Thank you to the Laughing Housewife for sending this to me. Linda is my humor “muse”. She shares laughter on her blog, and I’m so glad that she also shares it directly with me (to share with you). :)
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Posted by sharechair on November 21, 2014
When you bring up a web page on Safari, and you would like to save it as a favorite, there is a really easy (visual) way to do this…… but it’s kind of hidden.
So let’s go and find it. :)
Let’s start by using Safari to bring up a website that you would like to save.
Here I have summoned the website for one of my favorite podcasts, A Way with Words.
To save it as a favorite, just touch the search bar, again. Suddenly, you will see several “squares” representing the websites that your iPhone thought you might like favorited, like Disney and ESPN.
Now, pull DOWN on the page. Two hidden buttons appear, “Add to Favorites” and “Request Desktop Site.”
Tap on “Add to Favorites” and your website will be saved with its own little square icon, as you can see, here.
(The other option allows you to view the regular desktop site instead of the abbreviated mobile one.)
If you need to delete a “Favorite” in the future (or delete the “favorites” that Apple chose for you), just tap and hold a square. “Delete” will appear above the square as an action-option. Now touch “delete” and the square-favorite vanishes. Poof! Gone!
Posted by sharechair on November 20, 2014
With iOS8, you can now download a bundle of apps from the same developer at a bargain price.
They have apps bundles, games bundles and kids bundles. Simply put, a group of cookbooks is cheaper than buying them each separately.
Here is a screen shot of the “Where’s My Puzzle Pack” bundle.
To take a look at all the bundles that are available, just head over to the app store, where you will find “Bundles” featured on their front page.
Posted by sharechair on November 16, 2014
It’s big. (I think I may have mentioned that before :) )
I will admit, when I first got it, I felt a little “off” with it. The phone is so much larger than my last one, that I questioned its portability. I am a person who keeps my phone with me at all times, and this was a legitimate concern.
But after a month of full-time use, I’m happy to report that it fits in all of my regular pockets. My sweatpants, my mom jeans, my jackets and assorted other pocketed clothing all include pockets that are able to easily accommodate this super-sized phone. (so sorry to use the word “pockets” so much. I racked my brain, but could not find a suitable synonym. Pockets pockets pockets.)
In the beginning, as I said, it felt a bit odd. One month later…… not at all. I absolutely love it.
The screen is stunningly beautiful. Everything is clear and sharp and easy to see. Following my blue dot on a map is so much easier, obviously, with a bigger screen.
I have found myself using the phone more often for googling and other internet searching. In the past, I would turn to the internet only if I “had” to when I was out and about. But with this phone, I find myself doing it more, and sometimes even searching on the phone from home, just because it’s so handy, even though I could go to a real screen on my notebook computer. The bigger phone makes it that much easier to see and search.
And READ. You can read on this phone. It is just big enough to make reading comfortable on the device. I’m not just talking about books… but websites as well. I NEVER looked at websites on my smaller phones. But on the iPhone Plus, website-browsing is possible.
And this was a surprise: easy link-touching. On the smaller phone, I would always have to zoom and wiggle a bit so that my finger could appropriately touch and ‘work’ a link. On this PLUS phone, my fingers and the links match perfectly, and I navigate around without any awkwardness.
I’ve had absolutely no issues with the operating system.
The touch id was new to me, because it was not available until the 5S (my last phone was a 5). It took me a little bit of time to get used to it, but now I find it seamlessly perfect, just a fraction of a second pause and my phone unlocks to my touch. (Unless I’ve recently gotten out of the shower. I have learned that wet, prune-like fingerprints are not a match to dry ones. :) )
If there is ONE thing I DON’T like on this phone, it is the location of the sleep/wake button. They moved it over on the side. When I squeeze it, I find that I am simultaneously squeezing the volume buttons on the opposite side … not good. And the side sleep/wake button also makes it a little trickier to do screen shots. Clearly this is not a deal-breaker, but I am still fumbling with that
I wish they hadn’t button move.
It takes great pictures, but of course, that is nothing new. Look at this lovely sunset that I grabbed through my bedroom window one evening last week.
and again, a few minutes later, as the colors changed ……
All in all….. I’m delighted with my choice of the PLUS phone. Once I get the case that I’ve enjoyed for years on my previous phone (the manufacturer has been slow on the making of this size case) … I’ll have the just-about perfect phone for me.
Posted by sharechair on November 9, 2014
Peggle is a wonderful mix of “fun” plus “addictive-enjoyment” plus “challenging-but-not-too-challenging” plus (again) “fun”.
Not much of a learning curve. The basic premise: you release a ball and it bounces around on the screen, bumping into dots of various colors. Your job is to aim that ball as it is released in a way that will maximize its collision with orange dots. Your main goal is to clear the screen of orange dots before you run out of balls.
There will be a few obstacles tossed your way (of course). But you’ll learn as you go.
