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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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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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Nov 2019 Newsletter: GPS Navigation basics, Google Maps Live View, Google Photos Memories, Smartphone Auto-Rotate

Geeks on Tour

November 2019 | Issue 147  | Archives

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

Sunset on Erie

We finished our TOUR!

We started October in Chicago and presented our Google Photos seminar at 2 Chicago computer clubs.

We ended the month back home in Fort Lauderdale after a whirlwind 3 month, 5,000 mile tour. We loved every minute (well except when the RV broke down) of it. We presented 17 seminars over 12 venues. Some were RV rallies and others were computer clubs or Senior Centers.

In between gigs, we enjoyed traveling in our little Roadtrek camper van and staying at some beautiful places. We made lots of new friends and met up with many old friends – including one I hadn’t seen since high school – thanks Randy! If you hosted any of our seminars or met up with us anywhere along the way, THANK YOU!

The photo above is in Quad Cities/Moline, Illinois where we participated in a Scott Kelby World Photo Tour. See our October Google Photos album for lots more pictures.

Chris has been invited once again to Google’s Product Experts Conference, this time in Boulder, Colorado Nov 11. We’ll fly there.The recently opened Senior Planet in Denver wants us to present our Google Photos Seminar we did in NYC. We are planning programs there for a full day on Nov. 15th as we will be in Colorado for the Google event. Then back to Florida.

What Does This Button Do?

We delivered one of our YouTube shows from the road this month:


What’s coming up – Our Calendar

  • Nov 11-13 Google Product Expert Event in Boulder, CO
  • Nov 15 all day Senior Planet Presentation in Denver, CO.
  • Nov 25 7pm Valencia Reserve APCUG Presentation in Boynton Beach, FL.
  • Nov 28 Happy Thanksgiving for our US friends.
  • Nothing on the calendar for December. Happy Holidays!

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. More Picasa stuff
  2. Merge two Google Photos accounts
  3. Chromecast and Apple Albums
  4. Password Manager update
  5. Google Maps not speaking in background

Google Maps Live View

Google Maps gives us arrows on a heads up display for walking directions.

This is augmented reality. Have you ever used Google Maps for walking directions and started walking the wrong way? It’s hard to tell which way is left or right until you start moving, right? So, you walk a block before you can tell if you’re walking in the right direction.

The new “Live” view fixes all that. We’ll give you a glimpse in Episode 178 of our YouTube show, What Does This Button Do? The Beginner’s Lesson is how to navigate with Google Maps and our Quick Tip is showing you the new Live View.

Watch Episode 178


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Google Photos Memories

If you tend to forget about your old pictures and never look at them again, this feature is for you.

Just open Google Photos app on your iPhone or Android device and you’ll see round bubbles at the top of your screen representing the years of your photos. Click on one and enjoy.

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Auto Rotate setting

Auto-Rotate and your Phone

Sometimes you feel like rotating, sometimes you don’t.

This article explains how you can control it for both iPhones/iPads and Android devices

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Navigating using Google Maps

Google Maps Navigation Basics

How to navigate using Google Maps. That was the topic of our Beginner’s lesson for episode 178 of our YouTube show “What does this button do?” It only seemed appropriate after just navigating over a 5,000 mile tour around the Eastern US.

If you watch this episode, you’ll learn step by step how to use navigation on both Android and iOS devices. You’ll also see some of the newest features in Google Maps. If you are a Google Maps newbie, or a seasoned pro, you will learn something watching this episode.

Watch the Video


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October 2019 News: Print Photos, Voice navigation with Street names, Geeks on Tour: our story

Geeks on Tour

October 2019 | Issue 146  | Archives

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

Sunset on Erie

We are ON TOUR!

We started September by presenting our Google Photos seminar at Senior Planet in New York City. Next came the Roadtrek RV rally in Foxborough, MA, then in traveling through Ohio to Chicago, we presented to five technology User Groups. One more to go in October then a couple of RV related rallies as we head south.

In between gigs, we enjoyed traveling in our little Roadtrek camper van and staying at some beautiful places. The photo above is sunset over Lake Erie, just a short walk from where our RV was parked at an Elks Lodge in Ashtabula, OH. See our September Google Photos album for lots more pictures.

Chris has been invited once again to Google’s Product Experts Conference, this time in Boulder, Colorado Nov 11. We’ll fly there.The recently opened Senior Planet in Denver wants us to present our Google Photos Seminar we did in NYC. We are planning programs there for a full day on Nov. 15th as we will be in Colorado for the Google event. Then back to Florida.

During September, we were able to produce 2 of our “Button Shows” from “Studio R” the back of our Roadtrek camper van!


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. Dates on Old Photos
  2. How Do I Print an Album in Google Photos?
  3. Sharing Videos in Google Photos
  4. Apple iOS Update
  5. Storing a Document on iPhone

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Order photo prints

Order Photo Prints within Google Photos

Google announced a new feature in Google Photos this month … Printing!  Apparently lots of people still want a photo they can hold in their hand, put in a binder or add to the fridge with a magnet. You can pick up your 4X6 prints on the same day at a Walmart or CVS of your choosing.

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Turn by turn voice navigation with street names

Sometimes Google Maps, or Waze tells us simply “in 1/4 mile turn right.” Other times I hear “in 1/4 mile, use the right 2 two lanes to turn right onto West Lake Road.”

I so prefer the more detailed instructions. It’s taken me a while, but I finally found the setting to make this happen.

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Jim and Chris - Geeks on Tour

What’s our story?

You may know that we have a pretty cool life, we spend most of our time traveling and we make our living from subscriptions to our website. Did you know we’ve been living this way since 2003? This past month we’ve given presentations to audiences who did not know us, so we had fun putting together this story with pictures to introduce ourselves.

See the rest of the story here

by the way – this presentation is an example of using a Google Photos Album to tell a story.


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September 2019 Newsletter: Share your location, Google Keep and Geeks on YouTube

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 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.

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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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Happy Computing!

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