Google is adding more options to the right-click context menu in Gmail.

 With these new options, you can take even more actions, directly from a message, in your inbox such as:

  • Reply to, or forward, an email in one click from the main page
  • Search for all emails from a sender
  • Search for all emails with the same subject (if conversation view is turned off)
  • Open multiple emails in multiple new windows at the same time
  • Easily add a label or move an email

Source: G Suite Updates Blog: Easily take action in Gmail with new right-click context menu options

Will the 5G networks change things as we know it?

Two Pieces Of Technology That Will Change The World Over The Next Decade

On 5G networks, our phones and networks will be more than 100-times faster than they are today. But it’s not just about speed. We’ll be able to aggregate, analyze and share data at lightning-fast speeds, giving us amazing new opportunities for improving our systems and streamlining our services. Transportation, labor, commerce, entertainment, medicine — no industry will remain untouched.

Read More @ Forbes

Tech News: Why ‘Windows Lite’ would be a bad name for Microsoft’s upcoming OS | Windows Central

Windows Lite is Microsoft’s attempt at bringing a new, more modern user experience to a Windows OS to compete alongside Chrome OS and iOS on iPad. It looks and feels different from any version of Windows before it, and it focuses primarily on web experiences and integrations, along with Microsoft Store apps, maybe even Android apps, and making the OS much lighter.

  

Source: Why ‘Windows Lite’ would be a bad name for Microsoft’s upcoming OS | Windows Central

Here is what a Social Security scam sounds like…

 

It continues to be a growing scam: People pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. I encourage you to play the sound bite above to hear what this scam may sound like. On top of it all, the caller ID often shows the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) when these scammers call – but they’re faking that number. It’s not the real SSA calling.

If you get calls like this, where threats and fear are in the mix, hang up. Best action to take when it comes to phone scams is simply do not answer the phone. If important enough the caller will leave a message; and even then, if after you review a message and you have doubt or suspicion, consult with someone about it. This is so bad that if you call the SSA to report the matter they have a pre-recorded message and warning and letting you know about these calls. If you get one of these calls, tell the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

You can learn more at the source link below…

Source: This is what a Social Security scam sounds like | Consumer Information

The next big Windows 10 update is coming in April

It is important to know when major updates are going to transpire. As a former IT Manager, Windows Updates would make me cringe; knowing that a well-intended update could have negative consequences. Now that I don’t have that worry, on a grand scale, I still pay attention to the update schedule, even with my PC’s at home.

Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Windows 10 updates are always free. You’ll be able to download the April 2019 via Windows Update at no charge once Microsoft determines it is compatible with your computer. Roll-outs of major Windows 10 updates are gradual to ensure the best quality experience, so you might not see it on your PC right away.

windows 10 october update

Source: Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

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

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7

Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7 — apart from for those who are willing to pay for it. The company is offering up to three years of Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU), and pricing has just been revealed.

Source: Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Did You Know “Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly”?

Unlike the “unsend” feature in Instagram’s direct messages, however, you will only have 10 minutes from when you send the message on Facebook Messenger to delete it from the chat for both parties. Similar to WhatsApp’s delete feature, the removed message will be replaced with a line of text saying that you “removed a message.”

Facebook Messenger's unsend feature.

Source: Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly

A Hearing Friday May Decide the Future of Net Neutrality | WIRED

Most people do not know what Net Neutrality is… Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should treat all data equally and not discriminate or charge differently based on user, content, website, platform, application, type of equipment, or method of communication.

NET NEUTRALITY ADVOCATES are heading to court Friday for what may be their best chance to restore federal regulations banning broadband providers from blocking, throttling, or otherwise discriminating against lawful content.

Source: A Hearing Friday May Decide the Future of Net Neutrality | WIRED

What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

You are probably hearing about all of the hoopla about 5G. Many of you know that it mean’s something faster; but, how fast. This article by PCMag sums it up.

AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G, and how fast is it compared with 4G? Here are the facts we know so far.

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Source: What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

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

US gov issues emergency directive after wave of domain hijacking attacks | Naked Security

Hmmm… Is the Government Shutdown affecting National Security? This directive may indicate that (see source link below to learn more about this).

What is domain hijacking?

