Voice Recorder Pro – Grab This Android App While Free

May 8, 2017

Putting this app out there if you have an Android phone… It is Voice Recorder Pro (see source link below), which typically is $2.49. What I am seeing on the Google Play site is that this app will be free for a period of 7 days. Ton’s of features. Grab it while you can; I did…

Voice Recorder Pro is an easy-to-use voice recorder that is full of convenient features. It’s perfect for recording voices in meetings or making little voice memos.

✔Can even record while screen is in sleep mode.

✔Can record whenever you like via floating button.

✔Comes with user-friendly functions such as automatic volume change when playing back recordings.

✔The application lock function protects your privacy by requiring users to input the unlocking pattern when starting up the app.

   Voice Recorder Pro (License)- screenshot

Source: Google Play – Voice Recorder Free


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How To Use Microsoft Windows Scan To Scan Documents And Pictures

April 11, 2017

If you are using Windows 10 and have a current model printer with a scanner installed, you may want to take a look at the Microsoft Windows Scanner App (called Windows Scan). I know through experience of assisting others, the scanning software that is often bundled with the printers/scanners is difficult to navigate and understand. Windows Scan is about as simple (and easy to understand) as it gets when it comes to scanning documents, pictures, etc…

The Windows Scan App may already be installed on your Windows 10 Computer; and, if not, you can download it from the Windows Store (see source link below). Once installed, make sure your printer/scanner is turned “on”; and, what you want to scan is on the bed of the scanner. At this point, launch Windows Scan and you should see your scanner’s model name; the source (which is typically a flatbed); and the file type (that provides options to save the scan, such as PDF, JPG, PNG, etc…).  You will also see “Show More”, which will give you additional options such as changing the resolution of the scan. At the bottom of the Window you can then click on “Preview” (to see what the scan will look like) or you can click on “Scan”.  I typically go with the “Preview” selection. Once you click on “Preview” the document or image will be scanned. After it has scanned you will see round handles at the corner of the scanner window. You can move these handles to crop the document or picture down to its’ realistic proportions. Once you are satisfied, click on “Scan” and following the scan the document or picture will open (typically in a software app already built into windows). Typically all scanned documents or pictures are saved to the Windows “Pictures” folder by default.

Once you learn how to navigate Windows Scan, I think you will agree that this app is a real time saver and gets the job done without pulling your hair out.

Source: Microsoft Store – Windows Scan


An Option To Fix Google Assistant On Your Android Phone

March 28, 2017

Google Assistant is Google’s new artificial intelligence personal assistant that allows you to ask Google questions (or give commands) and engage in a two-way conversation with Google. I have been playing around with it and it is very cool. I especially like that I can do hand’s free texting using Google Assistant when driving or I can ask Google about my day or any question for that matter. To determine if it is on your phone, simply hold down the “Home” button on your phone and you should be greeted with the “Hi, How can I help?”. In my case, I was waiting patiently for the Google Assistant to download to my Android phone and when it finally did, I ran into an unusual problem. I decided to do a blog post on this describing the problem I ran into and how the problem was resolved.

Google Assistant

The problem I ran into (in short summary) is that after I had determined Google Assistant was on my phone, by checking the version numbers of the Google App, it simply was not working correctly. When I held down the home button nothing would happen. If I tapped the home button it took me to the old Google Now screen.  At the Google Now Screen when I went into the settings, I noticed that it was the settings for Google Assistant (and not for Google Now). At first I thought that my phone being a mid-ranged phone wouldn’t support all of the Google Assistant settings; therefore, I only was entitled to maybe a lite version of Google Assistance.

Finally, after suspecting there was a software (or app) conflict and after searching the internet for a solution (with no luck), I found the Google Search and Assistant Help ForumForum’s are great for troubleshooting problems. After searching and browsing the forum I was unable to find a solution that matched the problem I was experiencing; therefore, I had to join the forum and describe the problem with hope that someone may be able to help. Part of the problem, when describing an issue, is finding the right words. When it comes to computers, electronics, smartphones, etc…; they all have a language of their own.

In this instance, I described the problem as follows:

Why is it when I launch Google Assistant it appears to launch Google Now?

When I launch Google Assistant via the home button it appears to launch Google Now.  I am not seeing the Google Assistant launch screen “how can I help”…  I also noticed that some of the Google Assistant features work and some do not.  For example, if I say “OK Google” , “read me the news” (from my customized list), it takes me to Google Play and plays a song from “the news”...

Within 24 hours a “Community Specialist” in the forum (named Lucas) came back at me with some things to try:

Lucas – Community Specialist said:

Hi Ramblinrick,

Welcome to the Google Search and Assistant Help Forum!

Just to confirm, is your Google app updated to the latest version? To check, visit Play Store and go to the Google App page. If you see update button, try updating the app that may help resolve this issue.

If that doesn’t help, try to reset the app and then try to update again. To reset go to device Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data. This step will reset the app to factory condition and all the personalization and preferences will be reset to original.

Please let me know how that works.

Best,

Lucas

The solution:

I followed the instructions and found that by doing a reset of the app was the solution (Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data).  Google Assistant is now performing flawlessly and we are now having conversations with each other on a daily basis. A big thanks to Lucas, whoever and wherever you are, for your assistance.


Update to Vudu App Converts DVD/Blu-Ray Movies To Digital (for $2 each) – TechSpot

March 25, 2017

Found this over at TechSpot; an article about an app that allows you to convert your physical movies (i.e. DVDs) to digital for $2 each…

Walmart’ streaming movie service, Vudu, is expanding its disc-to-digital program with an update to its mobile app that will allow users to scan the film’s barcode for converting into digital movies you can watch anywhere.

Source: Walmart’s Vudu app converts your physical movies to digital for $2 each – TechSpot


New Tappable Shortcuts Coming To The Mobile (google.com) Search App

March 21, 2017

On your mobile phone you should soon start seeing when performing a Google search (google.com), shortcuts peppered on the home screen for quick access to in-depth experiences associated with sports, eat & drink, entertainment and weather.

Google Search is taking the next step forward: providing in-depth, tappable search experiences within the Google app, keeping you in the know about the things that matter to you.

Source: New shortcuts in Search help keep you in the know


Set Digital Ground Rules For Your Kids Using Google’s Family Link

March 17, 2017

Google’s Family Link app lets you create a Google Account for your kids that helps you set certain digital ground rules, such as; managing the apps for your kids, keeping an eye on their screen time, and even setting a bedtime on their device.

Family Link is available by invitation only
to parents of kids under 13 years old.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • To create a Google Account for your kid through Family Link.
  • A compatible Android device for your kid*.
  • Your own Android device.
  • Your own Google Account.
  • To be in the U.S.

Source: Google Family Link – Home


You Can Now Use Google Docs As A WordPress.com Editor

March 7, 2017

With the new Google Docs add-on you can now compose a WordPress blog article in Google Docs and send a draft directly to WordPress.com (or a Jetpack powered WordPress.org site). I am always looking for ways to post my blog articles and this add-on appears to make good use of Google Docs and its’ formatting options.

Source: WordPress