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We are currently traveling in Australia and New Zealand. We use our phones to know the current time – that’s a given – but it is also important to us to know what time it is at home. Home is in Eastern time, aka Miami.
Android: Dual Clock Widget
On my Samsung (Android) phone, I use a widget called Dual Clock. If you don’t know about widgets, see Episode 139: Widgets.
To add this widget to your home screen:
Long-Press on a blank spot on your homescreen and then tap the button that appears called Widgets
Find the widget for Clock and tap it, you should then see a button for “Dual Clock” – touch and hold (longpress) on that, then drop it off on the home screen location where you want it
You should now see the local time and a link to tap to add the second time you want.
iPhone World Clock
On an iPhone, you have an app called Clock. The icon for that app on your home screen is a live analog clock showing you the current local time. To see the time in any other part of the world, tap the clock to see the full screen with all the options. You can also reach the clock from any screen by getting to your control panel. In all but iPhone Xs, you reach the control panel by swiping up from the bottom. In iPhone X, you swipe down from the upper right corner. Then you’ll see an icon for clock. Tapping on that is the same as tapping on the clock icon from a home screen.
The clock has several purposes: World Clock, Alarm, Bedtime, Stopwatch, and Timer. Notice all these options at the bottom of the screen. Tap World Clock to see the time in other cities. To add a city, tap the +, to change the order of cities, tap Edit.
If I just want to remember where all I went last year, Google’s location history is the quickest way to do that. If you have Google Maps set to record your location history, viewing a map of everywhere you’ve been in 2018 is as easy as 1-2-3:
On a computer, go to Maps.Google.com and be sure you are logged in with your Google Account.
Click the 3-line menu in upper left and choose “Your Timeline.”
Click Year to drop down your choices and choose 2018.
That’s all it takes to view this map. To keep it, I just take a screenshot (Windows: use Snipping Tool, New, drag the area; Mac: use CMD-Shift-4 drag the area).
If you don’t see any places, it means your Google Location History has never been turned on. If it is on, and this is the first time you’ve seen your Google Timeline, it may freak you out a bit. It’s so easy to view your location history that you may feel anyone can do it – but they can’t. That is, they can’t see your location history. My map, the one you see above, is a screenshot of what I see after logging in with my Google username and password and verification code. Google does not even give me a way to share this with anyone – only I can see it. If it still freaks you out, you can turn it off. You can also delete what has already been saved. You can delete individual places, or your entire location history. Here is the official
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If you think technology is passing you by, Jim and Chris, of Geeks on Tour are here to help.They love to teach, so they pick a topic every week or two and produce a live YouTube show. Below are links to all of the episodes they recorded in 2018. Take a look and see if any topics peak your interest.
If you like the shows, you’ll love the show notes! If the list below looks interesting to you, but you’re not interested in watching 27 episodes of a 45 minute show, then you’ll really appreciate our show notes. If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can enter your username and password after clicking on any link below and skim thru the notes. There are timeline links throughout the notes where you can click and go to that specific spot in the video. Also, if you are a member, you get an email after every show with a link to the .pdf version of the written notes.
What Does This Button Do? All episodes recorded in 2018
We also presented live seminars at events all across the country. At 22 events from Las Vegas to Gillette, Wyoming, Sevierville Tennessee, and Tampa Florida we taught 7,500 learners in 55 different seminars. You can see a map of all our stops on our travel maps page.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
Tap Menu Location sharing Add people .
Choose how long you want to share your location.
Tap Select People.
If you’re asked about your contacts, give Google Maps access.
Choose who you want to share with.
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,
After you start navigation, tap More Share trip progress.
Choose a person from the list.
Location Sharing will stop when you reach your destination or stop navigating.
To stop sharing before you arrive, tap MoreStop 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.
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.
Chris’ article about planning RV trips is being published in the Family RVing Magazine in the January 2019 issue. In case you’re reading the print version, we’re listing all the links here so you can click on them. We also welcome comments here.
The article starts by listing 5 steps and a favorite tool or two for each step.
Chris also mentions the maps of their travels. To see those maps, go to the Maps page of Geeks on Tour’s travel blog. Be sure to scroll down because there is a map for every year of their RV travels, from 2004 thru 2018.
If you’d like to learn how to make those maps yourself, start by watching this tutorial video, then a portion of our weekly class on Youtube, episode 111.
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Geeks in October
On October 1, we were just finishing up The RV Travel Club rally in Sevierville, TN. Then we started heading west towards Heber Springs, Arkansas for the Workamper Rendezvous rally. We had a couple of weeks in between so we consulted the Roadtrippers website for some suggestions of sights along the way. Did you know that there is a full-size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee? We had to see that! It even houses the tallest indoor sculpture in the western world – a gilded statue of Athena. Such great photo ops!
We didn’t have much energy for more sightseeing, so we arrived in Heber Springs a week early. We knew from last year that the campground was beautiful AND it has good Verizon service, so we were quite content to sit a week. We even produced Episode 154 of our YouTube show from there.
Check out our photo album photo album for October for the results. That’s it for October, now we’re home and Chris is getting ready to fly to California for her annual Google Product Experts conference.
Also see our Map and our Blog for the rest of the story.
Episode 155: Smartphone apps: Install, Uninstall, Organize
By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach. You can learn how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.) 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.
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.
A map to share travel memories
This is our map of travels just for the summer, May thru October! We appeared at 7 events, gave 30 seminars to nearly 3,000 people. It wasn’t all work, we also got to play in 6 National Parks, several State Parks and museums, and 2 scuba diving trips! We use photo albums and blog posts to remember it, but nothing beats a map to see everything on one screen – then click the markers for photos and blog posts! This article details how you can do this for your own travels.
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