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Google Cloud Print App for Android

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
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Google just released the Cloud Print app for AndroidCloud Print has been around since April 2010 and was designed to connect your printers to the web. You can print over the web from anywhere to any printer. Third party apps are available but now you can experience the official Google app for Android. The app will allow you to do the following:

  • Print from any compatible Android device to any Google Cloud Print connected printer
  • Share a picture or a document from apps like Gallery directly to Cloud Print
  • Track the status of your print jobs

Check out the official app in Google Play.

Apple Publicizes OS X Mavericks

Monday, June 10th, 2013
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Craig Federighi (OS X development head) announces, during the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference, that Apple is now moving away from naming the operating systems breeds of cats to California locales. The three key features Mavericks offers are:

  • New tabs in Finder- Your Finder now has tabs that can have their own location and view mode.
  • Ability to tag individual files – You can tag your files such as Home, Work, and School. The tags will appear in your Finder sidebar and iCloud.
  • Enhanced support for multiple displays – You can now access menus and docks separately on displays.

Read more about OS X Mavericks:
AppleInsider, Apple announces OS X Mavericks with Finder tabs, tags, and true multiple display support

Get live updates from the Worldwide Developers Conference 2013:
Gizmodo Live, WWDC 2013 Liveblog

 

Gmail’s Brand New Inbox

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
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Google is rolling out a brand new inbox for desktop and mobile that auto-organizes your messages into categories. The five categories appear as tabs and include Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. Primary includes your most important email messages from friends and family or anything else you consider priority.  Social includes email pertaining to social sites. The Promotions tab displays any offers, such as Google Offers. You will find updates, bills, and receipts under Updates, and the Forums tab consists of discussion boards and mailing lists email.

Gmail’s new inbox is optional allowing you to keep your current inbox design type. Also, you can limit the tabs you want or not use any at all. Learn more at the Official Gmail Blog.

Pinterest Releases Rich Pins

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
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Hunger Games Pinterest Movie Pin

Hunger Games, Pinterest Movie Pin

Pinterest fans have already begun using a recently unleashed new feature called Rich Pins. If you are not an enthusiast, a pin is a video or image you gather from a website or upload from your computer. The pin links back to the original source and can be repinned. The new Rich Pins feature includes the following category titles: Product, Recipe and Movie. You now receive more useful information on something you like. Product Pins tells you how much something costs and if it’s available. It also points you to the retail store selling the item (clothing, furniture, toys, and more).  Recipe Pins gives you the ingredients, total hands-on and cook time, and how many it serves. If you want more step-by-step instructions, you can click on the original source. Movie Pins gives you the movie’s rating, directors and actors. View its Rotten Tomatoes score or Netflix rating.

The Pin It button is now available for some mobile apps, such as TED and Brit+Co.

You will need to activate Rich Pins on your account since it has not been fully integrated. Click on the Click It Now button on the home page.

Catch-up or learn more by visiting Pinterest’s blog post, Introducing More Useful Pins

Google Glass, Understand the Basics

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
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Google plans to release a non-developer version of Google Glass by the end of 2013. Have questions about what Google Glass can do? ReadWriteWeb recently published, Google Glass: What Do You Want To Know About Google’s Internet Eyewear, which covers fundamental questions and answers about the eyewear. Read the article…

Three Gmail Tricks

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
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How to Recover After a Social Media Hack

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
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Twitter Target

2013 has been a year filled with hacks on big brands through social media. As we saw last week, the Associated Press’ Twitter account was hacked. But the real question is, what are the steps involved to recover from social media hacks? Thanks to PC World, this question can be solved in four simple steps. In 4 steps to reclaim your social media after a hack attack, PC World gives users an idea on what they must do to fully recover.

Posted below is a brief overview of the article. To read the full post be sure to visit PC World.

Regain control of your account

Change your password as soon as you notice that your social media account has been compromised. If you are unable to do this because your Twitter account was suspended, PC World suggests visiting support.twitter.com/forms/hacked. This form will help you reclaim your account.

Delete posts and tell your audience

It is important to delete all posts and tweets that were posted to your page. Afterwards, you should inform your friends and followers about the hack and let them know that everything has been taken care of. Eric Johnson was quoted by PC World stating,

“Time is of the essence. Be sure to rebroadcast the issue on every channel available to you,” he says. “Post a message on your website’s homepage, tweet it, post it on Facebook and other social media sites. This ensures they know about the problem and it reduces the damage.”

Review your social media process

For this step, PC World suggests that you review both the processs and people that control these accounts. From there, examine the procedures and look for areas to improve upon.

Preach and teach online safety

Teach and train others how to properly use social media. In addition, be sure to review processes to protect your brand or identity online.

