Google Pixel Phone Users Report Screenshots From iPhone 7 Plus Devices Are Being Distorted

Google Pixel Phone Users Report Screenshots From iPhone 7 Plus Devices Are Being Distorted

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Only screenshots received from iPhone 7 Plus are distorted
The issue does not crop up when screenshot is shared by Pixel with iPhone
Home screen screenshots are not distorted
After being plagued by Bluetooth pairing and LTE connectivity issues, Pixel phone users are now reporting another bug. According to user reports, screenshots sent from an iPhone 7 Plus to a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL phone are getting distorted automatically.

The distorted screenshot issue is being discussed on a Google Product forums page extensively, and users are reporting that only a screenshot received from an iPhone 7 Plus is affected. The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s latest most expensive iPhone offering in the market. The issue appears when a screenshot is sent via hangouts or any other SMS/MMS app. Furthermore, sending a screenshot of the home screen does not cause any distortion, but a screenshot from within any app – be it first-party or third-party – gets distorted.

(Also see:Google Pixel Phones Make Android’s Fragmentation Problem Worse)

The issue is said to only occur when a screenshot is shared by an iPhone 7 Plus user with a Pixel phone user, and not vice versa. This means screenshots sent through a Pixel phone to an iPhone 7 Plus user are received without any hiccups. Apart from Pixel phone users, some Nexus 6 users running on Android 7.1 Nougat have also taken to the forum to report the same issue. As Nexus 6 has not got the Android 7.1 Developer Preview yet, these phones might have presumably installed it via a custom ROM. However, this hints that there is some issue in how image processing is handled on Android 7.1 Nougat. There is no word on if Google intends to roll out a fix for this or not.

Just to recap, Pixel phones were earlier plagued with a connectivity issue particularly on the LTE band 4 frequency, which seems to have been fixed with the latest security patch rolled out last week. However, some users are still reporting that Bluetooth pairing issues with their cars through their Pixel phones.

Tags: iPhone 7 Plus Screenshot, Google Pixel Glitch, Google Pixel XL Screenshot, Mobiles, Android, Google


Google Bringing Fiber Internet to Southeast. What’s Next?

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A much faster Internet is headed South this winter.

Google has just announced expansion plans for Google Fiber. This is the company’s revolutionary Internet connection that Google once compared to a public utility.

Dennis Kish, Google Fiber vice president, announced on the Fiber blog that this gigabit connection is coming to four metro areas, all in the Southeast U.S.: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

That swath of territory encompasses 18 total cities.

Kish writes:

“Bringing Google Fiber to these cities is a long-term investment. We’ve been working closely with city leaders over the past year on a joint planning process to get their communities ready for Google Fiber—and now the really hard work begins.”

Before Fiber can be introduced to the public, Google must work with local governments to ensure the infrastructure is in place.

Utility poles must be constructed, and in some places, underground conduit will guide Google Fiber to neighborhoods within cities.

The installation represents a major utility project, reports The Charlotte Observer. City officials there had petitioned Google to become one of the next candidates to receive the service.

And based on observations of previous installations, thousands of miles of Google Fiber (an actual physical fiber-optic line) will have to be laid.

Kish writes that this process should take several months to complete and then construction and implementation can begin.

The Charlotte Observer adds comments from Google’s Jill Szuchmacher, who told locals at the announcement their city would be next to receive Fiber:

“We will build one area at a time. It won’t be an instantaneous flip of a switch.”

But once completed, residents and businesses in the cities picked for this round will be enjoying Internet connections not seen almost anywhere else in the U.S.

Google has already installed Fiber in Provo, Utah, which was first in the country to receive it. It’s in two other cities, too: Kansas City, Mo., and Austin, Texas.

Google announced that it’s still working on expansion plans in the West. That includes the cities of Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose, Calif.

If those plans hold, it would leave only the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, the Deep South, and Upper Midwest as areas without Google Fiber nearby.

