How To Enable Speech Recognition on Windows 10; A Step By Step Tutorial

Windows Speech Recognition was introduced in Windows Vista Operating System and allows a user to control a computer through voice commands, without the need of a keyboard or a mouse. With the help of speech recognition, users can dictate text within documents and e-mails, control the operating system user interface, move the mouse cursor, and perform keyboard shortcuts.

The accuracy of speech recognition increases through use, and the feature adapts itself to a user’s grammar, word usage, speech patterns, and vocabulary.

Steps To Enable Speech Recognition On Windows 10

1. Type Speech on the Cortana Search Bar. Click on Windows Speech Recognition on the suggestions shown.

2. A window titled Welcome to Speech Recognition will pop up. Click on Next to proceed.

3. In the next window, you will be asked to select your audio input source. Using a headset microphone will give you more accuracy during speech recognition. If you are on a laptop, you can choose ‘Other‘ to use the inbuilt microphone.

4. Read about proper microphone placement in the next window and click Next.

5. Speak distinctly the contents on-screen to calibrate your microphone and proceed to the next screen by clicking on Next.

6. If it is shown that the microphone is ready to use, proceed to the next screen. If not, go back to the previous screen and speak loud and clearly until calibration is complete.

7. You can choose to enable better accuracy by allowing your computer to review your documents and e-mails.

8. Choose an activation mode in the next window. If you select manual activation mode, speech recognition can be turned by clicking on the microphone icon or pressing the Ctrl+Windows key. In voice activation mode, speech recognition can be started just by saying “Start Listening.”

9. You can print the speech reference sheet to view helpful voice commands quickly.

10. If you don’t want to enable speech recognition after every startup manually, mark Run Speech Recognition at startup and click Next. This option is already selected by default.

11. The next window will show you an option to take a tutorial on speech recognition. Follow through this tutorial instead of skipping it and you will learn a lot of useful commands.

How To Delete WhatsApp Messages For Everyone?

Sooner or later, WhatsApp had to allow users to undo their wrongdoings and delete their WhatsApp messages. Becuase accidents can happen anytime. We have heard stories of drunk employees accidentally messaging their boss.

Until now, it has been possible to delete messages on your side of the conversation. But WhatsApp users can now delete the recipient’s copy of the message. This will give people some window if they realize they have sent the message where it wasn’t meant to be. You can take advantage of the new “Delete for Everyone” in an individual chat or a group to un-send or revoke a Whatsapp message.

whatsapp delete message

How to delete WhatsApp messages?

Keep in mind, you only have 7 minutes to delete a WhatsApp message that has been sent to a person or a group. Also, both the sender and the recipient must be running the latest version of WhatsApp for Android or iOS.

Follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to WhatsApp.
  2. Open the chat where you want to delete the Whatsapp message.
  3. Tap and hold the message to show further options.
  4. Tap the Delete icon on the top.
  5. Now, to delete the WhatsApp message on both sides, tap “Delete for Everyone“.
    delete whatsapp message everyone

After the WhatsApp message has been successfully removed, a text, “You deleted this message”, will appear in its place. The text “This message was deleted” will appear on the recipient’s side.

There might be a chance the message deletion process doesn’t yield positive results. WhatsApp will notify you in that case. Also, if you want to delete the message only for yourself, follow the steps as they are and tap “Delete for Me”.

How To Delete WhatsApp Messages For Everyone?

 

Sooner or later, WhatsApp had to allow users to undo their wrongdoings and delete their WhatsApp messages. Becuase accidents can happen anytime. We have heard stories of drunk employees accidentally messaging their boss.

Until now, it has been possible to delete messages on your side of the conversation. But WhatsApp users can now delete the recipient’s copy of the message. This will give people some window if they realize they have sent the message where it wasn’t meant to be. You can take advantage of the new “Delete for Everyone” in an individual chat or a group to unsend or revoke a Whatsapp message.

