Author Archives: MrsGeek

Traveling the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. We present seminars at RV rallies and computer clubs all over the country and run this website.

Episode 157 How do I send pictures from my phone?

Show Notes for Members below

Everyone can view all the episodes for free. Just click on the play button above.

A great benefit of membership is access to the extensive show-notes Chris writes up every week. Read them online and follow links directly to the parts you’re interested in. We recommend you print them out and keep them in a notebook. It’s a great way to learn.

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  1. Tip of the Day: Speed up YouTube videos
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: How to send photos from your phone
  3. App: Tasty – cooking coach

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Dec 2018 Newsletter: Trimming Video, Traffic on Maps, Color Pop in Google Photos, Sharing your Location

Geeks on Tour

Monthly Issue #135 December, 2018
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Geeks in November

Morro Rock at sunset

On November 1, we were home, but then Chris flew to California for the Google Product Experts Summit. She took advantage of the free flight from Google to take a few extra days and visit Morro Bay, and her old friend, Liz. Chris lived in Morro Bay and practiced law with Liz in 1981-83.

Check out our photo album photo album for November for more pics.

If you want to hear more about the Google Product Expert Summit, check out Michael Daniel’s YouTube video. I joined Michael, who is also a Google Product Expert, and we spent about an hour chatting and sharing photos about the event. ​​​

Also see our Map and our Blog for the rest of the story.

We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do?

  • Episode 156: How to use a smartphone to scan documents and create .pdf files

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, navigate, and remember your life’s events.  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to GeeksOnTour.com and click the menu for Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning. ​​​​​​​


Happy Holidays Everybody

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December Calendar

Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm at our local time.

When we’re not doing our live show, we’ll post an encore episode.

Thursday is “Gabbing With the Geeks” on Facebook Live to answer questions from viewers and discuss anything. 5pm our local time.

We’re Still in South Florida. We are working on the website and videos.

We have a couple of online seminars on the calendar but only one live appearance. Holidays are upon us.

Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group.

​​​Upcoming Appearances

December 2018

  • 12/13 Platina Computer Club in Boynton Beach, FL

We’re clearing our calendar to take a trip to
Australia and New Zealand for part of January and
all of February. Stay tuned for photos!

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for notifications of Live Streams from Geeks On Tour! Be sure to click the little bell to confirm delivery of notifications.

Like our Facebook Page for notifications to see us Live whenever we like.

See our Calendar


“Ask the Geeks” Q&A Forum

Here are some of the topics that have been discussed recently. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today!

  1. Picasa Albums and Google Photos Albums
  2. Google Drive Data Connection
  3. Lost Windows Password
  4. Facebook Messenger
  5. Deleting Files on Phone

If you are a member, ask a question! Go to GeeksOnTour.com then click the Q&A menu. Make sure you are logged in (there’s a form on the Q&A page), select a category (Photos, Maps, Blogs, Other) then click Add Topic. When finished scroll down to Submit Topic.


Traffic on Google Maps or Waze

Image

Both Waze and Google maps can give you turn-by-turn voice directed navigation.

Waze also adds real-time crowdsourced road information including traffic, road hazards and police locations.

I’ve had people tell me that they prefer Waze to Google Maps because Waze gives information about traffic.

Hey! So does Google Maps.

Read the article here

Read More

 


How to use Depth Editor and Color Pop in Google Photos

Color Pop

Have you ever wished you could make a photo of a flower, or a person, really stand out – with the main subject in color and the rest in black and white?

Now you can!

It’s called Color Pop, and it is a new feature from our friends at Google Photos. It was announced along with Live Albums on Google’s product blog on October 9, 2018. At the time it was only available on the Pixel phone, but it has arrived on the iPhone now as well.

Read More


How to trim your videos on your phone

Trimming videos

You don’t want to miss a second of your granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, so you start the video camera rolling as she’s walking up to the stage. Now you wish you hadn’t done that! Nobody wants to watch the 3 minutes of her walking, they just want to see her step onto the stage and get her diploma.

Learn how you can accomplish this, right on your phone, by reading this short article.

Read More


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How to share your location with Google Maps

Sharing location with Google Maps

With these smartphone/GPS devices in our pockets all the time, there are now many different ways to share your location. Apple has the “Find my friends” app, Facebook messenger (and many other texting apps) have a button to “Send Location.” If you’re like me and my husband, we like to make it easy and just let each other know where we are at all times. It’s easy with Google Maps.

Maybe you’re a fulltime RVer with kids who worry about you a lot. Rather than calling them every day, you could let them see your position on a map that they could look at as often as they like.

You should still call once in a while, OK?

It’s easy to set this up …

Read More

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That’s all for now. We hope you learned something. Your next issue will be next month. Any questions, please visit our forum. If you like this newsletter, please forward it on to your friends! If you received this issue forwarded by a friend you can subscribe to get your own copy delivered to your in box – it’s free. You can also visit the archives of past newsletters,

Happy Computing!