Fiber can reach download speeds of 1000Mbps. That’s a lot faster than the connection you’re currently getting, certainly.

And Internet speeds that fast mean Fiber can change how small businesses and other users access and use of online data.

Based on Google’s calculations, on a 10Mbps connection, it would take 4 minutes, 40 seconds to download 100 photos. Using Fiber, that process takes 3 seconds.

Fiber also offers a television service, complete with DVR controls.

In Provo, the pilot city for Fiber, customers only needed to pay a $30 installation fee and were provided with free Internet. Gigabit Internet connections cost $70 a month. And that with Fiber TV costs $120 per month.

Google now has a small business plan in Fiber areas, or Fiberhoods. The company is offering gigabit Internet connections for $100 per month in areas of Kansas City and Provo.

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Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Patch for Security Flaw That Google Revealed

Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Patch for Security Flaw That Google RevealedMicrosoft Issues Windows 10 Patch for Security Flaw That Google Revealed
Patch is part of monthly cumulative update for Windows
Microsoft Edge users on Windows 10 Anniversary Update already covered
Microsoft identified Strontium as group that were targeting users
Microsoft has issued a patch for the critical Windows 10 system vulnerability brought to light by Google last week, it said in its security bulletin announcement on Tuesday. The Redmond-based software giant had expressed its displeasure with the disclosure by the search giant, which had cited the bug’s active targeting as its reasoning for going public.

The fix is available as part of Windows’ monthly updates. Microsoft claimed the vulnerability did not affect anyone using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and any attacks could also be detected using Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. For everyone else, hackers who manage to successfully exploit the vulnerability “could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights”.

(Also see: Microsoft Says Russia-Linked Hackers Exploiting Google-Discovered Windows Flaw)
After Google’s Threat Analysis Group reported their findings, Microsoft traced the activity to a hacker group it calls Strontium, which mostly dabbles in “low-volume spear-phishing”. According to Microsoft, Strontium has been linked with more zero-day exploits to their name than any other group in 2016. The group mostly targets government agencies, diplomatic institutions, and military organisations, along with defence contractors and public policy research institutes.
And owing to the risk involved, Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group VP Terry Myerson believes coordinated vulnerability disclosure is better for customers. “Google’s decision to disclose these vulnerabilities before patches are broadly available and tested is disappointing, and puts customers at increased risk,” he added.

Now that Microsoft has a patch out, you should check the updates section to ensure you’re in the clear. And if you’re yet to update Adobe Flash, get on that pronto.

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If Google Has a Mobile First Strategy, So Should You

If Google Has a Mobile First Strategy, So Should You

There is a tendency within the digital sphere to uphold a future-oriented mindset. From social media to SEO, from algorithms to user experience, our approach and practices maintain a forecasting nature. Trends and methods are always observed and developed with the next step in mind and the future in sight, the end goal being to evolve with complexity and instinct matching that of users. How is search behavior changing? What will users respond to? How can we improve the digital practices that already exist? In what direction is search moving, and how can we stay ahead of the curve? The ability to effectively find solutions for these questions requires a marathon-like endurance, and, more than any other search engine, Google sets the pace.

Shifts in Search Behavior

For years we’ve anticipated a shift to mobile-first users, expecting and monitoring search behavior as smartphones continue to become more and more capable. That shift has arrived, and the necessity of adapting to a mobile-first world has become unavoidable. Of the ever increasing number of searches run on Google every day, more than half are made from a mobile device.

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Smartphones, more than just a means of communication, have become a personal item for practically every member of society. Smartphones are a personal assistant, a planner, a map, and a genie that can answer any question by way of a simple search. So ingrained into modern culture is the smartphone/tablet/device that it’s now become the best, most effective place to reach consumers. The opportunity to reach consumers on a level as personal as the device in their pocket or purse holds significant potential for growth of any brand or business, but the tools to make that happen have to adapt to the ebb and flow of user behavior.

