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How to open Google Drive files in Office directly

When Office 2013 was rolled out by Microsoft, there was a promise made that it would be deeply integrated with the cloud.

Of course, this only applied to Microsoft services such as OneDrive but not for Google Drive or even Dropbox.

So, Google, in seeking to fix this problem, released its plugin that works with literally every version of Office and as far back as 2007. This includes the upcoming Office 2016 too.

With this plugin, you can open Google Drive in Office just as you would OneDrive.

autschHere’s how the plugin works with Office 2013:

Download and install Google Drive for Office as you would any other program.

Now open any Office program (like Word). It will prompt you to sign into your Google account. Once you do this, Google Drive will appear in the ‘Open’ dashboard for Office 2013 programs.

If you want to open a document, then just click the storage service’s icon. A pop-up window will open up and you can be editing the document immediately as soon as you hit ‘Select’.

This is only if it is in Office file format, of course.

One decent tweak that you can try using is clicking on Google Drive> Settings and selecting ‘Microsoft Office files only’. Click ‘Close’.

The reason for this is it makes no sense to see files in the Google Drive format as you cannot open with Office anyways.

The plugin also adds basic features in the Office Ribbon namely save to and open a Drive document, share, rename, move among others.

As for Dropbox, they’re yet to release a similar plugin just as Google has. There is a third-party script that solve this. Look for a tutorial by How To Geek for this.

What You Need to Know About Changing Your Default Search Engine

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Google doesn’t have to be the search engine of choice when it comes to your Android phone.

Reason being: if you are currently using Google Launcher, then there’s a clever way by which you can use DuckDuckGo, Bing or even search directly when using Firefox.

Speaking of the Google Now Launcher, which works on Android devices using 4.1 Jelly Bean or above. All you have to do is hold the home button while swiping up to go into Search.

Usually, the action on your device to open search depends on the software and hardware.

If you install another search app, Android will ask you which one you would like to use by default.

As for the Firefox app for Android, it asks you if you’d like to use Firefox Search and then takes you to that page. Of course, if you want to use another search engine, all you have to adjust it in the browser rather than the app.

Now, if you want to switch back to Google Search, you’ll have to reset it in app preferences. For this, go to Settings>Apps and select the app that you’d like change the settings in. All you have to do is touch the ‘Clear Defaults’.

Also, if you want to reset all defaults, go to Settings and Apps and select ‘Reset App Preferences’. Remember that this will reset everything include the search app that you are using such as browsers, email and music player and so on and so forth.

How to Turn Off Mozilla’s Ads for the New Tab Page

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It’s been a few months riddled with controversy, tweaking and teasing after Firefox has placed its native ads on the “New Tab” page.

Regardless of what you think, they aren’t so bad really.

From one’s first impression of these ads, it is clear that they limit the attention drawn to them as much as possible, are labeled with clarity and avoid collecting user data that is personally identifiable.

What is also clear is that they have stopped depending on Google, which does collect personal data, and this can only mean a good thing for the future.

However, despite all these positive aspects, not everyone is interested in seeing these ads. Keeping the pro-choice and pro-privacy tradition, Mozilla has also provided an option for people to disable these ads too.

This involves a small number of steps to carry out. First, open a new tab and then click on the gear cog which is located on the upper right hand corner of the page. Three options will appear and which include Classic, Bland and Enhanced.

Just remember that the ads only appear when the Enhanced option is selected, and which has been enabled by Mozilla by default.

If you select the Classic option, it will display all the sites that you’ve visited in the past while the Blank option will include just a blank page. You won’t have to worry about aggregate information being collected once you disable the Enhanced tiles either.

And that’s it. You won’t have to see ads anymore from here on. But there’s one thing that you should keep in mind: Mozilla needs funds in order to continue developing Firefox and for which these ads have been placed.

That said, and before you turn it off, think twice because these ads aren’t so bad on the eyes either.

Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Internet Connection with Neighbors

Considering the strength of your Wifi signal, all you have to do if you want to share your connection with your neighbor, is to give them your Wifi password.

If your houses are as tightly knit as they are, in case of apartments, then it should easy. However, when it comes to stand-alone homes, the situation is a little different and might require you to use a couple of methods to boost the signal for your neighbor’s benefit.

That said, it still isn’t a good idea to share your connection with anyone else as performance might take a hit. Of course, you can always pay more for a faster internet but that would effectively eliminate any savings that you might make from sharing one with a neighbor.

And then there are other complications which involve losing a connection when you need it most only to find that rebooting the modem and router isn’t a possibility especially if your neighbor is on vacation and hasn’t left you a key – for obvious reasons.

Which raises another question: how well do you know your neighbors in order to share an internet connection with them?

Are they trustworthy enough, comes to mind?

You never know how they might be using the internet connection whether against you or for questionable activities – for which, the latter might cause law enforcement agencies to question their online activity for yours.

Yet what sums up why you shouldn’t share an internet connection with a neighbor or anyone else is it violates the user agreement that you accepted with your internet service provider.

How to Block Online Spoilers Using Unspoiler

If you don’t like spoilers, then the Internet is not the place for you. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, blogs and news sites, you’ll know what’s happened with your favorite show, even if you didn’t need to.

Considering how easily a comment or a headline can reveal all, going through with a web blackout might be the order of the day.

However, if you’re using Chrome, you don’t have to take such drastic steps since installing Unspoiler, an extension, removes any mentions of your favorite TV show.

In other words, you can resume browsing normally without worrying about spoilage as you browse the web or spend time stay connected with other on a number of social media sites.

Once you install this extension, all you have to do is click the Unspoiler icon and type the name of a show that you want to unspoil. Better still, you can right-click the icon and select Options in order to deal with more detailed settings.

