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The best Android power user features you may have forgotten about By Corbin Davenport, www.androidpolice.com
Android has now been around for over a decade, and every single update has brought new features. Some functionality is unknown to the vast majority of smartphone owners, either because the options aren't well-advertised, or because their uses are limited.
In this post, we've compiled some of the best power user features that Android has to offer.
In our era of advanced technology and high-speed Internet connections, you can find information on virtually anything. In the space of just a few minutes, we can find recipes for the tastiest pie or learn all about the theory of wave-particle duality.
The Secret Powers of Chrome's Address Bar By Thorin Klosowski, lifehacker.com
Chrome's address bar doesn't do much at a glance. Type in a URL and you're taken to a web site. But it can do a lot more if you know how to use it.
We've covered plenty of great Chrome tricks over the years, but the address bar has always been a bit neglected. You can actually do a ton with it though, so let's dig into some of the better tricks.
Here’s every Google app with a dark mode, and how to enable it By Ben Schoon, 9to5google.com
For years now, the Android community has cried out for dark themes in applications and the system throughout, all while Google continued to slap more and more white themes basically everywhere. Slowly but surely, though, we’ve been seeing more Google dark mode apps on various platforms. Here’s every Google dark mode app available today.
Ultimate Guide to Google Calendar Settings By Simpletivity, www.youtube.com VIDEO
Major SMS security lapse is a reminder to use authenticator apps instead By Jon Porter, www.theverge.com
A recent data breach has exposed a database of around 26 million text messages containing private customer information, reports TechCrunch. In addition to the privacy concerns, the breach also highlights the dangers of relying on SMS messages for receiving two-factor authentication codes or account reset links, which sees sensitive information sent over an unencrypted communications platform.
What is Google One and how does Google Drive work? By Maggie Tillman, www.pocket-lint.com
Google has reduced the cost of Google Drive and is promising to add some really neat features to the online storage service.
Drive has been around for years now but has changed relatively little since launch; it lets you upload files, create files, share files, etc. However, Google recently switched up the service's pricing plans, giving them their very own brand (Google One), and it's bundling some nice-to-haves like live expert support and subscriber perks. Here's what you need to know about Google Drive and Google One.
Google Brings Enhanced Network Features to Project Fi By Paul Thurrott, www.thurrott.com
Google announced today that it is introducing enhanced networking functionality to its Project Fi wireless network. Among the changes are improvements to the Project Fi VPN and a faster, more seamless way to intelligently switch between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
What you need to know about Android Pie’s lockdown mode By Contact, www.androidauthority.com
Hidden away amongst all the interface enhancements and feature additions in Android Pie is an all-new feature that has somewhat slipped under the radar for many users. Lockdown mode is a new security-focused addition that is going to be of particular use to anyone who is worried about protecting their private data in situations where their smartphone might not be in their possession.
How to Take Better Photos Out a Window By Harry Guinness, www.howtogeek.com
Windows might seem clear when you look through them, but when you take a photo, you’ll notice that the glass has quite a significant effect on how things look. There’ll be reflections, flare, and all sorts of weird stuff going on that your brain mostly ignores—but your camera captures. Let’s look at how to take better photos out of windows.
Google gives the Pixel camera superhuman night vision By Vlad Savov, www.theverge.com
Two years ago, Google’s release of the first Pixel smartphone radically raised the bar for the image quality we could expect from mobile cameras. Today, even as everyone else struggles to catch up, Google is extending its lead with the introduction of an equally revolutionary new camera. It’s called Night Sight, and it effectively lets your phone camera see in the dark. Only it doesn’t require any additional hardware or cost: Night Sight is a new camera mode for Pixel phones.
Logging In With A USB Key (U2F Explained) by Techquickie VIDEO – USB keys that use Universal Two-Factor, or U2F, are an elegant way to log into your important accounts without having to enter a six-digit code every time. How do they work, and are they a good idea for you?
Privacy.com: Protect Your Bank Accounts By Justin, operational-security.com
It is no secret that I am a major fan of Blur, the privacy service that allows you to mask your email address and phone number. One of my favorite features of Blur is credit card masking – the ability to create one-time-use credit card numbers that are billed to your real credit card. A new service has come along that allows you to create one-time use credit card numbers. The service is a little bit different than Blur, and has some advantages and disadvantages. It is called Privacy.com.
Drive Cloning & Imaging By Explainingcomputers, www.youtube.com VIDEO
Published on Nov 11, 2018
SSD and HDD cloning and imaging explained and demonstrated using Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition. Note that all cloning and imaging software should be used with great care and is downloaded, installed and used at your own risk.
The Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD that I used in the video can be found on Amazon here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2Dh2UMK
The free cloning and imaging software that I refer to in the video is available from the following links. Please note that these links are provided in good faith and that I have no association with any of these organizations:
Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition (as I use in the video): https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree
Samsung Cloning Software (for Samsung SSDs only): https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor… EaseUs ToDo Backup Free: https://www.easeus.com/backup-softwar… Clonezilla: http://www.clonezilla.org/ My “Laptop SSD Upgrade” video referred to in this video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVDTN…
Why You Should Start Using Two-Factor Authentication Now By Cristina Chipurici, heimdalsecurity.com
Imagine waking up on a splendid spring day, opening your laptop and realising that you can’t access your online accounts anymore. Your email has been breached, your website, your most precious work, is now gone, and your credit card was used for shady transactions.
In a nutshell, this is what I experienced almost 6 years ago.
For years, two-factor authentication has been the most important advice in personal cybersecurity — one that consumer tech companies were surprisingly slow to recognize. The movement seemed to coalesce in 2012, after journalist Mat Honan saw hackers compromise his Twitter, Amazon, and iCloud accounts, an incident he later detailed in Wired. At the time, few companies offered easy forms of two-factor, leaving limited options for users worried about a Honan-style hack. The result was a massive public campaign that demanded companies to adopt the feature, presenting two-factor as a simple, effective way to block account takeovers.
Beyond Passwords: 2FA, U2F and Google Advanced Protection by www.troyhunt.com
Last week I wrote a couple of different pieces on passwords, firstly about why we're going to be stuck with them for a long time yet and then secondly, about how we all bear some responsibility for making good password choices. A few people took some of the points I made in those posts as being contentious, although on reflection I suspect it was more a case of lamenting that we shouldn't be in a position where we're still dependent on passwords and people needing to understand good password management practices in order for them to work properly.