Tip to Save your iPhone battery on a Road Trip

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 8.53.06 AMI’ve been gone for a while, and part of that time was spent on the road.

I’m not a happy driver, so I chose to be the navigator for this adventure, which required some driving on unfamiliar roads.

I love love love the way you can follow your own car with the little blue dot as it travels the highways and byways. Watching us travel I was able to let my driver-friend know that we were getting closer to the turn we had to make, or even that there was a lot of traffic up ahead (google maps/traffic gives you red lines when the going gets tough.)

All this is wonderful, BUT it is a big huge battery drain. Since we were going to be in the car for a good number of hours, and I knew I’d be using these maps a great deal (draining the battery), I brought along a handy dandy car charger to keep the juice flowing.

I was happy with that, and it worked just fine.

Discussing this with daughter-in-law Carmen, she suggested that I turn off my wifi and bluetooth in the car.

Duh. Why didn’t I think of that? There was no reason to have wifi on in the car, and since I wasn’t in my own car, the bluetooth was needless, also.

But I wondered …. would it really make any difference?

I decided to test this.

So on the way home, I turned off both the wifi and the bluetooth ….and used my iPhone to navigate just as much as I did on the way out.

But THIS time, instead of draining the battery, I arrived home with an iPhone still over 50% “full”. This was a huge difference.

With wifi and bluetooth “on”, I drained the phone in hours and needed the car-cable to keep it powered.

With wifi and bluetooth “off”, I ended the road trip with an iPhone still holding a significant charge.

Wow. I never knew it would make THAT much of a difference! (thanks, Carmen!)

How to turn off your wifi and bluetooth on your iPhone:

Just run your finger UP on your iPhone screen to bring up your control center.

There you will see them both….the wifi icon and the bluetooth option. Just tap them to turn them on or off. In this screenshot, my wifi is “on” and my bluetooth is “off”.

Remember this when you want to prolong your battery life! The control center makes it easy to do (as opposed to drilling-down in the settings).

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How to Find the Umlauts, Accents, etc. on your iPhone or iPad keyboard

Over the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular.

Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog.

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It might not happen often, but when you need to find an umlaut (or a similar something), you want it NOW. But where is it on your keyboard?

Here is how you find umlauts and accents on your iPad or iPhone keyboard:

Let’s say you want an “e” with a little accent mark above it. Simply hold your finger on the “e” key, and you will see that several “e” choices appear. Want an umlaut? Touch and hold the “u” and it will be right there. Need an “n” with a tilde? Touch and hold the “n” to see your choices.

Try it. Just stroll through the keyboard, touching each key in turn so you can browse the options. Not every letter has options, of course, but I’m sure you’ll find some surprising ones. Some symbols also have options (try the $ sign for example :) )
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Typing in Caps (part of the) Very Beginner Series

Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 5.55.01 PMOver the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular.

Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog.

How to type in Caps:

When you first get your new iPhone or iPad, one of the first things you’ll do is spend some time typing on the keyboard. You’ll quickly learn to tap the up-arrow when you want a capital letter.

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But what if you want to type in ALL caps? You do not need to tap the arrow every single time ….

Just DOUBLE-TAP the up-arrow, and it will darken. Now every letter you type will BE A CAPITAL LETTER.

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When you are done cap-typing, just touch the up-arrow again, and you’ll turn off your caps.

(remember to use your caps responsibly. It isn’t polite to shout. :) )

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A Brief Look at Kindle Highlights (part two: How to Highlight as you Read your Book)

The point of this blog is to take our consumer technology and break it down into tiny little pieces. Gradually over these few weeks I’ll be addressing a few “how to’s” for Kindle Highlights. The first post in this series was: A Brief Look at Kindle Highlights: (part one: Popular Highlights)

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 8.18.01 AMIf you are reading on a Kindle Paperwhite, and you come across a passage that you would like to highlight, it is so easy-peazy to do.

How to highlight a passage in the Kindle Paperwhite:

Just touch the first word of the passage you want to highlight. Now drag your finger to the END of the same passage. The text will darken.

Lift your finger.

You will now be presented with several choices of things that you can do with this highlighted text.

Select “highlight”.

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Poof! That’s all there is to it.

Now …. what if you want to see all the highlights you have selected in this book?

While you are IN the book, just go up to the top and tap on “menu”.

Then select “View Notes and Marks”

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Stay tuned ….. More info about Highlights to come! :)

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How Do I …… ?? Ask Wikihow

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Wikihow will teach you how to do just about anything.

You can visit Wikihow on the internet (wikihow).

Their tagline is “learn how to do anything” and you can get an idea of the variety of “how tos” by looking at this screenshot of their webpage:

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I have used the website many times, but recently I downloaded their free app. It has been hailed as “always helpful” (USA Today) and “indispensable” (MacWorld).

