Google’s making a serious play for privacy these days, with much of the company’s recent I/O developers’ conference revolving around the theme of choice and transparency in how your data is stored. And you know what? Despite Google’s oft-discussed practice of using your personal information to deliver relevant ads—throughout Google’s own services and on websites that utilize its AdSense ad network—the company is up front about its practices and happy to let you opt in or out of almost any form of data collection. At the same time, though, it’s up to you to seek out and adjust those options. By default, Google tends to allow for the maximum amount of data collection across its various apps and services. Sure, you might technically check a box that opts you in during your initial account setup—but if you really want to claim control over exactly how Google collects your activity and uses that information, the onus is on you to take … [Read more...] about 7 Google privacy settings you should revisit right now
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Devon Delfino, provided by Published 11:22 am CDT, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Shutterstock Google Photos lets you store, share, view, and edit photos and videos, and includes an AI-powered assistant to help manage your media. It works for both Android and iOS devices, and provides an automatic backup for your media. Google Photos can be free with unlimited storage — but there are caveats. Those who can't stick to them can opt to upgrade and pay a monthly fee. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Launched in 2015, Google Photos is a tool that can store photos, videos and screenshots taken by your phone. It's a solid media backup to have at your disposal. And, because it's a cloud-based tool, it can free up space on your phone. Plus, it works on both Android and iOS devices. Here are a few more things to know about the popular photo-backup platform: Google Photos: The basics Google Photos users can upload new photos, view, edit, save and create … [Read more...] about ‘How does Google Photos work?’: Everything you need to know about Google’s photo storage app
Sarah Wells, provided by Published 4:01 pm CDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019 Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Google Assistant is a smart assistant designed to help you answer questions and perform numerous tasks. Google Assistant comes pre-installed on most Android phones and Google Homes, but can be installed on other systems as well, such as the iPhone. You can go into your device's settings to customize your Google Assistant, allowing it to automate even more tedious tasks. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. It's safe to say that we're in the midst of a smart assistant revolution. Since Apple first released its smart assistant, Siri, in spring 2011, competitors like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have followed suit with their own virtual assistants. While there are a set of standard skills that you can safely find in nearly any smart assistant — such as searching the internet or setting a timer — not all smart assistants are the same. And recent … [Read more...] about How to use and customize Google Assistant on your phone or Google Home
Olivia Young, provided by Published 12:42 pm CDT, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 OpturaDesign/Shutterstock Google Voice is a free and easy-to-use online service designed to consolidate several phones. A single Google Voice number will ring through to all of your different devices and potentially allow you to switch carriers without having to change numbers every time. The internet telephone service is easy to set up and use on any device. Here's how to do it. Launched by Google a decade ago, Google Voice (which used to be called GrandCentral before Google acquired the company in 2007) has achieved longevity as a service but still remains rather misunderstood. It's pretty much just an internet telephone service that allows you to combine all your other phone services. Let's say, for instance, that you have a landline at home (almost half of Americans reportedly still do), as well as a business phone and your personal smartphone. Rather than bouncing between three different … [Read more...] about How to set up and use Google Voice on your computer or mobile device
Last month, Sonos started beta testing Google Assistant support for its Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers. While both devices already work with Amazon Alexa voice commands, adding Google Assistant is without precedent. With every other smart speaker–whether it’s made by Google, Amazon, or a third party–you’re locked into one assistant or the other. Still, the feature in its current form has one major limitation: There’s no way to use both assistants interchangeably by saying either “Alexa” or “Hey Google.” Instead, you must assign a single assistant to a speaker, and use the Sonos app to switch between them. Being able to use both assistants without a cumbersome switching process would have some clear benefits: You could shop on Amazon without giving up Google Assistant’s superior search capabilities, or tap into Amazon’s larger number of third-party skills without losing voice control over Chromecast devices. You … [Read more...] about Why can’t Alexa and Google Assistant coexist on one device?