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August 2020 News: Google Photos 2020, Chromebooks, Using our Website

  August 2020 | Issue 156  | Archives
What’s Up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?

Zoom meetings

July was yet another full month of self-isolation, but we got away on the first day of mini-season for catching lobster. Here’s our album all about Kayak Diving.
Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we’re not teaching. We presented two remote seminars over Zoom
  1. Dayton Microcomputer Ass’n, Ohio: What is a Chromebook and how do you use it to edit photos
  2. Golden Gate Computer Society, California: Using Google Photos.
What Does This Button Do?
We added two new episodes to our YouTube “Button” shows in July.
Tutorial Videos – for members
We also added several new short show-me videos for Google Photos. See the complete list here.
Members Only Zoom meeting with David Lieb from Google
We had a very special members-only meeting with the head of the Google Photos development team at Google. David Lieb was a joy and answered all our questions. See the replay video here.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar

Sunday, August 9 2pm ET What Does This Button Do?
Social Media tips for clubs and groups: Guest – Martin Brossman
              August 9 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom for Premium Members
Sunday, August 23 2pm ET What Does This Button Do?

              August 23 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom for Premium Members
Wednesday, September 2 Sarasota Computer Club remote seminar
We’re still isolating at home in Fort Lauderdale.
All personal public appearances are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Live YouTube Shows Sunday at 2pm Eastern time. Most weeks.
If we don’t do a live Button Show, we’ll do a Member Zoom at 2pm Eastern.
Live Zoom meetings for Premium Members after the live shows. Watch your email for announcements of scheduled shows.
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask.

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. How to tell when your question is answered
  2. Upload a profile picture 
  3. Using a hotspot for printing?
  4. Recover storage at Google
  5. Move Facebook pictures to Google

Learn Google Photos 2020

First came the book “Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos”, then came “Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos – Second Edition” Now, we are announcing “Learn Google Photos 2020” The book will be available for purchase by September 1.
Here is a list of the chapters:
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Your Google Account
  • Chapter 2: Getting started on mobile devices
  • Chapter 3: Collecting the rest of your life’s photos and videos
  • Chapter 4: Getting Around in Google Photos
  • Chapter 5: Exploring your photo library
  • Chapter 6: Keeping your memories safe
  • Chapter 7: Editing to improve your photos
  • Chapter 8: Organizing with Albums and Favorites
  • Chapter 9: Sharing
  • Chapter 10: Surrounding yourself with your photos and creations
  • Chapter 11: Troubleshooting and getting help
  • Chapter 12: Apple Photos and iCloud vs Google Photos

Using Chromebooks for photo editing

I have now bought my third Chromebook,  ASUS Chromebook Flip C302. It cost $600. It’s fast. It boots up in a split second. The battery lasts all day. All I have to do is log in with my Google account and I have all my stuff. My Google Photos, Google Drive files, Gmail, and anything I can access from a web browser is all there. My
Chromebook is my “couch computer” – I especially like it for all my entertainment channels. I find shows to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO etc. and use Chromecast to watch them on the living room TV.
Because the Chromebook can run Android apps as well as browser-based apps, it is perfect for editing photos with Google Photos and Snapseed.

How to use our website to learn smartphones

The GeeksOnTour.com website is like a large library. We have archives full of 45 minute YouTube Shows, 5 minute tutorial videos, and 13 years worth of newsletters and articles.
This article is all about how to find what you need.
Let’s say you want to learn more about your smartphone. First of all, Chris has compiled a checklist of the things that are important to know about your phone. She calls it the Smartphone Skills Checklist – it’s a 2 page handout. The first page of the handout explains how the website is organized; what parts of it are free for all, and what parts are for members only. The checklist is
the 2d page. For most every skill she has listed one of our YouTube shows (s) or Tutorial videos (v) or articles (search for it). That will help you learn that skill.

