If you ever need to set up a time to talk to someone in a different country, looking at your own availability and then working out the equivalent time in that other location can be a challenge.
The World Clock in the standard Clock app is great for working out the current time at other locations around the world. But it doesn't give the option of putting in a future time and seeing the equivalent time at other locations.
The good news is that, as is usually the case, there is an app for that.
My 'twin' tech-lady in Los Angelos, Tech Wizard Judi Jacobs, sent a lovely email this week with thoughts about using the iPhone or iPad to improve your mental and physical well-being.
One of the apps she mentioned really took my fancy, and is especially topical at the moment because I am running a series of sessions for parents at various schools in Melbourne, about kids on technology. The topic of how to get kids off technology always comes up at these sessions.
The app is called Forest.
Here's what Judi said about this app:
"You "plant" a tree and can't use your phone until the tree is fully grown. You can decide the limits in set up. If you try to use your phone the app asks you "do you really want to kill this tree?" which is a ridiculously effective motivator to get through the time you are forcing yourself to unplug. (If there is an actual need to use your phone you merely click the home button.) Planting enough trees earns coins. With 2500 coins you can plant up to 5 real trees with the tree-planting organization Trees for the Future."
As someone who is forever attached to their technology, this might be a good one for me to try!
New iTandCoffee Club member Margaret M has been trying to work out how to email a Word document that she has created using Microsoft Word on her iPad. The usual 'Share' symbol (the square with the up-arrow) is not visible anywhere, and she could not locate an equivalent symbol that provided this capability.
Continuing the Back-to-School theme of recent articles ...
If you, like me, are going to very soon be filling out the student public transport concession application, you may well be thinking about getting new ID photos for each child needing this travel concession.
These days, instead of paying a small fortune for ID photos printed by the post office, chemist or camera shop, I use an app on my iPhone and to take the photos, and print them on our home printer.
This year, I have found that my previously trusty ID Photo app is no longer available after the upgrade to iOS 11 - so have had to go in search of a new one for this year's photos.
The app that I have landed on is Biometric Passport Photo - to check it out, just tap/click on the link. It is free if you just want to print single photos.
Does anyone have a different Photo ID app that they prefer?
Yes, there is an app for everything!
If you are holding a sweep on Melbourne Cup Day, there is an app that can help with that.
It's called Melbourne Cup Sweep, and is free.
Here's the link for those of you who are interested!
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iTandCoffee ran another two 'Keeping Kids Safe on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch' sessions at local primary schools this week, at St Rochs in Glen Iris and at Ashburton Primary.
A question asked at one of these session was about whether there is an app that allows kids to hide apps that they don't want parents to see. One of the parents had heard about an app that looks like a calculator, but that actually hides things the child doesn't want parents to see.
Apps that can hide photos and videos
There are apps available in the App Store that do allow for the hiding of photos and videos that the device owner doesn't want others to see.
Here is an article about such apps:
Method for hiding Apps
However, these apps do not allow for hiding of other apps - and there is no such app available in the App Store. (On Android, it is possible to get an app that locks other apps - but this is not possible on Apple devices.)
Instead, anyone wanting to 'hide' apps on an Apple i-Device can use 'app groups'.
By getting apps into the 'wiggle' mode (holding your finger on an app until it wiggles), one app can be dragged on top of another app to create an app group.
Apps within that group can then be 'hidden' on second and third screens of that app group, so that the App does not appear as a little icon in the group that is on the Home Screen.
Need further information on this?
For those who need to understand this area better - just how one would achieve this 'hiding' in groups, we have recorded a short tutorial and made it available to iTandCoffee Club members, and added it to our library of iPad and iPhone Handy Hints.
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Do you have a document in hard-copy format, but not in digital format?
If you want to edit that document, you might think that the only way is to start from scratch - re-type the document into something like Word or Pages, and then apply your edits.
There is an easier, time-saving way to get your hard-copy document into an editable format.
In this situation, I would now use an app that I have on my iPhone, an app that can scan a hard-copy document and turn it into an editable document, including both the text and the images.
The app is called Office Lens.
It is a FREE app that is part of the Microsoft suite of apps that are available for iPad and iPhone. Your scans can be saved to OneDrive, OneNote (or any other 'cloud'), and can be opened in Word or Powerpoint for editing.
While I would always stick with my favourite app Scannable by Evernote for my day-to-day scanning using my iPhone, I now have Office Lens 'waiting in the wings' for the occasion where a need a hardcopy document turned into a Word document.
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Have you been told by a helpful family member or friend that it is ESSENTIAL that you regularly 'close' your apps on your iPad or iPhone, to avoid draining your battery or over-using your internet data?
Every week, I see clients who, while they may know only a limited amount about their iPad or iPhone, will show me this key 'trick' that their kids or grandkids have shown them.
They show me how the kids have told them to double-press the Home button, then 'swiping up' any 'open' apps to close them - and that they MUST do this regularly.
Well, here's one you can tell those kids and grandkids!
It is NOT necessary to do this.
While it is definitely necessary to keep the number of 'open' apps under control on a computer, iPads and iPhones (and other mobile devices) are quite different in how they manage your Apps.
When an app is not in use, it goes into a 'suspended' state, and is not consuming data or battery.
Here is an article that featured online recently, about this very topic.
Instead, the kids and grandkids should be telling you to check that other more important settings, to ensure that you don't unexpected consume battery and data.
Find out what settings you CAN adjust to conserve data and battery in these past iTandCoffee articles. You will see, this topic features regularly in this blog!
While assisting a client to set up Parental Controls on her 12yo child's new iPhone this week, discussion turned to the topic of the 'Ask to Buy' setting in the Family setup of iCloud.
This setting allows a parent to remotely authorise (or not) a request from a child who is a member of their iCloud Family, to purchase/download content (even free apps).
In this particular client's case, her child was very keen to get onto the social media platforms that her friends were already on.
This mum was considering allowing her child on Instagram (as a Private account of course), so we installed it and set up the app so that it is a Private account.
She was happy that she had control over what other social media Apps her child could download, through the Ask to Buy setting.
But there is a catch to this setting that meant her child could have downloaded Apps or other content without having to ask for permission.
All parents need to be aware of this 'back door'.
How your child can bypass 'Ask to Buy'
If another member of your iCloud Family has already purchased/downloaded an app, any member of the family (even a child who normally has to Ask to Buy) can also download that same app - without the usual parent authorisation.
This means that, if you as parent have already downloaded Facebook, Instagram or any other app, your children can download the same apps without your permission. If your older teenager uses Snapchat, the younger members of the family could also download that app without your permission.
How to prevent downloads of apps purchased by others in family
You can prevent your kids from downloading apps purchased by others in the family by 'hiding' those apps in the Purchased area of the App Store. The person who purchased/downloaded the app must do this 'hiding'.
If you are a club member, you will find further instructions on how 'hide' apps here.
Preventing kids from downloading/viewing iBooks purchased/downloaded by others in family
Annoyingly, it is not possible to do the same sort of 'hiding' of iBooks just using your iPad or iPhone.
This means that, if you have a heap of trashy romantic novels in your own iBooks library, the kids can see these books in the 'Purchased' area of iBooks. They can even download them without you being 'asked to buy'.
The only way to 'hide' iBooks that you don't want others to see is using the iBooks app on a Mac, or iTunes on Windows.
See the above handy hint (for iTandCoffee Club members) for details of how to do this.
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