Google Photos For Your Computer , Tablet , Smartphone

Google Photos is a great way to back up your photos on your computer , tablet and smartphone , whether it is on the Windows , Mac or Android platforms Remember it is free to upload and use the service as long as you have a Google Account It will also help you save space on your smartphone / tablet if you are running out of room. I encourage everyone to install Google photos across all there devices , then all your photos will be combined into one collection. Now they have introduced OCR – optical character recognition – the ability to find words in photos This new capability will make it possible for you to locate a screenshot you took of your new password or that street sign on your trip to Europe and allow you to translate that sign. You can now search with simple keywords and then… Read More

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Home Made DVDs – It Maybe Time To Make A Digital Copy

Many people would have DVDs that they made 10 – 15 years ago of family events , weddings etc. Recently I had a client ask if I could make digital copies of the DVD which means making a file of the DVD that can be played on a computer or then streamed via wifi to a TV. Unfortunately about 25% of the old DVDs did not work now. This can be for a number of reasons: Poor storage The DVDs were cheap to begin with You can make a digital copy using Handbrake a free solution and even if the old DVDs work it si good to have that backup copy. How To Use Handbrake Remember to CONTACT ME if you need assistance

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How Do I Backup My Smartphone – Tablet ?

This week with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus being released and those that are swapping from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to its recall will be concerned that they may not back everything up when switching phones. I am also asked this question constantly , especially after an event when people have lost everything. Apple Devices – iPhones iPads There are 2 ways via iCloud or iTunes – instructions are at the link below – but the quicker way is always through iTunes with a password on the backup so that your passwords are transferred. How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes Android Devices It largely relies on Google as all Android devices ” should ” have a Google account tied to them  How to backup Android in 5 easy steps How To Backup Your Device Using Your Samsung Account How do I… Read More

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Windows File History – A Great Way To Recover Files & Back Up

Turning on Windows File History is a quick and easy way to back up for Windows 10 and Windows 8 users. The steps are that you plug an external hard drive into your computer , open up File History which is in the Control Panel , turn it on and it will save copies of your documents , photos , music etc. To quote from the Microsoft website  “File History only backs up copies of files that are in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.” Setup a drive for File History File history will also allow you to go back and find previous versions of documents  Restore Files or Folders Using File History Further information can be found… Read More

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What Should I Be Backing Up On My Computer ?

I am asked all the time what should I be backing up from my computer , especially when you are going to reinstall the operating system. Documents Photos Music ( iTunes library if you have one ) Videos Desktop – yes people store so much on their desktop Email ( Your PST file if you are on Outlook ) – Export Mail if you are using a Mac – you would not have to bother if you used Gmail or Outlook.com – it is all in the cloud Internet Favourites – its in your user profile or export out of IE , Chrome or Firefox Software you have downloaded – don’t forget activation keys which maybe in emails. Also   Make sure you know your email password from your provider and your settings for your email client : Tip , Take a photo of your email settings  Know your social media logins… Read More

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Some Of My Technology Highs & Lows For 2015

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