Amazing things you can do with your smartphone

I have many classes, dedicated to smartphones, and all the amazing things you can do with them.  I have it broken down into areas of interest, such as.

and many more.

You may need to do your own search for some apps such as the Google Play store for androids. I will be putting this together in video format as soon as possible.

You can find the class information here. The list of uses for your camera, is growing constantly, and now is approaching almost 100! Photography is without doubt, one of the most popular uses of our smartphones, and the hardware and apps that take advantage of these amazing devices is growing daily. I have included some samples on this website.

Here is a list of some of the apps and hardware, I have found very useful.

Apps I think everyone should have or at least try.

Hydra – still photography
Filmic Pro – video photography

A Password Manager
Red Laser
Scanner Pro

Maps and navigation
Google Maps and Navigation Apps like Geocaching, HearPlanet, Waze or a find my car App or device like “ZUS”.

Action Movie
Intro Mate

News and Reference
Star Walk
Wolfram Alpha

Amazon Flow
Apps for shopping at your favorite stores. Mine includes Walmart, Costco and Amazon.

Google search
Google Translate

Safety and Emergency

All of the Made by Apple Apps like iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Garageband etc.
Any finance Apps to give you access to your bank or credit cards. Mine is BofA.
Your favorite social networks like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, or others.
AppsGoneFree or AppAdvice or anything similar for getting tips and ideas on Apps.

Which Phone Should You Buy?

The newest iPhone’s have just been released as of September 2015, and the newest Samsung device has been announced. I originally wrote this article in 2014, but I think the same philosophy applies today, and have re-published this to help people decide which phone is best for them.

I don’t know how or why everyone started acting like kindergarten children when it comes to the technology we use, and bragging about how their device, is so much better than your device, but no doubt, you have gotten into one of these discussions yourself, and may even be confused about which phone you should buy?

You also need to be careful about taking someone’s advice or “opinion” on what you should get because lets face it, opinions are like, You-Know-What… and everybody has one. The problem I have seen, is that their needs, or situation, might be different from yours, and these devices have become so “personal”, that you really need to take your own needs into account when deciding.

I normally would not even bother giving my opinion, because mine is not necessarily any better than anyone Else’s, but I get asked so many times, almost daily, about which one is better, So here goes.

While my preference is usually with the Apple devices, because I have other IOS and Mac products, I have asked a lot of people about their devices, and rarely have I had anyone say it was a bad experience, and the reality is, you will probably love any of the current offerings out there. The most common feedback from people who buy other devices, like Samsung are, that they can do things you cannot do with an IOS device. This can be technically true, but I have interviewed hundreds of users and rarely have I seen a useful example, for the average user, of when this is true. Most people I have interviewed, that like the ability to customize or “tweak” their devices , are usually more technically inclined too, and average users are usually more concerned with the whole user experience, and again, everyone I have interviewed, has provided feedback that they love their device, no matter which one they had.

I do a lot of support work about not only mobile devices, but also desktops, laptops and many other technologies, and one important thing not always discussed is the “entire” user experience. What I mean by this is, if you have other Apple products, an iPhone might be the best choice for you, where as, if you are entrenched in the Windows world, maybe a Windows phone would be a better choice? Without going into too much detail about this one, let me just say that feedback from users has been more positive from the Apple world, than with some of the others. Does that make any of the others bad, absolutely not! It really depends on your own needs. Very rarely do I talk to anyone who does not use either an iPhone or a Samsung, these are without question, the 2 most popular.

That being said, here is what I own. The iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB. I usually always find a reason I want the newest, which is the iPhone 6S, as of this posting. iPhone, iPad, iMac, IBROKE!

The new Samsung S7 has just been announced for Feb 21 in Barcelona.

The top things I like about my iPhone 6 Plus (Currently IOS 9.2.1).