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July 2020 News: Google Photos Redesigned, Mobile Internet Update, Shaky video

  July 2020 | Issue 155  | Archives
What’s Up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?
June was another full month of quarantine, but we got away for a couple of days during the last week. Our dive club arranged for a day trip to the keys to paddle kayaks around in the mangroves. We jumped at the chance to get away and took our camper van a couple days earlier. Ahhhhh – such beautiful sunsets. We continued our Zoom meetings and added paid
workshops on Google photos. We got some great feedback, so we plan to make these online workshops a regular part of our schedule.  See our June Google Photos album for some more pictures, and our blog for the rest of the story.
What Does This Button Do?
We added two new episodes to our YouTube “Button” shows in May.
Members Only Zoom meeting / classes
We did not have any separate meetings or classes for our members in June, but we did hold after show “Backstage Pass” meetings after both of the button shows.
Tutorial Videos – for members
We also added several new short show-me videos for Google Photos. See the complete list here.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar
               July 5 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom for Premium Members
Monday, July 6 12pm ET Chris will be a guest on “Tech for Seniors” with Ron Brown and Hewie Poplock. Here topic is Sharing with Google Photos
Monday, July 27 10:15pm ET! Golden Gate Computer Society remote meeting. Google Photos presentation.
We’re still under stay home orders.
All personal public appearances are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Announcing!! Google Photos Workflow: a hands-on workshop with Chris Guld, a Google Photos product expert. Chris will show you how best to work with Google Photos. You’ll even have exercises to do on your own device with Google Photos.
  • What: a 2 hr workshop held over Zoom with maximum 6 attendees
  • When: 1) Friday, July 17 at 1pm Eastern to 3pm
  • Cost: $49 per person
  • How to sign up: Click Here
Live YouTube Shows Sunday at 2pm Eastern time. Most weeks.
If we don’t do a live Button Show, we’ll do a Member Zoom at 2pm Eastern.
Live Zoom meetings for Premium Members after the live shows. Watch your email for announcements of scheduled shows.
Stay safe. Wash your hands.
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. Sending pictures from Google Photos by email
  2. Samsung phone won’t save edits
  3. EXIF Tags
  4. Blogs-Updated Google Photos
  5. Posting from Google Photos to Youtube

Lots of Changes for Google Photos

Google Photos turns 5 years old and gets a facelift. The next time you open the app, you may feel a bit lost because the 3-line menu is gone, as are the Albums tab and the For You tab. Don’t worry, everything is still there, it’s just all been rearranged.
This article includes images of the old app, the new app, and where all the commands have been moved. If you want to learn more about how Google Photos has changed this week, We will be live on YouTube this Sunday at 2 p.m, Eastern explaining the redesign of Google Photos.

Staying Connected on the Road – anything new?

Yes, and no. 5G is coming but it’s not here yet. Starlink is covering the globe with Internet from Satellites but don’t plan on using it for at least a year. The cellular carriers have some great unlimited data plans that have been discontinued, but Visible is still a good option.
If you want to know what the best data plan is today, and you want to be able to take advantage of improvements tomorrow, you want to listen to Chris Dunphy and Cherie VeArd of MobileInternetInfo.com. They were our guests on Episode 193 of our YouTube show. You can watch the YouTube video here, and notice that we’ve marked the chapters so you can quickly jump to where they discuss the
different topics: Starlink, Unlimited Data Plans, Streaming options, 5G, and more.

Google Photos can stabilize videos

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All you have to do is open the video, tap the edit button and then the stabilize icon (it looks like a skewed rectangle within a square) and Google Photos does all the rest. You must be using Google Photos on an Android device to have this feature.

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June 2020 News: Google Photos Workshop, How your phone can run your TV, Oura Ring

Image  June 2020 | Issue 154  | Archives

What’s Up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?
May was another full month of quarantine. Our new normal is full of social activity, it’s just all online. The screenshot above is one of our Geeks on Tour members-only meetings.  We did our YouTube shows on scanning photos, and on the weeks that we didn’t do a live show, we held class on Zoom for our members only. See our May Google Photos album for some more pictures, and our blog for #stayhome daily diary.
What Does This Button Do?
We added one new episode to our YouTube “Button” shows in May.
Members Only Zoom meeting / classes
We held 2 classes for our premium members using a Zoom meeting. See all replays here.
Tutorial Videos
We also added a few of our short show-me videos. See the complete list here.
What’s coming up – Our Calendar
Not much.
We’re still under stay home orders.
All public appearances are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Announcing!! Google Photos Workflow: a hands-on workshop with Chris Guld, a Google Photos product expert. Chris will show you how best to work with Google Photos. You’ll even have exercises to do on your own device with Google Photos.
  • What: a 2 hr workshop held over Zoom with maximum 12 attendees
  • When: 1) Wednesday June 10 2pm Eastern to 4pm
  •    OR    2) Tuesday June 23 7pm Eastern to 9pm
  • Cost: $30 per person
  • How to sign up: just reply to this email and we’ll send you the link
Live YouTube Shows Sunday at 2pm Eastern time. Most weeks.
If we don’t do a live Button Show, we’ll do a Member Zoom at 2pm Eastern.
Live Zoom meetings for Premium Members after the live shows. Watch your email for announcements of scheduled shows.
Stay safe. Wash your hands.

