Before You Sell Your iPhone

iPhone 6 and 6 plus will re released Friday (like you don’t already know that). Before you sell your current phone there is one important thing you must do in addition to removing all your personal data. You have to turn off “Find My Phone”.

The purchasers can’t reprogram the old phone if Find My Phone is still turned on. Say you sell your iphone to Gazelle. If you don’t turn off Find My Phone and they can’t use the phone, you don’t get the money and you don’t get your phone back.

To turn it off,  go to Settings > iCloud, then tap to turn off Find My [device].

Easy but important.

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The Optimal Case For iPhone Users Who Don’t Like Traditional Cases

Bumpie Protectors  are currently available for the iPhone5/5s and may be preordered for the iPhone 6. Humm.  Wonder what they know that we don’t know.

In a nutshell, Bumpies are four plastic-like protectors for each corner of your iPhone. They exceed military specs for shock.

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The bonding is very tight but are east to remove if necessary. Once removed they can not be reused.

They come in black, blue, fuchsia, gray, green, red, white, and yellow. The MSRP is US $24.00. Shipping is free if two or more sets are ordered, and they offer a replacement warranty for two years from date of purchase.

Getting Down To It

I have reviewed similar products in the past and they all had two problems.  They were hard to place in the correct spot, and they did’t stay on through daily use. I am happy to report that I found neither of these problems to exist with the Bumpies I tested.

The packaging includes a unique system that allows you to place them in exactly the right spot. The packaging includes a sleeve that allows you to align your phone perfectly.

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Once it is aligned it is a simple matter to remove the backing and place the Bumpies on each of the four corners. The whole process takes less than a minute.

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When the Bumpies are in place, you flip the sleeve over and open it up by removing the tab that holds it together.

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I carried my phone, wearing the Bumpies, around in my pocket and purse for ten days. They worked perfectly. Even if you grab one and try to move it around, it won’t move and yet, I purposely removed them by simply inserting my thumb nail under one edge and raising it up. There was no residue left on my phone. It reminded me of removing those wall hangers that are made by 3M that hold all kinds of things, yet can be pulled off the wall, leaving no marks.

This kind of protection is not for everyone, but anyone who likes it will do well to look at the Bumpies.

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A Tip To Make Your Keynote Presentation Shine

One of the basic tenets of a good slide show is that there is a minimum number of words on each slide. Think of your words as thought generators rather than information. You are there to share the information.

There is a cool visual that you can use to splash one sentence or heading on a slide and have each piece of text appear individually, and with a bit of pizazz.

To have information appear and disappear on a slide use these steps.

Select the slide you want to use. It helps to use one with predetermined elements such as the placement of central information as demonstrated below. It will also contain recommended font size and color that work well with the background. After you get comfortable with this method you can experiment with placement, font, etc.

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Enter the text you want featured into the text box. If there is too much text to fit nicely in the suggested box, double click on the box lines and make it bigger by dragging on the corners. Remember though that your text is a thought generator, not a complete description.

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Once you start rearranging the sizes of text boxes you can center them once again by right-clicking in the center of the box. Guide lines will appear when your text box is once again centered.

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When your text is entered to your satisfaction, you can start the animation process. Click on the Animate option in the top right corner of your Keynote screen. You will see options for “Build in”, “Action”, and “Build Out”.

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Highlight the text box in question. If you want the text to appear when you open the slide, simply click on Build Out” and then click on “Add an Effect”. Choose your effect. Don’t get so flamboyant that you distract from your message.

When I choose Disappear the app will show me that this is my first action and that it will happen all at once.

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Now I have two choices. I can enter my second line of text right on top of the first which makes for a smooth transition, or I can place it elsewhere on the page. Start by copying your existing text box and pasting it somewhere on the page. Delete the old text and enter the new text. To place it on top of the existing text just drag the text box to the appropriate point. This animation activity will take two steps. The text box should still be highlighted.

First choose “Build in” and select your action. Then choose “Build out” and select that action. In this sample I choose appear and confetti. Continue this process as many times as needed. The latest version of Keynote will assume you want to continue the pattern so you don’t have to make the same choices over and over.

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My finished slide looks like this before I tell the slide show to play.

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And when viewed by an audience, the slide show will look like this. Although this movie moves through the slides automatically, in real life you get to talk as much as you want and then manually click for the next topic.

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Inateck’s BP2001Bluetooth Speaker Has A Unique Feature

Inateck has released it’s BP 2001 Bluetooth speaker, a speaker specifically designed to work with iPads and iPhones. A groove across the width of the speaker holds an iPad, iPad mini, or iPhone and any one of them will instantly pair with the speaker. The design of the groove means that it should work equally well with future versions of iPads or iPhones.

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The built-in lithium battery offers 5-6 hours of play time. There is a single built-in high sensitivity microphone. Pairing is instantaneous once the device is in place the the speaker is turned on. There is a fold out stand on the back that allows the speaker to hold the iPad or iPhone straight up for easy viewing. Connections for the charging cable, auxiliary port, and on/off button are located on the back The package includes a USB charging cable, a 3.5mm audio cable, and a manual. The speaker weighs 11.64-oz (330g).

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The MSRP for the BP 2001 is US $59.99, but is is currently available on Amazon for US $29.99.

The speaker is 9.5 x 2 x 1.5-in (24.13 x 5.08 x 3.81-cm). The speaker supports all venues of media playback, and is of a size that can fit into many bags or cases.

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Using The Product

There is instant pairing as soon as the speaker is turned on. I tested it using an old PBS series wherein the actors all had Scottish accents. My thinking was that the primary use of this speaker may well be for listening to, and viewing, streamed videos because of the convenience of mounting your iPad or iPhone using the groove. It really is quite convenient to use the speaker this way. I choose a series with Scottish actors because I find the Scottish accent to be the most difficult to understand during casual conversation. I viewed about three hours of the series and had absolutely no problem understanding the actors, which I consider a major element when rating the quality of a speaker’s sound. I viewed the series using an iPad mini.

