We Can Tutor You On Your iPad or iPhone

As we head into the Winter season you can use your iPad for a NOAA weather radio. I have it on mine, and there is little more powerful than being in an afternoon meeting and having the NOAA storm alert sound go off on it. I instantly have everyone’s full and undivided attention. I was helping a relative recently with their iPad and they are not a touch typist, so they type biblically, that is seek and find a letter. When I showed him he could dictate to his iPad and have it printed out on screen for editing he was all smiles. I expect a book by summer from him. Those are the kinds of things we tutor here at Louisville TechTutor. Useful things that make your iPad so much more than a book reader and e-mail box. Custom tutoring, and working with seniors & the technology challenged is our specialty.

 

CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TUTORING SESSION
e-mail: rmeadows@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter:  http://goo.gl/9dpLf.  We do a 2 hour introductory tutoring session to really get you going. We leave time to answer your questions and we will show you specific items you want to know how to do. That session is less than the cost of a good case for your iPad.

TODAY’S TIP: Save Battery Power
If you turn off PUSH EMAIL you can save a lot of battery power, especially if you are using a cell connection.
Open SETTINGS, MAIL, FETCH NEW DATA
Turn off PUSH
You can set FETCH to download manually, then to receive emails open the MAIL App and wait for them to download.

The perfect Christmas Gift for your spouse, parent or special relative who is new to using a iDevice is to give them a 2 hour tutoring session as a stocking stuffer. E-mail or call us at 502-593-5830 to get a tutoring session scheduled.   

CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TUTORING SESSION
e-mail: LOUTECHTUTOR

Follow us on Twitter: @LouTechTutor

Four Great Tips For iPad

When I am writing, like an article for here, I sometimes do NOT want to be bothered. No calls please. If you don’t want any notifications or calls then: Click Settings >Do Not Disturb and turn on Manual. That takes care of it. Do remember to reverse that when you are finished.

Do you find your iPad down to 21% charge and you know you need more for the afternoon and don’t have a long charge time. To fast-charge turn on Airplane Mode (tap Settings turn on Airplane Mode). It will charge much faster.

I use folders for apps. Navigation, Writing, Local News, Storage & Dining are some I use. With iOS 7 there’s no longer a limit on the number of apps you can put into a folder, so there’s no more need for duplicate folders. Additionally, you can put folders in the Bottom Dock, so you can have six folders with 10 apps each if you want.

Let’s do the Four Finger Claw: If you are using two apps and switching back and forth, like emailing a colleague and getting info from the web to send them, then put the Four Finger Claw to work. Using all four fingers of one hand swipe Right to Left and get the previous app. Swiping Left to Right will bring you back to the first app. That way you can quickly move back and forth.

 

If you would like Personal Tutoring on your iPad and/or iPhone then contact us here:  LouTechTutor@gmail.com

Listen To YouTube Music And Work On iPhone

Hot Tip of the day: How to listen to music/media from YouTube on your iPhone while using other apps (iOS 7 only):

1- It really does hurt me to say this, but forget the YouTube app. (I apologize if this offends any app out there!)
2- Open YouTube in your browser (Safari or Chrome).
3- Find your video, play it, go to the home screen.
4- The music will stop playing.
5- Swipe up the menu from the bottom, and press ‘Play’ as you would with normal music.
6- AMAZING!! You can now post a thank you to @HackerHostelLou on twitter for this tip as you listen to your music.

 

TIME SAVING TIPS

Every little bit helps. Some tips and tricks that can make for a better experience in using your iPad or iPhone.  

KEYBOARD: I was trained as a typist, not keyboarding, but on an old manual Underwood in H.S. typing class. I know when to use a colon or semi-colon as opposed to a comma. When I am typing on my iPhone in particular it can be a bit of a pain to pull up the number keyboard. Don’t. Just HOLD DOWN the 123 button, the number keyboard comes up; move your finger to the number or punctuation mark you want WITHOUT lifting your finger from the screen and it goes into your writing. Easy Peasy.

 

FOLDERS: You can create folders for your apps.  iOS now supports folders. To create a folder all you need to do is tap and hold on an app until they all start to jiggle, then drag the app over another icon and release. Your iPad will create a folder with both the apps in. The folder will be named according to the category of the apps it contains, but you can rename it as you like.

