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July 2024 News: 10 years of "Button Shows", Google Photos new Free Editing, Fireworks Photos

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Newsletter: July 2024 | Issue 203 | Archives 

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

June was a catch-up month. We were home and did a lot of work on our website. We also used Zoom and YouTube for several training sessions. 

The photo above is in the parking lot of our home after a torrential rainstorm. The double rainbow was jaw-dropping!

Tutorials: We made some Tutorial videos and did our Live YouTube Presentations. See several new tutorial videos, numbered 857-865. We posted 2 new Fun with Photos episodes as well as 2 of our Sunday “What Does This Button Do?” shows. See links below.

Community: We so enjoy the Zoom meetings we have with our members. We chat backstage after every Sunday “Button Show”. We learn from you as well as teach. We taught another of our classes over zoom – for members only – called Do More with Google Photos. If you are a premium member, you can view that class and more on our Classes page. See specific links at the end of this newsletter.

What’s New? This month we have another dive trip to the Cayman Islands, we plan to do one of our “Button Shows” from there, and take lots of photos! 

Keep scrolling down and you’ll see new articles about our 10 year anniversary of “What Does This Button Do?”, Google Photos, and Smartphone tips. Plus links to everything added to our website this past month.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

July 2024

August 2024

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube and Facebook
    • August 11th and 25th  Episodes 282 and 283
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • August 4th and 18th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”
  • August 8 at 7pm ET Ask Chris Anything

Ask the Geeks Q&A Forum

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

  1. Text tool in Snapseed not working
  2. Glare reduction on scans
  3. Calendar confusion
  4. Block someone on Facebook


10 Years of “What Does This Button Do?”

Our very first episode of What Does This Button Do was live-streamed on June 30, 2014! Last week’s show was # 279. All episodes are listed on our website under the YouTube Show menu. You can scroll all the way back to that first show and watch it. We’ve also made the show notes free for anyone rather than for members only. 

It looked a little different back then! We were living in our motorhome, and we used Google + and Hangouts on Air to produce the show. I found this post from our personal blog about what it was like to do the show from the RV. I also noticed that it was only 30 minutes long. It has grown! We are now spending one hour to do the show. 

We’re curious – do you like the hour timeframe? Or should we go back to 30 minutes? Please vote by filling out this short survey. And let us know how you like the show. 

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Google Photos Magic Eraser is now Free! And there’s more…

The Google Photos editing features demonstrated in the photos above, “Dynamic,” “Magic Eraser,” “Portrait,” and “Background Blur,” used to be only avaialbe to you if you had a paid subscription to Google One. No longer. Even free accounts now have access to these tools. Check it out:

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Taking Fireworks Photos – Fourth of July Style!


Links to Recent Content added to our Website

Tutorial Videos:

YouTube Shows:

What Does This Button Do? 

Fun with Photos 

Top Tips (members only)

Classes (members only)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

May 2024

June 2024

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

 

Ask the Geeks Q&A Forum

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

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

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

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

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Please Google Photos, we need these features!

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

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Sharing your Location with a Friend

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

Google Maps Share Location and Apple Find Me Tutorial Video 842

Links to Recent Content added to our Website

Tutorial Videos:

YouTube Shows:

What Does This Button Do? 

Fun with Photos 

Top Tips (members only)

Classes (members only)

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April 2024 News: Blog Books, Google Photos, A.I. creates images

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Newsletter: April 2024 | Issue 200 | Archives 

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

March is a beautiful time of year in South Florida, so we stayed home and enjoyed it. We even visited a local tourist attraction called Flamingo Gardens during the Orchid festival. The image above is one of many photo opps from that day. Here’s a little video that Jim made using Google Photos.
Tutorials: We were quite productive during this month at home. We produced several new tutorial videos, numbered 844-849. We also did a live Google Photos Q&A as well as 2 of our Sunday “What Does This Button Do?” shows. I think we did an especially good job on Episode 273 How to use Google Slides. Did you see it? Jim has gotten oh-so-good at using his video production tools (mostly eCamm Live)

Even my lesson-teaching went smoothly. I think it may be one of our very best shows. Check it out and tell us what you think. And, if you think, “But I’m not interested in Google Slides.” you may be surprised. The tagline is “Not just for presentations.”

