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Tip of the Week: How to Take a Picture of a Document With Your Android Device and Turn it Into a PDF

Tip of the Week: How to Take a Picture of a Document With Your Android Device and Turn it Into a PDF

Like many of Google’s productivity applications, Google Drive is available on both iOS and Android mobile devices. One of the neat features that users of Android can take advantage of is the ability to scan a PDF and store it in Drive, all by taking a picture of the document. Plus, if it has text on it which was created by a computer, you can use Drive’s search function to find it at a later date.

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Ready or Not, Self-Driving Cars Will Soon Be On the Roads [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_auto_driving_cars_400.jpgArtificial intelligence might be quite a ways off, but despite this, the push continues to make driverless cars a regular occurrence on the roads. Just look at how Google has its driverless cars rolling across testing grounds in Mountain View, California, and if they have their way, we might see a lot more of these vehicles hitting the roads in the near future.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Google Chromecast Features that May Surprise You

b2ap3_thumbnail_chromecast_stories_400.jpgGoogle is known for coming up with fun new technologies that change the way society consumes entertainment and performs their day-to-day responsibilities. One of Google’s best new gadgets is the Google Chromecast, which can change the way you view media and share content while both at home and in the office.

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Tip of the Week: Use This Chrome Extension to Avoid Online Movie Spoilers

b2ap3_thumbnail_spoiler_alert_400.jpgThe Internet is a great and wondrous thing, giving us information about pretty much anything we could ever hope for. However, this is a dangerous thing for those who want to go about their entertainment “spoiler-free.” In other words, you want to be pleasantly surprised when you watch your favorite movies or TV shows. Sometimes the Internet isn’t so kind toward that goal. Well, here’s a somewhat viable solution: the Spoiler Alert extension for Google Chrome.

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How a Nearby Hacker Can Access Your Phone Through Google Now and Siri

b2ap3_thumbnail_cell_phone_hack_400.jpgThese days, mobile exploits aren’t anything to be surprised about. Most people consider their smartphones to be more secure than their desktops or laptops, but the fact remains that there are just as many exploits, if not more, for mobile devices as there are for PCs. One of the latest mobile threats that can infiltrate your iPhone or Android device takes advantage of Siri and Google Now.

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Not Even Google is Exempt From Data Loss Disasters

b2ap3_thumbnail_lightning_google_data_center_400.jpgWhen you store your data in the cloud, you assume it will be safe and that nothing bad will happen to it. But what if the real clouds hovering above your virtual cloud are literally full of lightning? Google experienced this last month when one of its data centers in Belgium fell to the wrath of Zeus.

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Tip of the Week: The 4 Most Useful Extensions for Google Chrome

b2ap3_thumbnail_chrome_extentions_400.jpgIf you’re one of the many people who prefer Google Chrome to other browsers, you know all about extensions and how they can improve your browsing experience. These are mostly add-ons that are designed to augment your browsing experience or adding new features. While some aren’t so useful, there are others that are invaluable under the right circumstances. To help you get the most out of Chrome, here are four useful browser extensions that you should take advantage of.

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Tip of the Week: See What’s Taking Up All of Your Google Drive Storage

b2ap3_thumbnail_drive_for_business_400.jpgHeavy users of Google Drive may experience the issue of running low on storage space. The easiest way to resolve this problem is to give Google money and upgrade your account. Before taking this step, there are a few tricks you can do to free up Google Drive space by locating and getting rid of unneeded files.

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Tip of the Week: How to Set Up User Permissions For Google Chrome

b2ap3_thumbnail_chrome_flat_400.jpgAre you looking for a way to manage Internet use on a single computer that’s being used by multiple people? To help you keep your browsing history and settings intact and keep unwanted users from accessing the web, Google has a free add-on available for Chrome created for just this very purpose.