 

QUIT ASKING.  If you’re fed up of getting bugged by messages asking if you’d like to join this or that Wi- Fi network all the time then head to Settings, Wi-Fi and turn off Ask to Join Networks. You can still join any network that will have you from this same screen, it just won’t bug you constantly when the opportunity arises.

 

OH APOSTROPHE, WHERE ARE YOU:  This is a great tip for any app, such as Notes, Pages or Mail, that you type into using the iPad’s virtual keyboard. Rather than having to go to the second screen of the keyboard every time you want to type an apostrophe (which is a real pain) just tap and hold on the ! key and a hidden apostrophe option will appear – then just slide your finger up to access it.

 

FIND THAT TEXT: You can search for a particular word on an open page in Safari. Type your word into the Google search box. You’ll see a list of suggestions appear, and near the bottom you’ll see “On This Page”, showing how many times that word appears on the page. Tap the Find option to go to the first instance of the word.

HELPFUL REMINDERS

Sometimes I like to go back and re-read articles or instructions to remind myself about techniques that you loose because you don’t use. 

 

For instance, the ‘five finger pinch’ as I call it. On your screen of an iPad or iPhone if you take all five fingers and pull them together into a pinch the app you are in, shrinks and then closes. Magically you are back to the home screen.  It is certainly faster than moving to the home button and just as effective.

 

Something that is not used enough by me certainly and most others I am sure is the iPad search.  If you swipe down your screen with one finger you will open up the search bar at the top of the screen.  Type in your search word and up pops apps with it, notes, mail and then you can search the web or for what I don’t know, but Wikipedia.  

 

Faster searches.  If you are using Google and know you saw that article you need on The Guardian out of the UK, then you can limit your search to just that. In the search bar type – “site:theguardian.com Queen’s Lunch” and google will only search that newspaper for the article on what Her Majesty had for lunch. 

 

Want to learn more, contact us – loutechtutor@gmail.com. 

That Waning Crescent Moon

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Beautiful photography and a nice symbol for Do Not Disturb as it invokes that night time feel. Apple uses it in iOS 7.x to show you have put your phone in to Do Not Disturb mode for meetings or nighttime.  This photo of the home screen shows it in the yellow circle.  

 

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About three weeks ago I noticed it at the top of my screen and thought, “oh wow nice, Apple is doing the Moon Phases.” Filed that away in the non-useful memory zone.  At about the same time I would pick my phone up and find I missed a call or two calls while working, with the phone laying right there on the desk. 

I would shut off and restart my phone, have a colleague call me and it would ring. I just put it off to that kind of typical failure that modern day electronics suffer.  A glitch. It happens.  Back to work.  But, it kept happening.  If I did something with my phone then I would get notifications, hear phone calls. INTERMITTENT problem. Undiagnosable by me. 

 I tried to monitor it but I could not pin point when it was and was not happening. 

One Friday my Co-Founder and I were out getting some items for Hacker Hostel. I reached down to my phone case on my belt and pulled out my iPhone. There were TWO MISSED CALLS. My phone was not on vibrate only and the sound switch was not turned to the off position. I had not in fact felt my phone vibrate, just an episode of ‘vibranxiety’.  

I got off the interstate at the next exit and drove up the street to an AT&T store. It was a cold snowy morning and when we went in there were nine employees crouched to get a customer and we were the first and only so far. I told the rep what I had been experiencing with missed calls, notifications of messages and such. He looked at me patiently as I talked. When I paused for breath the calmly told me, that he could fix that. 

Whoa what?

He told me I had crescent moon syndrome. What?

He asked for my phone and that I enter the security key. I did and handed him the phone. He then showed me the DO NOT DISTURB icon was on.  The pretty neat crescent moon icon thingy at the top of my iPhone screen next the percent of battery life WAS NOT the current phase of the moon. It is in fact what shows your phone has been placed in do not disturb mode and when it is activated. 

I guess for some people it is necessary to have that mode and use it. I on the other hand am not routinely in meetings with POTUS or even Hizzoner @louisvillemayor so I just turn off the sound so my phone doesn’t ring or ding in a meeting and then turn it back on when done.  If it vibrates I know I missed something and if it vibrates lots I know I need to pull it out and look.  

