How To Get A Daily Agenda Email From Your Google Calendar

Go to your Google Calendar to set this up; then, click the gear in the top-right corner and select “Settings”. On the left-hand menu, click the name of the calendar you want emails about. Then click on “General Notifications” and on the right side you will see various options for “General Notifications”. In the drop-down, select “Email” for “New Events”, “Changed Events”, Canceled Events”, “Event Responses” and “Daily Agenda”.  Also, as an added note you can scroll up (or select “Event Notifications” and/or “All Day Notifications”) to determine when these event notifications should be sent to your email.

To learn more about this and 12 Google Calendar Tricks, click on the source link below.

Source: 12 Google Calendar Tricks You’re Probably Not Using | PCMag.com

‘OK Google’ will no longer fully unlock your phone | Engadget

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.

Source: ‘OK Google’ will no longer fully unlock your phone

Thinking of buying a new Chromebook but not sure which one to choose?

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.

chromebook-specs

Source: Zipso – Chromebook specs & performance comparison chart (2019)

Don’t Overlook Google’s FREE Drawing and Graphic Editor

Anyone that uses any of the online web-based Google Products, such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides most likely have overlooked Google’s version of their drawing and graphics editor (called Google Drawings). I currently use Google Drawings to typically make graphic postings on my blog and other social media sites such as Facebook. To give you some good insight into Google Drawings I came across the tutorial below to help you get started. Some points I do want to make is that Google Drawings is very easy to learn and use; that you can do some pretty neat graphics related tasks such as creating logos, signs, backgrounds, etc.; and, it integrates well with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Source: Google Drawings

Web Based Version of “Google Tasks” Is Eventually Going Away

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 tasks deprecation

Source: Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

Did you know that “Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web” | Android Authority

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.

Source: Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web – Android Authority

TechRepublic Instructs You “How to enable Night Light in Chrome OS”

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.

Screenshot of Night Light setting enabled, with color temperature (cooler to warmer) and schedule options drop-down shown.

Reduce exposure to blue light from your Chrome OS device screen at night by changing these settings.

Source: How to enable Night Light in Chrome OS – TechRepublic

Great News, “Google Voice VoIP calls will be live for everyone by next week”

This is great news where Google Voice will “truly” allow you to make VoIP calls…

There’s an important distinction to keep in mind here. Google Voice hasn’t had VoIP calls before; although it had many VoIP-like capabilities, Voice has always worked over a traditional phone line connection. When you get the update, you’ll be able to place calls on your Voice number via a mobile data or WiFi connection.

Source: Google Voice VoIP calls will be live for everyone by next week

Here is “How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet” | Digital Trends

This article provides “step-by-step” instructions on how to use “Google Cloud Print” and how to use a built-in feature in some printers that allows you to email a document to the printer for printing.

how to print from android printing 4

These days, you don’t need a computer to print a document or photo — you can easily print them straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few ways to do so, but once you’re set up, it should be easy. Our how-to guide will walk you through all the steps and have you printing wirelessly in no time.

Source: How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet | Digital Trends

Android Authority on “How to set up a new Google account on your Android device”

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Head into the Settings of your device.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the “Accounts” option.
  3. Tap on the “Add account” option at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Select “Google”.
  5. Choose “More options”.
  6. Tap on “Create account”.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions by entering your personal info, selecting a username, etc.
  8. Tap the “I Agree” button to create your Google account.

Read More @ Android Authority

BE AWARE that “Unlimited video storage at Google Photos has a catch” – Android Authority

If you are posting videos on Google Photos that have a file format that is not listed below; then, the file size will count against your online storage total. Video file sizes can add up quickly.

The Google Photos app icon.

If you use Google Photos to store video files, you likely are happy you have unlimited space (with some compression). However, there’s a new limitation to this unlimited storage.

The new policy took effect on December 6, 2018.

The supported video file formats are: .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv.

Source: Unlimited video storage at Google Photos has a catch – Android Authority

According to Android Police, Google Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes…

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.”

