How to insert a SIM card

It came to my attention last week there are people who don’t know how to insert a SIM card into a phone or feel insecure about replacing one. They don’t know where to start and they don’t know what to do and think they will break their very expensive phone. I have further noticed, now I want to do this blog post, that YouTube has mostly old videos about inserting SIM cards. The world is probably assuming that by now we know how to do this because mobile devices are no longer new technology. They have been around for a long time. I have used a video for an iPhone. There is a video for Android phones here. If you cannot insert and remove a SIM card you are not in control of your device and can’t use it independently. We all need to know something this basic and we should ensure people around us are comfortable with an essential functional behaviour with regard to mobile devices. And what does SIM stand for ? System Information Module.

Best Smart Phone apps 2017

Because we all need new smart phone apps! We do. Developers are highly productive and becoming more creative and so it pays to check from time to time to see if there are apps which will improve and enhance your life and productivity. Phones are becoming more the must have device because they can now control and manage so much as well as serve their function as a communications device. Both android and iPhone are offering some really good new apps this year. PCMag has 100 new apps for android phones you can have a look through . popularmechanics has 23 iPhone apps for your consideration and then the video offers some more. Have fun!

Upgrade your blog template

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Blog upgradeBefore you upgrade , go to WP-Admin for your blog on WordPress and to the Tools which is the spanner icon 3rd up from the bottom. Select Export and download your xml file. That preserves your blog as it is.  Do that in any case because it is the back up for your blog. All my upgrades so far have gone well except one so the last one is not going to happen yet. The one which has been difficult has been glitchy and odd. Every other one has been straight forward. I am now reconstructing the tetchy blog and am just about here. If I click on customisations it is becoming jumpy and silly. Patience is a virtue. I am getting there , though. Some blog templates put everything at the bottom because it means they run faster on a tablet or smartphone. Classic mobile you-do-not-need-to know thinking. Mobile technology strips things down and so you are not getting the full experience necessarily of a website as you would on a computer. If you know that, you know what you don’t easily have access to. If you do not know that then we are back to the WYSIATI thinking and it can be limiting. I am trying to build blogs which have good information and then good links out but I also want them to run efficiently. Getting the new templates has really improved mobile performance and that was my main aim.  On a tablet this blog runs without the sidebars and all of that information is right at the bottom after you have scrolled down. On my phone it is more like a burner feed and just shows the text. This blog , though , is now running very fast and effectively on mobile devices and I am now happy the new look. Basically it takes a little bit of time and tinkering.

Kahoot

Kahoot is a Norwegian based interactive learning application which is designed to engage students through the use of IWB and a device. It works as easily on a phone as it does on any other device. People create Kahoot learning games and can share them. You do not have to . You can set your profile to private . It is important to check the settings since they are there to protect young students and for people who want some time to get to know the site and what it does before they go public. Wise choice on the developers’ part. I have chosen this clip because it gives a good overview of Kahoot and how to do it but the site is also very helpful with tutorials. In addition you will find plenty of good videos about Kahoot on YouTube so that you can familarise yourself with what Kahoot can do and how others use it. There is a review here on edshelf and another one here on tool review with some sound review questions for you to ask yourself. What a good idea that is. By now we should have standard checklist questions which we ask ourselves before we buy or try apps,tools and devices.

Banging on about battery life

We have no credibility as a 21st Century technological society if we keep having to charge our gadgets and  if  battery life is totally insufficient for the work days we have, the lives we lead and the things we need to do. A device which goes flat is completely unacceptable and destroys any cool technology image we might wish to promote. One thing which seems achievable is that schools, businesses and homes could have solar powered USB chargers at a small cost. Adam Codner from the University of Minnesota developed one as a project and has shared the information on YouTube. There are other videos which show you how to make 4 battery USB chargers for a reasonable cost and there are commercially available ones. Solar powered USB chargers for mobile devices should be everywhere so no one is left without battery life and no one is having to protect themselves from the high costs of electricity usage if everyone charges their device. There are written instructions for a small solar powered USB charger on instructables. I am not sure what happened to the paper batteries I blogged about in 2011. They would ease the costs and battery crises and be more sustainable. We have to stop this dependence on batteries so that we can freely use our devices. It is not so easy with laptops. They need more resources to charge and portable solar powered units to charge them seem to be less reliable and a bit of a problem in terms of sustainability and reliability. The comments under this article on treehugger promote some good discussion. The point that a laptop really should not be where there is no real access to power is probably valid but not helpful for those who do have to work in remote areas for a living or research. Spare batteries seem to be the best solution for now and laptop batteries are not cheap. The other solution is that in an organisation where people are laptop dependent, there should be access to electricity which is fed into the grid sustainably through wind and solar panels etc. We have to make the renewable energy solutions promote a more viable option to support our device dependence. We keep ignoring it, but it is not going to go away. They used to have cars where you had to crank up the engine to start them. That was hardly fine living , either. Eventually they gave the world starter motors and alternators.Personally, I want a want to tap my devices so they are then charged. The wand could then plug into a charging unit or be totally solar powered. Far more convenient than having my device connected to the wall or a solar unit.

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