Image Credit: Bit Social Media

Erasing Data from Old Computers and Smartphones

Monday, April 29th, 2013
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Mashable recently shared an article on how to erase data from old computers and smartphones. Whether you’re recycling your device, selling it, or throwing it away, knowing how to properly clean it is essential. This practice is so important because it can help prevent identity theft.

Just think about all of the information that you enter onto your device. Your personal email, bank statements, social networking, and credit card numbers are just a few pieces of information that can be stored on your computer or smartphone. Luckily, Mashable covers everything you need to know from the basics to programs to use.

To learn more, be sure to read the full article below. (more…)

Find My Mac

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
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Macworld recently posted an article on how to track a lost computer with Find My Mac. Similar to Find My iPhone, Find My Mac is a service that allows users to locate stolen or missing Apple computers. Now that Apple has also included Macs into the Find My Device series, apple fanatics can now track their Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Posted below is the full article from Macworld which details how to use this app to track a lost or stolen computer:

How to track a lost computer with Find My Mac

Apr 19, 2013 4:00 AM
If your computer is stolen or otherwise liberated from your possession, don’t despair: If you’ve remembered to enable Find My Mac, you can track it, remotely lock it, and even send messages to your Mac’s screen.

You may have already enabled the Find My Mac service if you’ve set up your Mac with a free iCloud account. You can check by opening the iCloudpreference pane in System Preferences. If you’re already logged in to iCloud, all you have to do is make sure you’ve selected the Find My Maccheckbox; if you’re not logged in (or if you don’t have an iCloud account), you can go ahead and do so from this screen. After you turn on Find My Mac, you’re set—you don’t need to do anything else unless your Mac falls into wayward hands.

If the worst happens, you can track your Mac via iCloud.com or the Find My iPhone app on your iPad or iPhone. (We should note that even though the app is called Find My iPhone, it allows you to find any iOS device or Mac.)

You can use the Find My iPhone iOS app or the iCloud website to find them. Launch the app on any iOS device, signing in with your Apple or iCloud ID and password; or log in at iCloud.com and click the Find My iPhone button.

The Devices list displays every device—iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac—associated with your account that has Find My iPhone enabled. A green dot next to a device means Find My iPhone located it; a gray dot means the device is offline or could not be found. The status of each device—how long ago it was located, or that it wasn’t located—appears just below its name.

If Find My iPhone can locate your device, it will show it on the map, where you can zoom in and out, and switch between Map, Satellite, and Hybrid views. Unfortunately, you can’t track the location of your Mac over time: Unlike the Lost Mode available to iOS devices, Find My Mac shows only the most-recent location of your computer.

You can also have your Mac play a sound—handy if you’ve misplaced it somewhere in the house; plus you can lock it remotely with a numeric passcode or remotely erase it.

If you opt to remotely lock your Mac, the computer will actually shut down once it receives the lock command. The next time you attempt to start up the Mac, it will boot into recovery mode and ask you to enter the passcode; if you opted to display a message, that message will appear on the same screen. Once you’ve entered the correct passcode, the Mac will reboot normally.

The final option is Erase Mac. As you might expect, this feature lets you completely erase—securely—all data and settings from your Mac. It also sets a four-digit passcode that lets you regain access to your Mac if you ever recover it. You should use the Erase Mac option only as a last resort. (And it’s one of many good reasons to have a current backup of your Mac.)

You’ll receive an email sent to the address on file for your Apple ID when you perform any of these actions.

If the service can’t locate your Mac, you still have the option of playing a sound, remotely locking the computer, or remotely erasing it, but these actions won’t take effect until the Mac connects to the Internet. To receive an email notification when your Mac does come online again, select the Notify me when found checkbox.

As useful and convenient as Find My Mac is, it does come with a caveat: Should a malicious party compromise your iCloud account, they could remotely wipe your Mac, as happened to Wired’s Mat Honan. So if you do enable this feature, make sure that your iCloud account has a strong password and, for best results, enable Apple’s two-step authentication.

To view the full article be sure to visit Macworld.

Image Credit: Macworld

Recycle Your Old Smartphone

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
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Recycled Smartphone

According to a survey taken in 2012 by Lookout, 62% of Americans have outdated cell phones around their home. This can happen for a number of reasons. Some people may be using them as a backup in case their active phone breaks. While others keep old cell phones because they are unsure what to do with them.

Have you ever thought about recycling your old smartphone? If so, this post should be really helpful for you. Listed below are a few options for you to explore:

Don’t just keep your old cell phone around. Find a way to recycle it so it serves a better purpose than collecting dust.

To learn more about recycling cellphones, be sure to visit Mashable.

Image Credit: Kootation