Community: We so enjoy the Zoom meetings we have with our members. Many of you have become like family, especially those who came with us to Hawaii. We learn from you as well as
teach. We have now held 3 sessions of our Learn Google Photos workshops for members. Each session covers subsequent chapters from the book. Next month we will finish the series with #4 covering Sharing and Creating: Chapters 9 & 10. See the link in the Calendar below. If you missed 1, 2, or 3 – you can see all the materials, including a recording of the Zoom meeting, on our Classes page. Remember this is for members only.
What’s New? This month we do 2 new Google Photos workshops, 2 new “Button” shows, and in May we actually have a live, in-person presentation. See the calendar below for details.

Keep scrolling down and you’ll see new articles about Google Photos, Blogger books, and using A.I. for creating images. Plus links to everything added to our website this past month. Whew … I’m tired 😮.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

We’re attending a small RV Rally in Florida this month. Fun!

April 2024

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • April 7th and 21st  Episodes 274 and 275
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • April 14th and 28th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  • April 2, 3-5pm Google Photos Workshop #3. A Zoom meeting for members-ony Workshop recording.
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”
  • April 30 3-5pm Google Photos Workshop #4. A Zoom meeting for members only. Registration required.

May 2024


Ask the Geeks Q&A Forum

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  1. Upload Pictures from phone to laptop
  2. Get iCloud photos to Google Photos for facial recognition
  3. Moving from Dropbox to Google Photos?
  4. Missing Windows Taskbar

Be sure to watch our “What Does This Button Do?” Episode 274 on Sunday April 7 at 2pm Eastern when we’ll show Photo Editing using Google Photos that goes beyond the basics. 


I Got my 2022-23 Blog Book!

I use Blogger.com – a free service by Google – for keeping my Blog. I use Blog2Print.com to turn it into a book. The hard cover books are great for the coffee table, …

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Problems with your phone? Try Reboot!

Just like we learned to use Alt/Ctrl/Del to reboot our computer and fix problems, the same concept applies to our smartphones. Here’s a video that shows you how, both with Android and iPhone.

How to Reboot Your Smartphone

Google Photos can be as simple, or as complex, as you want.

Google Photos was created in 2015 to address the issue of people taking thousands of photos with their phones. It was designed to free you from the burden of your photos and leave you with the pure joy of exploring them. No work on your part. Just install the app on your phone, turn on the Backup and let go!

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I Like Using A.I. to Make my Images

Often I write “How-To” articles where I want an image that helps get a concept across. A page full of text is just too boring. I have been known to spend hours finding just the right image and maybe tweaking it a bit for my needs. Now, I just have to get clear on what I want and ask for it!

If I was a professional artist, …

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Links to Recent Content added to our Website

Tutorial Videos:

YouTube Shows:
What Does This Button Do? 

Fun with Photos 

Top Tips (members only)

Classes (members only)


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March 2024 News: Time Zones, Photo Map, Crop image to a circle

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February Photo

Peace, Love, and Vans

Did you know that there was an event in Central Florida called “Peace, Love, and Vans?” For us old hippies, we couldn’t resist. We were just one of over 300 vans in attendance, everything from converted school buses to bullet proof 4X4s. Other than it raining all
weekend, we had a great time! Here’s a short video.



Calendar of Upcoming Events

March

April

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • April 7th and 21st  Episodes 274 and 275
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • April 14th and 28th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm
    ET
  • April 2, 3-5pm Google Photos Workshop #3. A Zoom meeting for members-ony Pre-registration required.
  • Mar 25 at 7pm ET Google Photos Open Q&A
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

Ask the Geeks Q&A Forum

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

  1. Google Mail Defaults
  2. Get iCloud photos to Google Photos for facial recognition
  3. Lost iBooks 
  4. Missing Windows Taskbar

My Smartphone helps me with Time Zone Confusion

With our semi-annual changing of the clocks coming up this weekend, I figured this was a good time to review how your phone can help with Time Zones.

