Covid -19 Contact Tracing Is Coming on Your Smartphone

Yes, it is coming for your iPhone and Android smartphones. As a matter of fact, some of the features have already been available in iOS 13.5 and above for the iPhone that was released in May 2020. Google and Apple are working with public health organizations on contact-tracing apps.

Yes, it is coming for your iPhone and Android smartphones. As a matter of fact, some of the features have already been available in iOS 13.5 and above for the iPhone that was released in May 2020. Google and Apple are working with public health organizations on contact-tracing apps.

The piece that is missing, for now, is authorized apps from your health authorities. This is where you’ll report any sickness. Apple and Google are not releasing apps; they are collaborating to allow these apps to work across iOS and Android to collect data and send out alerts.

The following guidelines are for the iPhone. Android devices will be similar.

This is for iPhone and Android smartphones. Screenshots are from the iPhone

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What Is Contact Tracing

Conventional contact tracing is a technique used by public health authorities to measure and slow the spread of infectious diseases. It requires manually gathering information from infected individuals about the people they have previously been in contact with. These people can then be notified by public health authorities to take appropriate safety measures, such as undertaking self-quarantine and getting tested to break the chain of transmission. While this process will continue to be important to contact tracing efforts, systems that are being developed can alleviate some of the challenges with this process.

First there is a significant organizational burden from a manual process, as many public health workers are needed to perform these tasks. Second, the process can be slow as it requires finding and interviewing infected individuals and then reaching out and talking to their high risk contacts; all of whom may not be able to remember or know all of the people that they came in contact with in the past days to weeks.

The contact tracing is called “COVID-19 Exposure Logging” and is automatically turned off. When contact tracing apps are installed, you can enable the feature.

Setting Up On iPhone

First, launch Settings. Refer to below image:

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The Settings icon

Next, scroll down to the Privacy option and tap it. See below image:

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The Privacy option

Now, tap the Health option. See following image:

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The Health option

You wil see the COVID-19 Exposure Logging option; just tap it. Refer to below image:


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COVID-19 Exposure Logging option

How It Works

Once enabled, users’ devices will regularly send out a beacon via Bluetooth that includes a random Bluetooth identifier; basically, a string of random numbers (IDs) that are not tied to a user’s identity and change every 10-20 minutes for additional protection. Other phones will be listening for these beacons and broadcasting theirs as well. When each phone receives another beacon, it will record and securely store that beacon on the device. Refer to below diagram:

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Contact Tracing Diagram

At least once per day, the system will download a list of the keys for the beacons that have been verified as belonging to people confirmed as positive for COVID-19. Each device will check the list of beacons it has recorded against the list downloaded from the server. If there is a match between the beacons stored on the device and the positive diagnosis list, the user may be notified and advised on steps to take next. See below diagram:

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Contact Tracing Diagram

Active Apps

Now, scroll down to the Active App section. Here you will find your installed apps that works with contact tracing. Once available from local, state or federal authorities, you will need to install the apps then they will appear here. (As of this writing, there is one app available from Center for Disease Control; for a list of States that will participate or have an app available, click here . See below image:

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Active Apps for contact tracing that are installed

For these apps to work, you will need your phone’s Bluetooth and location tracking features turned on, though your actual physical location is not tracked; the apps will not know where in the world you are or how many times you have left the house today. They’ll only know which random IDs your phone has come into contact with.

Check for Exposure

To see if the option is working, tap on Exposure Checks. See following image:

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Accessing Exposure Checks option

Now, you will see the following image about any exposure within the last 14 days. Refer to below image:

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Checking to see if you have been exposed

The Fine Print

Now, tap the Back button then tap on the Learn More blue link. See below image:

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Accessing the Terms andConditions

Information on Exposure Notifications & Privacy terms and conditions will be displayed. See following image:

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The Terms and Conditions for contact tracing and exposure

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How to Check if Your iPhone or Android is Running Smoothly

Want to checkout your iPhone or Android with diagnostics? Maybe you are wanting to sell the device and need to see if the device is working properly. Or you just wish to checkout the performance of your device. Whatever the reason, let’s explore a couple of apps from Apple’s or Google’s App Store.