So, if you are looking for any other steps: there aren’t any. That’s it.

However, now you will have to test the filter as to whether it works or not and for this, it’s a good idea to visit a website such as Entertainment Weekly. Now if the show that you’ve entered is “The Walking Dead”, instead of a headline, you’ll see a red banner.

Alternatively, if you do want to read the article, then all you have to do is click ‘show spoiler’ or even ‘save spoiler’ if you want to read it later at Unspoiler.tv.

All in all, instead of having to stay clear of the web just so you can avoid spoilers, this Chrome extension is the perfect and a simple solution to use instead.

Should E-Readers Be Worried?

Article by Kristin Danieli of Inter-Tech Overload

The growing popularity of Tablet PC’s and the continuous new introduction of different models to the market have E-Reader creators like Barnes and Noble and Amazon concerned about what kinds of sales forecasts they can expect in the coming quarters, and what kind of product life these little gadgets can expect. Luckily enough for E-reader producers, tablet PC’s are not threatening sales for like-text electronic devices as most market analysts might expect.

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Electronic reading devices like the Barnes and Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle seem to be beating out their more feature-rich competitors on the simple grounds of easier readability thanks to their basic design. Other analysts believe it’s the price point that have caught a lot of consumers’ attention; listed at considerably less than a tablet, most consumers opt out of having more advanced features in a trade for the convenience of a hand held reading device that delivers the basics of what their looking for.

As E-reader prices continue to fall while affordable monthly subscription plans are on the rise, some market trend watchers are starting to suggest that eventually we could see E-readers put on the market for free; which is to say free after consumers sign up with a set rate and set time period subscription service. Wherever the E-reader trend is going, it does not seem to be in too much danger of being overrun by the tablet frenzy, which is getting considerable attention but the evidence of its existence is little or unsubstantiated at best. In any sense, the electronic reading device market won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

Tips for Improving a Wireless Connection

Up until a few years ago, wired network connections were the norm. While wired connections do provide a little more bandwidth, the hassle of laying out cables and maintaining them is becoming a problem for various reasons. Especially in the case of offices, the cost of re-laying and re-installing cables during a relocation of office premises is enormous.

The most cost effective solution is a wireless router. With router prices dropping drastically over the years, it has become practical for even home owners to install a wireless network. The convenience of being able to work from within any part of the house or office is a luxury that all users will appreciate. While there are some limitations to this technology, the problems encountered are with poor signals, which can be fixed easily using a few remedial measures.

The position of the router has to be thought out when installing the device. Try to locate it as centrally as possible to ensure maximum range. The other thing to keep in mind is that obstructions like walls and such are hindrances for signal broadcast. So if you can’t keep it in the center of your house or office, position it in an optimal place where you will get the maximum range.

If the positioning still does not solve your problems of signal reception, you can always set up one or more repeaters. Repeaters boost the existing signal coming from the router. Therefore you can set it up close to a weak area and ensure that “dead spots” are covered.

Finally, you can upgrade your firmware to take advantage of any new features released by the manufacturer. However, while you do this you should make sure that the router is connected to a UPS to avoid any errors caused by power outages.

A Brief History of Netbooks

The first version of the netBook (also known as mini-notebooks) for general computing applications and for accessing web applications first appeared in 2007. These “primitive” models lacked many of the features of today. They had smaller screens and did not even have an optical drive. Nevertheless their potential was immediately recognized by the masses and lapped up.

The predecessor of the netBook can be traced back to 1991 when the Psion-3 was released. The key factor that sets this particular model apart is that it included a dial-up modem. Since then, we have had the Toshiba Libretto 20, Casio Cassiopeia, Psion netBook, HP Jornada, OQO Model 01, Sony VAIO X505 and finally, the netBook that has really kicked off the phenomenon in 2007, the Asus Eee PC 701.

The reason for the netBook’s popularity is simple. The reliance that people now have on the internet is great which means that people need to have access or to be plugged in to the World Wide Web wherever they are. With the advent of Wi-Fi and free internet access points popping up everywhere, it became normal for people to purchase laptops and carry them to whatever location they travelled to. Yet the problem of weight was a pressing one and this is where the netBook has won hands down.

The netBook’s primary function is to be a device that provides access to the internet. Although mobile phones and handheld devices like the iPod Touch provide the same function, the netBook with a larger screen, QWERTY keyboard and now with an optical drive is a clear winner for anyone who needs to be in touch with the world without being hampered by the limits of a tiny device.

Internet Censorship Gathers Momentum

Once upon a time, the world was outraged by Iran and China filtering and blocking access to content on the internet. Then Australia got into the game which started people scratching their heads, and now with France being the latest entrant into the censorship arena it appears that this is going to be the norm from now on.
The initial argument for censorship is blocking child pornography. This is something no one can argue against and is an absolute necessity.

However, once that is in place it is only a few policies away from an Orwellian “1984” scenario. If you think that this is an excessive statement, consider the policies France expects to implement if the security bill named “LOPPSI2” is passed.

– State sanctioned computer Trojans
– A new database of citizen data, named Pericles
– Requiring ISPs to censor websites that are blacklisted by the government

Now these are only a few of the policies within the bill but the right to free speech, information and privacy are all being infringed upon here, in one way or another. President Sarkozy sees it as solving the problem at its roots. He maintains the view that if you do not allow access to the offending content then people cannot commit the crime; of course he was referring to child pornography and file sharing.

German and British newspapers have already started citing Orwellian examples. The main worry for now is about the rights of the people of France, but in the long term the worry is that the French bill might set a precedent that would be followed by other European countries.

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