Never get lost again

Tom Tom Go GPSFor those of you who hate asking directions, technology has come to your rescue with map and navigational services in a variety of flavors.

Many new cars have GPS built right in, but for the rest of us we’ve still got plenty of options. Portable units like those from TomTom and Garmin mount on your dashboard. Carriers like Sprint offer voice-guided directions with built-in GPS; the iPhone has Google maps built right in.

Even if you don’t have these features on your cell phone, the major map websites (Yahoo!, Google, MapQuest) all have mobile versions designed to fit small cell phone screens. As long as you have the Internet enabled for your phone, you can easily pull up these miniature maps.

Need a quick reminder?

Talk to JottAre you ever driving along in the car when you suddenly remember something you forgot to do before you left the office? A creative service called Jott takes care of this very problem—free of charge. Call in, tell Jott who you want to remind, and state your message. It will transcribe it to text and send an email notification. Jott yourself or your friends and co-workers, and login to your account any time if you want to check up your reminder list.

A similar service is Pinger. This service, also free, sends a text message with a link to a voice message that you record. You can send to one person or a group simultaneously. It’s a great way to share a quick personal message, especially when tone of voice matters and there’s no need for an immediate response.