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6 Things You Can Do With the iPhone 6s

6 Things You Can Do With the iPhone 6s

In the month or so since the launch of the iPhone 6s, it’s become pretty clear that Apple’s latest iPhone iteration is well worth the hype. Featuring upgrades that go beyond simple aesthetics, it has been heralded by some as the “best iPhone Apple has ever made.” With the new 6s, users can now:

1. Create animated wallpapers

Using the iPhone’s new Live Photos option, you can now create your own animated GIFs with the push of a button. Live Photos are not quite videos, but they definitely aren’t still photographs, either. The 6s can record 1.5 seconds before and after photos are taken, creating both still and animated versions of the picture being taken. You can then share either one with your family and friends, or set it as your lock or home screen wallpaper.

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2. “Peek and Pop”

You’ve most likely heard of the new 3D Touch functionality the 6s now offers. But what can it do? By pressing down a little harder on your screen, you can “peek” into other apps or areas of your phone without actually opening up any new app, or closing out the one you’re currently using. You can then “pop” back to where you were, or to any other app that you need to get to ASAP, by lifting your finger over the proper space on your screen.

3.  Unlock it

Just because you bought an iPhone under a specific cellular provider doesn’t mean you should be stuck with that provider if you want to make a switch. And you certainly shouldn’t have to get a brand new phone when switching providers if absolutely nothing is wrong with the actual device. But not all carriers think the same of this matter, so sometimes you have to take things into your own hands.

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This is not so much a new function of the 6s as it is a piece of information all iPhone owners should keep handy so they don’t end up shelling out a ridiculous amount of money to their new and old service providers if they choose to switch. It’s your phone—you should be free to do what you want with it.

4. Find your phone around your house easily

Well, this new function isn’t meant exclusively to find a misplaced phone, but it definitely helps. Siri can now be activated at any time simply by saying “Hey Siri.” Although this function is available for older phones as well, they have to be plugged in for it to work correctly. With the 6s, Siri will respond to your calls of “Hey Siri” without needing to be tethered to the wall. Of course, if your phone is under your couch cushion or a pile of clothes, you might have to raise your voice a little bit.

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5. Search for settings

THANK YOU APPLE. We no longer have to spend an inordinate amount of time looking through all the settings menus to find the option we’re looking to change. Need to delete some app data? Search for it. Need to check your storage? Search for it. Can’t remember where you saw the option you need to change? Search for it. Need to disconnect your phone from your friend’s spotty Wi-Fi? Search for it without having to go through menu after menu. And speaking of spotty Wi-Fi…

6. Utilize Wi-Fi Assist

Fair warning: If you don’t have unlimited or fairly high data plan skip this option for now. For the rest of us that can’t stand when a bad Wi-Fi connection gets in the way of our Pandora dance session, iPhones now offer Wi-Fi assistance. This setting will automatically disconnect your phone from a Wi-Fi connection if connectivity is too poor for proper functionality, allowing you to connect straight to your cellular network. If you have data to spare, Wi-Fi assist will keep your Netflix and YouTube videos streaming continuously, even when your home network is at max capacity.

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Featured photo credit: iPhone 6s / LWYang via farm1.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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