In a world stuffed full of articles and stories, it can be hard to find the stuff that really interests you . As the name implies, Google Discover is one solution to this problem, and you probably already have it. A Brief History of Google Discover Google Discover’s origins go back to 2012 when it was called “Google Now.” The idea of “Google Now” was to give you information throughout the day without your input. In other words, Google would do the Google Searches for you. Google Now could show you boarding passes, upcoming sporting events, calendar events, tracking numbers, and much more. Slowly, Google stripped down the product and moved many of these features to Google Assistant’s “ Snapshot .” Eventually, it was trimmed down to mostly articles from around the web, and it became referred to simply as the “ Google Feed .” In 2018, Google officially announced a new name and look for it, and that’s the Google Discover we have today. RELATED: What Is the … [Read more...] about What Is Google Discover, and How Do I View It on My Phone?
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If you’re on your way to China or are simply the curious kind, you may want to find out what lies beyond the Great Firewall. While a heavily censored internet looks a lot like our own, it manages to seem a little off in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways. What Makes the Internet in China Different? Unlike, for example, the United States or European countries, China has placed its internet behind a strict screen of censorship dubbed the Great Firewall. It’s a highly sophisticated system that can block connections from Chinese IP addresses to ones that are considered harmful to the Chinese public. This includes adult entertainment and gambling sites as well as those featuring particularly violent content. Most striking of all, though, is that so few foreign media sites are accessible to people in the People’s Republic. The Chinese Communist Party tightly controls information flow and prefers that its people not read sources that haven’t been vetted by the regime. That being said, … [Read more...] about What to Expect from the Internet in China
Signal , the secure messaging application , ties itself to your phone number. For extra protection against thieves stealing your phone number , you can enable Registration Lock, preventing anyone from registering another account with your phone number. What Is Registration Lock? Your Signal account is tied to your phone number, which means you don’t even need a password to log in. Your Signal account can only be linked to one phone number, so you can only have Signal active on one iPhone or Android smartphone at a time. To sign up again on a new device, you’ll need access to your number (usually via your SIM) so that you can receive a code to prove who you are. But what happens if someone steals your phone or your SIM, or gets access to the Google Voice or similar account you used to sign up? Registration Lock prevents your account from being re-registered on another device without the PIN you used to sign up for Signal being provided. With Registration Lock … [Read more...] about How to Turn on Registration Lock in Signal
Microsoft Excel becomes a powerhouse once you get into its expansive list of sorting options. Here we’ll cover its most straightforward option for sorting, a simple option that enables us to reorder data in specific columns. In your spreadsheet, highlight the row with the headings you want to sort. If you don’t want to sort all of the data, you can also just select those cells you need by highlighting them, or by holding Ctrl and clicking to choose multiple unconnected cells. From the top of the page, click “Data” to switch tabs. Locate “Sort & Filter,” then click the “Filter” icon. This will add a small down arrow to the right of each heading. Click the arrow next to “Total $” and sort by largest to smallest or smallest to largest by clicking the appropriate option in the dropdown. This option works for any number, so we can also use it for the “Sales” and “Product ID” sections. Words, on the other hand, are sorted differently. We can sort these … [Read more...] about How to Make Sortable Headings in Excel
We’ve all been trained to archive every email we get. After all, we have basically infinite storage, and we can just find all the emails we need with a quick search, right? Makes sense. But that’s a trap. Gmail Promised Endless Storage but Hasn’t Kept up Whether or not you use Gmail, it’s important to understand that the idea of never deleting emails was widely popularized by Gmail. Before that, people generally deleted their emails regularly. You had to delete them to free up space so that you could get more emails. Gmail was earth-shattering when it was launched back in 2004. Google’s email service delivered a whopping 1 GB of free email storage. That put its competitors to shame—the free version of Microsoft Hotmail offered a tiny 2 MB at the time. Yes, Gmail launched with five hundred times as much free storage as Microsoft’s email service. It’s no wonder that Gmail became so popular. Its competitors struggled to keep up , but even they added much more storage space. … [Read more...] about Why You Should Delete Emails Instead of Archiving Them
TikTok is one of the world’s largest social media platforms, and its userbase is still growing. Here’s why so many people are still addicted to TikTok and why they won’t stop using it anytime soon. A Brief Recap of TikTok TikTok has over one billion active users across the world, and that number continues to grow. If you’re currently out of the loop, this amount of use seems staggering, but there are very good reasons why so many teens are still addicted to the app. In early 2020, we explored why TikTok had so many devoted users . However, in light of its rapid and sustained growth, we wanted to explore what the app does that causes users to spend hours or even days scrolling through the TikTok feed. RELATED: What Is TikTok, and Why Are Teens Obsessed with It? The “For You” Page and the Algorithm The biggest reason that so many teenagers, and people of all ages, are still addicted to TikTok is the app’s content discovery feed, better known as the “For You” … [Read more...] about Why Is TikTok So Popular? Why the Social Network Is Unique