Discover the season’s rising product searches on Google and get gifting inspiration for family and friends.
Source: Google Shopping 100
Discover the season’s rising product searches on Google and get gifting inspiration for family and friends.
Source: Google Shopping 100
The mailing system will soon allow its users to send emails as attachments without having to forward or download them first. Or as Google puts it, “You can now attach emails to other emails in Gmail.”
Fervent emailers can attach as many emails, which will appear as an .eml file, as they like. Users who love to have multiple tabs open may also be pleased to hear that the attachment will open in a new window.
Fortunately, Assistant voice commands for taking notes, creating lists, and adding items to existing ones now work with Any.do, AnyList, Bring!, and Google Keep. This integration sees information you enter verbally on phones, smart displays, and speakers be stored in your app of choice.
Recently, the company introduced AR walking directions and detailed spoken walking directions for people with vision impairments. In the future, Google may be adding a new feature to help people find safer streets to walk at night.
November 22, 2019
Today’s Thoughts From Rick (Google is retiring “cloud print” in 2020):
Do you use Google’s “Cloud Print” service that allows you to print a document to your printer from anywhere on the internet from any device? I do; AND, get this, Google is dumping the widely used service at the end of 2020. Google announced that Cloud Print has been in beta since 2010 and it will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020. They are recommending that users migrate to other options. Maybe it is time for “Cloud Print” to go away; but, Google has a running history of dumping services they create and this announcement just added to my “do not trust Google list”.
Today’s Tech News Briefs:
Qualcomm (QCOM) President Cristiano Amon claimed that the successor to the present-time 4G LTE wireless connectivity (known as “5G”) is about to be up and running in all major areas by 2020; T-Mobile said Thursday that hackers gained access to the personal information of some prepaid wireless customers, including their names, phone numbers, and account information; AND, Microsoft is touting Application Guard as a defense against Office 365 macro viruses; but, will it truly prevent viruses in Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents?
Today’s Software Pick:
TreeSize Free – Tells you where precious disk space has gone. Use the treemap to keep an eye on your disk space. Besides German and English, TreeSize Free can be installed in Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.
Today’s Android Pick:
EAS (Easy App Switcher) – A “What’s On My PC” top choice. This app allows you to switch to last, recent and favorite apps easily.
Today’s “How To” Pick:
How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows?
by Leo A. Notenboom
Reformatting a machine and reinstalling everything to start over is typically a five-step process.
Take an image of the existing machine, if possible. This saves all current content in case you want it later.
While “reformatting” refers to a specific operation, in this situation, it refers to any technique used to erase or overwrite everything on the hard disk.
This typically means booting from a Windows setup disk and letting the setup program do its thing.
Windows on its own isn’t enough; you’ll want to reinstall additional software. We won’t cover that step here, since it varies dramatically depending on what applications you use.
You can do this either from the backup image we started with in Step 1, or from other sources, depending on how you organize your data.
Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):
Get the Amazon Fire HD 10 (10.1″ 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) at $50 off the regular price. These are great tablets for the price…
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I have been exploring the various note keeping applications (Google Keep, Zoho Notebook, Simplenote, and Standard Notes ) and thought I had settled on Microsoft OneNote; then, the light bulb went off. Back in August 2019, I had posted an article I had composed titled, “Quick Tip: How To Turn A Gmail Account Into A Powerful Note-Taking And Note-Keeping App“. Folks, what I posted in that article about using a separate Gmail account (from your normal email account) as a note-keeping and note-taking app really does work.
The key is: Use this separate account for note and document storage only; not for email. The most important thing in doing this is to use the tagging feature in Gmail to categorize your notes (see screenshot below). You can let your imagination fly by using all the powerful features associated with Gmail (especially the search function). In the end, I created a cross-platform note-keeping and note-taking app that works hand in hand with all the Google services, on all device platforms, with 15GB of storage; ALL, for FREE. I even prettied up my creation with a theme (that is an option that is built into the Gmail platform). The real beauty is that I can send anything to this Gmail note-keeping account from my phone, my browser and from my main email; then, organize the content accordingly.
