The debate about whether Android phones are better than the iPhone has been a long debate, with neither side budging ... until now. And it looks like the advantage Apple has is at a fundamental basic level. Read here to get the scoop!
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Google Maps has a feature that shows how long you can expect to wait at places like restaurants and stores. By knowing how busy a place is, and how long of a wait you can expect, you can save time by planning to go on another day or at a different time. Check it out here!
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There are a lot of navigation apps in the iOS and Android stores, but the three major players are: Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Find out here which is best for you!
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That's right! All someone needs is a one-minute sampling of your voice to clone it! Using artifical intelligence, this company can clone your "voice DNA" to not only generate sentences with your voice, but with human emotions like anger, stress or sympathy. So powerful, it can generate 1,000 real-time sentences in less than a half a second. Of course, there are ethical concerns despite the practical uses such as virtual assistants, audio book reading with celebrity voices, speech synthesis for the disabled and for voice-overs for movies and video games. Get the scoop here.
If you don’t have the need or the budget to upgrade your smartphone, then the next best thing is buying an upgrade for the phone you’ve already got. Cases, battery packs, and wireless charging pads are the obvious calls, but there are a ton of more exciting upgrades out there! Check them out here!
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Developed by The Tor Project in 2002, and based on Firefox’s browser, the Tor Browser was built for users to access the internet anonymously via the Tor network. Your activity and identity are masked by Tor, which encrypts your traffic in at least three layers by “bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays” selected from thousands of volunteer computers.
Tor (originally called The Onion Router because it layers your traffic like an onion) is a free network of servers, or ‘nodes’, that randomly route internet traffic between each other in order to obfuscate the origin of the data. The Tor Browser can significantly increase a user’s privacy and anonymity online. In internal documents, the NSA even refers to Tor as “the king of high-secure, low latency internet anonymity.”
Tor does not replace your VPN, as it only anonymizes your browsing and a few other select services (which need to be specifically configured).
Connecting to Tor through VPN connection is a great way to maintain your internet privacy and security. Not only will it hide your browsing data from your VPN company, it will also hide your home IP address from the Tor entry node.
Find out more about the Tor Browser here. As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help with your security issues & concerns!
Sometimes a file is just too large to email either due to excessive upload/download time or ISP limits. When this happens, the alternative is to send a link to the file. But you don't want that link sitting out there forever nor for people to have unlimited download ability. You also want security. Introducing Mozilla Send. This cross-browser web app allows you to send self-destructing files (via a link) up to 1GB for free! The link will only work for 24 hours or for a certain number of downloads, whichever comes first. But that's not all it offers! Check it out here!
Every time you run a search online, the websites where you maintain an account can record that information. This data—collected and stored by search engines like Google, social media networks like Facebook, and retail giants like Amazon — won't disappear when you erase your browser's search history. Here's how to purge your search history on some of the biggest and most popular search engines, social media networks, and retail websites.
Logging in with Facebook, the social network's universal login API, allows users to carry their profile information to other apps and websites. You've probably used it to log in to services like Spotify, Airbnb, and Tinder. But sometimes, especially on lesser known websites, using Facebook's universal login feature may carry security risks. Find out what to do here!
People always say you should upgrade your RAM. But what is it, anyways? Random access memory, or RAM, is one of the most important components of not only desktop PCs, but laptops, tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles. Without it, doing just about anything on any system would be much, much slower. But what is RAM really?!
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Many of us Amazon Alexa users are stuck in a rut and we don’t even know it. We say things like “Alexa, play my music” and “Alexa, what is the weather for today?” Those are handy commands, but they barely scratch the surface of what this very capable voice assistant can do. See here for a complete list of Amazon Alexa commands you didn’t know you could use!
But are you charging your smartphone properly? According to research, you are probably making charging mistakes that are shortening your battery's lifespan.
Here are a few dos and don'ts of battery charging you may not know about.
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Did you know that you can use Google Street View to look at old photos of locations all over the world? Use it to get a blast from the past! You can look back as far as 2007. Here's how!
