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Test your Smartphone Smarts #9

Here is the ninth in our series of Review Questions from our “What Does This Button Do?” show. These can’t be graded, but if you want to see the discussion of our answers to these questions, you can click the link provided. The link will take you to the time in the specific episode where we start the discussion of review questions. Since we have produced 93 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.

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Episode #34: Transferring Photos #34 Show Notes

  • Where do you get the USB cable for connecting phone to computer?
  • What is one reason not to use a wireless (cloud-based) method of transferring photos?
34:50
Episode #35: Google Now #35 Show Notes

  • T/F You must speak OK Google in order to use Google Now
  • You can teach Google Now what cards you want by: __________________________
41:29
Episode #36: Apps or Mobile Websites  #36 Show Notes

  • T/F: To Share with Facebook, the Facebook App must be installed
  • Widgets are only available for: a)Apps or
    b)websites
40:56
Episode #37: Live from an RV Rally

  • No Questions!

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Let Alfred Watch Your House

If you have a house that will be empty when you’re traveling, you’ll like Alfred!

Alfred is a free app and the only hardware it needs is an old smartphone or tablet that you’re not using anymore. Your house will also need a good, always on, Internet connection with WiFi. It started as an Android only App but recently released an iOS version. The Android version has a few more features, but both work.

The Camera(s)

  1. Using an old phone or tablet, connect to WiFi and download the Alfred App from the play store. Install Alfred and log in using your Google account.
  2. Set that phone in a location where it has a good view of what you want to watch, plug it into power and turn on the Alfred app. This is your Camera – just leave it on, using Alfred, all the time.

The Viewer

  1. With your current Android phone, install Alfred and log in to your google account so you can view what the camera(s) are seeing – this phone is your Viewer.

That’s it! And it’s Free! Alfred also handles sound, it could be a baby monitor where you hear the baby crying, or you could shout at burglars! Note: the iPhone camera does not support 2-way talk. It also has motion detection and can send a notification to your phone when something is happening. When the motion detector triggers a notification, it will also automatically record the camera stream for 5 seconds. You can manually record the view anytime.

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