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Get to Know Your Searchers

The importance of getting to know your searchers and/or clientele can’t be understated. In order to effectively market to new search patterns and habits, you have to be able to put yourself into the shoes of consumers-specifically the shoes of your consumers. As a general practice, I recommend spending time among the consumers you’re trying to target through your digital marketing campaigns. For example, if you’re trying to develop a PPC campaign for gourmet coffee, poke around the coffee culture forums on Reddit and take note of what consumers are looking for, respond to, what kind of language they use to talk about coffee, etc. Making observations about consumer preferences will keep you in the loop and allow you to understand your consumers best.

Google Sets the Pace in Mobile First Strategy

True to its trail-blazing performance, Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has unveiled the first of what will likely be many adaptions of e-commerce tools. To meet consumers and users where they spend the most time and run the most searches, Google AdWords has been revamped. Its re-imagined design pointedly addresses the mobile-first trends that have arrived, and puts an old but sharpened tool back into the hands of advertisers and developers. The AdWords makeover is optimized for screen sizes of popular smartphones and mobile devices, putting user experience at the forefront of campaign management and therein cashing in on the ‘new’ behavior of searchers. What sounds like more work is actually less, because these upgrades offer responsive ads auto-designed by Google, bid adjustments for each device type, and local optimization-all streamlined into an a simple, contained format.

Why It’s Time to Shift Your Mindset

To spell it out in case it wasn’t already obvious: mobile users are having a moment. We now live in a mobile-first word; Google is adapting to it, and you should, too. The AdWords update and its modified controls are great, but this innovation is likely to be one of many. The emphasis on optimizing the mobile experience and, perhaps more importantly, finding ways to capitalize on it is why Google, the pace setter, is rolling out things like the Google Keyboard or even bothering with an AdWords redesign. More than an exciting and fresh way to meet consumers where it counts, it’s a move indicative of the overall shift towards mobile browsing and search. This assertion of permanence in regards to mobile browsing can’t be ignored and will undoubtedly prompt producers of all industries to rethink their strategy. While the shift to a mobile-first society by no means calls for the total abandonment of other marketing avenues, it does urge the recognition of quickly maturing user habits and a rethinking of how to naturally insert your brand or advertisement into the digital realm where users are doing the most. Clicking, shopping, browsing, local searches-all of the data Google has collected points to mobile, and that direction is where your future-oriented, digital mindset should be pointing, too.

Shifting Your Mindset: What You Can Do

Aside from getting to know your searchers, there are a handful of ways you can embrace this shift and participate in a mobile-first world.

  • Make your website mobile-friendly. The way your website looks on a desktop isn’t how it’ll convert on a mobile device. Ensuring that your site is mobile-friendly will keep users on your site and provide useful information for the on-to-go consumer. Also along the lines of having a mobile-friendly site, if you have any forms that a user would need to fill out for your business, try and keep them short. Remember: convenience is key in a mobile-first world.

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  • Make phones numbers and addresses visible and clickable. If your business has a physical location, having the contact information readily available can significantly boost foot traffic.
  • Evaluate your mobile page load speed. Fun fact via Kissmetrics: 40 prcent of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Page load speed most directly affects your revenue when it comes to mobile. Every second counts, so make should your load speed is up to snuff by testing it.
  • Update your mobile ads. Titles, displays-everything. Treat the re-imagined AdWords as your newest teammate, and use the new features to tweak your mobile ads for optimum performance. Are your ads responsive? Are you utilizing the longer headlines and description lines? Are your URL paths customized? By working through these things like a checklist, you can painlessly accommodate users from every device and participate in the mobile-first world.


How To Set Up A Google Store In Minutes

Last week, Google released yet another gadget that may win them friends with small business owners. It’s called the Google Checkout store gadget and it essentially allows you to use Google Checkout and Google Docs to to easily create your own online store in a matter of minutes. What makes the gadget especially interesting is that because it’s tied to a Google Docs spreadsheet, small business owners can keep product inventory without having to use another third-party program like Quickbooks. Something many of us can probably appreciate.