How to delete WhatsApp messages?

Keep in mind, you only have 7 minutes to delete a WhatsApp message that has been sent to a person or a group. Also, both the sender and the recipient must be running the latest version of WhatsApp for Android or iOS.

Follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to WhatsApp.
  2. Open the chat where you want to delete the Whatsapp message.
  3. Tap and hold the message to show further options.
  4. Tap the Delete icon on the top.
  5. Now, to delete the WhatsApp message on both sides, tap “Delete for Everyone“.
    delete whatsapp message everyone

After the WhatsApp message has been successfully removed, a text, “You deleted this message”, will appear in its place. The text “This message was deleted” will appear on the recipient’s side.

There might be a chance the message deletion process doesn’t yield positive results. WhatsApp will notify you in that case. Also, if you want to delete the message only for yourself, follow the steps as they are and tap “Delete for Me”.

How To Block A Program From Accessing The Internet In Windows?

Most of the third-party software that resides on your computer can access the internet and there are few offline-only programs being developed. But there are times when you might not want certain programs installed in your system from gaining access to the internet. Like, for instance, you might not want it to continuously check for updates, you might be annoyed with constant ads that keep showing up, or you might be worried about any sensitive data that is in your software. If the essential features of the application do not rely on internet connectivity, you can just opt for cutting off internet access for that program altogether.

How can I block access to the Internet?

Windows simplifies this for you. Windows Firewall can not only protect your computer from malware and other security threats but can also be configured to block any program from accessing the internet.

How do I block a program in my firewall?

By following just a simple set of steps, you can block any software from accessing the internet. The steps are similar for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. You can block both inbound traffic or outbound traffic for any program. Inbound traffic refers to all the data coming to your program from a server elsewhere. Outbound traffic is due to a connection initiated by your program.

Steps To Block A Program From Accessing The Internet In Windows 7, 8, and 10

1. While on the desktop, press Windows+X and select Control Panel from the options. Alternatively, if you are on Windows 10, search for Control Panel in the search bar and click on Control Panel to open it.

2. Click on Windows Firewall in Control Panel.

3. On the left side of the next window, click on Advanced settings.

4. Click on outbound rules. Here you can restrict internet access for a particular app.

5. Under the Actions panel on the right side of the window, click on New Rule.

6. Click on Program and press Next.

7. Type the path where your program is installed or locate it with the Browse option. The application path is generally in the form “C:\Program Files\application.exe” or “C:\Program Files(x86)\application.exe” where ‘application’ is the name of the program you want to block from having internet access.

8. In the Action window, select Block the connection. Press Next.

9. Select when your blocking rules apply on the program. Select all the three options to completely cut off internet access.

10. Give a name to the new rule you just created. In this example, I have created a rule to block internet connection to Mozilla Firefox, so, I have named the rule “Block Firefox”. You can choose any name you desire.

11. Click on finish and your rule gets activated.

You should now see the new rule you created under Outbound Rules.

Go ahead and block inbound connections too if you want to completely block internet access for the program. Select “inbound rules” in step 4 and rest of the steps are similar. Did you find this guide on blocking a program from accessing the internet in Windows to be helpful?

Doctor uses his iPhone to diagnose himself with cancer

A doctor has managed to diagnose himself with cancer by using his iPhone.

Dr John Martin is a vascular surgeon in Denver, Colorado and chief medical officer of Butterfly Network.

You are probably asking…

Who are Butterfly Network?

They are a company that is developing an ultrasound device that can connect to an iPhone.

The machine is called Butterfly iQ and even before the product had been fully tested, Dr Martin knew it could work.

After feeling a mass in his throat, he used the device to scan the area and the results showed that he had metastatic cancer.

As an expert in the field for 40 years he was sure the diagnostics were not good but sought further confirmation from a technician.

The Daily Mail quote him as saying:

I noticed this mass in my neck.

I realised I was holding the diagnostic study I needed in my hand.

