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  • How to back up Android devices: The complete guide
    by JR Raphael on August 20, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    'Twas a time not so long ago when backing up an Android phone was a massive, migraine-inducing undertaking.It's true: A mere matter of years back in our mobile device saga, a proper Android backup required physical computer connections, complicated third-party software and more than a few adult beverages.But my, what a difference a few years makes. These days, backing up an Android device and keeping your data synced takes little to no actual effort. Most of the work happens seamlessly and automatically, behind the scenes — either without any involvement on your behalf or with a one-time opt-in when you first set your phone up. And restoring your data is typically as simple as signing into a device and letting Google's systems work their magic.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The Intern
    by Sharky on August 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Pilot fish's company brings in a new student intern to work in IT, and it seems like he should be a perfect fit -- but it's not quite working out."He had great grades at a top institution, but he struggled mightily," says fish. "He did not have a bad attitude, but he just couldn't pick up our technology."He had done well at everything he had ever tried, at least according to him. He came from a very successful family, and he just could not get how things could be so difficult."I put in extra time, because it seemed like it was my fault -- like I wasn't explaining things so he could understand them. In the end, we gave him an A for effort and sent him back to school.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates
    by Gregg Keizer on August 20, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 crafted a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10.Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule — Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded — business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What Is an EPUB File (and How Do I Open One)?
    by Brady Gavin on August 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    A file with the .epub file extension is a popular file format used for storing eBooks and other types of content. EPUB, short for electronic publication, was named the official standard of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) in September 2007. […]

  • The Best Computers (For People Who Hate Computers)
    by Michael Crider on August 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Trying to find a way to introduce someone to the internet and the digital world when it’s foreign to them (and they don’t like com…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Geek Trivia: Which Of These Mammals Has Fingerprints Virtually Indistinguishable From A Human’s?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on August 20, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right! […]

  • Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
    by Preston Gralla on August 20, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 5 and due to be released this autumn. As it did with the April 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 5, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what’s in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. After that you’ll find summaries of all the preview builds that led up to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2).To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Work with Page Numbers in Microsoft Word
    by Marshall Gunnell on August 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Microsoft Word offers an easy way to add different styles of page numbers to your document. If you’ve got a simple document, it works well enough. But if you’ve worked with Word for a while and use it to create more complex documents, you know page numbering can get a little flaky. So let’s take a closer look. […]

  • Netflix Removed All User Reviews (But You Can Add Better Ones)
    by Justin Pot on August 20, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Netflix removed all user reviews from the site over the weekend, a change announced months ago. Be honest: you probably didn’t even notice. […]

  • Gmail’s Self Destructing Emails Now Work on Your Phone
    by Justin Pot on August 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Gmail users can now use Gmail’s Confidential Mode to send self-descruting emails on Android and iPhone. […]

  • Philips Hue Newest Lamps Are Designed to Paint Your Every Wall In Bright Colors
    by Eric Ravenscraft on August 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Philips Hue just can’t stop announ…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Foobot Air Quality Monitor Review: Dial In Your Air Quality With A Friendly Assistant
    by Jennifer Allen on August 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    You might not pay much attention to the air quality in your home.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How to Make iPhone AutoCorrect Ducking Let You Swear
    by Chris Hoffman on August 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    AutoCorrect automatically fixes typos, which is convenient—but it thinks swears are typos. Your iPhone or iPad likes changing swear words into similar, incorrect words. If you ducking hate that, here’s how to get the keyboard out of your way. […]

  • Mojave: How to make Automator shortcuts for MBP Touch Bar
    by Jonny Evans on August 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Apple’s macOS Mojave introduces a rather cool new feature: You can add Automator actions to your MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Here is how to do it.Why does this matter? If you use a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar you’ve probably wondered if there is any way to make the tools provided there even more useful to your particular needs.The introduction of support for self-generated Automator actions is Apple’s response to this, as it means you can populate your Touch Bar with single-button commands to get some of your most repetitive tasks done with a single button-click.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Advice to Google: Stop invading wireless privacy with location history
    by Jeff Kagan on August 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Over the last several years many have been warning about the invasion of privacy that some companies seem to do without notifying users. Just last week, we learned Google Location History on Android devices and on the iPhone app, track and store your location information. They do this even if you turn it off in settings. This gets many very angry. Users say, who does Google think they are?In fact, Google is not alone, and invasion of privacy is not new. This is a wide-spread and growing problem on a wide variety of devices and services like smartphones, cars with navigation systems, AI devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo or Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, Samsung Bixby and almost anything connected to the Internet.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Change SIM Cards in Android Phones
    by Cameron Summerson on August 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    So you got a new phone, which means swapping your SIM card from the old to the new. While it sounds slightly daunting if you’ve never done it before, it’s quite easy. Here’s how. […]

