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Quick full stop on your mobile phone or tablet

Do you know you can double tap the spacebar on your mobile phone or tablet to get a full stop?
Try it: next time you are using your mobile phone or tablet to write a text message, email, note, address – just about anything at all – and you need to enter a full stop, just double tap the spacebar!

Years ago, when I used to have a Nokia N95 mobile phone and I was high-speed-thumbs with my text messages, there were lots of other shortcuts like this. Do you know of any others for today’s smartphones? If you do, please share them with us in the Comments. Thanks!

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Don’t type that text – dictate!

Do you know you can dictate your messages on your iPhone or iPad? Yes, you can speak into the device, and it will convert your words to written text.

Wait – if you don’t bother with text messages, hear me out here: this tool is useful in many ways beyond text messages.

For example, I might dictate my text into an email on my iPhone or iPad instead of typing it. Or dictate a text note to myself.  Or dictate some text which I will then cut and paste into another program or app that doesn’t offer the ability to dictate. Think laterally here.

Many current Smartphones and tablets allow this, so check out yours and give it a go. If you’re an Android or Windows phone user, please let us know in the Comments how you set this up on your device.

You might need a bit of practise but you’ll get there pretty fast. There are some tips after the following steps, so read on.

On your iPhone or iPad, open a new text message or email.

1. Tap into the message area.

2. Tap the small microphone button beside the space bar at the bottom of your keypad display.

3. Speak your message into the iPhone or iPad as if you were talking to the base of the phone (not as if you are talking to a person). Hold it like a piece of toast you are about to bite!

4. When you are finished, tap the Done button at the base of the display. The text you dictated will appear in the message area.

5. Correct any errors manually by tapping into the text and making corrections using your fingers.

6. Once you’re satisfied with the message, tap Send.

Some helpful tips

If it doesn’t seem to work:
If your Smartphone – either iPhone or most of the Android alternatives – shows a microphone button but doesn’t seem to convert speech to text in the way I’ve just described, your dictation may need to be switched on.
To do this, go to  Settings > General > Siri, and then switch Siri on. Even if you don’t want to use Siri’s personal assistant features, you will need to switch Siri on for speech recognition to work.
Sadly, iPhone 4 models and older don’t have this feature.

Which functions does it work with?
Anything that gives you a keypad to type with – email, text, notes, and websites (although successfully dictating website addresses  might be a challenge).

Getting the best results:

         1. Speak your punctuation.
For example:

‘Hi bill comma new line looking forward to catching up tonight at 7 full stop new paragraph cheers comma martin’ will look as follows:

Hi Bill,
Looking forward to catching up tonight at 7.

Cheers, Martin

2. Noisy environments usually still work if you position the base of the phone, where the microphone is placed, close to your mouth.

3. Always proof-read the results – it’s pretty good but a few words usually need correction.

4. Do small bites of speech – no longer than 30 seconds. Press ‘Done’ each time you pause. Speak any longer and it gets indigestion.

5. It usually won’t work unless you’ve got internet connection – the words are going to a server for translation. Also, if your connection is very slow it might not work.

Credit goes to this Robyn Pearce for reminding me that this tip is definitely worth sharing! Robyn has lots of time management tips, so check out her writing too.
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2 more Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

Last week we looked at 3 ways to make our cell phone batteries last longer.  Today we have 2 more.

I’ll refer to the Apple iPhone here, but the principles apply to all cell phones.

1) Set your email to fetch manually
If your email is automatically fetching every few minutes, that is taking your battery life away.
You can select the option to check for new email manually, unless you suffer from extreme FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
Go to:
>Settings >Mail, Contacts, Calendars >Fetch New Data, and select Manual.
However, do note that when you check for new email you will have to open the email app and then swipe your finger down from the top of the screen to force it to check for new email. That’s the Manual part of the deal!

This next one I was already going to add, but I want to credit Glen Koorey who suggested it last week in the comments. Thanks Glen!

2) Don’t let apps track your location
GPS is another major battery sucker.
You can deactivate the option to share your location from:
>Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
Either turn everything off, or select app by app.

Adapted from:  5 simple iPhone tricks that will make your battery last way longer

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3 Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

Remember when our cell phones used to stay alive for days without any need to charge them? But that was before they could do everything.

We now  depend on these powerful handheld computers more than ever, referring to them numerous times throughout the day – but let’s face it, the battery usually runs out sooner than we think it should, and at times this can be a major problem.

Here are three simple tips to manage your battery life so that you’ll be able to send that last tweet before going to sleep.
Next week I’ll share some more.

I’ll refer to the Apple iPhone here, but the principles apply to all cell phones.

1) Turn off the connections you are not using
To switch off  cellular/mobile data, go into:
>Settings > Cellular (or Mobile), and turn off Cellular Data / Mobile Data.
Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular data (also called mobile data) (3G-4G) are awesome to keep you connected to the world, but they drain your battery like nothing else (except maybe the camera app or a video). Switch these off anytime you are not using them and your battery life will increase significantly. You can turn Wifi and Bluetooth off by swiping up on your home screen and tapping their symbols.

Turning off cellular/mobile data is a little more drastic because you then won’t be able to browse the web or receive email, unless you’re connected to WiFi. So you might not switch it off very often. However, if you really need to conserve battery power, switching off cellular/mobile data while you don’t need it is one way to do so. Just remember you’ll need to switch it back on when you need to to browse the web or receive email.

2) Decrease the brightness of your screen
Naturally, your screen takes a lot of energy to work. While you need your screen on in order to use your phone, you can turn down the brightness by swiping up from the home screen.
Or better still, switch on Auto-Brightness:
>Settings >Display & Brightness >Auto-Brightness
After all, why have the screen blazing away when it’s daylight? Auto-Brightness senses the ambient light-levels and adjusts the screen accordingly.

3) DON’T close the apps you open
Well, first we were told we should be closing all our apps. Now we are told that having some apps open in the background doesn’t consume more battery than opening and closing them all the time. Closing apps to save battery is a myth. So, if you’re an iPhone user, leave them alone.

Adapted from:  5 simple iPhone tricks that will make your battery last way longer

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Type on an iPhone or iPad using Macrons

14 August 2015

Type on an iPhone or iPad using Macrons

Macrons are an important part of writing te reo Māori accurately. They indicate vowel length. Vowel length can change meaning.
Want to know more? http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/english/resources_e/index.shtml

Last week I showed you how to Type on an iPad using Macrons with a Bluetooth keyboard.

This week we turn our attention to our iPhone and iPad.

To enable a Macron when you’re typing on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. When you’re typing, hold down the key for the character that requires a macron.
    – A small gallery appears, showing different accent examples for that character.
  2. Choose the example with the macron.
    – That character is inserted into your text, with a macron.
  3. Carry on typing.
  4. Repeat this process preceding each character that requires a macron.

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