How To Remove Google Lens and Restore Voice Search in the Google Widget

A recent update to Google Widget search bar changes the voice search mic icon to a Google Lens four cornerned icon.  When you click that icon, Google Lens appears instead of the expected voice search.  Google Lens (which turns your camera on and performs searches for things it sees) is a fine product but we seldom want to use it and we want Voice Search back. Unfortunately, once you have approved the change there is…

SOLVED: How To Set The Default Search Engine in MS Chromium Edge Browser to Google

If you are playing with Microsoft Chromium Edge browser, you may want to change the default search engine so you can use your favorite right from the address bar.  In the earliest builds this could not be easily done, but today it is not a problem: Change the Default Search Engine in Chromium Edge: Click the SETTINGS AND MORE ellipse (3 dots) in the top right corner of Edge Click SETTINGS Click PRIVACY AND SERVICES…

VIDEO: What Is The Cloud & How Can You Keep Your Data Safe In The Real World?

At URTech.ca we are pretty serious about tech and tech these days includes “the cloud”.  The problem is that most people really don’t understand what “the cloud” is and so this video will quickly clear up any questions you have: Ok… that was pretty damn funny and is most places “safe for the office” but the question remains of what is the cloud… seriously.   The simplest and very correct way to explain “the cloud” is…

SOLVED: Simple Explanation of What is ADS.TXT How to Create ADS.TXT and Do You Need ADS.TXT?

WHAT IS ADS.TXT? ADS.TXT is a very simple text file placed at the root of your website that tells advertisers which companies can sell advertising space on your website. ADS is an acronym that stands for Authorized Digital Sellers. It can be used by any advertiser but in practice today it is used by advertising networks like Google Adwords and Taboola to help their customers verify that the ads the are bidding to place on…

SOLVED: Why Google Chrome Has So Many Processes

If you are a Google Chrome user, and 75% of the internet usage is, you have likely found that Google Chrome is shown potentially dozens of times in Windows Task Managers PROCESSES tab.  This is quite unexpected for many. Often people think they have a virus or some other malware at work in the background.  While this is possible, it is unlikely because Google Chrome naturally opens many Windows background processes for each tab you…

SOLVED: How To Easily Ad Google AdSense Adverts Into Your phpBB

Now that Google has Auto Ads, you no longer need to struggle to get advertisements onto your phpBB bulletin board. To Add Google Adverts To Your phpBB: Login to your Google AdSense account and expand CONTENT > AUTO ADS > SETUP AUTO ADS (blue text link in top right corner), the copy the code snippet if you don’t have Auto Ads setup, set it up! Using your favorite FTP tool (we like FileZilla) download and…

SOLVED: What Happened To Google Earth Desktop & Is Google Earth Web Merging With Google Maps?

Google Earth for the desktop is a NEAR end of life product, but it is still available.  They are replacing the GoogleEarth desktop app with a GoogleEarth Web App.  Google said: While rebuilding the new Google Earth from scratch we decided to start with features that are essential for exploring and learning about the planet: Voyager, Knowledge Cards and I’m Feeling Lucky. Some of the features you may be missing from classic desktop Earth are…

SOLVED: How To Silently Deploy Google Earth For Desktop

Google Earth desktop is going away; it is being replaced with Google Earth Web App.  That should not be a big surprise in this connected world.  For more details, read THIS. However, Google is still producing new builds of Google Earth as the Web App version still has serious limitations.  Google has also changed the way that you can deploy Google Earth and removed the old copy the .MSI from %temp% trick.   In fact,…

SOLVED: What is Google Adsense Auto Ads & Do Old Ad Placements Need To Be Removed?

Google Adsense ‘Auto Ads’ are a new way to place adverts on your website or blog that uses artificial intelligence to figure out where to place ads on your site.  For example, it might ad links to words on your site and graphic adverts half way down a page. WHAT IS ADSENSE AUTO ADS? Google claims that Adsense Auto Ads will more effectively monetize your site by placing ads and links where your visitors will…

SOLVED: 4 Quick Changes To Speed Up Your WordPress Site & Improve Your Google Page Rank

If you want your webpages to rank highly in searches, you need to ensure that your site is delivering pages quickly.  Google, Bing and other search engines really care about the speed of a site and will reduce page rank due to poor site performance.  Fortunately the world seems to have standardized on the WordPress platform and that means there are lots of things you can do speed up your WordPress site. Before you make…

SOLVED: How to Center A Google Advert in PHPBB

If you are using PHPBB (PHP Bulletin Board) you likely want to make some money using Google Ads.  If you are using the latest branch of PHPBB 3.1.x you likely have already figured out that you need to add your Google AdSense code to: phpBB-3.1.xxx\phpBB3\styles\prosilver\template\overall_footer.html but now you can’t figure out how to center that advertisement.  The answer is to add a CENTER command around the AdSense text like: <div align=”center”> Insert your Google AdSense…

2013’s Most Googled Words in Canada

Every year Google releases a list of their most searched terms.  Below is the 2013 list for Canada: 1. Outlook 2. iPhone 5S 3. BlackBerry 10 4. GTA 5 5. Nexus 5 6. PS4 7. Songza 8. Xbox One 9. Samsung Galaxy S4 10. Vine

Will Google Android 5.0 Run on The Samsung Galaxy S3?

QUALCOMM (apparently) accidently released a 2013 product roadmap showing Android 5 (code named Key Lime Pie) being released sometime between April through June of 2013.  The Samsung Galaxy S4 is supposed to be released in March of 2013 and I just can’t imaging the S4 not being capable of running the latest Android 5 soon after release. Soooo, the question is, will the S3 run Android 5.  Given that Google and Samsung have yet to make…