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Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She's been teaching technology since 1983 and still loves it! People appreciate her simple yet complete teaching style. Chris is a scuba diver, RVer, and world traveler. She takes a LOT of photos and uses Google Photos to manage over 100,000 of them from her life. Google recognizes her as a Diamond level Product Expert for Google Photos, she's written a book on it and loves teaching others how to manage their lifetime of photos with Google Photos.

Jun 24 2024 7pm Eastern: Online Presenters Toastmasters: A workshop on how to create and grow a YouTube Channel

We were invited to speak about YouTube to the Online Presenters Toastmasters – click here to register as a guest. GeeksOnTour have had a YouTube channel for nearly 15 years, we currently have 13,000 subscribers and we have a lot of fun making ever more videos! We’re even making a bit of money now. We’ll tell you all about it.

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Show278. Contacts – How to Sync and Access on Phone or Computer

  • 0:00 Begin
  • 1:35 Quick tip – how to navigate to a contact
  • 3:47 Hello and Intro
  • 6:45 Contacts and necessary terminology
  • 12:36 Syncing contacts on iPhone
  • 20:30 Question – how to simplify multiple accounts
  • 21:13 Using a Google account on your iPhone
  • 26:24 Syncing contacts on Android
  • 33:50 Using Outlook
  • 42:30 Review Questions
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June 2024 News: Add text below a photo, Camera shortcuts, Chrome Profiles

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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?

May was a busy month. First we traveled by RV to the west coast of Florida and presented an in-person class for Sun City Center Computer Club. We loved telling people to get out their phones and try things, then hearing them exclaim – “Wow, I didn’t know that!” 

The second week in May we were underwater! We spent a week on the BVI Aggressor – a dive boat based in the British Virgin Islands. See the photo album here.

Two days after returning from the islands, Chris was whisked away to the Google Product Experts event in Austin Texas. 

Tutorials: Even with all that, we still made some Tutorial videos and did our Live YouTube Presentations. See several new tutorial videos, numbered 854-857. We posted 2 new Fun with Photos episodes as well as 2 of our Sunday “What Does This Button Do?” shows. See links below.

Community: We so enjoy the Zoom meetings we have with our members. We chat backstage after every Sunday “Button” show. We learn from you as well as teach. We just finished our series of Google Photos workshops (live over Zoom) with #4 covering Sharing and Creating: Chapters 9 & 10.  If you missed them – you can see all the materials, including a recording of the Zoom meeting, on our Classes page. Remember this is for members only. 

What’s New? This month we do 1 new Google Photos workshop, 2 new “Button” shows, and a Google Photo Live Q&A: “Ask Chris Anything.” See the calendar below for details. 

Keep scrolling down and you’ll see new articles about Google Photos, Smartphone tips, and a video about using Chrome Profiles to easily switch between users on your computer. Plus links to everything added to our website this past month.

We’ll be home, playing catch-up for the month of June, then we’re back diving in July.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

We’re Presenting Live via Zoom in Florida this month. Fun! On a personal note, we’ll be diving in Little Cayman for a week in July!

June 2024

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube and Facebook
    • June 9th and 23rd  Episodes 278 and 279
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • June 2nd and 16th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”
  • June 13 7pm ET Ask Chris Anything
  • June 27 3pm ET Workshop Do More with Google Photos FOR MEMBERS ONLY – Registration Required.

July 2024

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube and Facebook
    • July 28th Episode 280
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • July 3rd, 7 pm ET Sarasota Technology Users Group Presentation
  • July 1st and 15th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”
  • July 24th 3pm Google Photos Workshop: Gathering Your Lifetime of Photos and Videos. Registration required. Premium Members Only.

Ask the Geeks Q&A Forum

Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit ofmembership. Join Today! Here are some recent discussions:

  1. Gmail and 2-step verification
  2. Sending Photos to Facebook
  3. MacBook Air and Google apps


Text Below a Photo – using Snapseed

In playing with the free Snapseed app, I discovered a way to add a black bottom border to the photo and then add text to that. This is a great way to add captions to photos that cannot be ignored!

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Stop fumbling with your phone, here’s how to take a picture – quick!

This article will teach you the camera shortcut methods for both Android and iPhones. I especially like the Android – “double press the side button” technique. It is so handy I use it all the time.

If you click the link to read the article, you’ll get a video and an extra bonus. I (Chris) wrote the article, then I asked A.I. to rewrite it. Let me know what you think.

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Tutorial Video on Chrome Profiles – Like having multiple computers in one!

