July 2021 News: Google Maps trick, Kindle, Emailing photos, Google Calendar and time zones


  July 2021 | Issue 167  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

On the road and visiting friends along the way

On the Road Again
RVing is such a wonderful way to visit friends. Through Florida, Alabama, and Texas we “driveway camped” at several friends and were able to catch up on each others’ lives. Being on the road reminds us of important smartphone skills when you’re traveling. Below you will find articles on Google Maps, managing time zones, emailing photos, and reading Kindle books.
Upcoming RV Rallies
We are currently in Wyoming where there are 2 major RV Rallies happening. We will be presenting several seminars at each one. Whether you’ll be joining us in person or not, you can access the class materials for all of these seminars on the web pages we’ve made.
The Escapade is already sold out, but if you’re registered, there is still room in our pre-rally Smartphone Photography workshop.
What Does This Button Do? (YouTube shows)
June 27 #215 Trouble with Time Zones
June 22 Learn Google Photos open Q&A (make sure to use the chapter links in the description – they link to 27 separate questions!)
New Tutorial Videos

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What’s coming up – Our Calendar July/August 2021
We’re Presenting LIVE – online and in person!

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Lots of content on our calendar this month!
  • July 7-10 FMCA 103rd International Convention in Gillette, WY.
    • Wed at 2:30 MDT – Smartphone Photography
    • Thur at 1 MDT – Remember & Share your Travels: Photos, Maps, Blogs
    • Fri at 9am MDT – Google Photos
    • Sat  2:30 MDT – Maps & Apps
We’ll have a table in the FMCA Information Center for Books and Memberships
  • July 11, 2pm MDT Episode 216 of What Does This Button Do?
  • July 11, 3pm MDT Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • July 16-17 Camp Reboot – Smartphone Photography & Google Photos
  • July 18-23 60th Escapade  in Rock Springs, WY
    • Mon at 3pm MDT Smartphone Photography
    • Tue at 8:30am MDT Maps and Blogs
    • Wed at 10:30am MDT RV Trip Planning
We’ll have a booth (63) in the Escapade vendor area for Books and Memberships
  • July 25, 2pm MDT Episode 217 of What Does This Button Do?
  • July 25, 3pm MDT Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • July 30, 7pm ET Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live.
August is a travel month. Pay close attention to time zones.
  • Aug 8, 2pm MDT- 2pm MDT Episode 218 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Aug 8, 3pm MDT Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Aug 16, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Aug 22 2pm MDT- 2pm MDT Episode 219 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Aug 22, 3pm MDT Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Aug 27, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm OUR LOCAL time “The Button Show” 
We are traveling. Our local time may be MDT, CDT, or EDT. Make a note.
July 11th and 25th
August 8th and 22nd
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated.

Ask the Geeks

Ask the Geeks Q&A forum. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today! Here are some recent discussions

  1. Uploading Folders and Duplicates?
  2. Photo Scan
  3. Creating an album cover for a video
  4. Mirror Google Photos on iPhone?
  5. Best way to save storage in Google Photos

Google Maps Quick Tip: How to see your destination when it’s in navigation mode

We use Google Maps to navigate all time. Sometimes, I need to remind myself exactly where it is navigating to. If you don’t know this trick, you need to stop navigating and back out to see what you entered for a destination, then start navigating again.
The trick? Just swipe up on the map, tap Directions, then scroll to the bottom. Here’s a 30 second video that shows how.

You don’t need a Kindle device to read a Kindle book


The free Kindle app for both iOS and Android, gives us all the ability to read books using our smartphones and tablets. We can take our entire library of books with us everywhere we go.
Extra benefits of Kindle books is the ability to look up words, identify characters, and follow links.
For example, if you get the Kindle version of Learn Google Photos, when you come across a link to watch a tutorial video, you can click it and watch right from your phone. 

Emailing photos using Google Photos

emailing photos

Emailing sounds simple right? But there are actually several different ways to accomplish sharing photos using Google Photos. Many people use the first way of sharing photos “Send in Google Photos” and they are distressed when their intended recipient does not receive an email. This article explains the problem and specifies ways of sharing that DO send an email.

Google Calendar and Time Zones


With just a little bit of effort, Google Calendar can keep track of those pesky time zones!
This article shows you exactly how to do it and why it’s important to do it right!

Learn Google Photos 2021 now available at Amazon

Learn Google Photos 2021 Kindle

Google Photos is changing all the time, and we have several ways of alerting you to the changes, but sometimes the changes are significant enough that we need to reprint the book. The Learn Google Photos book has been updated to reflect the changes that took place on and before June 1, 2021. If you click the image at right, you will go
to the Amazon page to look inside the book at the first several pages of the Kindle edition of the book.

Buy from Amazon: Kindle version 7.95 | Paperback 24.95


Make sure to tune in to Episode 214 of our YouTube show. We will be using the Learn Google Photos 2021 book to demonstrate how to use the Kindle app.

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