I walked across to a technician, and we looked at each other, and I flew home the next morning.

But the first thing he thought when he saw the image was that he was thankful his team had invented the ultrasound technology.

The cancer had started on his tongue and spread to his throat.

Dr Martin has now undergone successful surgery on the tumour and after six weeks of radiation is now reported to have been cured.

The device will immediately produce a diagnosis of a patient’s condition on the screen of their iPhone.

Butterfly iQ will be used in clinical trials next year and high-risk patients will be able to take the device home with them.

Jonathan Rothberg, the founder of the company believes that the technology could also help people suffering from various illnesses such as diabetes and lung problems.

Dr Martin added, via Technology Review:

To look at this as just an ultrasound device is like looking at an iPhone and saying it’s just a phone.

If you have a window into the body where anyone can afford it, everyone can use it, and everyone can interpret it, it becomes a heck of a lot more than an ultrasound device.

CIA Document Confirms Reality Of Humans With ‘Special Abilities’ Able To Do ‘Impossible’ Things.

 

CIA Document Confirms Reality Of Humans have been studied for thousands of years in all walks of life. Religious ‘miracles’ often with hundreds of witnesses have been said to be due to psychic abilities, but studies in China have overwhelming proof that these stories are more than just speculation.

It is thought that these gifted people have been able to tap into a quantum level, unobservable by the human eye..

To understand properly, you need to be aware of the relationship between our consciousness ans our physical reality.Both things are very real, and they have a very complicated relationship. Inventor of quantum theory Max Planck said we should regard consciousness as “fundamental” and matter as “derivative from consciousness.”

Another physicist Eugene Wigner has said on the matter “it was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.” (source)

The document containing the information about the events in China is called “Chronology of Recent Interest in Exceptional Functions of The Human Body in the People’s Republic of China.” The document talks about the Chinese government and it’s work with parapsychology, that is remote viewing, telepathy, psychokinesis.

The document has only recently become available due to a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA), and it includes interesting details of individuals who have purported superhuman abilities, and that they have been studies countless times by scientists all over the world. The document is on the CIA website, but can only be accessed by the ‘Internet Archives’.

The CIA document can be read here. A brief outline of the important items in it include:

In 1979, a major Chinese science journal, Ziran Zachi, printed a report on “non-visual pattern recognition” where several accounts of exceptional human body function were confirmed.
In 1980, the Journal and the Chinese Human Body Science Association held a parapsychology conference in Shanghai with participants from over 20 research institutes and universities from around the world.
In 1981, there was a formation of over 100 special places to study children with exceptional abilities with over 100 formally trained scholars.
In 1982, the Chinese Academy of Sciences sponsored a public hearing in Beijing and the sole purpose was to discuss humans with parasychological abilities, there were over 400 scholars in attendance.

Zhang BaoshengIn April of 1982, the Party’s National Committee of Science at Beijing Teacher’s College held a trial to test the abilities of certain students. Most of the results came back negative, apart from Zhang Baosheng. The next year, Zhang was studied again, this time by 19 researchers led by Prof. Lin Shuhang of the physics department of Beijing Teachers college, positive results were recorded for his superhuman powers.
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Zhang was able to move objects in and out of sealed containers using only the power of his mind. Prof. Shuhang studied Zhang for six months and he was repeatedly able to place small pieces of paper into sealed test tubes, and then take them out again, without touching them. He repeated the tests with other small items like paperclips and insects, and Zhang could move these, too.