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. Which SD Card is Best?
  2. Photo Count-Photo Stick-Backups
  3. Moving from Picasa to Google Photos
  4. Facebook Audience selection
  5. Duplicate Photos

Your Phone can make your TV look Smart
Does anyone watch network TV any more? The evening news is about it for me, and then the commercials drive me crazy. When I want entertainment I get it from streaming services like Netflix, HBO Go or Amazon Prime. Sometimes I even get my news from streaming services like YouTube, CBS, or PBS. But, how to accomplish this? I don’t have a smart TV, but I do have a Chromecast on the TV which means I can bring up a show on my computer or phone and “cast” it to the TV as
long as the TV input is set to the correct HDMI port. I’ve discovered that my phone is the best way to provide programming to the TV.

Oura Ring
If you like smart watches, get ready for a smart ring! This Oura ring is something different. It’s a lot smarter than the watches I had even though it doesn’t tell time. It’s jam-packed with sensors. There are two infra-red LED emitters and an IR detector that samples your heart rate 250 times per second. There are 3 temperature sensors, an accelerometer, a gyroscopic sensor, memory, and a battery, all in a
ring that fits on your finger!

How Google Photos can Scan a QR Code
All iPhones and many Android phones can now scan these codes with just the camera that came built in with the phone. Simply open the camera app and focus on the code, you will see a link pop up that will lead you to where the code goes.
But, what if you see a QR code that you want to keep and scan later? That’s where Google Photos comes in.
Show your Google Photos like a screensaver on the TV and other Photo Frames


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We no longer turn our TVs off except for overnight. The rest of the time, if we’re not watching a show, they are displaying our chosen Google Photos albums. We just love that our house is filled with our travel photos, especially in this time of the CoronaVirus when we’re stuck at home.

What you need

You don’t need a fancy TV, any TV with an HDMI port will do.
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May 2020 News: Blogger Basics, Blogger and PDF files, Scan photos, 10 uses for Albums in Google Photos

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  May 2020 | Issue 153  | Archives

What’s Up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?
April was a full month of quarantine. We didn’t leave the house except to walk around the block, and we obviously did not get haircuts! All is well with us, we get food delivered from Publix and Jim had lots of opportunity to hone his cooking skills. We did our YouTube shows on scanning photos, and on the weeks that we didn’t do a live show, we held class on Zoom
for our members only. See our April Google Photos album for some more pictures, and our blog for #stayhome daily diary.
If you need to learn how to participate in Zoom meetings, check out our course.

GeeksOnTour premium members get the course for free with a coupon code found at GeeksOnTour.com/School.
Everyone else – the course cost is $20
What Does This Button Do?
We added two new episodes to our YouTube “Button” shows in April:
  • 189. Digitizing your old photo albums and showing them on TV with Chromecast and Google Photos
  • 190. What is a blog, and how does Blogger work?
Members Only Zoom meeting / classes
We held 2 classes for our premium members using a Zoom meeting. We had a class on Scanning photo albums and a class on Blogger. See the replays here.
Tutorial Videos
We also added a few of our short show-me videos. See the complete list here.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar
Not much.
We’re still under stay home orders.
All public appearances are canceled for the foreseeable future.
Live YouTube Shows Sunday at 2pm Eastern time. Most weeks.
If we don’t do a live Button Show, we’ll do a Member Zoom at 2pm Eastern.
Live Zoom meetings for Premium Members after the live shows.
Stay safe. Wash your hands.

