Wednesday, November 15, 2017

128. How to keep your Google Account Safe

Did you know there is one feature - 2-step verification - that is the singlemost important thing you can do to protect your Google account from hackers. It's easy, we'll show you how in this episode. We'll also demonstrate how it works and show you how to change your password as well.
Episode 128 was recorded live on Sunday, Nov 12, 2017.  In this episode you will learn:
  • Tip of the Day: one-finger keyboard typing
  • Photo Edit: Auto correct for white balance
  • Beginner’s Lesson: How to keep your Google Account Safe
  • App of the day: FMCA hotspot plan for Verizon
Geeks on Tour members: get your class notes hereYou might want to print them out and then join with some friends to take the class. Just play the parts of interest to you by using the timeline links in the class notes, pause the video and experiment on your own device. Then take the review questions at the end and see how you did.
Facebook Live event to field Q&As about this episode.We will be live on Thursday, 11/16 at 5pm Eastern. Just go to our Facebook Page at the appointed time and you'll see us! Like the page in order to be notified. Click here to add this item to your Google Calendar



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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Help on Google Products from Google Top Contributors

Chris is at Google HQ in California this week, leaving Jim to party with Roadtrekers in Florida. She is attending the Google Top Contributor's Summit and learning LOTS. What better encore episode to show than #95 which was recorded after last year's Google event?! 

You probably use several Google Apps on your Android phone, and even on your iPhone or iPad. What do you do when you have a question? We'll show you the different ways you can find answers, starting right from the App. We'll also take you behind the scenes at Google's Top Contributor program. These are the people who answer your questions! Who knows, you could even become a Google Top Contributor if you have desire to become a product expert - we'll show you how.
We'll also have a tip about #hashtags, and an app of the week: Google Voice.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cloud Computing with Microsoft Onedrive and your Smartphone #100

What IS the cloud? And, which cloud services should you use. Of the many options, Onedrive from Microsoft is one that should be in your toolbox. Did you know you can make an Excel spreadsheet without owning the Excel software? You don't even need a computer! And, Onedrive can provide that all important backup for all the photos you take with your phone. Chris explains how she uses it in addition to Google Photos.
This encore episode,  #100 was recorded live on Sunday, Nov 13, 2016.  In this episode you will learn:
  • How to Force Quit an App
  • What is OneDrive and how does it work on an iPhone or Android device? 
  • What is Wink Home Automation
Geeks on Tour members: get your class notes hereYou might want to print them out and then join with some friends to take the class. Just play the parts of interest to you by using the timeline links in the class notes, pause the video and experiment on your own device. Then take the review questions at the end and see how you did.
Facebook Live event to field Q&As about this episode.We will be live on Thursday, 11/2 at 5pm Eastern. Just go to our Facebook Page at the appointed time and you'll see us! Like the page in order to be notified.



Review Questions;

  1. How much free storage do you get with OneDrive?
  2. What account do you need to work with OneDrive?
  3. What App do you need in order to edit a spreadsheet on your phone?
  4. If you create a document on your computer, how do you see it on your iPhone?
  5. What setting will upload your phone’s photos to OneDrive?


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

127. How about a $59 smartphone?

If you want a smartphone but don't feel the need for the top-of-the-line expensive phone, how about a $59 smartphone? What's the catch? What's wrong with it? If it really does work OK, can it be your main phone? How about a hotspot? Or a phone for the grandkids to use when they visit?  Chris explains how she bought a $59 phone from Walmart with service on the Verizon network and how she likes it. 
This episode was recorded live on Sunday, October 22, 2017. To be notified of live shows, subscribe to our YouTube channel and be sure to click the bell for notifications.
  1. Opening Tip: Google Photos, how to know when Backup is Complete 
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: A $59 smartphone 
  3. Closing Tip: Allstays Camp & RV, gone from Google Play Store
Geeks on Tour members: get your class notes here. You might want to print them out and then join with some friends to take the class. Just play the parts of interest to you by using the timeline links in the class notes, pause the video and experiment on your own device. Then take the review questions at the end and see how you did.
NEW!! Facebook Live event to field Q&As about this episode.We will be live on Thursday, 10/26 at 5pm Central. RSVP here.





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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How to Take (good) Pictures with your Smartphone (Encore #110)

If you have a smartphone but haven't explored the camera options, this episode is for you. Maybe you think that a smartphone can't take good pictures? We took all the pictures from our Europe vacation with either an iPhone or an Android. Take a look and see what you think.  In this encore episode we start with how to take a photo, take a selfie, take a video, then we show how to set focus and exposure, turn the flash on/off, take a panorama and more. 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. 
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Photography Essentials. 
  3. Closing Tip: Valentines Day Photo Frames
Geeks on Tour members: get your class notes hereYou might want to print them out and then join with some friends to take the class. Just play the parts of interest to you by using the timeline links in the class notes, pause the video and experiment on your own device. Then take the review questions at the end and see how you did.
NEW!! Facebook Live event to field Q&As about this episode.We will be live on Thursday, 10/19 at 5pm Central. RSVP here.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

126. Google Maps: How to add your places

Google Maps, right out of the gate, is one of the most useful programs ever developed. Add your personal information about places that are important to you, and it is now invaluable. You can add places you want to go. You can add places you need to navigate to. You can record all your travels. You can share your places with others - like the tow truck who needs to find you! This episode will show you how.
This episode was streamed live on 10/8/17 from our home studio. Geeks on Tour members can view the show notes here.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Casting a Smartphone to the Big Screen #108

Have you ever been visiting friends and they showed you their vacation pictures on their big TV screen? How did they do that? Or, do you watch movies on your phone and wished you could be watching it on your TV instead? With a $35 device, and a little know-how, you can do it too ... this encore episode will show you how!  Quick Tip: Find a lost phone, App: Google Trusted Contacts.This episode of What Does This Button Do was streamed live on Jan 29, 2017.

Geeks on Tour members: get your class notes hereYou might want to print them out and then join with some friends to take the class. Just play the parts of interest to you by using the timeline links in the class notes, pause the video and experiment on your own device. Then take the review questions at the end and see how you did.


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