Useful Google URLs and Services.
There are many Google services. Some of them we use on a daily basis (like Gmail, YouTube, etc.) and others we don’t even know if they exist.
So, here is a complete list of some of these lesser known but useful Google services.
# 1 Google Alerts
Receive automatic alerts on a specific topic. Let’s say you want to track everything related to a company, then just add the company name as a keyword and set an alert. You will get an overview of everything related to this company in your inbox.
Useful if you want to track a brand or do research on a topic. Although I should note that the results are not very accurate. At least not what you would expect from Google.
# 2 Google history
Google stores every search query you make or every website you visit when you are logged into your account. And, unlike browser history, it is platform independent and remembers your entire history from the day you created your account.
YouTube has a similar story that you can find here.
Update: If you have Android and use Google Voice Search, then there is history for it too. Google stores every voice search you’ve done with Google.
These services are useful if you don’t remember the name of the website you visited once, or the video you watched several months ago. But if you don’t want to store your history in the cloud, there is an option to delete it permanently.
# 3 Google Ads preferences
Google creates a virtual profile for each user based on their online activity. This helps them show you (reads targeted) ads better. This virtual profile consists of your estimated age, demographics, your interests, and more.
However, if you don’t want Google to show you interest-based ads , just disable it. While you will still see ads, they will not be affected by your previous browsing history and location.
Personally, I like to turn off interest-based ads so I see less relevant apps and less temptation to buy that product.
# 4 Google Trends
Find out what’s trending in the world or what people are looking for the most. For a specific topic, the number of people searching for it on Google will be shown. It also shows their location, age and timeline.
This tool is useful if you are doing research work. For example, you can use it to test the market demand for your new startup idea.
Use the trend visualizer to see the top searches in real time. You can also filter it by country. Useful and good looking.
# 5 Advanced image search
Image search with advanced filtering options like exact keyword, image resolution, location, etc. You can also use it to search free images on Google by setting usage rights to – even free for commercial use.
Pro tip: To do a quick reverse image search in Google Chrome, just right-click any image and press the “s” key on your keyboard. Save a lot of time.
# 6 Android Device Manager
Lost Android? Well, if the device is connected to the Internet, you can find its GPS location using Android Device Manager. You can also call or block him directly from your phone.
Pro tip: To quickly find your Android, type “where is my phone” into Google.
# 7 Android Location History
Just like Google’s web search history, it stores your location by tracking your smartphone.
If your Android is connected to the Internet anywhere, it will be marked on maps. So, if you don’t remember where you were 2 months ago, use this.
This story is private, i.e. only you can see it. And if you want, you can delete part or all of your location history. It’s up to you. So this is a relief.
It is now possible to pause location history on the web page itself. However, if you want to turn it off completely (recommended), go to the Google Settings app on your Android Location Location History OFF.
# 8 An inactive account manager
Google will close an account if it has not been used for more than nine months. This helps them limit the number of unnecessary accounts, as many people simply create a new account if they don’t remember the password for the old one. And this is good.
But what if you can’t access your account for nine months. Or God forbid you died in an accident. What will happen to your Google account now?
Well, this is where the inactive account manager comes in, this service allows you to add a trusted contact (another google user) who will have access to your account after a set period of inactivity. Basically, it’s like digital insurance for your Google account.
What happens to your social media account when you die
# 9 Google Play setup
Most of us have a new phone (Android) every two years. And what will happen to the elder? Well, they keep it on some kind of shelves to devour the dust.
But when we install apps from the desktop version of the Play Store, you will still see the name of your old device, even if you’re not using it.
So, by going into the PlayStore settings, you can delete the device permanently or even give a new alias to an existing device.
# 10 Google Password Manager
Did you know Google has a dedicated password manager? We use this service all the time, but it works so smoothly that we don’t even know if it exists.
For example, if I choose to save my Netflix password to my desktop, those credentials are uploaded to the cloud (obviously encrypted). Now when I try to log into my Netflix account on any device (this works for Android apps) Google automatically fills in the username and password. Everything you need to use the same Google account.
Currently, most of the time we do not use this service directly. But let’s say you are using a friends computer and forgot your login credentials for some websites, then you can quickly follow this link and see your saved password.
# 11 Google Photos
Google Photos has been around for a long time. But ordinary people are still not aware of this function, although this service was created especially for them.
Basically, Google Photos is a free cloud storage service where anyone can upload an unlimited number of photos and videos. There is no limit. This means you can download every photo you’ve taken in your life and access it from anywhere.
