FreeApp Friday for 6/26/15

Posted June 26, 2015 By Mom
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Free App Friday—Special Edition!
It’s a special Free App Friday today, because I’m featuring Amazon’s Over $50 In Paid Apps & Games Free collection. These are apps that you’d ordinarily have to pay for, but until 7/1/15 they’re being offered for free in this promotion. Here are the ten highest-rated picks from the collection:

Monument Valley – multi-award winner, it’s a puzzle-solving platformer, but it plays more like a piece of interactive art than a game.

Quell Memento – Forget the world. Fall in love with this enchanting zen puzzler.

The Bard’s Tale – They said it couldn’t be done…a full-scale massive 3D epic role-playing game on Kindle Fire! “The Bard’s Tale is easily the funniest game I’ve ever played, and I’ve played all the funny games out there.” – IGN

Simply Yoga – Your own personal yoga instructor wherever you are!

Monkey Racing – An arcade racing game featuring crazy monkey characters struggling for victory riding ludicrous vehicles.

Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips – Airport Mania 2 takes you on a journey like no other as you tackle airports from the North Pole to the Moon, and encounter a whole new set of aircraft including spaceships and military jets! You’ll also see some of your old favorites in totally new ways, like being retrofitted with pontoons for water landings!

Weather Live – Weather Live will provide you with current weather conditions and forecast in your city and multiple locations all around the world.

Table Top Racing – From the co-creator of Sony’s blockbuster PlayStation franchise ‘WipEout’ comes ‘Table Top Racing’, a brand new fast and furious combat racing game featuring console quality graphics and gameplay.

Deep Under The Sky – Try life as a strange jellyfish on a remarkable world. Learn to fly through the skies of a psychedelic Venus, to explore and flourish…

Trouserheart (full) – Unsheathe your sword and journey through realm filled with monsters, traps, and treasures. Defeat monster mobs, slay bosses, hoard treasure, and upgrade your sword, shield and armor.

 

Click here to browse the full selection of games and apps included in this promotion.

 

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Why Does Amazon Think I’m Interested In THAT?
A site visitor recently wrote to ask how he could get rid of Amazon’s suggested products on his Fire tablet. Well, so far as I can tell it’s not possible to do away with recommendations entirely, but you can change them.

 

Your Amazon Browsing History Determines Your Recommendations
Amazon keeps track of the stuff you look at on the site, and stores that list as your Browsing History. Your Browsing History is then used by Amazon’s site search algorithms to come up with product recommendations based on what you seem to be most interested in most recently.

Your browsing history is also a handy feature for those times when you know you were looking at something on Amazon recently and want to go back to it, but can’t remember the exact product name.

But what if you let a friend or family member, whose interests are FAR different from your own, use your computer or mobile device to browse Amazon while you’re still logged into the site? Amazon assumes it’s YOU, not your 10-year-old niece, looking at glitter nail polish, Bratz dolls and One Direction music. Suddenly your recommendations are a tween dream.

If the person who borrowed your device was looking at things you or another household member might find objectionable or misleading, it can lead to not just embarrassment but some serious household drama. Imagine a friend browses a bunch of books on divorce and how to conduct a successful extramarital affair on your device, and your spouse is next to log in to the account!

 

How To Delete Items From Your Browsing History
Fortunately, it’s easy to change the recommendations Amazon displays, by deleting items from your browsing history or telling Amazon’s recommendations engine not to use specific items in your browsing history.

1. Login to the Amazon site and click on Your Account > Your Recommendations

 

2. On the Recommendations page, pick your poison: Your Browsing History or Improve Your Recommendations

 

3. Delete items from your browsing history on the Your Browsing History page.
Note that you can filter your history by Category (blue arrow below) to zero in on specific items more quickly. Use the Delete this item link (red arrow below) to delete items. Remember to delete any items you’ve ordered as gifts and don’t want other household members to know about, too! Click or tap on the image below to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window.

 

4. Exclude items in your browsing history from recommendations on the Improve Your Recommendations page.
Here again, there are filtering options (blue arrow below). Click the “Don’t use for recommendations box” (red arrow) to exclude a specific item from recommendations. Click or tap on the image below to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window.

 

And that’s all there is to it. Use these instructions to improve your recommendations, avoid embarrassment and prevent sticky social situations!

 

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Gmail Unsend Is Now An Official Feature

Posted June 24, 2015 By Mom
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Way back in 2013 I shared Gmail’s Unsend feature, which at the time was only accessible via the “Labs” section of the Options menu. This week, Google announced Unsend is now an official, standard Gmail feature. So it’s time to revisit Gmail Unsend, and Gmail Labs.

Ugh! How many times has it happened to you: the second after you hit “Send” on an email in Gmail, you realize you forgot to add your attachment or you made some other mistake, but it’s too late.

Actually, with the Gmail Unsend option turned on, it’s not! The Unsend add-on/plug-in adds an ‘Unsend’ option to the confirmation message you usually get every time you send an email in Gmail.

 

Here’s how to turn the Unsend option on (courtesy of Wired):

Navigate to your “Settings” pane in the menu directly below your profile photo and you’ll be given the option to “Enable Undo Send,” along with a drop-down that lets you customize the cancellation period for the feature: five, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.

