The 15 best Google Drive add-ons for customizing and streamlining your work on any Google application

Elva Mankin

Google Drive add-ons can help you work more efficiently.
Google Drive add-ons can help you work more efficiently.

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  • The best Google Drive add-ons give your Google apps new capabilities and, in those we’ve selected, allow you to work more efficiently or creatively.

  • You can add extra features to Google Drive apps using a library of add-ons available from the Add-ons menu in any of the Google apps. 

  • Most Google Drive add-ons are free, though some have paid features as well. 

  • Here are 15 of the best add-ons for getting the most out of Google Drive. 

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Google Drive is a formidable alternative to Microsoft Office. Though its array of features may not be as extensive as Microsoft Office, Google Drive is free, always available online, and offers robust collaborative tools. 

Google Drive has another advantage too: A vast library of add-ons that can give it additional features and capabilities.

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Prince Harry likens social media to lead poisoning, calling it harmful to children

Elva Mankin

Prince Harry hosts the draws for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in London on Jan. 16, 2020. <span class="copyright">(Getty Images)</span>
Prince Harry hosts the draws for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in London on Jan. 16, 2020. (Getty Images)

Prince Harry wants social media companies to “redesign themselves” in pursuit of a digital landscape that’s less divided, less hate-filled, and healthier and happier for all involved. Especially for children.

In a new piece written for Fast Company, the Duke of Sussex said he and his wife, Meghan, started working in July to communicate with executives at various tech companies. At the same time, a social-justice campaign called Stop Hate for Profit was urging advertisers to withhold their ad purchases from Facebook for a month.

“Our message was clear: The digital landscape is unwell and companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and

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Trump moves on China apps may create new internet ‘firewall’

Elva Mankin

A ban by President Donald Trump’s administration on Chinese mobile apps such as TikTok and WeChat risks fragmenting an already fragile global internet and creating an American version of China’s “Great Firewall.”

Fears about the global internet ecosystem intensified this week with Trump’s executive orders banning the popular video app TikTok and Chinese social network WeChat, following a US government directive to prohibit the use of other “untrusted” applications and services from China.

The restrictions announced on the basis of what Trump called national security threats move further away from the long-promoted American ideal of a global, open internet and could invite other countries to follow suit, analysts said.

“It’s really an attempt to fragment the internet and the global information society along US and Chinese lines, and shut China out of the information economy,” said Milton Mueller, a Georgia Tech University professor and founder of the Internet Governance Project.

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Trump’s WeChat Ban Brings Cold War With China Into a Billion Homes

Elva Mankin

(Bloomberg) — With the stroke of a pen, Donald Trump made his strategic fight with China hit home for potentially billions of people — generating confusion, panic and fear around the globe.

The U.S. president’s move to ban the Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat in just over six weeks from now sent shockwaves through the tech industry and the many American businesses who rely on the apps to sell goods in China.

The decision also spurred alarm on Chinese social media, with WeChat users in the U.S. posting contact information so friends and family could reach them if the app disappeared. An online forum popular with stock investors asked users if they would give up their iPhones or WeChat if Apple Inc. eliminated the app from its store: They voted to ditch their phones by a margin of 20 to one.

Of all Trump’s shots against China, from imposing tariffs to

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What You Need to Know About Josh Kushner, Brother to Jared (and Husband to Karlie Kloss)

Elva Mankin

Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy – Getty Images

From Town & Country

Joshua Kushner is best known for his relationship with supermodel Karlie Kloss and for his close connection to the White House. Kushner, of course, is the younger sibling of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor. But Josh is also a Harvard graduate and lifelong Democrat who founded a buzzy health and technology company.

Here’s what you need to know about Josh:

He’s in the tech world.

In 2012, Josh co-founded Oscar Health, an insurance company aimed at millennials. The much-buzzed-about venture promised to use technology to provide more affordable healthcare options.

“We’re trying to build something that’s going to turn the industry on its head,” Josh said in 2014, according to The New York Times. Josh was also an early investor in Instagram and founded Thrive Capital, a private equity firm specializing in tech

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TikTok grab could extend — or undermine — US online dominance

Elva Mankin

A tie-up of TikTok with Microsoft could extend American dominance of the online and social media world. But it may have some unintended, negative consequences too for US firms and the open internet.