 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. Album Photo Sequence
  2. Albums in Google Photos
  3. Android Screen Lock
  4. Blogs Pictures Disappear
  5. Zoom Sound

How to write that book of yours, one blog post at a time.
You know that book you have in you? The one you keep telling yourself you’re going to write someday, when you have time? It might be a travelog about your RV travels. It might be a novel based on your family’s experience. It might be your life story. Whatever the nature of your book, the way to get started is to … get started.

How to display a .pdf file in your blog or other website
Do you, or a club you belong to, create newsletters and distribute them in .pdf format? Have you ever wished you could just put the .pdf document in a blog post?
You’re in luck, it’s really quite easy if you use Google Drive to store your .pdf files.
This article gives you step by step instructions on how to do it.

How to get your old photo albums into Google Photos and display on TV
How do I get my old photo albums into Google Photos? While we #stayhome, we are pulling out our
old photos. In our recent YouTube show, Episode 189, we show you how we get them into Google Photos, make albums and then add the albums to our Google Home “ambient” mode which acts like a screensaver for the TV.

Ten ways of using albums in Google Photos
If you’re not making albums, you’re not using the capabilities of Google Photos. It’s by adding photos to albums that you can make your own groupings. Realize that Albums are NOT like folders, they do not store your photos. Photos are stored in one bucket, just called Google Photos. Any given photo can show up in one or more albums, they’re just marked to display in that album. If you delete a photo from Google Photos – it’s gone from the album. If you remove a photo from an album, it’s
still in Google Photos. To make an album:
  • Select the photos you want in the album
  • Click/tap the + in the upper right corner
  • Choose Album
  • Give the album a name and click/tap the checkmark at top left

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April 2020 News: Zoom online meetings issue

April 2020 | Issue 152  | Archives
What’s Up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?
March started out normal with a short trip to Sarasota to present a Google Photos seminar to the Sarasota Technology User Group – STUG. Within 2 weeks, the world simply stopped, due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic. We cancelled our big dive trip to the Maldives and shut the house door. We
will #StayHome for the foreseeable future. See our March Google Photos album for some more pictures, and our blog for #stayhome daily diary.
We are busier than ever while we’re stuck in our house because we are in Zoom meetings, sometimes several a day. We’re using it and we’re teaching it. Not since 2010 when Facebook caught on like wildfire, have we been so involved in one product. Everyone we know is joining online meetings and Zoom is the tool of choice. We’ve made videos, written
articles, held practice Zoom meetings, and even made an online course for Zoom. We are dedicating this issue of our Newsletter to covering Zoom.
What Does This Button Do?
We added four new episodes to our YouTube “Button” shows in March:
  • 185. How to make a custom map for dive sites
  • 186. How to use Zoom for online meetings
  • 187. What does a Zoom meeting look like? A real meeting with 50 participants and lots of How-To.
  • 188. How to get your old slides into Google Photos
Tutorial Videos
We also added a few of our short show-me videos. See the complete list here.
What’s coming up – Our Calendar
Not much.
We’ve been staying at home for the past several weeks.
Our big dive trip canceled and we are using the time to work.
All public appearances are off for the foreseeable future.
Live YouTube Shows Sunday at 2pm Eastern time. Most weeks.
Live Zoom meetings for Premium Members after the live shows.
Stay safe. Wash your hands.

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. Make a Blog Post Title clickable
  2. Arranging photos in Win10
  3. Help removing duplicate photos
  4. Saving scanned photos in Picasa
  5. Amazon Photos to Google Photos
  6. Sharing your Zoom screen
Zoom – a short history

