Category Archives: Hints & Tips

What are cookies?

Most websites these days prompt you to accept internet cookies or show a disclaimer that cookies are being used in some way on the website.  The name ‘cookie’ came about in 1994 when computer programmer, Lou Montulli came up with the concept of using magic cookies for web traffic communication.  The term magic cookie was…
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New voice commands for Smart speakers

If you’re using smart speakers or assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home or Apple’s Siri, there are new voice commands being added all the time to enhance the service.  The list below provides some of the latest commands or shortcuts available. Amazon Echo - Alexa Receive daily nutritional advice “Alexa, help with Special K”. …
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Open any type of document format in your browser

DIGITAL SPEAK QUICK TIPS:   By downloading browser add-on called Docs Online Viewer (available for Chrome,  Firefox or Opera) you can open any file type or format in the browser. It works with most file types including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, RTF and CSV files.
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10 Internet safety tips for parents

Back in March18 I posted an article called KEEPING KIDS SAFE ONLINE.  It proved to be quite popular, so this is a follow up on the same subject but focusing more on internet safety.  Read it here.   Here’s a top 10 of Internet safety tips for parents.   1                     Monitor online activity By keeping…
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Increase the security on your Microsoft account

DIGITAL SPEAK QUICK TIPS: If you use Microsoft Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive and any other Microsoft apps, it’s worth making sure your Microsoft password is protected using two-factor authentication (2FA). This method sends a text to your phone when you log into a new device to check it’s you. To enable it log into your Microsoft…
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Sync browser favourites between Chrome and Edge

DIGITAL SPEAK QUICK TIP: These steps import favourites or bookmarks to Chrome from Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.   Go to: Menu Settings In the People section, click ‘import bookmarks and settings’ Select Microsoft Edge Settings Import favourites and other info Import from another browser
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Backing up photos, videos and files – Android & Apple

DIGITAL SPEAK QUICK TIPS: Backing up photos, videos and files from Android devices Access to a Google account is needed for creating backups of files held on an Android device.  Access the device Settings and Preferences then Backups has guidance steps on how to back up the files.  If you’re using GMAIL, GOOGLE DOCS or…
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iPhone charger not working or faulty?

DIGITAL SPEAK QUICK TIPS: iPhone charger not working or faulty? Here’s a comprehensive list of fixes to try of your iPhone isn’t charging properly. It could be a number of things including the charger/adapter, power cable, cable connector or the software on the phone itself. Try these: Check your charger cable and adapter for damage…
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Stream video or music from your Android or Apple device to your TV

DIGITAL SPEAK QUICK TIPS: Stream video or music from your Android or Apple device to your TV There are plenty of different ways to mirror or display your device’s screen on a larger TV Wirelessly cast the display screen of your Android phone or tablet to a supported TV using a Google Chromecast dongle Wirelessly…
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How to boost your home Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi in the home is a utility in the same way as gas and electricity and a part of everyday life for pretty much all of us.  This means Wi-Fi speed is an important factor based on our demand for instant information, gaming and streaming of TV, films or music.   My previous post "What's slowing…
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