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Not Getting Gmail Notifications? 10 Ways to Fix

Gmail is quite possibly the most popular web-based mail app in the world. What’s not to like? Lots of space, a smart mailbox and great integration with the rest of Google’s suite of tools.

It’s a great service, until you stop getting notifications! If you’re not getting Gmail notifications like you used to, one of the tips below will most likely get you back into the loop quickly.

Update Your Desktop Browser

Since Gmail notifications on desktop systems are handled by your browser, it might be the culprit when it comes to not getting Gmail notifications. So the first thing you may want to try is checking for an update or hotfix.

Browser (or web app) updates sometimes break compatibility with some features. This is usually addressed pretty quickly in browser updates.

Use a Different Browser to Eliminate Chrome as a Suspect

Sometimes the reason notifications don’t work is because there’s something wrong with Chrome. Notifications should work with other Chromium-based browsers, including Opera, Brave Browser and Microsoft Edge.

Regardless which browser you’re not getting Gmail notifications in, try one of these other browsers for a while. If you start seeing Gmail notifications, then you’ll know the problem is only with the browser you were using originally. Try reinstalling or updating the browser. 

Update or Reinstall the Gmail App

Sometimes things may go wrong with your Gmail app or its data. The fastest way to fix weird behavior in the Gmail app is to check for an update or to uninstall the app and then reinstall a fresh copy from the Play Store or App Store.

Update Your Phone or Computer

If an update or reinstallation of the Gmail app doesn’t work, check if there are any pending updates for your phone, tablet or computer. You should keep your devices up to date either way, so think of this as a good excuse to perform some overdue maintenance.

This may fix issues where your browser or app has been updated, but requires a new feature in the operating system that you haven’t updated to yet.

Double Check Desktop Notifications in Chrome

On desktop systems the basic first step in making sure you get notifications for Gmail is to check desktop notification settings in the browser. This applies to all later versions of Windows including 7,8.1 and 10. If your problem is specifically with native Windows 10 desktop notifications, move on to the next section.

For Gmail notifications specifically, here’s what to do in order to make sure they’re activated:

  1. Open Gmail
  2. Select Settings
  1. Select See all settings
  2. Scroll to the Desktop notification section

Under this section you have a few choices. By default these notifications are off, but you can switch them on in two different ways.

The first option is to turn notifications on for new messages. That seems straightforward enough, but Gmail uses an inbox category system. So, this option will only notify you about messages that arrive in the “Primary” mailbox. 

Another option is to turn notifications on for mail marked as “Important”. This way you’ll only receive notifications when Gmail decides that a given message is important, or you set it as important with a Gmail filter.

Not Getting Gmail Notifications for Chrome Desktop in Windows

Windows 10 offers a unified action center where applications can send notifications. Normally, Gmail notifications will show up there so you can get an overview of which messages you’ve received. If for some reason you’re no longer getting Gmail notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center, here’s what to do:

  1. Open Chrome and type chrome://flags/#enable-native-notifications. Then press Enter.
  2. Next to Enable native notifications toggle the option on using the drop-down menu.
  1. Restart Chrome, you can use the Relaunch button that pops up.
  2. Next, select the Start button and then Settings.
  3. Select System and then Notifications & actions.
  1. Under the section labeled Get notifications from these senders, toggle the Google Chrome switch to the on position.
  2. Now, select the Google Chrome entry itself.
  1. On this page, you can customize the way that notifications from Chrome work. The most important setting here is “Show notifications in Action Center”. Make sure this is set to “On”.

If all goes well, you should now get Gmail notifications in your Action Center. Just be sure that you haven’t enabled Focus Assist. This Windows feature disables almost all alerts to allow you to work or play without interruption.

Check Global Notification Settings on Android and iOS

On both Android and iOS, you can change the global setting for how notifications should be handled. It may be that it’s not Gmail notifications in particular that are missing, but that the system-level notification settings aren’t right. For example, you might have all notifications disabled or accidentally activated your device’s “Do Not Disturb” mode in iOS or Android.

Make Sure Gmail Has Push Notification Permissions

Push notifications are a feature of most mobile operating systems and devices. Both Android and iOS manage push notifications on a per-app basis.

Regardless of which operating system you use, check under Settings > Notifications. Then look for the Gmail app’s section and make sure that it has permission to send push notifications.

