Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Senior Tech Group
Gathering
Each Monday
Coldstream Clubhouse at 7 PM – Everyone Welcome

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 Archives – 201920182017 – 2016

    April 22, 2019, at 7:00 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/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 – Simple Radio for Android  and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

    • Simple Radio by Streema is the simplest way of listening to your favorite FM Radio stations, AM Radio, Internet Radio Online, and Free radio stations. 

    April 29, 2019, at 7:00 PM – Use Google Photo To Manage Your Digital Pictures – All your photos organized and easy to find. Pictures on your computer or smartphone are backed up safely, organized and labeled automatically so that you can see them fast, and share them how you like. Google has built in some smart tools for sharing photos as well – drag to select a few shots, and with a couple of clicks, you can create a web album too. Free unlimited storage, automatic backup, and fun editing effects make Google Photos one of my favorite tools for managing photos to share with friends.
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    Favorite App or Service – Google Photos for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

    • Google Photos is a new photo gallery from Google, made for the way you take photos today. Your photos and videos will be automatically backed up and organized, so you can find and share them faster – and never run out of space on your phone.

    May 6, 2019, at 7:00 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/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 Maps for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

    • Get real-time GPS navigation, traffic, and transit info, and explore local neighborhoods by knowing where to eat, drink and go – no matter what part of the world you’re in

    May 13, 2019, at 7:00 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 powerful 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 7:00 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/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 – 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, – Memorial Day 

    June 3, 2019, at 7:00 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 access cellular 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 7:00 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/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 7:00 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 7:00 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/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 – Bring! for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

    • User-friendly shopping list and clever 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 7:00 PM – Google Photos Assistant Is A Must Have Tool – One of the best features of the Google Photos app is Assistant. There's 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 7:00 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/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 – aCalendar+ for Android only.

    • aCalendar+ gives you many additional calendar features.

    July 15, 2019, at 7:00 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 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. 
    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 additional layer of security.

    July 22, 2019, at 7:00 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/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 – 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 7:00 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 7:00 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/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 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.

     


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    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    –  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. 

     

     


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    The Senior 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 – Bob, Susan and/or Glenn will be at the Clubhouse for one-on-one help and group discussion of computer use issues and to help with questions you have about any presentation session (programs) or any other tech questions you might have, to help do tech things that no individual ought to have to do alone.

    User groups are 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 easily 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 topics of interest 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 economical 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 your own web address and personalized e-mail address
    • Building web pages

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