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9 Technology Mega Trends That Will Change The World In 2018

Some tech trends fizzle out and die a quiet death, while others are so significant that they transform our world and how we live in it. Here are the top nine tech mega-trends that I believe will define 2018 and beyond.<p><b>Trend 1: The increasing datafication of our lives</b><p>From chatting to friends in a …

Artificial Intelligence

What is a blockchain? GeekWire’s guide to this game-changing technology and its vast potential

Most technologies touted as “game-changing” are just somewhat modified versions of something already in use. Blockchains are different, and while it …

Blockchain

8 Innovative Industries That Will Really Boom in 2018 | Inc.com

The world is constantly in flux, and new developments in the social and technological spheres mean we're about to see a boom in innovation across many different industries. If you're thinking about starting a business or changing careers, or if you just want to keep up with new developments in the …

Digital Marketing

10 features of Google Docs you should be using

Get the most out of Google Docs with these 10 tips.<p>Google Docs is packed with powerful tools. Here are 10 that will help you get more out of Google's free word-processing app.<p>Talk instead of type<p>For times when you'd rather use your voice than your fingertips to type, give Google Docs' voice typing …

Google

14 Google Maps tips and tricks

Google Maps is pretty straightforward. Search for a place, get directions and navigate. But if you dig beneath the surface, there are many overlooked and useful features that can help you navigate like a pro.<p>If you use Google Maps on your phone, a lot has changed recently -- especially so over the …

Apps

How to rank on the first Google page if you have a low-authority site

The other day I was reviewing an archive of my client’s SEO articles and their rankings. A whole lot of articles didn’t even make the top-30 positions because the competition had much higher DA ranks.<p>Since we were syndicating more newsworthy content to high-profile publications likes Forbes, …

Marketing

Galaxy S8: How to make custom animated GIFs

Samsung introduced the feature for quickly creating custom animated GIFs with the Galaxy Note 7, and the feature has carried over to the Galaxy S8 …

Apps

9 easy fixes for things Google Home can't do

Google Home has some missing functions, but thanks to its flexible IFTTT support, you can give it a bit more range. Here are some tips to get you started.<p>Google Home ($129.00 at Dell Home) may be the most direct competitor to the Amazon Alexa speakers, but there are still quite a few things it …

Google Home

A video game trailer is eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award

Despite being one of the biggest entertainment mediums on the planet, it's rare to see video games getting the mainstream recognition that they deserve. Now, it looks like that's beginning to change, as, for the first time in history, a video game trailer is eligible to be nominated for an Academy …

Game Trailers

How (and why) to use Google Photos on your iPhone or iPad

Below, we provide instructions for backing up all of the photos on your phone to Google Drive via the Google Photos for iOS app, so you can delete …

8 ways to repurpose an old iPhone

Before you decide to sell your unwanted iPhone, consider finding other ways to put it to good use.<p>The iPhone has been around for a full 10 years now, meaning at some point you've probably upgraded to a newer model. (Possibly several newer models.) And whenever you do that, you're left with your old …

Apps

11 hidden WhatsApp features

Popular chat app WhatsApp is full of hidden features. We uncover 11 of them to help you out.<p>Whether you're just starting to use WhatsApp or are a years-long addict, you're probably missing out on a few of these helpful, hidden features.<p>1. Format message text on demand<p>WhatsApp lets you bold, …

Apps

How to add title sequence in iMovie for iOS

Add a little polish to your movie project with a title sequence.<p>To add a fun and informative element to your movie project, you can add a title sequence at the beginning -- or at any point of the video, for that matter.<p>To add a title, you will need to have started a movie project with at least one …

iOS

How to change Alexa's name

If calling your Alexa device by name causes confusion or problems in your household, here's how you can change the wake word to something different.<p>By default, saying "Alexa" near an Alexa speaker will activate the voice assistant and it will begin listening for your requests or commands. It takes …

Smart Homes

Move your old photos from Google Drive to Google Photos to save space

Your old photos on Drive don't get the unlimited storage treatment.<p>Over at Ghacks, Martin Brinkmann discovered by way of a tweet from Google Photos that the unlimited storage option of Google Photos is not applied retroactively to any photos and videos you may have previously uploaded to Google …

Maps

3 common refrigerator problems you can easily fix yourself

Problems, including frost and over-cycling, are likely issues you can fix without a professional.<p>The refrigerator is easily one of the most important appliances in your home. Ensuring it keeps running smoothly is vital to keeping food (and some non-edible items) in your home fresh.<p>But if you know …

Home Improvement

Five tips to speed up your Mac

Boost your Mac's performance and reclaim hard-drive space with this handful of tips.<p>The only place I like seeing a beach ball is at a beach or in a stadium during a baseball game or concert. The one place I least like to see a beach ball is on my aging MacBook Pro, where the spinning beach ball has …

Operating Systems

The complete list of Siri commands

(Almost) everything you can say to Apple's virtual assistant.<p>There's a lot you can do with Apple's virtual assistant -- and some things you can't do. For example, while Siri can send texts, search Twitter, and open up your front-facing camera, she can't adjust your device's ring volume (something …

Voice Mail

Home networking: Everything you need to know

Wi-Fi, access point, router, 802.11ac... networking can be a pain! But it doesn't have to be if you know what you're doing. This is where you start.<p><b>Editors' note:</b> This story was originally published on Dec. 9, 2014, and has been updated frequently with latest information.<p>When it comes to home …

Wi-Fi

Here’s how to use the Edge screen on Galaxy S7 Edge

For the past few years, since the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has built special versions of its flagship phones with an ‘Edge’ screen. Initially, with the Galaxy Note Edge, the single, large curved secondary display was mostly there to show off what Samsung could build rather than being particularly …

How to supercharge your Netflix watch list

It was a good day when Netflix added My List to the list of awesome features it has to allow us to watch anything we want on our TV, computer, or game console. It lets us all keep track of what we want to watch while helping corral the overwhelming amount of distracting movies and TV shows on offer.<p>…

Beat Netflix region restrictions to watch whatever you want

If you live in the United States and use Netflix, you might be disappointed to find out that some shows, like <i>Kajaki: The True Story</i>, are unavailable due to region restrictions.<p>These are based on licensing agreements that Netflix has with content providers. Many shows and movies are region-locked, …

12 Chrome extensions to motivate you with each new tab

At this exact moment, I have 16 tabs open in my browser. How about you?<p>With the full power of the internet at our disposal, it can be pretty easy to waste precious moments navigating to the…let’s say, less-than-productive corners of the web.<p>I’m as guilty of this as anyone – I’ve even shared …

10 easy ways to speed up your Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

How to master the Apple TV remote’s new buttons

Like all well-designed products from the Apple mothership, the new Apple TV’s remote, also known as the Siri remote, looks simple but contains a surprising amount of depth.<p>Sure, you might know that one press on the Menu button will take you back one screen, but what about all the other secret moves …

How to Install Java in OS X El Capitan

Some Mac users require installing Java in OS X El Capitan, perhaps for compatibility with a particular web site or application, or because they’re a …

Operating Systems
Italy

Netflix Nabs Rights to 'How to Get Away With Murder'

The hit ABC drama starring Viola Davis will hit the streaming service on Sept. 18.<p><i>How to Get Away With Murder</i> is coming to Netflix.<p>The streaming …

ABC

How to change iTunes playlist view

Got an Apple, Mac or iOS tech question? We have the answer. This time we have a reader whose playlists suddenly don't look the way they used to after …

Playlist

How to set up a new Mac from a Time Machine backup

One of the primary benefits of using Time Machine is that it allows you to restore your backup on a new Mac or a new OS X installation. This makes it …