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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


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Date to be determined at 1:00 PM – Navigating Google, Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Wallet, Docs… – Google provides Internet services that let you search the web, create blogs, send email, word processing, spreadsheets, video chat, and publish web pages. Google has social networking tools, organization tools, and services for mobile devices, Google Wallet card, and even Google-branded merchandise. Type With Your Voice – You can type and edit a document by speaking in Google Docs. Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.

> > Weekly App – Simple Radio Dark Sky 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. 

Date to be determined at 1:00 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.

> > Weekly App – 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.

Date to be determined 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 access cellular coverage in 170+ countries.

> > Weekly App – 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.

> > Weekly App – 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. 

Date to be determined 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 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 – 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.

> > 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. 

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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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