Set Gmail as Your Default Mail Application

Whether you’re using iOS or Android, you can assign specific apps to be the default app for specific types of tasks, such as handling emails.

In iOS, go to Settings and then look for Gmail in the left hand pane. Under Gmail’s options, choose Default Mail App and ensure the blue check mark is next to Gmail.

The process in Android 10 is similar. Go to Settings > Apps. Then choose Gmail > Set as Default. Here you can check whether Gmail is set as the default application to perform certain actions.

Ensure the Gmail App Is Syncing

Another reason you may not be getting Gmail notifications is that you’re not getting any new mail on your device in the first place! Sometimes, for one reason or another, Gmail syncing is interrupted. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to check the syncing status and restart it if needed.

In iOS, open the Gmail app and select the menu. Then select Settings, choose your account and then Sync Settings. Now all you have to do is select how many days you want to sync.

In Android, open the Gmail app and select the menu. Then select Settings, choose your account and then make sure that Sync Gmail is selected. 

Getting the Message Across 

If all goes as planned, you should now have Gmail notifications back. If you’re still not getting Gmail notifications, there may be a more obscure cause for it. It might be time to get in touch with Google support. 

That being said, narrowing down the source of the problem shouldn’t be too hard. If it’s specific to one device, it’s almost always going to be an app or operating system notification setting.


Differences Between a Video Game Reboot vs Remake vs Remaster

Old has become new again. Despite all the latest, powerful technology put into modern-day consoles and video games, many people want to return to simpler times. That’s why many companies are turning to some of the older, classic games to release for newer consoles. 

When these games are produced, you may hear some different words used to describe them. Most of the time this is “reboot”, “remake”, or “remaster”. There are actually key differences between these, and knowing these differences can help you understand what the game will have to offer. 

What Is a Reboot?

When a game is rebooted, designers take elements from a previous game series and essentially start it over again. There are usually big changes to characters, settings, or the overall story. 

These are not typically sequels to previous games in a series, as reboots tend to completely change most aspects of the game in order to make it appeal to a new audience. 

For example, the 2016 game Doom was a reboot of the 1993 FPS game. It completely updated the graphics, as well as adding more depth to the game’s storyline and gameplay elements. 

A reboot, in comparison to other types of game reworkings, tends to change much more of the original game material. The entire concept of a game or game series is reimagined in a reboot.

What Is a Remake?

In a remake, game developers attempt to completely rebuild the game from its original form, updating it technically as well as making it more playable for a newer generation. The main concepts of the game, such as the characters, plotlines, and settings, all tend to stay the same within a remake. However, there may be new additions to gameplay elements, and changes to content such as items, enemies, combat, and more. 

An example of a remake is Shadow of the Colossus, originally a Playstation 2 game, but remade for the Playstation 3 console. There were some changes from the original including a graphic update, a new control scheme, and better overall performance for the PS3. 

What Is a Remaster?

The differences between remakes and remasters is very slight, but there is a difference. While a remake tends to focus on reworking the technical and performance aspects of a game, a remaster is generally made to look good on newer devices, and update the game to different resolutions like HD.

Some other things that can be technically improved, such as better sound, voice acting, and controls may also get an update. However, most parts of the actual gameplay stay the same. 

An example of a remaster is the Spyro Reignited trilogy. These three games were completely graphically updated, and they recreated the levels similarly to the originals. Spyro’s lines as well as the entire soundtrack was re-recorded. 

Other Similar Terms

There are some other words you may also hear when people talk about an older game getting released again. These can also tell you something about what types of changes may have been made to the original game.


These types of releases are simply games being reprogrammed in order to work on a different console. When a game is made to play on multiple consoles, each release is a different port for each console. 

There are usually next to no changes between an original game and its ports, besides differences in controls depending on what console the game is played on. 


These games are usually completely different from the main game or series, and aren’t really sequels. Spin-offs are most often games that take place in the same universe as a game series, yet with different characters and plotlines. 

There are usually a lot of references to the main series of games that the spin-off is based on. These types of games are very prevalent with super popular game series, such as Pokemon. There are tons of Pokemon spin-off games, such as Pokemon Mystery Dungeons, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Ranger, and Pokemon GO. 


This term is pretty straightforward. When a game is rereleased, it’s usually on the same console it was originally made for. Many game developers rerelease their most popular game titles with rebrandings such as “Greatest Hits” on the PS2 and PS3, “Nintendo Selects” for the Wii, WiiU, and 3DS, or Game of the Year editions of games. 

