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201. What can I do with an old phone?

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Getting a new phone? What do you do with the old one? There are many things you can do with an older device. How about a document camera or webcam? Learn with Geeks On Tour in Episode 201 of our Button Show.

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200. How to self-publish your book

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First Tip: Images must be 300 dpi – what does that mean?

Main Lesson: How to self-publish using Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing. Interview with Nick Russell, NY Times Best-selling author.

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199. Updates to Google Photos, Zoom and smartphones

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  1. First Tip: New update for Google Photos
  2. Main Lesson: Updates in general and specific to Zoom and Smartphone Systems
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198. Learn Google Photos Book Launch

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Members get access to the extensive show-notes Chris writes up after each show. Read them online and follow links directly to the parts you’re interested in. We recommend you print them out and keep them in a notebook. It’s a great way to learn.

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Google Photos has been available since 2015. Chris wrote her book the first time in 2016, updated it in 2018 and totally re-wrote it for 2020. It even has a new name: Learn Google Photos. Find it on Amazon here.

If you want to check it out before buying, we are providing a free chapter – the Introduction to the book. When you follow the link, just look for the down arrow to download it. You do not need any kind of account.

Along with the book, we are launching the LearnGooglePhotos.com website. Visit this site to find the Book Launch offer as well as the blog of Google Photos articles. To find the special Launch offer, just scroll down the screen. This is where you can get the book with Spiral Binding. This is only available in the US. For any other country, you’ll need to order the book from Amazon.

The launch special will be available until the end of the month. Order by September 31. In addition to the spiral bound book, the Launch special offers that you can add a workshop for $20. These workshops are normally $49.

You can also order the book from Amazon.

11:57 What’s new in Google Photos 2020? Chris wrote a blog post all about it. Read the whole article here: Google Photos is 5 years old and Brand New. The first thing that will strike you is that the buttons you are accustomed to aren’t there any more. Here is a grid of where features have been moved.

15:07 Check out our new YouTube Channel: YouTube.com/LearnGooglePhotos. And video 649 about the new Photo Map feature of Google Photos. Make sure to Subscribe when you go there. Another video about the Map feature is 640.GP-Google Photos new Photo Map feature

19:15 Meet David Lieb – the Product Lead for Google Photos. If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can see the whole 75 minute meeting with David Lieb and our members.


Members only meeting with David Lieb from Google. The product lead for Google Photos

24:42 David explains how the new Map feature was developed. It was a highly requested feature since the beginning of Google Photos. They didn’t like what they saw in other photo mapping systems. They kept working on it though, and when the development team came up with the dual pane structure with a map on the top and grid of photos on the bottom, then they decided to make it.

27:05 Chris demonstrates search features listed in the book.

Chris demonstrates searching by dates, date ranges, contents of photo, and text. An interesting example is searching for Hamilto – that finds both a photo that has the name John Hamilton in the description of the photo and a photo that has a promotional sign of the play Hamilton. You can also search by type of photo – collage, favorites. Then you can combine the type with content of photos like Favorites Wine – will show you just your favorite (starred) photos that have wine in the photo.

36:31 Chris asks David Lieb if Google Photos may someday have a de-duping command. Some automatic way of finding and eliminating duplicates. He answers by first explaining that Google Photos does not allow exact duplicates to exist in the system. If you try to upload a photo that is already in your Google Photos library, it will not succeed. However, Google Photos has it’s own way of creating a “fingerprint” of a photo to determine if it is the same as another. That’s completely different from near duplicates – one that has been altered in some way – maybe even unnoticeably –

Filenames are NOT part of the “fingerprint.” Multiple photos can have the exact same filename and still be considered different files. Vice versa one file can be copied and given a different filename and Google Photos will still recognize that it is the same picture.

39:28 Chris asks David what is the most important thing for people to learn about Google Photos. He answers that they should learn all the multiple ways of getting photos in to Google Photos. The goal of Google Photos is to be a home for your lifetime of photos. So, the most important thing is to know how that lifetime of photos can be uploaded to Google Photos. From computers, cameras, prints etc. Chris made sure to cover this in Chapter 3 of her book: Collecting the rest of your life’s photos and videos

Learn Google Photos – the book

You will find our launch special, spiral bound copy, at LearnGooglePhotos.com and just scroll down till you see the red button to purchase Launch special bundle. The special is good for the month of September. You must order by 9/31/20. The spiral bound book offer is only good for the United States. If you need the book shipped to any other country, you can order it (not spiral bound) from Amazon at this link.

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Your Google Account
  • Chapter 2: Getting started on mobile devices
  • Chapter 3: Collecting the rest of your life’s photos and videos
  • Chapter 4: Getting around in Google Photos
  • Chapter 5: How to find the memories you’re looking for
  • Chapter 6: Keep your memories safe
  • Chapter 7: Editing to improve your photos
  • Chapter 8: Organizing with Albums and Favorites
  • Chapter 9: Sharing
  • Chapter 10: Surrounding yourself with your photos and creations
  • Chapter 11: Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 12: Apple Photos and iCloud vs Google Photos
  • Chapter 13: My favorite features of Google Photos

197. Live Streaming with guest experts Michael Daniels and Heather Kraafter

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Special guest experts, Michael Daniels and Heather Kraafter tell us about their experience with Live Streaming. See Tinkering with Tech to learn about their community.

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196. How to use Social Media to promote your club or group

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Special guest experts, Jeanne Munoz and Martin Brossman teach us about Facebook, Twitter, and others as tools for getting more engagement in our clubs and groups.

