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.
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
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
June 1, 2016
If you have an account with Google, then you have access to controls for safeguarding your data and protecting your privacy on Google, through a hub called My Account …
My Account puts privacy and security tools in one place, including long-standing features like Ads Settings and newer ones like the Privacy and Security Checkups. Collectively, these tools make it easy for you to control your privacy and security from any device.
With this being the one year anniversary for the “My Account” hub, Google has added 3 new features to easily access your controls and protect your data.
Feature #1: Find your phone is a new feature that will help you if your phone is ever lost or stolen.
Feature #2: Access your account by using your voice (simply say, “Ok Google, show me my Google account”)
Feature #3: (Coming Soon) Access a shortcut to your account by googling (searching) for your name. You will be required to be logged into your account, in order for this to work.
READ MORE @ The Official Google Blog
May 13, 2016
You can read more about this on the Evernote blog, but in a nutshell here is how this pairing will work between Evernote and Google Drive:
All the files you keep in Drive are now easier to access in Evernote. Now, instead of seeing only URL links, anyone can browse anything created or stored in Google Drive right in Evernote notebooks. With this integration, Evernote customers can add any file in Drive to their notes without leaving Evernote. And any changes to files in Google Drive will dynamically update in Evernote.
This feature is currently in “beta” and is currently only available on the web (through Google Chrome) and for Android.