Want to checkout your iPhone or Android with diagnostics? Maybe you are wanting to sell the device and need to see if the device is working properly. Or you just wish to checkout the performance of your device. Whatever the reason, let’s explore a couple of apps from Apple’s or Google’s App Store.

The apps are TestM and Phone Diagnostics. Both apps are free but come with ads. You can remove the ads for Phone Diagnostics for a small fee. The apps run similar diagnostic tests for touch screen, audio, video, camera, microphone, sensors and other components on your phone.

After you have installed these apps, their associated icons will appear on your Home screen (see left bottom corner) like the image below:

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The installed Diagnostic apps

This is for the iOS and Android devices. Screenshots are for the iPhone

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TestM App for iPhone and Android

Designed for iOS and Android, the free TestM app can run diagnostics on your phone’s touch screen, sound, camera, sensors, network connectivity and other hardware.

The app gives you full control over the tests you want to run. Opt for a quick test to check three key features: touch screen, earpiece audio and high-frequently audio; or commit to a full test to check out all supported features. Otherwise, you can test just one specific feature, like the accelerometer, Bluetooth connectivity, camera flash and Face ID on an iPhone.

Most of the tests are interactive. The touch-screen test asks you to draw on the screen, the microphone test asks you to speak, the audio test prompts you to tap the numbers you hear and the camera test requests that you pose for a picture. One of the nifty tests is the Internet Speed Test to measure your phone’s upload and download speed.

After you’ve completed your testing, TestM compiles a report that reveals the key stats of your phone along with the outcome of the tests you ran. Each individual feature tested receives a green checkmark for good or a red checkmark for bad.

Any features that flunk can be re-tested from the report screen. You can share the report with someone else via email, messaging, or another app or service. TestM can even generate a list of local repair shops that might be able to fix whatever hardware ailment is affecting your phone. Refer to below image:

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The TestM app Home screen

Phone Diagnostics for iPhone

Available for the iPhone, the Phone Diagnostics app offers a range of tests you can run one after the other. The app can check your touch screen, multi-touch capabilities, camera, flash, speaker, microphone, Wi-Fi, cellular access, sensors and other components. Just tap the button for the test you wish to run. Alternatively, tap the Play button in the middle of the screen to run all the tests one after the other. Unlike TestM, you can remove ads by paying a small fee.

The multi-touch test asks you to place three fingers on the screen. The camera test snaps photos using the front and rear cameras, while the video record test shoots a quick video using the rear camera. The motion test asks you to move your phone around, and the GPS test verifies your location on a map.

The app doesn’t generate any reports or results, but each successful test paints its button in green, while a failed or interrupted test appears in red. The app also attempts to steer you to a repair shop should your iPhone need to be fixed. See below image:

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The Phone Diagnostics app Home screen

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How to Record and Annouce Your Name on LinkedIn

Pronouncing a name correctly isn’t just polite. It’s a way of recognizing someone’s identity. LinkedIn has introduced a new feature that lets members add a 10-second audio recording of their name pronunciation. Other users will be able to hear the clip by pressing a small speaker icon on a member’s profile.

Pronouncing a name correctly isn’t just polite. It’s a way of recognizing someone’s identity. LinkedIn has introduced a new feature that lets members add a 10-second audio recording of their name pronunciation. Other users will be able to hear the clip by pressing a small speaker icon on a member’s profile.

To use the feature, you’ll have to record your name on a mobile device (iOS or Android), but you’ll be able to play name pronunciations on mobile or a desktop. Let’s explore how to enable this feature.

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Updating Your Profile

First, open the LinkedIn app on your smart device (iOS or Android). Next, from the the upper left hand corner, tap your Profile Photo. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Profile

Now, in the top menu, select the View Profile blue link . See below image

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Selecting viewing your Profile

Next, tap on the Pencil icon next to your photo to edit your Profile. See following image:

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Selecting edit your Profile

Next, tap on the Add Name Pronunciation blue link found under your First and Last name sections. Refer to below image:

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Selecting add a recording of your name

Now, grant the LinkedIn app permission to access your smart device’s microphone. See below image:

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Giving permission to access your microphone

Recording Your Name

Press and hold on the blue microphone button to record your name. You have up to 10 seconds to record your first and last name. LinkedIn recommends that you limit background noise, speak slowly and pronounce clearly. Also, hold your phone about four inches from your mouth. See following image:

