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Are Seniors Stuck On Android With Difficult WiFi Search And Connect?

socialmedia1 #ANDROID – Mom, this article is for you.  Since I love you so much, and appreciate everything you do, I thought we could later go out for lunch at Starbucks and I could help you access WiFi there.

Do you see me in the photo above helping Dad’s father with a Polaroid camera? Times have changed.  But we still have fun!

Just to let other people who aren’t my mother know…I bought her a Samsung Tab A for Christmas to go with her new social media account on Google.  Err, rather, she only had Gmail so I got the tablet on the hope she would appreciate the opportunity to integrate everything with a Google Account and use the social media features of a fully integrated Android tablet.

I have a few regrets.  First, I went with the Samsung Tab A, which has a lower quality mega-pixel rating than the more expensive models.  With arthritis she may not be able to hold the camera steady enough to take a good quality of picture as some of the higher end tablets with better cameras might be able to afford.  If I purchased a better tablet, the pictures would come out better.  Sorry mum.  That said, she has taken some good photos of the family.

The miracle here is Google Photos and Google Drive which I have integrated with her Google Account.  It lets me download and share art and photographs of the history of the family from my other accounts to her tablet.  I loaded her storage space with dozens of photos and Mom, I promise after you read this article this morning I will help you send that photo you wanted me to send from the historic archive of our family.

My other regret is that I bought myself a Galaxy 3 Lite and didn’t spring for myself for an enhanced model.  I am an Android loyalist recently but that is only because it took me awhile to get here.  Previous incarnations of Android tablets I have been anchoring have had terrible quality glass on the screen so I was left with poor response from my touch.  For my mother, she is able to successfully navigate with a digital stylus pen which makes the operating system easier to manage.

I also installed the Big Launcher on her device, which I would rate as the single most important app I have ever used.  Basically it transforms the tablet from a complicated collection of apps to a customized senior and vision-impaired friendly operating system.

By the way Mom, an ‘App’ stands for ‘application’ and refers to the individual programs that you can use to perform various tasks.  For instance, your library account uses an app.

So Mom, today we will find out how difficult it is and how user-unfriendly it is to find and access WiFi signals at your favorite hotspot. Before that though, I will help you send that photo.

Love,

Your son…

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Planning Your First Digital Memorial Scrapbook

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Funerals are a trying time for all, yet the right digital memorial scrapbook can lighten the mood and pay tribute to the life and times of the passed.

Building an inexpensive novice digital memorial can be easy and fun. The MyGica ATV 1800e Quad Core CPU, Octa Core GPU Ultra Smart Streaming Media Player Plus with 4K Ultra HD Playback Support, Powered by AndroidTM 4.4.2 with XBMC/KODI is one of several off-the-shelf Android set-top devices that can power a digital memorial venture. The operating system is not custom-made for scrapbooking by any means, but it’s built on Android, and that means you can download the easy to use player App from DigitalSignage.com – where you’ll be producing the animations and screens that run your memorial display in no time.  Plus you can order it right away from Amazon.ca and get started on your project immediately.

Anyone with a sprinkle of creativity and the courage to both succeed and fail will find it quite an adventure to develop a personal digital memorial scrapbook for broadcast to others. Built using the tools of Adobe Air, you’ll be up and running in no time after a few easy-to-watch video tutorials at DigitalSignage.com.

Although not perfect, some of the outcomes with DigitalSignage.com have a learning curve if you haven’t built anything creative from a digital perspective before. The $99USD a month Enterprise version of the Signage Studio software allows for integration of many web-based services like Twitter, Instagram, Google Drive, Flickr, Dropbox and many more.

At that price, you’ll get streaming video from YouTube.com, but one way around this is to encode the videos first and stream them directly from DigitalSignage.com’s video server. With 1GB free cloud storage, this is a solution any scrapbooking memorial newcomer can embrace.

Give it a shot.  If this is your first time scrapbooking with a digital angle, you have nothing to lose.  If you’re a newcomer and you’re doing this with time constraints, you won’t have time in a few hours or days to learn how to do this for a memorial service so the right move is probably to stick with basic Android Flickr slideshows or the better FlickrFolio for immediate display of family and friends’ photographs.

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Apps, Tech Supplies & Resources For Digital Memorials

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