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.

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.

Lynda.com offers free online training for participating library card holders

Lynda.com, the online learning platform owned by LinkedIn, offers free training through participating public libraries for library card holders through its Lynda Library program.    The library patron must log in through their local library’s digital resources website and not through the main Lynda.com website.  A full list of Lynda.com courses may be found at lynda.com/sitemap/courses.

Users also have the option to link their LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com accounts.

Lynda.com content is also available using iOS, Android, and streaming apps.

Recuva can recover deleted files from Windows PCs or memory card devices

Recuva is a program that can recover deleted files from Windows computers, external hard drives, and memory card devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, or MP3 players.   Piriform, the maker of the popular CCleaner Windows cleaning tool, also developed Recuva.

Recuva is available as a free download or as a paid full version.

Additional information regarding installing and using Recuva is available at www.ccleaner.com/docs/recuva.

Airtable is a cloud based hybrid of spreadsheets and databases

Airtable is a cloud database that allows users to design databases in a spreadsheet-like format.  It allows collaboration with multiple users and can be accessed from MacOS, Windows, iOS, and Android devicesMultiple templates are available to download including calendars, project management, etc.

Airtable can be accessed for free for databases smaller than 1200 records.   Paid versions with additional features are also available.

Firefox Monitor notifies you if your email address is part of a data breach

Mozilla announced the release of Firefox Monitor, a free tool that allows you to see if your email address was included in known data breaches.  This service will not store your email address unless you subscribe to it so you can be notified of future data breaches that use your email account.

Firefox Monitor was developed as a collaboration between Mozilla and security expert Troy Hunt of HaveIBeenPwned.com (HIBP).

This Mozilla security tool is available at monitor.firefox.com.

FEMA app for iPhone and Android

The FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) app for iPhone, iPad, and Android is free and includes weather alerts, emergency shelter information, preparation tips, and disaster resource information.  This app may be downloaded from iTunes or from the Google Play Store.

7-Zip – a free file archiver that uses many compressed file formats

7-Zip is a free open source software that can be used to compress or uncompress files in many commonly used file formats. The default compressed file format is 7z but other common formats such as ZIP, TAR, etc. can be used.   7-Zip download files are currently available for Windows and Linux.  This FAQ lists more information on how to use 7-Zip.

Microsoft Teams free version now available

A free version of Microsoft Teams, an online meetings and chat platform, is now available at products.office.com/en-US/microsoft-teams/free.   The free version allows up to 300 users and has additional restrictions when compared to the paid versions.

Competitors to Microsoft Teams include Slack and Google Hangouts Enterprise.