These don’t usually have much difference from the original game, although sometimes new content may be added for this special edition of the game. Many times when these games go on sale, you can get some additional in-game content for buying it. 

Are These Games Worth Buying?

Producing the same game again in order to reach more of an audience might seem a little gimmicky, but in most cases remastered, rebooted and remade games actually bring a lot of needed updates to these classics. 

Some developers do a better job at rehashing their older games than others, so it really depends on the game itself. There are times when a remake or remaster is obviously done for a cash grab, with very little thought put into them. Reboots are different as they are usually wildly different from the source material, so a lot more work is put into them. 

If your favorite classic game is facing a new, updated version, don’t be alarmed. Many game developers understand how important these games are to their fans and do their best to make them feel refreshing, as if you’re playing it again for the first time. 


How to Make Spotify Louder and Sound Better

Spotify is one of the most widely-used music streaming services available, with thousands of artists to listen to and discover. If you’re a music enthusiast who uses Spotify, you should know that there are actually settings you can tweak to get the best audio experience. 

These are settings in Spotify such as boosting bass or treble, selecting audio settings for different types of music, and changing the overall volume level. 

This article on how to make Spotify louder is written for those using the Spotify app on iOS. You’ll need Spotify Premium to change these settings. 

How to Make Spotify Louder

Once you open Spotify, find the gear symbol in the top right corner, which is where you’ll find your settings. If you scroll down, you’ll see a section labeled Volume. There are three settings: Loud, Normal, or Quiet.

Spotify sets the default volume level to Normal. You can set it to Loud. You may notice that besides the loud option it says “might reduce dynamics.” Dynamics refers to the changes between loud and soft in the music. Adjusting the volume to Loud reduces the dynamics.

However, there isn’t a huge difference in sound quality and, to the untrained ear, the music will simply sound louder than it is when set to Normal. 

Another setting you’ll want to look at is Audio Normalization. This is a feature Spotify has in order to set the volume of all songs the same, so that songs that are louder or softer don’t sound out of place. If you turn this off, you won’t be able to change the Volume level. Songs will play true to the original mix. 

How to Make Your Music Sound Better

In your Spotify Playback settings, you’ll also find an option called Equalizer. Tap this to view the Equalizer bar. The Equalizer adjusts the audio frequency settings for different types of music.

You can set it manually by tapping and dragging on the white dots to alter the audio at that frequency. Or, you can choose from among  multiple presets. These include Bass Booster, Electronic, Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop, and more. You can change these settings while playing a song so that you can hear the differences among the different settings.. 

Other Spotify Settings for Better Playback

There are more options you can change within the playback settings to enhance the audio and make Spotify louder.


This is the rate at which the songs you’re playing fade into each other when one ends and another begins. You can use the slider to change this from 0 seconds to up to 12 seconds. 

You can also turn Gapless Playback on or off, which means there won’t be a gap of silence between songs being played and one will start immediately after another. You can turn on Automix, which changes the transitions between songs if a certain playlist uses it. 

Play Feedback Sounds

If there are any feedback sounds in a song, turning this on keeps them in the song. Whether it’s better to keep it on or off just depends on what kind of music you’re listening to and how you want to hear it. 

Music Quality

You can find the Music Quality settings on the main Spotify settings page under Playback. Here you can change the general quality of your music playback when it is either streamed or downloaded. 

For both streaming and downloaded music, you can choose from Automatic, Low, Normal, High, or Very High. Low quality is at 24 kbit/s, Normal is 96 kbit/s, High is 160 kbit/s, and Very High is at 320 kbit/s. The higher quality setting you choose, the more data or bandwidth you’ll use g. 

Depending on the type of playback device you use, such as headphones or speakers, you may not notice much difference. If you have high quality devices such as high end speakers, taking advantage of this feature may certainly make a difference in making Spotify louder and sounding better. 


How to Check In on Facebook

For more than 2 billion people Facebook is a fun social platform to share their daily experiences.

If you want to share your activities on Facebook, you can easily do this through a Facebook check-in from your device while you’re out and about. The following steps to learn how to check in on Facebook will help you learn this process to identify local places and share what you’re doing with your Facebook friends.

What Is a Facebook Check-In?

