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Google's April Fool's Joke Backfired

Episode 1275

Google had two April Fool's jokes this year, one being the introduction of Google Cardboard Plastic, which is a VR headset to experience real life. It's simply clear plastic that you'd wear on your face just to see the real world through it.

The other April Fool's joke actually altered the way Gmail behaves, and it had some disastrous results. It was called "Gmail Mic Drop," and it replaced the "Send & Archive" button with "Send and Mic Drop." This inserted a goofy animated GIF of a Minion doing a mic drop.

How can I scan something with my Chromebook?

Wade from Minneapolis, MN

Episode 1275

Wade has a Chromebook and wants to know how he can scan with it. Leo says that the Epson All-In-One will scan to Google Drive. He can set up his Chromebook with Google CloudPrint and Google Drive, and then he can scan directly to it. Leo says that a Chromebook really is the answer for most people because they can store everything in the cloud and it's just simpler, more secure, and there really isn't anything you can't do with it.

(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)

Can a Chromebook run Office applications?

Stacey from San Pedro, CA

Episode 1267

Stacey wants to know if a Chromebook can run Microsoft Office functions. Leo says that it can run Google Docs, but it won't run Windows apps like Office. Google Docs has a spreadsheet program that's almost as good as Excel, though. She's also having trouble using the trackpad. Leo says to just buy a mouse, plug it in via USB, and it'll be just like a desktop.

Nextbit Robin Android Smartphone Review

Episode 1265

Nextbit Robin

Nextbit is a company founded by a former designer of the HTC One along with a couple of ex Google Android developers. They raised money from venture capitalists and then went to Kickstarter and raised a few million more for a new Android phone called the Robin. It comes in two colors: Mint and Midnight Blue. It's made of soft plastic, not metal. It has hard, square edges. Like the HTC One, it has front-facing stereo speakers. The fingerprint reader is the power button on the side of the phone.

What should I buy as my first smartphone?

Episode 1263

Ginger from Santa Monica, CA
Google Nexus 6P

Ginger is ready to buy her first smartphone. She's with Sprint, but she's thinking of moving to Verizon. Leo says it depends on her location for what carrier is best. One service that Leo uses is Google Fi. It uses Sprint, T-Mobile or Wi-Fi.

Leo suggests going to fi.google.com to request an invitation. The service is limited to phones to Google's pure Nexus line. But for the first smartphone, Leo usually recommends an iPhone. Leo suggests choosing her carrier and then deciding which phone from there.

How can I tag everyone in all my pictures?

John from Oceanside, CA

Episode 1260

John has uploaded photos from his DVDs, backing them up to various services like One Drive, etc. Now he wants to tag them. How can he get his mom to look at them so she can tell them who they are?

Leo says that Google Photos is the best option. He can create a shareable album that everyone can add to and the facial recognition will tag all the other photos once he tags one.

How can I read a drive formatted with a Chromebook?

Barry from San Diego, CA

Episode 1258

Barry uses a Chromebook to transfer his images to an external hard drive, but now he can't open it in Windows. Leo says that issue may be that the Chromebook formatted the hard drive in a format that Windows doesn't recognize. It's likely formatted in a Linux format, like EXT 2 or 3. Barry can get an extension to Windows that will be able to translate it. Check out Ext2FsD.