We don’t often make videos on computer-only topics, but we find Chrome profiles to so useful, we made an exception. In this short, 3.5 minute video, you’ll learn how to set up multiple accounts so you don’t need to logout and login.


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Fun with Photos 

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Classes (members only)


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Stop fumbling with your phone, here’s how to take a picture – quick!

If you have an Android phone – just double-press the side button, also known as the on/off button. This will bring up the camera from anywhere – even if the phone is locked – just press that side button twice fast.

I almost never tap the camera app icon because this double-press method is so convenient. I see a photo I want to take, my phone is in my pocket, I can double-press that button as I’m pulling it out of my pocket and I’m ready to take the shot. I’m sitting on a train, reading my email, when I look out the window and see a castle going by and I want a photo. Just double-press that button and the camera pops up over my email. Quick and easy.

I know this works on Samsung phones and Google Pixel phones. I have seen it work on other models, but I don’t know if it works on ALL Android phones. If it doesn’t work on yours, it may just be a setting.

  • Samsung: Settings, Advanced, Side Button, Double press – Quick launch camera
  • Pixel: Settings, System, Gestures, quickly open camera

iPhone Camera

The shortcut to the camera on iPhones is on the lock screen – and only on the lock screen. This is useful for the phone-is-in-pocket scenario, but not in the I’m-reading-email scenario. On older iPhones (with a round home button), you swipe left from the lock screen to go to camera. On newer ones, you should see a camera icon at the bottom right of your lock screen – touch and hold on that and the camera will appear.

Now for the A.I. version

The article above was written entirely by me, Chris Guld. I’m experimenting with the Copilot A.I. chatbot by Microsoft and wondered if it could improve on my writing. I asked Copilot to “Review the following article and make it more readable and engaging.” Below is the results. Let me know what you think in the comments. I kinda like it, but I’m not sure it sounds like me.


Unlocking Your Phone’s Hidden Superpower: The Double-Press Camera Shortcut

Introduction

Ever missed a perfect photo because your camera app took ages to load? Or fumbled with your phone while trying to capture a fleeting moment? Fear not! I’ve got a simple trick that’ll transform your smartphone photography game.

The Magic of the Double-Press

Picture this: You’re walking down the street, and suddenly, there it is—the most adorable puppy you’ve ever seen. You want to capture the cuteness before it scampers away. Instead of fumbling through your apps, just double-press the side button (also known as the on/off button). Voilà! The camera instantly pops up, ready for action.

Why Double-Pressing Is Your New Best Friend

  1. Speed and Convenience:
    • Forget tapping the camera icon on your home screen. The double-press method is lightning-fast. Whether your phone is locked or in your pocket, those precious moments won’t slip away.
    • Imagine this: You’re on a train, engrossed in your email. Suddenly, the landscape outside catches your eye—a majestic castle against a fiery sunset. No time to waste! Double-press that button, and you’re in photo mode.
  2. Universal Compatibility (Almost):
    • This nifty trick works like a charm on Samsung phones and Google Pixel phones. But what about other Android models? Well, it’s a bit like magic—sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, check your settings.
    • Here’s the path to enlightenment:
      • Settings
      • Advanced
      • Side Button
      • Double press – Quick launch camera
  3. iPhone Users, We’ve Got You Covered Too:
    • iPhones have their own secret handshake for camera access. It’s all about the lock screen:
      • Older iPhones (with a round home button): Swipe left from the lock screen, and there it is—the camera!
      • Newer iPhones: Look for the camera icon at the bottom right of your lock screen. Touch and hold, and—boom!—you’re in business.

Conclusion

Next time you spot that adorable puppy, the breathtaking sunset, or the quirky street art, remember your new superpower: the double-press camera shortcut. Capture life’s moments with ease, and let your creativity flow. Happy snapping! 📸✨

Show277: Google Gold – Insider Tips for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Beyond

  • 0:00 Begin
  • 4:20 Search in Google Calendar
  • 8:30 Hello and Introduction
  • 11:50 Google tips – Gemini A.I. vs Google Search
  • 19:43 Cleanup your Gmail inbox
  • 25:05 Support for Google Products and the Product Expert Program
  • 34:02 Questions: color coding calendar, YouTube Chapters, deleting emails more…
  • 39:00 Google Fi – a cellular service plan
  • 41:20 Scanning documents with Google Drive
  • 45:14 Google Voice
  • 47:25 Google Meet – online meetings and voice/video calls
  • 52:14 How to get a photo of lightning – Samsung camera and Google Photos
  • 57:14 Review questions

Detailed show notes below, for members only.

