Google+ July 2016 ~ High Tech House Calls

Do Dogs Really Miss Us?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wallet Wars: Bank, Stores Slug It Out With Phone Pay Apps by WSJ

Friday, July 8, 2016

It's a Bad Time to Buy an iPhone by Joanna Stern

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July iPhone Newsletter

Monday, July 4, 2016

4th of July Digital Media eNewsletter

Apple MacBook vs. HP Spectre: How Thin Does Your Laptop Really Need to Be by Joanna Stern

How to Use Hey Siri by iPhone Life Magazine

Since its inception, Siri has become more and more useful. It’s obvious that Apple has put a lot of thought into Siri’s place in today’s world, resulting in Siri's ability to do everything from calculations to searching the web and making restaurant reservations. With Hey Siri, Apple’s personal assistant makes things even more convenient.
Hey Siri on the iPhone 6 or older is only available when your phone is connected to power. This is a great feature to use while driving, but if you’d like to use it while on the go, you’ll need to have your device charging with a battery case or external battery pack.
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (or later) do not need to be plugged in to use the Hey Siri feature. This should apply to the iPhone SE as well.
To activate Hey Siri:
·         Open your Settings app
·         Tap General
·         Select Siri

·         Toggle on Allow Hey Siri.

Your iPhone or iPad will then have you briefly train it to recognize when you say "Hey Siri." You'll be asked three times to say "Hey Siri." Then you'll be asked  to say a couple of phrases. Eventually you'll get a screen saying Hey Siri Is Ready.
·         Tap Done, and you're ready to use the feature.
From here on out, to activate Siri all you need to do is say, “Hey Siri.” Remember that some devices need to be plugged in for Hey Siri to work, but if you have an iPhone 6s or later, Siri will always be on for hands-free use.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

How to Save Gifs on Your iPhone or iPad by iPhone Life Magazine

Gifs have become one of my favorite ways to communicate emotion when text messaging my friends. A gif is a short video loop, often from a movie, tv show, or Youtube video that conveys a certain expression. You’ve likely seen them in blog posts and email newsletters, adding comic relief or emotional depth. But what if you come across a gif online that you want to save? You can! Here’s how to save gifs.
Let’s say you’re browsing the web and come across a gif you want to save,
·         Tap and hold the image.
·         A box will pop up with the option to Save Image or Copy.
·         Tap Save Image.

·         Navigate to your Photos app.
·         The image will appear as a still photo in your Photos app, however, when you go to send that image via Messages or by Mail, it will come back to life.

Here’s the Star Trek gif we’ve been using for our example:

How to Use Google Maps to Avoid Highways by iPhone Life Magazine

Running from the law? Stuck on a moped that can’t go over 50 miles per hour? No worries. Whatever your reason (we don’t need to know), Google Maps makes it easy to avoid highways on your iPhone. You can easily turn off highways in Google Maps options, and get directions that steer clear of those highly populated highways. The alternative route will likely take more time, but if back roads are what you want, Google Maps can help. Here’s how to use Google Maps to avoid highways.
Google Maps is one of the most tricked-out free apps for GPS navigation you can get. Like the rest of Google’s fleet of apps, it’s user friendly and uses your Google account for logging in. To get directions that will avoid highways, follow these steps.
·         If you haven’t already, download Google maps in the App Store.
·         Open the app and search for your destination.
·         Tap the blue button in the lower right corner.
·         Enter your “from” address or use your current location.
·         Tap the three vertical dots right of the search boxes.

·         Select Route Options.
·         Toggle on Avoid Highways.
·         Tap the back arrow to return to the map.

·         Tap the blue circle with a white arrow pointing up to begin navigating.

How to Automatically Start Each Note with a Headline by iPhone Life Magazine

By default, when you create a new note in the Notes app, you’re immediately creating the body of the note. This is so you can jump straight into the thought you were having and get it on “paper” in the Notes app. However, it’s easier to keep notes organized and know what is what if each note has its own headline. Here’s how to automatically start each note with a headline.
This feature is also useful now that Notes can be password protected. If your note doesn’t have a headline, the first line of text will appear in the Locked Notes’ preview, which, depending on how private the information, could be a problem. However, if your note has a title or headline, then that will show up instead. To automatically start your notes with a headline:
·         Open the Settings app.
·         Tap Notes.
·         Select New Notes Start With.

·         Tap Title.

Now, when you go to create a new note in the Notes app, the first line of type will be bolded and represent your title or headline.