Source: Google Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes [APK Download]

From Gizmodo: These 22 Malware-Riddled Android Apps Might Be Draining Your Phone’s Battery

Malware is finding its’ way on people’s Android devices through apps that are downloaded from the Google Play Store. Google does a pretty good job of tracking these apps down, but sometimes it is to late and the app has already made its mark. Many of these apps had strong reviews. The battery draw occurs due to the app being on a constant run time of reporting back with information and possible grabs of your data.

On Thursday, anti-virus provider Sophos published a report describing its discovery of 22 Android apps that contained a variety of malware the company has named “Andr/Clickr-ad.” The apps come from a variety of small developers, and Sophos said that Google removed them from its Play store at the end of November. One of the offending apps, Sparkle Flashlight, had been downloaded more than a million times and many of them had strong reviews, according to Sophos.

Read More @ Gizmodo

How to check if you have a Google+ account — and delete it | by INSIDER

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.

Source: How to check if you have a Google+ account — and delete it – INSIDER

Google+ to shut down after security bug – CNN

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.

Source: Google reportedly hid Google+ security bug – CNN

Didn’t Know This, But Google Released A Few Enhancements to Google Sites (back in Aug 2018)

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.

Screenshot of new Google Site, with section layouts and button option shown on right, and an embedded Google Form on the Google Site page (to the left).

Google released a few enhancements to Google Sites in August 2018

Source: How to take advantage of Google Sites updates to page layout, navigation, and forms – TechRepublic

Say What? “Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned.” | Computerworld

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…

dell chromebook 13 lid half open

Chromebooks have become all-purpose, do-everything, productivity machines. Gartner and IDC both agree that the PC market is finally growing again, and Chromebooks get much of the credit for this.

Could you soon see Windows running on a Chromebook? Clues are pointing that way. But why would Google do it? Here’s my take.

Source: Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned. | Computerworld

Did you know you can now “Send Secure, Self-Destructing Emails in Gmail using Confidential Mode?”

I did not know this feature was even there until I read the article at one of my favorite sites (I Love Free Software). Yes, you can now send secure, self-destructing emails in Gmail using what is called confidential mode. I encourage you to learn how to use this feature by following the tutorial that is provided by clicking on the source link below.

secure and self destructing email created using gmail confidential mode

This tutorial explains how to send secure and self destructing emails in Gmail using confidential mode. This is a new feature of Gmail which has come with its new interface. While composing an email in Gmail, you can turn on confidential mode in a single click. After that, you can set expiration time of the email using the preset options (expire in 1 day, 3 months, 1 week, 1 month, or 5 years). Apart from that, it also provides passcode feature to securely send that particular self destructing email.

Source: How to Send Secure, Self Destructing Emails in Gmail using Confidential Mode

Google Assistant can now tell you something good, by saying “Hey Google, tell me something good”

Hey, ‘Google Assistant’ people, there is a new experimental feature that you may like, called “Tell me something good”…

“Tell me something good” is a new experimental feature for Assistant users in the U.S.  that delivers your daily dose of good news. Just say “Hey Google, tell me something good” to receive a brief news summary about people who are solving problems for our communities and our world.

Source: Hey Google, tell me something good

Did you know that “Google’s DeepMind AI can now diagnose eye diseases with the accuracy of ‘world-leading’ doctors?”

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.

Source: Google’s DeepMind AI can now diagnose eye diseases with the accuracy of ‘world-leading’ doctors – TechSpot

Chrome OS 67 Makes Web Apps Feel Like Desktop Apps on Chromebooks | Digital Trends

Still learning more about “Progressive Web Apps” on my Chromebook, with the release of Chrome OS 67… Posting this to let you know that this feature is there and now available…

Google Pixelbook android apps

After having brought support for running Android apps on Chromebooks, Google just launched  Chrome OS 67 with support for even more apps. With the release of Chrome OS 67, Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs, can now be installed as stand-alone apps, Google noted on its blog.

