Are these 5 Apps On Your Smartphone?

I am addicted to my Smartphone. I’m probably on it too much but it’s one tool I really can’t live without. Here are 5 apps I think you should have on your phone. Have any to suggest to the Cuenca Tech Life audience? All the apps below are free.

  • What’s App – Call anywhere in the world without charge . Group messaging and an easy to use interface make this Facebook owned app a must have.
  • Merlin – receive unusual but factual information daily that can improve your knowledge and intellect.
  • Hopper – receive weekly notices of travel bargains. Hopper will tell you whether the fares are going to fluctuate
  • NPR ONE – Live news from my favorite radio station.  I’m tuned in to OPB my local NPR station
  • Walt Disney Crossy – All work and no play make … Modern day Frogger with Mickey Mouse as the Frog.

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Smartphone Battery – Tips & Myths

The earthquake in Ecuador reminds all of us how important having a smartphone can be.  Right next to my smartphone is a portable battery so if I left the house in an emergency I would have a minimum of 4 days of battery life.

First 3 myths:

  • Leaving the smartphone on the charger all night is bad for your battery
  • You should completely discharge your battery before charging
  • Never use your phone while it is charging

Now 3 tips

  • Dim the screen
  • Minimize push notifications
  • Download the latest software update

The complete article on smartphone battery myths is here

The complete article on smartphone tips is here

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Smartphone Photo And Editing Course – May 9, 2016

Are you fumbling with your Smartphone Camera and you missed a great photo. On May 9th you will learn how to better use your camera and create fantastic movies. The course information is here. The class is limited to six students.

The picture below was captured on my Nexus 6 and edited with Google Photos. The movie was created from past smartphone photos.

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January Smartphone Photo And Video Course

Are you satisfied with the photos and videos on your smartphone or tablet? Join 5 other enlightened Cuenca students on 1/25/16 and learn the following

  • Become better acquainted with your equipment
  • Learn how to better frame your photos.
  • Practice basic editing techniques
  • Shoot and edit basic video
  • Gain understanding of different presentation methods
  • Create and share  your presentation in class
  • Acquire info to store your presentations safely in the Cloud

When: Jan. 25, 2016

Where: Los Alamos 3-66 y 3 de Noviembre

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost: $40

Course limited to 6 students

You will need a fully charged smart phone or Table for this course. Your equipment must be running the latest or near the latest operating system.

  • iPhone, iPad – IOS 8 or better
  • Android – Lollipop or Marshmallow

More info: graygeek@gmail.com /099 122 1238

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My Favorite Android Apps 2015

These Apps also run on iPads and iPhones.

Here are my top five apps

  • Pocket:  Previously known as Read It Later, is an application and service for managing a reading list of articles from the Internet. It runs on my Android Phone, iPad Mini and Macbook Pro. I now subscribe to the Pro Version and can search from a list that has 2 years worth of entries

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  • Google Photos – Do you want an easy 1-2-3 photo editing program as well as unlimited storage and the ability to create movies and stories from your photos – then run don’t walk and download the app

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  • WhatsApp – Facebook acquired this super texting and VOIP program. You can send free texts to individuals or groups all around the world. A skype type video conferencing will be introduced within the next year

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  • Moves – A great app to record your steps, walking, cycling etc. You also get a map of your travels and you can save and share in miles or kilometers.

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  • PocketCasts: Live in Ecuador but want to listen to Terry Gross on NPR- No problem with the Pocketcasts App. You can stream or download your favorite Podcast or TV Show and automatically have them queued for playback

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What Is HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Attention CTL Subscribers. If you don’t take photographs on your smartphone on a regular basis then skip this post. I promise I won’t get mad 🙂

If you’re still reading this post then you should really be familiar with HDR. Simply statedHDR combines the best parts of the three overexposed, underexposed, and balanced shots to create a dramatic image with beautiful shadowing and highlights.

Google Camera 3.0 automatically detects when HDR+ (High Dynamic Range + Low Light) should be used to capture great photos in low light and backlit scenes on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P.

HDR works in a similar fashion on the iPhone.  Below are 3 photos the first one is without HDR, the second is with HDR and the third one is taken almost in the dark.

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LifeHacker has a great article on HDR here

 

Reminder: The next Smartphone Photo And Video Course is scheduled for January 25, 2016. Find out what you will learn at this link