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195. How to learn Smartphones at GeeksOnTour.com

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Members get access to the extensive show-notes Chris writes up after each show. Read them online and follow links directly to the parts you’re interested in. We recommend you print them out and keep them in a notebook. It’s a great way to learn.

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  1. Tip of the Day: Searching within one Web page
  2. Main Lesson: Smartphone skills checklist, and how to find tutorials on this website.

Download .pdf This is usually for members only. Episode 195 is free for all. (you’ll see a dropbox login, but you can just close it – no Dropbox account is needed)

1:32 Beginning and Quick Tip

To search within a webpage Use Ctrl-F on a computer (Cmd-F on Mac) to search for something on a webpage. But, what about on a phone? See Video 644.SM-Search within webpage

On Android with the Chrome browser: open the page you want to search, tap the 3-dot menu at upper right, choose Find in Page, type the word you’re looking for – the search works as you type.

On an iPhone with the Safari browser: open the page you want to search, tap the share/action button (square with up arrow), scroll down a bit and you’ll see Find on page.

During this episode, we refer to a handout with a Smartphone Skills Checklist and an introduction to getting around on our website. Download the handout by going to bit.ly/buttonshow195. You can scroll thru and readi it right there. Or, you can download it to your computer by clicking the down arrow at the top right of the screen. There is no need to sign in to Dropbox unless you want to save it in your own Dropbox account.

10:12 We describe what you’ll see when you download the handout (bit.ly/buttonshow195) It’s 2 pages: one is a tour of our website. It explains what’s there, what is free and what is for members only. The other page is a Smartphone Skills Checklist, including a references to learning resources on the website.

All of our content is accessed from the main menu. The menu for YouTube show takes you to a page where all 194 episodes are archived. The YouTube shows are free for anyone to watch, if you are a premium members you also get detailed show notes. The Blogs/News menu reveals our newsletter archives – every month for 13 years! It also includes all articles. Newsletters and articles are public and free. The Tutorials menu/All videos shows all 644 short tutorial videos that we’ve ever made. The higher the number, the newer the video. The Q&A menu takes you to our forum. This is where members can ask any question and either Chris or Jim promise to respond.

Ctrl-F (Cmd-F on Mac) comes in VERY handy on our pages of material. In our hundreds of articles or videos, you could search for a word and find items with that word in the title. Pay attention to the date. We’ve been doing this since 2007! Even the oldest material offer good information, but realize that the details have probably changed.

If you just want to find any type of information on our site, you can use the Search box at the top right. For example, you can search for “organize photos” or “how to make my phone a hotspot” and it will search our whole website and give you some results.

26:55 Smartphone Skills Checklist (bit.ly/buttonshow195)

This checklist is just something that Chris came up with for people to know where they stand in regard to smartphone skills. She has worked with LOTS of people to help them with their phones. She has found that, if they know all the things on this list, they are very proficient with their phones. Even if they only know half, they’re doing pretty good. Then, when you find something on the list you don’t know, she’s listed if there is a resource on our website where you can learn it.

For example, one of the first things to check is that you know how to find your account ID- on iPhone that’s the Apple ID, on Android it’s a Google Account. The handout lists s137 as the reference where you can learn more. The s stands for one of our Shows, the 137 is the episode. So, go to GeeksOnTour.com and click the menu item for YouTube shows, then find episode 137. Chris plays the segment of the video that shows how to find your Apple ID.

If you are not a member, you can watch the entire YouTube show and learn all about Accounts. If you are a member, you can read thru the show notes and find what you need to know, or click the timestamp link to watch the part of the video that teaches what you need to know. She clicks the timestamp to learn how to find the Apple ID

Next sample is “View Data Usage statistics” the handout shows s29 and v375. S = a show #29 would be pretty old. Chris decides to show Video 375 375.SM-Smartphones and Data Usage.

The next sample from the smartphone checklist is to copy and paste. Notice it lists v603 as the resource to learn how to do this. Chris goes to the Tutorials menu, All Videos, and scrolls down to 603.SM-How Do I Copy and Paste? The video shows that longpress is the key to copy and paste. Longpress on the item you want to copy, 2 markers appear. Drag the markers to the beginning and end of what you want to copy and tap the word that has popped up to Copy. Now go to the place where you want to paste – longpress and tap Paste.

42:51 The next sample is how to scan a document. On the checklist, it references s156. So Chris click the YouTube Show menu and then finds episode 156 which is all about scanning documents. She scrolls thru the notes to find the place with the demo of scanning from Dropbox. You need the Dropbox app on your phone, open it up then tap the + to create a new file. Choose Scan document. Place the document on a contrasting document, then just point your phone’s camera at the document – no clicking, just point. Tap the arrow at the top to save.

The last sample is how to view photos on a map. The handout shows a magnifying glass and the words “Photos map.” That means to use the Search box at the top of the GeeksonTour.com website and search for “photos map.” Lots of results will come up with lots of results. Chris choosese to show a simple one of “Swipe up to view Map” and there you learn that in Google Photos, you can open a photo and just swipe up. If the photo has location data attached, you will see a map there.

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194. Google Photos redesigned

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Members get access to the extensive show-notes Chris writes up after each show. Read them online and follow links directly to the parts you’re interested in. We recommend you print them out and keep them in a notebook. It’s a great way to learn.

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  1. Tip of the Day: Camera settings for location tags on photos
  2. Main Lesson: Finding your way around the redesigned Google Photos
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