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.
- On your computer, go to Gmail.
- Open the message.
- In the top right, click More .
- Click Block [sender].
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.
- Open your browser and sign into your Gmail account.
- Click on your profile picture, located in the upper right-hand side of your Gmail dashboard screen. If you do not have a profile picture setup, what you will be looking for is the circular icon at the top right side of the Gmail window. When you click on this a new window will pop up.
- Click on the “add account” button within that new window.
- Enter your second Gmail address in the box and type in that account’s password.
- Click on “sign in.”
- Repeat as many times as necessary.
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:
- Open the “Google Photos” app on your device and tap on the (menu)…
- Tap on “Settings”
- Select “Backup & Sync”
- Toggle “Backup & Sync” to the “on” position. At this point on the selections under “Backup & Sync” you should see your Google (Gmail) account.
- Scroll down to “Upload Size” and select “High Quality” (free unlimited storage).
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.
Just to let folks know, the browser that ships with Windows 10 is called Microsoft Edge. The developer and underlying code of the Microsoft Edge browser is a Microsoft engineered product.
It appears, in the near future, we are going to see a change in the Microsoft Edge browser in appearance and in the underlying code (the foundation) that makes the browser work. The appearance and underlying code are going to be based on Chromium, which is a (see Wikipedia) Google open-source web browser project. It is a fully functional browser on its own and supplies the vast majority of code for the Google Chrome browser.
So what does this mean to you at home? It means you should eventually see a new web browser still called “Edge” that will replace the current version of “Edge”; that will have a cleaner and faster interface (see video below)…
An early build of Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser has recently leaked online. This browser, which despite carrying the same name as it’s predecessor, will be built from a completely different foundation, and therefore, provide a completely refreshed experience for those who are already familiar with the current manifestation of Microsoft Edge. This new browser…
DuckDuckGo is a private search engine that focuses on not collecting your personal information.
Google included private search engine DuckDuckGo in its updated lists of default search engines for Chrome 73, which the search giant released Tuesday. TechCrunch reported the news earlier.
Google has come up with a compromise to make its “OK Google” feature more secure. Rather than allow users to unlock their Android devices completely (a security risk), the Voice Match command will soon limit “OK Google” to open the Assistant interface on the lock screen. There, interactions will be limited to “personal results,” things like Google Calendar, email, reminders and shopping lists.
I love my Chromebook… As a matter of fact, I drafted this article using my Chromebook. If you are unfamiliar with Chromebooks, let me explain in simple terms. The Chromebook is not a Microsoft Windows OS-based laptop; instead, it is a Google Chrome OS-based laptop (or notebook). DO NOT let that scare you. If you have ever used the Google Chrome web browser, then using a Chrome OS-based laptop is super easy. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend Chromebooks for our Mom’s and Pop’s out there because of their ease of use, portability, low maintenance, built-in security, and affordability. Many of the schools have gone to these for the same reasons. Not only that; Google is on a mission to make Chromebooks a mainstay and work hard to upgrading and improving the operating system (to include Android apps and the ability to run Linux). Interested? Check out some of the Chromebooks at Amazon (CLICK HERE)
If you are considering purchasing a Chromebook and want to learn more, take a look at this recent article about “Chromebook Specs & Performance Comparison Chart (2019)” that provides a specs comparison table and buying guide to quickly see the differences between each model, and find the best Chromebook for your needs.
Just learned you can play a quick game of Solitaire by performing a Google Search for “Solitaire”… After performing the search for “Solitaire” you will see the graphic as reflected below. Once you see the “Play Solitaire” graphic click on it to play “Solitaire”; and, for a surprise, click on the down arrow below the “Play Solitaire” graphic.
Source: solitaire – Google Search
I actually use the web-based version of Google Tasks via a browser extension; but apparently, I am one of the few… This news does not mean “Google Tasks” is going completely away. It will still be available via the Google Calendar, Gmail and Mobile version interfaces. The current web-based version is sort of dated and here is to hoping that Google comes up with a more modern standalone version.
Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News
Google informs users who open Google Tasks using a web browser that the classic version is going away.
