You’ve probably heard of sending disappearing messages in popular messaging apps, but did you know you can also set an expiration date for emails sent through Gmail, making the content within the message inaccessible after the set time? Here’s how it’s done. Add an Expiration Date to Gmail (Windows and Mac) You can add expiration dates to emails by using Gmail’s Confidential Mode feature . When you add an expiration date to an email, the recipient can’t access its contents after the set date. RELATED: How to Add an Expiration Date to Emails in Outlook (and What They're For) To add an expiration date to an email, log in to your Gmail account using your browser of choice on Windows 10 or Mac, then click “Compose” in the top-left corner of the window. In the email composition window, enter (1) the recipient’s email address, (2) the subject of the email, and (3) the content of the email. Next, at the bottom of the composition window, click the lock … [Read more...] about How to Add an Expiration Date to Emails in Gmail
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Have you ever seen the short, randomly placed two-letter acronym “RN” in a text from a friend? Here’s what it means and how you can use it across a variety of internet conversations. When? “Right Now!” RN stands for “right now.” It’s used to specify an activity or status as being in the present, similar to words like “currently” or “presently.” It’s also used to ask someone what they’re currently doing, often combined with colloquial phrases like “What’s up?” or “How’s it going?” Another way RN is used is to invite someone to do an activity with you as soon as possible. For example, if you need to call someone urgently, you could message them, “Can you hop on FaceTime rn?” This implies that you want to talk to them now and not later in the day. RN is frequently used with other initialisms like WYD and HYD, which stand for “What are you doing?” and “How are you doing?”, respectively. For example, you could message someone a complete question by typing “wyd rn?”, which stands … [Read more...] about What Does “RN” Mean, and How Do You Use It?
Telegram and Signal are widely popular privacy-focused messaging apps. However, the two apps have some big differences : While all messages sent via Signal are always end-to-end encrypted by default, Telegram messages aren’t. End-to-end encryption is an optional feature in Telegram. Why End-to-End Encryption Matters End-to-end encryption means that only the sender and the receiver of a message can see its contents. Not even the company running the server in the middle of the conversations can see the contents of the communications. With Signal, all conversations are always end-to-end encrypted: The Signal Foundation can’t see the contents of the messages. With Telegram, the company in charge of Telegram is technically capable of seeing the contents of the messages on its servers. There is still some encryption in Telegram, of course: Encryption is used to transmit messages between your Telegram app, Telegram’s servers, and the other person’s Telegram app. Your … [Read more...] about PSA: Telegram Chats Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted by Default
Whatever wireless Xbox controller you have—whether it’s a controller for an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or Xbox One—more battery life is always good. Here are our top tips for extending your controller’s battery life, both in the long and short term. Power off Your Controller to Save Battery The easiest way to make your controller’s batteries last longer is to simply turn it off when you aren’t using it. You can do this manually at any point while playing a game: Press and hold the Xbox button in the middle of the controller, then choose “Turn Off Controller.” If you don’t touch your Xbox controller for 15 minutes, it will power off automatically. Unfortunately, there’s no way to override this setting at present (as you can on Sony PlayStation consoles). Got a Play and Charge Kit? Charge Smart The Xbox controller comes with a single set of disposable batteries. The easiest way to upgrade your controller to be rechargeable is to purchase Microsoft’s official Play … [Read more...] about How to Extend Your Xbox Controller’s Battery Life
What does it mean when a friend or coworker takes a bathroom break and uses the term “BRB”?We’ll explain what the popular acronym means, and how to use it properly. “Be Right Back” BRB stands for “be right back.” It’s used in online messaging and chatting when you have to leave your device to do something else temporarily. It’s typically used when you’re going to be gone for a short time to do a quick activity, such as going to the bathroom or answering the door. It implies that your conversation partner should wait for you to come back. It’s closely related to the acronym AFK , which stands for “away from keyboard.” AFK and BRB can be used interchangeably when one is taking a break from something. They can also be used together. For example, you might say, “AFK BRB” to let others know you’ll be away from your computer for a bit, but will be back soon. It can also be used with the idiomatic phrase “hold that thought” or “hold tight.” When either of these is used with BRB, … [Read more...] about What Does “BRB” Mean, and How Do You Use It?
Windows has featured a taskbar at the bottom of the screen since the beginning. That position made sense back in the day, but on modern computers, it doesn’t. I’m here to tell you the taskbar should be on the left. The Origins of the Horizontal Taskbar To understand why the taskbar should be on the left side—or right side—we should first take a look at where it started. Windows 1.0 included a taskbar at the bottom of the screen, but it was only for showing minimized applications. The taskbar we know today first showed up in Windows 95 . RELATED: Windows 95 Turns 25: When Windows Went Mainstream Windows 95 was actually the first version that supported moving the taskbar as well, but it wasn’t really needed at that time. Up until around 2003, computer monitors primarily used a 4:3 aspect ratio, which meant that there was almost as much vertical space as horizontal space. Windows 95 Since the vertical and horizontal sizes were similar, the taskbar spanning … [Read more...] about Why Your Windows Taskbar Should Always Be on the Left Side