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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
.

Read the Article


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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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

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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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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. 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.



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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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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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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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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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That way you’ll get notified when we go live. And we’re almost to 10,000 subscribers!
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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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May 2023 News: Never-Ending Tips, Hawaii Cruise, Edit a PDF file, Timer on Phone camera, and more…

  May 2023 / Issue 189  / Archives
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April
In April we took an RV trip to Georgia to present some seminars at the Escapee’s Eastern RV Rally. Among other things, we taught how you can use Artificial Intelligence (AI) with ChatGPT to plan an RV trip. Then, on our way home we stopped for a few days at Walt Disney World’s Epcot and had a fun time! I took the photo above, but you may notice some magical additions. I used the AI in Canva to make the fairy, and other tools, also in Canva to put
our RV on the monorail. Neverending fun these days with AI and images!
Here is my original photo:

Classes 

You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. We presented 1 class during April:

Join us on a Hawaiian Cruise!

January 2024 – You are invited to join us as we cruise the Hawaiian Islands on NCL’s Pride of America.

Jim’s (Mr. Geek’s) 70th birthday is coming up. He wants to go to Hawaii and he
says, “the more the merrier,” so we’ve arranged a group cruise through a travel agent. This is not a guided tour. Everyone who signs up will be free to do their own thing.

We will have 2-3 optional group meals and 2-3 optional group classes a la Geeks on Tour. The topics will probably be about smartphone photography and Google Photos with a lot of
smartphone “HodgePodge” in between. We’ll have a group photo album and maybe a photo contest. If we have enough interest we’ll book a group whale watching excursion since January is supposed to be a prime time for whales.

Save the dates on your calendar – Jan 6-13, 2024 and check it out at GeeksOnTour.com/Hawaii for all the details. Reserve and make $250 deposit no later than June 10. The best cabins are first come, first serve.

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • Never-Ending list of Tech Tips
  • How to edit a PDF file using
    the Free Google Docs
  • Using the timer on your phone’s camera
  • Force Quit Apps to ‘Fix’ phone


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What’s coming up – Our Calendar April and May

View the Geeks' online CalendarThe Geeks are staying pretty close to home for a while.

We have online classes and some Florida presentations.

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

May

June

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That way you’ll get notified when we go live.

And we’re getting closer to 10,000 subscribers!

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  1. Converting Picasa to Google Photos
  2. From Google Photos to One Drive
  3. Undo Blog Formatting
  4. Quattro Pro

Using your Phone’s Camera Timer

Do you remember setting your old fashioned camera on a tripod, setting a timer, then walking around to get in the group shot? Did you know that your phone’s camera has the same timer feature? It’s actually very useful for selfies. Set the timer and press the shutter button, while the timer counts down you can hold the camera out
without the need to raise your other hand to press the button.

This article explains and shows you how on both iPhones and Android.


Reboot and/or Force Quit Apps to ‘Fix’ a phone problem – a video


Need to Edit a .PDF Document? Use Google Drive, it’s easy and free.

PDF files used to be cast in stone, you could not change them. Not so any more. With the free Google Drive and Google Docs, you can. This article shows you
how.


Never Ending List of Tech Tips



Here’s a new feature on our website, check it out at GeeksOnTour.com/Tips. This is a members-only feature, but there is one category called “Free Samples” that anyone can browse. There are tips on iPhone
Basics, Android Basics, Phone Photography, Google Photos, Google Maps and much, much more. Use the Search bar to look for a tip on anything. Rather than the complete articles and tutorial videos that fill our website, these tips are short and to the point with links to learn more if you want. We’re just getting started on these tips so there are a few dozen now, but it will grow to hundreds of tips real soon!  Most of them are answers to questions we get asked, so if you want a particular
tip to be added, ask a question on our Q&A page.

See the Tips

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April 2023 News: AI/ChatGPT, Editing w Google Photos, Google Calendar reminders, RVillage

  April 2023 / Issue 188  / Archives
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The waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
March

At the beginning of March, we were still traveling in Indonesia. The photo above comes from Bali. It’s called Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Wisnu is the god, sitting on his eagle-like steed called Garuda. Imagine the statue of Liberty, now make it a third bigger! You can see this statue from the plane! It was quite impressive. We completed our travels and arrived home mid-March. We’re happy to be home for a while.

