Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Program Archive 2019

April 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 — Dark Sky for Android  and Apple iOS version in the iTunes Store

  • Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you’ll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you're standing. 

April 15, 2019, at 7:00 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.

Favorite App or Service — 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. 

April 22, 2019, at 7:00 PM – The Gadget Gurus 
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.
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.  –  Chris Hadfield.ca
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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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