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Five apps that have lasted five years (or more)

5 June 2017 | Comments [3] »

This morning I was thinking about the five phone that I’ve been using on daily (or almost daily) for at least five years. That’s a long time in the life of an app. Hats off to the developers who created such robust apps that have managed to stay really useful without significant changes. (They’ve all been updated, of course.)

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My newest favorite iPhone accessory: Loopy

15 May 2017 | Comments [2] »

I attended the NAPO conference last month and roomed, as usual, with my pal, Geralin Thomas. Geralin is always turning me on to great things and I’ve learned over the years to take her recommendations very seriously.

This time, she showed me her phone case, which is called Loopy. This case has a collapsible silicon loop on the back, which threads through holes in the case to securely fasten the loop inside the case.

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Fall asleep to music with your iPhone

10 March 2017 | Comments [2] »

Did you know that you can set your timer to stop the music you’re playing when the timer goes off? That means that if you like to fall asleep to music (or spoken word, I suppose), you can have the phone turn off the music automatically. Set a timer for an appropriate amount of time, set the sound for “When Timer Ends” to “Stop Playing” (all the way down at the bottom of the list of chime tones) and the music will stop after the designated amount of time, perhaps after you’ve fallen asleep.

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My new favorite app: NPR One

14 September 2016 | Comments [0] »

I’m an unabashed fan of National Public Radio. I’ve been listening to it for decades. But in recent years, that’s fallen by the wayside. Instead, I’ve been listening to music on my phone or podcasts that automatically land on my phone. I used to listen to NPR on my car radio (I don’t think I even have a radio in my home any longer), but I’d switch it off if I didn’t like the story.

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My favorite new iPhone accessory

28 March 2016 | Comments [0] »

I bought an iPhone 6S on February 26. I love it of course. I’ve never been shy about expressing my love for my iPhone. And that love has not diminished an iota since my first iPhone, the 4S I bought in 2012. This new phone replaced my nearly two-year-old iPhone 5S whose storage had filled up. I blame my puppy, Bix, who’s outrageously photogenic, for that.

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My Apple Watch: Lovable, if not indispensable

25 September 2015 | Comments [0] »

I wrote last April about my excitement over buying an Apple Watch (and how I navigated the choices available). I ordered it online and the day it was set to arrive I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I devoted some time that day to setting it up just right.

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Swype makes iPhone typing easier

17 November 2014 | Comments [2] »

With iOS 8, my iPhone got just a little bit better. For a brief time before I got my beloved iPhone (I currently use the 5S), I had a cheap Android phone. The only thing I missed about that phone was the built-in Swype keyboard that made texting easier. With Swype, you slide your finger from key to key, rather than pressing the individual keys with your finger or thumb.

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The dark side of my iPhone love

4 August 2014 | Comments [4] »

I truly love my iPhone 5S, as I’ve mentioned here repeatedly. (And before the 5S, I loved my 4S with equal fervor.) But on Friday, I came to know the flip side of that love: Dependence and, ultimately, betrayal.

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Mynd makes your iPhone calendar better

20 June 2014 | Comments [6] »

I’m an Apple fangirl. As I’ve written here many times, I love love love my iPhone. (I currently have a 5S). I’ve been using iCal for my calendar ever since I got my first Mac in 2008.

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Have you upgraded to iOS 7 yet?

25 October 2013 | Comments [1] »

If you have an iPhone or an iPad and haven’t yet upgraded to the newest operating system, iOS 7, I’m going to give you one good reason to do it.

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Portable power station

14 October 2013 | Comments [0] »

I don’t usually have too tough a time with my iPhone 4S running out of juice. I charge it nightly when I sleep and the charge typically lasts the day.

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Change can be good

23 September 2013 | Comments [0] »

Last week, Apple issued a new operating system for its mobile devices, iOS 7. I saw online that it was a huge redesign. At first I balked at updating. (I tend to be slow to do that anyway; I like to wait for the bugs to get worked out.) I wondered why they’d make such a drastic change. The old design—unchanged since the original iPhone—was clearly a winner. I was used to it. It worked well. I had no complaints.

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My iPhone-versary

18 March 2013 | Comments [0] »

Okay, this anniversary might not seem noteworthy. But it’s very special to me. I’m still truly, madly, deeply in love with my iPhone 4S.

It’s been one year and four days since I bought my iPhone. How do I know? I marked it on my calendar, that’s how important it was to me.