Classes 

You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. We presented 1 class during March:

Live YouTube shows
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.
  • Can Artificial Intelligence like ChatGPT plan your next trip?
  • Using Google Photos powerful editing tools
  • Magic Eraser video
  • Google Calendar Reminders
  • How to get your RVillage Map now that RVillage is closed

  • 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 April and May

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

We have one rally in Georgia and some Florida presentations.

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

April

May

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  1. Email Deletions
  2. Icon on Some Photos
  3. View Selected Photos
  4. Face Detection Results are Gone

If you’re using Google Photos under the free 15GB plan, you’re missing some powerful editing tools

If you use Google Photos and you’re struggling to stay within the 15GB Free storage allotment. Stop Struggling! Bite the bullet and pay $2/month. That gets you a Google One subscription with lots more than just the storage. Included in the plan are some WAY Cool editing features like Dynamic, Magic Eraser, and Background Blur.

Read More

Play this video to learn how to use Magic Eraser


Can Artificial Intelligence like Chat GPT plan your next trip?

Every techie worth their salt is writing about the Artificial Intelligence tool called ChatGPT. In February I wrote about using
ChatGPT to write poetry
! Now that we’re back home and thinking about an RV trip, I decided to ask it to plan a trip for us. It doesn’t actually make your reservations or give turn-by-turn directions, but I find it quite useful in giving me an outline of where to go. The key is in learning how to talk to AI Chatbots.

Read the article here.


How Google Calendar can keep you from missing an event by setting your default notifications.

I’ve been using Google Calendar to notify me of upcoming appointments ever since I started using a smartphone, and yesterday I found it especially useful. I want to make sure that all of you know how to set the default settings so that you get a
notification before any upcoming event.

I had completely forgotten about my Yoga class at 10:30. I also completely forgot about a dinner party we were going to at 6pm. Because of my default settings in Google Calendar, I get a ringing automatic notification an hour before any
appointment. Whew! I made it just in time. Thank you Google Calendar!


How to get your RVillage Map now thatRVillage is closed 

RVillage shut down, disappointing many RVers, but you can still get your places data and make a map.

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March 2023 News: Sharing Apple Photos, Smartphone Typing Shortcuts, Blog posts without Internet and more …

  March 2023 / Issue 187  / Archives
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A month in Indonesia …

February
The photo above comes from a liveaboard dive boat named the Mermaid 1. We were on board, doing 2,3, or 4 dives a day for 12 days in the Togian Islands area of Indonesia. We saw everything from whale sharks to nudibrancs (a beautiful type of sea snail) and a true explosion of beautiful corals and sponges.

See our Photo Album here. There are still more photos to come. I’m writing this on board the Mermaid 1 on our last day, then it’s off to Bali for one more week.

March – We will be home March 10.

Classes

You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. We presented 1 classes during February:

We did 1 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.
  • How to share Apple Photo album to non-Apple users
  • Smartphone typing tips
  • Write your blog post even without an Internet connection, via email
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar March and April

The Geeks are on tour most of February thru mid March.

We’ll try to go live from Indonesia but expect Internet connectivity to be sparse.

March

  • “What Does This Button Do?”
  • Mar 12: Episode 252
  • Welcome back from Indonesia
  • Mar 20 Valencia Reserve Photo Club Google Photos Presentation
  • Mar 26 : Episode 253

April

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  1. Accessory Gadgets
  2. Transfer Photos to iCloud
  3. Find location of a shared friend
  4. Uploading Photos to
    Blogger

Download Your Google Photos the Right Way


If You Can Send an Email, You Can Write a Blog Post

We’ve been keeping a personal, travel blog, using the free Blogger.com website for many years – you can learn how by watching Episode 190 of our What Does This Button Do? Youtube show.

While we’ve been on our dive trip, we’ve been without an Internet connection much of the time. Using the “Post by email” method, I can still write my blog posts
when the days are fresh in my mind. Since I can compose an email with no Internet connection, I can write whenever the inspiration suits me. When I click “Send”, it will go to Blogger whenever I do have a connection. This article teaches how to set it up.


