New Features in iOS 10 – (yay, more emojis)

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Cause couldn’t we all use more emojis.

iOS 10, released Tuesday, came with a few unheralded features. So who better to sing their praises than yours truly.

Among the new enhancements:

  • Text to Emoji. In the messaging app, when you type text (e.g., “Yo Q, you up for some basketball?”) and activate the emoji keyboard, key words appear highlighted in yellow. Tap+hold the highlighted text to swap it for its emoji.
    (‘cept, why would type basketball and emojify it instead of just selecting the bball emoji from the get go?? hmmm?)
  • Dude, Have You Seen My Car? Now Maps automatically puts a pin in where you parked (I know! Right!?).
  • Search photos: Looking for something? Photos analyzes your images so you can find pics of Fido by typing ‘dog’ in the search bar.
  • Delete Hide Default apps: Just like deleting your own apps; long+press the app and click on the x on the iOS apps you don’t use. The iNoying app is  hidden from view and any associated data, cleared.
  • and, of course, these guys newmoji4newmoji3newmoji2newmoji1

For more newbies features see: 15 neat hidden features in iOS 10

Windows Emoji Keyboard

In this, my last post honoring World Emoji Day (promise), I showcase the emojis available with Windows Touch Keyboard.

In addition to the new emojis in GMail, and the hidden emojis in Skype, did you know that you can access emojis using Windows’ on-screen keyboard?

The on-screen keyboard (aka, Touch Keyboard), available to Windows desktop since versions 8, includes emoji characters similar to those used on iPhones and iPads.

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Accessing Emojis Using Windows Touch Keyboard

  1. In Desktop mode, RIGHT+CLICK on the taskbar, point to Toolbars and select Touch Keyboard. The Touch Keyboard icon TouchKeyboard Icon. now appears on the Taskbar.
  2. Click (or tap, if using a tablet) the Touch Keyboard icon to display an onscreen keyboard.
  3. Click the emoji key Emoji button_66 to display emojis.
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  4. Click the desired emoji. That emoji is inserted at the current cursor position.

Press ‘X‘ to close the Touch Keyboard when done.

Cheers!

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Apple’s Latest Betas Bring More Diversity To Emoji

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Apple’s expanded Emoji’s set is about to become more diverse. The new build will include Emojipersons-of-color and a expanded national flags set (including Switzerland). Wunderbar!

TechCrunch

Apple is adding more diverse emoji options to both iOS and OS X, new developer preview builds reveal. These includes various skin color options for emojis featuring people, faces, hands and other exposed skin, as well as new country flags that add to the rather limited original set.

The new skin tone options are available as alternates when a user clicks (or taps) and holds on any of the face, hand or people emoji, offering a further six skin color selections for any given enjoy in the People section where it’s applicable (meaning not the space invader, ghost, poo, skull or mask emojis, for instance).

The additional flag set adds 32 to the total collection, including a range of new countries that go beyond a few European, Asian and North American choices. These are offered on their own in the Travel & Places section of the emoji keyboard on…

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Phone Smack-down: Cortana vs. Siri & Google

Wondering how the different mobile virtual assistants fare?

Dan Rubino, of Windows Phone Central, put together a tête-à-tête-à-tête  comparison, pitting newcomer Cortana (Windows phone 8.1) against veterans Siri (Apple) and  Google Now (Android).  Although presented fairly objectively, consider the source when reviewing, and judge for yourself.

If you want to skip the 7 minute video, here’s the the blow-by-blow. In many cases each assistant handled its task slightly differently. For more details view the video, or follow this link to wpcentral.com’s article.

 

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Settings
“Turn off WiFi.”
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Social media
“Four Square, check-in.”
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Connect
“Call _____ using Skype?”
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Events
“When’s the next Miami Heat game?”
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Flights
“Flight status, AA125.”
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Appointments
“What’s my schedule?”
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Web Browser
“Go to CNN.com.”
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Notes
“Note: I need to repark the car.”
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Navigation
“Where’s the nearest Dunkin Donuts?”
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Weather
“Whats the weather like Tuesday?”
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Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

MS Office on the iPad

Microsoft Office, for the iPad is finally here!

