Those of you who know me will know that I really love using Siri on my iPhone and iPad.
Day in, day out, I use it to set reminders, sent texts, dictate notes, make phone calls, read my emails while I drive (hands free, of course), and so much more.
This week, I found a Siri command that I have been needing for so long - one that can remind me later about something that I have received, seen, created, etc.
What do I mean by this?
Well, as an example, I so often get an email or a text that I can't action right at that point in time, but need to remember to action at a later time.
I don't want to have to trawl through my long list of emails/texts to find it - if I actually do remember to do that! Flagging in the Mail app doesn't quite work - again, because this requires me to remember to go back and look at my 'flagged' emails.
I had been using Evernote for emails that I needed to action later. I would forward my emails to my Evernote, and set a reminder there. An adequate solution, but I will now be using Siri instead because it is SO much easier.
I now tell Siri to set a reminder (for a particular date/time) about whatever I am looking at on my iPhone (or iPad) screen. Siri will create that reminder WITH a link that allows me to go straight to that 'thing' (email, message, web page, calendar entry, note, etc), so that I have all the information I need in front of me. In the image I have shown in this article, tapping on the little Mail app symbol takes you straight to the applicable mail message.
I am using this every day now and loving my reminders and the quick, easy access they give me to relevant information.
Find out how to use this Siri feature in this week's Handy Hint
If you are interested in finding out more about how to use this great Siri command that will help you to remember to come back to something important, check out this week's Handy Hint.
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iOS updates seem to be coming thick and fast for our iPads and iPhones, with yet another (9.3.4) released on Thursday August 4.
Just like the very recent 9.3.3 update, iOS 9.3.4 plugs a potential security hole that has been discovered by someone in China.
Apple is very good at quickly releasing updates to patch such potential 'holes', which have not usually been used yet 'in the wild'.
The risk of someone using this security hole to do something nasty to your device is pretty slim, but my motto is 'better to be safe than sorry'.
So I have gone ahead and downloaded and installed this update and have not had any concerns. I have checked online, and no problems have been reported there.
Here is an article from CNet that gives further information about iOS 9.3.4 - for those who would like to further understand the content of this update.
I would suggest it's quite safe to go ahead and install this update. Just remember to always consider the size of these updates if you have limited home internet. Luckily, this one is reported in the below article as being around only 25MB - much smaller than many of their updates!
As always, iTandCoffee can help you with such an update - just make an appointment by calling 1300 885 420, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2/8/2016 0 Comments
One of my Bigpond email accounts, one that I originally used when I set up iTandCoffee, was migrated to the new Telstra mail service in mid-July 2016.
Because I don't really use it, I had not actually checked the mail coming in to it until today.
I was very concerned to see that I had an email that advised me that there were supposedly 13 email that were unable to be delivered, and that I needed to click a link to 'reconfigure port 465 automatically'. (See image here for the content of this email.)
Given that I my Bigpond account had only just been migrated, my initial reaction was to take it seriously, thinking that something might have gone wrong with the migration.
However, being suspicious of all such emails (as we all should be), I had a look at the web address behind the 'Click Here' link. Not surprisingly, it was a web address that has nothing to do with Telstra.
To find out how you can check a link to see the corresponding web address (so that you can work out if it is a legitimate link or not), check out this past tip from iTandCoffee: How to work out where an email link is really going to take you.
Be alert AND alarmed, and NEVER click on links in email like this.
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