Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Senior Tech Group
Snowbird Tech Group​ – Phoenixville Tech Group
Each Monday at 1 and 7 PM
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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 Archives – 2020201920182017 – 2016 


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Online Tech Group meeting, please try to check in 5 or 10 minutes early.

Jun 8, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– 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 – 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. 

Jun 15, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​–  The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer questions concerning computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, the internet, and more. Bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

> > 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 additional layer of security.

Jun 22, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– 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. 

Jun 29, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer questions concerning computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, the internet, and more. Bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

> > 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.

Jul 6, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– 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.

Easily Share Photos & Videos – You can share photos, videos, albums, and movies with any of your contacts, even if they don't use the Google Photos app.

> > Weekly App – Pocket Casts for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

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

Jul 13, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​ – The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer questions concerning computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, the internet, and more. Bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

> > Weekly App – 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. 

Jul 20, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– 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. 

Jul 27, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer questions concerning computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, the internet, and more. Bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

> > Weekly App –  Pushbullet for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store. 

  •  Conveniently send and receive SMS messages from your computer.

Aug 3, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– 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.

Aug 10, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer questions concerning computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, the internet, and more. Bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

> > 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. 

Aug 17, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​– 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. 

Aug 24, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer questions concerning computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, the internet, and more. Bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

> > Weekly App – Google Authenticator for Android and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

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

Aug 31, 2020, at 1 and 7 PM – Online Meeting tab ​​–  TBA


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Senior Tech Group Members If you attended at least once, you are a member, please let us know what you would like us to cover in the future.


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.

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 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. Some of our attendees 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 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, or backup drive should you buy
    • Connecting to the Internet and WiFi arrangements
    • Securing your computer
    • Using your computer and its software
    • Help with your email
    • 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 your web address and personalized email address
  • Building web pages

Notice for Visitors to the Website: 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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