Facebook Check-In is a special status update that uses location features to identify places near you and informs people of your whereabouts. Such locations can be as specific as a restaurant or as general as a town or city.

The service is also useful for reassuring your network of family or friends that you’re okay after a natural disaster or even a terrorist attack.

For most Facebook users, the Check-In feature allows others to know where you’ve been or that you’ve arrived at a particular location.

Once you check-in to a particular location on Facebook, it’s not limited to your immediate group of Facebook friends. Anyone on Facebook can view your check-in because it’s connected to a Facebook Page, and all Page activity is public.

You can use the check-in feature to promote your favorite location or business including schools, parks, museums, and theaters. For businesses, the feature offers potential customers valuable information about your business and gives you the chance to promote offers like merchandise sales or customer discounts.

How to Check In on Facebook on a Web Browser

Whether you’re at the beach, in your hotel room, or just at home sitting in front of your computer, you can check into Facebook using a few simple steps.

  1. To get started, sign in to your Facebook account and select start a new status in the What’s on your mind field.
  1. Select Check In from the menu at the lower right side of the status bar in the Create Post popup.
  1. In the Search for Location window, enter a location or select it from the drop-down menu.
  1. Select the image/video, friends, feeling/activity, or gif icons if you want to add these to your post.
  1. Select Post to check in on Facebook.

Note: You can add photos, tag your family or friends, or enter some text into your post just as you would with regular status updates, and then hit Post to publish it.

How to Check In on Facebook Using the Android or iOS App

If you have the Facebook app on your Android or iOS device, the interface is slightly different, but the same steps apply when checking in.

  1. Open Facebook and sign in to your account on your phone. In the What’s on your mind field, tap Check In (red location marker icon).
  1. Enable Facebook to access your current location for better accuracy. Select Allow in the Location permissions prompt.
  1. Enter your location or select it from the drop-down menu.
  1. If you want to tag your friends in your Check-In, tap their names and then tap Done. You can also add a photo/video, feeling or activity to your post. If you prefer not to tag anyone, skip to the next step.
  1. Tap Post to share your check-in once you’re done.

How to Share Your Location with Friends on Facebook

If you value your privacy and only want to share your check-in location on Facebook with friends, you can use the Nearby Friends feature. The feature is only available on Android and iOS devices and requires your Location History to work on Facebook.

  1. To enable Nearby Friends, open the Facebook app on your device and turn on Location Services and Background Location. To do this on your Android device, tap Settings > Apps and then tap Facebook.
  1. Tap Permissions.
  1. Next, tap the Location switch to toggle Location Services on.
  1. On your iOS device, open Settings > Privacy.
  1. Tap Location Services and then tap the Location Services switch to toggle it on.
  1. Next, select the Facebook menu at the upper right side of the screen. Tap See More > Nearby Friends.
  1. Select which friends you’d like to share your location with and then follow the prompts to complete setting up Nearby Friends.

Note: You can turn on push notifications to know when your friends are nearby. To do this, tap the Facebook menu, tap Settings and Privacy.

  1. Next, tap Settings.
  1. Tap Notification Settings. From here, you can adjust how you receive notifications including Nearby Friends.

How to Find Your Check-Ins Map on Facebook

The Check-Ins map is a replacement for the previous interactive Where I’ve Been map app for Facebook. 

To review your check-ins, go to your About page and find the Check-Ins map. If it’s not there, it means it’s not enabled. 

To enable the Check-Ins map on Facebook, go to your profile page and select More > Manage Sections, check the box next to it, and select Save.

How to Mark Yourself as Safe on Facebook During a Disaster

In a public crisis like a natural disaster, terrorist attack, pandemic, or collapsed building, you can mark yourself as safe or check if others are marked safe on Facebook. This way, your family and friends can know that you’re okay, and you can check on them, too.

Marking Yourself Safe in a Browser

  1. If you’re using Facebook in a browser, go to Explore and select See More > Crisis Response.
  1. Choose the crisis or event affecting your area. You can also select the Most Active or your location’s tab.
  1. Select the crisis and then tap the blue I’m Safe button to notify your friends that you’re safe.

Marking Yourself Safe in the Facebook App

To mark yourself as safe on the Facebook app, open the app, tap the menu and select See more.

