Stop annoying videos, Google following and more: Tech Q&A

On this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, a photo, a woman carries a fire extinguisher past the logo of Google in the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Tell Alexa to Do More Than just Play Music

Q: I have an Echo for Christmas. How do I use it with smart lights, so I can say, “Alexa, turn on the lights?”

A: The benefits of owning an Echo are downright futuristic, and yes, as soon as the Echo discovered your smart-lights, you’ll be amazed at how “lighten up” this command can be. For the setting up of this system, you will have to buy the smart bulbs, download the app and link the two together. But this is only the beginning of your trip; the best part of owning an Echo is experimenting with the thousands of commands that he already understand, plus the thousands more “skills” that you can earn. You could spend months sorting through the skills to those that are most applicable; to help, I offered a separate sheet of paper. Tap or click here for 13 Alexa skills that you will use time and again.

Stop Videos from Playing Automatically.

Q: I hate it when videos begin to play on a site. If you can stop, I will listen to every one of your shows, read every article that you post and buy everything I can from your store!

A: I take it that’s a promise! Although it is a first-world-problem, that videos automatically play is frustrating on several levels; even if you wanted to play right away, many videos require a few seconds of buffering. So if this feature drives you bonkers, actually there is a setting which can prevent. Now, ready to go Komando! Tap or click here to stop videos from playing automatically.

Learn What Google knows about You

Q: Google knows a lot about me. I get that. But I can see it all?

A: I am glad you have peace with this: Yes, Google knows a lot about us, because that is the company the fashion and the brand. Google has long hoped to contain all of the information about the world, and it collects information about individual users every time we login to our accounts. But you still have the right to know what information Google collects, and fortunately for the audience, the tech-giant is free upcoming. Google its service Google Takeout, which can help you learn exactly how much data the servers have collected and what it consists of. Pick up easy lists this data and analyzes your overall footprint. Tap or click here to see the data that Google has collected about you.

Moving to the Mac Made Easier

Q: I switched from Windows to Mac. There are free lessons?

A: As you will soon discover, the Apple of her universe. There are numerous cross-overs with Windows and Mac has relationships with many third-party developers, but the company carefully made in its systems and software. Because Macs are so streamlined, this enables the company to create useful tutorials, that explain exactly how the flagship of apps and programs. Whether you’re puzzling your way via iTunes, or try to cut together a vacation video in iMovie, Apple offers a comprehensive ebook that you can download for free. After all, Apple wants you to make use of its functions and the understanding of their full capacity. Tap or click here for free books on photography, music, video production, and drawing of Apple.

How to publish an Ebook

Q: This year I want to write a book. Do I need a special software program to my book for sale on Amazon?

A: That is an inspiring decision and I wish you the best. Writing a book takes time, focus, and a lot of energy. But unlike those old manuscripts, that someone would compose on a typewriter and then hope that someone would publish, publishing ebooks simple, autonomous, and best of all, profitable. Regardless of where you are located, you can publish an ebook and hope to royalties from the comfort of your sofa. Worldwide distribution, you can reach readers in almost every country in the world. This process does not require any special software, but you will benefit from knowing how ebooks work. Tap or click here to publish your own book and earn money.

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