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!


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!



Best New Article on iPhone/iPad Tricks and Tips

Found this article from BuzzFeed via Facebook:  Mind-blowing Tricks Every iPhone and iPad User Should Know

Some of these I knew (like hitting the space bar twice for a period), but there were several that I didn’t:

  • How to set your iPad for easier thumb typing.
  • Did you know that you can tell Siri, “Wake me up in three hours”?  Siri will do the math for you, and set the correct alarm.
  • If you turn on Airplane mode, did you know that your iPhone will charge twice as fast? Wish I’d known that over the holidays when I was driving around aimlessly, trying to charge an almost dead phone.
  • You can childproof your iPhone by turning on Guided Access.  We all needed that during holiday visits, didn’t we?

There’s more.  Check it out, and if your favorite iPhone/iPad trick isn’t there, share it with us!

My Recent Favorite Apps for iPhone

iheartiphoneI’m not ashamed to admit it – I love my iPhone.  It does so much more than just manage phone calls and email. It’s my lifeline – without it, I’m lost.  I’m always on the lookout for new apps, too, and here are some of my recent finds:

Tempo – Beautiful and practical at the same time.  Organizes your calendar data and connects it with your contacts.  It’s free, but you have to get on a waiting list to get it.  It’s just that popular.  Sign up via the App Store.

DuoLingo – Want to learn a new language?  This free app gives you the choice of Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian.  It’s interactive, and you learn by listening, talking, and reading – just like in real life.  Their website is, and it’s also available in the App Store.

HootSuite – Need to be able to manage multiple social media accounts while you’re on the go?  HootSuite makes it easy.  Available in the App Store.

My Radar – Let’s face it.  It’s spring here in Central Texas, and it’s important to keep an eye on the weather.  The radar is free.  A paid upgrade removes advertising, and adds push notifications for weather alerts and a hurricane tracker.  Also available in the App Store.

My Chores – When my children were little, I organized their chores on index cards that were kept in envelopes pinned to the kitchen bulletin board.  Wish we’d had My Chores, which is much cuter, more organized, and of course, a lot cooler.  You sync it across devices, so your kids can check off their chores on their iPads.  It’s a brave new world out there.  Visit the App Store.

Buycott – The company says “Buycott helps you to organize your everyday consumer spending so that it reflects your principles.”  You set up “campaigns” – things you want to be conscious of when buying.  Categories include Animal Welfare, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice,Economic Justice, Environment, Food, Gay Rights, Social Responsibility, Women’s Rights and more. “Join” the campaigns that reflect your concerns.  Then scan the bar code of something you want to buy.  The app tells you if this purchase would be in conflict with any of your concerns.   I’m still not sure how efficient this is, but it was an eye-opener.  Available in the App Store .

I’ve mentioned Google Drive in another post, but it’s worth mentioning again.  When my work switched to all Google for everything, I was skeptical.  Now with Google Drive on my phone, I can manage my documents from my phone.  Since I have Gmail as my work mail, I can access that as well.   Google Calendars easily feed into the built in Calendar app.  So, for good or bad, I can be connected to work 24/7.  I’m looking for the Get a Life app.