The customer service rep at the AT&T store said it happens when you use the upward swipe to get the screen for the sound, flashlight or screen brightness. You will some times accidentally hit the Do Not Disturb or Bluetooth icon and change their state. So now you know if your phone seems to be not ringing with calls or dinging with message notifications it might be that you have turned on do not disturb.  I check for that crescent moon icon often.  And the bluetooth one as well since that will DRAIN your battery if left on.  

 

We Can Tutor You On Your iPad or iPhone

THE other day I met a friend for coffee and they were about 15 minutes late. No big thing to me, but they were upset they got trapped in traffic when they could have come another way.  I asked them, “did you check traffic flow on your iPad?”

Yeah, I saw that glazed look. But you can check.

Louisville is in the middle of storm central for the Spring season. Afternoon thunder storms, tornado watches and WARNINGS. You can use your iPad for a NOAA weather radio. I have it on mine, and there is little more powerful than being in an afternoon meeting and having the NOAA storm alert sound go off on it. I instantly have everyone’s full and undivided attention.I was helping a relative recently with their iPad and they are not a touch typist, so they type biblically, that is seek and find a letter. When I showed him he could dictate to his iPad and have it printed out on screen for editing he was all smiles. I expect a book by summer from him.Those are the kinds of things we tutor here at Louisville TechTutor. Useful things that make your iPad so much more than a book reader and e-mail box. Custom tutoring, and working with seniors & the technology challenged is our specialty.

CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TUTORING SESSION
e-mail: loutechtutor@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter:  http://goo.gl/9dpLf We do a 2 hour introductory tutoring session to really get you going. We leave time to answer your questions and we will show you specific items you want to know how to do. That session is less than the cost of a good case for your iPad.

TODAY’S TIP: Save Battery Power
If you turn off PUSH EMAIL you can save a lot of battery power, especially if you are using a cell connection.
Open SETTINGS, MAIL, FETCH NEW DATA
Turn off PUSH
You can set FETCH to download manually, then to receive emails open the MAIL App and wait for them to download.

SENIOR EXECUTIVE CLASS-JANUARY 2014

The next tutoring class for Senior Executives will be the LAST week of January.  We have openings available January 23, 24 & 30 at 6:30 PM for our two hour class.  We have two slots left for the two hour class on Saturday January 25 in the afternoon.   

Don’t delay. These one on one tutoring sessions fill up fast.  

CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TUTORING SESSION
e-mail: LOUTECHTUTOR

Follow us on Twitter: @LouTechTutor

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One To One Tutoring: Meet Your Needs

Today’s Tip From Louisville TechTutor

No matter if it is a message from the grandchildren or a business inquiry all of us prioritize what e-mail we deal with first. The decision about which e-mail to open first can be helped by having more lines previewed in your new e-mail list on the left side of the screen in Mail.  Here’s How:  OPEN Settings. TAP Mail, Contacts, Calendars. SCROLL DOWN TO Preview. TAP. Choose how many lines to display and TAP. That simple. You can have anything from NONE to 5 Lines. It really helps you see whats in the mail when you use 4 or 5 Preview lines. Once you have chosen then TAP the BACK Arrow at the top of the screen with Mail, Contacts…Then push your home button and your are done.
 
That is just one of the scores of help and improvements we can teach you in our personalized Tutoring Class.
 

The training that makes you productive. With your iPad. Today.

We have a two hour introductory class that begins to build your confidence and knowledge on your iPad or iPhone so you get much more out of it every day. This one on one tutoring is very reasonably priced and can be done at our technology center, your home or even a coffee office.  We can do additional tutoring in one hour blocks after the initial class, which we can tailor for your specific needs or continue to build on the basics so you can do more.  
 
Louisville TechTutor helps you make your iPad the gateway to your world. In business. At Home. On The Go.
 
One area that many of our clients ask for is a session on effectively using the app store and finding the apps they need to use their iPad. Another is transferring photos to the iPad so they can show off their rose garden or grand children to the breakfast club.  We teach that. 
 

CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TUTORING SESSION
e-mail: loutechtutor@gmail.com

Follow us on Twitter:  http://goo.gl/9dpLf