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?
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:
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.
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!
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.
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?
This episode was streamed live on April 9, 2017. To be
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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
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!
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
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?
Quick Tips: Charging multiple devices
Beginner’s Lesson: Apps: Installing, Uninstalling, and Organizing
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?
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.
Tip o Week: Straighten Horizons
Beginner’s Lesson: Free up Space on your phone
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.
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.
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.
Beginner’s Lesson: Using Google My Maps and adding photos from Google Photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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