I’ve listed here a few of the random guides that I saw when I opened the app:

How to slice a kiwi.

How to tie a scarf.

How to stay warm in cold weather.

How to make Beignets.

How to make a simple musical instrument.

How to dry apples.

How to freeze basil.

How to read lips.

How to tell scary stories.

How to build a cat climber.

How to set up indoor photography lights.

How to wash a rabbit. < ????????
(yes. really. If you need to wash a rabbit, this app will help you do it.) :lol:

You can search for how to do a specific task. I asked about changing a stuck light bulb, and you can see I was given many, many choices (and this is just the tip of the iceberg!)

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In addition to giving you access to over 150,000 how-to guides, the app also gives you a Survival guide, which is a collection of emergency-situation how-tos. While you need internet access to see most of the guides in this app, the Survival Guide is available off-line. I tested this by putting my iPad into airplane mode, and yes, the emergency section was still fully accessible.

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The app is simple to use, and quite nice to look at. Directions to do things are presented step by step, and sometimes include video.

This is useful when you NEED to know something, but it is also fun to look through at random. You never know what you might find. (now I have to go and find a rabbit in need of a bath so that I can wash it. :) )

Wikihow for the iPhone and iPad is FREE in the iTunes store.

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A Brief Look at Kindle Highlights (part one: Popular Highlights)

The point of this blog is to take our consumer technology and break it down into tiny little pieces. Gradually over the next few weeks I’ll be addressing a few “how to’s” for Kindle Highlights.

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 8.18.01 AMI was never a “highlighter” when I read paper books, because I would pass them on to others and, well, my highlights would leave me along with the book. So I didn’t really see the point.

But since I became a digital reader, highlights have become an integral part of my reading experience.

I have enabled “popular highlights” on my Kindle. This means that when I am reading a book, I might come across a passage that is lightly dotted and shows that “300 people” (for example) have highlighted this particular portion of text.

Personally I find this interesting to see, but if you find it distracting you can disable it.

To enable/disable Popular Highlights:

On your Paperwhite, just go into your Kindle settings and tap on Reading Options. There you will find the opportunity to turn “Popular Highlights” on or off.

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Would you rather have a Male Siri?

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 7.12.45 PMIf you use Siri a lot, you might be ready for a change of voice. Perhaps you’d rather listen to a fellow for a while instead of the famous Siri-lady?

This is very easy to do.

How to change the Siri voice from female to male:

Go to Settings > General > Siri

Then simply make your choice. Female? Male?

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(note to Apple: a few more voice-choices would be fun. Cartoon characters? Celebrities? Maybe a variety of Accents? )

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Always Know the Score with Siri

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 6.22.26 PMIf there is a sports fan in your house, your iPhone makes it much easier to spend time away from TV.

You can always check on a score, even while the game is underway.

Start by pressing and holding the home button to activate Siri.

Then… just ask!

You can ask for a final score.

Today I asked, “What was the result of today’s Manchester United game?” Within seconds, I got my answer.

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You can ask about a game in progress.

“What is the score for Cincinnati vs Temple?

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You can ask about a future game.

“When is the next Cincinnati basketball game?”

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I find that I am gradually using Siri more and more. At first it was a novelty, but it has evolved into a very useful tool. (Especially if you want to drag your sports enthusiast out of the house :) )

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How to Switch your Camera on your iPhone for a Selfie: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 8.36.40 AMOccasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.

Recently one of the readers of this blog asked me about this, and I realized that there are probably other new users who also are unaware of how to switch the perspective for your camera. After all, when you FIRST get a new device, everything is new to you, even the most basic. And THAT is the purpose of this VERY Beginner series….. :)

How to switch the perspective of your camera, so that you can take a picture of yourself (a selfie) :

Open your Camera app

Look to the TOP of the screen. You will see an icon that looks like the outline of a camera with two whirly arrows in it.

Tap that icon, and the camera will switch it’s direction, and take a picture of you. Just tap the same icon to switch it back.

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What Model iPad do I have?

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 8.11.47 AMNow that iPads have been around for a few years, it is easy to forget which model you have. And if you are thinking of upgrading, you will need to know YOUR model so that you can trade it or sell it and get $$$$ that you can use toward your new goodie.

(many options are available for selling your iPad. My experience selling an iPhone was easy and gave me a good stash of cash to use for upgrading my phone. I will certainly do it again when I decide to upgrade my iPad. I used both Gazelle and Amazon, and you can read about my experience both here and here.)

Once you have gathered all your information, you can check with Gazelle and/or Amazon to see what your iPad is worth.

To find out what model of iPad YOU have, you must flip it over (and for many of us, grab a magnifying glass!).

The model number is there, on the bottom-back, with an “A” in front of a 4-digit number.

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Once you have the number, just look through these charts to find your model. (Before selling it, you’ll also need to know if you are WiFi only or WiFi + Cellular, and of course, capacity.)

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