There are thousands of apps that provide features like planning a day or checking on the weather or even planning a route. The problem is these are all individual apps and they end up clogging a device. The Google App offers many of these features and more.
Manage your work day
With Google calendar synched to your Gmail and Google Plus accounts, crafting your schedule becomes much easier. Stay on top of what’s happening in your life: know what you need to do, where you need to be, and how to get there. Reminders of when and where your next appointment is ensure you’ll never be late again (just keep your finger off the snooze button!).
Plan your outfit
Google provides a ten day weather forecast of any city of your choosing, enabling you to plan your outfit for the day, or your packing if you’re travelling.
There’s always a lot going on the world, and you don’t want to be left in the dark. Up-to-the-minute reports of news breaking locally and internationally mean you’ll be be able to keep track, from your phone.
Break through any language barrier with Google Translate – ideal whether corresponding with locals with another home language or overseas business partners in Europe. Convert entire web pages into English or simply learn how to ask “where is the nearest pub?” while wandering the streets of Madrid.
Be a local.
Whether you’re looking to get out and about in your hometown or find yourself in a foreign city with nothing to do, Google will list all the popular events taking place in your vicinity – from concerts to art exhibitions to night club parties.
Know what your money is worth.
If you’re an avid traveller, online shopper or investor, you need to know if you’re getting good value for your money. Find the exchange rate for everything from the US Dollar to the Bhutanese Ngultrum, updated in real-time
Calculate your restaurant tips
Calculating the bill is everyone’s least favourite part of dinner, and there’s always someone who skimps on the tip. By typing “calculate tip” into Google, you’ll be presented with a tool that will split the tab for you. (Yes, it calculates in dollars, but the numbers are still applicable to any other currency).
Find your way around a new city on foot, using public transport or by car using Google Maps voice-guided, turn by turn navigation.
View art galleries from around the world.
Google Art Project lets you view high quality images of artworks from nearly 600 international galleries.
Take a virtual tour.
Google’s Cultural Institute has many of the world’s historical and cultural treasures mapped – you can take an interactive tour of places like Robben Island, guided by a former political prisoner (https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/exhibit/robben-island-prison-tour/mQIim-e6wopSJw), the Kenya National Archives (https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/collection/kenya-national-archives) or Machu Piccchu (https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/entity/%2Fm%2F0krfy) amongst many others.
Before you leave the Google app can remind you of flight times, to check in online, remind you to confirm your accommodation and even warn you of any expected delays. On your way to the airport, you can get information about the quickest route with the least traffic, as well as your estimated time of arrival at your destination.
Welcome to world of 2099
The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.
Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.
This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.
Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.
As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.
“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”
The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.
“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”
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- Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube
Street art goes electric
Kaspersky Lab and British street artist D*Face have unveiled the first-ever “art helmet” design at the Formula E finale for electric cars in New York.
The ‘Save The World’ helmets will be raced by DS Virgin Racing’s drivers, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, as they traverse the New York street circuit during the final races of the Formula E season.
The announcement signals the first art helmet by a Formula E team, continuing the heritage of art in motorsport and the cybersecurity brand’s commitment to contemporary art, creativity and innovation. D*Face took inspiration from Kaspersky Lab’s tagline, “A Company To Save The World”, and hopes that his colourful work will inspire people to take positive action.
D*Face will announce his first-ever art car design with a custom-made livery for the DS Virgin Racing Team. Its design will be released at the “Art Goes Green” event after Saturday’s race. The helmets and art car are the latest installations in the “Save the World” collection, following a major permanent public mural that was installed in Brooklyn, New York, in May.
D*Face, whose real name is Dean Stockton, said: “It is exciting to work with Kaspersky Lab on this project and create art with a real message of hope for a better future. After all, this is our world and we need to look after it. It will take every one of us to make a real lasting, impactful change. I love the mentality of the DS Virgin Racing Team and that of Formula E by showcasing sport in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, but is still just as exhilarating and fun.
“It is time for us all to stand together and make a change… be that stopping data steals, climate change, plastic waste or using damaging fuels. I want everyone to make a pledge to do one thing that will help make a change.”
As a sponsor of DS Virgin Racing Team, Kaspersky Lab is responsible for protecting the team’s devices against cyber threats. The company sees the technical environment in the global sport of Formula E as the next frontier in furthering its research and development of new technologies to keep vehicles secure in the digital world.
Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at DS Virgin Racing, said: “The whole team fully supports this great initiative and our thanks got to Kaspersky and D*Face for their collaboration. It’s an honour to have such an innovative artist bring his talents to bear in our team ahead of the season-finale; the car, drivers’ crash helmets and mural all look amazing.”
Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky Lab added: “There is a need for innovation on a global scale, both in contemporary art and in the fast-growing sport of Formula E. Now, for the first time ever, Kaspersky Lab is proudly bringing together the two sectors in an effort to Save the World and unleash creativity, encourage freedom of expression and further innovation.”