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Recording your name

Tap the Play button to hear your audio recording played back to you. If you aren’t happy with it, select the Retake button. When you are satisfied with the recording, tap the Apply button. Refer to below image:

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Saving your name recording

Choosing Your Audience

Before you leave the editing page, you can modify who can listen to your name pronunciation recording. To do so, tap the Visible To blue link at the bottom of the screen. See below image:

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Accessing your audience

Here you have two sharing options to choose from. Either all Linkedin members can listen to your name (the default option) or only 1st-degree connections only. See following image:

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Selecting your audience

Saving Your Changes

When you’re all set to exit the LinkedIn profile editing process, in the top right hand corner, tap the Save button. Refer to below image:

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Saving your changes

View and Test Your Recording

Now, you (or someone else) should see the tiny Audio icon next to your profile name. Select the icon to hear your name pronunciation. See following image:

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Testing your name recording

That its. You and those you have selected can now hear the proper annunciation of your name.

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How to Send a Message with Google Maps

By using Google Maps you can find the location of a restaurant, store or some other company. How about asking the business a question? In some cases, you can do so through Google Maps. If the entity supports Google Maps messaging feature, you can send a message to that company. If the company responds, you can carry on a back-and-forth conversation; like texting, but instead you are using Google Maps.

To date, this is the most unusual post I have written. Its relatively unknown to the business community. I recommend you try out my example before searching for a business in your area that uses Google Maps for messaging.

This feature is for your iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android device or whatever smart device supports Google Maps

If you haven’t already done so, download and install Google Maps to your device.

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Search for a Business

  1. Launch Google Maps
  2. Search for a business you want to use or visit. In my example, I am searching for “Lobster House”. Refer to following image:
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Search for Lobster House

If using my example, select the first entry. Refer to following screenshot:

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Selecting First Entry for Lobster House

View the Overview Tab

Swipe Up below the map till you see the Overview tab, like the following image:

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Overview Tab for Lobster House

If the company supports Google Maps messaging, in the center of the screen you will see a link that says “Contact us now

Type in Your Message

  1. Tap on this link
  2. Type in your message and tap the Send icon. A pertinent question might be reserving a table at a certain time instead of my example. Refer to following screen:
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Messaging Lobster House

In my example of the “Lobster House”, they usually respond within a few hours. So, revisit the “Lobster House” for their reply by:

Search for Messages

  1. Searching for the business
  2. Swipe Up to view the Overview Tab
  3. Tap the 3 dots in upper right hand corner. Refer to following image:
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Check for a Response

Reply to Messages

You will see the following screen. Tap on Message to view their reply. You can then reply back to the business if you need to.

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The Message Screen

Whats challenging about this feature is finding a business that supports Google Maps messaging. Unfortunately, many do not. But, if a business of interest does offer messaging, you can use this feature to obtain more information about the company or perhaps, setup a reservation.

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How to Backup Facebook Photos and Videos

You have searched for a favorite photo or video on Facebook but are unable to locate it. Facebook has an option to backup most anything saved through its app. This would allow for easier searching instead of scrolling endlessly through Facebook posts.

You may have decided to deactivate your account for health reasons or you just want a backup. There is no such thing as “too many backups”. In my IT career, I have been “burned” by not having adequate backups resulting in lost time in recreating them.

Depending on how long you have been a Facebook user, the backup file can be quite large. If you have limited storage or on a free storage plan for your mobile device, you might consider backing up to a PC or Mac.

Using this post as a guide, I am backing up thirteen years of Facebook photos and videos on a Windows 10 PC. My backup file, in Zip format, was a 1.4 GB file.

