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Every time I have new photos in my collection, Google Photos Backup never backs them up unless I kill the app and restart it. I think, because I take my router down every day for 30 mins, that Google Photos Backup then gets stuck. Has anybody else noticed this issue too?
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After upgrading to Windows 10 I found certain features (for example the right click option to convert WAV files to MP3) were no longer available, but other new ones were and it was confusing to have old and new on the right click menu. With these tools I was able to remove all the old stuff and things are much easier to use now. I'd recommend these tools.

This excellent article led me to find the tools and I'd recommend the howtogeek.com web site too.
One of the most irritating things about Windows is the context menu clutter that you have to deal with once you install a bunch of applications. It seems like every application is fighting for a piece of your context menu, and it’s not like you even use half of them.
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1. Your sponsor offers printing on glass. I'd quite like to try that here in the UK but I'm not sure what to look for. So (for example) is acrylic-glass print the same thing? How is the print made? The one in your video that you hung up at the end looks Stunning (yes - intentional reference to your book Tony) and I'd like to do something like that but I'm not sure what I need to look for.

2. Someone asked about Snapfish - I just looked at their website and it doesn't tell you what products they do and there don't appear to be any buttons to take you there. I've used Photobox in the UK and would recommend them.

3. Inkjet printers - the somewhat expensive ink on my new Epson XP-760 printer actually says that printed photos using that ink are guaranteed 300 years!!! I'm planning to leave some prints for my great-great-grandchildren and ask them to go take them back under the guarantee if they're not in pristine condition :) :)

4. One more on inkjet printers: folks should choose one that does photo black - many inkjet printers use black ink that doesn't take to the photo paper in the same way as the other colours and when you put the photo behind glass the black ink can kind of look like it has wet the glass and gone all shiny.

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Some very good tips in here about night or low light shots and how you might illuminate people in the shot. PLUS an interesting discussion on why GPS tagging seems to be being phased out and a useful app to get around the problem. I've read the user guide to the app and it looks really well thought out from every angle, so I'm going ahead with getting the app. The link is in the article.
Also in this issue: Why In-Camera GPS is Going Away Seminar Update I Get Emails... Better Pictures Using Your Smartphone I take family snapshots as much as the next guy.  And yet I cringe whenever I see the hallmark of a sn...
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Since WhatsApp upgraded to its new look it's now using 68% of my battery power. Anybody else noticed that or is it just some quirk on my phone? 
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Home video date issue: yesterday when I came to unload the many videos waiting on my camera - the first time since it was repaired - I found every clip (and there were hundreds of them) had the wrong year on it - the repairer had set the clock one year out and I hadn't noticed.

I contemplated writing some JAVA to fix this, then after a brief search I found a great free utility BulkFileChanger which can be found at the link below.

This has a whole range of manipulations that it can do and it's very easy to select files through drag-and-drop and also filtering.

In one go I was able to drag my clips and ask it to add 1 year to every date.

Although it's free, I made a donation because my time is money and this saved me loads of time and is well thought out.

I'd recommend it if you need this kind of file manipulation.

I needed it because I get my video software to stitch the clips together based on their timestamps and that way I get all the clips across 4 different cameras merged together in the correct sequence for the minimum of effort.
See Also. NK2Edit - Edit, merge and repair the AutoComplete files (.NK2) of Microsoft Outlook. FolderTimeUpdate - Update the 'Modified Time' of every folder according the latest modified time of the files stored in it. Description. BulkFileChanger is a small utility that allows you to create ...
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Touchless Chat...

I find on my Samsung Note 3 that I can't use TC when I'm in the car which is where it would be most valuable to me.

The Note 3 is rooted and runs a number of Tasker scripts when in the presence of the car's BT handsfree kit; one of those scripts turns on driving mode. So I'm guessing that it is perhaps Samsung's S Voice app that may be the root of the problem? What do you think?

TC announces an incoming text message and asks if I'd like to read it but clearly doesn't hear my verbal response.

If I double tap the HOME button to run up Google and say "Send message to..." then that works - the outgoing message is correctly sent.

Incidentally, I could also send a text with S Voice but it's a pain because it is simply not touchless :)

Finally, there seems to be a section here for all the AutoXXX stuff but not one for Touchless Chat?
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+Steve Mills you can also use AutoVoice to open any app directly. :) Check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5duJxXKjUBM
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Some useful tips in there although not all of them worked on my system.
Windows 10 finally gives us back the Start Menu, and it’s much more customizable than it ever has been before. Here is a quick rundown of all the different ways that you can customize it.
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Re: PUSHBULLET - Well, I'm only just trying out this latest edition. From what I've read it sounds like you guys have been working hard to take Pushbullet a whole leap ahead in the game. Looking forward to trying out all of its features now.
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I'm having fun trying to get touchless chat to work on my Note 3.

I can send a text message with Google but not a WhatsApp message. If I say "Send a WhatsApp message to..." Google displays what I said correctly but nothing happens.

It tells me when I receive a text message, and it will read it to me, then it asks Reply, Dismiss or Ignore and quick as a flash says Nothing heard before I can even draw breath.

It tells me when I receive a WhatsApp message and invites me to read it but it never reads it to me - just ignores whatever I say.

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Thank you very much! :)
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Useful video - I was thinking of a teleconverter for my Sony A6000 but given Tony's advice re crop body cameras and teleconverters I'll give it a miss and save my money. 

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This is a very thought-provoking video, especially if you have kids. 
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Sing and play synth for Songs4U. Member of Beeston Musical Theatre Group. Like to ride motorcycles. Used to fly planes but have given that up now. Write software and build web sites. Enjoy anything technical (Inspector Gadget), photography, watching films, West End musicals.
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