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12/20/2019 If you have Win 7

Here are the options that Eddie Goldberg discussed, as well as some other generally useful tips: If you want to upgrade your current computer or tablet to Win 10, Use www.Cpubenchmark.net  to see if your machine has enough power–need min score of 1500 to run barely Must have at least 4G of RAM available Need to update BIOS, drivers, video driver, sound driver Make sure to make a backup–Win 7 has a back up program Can use https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree free program; can copy your computer contents on to multiple devices Consider installing a Solid State Drive (SSD)–Computers Direct will copy everything off your old drive and put it on the new drive, which will run incredibly faster Can use a ‘classic […]

12/13/2019 Free emedia from Broward Library

Here’s the link to the library site: https://www.broward.org/Library/EMedia/Pages/default.aspx Sign up for any of these, FREE, with your library card.  Each service requires a separate signin and account. RbDigital for almost any magazine Hoopla for eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, television, music and comics .   You can now download up to 6 songs each week for free using Freegal  Rosetta Stone for languages Want to learn something? Try hundreds of classes thru Universal Class  

12/6/2019 Augmented Reality

Check on the video of Bob Ansett’s presentation on Augmented Reality (AR) where he presented the following: the differences between AR and virtual reality the various companies involved in creating AR equipment, their capabilities and prices Examples of various things that can be done with AR including things like contact lenses that can measure glucose levels and much more ability to measure rooms, try out furniture, paint colors, etc. and how to access those apps Google Translate which can translate conversations, realtime, in almost any language and can be used (via your cell phone camera) to translate any written text, whether on paper, street signs, etc. Watch the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClBJavoeskg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYWZfboz1qY

11/22/2019 Holiday Party and Buying Ideas

Here are a few of the good ideas we chatted about for your Holiday buying:                 And here are some links for two factor authentication… Google 2fa for more listing of various sites, by topic, and how they handle two factor authentication– https://twofactorauth.org/ Wikipedia article explaining it all–https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-factor_authentication

11/15/19: Update on Voice Assistants

Bob Anstett, Coordinator of Digital Initiatives at the Creation Station in Fort Lauderdale gave a highly informative and entertaining presentation on how Voice Assistants work using some of the new Amazon and Google Products. The Class video is posted on our YouTube channel–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCFjZzby3i8 We learned there’s much more than phones or Echos, Dots or Google Shows and found out about many other products and how to use them.  This year you can use them to turn on and off your Xmas tree lights (with voice activated outlets), operate your microwave, carry on conversations in another language and much more.  We found out how to stay safe, what’s being listened to and by whom, and how to erase our listening and […]

In Case You Missed It…

from 10/18/2019 Snapseed— Free photo editing software that can be used on ios or android phones and tablets, but not computers. Originally developed by Google but also available thru Apple. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snapseed/id439438619     Gimp as an alternative to Photoshop. This link discusses various alternatives. https://fitsmallbusiness.com/gimp-reviews-pricing/ Joby Tripod–$15 Amazon link   Ideas and questions How to use Alexa to add items to phone shopping lists How to erase Alexa history–more to come

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