  1. Tap Crisis Response and then tap the crisis or event affecting your area.
  1. Next, tap the blue I’m Safe button.

How to Delete a Check-In on Facebook

Unfortunately, Facebook has no way of undoing a check-in that you added to a post. The only way to remove a check-in you no longer want to appear in your profile is by deleting the post in its entirety from your timeline.

  1. To remove a post from your timeline, select your profile picture at the top right side of the Facebook screen, find the post and select the three dots at the top right.
  1. Select Delete post to remove the post from Facebook completely, or Hide from timeline to remove the post only from your timeline.

Share Activities with Your Friends

Whether you’re using the Facebook app or a computer, checking in on Facebook is a great way to let your network know about your location and activities. The best part is that the whole process takes a minute or less.

Were you able to check-in on Facebook using the instructions above? Tell us about it in the comments.


OLED vs MicroLED: Should You Wait?

There are many different display technologies in competition for your precious dollars. Anyone who wants to buy a new television today has the choice of buying an LCD (liquid crystal display) or OLED (organic light-emitting diode) television. 

Simple enough, right? Well, then you have to decide on one of many sub-technologies as well. Often hidden behind mysterious marketing jargon. In this confusing market space, we’ll soon have a third display technology contender in the form of MicroLED screens. 

While OLED TVs are generally the superior (and more expensive) option compared to LCD televisions, MicroLED displays are just around the corner. Should you wait for MicroLED TVs or pull the trigger on an OLED display now instead? We’ll try to answer this question as clearly as possible.

The LCD Standard

Both OLED and MicroLED technologies are attempts at improving on standard LCD technology. LCD panels still make up the majority of flat panel displays. Modern LCD screens have advanced in leaps and bounds over early HD TVs and computer monitors. They have little blur, are bright and produce marvellous pictures. Unfortunately LCD technology has one universal flaw that always limits image quality, screen thickness and screen performance.

That flaw is the reliance on a backlight. LCD panels themselves don’t emit any light. So in order to actually see the image on screen you need to shine a light through it. The biggest problem here is that backlights make true blacks impossible. If every pixel on an LCD is set to show black, what you actually get is a sort of off-grey shade.

This has been addressed in various ways. Modern LCD screens use a method known as local dimming, which places an array of LED lights behind the panel and allows zones of the screen to be dimmed independently. 

Yet for all the refinement in LCD technology, they still suffer from poor viewing angles, slow response times, color reproduction problems and input latency. Their biggest selling point is price. Today you can buy a large 4K LCD panel with excellent image quality for a very reasonable amount. However, it’s becoming clear that LCD technology is reaching the limits of what’s possible. Which brings us to OLEDs.

An OLED Overview

OLEDs address almost every one of the primary criticisms of LCD screens. The pixels in an OLED can each produce their own light. This means you don’t need a backlight and can display perfect, inky blacks. OLEDs can also be made at insanely low thicknesses. They can be viewed from almost any angle, they have lighting-fast response times and offer stunning color, contrast and brightness.

OLED certainly sounds like the perfect display technology on paper, but OLEDs have their own issues. The most serious problem is durability. Some of the organic picture elements in OLEDs have a relatively short lifetime compared to LCDs. On top of this, OLEDs are susceptible to image retention. Sometimes referred to as “burn-in”. 

You may remember that plasma TVs, which is also an emissive technology, also suffered from this issue. When the image or parts of the image don’t change for a long period of time, a ghost image can stick around. Think of network logos or video game HUD elements.

Since these parts of the picture don’t change, those pixels can retain them. Modern OLED displays have fixes built into them to reduce the chances of this happening, but it’s a problem inherent to the technology.


We first saw MicroLED technology in practical application back in 2018, when Samsung showed off a massive 146” display at the Consumer Electronics Show. This screen wowed spectators, and since then we’ve all been waiting to see when MicroLED technology will make it to consumer products.

MicroLEDs use miniature LEDs to make up each pixel. They share the same advantages as OLED screens. That is, they emit their own light, can display true blacks and offer fast response times. However, the organic nature of OLED picture elements makes them relatively unstable. They are subject to decay over time and are sensitive to image retention, as mentioned above. MicroLEDs don’t have these issues.

MicroLED displays can also be built from smaller sub-panels, opening up interesting possibilities for the future. Especially when it comes to truly massive displays that would be impossible to create as a single LCD or OLED panel.

