Gmail Smart Reply Settings

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

  1. in Gmail, click Settings.
  2. Select Gmail account (if you have multiple accounts you’ll need to repeat for each).
  3. Scroll down to Smart Reply and select/deselect as preferred.

Google ditches Inbox

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Following the successful adoption of the new GmailGoogle has announced it will discontinue the not so great experiment, Inbox, by March of 2019.

The announcement marks a decision to reinvest their R&D efforts back into the existing platform.

Good riddance (of course I said the same thing to my CompuServe and AOL accounts, way back when)

For more, read: TC: Say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail

Cheers,

quincy

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Google Maps Goes Round (‘n round, n round..)

Take that, Kyrie Irving!…

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Perhaps in a bid to win over Flat-Earthers, when zoomed out in Google Maps, you’ll see a round Earth instand of a flat map.

Cheers!
quincy
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View Your friend’s battery status with Google Maps’ location sharing

Because Sharing is Caring!…google-maps-battery

Google Map’s Location Sharing just received an update that allows you to view your location sharer’s battery status.

Why? Well, if your friend’s battery goes dead, the phone, and it’s location information, is sure to follow. At least, armed with this foreknowledge, you’ll know why they went off the grid and not take it personally.

Cheers!

quincy

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Measure Distances with Google Maps

Want to know how far that hike is?

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To Measure Distances in Google Maps 

  1. In Google Maps search for or navigate to the desired area.
  2. RT + CLICK on the starting point and select Measure distance.
  3. CLICK on the the endpoint (repeat this step for multiple turns/points).

Cheers!

quincy

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Google Calendar Improvements include Out-of-Office

An update to Google Calendar is rolling out soon that will allow you to add Out-of-Office time to your calendar. Invites received during this time will be automatically declined with the message of your choice (or no message at all, but isn’t that rude?)

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Also included with this enhancement is a more flexible ‘working hours’ settings. Currently you can only set one repeating block of working time. The enhanced calendar will allow for different set hours on different days, which works well for those with flex-time schedules.

This update will first appear for the paying (G-Suite) customers in the next few days, and roll out to the rest of us shortly after.

Cheers!

quincy

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Delete Unwanted URL From History

URL typoWe’ve all been there. You accidentally transposed two letters of a website and found yourself in sketchy corner of the internet. Now, every time you type your desired site you’re reminded of that unfortunate wrong turn.

Don’t let that one mistake forever haunt your web-browsing: delete unwanted URLs from the suggested sites.

To Delete a URL Address From the Suggested Sites List

chrome_logo_png13Chrome

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press SHIFT + DELETE.

firefox_png44Firefox

  1. Begin typing address in the address bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press DELETE

ie_logo_png26Internet Explorer

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list. An ‘x’ appears at the far right of each URL.
  2. Click the ‘x’ to remove that site.

ie_logo_png24Microsoft Edge

  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press SHIFT + DELETE.

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  1. From the “History” menu, choose “Show All History” (keyboard shortcut: ⌘ Y)
  2. Use the Search field in the top right corner, to locate the unwanted website.
  3. Select (CLICK) the web site you want to remove ( + CLICK to select multiples).
  4. Press the DELETE.

Cheers!

quincy

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