Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top 10 One Cool Tips for 2015
2015 has been a great year of cool tips here on One Cool Tip.   We've posted hundreds of cool tips regarding iPhone, Android, Microsoft and Google among others.

But which ones have been the most popular?  

Wonder no more.

Here are the Top 10 Cool Tips for 2015:

10.  Reboot and Call Me in the Morning

Is your PC acting up?  Check out this cool tip before you lose your cool.

9.  Which App is "Apple's App of the Year"?

Apple released its "App of the Year" for 2015.  Check it out!

Learn how you can make Apple's Siri use Google for search results.

7. Request Large Files with Dropbox

Learn how this cool new feature from Dropbox allows users to send and receive large files.

6. Use Your iPhone Headphones to Take Photos

Check out this cool tip for taking better photos on an iPhone.

5.  Disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS9 to Avoid a Nasty Surprise

A new feature in iOS9 can lean to unexpected data charges.  Learn how to fix it before it's too late1

4. Try These Two Gmail Address Hacks

Learn how to use two Gmail email address hacks for cooler emails!

3. Siri, What Flights are Overhead?

Check out this cool feature on your iPhone.

2. Reopen Closed Tabs in Chrome Browser

Did you accidentally close a browser tab?  Learn how you can quickly reopen it!

And finally, the most popular One Cool Tip for 2015:

1.  Invoke GodMode in Windows 10

Did you upgrade to Windows 10?  Learn how to access all of the settings in one cool place with God Mode.

And that's it for 2015.  Join us in 2016 for even more Cool Tips!
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#GodMode #Chrome #Google #Apple #Siri #Gmail #Windows #Dropbox #Microsoft #Android

Monday, December 28, 2015

How to Register Your Drone with the FAA

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UPDATE:  May 2017 - US Court of Appeals Rules Against FAA's Policy on Registering Drones

Did you receive a Drone for Christmas?  

Or did you already have one?

You'll need to register it with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors. 

People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 19, 2016. 

Failure to register may results in fines and criminal penalties

To register, visit the FAA's UAS registration site: and


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Sunday, December 20, 2015

ICYMI: Latest Skype Version, Google Calendar Reminders, YouTube Trending Tab, 3 Tips for PC Frustration and Which App is Apple's App of the Year?

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Check out these cool tips from One Cool Tip!

How to Ensure You Have the Latest Version of Skype

Learn how you can ensure you have the latest version of Skype for your PC.  

How to Use the New Google Calendar Reminders to Help Remember to Get Things Done

Check out this cool new feature of Google Calendar to help you to get things done.

Use the New YouTube Trending Tab to Discover Viral Videos

Have you seen the latest viral video?  Let YouTube show you the latest trending videos.

3 Top Tips When You're Frustrated Using a PC

Learn what to do when you get frustrated using your PC.

Which App is "Apple's App of the Year" for 2015?

Apple just named its 2015 "App of the Year".  Learn more with this cool tip.
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#Skype #Google #Calendar #YouTube #PC #iPhone #app

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Which App is "Apple's App of the Year" for 2015?

Apple has announced its "App of the Year" for 2015.

It's an app you're already heard about here in One Cool Tip.

one Cool Tip - http://www.onecooltip.comIt's Periscope.

Periscope lets users "livestream" from their Apple iOS device or from their Android device.

Broadcasting is the next "big thing" for mobile computing.

And Apple's selection of the Periscope app marks a turning point for the capability.

Broadcasting with Periscope is easy to do.

Users can also discover livestreams via a map on the app.

Check it out.

You can download the Periscope app for iPhone HERE and for Android HERE.

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#Periscope #Livestream #Twitter #Apple #iOS #Android #Smartphone

Friday, December 11, 2015

3 Top Tips When You're Frustrated Using a PC

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Using a computer is often frustrating.

Perhaps its new software or just existing software where the desired feature just isn't obvious.

Software continues to add more and more features, menus change or disappear and simple commands don't seem so obvious any more.

Here are 3 top tips for figuring out how to solve simple issues.

F1 is Your Friend

Pressing the F1 key is the easy way to access the Help section of most software.  On some PCs, you'll need to press the blue Fn (Function) key to access the F1 function.  Microsoft has extensive help tools accessible from F1 that include the ability to search for common features, issues and also view video tutorials.

Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Most PC programs utilize standard keyboard shortcuts.  For example, if you are using Word and can't find the Print function, don't worry.  Pressing the Ctrl + P keys will bring up the Print screen.

A few other Ctrl key combinations:

Ctrl + C to Copy selected text,
Ctrl + X to Cut selected text and
Ctrl + V to Paste text from the clipboard.

Ctrl + F will bring up a Search form in many programs and web browsers.  Looking for specific text on a webpage or within a Word document? Use the the Ctrl + F to find it quickly.

And don't forget that pressing the the ESC key can exit most screens.

Google It

When you are really stuck, try a Google search.  Using the above issue of how to print in Microsoft Word, a search in Google for "Microsoft Word Print" returns the answer, including an enhanced Google spotlight of the instructions to be able to print from within Microsoft Word.

And finally, don't forget to check One Cool Tip's library of cool tips around key topics:  Google, Windows 10, Chrome, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Outlook.  There's a whole list of Cool Tip tops on the right-hand side of One Cool Tip.


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#Windows #restart #reboot #PC #computer #help #F1 #Microsoft

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Use the New YouTube Trending Tab to Discover Viral Videos

YouTube introduced today a new "Trending" tab on its website and mobile apps.

The new tab allows users to discover the videos that are being watched, discussed and shared on the net.

