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.
Now that winter has hit, it gets harder to get out and take a walk - especially on a showery day.
Just recently I installed a handy app that will pop up a message to let you know in advance if rain is about to hit, when it is expected and how long it is expected to last for.
(The below article was original posted in May 2018. If figured it was worth re-posting 12 months later, as it is now the #1 productivity app!)
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 nearly 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!
5/4/2019 0 Comments
If you are a user of the Outlook app on your Windows computer or Mac, you may also be a user of the Tasks aspect of Microsoft's Outlook app.
Outlook's Tasks functionality allows you to manage your 'to do' list, set reminders, flags, priorities and more.
I must say that, even on my Mac, I do prefer to use Outlook's Tasks instead of Apple's Reminders app for managing my 'to do list'. There are just so many more options for sorting, filtering and editing.
Another big advantage of Outlook's Tasks, as discussed in this separate article from iTandCoffee, is that you can quickly create a task that includes the full content of an email - making management of email follow-ups so much easier.
If, like me, you operate a business in which you clock up quite a few business km's, it is important to be able to track those kms's - so that you can claim them from your business or through your tax return. With a reimbursement of .68c/km, it is well worth ensuring that you keep a log of these k's.
Maintaining a manual log book, however, is an absolute pain. But there is an easier way!
As with so many things, there is an app for that.
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 Sharing 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'.
There is an app for every occasion!
When it came time to draw the winner of the iTandCoffee Club prize draw, we had a thought!
Wouldn't it be great if there was an app that could draw the winner for us.
Of course there is. The app we used is called Lucky Raffle.
And here is the video of the prize draw - and the winder of the brand new 6th Generation iPad, drawn today at our final iTandCoffee Club session for the year today (14/12/18).
Thanks Simone R for this suggestion for the iTandCoffee Newsletter, telling us about an app that we should all have on our smartphones
"I just completed my first aid refresher course today and they got us to download this app. It’s awesome, especially the locality guide which gives latitude & longitude numbers for your location; particularly good if you’re out bush or at the MCG apparently!!!"
13/7/2018 0 Comments
A client recently asked if there is an easy way that she can write an email in English and have it convert to and send in the native language of the recipient. In her case, she has a Dutch friend to whom she would like to send an email in Dutch.
Once again, the answer is "yes there is" and "there is an app for that".
13/7/2018 1 Comment
If English is not your native language, or if you are learning a new language, you may want to be able to convert a web page that is written in English into a different language.
This is easy to achieve on your iPad and iPhone using the Safari app.
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