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Friday, November 14, 2014

Google Keep for Note Taking and Reminders

imageHave you ever wished you could remember to do something when you’re in a particular place? Like when you were visiting friends in Oregon and they told you, “If you get to Newport, you must eat at Moe’s!” or when you keep telling yourself, “Next time I’m at my sister’s house, make sure to show her how to use her printer from her tablet.”  Or, “When we drive thru Camp Verde, check to see if the Verizon signal is strong enough for us to stay there.”

All three of these examples are things that Google Keep can remind you to do. The last one, about checking the Verizon signal is something I used yesterday. I knew I would forget to do it unless I could get a reminder, but any normal reminder system would just beep me at a certain time. I didn’t know what time we would be driving thru the town, I wanted a reminder when we were at that location. Google Keep, on my Android phone, knew when we hit the limits of Camp Verde and popped up a notification reminding me to check the Verizon signal.

If you’ve tried Evernote, and found it too complex, give Google Keep a try. It is an ultra simple note taking service. See our “What Does This Button Do?” Web show # 13. It’s a half hour show all about taking notes on your mobile devices. A discussion of Google Keep starts at 13:24

  • App Name: Keep
  • Author: Google
  • Price: Free
  • Available for Android or on the web and chrome store.
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Make your own Google Maps with My Maps App

imageby Chris Guld,
We’ve been living in our RV on the road for 11 years now. Over that time, I’ve had lots of ideas of places I want to go! I’ve also had lots of methods of remembering them. I’ve had written lists in a notebook, I’ve used Evernote to keep travel ideas, I’ve entered posts just for myself in Facebook, I’ve sent emails to Jim hoping he’d remember these places, I’ve created a Streets and Trips file called Ideas, and I’ve used Google Custom maps on the computer.
Nothing worked for me.
Evernote was good because, as a smartphone App, it is always with me so I can quickly jot down a quick note whenever the mood strikes. But, I really want them to be viewable in place on a map. So I created a custom Google map with all my idea places marked. I failed at keeping that up though because that needed to be done on a computer and a web browser. I need something on my phone.
My Maps is now available as an Android App! Yay! I’m so excited! (Yes, I really am a Geek.) This means I can grab my phone at any time I have an idea, open My Maps and create a marker for any place I want to remember. You can enter your own name for the marker, as well as a description. So far, I don’t see a way to add photos – for that you need to use a computer.
Just longpress on the spot where you want a marker, then tap Next
Here you can add your own Name and Description to the marker and tap Save
imageFrom now on, there will be a marker in that spot. Tap the marker and you’ll see the name, tap the name and you’ll see the description.

  • App Name: My Maps
  • Author: Google
  • Price: Free
  • Available for Android (although I find a “My Maps” listed in the iOS App store, it’s just regular maps - not yet available on iOS)
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