Nearby Share, Android’s answer to AirDrop

With AirDrop, iPhone users have long enjoyed an easy way to share photos and files.  Now Nearby Share, promises Android and Chrome OS owners the same ease of use.

Google is rolling this out in phases and you’ll need to update to the latest OS to get it. If it’s available to your phone, you’ll find it under your Connections option. Once turned on, Nearby becomes one of your share options when viewing a file. The recipient will also need this option active and will need to be relatively close to share content.

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quincy

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Google Maps Streetview now on Mobile

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StreetView_figireStreetview, a long-time staple of Google Maps desktop, now makes its way onto the mobile platform. Currently available on Android (following an update), it is also soon to appear on iOS devices.

 

 

 

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quincy

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Interactive Chart: Android vs iOS and the rise of the Smartphone

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Source: Bloomberg Business Week

Click graphic for the interactive link and more on the smartphone growth.

Google records your ENTIRE purchase history.

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Your Amazon orders, Square purchases, and Seamless lunches.  Pretty much everything you buy online as well as in-store purchases where you opt to have your receipt emailed; all of this is collated in your Purchases history; saved and mined by Google.

The company says this is done to help you track your purchases, and not to help them to produce those targetted ads you receive. Still, the level of detail being culled will surprise you.

This unheralded (read: sneaky) feature can’t be turned off and there is no method to erase your entire purchase history. You can, however, selectively delete items from it.

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(like that ‘Best of David Hasselhoff ‘ album you thought you had to get)

To see and delete items from your Purchases history

  1. Navigate to your Purchases Page: https://myaccount.google.com/purchases
  2. Click an item to display more Details on that purchase
  3. To delete, click Remove Item

with special thanks to Di, recipient of said album

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quincy

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Enable Google Play’s Protect to scan your Android Apps

Recently, a hole in Whatsapp’s security allowed hackers to install malware on unprotected phones. To see if your Android apps are secure, enable Protect on Google Play.

To Review or Enable Play Protect:

On your Android, access Settings googlesettingsgear, Security.

If enabled, you are able to see the time and status of your last scan.

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To modify your settings, tap Google Play Protect

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quincy

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Find Your Phone using Google

*updated May ’18

Lost your android phone? You can have your phone send out a Here I am! ring, or lock the device with an “If found, please return” message.

To Locate your Android Phone

  1. Go to https://www.google.com/android/find.
    Note: you will be prompted to log into your Google account.
  2. Your phone’s locationlocation-icon-png-14will appear highlighted.
  3. Select preferred option(s):
    a. Click Ring to have your phone ring.
    b. Click Lock to secure your phone with a message and callback number.
    c. Click Erase to wipe your personal data.

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hɔuᴉnb

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Managing Your Android Phone and other Devices

The Android Manager is accessed through the Play Store. Use this site to rename your devices (e.g., phones, tablets, wearables) or remove a lost device from the Play Store list.

To Managing Your Android Phones

  1. Go to https://play.google.com.
    Note: you will need to be logged into your Google account.
  2. Click the Gear icon googlesettingsgear.  Your Devices will appear under My Devices.
  3. Click to rename device.
  4. Uncheck ‘Show in Menus’ to hide device to apps (i.e., Google Play).
  5. Click Update.

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hɔuᴉnb

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