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Every single Gmail user has been treated to a huge upgrade, here's how YOU can turn it on

Every single Gmail user has been treated to a huge upgrade, here's how YOU can turn it on

Google has brought a bundle of new features to Gmail users worldwide. No longer simply an email address, Google is bringing its Chat instant messaging service, Rooms feature to share and collaborate on documents and files, and Meet video-call service. This bundle of features, known as Google Workspace – as it’s designed to boost your productivity across Google’s free-to-use web apps, was previously reserved for those with education or enterprise Google Accounts.

However, that’s now changed. Google has brought Workspace to all three billion Google Account holders worldwide. Whether you’ve got a Gmail email address, have used Google Docs in the past, or commented on a YouTube video… you’ve got a Google Account. If you have one of those you’ll be able to take advantage of these new tricks.

To enable the new Chat and Rooms functionality inside Gmail on Android and iOS, follow the instructions below…

  • Open the Gmail app
  • Launch the Settings menu from the toolbar running along the bottom of the screen
  • Tap on your personal Gmail account name
  • Then head to General > Chat
  • Tap on the button marked “Try it”
  • This will trigger Gmail to restart with a tutorial. This will teach you how to use Chat inside Gmail and will remind you to switch off notifications from the standalone Google Chat app – as you’ll get double notifications for every new message if you don’t turn them off

If you use Gmail on the web instead, you’ll need the below instructions…

  • Head to the webpage mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/chat
  • Make sure to check the box marked “Google Chat” instead of “Classic Hangouts,” which is enabled by default
  • If you have an account managed by someone else – like an educational institution, for example – you might only find On/Off options for Hangouts
  • Google will ask you to confirm your decision
  • And that’s it – head back to your inbox and you’ll see the new Chat option

Workspace brings together a number of Google’s most popular web apps for improved interoperability. Bringing together all of these apps makes Google’s free-to-use web apps more competitive against the likes of Microsoft Office 365. Workspace lets you present documents from Google Docs, Sheet, or Slide inside a Google Meet video call with a single click.

If you rely on Google Docs to collaborate on documents with friends or family, this clever integration makes it more tempting to ditch third-party options like Zoom over Google Meet – something Google is keen to promote.

Workspace also adds a messaging service, dubbed Google Chat, inside your Gmail inbox. This new service replaces Hangouts.

This lets you send a text message, picture, videos or web links to anyone in your Gmail contacts list. You can also start group messages with anyone in your contacts list – saving you from the hassle of sending group emails (and remembering to click ‘Reply All’ each time). Of course, you can also drop Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets documents inside a Chat window to share them with friends, family and colleagues too.

You can also use @ to mention a contact from Gmail inside a Chat, Google Doc, Google Sheet …or any of the other applications included in Workspace. This flags what you’re doing to friends and lets them jump straight into the Google Doc to see the To Do list you’re drafting, for example.

“Collaboration doesn’t stop at the workplace — our products have been optimised for broad participation, sharing and helpfulness since the beginning,” said Javier Soltero, VP and GM, Google Workspace, in a company blog post. “Our focus is on delivering consumers, workers, teachers and students alike an equitable approach to collaboration, while still providing flexibility that allows these different subsets of users to take their own approach to communication and collaboration.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Why every Google Photos user must do this one important thing TODAY

Why every Google Photos user must do this one important thing TODAY

Prices for more space start from £1.59 per month for 100GB, £2.49 for 200GB or £7.99 for a whopping 2TB.

It’s worth noting that most images, once compressed are around 3MB in size. That means you should be able to store over 5,000 images on Google Photos before needing to pay for any extra storage.

Explaining more about the change, Google said: “From 1 June 2021, high-quality and express-quality content will count towards your Google Account storage. Once you’ve reached your storage limit, you can either subscribe to Google One (where available) for additional storage or delete content in order to continue with the free storage option in Photos.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

New Google Chrome trick every iPhone and iPad user needs to know

New Google Chrome trick every iPhone and iPad user needs to know
Chrome users should definitely make sure they have the very latest version of this popular web browser installed on their iPhone and iPad. Google has just released a big update to its iOS app which now makes it fully compatible with Apple’s widget system.
This means you can now search the web straight from your home screen with a simple tap launching you straight to the World Wide Web. And that’s not all as the widget also includes easy access to Incognito Mode for hidden browsing along with searching the internet using just your voice and a fast way to snap QR codes.

