In the Travelling with Technology videos and book by iTandCoffee, there is a chapter dedicated to 'Getting around' - navigation tips and apps, organising tours, trains, and handy websites.
Also included in this chapter is a page dedicated to using your Apple Watch's compass app to 'trace your steps' and 'set waypoints' - features that I will be trying out during our upcoming overseas trip!
Is your wallet full of loyalty cards?
Mine isn't any longer. In fact, I rarely ever take a wallet with me. And the physical wallet that I do have now is only a very small one, with just the basic cards in it - credit cards, drivers license, Medicare, Myki.
All of my other cards are stowed away in a draw somewhere!
But I can still carry them with me wherever I go using an App on my iPhone. And - even better - I have recently added this App to a special spot on my Apple Watch, so that I can access it really quickly whenever I need to scan one of my loyalty cards.
22/10/2022 0 Comments
It's strange how you just don't notice certain things that appear on screens.
I love my Apple Watch, and regularly answer calls on the Watch while I look for my iPhone.
But it can be awkward talking into my Apple Watch while I scramble to find my iPhone, especially if it is a business call.
I have just discovered a better way to handle these calls.
This is something that happens regularly.
When I am washing my hands, or just have the tap running, Siri will suddenly activate and say 'she' can't understand what I am saying.
It seems that Siri hears the words 'Hey Siri' in the running water.
I love this feature of my Apple Watch and made use of it a couple of times when away with friends last weekend.
When taking a group shot that I want to be part of, I make use of the Camera Remote Control feature on my Apple Watch.
Does your child wear an Apple Watch to school? Or have you considered this option?
These days, your child does not need to also have an iPhone to be able to wear an Apple Watch.
Their Watch can be set up and managed from a parent's iPhone. It can even have a eSIM in it so that they can make phone calls if needed - which might be a better option that giving them a separate phone.
An Apple Watch also gives them emergency SOS capabilities, allows you to track their location, provides a walkie-talkie feature, and much more.
But how do you then stop them from playing with their Apple Watch at school or when doing homework? And how do you stop them receiving notifications during that time.
This is where the Schooltime feature of the Apple Watch comes in - which I know, from talking to parents, is a feature many have not yet discovered.
And this feature can also be used on adults' watches, at times when you want to focus without distractions from your Apple Watch.
If you are the owner of an Apple Watch (or thinking about getting one), your Apple Watch has some wonderful health and safety features that make it so worthwhile - especially as you get older.
In fact, you can now set up an Apple Watch for a child or older person who does not have an iPhone - something that was not possible with earlier models of the Watch. You manage the Watch from your own iPhone.
My husband's own Apple Watch was invaluable when he collapsed outside our house just a few weeks ago, with a COVID-induced heart-related complication.
He was able to send me a text from his watch, calling for help. (He was fine after a 24-hour stay in hospital!)
While he didn't actually fall (he was able to get to ground before passing out), if he had fallen suddenly and not then moved for a period, his watch would have sent me an emergency alert. And it would have called the emergency services if I hadn't come out and found him.
I am regularly asked if I would recommend the Apple Watch. My answer is always 'Yes'.
The Apple Watch has so many great features and offers the best integration with my iPhone (when compared with other Smart Watches).
While my current Apple Watch is not the latest and greatest, it does all the things I need - and one feature in particular is used day in, day out and often multiple times a day! I think I would be tearing my hair out without it, especially given that I leave my phone on mute most the time - so calling it from another phone would not help.
7/5/2021 0 Comments
I have to say that I do love the FaceID feature of the newer iPhones. I have been used to the convenience of unlocking my iPhone with my Face since late 2017.
So it has been very frustrating to not be able to use this feature when wearing a mask.
I usually have a very long passcode (over 10 characters) on my iPhone, and having to enter this every time I unlocked my phone while masked forced me to shorten this passcode - something I didn't really want to do from a security perspective.
Apple's latest major update to iPhone and Apple Watch (described this article) means that now, when I am wearing a mask, my iPhone will use my Apple Watch to unlock my device. So I have re-instated my very long passcode on the iPhone.
While I love this new feature of the Watch and iPhone, the security of my Apple Watch is now even more important that it was before - given that it can unlock my iPhone.
My Apple Watch was only protected by a 4-digit passcode. I decided that, especially with this new capability of the Apple Watch, I needed to upgrade this protection to ensure it is as strong as my iPhone's strong passcode.
Read on to learn how you can enable the new 'unlock' capability of your Watch and iPhone, and how you can improve the security of your Apple Watch.
7/2/2020 0 Comments
I had a persistent issue recently, one that occurred 'out of the blue', whereby my Apple Watch was coming up with a request for me to sign in to my Apple ID - but where the Apple ID presented is someone else's Apple ID, someone I don't even know! Here's what I did to stop this.
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