Friday, April 17, 2015

Google your lost phone's location

If you misplace your Android handset, a simple web search is now all it takes to relocate it.

The new and simple to use feature is free and should work with any Android smartphone as long as it's running the latest version of the Google app.

And, if the phone is just hiding under the sofa or somewhere else in the home, launching your PC's web browser and typing ‘Find my phone' into the Google will make the phone ring.

If the handset is lurking further afield, its location will be shown on a Google Map instead.

The only catch in all of this is that your handset and your computer's browser will both need to be connected to or logged into the same Google account.

Source: Yahoo

What is a VPN and how does it work?

It seems like they’re everywhere nowadays: smartphones, tablets, laptops and even sport watches and bands. Our mobile devices allow us to not only make and receive phone calls, but also stay in touch with the things that matter most to us: email, news, weather, social networks and even our health and fitness. All you need is a wireless connection.

What to do when you spill water in your laptop keyboard

You don’t think about it until it happens: a morning coffee, lunchtime soda or bottle of water tips over and spills onto your laptop. The risk of losing data or ruining your device can make you panic. But in rushing to save it, you may do more harm.    

Any amount of liquid, from a drop to a cup, is dangerous to a computer. Sugary drinks such as soda and juice and liquids with alcohol are especially harmful. These are conductive and leave a sticky residue that can kill a laptop long after they’ve dried.

There is no guarantee that your laptop will be unharmed after contact with liquid. By acting swiftly with proper cleanup and securing methods, you might be able to minimize the damage. Here are some tips on what to do – and not to do – for your laptop in case of an accidental spill.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to use Microsoft Office Efficiently...

Did you know proficiency in Microsoft Office is ranked among the top three skills required for high-wage positions? In fact, it’s the only software package to appear in a recent top-20 list of proficiencies necessary for career growth.
And this productivity suite isn’t just for professionals. From planning budgets to creating cookbooks, there are literally thousands of uses for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (not to mention Outlook, Publisher, OneNote and Access). Even if you forgot to add an Office suite to your PC when you bought it, all Lenovo systems come with a Microsoft Office trial you can use to explore the latest features.
Whether you’re just starting your trial or have been using the productivity suite for years, you probably haven’t yet tapped into all that Office has to offer. For example, many users don’t realize you can:


Threats to online security are as prevalent as ever. The more digital devices are woven into the structure of our everyday lives, the more crucial it becomes to protect against the threat of breaches and hacks.
That’s the idea behind Intel® Security’s Five Habits of Practically Unhackable People. These five essential habits take just a few minutes to read and can help you go from susceptible to practically unhackable.
  1. Think before you click
  2. Use HTTPS where it matters
  3. Memorize Manage passwords
  4. Use 2FA all day, every day
  5. Know when to VPN


Many of us remember the early days of wireless communication, and marvel at how rapidly we’ve come to today’s standard. Mobile devices, from laptops to tablets to smartphones, are now commonplace thanks to the fast data rates that modern Wi-Fi and cellular networks. New wireless devices are entering the market virtually every week, offering consumers everything from Smart Home controls and security to e-commerce devices for fast and secure on-the-go purchases. Technology has become a vital part of our lives.

Facebook has introduced ‘Do not disturb’ signs for its chat service

Facebook now lets you put up a 'Sidebar Status' to tell people what you are doing
Facebook has introduced ‘Do not disturb’ signs for its chat service - a way for users to tell friends what they’re up to while they’re away from the keyboard.

The ‘Sidebar status’ updates are reminiscent of ‘away messages’ used on Nineties and Noughties chat services such as AIM and ICQ - and have provoked a wave of nostalgia.

This amazing secret trick will give any Android phone a huge speed boost

We could spend all day counting all of the things that make Android a great platform, but for real smartphone enthusiasts, the operating system’s tweakability is surely somewhere near the top of the list. If there’s functionality you’re looking for that your Android smartphone doesn’t have out of the box, the odds are pretty good that an app or a tweak is waiting to solve your problem.
Among the thousands and thousands of great tweaks out there though, there’s one in particular that is likely the easiest, simplest and most impactful, giving your Android phone a huge speed boost in a matter of seconds with no third-party software required.