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Geeks on Tour monthly newsletters. For past archives (before 2011), go to https://www.geeksontour.com/newsletters/

August 2019 Newsletter: Google Photos Reveal, Smartphone volume, Google Drive no longer syncs with Google Photos

July 2019 Newsletter: 5 Years of our Button Show, Google Drive changes, Google Maps elevation

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Monthly Issue #142 July, 2019
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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. Already a member? THANK YOU!

Geeks in June

#UnderseaAdventures

The whole month of June we were home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The photo is of one of the many Royal Poinciana trees in fiery bloom around our neighborhood. On June 19 we were guest speakers on Dottotech‘s Webinar Wednesday – covering Google Photos. The webinar is over an hour including lots of questions. Steve Dotto has an impressive following for his technology teaching channel and we were excited to be a part of it with 380 attendees viewing our live webinar! Here is our 24 minute recorded portion: Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos

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

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Photo 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.


Calendar

Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group. We’re in Fort Lauderdale until August 10 or so, then heading up the east coast.

  • July 3 5pm ET: Member Meetup with Premium Geeks On Tour members. It’s a Zoom video meeting where you can connect with us.
    July 4 Happy Independence Day! and Happy 21st Anniversary, Chris and Jim!
  • July 14 – Episode 170 of the Button Show

No work travel is planned for this month. We’re concentrating on the website and local events.

What Does This Button Do? continues to improve.

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. Arranging Photos in Google Photos Albums
  2. Photos, Shared and Blogger
  3. Duplicate Photos
  4. Naming Faces
  5. Delete photos from iPhone, Google, and OneDrive?

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.


5 Years of What Does This Button Do?

5 years of our YouTube show

Have you watched any of our weekly YouTube shows? We’ve been making them for 5 years now, and we feel like we’re just getting started. We call it “What Does This Button Do?” to indicate that we teach technology at a beginner’s level. That’s a pretty long title though, so we call it The Button Show for short. We keep a listing of all episodes on our website which you can access with the URL – TheButtonShow.com

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Questions about how Google Photos and Google Drive are changing?

Michael Daniel's YouTube show

Google has announced that they are changing how Google Photos and Google Drive work together. See our YouTube discussion with Michael Daniels here. Don’t worry, this probably doesn’t affect you. Nothing is changing about how the Google Photos app works. Your photos are all being uploaded to Google Photos from your phone. That is where they are stored, for free, and they will continue to be stored there. But, if you had been using the features where Google Photos pictures showed up in Google Drive, and maybe even got synced down to your computer, then this is a heads up. That is changing on July 10.

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Google Maps can show elevation changes

Steep grade

Steep roads can be dangerous, sometimes impossible. Does your engine have the power to get you up? Do your brakes have the power to slow you on the down side? There’s a simple trick in Google Maps to give you advance warning.

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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!

The Geeks on Tour website is an online learning library for Travelers who want to learn to use their computers and mobile devices for managing digital photos, making blogs, using maps and other online resources. Anyone can get our free weekly tech lesson, read articles on our Technology Blog, sign up for our free newsletter. A small fee makes you a ‘member‘ and you can then ask us anything on our Q&A page, view any of our 500+ video tutorials on these subjects in our Learning LIbrary, and get written notes and eBooks of our lessons.

Mar 2019 Newsletter: Excel without Excel, Photo Descriptions, Don’t Delete Photos

 

Monthly Issue #138 March, 2019
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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. Already a member? THANK YOU! 

  

Geeks in February

Jim and I are dwarfed on top of a giant rock in an area known as Castle Hill in the South Island of New Zealand. For all of February we were traveling in New Zealand mostly in a rented camper van but we also took train and bus tours and stayed in hostels, airBnBs and Hotels. Check out our photo album photo album for Australia/New Zealand. And our personal travel 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? Although we didn’t do any live shows this month, we still send out a weekly tech lesson via email. If you’re subscribed to this newsletter, you should have received:

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Photo 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.

 

 

Calendar

Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

We send out a link to a technology lesson, usually an episode of our Button Show which is recorded in a live stream.

Upcoming Appearances

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

March 2019

April 2019

  • 4/2 Sarasota Technology Club 6pm Smartphone Photography
  • 4/17 Cascade Lakes in Boynton Beach, FL 7:30pm Smartphones-What Does This Button Do?
  • 4/29-5/5 SKP ACRE in Pine Mountain, GA

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. Gmail sending mail problems
  2. Multiple Facebook accounts
  3. Blogger tables for Google Photos Albums
  4. Picasa Duplicate photos
  5. Best way to create a Presentation

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.

  

 

How to make an Excel spreadsheet without Excel – or any software

Maybe you just don’t need to make spreadsheets anymore so you don’t own the software, or maybe you’re on a trip away from your computer. What do you do when you have a need to make just one spreadsheet? It’s easy. It’s free, 

Read the article to find out

  

Photo Descriptions

Isn’t it great when you’re looking at old family photos and you find notes written on the back that describe what’s in the photo? Did you know that you can do the same thing with Google Photos? 

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Don’t waste time deleting photos.

So many times I hear people saying, “I took so many photos on our vacation, I’m never going to get the time to organize them. I have to sit down and do some serious deleting.”

If you use Google Photos, you don’t need to delete them. Just spend a little bit of time picking your best ones and add to an album. On our New Zealand trip, we took nearly one hundred photos on one day alone – the day we visited Hobbiton movie set. 

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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

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 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

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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

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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

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