To install the gadget on your site or blog, Google outlines three simple steps.

1. Sign up for a Google Checkout seller account.
Checkout will process your orders and help you attract new leads, convert more sales, and enjoy advanced fraud protection.

2. List the products you want to sell in a Google Docs spreadsheet.
You’ll just need to create a copy of our template spreadsheet, and then replace the sample inventory with your own.

3. Place the Google Checkout store gadget on your website.
You can embed your online store anywhere you’d like — on Google Sites, Blogger, or your personal website.

And that’s it. Three steps and you literally have your own online store set up and ready to go.

This is really a great new gadget from Google, especially if you’re one of the many aspiring merchants or SMB owners who were intimidated by the thought of creating your own e-commerce store. Now, you don’t have to be. Thanks to Google, you don’t have to worry about hosting, dealing with the technical elements of setting it up, matching inventory, receiving payments, etc. They’re taking care of that for you and helping to make the process as painless as they can.

What I really like is how much this lowers the bar to entry for merchants to start up. There are so many people out there who have a blog and perhaps wouldn’t have thought it “realistic’ to attach a store to it. Now they can. Even if you don’t have a huge lot of inventory, but just want to sell a handful of homemade goods. A process like this makes it easy enough for you to do that.

I don’t think you can call the new Google gadget a PayPal killer any time soon, but if you’re looking to get an online store up and running quickly, this may be a good way for you to go. The gadget goes what Google does best — simplifies Web activities so that even us regular people can take advantage of them.

Do practice some caution, though. The gadget is still in beta so we don’t fully know what Google plans to do with it. You don’t want to launch a huge online store, only to have Google decide to take it down or make adjustments to it without telling you. Still, I think it’s worth experimenting with, especially if you’re simply looking for a quick way to get started in the world of e-commerce.

What do you think? Will you use the gadget to attach an online store to your Web site or blog?

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Google Gadget Helps Customers Find You In Real Life

Everyone loves useful gadgets and Google has just come out with yet another one.

Meet the Google Maps driving directions gadget that makes it easy for customers to get directions to your brick and mortar store. Thanks to Google, the directionally-challenged folk out there (myself included), will no longer have to suffer through directions that are based on the location you’re coming from (ie, North, South, East and West). Businesses can now offer customers quick and easy step-by-step directions. Success!

The new Google directions gadget will allow business owners to pre-fill the direction “To” field with one or multiple addresses, while leaving open the “From” field so that customers can input their address or some other starting point.

From there, customers can print driving, walking or transit directions in just one click. Google will also provide suggestions for related addresses if users enter vague starting locations, as sometimes knowing where you live is difficult.

The widgets are great for users and add a nice bit of functionality to sites. However, they’re only good for showing users where you’re located. If you want Google to know, and to rank you accordingly, you’ll still need to tell the search engines where your brick and mortar store is located. And that means using the text on the page to convey it. You can’t leave it up to the gadget.

Matt McGee wrote a really important post commenting on the new Google gadget, noting that a detailed Directions/Find Us page remains one of the best local SEO tactics around. And he’s absolutely right. The search engines use things like your Directions page to look for indicators and local citations as to where your site is located. These are the same citations that are used to determine local ranking and local 10-pack placement. If you don’t tell Google where your brick and mortar store is located, which landmarks you’re around, what highways you’re near, you’re exact address, etc, you’re giving them nothing to use when they try to determine your proximity to a searcher. If they don’t know you’re location, they can’t rank you in local queries.

As a smart small business owner, you want to make sure you cover your bases.

  1. Grab the directions widget to make it easy for users to map out your location and find your brick and mortar location
  2. Create a detailed, keyword-rich Directions page to make it easy for search engines to map out your location and find your brick and mortar location.

You can’t choose just one.

