April Fools, Where’s Waldo

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It’s that time again!

April 1st usually marks the day when the Internet collectively let’s it’s hair down and has some fun by creating prank sites and products, to honor April Fool’s Day.

Google, wich has a reputation for not letting this day pass quietly (e.g Express Parachute Delivery), has brought the eponymous, lost hero of “Where’s Waldo”  to Google Maps.

To Find Waldo in Google Maps:

  1. Launch Maps, you’ll see Waldo waving at you.
  2. Tap Waldo then tap Play.

Enjoy,  be on the lookout for too good funny to be true offering from the likes of AirBNB, Amazon, and Subway.

Cheers!

quincy

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Google Lens does Text Capture and More!

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Google Lens, is making its presence known, as a stand-alone app, and as an upgraded feature of Photos (for select Android phones*). With Lens’ OCR (object-character-recognition) capabilities, you can easily:
*16-Mar update:  Google Lens now also avail on iOS on devices.

  • Create a Contact from a printed business card
  • Initiate a a web-search the Web using an image
  • Translate the menu at a restaurant

…and more!

To Activate Lens 

  1. Take a picture and view it using Photos
  2. Tap the Lens  icon 220px-Google_Lens_logo.

Cheers!

quincy

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Mar 10 is Mario Time on Google Maps!

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Google is having a little fun with the date March 10 (a cheeky way to spell Mario) by adding this colorful character to Google Maps. Android and iOS users with the updated app can request directions and have the plucky plumber/racer show them how to get there.

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To Activate Mario Time 

  1. Launch Google Maps
  2. Click GO, and enter starting point and destination
  3. Click question markmario-clipart-mystery-box-3, then click LET’S-A GO!

Optionally, you can share Mario’s trip to @GoogleMaps on Twitter and/or tag it #MarioMaps in Instagram (but be careful of posting personal location info).

Cheers!

quincy

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Google Drones to Deliver Burritos

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Manna from Heaven?

Google‘s parent company, Alphabet, is partnering with Guzman y Gomez to deliver Mexican food to the great Outback. A successful pilot program by these taco-copters will lead to burritos dropping out of the sky all over the down under.

via TC: Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos …

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Cheers!

ʎɔuınb

Google Maps: Location Sharing📍

Google Location Sharing2.gifNEW: Google Maps Location Sharing, available to those with and those without Google accounts, enables you broadcast your location to those you choose.

Used in connection with  Maps’ Directions feature (aka, Drive mode) you can automatically send updated ETA information, so loved shared ones will know whether you’re stuck in traffic or have dropped into the pub for a pint.

Share your location with other Google account users…

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Share location and then Add People Add people.
  3. Tap Select People.
  4. Choose who you want to share with and for how long.
  5. Tap Share.
..or with those that do not have a Google Account
  1. On phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Share location.
  3. Tap More More and then Copy to clipboard.
  4. Using preferred messaging or mail app, paste link and send to intended recipients.

To stop sharing your location

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Share location.
  3. Tap Remove next to shared person to Remove.

To share your ETA

After you start your drive, you can share your destination, estimated arrival time, and where you are on the route.

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Set a driving destination.
  3. After you start navigation, tap More and then Share trip progress.
  4. Choose a person from the list.
  5. Tap Share.

Location Sharing will stop when you reach your destination or stop navigating. To stop sharing before you arrive, tap More  and then Stop sharing.

See where someone is

If someone shares their location with you, you can see them on the map.

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and thenShare location. Location sharers will appear as icons.
  3. Select person; the map will adjust to display their location.

Stop seeing someone’s location

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. On the map, tap sharer’s icon.
  3. At the bottom, tap More Up arrow.
  4. To temporarily hide someone, tap Hide from map.

Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

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Dude, Where’s My Car? Parking with Google Maps

Although I’ve not had the cinematic misfortune to see Ashton Kutcher utter this titular question, I have, occasionally, misplaced my car.

But no more; with the latest update to Google Maps  you can record where you parked your car, and when.

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To Record Your Parking Spot

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Press the Blue dot . A menu will appear.
  3. Select Save your parking.

Notifications remind you when it’s time to feed the meter, and a map directs you back to your vehicle.

Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

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Use Google to Find Your Phone

Honey, have you seen my phone?

You don’t need a tracking device to locate your Android phone. Just log into your Google Play Store account and access the Android Manager.

You can have your phone send out a Here I am! ring, or lock the device with an “If found, please return..” message;

…to reunite you with your lost loved one.

To Locate your Android Phone

  1. Go to https://play.google.com.
    Note: you will need to be logged into your Google account.
  2. Click the settings googlesettingsgearicon and select Android Device Manager.
    Your phone’s location location-icon-png-14will appear highlighted.
  3. Select preferred option(s):
    a. Click Ring to have your phone ring.
    b. Enable and Select Lock to secure your phone.
    c. Click Erase to wipe your personal data.

Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

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