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Tired of Asking Your Children for Help with Your iPhones & iPads?

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  • Are you often frustrated with your iPhone/iPad?
  • Do you dread asking your children for help with technology?
  • Do you feel like you can’t keep up with the changes in technology?

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PawleysAhhh, summertime in the South. For many of us, that means multi-generational, family beach trips. And that means divvying up who’s bringing what and who’s cooking when.

My family’s annual beach trip is in its 75th year this summer. It began two decades before I was born. I guess we could it call the Diamond Anniversary Beach Trip.

This year, we will have fourteen adults and five children between two houses. That’s a lot of mouths to feed and food to coordinate!

Thankfully the internet and particularly Google Drive is making the back and forth tweaking of “the beach list” easy. Google Drive is an amazing free service for anyone with a Gmail address or a Google account.

It’s cloud storage, a word processing program, a spreadsheet program and more, all rolled into one.

The way we use Google Drive for our beach trip is that one person creates a document or spreadsheet with columns which list the items each attendee has agreed to bring. On a second page, the daily mealtime cooks are listed.

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IMG_1555Back in the mid-2000s when we were all using flip phones and Blackberries, a British paramedic conceived of a universal emergency contact system for all cellphones.

It was genius in its simplicity: enter an emergency contact in your cell phone’s address book under the name ICE. First responders would know who to contact In Case of Emergency (ICE) should you be injured or incapacitated.

The idea spread quickly across Europe, Australia and eventually North America.

As smart phones have replaced those “dumber” phones, the new phones have extra security that can prevent an emergency responder from finding your ICE contact. With the iPhone in particular, the additional security feature is the 4-digit passcode or fingerprint depending on your model.

I had completely forgotten what a good idea this is for everyone until a client recently asked me about entering an ICE contact in her iPhone. The dilemma was how to make your emergency contact available when you use passcode or fingerprint security for your iPhone.

I can think of three ways to have an accessible ICE contact on your iPhone.

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This summer is flying by and, not to be corny, if you’re making reservations involving flying, be sure to see my tip below. There’s also an awesome trivia game that you play with Google Maps, a citizen science site where you help with real research projects and beautiful backgrounds to customize your Gmail page. [click to continue…]

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Do you ever find yourself searching and searching for an app on your iPhone or iPad instead of knowing just where to find it? We download apps to make us more productive, help us exercise, learn a new language, share photos, and at some point we have so many apps that we struggle to find the right one at the right time.

Yes, you can use Siri or Spotlight Search function to quickly find an app, but for some reason that’s a difficult habit to create.

If you find yourself scrolling through pages of apps on your iPhone, it’s time to organize them in a way that makes sense for you.

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IMG_1500One of the time-saving features in most email programs is the ability to organize contacts into groups for emailing everyone in a couple of mouse clicks. If you’ve set up email groups on your computer, you’ve probably noticed that you cannot use them to email from your iPhone or iPad. 

What was Apple thinking!

Whether your contact groups are created in iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo or some other email service, they just don’t work on the iPhone/iPad with the Mail app.

Until recently, I did not know that there is a “work around.” It’s not hard, but it will take a little time and patience to set up.  As we use our iPhones and iPads more and more for everything, including emailing, it’s probably worth your time.

The steps to create a distribution list on iPhone/iPad

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