Do you know if Google is tracking your Web activity? If you have a Google account (for, say, Gmail) and have not specifically located and paused the Web History setting, then the search giant is keeping track of your searches and the sites you visited. This … Read more
Klout is an online service that measures your influence by analyzing your interactions on social networks. If you have a public Twitter account, your Klout profile is automatically created, regardless of whether you signed up for the service or not.
Other Internet services, like search engines, can access your Twitter feed as well, so Klout isn't unique when it comes to gathering your Twitter data. Klout, however, allows you to opt-out of their service. Here's how:
Without a doubt, one of the Internet's most gracious gifts is instant gratification. Its magic is everywhere--it happens when you google a topic, post a status on Facebook, and (worst of all) purchase a product online.
For the most part, the instant gratification is beneficial, but when its crack-like qualities start taking a toll on your wallet, it may be time for an intervention.
If "Add to cart" is an all-too-familiar phrase, and you're getting a bit too popular with the mailman, you might be an impulsive online shopper. That is, you don't … Read more
Writing term papers and dissertations is hard enough without having to get every last reference formatted down to the last underlined period. Reference App is a great Chrome extension that makes this part of paper writing considerably easier. Here's how to use it:Install the Reference App extension here. To create a reference for a book or journal article, just click the Reference App icon in the Extension Bar, select Book or Journal, then enter the information required and click Create. To create a reference for a Web article, point your browser to the page containing the article, then … Read more
Imagine a technology that can stop spam and malware, identify and block illegal downloads, and allow ISPs to prioritize the data they transmit by content as well as by type. Sounds pretty good.
Now imagine a technology that gives network managers and governments the ability to monitor everything you do on the Internet, including reading and recording your e-mail and other digital communications, and tracking your every move on the Web.
Of course, it's the same technology--deep packet inspection by name. That's how governments around the world are able to spy on their citizens' online activities and control … Read more
Google recently updated the iOS app for Google+, giving people the ability to instantly upload photos and videos to their Google+ accounts. The initial setup process is easy, only requiring you to opt in or out upon initial launch of the new update; there are more settings that you can tweak and customize.
You can find the Instant Upload settings under Settings in the Google+ app. Tap on "When to upload."
Here you can turn Instant Upload on or off, as well as set the preferred network for uploading both photos and videos. The default settings are Wi-Fi … Read more
Parents buy products for their children on a daily basis, trusting the various companies to put out a safe product. But how do you know if a product is later found to be defective and has a recall? Not all recalls are broadcast on the nightly news, and going to the local store to view the message board of recalls isn't exactly convenient.
Enter Recalls Plus.
Recalls Plus allows parents to enter products, an age range, or allergens to monitor for recalls. The service will then alert you if there is a new recall pertaining to your specific product … Read more
Road trips can be a blast, but sometimes recommendations can come too late. If you don't want to get back home only to hear about the amazing Corn Museum or outsider artist you passed by en route, check out OnTheWay, which mashes up Google Maps and Foursquare data to show you the best stuff to see along the way.
Here's how to use it:Point your browser to OnTheWay. (It has a great mobile look, but I used it on my laptop.) You may want to connect to Foursquare first; you can get better recommendations that way. Click … Read more
Using Gmail with keyboard shortcuts can make your time working in Gmail more efficient by keeping your hands on the keyboard. Though Gmail keyboard shortcuts have been around a while, new ones have been added periodically, coinciding with enhancements and new features.
Here's a list of some of the most useful Gmail keyboard shortcuts you can use right now:
Actions and navigation c : compose new message r : reply a : reply all f : forward Shift + r : reply in new window Shift + a : reply all in new window Shift + f : forward in a new window e : archive y : remove label # : move … Read more
Granted, I download more apps as a tech writer than the typical iDevice user, but if you've had an iDevice for more than a few months, however, it's likely you have deleted many needless apps and free trials after trying them out. The problem is that if you delete an app from your iDevice, the app remains listed in iTunes. This is good if you might one day want to redownload it, but it creates a rather lengthy and unmanageable list when you go to sync your phone. In my case, I have more apps in the Sync Apps list in iTunes that are no longer installed (unchecked) than those that are, making it a chore to sort and manage the apps on my iPhone and iPad. … Read more