November 2022 News: Collages, Zoom Basics, Panorama photos and more …

  November 2022 | Issue 183  | Archives
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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
October was half travel, half home
The photo above was from a Roadtrek Rally in St. Augustine where Geeks on Tour presented a seminar on smartphone photography to a LIVE, IN-PERSON audience! So much fun.  Do you know how we got Jim in the picture twice?? hint: read the article in this issue about
Panorama photos.
By the time you read this, we’ll be winging our way to a scuba diving resort in Cozumel, Mexico. Chris will be diving on her 70th birthday, at the same place we dove on her 60th birthday. Life is good!
As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Add a website icon to your phone’s home screen
  2. How to take Panorama photos
  3. Google Photos collages
  4. Zoom meeting basics
  5. Blast from the past – a 2005
    video about Copy/Paste
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar November and December


It’s Chris’ birthday month and we are celebrating by diving in Cozumel and cruising in
the Caribean over Thanksgiving.


  • What Does This Button Do? Episodes on chosen Sundays at 2pm Eastern
  • Backstage Pass after every live Button Show Sundays at 3pm Eastern
  • Dec 5, Noon ET –Tech for Seniors – Chris will be a guest on the show
  • Dec 21, 7pm ET – Snapseed Presentation on Zoom for PC-Tech Users Group @ CPHL

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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. Touch issues on phone
  2. Uploading Duplicates
  3. Picasa Photo Format
  4. Hotmail Question
Zoom Basics

Zoom meetings leapt into the spotlight in 2020 during the global pandemic when everything shut down and millions of people used it to meet with others when
meetings could not be held in person. They found it fast and easy and oh-so-useful. 2 1/2 years later, it is assumed that you know how to participate in a Zoom meeting, but we know there are people who are still ‘newbies’ so here are some of the very basics.

How to take Panorama pictures with your smartphone

When you travel, you get so many opportunities for beautiful photos, and, if you have a smartphone you have one of the best cameras ever made. Taking panoramas, like the photos above is just a simple setting. You don’t need to take multiple photos and “stitch” them like with older cameras.

Read this article to find out how we got Jim in the photo twice! (see the photo at the top of this newsletter.)

Making Collages with Google Photos and Picasa

Making a collage using Google Photos is SO easy. You just select the photos, tap the + and choose Collage. It’s done. If you’ve done this in the past however, you’ve been frustrated that you had no control over which photo was placed in which position, or how a photo was cropped to fit the collage.
Those days are over. There is an upgraded collage tool in Google Photos now. It’s only available on the mobile app though – either iPhone or Android, but not computer.

Read the article

Blast from past 2005 video: Cut, Copy, Paste

An oldie but a goodie. Even though this video was made 17 years ago and it was on Windows XP – I think it still teaches good stuff! Sure looks funny though.

Copy Paste

One thing I notice is that I don’t make tutorial videos this long anymore. It really is good stuff though 🙂

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