Friday, March 07, 2014

23 Mobile Things--Thing 2

In this Thing we were asked to learn all sorts of bits and pieces of ways our mobile device can be used. I have an iPhone 4S and had just updated it to iOS 7 for the purpose of making doing the 23 mobile things that much easier, so having links to this information and researching more about how everything works was very helpful for me.

I am happy to have learned that I can save battery life on my phone in so many different ways.  You would think that after having an iPhone for a few years, I would have known some of the ways to do this, but I always seem to think that I'll research that at some point and never get around to it.  I'm sure I'm not alone in this ;)  So, now I can truly close apps by double tapping the home button and swiping whatever I don't need to be running in the background all the time (I'm pretty sure I don't need constant updates from Candy Crush, whatever Candy Crush wants to think).  Then I also went into settings tapped on general, down to accessibility, and turned reduce motion on.  This makes it so that when I look at the picture of my little kitty Melvin his eyes no longer seem to follow me wherever I go.  I mean that is kinda cute (or kinda creepy, depending), but I guess the 3-D motion can really wear down your battery as well.

There are lots of little things that Siri can do for you, but I confess to not having really used Siri at all.  It is interesting that you can make Siri female or male now and that you can also use her/him/it to find out what your friends are saying on Twitter and such, but, at this point in time, I haven't found enough need to even have Siri set up on my phone.  Maybe that will change.

Oh, the other bit of information that I really like having is that we can now see the time stamp on every text that we send and gets sent to us.  That is really a nice feature.  In the past, it has been a bit annoying to not be able to see when I specifically sent a message (when it was in the middle of the conversation).

Anyway, those are some of the things that stood out to me most in learning more about iOS 7 on my phone.

The green grass will grow again!
On another note: here is a little dose of Springtime that was gifted to our library by one of our beautiful Story Hour participants!

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