WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL “HACK?”
|“Hack” is shorthand for a shortcut or a trick that can make your life easier. They can apply to any area of life, from cooking to cleaning to dining out. And, they are not only innovative approaches to tackling life’s challenges, but entertaining as well. We’ve taken a look around and come up with a list of hacks you can use when planning your next trip.
MAKE DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
If you cannot do any of the above tips, please come to the lab. You can schedule either a one on one with your phone or take one of our classes.
See you soon.
If you live in central Texas this is the best time of year. Indian Paint Brushes, Poppies and Bluebonnets to name a few are in abundance on the highways and in the pastures.
Even if you have hunted down the perfect flower last year, this years crop is different.
For poppies right now, Georgetown and Castroville are in full bloom. Tips on cameras- this one was taken with a phone. Get close, push your finger on the focus spot, wait and then either use a voice command or your ear buds to remotely take the snap.
Here are a few sightings from readers to a site called http://texas.wildflowersightings.org/sightings/202
- I-20 and Hwy 67 west to 408 – Duncanville, TX
- Just South of Waxahachie on 287 – Hillsboro, TX
- TX 16 between Fredericksburg and Llano – Willow City, TX
- Willow City Loop seems to be spotty at best
TX 16 is on fire according to a report on Facebook
- Roadsides just before Babyhead Mountain were covered with a mix of bluebonnets and paintbrush. This has expanded over the weekend to include all the way down to the intersection with CR-215.
- Farther south of Llano along Texas 16 to RR-1323 there are now numerous long stretches of roadside fairly covered with either bluebonnets or a mix.
- When you photograph flowers, shoot in Aperture Priority mode. This enables you to control your depth of field. When you’re shooting lots of wildflowers, you have two options: You can create a photograph where every flower is in sharp focus or where the flowers in front of the scene are in focus and the rest of the image is a dreamy blur.
- To create the first type of photograph, use a small aperture and focus one-third to halfway into the field of wildflowers. This ensures that the entire field of flowers will be in focus.
- Create a dreamy look by shooting with a large aperture (small f-stop number). Focus on the flowers nearest the camera, and the distant flowers will be a creamy blur.
- Use a fast shutter speed as the wind is always blowing and you can stop the action.
- Bring a prop.
Or better yet, take a seminar in the Shooting of Wildflowers on
See you in class after you go out and about and enjoy our spring.
It’s official. Straight from the Google Blog on November 10, 2015. You can now navigate and search the real world…online and off.
Roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today, and even where online access is available, it can still be spotty. That means that quick and easy access to information is still not possible for a majority of the population. This is a huge problem, especially as people attempt to navigate and explore the world around them, so Google Maps is taking steps to help people across the globe find directions and get where they’re going, even when they don’t have an Internet connection.
Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.
You can download an area by searching for a city, county or country, for instance, and tapping “Download” on the resulting place sheet, or by going to “Offline Areas” in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button.
Once downloaded, Google Maps will move into offline mode automatically when it recognizes you’re in a location with spotty service or no connectivity at all. When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route.
By default, we’ll only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection to prevent large data fees.
Google first previewed these new capabilities during Google I/O in May, and they’re gradually rolling out the first set of these improvements with the latest version of Google Maps on Android (coming soon to iOS). Over time, they’ll be introducing even more offline features to help you find your way—even when you can’t find a connection.
Posted by Amanda Bishop, Product Manager for Google.
Re-posted for all our seniors at AGE Computer Lab who spend time traveling the world with their phones.