Dec 2018 Newsletter: Trimming Video, Traffic on Maps, Color Pop in Google Photos, Sharing your Location

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Geeks in November

Morro Rock at sunset

On November 1, we were home, but then Chris flew to California for the Google Product Experts Summit. She took advantage of the free flight from Google to take a few extra days and visit Morro Bay, and her old friend, Liz. Chris lived in Morro Bay and practiced law with Liz in 1981-83.

Check out our photo album photo album for November for more pics.

If you want to hear more about the Google Product Expert Summit, check out Michael Daniel’s YouTube video. I joined Michael, who is also a Google Product Expert, and we spent about an hour chatting and sharing photos about the event. ​​​

Also see our Map and our Blog for the rest of the story.

We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do?

  • Episode 156: How to use a smartphone to scan documents and create .pdf files

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, navigate, and remember your life’s events.  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to and click the menu for Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning. ​​​​​​​

Happy Holidays Everybody


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December Calendar

Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm at our local time.

When we’re not doing our live show, we’ll post an encore episode.

Thursday is “Gabbing With the Geeks” on Facebook Live to answer questions from viewers and discuss anything. 5pm our local time.

We’re Still in South Florida. We are working on the website and videos.

We have a couple of online seminars on the calendar but only one live appearance. Holidays are upon us.

Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group.

​​​Upcoming Appearances

December 2018

  • 12/13 Platina Computer Club in Boynton Beach, FL

We’re clearing our calendar to take a trip to
Australia and New Zealand for part of January and
all of February. Stay tuned for photos!

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“Ask the Geeks” Q&A Forum

Here are some of the topics that have been discussed recently. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today!

  1. Picasa Albums and Google Photos Albums
  2. Google Drive Data Connection
  3. Lost Windows Password
  4. Facebook Messenger
  5. Deleting Files on Phone

If you are a member, ask a question! Go to then click the Q&A menu. Make sure you are logged in (there’s a form on the Q&A page), select a category (Photos, Maps, Blogs, Other) then click Add Topic. When finished scroll down to Submit Topic.

Traffic on Google Maps or Waze


Both Waze and Google maps can give you turn-by-turn voice directed navigation.

Waze also adds real-time crowdsourced road information including traffic, road hazards and police locations.

I’ve had people tell me that they prefer Waze to Google Maps because Waze gives information about traffic.

Hey! So does Google Maps.

Read the article here

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How to use Depth Editor and Color Pop in Google Photos

Color Pop

Have you ever wished you could make a photo of a flower, or a person, really stand out – with the main subject in color and the rest in black and white?

Now you can!

It’s called Color Pop, and it is a new feature from our friends at Google Photos. It was announced along with Live Albums on Google’s product blog on October 9, 2018. At the time it was only available on the Pixel phone, but it has arrived on the iPhone now as well.

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How to trim your videos on your phone

Trimming videos

You don’t want to miss a second of your granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, so you start the video camera rolling as she’s walking up to the stage. Now you wish you hadn’t done that! Nobody wants to watch the 3 minutes of her walking, they just want to see her step onto the stage and get her diploma.

Learn how you can accomplish this, right on your phone, by reading this short article.

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How to share your location with Google Maps

Sharing location with Google Maps

With these smartphone/GPS devices in our pockets all the time, there are now many different ways to share your location. Apple has the “Find my friends” app, Facebook messenger (and many other texting apps) have a button to “Send Location.” If you’re like me and my husband, we like to make it easy and just let each other know where we are at all times. It’s easy with Google Maps.

Maybe you’re a fulltime RVer with kids who worry about you a lot. Rather than calling them every day, you could let them see your position on a map that they could look at as often as they like.

You should still call once in a while, OK?

It’s easy to set this up …

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