Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Backup your Smartphone

This episode streamed live on May 1, 2016. We are currently in our motorhome traveling from Florida to Arizona.
What do people mean when they say, “The Cloud”? What is the difference between upload, download, and synchronize. Do you need to backup your phone to your computer when you’re using all cloud-based services? These questions and more are discussed in this episode of “What Does This Button Do?”
Show Notes available for Geeks on tour Members.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#110 Smartphone Photography Essentials

This episode was recorded live on Sunday, February 12, 2017. To be notified of live shows, subscribe to our YouTube channel and be sure to click the bell for notifications.
  1. Opening Tip: Finding Apps on your Phone. Stop hunting and just use Search. Both iOS and Android have a feature to search for apps on your phone or tablet.
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Photography Essentials. We start with how to take a photo, take a selfie, take a video. Then we show how to set focus and exposure, turn flash on/off, take a panorama. An advanced tip on iOS is about Live Photos and how to capture one frame. On Android we show Photospheres.
  3. Closing Tip: Valentines Day Photo Frames
  4. Show Notes for Members #110

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

#109 Apple vs Android with Guest: Mike Wendland

This episode was recorded live on Sunday, February 5, 2017. To be notified of live shows, subscribe to our YouTube channel and be sure to click the bell for notifications.
  • Opening Tip: How to Prevent your Facebook Profile from Being Cloned
    All you have to do is change a setting to make your friend list private and the bad guys can't clone your account and try to contact your friends.
  • Beginner’s Lesson: Apple vs Android, which is Better?
    Mike Wendland is our guest for this show. Mike is a veteran journalist whose video “PC Mike” reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. He has owned just about every Apple device ever made. You're going to be surprised by what he has to say on our topic today!
  • Closing App: Smart Receipts
    No need to hold on to those important receipts, just snap a photo, enter an amount and category all the work will be done for you.
  • Show Notes for Members

Review Questions

  1. Google’s mobile device operating system is called Android, Apple’s is called ____________.
  2. Which operating system comes on inexpensive phones? __________________
  3. Which type of phone works differently depending on the manufacturer of the phone?
    A. Apple      B. Android
  4. Which type of phone offers better support?
    A. Apple       B. Android
  5. Which type of phone has an always-available Back Button?  How about a Flashlight?
  6. If you like Google Apps, you can use them on both Android and Apple
    ____True     _____False
  7. To learn more from Mike Wendland, visit his websites at: ______________



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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#108 Chromecast for Viewing Phone Screen on TV

This episode was live on Sunday, January 29, 2017. To be notified of live shows, subscribe to our YouTube channel and be sure to click the bell for notifications.
  • Opening Tip: How to Find a Lost Phone
    Both iPhone and Android have a feature to Find your lost phone. It must be turned on!
  • Beginner’s Lesson: Chromecast
    Why settle for watching photos and movies on that little, bitty screen when you can watch it on the Big screen TV? The Chromecast device is only $35 - lots cheaper than digital photo frames! It's easy, we'll show you how.
  • Closing App: Google Trusted Contacts
    Personal safety app to send your current location to Trusted Contacts.
  • Show Notes for Members


Review Questions:


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

#107 Grab Bag of Smartphone Tips

This episode was live on Sunday, January 22, 2017. To be notified of live shows, subscribe to our YouTube channel and be sure to click the bell for notifications.
  • Opening Tip: Highlights from past shows at TheButtonShow.com
  • Beginner’s Lesson: Grab Bag of Tips, including:
    2-Step Verification, iPhone emoji keyboard, Finding your AppleID, Take a picture with Vol button on phone or earbuds, Save Photo from Text message
  • Closing App: Google Home App
  • Show Notes for Members
Bonus: See Jim's video of a day scuba diving on the Lady Luck, a wreck off Fort Lauderdale.

We had a little technical difficulty with this episode and had to cut out a portion with echo. So we made a video for one tip that was cut, how to save a photo received in a text message.


Review Questions:
  1. The best technique to keep your email account safe and secure is to turn on what? _______________________________
  2. The volume button on your phone can double as a ________________________
  3. To find the username for your AppleID go to Settings, then:
    a. Control Center   b. Touch ID  c. iTunes & App Store
  4. To find the username for your Google account on Android go to Settings, then:
    a. Accounts    b. Security   c. Lock Screen
  5. To save a photo received by text message takes two steps. The first step is: ____________________
  6. An emoji is _____________________________
  7. If a saved photo does not show up in Google Photos, check your settings under
    a. Permissions    b. Device Folders    c. Assistant



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#106 Internet Connections as you Travel

This episode was live on Sunday, January 15, 2017. To be notified of live shows, subscribe to our YouTube channel and be sure to click the bell for notifications.
  • Opening Tip: Viewing Pictures - Year at a Glance - with Google Photos
  • Beginner’s Lesson: Internet Connections as you Travel
  • Ending Tip/App: Signal Check / Open Signal

A little pre-show video. Here is how we set up our studio outside the RV.
And, here is the show:


For more in depth information on this topic, please check our friends at  RVMobileInternet.com (and become a member!)

Review Questions

  1. A smartphone can connect to the internet via either:
    ________________  OR ________________________
  2. Generally, Computers and Tablets can only connect via:
    __________________________   (with a few exceptions)
  3. Cellular data almost always costs, Wi-Fi is often free
    True____ False ____
  4. To improve your phone’s signal reception from a cell tower you need:
    a. Wi-Fi Booster    b. Cellular booster   c. Router   d. none of these
  5. To improve your computer’s signal reception from a campground Wi-Fi, you need a:
    a. Wi-Fi Booster    b. Cellular booster   c. Router   d. none of these
  6. The WiFiRanger is a
    ___ Wi-Fi Booster   ___Cellular booster     ___Router


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

#105 Teaching your Friends and Family, Guest: Abby Stokes

This episode was live on Sunday, January 8, 2017. To be notified of live shows, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
  • Opening Tip: Deleting apps is very different in Android vs iPhone
  • Beginner’s Lesson: Teaching Tips for helping your new-to-smartphones friends and family
  • Ending Tip/App: RVDumpSites


Review Questions. Leave comments with your questions.
  1. Where can you find the best button shows for Beginners?
    _____________________________________
  2. A family member is always the best teacher
    True    False
  3. When teaching, whose hands should be on the device?
    __Teacher    __Learner
  4. What is the best length of time for a lesson?
    _______________________________________
  5. What are the 3 steps for teaching something important?
    1. ________________  2._____________  3._______________
  6. To learn more from our guest, Abby Stokes, go to her website
    ____________________________________________
    AskAbbyStokes.com