Source: Chrome OS 67 Makes Web Apps Feel Like Desktop Apps on Chromebooks | Digital Trends

Here Is How To Snooze Emails In Gmail | Addictive Tips

Open Gmail and hover your mouse over an email that you want to snooze. You will see a little clock icon. Click it and you will see a few preset options for how long the email should be snoozed. You can set a custom option by clicking Pick Date and Time. You will get a calendar and a time field where you can select how long i.e. what day and at what time you want to be reminded of the message.

Source: How To Snooze Emails In Gmail

The Check Is In The Mail: PayPal now offers payments in Gmail, Google Pay, YouTube and more

The check is in the mail; or, Gmail that is…

By integrating more deeply with Google, PayPal now allow you to seamlessly make payments in the likes of Gmail, YouTube, Google Pay and Google Store. As there is support for any service that makes use of Google Pay, users will also be able to make peer-to-peer payments.

PayPal on a smartphone

Source: PayPal now offers payments in Gmail, Google Pay, YouTube and more

You Need To Check This Out (The World’s First Chrome OS Tablet)

If you have not used a Chromebook, you don’t know what you are missing. It is about the easiest form of a computer you will find that is based on the Chrome operating system. The schools are big fans of Chromebooks and I highly recommend them for home use (and for our Mom’s and Pop’s). I am big on computers and technology, worked in the field for years, worked with (still do) the Windows platform for years; BUT, now I am finding the Chromebook the computer I go to at home. NOW, there is something new in the Chromebook world that be of interest to you (see below) that has really caught my attention.

It’s a Chromebook. It’s a tablet. It’s both. Acer just unveiled the world’s first Chromebook tablet: the Chromebook Tab 10. And yes, you can play Fortnite and PUBG on it. But outside of fighting tooth and nail for that illustrious chicken dinner, Acer is targeting educators and students with this handsome new slate. The company has yet to share pricing or launch dates. Instead, here are my first impressions.

Source: Hands-on with the World’s First Chrome OS Tablet

Google Drive’s new plans bring family sharing and more options…

Engaget reporting that Google is launching a new set of plans (for Google Drive), nicknamed Google One, that gives you and your family considerably more drive space.

Google has added a new 200GB plan for $3 per month, and the 2TB plan is down to $10 per month from the earlier $20. Existing tiers are still hanging around and range from 100GB for $2 per month to a hefty 30TB for $300 per month.

Source: Google Drive’s new plans bring family sharing and more options

NEW Gmail – Here’s what makes it so special (and a little frustrating) And How to Activate It

If you haven’t already done so, you need to upgrade and try the NEW Gmail interface on the web. So far, I am loving it. Here is a good article (see source link below) by Inc. that will give you the skinny on what to expect; and, that getting to the new interface is only a couple mouse clicks away.

To get the new Gmail look (and features), open your Gmail, click on the settings cog (top right) and select the option “Try the new Gmail”… In the event you do not like what you are seeing, you can always go back to the classic Gmail by following the same steps.

Source: Inc. – This New Gmail Update is Insane (Most People Don’t Realize It’s Just a Click Away)

 

Quick Rundown Of The New Gmail

Here is a quick rundown of the new Gmail, straight from the horse’s mouth… To get the new Gmail look (and features), open your Gmail, click on the settings cog (top right) and select the option “Try the new Gmail”… In the event you do not like what you are seeing, you can always go back to the classic Gmail by following the same steps.

Best new feature, I like, is the panel on the right side of the Gmail window that allows you quick access to your Tasks, Google Calendar and Google Keep…

Click the source link below to learn more…

Gmail Convergence_Consumer_Image 1

Source: Stay composed: here’s a quick rundown of the new Gmail

Gmail Revamp Being Launched Today

As reported by TechCrunch: “Today, Google  is launching the biggest revamp of Gmail in years. The company is bringing to the flagship Gmail service many (but not all) of the features it trialed in Inbox for Gmail, and adding a few new ones, too. With those new features, which we first reported earlier this month, the company is also introducing a refreshed design for the service, though if you’ve used Gmail before, you’ll feel right at home”.

gmail-grid

Source: Say hello to the new Gmail with self-destructing messages, email snoozing and more | TechCrunch

New Design Coming To Gmail

Been reading this everywhere in the tech news about the new design coming to Gmail, with some cool and really sensible features. Follow the source link below to learn more about this (with screenshots) at Ars Technica.

