December 2022 News: Auto-Rotate on phone, Choosing frame of Live photos, Roadtrippers, and more …

  December 2022 | Issue 184  | Archives
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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

The photo above comes from the Occidental resort in Cozumel, Mexico. Do you like it? I sure do – it was taken with my Samsung S21 Ultra using the night mode. Without the special night mode feature, teh foreground was too dark to see anything. We had a great week of relaxation and scuba
diving for Chris’ 70th birthday. Life is good! We also took a Carribbean cruise with family over the Thanksgiving week. It was a full month of travel.


You can see all classes from
past months on our Classes page. We presented 2 classes during November (and yesterday – why we’re late with this newsletter!):

We did 1 of our Sunday YouTube shows:

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology
tips for you.
  1. Roadtrippers – a cool trip-planning tip
  2. Controlling auto-rotate on your phone
  3. Changing the frame of a Live Photo
  4. Cruise ship Internet connections
  5. Blast from the past 2004: Get the right Wi-Fi adapter
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar December and January

December Happy Holidays!

  • What Does This Button Do? Episodes on chosen Sundays at 2pm Eastern
  • Backstage Pass after every live Button Show for Premium Members only
  • Dec 5, Noon ET –Tech for Seniors – Chris will be a guest on the show
  • Dec 8, 2pm ET –  Get More from Google Photos Webinar (Register)
  • Dec 21, 7pm ET – Snapseed Presentation on Zoom for PC-Tech Users Group @ CPHL

Happy New Year! January 2023

  • What Does This Button Do? Episodes on chosen Sundays at 2pm ET
  • Backstage
    Pass after every live Button Show for Premium Members only
  • Jan 16 7pm ET Valencia Reserve Photo/Computer Club Presentation

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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. Reading EXIF data
  2. Tracking someone on Google Maps
  3. Create a group text message
  4. Photo viewing on

We’re on a cruise ship, here’s what the Internet is like

The last time we cruised was in 2010 – using the Internet was expensive and slow. What is the Internet connection like now? It’s still expensive and slow,
but we did learn a few tricks.

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How to change the frame of an iPhone Live Photo

Question from Mary:

Sometimes when I take a photograph with my iPhone 7, the snapshot moves briefly when I view it. Why?Sometimes this exceedingly brief “video”
has an image I would like to save and print at the beginning and not at the end of the movement. Specifically dolphins leaping from the water. Is there anyway I can stop the motion where I need to?

Yes! You can get the photo you want from a frame on the Live photo. And lots more!

Read the article

How to control the auto-rotate on your phone

Isn’t it cool that your phone or tablet automatically rotates the contents when you change the way you’re holding it to see a picture take up more of the screen? That is unless it doesn’t! Or it does and you don’t want it to. This article explains where the setting is to control this feature on both iPhone and Android.

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Blast from past 2004: Wi-Fi tip: Get the right Wi-Fi adapter

When we were brand new fulltime RVers, Jim helped our RV park get set up with Wi-Fi. We also helped a lot of other RVers get connected via Wi-Fi. Things haven’t changed much have they?  Read the old article here.

The biggest change is that we don’t have to teach that anymore! First of all,
cellular connectivity has gotten so good that most people have all they need with their smartphone. Secondly, for people like fulltime RVers who do need to know more, our friends at the Mobile Internet Resource Center do such a good jub that we refer to them anytime someone asks us.

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