Top 5 technical annoyances and how to fix them

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In the spirit of living a better digital life, here are five smart ways you can use your gadgets to get rid of some of life’s little annoyances. It is also fun to share with friends and family. Just imagine how impressed they will be.

Problem: You’re fed up with notifications but don’t want to miss out on what’s important

If you have mobile notifications turned on for every email you receive, you know how distracting all the buzzes and beeps can be. Maybe you disabled yours altogether.

Did you know that you can only enable alerts and sounds for important emails? I’ll show you how to do this using Gmail as an example.

A new study has found that Google's Gmail favors liberal political candidates, allowing emails from most left-wing politicians to reach a user's inbox, while more than 75% of messages from conservative candidates are flagged as spam.

A new study has found that Google’s Gmail favors liberal political candidates, allowing emails from most left-wing politicians to reach a user’s inbox, while more than 75% of messages from conservative candidates are flagged as spam.
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Follow these steps on your iPhone, iPad or Android:

  • First open Gmail app.
  • Click three line menuthen scroll down to Settings.
  • Select your account.
  • Then tap Email Notifications. To choose Only high priority.

How does Gmail determine priority? It makes the best guesses based on your behavior. You can help the AI ​​make this more accurate.

On mobile:

  • Open the letter in Gmail app. Click three-dot menu in the upper right corner.
  • Click Mark as important.

On desktop:

  • open gmail. In your inbox, you will see a small arrow next to each email. If you don’t see an arrow, you will see a star. Press arrow or star make it yellow. This indicates that email is important.
  • Alternatively, if the arrow or star is yellow on an unimportant email, click the arrow to show Gmail that you don’t consider the email to be high priority.

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Problem: You can’t find your favorite vacation footage

We’ve all been there. you scroll been looking for a photo that you know you have on your phone for too long. Face recognition, scene and object detection, and artificial intelligence make it easy to find what you need.

On iPhone:

  • open Photos app and click on magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner.
  • Enter a place name, a person (if you’ve assigned them 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. Again, play around with different names, places, events, and things.

  • open Application Gallerythen touch magnifying glass icon near the top.
  • Enter a search term to display matches.

If you use Google Photos, its search features are also effective.

  • open Google Photos app.
  • Select a person or pet, browse places or items, or even browse by category like screenshots, selfies, and videos.
  • To find something specific, type it into the search bar at the top of the page. The results will appear, possibly before you even finish typing.

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Problem: You pull out your phone and see it’s another scam

I love this tip. I recently set this up myself so I can see who’s calling without taking my phone out of my pocket, no smartwatch required.

You know that you can assign ringtones to specific contacts, but you can also set unique vibration patterns. This means that you can tell who is calling just by the buzz.

On iPhone:

  • Run your Phone application and press Contacts. Then select contact from the list.
  • In the upper right corner of the screen, click Edit.
  • Hit Ringtone if you want your phone to vibrate or Text tone if you want vibrations for texts.
  • Then click Vibration. In the Standard list, select vibration.
  • To return, touch Ringtone or Text tone.
  • Click Made twice to finish.

If you’re on Android, you’ll need a third-party app to do this. Buzzkill has been praised, but it costs $2.49. On the other hand, it does not connect to the Internet, so your data does not leave your device.

Another handy feature: you can set Buzzkill to only notify you once when someone texts you multiple times in a row. Chill.

Problem: You hung another frame crookedly on the wall

If you need to hang a picture, you don’t need to grab a level – your phone can do it for you.

On iPhone:

  • Open the “Measurement” app, then tap “Level” in the bottom right corner.
  • The level will appear on the screen and is ready to use.

On Android:

  • Open the Google app or browser and search for “bubble level”.
  • Use it just like you would a normal level by placing it on the surface.

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Problem: You waste time typing handwritten notes

Sometimes it’s easier to write something by hand, but typing everything you need when you want to edit or send digitally is very difficult. Here’s an easier way: use the free Google Lens app.

It turns your handwriting into text right before your eyes. Google Lens is pretty amazing. Tap or click here for direct download links and other useful features..

If you don’t like Google products, try the Evernote app or Microsoft OneNote. Both let you take a photo of your letter so you can edit it all.

A word of caution, of course: if your handwriting isn’t legible enough, the apps won’t work properly. If you can write quickly, voice dictation will also save you the hassle of typing. Tap or click to see professional tips for improving results in Microsoft Word or Google Docs..

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