After years of working with 3rd party viewers, you can now open and view Documents, Spreadsheets and Slides using MS Office for iPad. Tap the Share button to open an attachment in its respective Office application. The look and feel are just like using a streamlined (portable) version of your desktop Office.  That is to say, it won’t have all the same features, but for on-the-go computing it works great.

The apps are free, however, to unlock the full potential you’ll need to subscribe to Office 365. This is the Office via Cloud (aka SAS) and will enable you to create, save and edit files.

I have never been a big fan of editing on a tablet and Word for the iPad has yet to convince me otherwise. I do, however, appreciate being able to view and create spreadsheets while away from my desktop, using Excel for the iPad. But the real winner thus far (less than 24 hours into install) is PowerPoint for the iPad. Now I can display a presentation directly from my iPad to a projector/monitor and use familiar presentation controls, complete with laser pen, highlighter and notes (sweet!)

Comments and questions are always welcome!hɔuᴉnb

 

iOS 7 Tips

April is upcoming and I am handing out Easter Apples Eggs! iOS7 has been out for some months now, so this post may seem overdue. In defense, I was initially an un-fan of the new OS. Over time it has shown itself to be ‘a good thing’. So now, having made my peace with it, I am highlighting some of the better and under-exposed features.

My favorite of iOS7 features. 

Spotlight Search
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Swipe down from Home screen. Previously, you had to swipe all the way to the left most Home screen page. Now you can access Spotlight Search from any Home screen page. Use this to locate everything (i.e., apps, messages, contacts).
Control Center
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Swipe up from bottom of the screen to access Control Center. From here you have access to key features (camera, airplane mode, music) without having to navigate to the Settings app.This feature can also be disabled if it interferes with a particular app’s swipe gesture. To manage settings, open the Settings app and tap Control Center.Settings
Flick to stop running apps
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Double press the Home button to display running apps, then Flick app up & away to terminate. This gesture is far more satisfying than the previous ‘click the x‘ method.Bonus: you can flick-close multiple apps at a time!
Camera Burst Mode
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From the Camera app, Press & Hold Capture button to take rapid fire shots. Release button to stop.
This makes it easier on us iShutterBugs to capture that three-pointer.
Gesture back*
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*also a release mechanism to cope with road-rage.
Give your Home button a rest. Gesture (five-fingered** swipe) left or right to get back to your previous apps.


**(four fingers, for Disney execs)

hɔuᴉnb

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Mobile: Capture Screenshot

Your on the go and need to capture or produce an image from your phone? Let’s say, for instance, that you are planning of finally redeeming that Groupon you purchased. Or, perhaps, you plan on flashing your e-ticket to the airline check-in attendants. These would be bad times for your 4G or WiFi connection to fail. In preparing for hi-stress situations you are best served if you plan for technology to fail. Sure; one way to mitigate against an awkward moment by printing is by producing a printout of your ticket or voucher. My, how old skool! 

Another, less retro, failsafe involvles capturing a screenshot of your  e-ticket or voucher prior to use, while your internet connection is rock-steady. That way, if you lose connectivity, you still have the image on your phone to present when needed. And, yes, these methods also work with instant messenger apps (e.g. Snapchat).

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At the same time, press the On/Off switch and the Volume down buttons.
The image is captured and added to your Picture album/gallery.

Newer Samsung users: In addition to the above Android instruction, with newer Samsung phones (e.g. Galaxy 4) you can capture a screen with a hand gesture. The setting activated by going into your System Settings, under Motions and gestures.

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At the same time, press the Power and the Home buttons.
The image is captured and added to your Camera Roll

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  • At the same time, press the Start and the Power buttons.
    The screenshot is captured and added to the Screenshots album in the Photos Hub
note: The methods listed here are neither model nor version specific and may not apply to all makes and models: your mileage may vary 🙂
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Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

Comments and questions are always welcome!

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