WordPress, the simplest and most powerful blogging platform available today. Powering over 50% of all blogs, and more than a few other websites, WordPress makes the task of content-management easy for anyone.


How to Create a Custom Gutenberg Block in WordPress (Easy Way) – By Editorial Staff, www.wpbeginner.com

Do you want to create a custom Gutenberg block for your WordPress site? After the WordPress 5.0 update, you need to use blocks to create content in the new WordPress block editor.

Android Messages for Web

If you're not using Android Messages for Web to text by now, you're doing it wrong – By Shelby Brown, www.cnet.com

Nothing is more irritating than swapping back and forth between your computer and phone while trying to work and text someone. It's hard to stay in a good workflow and, depending on what else you need your phone for, your battery suffers. For years, Android phone users had no choice but to use other messaging apps if they wanted to chat with friends from their desktops. But if you didn't know, you can use Android Messages on your desktop browser to type. Google calls this Messages for Web.

– Guide to Google Sheets a reliable data source

The ultimate guide to Google Sheets as a reliable data source – Keep calm and use lots of data validation

I occasionally need to grant a non-technical colleague the ability to input information into our data warehouse on an ad-hoc basis. For example, our customer service team at Milk Bar maintains a list of special wedding cakeorders in Google Sheets that we need to collect data from for downstream calculations.

6 Pixel 3a Features That May Sway You From Buying a Thousand-dollar Flagship

6 Pixel 3a features that may sway you from buying a thousand-dollar flagship – By Michael Simon, www.pcworld.com

At long leak, the Pixel 3a has arrived. At Tuesday’s Google I/O Developer’s Conference, Google took the wraps off its newest handsets, and lo and behold they look at whole lot like the Pixels that came before. Except they’re very different.  A mid-cycle release with a far lower price tag than the Pixel 3 or any of its flagship peers, the $399 Pixel 3a and $479 3a XL don’t have frosted glass or wireless charging, or even a dual selfie cam. Sure, they have a new color and a headphone jack, but they’re very much in the vein of a mid-tier Android phone, with specs and features to match:

Things Google Sheets Can Do Tips & Tricks

21 Awesome Things Google Sheets Can Do Tips & Tricks by Benjamin Mangold

I love Google Sheets. It has a clean interface, it’s easy to collaborate with people and it integrates with other Google products that I use every day (like Google Analytics and Google Data Studio). It’s really easy to start using Google Sheets, but did you know it offers some great ways to get even more our of your data?

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