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Beach at sunset with caption

How to print text below a photo, using Snapseed

Beach at sunset with caption

When we taught Snapseed for our “What does this Button Do?” show, a viewer asked if there was a way to have text appear below a photo rather than right on it. I answered, “No” Snapseed can only edit the photo, it has no way to add captions and then display them below the photo. BUT, I kept thinking about it, and I discovered a way to add a black bottom border to the photo and then add text to that. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the photo in Snapseed and tap Tools, then Expand
  2. You should see 3 choices for the fill color: Smart, White, and Black – tap on Black
    Snapseed screenshot with instructions
  3. Drag the bottom of the photo down until you have enough a black bar to contain your text
  4. Tap the Checkmark to complete
  5. Tap Tools then Text
  6. Double tap where the sample text appears, then tap again to type your text
  7. Choose your style of text (the cards icon) and choose the color (palette icon)
  8. Tap Checkmark, then Export/Save or Done

May 30 2024: Club Awesome Toastmasters: A workshop on how to create and grow a YouTube Channel

We were invited to speak about YouTube to the Club Awesome Toastmasters.

The slides below were used during the presentation. Just click to move to the next slide. Links to videos are live links. This page will be available publicly for 2 weeks, then it will be for members only. Below the slides is the YouTube recording of the live presentation. Note: we had a poor internet connection which affects the quality of the recording.

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May 2024 News: Google Photos Missing Features, Your phone can charge another, Sharing locations

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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?

April was perfect weather in South Florida, so we got away for a few days and joined other Roadtrek owners at the Oscar Scherer State Park. The images above are from that outing. 

Tutorials: Other than that outing, we enjoyed time at home. We produced several new tutorial videos, numbered 850-853. We also did a live Google Photos Q&A as well as 2 of our Sunday “What Does This Button Do?” shows. We added a third episode in our series of educational shows for smartphone beginners: Apr 21, 2024 Episode 275. Smartphone Basics #3: Apps If you missed the first two, see episodes 256 & 261

Community: We so enjoy the Zoom meetings we have with our members. We chat backstage after every Sunday “Button” show. We learn from you as well as teach. We just finished our series of Google Photos workshops (live over Zoom) with #4 covering Sharing and Creating: Chapters 9 & 10.  If you missed them – you can see all the materials, including a recording of the Zoom meeting, on our Classes page. Remember this is for members only. 

What’s New? This month we do 1 new Google Photos workshop, 2 new “Button” shows, and we actually have one live, in-person presentation. See the calendar below for details. 

Keep scrolling down and you’ll see new articles about Google Photos, Smartphone tips, and a video about sharing your location. Plus links to everything added to our website this past month.

We’ll be underwater for the 2d week of May on a dive boat in the British Virgin Islands, then Chris flies to Austin for the Google Product Experts summit. So you won’t see us again till Sunday, May 26. Bubbles Up!!


Calendar of Upcoming Events

We’re Presenting Live in Florida this month. Fun! On a personal note, we’ll be diving in the British Virgin Islands for a week in May!

May 2024

June 2024

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube and Facebook
    • June 9th and 23rd  Episodes 278 and 279
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • June 2nd and 16th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”
  • June 13 7pm ET Ask Chris Anything
  • June 20 3pm ET Workshop Do More with Google Photos – Registration Required.

 

Ask the Geeks Q&A Forum

Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit ofmembership. Join Today! Here are some recent discussions:

  1. Sharing Google Photos
  2. Organizing Photos – Gallery, OneDrive, Google
  3. How to Get Picasa and folders from an old PC

Did you know that your Samsung phone can be a wireless charger for your other devices?

Do you want to be a hero? When there’s no other way for your friend to charge their dead device, you can offer the back of your phone as a wireless charger!

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Please Google Photos, we need these features!

Google Photos is still the easiest and best way to manage your lifetime of photos, but as more people use it for more and more photos, Chris thinks there are some critical, missing features. This article catalogs her top 5. 

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Sharing your Location with a Friend

Have you ever asked someone to pick you up and you need to let them know exactly where you are? Or, you’re visiting someone and you want them to be aware of when you’ll arrive? Or maybe you always want to know where your husband is?! It’s easy with Google Maps, or Apple’s Find My app. Watch this 5 minute video:

Google Maps Share Location and Apple Find Me Tutorial Video 842

Links to Recent Content added to our Website

Tutorial Videos:

YouTube Shows:

What Does This Button Do? 

Fun with Photos 

Top Tips (members only)

Classes (members only)

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