Traveling across time zones can be so confusing when you need to call someone, or get to an online meeting at the right time. After 14 years of RVing, you’d think I’d have it figured out. That’s where the real problems start … when I think I have it figured out! Invariably, I adjust my time in the wrong direction. There are several ways my phone can help

Be sure to watch our “What Does This Button Do?” Episode 272 recorded Sunday March 10 where we cover Time Zone Tips and Tricks.


Google Photos Maps helps me find places I’ve been.

To see “Your Map” just tap the magnifying glass – Search button.

Many years ago, we were traveling on
the Oregon coast and I remember telling people about stopping at a restaurant that had the best seafood Cioppino I’d ever had. What if I found myself on the Oregon coast again and I wanted to find that restaurant? I don’t remember the name of the restaurant, I don’t even remember the town. All I remember is that it was on the Oregon coast at about the mid-point of the state.

I’ll bet I took a photo of it.


Crop an Image to a Circle using FREE Powerpoint Online

Did you know that you can use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint completely for free
online? It’s true, and here’s a cool thing you can do – crop an image to a shape.

Crop to a Circle using Free PowerPoint! Tutorial Video 840

February 2024 News: Google Photos Classes, Zoom Meetings, Google Maps gas prices, more…

Newsletter: February 2024 | Issue 198 | Archives 

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January Photo/Video

Aloha! We started January with a cruise in Hawaii. We were a group of 14 and we all contributed photos to a group album. Hawaii was our 50th state that we’ve visited – and it was special. Read about it and see our group album and a highlight
video in this article.



Calendar of Upcoming Events

February

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • February 4th and 25th  Episodes 270 and 271
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • Feb 6 3pm Google Photos Workshop #1. A zoom meeting for members-ony Recording Here.
  • Feb 19 at 7pm ET Google Photos Open Q&A
  • Feb 26 at 10pm Eastern Golden Gate Computer Society class over Zoom
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

March

  • March 5 3pm: Google Photos Workshop #2 for members only. Pre-registration required.
  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • March 10th and 24th  Episodes 272 and 273
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • March 3rd, 17th and 31st Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

Ask the Geeks Q&A Forum

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

  1. Editing RAW files
  2. Change Blogger header
  3. Sharing photos from within an album
  4. Specify Folders on Phone to Upload

Arranging your Zoom Meeting Views

We are in Zoom meetings multiple times each week and we’ve noticed some new issues recently.

  1. A barely noticeable dialog box is preventing people from unmuting or turning on their camera
  2. If your view is set to “Full Screen” (which
    happens by default when someone shares screen) you do not have access to top, bottom, or side bars.

You have my Google Photos book, but have you read it?

We have a lot of teaching materials avaialble for Google Photos that supplement the Learn Google Photos book. We’ve broken the book down into “Top Tips” for each chapter. And, we are now offering a hands-on class over Zoom each month.

Both the Top Tips and the Zoom classes are reserved for our Premium
Members at no extra charge. The plan is to offer one workshop each month. It will take 5 months to complete the whole series. Here is the list of Workshops:

  1. Gathering your Lifetime of Photos and Videos (covering chapters 1-3)
  2. Exploring your Google Photos Library and Backing Up (covering chapters 4-6)
  3. Editing to Improve your Photos and making Creations (covering chapter 7 and 10)
  4. Organizing and Sharing your Photos and Videos (covering chapters
    8-9)
  5. Getting the Most from Google Photos (overview and workflow)

We completed Workshop #1 on Feb 6. Workshop #2 is scheduled for Mar 5. Pre-registration is
required
.

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Navigate from a Calendar Entry

If you use Google Calendar, you can add a location to your appointments, then when you’re ready to go,
you can navigate.