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Tip of the Week: How to Integrate 2-Step Verification with Your Google Account

b2ap3_thumbnail_authentication_security_400.jpgIt seems like you can’t go a week without hearing about some new security vulnerability or massive data breach. Naturally, this leads the average computer user to feel nervous, especially when dealing with sensitive information. With only a password standing between you and your account, hackers can easily access it if you’re careless. Two-factor authentication is the key to maximizing your online security.

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Tip of the Week: How to Get the Most Out of Google Now

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_now_400.jpgAndroid smartphones are everywhere. As a result, Google Now, Android’s personal assistant application, is everywhere. The application integrates with a user’s Gmail account to provide information, directions, and perform functions.

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Improve Content Filtering with Google Chrome’s Safe Browsing Feature

b2ap3_thumbnail_chrome_safe_browsing_400.jpgMalware often takes the form of certain unrecognizable web entities, which can make detecting threats tricky at times. New features in popular web browsers, most notably Google Chrome, are making progress toward identifying these threats before they cause your business harm. Chrome’s “Safe Browsing” feature is a good tool to augment your current network security practices.

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Google Places Hacking Serves Up Catastrophe for DC Restaurant

b2ap3_thumbnail_misinformation_from_hacker_400.jpgLast year, a Washington DC restaurant called the Serbian Crown was forced to close its doors to the public. Instead of chowing down on delicacies such as lion, horse, and kangaroo meat, customers can now only sink their teeth into disappointment. The reason? A nasty Google Maps hacker, and lack of brand management to help clean the mess up.

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Tip of the Week: 8 Tips to be an Expert Googler

b2ap3_thumbnail_search_tips_to_win_400.jpgHave you ever tried to search for something on Google, only to be disappointed that you couldn't find what you were looking for? You might think you're being extremely specific, but in reality, you're not doing anything different from the average joe. Googling is an art lost to the ages, a secret technique of legend. But, not really. Here are some tips to help you get more out of the world's most popular search engine.

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2 Tips to Get More Out of Your Chromebook

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_chrome_400.jpgMobile devices like Google's Chromebook are designed with the casual computer user in mind. Equipped with Chrome OS, some people mock the device calling it, "Nothing more than a browser with a keyboard." Granted, a Chromebook can't come close to doing what a "real" computer can do, but if you know how to use it, the device can be much more than a glorified browser.

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Google Enters the Wearables Market with a Plan

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_android_smartwatch_400.jpgWearable technology is all the rage these days. For users that are waiting patiently for the yet-to-be-released Google Glass, there are plenty of other options on the market that have moved beyond the proof of concept to grace retail store shelves. Several of the top mobile device manufacturers have released, or will release in 2014, products designed to seamlessly integrate into a user's daily routine. With Glass on the horizon and the newly announced Android Wear, Google is taking its future tech to your body.

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Google’s Influence in the Digital Age

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_is_winning_400.jpgIt's a rare occasion that a company grows to have as much prowess over multiple industries as Google has. Since their launch in 1998, their mission has been "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." By launching products and services centered on this purpose, Google has grown to set the world's standard of information and how it's managed. What can your business learn from them?

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The Digital Payment War Round 2: Google Wallet vs. Coin

b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_pay_400.jpgPreviously, we wrote the blog post, "The Digital Payment War, Round 1", where we looked at the differences between the old school PayPal and the new school Square Cash methods of digital payment. While we didn't officially declare a winner, Google Wallet and Coin are a couple more contenders to our "Best Online Digital Payment Method Ever in History" award.

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How to Make Your Gmail Experience Even Better

b2ap3_thumbnail_gmail400.jpgNobody likes sifting through boring, meaningless emails. After a while, they just get annoying and make you want to unsubscribe from every email list you've ever signed up for. If you are a Gmail user, you can now utilize a special tool that allows for automatic sorting, saving you time and making your overall email experience more enjoyable.

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What You Should Know About Google Glass

b2ap3_thumbnail_glass400.jpgEvery few years, an invention that carries the potential to shake things up enters the market. Over the past fifty years alone, cell phones, digital music, personal computers, GPS technology, and more has changed the way our culture works, prioritizes, and interacts. Is Google Glass the next game-changer?

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