This is for PCs, Mac, mobile devices and similar platforms using Facebook

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Accessing Facebook Settings

Launch Facebook. in the upper right hand corner, click on the Account icon. Next, click the Settings & Privacy option. See below image

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The Settings and Privacy option

Next, click on the Settings option. Refer to below image:

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The Settings option

Downloading Your Facebook Information

Then click on Your Facebook Information. See following image:

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The Facebook Information option

Next, click on Download Your Information. See below image:

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Download your information option

Selecting ONLY Photos and Videos

From here, click on Deselect All link. Then select only Photos and Videos option. From this screen there are many options on what to backup. For our purposes, we only want photos and videos. Refer to below image:

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Deselecting all, then selecting only photos and videos option

Once photos and videos have been selected and all other option are unselected, click the Create File button. See below image:

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Clicking the Create File option

Messages and Emails From Facebook

You will receive a pop-up message regarding the creation of your Facebook backup for photos and videos. Refer to below image:

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Facebook response to iyour request

Check your email that is associated with your Facebook account for the file request. See below image:

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Email from Facebook about your request

It may take several hours for Facebook to process your request. When the file is ready, you will receive an email that your file is ready. Follow the directions in the message. Refer to below image:

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Email from Facebook that your backup file is ready

Downloading Your Photos and Videos Backup

Click on the link for Download Your Information. Then, click the Available Copies tab. You should see information about your download file. Now, click the Download button. See following image:

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Download option to your Downloads folder

Facebook will ask you to enter your Password, then click Submit. See below image:

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Submitting your password

Viewing Your Downloaded Zip File via File Explorer

Your photos and videos backup file will be in your Downloads folder in Zip format. Below is a screenshot of my backup file. Notice it contains over 3000 files. Your backuped file number will depend on how often you post photos and videos and how many years on Facebook. Refer to below image:

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An example of your downloaded Facebook photos and videos file

What I would like to see is an option to select a date range for the backup instead of everything.

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Using Zoom During the COVID-19 Outbreak

This is a summary of Zoom posts I have blogged about over the past few weeks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are working from home using Zoom for video/audio conferencing. If you take some time, you can make the video meeting a smooth experience for all participants. The host of the Zoom meeting has the responsiblity to setup and run the meeting. By exploring the following blog posts, you can achieve your goal of hosting a successful meeting, making it easy for the participants to join the video conference and keeping the Zoom troll attacks at a minimum.

This if for a PCs and Macs browsers and smartdevices that support Zoom

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Following are my blog links for a Zoom video/audio meeting:

How to Setup Contacts in Zoom

How to Record a Zoom Meeting

How to Join a Zoom Meeting Without Installing the App

How to Hide and Unhide a Zoom Video

Nine Tips to Stabilize a Zoom Meeting

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Nine Tips to Stablize a Zoom Meeting

Internet trolls are crashing Zoom video conferences and flooding them with inappropriate content. Here are some ways to stablize your meetings and keep Zoom running smoothly.

This if for a PCs and Macs browsers and smartdevices that support Zoom

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1. Close All Running Apps

Before you start your video conference call or join the on-line meeting, save your work and close all running apps. Too many open apps will slow down your computer while you’re on a video call. This is because the call requires a lot of resources, especially if you’re on a lightweight laptop.

2. Check the Speed of Your Browser

Before your call, use a speed test tool, like Fast.com or Speedtest.net, to test your internet speed. If you’re not getting enough speed, move closer to your Wi-Fi router or try some other tips to boost your Wi-Fi signal. You can also use one of these tools to speed up your internet connection. Minimum bandwidth is 600 Kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down). You may need to call your internet service provider and/or upgrade your equipment, which would be the best choice, if your equipment does not meet the minimum.

If you run both programs, you will notice a signifance difference in the speed test. This is due to the time of day you run the test, servers they are using and its location. Hopefully, your equipment exceeds the minimum speed for a Zoom meeting.

Below are my results in running Speedtest for Windows (Note that I greatly exceed the minimum):

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Results in running SpeedTest on my browser

3. Test Your Audio and Video

You can also launch a test Zoom meeting anytime at zoom.us/test.  This will launch a meeting where you are the only participant (you can invite others).  This option lets you test your audio and video even if you don’t have the Zoom app installed.

See the article Joining A Test Meeting in the Zoom Help Center for more information about using the using the Zoom Test Meeting feature.

4. Mute Yourself When Not Speaking

When you’re in a video meeting with a lot of participants, it’s best to keep yourself muted. Only unmute yourself when you need to speak.

This eliminates any background noise on your end. Also, if anyone walks in the room and starts talking while you’re on a call, you won’t have to rush to find the mute button.

