You see them everywhere, those little handheld devices everyone seems to have their heads buried in.

Perhaps you still have your old flip phone and are thinking up finally using that upgrade. Before you take the plunge, come to this free class.

"Smartphones 101" is an introduction to these powerful hand-held devices. Attendees will learn what Smartphones are, why they might want one, what to look for when shopping for one, as well as an overview of some basic and popular applications and functionality.

This course will be taught by Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News technology columnist. Follow him on Twitter @Troywolv.

Date and time: Oct. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: The Oakland Tribune, 1970 Broadway, Suite 100, Oakland

To register for this class, please click on the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/smartphonesoct21

Each attendee must register separately.

If you have any questions, contact Martin G. Reynolds, senior editor for community engagement, at 510-208-6433 or mreynolds@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him on Twitter @reynoldspost.