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I also want to point out that the groove designed in the top of this speaker is of a size and depth that it should continue to function well as the size of iPads or iPhones change sizes. Note though that the devices need to be free of cases when using this speaker.

I recommend this speaker and feel it would be a good buy.

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Getting Help At The Genius Bar

Apple Retail Stores have this wonderful feature called the Genius Bar. You can take your Apple device in and a genius will diagnosis the problem and if possible, fix it right there. If it can’t be fixed on site, they will shop your computer off for repair and notify you when it comes back in for pickup. There is never a charge unless parts have to be replaced.

You can not just walk in off the street and see a genius. You must make an appointment via computer.  The URL for this is  http://concierge.apple.com/reservation/us/en/techsupport/.

Here is a tip for getting the best service.

  • Don’t tell the genius the whole litany of things you have tried. To do so just wastes their time and yours.
  • Be on time for your appointment or you will lose it.
  • On a post-it or other paper that size, write down the problem in three sentences or less. That helps you focus on the problem and the genius to focus on the solution.
  • Assuming you registered your device during the initial setup, the genius will be able to instantly access necessary information about your device, including the status of any warranty.

All of this said, I have seen some unusual behavior at the Genius Bar. From adults, not kids. The kids are all too busy playing with the Mac’s that are in place for just that purpose.

There was the man who wanted his phone replaced at no cost even though it had been out of warranty for 5 months and the damage to the phone was self inflected. This guy was in his late 30’s. He used “dude” to start every sentence. He kept on and on trying to get the Genius to do what he wanted. Eventually his wife came up and he started telling her that the phone was no longer covered. She said “nuhuh”. The last time I heard someone utter that phrase was from my 5 year old great grandson.

Then there was the lawyer who was in a panic because his case was going to trial in three days, but his computer had crashed and his whole case information was gone. Well, no, he hadn’t backed anything up. He was a busy lawyer and didn’t have time for that kind of stuff. Yeah.

The staff at the Genius bars are well trained and customer oriented. It is pleasure to do business with them.

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Helping The Blind To Get From Point A To Point B – Exactly

In my other life I am the president of a Mac Users Group, CapMac, in Austin, TX.  We are an active (175+ members) and involved group of people who use Apple products. One of our purposes is to serve our community. We have worked with the local school district to train teachers, provided computers to needs students, and sponsored opportunities for low income students to learn to film in just the last few years. However, our biggest and most meaningful activity yet is in progress now. We call it Here For You.

HFY smallConsider that you are blind and need to get around – from point A to point B. You are current with all the new technology and have a GPS system that allows you to be more independent. If you are a member of CapMac you can use your GPS system to get you to a meeting, via the local bus system.

But guess what, the GPS system (all GPS systems) use street addresses. CapMac meets in a building that is part of a strip mall. All 21 buildings in that mall have the same street address. Your GPS system will lead you to the first building in the mall which is a parking lot away from where you need to be. Those of us who are not visually impaired can just look around, find the sign, and head to the building. Those of us who are visually impaired immediately stop being an independent adult and turn into someone who has to ask for help.

The solution to this is for the GPS systems to use latitude and longitude to guide people to the right place. They don’t.

It has taken us six months of research and experimenting to find a solution. We would still be looking were it not for a developer in Greece who has an app that works on an iPhone. Apostolos Samaras created myLocation. It is a marvelous app that lets you use longitude and latitude. Other apps do that to some extent, but with myLocation, you stop at the exact place you want to mark, such as the front door of a building, tell the app to create a tag, and once the tag is set, the app lets you send a v-card to anyone you wish. The v-card contains a specific URL and when the user taps it, they are sent to either Apple Maps, or Google Maps, where they can follow precise, verbal directions. The v-cards will also contain additional information like the street address, phone number, hours of operation, etc. Reminder though that this app only works on iPhones. Android phones do not have the necessary technology to make it work.

We asked our members to start tagging important places in Austin, such as the libraries, doctor’s offices, major bus stops, etc. After one week we had over 300 tags and we are just getting started.

The second part of our project is to create a database, a comprehensive collection of bookmarks as it were, that we can store on our users group website. Once the database is up and running (this coming week) anyone who is interested can access what they need. It won’t be necessary for someone to use all the memory on their phone storing v-cards because they can just access them when needed.

We will share our project information, including how to make it work, with other groups at no charge. We will even train, but training only takes about ½ an hour and can be done via Skype. Groups who want to participate will need to have access to their own network. The one thing we can’t do is be the depository of information for the whole world.

Want to know how we came up with this?  One of our board members offered to give one of our blind members a ride home one night after a meeting. Turns out the street address wasn’t much help. There were several buildings of apartments and no numbers on any of them. Obviously our blind member couldn’t tell the driver which was his building. An hour and a half later it was obvious that there had to be a better way.

You can read an article in The MacObserver about this effort here.

 

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Deleting Videos From Your Device Running IOS 7

Like many other things pertaining to IOS 7, the step for deleting videos is different from previous versions. (For versions other than IOS 7 directions are here.) There are more steps involved, but in a way the process is simpler. These are the steps,

Settings > General > Usage > Storage > Videos > Edit > Delete Item

When you get to the last screen, you will see your movies, tv shows, and music videos listed and there will be a minus sign that you just click on.

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Screen That Allows User To Delete Videos

 

When you get to the Storage screen you may not see Videos as one of the options. That is because you have a lot of apps on your device. Just scroll down to the last one listed and select “Show All Apps.  Then you can select Videos and open the list.

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