Author: David Shelley

iPhone – Things you didn’t know you could do

There are Android users and there are iPhone users.  I’m an iPhone user and if you’re like me, you use your phone for a lot of different uses, but did you know you could do these iPhone tricks?

  1.  Put your phone in Airplane mode to charge faster
  2.  If you have the Apple headphones, you can use the center button to snap pictures
  3.  You can take pictures with the “up” volume button
  4.  When taking photos, you can hold the capture button to go into burst mode and take a series of photos
  5.  Caps Lock, if you double-tap the shift button you will turn on Caps Lock
  6.  Calendar, if you want to see more detail, turn your phone to landscape position and you’ll see more
  7.  Undo text, simply shake your phone
  8.  Text timestamps, just touch and drag the text bubble and you can see the time stamps

Backing up iPhone with iCloud

For those with iPhones, backing up your iPhone using Apple’s iCloud is simple, easy, and no-hassles.  I’ve used iTunes in the past but when I found out the iCloud tool to back up my phone, it was a no brainer.  It will automatically or manually backup your device.  What is cool about using the iCloud for backup is that if you have to do a restore or you get a new phone, all you have to do is log into iCloud choose the latest backup event for your phone and it will download all you content (Note:  you should connect to wifi to help speed things along, but it’s not necessary). As for iTunes, you can use this to back up your phone as well, however the kicker is it will restore from your latest backup, so if you haven’t sync’d your phone since last

HyBrid Solid State Drives (SSHD)

Regular hard drives have spinning disk while solid state drives have no moving parts.  A Hybrid Drive uses moving parts the say way a traditional sata drives does, but it combines a NAND flash memory into the hard drive.  This is done to give you speed as well storage space that is expensive to get from an actual Solid State Drive.  The hybrid drive won’t beat the SSD in speed, however it will come close, and definitely boost your speed in comparison to a traditional hard drive and give you the space you need to store data.  Hybrid drives do spin less than traditional hard drives and therefore the parts move less, because it has less moving parts it should also last longer than traditional drives.  Hybrids have a memory manager in the hard drive that identifies what data and files are used most frequently and store it in the flash memory, it basically learns what is used frequently so those items open faster, so a hybrid drive learns what you are doing and subsequent boot times and file access time will shorten.

SimpleNote-The Free Note Taking App

For those of you who like to take notes or keep track of items SimpleNote is a cool cloud based note keeping app.  I use it on my iphone as well as on my pc and mac.  It stores your data, and you simply have to login wherever you are to access your information.  You can share lists, post instructions, or publish your thoughts.  Your notes are backed up and if you need to go back to something you can easily do so.  You can search your notes quickly and easily.  There are phone apps for both iOS users as well as Android users.  What’s more important… its FREE!