A film was made by the Institute of Space-Medico Engineering in 1987 showcasing the results, which showed a medicine pill moving through an irreversibly sealed glass vial, which occurred in three frames of a 400 frame per second film. (source)

Another release from the CIA (Research Into Paranormal Ability To Break Through Spatial Barriers) contains this description of Zhang’s abilities:

A wooden cabinet 120 by 180 by 60 centimeters was used as a sealed container. Sheets of papers and boards with one of a kind markings were used as the target objects and placed inside the cabinet on the upper shelf. Without damaging the cabinet or opening the door, the person with ESP was able to remove the target objects and also was able to put them back inside. This demonstrates that even when using especially large container it is possible to completely break through spacial barriers, however, the success rate was much lower and was exceptionally difficult. (source)(source)

According to Eric Davis, Ph.D, FBIS, there were other children like Zhang. A declassified US Air Force document obtained via the Federation of American Scientists, contained a report from Shuhuang that ‘gifted children’ could teleport small, physical objects from one place to another. Objects like watches, horseflies, other insects, radio micro-transmitters, photosensitive paper , without ever touching the objects beforehand. The research was carried out by the prestigious Department of Defence, and is a noteworthy case because it was deemed necessary that an unclassified Intelligence Information Report be prepared for public viewing. (source)

In a similar study, Dr. Dean Radin, Chief Scientists at the Institute of Noetic Sciences they were able to record pieces of paper being teleported into sealed plastic containers, the report was published in 2010 by retired research chemist Dong Shen. The most fascinating part of this study, is that the teleportation techniques were taught to other students with a success rate of 40%. This information is published in his book, Supernormal.

Dr. Dean Radin, states:
“Evaluating the details and credibility of these studies have been difficult because many of the papers appear only in Chinese. The techniques have not yet been reported outside of China, and the experimental methods employed in conducting such tests do not appear to be as rigorously controlled as compared to typical Western methods…”
Although, Eric Davis has said,
“The results of the Chinese Teleportation experiments can simply be explained as a human consciousness phenomenon that somehow acts to move or rotate test specimens through a 4th spacial dimension, so that specimens are able to penetrate the solid walls/barriers of their containers without physically breaching them.” (source)
The American Journal of Chinese Medicine has evidence of a similar, amazing story of a woman named Chulin Sun.The study in the US National Library of Medicine documents this lady’s ability to speed up the growth of seeds to an amazing rate. The study states:

Chulin Sun is a woman with exceptional powers (Shen and Sun, 1996, 1998; Sun, 1998). A member of the Chinese Somatic Science Research Institute, she is a practitioner of Waiqi. Waiqi is a type of qigong that teaches the practitioner to bring the qi energy of traditional Chinese medicine under the control of the mind. Chulin Sun can induce plant seeds to grow shoots and roots several cm long within 20 min using mentally projected qi energy (Fig. 1).

This has been demonstrated on more than 180 different occasions at universities as well as science and research institutions in China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) as well as other countries (e.g., Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, etc.) (Ge et al., 1998; Qin et al., 1998; Lee et al., 1999). We took part in and repeated the qi germination experiments seven times, and five of them succeeded (Ge et al., 1998). This remarkable effect on seed development has drawn widespread attention (Tompkins and Bird, 1973; Lee, 1998), but the biological mechanisms that underlie this phenomenon are unknown.(source)

Sun is thought to have been able to do this by tapping into a level of Qi. he abstract states,
“It was thought preliminarily that qi energy changed the structure of a germination-correlated gene site speeding up expression and advancing it in time.”
Qi is described as the ‘oneness’ that is flowing through everything all of the time. It is responsible for every good and bad thing that happens to you, and to harness it and use it for good, you must be free of the constraints of the physical world.

These studies prove that ‘super-humans’ exist but that they are not fully understood by mainstream science, and the unwillingness by the government to allow them to be studied in the public eye means only the secret intelligence services are the ones who really understand the extent of these extraordinary human beings.

Will Robots Take My Job? I Found The Answer On This Website

Will robots take my job? This is the question I have started to ask myself lately, ever since I heard Jack Ma’s warning about our future being very painful and Bill Gates referring to robot taxes.  What’s more, I have been hearing more and more about the increasing degree of automation in various job sectors. Be it a car manufacturing assembly line, a robot kiosk at KFC, autonomous cars, delivery drones, etc.