How to Navigate from a Calendar Entry Tutorial Video 837


How to Change the Frame of an iPhone Live Photo

Question from Mary:

Sometimes when I take a photograph with my iPhone, the snapshot moves
briefly when I view it. Why?Sometimes this exceedingly brief “video” has an image I would like to save and print at the beginning and not at the end of the movement. Specifically dolphins leaping from the water. Is there anyway I can stop the motion where I need to?


Google Maps shows the price of gas … and Diesel

If you search for gas stations using Google Maps on your phone or maps.google.com on your computer, it will show you all nearby gas stations and the price of regular gas will also appear. Now, if you click thru on any gas station and scroll down, you will see the
price of all gas grades available there.  Read the Article


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December 2023 News: Google Accounts being deleted, Google Photos Updates, Free A.I. Image Generator

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  December 2023 / Issue 196  / Archives

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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

November
Home. Relaxed. We took advantage and went to our local venue, Parker Playhouse, to see live entertainment: Graham Nash at the beginning of the month, and the FabFour at the end. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Classes

You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. If you’re interested in having us present to your group, contact us here. We presented one class in November:

  • Nov 16 2023 PCBUG presentation on Tips for Travelers with Google Maps and Google
    Photos

We did 2 of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?”
shows: and 1 “Fun with Photos”

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for
you.
  • Is my Google Account in danger of being deleted
  • Google Photos: What’s New?
  • Free A.I. Image Generator built in to Google Slides

Geeks on Tour MemberThank you to our premium members for supporting us and making this newsletter possible! If you learn something from us, and you’re not a member, consider joining us now.

Recently added Top Tips for MEMBERS ONLY

New Member Benefit – Office Hours: 

You can schedule a 30 minute one-on-one zoom meeting with Chris (Mrs. Geek) Click here and check it
out.


What’s coming up – Our Calendar December and January

We have online classes. Chris has a great Podcast, Fun With
Photos! The videos will premier on Tech For Senior’s Mondays at Noon ET

View the Geeks' online Calendar

Let us know if you would like a Zoom presentation for your group.

December

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • December 10 Episode 267
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • December 11 at 7 pm ET Google Photos Open Q&A
  • December 15 10am Deerfield Beach Computer Club
  • December 17  at 2 pm ET – Members Q&A Visit with the Geeks
  • December 3rd and 24th – Fun With Photos Podcast at 2pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

January

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • January 21  Episode 268
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • January 7th and 28th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

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membership. Join Today! Here are some recent discussions

  1. Save a Copy vs. Save
  2. Blog Gmail Address issues
  3. Camera Photos Not Uploaded
  4. Specify Folders on Phone to Upload

Is my Google Account in Danger of Being Deleted?

You’ve probably seen the headlines about Google deleting accounts starting December 1. Some may think that if they have an old Google account, (I’ve had mine for 20 years) Google might just up and delete it. No. The key here is “Inactive.” That means you
have not signed in for over 2 years. …


Google Photos: What’s New

That is the topic for our YouTube show on Dec 10. If you use Google Photos, you will want to watch that show. You might also be asking if there is an update
to our Learn Google Photos book. We are hoping to send an updated book to print someday, but it just keeps changing too fast! We are making changes to the manuscript however and we’ve decided to give our premium members access to this ever-changing draft. If you are a premium member, you can access the “Updates in Process” version on our eBooks page.

Help with duplicates – new Stacks feature announced on November 15. You may not have it yet, it is ‘rolling out.’

Managing Duplicates Using Stacks in Google Photos.


Free A.I. Image Generator built in to Google Slides

Imagine my delight when, while using Google Slides, I clicked on Insert, Image, and one of my options was “Create image with Duet AI.” When I select that it opens up a right sidebar where I can type the description of the image I want.



Join us on a Hawaii Cruise – January 2024

See GeeksOnTour.com/Hawaii for details


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November 2023 News: Instant Photo Sharing, Make a phone call from a photo, Google Maps for Public Transportation

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  November 2023 / Issue 195  / Archives

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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

October
What a month! After traveling up the east coast to New Jersey and attending Jim’s 52d High School Reunion, we flew to London for Chris to attend the Google Product Experts Summit. After the Summit, we stayed in London another week to sightsee. Then, back across the pond and back in our RV to
head south. We’re still not quite home yet.

