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How To Use a USB Stick To Securely Log In to Gmail

If you’ve configured two-step verification for your Gmail account, rather than checking your mobile for codes you can plug in a verified USB stick instead. You can carry it wherever you go, and of course, it doesn’t lose battery or signal. According to Google, it also offers better protection against phishing attacks. Here’s how you can set it up.

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January 18th

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Use These Secret Codes to Unlock Netflix’s Hidden Categories

Here’s a trick that’s been around for a while but may have passed you by: secret category codes added by Netflix engineers that can help you narrow down your on-demand video choices. From classic war movies to Brazilian dramas, here’s how to dig deeper into the Netflix library.

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January 7th

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Google Photos free space saver feature + Shared Albums arrive on iOS

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A few weeks ago Google unveiled a new space saver feature for its Photos app on Android, and this week the best feature 16GB iPhones and iPads could wish for is now available on iOS. Google Photos has also added Shared Albums across iOS, Android, and the web, which makes sending pictures and videos you capture to friends and family super easy.

Google Photos already lets you upload high-resolution versions of your personal photo library to the cloud at absolutely no cost, or full-resolution versions with 15GB of cloud storage or upgraded paid storage. And Google Photos lets you access your photo library through apps on Android, iOS, and the web without taking up all your local storage. But a new feature now available in the iOS version lets you actively tell Google Photos when you’re running low on storage or just want to free up some space by pressing a button that offloads the photos already uploaded to the cloud from your device and only keeping ones downloaded that still need to upload. The button is located within the settings section of the app.

Apple’s paid iCloud Photo Library similarly offers an option for optimizing free storage which is useful on devices of any capacity especially 16GB and 32GB models with large libraries, but Apple only gives away 5GB for free then requires 99¢ to $9.99 for 50GB to 1TB of cloud storage. Apple’s version also works automatically in the background, but this creates a more ambiguous experience as you could still have a large library taken up with local photos that only the system can decide to offload.

The latest version of Google Photos on iOS also includes a feature unveiled in September that was promised to roll out by the end of the year: Shared Albums. This feature allows you to invite friends and family to view and optionally contribute to albums you create in Google Photos. Shared Albums can be created right from collections you already create for yourself in Google Photos, and inviting people to join works across platforms including iOS, Android, and the web. Once an invited contact accepts your offer to join, you can even allow them to add their own shots to the Shared Album and new alerts let everyone know when new photos and videos are added.

Apple’s free iCloud Photo Sharing feature works similar by letting you and others share photos and videos between iOS devices and Macs, and albums can be viewed on the web as well, but Google Photos works across Android as well and integrates right with the standard album system.

Update to the latest version of Google Photos for iOS from the App Store to take advantage of the new space saver feature and Shared Albums. Shared Albums also came to Android and the web with the latest update this week.

 


Filed under: Apps Tagged: Android, free, free space, google+ photos, iCloud Photo Library, iOS, photos, Shared Albums, space saver, videos, web

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December 11th

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First Library to Offer Anonymous Web Browsing Stops Under DHS Pressure

A library in a small New Hampshire town started to help Internet users around the world surf anonymously using Tor. Until the Department of Homeland Security raised a red flag.

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September 11th

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Google+ for iOS updated with ‘Collections’ feature

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Google+ Collections, a feature that lets like-minded Google+ users connect in forums organized by topic, today comes to iOS devices after first rolling out for Android and web users a few months back.

Users can create Collections for topics they’re interested in and follow Collections created by other users to keep track of posts related to their interests. Google shared a few examples of popular Collections including Homebrewing, Climbing Junkie Photos, Magical, Mystical Mountains and Marine Life. It also features select Collections on a webpage here for easy searching.

When you post a Collection, Google notes that you’ll be able to customize who sees it thanks to recent improvements to the feature on Android that also come to iOS today. It also recently added the ability to add taglines to Collections and search for them on mobile devices. 

The Collections feature is available now in the updated Google+ iOS app with version 4.8.5.


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August 31st

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Use Bushel to manage + deploy business iOS devices from anywhere, for free (+ win an iPad Mini 3)

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If you need to deploy iOS or OS X devices to your employees or organization, having cloud access to setup, deploy, and manage your fleet these days seems like a no-brainer. That’s why our go-to recommendation is Bushel, a super easy-to-use and slick web-based app that offers cloud access to deploying and managing Apple devicesThe perfect supplement to Apple in the workspaceBushel — created by JAMF Software — is a few steps ahead of the game. In this article, we walk you through how to use Bushel (which is free for up to 3 devices) to manage your fleet of Apple devices.

In special collaboration with 9to5Mac, Bushel is also offering a challenge to businesses: Try out Bushel and get entered to win free Bushel for life, as well as a free iOS device for your company.

