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How to make video calls of up to 32 people in Google Duo

The video calling tool,  Google Duo , recently increased the limit of people allowed during a call to 32 and then we tell you what you must do to carry them out.

Open the Google Duo app on your phone and on the home screen, swipe from bottom to top and tap “Create group”. Now is the time to add the participants, which can be up to 32. To do this, select one by one the contacts you want to add and press “Done”. Then click “Start” and the video call will start for everyone, although they must accept it individually. You can save and name the group when you create it or when the call ends so that you can use it in the future and not have to select the contacts one by one. To do this, touch the pencil icon, enter a name and press “Save”. 

In addition to adding contacts manually, you can send them links so they can join the group themselves. To do that, open the Duo application on your phone and press “Create group” and “Next”. You will see an option that says “Share this group link for your friends to join”, here click on the square to copy the link or on the icon with the arrow to share in other applications such as WhatsApp or Telegram. You can send the link to as many people as you want, but only 32 of them can connect to the video call.

If the recipient touches the link on a mobile device and has Duo installed, the app will automatically open with the video call, and if they do not have Duo installed, the Duo tab will open in the Play Store or App Store application for download.

Google Duo also added a few months ago new features, such as  new effects and drawing tools  during a call in addition to improving the quality of the audio.

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Animated WhatsApp stickers: How to download and send them

WhatsApp gets updated on June 29 with a new feature of sharing and seeing different animated stickers in chats on your Android phone.

At the moment, it is possible to download the  animated stickers only in the beta version of WhatsApp, but this is the step before it is release for everyone in the regular version, so it would only be a matter of time for everyone to enjoy this feature.

Here’s how you can start enjoying these  animated stickers.

How to download animated WhatsApp stickers

  • Open a chat.
  • Select the emoji icon on the left side of the text input field.
  • Select the stickers icon , the one on the right in the bottom bar.
  • Press the ” + ” icon at the top right of the box.
  • Select the down arrow to download the sticker package you want to use.
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How to receive notifications of a specific email on your iPhone

Throughout the day you will receive many emails, but it is possible that at some point you are waiting for a response from one in particular email address. The iPhone Mail application allows you to configure an option with which you will receive a notification when a specific email receives a response. This is how you can do it.

Before starting you should know that this option must be activated at the time of writing the email, so it cannot be applied to emails that have already been sent. 

To start, open the Mail app on your iPhone and click on the button to compose an email located in the lower right corner (the one with the paper and pencil icon). Press “Subject” and you will see that an icon with a bell appears just to the right. Click on it and click “Notify Me”. Now you will see that the bell is blue, which means that the option is activated. To finish complete the mail and send it to its recipient.

When your mail is answered, the system will notify you with a notification regardless of whether you have disabled the application’s notifications. 

In addition to this function you also have another to filter important emails. It is about making the emails of some contacts reach you to a specific mailbox called VIP. To do this, just click on the address of the contact in the Mail app and click “Add to VIP list”. You will be able to find the VIP mailbox along with the other mailboxes and in it you will only see the emails of the contacts you have selected.

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Windows 10 finally gets its big update of the year. Here’s how to install

After several months of waiting, behold, the much-promised update in May started to be sent to all Windows 10 users. This distribution starts a day earlier than expected and I don’t think anyone will complain.

Microsoft has slightly changed the philosophy of Windows 10 updates, so this will be the most important of the year. Towards the end of 2020 another update is expected, but only to correct minor details.

What’s new in Windows 10 May 2020 Update

This version is also known as Windows 10 version 2004 and brings some news that deserve to be highlighted. Firstly, we have a renewed interface for the Cortana assistant.

Cortana is now an independent application, which means it can be improved at any time. It gives primacy to written commands, something that goes against the new ideology that Microsoft has for Cortana.

We also have news for virtual desktops that will now last even after you turn off your computer. It will also be possible to assign names that will also be saved automatically.

There is an effort to unify all Windows settings in the Settings application, the notepad has also been improved alongside the File Explorer and we should also mention new productivity options for Calendar and Mail.

How to install the new update for Windows 10

Unfortunately, Microsoft will not automatically install this update on its users’ computers. So, there are some methods you can use to receive news.

You can always manually check Windows Update for new updates. In my case, I still don’t have access to it via this route, but if you do, you will be presented with a link that will take you to the installation of Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

The most immediate is to go to the Microsoft website and click on the “Update now” button. An executable file will be downloaded that will proceed to update, in a simple way, your Windows 10.

If none of these solutions work, you can always download this tool from Microsoft . Once started, you will have to accept the terms, select the option to update your PC and follow the instructions.

