Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Yep, big Target got hacked and lot's of folks are concerned but you can take back some control with only some amounts of effort.
Sometimes, hackers produce a new card with your number on it. This is a tough one. In this case you might have to get a replacement card. As time consuming as this sounds it is not all that bad and the alternative s might be even more troublesome.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
There are always those things one remembers that puts them over the top of whatever challenges them. Windows 8, and now Windows 8.1 is a challenge for many. These 3 Critical Tips will help tremendously.
Sure, there is much more and many of you may have other tips but I strongly believe these 3 will serve you well.
- Right click on the Start Button
- Just Start Typing to Search
- Hit the Windows Key to get back to the Start Screen
Windows8.1 in Detail
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
To me, a most useful app is one that I use virtually every day. It helps me get something done or provides useful information to me in a manner I can use. Since I have a vision disability, I need larger print so the apps I choose have a bias to this required feature. As a result, many very useful apps are not on my list if I cannot see the text well enough.
Tweetbot Alternative Twitter app FREE
News and Information
I love to read but it so difficult with my vision disability. I require large text and a nice contrast between the task and paper in order to see properly. As a result, books and newspapers are out. However, Pocket saves me because I can "clip" web sites, web articles and other news on the web to Pocket where I have the text set to very large on a very white background. Via my smart phone, I can "share" tweets from bloggers that will put the bloggers article right into Pocket where I can read it comfortably. Pocket also strips out web and blog advertising and just shows you the text and included pictures.
AP Mobile (Associated Press FREE
There are many news apps for the iPad, some of which I like very much but none allow me to enlarge text enough to make them comfortable to read. AP mobile allows me to enlarge the text enough for easy reading. Also available for iPhone and Android smart phones.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Flixster isa FREE app for iOS and Android that is my "go to" movie and theaterapp.
We go tothe movies about once per week, sometimes more and often at a moment's notice.While out and about my wife might say, "let's go to a movie, what'splaying?" All I have to do is lookat my smart phone and look at Flixster.
|Flixster for Android|
Flixstershows theaters close to you by using the phone's GPS. No searching needed. Youcan even choose a particular movie and see where it's playing and at what time.
- Play Movie Trailers
- Get Show times
- View Photos
- View and Add Ratings
- Purchase Tickets
- See Upcoming Movie Info
If you area movie fan, Flixster is a "must have" app regardless of mobiledevice.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Santa's Bag is a Christmas list app for the iPhone that is simple to use but feature rich for those that do serious Christmas shopping and are serious about their lists and commitment to staying on track and organized.
|Credit: Clay Pot Software|
|Credit: Clay Pot Software|
There is no need to type names into the app as it can import those from your address book. You can do things such as set budgets, create wish lists, shopping lists and even track gifts that have been purchased but not wrapped or shipped.
|Credit: Clay Pot Software|
Santa's Bag is FREE and designed for the iPhone but I love using it on my iPad so I can see things easily. I'm beginning my second year using Santa's Bag and I've already checked to see what we purchased last year to make sure we don't repeat any gifts. Now if Santa's Bag could estimate grand children's growth in clothing sizes.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Have you ever seen those smiley faces on emails or text messages and I don't mean thesebasic ones like (-;. I mean cute and colorful smileyor frowning faces. These are called Emoji (pronounced ē - mō - gē) and you can add an Emoji keyboard, with as many as 845 emoji symbols, to your iPad or iPhone.
Go to Settings , General, Keyboards and choose AddNew Keyboard. From here you can see the myriads of international keyboards iOSmakes available but look for Emoji and touch it. Touch the blue <Keyboard togo back and you are done.
Access theEmoji by touching the World symbol at the lower left of the keyboard.
The CLOCKkeyboard shows the most recently used emoji symbols. The next is the SMILEYFACE keyboard.
Fantasticuh! It doesn't stop here though. By swiping to the left you will see many moresmileys and other symbols.
Now choosethe FLOWER symbol at the bottom to see the next group of emoji--Animals! Andthere are 4 screens of animals and other symbols.
Select theBELL to various holiday and other emoji. Wondrously there are 7 screens ofemoji here.