Like most iOS 14 widgets, Chrome can be resized to suit individual tastes – that means you can view it as a small square or have the service take up almost the entire home screen.

As well as the search widget appearing on the screen, another fun feature is that you can also add the famous Dinosaur Game to your iPhone.

If you’re a longtime Google Chrome user, you’re probably familiar with the hidden Jurassic title. If you’re not, the game is available whenever you lose your internet connection and find yourself on the “There is no internet connection” error page.

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Tapping on it will launch a new browser window with The Dinosaur Game ready to go.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to play The Dinosaur Game within the widget itself but it’s still a quick way to kill a few minutes on the morning commute.

If you fancy giving it a try then it’s simple to add the widget. All you need to do is touch on any app icon or widget on the home screen until a small menu pops-up. Tap the ‘Edit Homescreen’ and all of your apps will begin to jiggle. Then tap the Add button in the top left-hand corner.

Select the Chrome widget from the menu and then swipe left or right to choose from the three different widget sizes. Then tap Add Widget.

You should then see Chrome appear between your apps on the main home screen.

Apple’s famous home screen could be in for more changes next month when the firm holds its yearly WWDC Developers Conference.

This online event takes place from June 7 with news on the next generation of iOS, macOS, iPadOS and watchOS updates all expected to be announced.

“We love bringing our developers together each year at WWDC to learn about our latest technologies and to connect them with Apple engineers,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing. “We are working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet, and are excited to offer Apple developers new tools to support them as they create apps that change the way we live, work, and play.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Boom Bust looks at to how Facebook’s abuse of user data created market opportunities for Signal

Boom Bust looks at to how Facebook’s abuse of user data created market opportunities for Signal

Internet giant Facebook and messaging app Signal have recently locked horns over an ad campaign in which the latter planned to expose how social media data collection works.

Earlier this week, Signal tried to use Facebook’s own tools against it when it attempted to launch ads on the platform that showed viewers some of the information collected about them to demonstrate how much personal data the tech giant collects and sells access to. 

However, the campaign was blocked, according to Signal. Facebook claims that the move was just a publicity stunt by the company, which is a rival of Facebook’s WhatsApp. RT’s Boom Bust digs into the feud between the duo. 

“They [Signal] have created a PR campaign out of the fact they have told the truth about how Facebook goes through… conducting targeted advertising by selling your data,” RT’s Boom Bust co-host Ben Swann says, noting Signal seems to be the winner in this fight. 

He further explained that the actions of Facebook, Twitter and other US tech behemoths are the reason why smaller rivals like Signal can thrive. “These companies actually are creating the market opportunity for competitors,” he said, adding that this would have been impossible just several years ago. “The difference now is that companies like Facebook, they keep doing things, where they abuse user data…or they change something like WhatsApp.”

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Author: RT
This post originally appeared on RT Business News

Google adds hidden Chrome shortcut that every web user should know

Google adds hidden Chrome shortcut that every web user should know

If you want to take advantage of this feature then you don’t need to do anything – the shortcut for Google search is available inside every browser including Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

In other Google news, Chrome users have found out about another upcoming enhancement to their browsing experience.

As reported by Techdows, it looks an upcoming Chrome 92 could bring with it a game-changing feature called ‘Memories’.

The Memories feature, which is currently in development and available to try out via the Canary channel, gives Chrome users a more in-depth look at their browser history.

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This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

The very simple Gmail trick every Google email user needs to know about

The very simple Gmail trick every Google email user needs to know about
If you’re fed up with your Gmail inbox being swamped by a daily barrage of spam emails from companies you have never heard of, there’s a very simple way of finding out how these firms may have targeted your account. A simple trick has been posted online, via the team at Gadget Hacks, which allows Gmail users to find out exactly who has been sharing their address with others.
Next time you head online to buy something or sign up for a service and are forced to enter your email address there’s a neat little way of seeing what then happens to your personal data.

All you need to do is type the first part of your Gmail address into the email field but then add a + sign and give it a unique name. Once you’ve done that you should finish things with the usual @gmail.com.

For example, if you are signing up to a Facebook account you would give the social network the address [email protected]

It might sound like an odd idea but the reason this works is that Gmail ignores all letters that fall between the + and @ sign meaning you can add any extra details between these characters.