The Pros and Cons of OLED Vs MicroLED

We’ve laid both the OLED and MicroLED cards on the table, so now it’s time to compare the pros and cons of each technology to one another. Starting with OLED, here are the key strengths compared to MicroLED:

  • A mature manufacturing process.
  • Plenty of models to choose from.
  • Rapidly falling prices, comparable to high-end LCD TVs.

On the MicroLED advantage list, we can pin the following plus-points:

  • Better lifespan and image quality.
  • Stable performance without degradation over time.
  • The potential for massive displays made from modular sub-panels.

Both technologies have their weaknesses as well, the most important ones to consider when it comes to OLEDs are:

  • A tendency to over-saturate colors and suffer from image retention
  • Organic decay over time, affecting brightness and color.

For MicroLED displays, there are a few serious issues as well:

  • Absolutely insane pricing on first-generation displays that are set for release in the near future.
  • For now, image quality advantages over OLED are marginal, at least when both displays are new.

It’s clear that the competition between OLED and MicroLED technology is about to turn red-hot, but what does that mean for you? Should you wait for MicroLED?

Should You Wait for MicroLED?

At the time of writing, the answer to whether you should wait for MicroLED is no. At least when it comes to large displays such as televisions. MicroLED is now at a similar stage to where OLED technology was just a few years ago. It’s still very expensive to produce and manufacturers are learning how to cut production costs. 

Just as with OLEDs, we’ll first see the technology in devices like phones and tablets. Premium tablets such as the iPad Pro are most likely to be the first examples that anyone can go out and buy.

Right now, when it comes to flat screen TVs, OLED is coming into its own. They are finally cheap enough where the jump from a higher-end LCD to an entry-level OLED isn’t that large. Given the significantly better display properties of OLEDs compared to LCD screens, it’s not too hard to recommend them right now. As long as you remain aware of their existing weaknesses when it comes to lifespan and image retention.

It’s also important not to forget about LCD technology. LCD TVs are falling sharply in price in response to both OLED and MicroLED technology. Not only that, there are still advancements to be made with LCD technology. For example, Samsung’s QLED technology attempts to approach the black levels and performance of OLED at a lower price. Each person should weigh all three technologies as they stand today.


How to Delete YouTube History and Search Activity

When you click play on a video, YouTube saves your watch history and any search you made for it. YouTube does this to estimate your browsing habits. These choices tell YouTube what to recommend to you next time. Like Google, it also speeds up your search and browsing on the video site.

If you don’t want this to happen, you can either sign out of your YouTube account or use the site in a private browser window or the incognito mode on mobile. But if you’ve already signed in and just want to delete your YouTube history and search activity, here’s how to do so. 

How to Delete YouTube Watch History

Sign into your YouTube account. Follow the steps below to wipe any record of everything you have watched on the site.

  1. Go down the left-hand side of the YouTube homepage. Click on History to open your watch history. 
  1. On the right, you’ll see the History type list which allows you to choose the specific nature of your YouTube history. Watch history is selected by default.To delete individual videos, hover your mouse over the video you wish to delete and then click on the X that appears on it.
  1. If you want to clear all your watch history, look near the bottom of the list on the right side and click on Clear All Watch History.If you want, you can also click Pause Watch History to stop YouTube from saving a history of your watched videos. 

How to Delete YouTube Search History

  1. Go to the History page again after logging into YouTube.
  2. On the right side, make sure Search History is selected from the list. Your YouTube search history should then show up. 
  3. Hover your mouse over the search queries you want to delete, and click on the X that appears over them. Like your watch history, you can clear all your search history or pause it by selecting these options on the right-hand sidebar.

How to Delete YouTube Comments

  1. In the same History page, look at the History type list on the right and select Comments.
  2. Hover over a comment you wish to delete and click on the three vertical dots that appear over it. 
  3. Select Delete or Edit if you rather just edit your comment. 

How to Find and Edit All YouTube Activity

It’s possible to also see all your YouTube activity at once, and you can edit and delete your YouTube history from here as well. You can also choose whether certain activity is saved, turn on auto-delete for YouTube activity, and more. 

To find all your activity, follow these steps:

  1. On the left side of YouTube’s main page, click on History
  1. On the right sidebar on this page, select Manage All Activity. The Google My Activity account page will open in a new tab where you can see all your collected YouTube history. 

You will notice two prominent options placed above your history.

Saving Activity: If this is checked, your watch and YouTube search history are being saved. If you click on this option, you can disallow YouTube from saving your watch history, search history, or both. 