5. Never Use Your Personal Meeting ID

Each Zoom user has a personal meeting ID; think of it as your Zoom phone number. When creating a meeting, you can use your personal ID or generate a random one. You should always generate a random meeting ID.

If your personal meeting ID is leaked to the web, Zoom trolls are free to harass you with calls whenever they please. 

6. Always Use a Meeting Password

For a video meeting other than a large classroom, town hall or lecture meeting, passwords should be turned on. 

Make sure the password is kept safe. Zoom sends meeting passwords out to all invitees when invitations are sent. If you’re worried that someone unwanted may get the password, create the meeting without one set, update the meeting to add a password and send it out to invitees in a separate email or via another form of communication.

7. Set Join the Waiting Room Option

When you enable the waiting room for a Zoom meeting, each user who connects is put in a queue that the meeting host has to approve. If you don’t recognize someone in the waiting room, simply don’t let them in.

To enable this feature, navigate to Settings > In Meeting (Advanced), scroll down till you see the following option and toggle it to the On position. See below image:

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Setting Join Waiting Room option

8. Set Meeting Options

Under Meetings > Schedule a Meeting, set the following options:

  1. Video > Host to On
  2. Video > Participant to Off especially if your participates are using older equipment
  3. Audio set to Both
  4. Meeting Options set Emable waiting room to On. Set Record the meeting automatically on the local computer should only be set to On for the host. You don’t want each particpant to be recording and viewing at the same time. If a participate wants a recording, the host can send the video via email or some other form of communication.
  5. Always Save you changes. Refer to following image:

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Setting other options

9.Turn Off Screen Sharing

Zoom trolls need to be able to visually take over a meeting to be effective. Preventing anyone from sharing their screen aside from the meeting host stops them from being able to go on the attack.

Under Settings > In Meeting (Basic), scroll down till you see the Show Zoom windows during screen share and set the following options:

  1. Screen sharing, toggle to On
  2. Who can share, toggle Host Only to On
  3. Who can share when someone else is sharing, toggle Host Only to On
  4. Always Save your changes. Refer to below image:

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Setting screen share option

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How to Join a Zoom Meeting Without Installing the App

There is a way to have a Zoom web client meeting without the participates having to install the Zoom app. We are going to learn how to enable this option to make digital meetings even easier.

Zoom’s web client based system has many of the same features as the desktop app, but for users only needing to join meetings as participants it’s very useful. All a attendee has to do is click on the meeting invite link from the host and the web client will do the rest of the work.

There is a sticky problem in doing this type of meeting. The participtes joining a meeting without the app is not enabled by default. The host needs to turn this default on.

If you want your meeting attendees to be able to use the Zoom web client based system, you’ll have to start by logging into your Zoom account on Zoom’s website.

Note! We are NOT using the Zoom app; rather the Zoom web site program.

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Sign in or Sign up to Zoom

Open your browser and click here to sign in or sign up for Zoom. If the link does not work, with your browser open, type in https://zoom.us/signin in the search field. You will see the following screen for sign in or sign up. For my example, I have already signed up.

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Sign in to Zoom web based client program

Once you’ve logged in, you should see your Profile screen:

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Your Profile screen

Access the Settings Menu

Click on the Settings menu option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Setttings

Now, click on In Meeting (Advanced) menu option. Refer to below screen:

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Chosing the In Meeting settings option

Join Using Your Browser

Then scroll down until you see the following screen displayed. Look for the option labeled Show a “Join From Your Browser” link.

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The Join a Meeting option

Now click the toggle switch to the On position. See below image:

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Enabling Join a Meeting option

Schedule a Meeting

If you want to schedule a meeting at this time, click on the link SCHEDULE MEETING in the top menu bar. If you perfer to schedule a meeting later, you may want to set the following options as displayed on the next three screens. Refer to following image:

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Selecting Schedule a Meeting option

Options for Scheduling a Meeting

There are two options you may want to enable. Select Schedule A Meeting>Meetings>My Meetings and scroll down till you see the option Video>Host which allows you to record a video of the meeting. Also, at the bottom, checkmark the option Record the meeting automatically on the local computer. You have the option to let the parcipates also record the meeting as well. It is recommended not to enable this option in order to save bandwidth during the on-line meeting. See following image:

