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Alan Truly-Freelance Evergreen Writer

Alan Truly

Freelance Evergreen Writer

About Alan Truly

Alan is a Tech Writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. A tech-enthusiast since his youth, Alan stays current on what's new and what's next. With over 30 years experience in computer, video, and photo equipment, you can expect useful tips and insights in his writing. Alan has a degree in programming, many years focused on design, editing, and animation. A period of managing logistics and e-commerce operations for a mobile accessories company rounds out a diverse background. Alan is a true jack of all digital trades in this ever-changing computer-enriched world. To stay flexible in mind and in body, he practices yoga, light cardio, and eats a whole food diet, based on minimally processed plants.

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Our top 5 passkey tips and tricks to keep you and your data secure

Passkeys are replacing long and complex passwords, and these tips will help you avoid problems and enjoy the benefits of easier logins

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Passkeys simplify security with biometric logins, so you don't have to put as much effort into creating, saving, and recovering passwords. You can also bypass warnings about weak passwords and demands for more characters, including a capital letter, a number, and a symbol.

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What is Verizon Mobile Protect?

Find out what Verizon Mobile Protect coverage includes, its requirements, and whether it's the right insurance plan for your smartphone

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If you're a Verizon customer or are considering switching carriers, you should know about Verizon Mobile Protect. It can protect you from common phone problems, such as a broken screen or dead battery. Some repairs are even free.

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How to turn your Android phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot

One device to connect 'em all

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Android phones have a handy feature that allows you to share your cellular connection with other devices, turning any phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. In many situations, this can be a lifesaver. If you own a 5G Chromebook, like the Acer Chromebook Spin 714, or a 5G tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, getting online isn't a problem. But for many other devices requiring the internet, you need a secure connection to a Wi-Fi source or be plugged in directly.

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How to convert a PDF for your Kindle

Learn how to convert PDF files to Kindle format using Amazon's Send to Kindle service from any browser, email, or device

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Amazon designed the Kindle for reading e-books, and the Kindle app serves that purpose for your phone and tablet. Kindle can display several other types of documents, including PDFs. That's good news because reading on Kindle is comfortable and easy. Many reports, guides, older books, and other documents are available for free as a PDF. The cost of e-books adds up quickly, so getting free reading material for your Kindle is a welcome idea.

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How to print directions from Google Maps

Learn how to print Google Maps directions with Street View images from any device with this complete guide that includes step-by-step screenshots

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If you don't have Android Auto in your car or another built-in navigation system, printing turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps is a good way to stay on track in unfamiliar areas. You can get directions from an Android phone, an iPhone, a Chromebook, and a Windows or a Mac computer. Printing is easier from a browser, but you can share Google Maps directions with other devices and people from the app.

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How to enable, disable, and use RCS Chat in Google Messages

It's probably time we moved on from the old SMS standard

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The RCS messaging protocol has been a long time coming. While iPhone owners have had interactive iMessages for years, Android users had to use third-party messaging apps for years, as carriers were slow to warm up to RCS. Google Messages' adoption of the RCS standard has made the app even better, as it lets you enjoy secure and interactive texting on your Android phone.

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The Pixel Personal Safety app: What it is and how to use it

Learn how to set up Google's Pixel Personal Safety app for help after a car crash or in an emergency and location check-ins when you feel vulnerable

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The last few years have seen many Android companies create or strengthen their safety services. Google's Pixel Personal Safety app was designed to bring help when you're in danger or to keep track of your location and situation when you feel vulnerable. Originally a Google Pixel exclusive, the Personal Safety app is now compatible with several Android phones. To see if the Personal Safety app works on your phone, visit the Play Store. If you own a Samsung device, the company has its own implementation called Samsung SOS.

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How to get coordinates on Google Maps

Learn how to get and use GPS coordinates on Google Maps for precise locations, even in rural areas, for easy sharing or use in other apps

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If you want to share a precise location with someone, like to geocache, or need GPS coordinates for another device, use Google Maps to find this information. It's easy to collect this data if you know where to look. When you have a map location in a numeric form, you can use or share it in various ways. Sometimes, you need to convert coordinates to a different format to work with another device and app. Let's look at how to get coordinates on Google Maps, use this data, and convert it to different formats.

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How to calibrate Google Maps

When Google Maps is wrong, it might indicate your phone's compass needs recalibration. Here's how to correct Google Maps location data

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Google Maps can be a lifesaver when you're in an unfamiliar city or on a lonely highway. Still, even the best digital maps can be misleading if your phone doesn't accurately detect your location. That's why it's important to know how to calibrate Google Maps to pinpoint where you are to get the correct directions to your destination.

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Why is my phone so hot?