Source: This article is an excerpt from Today at What’s On My PC – November 18, 2019
There are many good “web-based” applications out there that do not get the credit they deserve. Google Drawings is one of those applications. I have tried many, many “web-based” applications for creating and editing images and I keep going back to Google Drawings.
Google Drawings is like the black sheep of the Google Docs family. It is there and no one sees it. What most people don’t know is that an image you create, with Google Drawings, can be embedded into Google Docs. Google Drawings has all of those hidden powers of a graphic editor, an image editor or a publisher. As a matter of fact, some of the tools, using the layers, remind me of MS-Publisher. I have used Google Docs to create images and backgrounds for blogging, cards, flowcharts, Facebook, etc…
The best way I found to learn how to use Google Drawings is to simply visit the site, start a new blank drawing and start exploring the various menus and start creating an abstract drawing or graphic. If you have some experience with graphic editors, a lot of what you see will make sense.
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I often drive the interstate in my area. This benefit being introduced by Google Maps will be of benefit when it comes to hazards and slowdowns. Speed Traps is not of my concern, due I typically set the cruise to stay within the means of the speed limit. I have found, as vehicles become more technologically advanced and safer, driver’s are taking more risks, such as exceeding the speed limit by at much as 15 to 20 mph….
This week, however, Google announced the next best thing: Starting immediately, drivers will be able to report hazards, slowdowns and speed traps right on Google Maps.
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“What’s On My PC” is currently hosted at WordPress. Several months ago I purchased the domain name of whatsonmypc.net and set it has the primary domain. What I have been noticing is a decline in traffic since that time and realize it has to do with how Google is now seeing the site. As an experiment of sorts, I have switched the primary domain back to whatsonmypc.wordpress.com. I want to see if there is any change in the traffic. You can still get to the site using whatsonmypc.net …
Has anyone else had a similar experience?
If your password for a non-Google website has been exposed, the Password Checkup extension can help let you know. That way, you can change your password for at-risk accounts to help secure them.
Password Checkup was built with privacy in mind. It never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device.
Google has been steadily adding nocturnal themes to its apps. In a span of two days, dark mode has been spotted on Gmail for Android and the Google Play Store. Now, multiple users on Reddit report they are receiving the dark theme on the Google app and Assistant on Android.
Google Photos, far and away the most used photo-sharing app, with over 1 billion users monthly, has partnered with CVS and Walmart to offer on-demand, in-store prints from the app. The 4×6 photo prints directly from Google Photos and will be available for same-day pick up at the stores, which have a combined 11,000 locations. Consumers order the prints from within the app, and the retailer gets the photo directly from Google. You’ll get a notification when they’re ready for pickup in the app itself.
In recognition of National Recovery Month, the tech giant Google has released two new map-related tools aimed at both aiding those in recovery from drug addition and helping to make the life-saving drug Naloxone more accessible. Essentially, it looks like Google is doing something good.
Google Assistant is great for doing a whole bunch of things, but one of the best perks of having a digital assistant at your beck and call is the ability to quickly add helpful reminders of all sorts for you and your family. Reminders made with Google Assistant are entirely customizable and can be set up for events of all sorts, from events recurring weekly, monthly, one-off reminders throughout your day. Here’s how to set them up.
A new Google Lens feature will allow Google Photos users to search for text in pictures and screenshots, Google Photos confirmed on Twitter Thursday. The feature could make it much easier to find things like business cards, Wi-Fi passwords that were saved in a photo, or receipts for expense reports and tax reporting purposes, our sister site ZDNet noted.
“There is no place like home”. Google is paying tribute to the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. Go to Google.com, type in “The Wizard of Oz” (or CLICK HERE) and look for a pair of red slippers. I found the slippers on the right side of the screen. Click on the red slippers and watch the turbulence begin. Once the turbulence is over, click on the tornado to return home.
Google Photos already features handy automatic tagging features that let you find every picture you’ve ever taken of, say, a dog or flower with one simple search. But now, after some eagle-eyed users spotted a new feature, Google has confirmed that Photos is getting the ability to search for photos based on text captured in the picture…
Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, at ZDNet makes a good argument with “Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops“.
