This is a GREAT video! As the snow starts falling here in the Northeast US this morning, I took the time to watch all 7 minutes of Siri Commands.
New to me: “What planes are flying over me right now?” wow!
A big thank you to a blogging friend, Yvonne, at the Misifusa’s Blog, the Presents of Presence, for sharing this with us.
Posted by sharechair on December 10, 2013
I can read anything on my iPhone. I just got new glasses, and I’m good to go.
However …. recently I tweaked my text size just a bit bigger.
By making my text size just a tad larger, it is now perfect for me and my eyes.
Increasing your text size is particularly helpful for those with vision issues.
(Or … perhaps the opposite would be better for you, and you would like to make your text smaller. The process is the same.)
How to make your text larger (or smaller) on your iPhone or iPad:
Go to Settings > General > Text Size
You will see a slider, and you can move that slider so that your text size increases (or decreases).
And if this still isn’t big enough for you?
You can make the text even larger!
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Type
Turn ON “larger dynamic type.”
Once you do that, the slider will arrange itself to allow you to make your text even larger.
Remember, you can also add BOLD to your text as well.
Big and Bold. A winning combination for aging eyes.
Posted by sharechair on December 8, 2013
Office Max has offered us the opportunity to “Elf” ourselves for several years, now, so I’m sure many of you have had fun with this before.
But for those you haven’t …. you’ll want to give it a try and I promise, you’ll enjoy a laugh.
You can start with the original website, which is easy and fun and … FREE to use.
Once you agree to their terms and conditions, just upload photos of anyone you’d like to “elf” and you can quickly turn them into a happy dancing funny fellow. It is easy to do. Once the photo appears on the elf you can size it so it fits just right.
I made a little dancing troupe of President Obama, Harry Potter and President Putin. I grabbed this screen shot as they were dancing across my screen to some cheery music.
If you’d like to actually watch a little dance, click here: http://host-d.oddcast.com/php/application_UI/doorId=1177/clientId=299/?mId=51798277.3
On the website you can select from quite a few different dances/music. You’ll have fun, I promise!
There is also an iPhone/iPad version of this: ElfYourself by OfficeMax
The app version offers a free dance and then other, different dances for a fee.
Dances can be shared from the website or the app.
Posted by sharechair on December 6, 2013
How often have you been in a store, about to make a substantial purchase, and wondered if you could get a better deal someplace else?
I sure have. In my attempt to get the best price I will stand there with my phone and google the product to see what I can find.
But with this app, the process of bargain hunting is made even easier.
All you do is scan the barcode, and it will tell you how much the product costs at other retailers AND online.
When you bring up the app on your phone, it might look confusing, because they encourage your involvement in all the social media possibilities, and, of course, there are lots of ads and links to ‘deals.’
But the beauty of this app is the basic simplicity of comparing prices. Keep yourself focused on your task, and don’t get distracted.
When you open the app, just look to the BOTTOM. There you will find the scanner ‘button’, right in the center at the bottom.
Just hold your phone over the barcode of the item and tap that scanner button on your phone. It will generate a list of stores (retail and online) that carry the item …. and the price so you can get your best deal.
I have used it for the last few weeks, and so far (after checking the accuracy of their price reporting) it has been absolutely correct.
ShopSavvy is FREE in the iTunes store
Posted by sharechair on December 5, 2013
Two blog posts ago I included a short video of Amazon’s new drone that is scheduled to start delivering packages sometime in the not-too-distant-future.
Thoughts about these drones range from delighted to terrified.
Enter Colbert, weighing in on the Amazon Drone.
If you enjoy witty satire, you will love this.
Colbert cleverly moves our advancing technology backwards.
Colbert talks about the Drones and offers a NEW and innovative idea for Mr. Bezos
Posted by sharechair on December 4, 2013
Every once in an app comes along that can be really truly helpful to simplify your life. Yes …. Simplify. Your. Life.
This is one of those apps.
Let’s back up a bit. Do you have any reward cards? Loyalty cards? I sure do. It seems like every single store that I frequent is now using some kind of card system. These are the cards that sometimes offer you points toward merchandise, or discounts, or coupons based on your buying history.
Over the years, I have collected so many that they have become quite cumbersome. I’ve tried to manage them the best that I can. I have the ones that I use frequently dangling from my keyring, the ones I use often-ish in my wallet, and another set in their own zip pouch buried somewhere in my purse.
So many cards! I frequent three different pet stores which means three cards just for one dog.
Enter this app. Key Ring.
Simply download it (it’s FREE) and open up your wallet. Tap the “plus” sign in the upper right corner of the app and start scanning those cards. The scanner screen is very sensitive and your cards will scan easily.
Once they are scanned, each card will exist inside this app.
When you arrive at the checkout, just tap the title and the bar code will appear on the screen of your phone. Show your phone to the cashier.
I’ve been using this for several weeks and trying it out in different stores.
I can report that in Lowe’s my loyalty card scanned right off this app. Perfect!
This was also true in two of my local grocery stores. Only one store was not able to scan it, but the cashier didn’t miss a beat. She just typed in the number that appeared above the bar code and I was good to go.
All cards have now been removed from my keyring, wallet and purse-pouch.
Very very handy!
Key Ring Reward Cards is FREE in the iTunes store (Note: you will need iOS 7 on your device to use this app.)
Posted by sharechair on December 3, 2013
Holy Cow! This looks like Science Fiction….. but it’s not.
Really, truly, Amazon plans to deliver goods BY FLYING DRONES in the not-too-distant-future. (perhaps 2015!?)
It’s Technology on steroids.
Watch this short video to see how they plan to fly your purchase right to your door.
Posted by sharechair on December 2, 2013
If you added snow to your Blog here on WordPress last year, you might have noticed that WordPress remembered this …. and it started snowing today on your blog without you doing a thing to get it going.
And if you leave it alone, it will automatically stop on January 4.
If you are new to WordPress and you would like to make it snow on your blog, just go to Settings > General and scroll ALL the way down to the bottom. There you will find the box that you can check to make it snow on your blog (or UNcheck if you do not want the snow).
This snow is harmless. It won’t accumulate, and you don’t have to shovel it.
Posted by sharechair on December 1, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to all followers in the US!
and wishing those beyond this land of turkey-eaters a lovely weekend, as well.
Posted by sharechair on November 27, 2013
Is all the hustle and bustle of holiday prep making you a little crazy?
Google Trek might be your answer for a little armchair get-away.
Google has walked through some of the most amazing places, and now you get to visit there, too, from the comfy spot of your own chair.
How about a wander through VENICE? I remember getting lost there, and loving it. Every twist and turn brings new adventure. And now you can explore from anywhere.
So, pour yourself a cup of cappuccino and have yourself a wander through Venice.
Click here, and away you go: Take me to Venice!
Posted by sharechair on November 26, 2013