Out and About Photos

Now that summer is approaching, our travel and leisure time away from all the hustle and activities of school, and sports are upon us. This time of year, before the dog days of summer and heat, are the best time in Austin to explore your city.

If you haven’t checked out the National Park IMax movie at the Bob Bullock Museum you need to put it on your list. The Bullock also has a nice photographic exhibit on Big Bend. It is always interesting to see what other travelers and hikers see that you missed.

In  Austin, there are many new street art murals popping up. We have some very talented artists in our city and they need to be documented before they are defaced. austin-street-art-guide.jpg

Here is a quick guide to some of the more famous sites. Infographic courtesy of the freepeople blog. 20160425_151323 - Copy.jpg

I found this one  on Comal and 4th.

Take you phone, lock the focus, and expose for the wall not the light behind it.

Stayed tuned for more tips on taking street art in the next blog. Join us in June for photo editors and photo storage classes.

June 2016

Free Photo Editors
Online Photo Storage
Travel and Technology
Microsoft Outlook: Ask the Expert
Google Office – A Free Alternative
All About Gmail
Microsoft Word: Ask the Expert
Coloring Workshop with Grandkids
Microsoft Windows 10 Introduction
Book Making – Special Effects
Coptic Christians, Who?

Travel and Technology

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL “HACK?”
Travel Hacks Image“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.

TECH TIPS

  • In a rental car, look at the little icon for the gas pump. The direction the gas handle is pointing is the side of the car where you put your gas in.
  • Put your smartphone on “airplane mode” to make it charge faster.
  • Forgot your phone charger attachment or have the wrong voltage? Power up by plugging your cord into the USB port found on the back of most hotel TVs.
  • Take a photo with your phone of where you park your car at the airport. That way, you can remember where your car is.
  • Take a photo of your rental car for scratches and dings BEFORE you leave the lot.
  • If on a road trip, take a photo of your car’s license so you have it when you register at your hotel.
  • Can’t hear the alarm clock? Set the alarm on your smartphone and put it in an empty glass near your bed. The sound will be amplified.
  • Take photos with your smartphone as you pack so you have a visual inventory of what you’ve packed, just in case your bags get lost.
  • Take an HDMI cord to connect your laptop, phone, or tablet to the hotel TV. You can then stream your favorite NETFLIX movie, Amazon Prime or other services you might have. We are addicted to MhZ Choice for International Mysteries.

MAKE DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

  • Use Google Maps even when you don’t have phone service. When you are online, find the point of interest (like your hotel) and load its profile. Tap the three dots in the top right corner, then click “Save offline map.” When offline, locate the place in the Google Maps app under “Your Places.”
  • Did you know you can use a shoe to open a wine bottle? Here’s how: Remove foil. Place bottom of bottle inside the shoe (works best with a brogue or something similar). Find a sturdy wall (brick or concrete) and repeatedly bang the shoe sole (containing the wine bottle) against it. Use force and expect to repeat banging motion about 20 times. The cork will eventually emerge.
  • Smartphone + empty toilet roll = instant boom box.

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.

 

Navigate and Search the Real World…online and off

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.

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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.

Offline Maps How it works

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.

Interesting Internet Searches

Recently we had a very informative seminar from a UT student Sandra Benyamin. There were some unusual sites she recommended. As we slow down our travels and have mobility issues we can still see the world.

My favorite is a site called Google Cultural Institute. It is composed of several different modules, like the Art Project, Users Galleries, and World History,

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/home

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Here is a snapshot of the home page. when you click on the Art Project module, you have the ability to search by gallery, location or artist. As an example I searched for John William Turner. Within seconds they found all the Turners on display in a variety of countries.

You can filter by place,and collection.

place  collection. If you like art, this site will be one of your favorites. If you like more ideas about exciting internet sites, stay tuned for more tips. Or better still, come and visit us in the lab.

the harbour of Dieppe

Managing your medical Information

You need to be prepared for medical emergencies. All of my patient portals, althhealthvault-microsoft1ough helpful to an individual doctor are confusing. I have been looking for one spot to gather all of my information. Julia W. from our lab had the solution.

