September 2023 News: Travel Planning Maps, Phone-Free up Space


  September 2023 / Issue 193  / Archives
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Toastmasters Int'l Convention, Nassau Bahamas

We did get our passports! See my blog post, Passport Panic. So we made it to the Toastmasters International Convention and World Championship of
Public Speaking in Nassau, Bahamas. It was a fantastic, enriching, experience. We helped out by volunteering at the registrations desk. We attended several workshops, like “Transforming Public Speaking with Clown Presence.” and we witnessed the contestants for the speech contest – just WOW. You can see the winner’s speech here. Then, we stayed on a few days and
went scuba diving! Jim got to use his new underwater housing for his phone. It worked great for taking photos and videos. Here’s some of the results.


You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. If you’re interested in having us present to your group, contact us here. We presented 3 classes during August:

We did 1of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?” shows:

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • Google My Maps
    for Interactive, Custom maps
  • Free up Space with Google Photos
  • Cinematic Photos
  • Scanning old photos

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What’s coming up – Our Calendar September and October

The Geeks are really on tour this month and next!

We have online classes.

Chris is starting a new Podcast, Fun With Photos!

The videos will premier on Tech For Senior’s Mondays at Noon ET

View the Geeks' online Calendar

Let us know if you would like a Zoom presentation for your group.


  • “What Does This Button Do?”
    2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube

    • Sept 3 Episode 263
    • Sept 24 Episode 264
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • September 11, 7 pm ET Ask Chris Anything
    Live Google Photos Q&A
  • September 10 and 17 Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”


  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • October Live from the UK Episode 265
    • Members Only Backstage
      Zoom after the shows
  • October 2nd and 16th – Fun With Photos Podcast at 2pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

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Trip Planning with Google My Maps

I’m a huge fan of Google’s My Maps. If you are a premium member of we have a Learning Guide on how to use it. It’s free. It’s based on Google Maps, so it has all the information you could ever want, but then you get to personalize it with your own markers. Markers for places you’ve been, markers for places you want to go,
and just markers for places you want to remember for whatever reason. Every marker can be customized. You can specify an icon and color for each marker, or group of markers. You can add your own text descriptions, including links. You can even add your own photos on a marker.

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How to make Cinematic Photos

Create Cinematic Images With Google Photos

Don’t use Google Photos Free Up Space on an iPhone unless you know this ..

Is your phone full?

There are 2 special considerations on iOS: your photos will also be deleted from iCloud, and the space is not released until you go in to Apple Photos and clean out the recently deleted album.

When your phone is getting full, odds are that photos/videos are a big part of the problem. If you could clear all the photos and videos off your phone, you’d have a lot more space! That’s exactly what google Photos “Free Up Space” does. After it confirms that all your photos/videos are in the Google Photos cloud, it erases them from the phone. When you use the Google Photos app, you’ll never miss them because you’re looking at the cloud and all your photos are there.

This works brilliantly on android – see video 739.GP-Free up space on Android. It also works on iPhone but with 2 concerns…

Fun with Photos 3: Scanning Old Photos

On Sunday August 27, we posted episode 3 of Fun with Photos. Our plan is to post a new episode on Sunday afternoons whenever we are not live-streaming our “Button Show.” Episode 3 was about scanning old photos.

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