Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Phoenixville Tech Group
Gathering Monday 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Phoenixville Library
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No matter what operating system your computers, tablets or phone uses or if you are thinking about getting involved with some new tech or making a change, this is the place for you.

We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions, bring your tech issues and enjoy.

Favorite Apps or Services


Program Calendar                     Program Archive – 2019201820172016

July 15, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Harrop Room – Streaming Video Your Best TV Entertainment Value – Streaming video is content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and played as it arrives. The user needs a player, which is a program that uncompresses and sends video data to the display and audio data to speakers. A player can be either an integral part of a browser, a set-top box or built into a Smart TV. 
> > Weekly App – Authy for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • The Authy app generates secure 2 step verification tokens on your device. It help’s you protect your account from hackers and hijackers by adding an e layer of security.

July 22, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Harrop Room – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App – LastPass for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • LastPass is a password manager and password generator that locks your passwords and personal information in a secure vault. From your LastPass vault, you can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in notes, and more. All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass will auto-fill web browser and app logins for you. 

July 29, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Harrop Room – Back To The Basic – And the "basics" aren't just for beginners.  You always hear something new, or something that you have forgotten because you haven't used it for a long time. And we always appreciate having experienced users in these sessions to contribute their experience and knowledge to the group.  Find out all the things you can do when you "right click" on the mouse – or the things you can do from the keyboard without the mouse.
> > Weekly App – Sensi for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Whether you’re using the Sensi™  Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat or the Sensi™ Wi-Fi Thermostat, you’ll enjoy complete control of your home comfort – Anytime. Anywhere. 

August 5, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Harrop Room – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App – Google Pay for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • Google Pay is the fast, simple way to pay online, in stores and more. Book a trip, grab a meal, see a show, and enjoy new experiences – all without your wallet. Getting started on the web or with the app is easy. Just add a card, and you’re ready to go.

August 12, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Harrop Room – Back To The Basic – And the "basics" aren't just for beginners.  You always hear something new, or something that you have forgotten because you haven't used it for a long time. And we always appreciate having experienced users in these sessions to contribute their experience and knowledge to the group.  Find out all the things you can do when you "right click" on the mouse – or the things you can do from the keyboard without the mouse.
> > Weekly App – Grammarly for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store.

  • The Grammarly Keyboard helps you write mistake-free and with ease, in any app, you use on your mobile device

August 19, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Harrop Room – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App –  Chamberlain for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store.  

  • Chamberlain’s myQ-enabled products and myQ app allow you to easily open, close or check the status of your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet

August 26, 2019, at 1:00 PM back downstairs​ – Streaming Video Your Best TV Entertainment Value – Streaming video is content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives. The user needs a player, which is a special program that uncompresses and sends video data to the display and audio data to speakers. A player can be either an integral part of a browser, a set-top box or built into a Smart TV. 
> > Weekly App – Pay with Privacy for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • Get a new virtual card for every transaction. Generate random Privacy Visa® cards to protect yourself when you spend online.

September 2, 2019 – Library closed no gathering this week.

September 9, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App –  Datally for Android sorry no Apple iOS version.

  • Datally is a smart app by Google that helps you save, manage, and share your mobile data. On average, people save 21 percent of their mobile data—that’s like using data Monday to Thursday, and having Friday covered by Datally.

September 16, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Let's Look At Mobile Apps –  If you have a smartphone or another mobile device, you probably use apps. To play games – Get turn-by-turn directions – Access news, books, weather, and more. Apps are easy to download and often free, mobile apps can be so convenient that you might download them without considering how they’re paid for or what information they may gather from your device. A mobile app is a software program you can download and access using your phone or tablet. Services, Shopping, Entertainment, and Apps I use. – Here are many of the services I enjoy regularly. You may also find some of them interesting and useful.
> > Weekly App –  Speedtest for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • Use Speedtest® by Ookla® for an easy, one-tap connection internet performance and speed test. 

September 23, 2019 , at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App –  Pushbullet for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • Conveniently send and receive SMS messages from your computer.

September 30, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Backing up data – why you need to do it! – Data loss can happen in many ways. One of the most common causes is a physical failure of the media the data is stored on, in addition, MalWare can infect your system and corrupt or encrypt files. You probably have everything saved on your PCs hard drive. That hard drive will not live forever. To quote one of the tech geeks I follow, “there are only two types of hard drives – the ones that have failed and the ones that will fail. 
> > Weekly App – Wyze for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • The Wyze app is the home for all your Wyze devices. Use your Wyze Cam or Wyze Cam Pan to live stream 1080p full HD video day or night, listen and talk through the built-in speaker and microphone.

October 7, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App – Home for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • With the Google Home app, set up, manage and control your Google Home and Chromecast devices, plus thousands of connected home products like lights, cameras, thermostats and more – all from one app.

October 14, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Cloud Computing, Create Documents & Spreadsheets Online – You don't need to buy Microsoft Office! Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template. You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more. And it's free.
> > Weekly App – Google News for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Google News is a smart news app that organizes what’s happening in the world to help you learn more about the stories that matter to you.

October 21, 2019 , at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App – Weather Underground for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • The new Weather Underground Android app provides the world's most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts in addition to interactive radar, satellite maps, and severe weather alerts. 

October 28, 2019, at 1:00 PM –  What is a Chromebook? – A Chromebook is a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. Powered by Google's Chrome OS™, and featuring built-in, up-to-date virus protection along with Google apps and services like Gmail™, Google Calendar™, Docs and Google Play™ (plus thousands more in the Chrome Web Store™). Unlike traditional PCs, Chromebooks update themselves automatically for free, so you always have the latest and greatest version, while your stuff stays safe with Google Drive™ online file storage that's automatically backed up. And Chromebooks play nicely with your other devices—your phone, tablet or another computer—so you can stay in sync with your day from. 
> > Weekly App – Rain Alarm Pro for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • This weather app alerts you when rain is approaching. 

