Google Now for Hands Free in the Car

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Google Now Hands Free Driving

Google Now allows use of voice commands to do just about anything you need to with your phone. Everyone knows dangers that exist from texting and driving, but many people find it hard to set their phone down for that short drive home from work.

Notes & Reminders

Many people are always using their phone to constantly enter something in their to-do list or schedule before they forget. Reduce the dangers of accidents by using Now with Google Now. This is especially useful if you phone has Google Calendar is synced. You can say commands such as:

  • “Set an alarm for 5PM”, or if you want on recurring “Set an alarm every Wednesday morning for 7AM.”
  • Specific reminders can be sent to you, such as “Remind me to stop at Sue’s 3PM tomorrow” or “Remind me to grab milk at Ralph’s 4PM today.”
  • Use your Google Calendar to create an event by saying, “Create a calendar event for a Doctor appointment in NYC, Tuesday at 3PM.”

Saves notes to yourself, “Note to self: Pay light bill Friday.”

First time using the command Google Now needs to be told which to-do or note-taking apps you want used.

Communication on Phone

Instead of using a dial pad, just say, “Call Tom”, Google Now looks the name up in your list of contacts and dials for you.

If sending SMS messages, just say, “Text Tom that I will meet him at 6PM for drinks”, and after receiving a confirmation “yes” for the correct name, Google Now sends it along.

Navigation, Travel, Maps

One of the most common needs when driving around is finding how to get where you are going. Just ask Google Now something like, “Direction to Grand Central Station” and you will see directions on the screen from Google Maps. To have turn-by-turn directions, just hit Start button.

You can receive other information aside from directions:

  • Say “How far is NYC, New York from Rochester, New York” to learn how long it takes to drive from NYC to Rochester.
  • Ask to see map of location, “Map of NYC, New York.”
  • Ask “Where is nearest gas station?” or coffee shop, restaurant or other type of business.

Find out Information

Have you ever been driving along with a friend when the two of you come into a debate? Let Google Now settle your debate! Just say, “OK Google” to your phone, and ask your question when you hear a beep. No need to look at your phone, Google now reads it aloud and gives it visually.

This is just the beginning of what you can do hands free with Google Now!

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Achieve Your New Goal With Free Android Apps

Apps can make it easier.

Apps can make anything easier.

These Apps Can Help You Achieve Your Goals… And More

We are more than a month into the New Year, have you been sticking to your New Year resolution? If you have been having difficulty staying on board with challenges you set for yourself this year, we know of some great free Android Apps for you to try.

It is up to you to pick your challenge, whether it is quitting smoking, losing weight, having greater productivity, as so forth. Do not choose several new challenges, stick to just one you can concentrate on. Take out your Android and get ready to meet your challenge.

Track Your Goal on Regular Basis

We all have habits, and none of them are created overnight. It takes time to break or start habits . Just keep going, taking one day at a time.  Track your progress to see if you are on your way toward your goal or not,

You can track almost everything when you own an Android. If changing only one habit, the free version of TrackThisForMe is perfect for you. Simple to use, track five things at once, choose the date, add a value, and comment if you want. Keep in mind however, track how close you are getting to your goal, not what you did.

If your goal is to hit a certain weight, track current weight and each time you weight yourself. Do not track gym visits, which times you did good on your diet and when you didn’t.

Keep a Happy Streak

A popular way of building new habits is called “Don’t Break the Chain.” This is where you do the same this on a daily basis and mark it on a calendar. The free App Pledge tracks habits, reminding you to do them to help reinforce these new habits in your life. If habits are kept, streaks are kept and high scores helping you to grab your goal. Announce your streak and score to your friends on social media!

Android Apps for Change

If you want to keep it simple, use the previous two mentioned Apps. They concentrate on the habit while keeping the app very simple to use. Or go for the App that is above the rest, HabitBull.

You set a habit, put in a reminder, add a target day. HabitBull will now do all the heavy lifting for you, tracking all your progress to create a calendar to be sure you do not break your streak, taking all this data and changing it into gorgeous graphs, and giving you boosts by motivational phrases. The interface is brilliant, where you will want to come back over and over. There is a Pro version, but what you get in the free version is enough to work.

Which Android Apps would you choose?