The steps below will help you to get Bushel up and running. Once you have taken it for a test drive, you’ll be able to fill out a short survey about your experience using Bushel. Upon submitting it, you will automatically be entered into the giveaway to win an iOS device and free Bushel service. Pretty simple.

Get Started

1. Sign up for Bushel for free by creating an account here. You’ll get an email to activate your account and access the web app.

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2. Next, set up your iOS or OS X devices. Bushel lets you use the software for free with up to 3 devices, and for $2/month per device after that. You have three options for setting up devices: Enroll devices you’re currently using and have in your possession, let users enroll their own devices, or utilize Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP). Once you select one, Bushel walks you through a quick and easy setup process.

3. Finally, configure Bushel to coordinate all of your Apple devices at once. Once you’re up and running, you can drill into the app’s features to complete a number of tasks.

  • Check device information and settings, and even export that information to integrated accounting platforms
  • Utilize Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for painless app distribution; simply invite employees to receive apps, and Bushel does the rest
  • Require passcodes, send lock/unlock actions remotely, and even turn on FileVault2 full disk encryption on the Mac
  • Configure multiple Wi-Fi networks and company email accounts, once; they will be set up on every enrolled device

You can see these features in action in the video tutorial below:

Why Bushel?

Business-class device management software has a reputation for being complicated, requiring a dedicated IT staff and scaring off small businesses or organizations that really would benefit from top-level coordination. That’s one of the big reasons Bushel has become our go-to recommendation. We’ve been playing with the most recent version, and it truly is as easy to use as any Apple product, making it possible for companies without a full-time IT staff to deploy and manage devices on their own. That’s also why we’ve teamed up with Bushel to give away unlimited service to one company that takes our challenge… 

Challenge  — Win an iOS device and free, unlimited lifetime Bushel service!

The challenge runs throughout the month, beginning today, August 3rd, and finishing on Monday, August 31st. This gives even the largest companies time to explore all of the functionality that Bushel has to offer. Then you have the chance to win.

iPad-mini-bushelThanks to the Bushel team, one company that submits a Bushel Challenge Survey by August 31st at 11:59PM CT will receive Bushel for free for an unlimited amount of devices for life. Yes, the company will be able to have as many devices as it wants signed up with Bushel at absolutely no cost, forever. As an added bonus, the winner will receive a brand new 16GB iPad Mini 3 to start their Bushel experience off with a great device. This winner will also be spotlighted by 9to5Mac and Bushel when the victory is announced online.

The winner will be chosen and announced by Tuesday, September 8th, at which point the free service will begin.

Head over to www.bushel.com/bushelchallenge today to see more information about the challenge, access the survey, and sign up your free devices. Good luck!

 

 

Editors Note: As stated above, this is a sponsored partner post and Bushel has paid to remove all of the house advertising on 9to5mac today. We thank them!


Filed under: iOS, iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: app, Bushel, business, cloud, deploy, distribute, enterprise, giveaway, how to, iPad, iPhone, Mac, manage, MDM, web

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August 3rd

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Go Install This Chrome Extension For Sending Self-Destructing Gmails

Gmail’s Undo Send feature gives users of Google’s free email service up to 30 seconds to change their mind on a sent email before it leaves their outbox. But a new Chrome extension called Dmail lets you send messages with a self-destruct timer—or the ability to remotely delete them whenever you want.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 24th

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Instagram rolling out user, location, and hashtag search on the web

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Nice Yosemite reference, Instagram

Instagram first started as an iPhone-only photo sharing social network and has since expanded to other smartphone platforms, but the experience for interacting with Instagram on the Mac never been at feature parity. Today Instagram is making small steps to improve the experience with using the service on the web by introducing the ability to search for content using the official Instagram website.

Instagram says that users will be able to search for people, locations, and hashtags from its website. Instagram’s support for basic search features on the web follows last month’s major feature update to the iPhone app centered around search.

Building on top of the basic search functionality, Instagram overhauled its mobile Explore tab to present trending content and add improved search capabilities. Instagram on the web doesn’t yet support viewing trending content, but the ability to view tagged photos or images from certain people or places is included.

Instagram says the new web search feature is available starting today, although it appears to still be rolling out for now on Instagram.com. You can also find Instagram for iPhone and Apple Watch on the App Store.


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Zac Hall

July 20th

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Your Instagram Just Got a Major Design Overhaul On The Web

Instagram is almost aggressively mobile-focused — browsing Instagram.com often feels like being punished for not using the app. Today, Instagram announced a redesigned Instagram website that feels a little less like a half-abandoned hellscape afterthought.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

June 9th

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Your Instagram Just Got a Major Design Overhaul On The Web

Instagram is almost aggressively mobile-focused — browsing Instagram.com often feels like being punished for not using the app. Today, Instagram announced a redesigned Instagram website that feels a little less like a half-abandoned hellscape afterthought.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

June 9th

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