I can honestly attest to being a Windows user all my time being associated with computers, until last year when I purchased my first Chromebook. Yes, Windows can be a powerhouse; but, there are so many negatives with Windows vs. the positives of a Chromebook that I came to the conclusion for home-based users, a Chromebook is all you really need.
I encourage you to read Steven’s article to see the five reasons he listed. In his final closing summary to his article, he said this (for which I totally agree):
“If you want a laptop that does all the bread-and-butter internet and office work, get a Chromebook. If you have a friend or relative who needs a safer machine, give them a Chromebook. If you need a flexible system that can juggle Android, Linux, the web, and a bit of Windows, get a Chromebook. You’ll be glad you did.”
According to an article posted by Taylor Kerns, at Android Police, “Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks” with a new built-in grammar checker (and enhanced spellcheck that will auto-correct spelling errors). The rollout of these features are scheduled in September for G Suite users; with no rollout date set at this time for regular Gmail account users at home (like you and me). For us at home, be patient, it will come; and, when it does this will be a welcome addition.
It’s Prime time to sit back, relax and watch TV. Starting today, you can watch Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV devices, giving Prime members unlimited access to their favorite Amazon Originals, films and more. Meanwhile, you can also now access the official YouTube app on select Amazon Fire TV devices.
There’s a new Google emergency services feature on the way to Android phones. The feature will allow you to quickly transmit integral information about your location and situation without needing to say anything.
For you Chromebook user’s out there, here is a powerful Chrome OS tip that is many times overlooked.
When you tap the “Search Key” (on your keyboard) or hit the circle icon in the lower left corner of the screen (on the app launcher), you are given the power to search for anything. All you need to do is start typing and whatever it is you are searching for will appear. You can search for and find websites, get answers to specific questions, open apps, find files on your Chromebook, etc… For example, in the screenshot below, I clicked on the circle icon and started typing “What’s On My PC” and immediately search results started to populate.
Choose a time limit for how long you want your activity data to be saved—3 or 18 months—and any data older than that will be automatically deleted from your account on an ongoing basis. These controls are coming first to Location History and Web & App Activity and will roll out in the coming weeks — Read More @ Google
You will need a microphone attached to your computer in order to take advantage of this overlooked “Google Search” feature. When performing a search, on your computer using Google, teach yourself to click on the microphone to dictate what you want to search for. You will soon find that this is much faster than typing and is fun to do.
Think about all the photos you have stored that your family and friends would like to have — or personal account information that your beneficiary will need to know about in the event of your death. There may be important files that you have stored on your Google Drive that someone will need access to. For those reasons, it’s a good idea to take five minutes and let Google know what to do with your data.
Update, June 18, 3:20 p.m. EDT: According to Google, Google Calendar’s disruption ended at about 1:30 p.m. after being down for more than three hours.
When you purchase and set up an Android phone, you initially are prompted to establish a Google Account. Many home-based users who are just getting into the Android smartphone arena do not know that. By establishing a Google Account (with a username and password) you now have access to many of Google’s apps and services such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, etc… that can be accessed from any web-based device (i.e. computer and tablet). Anything that is Google related, you will be able to access with your username and password. There is a great benefit to this on the upside, but on the downside, you essentially have sold your soul to Google…
There are workarounds to this, but for most folks at home just want their phones to work and do not think about workarounds. Just want to point that out…
A widespread Google Cloud outage hit Sunday, rendering popular sites and apps like YouTube and Gmail unusable for many users for a few hours, CNET reports. Google’s Cloud Computing Engine and Cloud Networking services began experiencing issues as of 4 p.m. ET, according to the status page on company’s website.
A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.
The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.
Getting a rampant amount of email from a specific sender in Gmail? If so, simply block them. When you block the nuisance sender, their emails sent to you will land in your spam folder.
Follow the instructions below to block a sender in Gmail. You can use the same steps to unblock them, as well.
When you block a sender, messages they send will go to your Spam folder.
Google may be storing everything you say to your Google Home and keeping the recordings forever, just as Alexa does. Google recently changed the default behavior not to keep the recordings. But that change only affected new users—not existing ones.
If you’ve noticed that your Chromebook is not working as it used to, or you want to give it to someone or sell it, you should perform a factory reset first.