  • The Best Smart Home Tech For Your Dorm
    by Eric Ravenscraft on August 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Smart home tech can make life easier, but dorm life has its own challenges.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Do I Need to Calibrate My Monitor for Photography?
    by Harry Guinness on August 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Spend enough time on photography websites, and sooner or later you’ll run into an article telling you how essential calibrating your display’s color is for your photography, but it is really? Let’s find out. […]

  • How to Manage a Printer in Windows 10
    by Chris Hoffman on August 20, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Windows 10 has a new Settings window for configuring printers, but you can still use the old Control Panel tools, too. Here’s what you need to know about installing, configuring, sharing, and troubleshooting printers on Windows. […]

  • SAP pilots blockchain-based supply chain tracker
    by Lucas Mearian on August 20, 2018 at 10:36 am

    SAP is working with more than two dozen produce, pharmaceutical, tech and shipping companies on an automated blockchain-based supply chain tracking system that it believes will bolster visibility and ensure the authenticity of goods such as food and drugs.The software giant is piloting its SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain with 16 farm-to-consumer produce suppliers such as Maple Leaf Foods, Johnsonville, Naturipe Farms, Tate & Lyle and Natura. It says the service enables enterprises to build and extend business applications with SAP's MultiChain blockchain service, which was built using the open-source Hyperledger Fabric platform from the Linux Foundation.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Google and banks are being less than truthful about customer tracking
    by Evan Schuman on August 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

    There are good and bad reasons to track people's movements, but the best way to scream to users that you're spying on them is to lie about or not reveal what you're doing. Corporate developers, if you're not guilty of bad conduct, why are you trying to so hard to hide it?This comes to mind after two unrelated news stories cropped up this week.The Associated Press reported that Google kept tracking consumers after they had selected a privacy option that supposedly blocked the tracking. Only days after that AP report did Google quietly change its help page, from claiming “with Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored" to “This setting does not affect other location services on your device” and “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.”To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Geek Trivia: In The Early 1980s, The U.S. Gaming Industry Lobbied For?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on August 19, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right! […]

  • The Best Universal TV Remotes
    by Michael Crider on August 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    A universal remote is the go-to solution if you want to control everything in your entertainment center without juggling pieces of plastic. He…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Should You Buy a Smart Smoke Alarm?
    by Craig Lloyd on August 19, 2018 at 10:40 am

    If your house is already decked out with a ton of smarthome products, your next addition might be some smart smoke alarms, but are they worth buying in the first place? Here are some things to keep in mind. […]

  • Geek Trivia: What Was The First Song Performed In Space?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on August 18, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right! […]

  • Best Camera Straps for Every Need
    by Harry Guinness on August 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    The strap that comes with your camera sucks. It screams tourist, holds your camera awkwardly, and is just generally terrible.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Can the police search your phone?
    by Mike Elgan on August 18, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Can the police search your phone?The answer to that question is getting complicated.But it’s an important thing to know. The reason is that your phone, and the phones of every employee at your company, almost certainly contain company secrets — or provide access to those secrets.Phones can provide access to passwords, contact lists, emails, phone call metadata, photos, spreadsheets and other company documents, location histories, photos and much more.[ Related: The paranoid Android traveler’s data-protection checklist ]Proprietary data — including information that would enable systematic hacking of company servers for sabotage, industrial espionage and worse — is protected from legal exposure by a complex set of well-understood laws and norms in the United States. But that same data is accessible from company phones.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The Best Cloud Gaming Services for Streaming Video Games
    by Anthony Heddings on August 18, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Around 2015, a few companies started to pop up that offer “cloud gaming,” a service promising to turn your cheap laptop into a high powered gaming rig through the power of “the cloud” (and a fast internet connection). A lot has changed in the few years, and cloud gaming is now a fully realized service, with many different options from which to choose. […]

  • How Multiple Nest Protect Smoke Alarms Work Together
    by Craig Lloyd on August 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Having just one smoke alarm in your home isn’t enough, so if you want to go all-in with the Nest Protect, you’ll need more than one unit. Here’s how multiple Protect units work together. […]

