Text Messaging/E-mail Tips, Improved Gmail/Google Photo Integration, Website Monitors, Cairo Desktop and Improving Sound on Android

Text Messaging/E-mail Tips, Improved Gmail/Google Photo Integration, Website Monitors, Cairo Desktop and Improving Sound on Android
John Vrooman

Did you know that in many cases you can send a Smartphone user a text message by e-mail? If this is news to you and you would like to learn more about it, please review the following article that I found at digitaltrends.com titled “How to send a text message from your e-mail account.” Here is a link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/y78h4r9v

How to Send or Forward a Text Message to An E-Mail Address

Did you know that in many cases you can send or forward a text message to another person’s e-mail address? If this topic interests you and you want to learn more, I would encourage you to review a digitaltrends.com article titled “How to send a text to your e-mail.” The article offers simple instructions on the topic that should work for most people. The following link will take you to the article…www.tinyurl.com/62dnamck

Gmail Users Can Save JPG/JPEG File Attachments to Google Photos More Easily

If you use Gmail and have a Google Photos account, you can now save JPEG/JPG files that you receive in Gmail to Google Photos more easily. I recently learned about this recently added feature at the Google Workspace Updates blog. The blog post title is “Save photos from Gmail messages directly to Google Photos with a new “Save to Photos” button.” If this topic sounds interesting and you want to learn more, here is a courtesy link to the blog post…www.tinyurl.com/b34s7m3z

Public service announcement: I know this topic and feature will be helpful to a lot of people, so I encourage you to share this tip with other Gmail users who have trouble managing photos that are embedded or attached to Gmail messages.

Website Change Monitoring Tools

Over the years I have covered website/webpage change monitoring tools several times. Since I have not covered this topic lately, I looked around for a recent article on the subject. Fortunately, I found one that covers the topic quite well and identifies some (free- and fee-) based solutions. The title of the article is “14 BEST Website Change Detection & Monitoring Tools (2021)” and you can get to it by visiting the following guru99.com webpage…www.tinyurl.com/48tenwyb

Tip: A benefit of reading this column on a Smartphone, tablet, or computer is that you can visit the links it contains more conveniently. An example of one way that you could use a website monitoring tool/service would be to have it monitor the following webpage and to notify you whenever it detects a change (e.g. when a new column is posted to the page)…www.realestateindepth.com/technology

Cairo Desktop Environment

Sometimes, cleaning and organizing your desk, office, etc. is a form of procrastination. Sometimes, these same activities may be part of a new or renewed effort to get started on a new project or goal. Regardless, another activity that is like those just mentioned is clearing out and organizing your computer’s applications, files, aesthetics, etc. If your computer needs to be cleaned out and organized, you may want to investigate whether an alternative Windows desktop environment (a.k.a. an alternative Windows shell) program might be worth considering at the same time, too. I recently discovered a new Windows 10 desktop/shell environment product that is called Cairo, or Cairo Shell/Desktop. To me, the application looks interesting, and I think it should be of particular interest to those who, 1) have trouble using Windows Explorer to find and manage files, and/or 2) have a computer that is cluttered with icons, shortcuts, program files, downloads, pictures, videos, etc. If you are interested in learning more about Cairo, I would encourage you to visit YouTube.com and watch a few product overview/tutorial videos. The following link leads to a YouTube search results page that contains several Cario overview videos…www.tinyurl.com/y5x7ep45

If you decide that you want to give the product a try, you can learn more and download the product at the following webpage…https://cairodesktop.com/

(Android App Tip) Want Better Sound and Sound Control?
Periodically, I encounter “low” volume situations (e.g., low volume videos, podcasts, video chats, phone calls, etc.) where even if I turn up my phone’s volume to its highest/loudest setting, it is still not as loud as desired. To address this situation, I found an app called “Volume booster —Sound Booster & Music Equalizer” by Mobile V5 that helps me obtain some extra volume when needed. The app offers more than just extra volume, too. The app also includes an equalizer and some additional features that you can learn about and review at the products Google Play webpage. Here is the link…www.tinyurl.com/43cxnrm5

Apple’s & Google’s 2021 Developer Events

Yes, it is that time of the year again when some companies put on events to introduce their latest and greatest products, services, etc. to the world.

If you would like to watch Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2021) keynote address, simply visit the following link that will take you to a webpage at Apple.com that hosts a video of their latest event…www.tinyurl.com/wsdt4yha

If you would like to watch Google’s annual Google I/O event keynote, the following link will take you to a YouTube.com page where you will be able to watch it…www.tinyurl.com/56cs5tv7

Tip: Since these events are long in duration, I suggest watching them on a large screen device along with some popcorn! In some ways, I wish all these companies would just merge so I would not have to choose between them (each company’s new products, services, etc. all tend to have features that make choosing between them difficult.)


If you have any comments, suggestions, tips, or questions, you can e-mail John at john@johnvrooman.com.


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