Google Earth Pro used to cost $400 a year — here’s how to get it for free

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Google Earth Pro used to cost a staggering $400 a year, but in case you haven’t heard, the intuitive mapping program is now free. Google announced the change back in 2015, but the company’s instructions have since become outdated. Thankfully, the process remains relatively straightforward and quick.

The Pro package will be familiar to anyone who has used Google Earth before, but the software comes loaded with a host of extra features. Media companies use the video export feature to supplement reporting, and construction firms can use the tools to digitally survey any location on Earth. Here’s how to get these and other previously expensive features for free, whether you’re an Apple or Windows aficionado.

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A brand new Google Apps Marketplace

The right tools help organizations succeed. The Google Apps Marketplace makes it easy for admins and employees to find these tools by offering hundreds of third-party applications that integrate directly into Google Apps for Work. Today, we’re revealing a brand new site for the Google Apps Marketplace that makes this process even simpler. A new home page highlights the most popular apps, new arrivals, and more, while search functionality and the navigation bar make it easy for users to find the apps they need.

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Google Drive Sign In And File Sharing Made Easy

Google Drive is awesome for collaborating on documents online. If you are not using it, we highly recommend giving it a try, especially if you’ve never used cloud storage before. But even if you’re already comfortable with an alternative cloud storage service, do consider making the switch.

For starters, Google Drive is secure enough for most users. Also, if you’re already integrated with Google Docs, then Google Drive is a natural and convenient complement. And the good news is, if you’re coming from elsewhere, migrating to Google Drive is pretty simple.

Ready to get started? Here’s how to get signed in and get your files set up. And if you want to share any of your files with non-Google users — which is actually a big selling point of Google Drive — we can get you started on that, too.

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Google Apps update alerts: Google Drive

When working in a Chrome browser, people using the Google Docs editors with offline access enabled can work on files even when not connected to the internet. Files are synced so they can be viewed and edited offline, allowing for continued productivity regardless of one’s internet connection.

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How Chrome Can Make You More Efficient

Spend enough time in the IT department of any college, and you’ll likely hear several conversations about Internet browsers: whether to use Chrome or Safari, why Firefox is under-appreciated and whether Internet Explorer is really finally dead.  Arguments about the pros and cons of browsers are entertaining. However, at the end of the day, all you really need to do is work on assignments, peruse Facebook and study, so what difference does it make which one you use?I’d like to posit that the important question isn’t which browser you use, but how you use it. The following are some tips tailored to Google Chrome, but similar techniques can be implemented on most modern browsers.

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Google Apps update alerts: Disable downloading, printing, and copying of any Google Drive file

With Information Rights Management (IRM), people using Google Drive can now disable downloading, printing, and copying from the advanced sharing menu―perfect for when the file you’re sharing contains sensitive information that you don’t want shared broadly or leaked. This new option is available for any file stored in Google Drive, including documents, spreadsheets, and presentations created with Google Docs.

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NO, I’m Not On Facebook!

No FacebookI love the  question “are you on Facebook?” First I smile and say no I don’t use Facebook, and then realize I’ve just been given another great opportunity to deliver my patented elevator sales speech…

… As a Digital Strategist I help individuals & organizations effectively leverage digital technology and apply limited resources to achieve their online goals. And one of the best ways to be accessible to all of the 3+ billion global Internet users (3,079,339,857 as of 12/31/14, internetworldstats.com), and not just the walled 1 billion Facebook users, is to have my own branded personal website/blog & email (CraigBarry.com). For the cost of a couple of beers ($12USD/yr.) I can offer whatever content I choose and have complete control over privacy, context and monetization – I can’t do that using Facebook. 

If time is really short – I just say − I just noticed that the number of worldwide Facebook user and smokers both just passed the 1 billion mark!

Do you smoke? Why not? Everyone else is doing it.

Maybe it is time to separate yourself from the rest of the pack!