Learn why phones get hot, the causes and risks of phone overheating, and the best ways to keep your phone cool for safety and to extend its life

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Phones can get hot, really hot. While it usually isn't dangerous, it can be uncomfortable to hold, particularly on a summer day. Beyond ordinary heat, there are plenty of stories about phones bursting into flames. If your phone is too hot to touch, it might have a problem that needs immediate attention.

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How to block ads on your Android phone or tablet

Keep those annoying ads away from your Android device

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Unwanted ads can be annoying, distracting, and sometimes malicious. Abusive ads can slow even the best Android phones, drain your battery, and compromise privacy. Advertisements usually appear on a web page, but ads can be seen in pop-ups, notifications, and Android wallpaper if an abusive app is installed. Some rogue ads are annoying and automatically start playing video or audio clips in the background. In this guide, we show the different solutions you can use to get rid of these bad ads on your Android phone or tablet.

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What happens to your Facebook account when you die?

Find out what happens to your Facebook account when you die and how you can keep your memories alive after you've passed

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Many people share the equivalent of shelves stacked high with photo albums and piles of notepads filled with information on Facebook, but what happens to all those memories when you die? They don't disappear, but accessing them and keeping them safe might prove difficult. It can be challenging to update and share news on a personal Facebook account for a friend or family member who has passed. Let's explore how memorialization works, what to do before the need arises, and how others can proceed if you didn't plan in advance.

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What is Google's BERT language model?

Learn more about Google's BERT language model, how this breakthrough AI works, what does, and how it's different from Google Bard

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BERT is an AI language model Google developed before Bard. It serves a different purpose and was operational years before OpenAI launched ChatGPT. Google is a leader in artificial intelligence, building AI into Android, Nest smart speakers, and more. Every time you access Google Assistant, that's an AI answering.

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What is Google Fiber and Webpass?

Find out what Google Fiber and Webpass internet services cost, the speed, and where it's available in this complete guide

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Google Fiber and Webpass are high-speed broadband internet services, one offers a wired connection via fiber optic cable, while the other uses millimeter-wave wireless transmission over antennas. Each type of Google Fiber or GFiber service provides fast and dependable internet connections along with gigabit speed. We explain each broadband service and dig into why Google provides internet instead of focusing solely on its search engine.

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How to block someone on LinkedIn

Our step-by-step LinkedIn guide shows you how to quickly block someone who's annoying and abusive to get relief

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If someone is relentlessly annoying you on LinkedIn, you can block them, as you would on other social media platforms. However, you might want to use more caution when doing so. LinkedIn differs from Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and other top social media networks. LinkedIn focuses on business networking rather than personal connections. You might be able to block a friend or family member and apologize if you later realize that was a mistake, but the same action could end a business relationship.

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How to create an Internet Identity account

Learn how to create an Internet Identity account to securely access Web3 services and dApps, the decentralized web, using Internet Computer's ID

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If you're interested in how to create an Internet Identity account, you may have heard about Web3 (the decentralized web) and want to explore the services and apps it offers. This guide shows you how to set up online authentication to access private sessions. When you're finished, you can explore the decentralized web on DFINITY's Internet Computer.

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How to export your Xfinity emails

Learn how to export Comcast Xfinity email to your computer for offline access and security or to Gmail for advanced search and organization

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If you've been reading your Xfinity email using the web app, Gmail on your Android phone, or Apple Mail on your iPhone, your mail is probably located on Comcast's servers, not stored on your device. However, it's relatively easy to export to a computer or Gmail if you want to store or access mail differently.

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How to schedule a Facebook post

Find out how to schedule Facebook posts with the mobile app and free up your time. Our step-by-step guide helps you create posts to send out later

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Sometimes, staying active on Facebook during a busy day is difficult. If you schedule a Facebook post, it eases that burden. By planning ahead, you can prepare a photo, video, or text post in advance, then set a day and time for it to go live while you're away or taking care of something else. Just like that, you can free up time to go shopping or attend a meeting without neglecting one of your Facebook pages or groups. Your followers are happy, and you can catch up on the things you want or need to do offline.

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What is Kindle Unlimited?

Our complete guide to Kindle Unlimited explains what it is, how it works, the cost, the type of content available, and why you should try it

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If you received a book recommendation along with the helpful tip that "it's on Kindle Unlimited," you might be intrigued to find out more. In short, it's an e-book subscription service from Amazon that launched in 2014. You can access a massive library of digital books, audiobooks, comics, and magazines for a monthly fee.

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How to open the Chrome Web Store to add your favorite extensions

Learn how to open and navigate the Chrome Web Store to find and install extensions and themes that enhance your browsing experience

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The Chrome Web Store is a great resource for anyone who uses the Google Chrome browser or a web browser that's compatible with Chrome extensions. For example, Microsoft Edge and other Chromium-based apps can use the same browser extensions.

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