Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How do I use Voice Dictation? #93

This episode was streamed live on September 4, 2016. It is all about voice dictation. You may have used Siri, or OK Google to ask your phone questions, or give commands, but did you know you can also dictate texts and documents? We're teaching about using the keyboard microphone and not Siri or OK Google. 
Lots of tips in this encore episode of What Does This Button Do?
      1. Tip of the day: Text on Pictures with Snapseed
      2. Beginner’s Lesson: Voice Dictation
      3. App of the day: Hurricane Tracker




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          Wednesday, April 12, 2017

          #114 Forgot Your Password? How to Recover Your Account

          This episode was streamed live on April 9, 2017. To be notified when we are live, subscribe to our YouTube channel and click the little bell for notifications.
          We've seen several people recently struggling with the fact that they can't use their phone properly because they've forgotten the password to their primary account. This episode demonstrates why the account and password are so important and the steps you can take to ensure that you can recover your account when (not IF!) you forget your password.
          We also have the normal beginning Tip and ending App:
          • Quick Tips: Viewing Websites on Smartphones
          • Beginner’s Lesson: Forgot your Password? How to Recover your Account.
          • App of the Week: NPR One

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          Wednesday, April 5, 2017

          #113 Google Maps Tips and Tricks

          This episode was streamed live on April 2, 2017. To be notified when we are live, subscribe to our YouTube channel and click the little bell for notifications.
          It is not as beginning as most of our shows because Google Maps has added several cool new features and we want to show you some! We demonstrate 5 tips using Google Maps on both the Android and the iPhone, including a new feature rolling out just this week called Share Your Location and Share your Trip.
          We still have the normal beginning Tip and ending App:

          • Quick Tips: Deleting multiple photos
          • Beginner’s Lesson: Google Maps Tips and Tricks
          • App of the Week: The Weather Channel: Wind Speed Maps

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          Wednesday, March 29, 2017

          Installing, Uninstalling and Organizing Apps

          This episode was streamed live on July 19, 2015. It is all about Apps. Why should you install apps from the official store? (Play Store on Android, App store on Apple) How do you uninstall an app you no longer use? How do you pay for apps? How do you organize Apps into ‘folders?’
          These questions and more are answered in this encore episode of What Does This Button Do?
            1. Quick Tips: Charging multiple devices
            2. Beginner’s Lesson: Apps: Installing, Uninstalling, and Organizing
            3. App of the Week: Traillink


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            Wednesday, March 22, 2017

            Google Photos Frequently Asked Questions

            This episode was streamed live on June 5, 2016. Is Google Photos really unlimited and free? How do I upload my phone's pictures then delete them to free up space? How do I get pictures from my computer to Google Photos? How do I share a Google Photos album with friends? How do I switch from Picasa to Google Photos? 
            These questions and more are answered in this encore episode of What Does This Button Do?

              1. Tip o Week: Camera Flash OFF, ON, or Auto?
              2. Beginner’s Lesson: Google Photos FAQs
              3. App o week: Twilight


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                  Wednesday, March 15, 2017

                  How to Free Up Space on your Smartphone

                  This episode was streamed live on June 26, 2016. When your phone gets full, a lot of things stop working! First we explain how to find out what is taking up the space. It's your job to clean it out. There are a couple of things that are easy to delete and usually free up quite a bit of space. We call these the “low hanging fruit.” Then we have lots of tips for a variety of techniques for keeping your phone clean.
                  1. Tip o Week: Straighten Horizons
                  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Free up Space on your phone
                  3. App o week: Pay By Phone
                  We did not do a live Button Show this week because we were teaching a different class ... one on Blogging. We turned on Facebook Live Streaming for that class, you can watch it here.




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                  Tuesday, March 7, 2017

                  112 How to Learn from Geeks on Tour

                  This episode was streamed live on Mar 5, 2017. It's not a normal What Does This Button Do lesson. This one is an overview of using the GeeksonTour website and other resources to learn technology.
                  I'm afraid our audio/video quality wasn't as good as we like, so we may be doing this over sometime. Let us know what you think in the comments.





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                  Wednesday, March 1, 2017

                  #111 How to Add Photos to Your Maps

                  We've kept a map of our travels every year since 2004. For the last several years, using Google's My Maps we've made interactive maps complete with photos. This episode shows you how to do that with Google Photos. This episode was recorded live on Sunday, February 26, 2017. We were in our RV and did not have the best connectivity, but it is mostly still watchable. 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 can be used instead of your native Photos or Gallery app. due to poor conectivity the live stream was blurry so we spliced in some other video.
                  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Using Google My Maps and adding photos from Google Photos.
                  3. Closing Tip: WindFinder
                  4. Show Notes for Members #111




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                  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


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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


                  Wednesday, January 4, 2017

                  Web Browsing on Mobile Devices #28

                  We didn't do a live show this week, so we searched thru our archives for something useful and came up with Episode 28 which originally streamed live on January 25, 2015. There are some really useful tips and the Beginner's Lesson is just as valid today as it was then. In fact, by watching it I learned some things I had forgotten! After watching it, how did you do with the review questions? Leave us comments ok? The show starts with some talk and videos of where we were at the time in Quartzsite AZ. To see the original videos, click here. To skip the opening, go to the 6min 40 second point.
                  1. Quick Tips: Icon Glossary, Emailing your Lat/Lon location. 
                  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Web Browsing 
                  3. App o Week: TuneIn Radio 
                  For the best viewing, be sure to click the FullScreen button in the lower right corner
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                  Review Questions:
                  1.To Browse to a website, you need a browser: Name 2
                  2.You can have several websites open at one time in different _________.
                  3.How can you go directly to a website rather than getting search results?
                  4.How can you save a website as an icon on your home screen – like an app?
                  5.Bookmarks are most useful for websites that you use All the time? Or Occasionally?

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