Smartphone Typing Tips

Although I did bring a Chromebook laptop with me on this dive vacation, I’ve been using my phone for all basic tasks (including writing Blog Posts) and I’ve been reminded of a couple of nice shortcuts that I thought I’d pass along.

How to share an iPhone’s photo album with a non-iOS user

If you take pictures with your iPhone, you may use the Apple Photos app for making and sharing albums. The problem with this is that you can only share that
album with other iPhone users, (or iPad or Mac.) This is why I like Google Photos so much – it plays nice with both Apple iOS and Android. Albums are not transferrable between Apple Photos and Google Photos – you’re stuck with the tools in the app that you used to make the album.

This article will teach you the sharing technique that will work for anyone, whether they use an Apple device or not.


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January 2023 News: Vignette, YouTube 'chapters', Calendar reminders, Still shot from video and more…

  January 2023 / Issue 185  / Archives
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Sun sets on 2022

As the sun sets on 2022 – we wish everyone a healthy, happy
2023

December
The photo above comes from our last scuba trip of the year. (Do you like the way the edges are darkened? That’s called “Vignette” and you can do it easily with the Google Photos – see the how-to below.)
Friends from the UK joined us and we visited Bimini in the Bahamas and went
diving with Neil Watson Scuba Center . They are known for their special excursion, diving with Hammerhead Sharks. The Hammerheads did not disappoint. Check out those teeth!

Sharks are magnificent animals who deserve protection. Also in this picture is “Joker,” a tiger shark and a nurse shark. Yes, they were close enough to touch!

Classes 

You can see all
classes from past months on our Classes page. We presented 2 classes during December:

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.
  • How to add a vignette to a photo
  • How to capture a still shot from a video
  • How to set multiple reminders for an event on your calendar
  • How to watch just the parts you want with YouTube chapters
  • Blast from the past 2005: WiFi and Frequency Interference
  • 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 January and February

January is Mr. Geek’s birthday month. Celebrate with us!

January

  • Jan 8 2pm Eastern: Google Photos Live Q&A
  • “What Does This
    Button Do?”Jan 15 2pm Eastern: Episode 249  How to transfer photos from your phone to a computer
  • Backstage Pass after every live Button Show for Premium Members only
  • Jan 16 7pm ET Valencia Reserve Photo/Computer Club Presentation Rescheduled to March 20

February

  • “What Does This Button Do?”
  • Feb 5: Episode 250
  • Rest of February and part of March we will be in Indonesia

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How to set multiple reminders for a calendar event
Have you ever created an event on your calendar then missed it anyway? I have several online events
that are on my calendar, they even give me a one hour reminder notification, and I still miss it because I started doing something else and completely forgot at the one hour mark.
This article shows you how you can set multiple reminders using Google Calendar (or Apple’s iCalendar.
We think you should do this for our next Live Show Episode 249, because it’s about transferring photos from your phone to your computer and we don’t want you to miss it on Jan 15 at 2pm
Eastern.
You can have your calendar remind you of this by email or notifications, one day before, one hour
before, and even 5 minutes before. Read the article to find out how.
Happy New Year! May you never miss an appointment in
2023.

How to watch just the parts you want with YouTube “Chapters”

Have you noticed the chapters in YouTube videos? They allow the viewer to know what topics are included in a given video and to jump straight to the parts
they’re interested in. This article shows you how to use the Chapters to watch just the parts you want. It also shows you how to create those chapters for your own videos on YouTube.


Blast from past 2005: The early days of Wi-Fi

When we were brand new fulltime RVers, we worked for a company called Coach Connect who installed Wi-Fi in RV parks. We work-camped at a park in Arizona called Palm Creek and helped the RVers use the Wi-Fi system. We actually made house-calls! err RV-calls. Here’s an article from our personal blog about when Chris filled in doing Jim’s rounds: “Chris the Magic Techie

And, here’s an article from 2010 about how hotspots’ radio frequency interference prevented Steve Jobs from doing his demo when the iPhone 4 was announced. In 2005 while managing a busy hotspot at an RV rally, we learned firsthand about that interference. Maybe we could have helped Steve Jobs?!

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