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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your iPhone

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your iPhone

iPhone owners often entertain a certain feeling of superiority towards other smartphone users; ironically, they quite often fail to use even a fraction of real features their devices have and never delve deeper into what their iPhones can really do, sometimes putting up with inconveniences for years. Here we will tell you about 5 lesser known or not easily achievable things that can be done with iPhones.

1. Taking Photos with Headphones

Not literally, of course – there is no hidden camera in your iPhone’s headphones. However, these recognizable white headphones have a number of additional capabilities that are overlooked by the vast majority of users, and their usefulness in taking photos is one of them. With the camera app open, you simply have to press the center of the headphones to take a picture. What for, you may ask? It is quite simple – when you press a shutter on touchscreen, you almost always inadvertently cause your iPhone to alter its position somewhat, which may lead to blurry photos, and using headphones allows you to avoid it.

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2. Fighting the Lack of Free Space

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that iOS is probably not among the most flexible and accessible platform, and nowhere it is shown to the same extent as in how little freedom you have over how your precious drive space is being used. Annoying “Other” portion of space usage grows incessantly, and you haven’t the foggiest idea as to what your iPhone insists on keeping there and why it occupies more than a half of your total disk space. Wiping the device may help, but it is a little bit too drastic measure, and a temporary one at that. In order to get rid of this problem you will have to invest in a storage cleaning app – you may find a number of useful recommendations here.

3. Creating Custom Vibration Alerts

It may sound like an insignificant and rather weird thing to do, but you can create customized vibration notifications for your contacts. This means that you may single out people who are more important and set custom patterns to be able to immediately recognize them without having to look at your phone. It may turn out to be a great relief when you are occupied with some serious business and are able to tell at once if you have to look at your phone or it can wait.

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4. Caller Block

Wrong numbers and spammers can get really annoying, especially if you have a phone that is very similar to someone who gets a lot of calls or if your number is listed somewhere online. There is a way out, however – you may block contacts with one touch, there is no need to go deep into setting to do it. Thus, spammers and wrong number won’t get more than one shot at you – then they will get blocked indefinitely.

5. Text Messages in Response to Calls

What can be more annoying and distracting than getting a call during an important meeting and having to either reject it or interrupt the meeting? Instead you can answer with a text – and it isn’t even necessary to type the entire message, as there is a number of pre-made answers covering most typical situation, like “Can’t talk, in a meeting”.

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iPhone possesses a host of additional abilities and options to make its owner’s life easier – unfortunately, most people don’t even suspect about their existence, as the only way to discover them is to read the manual, or intentionally research the matter on the Internet – which is exactly what you did right now.

Featured photo credit: iPhone 5 white zoom/The Tech Block via flickr.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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