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Search Google Using an Image

If you want to get more information about a particular photo, you can actually use that picture as your Google search. Google calls this "Reverse Image Search," and it can turn up similar images, website addresses that contain the photo, information on who took the photo, and more. Of course, this will work best with photos of people or objects that are likely to show up elsewhere on the web.

Amplify Dialog in Movies and TV Shows

Sometimes, it can be difficult to hear the dialog in movies and TV shows. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do about it.

If you're listening on the TV's internal speakers, open the TV's audio menu and see if there are bass and treble controls. If so, turn down the bass and/or turn up the treble while watching something with people speaking, but do it only as much as necessary to make the dialog understandable.

Even better, connect a soundbar to the TV, which will improve the sound quality overall and dialog intelligibility in particular.

Save YouTube Videos to Your Computer

Since YouTube doesn't allow for downloading videos, you'll have to look to third party sites and apps to accomplish this. There are websites, apps, and browser extensions available to do this. It should be noted that downloading YouTube videos violates YouTube's terms of service. That being said, here are some ways to save YouTube videos to your computer:

Organize iPhone Contacts by Groups

Contacts can be organized into groups on the iPhone or iPad to make them easier to find. However, it may not immediately be obvious that this is possible because Apple still doesn't allow you to create those groups on iOS 7 -- you can only view them. To create groups, you must do it in iCloud or from your computer. Here's how to create groups using both methods:

Transfer Music From an iOS Device to a New Computer

If you have a new computer, transferring your music library from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod can be problematic. This is because Apple does not natively support copying music to a computer if the iOS device hasn't been paired with iTunes first. In order to pair that device with iTunes, iTunes makes you erase the device first. There are, however, third party programs that can safely copy the music from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Manage File Versions in Google Drive

File syncing can be complicated, especially when multiple people are accessing the file, or if a file is being edited in two different locations separately. The computer or cloud service often won’t know what changes should be preserved in the official file, so it will create duplicates which can be messy. It’s also possible to lose changes when the file is synced, or a collaborator could delete something you want to get back. Google Drive is one cloud service that makes this easier to manage with ‘file versioning.’

Voice Your Net Neutrality Concerns to the FCC

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed rules that threaten the free an open internet that we enjoy today. Under the new rules, content providers would have to pay for premium access to customers. Larger companies such as Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon would be able to pay these access fees. But smaller startups or individuals with little funding would not be able to afford this, and would be at a competitive disadvantage. The internet is full of innovations that started as small startups with little funding, like Facebook, eBay, Yahoo, and even Google.

Generate and Store Secure Passwords with LastPass

The 'Heartbleed' bug that has affected most of the internet's popular websites has exposed usernames and passwords along with other secure certificate data. Even after a site has fixed this bug, it's still essential for everyone to change their passwords because the data could have been intercepted before the site was patched. This is a great opportunity to create more secure passwords, and to start using a password vault like LastPass.