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I think it sheds light on a product to learn a little about the people behind the product. Zoom is the brainchild of the CEO Eric Yuan. He grew up and was educated in China. After graduation he wanted to move to the US so he could work in the Internet field. It took 2 years and 8 tries to get a visa, but he finally accomplished it in 1997. He went to work for WebEx which was bought by Cisco, and he became Cisco’s Corporate VP of engineering, in charge
of collaboration software. He knew a thing or two about developing online meeting software when he left Cisco to start Zoom.
He left WebEx to start Zoom in 2011
Many of his fellow engineers left with him in 2011 and they launched the Zoom Video platform in 2012. The company was successful and they went public in 2019. If you want to buy stock in Zoom, please be sure to choose the right one. Stock symbol ZOOM skyrocketed in price after Zoom Video went public in March of 2019. The problem? That’s the wrong Zoom. Zoom Video is stock symbol ZM.
He’s a good Dad
Yuan has an impressive personal story as well. I’ve read that he never misses one of his kid’s basketball games and often helps out at practices. At the office Yuan has a 99% approval rating from employees based on workplace review site Glassdoor who named Yuan its Big Company CEO of the Year in 2018.
He’s addressing the problems
Then came the Corona Virus pandemic and everyone needed online meetings. Zoom went from 10 million daily users in December to over 200 million daily users today. That kind of stress is bound to show some cracks in the system. There have been many articles about privacy and security problems experienced by Zoom, but instead of denying it or stonewalling, Zoom is closing down loopholes, adding security features, and holding webinars to address everyone’s questions.
We watched the webinar “Ask Eric Anything” where he addressed the security concerns. They’ve removed the problematic Facebook SDK software, they’ve added a security button in the online controls for meeting hosts, and they’ve put all feature updates on hold for the next 3 months to focus on privacy and
security.
That’s enough for me. I think we are very lucky, in our time of need, to have an online meeting system that works so well and is so affordable. Thank you Eric Yuan.
What is Zoom meetings?

With orders to stay at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, meetings are going virtual, and Zoom.us is quickly being adopted as the tool of choice for friends, families, businesses and organizations to hold online meetings. Whether you just want to get together with a few friends for happy hour, keep
your Book Club going, or manage a community meeting when no one can come to the Community Center, Zoom might be your answer.

This article answers some Frequently Asked Questions like:

  1. What is Zoom meetings?
  2. How does Zoom meetings work?
  3. How much does Zoom meetings cost?
  4. Does Zoom meetings really work?
  5. Is Zoom safe and private?
  6. What does a real Zoom meeting with 50 participants look like?
Practical Tips for Running Online Zoom Meetings
We’ve been involved in a few different groups that meet online using Zoom over the last several years. In the last few weeks, due to CoronaVirus quarantines, we’ve attended and hosted many more. OMG, the things we didn’t know it could do! To learn the details of everything it can do, the best place is to go to the source – the Zoom.us website Help Center. The purpose of this
article is to give some practical tips that we’ve learned along the way.
This article includes tips about:
  • Have at least one co-host
  • Audio etiquette
  • Video Etiquette
  • Scheduling
  • The Waiting room
  • Calling on people
  • Recording meetings
Step by Step course to learn how to use Zoom.
The reason that Zoom has skyrocketed to the top of the online meeting providers is because it’s easy and it just works. But there’s still a lot to learn. This course starts out with the very basics of how to join a Zoom meeting, then continues on to explain the different meeting controls, on computers as well as mobile devices. You will learn when you need a Zoom account and how to set one up, and how to schedule Zoom meetings and invite others.
GeeksOnTour premium members get the course for free with a coupon code found at GeeksOnTour.com/School.
Everyone else – the course cost is $20
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Mar 2020 Newsletter: Map of Dive sites, Text on Photos, Google Photos Book

March 2020 | Issue 151  | Archives
What’s Up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?
February was a busy month, we’d just finished the Discovery Owners rally in Tampa, then went to Riverside RV Park in Arcadia to teach more smartphone photography and Google Photos. We were especially happy with our hands-on workshops there on editing photos and making albums. This was the 4th time we’ve been invited to teach at Riverside since 2013.
Next up was the RVillage rally in Live Oak, FL. Wow! It has really grown since last year – over 1,000 RVs there. Lots of energy and lots of fun. We taught 2 seminars: Maps and Apps for RV Trip Planning, and Google Photos: What to do with all those photos. We had 200+ attendees for each seminar. Then, we ended the month with a short dive trip to the Bahamas with our USA Dive Club. See Jim’s video here. See our February Google Photos album for lots more pictures.
March is going to be a catch up month as I am way behind on updating my Google Photos book, and I’m starting to hear about it from our readers! Yes! Keep bugging me. I have set a launch date for May 1 now and am determined to get it done. See article later.
What Does This Button Do?
We added one new episodes to our YouTube “Button” shows in February:
Tutorial Videos
We also added a few of our short tutorial videos. See the complete list here.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar

We’ve had a busy January and February.
Only one Technology Club presentation in March.
We have a big personal dive trip planned, though.
There is a Roadtrek rally after we return in April and nothing in May.