Geeks on Tour

Sincerely,

Geeks on Tour

jimandchris@geeksontour.com

Dec 2018 Newsletter: Trimming Video, Traffic on Maps, Color Pop in Google Photos, Sharing your Location

Geeks on Tour

Monthly Issue #135 December, 2018                                                
GeeksOnTour.com | Newsletter Archives | Become a Member

See our Google Reviews here — Geeks on Tour is member supported. This FREE newsletter is made possible by our paid (Premium) members.  Member benefits include access to over 500 tutorial videos, asking questions on ‘Ask the Geeks’ forum, Show Notes for our weekly show, “What Does This Button Do?” and all our eBooks including Mrs Geek’s Guide to Google Photos.
Join today
Already a member? THANK YOU! 

Members: Click Here for all Premium Content


Geeks in November

Morro Rock at sunset

On November 1, we were home, but then Chris flew to California for the Google Product Experts Summit. She took advantage of the free flight from Google to take a few extra days and visit Morro Bay, and her old friend, Liz. Chris lived in Morro Bay and practiced law with Liz in 1981-83.

Check out our photo album photo album for November for more pics.

If you want to hear more about the Google Product Expert Summit, check out Michael Daniel’s YouTube video. I joined Michael, who is also a Google Product Expert, and we spent about an hour chatting and sharing photos about the event. ​​​

Also see our Map and our Blog for the rest of the story.

We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do?

  • Episode 156: How to use a smartphone to scan documents and create .pdf files

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, navigate, and remember your life’s events.  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to GeeksOnTour.com and click the menu for Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning. ​​​​​​​


Happy Holidays Everybody

Image

Click for video with sound


December Calendar

Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm at our local time.

When we’re not doing our live show, we’ll post an encore episode.

Thursday is “Gabbing With the Geeks” on Facebook Live to answer questions from viewers and discuss anything. 5pm our local time.

We’re Still in South Florida. We are working on the website and videos.

We have a couple of online seminars on the calendar but only one live appearance. Holidays are upon us.

Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group.

    ​​​Upcoming Appearances

    December 2018

    • 12/13 Platina Computer Club in Boynton Beach, FL

    We’re clearing our calendar to take a trip to
    Australia and New Zealand for part of January and
    all of February. Stay tuned for photos!

    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for notifications of Live Streams from Geeks On Tour! Be sure to click the little bell to confirm delivery of notifications.

    Like our Facebook Page for notifications to see us Live whenever we like.

    See our Calendar


    “Ask the Geeks” Q&A Forum

    Here are some of the topics that have been discussed recently. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today!

    1. Picasa Albums and Google Photos Albums
    2. Google Drive Data Connection
    3. Lost Windows Password
    4. Facebook Messenger
    5. Deleting Files on Phone

    If you are a member, ask a question! Go to GeeksOnTour.com then click the Q&A menu. Make sure you are logged in (there’s a form on the Q&A page), select a category (Photos, Maps, Blogs, Other) then click Add Topic. When finished scroll down to Submit Topic.


    Traffic on Google Maps or Waze

    Image

    Both Waze and Google maps can give you turn-by-turn voice directed navigation.

    Waze also adds real-time crowdsourced road information including traffic, road hazards and police locations.

    I’ve had people tell me that they prefer Waze to Google Maps because Waze gives information about traffic.

    Hey! So does Google Maps.

    Read the article here

    Read More


    How to use Depth Editor and Color Pop in Google Photos

    Color Pop

    Have you ever wished you could make a photo of a flower, or a person, really stand out – with the main subject in color and the rest in black and white?

    Now you can!

    It’s called Color Pop, and it is a new feature from our friends at Google Photos. It was announced along with Live Albums on Google’s product blog on October 9, 2018. At the time it was only available on the Pixel phone, but it has arrived on the iPhone now as well.

    Read More


    How to trim your videos on your phone

    Trimming videos

    You don’t want to miss a second of your granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, so you start the video camera rolling as she’s walking up to the stage. Now you wish you hadn’t done that! Nobody wants to watch the 3 minutes of her walking, they just want to see her step onto the stage and get her diploma.

    Learn how you can accomplish this, right on your phone, by reading this short article.

    Read More


    Leave us a Review

    Leave a review for Geeks on Tour

    Have you learned something from Geeks on Tour?

    If so, we’d love to get a review from you. Click on this link


    How to share your location with Google Maps

    Sharing location with Google Maps

    With these smartphone/GPS devices in our pockets all the time, there are now many different ways to share your location. Apple has the “Find my friends” app, Facebook messenger (and many other texting apps) have a button to “Send Location.” If you’re like me and my husband, we like to make it easy and just let each other know where we are at all times. It’s easy with Google Maps.

    Maybe you’re a fulltime RVer with kids who worry about you a lot. Rather than calling them every day, you could let them see your position on a map that they could look at as often as they like.

    You should still call once in a while, OK?