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Blizzard and Google DeepMind to Use StarCraft II for AI Research

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The APIs for StarCraft II will be made open to AI researchers
This will assist in building better AI
Blizzard announced this collaboration with Deepmind at BlizzCon 2016
At BlizzCon 2016, it was announced that Blizzard would open up the APIs from strategy game StarCraft II to AI researchers across the world. It’s collaborating with Google’s DeepMind for this initiative.

According to DeepMind’s Oriol Vinyals, real-time strategy games such as StarCraft II would be a great test for AI given the hidden information and asymmetry constitute to elements of its gameplay which could end up helping in solving problems in the fields of science and energy among others.

(Also see: Blizzard Announces New Overwatch Character Sombra at BlizzCon 2016)

“DeepMind is on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be told how. Games are the perfect environment in which to do this, allowing us to develop and test smarter, more flexible AI algorithms quickly and efficiently, and also providing instant feedback on how we’re doing through scores,” a prepared statement on the company’s website reads.
“StarCraft is an interesting testing environment for current AI research because it provides a useful bridge to the messiness of the real-world. The skills required for an agent to progress through the environment and play StarCraft well could ultimately transfer to real-world tasks.”
(Also see: The Original Diablo Will Be Playable in Diablo 3)

Blizzard CEO and President Mike Morhaime simply stated that fans could “help by simply playing StarCraft II online.” An odd way of putting it considering playing online is the preferred way to play StarCraft II by many.

Tags: BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2016, StarCraft, StarCraft II, StarCraft 2, DeepMind, Google DeepMind, PC games, PC Gaming


Google Brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Features to Street View, Voice Commands, and More; Daydream Magic to Follow Soon

Google Brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Features to Street View, Voice Commands, and More; Daydream Magic to Follow Soon


  • You can say the spell “lumos” to switch the flashlight on
  • ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sticker pack announced for Allo
  • VR game based on the spinoff movie announced

Harry Potter has been an integral part of an entire generation’s childhood and given that a spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from the same franchise is about to release, the hype around wizards is at its peak. Google has tied up with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring some of the magic from Harry Potter universe to its services and the results are downright amazing.

The most impressive update has made way to the “OK Google” voice commands, which turn your smartphone into a magic wand. After saying “OK Google,” you can now use magic spell “lumos” to turn on the flashlight of your smartphone and say “nox” to switch it back off. If you want to put all the notifications and ringer to silent mode, you already know the spell, just say “silencio” and let the magic unfold by itself.

Google clearly didn’t want to stop there and has added the locations from New York in 1926, as recreated in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to its Google Street View service. “Fans can visit MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA); Steen National Bank, where Newt first meets Jacob Kowalski; the underground speakeasy The Blind Pig; and the magical apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein, two of the film’s key characters,” the search giant said in its blog post.

To make sure that the magical experience from Harry Potter doesn’t end there, the company has announced a VR game on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for its Daydream View headset, which will be available from later this month ( like it did with ‘Stranger Things’, Google has also announced a ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sticker pack for its chat application Google Allo, which will be made available for download soon.

If you haven’t tried out the spells for yourself yet, stop being a muggle and please go ahead to unleash the child in you.

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Must-Have Google Drive Add-Ons for Docs and Sheets

Must-Have Google Drive Add-Ons for Docs and Sheets

Two of the most used office applications are word processors and spreadsheets. And the two software solutions that have most dominated the market and still do to some extent are provided by one company, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). But both of these, Microsoft Word and Excel, have to be purchased. As free alternatives, Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has done a commendable job with its version of a word processor called Google Docs and spreadsheet called Google Sheets.

In addition to being free, the Google applications also have the benefit of being able to extend their capabilities with add-ons that provide a wide range of functionalities.

Google Drive Add-ons

There are numerous third-party plugins available for Docs and Sheets, but sifting through all the options can be a time consuming and exhaustive process. Here are some of the more noteworthy add-ons you can use to make Docs and Sheets even better.


If you have clients you bill regularly, you can use BillMyClients to merge a spreadsheet with their information and a Google Doc template, to send them as a PDF to each client automatically.

