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 Google announced the change back in 2015, but the company’s instructions have since become outdated.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 Chose .XYZ Over .Com for Alphabet. Is .Com Irrelevant?

Last month, in a surprise move, Google became Alphabet. Now, this is the Internet’s biggest brand and the largest Internet-focused company. You would assume that their homepage would be Alphabet.com, right? Wrong. Google, or Alphabet, doesn’t think the .com is essential any more and set its global domain at abc.xyz.

A while back, Internet regulator ICANN opened new extensions – beyond the familiar .Com, .Net, .Org and so on. These extensions, called top-level domains (TLD), will allow Internet users to get more personalized and meaningful names, while not being restricted by whatever is available as a .Com.

However, there are still many who believe the .Com address is invaluable and these other TLDs are n0t a good idea.

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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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Using Chrome: Can We Really Trust Google?

It seems there’s no escaping Google. What started out as two students’ research project has transformed into a multi-billion dollar corporation that offers a wide variety of services while also trying to find a foothold in nearly every aspect of our lives. In the year 2015, Google is no longer just a search engine.

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5 Advanced Gmail Search Operators You Should Know

GmailGmail is an ingenious webmail client with many awesome features. Being a Google service, one of its strengths obviously is Search. And this is exactly how Google revolutionized email. While every other email client focused on sorting emails, Google focused on what they do best. In Gmail you don’t really have to worry about filing or sorting emails because you an always find them in a matter of seconds using the Search.

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