GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS

Tips on Web searching have been around as long as the Web itself. But all you really need to know is this:  Start typing whatever is on your mind. The more specific you get, the better. For instance, we Googled “British pronunciation of pasta.” If we’d Googled “British pronunciations,” it would have taken a long time to find what we want. (Incidentally, the British pronounce “pasta” to rhyme with “fast-a.”) Don’t bother with the complicated search tips you read from time to time. They involve colons, minus signs and other unnecessary symbols. Just type in your query. This works especially well when someone sends you an extremely outrageous political quote. Take the first sentence, copy and paste into a search […]

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GETTING A NEW PHONE

A reader pointed out that we don’t seem to do cell phones. That’s true. And the reason is they change so fast, you can become trapped into becoming a phone columnist. We don’t talk that much. But this one’s for you, dear reader struggling with Holiday decisions. If you’re in the market for a new phone, how do you decide between iPhone and Android? If you want an Android phone, which one? You hear about Apple’s iPhones all the time, and they’re nice, but Android phones are 82-percent of the market. We have a Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s still going strong after several years and we see no reason to upgrade. Our only annoyance is that some of the latest […]

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FUN WITH GOOGLE MAPS

Google Maps, a free app for smart phones, is now a tour guide as well as a path finder. Tap the “Explore around you” link. Along the top of the screen you’ll see “breakfast,” “lunch,” “dinner,” “coffee,” and “drinks.” Under each meal category, you’ll see “best,” “make it fast,” and “make it cheap.” We didn’t agree with their “best” choices for lunch nearby but it also gave us alternatives.

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TURN YOUR TV INTO A COMPUTER

Asus has made a “Chromebit.” It’s an $89 four-inch black stick you plug into your TV to turn it into a Chrome computer. Temporarily, of course.

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WHAT TO DO WITH AN OLD COMPUTER

If you have a computer laying around that’s no good any more, consider turning it into a lightning-fast Chromebook.

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900 AILMENTS

Google has catalogued 900 ailments and pulled together pictures, information and some advice. Search for “pink eye,” and off to the right, you’ll get an information box with a picture, basic facts, symptoms and treatment options.

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WAIT, I DIDN’T PRESS PLAY

Chrome users no longer have to worry about so-called “Flash ads” playing automatically, ever since Chrome killed Flash. But what about other videos that start up out of the blue?

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CHROMEBOOKS TAKING THE PLACE OF IPADS IN SCHOOLS

Google’s Chromebooks now account for 49 percent of U.S. computer shipments to schools in grades kindergarten through 12, according to a recent report from Futuresource.

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CHROME KILLS FLASH

“Chrome Kills Flash.” This reads like a headline from a new comic book, but it refers to ads and pictures that use Adobe Flash to make them pop up from the Internet. (The late Steve Jobs often said how much he hated Adobe Flash.)

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GOOGLE FOR PRESIDENT

Here’s a wakeup study for election time: Recent research shows that we trust the Internet — maybe too much. In a test of undecided voters, the name and favorable information about any candidate that came in at the top of their search results, made them likely to switch to that candidate.

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