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How to prepare your Google account for when you pass away

How to prepare your Google account for when you pass away by androidcentral.com

It's not something we like to talk or even think about, but we're all going to die one day. I sincerely hope that day is far off for all of us and the time between now and then is filled with happy memories, but when it does happen your friends and family probably aren't going to think about your Google account and all the personal information you have stored there. It might seem trivial to some, but for others, it's important that this all be given to someone who can take care of it all responsibly.

Google’s data-saving app can now set daily limits

Google’s data-saving app can now set daily limits and show a map of nearby Wi-Fi networks by theverge.com

Google is updating its data-saving Android app Datally to give you more ways to control how you and others use data on your phone. The app is getting several new features including the ability to set daily data usage limits and a guest mode to control how much data a friend uses when they borrow your phone. Datally was first launched in November to help people in emerging markets with limited data.

Five new features to try in Messages

Five new features to try in Messages by blog.google

Over the past few years, we’ve been working on improving the messaging experience on Android—from working with carriers to upgrade their networks to RCS to building new features. With Android Messages, we're creating a messaging experience that's available on multiple devices, lets you share whatever you want to share, and makes it easy to take action on your messages with Google AI.

Google Translate’s Offline Mode Just Got a Lot Better

Google Translate's Offline Mode Just Got a Lot Better by lifehacker.com

Google Translate is an app that’s been critical to my success when traveling in other countries. When you don’t speak the language (or don’t speak the language well) somewhere you’re traveling, being able to quickly look something up, or speak into the phone to create a translation you can use to chat with that guy on the street can be a lifesaver. 

Should you switch to Project Fi?

Should you switch to Project Fi? These are the pros and cons by androidpit.com

If you're fed up with being charged through the nose by your mobile carrier, there might be a cheaper solution for you straight from Google. Project Fi, Google's attempt to disrupt the wireless industry with cheaper plans, has been active for a couple of years now. But is it worth the switch? We take a look at the state of Project Fi today to find out.

Sonoff S31 Smart Plug Review: Power Monitoring, Scenes, Triggers, And More

Sonoff S31 Smart Plug Review: Power Monitoring, Scenes, Triggers, And More by reviewgeek.com

If you’re in the market for a smart plug to smarten up your dumb appliances, track your energy usage, and otherwise monitor and control your appliances, the Sonoff S31 Smart Plug is a phenomenal deal.

Even immersed in the world of tech gadgets and toys as I am, every now and then I have a moment where I’m genuinely surprised…

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay: Which mobile payment system is best? by cnet.com

Mobile payment systems want you to swap your wallet for a phone or in some cases, a watch.

Rather than carrying around cash and cards, just tap your phone to pay. Currently, the three most established systems are from Apple, Samsungand Google, although some wearables from brands like Garmin and Fitbit also offer their own payment systems.

Gmail settings that will change how you think about your inbox

18 Gmail settings that will change how you think about your inbox by fastcompany.com

Google recognizes this. The company has packed Gmail with dozens of advanced options that can save you time and add powerful possibilities into your inbox. The only problem is that there are so many of them—scattered across so many places—that it’s all too easy to overlook something useful.

Google is Changing Its Login Screen

Not Phishing: Google is Changing Its Login Screen This Week by howtogeek.com

Google is tweaking its login prompt this week and you should take a quick look at the new design.

Slightly different login screens can prompt panic in savvy web user, who fear spear phishing and other attacks built around fake username and password fields. So it’s worth knowing when a change is coming, however slight it might be.

Not Phishing: Google is Changing Its Login Screen

Not Phishing: Google is Changing Its Login Screen This Week by howtogeek.com

Google is tweaking its login prompt this week and you should take a quick look at the new design.

Slightly different login screens can prompt panic in savvy web user, who fear spear phishing and other attacks built around fake username and password fields. So it’s worth knowing when a change is coming, however slight it might be.

Extensity – Enabling and Disabling All Your Extensions for Google Chrome

Chrome extension that allows you to enable and disable all of your extensions within Google Chrome. Ideal tool to efficiently manage your Chrome extensions.

Tired of having too many extensions in your toolbar? Try Extensity, the ultimate tool for lightning-fast enabling and disabling all your extensions for Google Chrome. Just enable the extension when you want to use it, and disable when you want to get rid of it for a little while. You can also launch Chrome Apps right from the list.

  • Keep your browser fast – disable extensions that you won't use right away.
  • Keep your toolbar clean
  • An ideal companion for extensions collectors.
  • Turn all extensions off (and back on) with a single click.
  • Quick switch between several extensions groups using the Profiles feature.
  • Keep computers in sync with Chrome Cloud Storage support.

