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Google.com/dashboard is a central place where you can manage and monitor all of the data that Google collects from you through its services. One of these services is Location History, and you can actually see all of the places you've visited here. It gets this information from your smartphone, provided you have the phone set to share your GPS data.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, and one great deal comes from Microsoft for Windows 8 users. The 'Music Deals' app is offering more than 100 albums for free, and 50 box sets for under $2 each. Artists include John Lennon, The Eagles, Radiohead, Nirvana, and many more.
Streaming video online requires a lot of data, especially when it comes to high definition or Ultra HD content. If you're dealing with data caps, then it's even more important to pay attention to how much data you're consuming when using streaming services such as Netflix. There are settings you can adjust within your Netflix account that will help mitigate your data usage, though.
One of the great things about Android is the ability to customize it for kids to use more safely. But if your Android device doesn't support a kids mode natively, there's a simple way you can still add that functionality -- a free launcher called "Kids Place - Parental Control."
This launcher provides parental controls and a child lock to protect your personal data. It restricts kids from using any app that you haven't approved, and there's a timer to limit the amount of time kids can spend on the device. It will also put restrictions on making phone calls and texting, and more.
Wi-Fi can be a difficult thing to get right, especially when there are numerous Wi-Fi hotspots all around. Even at its best, Wi-Fi won't ever be as fast and reliable as a hardwired connection, and will occasionally suffer drop-outs. But there is a way to optimize your Wi-Fi network so it has less trouble keeping your devices connected.
If you have old VHS video tapes, it's a good idea to convert them to a digital format. There are services that will convert these tapes for you, and send back a DVD, which may be the easiest option. ScanCafe.com will convert VHS, VHS-C, SVHS, Hi8, Digital 8, and MiniDV to DVD for $19.99 per tape. This is also a good option if you're dealing with Hi8 tapes and don't have a playback device.
Apple released OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 earlier this month. While the new operating systems bring a lot of new features, it's always a wise idea to wait so that bugs can be fixed and apps can be updated for it. But how will you know if the apps you use have been updated for OS X Yosemite or iOS 8? Fortunately, there's a website that keeps track of it all -- RoaringApps.com.
Popular word processors such as Microsoft's Word and Apple's Pages save documents in a format specific to that program by default. This means you'll need to have the program the file was saved in, and possibly even a specific version of the program to open the files. This especially becomes a problem when that program is no longer in development.
Email providers like Google's Gmail do a great job of filtering junk mail out of your inbox. But what about the physical paper junk mail you receive through regular snail mail? This can be just as annoying and wasteful. Fortunately, technology can help eliminate it for you, thanks to an app called PaperKarma.