Chris is not known for having a green thumb! But, with all this time at home, she just had to do a little digging and planting. Her favorite thing in the garden though, is this little froggie statue. It’s been there as long as she can remember and it had lost its eyes. She asked Jim to use the 3D printer to make him some new ones and they turned out great! Now, if only he could 3D print some flowering bushes.
We presented six seminars over zoom during April. The topics included Google Photos, Blogger, Snapseed, and a Hodgepodge of Tech Tips. If you belong to one of the organizations that invited us, you already know about it. For the rest of you, we are listing the classes along with a link to all class materials on our website. And, if you are a teacher, you are welcome to use our materials for your own class. Just go to GeeksOnTour.com and click where you see the word “Classes” – it will take you to this page. It’s quite a resource – check it out!
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Last chance to take advantage of Google Photos’ Free unlimited storage before June 1.
If you use Google Photos, I want you to do something right now. Go to One.Google.com/storage and check your account’s usage. It will look something like the screenshot above. If you see that Google Photos is using up any storage, there is an easy way to reduce that number to 0 by retroactively compressing all photos and videos to the size called “High Quality.”
The command is called Recover Storage and you will find it on the web version of Google Photos, under the settings button – the gear. Just click Recover Storage, then click Compress. That’s it!
If you don’t see a Recover Storage button, that means that you are already paying for storage, but you can still compress all past photos and videos by clicking back and forth from the Original Quality setting to the High Quality setting. You will be prompted if you want to compress past files, check the box to recover storage then click confirm.
Do this before June 1. Watch the video below if needed.
You’re seeing them in restaurants these days. Scan the code to read the menu on your phone. They’re also on business cards, brochures and correspondence. To scan them, all you need to do is point your phone’s camera at the code, then tap the message that pops up.
Google Lens will tell you about the things around you, including translating.
I bought this plant to put in my back yard garden, but I don’t know if it needs sun or shade. If I knew the name of the plant, I would just google how to care for it, but I have no idea what it is called. This is where Google Lens comes in. You just focus on things in the real world and it will “google it for you.” Imagine being able to “Google it” for anything in the real world as well as online. Are you wondering where your friend bought that cool kitchen appliance? Just get out your phone with Google Lens, point it at the appliance and you’ll find out. You’ll even get a link for where to buy it. What is this menu item that’s written in Italian? Google Lens can tell you.
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Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She's been teaching technology since 1983 and still loves it! People appreciate her simple yet complete teaching style. Chris is a scuba diver, RVer, and world traveler. She takes a LOT of photos and uses Google Photos to manage over 100,000 of them from her life. Google recognizes her as a Diamond level Product Expert for Google Photos, she's written a book on it and loves teaching others how to manage their lifetime of photos with Google Photos.