Lost in Airplane Mode
Backing up for life
One of the coolest features of the Apple ecosystem is the ability to track and find your devices. Not only that, you can create messages on the lock screen to help someone contact you, or totally disable the device if you think it’s been stolen. Usually, your device is simply misplaced, and being able to see the location on a map or have it play a sound will be enough to get it back in your hands.
When you first set up your iPhone or iPad you will be prompted to sign into iCloud and to enable Find My iPhone. Do it. It’s simple and it’s one of those things that seems like unnecessary oversight at the time, but can be a godsend when you want it. Like digital airbags.
Keeping your digital universe safe and sound and working: Software upgrades and updates, Part 1
The other day, our office assistant mentioned in passing that all the entries had disappeared in the Notes app on her iPhone. Could I take a look at it? Usually, missing entries are not gone, but just hidden. Notes supports multiple lists and it’s easy enough to make entries someplace unintentionally and then close it up.
Not so. All but a couple of entries were missing.
Making room for the good stuff.
There was a time when I updated my software for fun. Updates weren’t a daily event, like now, so it was a bit like Christmas where every new download came with “must have” features and insider tricks to amaze your friends. I still love the hidden space man zapper in QuarkXPress. Those were simpler times.
iPhone on Fire(works)
Of all the issues I hear about the iPhone, running out of storage space tops the list. Whether it’s no room for more photos, can’t download movies, or can’t update the software, sooner or later almost everyone I know has wrestled with the challenge of too much stuff on their iPhone. Some people even claim it’s just planned obsolescence on Apple’s part; that they want us to buy larger, more expensive iPhones. Never mind that we now take more photos daily than we once took in weeks of picture taking back in the film days. Truth is, most of us, sooner or later, simply fill the space available and then some.
A camera is a camera is a camera is a . . .
Let’s get this blog off with a bang! There, I said it.
Enough of that.
I’ve seen my fair share of fireworks displays over the years and I’ve taken photos of most. They are such grand, festive events and the individual bursts are so beautiful. I just want to capture it all. But I rarely get a shot I really love. I am always humbled the next day by beautiful fireworks shots taken by the pros.
When I take photos with my iPhone, sometimes I feel like a tourist. You know the thing; iPhone pinched between your fingers, pinkies raised. Then that awkward balancing act to get a finger on the shutter without dropping the whole phone over a railing. If you have long fingernails, it’s a real challenge to get your fingertip to touch the screen.
Lately though, I’ve switched to a camera grip when taking pictures and I love the difference.
Use it like a camera. Hold it like a camera.