QuickBooks company backup files do not include file attachments

QuickBooks desktop edition does not include file attachments when it makes a company backup data file.  This will cause issues if the files need to be installed on a new computer or saved as part of normal data file backups.

The attached files are stored by QuickBooks in a folder named “Attach” with multiple subfolders.

The company file and Attach folder can be found by selecting Company > Documents > Repair Attached Documents Links.

Click the Open Company File Folder button to locate the Attach folder and company file.  The Repair Links button will remove invalid attached document links.

The company file can also be found by searching for a file with name format *.QBW.

Google Drive and Gmail free storage limited to 15 GB

Google accounts start with 15 GB of total storage spread across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.   Once this limit is exceeded, users have the option of upgrading to a Google One plan.

You may check the total amount of storage currently used for your Google account at google.com/settings/storage.   Google also provides instructions on how to free up additional storage.

iTunes replaced on Apple devices by Apple Music and TV apps

iTunes has been replaced by Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Books, and Apple Podcasts on iOS and MacOS devices.  Prior iTunes media library content can now be found in these new apps.  Instructions on how to manage Apple Music and other subscriptions are available.

Apple iTunes is still available for Microsoft Windows.

Microsoft Office free apps for smartphones and tablets with 10.1 inch or smaller screen

Microsoft Office apps such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are available as free downloads for iOS , Android and Windows smartphones and tablets that have a screen size of 10.1 inches or smallerUsers can view, edit and create new Office format files with these free apps once they login with a Microsoft user account, but they must subscribe to Office 365 to unlock all app functionality.

Students and teachers with a valid school email address are also eligible for the free Office 365 Education version.

Apple device users can run the iWork productivity apps, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

Windows Terminal is a new application for command-line tool users

Microsoft has announced the upcoming release of its new command line tool application Windows Terminal.  This application for PowerShell and WSL users is currently available for download at GitHub and is also available the Microsoft Store.

More information about Windows Terminal can be found at devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/windows-terminal-build-2019-faq.

Google releases new accessibility apps Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier

Google has announced the release of accessibility apps Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier to help users with hearing issues.

Live Transcribe transcribes live audio in real time using Google’s speech recognition technology.  This feature is installed on Pixel 3 smartphones under the Accessibility settings and will soon be available in a limited beta release to users worldwide via the Google Play Store.

Sound Amplifier amplifies microphone sounds while reducing unwanted or distracting background noises and is available now at Google Play.

Flickr.com now limits free accounts to 1000 photos and videos

Photo sharing and storage site Flickr.com has limited free accounts to 1000 photos and videos as of January 8th 2019.  Previously Flickr free accounts had up to 1 TB of storage.  Users have the option to upgrade to a Flickr Pro account or move their files to another location.

Windows Sandbox allows you to run programs in isolation without a VM

Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows SandBox, which allows you to run untrusted programs in a new isolated temporary desktop environment without setting up a virtual machine.  Windows Sandbox builds upon Windows Containers and is currently only available as part of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Insider Preview Build 18305.