Must Have Smartphone Accessory

Very early this morning a truck or a bus cut our low lying electrical cable from the street to the house. pulling out the pole and disconnecting our alarm box for the electrical fence. I had to make numerous phone calls to the alarm company, police, electric  company and as it turns out to the landlord because the electric company would not connect the electricity until we had a new pole. Add to the confusion my wife was pet sitting and I was supposed to meet her at noon

Cut to the chase my phone  after 25 phone calls my phone battery was at 15 % at noon. Needless to say without electricity I could not charge my smartphone battery. To the rescue came my Aukey quick charger and within 30 minutes I was at full power. A $20 gadget is priceless during an emergency.

 

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Google Duo

Move over Skype there is a new sheriff in town. Google just announced it’s Video Messenger Service. Unlike Facetime Google works with both IOS and Android. Since it is connected to your phone there is no need to have the app on or be near a wifi setting. I briefly experimented with it with two friends and had good results. Let me know about your experience. Easily downloaded for free at the Google Play Store or The Apple App Store.

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Out Of Sorts

On Tuesday Aug. 16th I am having eye surgery at Exa Laser Clinic in Cuenca. It’s a two part surgery. The first is a vitrectomy to repair a thickening of the retina wall and the other part is a cataract removal with an addition of a lens. I had this operation on an emergency basis two years ago on the right eye. The surgeon injects gas to keep the retina in place. The difficult part is laying face down when the gas is still in the eye. I should be back in the saddle in 10 days.

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Photos – Backup

This is a popular topic for CTL subscribers since the majority of photos are now taken with a smartphone. Most smartphone have 16-32gb of storage and you can easily fill up most of that storage if you are regularly snapping photos. I use 3 redundant services.

  • Google Photos -High quality unlimited storage – free –  When Android 7 is released – unlimited storage
  • Amazon Photos – orignial quality – unlimited storage  $99 per year with other services
  • Flickr $24 per year for the pro version.

The real question is which service to you feel most comfortable. Google Photos is my first choice since it has the easiest photo editing element.  Good article below.

The best way to back up your Android Photos

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My Prisma Addiction

Prisma runs on both IOS and Android and for the last 4 days I have spent about 30 hours messing with the app. Do not even think of downloading the app if you have an important deadline due. But, if you have some free time and want to be creative then run, don’t walk to Prisma and download the app.

I created a youtube video below to show the transformation from original to the prisma effect. Enjoy.

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Prisma Photo App

WARNING!,  WARNING! Do not load Prisma Photo App if you have an immediate appointment because you’re going to be immediately addicted to this great photo filter editor. This app could not be simpler.

  • Load your photo
  • Choose your filter
  • Adjust the intensity
  • Save
  • Share

Here are is the Prisma App link (runs on IOS and Android) Here are some great results. Learn more at the iPad Users Group Meeting Thursday

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Fresh Salmon In Cuenca

So what is tech about Salmon in Cuenca.  Absolutely nothing. For those people who are not living in Cuenca or do not like Salmon you have my permission to stop reading this post.

I am now representing Productos Terrenova in Cuenca. Starting today you can order the following and have it delivered tomorrow.

  • Fresh Salmon – Individual portions or 1-3 kg fillets
  • Smoked Salmon (Lox) 100 – 1 kg  packages
  • Smoked Trout – 250 grams and fillets
  • Smoked and Fresh Organic Talapia
  • Fresh Octopus Carpaccio
  • Trout Caviar
  • Wakami Hiyashi (Seaweed Salad)
  • Wasabi

Free delivery on orders >$40 ( in the city limits of Cuenca)

Call 0991221238 or email (graygeek@gmail.com) for more information.

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