Just follow this link, hit the download button and drag and drop all your photos and videos. There is a slight decrease in quality, but it is not noticeable. And yes, your photos are personal, that is, only you can see them.
# 12 Google Takeout
Like any other service, Google also gives you the ability to upload all of your data, i.e. emails, hangouts, Blogger blogs, calendar, contacts, or pretty much anything you’ve uploaded to a Google server.
I use this service to download all my YouTube videos or Google photos so I have another separate physical backup.
# 13 There’s no country forwarding
By default, Google redirects you to the local version of the Google page. For example, Google.co.in for India or google.co.uk for the UK and so on and so forth. For the most part, the local version of the search engine is useful.
But let’s say I want to browse Google without country restrictions. To do this, simply go to google.com/ncr and enter your request. You will now be using the standard Google version with no local results.
And anytime you want to come back, go to the google.com homepage and there at the bottom of the screen; you will see an option to switch to google local version.
# 14 Google Input Tool
Everyone knows about Google Translate, Google’s popular online language translation service. But this Google input is slightly different.
Unlike Google Translate, it only changes the format of the language, while the meaning remains the same. I know this is difficult to explain in the text, so you will have to check it yourself.
To be honest, I cannot think of any use of this service in my daily life. But it is a powerful tool that might come in handy in some way. So you should know this.
# 15 Google Books
Google Books is a collection of millions of books that are in the public domain or whose author has given permission to download the entire book. But even if the book is copyrighted, chances are that you can still read part of it or view it.
So, let’s say you want to buy a book, but before that you want to preview it and then try Google books. If the book was written several years ago, then you can find the full version there. Useful if you, like me, are a bibliophile.
7 Best Free Image Hosting Sites to Share Amazing Pictures.
With the rise of social media, free image hosting sites have emerged, why not? We use social media to constantly share funny, silly, serious, offensive and cute images. Either way, you know why you’re here. So, here are some of the best image hosting sites that are free as well.
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Free photo hosting sites
Imgur (pronounced image-er) is primarily used by Redditors to host free images. Imgur is free to use, but that’s not why I like it. I love this because it allows me to upload high resolution images without having to create a free account.
Using the service is quite simple, just upload an image and copy the link you can share. Registration is optional, which means you can also use it to host images anonymously. But if you plan to use the service for a long time, I recommend registering. Imgur has its own community.
Read: Free HQ Images To Use Without Source Link
The platform has a 200MB limit for GIF and 20MB for other images. PNG images larger than 5 MB are converted to JPEG. You can download no more than 50 images per hour from one IP.
On the other hand, there is no direct link feature here (you can right-click the image and select Copy Image URL) and your images will be compressed, especially if you are not logged in. So I recommend creating a free account if quality is a priority.
Fortunately, you can press CTRL + V on the site to load images from the clipboard. They also offer crop and blur tools to hide sensitive and personal information.
Verdict: Imgur has been around for a long time. Quick and easy to use with optional registration process and mobile apps. Use it if you want to share photos on forums or social networks without worrying about them being deleted. They never do that.
Imgur: Website | Android | iOS
For a long time, Flickr has been the leading image-sharing site in the world. Basically, it is a social network for sharing images. It is one of the oldest and still one of the best.
Flickr not only allows you to upload and share images, but it also provides a robust set of editing tools that you can use to edit your images. Then you can organize your images into folders and albums. Flickr has an API, which means it integrates with many social media sites and other third party apps like Dropbox, making sharing and backing up easier.
You get a whopping 1TB of free storage with smart editing tools. The professional plan will remove ads, offer advanced stats on your images such as how many shares and likes, and a download tool for PC to make things easier. There is compression on Flickr, but the quality is still high.
Verdict: Flickr is very reliable and will live on long after we cease to exist. Suitable for networking and editing. You can use it to showcase your artistic and photographic skills.
Flickr: Website | Android | iOS
ImgBB offers free image hosting with a minimalist approach. There is no limit to the number of images you can upload as long as their size is limited to 16 MB. It offers an easy-to-use drag and drop function.
There are no bells and whistles, which means the files you upload will not be cropped or compressed. There is no need to register on the site and the images you uploaded will never be deleted from the server.
The site will allow you to link directly to images that you can use on forums and message boards. It also lets you create HTML thumbnails that are really useful on whiteboards.
Verdict: ImgBB is an anonymous image hosting site that you can use if you want to share images on forums and message boards like 4chan without registering with the service.
4. Google photos
Google Photos, like all Google apps, is free to use. Not only do you use Google Photos to host and share your images, you can also use it to automatically back up photos from your mobile devices.
