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Google Apps Sync Installation Problems With Outlook 2013

Posted by in Google Apps on June 22nd, 2013 | 3 Comments

outlook-2013-google-apps-sync-problemsNovember 2013 Update: Google Apps Sync now works with click-to-run versions of Outlook 2013.

If you’re trying to install Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook on Outlook 2013, you are probably going crazy trying to figure out why it just won’t install. I’ve already done hours of research online trying to figure out why I was having problems with the installation. The short explanation is that Microsoft changed their software format causing compatibility issues with the Google Apps Sync plugin. Google Apps Sync will work flawlessly with Outlook 2007 and 2010, but you’ll have some issues with installing the sync plugin for Outlook 2013.

When you try to install Google Apps Sync on Outlook 2013, you’ll receive the following popup message on your computer:


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Upgraded Email Storage For Google Apps Gmail Finally Coming

Posted by in Google Gmail on May 31st, 2013 | Comment »

google-drive-logoI have been wondering for the last five years if Google Apps was ever going to allow their users to purchase additional email storage over the 25 GB limit that comes with Google Apps for Business. I am sure Google received complaint after complaint from users who have or were close to hitting the 25 GB email quota who didn’t want to delete archived emails for record-keeping purposes. After years of waiting, Google has finally announced that they will allow users to increase their email storage.

Google is going to combine the 25 GB Gmail and 5 GB Drive quota for all current users to give users a combined 30 GB of storage and then allow users to upgrade their storage beyond the 30 GB …

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What is the Chromebook Pixel?

Posted by in Chromebooks on May 28th, 2013 | Comment »

chromebook-pixelThe Chromebook Pixel is the latest Chromebook introduced by Google. Most people just learning about the Chromebook Pixel will get some sticker shock from the price. The price starts at $1,299 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi only model and goes to $1,449 for the 64 GB Wi-Fi and LTE model. You’re scratching your head saying, “For a Chromebook?!? What could possibly warrant such an outrageous price for a Chromebook?”

The Chromebook Pixel was developed by Google for the purpose of demonstrating to their hardware providers (Samsung and Acer) that they want to go in a direction of better hardware specs. Those who complain about the original Chromebooks usually complain about the hardware, but hey, you get what you pay for, and what were you really …

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Chrome Browser Now Available For Smartphones and Tablets

Posted by in Google Chrome on July 14th, 2012 | Comment »

Google’s popular Chrome Browser can now be downloaded for your phone. The browser is available for Apple iOS 4.3 or later devices, which includes the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. For those with an Android device, the Chrome browser is just running and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

To download the Chome Browers on your iPhone, visit the App Sotre, or visit Google Play from your Android device. Unless your Android device is brand-spanking new, you likely cannot download the Chrome browser for your Android which is disappointing.

I have the Droid Bionic on Verizon’s 4G LTE which is running Android 2.3.4. I don’t understand why the phone is unable to run Chrome since the phone does have a dual-core processor and plenty of RAM …

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Tips On How To Make Your Chromebook Faster

Posted by in Chromebooks on April 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment

How to Speed Up ChromebookDo you feel that your Chromebook is getting slow? You can use these tips to help speed up your Chroombook.

1.) Reduce Tabs — The more that’s going on with your Chromebook, the slower it’s going to get. Although the Chromebook is great for mobile computing, its processor and RAM aren’t top of the line. The lower specs also help the Chromebook achieve 8 hours of battery life. The first and easiest thing you can do to speed up your Chromebook is to eliminate tabs you’re not using.

2.) Eliminate Extensions — Don’t get too crazy with extension add ons. If you have any extensions that you absolutely do not use, I would uninstall them. These extensions take up RAM and end up slowing down …

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Google Chromebook vs. iPad 2

Posted by in Chromebooks on July 10th, 2011 | Comment »

Chromebook vs. iPad 2

If you’re looking to spend $500 on a new gadget, you may be thinking what suits your needs better: the Google Chromebook or iPad 2. With the $499 Samsung 3G Chromebook, you’ll have free 3G internet access (up to 100 MB per month) for two years. With the $499 iPad 2, you’ll be limited to WiFi. If you want to upgrade to a 3G version, the iPad 2 starts at $629. You’ll then have to shell out $20 per month for the mobile 3G hotspot with a 2-year contract or $30 per month for a month-to-month plan with Verizon. With AT&T, 3G plans start at just $15.

With the Chromebook, there are no contracts and pay-as-you-go data plans are available. After you use …

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New Google Docs App: Create Docs From Photo

Posted by in Google Docs on July 9th, 2011 | 1 Comment

I was browsing around the Google Docs blog to see if Google might have anything to say about the possibility of being able to edit Microsoft Word files directly in Google Docs. I was really hoping for some Microsoft Word functionality within Google Docs with the arrival of the Chromebook.  Unfortunately, I did not come across any information about that topic, but I did stumble upon some very neat features that have been added to Google Docs.

The last features that I am really fond of are the ability to now upload entire folders, drag-and-drop files for uploading, and pagination.

With the new Google Docs Android app, you’re now able to take a picture with your phone and have the text in the photo …

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Can the Chromebook open Microsoft Word files?

Posted by in Chromebooks on July 2nd, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Chromebook made its much anticipated debut on July 15, 2011 after the project was announced all the way back in 2009. It was originally supposed to debut in the fall of 2010. The device is just the web — literally a Chrome browser on a netbook — but it boasts an 8 second boot time. I thought Google was really onto something when I began diving into the details of the project back in December 2009. However, the jury is still out on this device.

When the device came out, I thought it was a bit pricey, but the manufacturers obviously want to milk the early adopters for what they’re worth before lowering the price. The Acer model starts at $349, while Samsung’s model …

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Automatically Sync Microsoft Office With Google Docs

Posted by in Google Docs on March 5th, 2011 | Comment »

Google Cloud ConnectUnfortunately, I still have to do a lot of work in Microsoft Office since I use a lot of custom headers, footers, and tables of contents. However, I still want the ability to always be able to access my documents from anywhere and have them backed up, which is why I store my documents in Google Docs. I previously used the OffiSync plugin to backup and sync my documents in Microsoft Office. The annoying part was not only saving the file to your hard drive but then having to open the tab in Microsoft Office to store a copy in Google Docs.

I always wished that OffiSync would be able to automatically sync my documents. Fortunately, Google Apps recently released the Google Cloud Connect Plugin

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Google Apps Storage Upgrade Now Available

Posted by in Google Apps on March 5th, 2011 | 2 Comments

Google Apps Storage Upgrade Now AvailableWe’ve been keeping a close eye on when Google Apps users would be able to upgrade their storage in Google Docs. Google Docs storage upgrade has been available for Google Accounts since this past May. However, until today, Google Apps users could not upgrade their Google Docs storage. This was driving me mad because I store tons of PDF documents in Google Docs, essentially using it as my server and I cannot work with 1 GB of storage.

Google announced months ago that extra storage would be available for Google Apps users. For those using their personal accounts, extra storage is affordable — just $5 a year for 20 GB. When Google announced that Google Apps users could upgrade their storage, they tried implementing it …

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