Thankfully, some researchers have made efforts to statistically analyze the situation and predict which jobs are more likely to face the wrath of the robots in the future.

A report titled The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation? was published by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne in 2013.

The study focused on the susceptibility of the 702 detailed occupations to computerization. They used some hard to grasp mathematical concepts like Gaussian process classifiers and were able to arrive at a conclusion that around 47% of the total US employment is at risk. Now, four years after the study, the figure might have increased a bit further.

According to the report, people working as physicians, surgeons, dentists, community managers, civil engineers, fashion designers, lawyers, hairstylists, chef, and more are still on the safe side. In fact, the report labels these occupations as “not computerizable”. But considering the rapid growth in AI and technology, some of these ‘safe’ jobs might also get compromised.

A website which goes by the domain willrobottakemyjob.com has extracted the figures from the report and added more information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to present it to the users in an easily understandable way. All you need to do is enter your job designation in the search bar and it’ll show you how likely are computers to take your job in the future.

Thankfully, AIs and bots aren’t very interested in taking my job, at least, till the next decade.

The information available on Will Robots Take My Job? might not set in stone but it can give you a ballpark estimation about a possible automation in your field.

“The Future Of Coding Is No Coding At All” — Did GitHub CEO Predict Traditional Programming’s Death?

GitHub, also called “Facebook for Programmers,” has completed a decade this year. Today, it has become a go-to place for developers to share their code with others, indulge in collaborative approaches, etc. It’s now home to 24 million total users and 1.5 million organization.

At the company’s annual GitHub Universe user conference, company’s CEO Chris Wanstrath made his final keynote address on Wednesday. Earlier in August, he announced that he’d step down as company’s CEO as soon as a worthy replacement is found.

Future Of Coding: End of programming as we know it

The increased innovation in the field automation with the help of AI and machine learning has resulted in increasing tension in the traditional job markets. It’s a common perception that robots will steal our jobs and intelligent machines will ultimately rule the humanity.

Earlier this year, we told you about an artificial intelligence system created by Microsoft and the University of Cambridge researchers. Named DeepCoder, this system can write code after learning from a huge code database. Overall, whatever might be the final outcome, we also need to analyze the impact on programming world in the upcoming years.

Addressing the same issue, during the keynote, Wanstrath said that coding could also become another job for the advanced robots (Via: The Register).

“We think the future of coding is no coding at all,” he said. But how would change take place? Have AI techniques advanced so much?

He outlined the fact that people are writing lesser code as a lot of functionality now comes from libraries. Further down the road, people will write even lesser, thanks to machine learning and community expansion efforts. This will make software development process more mechanized and accessible.

In order to innovate at the same pace, GitHub is taking some steps on its end as well. The company has recently launched Dependency Graph to show packages and apps linked to a particular repository. It’ll tell a developer when the code relies on an insecure package.

In near future, we’ll surely witness more tools from leading organizations to help the developers automate their tasks and change the software development workflow.

Are you a developer? What are your views on future of coding automation? Whatever might be the final outcome, the demand for skilled coders isn’t fading anytime soon. Here are some programming courses for you:

  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • Java
  • Ruby
  • C#
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Swift
  • AngularJS

How To Download Any Video From The Internet — The Ultimate Guide

Dealing with a corrupted SD card or pen drive is a tedious task. We spend hours to get back our storage into working condition but get nothing. You might have seen online forums full of questions like “My pen drive is corrupted” or “My SD card is not working.” This article comprises of various methods which will help you repair your corrupted pen drive or SD card.

 

For SD card, you will have to insert it into the slot provided in your computer or by using a card reader. Use an adapter, if you have a microSD card. It will not work if you connect some device having the SD card like a smartphone or a camera. For attempting pen drive repair, you don’t need any such accessory. Check out these different methods.

