Google Maps Tips, Apple Mail Tips, Chrome's ‘Send to Self’ Feature and Windows 10 Free Upgrade

John Vrooman | September 2019

Over time, Google Maps (both desktop and mobile app versions) continues to improve. Unfortunately, as features are added, changed, moved, etc., it can be a challenge to stay up to date. Fortunately, I recently came across an article at makeuseof.com titled “17 Google Maps for Android Tricks That’ll Change How You Navigate.” Although the article is written from an “Android” user perspective, iOS (iPhone and iPad) users will also benefit from much that the article discusses. The following is a list of some of the topics that the article discusses…

See Your Speed, Speed Limits, and Speed Traps / Plan Trips Ahead of Time / Send Directions to Your Phone / Navigate Inside Malls / Double-Tap to Zoom / Follow Walking Directions in Augmented Reality / Receive Your Commute’s Traffic Info Before You Leave / Use Voice Control With Saved Places / Save Places to Your Calendar / Let Your Family [Customers and Colleagues] Track Your Travels [Location Sharing].

To learn more about the above and other topics, here’s a link to the above-mentioned article…www.tinyurl.com/y3lu9fk3

Question/Tip: Do you know how to enter multiple addresses into Google Maps and obtain multiple waypoint directions (directions from one address to another)? If not, I recommend that you visit Google Maps Help — “Get directions and show routes” and “Add multiple destinations.” The following link leads to step-by-step instructions that you can follow to learn how to obtain multi-point directions using a computer, Android, or iOS devices…www.tinyurl.com/y2zx5oo8

Get More Out of Apple Mail

If you use Apple Mail as your e-mail client, there’s a good chance that you may not be familiar with some of the application’s features. I recently came across an article at lifewire.com titled “The Best Apple Mail Tips and Tricks” and concluded that it would be a worthwhile read for most Apple Mail users. The following list includes many of the topics that are addressed in the article…

Keep an Eye on Important Email Messages / Find Messages Quickly in Apple Mail / Take Control of Your Email in Mail / Pump Up Your Email With Apple Mail Stationery / Access Your Gmail Using Apple’s Mail / Set Up Apple Mail Rules / Create Notes or To-Do’s in Apple Mail

To access the article, simply visit…www.tinyurl.com/y6tyffs7

Suggestion: At the end of the above-mentioned article, continue to scroll down the webpage. When you do, you’ll come across a number of additional articles on a variety of other topics that you’re likely to find interesting.

Google Chrome’s ‘Send Tab to Self-Feature

Have you ever been working on a computer and come across something on the web that you wanted to send to your phone (or vice versa)? If so, I want you to know that Google Chrome now has a “Send Tab to Self” feature that enables you to accomplish this task. To learn more about this handy new Google Chrome feature, please visit howtogeek.com and refer to an article titled “How to Use Chrome’s Hidden ‘Send Tab to Self” Feature.’” Here’s a courtesy link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/yy7gnvpz

Yes, You May Still Be Able to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free!

Do you have, or are you still, using a computer that’s running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1? Do you want to upgrade that computer to Windows 10? If so, another article at howtogeek.com that’s titled “You Can Still Get Windows 10 for Free with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Key” may interest you. To learn more about the upgrade possibility and process, please visit www.tinyurl.com/mlsekas

Ambition & Balance (blog), by Doist

Doist is a software company that makes several popular apps. The company also maintains a blog called “Ambition & Balance.” The “Productivity” section of this blog caught my attention and will likely catch yours, too—if you’re interested in productivity and “learning how to learn” topics such as the “Pomodoro Technique,” “GTD” (Getting Things Done), the “Eisenhower Matrix,” “Eat the Frog” method, “Kanban”…and more. If you would like to explore the Ambition & Balance blog, here’s a link to its “Productivity” section…www.tinyurl.com/y5xpfzdp

Tip: If topics such as “learning how to learn”, memory techniques, note-taking techniques, studying techniques, mind mapping and Kaizen are topics that sound interesting or are new to you, please Google/YouTube them. When you do, you’ll discover lots of information on these topics.

Suggestion: While exploring the above topics, consider sharing what you learn and find interesting with others as there’s a chance that they’ll be able to benefit from the information, too.

Apple Special Event Coverage

If you missed Apple’s September 10, 2019 “Special Event,” you can still watch it online. The event’s keynote address can be viewed at apple.com (like usual), but it can also be watched on YouTube. As usual, new/upcoming products, features and services were introduced and demonstrated during the event.

Also, as usual, after learning about the new products and features…I want them!

Here’s a link to the event’s keynote address on YouTube…www.tinyurl.com/yxv5b499

If you would prefer to browse an article that highlights what was announced at the event, here’s a link to a digitaltrends.com article titled “Here’s absolutely everything announced at Apple’s September 2019 event”…https://tinyurl.com/y25rkumr

If you have comments, suggestions, tips, questions or just want to say “Hi”, you can 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. 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.