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Facebook is offering new ways to take all your data away from Facebook

Facebook is offering new ways to take all your data away from Facebook

Facebook isn't exactly the world's most beloved company these days. While billions of people still use the site daily — not to mention Instagram and WhatsApp — there's also a significant chunk of users who would love nothing more than to leave the social network behind. To its credit, Facebook is making it a little easier to transfer your posts and notes from the site, expanding on its already-existing data exporting tool in a new update.

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How to save and instantly access your Covid vaccine card on your phone

How to save and instantly access your Covid vaccine card on your phone

While we're still working out whether or not vaccine passports will be a nationwide thing (and they already are in New York), your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card is your current proof that you've been vaccinated. Some businesses, schools, and employers might need it, and certain travel destinations and things like cruises may also require one. A handful of businesses even give you a discount if you flash it. Still, you may not feel comfortable toting around a single flimsy piece of paper without any backup — especially since you can't even be sure whether to laminate it. So, here's an easy way to save a backup copy to your phone and keep it accessible with just a single tap from your home screen.

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Google Docs and Sheets will soon count against Drive storage, but the deadline is changing

Google Docs and Sheets will soon count against Drive storage, but the deadline is changing

Google had always been fairly generous with its cloud storage, but that policy finally started to change late last year. In addition to losing out on free high-quality photo uploads, all files created in Drive will begin counting against your total storage allotment on June 1st. While that leaves most of us with just a couple of months left before these changes take effect, Workspace and G Suite users have been granted an extension, moving the date for those accounts to February 1st, 2022.

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Google's Area 120 made a slick document scanner app

Google's Area 120 made a slick document scanner app

Area 120 is a Google team that focuses on small, experimental applications. Its latest release is its most practical yet: Stack, a document scanner and organizer that automatically grabs details via optical character recognition. It's available in the Play Store now, though it might not be accessible from all regions.

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T-Mobile wants to be the best carrier for Google and Pixel fans

T-Mobile wants to be the best carrier for Google and Pixel fans

In a press release issued today, T-Mobile outlined its plans for Android for the latter portion of this year. And those plans pretty much begin and end with the word "Google." The biggest of the deals is that Google's Messages app will now be the standard, default SMS and RCS platform for all T-Mobile Android phones. But there are plenty of other nuggets in the press release, too.

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Google's Action Blocks update lets you move your Assistant widgets between phones

Google's Action Blocks update lets you move your Assistant widgets between phones

Action Blocks is a small, interesting tool to help build some manual controls for Google Assistant functions. If you've been making heavy use of it for the last few months, we have good news: your created actions and other data now back up to Google Drive, along with the other data on your phone. The change was announced in the latest app update, and appears to be active now.

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Google Drive is making it easier to search for shared documents

Google Drive is making it easier to search for shared documents

Being able to locate specific information in Google's products can help improve your day-to-day workflow. Most power users are probably familiar with Gmail's search operators — keywords that add filters to help you achieve better results. Google Drive also supports operators designed to seek out specific documents, and with today's update, those are becoming more useful than ever. An all-new operator for finding shared files is available to Drive users beginning today, as well as updated versions of some essential search terms.

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Google Drive app is bringing notifications front and center

Google Drive app is bringing notifications front and center

Google Drive makes it super easy to collaborate with anyone on documents, slideshows, and spreadsheets. Being able to comment on a coworker's project plan or to take feedback on your upcoming presentation helps improve your end result. Outside of email alerts, however, it can be tough to keep track of requests, tasks, and notes on your work inside Drive. To help manage your tasks, Google is adding a notifications tab inside the Drive app for Android that allows you to view activity on every file you have stored in the cloud.

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WhatsApp is still working on password-protected Google Drive backups

WhatsApp is still working on password-protected Google Drive backups

It's been almost exactly a year since the last time we saw leaked screenshots of an encrypted cloud backup feature for WhatsApp. Today we see a more fleshed-out version of that tool, offering a password protected backup of your messages that uploads to Google Drive on Android and iCloud on iOS. Unfortunately, there's still no indication of when it's actually going to go live.

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Google takes small step to protect privacy of Forms responses

Google takes small step to protect privacy of Forms responses

Google Forms has become one of the easiest ways to sign people up to activities, studies, and interviews or to gauge opinions on whether it'll be Italian, barbecue, or sushi for the party next week. But all those responses — including the private bits — is at risk when it all gets put with one person. Google has now decided to restrict who can transfer ownership of their form and the data that comes with it.

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