This class will help you be prepared for a medical emergency or a routine doctor’s visit by teaching you how to manage your medical information using a patient health record system called Microsoft HealthVault. You will learn how to share critical health information, such as allergies and medications, with emergency responders. The course will also cover what mobile applications are available to help you organize and share important medical information, including advance directives, with your doctors.
Here is a quick easy start  – Senior Emergency Wallet Card
Keep emergency information quickly available wherever your loved one goes. Information such as emergency contacts, medical data and a medical conditions list are easily available with this wallet card.
Emergency Wallet Card
(PDF 210k)

Thursday July 23rd 1- 3  .register at Age Computer Lab

How Does Music Affect Us

musicEmotionally, socially, mentally, are a few of the adverbs that best describe how we feel about music. It can affect our body as well as our brain and along with that,our productivity. It is a BIG part of our lives without us realizing it.

Because we all spend way more time than we should on our devices, iPads, tablets, phones, our sources for music have changed as well and our devices are our CD players. The options are many for good quality music of our choosing.

The following blog said it best , Belle Beth Cooper and here is her link. It is an excellent read.

https://blog.bufferapp.com/music-and-the-brain

Music is one determinant of our personality and learning a new musical instrument is an excellent method for brain stimulation. Now that we know we NEED music, come to the class that tells you where to find it, how to play it and save it.
This seminar is about listening and streaming music from the internet. There are several very popular apps and programs for your PC and your smartphones for streaming music. Live 365, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio. All of these sites stream all genres of music. You can save it, use it on your TV, plug it into a speaker, or listen to it in the house from your smartphone.
Also we will pair our device with blue tooth speakers in both the car and externally.

More info on class and to register…

There are more websites than ever that offer free music online and it can be a little daunting when you’re looking for some free online music that you can play right now.

These free online music sources all work a little bit differently and all have many different features. You’ll basically find music databases where you can search for an artist or song and listen to it on-demand or online radio stations which work more fluidly. They all have their bells and whistles giving you just what you want.

Tip: Although these websites are all great places to listen to free music online, many are advertised based so you’ll need to listen to ads every once in awhile. There are also sometimes rules on how often you can skip songs within a playlist or radio station. Be sure to read each website’s FAQs to find out all the details.

Who is your favorite contemporary artist? Oldies from the 50’s and 60’s don’t count. I like Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryant, John Legend, Adele, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Armik, and guitar music that I can find.

Come to class on July 15th at 10 and listen to our portable BOSE speakers

Using your smartphone

yellow rose  Having a little art background makes me dangerous. I have always been interested in light and the interplay with color but it hasn’t been fun, really fun until I met my smartphone. . Being “older” makes instant gratification a MUST. Take the photo, play with a free app, download or upload and VOILA!   Five minutes while you are waiting for the coffee pot to make your one cup of coffee.

There are a lot of reasons for owning a phone, calling people, texting long distance to the family, staying involved in your friend community, using a magnifier, maps, finding bathrooms and gas stations and making art creations out of your photos.

As the phones replace our point and shoots, you need to get more familiar with how the camera works, the possibility for exposure, focus, contrast, and post editing. The app stores are loaded with options. Overwhelming? I’ll say!

If you need help one on one help, with a calendar, your phone list, taking a photo, storage, using the music features, come and see us. Both platforms, iPhones and Androids are welcome. Check out the calendar for dates and times.

I took the photo above with the app Camera Awesome from SmugMug. Great for locking in focus and exposure. I post processed in Photo Viva. Available for both iOS and Android. If you check out there website at the app store, they have helpful hints on the painting. photoviva Remember after using the paint strokes, use the copy feature to blend in the brush strokes. You also can brush away unwanted strokes.

Time to go swimming and get outside on this beautiful day. See you in class.

Roberta