 

Gmail Labs – Where You Can Find All Kinds Of Stuff To Customize & Improve Gmail
Unsend has been available in Gmail Labs for years, where all kinds of “experimental” features are accessible to Gmail users.

Here’s how to find and enable the Unsend option and a bunch of other great things in Gmail. Note that you can tap or click on the images below to view enlarged versions in a new tab or window.

First, click or tap on the Settings link (gear icon, indicated by an orange arrow below):

GmailSettings

On the Settings screen, which is what you see in the screen shot above, tap or click on the Labs link (indicated by a green arrow above). This will load the Labs screen.

All the different optional plug-ins and add-ons for Gmail are listed on the Labs screen in alphabetical order. Check ’em out, and enable any you like. You may find some more items to greatly improve your Gmail experience!

 

Why It’s Called “Labs”
The stuff on the Labs screen wasn’t necessarily created by Google employees, so as far as Google is concerned it’s experimental. While I’ve used various Labs plug-ins and add-ons for Gmail and Google for years and never had any trouble with them, Gmail just wants everyone to know they do not guarantee that anything on the Labs screens will work as you expect it to, and Google doesn’t offer any kind of technical support for Labs stuff. If you run into trouble, all you can do is disable the thing that’s causing problems.

 

Enable the Unsend option and fear hitting the Send button in Gmail no more!

 

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Facebook Videos – Now You Can Save Them To A Private Facebook Collection!
I noticed yesterday that when I clicked the down-pointing arrow for a certain video in my News Feed to view the options, I noticed a new “Save Video” item in that menu:

When I viewed the entire post containing the video on the Friend’s profile, a different drop-down options menu was loaded when I clicked the downward-pointing arrow, and this menu also included the new Save Video item:

 

Clicking the Save Video item added the video to my Video Collection on the Activity Log page (this is a new thing) and set its privacy option to Private – Only Me by default. If I want to change that, I can do so on the Activity Log page.

To view your Collections, go to your Facebook profile/timeline and click on the View Activity Log link (tap or click on images in this post to view a larger version in a new tab or window). To view your Collections, you have to tap/click the More link shown below:

Click the MORE link highlighted above to expand the list, and see the Videos link. In the screenshot below, you can see I’ve saved one video to my collections and its privacy is set to Only Me by default. This is where you’ll be able to view your saved videos, and change their privacy settings if you like.

 

Embedding – You May Not Have It Right Now, But It’s Coming

The embedding feature I’m about to describe seems to have disappeared on every video I’ve checked this morning, but the screenshots below prove it was there last night, when I took the screenshots, so if you don’t see this feature currently you can still bet it’s coming. If you think Embed is a feature you’ll want to use when it becomes available, you might want to bookmark this post so you can come back to it later.

The Save option is still there for every video I’ve checked.

You might’ve also noticed the Embed Video and Embed Post options in that options menu above. In the example shown here, the expanded menu with these options displayed when I viewed the same video on the Friend’s profile/timeline, as opposed to viewing it video in my News Feed.

I can’t say for certain, but I suspect the embed options only appear where the person who shared the video set its privacy to Public.

You can use the Embed Video option to get the HTML code to embed a Facebook video, along with details of the source (Facebook, name of user who originally posted it—I’ve blocked out the name of the person who shared the video below for privacy reasons), in your own blog or web page.

It works very much like when you embed a video from YouTube, though you get to see a preview of how the embedded video will look on your blog or site. If you like how it looks, just copy the pre-highlighted code and paste it into the HTML of the page/blog where you want it to appear. Click on the Learn More link for more information about that.

 The Embed Post option provides code to embed not just the video, but the original post that contained the video:

 

How Useful Are These Features, Really?
I can see myself using the Save option for videos pretty regularly, because in the past I’ve often wished I could easily save a personal copy of a funny or interesting video a Facebook friend has shared and play it again anytime I wanted.

I’m not so sure I’ll use the embedding options. After all, most videos on Facebook are shared from YouTube, which already provides its own embed code (where the user who posted the video has enabled sharing). Other than including a Facebook link on videos embedded from Facebook, I don’t see that Facebook’s embedding adds anything. I guess if you want to comment on a given Facebook video post embedding makes more sense, but it’s not something I’ve ever had a need to do.

 

What About Privacy?
As per usual, Facebook’s not providing any easily-accessible help pages or topics that address this, and since the embed options disappeared for me this morning I can no longer access that “Learn More” link shown in the screenshot above. However, it makes sense to me that if you share a video as “private” the embed options will not be there. I’ll provide an update when more information is available.

 

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#FreeMusic Monday for 6/22/15

Posted June 22, 2015 By Mom
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Welcome To Free Music Monday!
Today I’m featuring the most recent sampler released by Mishara Music, a label specializing in singer-songwriters.

 

 

The Artist Sampler – Mishara Music: 6 (5/5 stars, currently free) is filled with 17 tracks of lovely music where piano, guitar, and heartfelt vocals take center stage.

The album includes tracks from such popular acts as Barnaby Bright, Ken Yates and Cass Dillon.

If you looking for some affecting, mellow music to serve as the soundtrack for your summer wanderings and reflections, I can recommend this album pretty highly.

 

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