Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Pitching Projects and Products to Executives, part V: How do you find new ideas?

Published by | Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

lynda.com will be releasing a new and very different course in our business segment soon, and your feedback on our preview videos here on the blog so far has been great! Please keep it coming. This is the fifth sneak peek to give you a sense for the course to come.

In today’s preview of the upcoming lynda.com course Pitching Projects and Products to Executives, Charles Warren, manager of mobile user experience at Google, answers the question, “How do you find new ideas?”

Texting Google for instant directions

Published by | Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

For some reason, I’m the guy people are always asking for directions. Whether it’s because of my seemingly non-threatening demeanor, or my confident stride down the sidewalk, I seem to attract all the lost and desperate drivers, trying to get wherever they’re going. Because of this, I’ve developed an inflated sense of pride in my ability to get people un-lost, and I hate to be stumped or reveal that I don’t know how to get to a particular location from wherever I happen to be. Admittedly, this sometimes results in me just making something up, yet delivering these fictitious directions with such a confident tone that the driver will cheerfully drive off in whatever random direction I’ve suggested, leaving me standing there with the awkward contentment of having made a stranger temporarily happy.

If your phone can send and receive text messages, it can almost instantaneously receive driving directions from Google.

At least, that used to happen. These days when I’m approached and stumped by the rarer and rarer breed of driver who dares to take a road trip without a GPS device or smartphone, I simply ask if they can send and receive text messages. (So far, I haven’t come across anyone who does not have a mobile phone.) When they say yes, I instruct them to send a text to GOOGLE (466453), formatted as “A to B” with “A” and “B” as their origin and destination. These can be exact street addresses, the names of towns, zip codes, or any combination of the three. Within seconds, Google will text back with the same set of directions they would have received by visiting google.com/maps in a web browser.

Even if you have a GPS or phone with GPS capabilities, you still might want to use this tip just so you have a backup set of directions should your GPS lose reception or run out of power. Bear in mind that your normal charges for text message will apply, depending on what your contract stipulates, but it’s probably a small price to pay for getting a reliable set of directions. Well, at least they’ll be more reliable than what you might get if you asked me.

For more info on Google’s wide array of text-based services, including movie times, flight schedules, translations, currency conversion, and more, visit google.com/mobile/products/sms.html.

lynda.com author events all week

Published by | Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

For those of you in the Washington DC area today, lynda.com author Robbie Carman will be speaking at the Washington DC Final Cut User Group meeting at 6:30 pm. The Final Cut Pro and Color expert will be talking about his recent book Video on a Mac, and demonstrate Color Grading techniques. Details available on the DCFCPUG site.

This Wednesday, lynda.com author and Google expert, Susan Cline is offering a free one-hour webinar on Google Forms on behalf of the Google apps solutions company Dito. Topics will include creating new forms, designing form questions, analyzing responses with Google Spreadsheets and more. Register today.

In honor of St. Patrick’s day, lynda.com author Jeff Foster has released a sneak peak video promo of his book, The Green Screen Handbook. Green indeed! Check out his trailer.

Join author Mordy Golding weekly for his new Adobe Illustrator webinar series, Fridays with Mordy. Each week Mordy will pick a different topic based on the user feedback he receives through his Twitter account. At 2 pm Eastern, each Friday, you can sit in and watch Mordy demo various Illustrator topics, and answer questions in a live webinar. For more information, and to check out his new weekly seminar, check out his blog.

Author Dane Howard tells us why he’s excited about his new Picasa 3 training

Published by | Thursday, August 13th, 2009
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Dane Howard, author of Picasa 3 Essential Training.

New in the lynda.com library is Picasa 3 Essential Training by Dane Howard. We asked Dane why this release was special, and here’s what he had to say:

Dane: I’ve been publishing an on-going photo chronicle project with my family for about 10 years now. I’ve documented and written about a number of shooting, publishing and photograph-sharing techniques, but I’m mostly excited about how new technology like iPhone for instance, makes it so easy to record a photo, video or audio file directly and email it somewhere instantly. I’ve been slowly building up my base of social networks over the past two years and am now authoring (and distributing) the media directly into those sites. With this course, I share many of my organization, editing and distribution tips within Google’s easy to use and free application, Picasa.

Dane Howard has authored multiple lynda.com titles on digital photography. He is also a designer, dad and founder of VUVOX.

Getting the most out of Google Apps: Docs Essential Training

Published by | Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Professional Google Apps trainer Susan Cline takes us through the key features of this web-based application that allows users to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms that are stored online and accessible from any computer. Check out Google Apps: Docs Essential Training in the Online Training Library®.