Domain hijacking has been a persistent issue in the commercial world for years, a prime example of which would be the attack that disrupted parts of Craigslist in November 2014. In that incident, as in every successful every domain hijacking attack, the attackers took over the account used to manage the domains at the registrar, in this case, Network Solutions. The objective is to change the records so that instead of pointing to the IP address of the correct website it sends visitors to one controlled by the attackers. This change could have been made using impersonation to persuade the registrar to change the domain settings or by stealing the admin credentials used to manage these remotely. It’s a potent attack – web users think they’re visiting the correct website because they’ve typed the correct domain in their address bar and have no reason to doubt where they end up. For attackers, it’s the perfect crime that avoids the much harder job of having to take over the real website.

Source: US gov issues emergency directive after wave of domain hijacking attacks – Naked Security

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

Learn How “Windows Sandbox is a safer way to run programs you don’t trust”

Sandboxing applications are nothing new but is nice to see Microsoft bake an option into the OS… As a reader of the blog noted, after I posted the article, “The feature is available for users of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise running Build 18301 or later, and requires AMD64 and virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS.” So, this is not an option in the home version of Windows 10. 

Microsoft is introducing a new solution that brings it in line with a standard already found on other operating systems: Windows Sandbox.

The feature creates “an isolated, temporary desktop environment” (and lightweight, at 100MB) on which to run an app, and once you’ve finished with it, the entire sandbox is deleted — everything else on your PC is safe and separate.

Read More @ Engadget

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

Did you know that “Many teens are using a secret text language that parents know nothing about…”

If you have teens I encourage you to follow the source link below to learn more about the “current” coding used by our kids when texting, video chatting and using social media. What does it all mean? You may be shocked! I listed some samples below…

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SAMPLES

WTTP: Want to trade photos
MOS: Mom over the shoulder
GNOC: Get naked on camera.

Source: Many teens are using a secret text language that parents know nothing about

IMPORTANT: Posting your kid’s photo to Facebook? Maybe think twice.

Technology and Facebook can be wonderful things; however, as technology continues to advance (such as facial recognition), we cannot foresee how this technology can be used in a way that can ultimately compromise our being for financial gain, or ill intent. In all my years as a tech guru, I have seen the good that technology has benefited us; but, there will always be that element of evil that will take technology advancement and use it against us. I encourage you to read this article about posting our kids on Facebook or any social network for that matter and how this ultimately profiles them in a way (as they develop) and how this could be used in the future.

In other words, it’s possible that your precious child’s face is already being studied and analyzed by Facebook in its efforts to build better facial recognition algorithms. What those algorithms could be used for in the future is anyone’s guess, as even Facebook won’t confirm they will just stick to suggested photo tags.

Source: Posting your kid’s photo to Facebook? Maybe think twice.

Did you know that “500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer”?

Malware on our Android devices is typically introduced by means such as portrayed in this article, with one goal in mind; and, that is to steal your data. Think about it, your smartphone contains a profile of YOU; where sensitive data could be used to compromise YOU on a personal and a financial basis. I tell people, treat your smartphone as if it is your wallet…

The malware was disguised as various games, and didn’t have any legitimate function; rather, they crashed every time they were launched. Now for the worst part: Stefanko said that before Google removed the apps, two of them were featured in the store’s trending section.

View image on Twitter

Source: 500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer

Here are “15 Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android In 2018”

One of the (many) uses for your smartphone is turning it into an alarm clock. The alarm clock apps in this article (see source link below) are all very good…

Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android 2018

Of course, there are many apps with these functions, as you just have to search for them. But we have searched for you and here we leave you our recommendations regarding this topic. Hence, today in this article we will present our selection of the best Android alarm clocks.

Source: 15 Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android In 2018

Here is “How to use picture-in-picture mode in Chrome 70”

Chrome version 70 is required in order for this feature to work. You can get the full details by clicking on the source link below.

Whether the feature works depends entirely on whether the owner of a site has enabled it, so you won’t be able to use PiP with every video you encounter. It does work on YouTube, however, and this is a great place to test it out. Find a video and start it playing. Right click on the video window and the YouTube menu will appear. Right click again and the Chrome context menu will appear. Select the Picture in Picture option and you’re good to go.

