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Before iOS8, I would dictate notes, emails and text messages, BUT this process often resulted in frustration for me.
I could dictate, but after every few sentences I would have to click on “done” in order for the dictation-gremlins to catch up. And then I would proof-read to fix errors. I used it, but it was buggy.
iOS8 has changed this …. significantly for the better.
Now, when you dictate, you will see your words appear as you speak them. Now you can speak your entire text, and not have to hit ‘done’ until you actually are (done!).
For those who are new to the iPhone/iPad, or for those who have never used dictation before, here is …..
How to dictate text in iOS 8:
Tap the spot where you plan to type (in notes, email, texts, etc) and a keyboard will appear.
Touch the microphone that is next to the space bar.
Start talking. Speak clearly and watch your words appear as you talk.
When you are done, (REALLY done) hit “done.” 🙂
MUCH better. I’ll now be doing a whole lot more talking-to-text rather than finger tapping the keyboard.
(however……. typing on the iPhone 6 Plus is a WHOLE lot easier with the bigger
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 (but updated!) “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog. (or to refresh the memories for those of us who forget!)
Here is how you find these options when you are typing on your iPad or iPhone:
Open a new email as though you are about to write a message.
Write a sample sentence for yourself. I’ll use this one: “Why do psychics ask your name?”
Touch the word “psychics” and you will see a magnifier pop up, and then a bar including the words “Select, and Select All. Touch the word “Select”.
The word “psychics” will turn blue and above it another bar appears. This time the bar includes the option “B-I-U” (bold, italics, underline). If you are looking at a smaller screen (the iPhone) you may have to touch an arrow on the side of the bar to extend it in order to see this option.
Tap the “BIU”, and your options of “Bold, Italics, and Underline” become clear. Tap on any of the three options and your word will now be cloaked in the emphasis of your choice. You can choose one, two or all three options.
This bar will remain on the screen until you dismiss it by tapping on a blank spot of the email to make it disappear.
I usually love all gadgets. I love my iPhone, my iPad, and my Kindles. Other tech stuff is fun too. I have some remote gadgets, step-counting gadgets and kitchen gadgets. I rarely meet a gadget I don’t like.
But I don’t like this one.
This is just plain creepy.
The Narrative is a clip on camera that you wear. It automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds.
The point? To create a “narrative” of your life. All the regular moments. The things you don’t remember… remembered.
I don’t want to be on either end of this device. I don’t want all those photos of …. ???? and I sure don’t want to be talking or working with a person who is wearing this little camera. I know I’d find it highly distracting.
(I suppose there is an argument to be made for wearing it to capture candid photos of your children, or maybe at an event …. I’ll go with that. But it’s the “all day” and photographing unsuspecting people that just seems yuchy. Bye bye privacy.)
You can read more about it in this article, and view examples of the photos that this gadget takes:
If you’re interested, the Narrative sells for $279.
Just don’t visit with me if you’re wearing one. 🙄