Classes 

You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. If you’re interested in having us present to your group, contact us here. We had no classes in October

We did 1of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?” shows: and 1 “Fun with Photos”

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for
you.
  • Using Google Maps for Public Transit Directions
  • Sending a photo directly from an Android phone to another using “Nearby Share.”
  • Google Photos can make a phone call from a photo of a business card

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  • Thank you to our premium members for supporting us and making this newsletter possible! If you learn something from us, and you’re not a member, consider joining us now.

Recently added tips for MEMBERS ONLY – the “Good Stuff.”

New Member Benefit – Office Hours:

You can schedule a 30 minute one-on-one zoom meeting with Chris (Mrs. Geek) Click here and check it out.


What’s coming up – Our Calendar November and December

We have online classes.

Chris has a great Podcast, Fun With
Photos!

The videos will premier on Tech For Senior’s Mondays at Noon ET

View the Geeks' online Calendar

Let us know if you would like a Zoom presentation for your group.

November

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on
    YouTube
  • November 12  Episode 265
  • November 26 Episode 266
  • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • November 16th at 5 pm ET Naples PCBUG Presentation – “Hodgepodge of Tech Tips”
    via Zoom
  • November 5th and 19th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected
    Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

December

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • December 10 Episode 267
    • December 17  Episode 268
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom
      after the shows
  • December 3rd and 24th – Fun With Photos Podcast at 2pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

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Using Google Maps for Public Transit Directions

You do NOT want to drive in London! There are plenty of “Tube” stations and buses to get you anywhere you want to go … IF you know how.

Google Maps is our GoTo app for navigating everywhere else – when in London we learned how good it was for navigating Public Transportation.

Google Maps Live View helps us SO much when walking around in unfamiliar cities.

"Live View" makes sure we know where to turn in London


Google Photos can make a phone call from a photo of a business card.

It’s magic! If you have a photo of business card, you can view it in Google Photos, tap a button, tap the phone number, and make a call!


Sending a photo directly from one Android to another with “Nearby Share.”

People with iPhones have had the ability to “Airdrop” photos amongst themselves for a long time. They think nothing of simply saying, “will you airdrop that photo to me?” When the sender complies, the photo magically appears in the receiver’s camera roll. Easy-peasy.

Android users have the same functionality, and it is now just as easy as airdrop. It’s called “Nearby Share.”


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October 2023 News: Trip Planning with RVParky, Apple iCloud Photos vs Google Photos, A.I. and more…

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October 2023 / Issue 194  / Archives

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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

September
After a few weeks at home, we started on our next adventure. A road trip in our sweet Roadtrek camper van. The photo above is from Charleston, SC. It’s James Island County park and they have a shuttle that took us in to Charleston where we took a ferry tour out to Fort Sumter. Fort Sumter is the location of the
beginning of the civil war. We love learning history where it happened. See our photo album here.

Classes 

You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. If you’re interested in having us present to your group, contact us here. We did one Google Photos open Q&A during September.

We did 1of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?” shows: and 1 “Fun with Photos”

In this newsletter:
As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • Quick Tip: find your phone with your watch
  • Our favorite road trip planner is RVParky, what’s yours?
  • Apple iCloud Photos vs Google Photos
  • Video: How to ask questions of AI chatbots
Recent Tutorial Videos

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Recently added tips for MEMBERS ONLY – the “Good Stuff.”

New Member Benefit – Office Hours: 

You can schedule a 30 minute one-on-one zoom meeting with Chris (Mrs. Geek) Click here and check it out.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar October and November

The Geeks are really on tour this month!

We have online classes.

Chris has a new Podcast, Fun With Photos!

The videos will premier on Tech For Senior’s Mondays at Noon ET

View the Geeks' online Calendar

Let us know if you would like a Zoom presentation for your group.

