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How To Get Free YouTube Music Playback on Google Home Speakers

How To Get Free YouTube Music Playback on Google Home Speakers – By Robby Payne, chromeunboxed.com

When you buy a smart speaker or smart display, listening to music is one of the primary uses, right? There are tons of services out there already that offer a bit of playback for free, and to be fair, they already work just fine with the family of Google Assistant speakers.

Google Earth Releases New Feature

Google Earth Releases New Feature That Lets Travelers Virtually Tour National Parks Across the U.S. – By Evie Carrick, www.travelandleisure.com

With more national parks than states, most people will never have the time to visit every protected landscape in the U.S. These parks — which range from the geologically stunning Grand Canyon to breathtaking vistas of the Shenandoah Valley — are not usually located near a major airport and take some planning to access.

– How to Use Groups in Google Contacts

How to Use Groups in Google Contacts (2019 Labels Tutorial) – By Simpletivity, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Creating labels (also known as groups) in Google Contacts can save you so much time! Not just in Gmail but in many other Google apps where you have access to your contacts. In this video, Scott Friesen shows you everything you need to know about groups in Google Contacts along with his best labels tips.

Google Pay can automatically integrate loyalty cards and passes from Gmail

Google Pay can automatically integrate loyalty cards and passes from Gmail – By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com

Google Pay is adding a new trick to its arsenal.

You can now allow Google Pay to integrate things like loyalty cards, movie tickets, airline boarding passes, and more from Gmail. Once enabled, these passes will automatically appear in your Google Pay app.

Atlas Obscura

At Atlas Obscura, our mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share.

We are a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods —17,580 of them contributed by our community so far, and more every day, from a secret apartment atop the Eiffel Tower to bridges built out of living roots, from a temple shaped like a chicken to an island ruled by cats, from a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding to a spicy chutney made out of red ants.

How Much Internet Speed Do You Really Need

How Much Internet Speed Do You Really Need? – By Anthony Heddings, www.howtogeek.com

Tomislav Pinter/ShutterstockPhoto by: Tomislav Pinter/Shutterstock

Internet service providers always want to sell you a faster connection. But forget marketing: How much speed do you really need? The answer is more complicated than you might expect. Higher speed tiers aren’t always worth the money.

Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet

21 of the Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

Almost everyone is using Gmail these days, but how many of those users know all the tricks and features Google has dropped into its email platform over the last 15 years? How many neat options on the web and mobile remain undiscovered by the Gmail masses? Let us bring you right up to speed with the best Gmail features you might not have found yet. 

Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up

Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up – By Eric Griffith, www.pcmag.com

In 2014, the Heartbleed exploit left everyone's login information potentially up for grabs thanks to one itty-bitty piece of code, and in the past few years our security nightmares have only gotten worse. In fact, more data was leaked in the first half of 2017 than in all of 2016 combined.


5 best two-factor authenticator apps for Android – By Contact, www.androidauthority.com

Two-factor authentication is a popular and powerful security tool. It requires you to verify that you actually logged into whatever account you logged into. This adds a personal touch. In order to hack your account, someone would need more than just your password and username. Of course, it’s not an end all, be all solution. However, it is nice having an extra layer of security. There are a few decent apps for this, although most sites use your phone number for text messaging. Those who want to use authenticator apps have only a few good choices. Here are the best ones for Android!

 


How to use your Android phone as a two-factor authentication security key – By Shannon Liao, www.theverge.com

Google added a new way to verify your logins this week: using your Android phone as a physical security key for two-factor authentication. You should be using two-factor authentication to log onto websites, so that even if someone has your password from a data breach, they won’t be able to get in. And now with the new feature, if you have an Android phone running 7 or higher, you also have a convenient security key.

– Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier

20 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier – By Evan Dashevsky, www.pcmag.com

Browsers offer us a window into the magical world of the internet, and they do far more than you realize. It's not just about visiting webpages anymore— browsers function as something of an operating system in their own right, which is really not all that far off with Chrome OS now powering Google's Chromebooks.

How to Not Get Locked Out With Two-Factor Authentication

SecurityWatch: How to Not Get Locked Out With Two-Factor Authentication – By Max Eddy, www.pcmag.com

Security tools often create a certain amount of anxiety. What happens if I lose my password? Or if my antivirus deletes my stuff? The advent of two-factor authentication has created a new twist on a familiar anxiety: what happens if I can't use my second factor and get locked out of my account?


Two-factor authentication explained: How to choose the right level of security for every account – By Michael Simon, www.pcworld.com

If you aren’t already protecting your most personal accounts with two-factor or two-step authentication, you should be. An extra line of defense that’s tougher than the strongest password, 2FA is extremely important to blocking hacks and attacks on your personal data. If you don’t quite understand what it is, we’ve broken it all down for you.