Source: How to use picture-in-picture mode in Chrome 70

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

Get ’em while they are FREE: 39 temporarily free and 86 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Sample below… My favorite is the Voice Recorder Pro… Get ’em while they are FREE… Visit the source link below to see more at the Android Police.


  1. Night Light Pro: Blue Light Filter, Night Mode $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 9 hours
  2. Secure Note $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 9 hours
  3. Harley OEM Parts Stream App $5.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  4. Step By Step Shoe Lacing Guide Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  5. Ekveer Dictionary $13.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  6. Running Calculator: Pace, Predictions, Race Splits $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  7. B-MAN: Sound Recorder $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  8. Home Workouts Gym Pro (No ad) $2.59 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  9. Timestamp – GPS Camera PRO $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  10. Private Browser Pro incognito anonymous browsing $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  11. NoteLynX Pro Outliner Mindmap Wiki $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  12. Voice Recorder Pro $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  13. voice recorder pro $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  14. Formula Solver $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  15. QR/Barcode Scanner Pro $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days


Source: 39 temporarily free and 86 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Scam Alert: Don’t Fall For This Facebook ‘Friend Request From You’ Message | by Putnam Daily Voice

Been receiving messages from my Facebook friends that they received another friend request from me and noticed others have been receiving this as well.  Did some research on this and found that this is all BOGUS. Just stop doing it and disregard those messages…  You can read more on this by clicking on the source link below or Google it (numerous sources out there on this matter).

You can stop forwarding that latest warning from your Facebook friends about your account being cloned. You weren’t. It’s bogus. And you’re just making it worse. It starts out:

“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account…” Then it tells you to “hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward….” Your account isn’t sending duplicate friend requests. And you didn’t receive a request from the person you’re forwarding it to.

Source: Scam Alert: Don’t Fall For This Facebook ‘Friend Request From You’ Message | Putnam Daily Voice

Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them | by ZDNet

I don’t like the idea of these updates (major updates) causing issues. Here is an option, as suggested by ZDNet, to recover files in the event you encounter this issue.

For some unknown reason, moving up to Windows 10 version 1809 may delete all the files in user folders. The folders remain, but the files within them are gone, leaving users in potentially a worse pickle than ransomware victims experience. However, there is a chance that early Windows 10 upgraders who encountered this problem might be able to recover lost files by using the free version of Avast-owned Recuva recovery software.

Source: Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them | ZDNet

What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft? | gHacks Tech News

Those who use the Calculator regularly may have been shocked by the giant size of the Calculator in the new version of Windows 10. The calculator takes up most of the screen when launched initially. The screenshot below shows it right after launch on a 1920×1080 monitor on a PC running Windows 10 version 1809.

giant calculator windows 10

Source: What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft? – gHacks Tech News

Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018: When and where to get the best deals | by ZDNet

WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY?

Nov. 23, 2018: As always, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from using turkey day to get a head start on the festivities (though not without a backlash from some stores and shoppers).

WHEN IS CYBER MONDAY?

Nov. 26, 2018: While Cyber Monday was created as a way for e-tailers to grab a share of the action physical stores got on Black Friday, it’s lost some luster as those same companies not only started offering Black Friday deals on their websites, but also extended their cyber sales over several days, if not weeks.

Source: Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018: When and where to get the best deals | ZDNet

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

Here is PCWorld’s Recommendations for the Best laptops of 2018

You know, desktop computers are fading away due to the smartphone and as a result, more and more people are going with laptops for their home computing needs; whether it is a Windows OS based computer or Chrome OS based computer (Chromebook). Here is PCWorld’s review of the best laptops of 2018 (see source link below).

PCWorld’s quick-hit recommendations:

Source: Best laptops of 2018: Cheap PCs, gaming laptops, 2-in-1s, and more | PCWorld

Forbes: Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

According to this article, Microsoft has announced that it will indeed start charging Windows 7 customers a monthly fee from January 14th 2020, if they want to keep their computers safe.

Microsoft has always described Windows 10 “as a service” and leaks have already revealed new monthly charges are coming. Of course, for Windows 7 owners this was never something they expected to pay. But times change…

Source: Forbes: Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

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