  • Geek Trivia: What Was The First Software Easter Egg?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on August 17, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right! […]

  • 2 undocumented patches from Microsoft may solve the 1803 TLS 1.2 blocking problem
    by Woody Leonhard on August 17, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Microsoft’s KB 4458166, released on Tuesday, explains that the push to Win10 version 1803 has been halted for machines running .Net applications that use the TLS 1.2 security protocol. Presumably, effective Tuesday, if you have a Win10 1709 or 1703 machine that’s running one of those programs (including, notably, QuickBooks Desktop), Microsoft won’t try to push 1803 on it.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Google Goggles Goes to the Grave, Long Live Lens
    by Eric Ravenscraft on August 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Google Goggles has been around for years, but it hasn’t been updated since 2014. Until now.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • IBM, Maersk launch blockchain-based shipping platform with 94 early adopters
    by Lucas Mearian on August 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    After launching a proof of concept earlier this year, IBM and Maersk have unveiled TradeLens, the production version of an electronic ledger for tracking global shipments; the companies say they have 94 participants piloting the system, including more than 20 port and terminal operators.The jointly developed electronic shipping ledger records details of cargo shipments as they leave their origin, arrive in ports, are shipped overseas and eventually received.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Watch Free TV Online Right Now With Xumo.TV
    by Justin Pot on August 17, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Xumo.TV brings the channel surfing experience to cord cutters, with content from The History Channel, MSNBC, Fox Sports, and more. And it’s free. […]

  • The Best Backpacks For College Students
    by Jennifer Allen on August 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    If you’re off to college in the Fall, there’s a few critical must haves to pick up before you go.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • The Best Alternative Window Managers for macOS
    by Justin Pot on August 17, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Organizing windows on macOS is a pain—you’ve got to drag and resize everything manually. Happily, there are a bunch of apps that can help. […]

  • We need to talk about Steve Jobs
    by Jonny Evans on August 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I’m angry about it, really. The treatment around Steve Jobs, in books, in movies and on TV seems to depict him as part-genius, part-ogre, and seldom looks at him as Steve Jobs: Human.Who benefits from that? I can’t help but wonder who gains from such diluted biography. People can’t solve big problems if the culture they work in means they’ll be fried to a crisp for making a mistake.That’s why people put money into Jobs or Musk.Companies that work together well grow while those with inadequate management inevitably shrink.I spoke at length with Apple VP education John Couch this week. We discussed many of the concepts in his highly recommended book Rewiring Education, which I’ll be returning to soon.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Set Up Whole House Audio Using Google Home
    by Cameron Summerson on August 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Having audio flow through your entire house is super cool. If you already have a handful of Google Homes spread throughout the house, it’s easy to do—a couple of toggles, and you’ll be ready to roll. […]

  • Which Game Console Is Best For The Budget-Conscious?
    by Eric Ravenscraft on August 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Buying a console is more expensive than just the basic bundle package. How much does each one cost when you get everything you need for it, though?Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How to Check if a Photo is Stolen
    by Harry Guinness on August 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Photos and other images get stolen all the time online. Someone takes a photo from the photographer’s website or social media channels and uses it for their own needs. This is completely illegal and happens to me all the time here at How-To Geek. […]

  • How to Install the Same Printer Twice (With Different Settings) on Windows
    by Chris Hoffman on August 17, 2018 at 10:40 am

    You can install the same printer more than once in Windows, and each has its own settings. For example, you could have one printer device that prints in color, and one that prints in black and white. […]