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Conferencing is an essential part of collaboration, which has now become the preferred way to bring everyone together. With UberConference you can create a conference call while you are collaborating on Google Docs.

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Fax is still an essential tool in the office. If you want to fax a Google Doc document, with HelloFax all you have to do is just add the fax number, fill out your cover sheet and hit send.

Twitter Archiver

If you want to track the feedback from Twitter using Sheets on your next campaign, Twitter Archiver lets you save tweets around trending hashtags, conference tweets, your brand mentions, geo-tagged tweets and more.


Small business owners, in many cases, are a one person operation, which makes task managers a critical tool to keep everything running smoothly. Todoist is used by more than six million people around the world and it has been praised for its simplicity and efficiency by leading publications.

Todoist syncs all your devices automatically 24/7 so you never lose track of your to do list when you add, complete, and re-schedule tasks from your phone, tablet, desktop, browser, email, and more — even offline.


PandaDoc integrates digital signatures to Docs so you can sign any document without having to print and scan it. The app also has automation features to quickly fill documents, and it tracks when a recipient opens your document and the amount of time they spend on it.

Must-Have Google Drive Add-Ons for Docs and Sheets - PandaDoc


The app called autoCrat populates dynamic fields in a document by letting you take data from spreadsheets and merge it into a document via a template. You can specify which fields to merge, and it will mass-generate personalized documents.


Images often times communicate what we want to say better than words — or emphasize what we want to say. With Openclipart, you can choose from more than 50,000 clip art images and add them to your Docs document.

Mapping Sheets

Providing location data has become as important as any other contact information you can share. Mapping Sheets plots your data onto a Google Map directly from Sheets. Everything from your appointments to business contacts can now be identified by location for use by you, staff, colleagues and everyone else.

QR Code Generator

With QR codes you can quickly make information available to your audience. The QR Code Generator add-on lets you create QR codes from values in Sheets. The codes can then be saved in a Google Document or as PNG files in Google Drive.

Data Everywhere

People use different applications to crunch their data, so bringing them together seamlessly can make things easier. This add-on for Sheets lets you send and receive data automatically. With Data Everywhere, you can sync with Excel, Forms, Salesforce and more. You can then get the data with any of the other connectors from Data Everywhere.

Remove Duplicates

After entering large amounts of data on Sheets, it is not uncommon to find duplicate entries. If you try to find these manually, it can be highly frustrating. Remove Duplicates highlights any duplicate entry in one sheet or in two columns, and it quickly lets you move or delete them.


If you have a presentation with a lot of data, you have to make it easy to consume. Slemma takes all of the data on Sheets, as well as the other apps on Google Drive apps and Dropbox, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Amazon Redshift and other databases and allows you to create charts and use the collaborative features to embed these charts on your website.

Google Analytics

If you have any digital presence, Google Analytics is one of the best tools to measure your metrics. With this add-on, you can have the power of this API in Sheets to query data, create custom calculations, schedule reports and more.

Mail Merge with Attachments

Mail Merge with Attachments, a Sheets add-on, lets you send personalized emails from Gmail by inserting attachments for every one of your recipients instead of using the generic CC or BCC fields. Each person on your list will receive the email as if they were the only person. You can then track who has read the email and schedule messages.

Lucidchart Diagrams

Lucidchart Diagrams lets you create and insert flowcharts, Unified Modeling Language (UML), wireframe, mind map and other diagrams into Docs so you can collaborate on flowcharts, mock-ups, network diagrams and more.

Google Docs Quick Create

Google Docs Quick Create is an extension you can add on to your browser bar to quickly access Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Drawing from Google Drive.

Auto Notes

Auto Notes lets you capture notes when you are browsing on Google Chrome and save them with one click to Docs.

Change Case

Changing the case of text should’ve been a default feature in Docs, but until it becomes one, you can use Change Case. With this add on you can make changes to the case of text in block selections: uppercase, lowercase, first letter capitals, invert, sentence and title case.


