And Now, More Interesting Things You Can Do with Your iPhone!

iheartiphoneI found another great article about iPhone tricks this morning.  A couple of these were covered in the article I recommended in my post, Best New Article on iPhone/iPad Tips and Tricks, but there are some really cool ones I haven’t seen before.  Did you know that by swiping to the left on a specific text message, you can find out exactly when it was sent?  Or, if you see a plane flying overhead you can ask Siri what it is by just saying “planes overhead”?   Wish I’d known that when I saw that weird black plane flying overhead a month or so ago!  There’s more – check out this article, 21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do.  You’ll be amazed at the power you have!

Spreadsheet Tips That Will Make You Happy (Tip of the Day)

happyIf you know me at all, you know I love a good spreadsheet.  Oh, if it were only as simple to clean house, or organize my life (though I admit – I have a spreadsheet for both of those things).

Today’s article from Lifehack, 20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone An Excel Expert,  has twenty awesome tricks you can use to make working with spreadsheets easier.  And while it’s hard to pick a favorite, the one that has saved me loads of time and frustration is number 13, which is a neat trick that transposes your data from a row to a column.  Who hasn’t started a spreadsheet, entered data and then suddenly realized that you set it up it wrong?  If you don’t know this trick, this is a head-down-on-the-desk-while-contemplating-a-new-career-option-as-a-welcomer-at-the-big-box-store moment.  And it doesn’t have to happen.  Check out this article – maybe it’ll save you time, and more importantly, save you from that big goose egg on your forehead and/or that unflattering blue vest.  Be happy.

Efficient Emailing

We all have a LOT of email.  I really appreciate it when the emails I receive are concise, and to the point, and I need to work on making sure mine are as well.  Here a short, but to the point article from Lifehacker on how to write efficient emails.

http://lifehacker.com/remember-brief-for-efficient-office-communication-1586913766?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_facebook&utm_source=lifehacker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Protecting Your iPhone

For a long time, Apple users have had a sense of invincibility – Macs haven’t been victims of massive virus infections.  In short, we’ve – and I include myself – have become a little – no, a LOT – complacent.

Time to wake up and take a hard look at reality.

Let’s just talk about iPhones today.  There are some basic things you should already be doing like setting your phone to lock after a reasonable time period, and updating your OS to take advantage of the latest security “fixes”.

Okay – I just sensed some guilty faces.  It’s easy to get out of the habit of updating your phone, isn’t it?  It’s easy to get out of the habit of just backing up your phone, too, isn’t it? You need to do both of these things – regularly.

But wait – there’s more.  I came across an interesting article in Huffington Post’s Tech section today.  Seems that some iPhone users woke up on Tuesday to find that their iPhones had been hijacked, and were being held for ransom.  The phone was still there – they just couldn’t get into it, and the hijackers were asking for money to return control to them.  The rest of the article gives you a simple solution so that this will never happen to you and your iPhone.  Read it.  Do it.  And back up and update your phone while you’re at it!