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. Bypass Windows 10 Login
  2. Adding descriptions after editing in Snapseed
  3. Help removing duplicate photos
  4. Arranging and sorting photos in Windows 10
  5. Can’t email photos out of Picasa

Jim and I are scuba divers and I’ve come up with a way of plotting dive sites on a custom map. This same technique could be used for RV boondocking sites, or backpacking campsites, or fishing sites. These are all places that need GPS coordinates in order to locate them.

It was a long time in coming, but Google Photos now can add text right to a photo. At least, the Android version of Google Photos can do that. It’s called the “Markup” tool and it’s pretty simple.

Even if you know how to add text to photos with Google Photos, you should watch this short video because I add a very important little tip!

Have you been waiting for the next edition of Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos? I had hoped to have it out before now, but it’s not. There’s still time to let me know what you hope to see in the book. You can just reply to this email, or read the article and leave a comment.
I have now set a launch date of May 1.
Meanwhile, check out my online course below.

Step by Step course to learn the right way to use Google Photos and never lose your pictures.

As long as everything is set up right, you can just sit back and relax while Google Photos does all the work to store and organize your lifetime of photos.
How do you be sure that everything is set up right? Take our course.
Read all about it at GeeksOnTour.com/School.

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February 2020 Newsletter: RVillage Rally, Google Lens, Remote presentations with Zoom, Snapseed course

Geeks on Tour

February 2020 | Issue 150  | Archives

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

Denver airport for Google Product Experts Conference

This January we actually went camping! We attended a Roadtrek group rally just for the fun of it.  See our January Google Photos album for lots more pictures. We also presented seminars at the Discovery Owner’s rally at Lazy Days in Tampa.

What Does This Button Do?

We added two new episodes to our YouTube “Button” shows this month:


What’s coming up – Our Calendar

We’ve had a busy January and February.

The only thing left this month as we send this newsletter is the big RVillage Rally up in Live Oak, FL. We have some personal dive trips planned, though.


Ask the Geeks Q&A forum.

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

  1. Facebook Collage Pictures
  2. Get a texted picture to Google Photos
  3. Making a Thumbnail sized Photo
  4. Navigating to a Photo
  5. Clickfree Backup?

Using Google Lens to identify items in a photo

Google Lens will identify this and give you a link to buy it.

When you open any photo in Google Photos, you will see a button at the bottom meant to look like a camera lens. That is Google Lens and it is amazing. Open any photo, using Google Photos, and tap that button – it will analyze the current photo and tell you all sorts of things! Identify flowers, birds, insects. Translate and copy text, scan QR codes, identify products and give you links to buy them. And much more.

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We’ll see you at the RVillage Rally

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This week, from Feb 12-16, we will be in Live Oak, Florida for the RVillage rally.

If you’ll be attending, please come visit us in the Vendor Village – we will be offering free half-hour Smartphone Help Desk sessions.

We are also presenting 2 seminars:

MAPS AND APPS FOR RV TRIP PLANNING WITH GEEKS ON TOUR
Thurs. 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Music Hall
Jim and Chris, of GeeksOnTour.com have been RVing since 2003, mostly full time. They will share their current list of the most useful apps and maps including step-by-step demos of how they plan their trips.
GOOGLE PHOTOS: WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE PICTURES
Sat. 2:45pm – 3:45pm / Music Hall
You will learn how to privately store your thousands of smartphone photos, and videos, for free, with Google Photos. You can find any photo from your past just by searching: “kayaking in La Jolla” or “alligators in Okefenokee”. Taught by Chris Guld – a Platinum level Google Product Expert.


Geeks on Tour offer Live Remote Seminars using Zoom.us

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As we travel the country, we’ve presented seminars from Southern California to upstate New York, and all points in between. But, what if your California group wants us to present a seminar and we happen to be in Florida at that time? That’s when we use an online meeting software called Zoom. It allows the audience to see and hear us and we can see and hear the audience. We can display slides as well as demonstrate on our smartphones. In some ways, it can be even better than being there in person.

