Chrome 55 Now Available | TechSpot

December 2, 2016

Appears that Google Chrome Version 55 has been released. This release is significant in that  it has been engineered to drastically reduce RAM usage by as much as 50 percent thanks to an updated JavaScript V8 engine that reduces the memory zone and heap size. Another notable change is that Chrome is slowly pushing Flash out the back door in favor of HTML5.  In the end, faster browser and better security.

You can wait for the auto update or you go to the Google Menu, click on “Help”, then “About Google Chrome”. From that point you can determine your current version and/or the option to go for the upgrade, if available. In my case, the upgrade was there.

Source: Chrome 55 now available: loads HTML5 over Flash by default, drastically reduces RAM usage – TechSpot


How To Check If Your Google Account Has Been Breached by “Gooligan”

November 30, 2016

Gooligan is a new malware campaign that has been engineered to infect Android phones by stealing your Google Account Credentials. Anyone who owns a device running Android 4 and 5 that includes Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop — is most at risk  The infection typically occurs via Gooligan infected apps or links in phishing email messages. Once infected, attackers are able to gain access to your sensitive information from Google apps, like Gmail, Drive, Photos, etc… Once attackers hack into the device, they’re buying apps on the Google Play store and writing reviews posing as the phone’s owners. To get the skinny on Googligan please read this article, “More Than 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan” at a site called Checkpoint.

To determine if your account has been compromised, go to Checkpoint’s “Gooligan Checker” and enter your Gmail address…

Googligan


Google Keep: Ultimate guide | Android Central

November 30, 2016

Google Keep is a note-taking app (like an electronic version of sticky notes) that was developed by Google (in 2013) that is available as an Android and iOS app; AND, also available on the web. It is, by far, one of my favorite “go to” apps.  You can Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and so much more with Google Keep.

To get you started with Google Keep, Android Central has compiled the following guide to get you started:

 

 

Source: Google Keep: Ultimate guide | Android Central


Try Google Play Music and YouTube Red FREE for 4 Months | Android Authority

November 23, 2016

New customers of Google Play Music and YouTube Red can snag a deal that will let them fully access and try these services for a period of four months…

Source: Deal: Try Google Play Music and YouTube Red free for four months


Check Out The Web Version Of Google Play Newsstand

November 17, 2016

Google Play Newsstand, typically known as a mobile app (on Android and iOS platforms), is now available on the web (click here). Google Play Newsstand is a personalized news reader that provides a single destination for browsing the topics, news sources, and magazines you care about.

Google Play Newsstand

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Get The Android Auto Experience On Your Smartphone

November 8, 2016

Two years ago Android Auto was launched and was available only in certain model cars. Soon, through the Google Play Store, you will be able to get Android Auto for your Smartphone (Android 5.0 and later) as an app. Android Auto provides a “driver friendly interface to access the key stuff you need on the road ― directions, music, communications ― without the distraction of things that aren’t essential while driving”.  You can read more about this HERE and when it will become available.

Android Auto


Having Issues With Google Chrome?

October 19, 2016

If you are experiencing issues with Google Chrome, such as frequent crashes, unexpected ads, unusual start pages or a toolbar mysteriously appears; then, you may want to download the Chrome Cleanup Tool. Simply download to your desktop (or a folder) AND run… This tool is made by Google to help track down issues with the Google Chrome browser. One important point to make here is that this tool will give you an option to set your browser settings to the default (original) settings; so, be aware of that. Otherwise, this is worth a shot if your are in a dilemma…

Chrome Cleanup Tool

Chrome Cleanup Tool 


Google Map Voice Commands That You Can Use When In Navigation Mode

September 29, 2016

To stay focused on the road, here are some Google Map voice commands that may come in handy. To learn more about “how to talk to Google Maps”, CLICK HERE

Google Maps

 

  • “Mute.” or “Mute voice guidance.”
  • “Unmute.” or “Unmute voice guidance.”
  • “Show traffic.” or “Hide traffic.”
  • “Show satellite.” or “Hide satellite.”
  • “Navigate home.” or “Navigate to Starbucks.”
  • “Show route overview.” or “Show alternate routes.”
  • “What road is this?”
  • “What’s my next turn?”
  • “What’s my ETA?”
  • “How’s traffic ahead?” or “How’s traffic to home?”
  • “Avoid tolls.” or “Enable tolls.”
  • “Avoid highways.” or “Enable highways.”
  • “Avoid ferries.” or “Enable ferries.”
  • “Exit navigation.”

