Apple's latest event – Receipt Scanning Apps – Windows, Siri, Android, and Gmail tips

John Vrooman | April 2019

Yes, you can use Google Maps or Waze with Siri (instead of Apple Maps) on iOS 12.
Many Apple iOS device users prefer Google’s “Google Maps” and/or “Waze” apps over Apple’s “Maps” app. Unfortunately, Siri, Apple’s voice assistant doesn’t work well (by default) with Google’s map apps. Fortunately, if your Apple device is running iOS 12 (or higher) you have access to “Siri Shortcuts” which can enable you to use Siri voice commands to access Google Maps and Waze! To learn how this can be done, please visit the gadgethacks.com website and review an article that’s titled “Use Google Maps or Waze with Siri Instead of Apple Maps”. Here’s a link to the article...www.tinyurl.com/yacb7axf

Apple’s March 25, 2019, Special Event
Late last month, Apple put on another “Special Event” where it announced a bunch of new services (instead of new/updated hardware products). If you’re interested in learning about the new Apple services that were introduced at the event, I would encourage you to watch a replay of the whole event. The following link will lead you to a webpage at Apple.com where you can view the events keynote address where all the new services were introduced…www.tinyurl.com/y5bbnhyd

Scanner and receipt management apps
Do you take photos of your receipts? If you don’t, you may want to consider doing so for tax, accounting, organization, paperless office, sharing, convenience, etc. reasons. Which receipt scanning and management app is best for you? That’s a difficult question to answer as everyone’s needs are different. However, if you take the time to read some product reviews, you’ll likely be able to identify a few apps that match your needs better than others. To help with this, some short scanner app reviews are included in an article titled “10 of the Best Apps to Scan and Manage Receipts”. This article is available at the online-tech-tips.com website at the following location…www.tinyurl.com/y2ugbxz4

How to automatically sign in to Windows 10
Do you use a Windows 10 computer? When your computer starts, do you have to sign in with a password, PIN, or other sign in procedure? When you turn on your computer, would you like it to boot up all the way to the Windows Desktop (main screen) instead of stopping at the Windows sign-in page? If you answered “Yes” to the previous questions, an article at the pureinfotech.com website titled “How to remove login password on Windows 10” will provide you with some easy to follow instructions that (once properly completed) will enable you to boot directly into Windows without having to manually enter your password…www.tinyurl.com/y4fdhwam

A video titled “How to Disable Windows 10 Login Password and Lock Screen” covers the same topic, but in video form. The video can be found at the “MDTechVideos” YouTube channel. I suggest that you review both the article’s and video’s instructions and then also browse through the comments (found below the video). Some of the video’s comments offer additional help and troubleshooting tips. Here’s a link to the video…www.tinyurl.com/y2cdnjdv

Some “hidden” Chrome for Android settings changes to consider
I regularly encounter articles that highlight Android device settings that should be changed in order to improve, enable, disable or fix…something. Over time, I’ve noticed that many of these types of articles duplicate topics/tips that are covered in other articles that I encounter. With the above in mind, I was relieved when I came across a Computerworld.com article titled “7 hidden settings to make Chrome for Android even better” because all the tips offered were useful and new to me. If you’re an Android device user who likes to tweak settings, please visit the link below to see if any of the Chrome on Android tips interest you…www.tinyurl.com/y5rb2h8b

Gmail delegation?
Do you have an assistant, colleague, family member, or someone else who you want to be able to access your Gmail account? If so, is your Gmail account a regular “@gmail.com” account (not a Gmail account that’s configured with a custom domain)? Does the person/people who you want to be able to access your Gmail also have regular Gmail accounts? If/when you can answer “yes” to the preceding questions, you’ll be happy to know that you can grant those people easy access to your Gmail WITHOUT having to share your Gmail password. The ability to delegate access to your Gmail account to other Gmail users has been available for a long time, but like many features, they can sometimes go unnoticed by many. The following link will lead you to an article at the lifewire.com website that’s titled ” How to Share Access to Your Gmail Account”. The article offers simple step-by-step instructions that will lead you through the Gmail delegation process…www.tinyurl.com/y3tdpnkx

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John Vrooman
John Vrooman is an experienced Realtor who enjoys staying on top of real estate, technology, gadgets, marketing, new media, and small business trends/developments. He gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others – using a “something for everyone” approach. John has been authoring this column since August 2000 and enjoys receiving comments and suggestions from his readers.