Celebrating Black History Month & Tech

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During Black History Month on Tech4Boomers I like to call attention to what is happening with African Americans in the field of Technology.

This month, I am eager to share news about Blacks In Technology (BIT), which was founded by Greg Greenlee.  Greenlee has over 17 years of experience in Information Technology. BIT  focuses on what they refer to as Stomping the Divide“, providing resources, guidance and establishing standards, which are geared toward technical excellence for Black people in the technology industry. The organization was established in 2012.  In addition, BIT is expanding to include member organized chapters throughout the United States.  It is a formidable support organization available for your use.  If you would like to learn more about BIT and how your city can be involved click this link.
Blacks In Technology – Chapter Registration Form (google.com)
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Library Service In Pandemic Times

The Pandemic has changed how we use certain facilities and their services; for many of us these changes can be challenging. For example, to acquire books from New York Public Libraries, they have a “Grab & Go…” service. You can learn more about these services at the link below:
How to Grab & Go at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library (nypl.org)

Technology can help us manage difficult situations when we have to acquire information. I am pleased to share with you a digital APP that can help you acquire books from the library using your computer. You do not have to be in New York to access library services using “grab & go”. Take a look at this free APP when you get a chance.

Hoopla – is a Free Digital Media Service (DMS) offered by your local public library. You can borrow ebooks, music, audio books, movies and more. You can download to your computer, phones or tablets. I assure you, it is worth your time to investigate.
hoopla | streaming audiobooks, music, video & ebooks (hoopladigital.com)

Find the Hoopla App for your Smartphone at the links below:
Android:hoopla Digital – Apps on Google Play
iPhone:‎hoopla Digital on the App Store (apple.com)

SimplyE is a Free New York Public Library APP, which has e-books and audiobooks.
Android: Get Started with SimplyE for Android | The New York Public Library (nypl.org)
iPhone: ‎SimplyE on the App Store (apple.com)

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Apps for Breast Cancer

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I am always looking for technology that helps us to lead our lives a bit more stress less in ways that we may not have thought of, especially during this challenging time of Covid19. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Keeping that in mind, I was fortunate enough to learn about these Breast Cancer Apps, many of which are Free. I am eager to share them with you.

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Computer Work at Home Health in Covid19

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In the past, some people who worked on computers all day in order to do their work discovered much later on that repetitive strain on their wrists could cause what is known now as “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”, or CTS. In addition, some had neck and eye strain, as well.

Fast forward to how work is performed nowadays due to the current Pandemic. People are required to be on  their computers all day long. Zoom meetings, for example, call for computer skills, which were not necessary just six months ago. Sitting for hours staring at a computer screen is not an optimum way to work. Not to mention it causes stress on our bodies, eyes, mind – you name it.

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Ergonomics is a system of support methods, techniques, and equipment, which can help you.
Ergonomics is a way of working, which can help to reduce injury to your body, and give you a better computer working experience at home.

I searched the www for suggestions about what you can do to make your daily computer work experience more healthful and more productive.

 Zoom Meetings:
have a prepared agenda
schedule short breaks if the meeting is going to be more than two hours long.
stand periodically; have a 5 minute social break to relieve the monotony of looking and listening to the screen.

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Sources:
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/free-resources/
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/how-to-reduce-risks-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-while-working-from-home/

https://www.ergonomics.com.au/zoom-meetings-tips-for-more-productive-and-engaged-virtual-meetings/
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/office-ergonomics-checklist
https://www.themuse.com/advice/coronavirus-work-from-home-tips
https://uhs.umich.edu/computerergonomics

Best SmartPhones 2019

 

This year’s best smartphones are one of the things on my list to learn what are the best and new features, along  with a  reasonable price.  It looks like the Pixel 4 is a contender.
Here are some links to what people are saying.

♦ thestreet.com

Tom’s Guide has a listing of the 10 best smartphones and the features that make them good choices.
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-smartphones,review-2223.html

♥ And don’t forget that Black Friday will be here before we know it.

November 29, 2019 — Read more here: https://blackfriday.com/news/when-is-black-friday-2019

Cyber Monday is December 2, 2019 — Read more here: https://www.techradar.com/cyber-monday/cyber-monday-2019

https://www.calendardate.com/cyber_monday_2019.htm

 

Archiving E Mail

Managing email is quite an undertaking these days.  If your email box gets as full – as mine does – I am sure you are looking for ways to get it under control.

Gmail users can use their ‘archive’ feature.  If you’re a Gmail user and want to understand how that tool works better, take a look at these two links.  If you’re not a Gmail user, you may want to change what you’re currently using, and switch to Gmail.

https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/google-in-the-enterprise/quick-tip-archive-old-email-in-your-gmail-inbox-the-easy-way/

 

 

Tips To Save Your Smartphone Battery

How many times have you been in a moment where your smartphone battery is very low, but you need to use it, and you don’t have time to charge it?

We’ve all been there right?  So here are some guidelines for your Android or iPhone that will help save you from losing that power momentarily until you can get it charged.

Android Phone Users

You can have your phone turn on automatically when it’s at a low charging point.  Click the link below.

https://support.google.com/android/answer/9079240


iPhone Users:

You can use Siri to turn on low battery mode. Click the link below.

https://www.iphonelife.com/content/use-siri-turn-low-power-mode-and

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phone Charger Recommendations

Recently, I have been challenged with the phone chargers I use.  They are either not working, or they need charging before I can charge my phone! Yikes! So I looked for some suggestions about which chargers are the best.  I found this article on Lifewire.com, a website I use for tech product information.  I thought I would share it with you as well.  Click on the link below.  Enjoy your summer!

https://www.lifewire.com/best-wireless-phone-chargers-4138571

 

Road Trip – APPS Fun for the Kids

It’s that time of year again when many families pile into the car with the kids for their yearly road trip.  It may be that some of the kids, coming from a ‘computer savvy’ generation, are not interested in remembering the license plate numbers/states while they are traveling.  So what are the parents/grandparents to do?  We are in luck.  There are a few APPs that may be of interest to the entire family.  Check out the Insect App available for free on iTunes.  Learn about how the game works at the link below.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/23/for-summer-road-trips-a-new-app-turns-insect-splat/

Then load the APP onto your iPhone at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/that-gunk-on-your-car/id1352752191

Here are some more ideas for APPS that may entertain your kids while they are in the car at the link below.

https://www.geekswithjuniors.com/best-apps-for-traveling-with-kids

 

 

Safe travels!

Budgetwise Smart Phone – Pixel 3A

Those of you who are looking for a new phone will want to read Brian X. Chen’s article about Google’s Pixel 3A, which apparently is the latest and greatest ‘reasonably priced’ smartphone.  Yes!  According to Brian X. Chen, Tech Fix, New York Times article, this is a phone worth looking at. Cost $400.00 – half the price of Google’s other phones. It is being introduced for those of us not wanting to pay $1,000 – $2,000 for a phone.  Here are some of the features Chen is impressed with.

♦ Camera features from the Pixel phone are also available in the Pixel 3A.  For example, Night Sight – where photos taken in low light look normal without the use of a flash.

♦ Pixel 3A shoots images with portrait mode – This puts the main subject in sharp focus while blurring the background.

♦ Includes a headphone jack.

There are trade-offs:  missing support for wireless charging, lack of waterproofing.  Slightly slower, less accurate colors.

Brian Chen’s article is much more thorough.  You can read the full review by clicking the link below.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/technology/personaltech/pixel-3a.html