Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How to Scan QR Codes #103

Tutorial Video: Create
a QR Code Map
This episode was streamed live on December 4, 2016.
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You see these funny looking square codes everywhere. If you learn how to scan them with your smartphone (Android or iPhone) you can see what's behind the codes here.
This encore episode will teach you how to do it!
Geeks on Tour members: get your class notes here. Note: due to a current glitch after adding security to the site, you will need to be logged in first, then click the link.
  •   This week’s quick tip: using Snapseed to edit out unwanted parts of a photo
  • This week’s app: RVillage: Connect with other RVers wherever you are.

  • Our connection for this episode was not the best, it gets a little blurry. Here is a direct link to the short video #453 on QR codes


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#120. Beginners' Questions about smartphone

This episode was streamed live on July 16, 2017. We webcast from our camper van in Indianapolis, Indiana. Geeks on Tour members can view the Show Notes here.

We spoke to a lot of Smartphone beginners this week at the FMCA RV rally. In this episode we cover a grab bag of beginners' questions like, What is the cloud? and How do I see my screen outside in the sunlight?
  1. Tip of the Day: Mrs. Geek’s Guide is Updated
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Beginner’s Questions
  3. App of the day: iExit





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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How Do I Sync my Contacts? #90

This episode was streamed live on October August 7, 2016. You have contacts you want available on all your devices. How can you make that happen? This encore episode will help you understand what you need to do. What accounts do you have that store your records in the cloud? How do you transfer from iCloud to Google? How do Contacts, Calendar, and Mail work together?
Join the Geeks On Tour as we explore smartphones and tablets in our half hour+ show.
We start with some Quick Tips for everyone.

This week our beginner's lesson is about syncing your contacts over all your devices




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    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    #119 Photo Albums with Google Photos

    This episode was streamed live on July 2, 2017. We webcast from our home studio in Fort Lauderdale, FLGeeks on Tour members can view the Show Notes here.

    Using our Photo Album from our Europe trip as an example, we go into detail about understanding albums and how to make them using Google Photos. We demonstrate how to make an album, add photos, delete photos, add text blocks and even maps. 






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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    #118. Smartphones and Travel in Europe

    This episode was streamed live on 6/25/17. We just returned from a month of wandering in Europe and we couldn't have done it without our smartphones. Where to go? What to do? Where to stay? How to get there? How to speak the language? What to eat?
    We usually use our Smartphones for Maps, Photos, and Social Networking while traveling in an RV in the US. Smartphones are invaluable when traveling in Europe. We used them for everything from managing currencies, translating languages, traveling by rail, and finding amazing lodging accommodations. You have to be connected. Let us show you how we did it. 

    And ... check out our photo album from traveling in Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, and Berlin. We'll be sharing our photo taking, editing, and organizing secrets in next episode. (spoiler: it's all about Google Photos!)

    For Geeks on Tour members, here are the show notes for #118





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    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Facebook on Mobile Devices - tips and tricks #91

    This episode was streamed live on August 21, 2016. More and more, people are using Facebook their phones and tablets. Some people have never even seen Facebook on a computer, and yet much of the instruction on Facebook is using computers. This episode is about using Facebook. First using an iPad, then using an Android phone, we demonstrate:
    1. How to see a newsfeed with no ads
    2. How to unFOLLOW instead of unFRIEND
    3. Recent posts newsfeed instead of top posts
    4. Control individual items with the "mighty mini" arrow
    5. Save items for later
    6. Stop auto-playing of videos
    We also give some tips on security, including how to prevent the bad guys from posing as you and sending friend requests to all your friends. You'll learn all this and more in this encore episode of What Does This Button Do? 
        1. Tip of the day: Edit photos with Google Photos
        2. Beginner’s Lesson: Facebook Tips
        3. App of the day: Duo
        For Geeks on tour members, here are the detailed show notes with links for episode 91,



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        Tuesday, June 13, 2017

        Managing your Phone's Battery #69

        This episode was streamed live on February 7, 2016. This month, while we've been visiting beautiful places in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia - it has been so important to keep our phones charged! We don't want to miss any of those photos! This episode is about understanding what is using your battery and how to keep it going longer. You will learn how to find out what is using your battery and what external batteries we recommend. 

        It's your choice to use your battery less, or get more batteries! You'll learn both in this encore episode of What Does This Button Do? 
            1. Tip of the day: Android Touch Key Lights, iPhone Flashlight
            2. Beginner’s Lesson: Managing your Battery
            3. App of the day: NFL
            For Geeks on tour members, here are the detailed show notes with links for episode 69,

            Review Questions:

            1. Name 3 of the 5 Radios in a Smartphone
            2. How do you turn all radios off at once?
            3. T/F You should always drain the battery completely before charging
            4. To see what Apps are using battery, you can go to Settings and then ___________________
            5. For most people, the biggest user of battery is _______________________
            6. T/F Keeping your system and Apps up to date will help with greater battery life



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            Wednesday, June 7, 2017

            How to use Location Services on your smartphone #81

            This episode was streamed live on May 15, 2016. It is about the fact that smartphones have GPS capabilities built in. They know where you are. That means they can answer questions like: Where am I? Where is my phone? Where are my friends? Tell my friends where I am! Where was this photo taken? and more.


            We think this is a very important feature of smartphones. If you are a traveler especially, understanding your phone's location services is critical.

