January 14, 2017
If you are a “Teacher” and familiar with “Chromecast”, this article may be for you… Make sure you visit the source link below to learn “how to” turn your PC into a Chromecast receiver by simply installing a Google Chrome App.
Chromecast is a very affordable way to turn a normal TV into a smart TV. The $30 device lets you get more use out of a monitor and a television set without needing a cable set-top box. Just imagine…
Source: How To Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver
January 10, 2017
Gmail is no exception when it comes to the plethora of search operators that it supports to assist you with finding that elusive email that literally can be buried in thousands and thousands of emails. Below you will find a handy graphic that I want to share with you that illustrates all the known search operators. I received this graphic in my government work email account and thought I would share it with you here on the blog.
A search operator (sometimes referred to as a search parameter) is a character or string of characters used in a search engine query to narrow the focus of the search. [source: Whatis.com].
To apply one of the search operators, you simply enter the search operator parameter (or command) in the Gmail search box for whatever it is you need to track or narrow down. For example, let’s say I wanted to find all unread emails in my account. I would simply enter in the search box, is:unread from the list below and like magic, all unread emails will instantly appear.
January 3, 2017
Thought I would throw this out there for you Android users. It is called “FastKey” and it is a launcher for your phone or tablet. I installed this and was super impressed on how fast it was; however, I wish it had an option where I could solely use it as an app (and not so much as a default launcher). Anyhow, this launcher keeps a keyboard on your screen and when you need to find something, such as an app, contact, etc…, this launcher is right on top of it.
Source: Google Play Store (FastKey Launcher)
December 22, 2016
Did you know that you can download all of your Google Account Data (such as your Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Keep data and much more)???
Head to Google Takeout, which is an official site from Google that allows you to download all of your account data. To learn more about this, follow the source link below…
Source: How to Download All of Your Google Account Data—Email, Photos, Videos & More « Android Gadget Hacks
December 17, 2016
On Black Friday I took advantage of the $25 Chromecast and installed it on my TV in my garage. My wife hasn’t seen me since. You can still take advantage of the $25 Chromecast at the official Google site (click here), until December 24th. After getting the Chromecast I was like a kid with a new toy and it wasn’t long before I was looking for Chromecast ready apps (that you install on your Android phone or tablet then cast or display on the TV).
One of my favorites so far, is Haystack TV… In a nutshell it is like a high-def visual feed reader that specializes mostly in news; however, I found that you can customize (search for and save sources & topics) that can be quite entertaining (like late night TV segments). Even if you do not have a Chromecast, Haystack TV is worth downloading on your smartphone or tablet.
Haystack TV is a free and Google Cast™ Ready app, a great alternative to cable news. Haystack has featured repeatedly for Chromecast and Android TV the latest politics, local, national and world news from top news organizations such as CNN, AP, MSNBC, NYTimes and the BBC.
December 13, 2016
If you are an Android user, you will soon see a noticeable change to the Google Keyboard. One change is in the name. Following the update, it will be called Gboard with all the features that came to iOS users earlier this year. Apparently, Gboard has been big hit with the iOS users. One feature I am seeing that is nice is that you will be able to perform searches directly from the keyboard.
Source: Gboard FINALLY comes to Android and replaces Google Keyboard
December 2, 2016
You can wait for the auto update or you go to the Google Menu, click on “Help”, then “About Google Chrome”. From that point you can determine your current version and/or the option to go for the upgrade, if available. In my case, the upgrade was there.
Source: Chrome 55 now available: loads HTML5 over Flash by default, drastically reduces RAM usage – TechSpot
November 30, 2016
Gooligan is a new malware campaign that has been engineered to infect Android phones by stealing your Google Account Credentials. Anyone who owns a device running Android 4 and 5 that includes Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop — is most at risk The infection typically occurs via Gooligan infected apps or links in phishing email messages. Once infected, attackers are able to gain access to your sensitive information from Google apps, like Gmail, Drive, Photos, etc… Once attackers hack into the device, they’re buying apps on the Google Play store and writing reviews posing as the phone’s owners. To get the skinny on Googligan please read this article, “More Than 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan” at a site called Checkpoint.
To determine if your account has been compromised, go to Checkpoint’s “Gooligan Checker” and enter your Gmail address…
November 30, 2016
Google Keep is a note-taking app (like an electronic version of sticky notes) that was developed by Google (in 2013) that is available as an Android and iOS app; AND, also available on the web. It is, by far, one of my favorite “go to” apps. You can Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and so much more with Google Keep.
To get you started with Google Keep, Android Central has compiled the following guide to get you started:
Source: Google Keep: Ultimate guide | Android Central
November 23, 2016
New customers of Google Play Music and YouTube Red can snag a deal that will let them fully access and try these services for a period of four months…
Source: Deal: Try Google Play Music and YouTube Red free for four months
November 17, 2016
Google Play Newsstand, typically known as a mobile app (on Android and iOS platforms), is now available on the web (click here). Google Play Newsstand is a personalized news reader that provides a single destination for browsing the topics, news sources, and magazines you care about.
Google Play Newsstand
November 8, 2016
Two years ago Android Auto was launched and was available only in certain model cars. Soon, through the Google Play Store, you will be able to get Android Auto for your Smartphone (Android 5.0 and later) as an app. Android Auto provides a “driver friendly interface to access the key stuff you need on the road ― directions, music, communications ― without the distraction of things that aren’t essential while driving”. You can read more about this HERE and when it will become available.
October 19, 2016
If you are experiencing issues with Google Chrome, such as frequent crashes, unexpected ads, unusual start pages or a toolbar mysteriously appears; then, you may want to download the Chrome Cleanup Tool. Simply download to your desktop (or a folder) AND run… This tool is made by Google to help track down issues with the Google Chrome browser. One important point to make here is that this tool will give you an option to set your browser settings to the default (original) settings; so, be aware of that. Otherwise, this is worth a shot if your are in a dilemma…
Chrome Cleanup Tool
September 29, 2016
To stay focused on the road, here are some Google Map voice commands that may come in handy. To learn more about “how to talk to Google Maps”, CLICK HERE
- “Mute.” or “Mute voice guidance.”
- “Unmute.” or “Unmute voice guidance.”
- “Show traffic.” or “Hide traffic.”
- “Show satellite.” or “Hide satellite.”
- “Navigate home.” or “Navigate to Starbucks.”
- “Show route overview.” or “Show alternate routes.”
- “What road is this?”
- “What’s my next turn?”
- “What’s my ETA?”
- “How’s traffic ahead?” or “How’s traffic to home?”
- “Avoid tolls.” or “Enable tolls.”
- “Avoid highways.” or “Enable highways.”
- “Avoid ferries.” or “Enable ferries.”
- “Exit navigation.”
September 27, 2016
Learned this trick over at Addictive Tips… If you go to Google.com, type in “Speed Test“, you can perform an internet speed test.
Test your Internet speed in under 30 seconds with a test performed by Measurement Lab. This test typically transfers less than 40 MB of data for most users, but may transfer more on fast connections.