Go To Google.com And Type “Speed Test”

September 27, 2016

Learned this trick over at Addictive Tips… If you go to Google.com, type in “Speed Test“, you can perform an internet speed test.

Test your Internet speed in under 30 seconds with a test performed by Measurement Lab. This test typically transfers less than 40 MB of data for most users, but may transfer more on fast connections.

Internet Speed Test


You Can Now Use Natural Language Processing When Searching For Files In Google Drive

September 20, 2016

What in the world is Natural Language Processing? 

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a fancy way of saying “search like you talk.” You can type things like “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa.” Drive will understand what you mean and give you the option to click for those specific search results. Drive NLP will get better with each query — so keep on searching.😉 — Source: Google Drive Blog

ALSO, if you cannot spell very well…

When you’re trying to find a doc fast, it’s easy for typos to slip into your search. Drive now has a new autocorrect feature that suggests corrections to misspelled search terms — which can really help when your brain is moving faster than your fingers. — Source: Google Drive Blog


Google and Box Enter Into A Product Integration Partnership

September 8, 2016

Google and Box have entered Into a product integration partnership that will give you the ability to create, collaborate and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations in Google Docs directly from Box. As a result, Box will serve as a third-party repository for Docs, Slides and Sheets. 

READ MORE @ eWeek

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It’s Now Possible To Play A Slideshow From Any Google Photos Album

June 17, 2016

If you use Android, it is very likely that your photos are being backed up to Google Photos. If you are not using Android, and have a Google Account you have option of uploading (storing your photos) at Google Photos. Go to photos.google.com

Google Photos continues to improve (almost weekly) and one notable improvement is that it you can now play slideshows from and Google Photo Album.

Play slideshows from an album

You like crowding friends and family around your computer or TV to show them photos of last weekend’s adventure. You don’t like clicking 132 times to show them each photo.

Luckily for you, it’s now possible to play a slideshow from any album. Just open the album, click on a photo, and select Slideshow from the dropdown menu.


A List Of Just About Everything You Can Say To “Google Now”

June 11, 2016

Ok Google“, search for “What’s On My PC“…

The “OK Google” command is very powerful feature; especially if you know what to say and how to say it. If you have an Android phone or tablet with Google Now, I strongly encourage you to learn how to use it. You can ask your device just about anything and Google will most likely give you a smart answer. To activate the Google Now voice command, simply pick up your Android device and talk directly to it and say, “OK Google” and a pulsing microphone icon will appear on your screen awaiting for your command. Typically, if you ask Google Now something and it is not in its’ command line structure, you will be taken to a list of google search results. 

So, what commands can you use? Greenbot, a site that specializes in the Android platform, has posted “A list of all the Google Now voice commands” of just about everything you can say to Google Now. I think when you review these commands you will find that Google has done a nice job of keeping the commands simple (with common sense in mind).

If anything, by asking Google Now a question or giving a command is fun and will be sure to impress your friends… “Ok Google“, “Do a barrel roll

 

 A list of all the Google Now voice commands

Greenbot


Have you reached your Google Drive Quota???

June 7, 2016

As with any online file storage site, you are assigned a quota (the threshold that is reached when your online drive is full). TechRepublic posted a “how to” article that will show you how to check your quota on your Google Drive. You will need to be logged into your Google account for these tips to work. What is nice about this is that you can determine where the spacehogs are with these tips…

How to quickly find out what’s using up your Google Drive space

Google Drive