The deal being negotiated with the administration of President Donald Trump would carve out parts of the popular video app for Microsoft, which would gain a foothold in the fast-growing, youth-focused social media environment and join the ranks of rivals like Facebook.

Such a deal “would strengthen American preeminence in technology by moving a major consumer product from Chinese ownership,” said Darrell West, director of the center for technology innovation at the Brookings Institution. 

“But it also could encourage data nationalism by fueling calls in many nations for local control over internet platforms and data storage within their own national borders.”

Other analysts said the deal could have far-reaching effects for the idea of an open internet,

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From Class Rooms to Class Zooms: Teaching During COVID Times!

Elva Mankin

As some of you who have visited  my website and  read my bio know, I describe myself first and foremost as a teacher, and every semester, for the last decade, I have invited anyone who is interested to join in my classes. In December 2019, when I  posted my last invite, I fully expected to be teaching corporate finance and valuation, in person, at the Stern School of Business at NYU, in the spring of 2020, and I invited people to join in virtually, albeit for no credit. Needless to say, COVID upended my plans, as it has everyone else’s, and we had to move classes online in early March, and spent the last half of the semester, meeting on  Zoom Video Communications Inc (NASDAQ: ZM)‘s Zoom, and taking exams online.

As the fall semester approaches, I have the luxury of sitting back and waiting, since I am

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How to project credibility as workplace meetings move online

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<span class="caption">Amid the global work-from-home phenomenon, what a presenter says carries more weight than ever.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Getty Images">Getty Images</a></span>
Amid the global work-from-home phenomenon, what a presenter says carries more weight than ever. Getty Images

COVID-19 has altered nearly every aspect of American life, including the workplace. For millions of Americans, the kitchen or the living room now doubles as the office and conference room.

This workspace shift, likely to last long past the pandemic, offers some conveniences, of course, but it also teems with potential pitfalls.

Traditional tactics for achieving credibility in presentations – audience interaction and engaging body language, for example – are not accessible when you appear on a laptop or smartphone screen.

Suddenly, what you say carries more weight than ever.

As an English language studies professor, I wanted to understand how presenters build credibility, so I analyzed the transcripts of 30 panel discussions at the Brookings Institution in 2019 to glean the verbal strategies used by foreign affairs experts. While I have carefully dissected

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20 Investments That Are Recession-Proof

Elva Mankin

The economic slowdown triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak has been swift and deep. Most economists think the American economy is already in a recession, and the jury is still out as to how long-lasting it will be. Just because the near-term economic picture is negative doesn’t mean you should stop saving and investing. However, you may want to give your portfolio a once-over to see if you are positioned in the most recession-proof manner possible. No investment is completely immune to an economic downturn, and markets can always be unpredictable, but some investments are traditionally more resilient during difficult economic times. Here’s a look at some investment options to consider to recession-proof your money.

Last updated: Aug. 7, 2020

Pharmaceutical stocks, a subset of the healthcare industry, are traditionally considered “defensive,” along with other industries like utilities. This is because even in the midst of an economic crisis, people need … Read More

Facebook founder sees wealth hit $100bn after TikTok rival launch

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has seen his personal wealth rise to $100bn (£76bn) after the launch of a new short-form video feature.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced the US rollout of Instagram Reels, its rival to controversial Chinese app TikTok.

Facebook shares rose by more than 6% on Thursday. Mr Zuckerberg holds a 13% stake in the company.

He joins Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s Bill Gates in the exclusive so-called ‘Centibillionaire Club’.

Technology bosses have been in the spotlight recently as the size and power of their companies and their personal fortunes continue to grow.

Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google have been among the biggest benefactors of coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions as more people shop, watch entertainment and socialise online.

Mr Zuckerberg’s personal wealth has gained about $22bn this year, while Mr Bezos’s has grown by more than $75bn, according to Bloomberg.

TikTok executive order

The short-form video feature

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