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.
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Program Calendar                     Program Archive – 2019201820172016

May 13, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Online Shopping – Everyone loves saving money, and online shopping makes it easy. Back in the pre-internet age, if you wanted to save a few bucks, you either had to visit several stores to compare prices or spend an entire Sunday afternoon cutting coupons. 
Favorite App or Service – Android Auto for Android only.

Android Auto is your smart driving companion that helps you stay focused, connected, and entertained with the Google Assistant. With a simplified interface, large buttons, and voice actions, Android Auto is designed to make it easier to use apps that you love from your phone while you’re on the road. 

May 20, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – 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. Bob, Susan, and Glenn will be at the Clubhouse for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
Favorite App or Service – Chamberlain for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • MyQ Garage enables smartphone control of most major garage door opener brands with Photo Eyes manufactured starting in 1993.

May 27, 2019 – Library closed no gathering this week.  

June 3, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Low-Cost Wireless Providers – Ting is a new mobile phone service that caters to people tired of dealing with complicated billing plans from carriers like AT&T or Verizon. Their slogan is ‘Mobile That Makes Sense.’  Project Fi is a new wireless service that Google is launching to offer mobile service directly to users. The most innovative aspect of Google Fi is its pricing: Google Fi includes unlimited international texts, Wi-Fi tethering to use your phone as a hotspot, and cellular access coverage in 170+ countries.
Favorite App or Service – Wyze Cam for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera – 1080p full HD live stream direct to your smartphone day or night with night vision.

June 10, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – 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. Bob, Susan or Glenn will be at the Clubhouse for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
Favorite App or Service – Google Home for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  • Smart Speaker & Home Assistant – Google Home is a powerful speaker and voice Assistant. Play your music. Call your friends. Ask it questions. Control your home. 

June 17, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Do You Think Your PC Has a Virus – A computer virus is a malicious code that replicates by copying itself to another program, computer boot sector or document and changes how a computer works. The virus requires someone to knowingly or unknowingly spread the infection without the knowledge or permission of a user. A computer worm is programming that does not require human interaction to spread. Viruses and worms may also be known as malware. Browser hijacking is a form of unwanted software that modifies a web browser's settings without a user's permission, to insert unsolicited advertising into the user's browser. A browser hijacker may replace the existing home page, error page, or search engine with its own.
Favorite App or Service – Pocket Casts for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Android Central says: “Pocket Casts is the best podcast app for Android.”

June 24, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – 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. Bob, Susan, and Glenn will be at the Clubhouse for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
Favorite App or Service – Bring! For Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • User-friendly shopping list and smart sharing functions, all people in the household know what's missing in the fridge and pantries. This way, you save plenty of time and money while shopping. Try it out now – it's free!

July 1, 2019, at 1:00 PM – Google Photos Assistant Is A Must Have Tool – One of the best features of the Google Photos app is Assistant. There are lots to learn in Google Photos, but the new Assistant feature is here to help. If you want to check up on the status of your photo backups, see the latest Creations that Google Photos has made for you, be alerted of space to be freed up on your device, Assistant is here to help. It's just a tap, swipe, or click away from your photo library, and it'll keep you in the loop with what's going on in the Google Photos world. It's an all-in-one notification center for everything that's happening with your photos, and it's quite useful. Here's how you use it.
Favorite App or Service – Google Opinion Rewards for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credit with Google Opinion Rewards, an app created by the Google Surveys team. 

July 8, 2019, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus – 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. Bob, Susan, and Glenn will be at the Clubhouse for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
Favorite App or Service – aCalendar+ for Android only.

  • aCalendar+ gives you many additional calendar features.

July 15, 2019, at 1:00 PM – 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. 
Favorite App or Service – 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 – The Gadget Gurus – 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. Bob, Susan, and Glenn will be at the Clubhouse for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
Favorite App or Service – 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 – 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.
Favorite App or Service – 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 – The Gadget Gurus – 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. Bob, Susan, and Glenn will be at the Clubhouse for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy. 
Favorite App or Service – 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.

 

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


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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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