2019 September e-Bytes

10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal
How to Fix the Most Annoying Things in Windows 10
Educate yourself on the Equifax settlement
I turned a dusty, old laptop into a Chromebook for my kids for free
How to Use Microsoft Office for Free on the Web
PDFs are a monster to edit, but these 4 free apps make it easy
How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone
Race to 5G: August 2019 Update


10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

If you feel like your Wi-Fi has gotten sluggish, there are many tools you can use to test the speed of your internet. However, if the only way you can get decent reception is by standing next to your wireless router, our simple tips can help optimize your network. Check them out and then read on for everything you need to know about troubleshooting, supercharging, and upgrading your networking setup.
https://www.pcmag.com/article/257032/10-ways-to-boost-your-wi-fi-signal 

Wi-Fi Range Extender vs. Mesh Network: What's the Difference? - Looking to increase the power of your current wireless connection? Learn the difference between a Wi-Fi extender and a mesh system to make a better decision.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/363527/whats-the-difference-between-a-wi-fi-extender-and-mesh-syst 

How to Get the Best Cable Modem: Buy or Rent From Your ISP? - You may be able to save money and get faster speeds by buying a cable modem instead of renting one from your ISP. Here's what you need to know.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/355809/how-to-get-the-best-cable-modem-buy-or-rent-from-your-isp 


How to Fix the Most Annoying Things in Windows 10

Windows 10 is probably the best edition of Microsoft's venerable operating system. But Redmond has never made an entirely perfect OS. As much as we like Windows 10—and we really do like it a lot—it's got problems. Thankfully, many are easily corrected.
https://www.pcmag.com/article/351494/how-to-fix-the-most-annoying-things-in-windows-10 


Educate yourself on the Equifax settlement

Almost 150 million Americans were affected by the 2017 Equifax breach, and the company has been mandated to make amends to consumers. Claimants can choose to get either $125 or free credit monitoring, but the overwhelming response from consumers has put the cash amount in doubt. There are also Equifax scam sites popping up, so watch out! 
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/equifax-ftc-settlement-how-to-pick-between-the-free-credit-monitoring-or-125-cash 


I turned a dusty, old laptop into a Chromebook for my kids for free

It's easier than you might think.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-turn-your-old-slow-laptop-into-an-awesome-chromebook-for-your-kids 


How to Use Microsoft Office for Free on the Web

Do you want to use Microsoft Office but don't want to pay for it? Try the free Office-for-the-web apps. Formerly known as Office Online and now known simply as Office, the web-based apps reside online, accessible through your browser.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/354975/how-to-use-microsofts-free-office-online-software 


PDFs are a monster to edit, but these 4 free apps make it easy

We found free and easy ways to add text, sign documents and fill out forms.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/pdfs-are-a-monster-to-edit-but-these-four-free-apps-make-it-easy 


How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone

Here's the fastest, easiest way to get your stuff off iOS and onto a new Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy phone.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-transfer-your-data-from-an-iphone-to-android-phone 


Race to 5G: August 2019 Update

How are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon doing with 5G at the beginning of August? We lay it out.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/369937/race-to-5g-august-2019-update 

5G isn't just for phones. Here's why -  Crazy-fast phone speeds are great, but 5G could radically change the way you drive, shop or visit the doctor.
https://www.cnet.com/news/why-5g-for-smartphones-is-just-the-start 


Links - News, Tips, & Downloads

Top 5 streaming services for live TV - A bunch of companies want your money, including Hulu, YouTube and Sling. See which one should get your cash.
https://www.cnet.com/videos/top-5-streaming-services-for-live-tv 

The best smart home devices of 2019 - Here's a look at the smart home products that are most worth your time.
https://www.cnet.com/news/the-best-smart-home-devices-of-2019-amazon-alexa-google-assistant-apple-homekit-home-security 

Wi-Fi 6 will double your network's range and triple its speed - 5G is great, but it's a big Wi-Fi upgrade that'll likely help you out sooner with faster speeds and longer range at home, school and work.
https://www.cnet.com/news/wi-fi-6-will-upgrade-your-workhorse-wireless-network 

22 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier - Google's Chrome browser has a ton of hidden little tricks you may not know about. Here are 22 tips that will make you a better Chrome user.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/323996/22-hidden-chrome-features-that-will-make-your-life-easier 

The Why Axis: People Are Holding Onto Their Phones for Longer - Most people now keep their phones for at least three years before upgrading, according to a new survey from Ting Mobile.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/370391/the-2-year-mobile-phone-upgrade-cycle-is-mostly-dead 

35 Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to Miss - Google's online office suite and storage service is now the tool of choice for many. Find out why.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/323450/35-google-drive-tips-you-can-t-afford-to-miss 

Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops (for some users) - Windows is great for some things, but for many users, a Chromebook is better.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/five-reasons-chromebooks-are-better-than-windows-laptops 

PCMag Picks the Best Website Builders - Anyone with an organization, a small business, or just a passion needs a site to share it with the world. These are the best website builders we've tested for making it easy to create full-featured, mobile-compatible sites on a budget.
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/334639/the-best-website-builders 

12 Simple Things You Can Do to Be More Secure Online - Follow these easy tips to protect the security of your devices, your data, your internet traffic, and your identity.
https://www.pcmag.com/article/360806/12-simple-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-secure-online 

Sling TV review: The best budget live TV streaming service - Sling TV offers cord cutters a wealth of live cable TV channels and plenty of add-on options for an affordable price.
https://www.cnet.com/news/sling-tv-review-the-best-budget-live-tv-streaming-service 

18 Reasons You Should Upgrade to Windows 10 - We get it, you love Windows 7, but Microsoft's aging OS is reaching its end of life, and Windows 10 has a lot going for it. Here's why you should upgrade now.
https://www.pcmag.com/article/335952/10-reasons-to-upgrade-to-windows-10 


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Q. From a PCC Member - I have exceeded the free 15 GBs on Google. How do I reduce my storage so I do not have to pay? Also, do you recommend a wireless charger for my Moto g6 play phone?
   
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. Below is a link. Doing this should reduce and recover your Google Photo amount. If your Google Gmail or Google Drive is taking large amounts of space you may have to delete items to reduce space.
Open this link: https://photos.google.com/settings 
and click the "High Quality" radio button and then click on "Recover Storage" button. I think that should do it. It may take overnight to do it's work.

The Moto g6 play does not support wireless. That feature is usually in phones that cost more. There are 3rd party charging stands that may help if you want.

   
Q. From a PCC Member - Hi Tom - I've attend two course offerings by this man through the U of M - St. Paul Campus - and they are always sold out.  He is very interesting and has many stories.  I think you would enjoy his seminar Easiest Catch: Another Fish in the Dark Net
https://learning.umn.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=17829820#courseSectionDetails_17829912

Thanks for all you do!

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