February 15, 2018
One of the most overlooked Google Doc applications is Google Drawings. The main reason for this is that Google Drawings is not readily available in the listing of the other Google Docs (like Docs, Sheets and Slides). What I am finding is that Google Drawings is a powerful (easy to use) graphic designer that can be used for multi-purposes (i.e. blog postings, signs, cards, facebook posts, flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, etc…).
As I mentioned, it is not easy to find or get to. Below is step-by-step on how to get to Google Drawings. Once you are there, bookmark it in your web browser. You can also get to it, if you are a Google Chrome browser user, by going to the Google Chrome Store and downloading the Google Drawings app [here].
AND, if you want the real easy way of getting to Google Drawings, just [CLICK HERE]
Source: Create & edit drawings – Computer – Docs editors Help
February 13, 2018
If you are not familiar with Google Docs then take a look at these 11 Steps in using Google Docs. It is a good intro toward helping you understand that Google Docs may be all that you need when it comes to drafting your documents. It is like this… You can spend a great deal of money for Microsoft Office or you can go with Google Docs; which is FREE. If you already have a Gmail account, then you are you are already set up to start using Google Docs right away.
Source: Using Google Docs: 11 Steps
February 10, 2018
I currently own this Chromebook and I will tell you that I now very seldom use my Windows-based computer anymore at home. This has been a personal test of mine to determine if I could do the same work on the Chromebook as I do my desktop; AND, the answer is YES. This particular Chromebook is mid-range in performance and specs. I highly recommend it for home-based computing and for those Mom’s and Pop’s out there, due to its’ ease of use. This particular model by ACER is at a good price point now…
2017 Newest Acer 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080) IPS Chromebook – Intel Celeron-3205U, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics, HDMI, WIFI, Bluetooth, Chrome OS-White (32GB)
February 2, 2018
If you have a Google Home voice-activated speaker you can broadcast your voice from your Android Smartphone to the speaker, just as long as both devices use the same account. For example, using my smartphone, when away from the house, I can use the Google Assistant on my phone and say “ok Google broadcast I am on my way home” and the message will be broadcasted to the Google speaker in my house. If you have more than one of the Google Home speakers in your house, you can broadcast a message from one speaker to another, just like an intercom system (but smarter).
SOURCE: Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant
January 27, 2018
Check out this new camera from Google, called Google Clips…
Google Clips is smart enough to recognize great expressions, lighting and framing and capture beautiful, spontaneous images. Wirelessly connect to your phone to check out what you’ve shot.
Source: Google Clips – Wireless Smart Camera – Google Store
January 1, 2018
If you have a Chromebook, with Android support, where you can install Android Apps, I highly recommend that you install the Android version of WPS Office. I currently have this office suite on my Windows based computers, Android devices (smartphone) and now found a home for it on my Acer Chromebook.
This office suite is probably the most compatible that I have found to the Microsoft Office products. As a matter of fact I use WPS and do not have Microsoft Office installed. The reason for this is that WPS Office is FREE (with ads).
View, edit and create of almost any document type – all fully compatible with Microsoft Office ® and Google Docs. The main types of compatible file fromats: doc, docx, dot, dotx, wps, wpt, txt, rtf, ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx, pot, potx, dps, dpt, xls, xlsx, xlt, xltx, et, ett, pdf, html
All-in-one Free Office Suite App
- Integrate with Memo, Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation, lets you make quick office documents editing, creating and reading on-the-go
- Fully compatibility with Microsoft Office( Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Txt), Google Docs, Sheets, Slide and PDF, Adobe PDF
Free PDF Converter and PDF Reader
- Support PDF files reading and viewing
- Convert all office documents ( word, text, excel, powerpoint,doc ) to PDF files
SOURCE: Google Play Store – WPS Office (for Android)
December 28, 2017
For Christmas, I landed a deal on a Google Chromebook by Acer at Bestbuy that included a $100 off, plus a Google Home Speaker thrown in (for free) to sweeten the deal. I don’t think that deal will resurface; however, I am seeing the same Chromebook at Amazon for $50 off the retail price (see below). If you want to explore the world of Chromebooks, I highly recommend this one (see below). I have always worked with the Windows operating system (since its’ inception) and I must say, “I am hooked on this Chromebook and the Google Chrome OS”. If you are someone looking for a computer solely for internet-based activity, get a Chromebook. If you have a mom or pop, with little or no computer expertise, get a Chromebook. It does not get any easier than this (very little setup and maintenance).
This particular Chromebook is setup to run Android Apps, as well as apps from the Google Chrome store.
Acer 15.6″ FHD IPS Touch-Screen Chromebook-Intel Quad Core N4200 up to 2.5 GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Webcam, WIFI, Bluetooth, Chrome OS-Aluminum Chassis
- 15.6-in Full HD (1920×1080) IPS multitouch screen for hands-on control. LED backlight.
- Intel Quad Core N4200 up to 2.5 GHz. 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM. The Chromebook will then download any available system updates, so you automatically get the latest Chrome OS features.
- 32 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive. Cloud based device with free Google Drive storage.
- Intel HD Graphics. Up to 12-hour battery life. Weighs 3.97 lbs. and measures 0.7″ thin.
- Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.
SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook CB515-1HT-P39B