October

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • October 1 Episode 264
    • October 22 Live from the UK Episode 265
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • October 2nd and 16th – Fun With Photos Podcast at 2pm ET
  •  Tech For
    Senior’s
    Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

November

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • November 5  Episode 266
    • November 19 Episode 267
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • November 12 and 26 Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm
    ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

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  1. Album Not Showing up on
    iPad
  2. Deleting Duplicate Videos
  3. Google Photos on Computer
  4. Access Photos in Archive
Quick Tip: Use your watch to find your lost phone.

If you have a watch that is connected to your phone, you no longer have to say “Honey can you call my phone?” Just let your watch do it for you.

Open the Apps on the phone and tap the “Find my phone” app.

Read the article here

You’re heard of Artificial Intelligence – A.I. Chatbots. Have you ever used one? Here’s how.

How to Ask Questions of AI Chatbots Tutorial Video 799

Our favorite road trip planner is RVParky, what’s yours?

We are on the road this month … and also traveling to London. We need to know the plan. Where do we need to go and when will we be there?

Google Maps cannot do this, you need specific trip planning tools. Our favorite is RVParky.com

In addition to a list view and a map view (like shown here) RVParky also has a calendar view. It is so easy to look up and tell our friends, “we plan to be there on Monday October 30.” All we need to do is look at the calendar view in RVParky.

Read the article to learn more about how we use RVParky as we travel. And let us know your favorite trip planning tools.

Google Photos vs. Apple’s iCloud Photo Library

At first glance, Apple’s iCloud Photo Library and Google Photos appear very similar. They both can collect all your photos and put them in one library in the cloud.

But, there is a huge difference in the way they each work:

  • Google Photos is a
    cloud-based photo management system
  • Apple’s iCloud Photos is a synchronization tool to keep the photos in sync on all your Apple devices.

Read the article to learn more and decide which one is right for you.

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August 2023 News: Deleting photos, Volume buttons, Google Maps live view, plus lots of new content

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  August 2023 / Issue 192  / Archives
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The waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

July

After Jim’s successful hip replacement in June, he is literally walking on water in July! (note: I was able to capture that shot because I use Live/Motion Photos and can pick my frame. see Tutorial 809) He even went scuba diving the last week of July. He didn’t bring home any lobster but it was a success nonetheless.
Starting in August we have travel plans to the Bahamas – assuming we are able to get our renewed Passports back by then. We sent them in in May and it’s not looking good. 😒

Classes 

You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. We did not present any classes in July, but we did start a regular segment on the Tech for Senior show – Mondays at noon Eastern.

We did 2 of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?” shows:


In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • Deleting photos with Google Photos
  • Google Maps Walking directions with Augmented Reality
  • Multiple uses for the Volume buttons on your phone
  • Dark
    Photos

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Recently added “Pick-a-Tip” for members only


What’s coming up – Our Calendar August and September

The Geeks are supposed to be attending a conference in the Bahamas in August. Here’s hoping our passports arrive in time.

We have online classes, though.

Chris is starting a new Podcast, Fun With Photos!

The videos will premier on Tech For Senior’s Mondays at Noon ET

View the Geeks' online Calendar

Let us know if you would like a Zoom presentation for your group.

August

September

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • Sept 3 Episode 263
    • Sept 24 Episode 264
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • September 10 and 17 Fun With Photos Podcast at 2pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

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Your Smartphone’s Volume Buttons do more than you Think

When you press the volume up or volume down button what’s happening? Is it changing the volume of your phone ringer? Is it changing the volume of who you’re listening to on a phone call. Is it changing the volume of your notifications? Or is it
changing the volume of music or videos?

In general, the volume buttons are context sensitive. That means, if a video is playing and you press a volume button, you’re adjusting the volume of videos. If you’re talking on a phone call, pressing a volume button adjusts how you hear the person
on the call. But, what if nothing is going on? What does the volume button do?


Using Live View on Google Maps:If you ask Google Maps for walking directions, there is a really cool feature called “Live View” which will show you the real scene in front of your eyes and overlay pointers telling you where to go.
Check it out.

Walking directions AR Tutorial Video 590


Google Photos – when you delete photos does it delete from cloud, device, or both?