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Step by Step course to learn photo editing with Snapseed

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You may have heard about the free app called Snapseed and how it can improve your photos. You want to learn how to do it, but you don’t know where to start. We now have a standalone course on Snapseed.

The course will take you about an hour or two and it costs $30. If you are a GeeksOnTour.com premium member, you get the courses free.

Read all about it at GeeksOnTour.com/School.


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Jan 2020 Newsletter: Google Maps for Food, Google Photos updates, Decade of Geeks

Geeks on Tour

January 2020 | Issue 149  | Archives

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

Denver airport for Google Product Experts Conference

Happy New Year everybody. And, Happy New Decade! The 2010s saw the smartphone transform our world – what’s next?! 5g, IoT (Internet of Things), Artificial Intelligence, and virtual reality, promise to be even more transformative. Hold on to your hats.

The photo above is at home having a rare New Year’s Eve party. Thanks to our friends who helped us make this decade changer a memorable one. No, we didn’t make them stay till midnight, we followed the countdown from Rio de Janeiro and made midnight be 9pm our time! See our December Google Photos album for lots more pictures.

Now we’re home for the holidays. We wish all the best of the season for you and your families as well.

What Does This Button Do?

We delivered two of our YouTube “Button” shows this month:

We also posted lots of new short, tutorial videos:


What’s coming up – Our Calendar

Back at it for the New Year. Everything is in Florida. We’ll be visiting the Tampa RV Show, too. It’s always entertaining and we see a lot of our friends.


Ask the Geeks

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. Fixing Not Red-eye, but White-eye
  2. Printing from Google Photos
  3. Albums
  4. Signing in to MyMaps
  5. Make iPhone Ring Longer


Try Google Maps for Restaurant Delivery

Restaurant Delivery by Google Maps

You’ve probably heard of DoorDash, or Uber Eats? Well, there’s another one called Postmates. And then there’s Google Maps, where Restaurant listings may connect with any of the delivery services.

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Lots of Google Photos updates in 2019

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We keep up with them all! And, we’ve written them up in one place for you to read:

  • Snapseed has moved
  • Account and backup status has moved
  • Manual Face Tagging
  • Pick a frame from a Live or Motion photo
  • Google Drive no longer syncs with Google Photos
  • Get prints made straight from the app
  • Photo Frames
  • Markup and Text on photos
  • Crop Document
  • Edit movies on computer

and MORE!

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Decade of the Geeks

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It’s hard to believe that it was only 10 years ago that we bought our first smartphones. Now we’ve taught 183 episodes on how to use them!

On the other hand, it seems SO long ago that we were teaching Picasa. That was our most popular topic EVER – with a live audience of over 700 people. That all ended when Google Photos was released in 2015 – and we jumped right on that bandwagon. Cloud-based storage is definitely the way to go!

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Jan 2020 Newsletter: Google Maps for Food, Google Photos updates, Decade of Geeks

Geeks on Tour

January 2020 | Issue 149  | Archives

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

Denver airport for Google Product Experts Conference

Happy New Year everybody. And, Happy New Decade! The 2010s saw the smartphone transform our world – what’s next?! 5g, IoT (Internet of Things), Artificial Intelligence, and virtual reality, promise to be even more transformative. Hold on to your hats.

The photo above is at home having a rare New Year’s Eve party. Thanks to our friends who helped us make this decade changer a memorable one. No, we didn’t make them stay till midnight, we followed the countdown from Rio de Janeiro and made midnight be 9pm our time! See our December Google Photos album for lots more pictures.

Now we’re home for the holidays. We wish all the best of the season for you and your families as well.

What Does This Button Do?

We delivered two of our YouTube “Button” shows this month:

We also posted lots of new short, tutorial videos:


What’s coming up – Our Calendar

Back at it for the New Year. Everything is in Florida. We’ll be visiting the Tampa RV Show, too. It’s always entertaining and we see a lot of our friends.

