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)
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
December 15, 2017
I am exploring the Google Chromebooks and in the process, I am collecting various tips (and tricks) on how to use it. My goal is to learn this thing, “in and out”, with the intent of recommending the Chromebook to people at home. From what I am seeing, the Chromebook, just works, easy to use, updates are transparent, is inexpensive and there are a ton of Chrome apps and Android apps that can be run on the Chrome OS platform.
To get started with any device it is nice to have a “how to” list available and the best list I could find on the Chromebook was from c|net (see below)…
A dozen keyboard shortcuts to make Chrome OS even easier to use.
Google Cloud Print for the win.
What’s the Chromebook equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete?
Help the app shelf help you.
Open as window, says me.
Not all of your files are stored in the cloud. Learn how to move files between your Chromebook and an external hard drive, thumb drive or SD card.
Accessing Dropbox from Chrome OS’s file manager is preferable to accessing it through the Chrome browser.
Can’t live without a particular Windows program? Here’s the trick for running it on your Chromebook.
Screenshots are a quick and easy way to save information or troubleshoot an issue.
They may look the same, but a cheap laptop and a Chromebook are more different than you might expect.
SOURCE: c|net – How to use a Chromebook: Tips, tricks and shortcuts
November 9, 2017
Google is rolling out a new feature that will allow you to gauge the wait times at your favorite restaurants. How this works is that the wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data, similar to how Google computes the previously launched Popular Times and Visit Duration features.
To see wait times for nearly a million sit-down restaurants around the world that allow walk-ins, just search for the restaurant on Google, open the business listing, and scroll down to the Popular Times section. There you’ll see the estimated wait time at that very moment. And by tapping on any of the hour bars, you’ll see the estimated wait for that time period. You can even scroll left and right to see a summary of each day’s wait times below the hour bars–so you can plan ahead to beat the crowds.
SOURCE: Google – Skip the line: restaurant wait times on Search and Maps
October 26, 2017
You may have seen the commercials on TV advertising the Google Home Mini and wondering what is the Mini? I was curious as well and decided to find out.
The Google Home Mini is, quote: “About the size of a donut, it has all the smarts of the Google Assistant and gives you hands-free help in any room of your house”.
If you have an Android phone, you may be familiar with Google Assistant on your phone where you simply say “OK Google” and the assistant will launch; at which point, you can ask Google a question. It works very, very well. I am also seeing that you will soon be able to also prompt Google Assistant on your phone, by saying “Hey Google”. You can already do that with the Mini.
The one thing I was curious about, and my question has been answered, is the Mini as smart as the full-fledged Google Assistant(?); and, it is. The Mini is a pared down version of the Assistant making it more accessible in any room.
It’s sleek and smooth, with no corners or edges, and about the size of a donut. Its fabric enclosure is durable, yet transparent enough to let through both light and sound. The LEDs under the fabric light up to show you when your Assistant hears you. And it projects 360-degree sound so you’ll never miss a beat. With far-field microphones, Mini can hear you even when there’s music playing or there’s other noise in the background. Mini comes in three colors—Chalk, Charcoal and Coral. At $49, Google Home Mini works on its own or you can have a few around the house, giving you the power of Google anywhere in your home.
SOURCE: The Official Google Home Blog