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4 steps to protect your Gmail account right away

From bank statements to personal messages , and even password reset requests, your Gmail account contains a wealth of personal information. If someone had access to it, in practice they could access your entire identity online.

Rather than simply waiting for hackers not to access your account, take 10 minutes of your time and secure your Gmail account right now.

Use a strong password

I suspect that we are all guilty of having reused simple passwords at some point. I admit that I used to. But using the same passwords on multiple sites and services is like asking someone to hack your accounts. It is enough with an information leak or data violation in some service, so that the hackers begin to try to log in to all your accounts.

It is time to change things. Use unique, randomly generated passwords for each online account you have. Keeping track of all those passwords is easy if you use a password manager.

To change the password for your Google account, visit the security page account  and click Password ( Password ) in section Signing in to Google ( Log on Google ). Verify your password if prompted, then enter your new password (generated by your administrator password) and click Change Password ( Change Password ).

Set up two-step verification in your Google account.
Set up two-step verification in your Google account.

Enable two-step verification

Without two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, hackers only need your password to access your entire Google account, which includes YouTube, Gmail, and Google Pay. And remember, if you reuse the same password for multiple services, hackers could get it from a data breach or through a phishing scam.

With two-step verification, hackers would need your password and a randomly generated six-digit access code, or have physical access to your phone, in order to access your account.

Enables two – step verification visiting the page up your Google account and clicking on 2-Step Verification ( 2 – step verification ).

Setting up two-step verification
Setting up two-step verification greatly reduces the chances of someone accessing your account.

Follow the prompts until you reach the section you see in the screenshot above. Once there, decide if you want to receive push alerts in the Gmail app to approve login requests (the default option), or if you want to use random access codes. Using alerts in the Gmail application is easier, but it means that you must have your phone close at all times. You will also need a data connection to approve the alert. If you are in a place without coverage, such as on a plane, for example, you will need to connect to Wi-Fi.

If you choose to use an access code, you can receive it by text message or access it in a password manager. I use a password manager to manage my verification codes in two steps, allowing me to access the codes on any device, regardless of whether I have a data connection on my phone.

If you choose to use alerts, click Try it now ( Try Now ). You will receive an alert on the phone that appeared on the screen. Follow the rest of the prompts to complete the setup.

But if you want to use access codes, click Choose another option ( Choose another option ) and then Text message or voice call ( text message or phone call ).

Enter your phone number and then enter the code to activate two-step verification. After entering the code and clicking a few more buttons, two-step verification will be activated.

Scan the QR code to add your verification codes in two steps to Authenticator or your password manager.
Scan the QR code to add your verification codes in two steps to Authenticator or your password manager.

But wait, we’re not done yet. Although using two-step verification using access codes sent by text message is safer than not using it at all, I recommend using push alerts if possible . The scams change SIM cards are becoming more common, and allow hackers to take over your phone number and receive your verification codes in two steps.

If you prefer to use access codes, take a few extra minutes of your time and set up an authentication app for your Google account. You can use the Google Authenticator app or a password manager. Click Set Up ( Configuration ) section of the application Authenticator app ( App of the Authenticator ) and then select the type of phone you use. Use your preferred application to scan the QR code, then enter the access code generated by your application to verify that everything is configured correctly and ready.

Note : There is an even more secure option to protect your Google account that uses a physical security key. For most people, however, charging an additional device is not a realistic option. At the very least, you should activate two-step verification.

Make sure this section has the correct information in case you cannot access your account.
Make sure this section has the correct information in case you cannot access your account.

Check your backup contact methods

It is possible that from the first time you set up your Gmail account you have changed your phone number or closed a previous email account. Therefore, it is a good idea to verify your backup contact methods. It is the information that Google will use in case you cannot access your account to confirm that it really belongs to you.

Visit this page and look for the section entitled Ways we can verify it’s you ( Ways to verify your identity ).

Click on each section – Recovery phone ( Phone Recovery ) Recovery email ( E – mail retrieval ) and Security question ( security question ) – and updates the information if necessary.

Remember that if this information is out of date and you cannot access your account, Google will not be able to verify that you belong.

If you suspect that someone is accessing your Gmail account, check where they access it on the web and close all sessions.
If you suspect that someone is accessing your Gmail account, check where they access it on the web and close all sessions.

Check your account activity

It is possible that a hacker (or an ex) is accessing your account without your knowledge. To verify it, log in to your Gmail account and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see a line that says “Last account activity”.

At the end of that line, click Details ( Details ) to see me when, how and where you are using your account. If you suspect that there is some unknown activity, click the button Sign out of all other sessions Gmail web ( Close all other open sessions on the web ) and change your password immediately.