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In the spirit of a better digital life, here are five smart ways you can use your gadgets to cure some of the little troubles in life. They are also fun to share with friends and family. Just imagine how impressed they will be.
Problem: You’re tired of notifications, but you don’t want to miss what matters
If you have mobile notifications included for every email you receive, you know how distracting all the buzzing and beeping can be. Maybe you turned it off entirely.
Did you know that you can only turn on alerts and sounds for important emails? I’ll show you how, using Gmail as an example.
Follow these steps on your iPhone, iPad or Android:
- First, open up Gmail application.
- Tap three-line menuthen scroll down to Settings.
- Choose your account.
- Then tap Email notifications. Choose Only with high priority.
How does Gmail decide which has high priority? He makes the best guess based on your behavior. You can help AI do this more accurately.
By mobile phone:
- Open an email in Gmail application. Tap menu with three points in the top right corner.
- Tap Highlight important.
On the desktop:
- Open up Gmail. In your inbox, you’ll see a small arrow next to each email. If you do not see the arrow, you will see a star. Click arrow or star to turn yellow. This shows that email is important.
- Alternatively, if the arrow or star is yellow on a minor email, click the arrow to show Gmail that you don’t see email as a high priority.
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Problem: You can’t find your favorite vacation photos
We’ve all been there. You scroll too long to search for a photo that you know is on your phone. Face recognition, scene and object detection, and artificial intelligence make finding what you want with just one search.
- Open up Photo application and tap on magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner.
- Enter the name of a place, person (if you set it in the Photos app) or a search term. You can also search by month or year, category or company name.
Follow the same steps in the Android photo app. Play with different names, places, events and things again.
- Open up Gallery applicationthen tap magnifying glass icon near the top.
- Enter your search word to show matches.
If you use Google Photos, its search features are also powerful.
- Open up Google Photos app.
- Choose a person or pet, see places or things, or even browse by category, such as screenshots, selfies, and videos.
- To search for something specific, enter it in the search bar at the top of the page. The results will appear, probably before you even finish the introduction.
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Problem: You dig up your phone just to see that it’s another scam
I love this advice. I set this up recently to see who is calling, without taking my phone out of my pocket, no smart watch required.
You know you can set ringtones for specific contacts, but you can also set unique vibration patterns. This means that you will be able to find out who is calling only by the buzzing model.
- Start your own Phone application and tap Contacts. Then select a contact from the list.
- In the upper right corner of the screen, tap editing.
- Hits Ringtone if you want the phone to vibrate or Text tone if you want vibration for texts.
- Then tap Vibration. Under the Standard list, select vibration.
- To return, tap Ringtone or Text tone.
- Tap Done twice to complete.
If you have Android, you will need a third-party app to do this. Buzzkill is highly rated, but costs $ 2.49. On the bright side, it does not connect to the Internet, so your data does not leave your device.
Another handy feature: You can set Buzzkill to notify you only once when someone sends you text messages several times in a row. Cool.
Problem: You hung another frame crooked on the wall
If you need to hang a photo, you don’t have to take a level – your phone can do it for you.
- Open the Measurement app, then tap Level at the bottom right.
- The level will appear on the screen and is ready for use.
- Open the Google app or your browser and search for “bubble level”.
- Use it just as you would a normal level by placing it on a surface.
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Problem: You waste time writing in handwritten notes
Sometimes it’s easier to type something by hand – but it’s hard to enter everything once you want to edit or send it digitally. Here’s an easier way: Use the free Google Lens app.
Turns your manuscript into text right in front of your eyes. Google Lens is pretty amazing. Tap or click here for direct download links and more convenient features.
If you don’t like using Google products, check out Microsoft’s Evernote or OneNote app. Both allow you to take a picture of your writing so you can edit everything.
The caveat, of course: If your handwriting is not quite legible, the applications will not work well. If you write like chicken-scratch, voice dictation will also save you from writing. Tap or click for professional tips for better results in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
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