“Marco Polo,” an app named after the children’s game, lets you send your location to one or more friends instead of broadcasting it to everyone. Tap the “Marco” button and friends you select get a pin on a map showing where you are. Next, your friends will have a chance to tap their location back to you.
TinyUrl.com/Wanderlustmaps shows the routes taken by famous explorers, all the way up to modern times and people like Jack Kerouac of the beat generation. We were surprised to see how far Captain Cook wandered off course on his way back from New Zealand and Australia in 1768. Got swept out to sea, you might say. Clicking “explore” gives you a photo and story for each point on the voyage. We read that Cook’s scientific experiments were a cover for England’s true purpose of finding a southern continent and claiming it for the crown. They found something called Australia. We learned that Magellan and his crew survived by eating leather straps from the ship’s rigging. No word on how prepared.
GoogleEarthAnomalies.com lets you do field archeology from your desk. Researcher Angela Micol found four mounds that may be lost pyramids in Egypt. (You know: things get covered up if you don’t dust regularly.) One of them is 620 feet across, about three times the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Google “Latitude” and Apple’s “Find My Friends” are two free apps that help you, well, find your friends. “Find My Friends” works only with Apple’s latest mobile operating system, but Google’s “Latitude” works with anything. Still, if you really want to know what’s going on, you might want a tracking device, like “PocketFinder.”
One of our favorite Windows commands is “Cntrl-C,” the “copy” command. This allows you to copy any text or pictures you highlighted with the mouse. A new program called “ClickTo” makes this even more powerful — and it’s free. Using the copy command, either from the keyboard or a menu selection, will give you a whole lot of choices of where to paste what you copied. Choose the “Google” icon, and the info goes into the search box at Google.com. Choose Facebook or Twitter and your item automatically becomes a post. You can also choose to move the copied item to Microsoft Word, Excel, Gmail, Evernote, Google Translate and a dozen others.