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Thursday, January 20, 2022

How to Remember Where You've Been with Google Maps

If you are in a jurisdiction where COVID hasn't yet ravaged, such as Western Australia, you may be wondering whether there is a way that you can keep track of where you've been when exposure sites are listed. One way is to let technology do it for you. It is possible that Google Maps has already been doing it on your phone. Go to your Google Maps app on your phone and tap the top right corner then tap "Your Timeline". If you have location tracking enabled, you will see where you've been today and with one tap to the left arrow, where you were yesterday and at what time. 

If location tracking is not enabled, you should go to https://myaccount.google.com/data-and-privacy and sign in to Google if you haven't already. Then under Data and Privacy, tick the box next to Location History. Whether you have Google Maps open or not on your phone, your phone will now remember where you've been. Very helpful when you can't work out what you did last Tuesday when Omicron was walking the supermarket or pharmacy.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Expired gift cards can be reactivated

Recent surveys have found that gift cards have become the most popular gift option, particularly the e-giftcards which sometimes provides instant access to the gift card that you have bought without waiting for the mail to arrive. However, unlike cash, gift cards do expire. While many operators now have no expiry date, some of your existing gift cards may have expired. Many don't realise that you can ask for the gift cards to be reactivated after they have expired. 

For Coles and related gift cards (eg Coles, Bunnings, Officeworks) you can just call 1300304990 or email them at support@giftcards.coles.com.au with your gift card number (don't provide the PIN). Some have said that their reactivation was within a few minutes of the email being sent. If it is a different brand such as WISH or Woolworths, you can do the same by calling 1300 10 1234 or email giftcard@woolworths.com.au. If you have experience with another brand, leave a comment for the benefit of others.  

Friday, October 15, 2021

Fuelwatch launches new website as two week Fuel Cycle begins in Perth

 Fuelwatch has launched a new website which places all the petrol stations on a map with their prices displayed in a location context that makes it much easier to use. You can now see the cheapest fuel within a particular area and zoom out to include more petrol stations, with the list down the left updating with the cheapest locations on your screen. You can also click on the filter at the top to select a particular brand if you have a 4c off voucher or some other discount that you usually use so that you only see that particular brand on the map. It doesn't appear that there is an app but if you go to www.fuelwatch.wa.gov.au on your phone, this map shows up nicely. Click on the bottom right corner on the target circle and you will see the petrol stations around your current area.




This comes as petrol stations started to run on a two week fuel cycle meaning that they don't seem to be dropping to the lowest price until after two weeks have passed. It seems that every two Tuesdays, the price drops to the lowest level before springing back up the next day.