Ah, the start of a new year. It’s “out” with the old and “in” with the new. A time to resolve to improve for the coming year.

So what are your technology resolutions for 2016?

Here are three worth considering.

Back Up — Back Up — Back Up

Resolve to back up all of your data on all of your devices. It’s heartbreaking to hear from readers about how they lost years of photos and documents because they did not have backups of their computers, tablets and phones. Don’t let that happen to you! Start 2016…

2015 has been a great year of cool tips here on One Cool Tip. We’ve posted hundreds of cool tips regarding iPhone, Android, Microsoft and Google among others.

But which ones have been the most popular?

Wonder no more.

Here are the Top 10 Cool Tips for 2015:

10. Reboot and Call Me in the Morning

Is your PC acting up? Check out this cool tip before you lose your cool.

9. Which App is “Apple’s App of the Year”?

Apple released its “App of the Year” for 2015. Check it out!

8. Force Siri to Search Google

Did you…

Did you receive a Drone for Christmas?

Or did you already have one?

You’ll need to register it with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors.

People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 19, 2016.

Failure to register may results in fines and criminal penalties

To register, visit the FAA’s UAS registration site: http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/



#drone #FAA #UAS #UnmannedAircraftSysten #plane #remote

Originally published at www.onecooltip.com on December 28, 2015.

The Google Calendar is a great tool to keep yourself organized with scheduled events.

But sometimes you need to have a list for longer term objectives.

A new feature, Reminders, will help solve this issue.

Available now for Android and iPhone mobile apps and soon for the web, Reminders can be set using the app or via voice with Google Now. You can download the iPhone mobile app HERE and the Google Android mobile app HERE. To use the Reminders, open the Google Calendar app, click the large red circle with the +, and then set your new reminder.

Using a computer is often frustrating. Perhaps its new software or just existing software where the desired feature just isn’t obvious. Software continues to add more and more features, menus change or disappear and simple commands don’t seem so obvious any more. Here are 3 top tips for figuring out how to solve simple issues. F1 is Your Friend Pressing the F1 key is the easy way to access the Help section of most software. On some PCs, you’ll need to press the blue Fn (Function) key to access the F1 function. Microsoft has extensive help tools accessible from F1…

YouTube introduced today a new “Trending” tab on its website and mobile apps. The new tab allows users to discover the videos that are being watched, discussed and shared on the net.

The trending list updates throughout the day. The trending list is available at: https://www.youtube.com/feed/trending Check out the Trending tab to find the next viral video! Google has also released the top trending YouTube videos for 2015:

  1. Silento- Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) #WatchMeDanceOn by Tianne King
  2. Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial) by Clash of Clans
  3. Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!! by RomanAtwood
  4. Love Has No Labels…

Is your PC slow? Is an application acting unusual? Has a program stopped working? Try a reboot first. A complete shutdown and restart fixes most Windows issues 99 out of 100 times. Why does a restart fix PC problems? Some software can get bloated by hogging too much memory as files are opened and closed. Or small coding issues causes the application or operating system to halt without an option to fix itself. Many users keep their computers on for extended periods of time so these little issues can build up. A restart clears any computer memory errors that have…

Are your Gmail contacts backed up? Didn’t think so. If all of your contacts just disappeared one day, would this be a disaster? Names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and anniversaries for hundreds or thousands of your contacts? Poof! All gone. For many people, contacts are central to keeping an organized life. Especially since this central source is synced with phones and other mobile devices. We put our trust in Google. But we should hedge our bets by having secure backed-up information, just in case. Here’s how to export your contacts. Note: if you are using the “preview version” of…

Facebook wants you to stay logged in to its site for more minutes each day.

You know, to see what your friends are having for dinner.

Not really.

Originally published at www.onecooltip.com on December 2, 2015.

Making good food choices can be hard. It’s difficult to know the nutritional value of foods, especially those that have been prepared at home. Google has a very useful tool to compare the nutritional value of foods. What if you’re wondering which is better for you, a slice of pumpkin pie or a cup of chopped kale?


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