The backup is on autopilot and most likely you already have a Google account. So just download and start using. It offers a reliable way to organize photos by location, people, and date, for example. Like Flickr, it has photo editing tools.
Google Photos makes it easy to share your images with others and integrates with many other sites and apps. It’s reliable and won’t go away anytime soon like some image sites. Google Photos is a great way to back up, store, organize, and share images on the fly across multiple platforms.
Google offers two options. In original quality, you get a limited storage of 15 GB. In high quality, you get unlimited storage and a 16MP limit for images and 1080 for videos. I think if you are not a professional photographer, the latter is more than enough.
Verdict: Use Google Photos if you want to upload and share images privately or if you want to back up all of your family photos. Google Photos also has many advanced smart features like face recognition and smart folders. It will remove duplicate photos automatically.
Google Photos: Website | Android | iOS
Photobucket is an image hosting site that offers 2GB with a free account, if you want more you can upgrade to 10GB by downloading their mobile apps. There is no limit on file type or size, except for GIF images, which cannot exceed 5 MB or 800 frames.
Photobucket supports albums. Photobucket made the list because, in addition to allowing users to host image files for free, it also allows them to receive a hard copy at a nominal price. Needless to say, it comes with editing tools that you can use before printing.
This is good if you want to decorate your home or office with wall frames.
Verdict: Photobucket is a good alternative if you need to store quality photos and want to print them. However, when it comes to storage capacity, it pales. You can add storage for a price that allows third-party hosting and ad removal.
Photobucket: Website | Android | iOS
6. 500 double
Think Instagram, but for amateur photographers and professional photographers. 500x can be a joy to surf and the community is awesome. You will often see people help each other by giving feedback on their latest photos, sharing tips and tutorials online.
Needless to say, the images found on this platform are beautiful and sometimes breathtaking. A lot of my fellow editors in magazines and blogs are looking for inspiration 500 times. Join 500x if you like photography. Yes, you can sell your images.
A free account will allow you to receive 20 images per week, for a total of 2000 images. The Pro membership will cost $ 20 per year with no cap. Start building your portfolio. Compression is optional, so you can choose what you want: quality or speed.
Verdict: If you are a photographer, then 500x is a community made just for you. You will feel right at home. There is a marketplace for selling your work. It works like a social network with individual profiles that you can follow.
500x: Website | Android | iOS
While most free image hosting sites do not allow NSFW photography (some may close your account after a few fair warnings), Postimage, on the other hand, allows you to post and post images of all kinds, even NSFW images if that’s your thing.
You will need to register for a free account. There is a function to set an expiration date for your image, which can be useful if the image is sensitive. Postimages is primarily used by members of various forums to post and share images. They have a bulk image resizing tool which is helpful if you are posting images to a message board.
Verdict: Postimage is a good alternative if you enjoy NSFW or adult content and regularly work on forums and other message boards.
Conclusion: free photo hosting sites
If you are a photographer or work for a magazine or blog looking for high quality images, 500x is a social network built for photographers.
If you work with adult content or forums, Postimages is a good solution.
Imgur is good if you want an easy way to share an image that will break the web. Think lolcotes because they always go viral!
Need a backup? Google Photos will also allow you to post, publish, and organize.
Think Instagram if you want a social media platform to share and follow other people.
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How to Scan QR code from an Image on an iPhone.
Scanning a QR code is very easy; you pull out your phone, point your camera at the code and voila, you just got the information. But what if you need to scan a QR code stored on your iPhone? Well, pulling out another phone to scan is one way, but I have a better way. Let’s see how to scan a QR code from a picture on an iPhone.
How to scan a QR code from an image
1. Third-party application
IPhone has a built-in QR code scanner built into the Camera app. However, there is no way to read this QR code from photos. Qrafter is a simple application that can also scan QR code from a photo. Start by installing the app on your iPhone. Then open the application after the installation is complete and click “Scan from Photo Albums”. The app also allows you to move and scale the image, this will provide faster response times from the application, since it does not need to scan the entire image for code.
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Tap the QR code image and it will reveal the information hidden in the QR code. Then you can copy the information to the clipboard, send it via text message or email, etc.
The app is smart enough to provide you with additional options if the QR code contains more information than plain text. For example, if you scan a QR code with a YouTube URL in it, it will give you the option to open the URL, watch the video in the app, send it via email, etc.
Although the app is easy to use, it shows you ads every time you want to scan a QR code from an image. Also, you need to manually open the photo in the app to get the information. If you are going to scan images with QR codes more often, the following method will be more useful for you.
