May 2022 News: Wireless charging, Google Photos Movie Maker, Booking flights on the cheapest day

  May 2022 | Issue 177  | Archives
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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

Dive with Manta Rays in Maldives

During April we went scuba diving in the Maldives

As you can see from the photo above, that’s a Manta Ray! (and that’s Jim with the white fins holding up a GoPro camera) Diving with them was quite an experience, see Jim’s video here.
For May we’ll be in Italy

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These are our plans for next month. We hope to do one of our “What Does This Button Do?” shows on May 15. Stay tuned, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you’ll be notified. We may also do some impromptu live-streaming just to show you where we are!
The main motivation for the trip is to attend the CaryTennis.com Writer’s Workshop, just like we did in 2017.
Meanwhile, you can follow along by watching our Photo Album
Classes held in April
If you follow the links, you will be able to view all the class materials: handout, slide show, and videos that we used to teach these classes. They will be free for all until May 7, then they will be for Premium members only.

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Use your Samsung phone as a wireless charger
  2. Google Photos movie-maker is now on the computer
  3. Book flights on the cheapest days
  4. Blast from the past – continuing our celebration of 15 years
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar May and June 2022
We’re in Italy for May!
Live presentations will be “Spur of the Moment”
Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, click on the bell for notifications, and Like us on Facebook.
That way you’ll get notified when we go live. We do expect to have good connectivity while traveling.
May
We expect to be in a location with Internet conducive to live streaming for one show while we’re in Italy (fingers crossed)
  • May 15 2pm Italy time Episode 234
    LIVE from Castiglione Fiorentino, in Tuscany Italy
  • May 15 3pm Italy time Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
June
Returning from Italy we plan on a couple of Button Shows
  • June 12 2pm ET Episode 235
  • June 12 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
  • June 20 time tbd Google Photos Live “Ask Chris Anything”
  • June 26 2pm ET Episode 236
  • June 26 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated.

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Did you know that your Samsung phone can be a wireless charger for other devices?
How to be a hero! If you’re out and about with a friend and their phone is almost out of power, you can turn your Samsung phone into a wireless charger and save the day. This article will show you how.

Google Photos now has the movie-maker tool available in the web version
Making movies with Google Photos is so quick and easy, you will amaze your friends. It used to be only available on mobile, now you can use your computer to create these quick movies. This article will tell you how.

Google’s Travel site can tell you which days to book flights for the cheapest price.
Have you ever heard that the least expensive day to fly is Tuesday? or Thursday? or Monday? Is it true? I used to actually query for a flight reservation leaving on Monday, then change the day and run the query again. That’s a lot of work. I recently discovered the calendar view on Travel.Google.com that gives me all the information I need to know at a glance! This article will tell you how.
Blast from the Past: Tutorials from 15 years ago

That’s us – 15 years ago, when Geeks on Tour was brand new. We’re celebrating GeeksOnTour.com’s 15 year anniversary all year. And, here’s a tutorial video from 2007. It certainly looks dated because it’s using Windows XP, but the concepts it teaches are still valid. If you’re not clear on how to use Cut, Copy, Paste, and Undo on a windows computer, check it out! Or if you just want to remember what XP looked like …
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