A Step-by-Step Guide by Android Central on “How to properly clean and disinfect your mouse”

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As a general rule, you should clean your mouse once a week. Computer peripherals like keyboards and mice are often teeming with bacteria, but they’re easy to disinfect with products like rubbing alcohol. While you have to take special care when cleaning your phone, you can use Clorox or Lysol disinfectant wipes on your mouse. Here’s how to thoroughly clean and disinfect your mouse.

Learn How >> Android Central

Best App To Remote Into A Windows PC From A Chromebook

Splashtop Personal (see links below) is the best app I have found that allows me to remote control into a Windows computer on my home network from my Chromebook. Splashtop Personal is FREE and will only work within the same LAN (local area network), such as what most of us have in our homes. One thing to point out… The steps below will also work from your Android phone or tablet.

Splashtop Downloads Diagram

  1. If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android apps, download (and install) from the Google Play Store the Android App called Splashtop Personal – Remote Desktop. Open Splashtop and setup an account (requires that you enter an email and create password). You will be sent an authentication email to validate the account.
  2. On the Windows PC that you wish to control, download (and install) the  Splashtop Personal App for the version of Windows you are running. You will be required to enter the email and password again in order to make the connection.
  3. Once the above steps are completed, open the app on the Chromebook and you should see the Windows computer where the software was installed. Make the connection and you will see the Windows computer screen on your Chromebook. On the right bottom side of the screen you will see a darkened control module that will slide out (when clicked on) that will reveal a  bottom button menu and/or a top button menu. From these menus you can manage and control the connection and various options. One thing to point out… To open the “Windows Menu” and to show the “Taskbar” on the remote computer, open the top button menu and double click on the “Windows Start Menu” icon.

I have found “Splashtop” to be the best out there. When I am using “Splashtop”, I feel like I am on my Windows Computer when I remote in from my Chromebook… “Splashtop” also offers commercial versions of their remote software and apps that allow you to access a computer when outside of your home or business.


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Microsoft Edge becomes the second most popular desktop web browser >> Engadget

Microsoft’s gamble on a Chromium-based Edge browser appears to have paid off, at least in the short term. Bleeping Computer noted that Edge is now the second most popular desktop web browser based on usage, with NetMarketShare giving the software nearly 7.6 percent of the market in March, eclipsing a declining Mozilla Firefox with almost 7.2 percent. Edge is still far behind Chrome’s 68.5 percent, but that’s no mean feat for a browser that wasn’t even three months old.

Source: Microsoft Edge becomes the second most popular desktop web browser | Engadget

Which streaming services are the best value right now? >> Android Police

There are plenty of economical options for in-home entertainment

You’ve probably (hopefully!) been spending a lot of time at home lately, and that likely means watching a lot of TV. If you’re trying to get the most bang for your entertainment buck, you’ve got a lot of options starting at the low, low price of free. These are some of the best values in video streaming available today.

Continue Reading >> Android Police

Dark Sky Weather Service Has Joined Apple

Dark Sky is my favorite weather service on the internet. Today they announced they have joined Apple. This may be a good thing; but, the bad thing is for Android and Wear OS App users, the app will no longer be available for download. Service to existing users and subscribers will continue until July 1, 2020, at which point the app will be shut down. Subscribers who are still active at that time will receive a refund.

Source: Dark Sky Blog

Here’s A Source Link To Get Microsoft’s Newly Released “News Bar (Beta)” At The Microsoft Store

I am a news junkie and when I find a software application that will feed my habit, I have to check it out. Microsoft has been doing some pretty neat stuff here of late and they just posted in the Microsoft Store a newly developed “News Bar“.

The “News Bar”, after you install it, will initially show a vertical line of current news images on the right side of the screen that will auto scroll about every 5 – 10 secs. If you hover the mouse over an image,  news information will popup in a small window. You can go to the actual news story by clicking on the image. If you do not like the location of the news bar, you can click on the setting icon (a cogged wheel) and configure the bar to appear on the top, bottom, left or right side of the screen.  If you don’t like the image scroll, you can change it to a text scroll. There is an option to monitor specific stocks, change the appearance, and an option to restore the bar in the event you minimize it.

In my case, I have the news bar at the bottom of the screen (on my second monitor) to scroll the news stories in the text format.  Very nice job Microsoft… I love it!

Download this app from Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and see more screenshots, read the latest customer reviews, and compare ratings for News Bar (Beta).

Source: Get News Bar (Beta) – Microsoft Store

Teaching Online During COVID-19–More from my Inbox >> Ask a Tech Teacher

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I am so proud of how the education community has stepped up to the challenge teachers face to continue the learning despite apocalyptic changes in the delivery system. Definitely this means teachers, administrators, parents and students, but I also include the companies and resource providers in the education ecosystem.

Source: Teaching Online During COVID-19–More from my Inbox | Ask a Tech Teacher

Microsoft Edge version 83 hits Dev Channel early with Extensions syncing » OnMSFT.com

  • Added the ability to add all tabs to a Collection.
  • Added the ability to drag multiple items from a webpage into a Collection at once on certain websites.
  • Added support for adverb highlighting in Immersive Reader.
  • Added support for the Scroll To Text Fragment management policy from upstream Chromium.
  • Added a management policy to configure the deletion of cached files and images when the browser closes.

Source: Microsoft Edge version 83 hits Dev Channel early with Extensions syncing » OnMSFT.com

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