Your Android phone can now be a security key for your Google account

Your Android phone can now be a security key for your Google account – By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com

Two-factor authentication helps to secure your online accounts by adding a second step to the login process. Today Google is making it easier for Android users to add 2FA to their account.


Android 7.0+ Phones Can Now Double as Google Security Keys – by krebsonsecurity.com

Google this week made it easier for Android users to enable strong 2-factor authentication (2FA) when logging into Google’s various services. The company announced that all phones running Android 7.0 and higher can now be used as Security Keys, an additional authentication layer that helps thwart phishing sites and password theft.

The Best LED Light Bulbs

The Best LED Light Bulbs We’ve Found For The Entire House – By John Petersik, www.younghouselove.com

At least five times a day Sherry gets asked: “What are those LED bulbs that John loves?” Sometimes it seems even more popular than the ever-present “where you’d get that thing in your house?” question (all answers are here, btw) or “what are those short girl jeans Sherry wears constantly?” (they’re these). Because as anyone who has listened to our podcast knows, I am, shall we say, particular about my light bulbs.

Laptop vs. Chromebook: Picking the best computer for you

Laptop vs. Chromebook: Picking the best computer for you – By Joshua Goldman, www.cnet.com

Chromebooks first arrived in 2011, however it's only in the past couple years that they've gained ground on traditional laptops. That's mainly due to widespread adoption by schools, but their overall simplicity and low cost are undeniably attractive for home and work use, too.

– How to Turn Any Android Smartphone into a Google Pixel

How to Turn Any Android Smartphone into a Google Pixel – By Brendan Hesse, lifehacker.com

Android’s flexibility means manufacturers can build their own versions of the OS to suit their hardware, but there’s an elegance to the stock Android experience found on Google’s devices—one that other Android smartphones can’t match.

The best science podcasts to make you smarter

The best science podcasts to make you smarter – By Sophie Bushwick, Sara Chodosh, And Rachel Feltman, www.popsci.com

This post has been updated, and will probably be updated again, because that's how best-of lists should work.

I love podcasts, you love podcasts, your grandma probably loves podcasts. Looking for some science you can enjoy while your eyeballs do stuff that isn't reading? Perhaps hoping to regurgitate something that sounds smart while sitting around with family on a summer vacation? Great. Read on.

Gmail gaining better Smart Compose

Gmail gaining better Smart Compose, support for scheduling emails By Alex Wagner, www.phonedog.com

Today is Gmail's 15th birthday, and Google is celebrating by giving us some new Gmail features.

Smart Compose in Gmail is getting better by gaining support for Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese and expanding to more Android devices after being exclusive to the Pixel 3. Don't fret, iOS users, because Google says that you'll get Smart Compose for Gmail "soon".

Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email​

38 Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email –  By Eric Griffith PCmag

Gmail has come a long way. It's not perfect and occasionally prompts ripples of outrage across its user base. But let's be honest: with Gmail you get plenty for nothing.


21 of the Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

Almost everyone is using Gmail these days, but how many of those users know all the tricks and features Google has dropped into its email platform over the last 15 years? How many neat options on the web and mobile remain undiscovered by the Gmail masses? Let us bring you right up to speed with the best Gmail features you might not have found yet. 

 

Google Photos for Android rolling out ‘Crop & adjust’ suggestions for documents

Google Photos for Android rolling out ‘Crop & adjust’ suggestions for documents By Abner Li, 9to5google.com

At I/O 2018, Google Photos added suggested actions to automatically brighten, share, rotate, or archive an image. The Android app this week is adding a new “Crop & adjust” feature specifically for pictures of receipts and other documents.

Gboard 2.0 brings advanced background, key, and glide theming to iOS

Gboard 2.0 brings advanced background, key, and glide theming to iOS [Gallery] By Abner Li, 9to5google.com

Gboard for Android and iOS maintain relative feature parity on key functionality, but on occasion one app surpasses the other. Gboard 2.0 for iOS today adds a slew of customization options for the keyboard ranging from backgrounds, keys, and even the glide swipe trail.

Wyze’s new motion and contact sensor kit secures your home for just $20

Wyze’s new motion and contact sensor kit secures your home for just $20 By Napier Lopez, thenextweb.com

We came away impressed when we reviewed Wyze’s Cam Pan security camera last year. At just $30 a camera, it was almost disconcertingly cheap (and Wyze sells a $20 model too). But my colleague Tristan Greene concluded that “despite a few shortcomings, [it] does everything I want it to do and more.”



