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9 Amazing Features You May Not Know About iPhone

9 Amazing Features You May Not Know About iPhone

Apple devices including smartphones are popular and you most probably have one. They are reputed for their high quality, amazing features and exciting applications that can keep you entertained all day long. However, a large number of users only take the time to learn the basics of Apple devices and end up missing out on a variety of other features and functionalities their phones can perform. Here is a list of incredible things you can do with your smartphone from the reputable brand.

Read emails aloud

It is an amazing way of using your phone since you don’t have to read yourself. You can have them read out to you as you engage in other activities. Siri will do you the honors by simply giving the order. She can even read most recent emails only. She follows the orders as you dictate.

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Know your flights

It’s definitely a function a traveling buff will find exciting. The device will let you in on the flights that are flying where you are. By asking for information on the flights that are flying overhead, you get a list of all flights at that given moment.

Undo by simple shake

Typing errors or picture editing can occur when least expected. However, making corrections is made easy for you by your device. A little shake is all you need to give your phone and you will be directed to the undo action. Corrections cannot get any easier than this.

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Recharge faster by switching modes

The airplane mode turns off the battery draining cellular and wireless access, hence making it possible for it to recharge in half the time a normal recharge takes. This is quite helpful when you are in a hurry and need to take your device fully charged but you are limited on time.

Use a timer to automatically turn off music

Leaving the music playing for long will without doubt drain your battery. If you however love sleeping with your favorite songs playing, you can still do so without running the phone low on power. This is because you can simply set the timer to switch off music in a given time frame. The timer app gives you the option of doing several things when it runs out and this includes stop playing. The setting will turn off tunes at the right time.

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Use volume buttons to take snaps

The touch capture button can be hard to use when taking photos sometimes. This is especially in cases such as when wearing gloves. Fortunately, you have the option of pressing the volume buttons to solve your photo problem.

Use as a level

The other amazing way you can use your Apple is as level. It ensures that you get things right and in straight angles. You can apply this when hanging wall decorations of pictures for instance. By swiping left on the Compass app, your device makes the perfect level you need.

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Play airplane games

You can turn those boring moments into the most fun and exciting ones by playing airplane games on your device. If you love flying, enjoy high flying and high speeds in the glory of rockets, jets and others by getting the games on your phone. These are games that can liberate you, leaving you feeling freer like a bird. The supersonic speeds will take you off the ground.

Get light flashes for your alerts

LED flashes are hard to miss when you are away from your phone or when you need to keep in it silent mode such as in meetings. With the flash, you still get access to the alerts as soon as they are received without causing any ringing and vibrating disturbances. You can set this from your settings. There are so many other amazing ways you can use your Apple to improve your phone experience. Take time to explore your device and excite the way you do things on your treasured device.

Featured photo credit: iPhone 6 Connected to iTunes/VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.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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