It’s important to be clear what exactly you’re deleting when you delete your photos.

Read the Article


Fun with Photos 1: Dark Photos

On Sunday July 30, we posted episode 1 of Fun with Photos. Our plan is to post a new episode on Sunday afternoons whenever we are not live-streaming our “Button Show.” Episode 1 was about managing those dark photos.

Watch Video


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June 2023 News: Hawaii Cruise, Trim Videos, Group Chats, Chatting with AI,1984 Time Capsule, and more…

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May
In May we took a quick RV trip to the Tampa area to present a seminar at Sun City Center Computer Club, see links to the class materials below. Then we were home in Fort Lauderdale for the rest of the month.
We’re excited to have orchids blooming in our back yard and the photo above is
an example of editing the photo. See the video of how it was done, using Google Photos.
Here is my original photo:

We did 2 of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?” shows:

Update on our Hawaiian Cruise!

In case you missed it in the last newsletter – You are invited to join us in January 2024 – as we cruise the Hawaiian Islands on NCL’s Pride of America. You can find all the details at GeeksOnTour.com/Hawaii Reserve and make $125 per person deposit by June 10 to lock in the current group pricing. That deposit is refundable up until September when the full amount is due. The trip will include a whale watching excursion in Maui.

10,000 Subscribers

We’re so close! 9,978 subscribers on YouTube. We’ll be at that 10,000 milestone real soon. If you haven’t yet subscribed, please visit our YouTube Channel: YouTube.com/@GeeksOnTour and
click the Subscribe button. We’ll highlight our 10,000th subscriber and link to their YouTube channel in our next newsletter.

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • Group Chat Apps
  • Chatting with Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT, Bard, Bing Chat
  • Trimming Video on your phone
  • Time capsule moment: 1984

  • Thank you to our premium members for supporting us and making this newsletter possible! If you learn something from us, and you’re not a member, consider joining us now.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar June and July

The Geeks are staying pretty close to home for a while.

Jim is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

We have online classes, though

Let us know if you would like a Zoom presentation for your group.

June

July

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • July 9 Episode
      260
    • July 23 Episode 261
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • July 18 7pm ET Ask Chris Anything Google Photos Live on YouTube

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  1. Titan Authenticator
  2. Google Passkeys
  3. Google Saved Passwords
  4. Hacked Facebook

How to trim 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. And, you should probably cut out that part where she tripped.

No problem, if you took the video with your phone, you can use Google Photos, or even the Photo Gallery app that came with your phone, to easily trim the beginning or end of your video. It’s a little more complicated to
cut out a piece in the middle, but this article will show you how.


What is a group chat app? And, which one is best?

Today we have apps that allow groups of people to communicate with each other – instantly – like you are all in the same room at the same time. Group chat apps are oh-so-useful for communicating with multiple people at
the same time. You can plan events, brainstorm ideas, or just keep up with what everyone is up to. You can also share photos, videos, and files with everyone in the group chat.

The problem is, we have so many apps to choose from. In this article we’ll list several of the contenders, then we want to hear from you. Do you use a group chat app? If so, which one and how do you like it. Take just a minute to respond to our survey.


Chatting with AI a tutorial video:

Artificial Intelligence apps are all over the news. Many of you have taken ChatGPT for a spin, but how about Google’s Bard? or Microsoft’s Bing Chat. This video shows you how to get to each of them
and ask your questions. Best part, it’s all free.

Online in 1984? A time capsule moment.

I (Chris), along with my mother, Marilyn, opened a computer training center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1983. I wrote a quarterly newsletter for 14 years to keep in touch with the students who attended our classes. This was back when we had to get a newsletter typeset, printed, addressed, stamped and mailed! I kept a copy of
each one and it’s fun to thumb through them. The following article is from one of those newsletters in the Fall of 1984. It’s about my first use of online services. I used a personal computer and a modem to connect to a service called CompuServe so I could participate in an electronic bulletin board called Whole Earth Software Catalog. It’s really a blast from the past for me. I hope you enjoy it as you open this time capsule to 1984 …

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