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Geeks in July
The whole month of July we were home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The photo is of us going kayak diving in the reef off of Fort Lauderdale beach. And, here’s a video of a wreck dive we also made this month. See more photos in ourJuly Photo Album and stories in our personal blog.
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.
Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group. We’re in Fort Lauderdale until August 12 or so.
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.
Google Photos, swipe up for the Reveal
Want to see the info about your photo? The date, location, description etc? Just swipe up.
Google Photos and Google Drive will no longer automatically sync your photos and videos. 5 things you can do and 1 you can’t.
Yet another article about the changes that just happened between Google Photos and Google Drive. This article includes 3 videos on exactly how to get photos from one service to the other now that they no longer sync.
Also included is a list of how much Google storage space is used by your photos in Drive or Photos now that they are separate.
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Google Photos is a free, unlimited home for your lifetime of photos. I just love browsing and searching my photos, but sometimes I want more. On any given photo I might want to know the date it was taken, the location, the camera used to take it, and any comments/description I’ve written about it.
Easily Done, just Swipe up.
There used to be a little i icon for information, and there still is on the computer/web version of Google Photos. For some time now, the i has been gone from the mobile version as it is becoming quite common to “swipe up for more” on all sorts of apps. I really like it. Once you know it’s there, it becomes second nature quickly.
New options on iOS
On the Apple iOS version of Google Photos, there is even more. Google just added some icons about what you can do with a photo. Just swipe up and you’ll see some action icons as well as the info.
Add to album
Save to device
Open in Snapseed (if you have snapseed installed)
Save as PDF (when you share, it will be a .pdf file rather than .jpg)
I like these new options, I hope they come to Android soon.
Google Photos job is to save all your photo and video memories in your Google account in the cloud. You might want a local copy of your best memories on a local computer or hard drive. Learn how to do that with this Tutorial Video from Mrs. Geek.
Beginner’s Lesson: Google Photos – Getting Started with Mobile devices
If you are a Premium Member of Geeks on Tour, you get a Backstage Pass. We enjoyed getting to see some of our premium members face-to-face. We’ll do it again next episode. Show notes will be here by 7/18.
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 try to keep it 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
Do you think your smartphone is smarter than you? Do you have questions about your Android, iPhone, or other personal technology? How do you learn about these amazing devices?
These shows are intended to be taken like a regular class, 45 minutes each week. You can watch live and be able to ask questions, or you can watch the recording any time. The bulk of the 45 minute show is devoted to a Beginner’s Lesson on a particular topic, but there’s more. We start each episode with a quick tip and we usually have an App of the week as well. We always finish with review questions to sum up the teaching in the Beginner’s Lesson. We name each episode after the topic of the Beginner’s Lesson. For example:
124. First Four Buttons to Learn on your Smartphone
125. Google Photos_ What’s New
149. Internet and Battery when you’re Off-Grid
161.Remember your Travels-photos, maps, Blog
163.Emergency-how your phone can help
165. Sharing Photos w Google Photos
We demonstrate on several devices. iPhones, Android phones, Chromebooks, Web … we don’t just talk, we show you what we’re talking about.
All episodes are recorded on YouTube and you can watch them for free. If you are a premium member of GeeksOnTour.com, you get an extra benefit in the form of written Show Notes. The notes are like little ebooks, with complete instructions plus timeline links to go directly to the video at the places where the topic is being demonstrated, plus links to further videos and other resources on the topic.
If you watched our 5 year anniversary episode (169) live, we gave you a link to all 168 show notes in .pdf format. If you are a premium member you can still get them. The link to all 168 .pdf files is included in the show notes for episode 169.
Keep Pushing those Buttons!
Technology isn’t going to slow down any time soon. Keep trying new things and know that Chris and Jim from Geeks on Tour are here to help. Tune in every week. Whether we’re live with a new episode, or you watch a previous episode, you’ll learn something. We always do!
Everyone can view all the episodes for free. Just click on the play button above.
A great benefit of membership is access to the extensive show-notes Chris writes up every week. 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.