Passwords are your first line of defense against hackers and snoops trying to break into your accounts. You want your passwords to be rock solid so hackers don't even have a hope of breaking them, but that often isn't the case. Here are the most common password mistakes people make, so you know what not to do.
Google Photos is overflowing with helpful features to manipulate, organize, and share your thousands of images. Most impressive of all, you can search through your photos in clever new ways, which shouldn’t be surprising, given Google’s search engine. Here are 20 of the most exciting powers Google Photos can do!
Dog is man’s best friend, but a Device Detection Dog is a cybercriminal’s worst enemy. If you’re stashing illegal data of any kind, a well-trained K-9 will find it. You can flush it, bury it, put it in your gas tank, swallow it, but you can’t hide electronic evidence from a detection dog. But data doesn't have a scent that a K-9 can smell right? So how does a dog find it? Well, read here to find out!
I recently installed PlayOn.tv on my Windows 10 Pro laptop and love it. It allows you to watch live TV on your laptop in HD. Best of all, it's FREE!
One of the coolest features is that it can also function as a DVR on your PC (you can even record most Netflix movies in standard .mp4 format for playback on most devices). So if you know you're going to be flying and want to watch a game or movie you missed, now you can ... even in HD!
PlayOn also enables users to access and organize many online video streaming sites, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Comedy Central, ESPN, MLB, and a lot more (over 100 in total). It has a ton of features!
Best of all, the streaming version is free and the DVR option is just a one-time charge of $39.99 (lifetime). Check out this great Windows Plug-in here! As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help with installation and configuration.
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Computer peripheral cables are hard enough to keep track of without people throwing around words like “Thunderbolt” and “USB Type C.” Thunderbolt may be particularly confusing, since this connection technology has gone through several different phases, and is making the jump from Apple to laptops and PCs in general.
But knowing the difference between these different ports is important, especially when you’re thinking about which computer is right for you. These days, don’t be surprised if you look at a new laptop and see nothing but “USB-C” and “Thunderbolt.”
So, what exactly is it? Let’s take a look.
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The latest generation and type of USB cable, known as USB-C, is much faster than all prior versions, such as USB 1.1, 2.0, 3.0. It does away with micro-USB cables, mini-USB cables and a lot of confusion that goes with them because it's one-size fits all. USB-C can also functions as a power cable. But if you don't buy the correct type of USB-C cable, your connected device may be under powered, or worse, over powered. Read here for all the in's and out's. As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help!
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These secret features are easy to use. They can help you make your computer run faster, stream media to multiple devices, share content with your family, turn a regular old letter into a professional-looking document and much more. Get them here!
But these aren't features that Microsoft doesn't want you to know about. These are helpful tricks that you probably forgot are there. Check them out!
Free software isn’t advertised as widely as paid software, so you may never have heard of the brand that could radically improve your digital life. Still, they’re out there, waiting to be discovered. From cybersecurity to photography to screen-sharing, the perks of these programs can’t be overstated. Check some them out here!
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Part of the popularity of Windows may be that its super helpful in every day life, like alerting you to head to the airport 30 minutes earlier because traffic is heavy. And how does it know? Windows 10 accesses your calendar, emails and location, combines it with online traffic news and there you have it! There's a lot of private info you're giving up, and not everyone is comfortable with that, so what can you do about it? Read this article and find out how to protect yourself!
Here the five most annoying Windows problems and how to fix them.
Have you ever accidentally sent a damning email to someone that you intended to save for the rest of time as a draft? Or made a friend audibly gasp at the sight of thousands of unread email notifications on your phone? Perhaps you've run out of storage space on your drive entirely and are paying actual money for more. If so, you're not alone, but you do need some major Gmail guidance. Here are 6 Gmail tips, tricks, and hacks to help you master your email.
If you live in an area where there is little to no internet connectvity via cable or Fios, read on! Assuming you have an unlimited or very high limit phone data plan and a good signal, you can use your phone with your home router to allow home internet access. This is done through a technology called "tethering", which is a way of sharing a wireless data plan beyond the device it is tied to (ie. your cellphone). Read here to find out how this is better than using your phone as a wireless mobile hotspot as well as other advantages!! Call The GoTo Tech Guru for help setting this up on your home!
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I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!