  • I am interested in trying a bigger screen.
  • I love the fingerprint sensor in these.
  • I am curious about the acceptance of Apple Pay.
  • I enjoy the user experience across the board with Apple products.
  • I will benefit from the “Optical Image Stabilization” on the 6 Plus.
  • With the current choice of 1.3 Million apps, I have found I can carry out anything I could ever want to do, and creative ways of using these devices, are being discovered daily. At last count there were 1.7 Million android apps!

Image courtesy of Cloud Castle (ver. 09/19/2014)

Interested in learning more about how to use your current IOS device? Or maybe not sure if you need one? For those of you that live near Minden or Gardnerville area, I will be giving a class at the community center. More classes and subjects will be offered in the future as well.
What Can I Do With An IOS Device – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Amazing app for green screen videos

I created this tutorial to help folks trying to create green screen videos. This is not designed to teach you everything about doing green screen, because I found an app that makes this whole process unbelievably simple and fun! There are many, and I will check them out, but I can’t imagine anything being better than this one. I briefly cover the process using Sony Vegas and then the VeeScope Live app. If you have ever created green screen videos, you already understand how much time and effort these can take. This app literally lets you create these on the fly in creative and exotic locations. You definitely have to try this one! I will probably do another walk-thru video of just the VeeScope Live app, if people express the need.

Windows 10 Shortcuts

Windows 10 essential PC shortcuts.

Believe it or not, the most useful one is by simply “Right Clicking” on the Windows Logo or “Start” button which will show a comprehensive list of useful shortcuts – Read On For More…

Just the basics

* Copy a selected item: Ctrl+C

* Cut a selected item: Ctrl+X

* Paste a selected item: Ctrl+V

* Undo an action: Ctrl+Z

* Redo that thing I just undid: Ctrl+Y

* Select everything: Ctrl+A

* Print: Ctrl+P

* Switch between running apps: Alt+Tab

Using the Windows Logo Keyboard Shortcuts

winlogo +D – Clear screen and go to desktop

winlogo +I – Goes directly to PC Settings

winlogo +Q – Quickview List

winlogo +E – Windows Explorer

winlogo +R – Run Command

winlogo +A – Action Center

winlogo +S – Search or start Cortana

winlogo +G – Open Game Bar

winlogo +H – Share a Screenshot

winlogo +K –Device Connect Options

winlogo +L –Lock Screen

winlogo +”Enter Key” Narrator on & Off

winlogo +X – Popup Menu

winlogo +C – Cortana

winlogo +M – Minimize to Desktop

winlogo – by itself brings up menu

winlogo +P – Projector Options

winlogo +T –Taskbar focus and cycle thru running desktop apps

winlogo +U Ease of Access Center

winlogo +”PrtScn” captures screen and copies to Screenshots in Pictures Folder and clipboard

There are other shortcuts as well and most of these are functional in other versions of Windows, try tem yourself!

I figured these out by simply using the windows logo and pressing each key on my keyboard. There are many more shortcuts you will find very useful like this, and some keyboard have their own “Programmable” buttons that can be set to do all kinds of things!

Flic Smartbutton

The Flic Smartbutton is a device that’s lets you control all kinds of features and apps on your device, just by pressing the button.

Just a few ideas of what you could do with it.

  • Control your lights
  • Play music
  • Take picture
  • Timer
  • Send distress signal
  • Navigate
  • Let someone in
  • Make a fake call
  • Order pizza
  • Find your phone
  • Set the right mode
  • Share location
  • Call your favorites

Touch Pico

Touch Pico, now known as TouchJet Pond, makes a “Pico” or “Portable” projector. What makes this one different than the myriad of other choices out there is that it can turn any projected images or surface into a touchscreen. Another difference is the ability to load the device with apps. Checkout their online campaign

This device is a portable, handheld gadget for those on the go. It’s slightly heavier than a Samsung S4 phone and just about the same size. Easily fits in your pocket or your briefcase. If your main use is going to be just streaming movies, and you don’t need to interact, or use the Touchscreen feature, I think you will be bettor off spending that extra cash on a device that has more “Lumens” or light projection capabilities for the brightest picture possible.