Tuesday Tech Tips

Posted by: on May 23, 2011 | 2 Comments

Are you a big fan of Google Maps and feel like the Maps application on your iPhone is falling behind in functionality?  Maybe you would like to access your starred locations and My Maps data stored in your Google Account. Whatever your reason, Google has enhanced Google Maps for mobile browsers on Android and iOS.  Just visit maps.google.com on your phone or tablet browser and stare in awe of what Google has accomplished in HTML instead of a dedicated app.

So my dear iPhone owners and frequent flyers…would you like a highly interactive app where “you can track your flight, recalculate your remaining flight time and flight position, and learn more about key landmarks and geographic areas you’re flying over”?  (I love it when a vendor provides tech tips copy for me).  If so, you might want to check out all the details on the iPhone WindowsSeat app and see if this one is for you. Looks like they have a paid app for $2.99 and free app that covers a limited number of cities.

Are you one of those people who have a need to print from your mobile device but don’t want to have to install software for printing?  I’m a little late notifying you about this but Google has a service called Google Cloud Print that will do just that.  Head over to the Google Mobile Blog to read all the details.

As our social network continues expanding, the ability to keep up with all the noise can become overwhelming.  Twitter already has the ability to create lists but surprisingly many people are not aware that Facebook has a similar list capability.  Lifehacker has a quick write up on creating and using Facebook lists.  It’s only a couple of paragraphs so go read it now. Scoot.

I have had terrible luck this last year with hard drives failing on me.  I wish I had come across this website on hard drive sounds earlier.  Most hard drives start to make specific sounds when they are failing and Data Cert has created a database of sounds for each brand of drive to help you understand what might be happening with your drive when you think you hear sounds that just don’t quite sound right to you.

zaa29443And finally, I leave you with one of the most interesting toilets I have seen in a long time. It’s called the Kohler Numi and this illuminated, electrified, spritzing, heated and wireless remote control device will only set you back a cool $6300. I’ll take 2.


  1. Bill Kutik
    May 25, 2011

    Hard drive advice, aside, I think you need to change your title to “Tuesday Phone Tech Tips” or even “Tuesday iPhone Tech Tips.” Nothing wrong with cornering that market.

    I’ll stop being so jealous once I get one to use the amazing new app we bought for HR Technology in October. Amazing, at least, to me! Did you know you can use your fingers, just like in the movie “Minority Report”?

    • Michael Krupa
      May 25, 2011

      Thanks for reminding me that sometimes I am a little too iPhone centric. But in fairness, I scan the Blackberry, Android and WebOS tech news along with the iPhone and these other platforms rarely have anything worth mentioning.

      Wait, you can use your fingers…on a touch device? I think I need to ask Jason Averbook to send you to remedial iPad training. Do you want to book me to present a late breaking HR Technology conference session on Mobile Touch technology?