Even if you are a small business, digital technology lets you have a global presence. With Translate, you can quickly translate selected document text between several languages and reinsert it into the document.

The beauty of Google Docs and Sheets is, they allow developers to constantly add new functionalities to these applications. So if you don’t find a feature you really need, it will only be a matter of time before it becomes available. But if you can’t wait and you are a developer, you can go do it yourself by going to Google’s developer page for add-ons.

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10 Tips for Using Google Slides Like a Pro

10 Tips for Using Google Slides Like a Pro

There are plenty of presentation platforms out there for large and small businesses alike. But not all work the same.

Google Slides is a dynamic, cloud-based presentation program that has started to draw in more and more business users. Yet while a vast number of workers are hopping on board in order to give Google Slides a try, very few seem to be making the most of its lengthy list of features.

Here’s a roundup 10 tips to help you defeat mediocrity and start using Google Slides like a pro.

Level Up How You’re Using Google Slides

1. Enhance Text with Drop Shadow

At the end of the day, the devil is always in the detail — and aesthetics matter. One way to draw attention to key text is to insert a drop shadow. By duplicating the content and changing the color of the text or reducing the opacity of an image and then dropping it directly upon the original, a slight shadow emerges. This drastically enhances content headers in particular.

2. Edit Using the Master Slides Tool

If you’re pressed for time, try editing a range of slides at once using the master slides tool. This also comes in handy if you’re keen on changing your entire presentation to fit a particular theme or design, and can save you the headache of changing each slide individually.

3. Use Image Masking

Google Slides includes a range of image masking settings that enable you to change the shape of an embedded photo. This is particularly helpful if sharp, boxy photos don’t complement the overall theme of your work presentation.

4. Bookmark Key Text

Big presentations require a whole lot of scrolling in order to find precisely what you’re looking for. Don’t waste all that time. Instead, you can use the program’s bookmarking hack in order to zoom instantly to various points or passages hidden within your presentation.

5. Dictate Each Slide

Sick of typing out text box after text box? Google Slides has got you covered. By enabling “Voice Typing”, you can verbally dictate text onto new slides. The feature even recognizes punctuation commands to ensure each and every slide turns out precisely the way you want it to.

6. Integrate Other Formats

Just because you’ve upgraded to Google Slides doesn’t mean all of your co-workers will. It can be a real chore co-creating a business presentation with somebody else if they’re using Power Point. Luckily, Google Slides allows you to open and edit Power Point documents without actually needing to convert it to a Google file. First, you’ll probably need to open Google Slides through Chrome and install the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome extension.

7. Undo Changes

If you or a colleague have made some major changes to a presentation, you can always go back to a previous version. Google Slides maintains an extensive revision history that enables you to see all previous changes made to the document. It also tells you which user made the changes, and allows you to instantly restore your presentation to a previous version.

8. Embed On Your Website

If you think consumers or members of the public will be interested in your business presentation, you can easily embed it onto a page of your website. The process works slightly differently for each site — but if you’re hosted on WordPress, you can find detailed instructions on how to embed your Google Slides presentation here.

9. Create a Shared Folder

If various team members are creating Google Slides presentations on your company’s behalf, you can upload company stock images onto Google Drive for shared access. Simply create a new folder on Google Drive and then share with all of the colleagues you’d like to be able to access those images. From there, your whole team can swiftly drag and drop company logos and stock images into presentations without needing to be connected to your intranet.

10. Project Using Chromecast or AirPlay

Once it’s time to present your work, you can turn heads and make life far simpler by going completely wireless. If you’ve got access to your Google Drive on an Apple device, you should be able to project directly onto a compatible television. Likewise, you should be able to project your Google Slides presentation from any Android device using Chromecast.

Those are just a few tips to help you get started. But there are dozens of unique features Google Slides has to offer, and the best way to learn more about them is by diving in head first and playing around with the program itself.

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