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September 8, 2016
by Rachael Inake

Google Chrome for Google Apps + handy extensions

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If you use Mozilla Firefox, you might have noticed it hasn’t been working well with Google Drive and Docs. Use Google Chrome for the best experience. You can download it for free at

Additionally, with Chrome, you can also install handy extensions (they’re like mini apps that run off of the Chrome browser) like an AdBlocker, web clipper for saving online articles, bookmark manager and more. Check out this list of 35 best Google Chrome extensions.

April 26, 2016
by Rachael Inake

Google Calendar’s “Goals” helps you to make the most of your time

Google Calendar now helps you to make the most of your time with their new feature, Goals. Goals allow you to make time for things that matter to you whether it may be to exercise, do chores, get together with friends, or whatever it may be. We all have those things that we know we need to do but never seem to have the time to do. Well now with Goals in Google Calendar, there are no excuses! Goals will help you find time in your day for what’s important and can also help you to start making healthy habits like exercising daily. It even has the ability to defer goals if something unexpected comes up. Or if your goal conflicts with another event, Google Calendar will automatically reschedule your goal.

Try it today by downloading and installing the Google Calendar app for Android or iPhone.

Read Google’s blog post about Goals:

January 15, 2016
by Leanne Riseley
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iPhone Secret – Allows you to delete default apps

If you have an iPhone/iPad and if like me, you have default apps such as “Tips”, “Game Center”, and “News” that you never use, until now, we have been unable to delete them off of our devices.  So the next best thing was to move them all into a folder and move it to your last home screen to get them out of the way.

Now you can use this little trick shown by videosdebarraquito in the below video to hide the apps.

Here are the steps:

  1. Create a new folder or open an existing folder
  2. Move the apps you want to hide into that folder
  3. Tap and hold on any icon until they all begin to jiggle, allowing you to rearrange them
  4. Grab any app in the folder and drag it to the right beyond the last tab in the folder
  5. While still holding the app icon, press the home button

Step 5 will cause the app icon to vanish completely.
iPhone photo by Pexels is licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

The downside is this trick only hides your apps temporarily — the next time you reboot your device, all of the hidden apps will reappear in the folder.

The good news is that with the next version if iOS (9.3), you will have the ability to hide those apps permanently. It is a more advanced process, but if you are interested in the secret, keep a look out for a future Tech It Out Tips post.


Zech Estein, “The iPhone trick you’ve been waiting for: How to hide Apple’s default apps”, BGR,

videosdebarraquito, “How To Hide Any App On iPhone – iPad Up To iOS 9.2:”, YouTube,

January 13, 2016
by Rachael Inake

Automatically Connect Your Device to the LEE WiFi


Have you ever wanted to connect your laptop, phone, or tablet to the LEE WiFi network automatically without having to sign in every time? You can use UH ITS Wireless Passthrough service at: It’s easy and super convenient! All you’ll need is your device’s MAC address. Find your MAC address here.

October 8, 2015
by Brent Hirata

Visitors Need WiFi Too

Do you have plans to host visitors on our campus?  If so you might be interested to know how to “get them on Wifi.”  The recommended way to host a visitor on our wireless network is to register them through the self help UH VIA website.  The process is simple but should be done well in advance of their visit.

1. Request permission to Sponsor a visitor ( ).

2. Setup your approved request with visitor’s first and last name and email address.

3. Your visitor will receive an email with their username and password.  You will also receive a copy of the email.


This 4 minute video walks you through the process of setting up Visitor Internet Access for a group of visitors.

(Direct Link: )

September 29, 2015
by Rachael Inake

Gmail drag-and-drop images

In Gmail (and your Google@UH Gmail, too), you can now drag-and-drop images right into the body of your email message so it appears embedded.

  1. Compose a new message.
  2. Drag and drop the image in the body of the message.
  3. By default, it will insert the image as “best fit.” If you want the original size, click on the image and click on “Original size.” Or, if you want to resize the image, click on the image and click and drag on an image handle (square in the corner of the image).


Also, just like how you can hyperlink text in your email message to a website, you can hyperlink the embedded image, too.

  1. Click and drag to highlight the embedded image in your message.
  2. With your image highlighted (selected), click on the link button in the toolbar to insert a link.
  3. In the popup box, type or paste the URL you want to link to in the, “To what URL should this link go to” and click “OK.”


June 30, 2015
by Rachael Inake
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Use Google Flights to find the best flight prices


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Planning your summer vacation? Google Flights offers a simple way to find the best flight prices without ads and hidden fees. It pulls information directly from the airlines and will link you to buying your tickets through the airline.

Other benefits include:

  • searching for a general region and seeing flight prices on a map
  • “best flights” option to find the best combination of price and speed
  • a calendar that shows you the lowest price for any given day
  • price monitoring for a potential flight you choose

Read more about these benefits and more in Huffington Post’s article.

My other favorite sites (and also available as mobile apps) to find best flight prices are Kayak and Hipmunk. What are your favorite sites, apps, or ways to plan your trips? Post them in the comments below.

June 5, 2015
by Leanne Riseley
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Share Your Favorite Travel Apps


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Summer Break is here!

If you are traveling this summer (and even if you are not) we encourage you to share your favorite travel app!

In the comments section, share the app you love, the cost (if there is a cost…many great apps are free), and a brief description of what it does and how you use it.

Check back often as others share to learn something new!

To kick it off, here is one:

Google Translate is available both on Android and iPhone. It is FREE! It can translate close to 90 different languages including Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese to name a few. There are several very handy ways to use it.

You can type the word or phrase,


speak the word or phrase,


or use the camera to instantly translate a sign or a menu!

(Currently, this feature works with from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish)


Here are the links to download the free app. Happy translating!

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Note: Android users may download language packs so Google Translate can be used offline. This feature is not yet available for iPhone users.

We look forward to seeing your posts.

March 2, 2015
by Rachael Inake

Taking a screenshot on mobile devices


If you ever need to take a screenshot on your iOS or Android mobile device (i.e. smartphone or tablet), you can do so easily by pressing and holding the power and Home buttons. For iOS devices like the iPhone, once you press and release the two buttons you should hear the camera shutter and see the screen flash. For Android devices, press and hold the power and Home buttons together until you see the screen flash to take the picture and then release. (If your Android device doesn’t have a Home button, try pressing the Volume Down button and the power button at the same time.) Screenshots get saved to your photo gallery where your other photos are stored. For other devices, including how to take screenshots on Windows and Mac computers, read this article by

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