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Using my iPhone during international travel

19 November 2012 | Comments [0] »

As I’ve mentioned, I went to Barbados the week of November 5. As I’ve also mentioned, I’m in love with my iPhone 4S and I would have had a hard time doing without it. Plus, since I ditched my landline a few months ago, my cell phone is my business line, so I knew I couldn’t just turn it off or leave it at home.

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Traveling light

12 October 2012 | Comments [0] »

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how iPhone simplifies my life. Today I leave for Chicago for the weekend to help my friend, Sally, of Roll Over Rover Threads at a pet-industry trade show. (Check out Sally’s website for fun and sophisticated pet-related apparel and home goods!)

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App of the week: Over

28 September 2012 | Comments [0] »

On Facebook, I frequently see photos with captions right on the picture and I wonder how the caption got there. (I also wonder how people upload clips of TV shows onto You Tube, but that’s another question.)

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App of the Week: IMDB

24 August 2012 | Comments [0] »

I consider myself a bit of a movie/TV show savant. As bad as my short-term memory is getting as I age, I’m still hanging on to information about movies and shows and the actors who appear in them.

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Ditched the landline!

20 August 2012 | Comments [0] »

Last month, I wrote that I was contemplating letting go of my landline, which felt like a huge move for me.

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How my iPhone simplifies my life

17 August 2012 | Comments [0] »

After I’d had my iPhone 4S for six weeks, I wrote a love letter to it. Four months later, I still adore it. And I don’t take it for granted. I consciously think about how much I love my iPhone at least once every couple of days.

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App of the week: Maps

3 August 2012 | Comments [2] »

I used to carry around a GPS. And I would always mute it, because I found the voice disruptive. Mostly I just wanted to know how long it was going to take me to get to my destination.

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Lifehacker's list of best iPhone apps

11 July 2012 | Comments [3] »

For three years in a row, the wonderful website Lifehacker has presented its Lifehacker Pack for iPhone list of iPhone apps that help you stay productive, connected, informed and entertained.

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Getting rid of my landline

9 July 2012 | Comments [7] »

I’m giving serious thought to ditching my landline telephone. This feels like a very big deal to me. But these days it seems like the only calls I get are from solicitors (I don’t answer) and prospective clients, who get my number from my website. The latter group can just as easily get my cell number from my website. I’m paying over $65 a month for my landline.

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App of the Week: Reminders

29 June 2012 | Comments [7] »

One of the built-in features of my beloved iPhone 4S that I have taken most advantage of is the Reminders app. Since my phone has Siri, all I have to do is activate Siri and dictate a reminder.

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App of the Week: The iPhone's camera

8 June 2012 | Comments [2] »

Have you noticed that there are a lot more photos on my blog in the last couple of months? That’s because the camera in my iPhone makes it so easy to take pictures and get them on my blog. In the past, I’d have to find my camera, take the picture, then plug my camera into my computer, import the photo into iPhoto and go from there.

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App of the week: Siri

18 May 2012 | Comments [4] »

I love Siri, the intelligent voice-recognition software on my iPhone 4S, but I understand that not everyone does. It gets frustrating when Siri doesn’t understand you and you to repeat yourself. Luckily for me, I don’t often have that problem. Siri understands me better than most people do.

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App of the week: Square

11 May 2012 | Comments [0] »

I’m still in the honeymoon phase of my relationship with my iPhone 4S. (I hope it never ends!) A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about why I love my iPhone.

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I'm in love with my iPhone 4S

25 April 2012 | Comments [5] »

Seriously, what took me so long to buy an iPhone? I bought a MacBook in 2007. An iPod Touch in 2008. (It was my third iPod.) An iPad in 2010. I loved them all dearly. Why did it take me so long to buy an iPhone?

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Nine things I love about the iPad

21 September 2010 | Comments [8] »

My three-year-old cell phone came to the end of its life recently, so I bought an iPad. I realize that doesn’t make a lot of sense on the surface, since the iPad isn’t a phone. But when it came time to contemplate a new phone, I realized I wanted the productivity of smart phone (that is, I wanted to be able to access the internet when I’m out and about without relying on a wireless connection), but I didn’t want to sign a contract with AT&T and I also craved a larger screen for my middle-aged eyes.

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Why I love my iPod Touch

10 December 2008 | Comments [3] »

I bought an iPod Touch (second generation) in October, as I’ve mentioned before. I thought today I’d share nine ways it’s enhanced my life in less than two months:

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The intersection of high and low tech

18 August 2008 | Comments [0] »

One of the things I love about knitting is that it’s low tech. All my equipment is tangible, made of wood, metal, fiber, or plastic (unless you count the internet, where I shop, search for patterns and advice and network with other knitters).

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