Submit a WordPress.com blog site to Google Search for indexing

I moved my web site from a shared hosting service to a wordpress.com personal site. However, I soon realised that the posts I had on the old service provider existed on Google search and some of them did not point to the posts published as per their link. The steps below are as per my … Continue reading Submit a WordPress.com blog site to Google Search for indexing

How to overcome Google Play Services Error for Android Messages

After the latest Android Messages update, Google Play Services keeps throwing an error each time you open the Android Messages App on the phone. This is because, Google Play Services wants to be granted the Body Sensors and the Microphone permissions. In case you do not want to receive the error, disable Android Messages App … Continue reading How to overcome Google Play Services Error for Android Messages

How to make your Android phone speak out text using Text To Speech

When it comes to using the default Google Text To Speech in Settings for making an Android phone speak out to you, there is a lot of complexity to deal with. Also, the fear that Google TTS wants you to select if it should read out your passwords to you. Put in a nutshell, Google … Continue reading How to make your Android phone speak out text using Text To Speech

How to view saved Google Chats in your Google account

If you use Google Hangouts or even GTalk (earlier) or any instant messaging tool to chat using Google's service, then your chats are all stored by Google. You can access them by logging into your GMail / Google Account. Once you log in, on the left pane, you will see Inbox, Important, Sent Mail, etc. … Continue reading How to view saved Google Chats in your Google account

How to set up Contact Groups in Android (Marshmallow / Lollipop)

In Android 5 (Lollipop), I had set up my contacts with groups that were easy to manage and follow. Eg: Friends, Family, etc. Did not understand how that categorization came about. After applying the Android 6 (Marshmallow) upgrade, I realized that I could not set up Contact Groups. By habit, I had disabled unwanted system … Continue reading How to set up Contact Groups in Android (Marshmallow / Lollipop)

Generate sitemap.xml to enable Google to crawl wordpress site using Google XML sitemaps plugin

Install Google XML Sitemaps generator plugin by Arne Brachhold to generate the sitemap.xml file that Google uses to scan your WordPress site for posts to publish onto Google Search pages. I installed this as a result of the search results from my latest posts literally dwindling as I had last used some other tools to … Continue reading Generate sitemap.xml to enable Google to crawl wordpress site using Google XML sitemaps plugin

Which online data storage service should you use?

With advent of users having multiple devices and the need to consolidate data in a single place for it to be available on all those devices, online cloud storage services like Dropbox, Wuala, Google Drive, Skydrive, Box, etc have come up. I have only considered the free services. Each of these services has their own … Continue reading Which online data storage service should you use?

Sync Android Phone Contacts with Thunderbird on local computer without using Google Contacts

With the Android phone, I was surprised to find that any synchronization of contacts information between the phone and a PC, needs to be done via the Internet through Google contacts. Many of us would be uncomfortable providing the contact details of other people to some server on the Internet. There have been instances where … Continue reading Sync Android Phone Contacts with Thunderbird on local computer without using Google Contacts