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Should a firm then hand over these details to anyone else you’ll know exactly what has been going on due to that unique identifier you added.

As Gadget Hacks explains, firms can make money by selling email addresses on to marketing companies and because your email address always looks identical you’ll have no idea who has been spilling the beans about your data.

If you are getting unwanted messages you can try and unsubscribe as all marketing messages should offer this option.

If that doesn’t work then the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can sometimes help.

On its website, the ICO states “If you have received a spam email please report it to us.

“We will use the information you have provided to identify, investigate and take action against organisations that are not following the rules around direct marketing.”

So, next time you are asked to tap in your Gmail address to sign up to a service then give this has a try as it may reveal some interesting insights into what is happening to your data.

News of this hack comes as Google has announced that it is offering Gmail users a very nice boost that couldn’t have come at a better time. The US tech firm has just announced that it’s extending its unlimited free video calls, via Google Meet, until June 30th. That means all Gmail fans can now carry on chatting online with friends and family without fear of being cut off mid-sentence.

Balan Wonderworld Is Getting A Suspicious Amount Of 10/10 Metacritic User Reviews

Balan Wonderworld© Square Enix

Balan Wonderworld has had some shockingly awful press around its release, including warnings of scenes that are unsafe for epileptic players, and a bunch of reviews that rarely poke their heads up above the 6/10 mark. Needless to say, it’s not looking good for Square Enix’s latest, made with Sonic the Hedgehog alum Yuji Naka at the helm.

Except… actually… maybe it’s all okay! Over the past few days, a slew of 10/10 scores have been coming in from Metacritic users, bumping Balan Wonderworld’s score up to a surprisingly high, overall positive average. It’s starting to look a little… suspect, if you ask us (and the rest of the internet). What’s the opposite of review bombing? Review… inflating? Review fluffing? Well, it’s that.

"I don't need to pass a Captcha to prove I'm definitely real"
“I don’t need to pass a Captcha to prove I’m definitely real” (Image: Square Enix)

Many of these users have names that look more like someone choking on Alphabet Soup than real handles, and all of their reviews are glowing. Even when we like games so much that we wish there was some way to pump them into our bloodstream, we still have criticism, like the fact that Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn’t have a fishing minigame (electrocuting the water doesn’t count).

What’s more, many of these comments are written in similar broken English, with repeated phrases across a few of them, and, weirdly, all of the negative reviews are getting downvoted to hell. Hmm.

Tornado Wolf is a more believable name than most of these reviewers have
Tornado Wolf is a more believable name than most of these reviewers have (Image: Square Enix)

Let’s take a look at what some of these 100 per cent legitimate 10/10 reviews are saying:

“Live this game as an adventure And you will be rewarded with the best platform ever” – Larryor

“Overall, I’m feel satisfied by this Balan Wonderworld” – Ukaty

“Best game of this decade” – Omono

“A really shiny experience to live for just have some good moments of fun, with a nice platform” – Beryph

“This is the greatest platform game made in the whole gen” – Okuman

“Egregious and absolutely stunning game” – Uqln

“This Balan Wonderworld became one of my favorite platforming games after hitting the credits” – Ezynu

“If you love games like NiGHTS or Croc, you will also love this Balan Wonderworld” – Olony

“It’s just like playing the old good platform games, like NiGTHS or Croc, and I love this” – Whastym

“I’m like it” – Klroph

Either every user reviewer here has unpronounceable consonant sneezes for names, and finds Balan Wonderworld “cute”, “cool”, and “surprisingly emotional”, or, yeah, these are bots. It might have been less obvious if several of them didn’t try to assert that Balan Wonderworld is the platformer of the decade.

Okay, this one's definitely a joke, but seeing someone call Miyamoto a "baka" is worth including
Okay, this one’s definitely a joke, but seeing someone call Miyamoto a “baka” is worth including

We can only speculate, of course, but we do have a few questions: If they are bots, who paid for them? And did they really think this would work, instead of being awful press?