November 4, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App – Google Authenticator for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Google Authenticator generates 2-Step Verification codes on your phone.

November 11, 2019, at 1:00 PM –  What's a Podcast? The new on-demand radio and video service. Podcasts can be videos or audio only, I personally mostly listen to audio podcasts. They can be played on a web browser like Chrome or Safari but the best experience is to get some type of podcast management app for your phone or tablet. I use a podcast player Pocket Casts app.
> > Weekly App – Mint for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Mint is the free money manager and financial tracker app from the makers of TurboTax.

November 18, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App – Feedly for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • Every day, millions of professionals and passionate learners use Feedly on their phones and tablets to follow the blogs, magazines, and other sources that matter to them.

November 25, 2019, at 1:00 PM –  Use strong Passwords – Your passwords are the keys to your internet life. Use strong passwords and keep the bad guys out.   LastPass Free Password Manager – Stop using the same password for all sites – Now you can finally use long, complex, different passwords for each site and no longer need to worry about forgetting them. You can stop storing passwords in the browser’s password manager – Browser password managers are not only non-portable across computers, but it is also a major security risk. Two Factor Authentication  – Two-factor authentication means using two authentication methods (e.g. password, the value from a physical token, text message, or automated voice call with a token number) to increase the assurance that the bearer has been authorized to access secure systems. Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your accounts don't get hacked. 
> > Weekly App –  Microsoft Authenticator for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • Sign in is easy, convenient, and secure when you use Microsoft Authenticator. Use your phone, not your password, to log into your Microsoft account.

December 2, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App – Pocket for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Use Pocket to capture the content that comes at you all day long, and curate your own space filled with only the topics you care about. 

December 9, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Computer & Internet Security – Simple tips to reduce your exposure to spyware and viruses: – Stop using Windows as an administrator. Use it as a limited user instead. – Use Google Chrome as your web browser. It's free and far more secure. – Don't use Java, unless you know you need it. – Don't click on links in an email. – Only get software from the original vendors. – Keep the antivirus software up to date. – Be careful of what gets installed, and be careful what you click on. 
> > Weekly App – Amazon Shopping for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Shop millions of products on any of Amazon's sites around the world from a single app

December 16, 2019, at 1:00 PM –  The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for discussion and one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
> > Weekly App – ProtonMail for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • ProtonMail offers encrypted email, which makes it virtually impossible for anyone to read it except the sender and the recipient.

December 23, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Remote Support for Windows, Mac, and Android phones and tablets. – We have implemented a software system/tool to remotely connect to your computer. This allows us to provide remote help installing a program, using an application, fix a problem… With TeamViewer Quick Support or Chrome Remote Desktop tool, you can allow me to remotely connect to your PC. No installation is required, you download then run the web application by clicking one of the icons below. 
> > Weekly App – Garage Sales for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Discover the fun of garage sale shopping! Garage Sale Map is an app for finding garage sales, yard sales, and estate sales around you on a map.

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The Phoenixville Tech Group brings technology users together to share knowledge and experience. Everyone welcome!

We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions, bring your tech issues and enjoy. 

Gadget Gurus – Glenn will be available for one-on-one help and group discussion of computer use issues, and to help with questions you have about any presentation session. Or any other tech questions you might have, to help do tech things that no individual ought to have to do alone.

User groups founded on the principle of “members helping members.”  We are particularly interested in helping those who have limited or no experience with a computer so they may participate in the rapid transition from traditional means of communications and commerce to the Internet. So please invite your "non-connected" neighbors to come along to a meeting or clinic and see how quickly we can help them learn what they need to know.  And please understand that, while a listed presentation topic may not be of particular interest, the discussion often branches into other issues of importance to those attending and that there is no meeting where you don't learn something new.  

An Important Note:  Along with much praise for the STG and what we do at our presentations, there are some of our attendees who say "their eyes get glazed over" at how quickly we move through the different screens and options.  WE HEAR YOU!   We have kicked this around and are committed to making no demonstration clicks or entries on the computer image on the TV screen without making sure everyone knows what are doing and how/why we are doing it.

During our group meetings and clinics, we cover the following topics and more.

  • Getting started with a computer
    • What computer, printer, backup drive should you buy
    • Connecting to the Internet and WiFi arrangements
    • Securing your computer
    • Using your computer and its software
    • Help with your e-mail
    • How to search the Internet
    • Backup your photos to the cloud
    • Speed up a sluggish computer
  • Using the Internet more effectively
  • Cell Phones
    • Finding an economic plan
    • Choosing a phone
    • Programming your cell phone
    • Using Apps
    • Backup your photos to the cloud
  • Shopping online
  • Cable TV or Fios issues, cutting the cord (get rid of cable TV)
  • Talking online using video chat, webcam, and Skype
  • Digital camera and photo problems, what camera to buy
    • Sharing photos on the Internet
  • Using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc.
  • Setting up a web address and personalized e-mail address. 
  • Building web pages 

Notice for Visitors to the Web Site: As you will see, this is an open website, with access granted to all Internet users.  The Senior Tech Group uses this site as a resource for the three communities we support, i.e., Coldstream Crossing residents and the Phoenixville Library visitors in Pennsylvania and The Groves community in Fort Meyers, Florida.  We provide direct support, including house calls, at appropriate times of the year for the Coldstream Crossing and Groves communities.  All of the services we provide are pro bono.

We welcome visitors from outside our supported communities, to view the resources on the website. While we attempt to maintain all the information and links the best we can, we disclaim responsibility for any use or misuse of any information or links to other sites or information contained here within.  


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