How to set up two-factor authentication for Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and more

Two-factor authentication may not be as sexy as the latest Android phone, but the technology is capturing news headlines, and deservedly so. Last week, Microsoft began rolling out this security tool for its some 700 million Microsoft Account users. Tuesday Wired reported Twitter is working on two-factor authentication as well. It’s a security feature that could have stopped hackers at the gate before they seized control of the Associated Press Twitter account, and it’s something you should be using to protect your own online accounts, wherever it’s available. So how does two-factor authentication work? In a nutshell, it requires not one … Continue reading How to set up two-factor authentication for Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and more

Now ANYONE on Google+ can email you, with or without your Gmail addy

Your wishes have been granted: Google has quietly added a new “feature” to Gmail that allows anyone with a Google+ account to send you email even if they don’t know your actual webmail address. Over the next few days, Gmail users with Google+ accounts will start seeing names from their Google+ circles suggested as potential recipients when they start typing in the “To” field of new email messages. By default, “anyone on Google+” can email a Gmail user via their Plus account. Unlike contacts from the user’s private address book, only the names of Google+ users are displayed and not … Continue reading Now ANYONE on Google+ can email you, with or without your Gmail addy

Porting from Android to Windows 8

This article was written by an independent writer, Jeff Cogswell. The article is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, which offers tools and resources for helping developers port from Android to Windows 8. A few months ago, the upper management at a company I was consulting for made the bold move to start switching all corporate phones from Android to Windows 8 Phone. While the employees seemed more concerned about the time they would spend moving their Words with Friends friend lists over to the new phones, the software development team had a bigger issue on its hands: There were several internal apps it had developed … Continue reading Porting from Android to Windows 8

Protect your Android device from malware

Mobile malware is on the rise and your device could be at risk. These tips could help you stay safe and keep your personal information out of the hands of cybercriminals. The adoption rate of mobile devices continues to soar, with Android leading the way. The open-source operating system that is led by Google is now found on more than half of all smartphones. In fact, research firm Strategy Analytics found that 81.3 percent, or 204.4 million, of smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2013 were powered by Android. This massive user base has caught the attention of cybercriminals, who have begun … Continue reading Protect your Android device from malware

How to migrate your free SugarSync account to another service

Now that SugarSync’s freebie accounts are going away, you’ll need a new home for your cloud-stored stuff. Here’s how to make the move. SugarSync plans to close down all free accounts as of February, 2014. (Credit: SugarSync) Last week, cloud-storage service SugarSync announced plans to stop offering free accounts and close all existing ones. That probably came as a shock to anyone who’s enjoyed the company’s 5GB of gratis file sharing, syncing, and backup. Alas, as of February 8, 2014, you’ll either have to pony up for a paid account or take your files elsewhere. Thankfully, if you decide to … Continue reading How to migrate your free SugarSync account to another service

Add a custom vacation responder in Gmail for Android

Gmail on Android now allows you to create a fully customized auto response directly from the app, for those times when you’re out of the office. (Credit: Jason Cipriani/CNET) Google on Wednesday announced Gmail version 4.7 for Android users. The new version, which is currently rolling out, adds the ability to edit your out of office response, send any file type (including ZIP files!), and the ability to print e-mails on devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. The process is now superconvenient and extremely easy to complete. In order to set up your out of office message, make sure you’ve downloaded … Continue reading Add a custom vacation responder in Gmail for Android

7 keyboard shortcuts for Google+ notifications

Keyboard shortcuts are faster, more efficient, and easier on your hands. Start breezing through Google+ notifications by memorizing this list. Keyboard shortcuts offer the fastest access to content on your Google+. They are generally more efficient because the shortcut starts you at the right spot for new posts instead of scrolling halfway through them. They are also a bit easier on your hands and wrist since you won’t have to switch back and forth as often (especially useful for those with joint issues). With keyboard shortcuts available for the Google+ stream, it only makes sense that there should be a … Continue reading 7 keyboard shortcuts for Google+ notifications

Use your mobile device with the Xbox One and PS4

Did you know that you can access various Xbox One and PS4 features from your smartphone or tablet? It’s relatively simple to set up; here’s what you need to know. (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET) The Xbox 360 was released in the fall of 2005 and the PlayStation 3 a year later. Back then smartphones weren’t all that smart, the mobile market was dominated by players like BlackBerry and Nokia, and gaming was split between consoles and PCs. Everything changed, however, when Apple released the iPhone; and once again with the release of the iPad. The mobile revolution has changed the way … Continue reading Use your mobile device with the Xbox One and PS4

10 Things to Do to Keep From Getting Bored

” The war between being and nothingness is the underlying illness of the twentieth century. Boredom slays more of existence than war. – Norman Mailer “ I’m not one to get bored, ever … but a number of readers have written in with the question: What do I do if I’m bored out of my skull at work? It gave me pause, to think about why I can’t recall ever getting that bored at work. And I realized: I always keep myself busy, doing something, whether it’s productive or not. Sometimes, I’m creating a new project, or improving myself somehow … but … Continue reading 10 Things to Do to Keep From Getting Bored

10 tips for PHP Developers

Since web has been a great opportunity for curious developers, even for mediocre ones, php has played a leading role in bringing dynamic webs to more dynamic and vital aspect. In order to incorporate your web coding style i came up with some assumptions and wanted to share some of my experiences with you peoples, so here goes..  1) Go OOP If you have not yet entered the realm of Object Oriented Programming, then you are at a disadvantage, and you are falling behind fast. OOP is essentially a method of programming with the use of classes, or Objects, which … Continue reading 10 tips for PHP Developers

6 Ways to Make The Most of Selenium IDE

Selenium IDE is an indispensable tool for automated testing. If you’re a web developer or QA, you need to have Selenium tests to cover the basic functionality of your web site, and anything that you have to retest repeatedly. One of the nice things about Selenium is that it allows you to record your actions in a browser, so you don’t have to type in the test script by hand. Still, though, there is almost always tweaking you need to do to get reliable tests. Here are my top tips: deleteAllVisibleCookies. Your tests will fail if they expect the user … Continue reading 6 Ways to Make The Most of Selenium IDE