            Learn to use your phone's location capabilities in this encore episode of What Does This Button Do?
                1. Tip of the day: Taking Screen Shots
                2. Beginner’s Lesson: Location Services
                3. App of the day: Dark Sky
                For Geeks on tour members, here are the detailed show notes with links for episode 81,



                Review Questions

                1.T/F: Anyone can track your exact whereabouts if you’re carrying a cellphone – just like on TV (NCIS, Hawaii Five O etc.)
                2.When using Location services, you will consume a lot of:
                1. _Battery_____________ 2. _Data_____________________
                3.To use the “Find my Friends” app that comes with your iPhone, your friend must accept your invitation and use: ________________________.
                4.T/F: You need to download an App before you can locate a lost phone.
                5.For photos to be “geotagged” you need to turn on the location tag setting where?

                6.If Locations Services are turned off, you can use the Map, but you won’t know ______________________.

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                Wednesday, May 31, 2017

                Touchscreen Essentials #99

                This episode was streamed live on November 6, 2016. It is about the very basics of using a smartphone ... how to touch the screen. There's more to it than you might think. There's touch, double-touch, long-touch, one finger, two fingers and more. Every different technique produces a different result. And if you have an iPhone 6+ or higher, there's 3D touch!
                This is one of the episodes we recommend for true beginners. See the full list on the menu above for Beginners!. Actually, we think everybody should watch it. Even if you use your phone all the time, you will pick up some tips.
                Learn your phone's touchscreen essentials in this encore episode of What Does This Button Do?
                    1. Tip of the day: Chris' New iPhone 7Plus
                    2. Beginner’s Lesson: Touchscreen Essentials
                    3. App of the day: CCleaner
                    For Geeks on tour members, here are the detailed show notes with links for episode 99,



                    Review Questions

                    1. What you call ‘click’ with a mouse, we call _______ on a touchscreen.
                    2. On a touchscreen, what is the equivalent of a mouse right-click?
                    3. T/F: If your tap doesn’t have any effect, tap harder!
                    4. When we say ‘zoom’ we mean to touch 2 fingers to the screen and do what?
                    5. T/F: Double-tap will always enlarge what you see on the screen.
                    6. What does 3-D touch mean?



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                    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

                    How to Navigate with Google Maps #87

                    This episode was streamed live on July 10, 2016. It is about the basics of navigating with Google Maps. Get voice-directed, turn-by-turn directions from your phone or tablet. How to start navigating, how to stop, and some tips for making it work better along the way.
                    Learn how to use the Google Maps app in this encore episode of What Does This Button Do?
                        1. Tip of the day: Multi-Tasking
                        2. Beginner’s Lesson: Navigating with Google Maps
                        3. App of the day: Torque




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                          Wednesday, May 17, 2017

                          #117 Chromebooks: The Seniors' Computer

                          This episode was streamed live on May 14, 2017. We webcast from our home studio in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Geeks on Tour members can view the Show Notes here.
                          Ron Brown, the director of the Silveridge Computer Club, joins us to give us his presentation on Chromebook - The Seniors Computer. He lays out the 4 S's of Chromebooks:
                          1. Simplicity
                          2. Security
                          3. Save Money
                          4. Speed
                          Mr. and Mrs. Geek own 2 Chromebooks and are using them more and more. Chris is taking her Chromebook on their trip to Europe rather than her laptop.




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                          Sunday, May 7, 2017

                          #116 Google Photos, My Favorite Things

                          This episode was streamed live on April 30, 2017. We webcast from the conference center at River Plantation RV park in Sevierville, TN. We were there for a SKP ACRE rally, so we presented in front of a live studio audience! Geeks on Tour members can view the Show Notes here.
                          Why do we think Google Photos is so great? This episode demonstrates the 7 features that are Chris' favorites. We also give a tip and an App of the week, and we're in front of a Live Studio Audience!
                          1. Lifetime of Photos on Any Connected Device
                          2. Search AND Find!
                          3. Albums to Share
                          4. Simple Editing
                          5. WOW Editing with Snapseed
                          6. Movies, Animations
                          7. Navigate to Photo





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                          Wednesday, April 26, 2017

                          #115 Smartphone Camera vs DSLR, Can we leave the big camera behind?

                          This episode was streamed live on April 23, 2016. It is all about cameras. A big, expensive, DSLR camera like Chris' Canon Rebel T3i admittedly takes better pictures in some situations, but is it enough to warrant lugging it around? What are some tips and tricks to making better pictures with your smartphone How valuable is it to be able to edit photos and share immediately from your phone, vs. needing a computer for your DSLR.  
                          All this is discussed in this episode of What Does This Button Do? We continue the discussiion started at the Grand Canyon. Here's the live video of us at the Grand Canyon. And here is the photo album: Grand Canyon Railway and the National Park

                              1. Tip of the day: When your smartphone loses your location
                              2. Beginner’s Lesson: Smartphone Camera vs DSLR
                              3. App of the day: Google Earth
                              Here are the Show Notes for Geeks on Tour Members: #115 w/Notes and Links (lots of extra links to info and videos in this one!)




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                              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

                                      For Geeks on Tour Members only: Here's your Show Notes We recommend printing them out, then watch the show with friends and LEARN!



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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

                                      For Geeks on Tour Members only: Here's your Show Notes


                                      Here's your Review Questions!


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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


                                              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


                                              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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