Text Message Savvy

senior-textingDeveloping technology skills can be challenging for many of us. However, these everyday skills are necessary tools to assist us.

Texting has been around since the 1990s, nevertheless, it may still be difficult for some of us to comprehend how to use it.

GCF Learn is a free computer training website, which I urge you to visit for help.   Click the links below for guides on how to text.

  • Introduction
    You’ve probably heard people talk about text messaging, or texting. Text messages are short messages (usually 160 characters or fewer) sent from one mobile phone to another. It’s similar to instant messaging, except that you won’t need to log in—you’ll just send messages directly from your phone.Typically, texting is not free, although your mobile carrier probably offers service packages that include a certain number of texts per month (or even unlimited texts).
  • If you don’t have a texting plan, you’ll generally be charged whenever you send or receive a text message.  Source: Text Messages Tutorial at GCFLearnFree

3 Ways to Make Your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer

woman-1447074_1280 What is your understanding of how to make your cell phone battery last longer?  Should you do one or more of the following:

  1. Turn your phone off when you are not using it?
  2. Fully deplete the battery then fully charge it?
  3. Use 4G when possible instead of 3G?
  4. Turn off Bluetooth?

Check out the WikiHow suggestions by clicking the link below. While many of us now use mobile phones instead of land-line phones in our homes, these mobile phones come with Lithium Batteries which require some maintenance as long as they are used.Source: 3 Ways to Make Your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer

Brrrr It’s Cold…Protect Your Cell Phone !

 

 

Photo  Jarobin Guerra Gilbert

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Jarobin Guerra Gilbert

Prevent phone freeze

 To keep phones from getting too chilly, don’t leave them alone in the elements, like in a parked car. Stashing your phone inside pockets closest to your person, where they can absorb some of your body heat, is best.  If you do need to leave it behind, turn the phone off instead of just putting it to sleep. Continue reading

Tech Recommendations for 2014

Happy 2014 New Year!  Welcome to the new blog format at Tech4Boomers.  I am hopeful the new layout will help you to see and learn more when you visit this page. There is plenty to tell you about. In this post, the focus will be on the steps that can make your 2014 technology experience more secure and cost-effective.   Continue reading

Keeping up with tech news…

iPhone/iPad

 ♦ Periodically tech4boomers highlights articles that have tips, tricks and useful information.  This week we want to call your attention to an article by Katherine Boehret, of the Wall Street Journal, which covers iPhone and iPad things you should get to know. Don’t forget to click the link provided for the details.  A sample of what she covers is: how to directly access apps, how to Tap to scroll up, keyboard shortcuts, how to take screenshots, how to swipe search.  In all she covers ten things you will want to know.  Click this link for the article: via Ten Tips and Tricks Every iPhone and iPad User Should Know – WSJ.com.

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Choosing Computer Monitors

The next article we think you will want to read is by Kate Murphy at the New York Times, Personal Tech section.  This article covers what you should consider when buying a computer monitor.  Since we spend sooo much time these days looking at computer screens, it’s important to know why you choose one monitor versus another, and how important  the specs are. Ms. Murphy explains resolution, and how the picture elements (pixels) are supposed to give a sharper picture quality.  However, that may be true only up to a point.  Murphy checks with a retinal neuroscientist for his opinion.  In addition, contrast ratio is explained. But, after all of this discussion it turns out “Response time is the first thing to look at”. Ergonomics play an important role when choosing a monitor. How monitor ergonomics affects eye, back, and neck strain is also reviewed. All said, this is an important article.  Read more by clicking this link: via Things to Consider When Buying a Monitor – NYTimes.com.

I hope this is helpful 🙂

Find it …Keep it?

How many of us have experienced the loss of an unreturned phone?  Recently,  I was wondering what goes through any person’s mind who finds a phone belonging to someone else, and decides to keep it, or sell it.  What are their thoughts about keeping something that is clearly an important personal item of someone else?  Is it that they relate to the ancient Roman law, Finders, Keepers?

Finders, keepers is the adage with the premise that when something is unowned or abandoned, whoever finds it can claim it. This idiom relates to an ancient Roman law of similar meaning and has been expressed in various ways over the centuries..via Finders, keepers – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Have you ever had the opportunity to return something of value to someone else?  What makes a person do his/her best to return an item to the owner? Is it moral conviction/training value within a person?

Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft. “Honesty is the best policy.” — William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Steve Landesberg and Tony Farrugia. all said this saying.via Honesty – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The next time you find yourself in this situation, below are some guidelines and links to websites for details on what you can do if you believe that “honesty is the best policy”

If you find a locked iPhone

Since you can’t unlock the phone, you can’t poke around… But you do have options.

  • The first is to hold down the Home button for a few seconds, which may—depending on the owner’s phone settings—trigger either Siri or Voice Control. In either case, when prompted by the beep, say, “Call ICE.” If the phone’s owner has an ICE contact as described above, the phone will either start calling that person right away or ask you to clarify which number to call (as in, Home, Mobile, Work, etc). If you luck out and connect with the emergency contact, you can explain the situation to that person.via What to do if you find a lost iPhone | Macworld.

Call the police

  • You can also turn to your local police department. Manalapan, N.J., police officer Joe Felicia told Macworld that after you turn a found phone into the police, “if the owner responds to the police station and can identify the phone, the police department will return the phone to the owner. If not, the phone will go in a bin with hundreds of other phones.”

Felicia said that he sees “no problems” with trying to search the phone to locate the owner, if “it is being done in good faith.” The one catch: “If you are searching the phone and you stumble onto something that is obviously illegal… the phone would go directly to the police.”via What to do if you find a lost iPhone | Macworld.