If you need a Wyze Cam to attach the Bridge to, you can get one of those for $20 or $30 from Wyze’s website,

How to Set Up Your Smart Home: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Set Up Your Smart Home: A Beginner's Guide By Whitson Gordon, www.pcmag.com

The allure of the smart home is strong. You can unlock your smart door lock with your phone, walk into your house, have the lights turn on automatically, and ask your virtual assistant to make you a cup of coffee. When you're not there, a robot vacuum will clean the place, your smart thermostat will dial down the heat to keep costs down, and you can monitor everything from your phone with indoor and outdoor security cameras.

The Best Password Managers

The Best Password Managers by thewirecutter.com

If you’re not using a password manager, start now. A password manager makes you less vulnerable online by generating strong random passwords, syncing them securely across your browsers and devices, and filling them in automatically. After 18 hours of research and testing, we believe that LastPass is the best password manager for most people. It has all the essential features, it works with virtually any browser on any device, and most of its features are free. (A Premium version, which costs $24 per year, adds advanced security features, better sharing, and other useful tools.


I Finally Set Up a Password Manager—and You Really Should, Too By Lauren Phillips, www.realsimple.com

Anyone who doesn’t already have a password manager needs one—stat. Talking about online security might not be the most glamorous topic, but with the huge number of password-requiring accounts and sites online, it’s quickly becoming one of the most important ones, especially because an ill-intentioned person with the right password can wreak havoc across one’s finances, social media accounts, and more.


Protecting Your Internet Accounts Keeps Getting Easier. Here’s How to Do It. By Brian X. Chen, www.nytimes.com

There are many tools for setting up two-factor authentication, a security mechanism that prevents improper access. These four methods are the most compelling.


Why you should never allow your web browser to save your passwords By Jack Wallen, www.techrepublic.com

When a web browser like Chrome, Firefox or Safari is allowed to store passwords, you're putting your network security at risk.

Images in Google Docs

Images in Google Docs By Marshall Gunnell, www.howtogeek.com

Adding borders around your images is a good way to give them a little extra flair. Google Docs has a set of built-in features for adding borders and, while they’re not as sophisticated as the options offered in something like Office, they do the job.

Flash storage: A cheat sheet

Flash storage: A cheat sheet By James Sanders, www.techrepublic.com

With over a dozen form factors, knowing what the best flash memory card and SSD technology is available can be daunting.

Flash memory is an electronic, non-volatile data storage medium that is erased and reprogrammed electrically. It is the basis of a variety of storage products for differing use cases, form factors, and speed or performance requirements. 

Privacy.com Review

Privacy.com Review By Ash The Great, echeck.org

When you pay for something online, you are putting your financial and personal details at risk. No matter which form of payment you use, there is always a risk, and there is no way for you (the consumer) to know just how big or small the risk is. The sheer number of massive hacks and leaks over the last ten years is proof enough that we have no idea how safe our payment information really is. Privacy.com adds another layer of privacy. Every time you use your credit card, it generates a brand new set of details, and you use the new details to pay instead of your real payment details. It is like paying with a disposable credit card. Privacy.com allows you to generate new payment details that you can use to buy things online, and they call it, “Creating a virtual credit card.”

Google Smart Lock: Guide

Google Smart Lock: The complete guide By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com

Think fast: How many times a day do you pick up your phone to look at something? Unless you live in the tundra or have far more self-control than most, the answer probably falls somewhere between "quite a few" and "more than any sane person could count." Assuming you keep your device properly secured, that means you're doing an awful lot of unlocking — be it with your face, your fingerprint, or the code you tap or swipe onto your screen.

10 Important Android Settings You Should Know

10 Important Android Settings You Should Know! By Thiojoe, youtube.com   VIDEO

Android is an extremely popular mobile OS, and I actually think most of you use it. So here are some important settings that you should know about if you don't already. They aren't hidden settings, so don't be surprised if you do know some. They aren't settings you should necessarily change, because most of these come down to preference.

– Android Settings You Should Change Now!

13 Android Settings You Should Change Now! by ThioJoe youtube.com   VIDEO

Those default settings are no good! Here's what to change…  —  Android has a lot of default settings that might be OK for most people, but there are some that really everyone should change. These might be settings related to privacy, security, or just plain convenience.

Why Every Tech Geek Should Own a Raspberry Pi

Why Every Tech Geek Should Own a Raspberry Pi By Avram Piltch, www.tomshardware.com

As editor-in-chief of Tom's Hardware, I get to play with some of the most expensive gear around, but my favorite computer costs as little as $5 (£4.66 in the UK). I'm talking about the Raspberry Pi, the single-board system that's sold more units than any other personal computing platform except for PCs and Macs.

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