Still half a year away from World Emoji Day (yes, it’s a thing), but I’m overdue an Emoji post, so…
In Windows 10, you can insert an emoji with the flick of key:
Press Windows Key () + . (period) then select emoji or type to filter the displayed selection. For example;
+ . , Q
for 🙋♀️question, 🦆quail, or 🌜quarter moon.
By now, I am likely suffering the ill effects of an Egg Nog induced coma, so in my cognitive absence, I present the most read posts from the year. Enjoy and thanks for reading!
and because nothing cures a New Year’s hangover better than an AskQ post!
Most Read ASKQ Posts: 2018
To poorly paraphrase M. Twain, “reports of Google+’ demise are exaggerated.”
Although the consumer product is at death’s door, the enterprise version will continue on and is being improved. G Suite users of Google+ will soon be able to tag content, and admins will be able to better moderate, promote and review post metrics.
More at TechCrunch
Citing poor traffic and low user acceptance (and without mentioning the words ‘data leak‘) Google has decided to pull the plug on Google+, its fledgling social media entity.
For info and a chance to reminisce read: Looking back at Google+ -TC
Wanna sleuth your way around a tech giant’s Mountainview campus? Google has embedded this retro text adventure game and all you need is a web browser (and infinite patience) to play.
To launch Google’s text adventure game
- Launch your Chrome, Firefox or Edge browser.
- Search for ‘text adventure’.
- RIGHT+CLICK on the results page and select Inspect
- CLICK the Console tab. The text “Would you like to play a game?” appears.
- Enter ‘yes’ at the > prompt
Cheers (with special thanks, to Di, for passing this along)!
Planning a group outing just got easier.
As part of a recent mobile update you are now able to share a list of places (e.g., restaurants) with your friends and they can vote their preferred meeting place. This should cut down on the volume of email/sms traffic it takes for a group to pick a watering hole.
Just create a list, then share it; your friends will be taken right to Google Maps mobile, where they will be able to cast their vote 👍👎 on proposed venues. They can even add additional locations to the decision matrix.
Gmail announced that desktop users will soon be able to turn off Smart Reply, the slightly creepy way of using AI to suggest replies. Mobile users can already disable this option in their Gmail account settings).
The option to disable this feature, although welcome to many, may fall on deaf ears to others. It turns out Smart Reply is quite popular. According to the Wall Street Journal, Smart Reply is responsible for 10% of all Gmail responses.
To Turn Off/On Smart Reply
- in Gmail, click Settings.
- Select Gmail account (if you have multiple accounts you’ll need to repeat for each).
- Scroll down to Smart Reply and select/deselect as preferred.