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TECH Bits

Information Technology Services produces technology news items called TECH Bits geared primarily to Temple University faculty and staff. TECH Bits are distributed via e-mail on a weekly basis during the semester. An archive of these messages appears below. For more information about Temple resources, visit the Faculty or Staff websites.

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2017-03-21

Tech Bits: Are You Putting Your Personal Information at Risk?

When you've finished using a computer in a conference/class room or shared space, just closing the browser is not enough.

For security reasons, it is important to actually log off when you're done so others can't open the browser and get into your accounts.

This is critical when you use a computer to access email, work-related systems, social media or other private accounts.

To avoid putting your information at risk, follow these three steps when you're finished:

2017-03-07

Tech Bits: Use Google Photos to Store Your Smartphone Photos & Videos

Looking for a new way to manage and organize your smartphone photos and videos? Download the new photo gallery app from Google called Google Photos.

The app automatically backs up your photos and videos, allowing you to free up storage space on your smartphone. Choose a storage size: unlimited free storage (for phones and point-and-shoot cameras) or limited free storage (for higher resolution cameras).

2017-02-21

Tech Bits: Mark Up PDFs with Comments & Highlights

Have you ever received a PDF file that you would like to mark up? The mark-up options you have will depend on the PDF viewer you are using.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

To add comments, highlights and text directly onto the document, consider downloading the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. You can then:

Add a comment:

2017-02-14

Tech Bits: Access Wireless at Other Universities through eduroam (Students)

If you’re visiting friends at another university, be sure to check if the institution is an eduroam® (education roaming) member. If it is, you can enjoy free and secure wireless access during your visit. Local participating institutions include Bryn Mawr College, Cabrini University, Drexel University, Haverford College, Penn State, Philadelphia University, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania.

2017-02-14

Tech Bits: Access Wireless at Other Universities through eduroam (Faculty & Staff)

If you’re visiting another university, be sure to check if the institution is an eduroam® (education roaming) member. If it is, you can enjoy free and secure wireless access during your visit. Local participating institutions include Bryn Mawr College, Cabrini University, Drexel University, Haverford College, Penn State, Philadelphia University, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania.

2017-02-07

Tech Bits: Copy & Paste Using Your Smartphone

Need to copy and paste text on your smartphone? Here’s how:

  1. Tap and hold a word on a web page, email or app.
  2. When a magnifying glass pane (iPhone) or menu (Android) appears, release the word. The word will be highlighted with blue dots on either side.
  3. Drag the blue dots to highlight all of the text you want to copy.
  4. Then tap Copy in the menu bar.

To paste:

2017-01-31

Tech Bits: Use Google to Perform a Reverse Image Search

Did you know you can use an image rather than words to perform a Google search? Google analyzes the image and displays results, including relevant pages, similar images, and pages with matching images.

The success of your search depends on the nature of the image you use. For example, you may have more success with well-known landmarks and photos of subjects commonly found online than with other types of images.

To perform a reverse image search:

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