Delete Google voice searches

 

Most people are used to clearing their browser history and other text based searches. They may not have realised you also need to clear voice searches. Google uses the histories to target you with sites and ads which they think you will be interested in. it’s about trying to tailor your device use to your needs. That can be helpful. Voice data takes up a lot of room . You may also not want ti there so the video shows you how to clear it.

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iOS 11 tips and tricks

iOS 11 has been beta tested since June 5th this year. Its official public release will be 19th September . Next week! I could have picked a shorter video but the one I have selected is well made and goes through everything you could possibly want to know about iOS 11. It does have a lot of features and it differs from previous iOS versions because there really is an emphasis on gesturing and features. A lot of people don’t get the best out of their devices because they are unaware of what they can actually do. Take 15 minutes to learn about iOS 11 and you’ll not only know a lot, you’ll get more out of your Apple phone and devices. There are 20 tips on techradar to help you too but the one about annoying Android friends could probably have been left out.

iPhone 8

The Apple Event of the iPhone 8 launch is going live on the Apple site on September 12th if you are interested.  It marks 10 years of iPhone releases and is the first event in the Steve Jobs Theatre. It is also will come with an iPhone which has changed quite a bit. The home key is gone. The gesturing is bigger and more important. Facial recognition is going to play a bigger role.  The graphics are OLED as opposed to LED. There has been a lot of anticipation about his phone because it is different. OLED means even better graphics for video. There is still no headphone socket and so bluetooth earphones/buds will be the option. It is about getting us to have good quality and top of the range phones without all the bits and pieces which hamper us. That has always motivated Apple. Bluetooth has issues as far as I am concerned. Until there  is really clear evidence that it is safe, I won’t be using it. They said the same when microwave ovens came out, time has passed and we are now more comfortable with microwave ovens. Electric Sense explains all the things related to radio and bluetooth waves quite clearly . Once we understand that, we can look at the issues and research with a better perspective. I am waiting to see what happens with the iPhone 8. Until now phones have been inclusive. I can’t always use a touch screen properly. I need physical keys. I had to use a number of phones before I could find one with a touch keyboard which I could use properly. Even so, I would be better with a psychical keyboard and they used to have phones like that. Not any more. The home key is fundamental to using the phone. If that , now, is just on the screen I can see myself having to press several times before I can action the phone. Until now those who needed that physical touch capability had it. If you change the sensitivity of the keys on the phone then all sorts of weird things happen. Haptic feedback certainly helps in my case and there is room for that to be improved. Meanwhile, the world is happy to be excited about this new iPhone release in the next couple of days. It will change things again. Znet has a good run down on what to expect.

Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Strain (DES) is a self inflicted condition we have brought upon ourselves because we use digital devices so frequently and our world requires that we do in order to work, play and organise our lives. Phones and tablets put out enough light to illuminate a dark room. That ought to remind us we need to take care of our eyes and we need to respond more pro actively to looking after them. It comes down to knowing what to do, taking action and reminding others to take action. Constantly staring at screens is creating problems for people so we need to be sensible and build in the health routines which will alleviate some of these problems. Vision Optique has some helpful inforgraphics to show us what some of the problems are and then some very helpful ideas to show us how to improve what we are doing so we avoid digital eyestrain. None of it is hard. Optometrytimes looks at how DES is affecting people and what can be done about it. Again there are some good visuals to help us.

Things smart phones have replaced

things smart phones have replaced

Image: teacherswithapps

I shouldn’t be surprised with how long the lists are. Smart phones have been around for a while. They were looked upon as fancy upgrades to the phones we had at the time but in real terms they are having an economic and environmental impact. Fewer devices means less clutter in our homes and less e-waste. I still keep a paper copy of contacts and addresses because electronic devices are not 100% reliable. They can lose vital information because of a crash , loss or changeover. I back things up but there still isn’t a perfect way of ensuring your data is there when you need it. Worse is if you have no wifi or internet connection. Then you really are in trouble. In Australia we haven’t moved over to electronic purchase receipts. That would save so much paper. I love e-tickets of various sorts. It is simple and works well. I do carry my shopping list and any other list on my phone. No more lost bits of paper. I haven’t totally converted to e-books because a paper book is just nice to have and isn’t counted, tracked or quantified. You can just read in peace. Smart phones have revolutionised a lot of what we do and will probably continue to do so because they will run our smart homes , smart cars and smart gardens. I have seen non English speaking tourists in our shops using smart phone translators to get the things they need. It is not perfect but certainly better than being stranded with no way of communicating in a language you don’t know. It is less worrying for the tourists and easier on the shop personnel. Smart phones have also been our way of quickly establishing relationships with people. You no sooner meet someone than their smart phone comes out and you can see pictures of their family, their holidays, their skills. We have used them to create authentic relationships in a very effective way. They are very complex now and can do so much. In time they will replace more things and then add their own layers of functionality. There is another list on technologreview, apart from the link at the top of the post ,with more things smart phones have replaced. For the generation  coming into smart phone use, none of this is relevant. They have what they have and won’t know about what has been replaced so there is a whole bank of generational experiences which have gone too and whether that matters or not is to be seen. I was wondering who’d remember what a rolodex/teledex was and who’d actually care? I used to love playing with it and thinking it was something to achieve to have my own one! What the smart phone uptake does do , though, is create a way of thinking and processing information and if you don’t have the things you are used to, you might be scrambling for the workarounds and not understand some digital processes. That replacement function will be affecting cognition in some people.

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