Different methods to repair corrupted pen drive or SD card:

Change the drive letter

Sometimes your computer is unable to assign drive letters (like C, D, E) to your storage media. Due to this reason, the files on it can’t be accessed. To resolve this issue, you can assign the drive letter to your device.

How to change drive letter in windows

Here are the simple steps to fix the corrupted pen drive or memory card by assigning a correct drive letter:

  1. Connect your storage media to your computer.
  2. Right Click on My Computer/This PC. Click Manage in the drop down menu.
  3. Click Disk Management in the left side and wait for a few seconds so that Windows can load the Virtual disk service.
  4. Right Click on your storage media and click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  5. Click the drive letter (it will turn blue) and click Change.
  6. Select the drive letter from the drop-down list. Click Ok.

Try to use it on another PC

Maybe the issue is specifically on your PC and that’s why you are finding trouble in running the USB flash drive. Try connecting your SD card or pen drive to another computer. Hopefully, it may work and you’ll be able to backup your data from it.

Reinstall the drivers

There are times when the drivers that run your pen drive get corrupted and our PC will not be able to detect your storage media. You can reinstall drivers by these simple steps:

uninstall pen drive

  1. Right click My Computer/ This PC. Click Manage.
  2. Click Device Manager on the left side.
  3. Double-Click Disk Drives in the list. Right Click on the name of your pen drive.
  4. Click Uninstall. Click Ok.
  5. Disconnect your storage media and restart your PC.
  6. Connect your pen drive again. Your PC will detect it.

 

Repair corrupted SD card or Pen Drive using Windows Explorer

This is the most commonly used procedure to repair a connected storage media to your computer.

  1. Open My Computer or This PC.
  2. Select the corrupted drive and Right Click.
  3. Click Format in the drop down menu.
  4. Click Restore Device Defaults in the popup window.
  5. Click Start to begin the format process. You can uncheck the Quick format option if you want the computer to deep scan the drive/card for errors but this will take time. So, uncheck it only if you fail in the first attempt.
  6. Click Ok in the next dialog box which will warn you that the data will be lost. The format process will complete in a few moments, and you will have your error free SD card or pen drive.

Repair corrupted Pen Drive or SD card using CMD

This process involves Windows command prompt which is commonly known as CMD. In this, you have to enter some CMD commands and Windows will forcefully format your corrupted pen drive/SD card.

repair corrupt pen drive using diskpart

  1. Connect the corrupted pen drive or SD card to your computer.
  2. Hover your mouse on the Start button and Right Click.
  3. Click Command Prompt (Admin). A CMD window will open.
  4. Type diskpart and press Enter.
  5. Type list disk and press Enter. A list of all the storage devices connected to your computer will be displayed.
  6. Type select disk <the number of your disk> and press Enter. (Example: select disk 1). Important: Make sure you enter the number correctly. Otherwise, you may format your internal hard drive. You can type list disk again to check whether you are going correctly. There will be a star (asterisk symbol) before the name of the selected disk.
  7. Type clean and press Enter.
  8. Type create partition primary and hit Enter.
  9. Type active.
  10. Type select partition 1.
  11. Type format fs=fat32 and press Enter. The format process will finish in a few minutes. You can write NTFS instead of fat32 if you want to carry files larger than 4 gigabytes. Don’t close the CMD until the work is finished.

 

 

SD card and USB drive repair by removing bad sectors

Our storage devices store data in different sectors. Due to different reasons, these sectors become unusable, giving rise to bad sectors. By using some steps and running simple commands, you can perform a USB drive repair.

Recover your lost data

You can use Sandisk Rescue Pro to recover your data in case you have deleted your files or formatted your SD card/Pen Drive by mistake. The SD card needs to be in working condition to perform the recovery process. Other notable data recovery software is Recuva by Piriform.

Tools provided by pen drive and SD card makers

You might not be knowing but many storage device makers like SanDisk, Kingston, Samsung, Sony, etc. provide their own low-level utilities for formatting and other repair purposes. You can find these tools by visiting the websites of the device makers or by contacting their support. In my own personal experience, such alternative SD card and USB drive repair methods have turned out to be more useful.

