Turn Google Drive into your jukebox
Google Drive is a great cloud service to store all your documents, presentations and spreadsheets. But I bet you didn't know that you can also use it - in conjunction with a few third-party tools - to create your own virtual jukebox that lets you stream your songs to wherever you are as long as you have an internet connection.
To listen to the music you've uploaded to Drive, visit www.drivetunes.org (preferably using the Chrome browser) and sign in with your Google account.
Allow Drivetunes to access your Google Drive by clicking Accept. The website automatically detects and lists all MP3 and M4A files, letting you play your tunes from any web-enabled computer.
You can install apps like CloudBeats Lite or GDrive (for iOS) or CloudAround (for Android devices).
Make your own maps
So you've moved to a new home, or you're probably hosting your birthday party at this new pub. One of the problems you're faced with is giving detailed directions to get to the venue. Guess what? You can use Google Maps. The service lets you create custom maps, add waypoint symbols and colours; you can also annotate it with text; add snapshots for visual aids, and more...
Sign in to Google Maps, click My Places > Create Map.
Something called Maps Engine Lite will open in a new tab.
You can now use this interface to plot your route. There are four tools - to select items, add markers, draw lines, and add directions. The elements you add are represented as layers (just like in photo-editing software). This makes it easier to mask out certain annotations or routes. The map editor also includes a handy undo-redo option.
Once you are done, click the Share button to send it via e-mail, Google+, Facebook or Twitter.
Print from anywhere
The wonders of technology. Do you know you can now use the Chrome browser and your Google account to send a printout to your home printer from anywhere in the world?
To set up on your home computer...
First, make sure your printer is ON.
In the Chrome browser, click the menu button and select Settings.
Click the Show advanced settings... link.
Scroll down to the Google Cloud Print section and sign in to enable the service.
Select your printer in the list, click Add Printers, and you're ready to go.
To print from a remote computer...
Ensure that your printer and the PC that it is connected to are switched ON.
Sign in with your Google account in Chrome.
Click on the menu button, and select the Print... option.
In the Print panel that appears, under Destination, click on Change... to select your remote printer. Hit Print.
It should be noted that you can only print the contents of your browser window using this method. If you want to print a.doc file, for instance, you will need to open it in a cloud service like Google Drive.
Android and iOS apps like Google Print and PrintCentral Pro can also be used to send prints using Google's cloud print service.
Source: Times of India