Sunday, January 1, 2017

Google Photos Tip to Gain More Storage

Did you know that Google Photos gives you unlimited storage for your photos online if you save them in "high quality" compressed format? It's actually a reduced size from the original storage location on your phone, tablet or computer, but ideal for viewing and sharing via email or social media.

Picasa users may have synchronized their computer's photos in full size or reduced size (actually larger than the Google Photos high quality size.) Review the albums in Picasa that you have synchronized to PicasaWeb or Google Photos, and set the size of the photos to "Original Size Images." Then follow the following instructions to change Google Photos storage to high quality.

Open your computer's browser and go to In the resulting menu, choose "Recover Storage."  Google will convert all your full size images to high quality. The process may take awhile (mine said several hours,) but will free up space that you can use for videos or other files you may wish to store in the cloud on Google Drive.

Here's a link to Google Photos Help on this subject with some additional Q & A:

Friday, December 30, 2016

All Sorts of New Gadgets Expected at CES 2017

Kicking things off with a little of the absurd expected at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) next week

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Alexa is Listening!

Big Brother, or is that Big Sister, is listening and recording if you have an Amazon Echo or one of its siblings. For that matter, so is Apple and Google if you speak to your smart phone's Siri or 'Ok Google.'  Here's a link to a recent blog post where police in Bentonville, Ak have filed search warrants to obtain audio in a murder investigation.

CES 2017 Exhibitors' Guide

Want to see who's going to be exhibiting at CES 2017 this year? This online guide is a great resource to those on the show floor as well as their web site and contact information. Link:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 Consumer Electronics Show Jan 5-8

The world's largest electronics and technology show kicks off in Las Vegas January 5, 2017 running through January 8. It it's tech, it will be there. Go if you're in the industry; it's a must visit event. If you're not in the industry, follow along on the Internet with social media and posts from many tech sites and authors.  Watch this blog post for added links.

Starting with:

Consumer Technology Association:
Twice, electronic and paper publications covering CES:
Last Gadget Standing:
PC World
PC Perspectives
Tech Radar

Fixing Problems with Microsoft Windows Firewall

Many people are still using third party anti-virus and Internet suites that may contain their own firewall. When installed, the programs usually turn Windows Firewall off and use their own firewall to provide protection.  Some people may decide to remove their third party security programs, and/or change to another publisher's program, and desire to restore the Windows Firewall. Sometimes this process will not complete automatically, resulting in security messages from Windows that the Windows Firewall is not on. Should this happen to you, I recommend the Windows help file/diagnostic that may fix your problems:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Amazon Scam Attempts to Get Your Personal Information

A major scam is attempting to get your amazon shopping information
including personal and financial. An email shows up stating that a
recent order cannot be shipped, and asking you to confirm your info.
As with all scams like this, never "click here" when you get one.
Always verify by going to your account directly in your browser and
check on your order status.

Link to current story:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Amazon Voice Devices On Sale Cyber Monday

On sale today, all of the Amazon voice recognition players: Echo, Tap, Dot. I have the Echo in my office and like it as it has a very good speaker. I have just connected a Dot to my home theater system with an adapter cable (mini-phono/headphone plug to RCA plugs...also from Amazon) and now can listen to just about any genre of music whether it's in my library of music or on Amazon's.

This is the cable I purchased:

Upload Your Music: To play your personal music from iTunes, Google Play, and more on your Alexa device, you can use Amazon Music for PC and Mac to upload your collection to My Music on Amazon from your computer. After you upload your music, you can ask Alexa to play your music and control playback with simple voice commands. You can upload up to 250 songs to My Music for free.

And many subscription services can be linked to "Alexia":

Monday, November 21, 2016

Facebook Spreading Malware via Messages

The malware threat using Facebook messenger and messages in the computer Facebook screens is much greater. Be very careful what you click on when friends do send you a message. Typically, Facebook will give you a preview of a link or a graphic, but be aware of where you land as Kim Komando warns in her latest blog posting:

Saturday, November 19, 2016

16 Tech Products that will Sell Out Fast on Black Friday

From Dealerscope's blog, check out these hot sellers for Black Friday this year:

Scamming the Scammers

Isagenix: Can You Afford Not To?