Click theCAR to see the 4 screens of travel related emoji.
Lastly, try the SYMBOL to see the wide variety of numbers and directionalsymbols--all 7 screens of them.
That's a whopping 28 screens worth or 845 Emoji toenjoy.
What awonderful way to spice up you texts and e-mails from your iPad or iPhone. Thenshare this with your kids and grand kids to show them how smart you are.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The great news is that Google Maps is a universal app, which means it works perfectly well for iPhone and iPad utilizing the features of the iPad, not just the larger screen. It's FREE and works very, very well, including "verbal turn by turn directions" which does not work for Apple Maps.
Google Maps for iOS integrates fully with Google Earth which delivers very good 3D views although Apple Map's 3D view is a bit better in my opinion.
To be fair, Apple Maps has been fixing bugs since it's release last year but I strongly believe Google Maps was better a year ago, and still much better now. Don't settle folks.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Siri is one of the more fun yet useful features of Apple's iPhone and even the iPad. Wikipedia says
"Siri is a personal assistant and knowledge navigator which works as an application for Apple Inc.'s iOS."
Now you can say to Siri, "when I get home, remind me to take out the trash". Likewise, when you can tell Siri "when I get to work, remind me to submit today's report".
NOTE: this works on the iPhone or an iPad that has GPS.
It's fun to show off Siri but it's not always easy to remember what to show. Here are a couple of easy examples of Sir's usefulness.
Siri is really, really good at showing off it's knowledge of sports scores. Ask Siri, "who won the latest [insert team name] game?" Siri shares some colorful commentary at times too.
Ask Siri "what is a good steak restaurant close by?" Siri searches the web and lists a few places and might share an unknown.
Sometimes Siri doesn't pronounce names correctly. If this is the case, say "that's not how you pronounce that." Siri will ask which work it pronounced wrong and you can teach it to say it right.
Now, if you want to have a little fun with Siri, ask her. Try a little "smack down" and ask Siri about Google Glass. To Siri, say "OK Glass" (this is how you begin talking to GoogleGlass, their upcoming head wear from Google) and listen to the response. Then epeat "OK Glass" a second, and third time. Siri gives you the same answer. But, when you ask a fourth time, Siri gets a little testy with her responses. Say "Google Glass" again and again.
Oh, and did you know you can now change the gender and country of origin for Siri? Go to the Settings app, General, then Siri. Feel free to change the Language or Voice Gender.
Oh, and if you are an Android person, try a Free siri type app there called "Andy".
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Not just because I have a vision disability but those phone keyboards are just too darn small wouldn't you agree? Either we have fat finger tips are we can't seem to focus on the letter we need but it sure is frustrating. What to do?
|Standard Android Keyboard|
|A.I. Type Keyboard|
- It will finish words as you type and it gets smarter as it learns what you say
- Even if you mistype a word A.I. Type Keyboard will know what you mean and show the correct word. Be careful though as it might misunderstand you
- You can change key colors or backgrounds to fit your style
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Or, things you thought you knew but didn't.
1. If you scroll down web pages, use the space bar...don't lift the mouse or pointer to the vertical scroll bar at the right. Tap the space bar to go down a page. Hold shift and tap the space bar to go back up a page.
2. Also on the web, make the text larger by holding down the Control key and hitting + to make the text larger. Hit the + again while holding the control key to go larger again. Hit the - along with the control key to make the text smaller. I use these daily because of my vision disability. Large text is necessary for me.
These work on every web browser. For the Mac, you might have to hold the Command key.
3. When typing on a mobile device (smart phone or tablet), don't switch between keyboard styles to get to a period at the end of the sentence and then capitalizing the next letter. Instead hit the period TWICE and it will do all three things for you! That's right, hitting the period key twice in succession will place a period, then a space and capitalize the next letter.
4. Google is for more than searching, folks. If you want to track an airline flight, type the airline name and then flight number and hit enter. Google gives you the status of the flight at that moment.
5. Google as a dictionary. Type the word 'define' and then the word and the definition appears. No need to hit enter. For instance, type the word bluetooth and see the definition.
Please share your tips in the comment box below.