2. Google photos
If you don’t like Google Photos yet, here’s a good reason to install it on your iPhone. Google Photos has a built-in Google Lens that can recognize objects in any photo, including QR codes. Just install the Google Photos app from the App Store. Open the app and give it access to your Camera Roll. When you see all the images in the app, open the image with the QR code.
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Click on the Google Lens icon at the bottom. It will take a few seconds to process the image and display the relevant information.
Scanning QR codes with Google Photos is really easy and you don’t need to worry about ads. However, using this app has its drawbacks. For example, it won’t let you access any of the app’s features until you’re signed in, and it can only scan photos from the Camera Roll. This may sound frustrating, but don’t worry, the following method will allow you to scan a QR code anywhere on your iPhone.
3. Siri Shortcuts
This method takes advantage of Siri Shortcuts and allows you to scan QR codes from images. It even works in a web browser, which means that if you find a QR code on the Internet, you can still scan it directly. Start by installing a shortcut from this link.
After installing the shortcut, open the Shortcuts app, press and hold the shortcut to open the context menu. Select “Details”.
Right now, this shortcut will only appear in the image sharing sheet. We’ll expand it to everything so that it appears in apps like Safari, Files, and more. Select Share Sheet Types and click Select All.
Go back and click Finish. That’s all you need to do, you can now scan the QR code image from anywhere on your iPhone.
For demonstration, I opened a QR code in Safari. A long press on the image opens the context menu. Clicking the Share button opens the shared sheet, select QR Reader from Images to start scanning.
It even works with other apps like WhatsApp, Photos, Files, etc. I received a QR code from a friend and this is what was in it. Enjoy.
These were some of the quickest methods to scan a QR code from an image. While I don’t mind finding solutions to these innocuous problems, iOS should adapt this feature as they did with scanning a QR code using the Camera app. Despite the fact that Safari automatically detects the QR code, it does not show any information. Well, maybe in the future. What do you think? Are you using a second phone to scan the QR code on your iPhone like a caveman? Let me know in the comments below.
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Imagine for a moment that you are looking at a photograph on the Internet. This can be a photo from a social network or a photo from online dating. Or maybe a photo from a news story? Looking at this, something doesn’t quite fit and you suspect. How to check if the image is real?
Many online scammers and identity thieves steal photos of people and impersonate them. So the pretty blonde you admire on Tinder might actually be a big fat Russian guy from St. Petersburg hoping to get your bank account details. Security is worth it these days, and there are several online services to help you with that.
Google isn’t the only major search engine offering reverse image searches. Bing and Yandex offer this too. But obviously the first stop for everyone is big G.
Let’s say you’ve been browsing Tinder and stumbled upon this rather slick gentleman.
He claims his name is Luigi and he is an Italian billionaire entrepreneur. But wait, isn’t he familiar? Didn’t you see him once in a movie? Or is he a local pizza peddler?
Then you have two options: paste the direct URL of the photo if it’s online. Or, if it’s on your computer or mobile device, you can upload it directly to Google.
I clicked Download Image, went to the photo in Windows Explorer and it started downloading.
Google immediately identified “Luigi, the Italian billionaire entrepreneur” as some kind of con man named “Hugh Jackman” who is a kind of “actor.” Phew, escape! We all know what these types of actors are.
TinEye is another reverse image search engine that has a good reputation for doing its job. For a fee, they also scan the images you give them and send you email notifications if those images suddenly appear on the Internet somewhere else.
One big difference from TinEye, however, is that they are not very good at understanding people’s faces, even if those people rank high in Google search results like actor Hugh. Instead, TinEye focuses more on more general imagery like artwork, proprietary imagery like photography and design, and the like. If you are an artist looking to protect your work from online plagiarism, this might be your best bet.
Let’s say someone offered me this “unique just painted” painting for sale, but I have a latent suspicion that it was not just painted and may have existed for a while.
How well does TinEye handle this? Let’s find out.
TinEye immediately returns over 13,000 results defining it as “American Gothic”. A quick search on the Internet reveals that it is a work by Grant Wood and hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago. So another closed call was averted.
Reverse image searches are not perfect. There are so many variables that can change an image, such as changing hair color, adding or removing glasses or facial hair, changing the tone of an image quality, and so on. There are photos of me online, but a reverse search didn’t find many of them.
Police, lawyers and private investigators will benefit from improved reverse image search tools. But for the ordinary Joe Public, we have to be content with what we have, but that is something that will only get better over time.