If you use the Google Chrome web browser, you may want to add a calculator to it as a browser extension. I find myself using this calculator on a regular basis. Very similar to the Android calculator, in appearance, that you find on the Android phones.
Today, many of us have multiple Gmail Accounts (i.e. personal account, work account, account for shopping purposes, etc…). Here is a line of instruction that will help you toggle between these accounts while in your default (main) account without having to go through the task of signing in and out of each account.
Once all of your Gmail accounts are linked, you can switch between your accounts by clicking on your profile picture and selecting the account you wish to access from the drop-down menu that appears.
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The best way I have found to save a Gmail message to you computer (in its’ original format) is to do this:
In Gmail, open the message you desire to save to your computer.
At the top of the message (right side) you will see a printer icon. Click on that icon.
When the “Print” window pops up, click on the drop-down box next to “Destination” and select “Save to PDF”, then click on “Save”, and you will be prompted to save the result to your computer. The saved file will be in the “PDF” file format.
Note: There is also another option on the drop-down menu where you can also “Save to Google Drive” that is handy when you do not want to save the file to the computer that you are working on.
Amazon’s Prime Video app is coming to Google’s Chromecast and Android TV, while Google’s YouTube app will return to Amazon Fire TV products.
Google Photos is the best place online to store, edit, tweak and share a massive amount of photos. Plus it adds new features sometimes. Read on for all the little tricks that will allow you to get the most out of your pictures on Google Photos.
Gmail users, the NEW “schedule” email option is now rolling out. Go into your Gmail, click on compose, enter a recipient’s email address and if you go to the bottom left corner where it displays the send button (see below) you will see a small down arrow. Click on the down arrow and then click on “Schedule Send”. From that point forward it is self-explanatory. You can then select a date and time that you wish for the email to be sent.
I am thinking of scheduling and sending an email for far out in the future, beyond my demise, to let everyone know, I am spiritually still with them and that there is Gmail in Heaven.
On your Android smartphone or tablet, look for “Google Photos”. With “Google Photos” you can back up any photos you take and see them online from any device at the “Google Photos” web site. To make this an automated process, do the following:
Note: Google will allow you to upload unlimited images providing you let Google convert the images to the “High Quality” setting. If you select “Original”, you will eat up your online space at Google.
Very easy; and will allow you to see your photos online. You can then, at your convenience, delete the photos on your phone when space becomes an issue.
Note: A Google account is required. Typically, you should already have a Google account when your Android phone was set up for your personal use.
Google announced today on the YouTube blog that anyone with a Google Home or Google Assistant-powered speaker can now listen to ad-free music from YouTube Music.
When using Google to perform a search you can use what is called “qualifiers” (or common search techniques). One such qualifier that I often use is the word “define”. For example, let’s find the definition of the word “cognitive”.
Go to Google Search and type in the box the following:
Then, hit “Enter” on your keyboard to get the result(s) or definition for “cognitive”.
If you notice there is no space between the qualifier “define” and “cognitive”. They are separated by a colon (:). You can also leave out the colon, but I have gotten into the habit of using the colon due that I use other qualifiers.
Here are examples of other qualifiers or common search techniques – click here.
It’s no secret that tech companies with competing products aren’t averse to using dirty tricks to get ahead. According to a former Mozilla executive, it’s something Google has been doing for years: intentionally sabotaging Firefox to increase Chrome’s popularity.
Wow… How Gmail (and Us) have evolved. I worked in IT at a time when the internet was ramping up and online services were in their infancy. My very first email account was a Hotmail account, that I still have to this day, and AOL was a favorite of many people. What was your first email account?
With its launch on April 1, 2004, many people thought Gmail was an elaborate April Fool’s prank. It was anything but that, and the past 15 years have proven how serious Google is about email.
I am hoping this feature hits our Gmail Accounts that we privately use at home. The feature will allow you to compose an email and schedule it to send later.
Write now, send later
We understand that work can often carry over to non-business hours, but it’s important to be considerate of everyone’s downtime. We want to make it easier to respect everyone’s digital well-being, so we’re adding a new feature to Gmail that allows you to choose when an email should be sent. Just write your email as you normally would, then schedule it to arrive in your recipient’s inbox at a later date and time.