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Two Options to enable

Additionally, under the In Meeting (Basic) menu option, you can turn on a sound when particpates either join or leave a meeting by enabling the Play sound when participates join or leave toggle. See below image:

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The Sound option to enable

Invitation to Join a Meeting

When a meeting attendee clicks on your invitation link to join a meeting they’ll have the option to download and install Zoom or Start From Your Browser. Tell your attendees to select the latter option, install the plugin for your browser and follow the on-screen instructions. Refer to below image:

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The participate invitation to Join a Meeting screen

There are fewer options, buttons and clicks required to join a meeting using the web client based Zoom, so hopefully it will eliminate some of the confusion that comes with using Zoom. Remember you are using your web browser to join a Zoom meeting, NOT the Zoom app on a smartdevice or the Zoom program on a PC or Mac.

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How to Switch to the New Facebook Interface

Facebook’s new website interface change is not well known. At some point, it will probably be the new standard. The interface is getting a visual overhaul that almost everyone can access. You can now update to this brand new, less cluttered design with the click of a button. If you don’t like the change, you can easily switch back to the classic interface.

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Enabling the New Interface

Note! This post relates to a PC, other devices will be similar. If you don’t see the new Facebook option then Facebook has yet to rollout the change to your device.

Fire up your device and log in to your Facebook account.

Next, click on the down arrow in the top-right corner of the interface. Select the Switch To New Facebook option. The page will refresh and the new interface design will load. Refer to below image:

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Switch to the new Facebook option

A welcome message will appear the first time that you switch to the new Facebook design. Facebook claims that the redesign has faster loading time, cleaner look and bigger text. Additionally, Facebook now includes a dark mode that you can enable whenever you want.

Additionally, this update comes with a user-friendly redesign of the Groups tab and an overhaul of the News Feed. See below image:

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The Welcome message for the new interface

Simply click the Next button. You will see the following image allowing you to select how yout interface will look.

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Selecting your interface look

Just click the Get Started button. That’s it, you are all set with the new desktop interface. If you aren’t a fan of the Dark mode, you can switch back to Light whenever you like.

Switching Back to the Classic Interface

Once you’ve enabled the new interface, you can always revert the change from your Facebook account’s front page. Just click on the down arrow in the top-right and then select Switch To Classic Facebook. See following image:

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Reverting back to the Classic interface

At some point in the future, Facebook may decide to roll out the new design permentally for all platforms. If so, reverting back to the classic interface will no longer be an option.

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How to Record a Zoom Meeting

Why take notes during a Zoom meeting when you can refer back to a recording of the entire call? Here’s how to record a Zoom meeting, whether you’re the host or not.

Important meetings need good records, and anyone who has taken notes knows that some details can be missed. The best way to preserve a record of a meeting is to have a video recording.

 That goes doubly for remote meetings, where distractions, tech issues and other problems can lead to you missing out on essential information.

If you are using an Enterprise account to host a meeting, you may not be able to record a Zoom meeting unless your IT team has given you permission. Be sure to check with your administrator before the meeting to grant you access if you don’t have it.

If using a PC or Mac, be sure your computer has a microphone and/or camera to use Zoom to its fullest. You may also use your smartphone to record the meeting.

This if for a PC, Macs, iPhone/iPad and Android devices that support Zoom

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Accessing Zoom Settings

First, fire up Zoom and join an active meeting. Then click on your small profile photo in upper right-hand corner. This will open up the dialog options window. See below image:

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Zoom dialog Options window

Recording a Zoom Meeting

Next, click on the Settings option. The Settings options will be displayed. The Record video during screen sharing option should be checkmarked. Also, at the top of the screen is the location where your video will be stored upon completion. This folder was created when you installed Zoom. Refer to below image:

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Settings options for recording a video

By default, only the meeting host can record the meeting, but it’s easy to grant other participants the ability to do so. The meeting host can do so by clicking on Participants while in a meeting, looking for the More button next to an individual’s name and selecting Allow Record

Once in a meeting, those wanting to record only need to click the Record button to start capture, at which point the Record button will change into two buttons: One to Pause the recording and one to Stop recording.

When you’re done recording video, Zoom stores it temporarily in the location mentioned above. The video is encoded into MP4 format once the meeting has ended.

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