In the interest of fairness, here are a couple of the negative reviews:

“This game is a dumpster fire” – octoyoshi

“Final boss nearly killed me, and I’m not even talking about an in-game death” – JoeMamama

“this is such a dull, boring, repetitive & brain dead game that it physically hurts me” – FieryGarfield

Hey, this is just a news piece. We won’t tell you what to think. You’ll have to read our review for that, with quotes like “Balan Wonderworld simply isn’t fun to play” and “Balan Wonderworld is a waste of your time”. And we can promise that none of us are bots. Except maybe Alex, who’s been beeping a lot lately.

So, what do you think? Bots, or legitimate reviews? Does this make you more, or less likely to try out Balan Wonderworld? Let us know in the comments, unless you’re also a bot.

WhatsApp reveals eight simple things every Android and iPhone user must do TODAY

WhatsApp reveals eight simple things every Android and iPhone user must do TODAY
If you spend hours every day chatting on WhatsApp then you might be wise to check out the latest tips and tricks from the popular messaging service. The Facebook-owned firm has just released eight useful things that every user should know if they want to keep their chats running smoothly and free from clutter. This digital spring clean includes clearing out storage, leaving old group chats and making sure the app isn’t munching through your monthly data allowance. There are also some tips on how to keep your chat app updated and your messages safe from prying eyes.
“The more we live our lives online the more we have to protect, which is why your personal calls and messages on WhatsApp are protected by end-to-end encryption. said Kathryn Harnett, Public Policy Manager at WhatsApp.

“This means no one else can read them, not even WhatsApp. But WhatsApp also offers a host of optional settings to help you control your account privacy and safety, such as two-factor authentication. We recommend a digital spring clean, not only to free up storage space, but also as an opportunity to make sure you’re in control of your privacy and security.”


1. Clear out your storage: Don’t let media clog your memory. Use WhatsApp’s “Manage Storage” function to review and delete items over 5MB, and check individual chats to see how much of your storage they’re using. You can also quickly archive, clear and delete all your chats in a few simple taps, just head to the Chats section in your Settings.

2. Protect your phone’s memory: Want to stop photos and videos automatically saving to your camera roll and filling up your phone’s memory? Head to the Chats section in your Settings and deactivate the “Save to Camera Roll” switch.

3. Safeguard your data plan: Help cut down the data you use on WhatsApp by customising your automatic download settings, putting you in control of when and if you download files and media. Head to “Storage and Data” in your Settings and then choose if photos, audio, video and documents can auto-download with Wi-Fi, data and Wi-Fi or never (meaning none will download until you select them).

4. Leave, mute or archive unwanted groups: Are you part of group chats you no longer value? You can quickly and easily leave groups, or choose to mute or archive those you don’t want to hear from right now. Open the group chat, tap the group subject and scroll down to see the option “Exit Group” or “Mute”. Alternatively, tap and hold the group in the Chats tab, then tap “Exit Group” or “Archive”.

5. Turn on Disappearing Messages: Turning on Disappearing Messages will make any new messages in a chat disappear after seven days, offering you peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent. Just open the chat, tap the contact’s name, scroll down to see the option “Disappearing Messages” and then select on.

6. Update your Privacy settings: You are in control of who can see your Read Receipts, Last Seen, About and Profile Photo. Head to Account in Settings, then tap Privacy, and you can change any of these to be seen by everyone, just your contacts, or nobody at all – it’s totally up to you.

7. Block unwanted users: It’s quick and easy to block someone on WhatsApp. Head to your Privacy settings, tap block and then add contacts or the unknown number you wish to block.

8. Set up Two-step verification: Want to add an additional layer of security? Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your WhatsApp account. To enable it open Settings, tap Account and Two-Step Verification, then press ‘enable’ and set a pin. When you enable two-step verification, you also have the option to enter your email address, and this allows WhatsApp to email you a reset link in case you ever forget your PIN, and also helps safeguard your account.

Jason Manford sends out urgent warning after fake Facebook user attempts to scam his fans

Jason Manford sends out urgent warning after fake Facebook user attempts to scam his fans

While Jason is yet to speak out if the unknown account user responded to his message, his fans, like Jason, saw the funny side and attempted to make light of a potentially scary situation.

“Love the one that says he’s in Arizona with a Greggs reflected behind him,” alongside a laughing emoji, referring to a picture posted to the account of Jason and a man sitting outside the bakery.

A second added: “This guy has actually made me laugh more than you do! That is no easy task!”

Another sighed: “I really don’t think Urmston Town Centre has ever been mistaken for Phoenix, Arizona.”