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How to Disable Google Now on Your Android Device

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Find out how to disable Google Now on your Android device. Whether you want to extend your battery life or privacy reasons, you can opt to disable Google Now.

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Android Wear hardware review: Sometimes promising, often frustrating | Ars Technica
Android Wear software review: Smartwatch software that doesn’t suck | Ars Technica
Interesting read. And telling headlines. On one hand it is clear that these watches actually give users a great way to deal with notifications. On the other hand the reviews are clear that “notifications-on-your-wrist still isn’t a killer app”. Will it ever be? Not for me probably. But I can think of a few other ways a smartwatch could be useful for me. And that is maybe the promise of smartwatches. Apps will let users expand their abilities to fit their individual lifestyles. But smartwatches still need to find a few widely attractive killer apps in order to reach a mass audience. Like “internet, mail and maps in your pocket” were battering rams for the smartphone.

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Android Wear hardware review: Sometimes promising, often frustrating | Ars Technica

Android Wear software review: Smartwatch software that doesn’t suck | Ars Technica

Interesting read. And telling headlines. On one hand it is clear that these watches actually give users a great way to deal with notifications. On the other hand the reviews are clear that “notifications-on-your-wrist still isn’t a killer app”. Will it ever be? Not for me probably. But I can think of a few other ways a smartwatch could be useful for me. And that is maybe the promise of smartwatches. Apps will let users expand their abilities to fit their individual lifestyles. But smartwatches still need to find a few widely attractive killer apps in order to reach a mass audience. Like “internet, mail and maps in your pocket” were battering rams for the smartphone.

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Google’s self-driving car isn’t a car, it’s the future Somewhere deep inside the secret labs at Google X, Sergey Brin must have read that and smiled. And then climbed into his tiny car — the one with a strange smiley face for a front and a noticeably missing steering wheel — and with a single button press instructed his car to drive him wherever billionaires go to cackle at the short-sightedness of other billionaires.

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Google’s self-driving car isn’t a car, it’s the future
Somewhere deep inside the secret labs at Google X, Sergey Brin must have read that and smiled. And then climbed into his tiny car — the one with a strange smiley face for a front and a noticeably missing steering wheel — and with a single button press instructed his car to drive him wherever billionaires go to cackle at the short-sightedness of other billionaires.

Beyond the Basics: Six Tips for Better Formatting in Microsoft Word

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If you’ve worked with Word much at all, you know how frustrating it can be getting formatting just the way you want it. While you can’t remove all of the frustration, you can eliminate a lot of it by learning how formatting works in Word and what tools are available to help you control it.

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Data Protection and Cyber Security: How to Stay Safe on the Internet

It is important to stay safe and secure while using the Internet, especially it offers a lot of opportunities. There are a lot of ways to gain access to your personal information while on the Internet such as email password, banking details, or social security pin. Below are several ways that can keep you safe from various kinds of cybercriminals and navigate the web securely.

Secure Password

Make sure that you create a strong password combination. Don’t use weak and simple passwords that can be searched on the dictionary. You may consider using special dates, along with special characters, since it is harder to decrypt. Change your password regularly and don’t give it to anyone. Also, never use the same password for all your personal and/or banking accounts as added security measure.

Anti-Virus Software

It is designed to protect you and your computer from viruses. Keep your anti-virus software updated regularly, especially now that new viruses are developed almost every day. Anti-virus software also scans incoming emails and attachments to make sure they are free from potential worms and viruses.

Personal Firewall

Install firewall in your computer to prevent hackers and thieves from stealing and using your personal information such as phone numbers or credit card information. Don’t use two firewalls at the same time as they can interfere with one another. Firewall is like a guard watching every activity that tries to enter and access your system; blocking connections from sources that look suspicious.

Download Safely

Be vigilant when downloading files or software from various sites. Only visit sites that have been rated or verified by trusted sources. Never open email attachments from strangers unless you fully know and trust them. Some junk emails may contain viruses that can harm your computer. Watch out for files attached, particularly executable files (.exe), even if it came from people you know. Do not forward emails if you are not sure that the attached files are safe. Because some files transport and distribute viruses and other programs, which can permanently destroy files, damage computer hardware, and collect sensitive information.

File-Sharing Risks

Your computer’s operating system allows other computers on a network to access the hard drive of your computer in order to share files, including the Internet. This ability can be used to infect your computer with a virus or access the files on your computer, without your knowledge. Do not share access to your computer with strangers!

The internet is a useful and powerful tool, but we shouldn’t venture online without taking some basic precautions. Let’s be a responsible Internet user. To protect you and your family’s identity and finances, you need to have the right tools in place before using the Internet. Lastly, protect yourself against data loss by backing up all your files on a regular basis.

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By: Sheila Adaya - Tech support engineer at Supportrix