Turn the voice control features in the iPhone 4S
into an impressive productivity tool
Here’s an excellent one-page article from the nutritious Macworld.com site, written by one heck of a tech writer, Lex Friedman. Rather than try to paraphrase the whole thing, I’m running one of the tips in its entirety below and linking to the whole article with the remaining five tips right here. Even if you only get a trick or two out of this, it’ll speed up your use on your iPhone, doing things you thought would take a bunch of screen clicks.
In an unusual move for the usually control-freak company that is Apple, Siri was launched with iPhone 4S last year and has never technically come out of “beta” (meaning not really 100% finalized). Still, it’s quite functional but only hints at what the future of voice-control will be, and it’s coming sooner than you think. Currently Apple is working with 9 of the top car companies to include Siri’s technology for complete hands- and eyes-free control (well, not the driving part… though that would be cool, huh? “Go faster, Honda Civic, faster!!”) The release of iOS 6 this fall will very likely mark a big improvement in it. Read the rest of this entry
You know how I feel about updates, especially from Apple. Don’t ignore them, especially for their Operating Systems (OS)!
Fast and easy to do, here’s the straight poop from dear ol’ Macworld.com on the what and how of iOS 5.1.1.
Like backing up (you ARE backing up your hard drive, aren’t you??),
it’s All The Rage with the Kids, so DO IT!
iSensei tip: don’t be surprised if it takes a fair amount of time. That’s as Jobs intended it. Also, best if you have a WiFi connection or are plugged into a Mac. 3G is too lame for this work, but 4G (on a new iPad) should be OK.
One of iSensei’s regular followers (Hi, Bruce!) confessed he was having problems figuring out the recent ability to sync contents for the Notes App between iPhones and iPads via iCloud. Fair enough; and in case some of you out there may benefit from his ignorance, I’m sharing the step-by-step… uh… steps with you all. Hope it helps!
(In the near future, iSensei will share his well-travelled thoughts on Apple’s new-ish REMINDER app and other Note & To Do apps)