Directions to Multiple Locations Using Google and Solutions to Other Issues

John Vrooman | September 2018

When showing multiple properties, you need to think about how you’re going to navigate from one property to the next. What’s the most efficient way to get around? Is the most efficient route also the most strategic one? Regardless, Google Maps can help with these tasks. A HowToGeek.com article titled “How to Plan a Road Trip with Multiple Destinations on Google Maps” shows you how you can map out a multiple destination travel route using Google Maps on your desktop computer, iOS (Apple) or Android device. Here’s a link to the helpful, step-by-step article…
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Regain Control of Your iPhone’s and iPad’s Notifications

Grr…Non-stop notifications! If there’s one topic that most iPhone and iPad users can agree upon is managing app notifications can be a time-consuming headache. In fact, for many who can’t figure out how to configure their devices app notification settings, the solution to obtaining a notification-free night sleep is to charge their device(s) in a room other than the bedroom. Fortunately, there are ways to take control of notifications, but it does take some time to work through numerous system and app settings. If you have an iPhone or iPad that’s running iOS 12, I came across an article at the iMore.com website titled “How to customize notifications on iPhone and iPad.” The article is broken down into several sections that discuss ways that notifications can be managed. To get to the article, please visit…
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How to View an iPhone or iPad Screen on a Windows PC

If you’ve wondered if there’s a way to view an iPhone or iPad screen on a Windows PC screen, the answer is “Yes,” it is possible! Making training materials (e.g. capturing app screenshots) and teaching others how to use apps are both examples of why you may want to display an iPhone or iPad screen on a Windows PC. At the Wondershare.com website, I came across an article titled “Five Methods to Mirror iPhone/iPad to your Windows PC.” The article covers a few different ways to achieve the goal of displaying an iPhone’s or iPad’s screen on a Windows PC screen. Here’s a link to the article…
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Companionlink Software Provides A Variety of Powerful Sync Solutions

Unfortunately, some popular software, apps, and online services do not provide built-in data sync solutions that are as reliable and robust as may be needed or desired by some. To address this situation, CompanionLink Software has developed some software solutions that address a few common and problematic data sync situations (e.g. syncing Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, Google Contacts and Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook).

Unfortunately, CompanionLink’s solutions are not free and may require more setup and configuration than some may be willing to invest. However, if you have a data sync problem that one of the company’s products addresses, then you may be in luck and you should give the product that addresses your needs a try. The products that I investigated included a 14-day free trial period. To review the sync solutions that the company’s products addresses, please visit and explore the following website…
https://www.companionlink.com

Troubleshooting OS X Printing Problems

If you are a Mac computer user, you may encounter a printing problem someday. When that day comes there are a few things you can do that should result in your being able to get your printer working again. An article I recently came across at Lifewire.com identifies some troubleshooting steps you should try that may be able to get your printer working again. The title of the article is “Reset Your Mac’s Printing System to Fix OS X Printer Problems” and you can get to it by visiting this webpage…
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Google Docs Keeps Getting Better

Over time, Google Docs has continually improved in ease of use, features, capability, and compatibility. Today, many are finding that Google Docs is now capable enough to use as a replacement to Microsoft Word. If you use Google Docs, the following article entitled “25 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Docs could do” will likely put a smile on your face as it offers some great tips! The article can be accessed on the FastCompany.com website at the following address…
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How to Find Previously Dismissed Android Notifications

Whoops! You received a notification on your Android device, dismissed it…and now, for one reason or another, you want it back! How can you view your previously dismissed notifications? Fortunately, the popular HowToGeek.com website has a useful article that may provide you with a solution to this problem. The title of the article is “How to View Notifications You’ve Dismissed on Android,” and you can find it here…
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Volterman Smart Wallet

Attention guys! If you’re a gadget geek and in the market for a new wallet, check out the Volterman Smart Wallet. The Volterman Smart Wallet has a 1) built-in power bank (that can recharge a phone or other device); 2) distance alarm; 3) global GPS tracking; 4) worldwide Wi-Fi hotspot, and 5) an anti-thief camera. You can learn more about this innovative wallet by visiting the products webpage at…
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If you have comments, suggestions, tips, questions or just want to say “Hi”, you are invited to contact me at john@johnvrooman.com. I always enjoy hearing from you!

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. John gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others – using a “something for everyone” approach. He has been authoring this column since August 2000 and is an Associate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty's White Plains office.