WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL “HACK?”
|“Hack” is shorthand for a shortcut or a trick that can make your life easier. They can apply to any area of life, from cooking to cleaning to dining out. And, they are not only innovative approaches to tackling life’s challenges, but entertaining as well. We’ve taken a look around and come up with a list of hacks you can use when planning your next trip.
MAKE DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
If you cannot do any of the above tips, please come to the lab. You can schedule either a one on one with your phone or take one of our classes.
See you soon.
It’s official. Straight from the Google Blog on November 10, 2015. You can now navigate and search the real world…online and off.
Roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today, and even where online access is available, it can still be spotty. That means that quick and easy access to information is still not possible for a majority of the population. This is a huge problem, especially as people attempt to navigate and explore the world around them, so Google Maps is taking steps to help people across the globe find directions and get where they’re going, even when they don’t have an Internet connection.
Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.
You can download an area by searching for a city, county or country, for instance, and tapping “Download” on the resulting place sheet, or by going to “Offline Areas” in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button.
Once downloaded, Google Maps will move into offline mode automatically when it recognizes you’re in a location with spotty service or no connectivity at all. When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route.
By default, we’ll only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection to prevent large data fees.
Google first previewed these new capabilities during Google I/O in May, and they’re gradually rolling out the first set of these improvements with the latest version of Google Maps on Android (coming soon to iOS). Over time, they’ll be introducing even more offline features to help you find your way—even when you can’t find a connection.
Posted by Amanda Bishop, Product Manager for Google.
Re-posted for all our seniors at AGE Computer Lab who spend time traveling the world with their phones.
Recently we had a very informative seminar from a UT student Sandra Benyamin. There were some unusual sites she recommended. As we slow down our travels and have mobility issues we can still see the world.
My favorite is a site called Google Cultural Institute. It is composed of several different modules, like the Art Project, Users Galleries, and World History,
Here is a snapshot of the home page. when you click on the Art Project module, you have the ability to search by gallery, location or artist. As an example I searched for John William Turner. Within seconds they found all the Turners on display in a variety of countries.
You can filter by place,and collection.
Thanks to the Geeks on Tour for this interactive map that we can use on our phones or PC’s. Later this month we are having a Google Map class. Be there.
Monday, June 29, 2015
1:00 to 3:30 pm
One 2½ hour session