The Best Way to Inherit an IRA

The Best Way to Inherit an IRA by fool.com

It's always been hard for people to save and invest, but tough conditions for many Americans have put a rising number of people into an uncomfortable financial situation. One in three Americans are counting on getting an inheritance from parents or grandparents in order to reach or maintain their financial stability, according to a recent report from Merrill Edge surveying a subset of reasonably well-off households. When you look at the college-age generation, that figure jumps to more than 60%.

Resize Photos In Windows, Mac & Chromebook

Image Resizer Online Is a Fast Image Resizer

Image Resizer Online does all image resizing in the browser, so you do not need to upload any photos to the server to resize the pictures. Not uploading also allows you to keep your photographs secure as all the images stay on your computer at all times as well as using no bandwidth for sending copies to a server which also makes Image Resizer Online very fast. Or visit: https://imageresizer.online/

Installing the Chrome Extension lets you use the tool with a Chromebook.

Or visit the Web Site to use the tool online directly: https://imageresizer.online/

About

Image Resizer Online was created for a simple reason, to make resizing images online as simple, secure and fast as possible. Image Resizer Online does all the image resizing in the browser which means that your pictures stay on your computer at all times, they never get sent to a server to be processed like many other services.

Image Resizer Online is actively being worked on to improve functionality and user experience. We want to make image resizing and conversion as fast and as simple as possible.

Why use Image Resizer Online

  • Works with Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks.
  • Pixel or percentage based image resizing
  • Image Resizer Online can convert images to JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and WebP (Chrome only)
  • Image Resizer Online can compress JPG and WebP images.
  • Very fast. Because Image Resizer Online runs in your browser, it's extremely fast.
  • Batch image processing. Image Resizer Online can batch process images which means that you can select multiple photos and process them all together. 

Need more features check out TinyPNG.

Why use TinyPNG?

PNG is useful because it’s the only widely supported format that can store partially transparent images. The format uses compression, but the files can still be large. Use TinyPNG to shrink images for your apps and sites. It will use less bandwidth and load faster.

 

 

Make Fake Email Accounts for Website Signups

Make Fake Email Accounts for Website Signups Using the 'Burner Emails' Extension by lifehacker.com

Chrome and Firefox: There are plenty of reasons you might not want to give out your real email address when signing up for a site or service. Maybe you’re really big on privacy; or, more likely, you just hate spam, and figure the fewer places that know your real email address, the better.

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly? by howtogeek.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.

Here’s are the three different things that are housed under the Smart Lock name:

This is What a Moonset Looks Like with an Ultra-Telephoto Lens

This is What a Moonset Looks Like with an Ultra-Telephoto Lens by petapixel.com

Using lens compression to capture a giant moon is nothing new, but photographer Daniel López has taken things to a whole level. He set up an ultra-telephoto lens about 10 miles (16km) away from a volcano and captured this mind-blowing 2-minute video that shows a moonset in real-time.

This Savings-account Hack Will Give You Almost 20 Times What You’re Earning Now

This Savings-account Hack Will Give You Almost 20 Times What You’re Earning Now by marketwatch.com

The world is awash with cash, but you don’t seem to be getting any of it from your bank account.

Banks pay almost nothing for deposits these days — the average savings account gives customers 0.09% a year, according to Bankrate. That means you’d earn $9 a year on an account worth $10,000.

Tablo Dvr Users: These Tips Will Help You Get the Most Out of It

Tablo Dvr Users: These Tips Will Help You Get the Most Out of It by techhive.com

One of the reasons we appreciate Nuvyyo's Tablo DVRs (including the new Dual Lite model) is that they're easy to set up and use. Tablo isn't the most powerful over-the-air DVR for cord-cutters, but it is the most hassle-free.

While Tablo works just fine out of the box, you can make it even better with some extra settings and hidden tricks. Here are seven not-so-obvious ways to get the most out of your Tablo DVR:

The best over-the-air antennas

The best over-the-air antennas by androidcentral.com

Fun fact: Over-the-air television still exists, just like it did 50 years ago. OK, it's way better than it was 50 years ago, with proper audio and video coming in at 1080i resolution. And in the coming years it's only going to get better.

Oh, and by the way, it's free. All you need is some sort of antenna, and a TV tuner.

Why It’s Not a Big Deal That Google (and Facebook) Knows A Lot About You

Why It’s Not a Big Deal That Google (and Facebook) Knows A Lot About You by howtogeek.com

You’ve heard the rhetoric: Google (or Facebook) knows too much about me! But it’s really not that big of a deal. Your data is safe, it’s not really about “you” anyway, and nothing is being sold.

The current narrative is that tech companies knowing too much about you is bad. But why? Because when anyone that you don’t know personally knows a lot about you, it affects our sense of privacy. We naturally feel violated or generally just “weird” about it—but it’s not like that. Your privacy isn’t being violated.