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The trending list updates throughout the day.  The trending list is available at:  

Check out the Trending tab to find the next viral video!

Google has also released the top trending YouTube videos for 2015:

  1. Silento- Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) #WatchMeDanceOn by Tianne King
  2. Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official Super Bowl TV Commercial) by Clash of Clans
  3. Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!! by RomanAtwood
  4. Love Has No Labels | Diversity & Inclusion | Ad Council by Ad Council
  5. Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  6. Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke by The Late Late Show with James Corden
  7. 6ft Man in 6ft Giant Water Balloon - 4K - The Slow Mo Guys by The Slow Mo Guys
  8. Golden boy Calum Scott hits the right note | Audition Week 1 | Britain's Got Talent 2015 by Britain's Got Talent
  9. Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off) by Dover Police
  10. Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition by Jimmy Kimmel Live
Source: Google Blog

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#YouTube #Google #Trending #iPhone #web #Android

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How to Use the New Google Calendar Reminders to Help Remember to Get Things Done

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The Google Calendar is a great tool to keep yourself organized with scheduled events.

But sometimes you need to have a list for longer term objectives.

A new feature, Reminders, will help solve this issue.

Available now for Android and iPhone mobile apps and soon for the web, Reminders can be set using the app or via voice with Google Now.

You can download the iPhone mobile app HERE and the Google Android mobile app HERE.

To use the Reminders, open the Google Calendar app, click the large red circle with the +, and then set your new reminder.

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You can also set a reminder using Google Now, "Ok, Google, set reminder to write awesome Cool Tips".

That's it!  Enjoy.

Check out the Google video for more information.


or click this link: 

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#Google #Gmail #Calendar #Reminders

Monday, December 7, 2015

How to Ensure You Have the Latest Version of Skype

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Is Your PC version of Skype Up-to-Date?

We've come to expect applications to quickly auto-update based upon how mobile phone apps work.

But not all PC apps are quick to update.

If your PC Skype is having issues, be sure to check that you have the latest version installed.

Here's how:

- Launch Skype if it is not already loaded.
- Click the Help Menu
- Select "Check for Updates"

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- If you have the latest version, you'll get a notice telling you that you are up-to-date.
- If an update is available, you'll have the option to download the latest version.

That's it.  Download and install the latest version.

And don't forget that you can use the beta version of Skype for the web.

To try the new Skype for Web beta, visit or and sign in with your Skype ID and password.


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#Skype #Windows #Update #software #application #app

Sunday, December 6, 2015

ICYMI: Vtech Hack, Food Nutrition Comparison, Facebook Trending News, Backing Up Gmail Contacts and PC Reboots

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One Cool Tip offers great tech tips to solve many common issues users face using modern technology.  This week we had great tips to offer.

Check them out!

Despite what you've read, Vtech users are risk of identity fraud.  Learn what you need to do if your information was stolen at Vtech.

Need to know the nutritional facts of a food?  Let Google show you as well as compare one food versus another.  Check out this cool tip to learn how.

Facebook has a new feature to share the top news with its users.  Learn how to see this new addition to Facebook.

What would happen if you lost access to your Gmail account?  Do you have a backup of your contacts?  Learn how to export your Gmail contacts to save as a backup file.

Is your PC slow or acting strangely?  Solve most PC issues with the reliable stand-by technique.  Learn more about the power of a reboot!
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#Google #search Vtech, Hack, Food, Nutrition, Facebook, Gmail, Contacts, PC, Reboot

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Reboot and Call Me in the Morning - The Sure Fire Way to Solve Most PC Issues

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Is your PC slow?  Is an application acting unusual?  Has a program stopped working?

Try a reboot first.

A complete shutdown and restart fixes most Windows issues 99 out of 100 times.

Why does a restart fix PC problems?

Some software can get bloated by hogging too much memory as files are opened and closed.  Or small coding issues causes the application or operating system to halt without an option to fix itself.  Many users keep their computers on for extended periods of time so these little issues can build up.  A restart clears any computer memory errors that have occurred since the last restart to start new.

So before wasting time screaming at your computer, try the reboot.  When the computer starts, watch for any messages that may appear.  This can help diagnose if there are hardware or operating system issues.  And before you do a restart, be sure open files are saved.


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#Windows #restart #reboot #startup #PC #computer

Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to Back Up Gmail Contacts

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Are your Gmail contacts backed up?

Didn't think so.

If all of your contacts just disappeared one day, would this be a disaster? Names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and anniversaries for hundreds or thousands of your contacts?  Poof!  All gone.

For many people, contacts are central to keeping an organized life.  Especially since this central source is synced with phones and other mobile devices.

We put our trust in Google.   But we should hedge our bets by having secure backed-up information, just in case.  

Here's how to export your contacts.  Note: if you are using the "preview version" of contacts, you'll need to go to the older version to export your contacts.  Look for the link int he lower left.

  • Sign in to Gmail.
  • At the top, click Gmail Contacts.
  • Click More Export... 
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  • Select the group of contacts or All contacts to export
  • Select the data format of your export. 
  • To transfer contacts between Google Accounts, use the Google CSV format. Select this format as your primary backup for your Gmail contacts.  Note: To ensure you can export your data to other applications such as Outlook, do a second export and select the Outlook CSV format.
  • Click Export.
  • Choose Save to Disk OK.
  • Select a location and file name to save your file, and click OK.

That's it.

And be sure to backup your exported file as well to a CD, digital drive or cloud-based service such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

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#Google #Gmail #Contacts #Export #CSV