Linking Your Android Phone to Google and Info On Laser Measuring Devices

John Vrooman | May 7, 2015

I recently came across a helpful Google support web page that offers step-by-step instructions on the topic of how to link an Android phone to Google. At the bottom of the support web page a number of useful features/capabilities are mentioned that can be used once an Android phone is successfully linked. The features/capabilities the support page highlights include: 1) find my phone; 2) send directions to my phone; 3) send a note to my phone; 4) set an alarm, and 5) set a reminder. If you want to learn more about these features, how to use them and how to link your Android phone to Google, simply visit the following web page…

Laser Measuring Devices

“Electronic tape measures,” “laser distance finders,” “digital measuring devices,” “laser meter,” and “laser measuring device” are all names for devices that can take measurements using lasers. If you are still carrying around a tape measure to measure room sizes, you can typically speed things up a lot, and look a bit more professional as well, by taking a laser measuring device to your listing and showing appointments. Generally speaking, the room measuring needs that typical Realtors have can probably be met by most laser measuring devices. (The price of laser measuring devices typically goes up as the distance measuring capability increases and the number of features increase). A simple Google, Amazon, or eBay search using the terms mentioned above will lead you to some product options. To help you get started on your search for a laser measuring device, the following link will lead you to a article/blog post titled “Best Laser Measuring Device Reviews 2014”…

Tip: I recently came across a relatively low cost laser measuring device/solution for those who may own a compatible iPhone. To learn more about the product, please visit the following web page… Hmmm. Will this product be able to work with your next phone?

USB Chargers for Your Vehicle

Having a good USB charger available in your vehicle can really be handy. However, not all USB chargers are the same, as some are definitely better than others. I came across an article/blog post that highlights and recommends a few USB charger products. The title of the article is “The Best USB Car Charger” and I found it at’s website. If you don’t have a USB charger for your vehicle, I think you should consider getting one! Being able to keep your phone operational while on the road is important, right! Here’s a courtesy link to the article…

Making the Windows 8.1 Start Menu Operate Like The One on Windows 7

I know that many of you are still trying to adjust to the Windows 8.x operating system. While you wait for Windows 10 to be released the following article will likely interest Windows 8.x users who want to modify the Windows 8 Start menu so that it operates a bit more like the Windows 7 Start menu did. While the article addresses how to tweak the built in Windows 8.x operating system, I would also encourage you to pay attention to the comments section at the end of the article as some additional product tips are offered. Some of the products mentioned in the comments are (in my opinion) actually better solutions than what is suggested in the article itself. Here’s where you can find the “How to Build a Desktop Start Menu Replacement in Windows 8.1” article…

Heads up: If you’re interested in knowing when Windows 10 is going to be released, the latest product news leak I’ve heard indicated that Windows 10 may be released by the end of July 2015. (So it’s not too early to start thinking about your migration plan if you’re likely to be an early adopter).

Note: Windows 10 will apparently be able to be configured in a way so that it looks and operates a bit more like Windows 7 than Windows 8.x currently does.

Microsoft Office 2016 (Preview)

If you are a Microsoft Office user you may want to learn more about the Office 2016 Preview. If after learning more about it you want to try it out, you can download it and start using it today! Before you are going to be able to try out the Office 16 Preview there are a few prerequisites that you have to meet. However, most users of recent versions of Microsoft Office (e.g. Office 365 subscribers) will likely not have any trouble with the prerequisites. Good luck to all who give it a try!


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John Vrooman is an experienced Realtor who enjoys staying on top of real estate, technology, marketing, new media and small business trends and developments. John curates information from a wide range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts and discoveries with a something for everyone approach. He is an Associate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty’s White Plains office.

John Vrooman
John Vrooman keeps an eye out for cool new hardware, software, apps, gadgets; SaaS solutions; social media developments, trends as well as personal/SMB productivity and related solutions. He gathers information for his column from a diverse range of resources and he enjoys sharing his discoveries with others. He has been authoring this column since August 2000 and welcomes feedback from his readers.