Saturday, January 8, 2022

iPhone Now Responds to Harry Potter Magic!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The iPhone is a truly magical device.  It combines a phone and a multi-use computer.  And provides light with the built-in flash.

But now it is even more magical since it responds to spells from the magical world of Harry Potter.

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter movies, users have found that the latest version of iOS 15 and Siri responds to your magical spell commands.

For example, invoke Siri with "Hey Siri" and then say "Lumos" to turn on the built-in flash for light.

To turn the flash off, simply invoke Siri again and say "Nox".


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Sunday, January 2, 2022

How Do I Turn on the One-Handed Keyboard for iPhone?

Sometimes it's really, really difficult to type on the iPhone onscreen keyboard.

For some people, the iPhone is just too big.  And for others, it's hard to type while holding something in your hands - perhaps keys or a coffee mug.

But there is a clever solution:  the one-handed keyboard.  Or as others might call it, the "thumb" keyboard.

This keyboard, either left or right-handed, can be turned on to allow you to use just one hand to reach all of the keyboard!

There are two ways to turn the one-handed keyboard:

  1. Open any app that uses the keyboard, such as Mail or Messages
  2. Touch and hold the globe keyboard button
  3. Tap either the right handedleft handed or full keyboard layouts.

You can also use the Settings app to select the keyboard:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Keyboards
  4. Tap One Handed Keyboard
  5. Select the Left, Right, or Off (standard layout) setting

That's it!  Type away with just one hand.

iOS iPhone keyboard thumb phone 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Apple Updates Siri to Screen for the COVID19 Corona Virus

Apple Siri
Apple has updated Siri, its virtual digital assistant, to screen for the COVID19 virus.

To use the new feature, just ask Siri, "Do I have the Corona Virus?"

Siri will then ask a series of Yes/No screening questions developed based on CDC criteria. 

Users who answer "yes" to these questions, like those referencing COVID-19 symptoms, are advised to self-isolate, monitor the situation, or contact a medical provider if the condition worsens, are age 65 or over, or have a serious medical condition.

Siri can be found on Apple's iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems and devices.


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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Google Launches COVID19 Portal

Google has launched a new COVID19 portal,, that focuses on education, prevention and local resources on the COVID19 virus at the center of the worldwide pandemic.

Google COVID19 Portal

Users can use the site to find state-based information, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators and businesses. 

The portal will soon be available in more languages and countries.

This new site is in addition to new features on Google Search that provides easy access to more authoritative information.



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Pokemon Go Cancels Community Days Due to Corona Virus

Pokemon Go Mobile App Icon
The news just keeps getting worse.

Among the many sporting, cultural and educational events that have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 Corona virus, we can now add the Pokemon Go Community Day event. 

Niantic, the developer and publisher of Pokemon Go, announced that the March Community Day has been postponed.

The March event was an Abra Community Day.  Sorry Abra!

Pokemon Go, known for getting mobile gamers off their couches and out and about in the community to play the game with others, announced the postponement to reduce the spread of the virus.

But all is not lost..

Niantic announced several changes to the Pokemon Go game to allow users who stay at home to still enjoy the game:

  • A one-time purchase bundle of 30 Incense for 1 PokéCoin. Incense will also last for one hour.
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during this time period
  • PokéStops will now drop Gifts more frequently
  • Pokémon habitats will increase and more Pokémon will be appearing in the wild

These changes are in effect until further notice.

So remember to keep your "social distance" or stay at home and continue to play Pokemon Go safely.

And wash your hands!

Source:  PokemonGoLive


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Saturday, March 14, 2020

How to Clean and Disinfect Your iPhone

Corona Virus COVID-19
What's dirtier, your mobile phone or toilet?  Well, if you haven't cleaned it lately, it might just be your iPhone.

Think about it.  As you go through your day touching everything, you're bound to pass along any nasty germs you've collected to your phone.

With the world wide pandemic of the Corona virus, COVID-19, cleaning your iPhone becomes an important step in helping to keep you and your family safe.

Apple has finally shared that you can disinfect your iPhone.
Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my iPhone?Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don't submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.
Apple expands on how to clean different models of iPhone in its online reference HERE.

We'll look to post additional information on cleaning Android phones in the near future.

Oh, don't forget to wash your hands.  Learn more on how to protect yourself from infections from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC).

Source:  Apple

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Here's How to Register Your Drone. Again.

Are you getting a drone for Christmas?

Or have you recently received one?

You'll need to register your drone with the FAA.

The requirement to register drones is part of recently passed legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act.

Use this link to register your Drone with the FAA

Registering drones is not new.  Registration was first required in December 2015.   But earlier this year, hobbyists banned together to fight the requirement and won.  But the new legislation signed by President Trump this week again requires registration.

So stay on Santa's good list and be sure to register your drone.

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