Red alert, people! Gmail is being redesigned. Google sent out an email to G Suite administrators warning them a “fresh, clean look” would be coming to Gmail.com soon. Shortly after the email went out, leaked pictures of the design were posted to Android Authority and The Verge, so we have a ton of pictures to obsess over….

Source: Gmail.com redesign leaks, looks pretty incredible | Ars Technica

Become a Beta Tester and Try out Wi-Fi calling with Google Voice!

Google is looking for beta testers to try out the new Wi-Fi calling with Google Voice! Click on the source link to learn more. You will be required complete a very, very short form with your email address (that is associated with Google Voice). From what I gather, after completion of the form, you will at some point receive notice that you have been accepted as a beta tester and where to download the Google Voice App.

Wi-Fi calling lets you:

  • Reduce roaming charges when you’re on the go

  • Keep in touch even when you have poor cell service

  • Make calls from any device, not just your phone

Source: Calling all beta testers: Try out Wi-Fi calling with Google Voice! – Google Product Forums

One of the most overlooked Google Doc Apps is Google Drawings

One of the most overlooked Google Doc applications is Google Drawings. The main reason for this is that Google Drawings is not readily available in the listing of the other Google Docs  (like Docs, Sheets and Slides). What I am finding is that Google Drawings is a powerful (easy to use) graphic designer that can be used for multi-purposes (i.e. blog postings, signs, cards, facebook posts, flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, etc…).

As I mentioned, it is not easy to find or get to. Below is step-by-step on how to get to Google Drawings. Once you are there, bookmark it in your web browser.  You can also get to it, if you are a Google Chrome browser user, by going to the Google Chrome Store and downloading the Google Drawings app [here].

AND, if you want the real easy way of getting to Google Drawings, just [CLICK HERE]

Source: Create & edit drawings – Computer – Docs editors Help

 

Nice Intro To Using Google Docs In 11 Steps

If you are not familiar with Google Docs then take a look at these 11 Steps in using Google Docs. It is a good intro toward helping you understand that Google Docs may be all that you need when it comes to drafting your documents. It is like this… You can spend a great deal of money for Microsoft Office or you can go with Google Docs; which is FREE.  If you already have a Gmail account, then you are you are already set up to start using Google Docs right away.

Source: Using Google Docs: 11 Steps

This Google Chromebook Is Beyond Awesome

I currently own this Chromebook and I will tell you that I now very seldom use my Windows-based computer anymore at home. This has been a personal test of mine to determine if I could do the same work on the Chromebook as I do my desktop; AND, the answer is YES. This particular Chromebook is mid-range in performance and specs. I highly recommend it for home-based computing and for those Mom’s and Pop’s out there, due to its’ ease of use. This particular model by ACER is at a good price point now…

2017 Newest Acer 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080) IPS Chromebook – Intel Celeron-3205U, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics, HDMI, WIFI, Bluetooth, Chrome OS-White (32GB)

Did you know you can can broadcast your voice from your smartphone to your Google Home speaker?

If you have a Google Home voice-activated speaker you can broadcast your voice from your Android Smartphone to the speaker, just as long as both devices use the same account. For example, using my smartphone, when away from the house, I can use the Google Assistant on my phone and  say “ok Google broadcast I am on my way home” and the message will be broadcasted to the Google speaker in my house. If you have more than one of the Google Home speakers in your house, you can broadcast a message from one speaker to another, just like an intercom system (but smarter).

 

SOURCE: Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

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