When you start, you have a choice of several different “modes” of play. I recommend “Adventure” as this will move you along gradually, screen to screen, learning as you go.
It really is addictive fun. There is something rather hypnotic watching that ball bounce around on the screen.
Here are two random screen shots. The arrangement of dots will change with each screen, and sometimes some of them are moving targets.
Posted by sharechair on November 7, 2014
There are so many new features in iOS 8, it will take us a long time with our one-at-a-time approach to work our way through them all! But honestly, when I read articles like “35 things you need to know RIGHT NOW” or “100 little known features…blah blah blah”, well, I get overwhelmed.
So I’m keeping my turtle pace, even tho we have a lot of territory to cover. Baby steps.
Next up: Spotlight.
Spotlight USED to be a feature where you could do a search on your device (only). I originally thought that was silly, but over time, I’ve found it useful to find an app buried in a folder. (I created those folders to organize and find stuff easily, but that seems to have backfired.)
In iOS 8, Spotlight has been improved. It will now not only search your device, but also the internet. And so … if I search “Enya” on my phone, the search will turn up music that lives on my phone and also a link to a Wikipedia article about her (which is NOT on my phone… that’s on the internet.)
To access Spotlight, go to your home screen (a page full of icons). Now, pull down on your screen from the top of your device. Stay ON THE SCREEN as you pull down. If your finger goes higher onto the white or black surface of your phone, you’ll get a different delight. Put your finger between some icons near the top and pull down.
You’ll see a screen that looks like this. The new Spotlight.
Below is a screen grab of the results after I searched for the word “card”, looking for the card game I use to play Free Cell. Notice here that not only did it find the app for me, but it also found “card” in my contacts for a cardiology doc, it suggested the St Louis Cardinals as something I might find interesting (that’s a stretch…. I don’t live anywhere near there, so ..?? ) and the search also brought up emails and messages that included the word “card.”
Now, all of this is rather useless information if I’m just looking for an app, but I can certainly understand that situations arise where this broader search is necessary.
So if you are a person who wants all this extra stuff, you’re in luck. But if you DON’T (and that means me), you have the option to turn it all off.
Go to General > Spotlight Search
There you will see a screen like the one below. Notice all of the things that are checked to search!!! That happens by default, so if you don’t want them, you have to deselect them.
As soon as I publish this post, I have some “de-selecting” to do. :)
Posted by sharechair on November 5, 2014
I didn’t think it was possible. I thought Siri stood by you at all times.
My daughter-in-law is running iOS 7.1.2 on her phone. That’s not so old. (my husband is still using 6)
Today she asked for Siri’s help in finding a location.
Did Siri jump to her rescue as usual? NO!!!
Siri (gasp!) REFUSED to help.
Here is a screen shot of Siri’s snippy answer:
Carmen tried asking again, and got the same answer. :shock:
She’s not sure what happened to their relationship, since Siri has always been so helpful to her.
(I think she’s planning to send Siri a picture of flowers to make up.)
I tried asking Siri a question on my husband’s iPhone running iOS 6. Siri answered me each time.
Anyone else having relationship issues with Siri?
Posted by sharechair on November 2, 2014
Thanks, Linda, for this great cartoon!! :)
Posted by sharechair on November 1, 2014
We have already discussed the new answer-from-the-banner ability.
Another new feature is Voice-messaging to other iMessage users. In other words, this feature is an iOS to iOS ability only. If anyone learns that it works from iPhone to Android, please let me know.
Notice that next to the typing space, the “send” has been replaced by a little microphone.
Here is how to send a VOICE message in iOS8:
When you get ready to compose your message, instead of typing, put your finger on the microphone to the right of the message space.
As you press the icon (keep your finger on it) you can record your message.
When you are done, lift your finger up to listen to the recording. To send it, tap on the arrow. To delete it, tap on the X.
If you want to use this feature, I suggest you practice a little bit. It sends quickly and if you make an error, you can’t get it back…… so use with caution. :shock: :)
Posted by sharechair on October 27, 2014
It is FREE and full of creepy scary noises.
There are lots of haunting favorites, including cackling witches, deep ghostly laughs, spooky forests, roaring monsters and creepy organ music.
You get three pages of … eeeek! (and advertisements at the top to ignore)
And you can play with these sounds, a bit, too. You can press a single button for a brief scary-something, or you can choose to LOOP the noise and keep it going. By doing this you can customize the creepiness. :shock:
For instance, I played a little of the “horror organ” and added a “female scream”. A recipe for: GASP!
Hooked up to a speaker, these noises could be a lot of fun for a party or just plain fun. You never know when you might need a ghostly wail. :) This brings back memories of setting up a spooky house for tricker-treaters oh-so-long-ago and getting scolded for being “too scary” (remember that, Trudi?)
Posted by sharechair on October 24, 2014