Google is soon going to introduce an update on June 28th (for consumers) to its cloud storage service Google Drive, which will allow you to backup your data by selecting certain folders on your computer and syncing them to their respective folders rather than copying them onto one folder on Drive. The service is being called Backup & Sync, and if you don’t have an offsite cloud backup storage plan (you should have one; I’ll get to that later), you’ll have little-to-no excuse. While more higher-rated data backup services like Crashplan and Backblaze exist, Google’s offering is more accessible and easier to dive into.
Continue reading Google Drive’s New Backup System is Great (Especially if You Have NO Backup Plan…)
If you ever got tired of receiving heaps and piles of emails from newsletter services and linking your social media accounts to other online services, you could have signed up with the free newsletter unsubscription service, Unroll.me. However, recently the New York Times discovered and reported that Unroll.me has been busted for collecting and selling off your data, particularly to Uber, which Uber used to track Lyft drivers and members in the name of gaining intelligence on Lyft. Oh Boy! No worries, because you can create your own Google Script file to unsubscribe from a ton of email newsletters almost just as easily and for free (and your data will be more secure and private)! Continue reading Make Your Own Newsletter Unsubscription Service with Google Scripts!
Remember the long-unrivaled Google Earth program being a resource-intensive and clunky desktop or mobile application? Pepperidge Farm remembers, and apparently all of that is officially just a memory. Starting today, Google Earth has been relaunched as a more-widely accessible web application for Google Chrome. Now, ANYONE can access the full Google Earth product, at NO charge, without needing to download and install bulky software or a mobile application (however, a new mobile app for Android has just been released, with versions for iOS and mobile browsers coming at a later date). Continue reading Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center
In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementations, and the current and possible future legacy of virtual reality technologies.
1) “Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution” by Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson [http://amzn.to/2hmSakM]
2) “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality” by Katie Drummond [http://www.theverge.com/a/virtual-reality]
3) YouTube’s Virtual Reality Channel [https://goo.gl/SUwfXr] Continue reading Virtual Reality – Doc’D #58
Late last week, Google announced the launch of App Maker, the company’s attempt to enter the low-code, drag-and-drop app building creator (Microsoft previously released a similar creator called PowerApps, and other start-ups that offer similar services). In the same fashion as prior basic app developing initiatives, Google’s App Maker promises to make it easy for anybody to pick up and swiftly develop simple apps that can serve a very specific purpose inside any group, organization or company. Continue reading Google Releases “App Maker,” a Simple, Drag-and-Drop Application Creator
If you’re in the same camp as me that uses Google Maps to navigate everywhere, AND you don’t drive an Android Auto-compatible car, HAVE I GOT A PIECE OF GOOD NEWS FOR YOU! Go download the Android Auto app (for Android 5.0 or higher) it right now to use it on your phone, and it’s freaking awesome! Continue reading Does Your Car NOT Have Android Auto? Now You Can Just Download the App on Your Phone!
Today, at 1pm ET/10am PT, Google’s (likely) going to tell us about Android N details, Android VR, Chrome, self-driving cars, chatbots, and all that other fun stuff they have in store for us this year — and beyond.
Continue reading Watch the 2016 Google I/O Keynote Right Here
Think about this for a second: it’s entirely possible that your five-to-ten year old laptop (you know, the one that’s currently gathering dust in your desk drawer) has more horsepower than a Chromebook with the highest-of specs the market RIGHT NOW! This is good news, as this means that you can take that old laptop out of retirement and make it run a lightweight operating system like Chrome fairly quickly and efficiently. Continue reading Got An Old Laptop? Turn it into a Chromebook for FREE!!
If you’ve configured two-step verification for your Gmail account (AND YOU SHOULD), how about looking into plugging in a verified USB stick for extra security? Mainly because you can carry it wherever you go and, unlike your phone, it doesn’t lose battery or signal. Plus, Google says that it offers better protection against phishing attacks, and now YOU can set one up! Continue reading Now You Can Use A USB Stick To Securely Log In to Gmail…