A little advice

There are chances that the warranty of your corrupted USB drive or SD card is still valid. So, if your storage device is giving you problems again and again, it’s advisable to invest some effort and go for a refund or replacement. I’m recommending this as it’s not worth putting your faith in a USB drive that’s showing signs of unreliability again and again.

Note: Please note that the SD card and USB repair methods described above are general ways to fix a device. Due to some device-specific issues, there could be cases when these steps might not be useful.

How To Use Google Feed For News And Replace Facebook? How To Customize It?

In June 2012, at I/O conference, Google launched Google Now with much fanfare. It was pushed to compete with Apple’s digital assistant Siri and provide contextually relevant information. I, personally, was a big fan of Google Now and its information cards that even informed me the current location of Amazon packages.

Earlier this year in July, Google decided to kill the Google Now brand. But, that doesn’t mean you’re going to miss all those features; it has now been replaced with Google Feed. The glimpse of Feed was seen in late 2016 when news stories were added as a part of Google Now. With the complete rollout of Google Feed, the users have got more control over what they can read about in Feed.

 

Now, right from the search results, one can choose which topics to follow. In some cases, you’ll see a new Follow button, which can be used to add topics to your Feed. After that, based on your search history and engagement with Google products, you’ll be served news stories. Right from the Feed, you can unfollow the topics. Further, in the article, I’ll tell you how to use Google Feed and its different features.

Unlike stories in Google Now, Feed also captures your interaction level with a particular topic. If you’ve added traveling as your interest and you end up searching about beaches more, you’ll get stories related to beaches more often; the stories related to hills won’t get much push.

 

Can Google Feed replace your Facebook needs?

This is a tricky question for most of us. But, if you’re using Facebook often for getting regular news updates, Google Feed can take care of things. According to the latest data, more and more users get their daily chunk of news from Facebook. Google Feed is pretty helpful for users whose daily consumption of news outweighs memes and pictures shared by friends. It provides a cleaner experience and saves you from the unending wrath of Facebook’s video push.

How to use Google Feed and customize it?

To use Google Feed, you need to have Google App installed on your Android and iOS devices; make sure that the app is up-to-date. To add a new topic, you have to first search it in the app. For example, on my iOS device, I searched for Robert De Niro in Google app. You can spot the Follow button.

As you tap the Follow button, you’ll see a little popup at the bottom telling that you’ll get related updates in your Feed.

In case of Android, the Follow button and popup looks like this:google feed how to use

Now, after adding different topics, let’s check things out and learn how to use Google Feed. Below the search box in Google App, you can see the stories listed in your feed. Now comes the customization part. To see different customization option, click on the three-dots at the top right corner of a card. It’ll show different options as shown below.

If you haven’t followed a topic, you can do so by tapping on the Follow button. If you’re already following that topic, you can unfollow as well from the same card. You can also tell Google that you’re not interested in a particular topic/source and it shouldn’t show you related stories. If you don’t wish to unfollow a topic and you just don’t wish to see a particular story, you can tap the Hide this story option.

Google Feed also takes care of sharing as well. From the same popup, you can tap the Share icon and it’ll show different available options using which you can let others know about a news item.

To get a better control over Google Feed, you have to click “Customize the feed” option from the popup. In Android, this option is labeled as Customize stories. From there, you can see different categories for topics. You can also add topics from here as well.

At the end of the Feed, there’s an option to read More stories. It shows more stories based on your interest.

Just in case you are liking Google Feed and you wish to go the normal Google App with just search functionality, you can turn it off. In iOS, tap the profile icon at the top of the Google and go to feed option and turn it off. In Android, you need to navigate to Settings > Your Feed > Feed.

You can add your topics of interest to Google Feed and give it a try. Don’t forget to share your feedback with us regarding this article on how to use Google Feed.