Google rolls out Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection
Google introduced two new updates that will help keep your data secure, beyond just Google’s sites and apps: Password Checkup, a Chrome extension that helps protect your accounts from third party data breaches, and a new feature called Cross Account Protection.
Google Duo is a Google product (app) that allows you to make video calls… If you are not using it, I encourage you to give it a try…
So far, using Google Duo has been limited to smartphones, tablets, and the majority of Chromebooks. In the near future though, the Google Duo video chat service could work on your laptop or desktop computer through your internet browser.
I have to admit, I love my Chromebook… The Chrome OS keeps getting better and offers options that make good sense. One such option now baked into the Chrome OS is the “Night Light” feature. The goal of the “Night Light” feature is to help reduce your exposure to blue light for good eye health and to help you sleep better.
So, how do you get to this feature? Below is a brief summarization on how to activate this feature; however, to get the full blown tutorial on this I encourage you to visit TechRepublic (see source link below).
To enable Night Light in Chrome OS, open Settings, and look for the Displays section, where Night Light can be enabled. Adjust the slider to turn Night Light on, and then you’ll also be able to adjust two other features: Color temperature of the display and the schedule.
Reduce exposure to blue light from your Chrome OS device screen at night by changing these settings.
New activity cards in Search help you pick up where you left off, with quick access to previous pages visited and related searches to continue your exploration. To learn more on how the new activity cards work, click on the source link below…
- Head into the Settings of your device.
- Scroll down and tap on the “Accounts” option.
- Tap on the “Add account” option at the bottom of your screen.
- Select “Google”.
- Choose “More options”.
- Tap on “Create account”.
- Follow the on-screen instructions by entering your personal info, selecting a username, etc.
- Tap the “I Agree” button to create your Google account.
Google’s note-keeping app, called “Google Keep”, just “keeps” getting better… This is by far one of my favorite, most used, apps on my devices…
According to the Android Police, “Google Keep is getting a small update today on both Android and the web, but it’s an important one if you use hand-drawing notes a lot. From now on, you won’t be constrained to a single screen for your drawing — instead, Keep will add more space at the bottom of the note so you can keep going. The first time you get to the bottom of the screen while drawing, you’ll see a pop-up explaining that more space has been added.”
This site (click on the source link below) has taken the time to list over 251 Google products and services that you probably didn’t know about. There were many on the list that I did not know about.
Google is shutting down Google+. If you have a Google+ account, I highly recommend you delete it. Steps to delete the account can be found by clicking on the source link below…
After a Wall Street Journal report revealed that Google accidentally exposed personal information of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users, you might be thinking about deleting your account before the social network formally shuts down. We’ve got you covered.
In a blog post, the company admitted Google+ had failed to achieve “broad consumer or developer adoption” since it launched as a would-be Facebook rival in 2011. However, the announcement came moments after The Wall Street Journal reported Google had opted not to disclose a bug affecting hundreds of thousands of Google+ users at least in part to avoid additional regulatory scrutiny.
I am currently looking at Google Play Music and Spotify as an online music service subscription… So which one is the best?
Spotify is one of the most popular music services on the market today, but is it more deserving of your money than Google Play Music? Depending on your musical habits, the answer may be easier than you think.
What is Google Sites? Google Sites is a FREE and EASY way to create a personalized website; whether for private purposes or to post for everyone in the world to see. If you have a Google Account (or Gmail Account), you are good to go. Simply visit Google Sites to start working on your own website.
To read more about the enhancements, click on the source link below.
Google released a few enhancements to Google Sites in August 2018
Having always been a die-hard user of Windows and now favoring the Google Chrome OS; I have to agree with the ComputerWorld author here on this one…
Could you soon see Windows running on a Chromebook? Clues are pointing that way. But why would Google do it? Here’s my take.
Folks, this may be the future when diagnosing illnesses…
In partnership with the Moorfields Eye Hospital, Google has announced that DeepMind can now diagnose more than 50 “sight-threatening” eye diseases with the same accuracy you’d expect from “world-leading” doctors.
So far, I am liking the changes… Read More…