  • Just think of 6 a.m. as Beta Time
    by Sharky on August 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This pilot fish is writing mainframe software for a large defense contractor, and he's discovered a way to become a lot more efficient: arrive at work at 6 a.m."The traffic is light at that hour, and I get a couple of hours of work in without much interruption," says fish. "It also means I get to find what changes the computer center -- which is at a different location -- has made overnight."One morning I sat down, fired up the PC that's my terminal and started to work. But the editor was acting very strangely, so I called a system guy I know to find out what was going on.Fish: Fred, what did you do the editor last night?Fred: "We made some minor changes, but there were no changes visible to the user."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to protect your privacy in Windows 10
    by Preston Gralla on August 16, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    There has been some concern that Windows 10 gathers too much private information from users. Whether you think Microsoft's operating system crosses the privacy line or just want to make sure you protect as much of your personal life as possible, we're here to help. Here's how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes.Note: This story has been updated for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, a.k.a. version 1803. If you have an earlier release of Windows 10, some things may be different.[ Further reading: Windows 10 quick tips: 7 ways to speed up your PC ]Turn off ad tracking At the top of many people's privacy concerns is what data is being gathered about them as they browse the web. That information creates a profile of a person's interests that is used by a variety of companies to target ads. Windows 10 does this with the use of an advertising ID. The ID doesn't just gather information about you when you browse the web, but also when you use Windows 10 apps.To read this article in […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: NVIDIA RTX cards suggest an interesting sea change in workstation strategy
    by Rob Enderle on August 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Workstations represent what I think is the strongest personal technology implementation in the PC space, albeit at the high end. What I’m talking about is the almost laser-like focus workstation vendors have on workstation users. This is largely something we lost in the general corporate PC space that I think was a good part of the cause in the general PC space, the vendors focused excessively on IT (which focused them on price, cookie cutter boring designs, and excessively long model runs) rather than user needs. In the workstation space no one seemed to lose track of the people that used the products but, as focused as these vendors were workstations started to look pretty similar even though the people that used them have vastly different jobs.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Android 9 answers: 20 fast fixes for common Pie problems
    by JR Raphael on August 16, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    So you've got Pie — Google's Android 9 Pie software, that is (though if you've also got pastry, hey, kudos to you). Maybe you've read about some of Pie's noteworthy features but can't get them all working on your phone. Maybe they are working, and you're just less than thrilled with what they do. Or maybe amidst all of Pie's new layers, you can't figure out where an old favorite feature went.In the days since Pie's arrival, I've heard it all — and it's no surprise: Android 9 brings about some of the most significant changes we've seen to Android in years, and not all of its adjustments are immediately obvious or easy to follow. Whatever your issue, though, there's almost certainly an answer.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Zoho One adds AI and analytics upgrades at its one-year mark
    by Matthew Finnegan on August 16, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Zoho has unveiled a range of updates to Zoho One, its all-in-one cloud app suite, with new analytics capabilities and access to its Zia AI assistant. Billing itself as “the operating system for business.” Zoho One launched in July 2017; it bundles more than 40 of Zoho’s apps, spanning CRM, HR, business analytics, office productivity tools and others. Subscriptions start at $30 a month per employee.[ Further reading: A.I. and speech advances bring virtual assistants to work ] The Indian company has added a variety of new features to Zoho One since its launch. Its Slack-like team chat tool, Cliq, unveiled last September, was followed by Zoho Flow, a no-code, automated workflow automation platform, which rolled out earlier this year. The company’s  Sprints project management and PageSense website testing tool are also included in the packaged offering.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Why Apple’s AR glasses will transform your enterprise
    by Jonny Evans on August 16, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Apple is working to develop augmented reality (AR) glasses. It has been working on these for years and is now expected to introduce them as soon as 2020. What use will they be?Apple: The next generation Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says these things will usher in “next-generation revolutionary UI,” likely referring to prevailing wisdom that says sophisticated virtual reality (VR) experiences will be controlled by a combination of speech, gesture, movement, and touch-based commands. Motion sensors will be activated by what you do with your arms, for example.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to get the most from Microsoft Intune
    by Ryan Faas on August 16, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Microsoft's Intune, launched in 2011 and augmented with mobile management capabilities the following year, is part of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite — a bundle that includes Azure Active Directory and Office 365. At the most basic level, Intune delivers enterprise mobility management (EMM) capabilities in a cloud-based format.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • Throwback Thursday: How did...er, DIDN'T he do that?
    by Sharky on August 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    It's 1977, and this network analyst pilot fish is working at a newly constructed data center -- one with a big fence."The company had just gotten a new sense of needing physical security, so they had included a new, state-of-the-art security system," says fish."It had electronic locks at a handful of doors in the building, a 10-foot-high fence with a motorized gate, and key-card reader stations by each of the locked doors and the gate."One day, company needs to bring a new communications line up between the data center and an office 10 miles away. Fish's team leader decides the best way to do this without disrupting the users is to have fish go to the remote office at 4:30 a.m., while his team leader goes to the data center.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Office 365: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on August 15, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they’re available. We’re doing this for you, so you don’t have to.Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 — all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We’ll add info about new updates as they’re rolled out.To read this article in full, please click her […]

 

 

 

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