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5 Reasons Why Young Adults Should Love Family Locator Apps

5 Reasons Why Young Adults Should Love Family Locator Apps

Family locator apps cause a lot of controversy, especially among young adults, whose parents frequently make them (or they secretly) install a locator app to monitor their daily whereabouts and make sure they are up to no evil. The teen feels angry for the lack of trust and this results in mutual disdain. However, if you happen to be reading and you are one of the unfortunate people having to fight about a tracking app, bare with me – there is a way to use a locator app to your advantage.

There are many locator apps on the market, for example, take GPS Locator Apps, like GeoZilla, Life360, Glypmse, etc. These apps and similar locator apps have included features that can be utilized in various ways in everyday situations not only just to tell your parents where you’re not supposed to be!

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Down below, read 5 surprising ways you can use a GPS locator app to your advantage:

1. Reminders For Your Friends or Family

Whether you live with your family, partner, or roommates, locator apps may have several features to keep you connected and informed with the people in your circle. You can set location based reminders for the individuals in your circle on the app. You might see your family is at the grocery store without you. Instead of trying to ring everyone, simply send a text in the group chat to inform them on what it is that you want.

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2. Keep Your Parents Happy

We all know that sometimes parents just don’t understand. Children and young adults don’t always have time to check in. With a locator app, put your parents at ease with the app’s check-in feature which allows you to simply check-in when you arrived at your destination. In addition, two amazing features that parents will love is: the app can let you know the battery life of everyone in your circle, as well, in a unfortunate case of an emergency, the app includes a device monitoring special feature which allows you to instantly alert your circle when and if you do run into trouble. Some apps will also alert your circle if you go off the radar.

3. Tracking Chores To Completion

Keeping track of chores and tasks can be a hassle. Living with multiple people you probably can’t recall who’s turn it is to wash the floor? Or who’s turn it is to wash the dishes? Or possibly, your current method of keeping track is outdated. Assign time-based tasks to make sure you and your roommate are on the same page. Literally. This feature can also be useful for the parents out there who want to assure their children complete chores! This day in age, children spend most of the time on mobile or handheld, anyway, so the app is a easy and effective way to assign chores.

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4. Maintain Long Distance Relationships

Let’s face it; doing long distance relationships is hard. Weekly Skype dates is a great solution, but for the time when you feel lonesome at class or at work, open the locator app to know where your favorite person is and send them a note you are thinking of them. Remember to add a cute selfie! This can also apply to be used for groups of friends an your family.

5. Know When Someone Is Approaching Home Or A Location Of Your Choice

We’ve all been there, you have your boyfriend or girlfriend over or are doing something before someone gets home. With a locator app, know when the people you live with (or in your circle) are approaching home. This will leave you stress free and probably save you the awkwardness or embarrassment.

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Can you think of any other unconventional ways a GPS locator app can be used? Or have you used an app for a different purpose than what it was made for? Leave your thoughts below!

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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