Auto-Delete: You can let YouTube automatically delete all activity after a certain amount of time. To do this, click on the Auto-Delete button. In the next window, choose auto-deletion of activity after 3 months, 18 months, or 36 months. After choosing an option, select Next to save your preferences. 

You also have the ability to search through your activity if there’s something specific you want to delete. You can click the Filter by date button to choose a time period to search through. You can use the results to search for a particular video to watch again or remove it from the list. 

You can delete this activity in chunks of each day, or you can delete each activity individually. Just click on the trash can icon to delete activity from a day as a whole, or tap the three vertical dots on the top right of an individual saved activity and press Delete

Finally, on the left-hand side of the Google My Activity screen, you’ll see an option called Delete activity by.

If you click this, a window will come up where you can delete YouTube activity from within the last hour, last day, or all time. You can also choose a custom time range to delete videos that fall within it. 

Can You Get Your Deleted YouTube History Back?

Do keep in mind that once your YouTube activity is deleted, you won’t be able to find it again. Also, depending on what you delete, you may alter what YouTube shows and recommends to you

You also won’t be able to see past searches in the YouTube search bar. So when you delete your saved YouTube history and search activity, be aware you will be starting from a clean slate. 


Post Corona Digitalization of Life

I expected my first week of social distancing to feel, well, distant. But I’ve been more connected than ever. My inboxes are full of invitations to digital events — Zoom art classes, Skype book clubs, Periscope jam sessions. Strangers and subject-matter experts are sharing relevant and timely information about the virus on social media, and organizing ways to help struggling people and small businesses. On my feeds, trolls are few and far between, and misinformation is quickly being fact-checked. But if there is a silver lining in this crisis, it may be that the virus is forcing us to use the internet as it was always meant to be used — to connect with one another, share information and resources, and come up with collective solutions to urgent problems.


Digital Partying
in China, where would-be partyers have invented “cloud clubbing,” a new kind of virtual party in which D.J.s perform live sets on apps like TikTok and Douyin while audience members react in real time on their phones.

Digital classes, churches, dinner

Or observe how we’re coping in the United States, where groups are experimenting with new kinds of socially distanced gatherings: virtual yoga classes, virtual church services, virtual dinner parties.

All over the country, citizen technologists are using digital tools to strengthen their offline communities. In San Bernardino, Calif., David Perez created a Facebook group called California Coronavirus Alerts to share localized information with his neighbors. A group of public-school teachers in Mason, Ohio, created a Google Doc to share ideas about how to keep teaching students during a state-ordered school closure. In the Bay Area, where I live, people are building databases to keep track of which seniors need help having groceries and prescriptions delivered.

Digital real estate in Australia

Since mid-March, following a ban on open home inspections and on-site auctions, there’s been some growth in online auctions and livestreaming of auctions. Peter Gibbons runs Openn Negotiation, which operates pre-contracted auctions where bidders participate on an online platform. “We have been absolutely inundated by [enquiries from] agents since coronavirus,” he said. “We currently have over 200 live auctions in process … with 231 new trained agents in the past couple of weeks.”

As job losses continue to rise because of shutdowns, the number of Australians struggling to repay their mortgages is expected to lift to higher levels than seen during the global financial crisis.
David Scholes, the founder of another online bidding platform called SoldOnline, also reports more real estate agents are enquiring about using the platform. He describes SoldOnline as “the eBay for property sales”, where the vendor typically pays a $399 fee to join up and buyers make real-time virtual bids for properties through a registered portal.

Agents are watching what bidders are doing and can talk to them by phone or through a chat bot. In the online world, it is still entirely up to the agent to ensure people are not engaging in fake bidding. “Since the Prime Minister’s announcement, SoldOnline is also working closely with 35 individual agencies to switch to online auctions, with one agency already listing 16 properties with the online platform,” he said. “The first coronavirus-impacted auction went ahead last week, and it achieved $13,000 over reserve. 

“We have seen enquires go through the roof — in the past week I estimate I have fielded about 150 phone calls from real estate agents.” He says not all of these phone calls translated to agents moving onto the platform. Some agents still prefer to use livestreaming options over an online bidding site.

10 Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners 2019 (PASSIVE INCOME)

Taken from by Posted On March 13, 2019By Seb

How do you make money as affiliate marketer?