  • Jan 3  Deerfield Computer Club 10am Here’s the Seminar
  • Jan 14-16  Roadtrek Rally in High Springs, FL – Just for fun
  • Jan 28- Feb 2 Discovery Owners Rally in Seffner, FL.
  • Feb 4-7 Riverside RV Resort in Arcadia, FL
  • Feb 12-16 RVillage Rally Spirit of the Road 2020
  • Feb 26 Sun City Center Computer Club Seminar
  • Feb 27 Golden Gate Computer Society Remote Seminar on Snapseed

Ask the Geeks


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. Fixing Not Red-eye, but White-eye
  2. Printing from Google Photos
  3. Albums
  4. Signing in to MyMaps
  5. Make iPhone Ring Longer

Try Google Maps for Restaurant Delivery

Restaurant Delivery by Google Maps

You’ve probably heard of DoorDash, or Uber Eats? Well, there’s another one called Postmates. And then there’s Google Maps, where Restaurant listings may connect with any of the delivery services.

Read the Article


Lots of Google Photos updates in 2019

Image

We keep up with them all! And, we’ve written them up in one place for you to read:

  • Snapseed has moved
  • Account and backup status has moved
  • Manual Face Tagging
  • Pick a frame from a Live or Motion photo
  • Google Drive no longer syncs with Google Photos
  • Get prints made straight from the app
  • Photo Frames
  • Markup and Text on photos
  • Crop Document
  • Edit movies on computer

and MORE!

Read the Article


Decade of the Geeks

Image

It’s hard to believe that it was only 10 years ago that we bought our first smartphones. Now we’ve taught 183 episodes on how to use them!

On the other hand, it seems SO long ago that we were teaching Picasa. That was our most popular topic EVER – with a live audience of over 700 people. That all ended when Google Photos was released in 2015 – and we jumped right on that bandwagon. Cloud-based storage is definitely the way to go!

Read More


Leave us a Review

Review

Have you learned something from Geeks on Tour?

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

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. If you’ve learned something from us along the way, we’d love a Google Review from you!

December 2019 News: Blogs and Maps, Google Calendar, New Feature in Google Photos

Geeks on Tour

December 2019 | Issue 148  | Archives

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

Denver airport for Google Product Experts Conference

We started November at home, then flew to Colorado for the Google Product Experts conference in Boulder. Chris learned a lot and had great fun with her fellow Google Product Experts. Then we went on to Denver and presented a couple of Google Photos seminars at Senior Planet.

The photo above is at Denver airport – quite a sight. We were lucky to be flying back home to Florida well before the snow became a problem. See our November Google Photos album for lots more pictures.

Now we’re home for the holidays. We wish all the best of the season for you and your families as well.

What Does This Button Do?

We delivered two of our YouTube “Button” shows this month:


What’s coming up – Our Calendar


Ask the Geeks

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. Changing the Date in Google Photos
  2. Picasa in Windows 10 ​​​​​​​
  3. Apple Catalina​​​​​​​
  4. Albums
  5. Sorting Albums


They moved it! Using Google Photos and choosing to edit in Snapseed is still there.

Snapseed is my favorite way to edit photos on my phone. It’s a free app that you need to download and install on your phone. It’s available for both iOS and Android. Once it’s installed, you can use it with any photo in Google Photos.

The way to access it from Google Photos has recently changed, here’s how to get there now.

On iPhone, swipe up on the photo and you’ll see “Open in Snapseed” as an option below the photo

On Android, open the photo, tap the edit button, tap the 9-dot grid, then you’ll see Snapseed as an option.

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Travel Blogs and Travel Maps go together

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My blog is where I tell our travel stories, but I need the maps for the visual reference.

The map can even act as a kind of table of contents for the blog. Each marker is clickable and contains a link to the blog post where I have the story about that place.

We can teach you how to make both blogs and maps.

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Using Google Calendar to remind you before you miss appointments

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Don’t you just hate it when you see your friend and they say, “Where were you last night? We missed you at the party.” When the only reason you missed it was that you forgot!

If you have your settings right, you will get a notification one hour (or 2 hours, or 1 day – whatever you choose) before every event entered on your calendar.

This article tells you how.

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New Feature in Google Photos: Share photos with a conversation just like sending a text.

Share photo with Conversation

Have you ever shared a picture using Google Photos and the recipient says they never got it? Did they tell you to send it in a text message instead because they like how a text message keeps a running conversation along with the pictures?

If so, you’ll love this new feature in Google Photos – it makes sharing any photo(s) from Google Photos act just like text messaging. It’s rolling out now on iOS, Android and Web!

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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. If you’ve learned something from us along the way, we’d love a Google Review from you!