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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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.
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!
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!
6 Gmail tips, tricks, and hacks!
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.
The appeal of escaping Google comes down to privacy. Google collects an alarming amount of data about you. To understand how Google does this, how it affects you, and how to delete your data from Google to protect yourself and be off-the-grid, see this article.
Google provides users with several other security options, some of which you may have never heard of. Find out here!
For the second year in a row, digital marketing agency Stone Temple has found that Google Assistant is the smartest digital assistant on the market. Stone Temple asked approximately 5,000 questions in an attempt to figure out which smart speaker made use of the most intelligent digital assistant and Google came out on top. The company asked the same questions of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Assistant. The questions for Assistant were asked with a Google Home device as well as a smartphone equipped with Assistant. Get the scoop here!
With the average person spending anywhere between 20 to 27 hours on the Internet every week, it is natural to wonder which of the biggest web browsers give us the best online security and privacy. Well, fret not, because that’s exactly what we’re all here to find out.
Gmail Gets a Makeover
Google has announced the first major redesign of Gmail's web interface in years, which is focused on quick productivity actions. Features include attachments chips, hover actions, and hover cards to make the static inbox experience more interactive without the need for mulitple clicks. Also surfacing are several labs features that were previously hidden in Settings > Labs, like canned responses, the ability to create multiple inboxes, and a preview pane to customize your preferences for different inboxes. Get the latest here!
Your emails may soon self-destruct
If you already love Gmail, you're probably going to like it more soon. Google is coming out with a massive update for Gmail in the coming weeks and it's going to have some cool new features. Among several other cool features like password protecting emails, there will be a self-destruct option for emails! Yep! To get the inside scoop, read here!
Phones using the Android operating system silently transmit data back to the servers of Google, including everything from GPS coordinates to nearby wifi networks, barometric pressure, and even a guess at the phone-holder’s current activity. As a result, Google holds more extensive data on Android users than some ever realize. That data can be used by the company to sell targeted advertising. It can also be used to track into stores those consumers who saw ads on their phone or computer urging them to visit.1 This also means governments and courts can request the detailed data on an individual’s whereabouts. Find out here how and what Google is tracking!
Thousands of popular children’s apps available for download on Google Play may be violating child privacy laws, according to a new study, drawing more attention to big tech’s data-collection efforts.
The researchers found that potential privacy violations came in different forms. More than 1,100 children’s apps collect identifying information from kids using tracking software whose terms of service actually prohibit their use for children’s apps. Researchers also found that nearly half the apps are not taking “reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information collected from children.” Get the details and scoop here!
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"The tech giant knows every car that you've thought of purchasing. It also knows more personal details, like what medical conditions you are ailing from, which coworkers you've tried finding information on, and where you're thinking about taking your next trip." Here's how to erase everything you have ever searched for on Google.
With all the power Google offers you, there's a trade-off many people don't want to make... your privacy. Find out here just how much Google knows about you!
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Google could soon move ahead with plans to launch a cloud-based game-streaming service, competing directly against Microsoft and Sony. Get the latest scoop here!
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As it gears up to launch Chrome's built-in ad blocker on February 15, 2018, Google shared some details about how the new feature will work. First announced in June, the new feature will remove only the most intrusive types of ads that violate the Coalition for Better Ads' standards. Find out the latest here.
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Online ads are annoying to say the least! Google will start rolling out a new control that allows users to mute reminder ads in apps and websites that use Google Ad services for up to 90 days. The muting tool will also roll out to other Google services like YouTube and Gmail soon. Here's how it works.
As of January this year, 2018, Google will start to mark websites without HTTPS as non-secure. Because of this, non-secure websites have had their ability to rank for searches on Google severely diminished.
Luckily for those affected by this change in Googles algorithm adding a standard SSL certificate to your site will allow visitors to securely connect to your website. An SSL certificate will secure all the pages on your website to provide you with:
• A secure place for visitors to learn about and engage with your business
• Increased visibility in search results!
• Peace of mind that your business isn’t the next victim of a hacker
For more information on SSL, read here. As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help with this and all your IT needs.
Google rolls out Chrome Cleanup
To ensure that you have as secure an experience as possible, Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome -- for Windows users, at least. It will detect unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it.
Separately, Chrome now has built-in hijack detection which should be able to detect when user settings are changes without consent. This is a setting that has already rolled out to users, and Google says that millions of users have already been protected against unwanted setting changes such as having their search engine altered.
But it's the Chrome Cleanup tool that Google is particularly keen to highlight. A redesigned interface makes it easier to use and to see what unwanted software has been detected and singled out for removal. By teaming up with ESET, Google says it has been able to make the tool even more effective.
Read here to get the scoop. As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help make your life easier!
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Google built its own voice assistant, called Google Assistant, to take on its closest competitors including Siri, Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana. The app also offers a number of other amazing features that Siri doesn’t have. Here are the 12 tips and tricks to make the most out of Google Assistant on your iPhone.
Google searching isn't limited to just typing in a few words for things you're looking for. There are so many other ways that most people don't know and give you so much search power!
Read here for the hidden secrets!
It used to be that Google and other online maps could only show low detail images. Now, the government has allowed much higher resolution, allowing online maps to potentially show features like the color of your mailbox, objects sitting in your backyard, and even the types of plants growing in your garden.
The bad news is that, so far, it is impossible to hide your home from these next-generation eyes in the sky. The good news, though, is that all of the major mapping websites – Google, Bing and Yahoo – allow you to blur your home on their “street view” images, which often provide even more detail than satellite images.
Follow this link to get directions on how to blur your home on the street view functions of Google Maps, Bing and Yahoo. It only takes a few minutes for each one.
Google recently acquired Skybox imaging for $500 million in order to jumpstart its live satellite imagery endeavors. Skybox’s plan is to have 24 satellites circling the earth at all times by 2018. Wired magazine notes that “With six small satellites orbiting Earth, Skybox could provide practically real-time images of the same spot twice a day at a fraction of the current cost.” While this innovation could stand to become Google’s next billion dollar revenue stream, the model presents all kinds of problems for those who value privacy. For information on how this affects you, read here.
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!