    It’s easy to set this up …

    Read More

    Click here for more Articles by Geeks on Tour

    Join Geeks on Tour!

    That’s all for now. We hope you learned something. Your next issue will be next month. Any questions, please visit our forum. If you like this newsletter, please forward it on to your friends! If you received this issue forwarded by a friend you can subscribe to get your own copy delivered to your in box – it’s free. You can also visit the archives of past newsletters,

    Happy Computing!

    Geeks on Tour

    Sincerely,

    Geeks on Tour

    jimandchris@geeksontour.com

    How to trim your videos on your phone

    You don’t want to miss a second of your granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, so you start the video camera rolling as she’s walking up to the stage. Now you wish you hadn’t done that! Nobody wants to watch the 3 minutes of her walking, they just want to see her step onto the stage and get her diploma.

    No problem, if you took the video with your phone, you can use most any photo management app to trim the beginning or end of your video.

    1. Google Photos: View the video, tap the Edit button and you will see a white vertical bar on either end of the video, drag them to your desired begin and end point, then tap Save
    2. Samsung Gallery: View the video, tap the scissors icon at top and you should see “Video Trimmer” at top left. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the frames of your video with white bares at the beginning and end. Drag those bars to your desired beginning and end points.
    3. Apple iOS Photos: View the video, tap the word Edit, drag the beginning and ending markers to your desired positions.

    Now, go take more videos!

    To learn more about how to trim a section out of the middle, or how to put together several video clips and still photos to make a movie complete with music. Watch Episode 150 of our Weekly YouTube show What Does This Button Do?

    How to let friends and family know where you are at all times

    With these smartphone/GPS devices in our pockets all the time, there are now many different ways to share your location. Apple has the “Find my friends” app, Facebook messenger (and many other texting apps) have a button to “Send Location.” If you’re like me and my husband, we like to make it easy and just let each other know where we are at all times. It’s easy with Google Maps.

    Maybe you’re a fulltime RVer with kids who worry about you a lot. Rather than calling them every day, you could let them see your position on a map that they could look at as often as they like.

    You should still call once in a while, OK?

    It’s easy to set this up, assuming your kids are in your contact list, and assuming that they have a @gmail.com address, just open your Google Maps app and be sure you’re signed in, then follow the steps below. If they don’t have a @gmail.com address, then you can get a link to send them.

    1. Tap Menu Menu and then  Location sharing and then Add people Add people.
    2. Choose how long you want to share your location.
    3. Tap Select People.
      • If you’re asked about your contacts, give Google Maps access.
    4. Choose who you want to share with.
    5. Tap Share.

    Jim and I share with each other indefinitely, but we could stop at any time. So when I’m going to that special place for his Christmas present and I don’t want him to know 🙂 I can just open Google Maps, tap the 3-line menu, choose Location sharing, tap Jim, and turn it off.

    You can also use this when you are traveling to meet someone and you want to give them an ETA. Use Google Maps to navigate to your destination,

    1. After you start navigation, tap More More and then Share trip progress.
    2. Choose a person from the list.
    3. Tap Share.
    4. Location Sharing will stop when you reach your destination or stop navigating.
      • To stop sharing before you arrive, tap More More and then Stop sharing.

    This works on either Android or iPhone. You just need to use Google Maps and both you and the person you’re sharing with need a Google Account.

    Traffic on Google Maps or Waze

    Both Waze and Google maps can give you turn-by-turn voice directed navigation. Waze also adds real-time crowdsourced road information including traffic, road hazards and police locations. I’ve had people tell me that they prefer Waze to Google Maps because Waze gives information about traffic.

    Hey! So does Google Maps.

    When Google Maps is navigating, it automatically shows traffic slowdowns along your route: yellow means a noticeable amount of traffic, red means delays caused by traffic.

    Google Maps has Lane Guidance

    I prefer Google Maps to Waze for many reasons, but lane guidance is probably the most important. When I’m coming up on a turn, I will hear Waze voice saying, “In a quarter mile turn left.” Where Google Maps will say, “In a quarter mile use the left two lanes to turn left onto the Northbound I-95 ramp.” If you need to be in the middle lane, or the lane that is second from the right, it will tell you that as well.  

    Turn on Traffic Layer

    Using Google Maps, if you want to see traffic on the roads without navigating, you can turn on the traffic layer. Just tap the layer button in the upper right of the map, then choose Traffic from the choices. Be aware that traffic information uses more data. That’s why you have the option to have it on or off.

    156. How To Use a Smartphone to Scan and Create PDF Documents.

    Show Notes for Members below

    Everyone can view all the episodes for free. Just click on the play button above.

    A great benefit of membership is access to the extensive show-notes Chris writes up every week. Read them online and follow links directly to the parts you’re interested in. We recommend you print them out and keep them in a notebook. It’s a great way to learn.

    Not a member? Join here. This episode covers:

    1. Tip of the Day: Google Photos – search
    2. Beginner’s Lesson: Scan documents to .PDF
    3. App: CamScanner

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