Time Management Tools on the iPhone and the Web

Do you ever wonder, like I often do, “Where did the time go?”…. “How much time did I spend on…. ?”

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I recently was introduced to Toggl,  can be used for simple tracking of tasks for yourself:

“What are you Working on Now”, and then timing it with the built-in timer or adding, or adjusting, the start and end times manually, if I forgot to start or stop the time.  It’s very easy to go in and make changes to the times. Continue reading

Uploading Photos from iPhone to Flickr

Inspirational Sheila Flickr Photostream(Photo to the left is from my Inspirational Sheila Flickr Photostream.)

I was recently asked if I use the iPhone (and Android) Application for uploading photos directly to Flickr.

Flickr is one of the most widely used programs, by both professional and amateur photographers, for sharing and storing photographs.  The photos can be public or they can be designated for viewing by a limited audience. You select Continue reading

Using the Internet to Easily Talk with Friends, Family, Business Associates

zoom-showingimages-titleimage-50My latest discovery for ways to EASILY talk to family, friends and/or clients, if you are in business, is ZOOM.us. When I read on Facebook that my friend Camara Randolph, on her iPad, had a session with a client while sitting on a park bench, I immediately went to check it out.  The program she was using is ZOOM, an application which can EASILY be used on computers, iPads and other tablets, as well as iPhones and other Smart Phones. Continue reading

Swipe Controls – Using the new Apple iOS7 for iPads and iPhones

I recently purchased an iPad.  Very happy with it and in the interest of staying current, I immediately uploaded the new iOS7 as soon as the option for it showed up on my iPad.  I hadn’t really paid any attention to the buzz and announcements on what was coming up so I didn’t know what to expect. I immediately attempted using the iPad with the familiar tapping actions and it wasn’t working. Lots of frustration set in.



(To watch, click on arrow on the far left  below the video.)

My exploration for answers, as well as questions others were having, led to this blog post. The answers were so simple!! With the previous operations, “tapping” is the action that causes results. With iOS7 it is “swiping“.  This post addresses a few of the most used activities on our devices and the actions for managing them.

In the above video on “How to Use iOS7 on the iPad” you’ll see the ease of the “swiping” motions that I discuss. Below you’ll see individual explanations.

1 – CLOSING OPEN PROGRAMS – To extend your battery life,  be sure to regularly close applications you are not using.  In the earlier systems, double clicking on the home button brings up all your open programs in a row at the bottom of your device. Tapping on one  brings up minus signs in the upper left corner of each icon.  A single tap on that mark closes the program/window. Apple iOS 7.0 Home Page on iPad Continue reading

Adding or Changing Your Profile About Information in Facebook

One of my new habits is checking Facebook for information on friends from whom I have not heard in a while. It seems that more and more frequently people are posting their challenges and ills, as well as a small celebrations.

So when I checked with a friend, querying information I had seen in her profile, she wrote me back that she had unsuccessfully attempted making changes.  For her, and anyone else with similar challenges, below are the step-by-step visuals for how to edit your information on Facebook. You can actually get at the pages you want to change from either your Profile page or the Home page.

On the Profile Page, click on either “Update Info” or “About”

Updating Information from Facebook Profile pageOnce in the About page, click on Edit in any of the sections you want to change.

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You can also get to the editing from your Home Page

facebook-home-edit1When in your About Page, go to the section you want to be edited.

Click on Edit. Then make the Changes you wish in the boxes that open.  Be sure to Save Changes.

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Have fun making your updates. Please share in the comments here, your experience of this post. Also what is it you most like about Facebook?  Please leave your responses in the “Reply …” box below

Protecting Pictures of Grandchildren and Children – Hide Locations in Smart Phones

Protect the privacy of your grandchildren and anyone else whose photos you upload online. I was recently shocked when I learned how fully hackers are able to track locations of people from pictures posted on the Internet.

If you are interested in privacy and security, the following NBCActionNews video is a “must-watch.” I’m not sure if there is much difference in the relevant technology since this interview was uploaded in November 2010. At the time, the officer interviewed called this “hidden threat” “today’s biggest risk online.”

Watch it and you will see that locations of bedrooms, schools, where the children hangout, and much more, were all trackable Continue reading

Use Google to Make Phone Calls from Gmail and Hangouts

The latest exciting Internet discovery, for me, is that you can make phone calls from your computers when in Gmail on the web. You can call land line and mobile phone numbers, as well as conference call lines. It’s as simple as clicking on a phone icon when logged into Gmail on the computer.

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You can call to, or from, anywhere in the US or Canada at no charge for the call. Continue reading

Downloadable Audio Books – Using Your Public Library from Home

Palm Beach County Library ServicesThis past week I once again ventured into new territory for me. I wanted to talk about technology and library  services so, of course, I had to try them myself. How glad I was that I did!

I had a 4 1/2 hour road trip scheduled, so it was a good opportunity to try something new. In the past, I would have gone to the library to check out one or more books on CDs. It makes the trip more enjoyable, for me, and time passes much more quickly as I drive when listening to a good story on CDs. This time, Continue reading

Recording Birthdays in iPhone Contact Book and Calendar



 If you’d like to listen to the instructions, as well as read them, click on the arrow. To PAUSE, click on the two parallel vertical lines. Click again to resume listening.

Continuing from the last post “How to Add Birthdays in Your Address Book and to iCal on the Mac“, adding birthdays to your Contact List in the iPhone is quite simple.

1 – Select the Contacts icon from your Home Page. Tap to Open.

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