Find the owner of a lost cell phone

  • Power the phone off. This can be done by holding down the power button on the phone. The power button is usually on the right side of the phone, toward the bottom. On some phones the power button is highlighted in red..
  • Turn the phone back on by pressing the power button again. You may need to hold the button for a second for it to power back on..
  • Watch the screen to discover the service provider. Once you know the service provider, contact the company’s customer support phone number. Many phone companies’ websites have “Contact Us” sections where you can find this number…
  • Answer questions from the representative the best you can. The agent may ask for the phone’s serial number and the type and style of the phone. If you are not sure of these answers, the support agent can help you locate information. The information you provide should be able to give the agent the information he needs to find the owner.
  • You may be asked to bring the phone to a local store or mail the phone back with a prepaid envelope the company sends you. via How to Locate Cell Phone Owners | eHow.com.

I hope this is helpful 🙂

Getting a Grip on AutoCorrect!

It’s downright embarrassing!  Causing my professionalism to be questioned!  Yes, you know what I’m talking about  #@%!AutoCorrect!

Someone is putting their words in my messages! Recently I sent a message discussing something I thought showed that I was comprehending the subject and in the middle of the sentence was the word ‘toot!   The list is long of those AutoCorrect/Autocomplete moments; however, it seems we can’t live with, or without it. Just in case you want to remove it or venture into finding out how to control it more to your liking, here are some tips that i found for Android, iPhone, and iPad users.

First, let’s review some of the selections for inputting information with the keyboards provided by your mobile devices.  For example, you may find Swype easier to input text on your mobile device. Here’s a brief description:  Swype   is an input method for touchscreens where the user enters words by sliding a finger or stylus from letter to letter, lifting only between words. It uses error-correcting algorithms and a language model to guess the intended word. It also includes a tapping predictive text system in the same interface. Swype is designed for use on touchscreen devices with a traditional QWERTY keyboard. via Swype – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

According to Swype, it’s a faster way to input messages.  Maybe this will help you to control those AutoCorrect errors (?) Swype provides basic/advanced training guidelines, which you can get at this link: http://www.swype.com/

Android users can find a Tutorial for Swype  right on their mobile phones.  In addition, there is Swype Help with more details.

To find the tutorial  take the steps below:

  • Select Settings
  • Select Language & keyboard
  • Select Swype settings
  • Scroll down to find Help
  • Choose Tutorial

If you decide you want to stay with “Touch input” I suggest you take the Tutorial for how auto-correction works.

Use the steps below to find the tutorial

  • Select Settings’
  • Select Language & keyboard
  • Select Touch input
  • Select Tutorial

Touch input users may also want to consider adding their often used personal acronyms to their Personal dictionary, which is an option available right beneath the Tutorial. Choose the Edit personal dictionary, and add your words.

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iPhone users can check out Business Insider, which has some suggestions for “teaching” your phone new words among other ideas.  http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-fix-iphone-auto-correct-2012-2#

iPad users can turn autocorrect off using the settings options.

I hope this is helpful.  See you at the next Post 🙂

Reviewing & Preparing Your Cell Phone Budget for 2012

In these times  of economic challenges for many Boomers,  and their family members, it pays to check what options lie ahead to both save dollars in 2012, and still  have available to us the latest technology tools.

This week’s post provides  a synopsis of the descriptions for Roaming, and for Nationwide cell phone service from a  source I both support and use often: Wikipedia.  If you want more detail than I have given you here, please do not hesitate to click on the link after the Roaming description.

Roaming

In wireless telecommunications, roaming is a general term referring to the extension of connectivity service in a location that is different from the home location where the service was registered. Roaming ensures that the wireless device is kept connected to the network, without losing the connection. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaming.

Roaming/Nationwide fees are:

  • Traditionally charged on a per-minute basis and they are typically determined by the service provider’s pricing plan.
  • All of the major carriers now offer pricing plans that allow consumers to buy “nationwide roaming-free” minutes.
  •  Carriers define “nationwide” in different ways. For example, some carriers define “nationwide” as anywhere in the U.S., whereas others define it as anywhere within the carrier’s network.

In addition

Check out this  GREAT chart, which compares Cell Phone Providers, with reviews  in a side-by-side analysis at the link below.

Cell Phone Providers: Keeping in Touch

Cell phones keep you connected, always, to best friends and the latest news. Cell phone providers vary as much as your cell phones, offering everything from unlimited minutes to video calls to internet access plans. via Cell Phone Providers Review 2012 – TopTenREVIEWS.

During the rest of  December, 2011, I will try to bring you information that may save you dollars, and may change the way you use the technology tools available to you.  Stay tuned for upcoming posts to get technology ready for 2012!

I hope this is helpful ! 🙂

A Tribute to Steve Jobs

I should not  write my post this week without first acknowledging the passing of Steve Jobs.  I have often expressed my delight with the ‘i devices. However, what I believe is most extraordinary about Steve Jobs  is that he connected an entire universe with his inventions. All over the world people enjoy Apple products.  He was Apple’s Rock Star.  Every time he brought us something new, the response was phenomenal!  We couldn’t wait to buy it, learn to use and enjoy it.  And, the newest invention was immediately at the top of the computer charts! 🙂

Steve Jobs infused his creations with love and care, and we were the recipients of that love, and care.  So, as I think about Steve Jobs, I’m feeling thankful that I have experienced his passion, his genius, his drive for perfection through his inventions.  Yes, there are other inventions, but the way I see it he was the first to take the computer experience and convert it to personal entertainment with a business component.
He engendered diversity on a grand scale:  young, old, various cultures, languages, professions.  The list goes on and on. His influences and his footprints will remain forever on our universe.

Thank you, Steve Jobs, for helping us to connect worldwide through your visions!

Some people positively change the Universe !