How to Use PayPal via Google Pay on YouTube, Gmail, and Google Play

How to Use PayPal via Google Pay on YouTube, Gmail, and Google Play by lifehacker.com

You can already use your PayPal account to make purchases through Google Pay. Now, Google and PayPal are extending their partnership to allow you to use your PayPal account to pay for things across the Google ecosystem, including Gmail, YouTube, and the Google Store. Better yet, if you link your PayPal account to Google Pay, you won’t have to keep signing in to PayPal every time you want to make a transaction. 

Why Windows Defender Av Isn’t Ranked Higher in New Antivirus Tests

Microsoft: Here's Why Windows Defender Av Isn't Ranked Higher in New Antivirus Tests by zdnet.com

Video: When it comes to malware, Windows 10 is twice as secure as Windows 7.

Microsoft's Windows Defender ranks seventh out of 15 antivirus (AV) products in an independent test. But the results don't tell the whole picture, argues Microsoft.

With improvements to Windows 10's built-in Windows Defender antivirus, some users are…

The new Gmail steals some great ideas and invents some fresh ones

The new Gmail steals some great ideas and invents some fresh ones by pcworld.com

In April, Google launched its first major Gmail redesign since 2013, and in a sense it was an acknowledgement of all the ways Google had fallen behind.

With 1.4 billion users logging into Gmail at least once per month, the service has become resistant to change. This in turn has been a boon to the email software business, allowing third-party apps like Mailbox…

Chrome Has a Built In Malware Scanner

Chrome Has a Built In Malware Scanner, Here’s How to Use It by howtogeek.com

Lots of malware tries to bog down your browser, but Google Chrome isn’t defenseless—on Windows there’s a built-in scanner called Cleanup.

This software runs in the background periodically, but you can manually run a scan right now by heading to the URL chrome://settings/cleanup in your browser, or by going to Settings > Reset and clean up > Clean up computer. Give it a shot, especially if your browser seems sluggish.

Google Photos now has a Favorites feature

Google Photos now has a Favorites feature by theverge.com

I know a lot of people love Google Photos, but sometimes you realize that the service is missing some elementary stuff. For example, there hasn’t been a Favorites feature until now. Google has announced that, over the next week, it’s rolling out that functionality. You’ll be able to tap a star at the upper right of any photo in your library, and it’ll automatically show up in Favorites.

Why you shouldn’t worry about radiation from your Wi-Fi router or iPhone

Why you shouldn't worry about radiation from your Wi-Fi router or iPhone by forums.appleinsider.com

There's a lot of bad "science" floating around about radio frequency and electromagnetic field exposure from Wi-Fi routers and the wireless network that your iPhone accesses. AppleInsider delves into the subject, and the actual science behind it.

First and foremost, RF radiation is not the same as ionizing radiation generated by decay of radioactive isotopes…

Write emails faster with Smart Compose in Gmail

SUBJECT: Write emails faster with Smart Compose in Gmail by www.blog.google

Email makes it easy to share information with just about anyone—friends, colleagues and family—but drafting a message can take some time. Last year, we introduced Smart Reply in Gmail to help you quickly reply to incoming emails. Today, we're announcing Smart Compose, a new feature powered by artificial intelligence, to help you draft emails from scratch, faster.

What do the symbols on my screen mean?

What do the symbols on my screen mean? by lowdown.carphonewarehouse.com

At the top of your phone’s screen you might have seen letters and numbers like G, H+ and 4G. These tell you the speed of internet connection your phone is currently receiving. Don’t confuse them with Wi-Fi though, which you'll normally find in offices, cafes and your home.

Here’s a little summary to get you up to speed.

*Scan for Unwanted Software Using Chrome

Using chrome://settings/cleanup to Scan for Unwanted Software Using Chrome by .bleepingcomputer.com

Unwanted software, which consists of adware, browser hijackers, fake system optimizers, & tracking software, continue to be a major problem for computer user's of all types. Even worse, many of these programs have crossed the line from being just a nuisance to now performing click fraud, credential theft, or installing miners.

What many people do not know is that Google Chrome includes a tool created by ESET called the "software_reporter_tool.exe" that periodically scans a computer for unwanted software..

 

Google redesigns Drive to look more like the new Gmail

Google redesigns Drive to look more like the new Gmail by engadget.com

Google has given Drive a surprise makeover with elements that make it look more like the new Gmail. The redesign doesn't come with new features, but when you get it, you'll notice that The Big G has changed the Drive interface background from gray to white for a cleaner look. Its boxes and icons now also have much rounded corners and look a bit taller than before, and Drive's logo now has a more prominent place on the top left corner of the interface.

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