  • Cost per Lead  (CPL)

    A lead may be something as simple as an email, or it might be a form that needs to be completed. The commissions for CPL are usually much lower than they are for Cost per Click or Cost per Sale (CPS). Email is much easier to acquire than a sale.

  • Cost per Click (CPC) 

Sometimes, a brand will offer a commission based on the number of clicks or impressions that you generate.  

  • Cost per Sale (CPS) – the most popular!

    Cost per Sale (CPS) is the most commonly used commission structure. Under the CPS model, you’re paid a commission when someone buys a product or service on the advertisers’ website after clicking through your affiliate link.

    The amount you’re paid will vary depending on the advertiser, but generally speaking, CPS is the most profitable structure to follow.

    When you’re doing your research, try to find advertisers that have great landing pages to help convert your users into a sale.

The Best Affiliate Programs for Beginners in 2019

  • Amazon Associates Affiliate Program

You’ll make money from any sale, not just from the specific product that you’re marketing.

For example, you’re marketing a self help book, and someone clicks your link to buy a TV – you get the commission for the TV.

Cost: Free to join

Direct or Network: Direct

Commission: Up to 10%

Commission structure: CPS

Cookie duration: 24 hours

  • Clickbank Affiliate Network

Clickbank is known for working with the little guys. Gravity score is the metric that Clickbank uses to show how well a product is selling. Our recommendation is to consider products with a gravity score between 30 and 100.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Network

Commission: Up to 75%

Commission structure: Varies with each advertiser

Cookie duration: 60 days

  • Ebay Affiliate Program

With auctions only accounting for 11% of all listings on, this still qualifies Ebay as one of the best affiliate programs for beginners.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Merchant

Commission: Up to 50% – 70% of eBay revenue

Commission: CPS

Cookie duration: 24 hours

  • Rakuten Affiliate Program

Rakuten’s affiliate program was voted the Blue Book’s #1 affiliate network for 7 years in a row. Working with advertisers like Ray-ban and Amex further cements their credibility as one of the best affiliate programs for beginners.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Network

Commission: Varies with each brand

Commission structure: Varies with each brand

Cookie duration: Varies with each brand

  • Commission Junction Affiliate Program

Commission Junction’s affiliate program is one of the largest and most established affiliate networks in the market. Also, their support team is hands down one of the best, helping affiliate markets grow their commissions by 43% YOY. Wow.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Network

Commission: Varies with each merchant

Commission structure: Varies with each merchant

Cookie duration: 1-120 days (varies with each merchant)

  • 6. AWeber Affiliate Program

Not only do they offer 30% commission on sales, they also offer 30% on recurring sales.

That means you get paid every time one of your referrals renew their plan. If they renew their plan 10 times, you get paid 10 times. On top of everything else, they have a 365 day cookie duration. This means that when someone clicks your affiliate link, and goes on to purchase, you earn a commission, even if it’s a year later.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Merchant

Commission: 30% (recurring)

Commission: CPS

Cookie duration: 365 days

  • Shopify Affiliate Program

Shopify is very popular amongst entrepreneurs getting started in e-commerce. With the average sale making you close to $60 in commission and a maximum of $2,000, keep this one top of the list when you’re considering which affiliate program to choose.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Network

Commission: 200%

Commission structure: CPS

Cookie duration: 30 days

  • Ali Express Affiliate Program

Similar to Amazon, Ali Express has great variety of products but since they come from China they may be cheaper than Amazon. High commission rates and an easy application process makes this online affiliate program hard to miss.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Merchant

Commission: Up to 50%

Commission: CPS

Cookie duration: 3 days

  • Peerfly Affiliate Network

They were voted number one in 2015’s Blue Book and because of their small independent network, they’re able to offer very competitive commissions. Don’t be put off by Peerfly’s rigorous application process, it’s worth it.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Network

Commission: Varies with each merchant

Commission structure: Varies with each merchant

Cookie duration: Varies with each merchant

  • Flexoffers Affiliate Program

This is one of the key players when it comes to choosing an affiliate network. One of their key selling points is what they call their FlexRev-$hare program. The program allows you to refer other publishers to the network and earn up to 50% of Flexoffers profits.

Cost: Free to join

Merchant or Network: Network

Commission: Varies with each merchant

Commission structure: Varies with each merchant

Cookie duration: Varies with each merchant