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9 Practical Tips For Your iOS7 Device

9 Practical Tips For Your iOS7 Device

Since iOS7 became public for use, the latest Apple software has gotten mixed reviews. While overall users have found the software to come with multiple benefits, there are many individuals that feel that the user interface could have been developed a bit better. Other complaints of iOS7 are how a lot of the features aren’t easily found or known to new users. Which is why today, we will offer you 9 practical tips for your iOS7 device.

Burst Photography

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    Burst mode on cameras, and in photography in general, is when you are able to press down the shutter release and take multiple photos as long as the shutter release is pressed. In iOS7, this is possible by pressing the volume up button the iPhone itself, not headphones. This is great for taking action shots on your phone.

    New Way to Quit Apps

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      On previous versions of iOS, you would have to double press the home button to release the icons of previously used applications. To quit, you would then have to press and hold on an icon and press the “x” to quit each one. When you don’t quit each app, it continues to run in the background. However, in iOS7, to quit an application, you just have to double tap the home button and slide up the page of the app that is shown. This is similar in design to “cards” found on Palm devices.

      Mastering Control Center

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        Thanks to iOS7, we are able to adjust various settings without having to actually go to your iPhone’s system preferences. This is made possible with Control Center. By simply sliding up on the screen from the bottom of the screen just above the home button, you are able to find the following controls:

        • Airplane Mode (On/Off)
        • WIFI (On/Off)
        • Bluetooth (On/Off)
        • Do Not Disturb (On/Off)
        • Lock Orientation (On/Off)
        • Brightness (Slider)
        • Music/Audio Controls (Fast Forward/Rewind/Pause/Play/Volume)
        • AirDrop (Activate/Adjust Permissions – iPhone 5 and newer)
        • Flashlight (On/Off)
        • Timer (Launch Clock App)
        • Calculator (Launch Calculator App)
        • Camera (Launch Camera App)

        Message Timestamps

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          When you are messaging other individuals, your iPhone would previously show the day it was sent at the top of a thread of messages. However, you weren’t able to get a very accurate timing on when a message was specifically sent. iOS7, this is possible by sliding to the left on any message in the thread. From there, you can view the specific time a message was sent or received. To scroll through messages while revealing the timestamp, simply slide to the left and slide up and down without lifting the finger. This feature works in both iMessage and texting.

          Next Page, Please

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            In various apps and most parts of iOS 7, to go to a previous page, all you have to do is swipe to the right. This works in everything from Safari to Messages and supported apps. This prevents you from having to search for a back or forward button, which makes navigation more seamless.

            Improving Battery Life

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              The biggest complaint of iOS7 is how the battery life sucks. With the new features being added, iPhone 5 and 5S/5c devices suffer very minimally but iPhone 4 and 4S devices can feel the bunch a bit. So, how do we extend the battery life as best as we can? This is possible by first and foremost turning off background app refresh. This refreshes content when an app is in multitask, and with it being turned on automatically on iOS7, this is a battery eater.

              By going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, you can either turn it off completely or at least allowing it on apps that truly need it. Also, make use of Control Center to adjust brightness periodically. Finally, automatic updates can put a hamper on your battery if you have a ton of apps. To disable this feature, go to Settings > iTunes and Apple Store and then deselect updates.

              Stop Background Motion Sickness

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                Have you been trying to figure out why iOS7 is making you a bit motion sick; it’s not because of the colors. Well, it could be, but the biggest culprit could be that your background is actually moving. If you haven’t noticed, go to your home screen and just stare at your icons for about a few seconds while moving your phone around like a gyroscope. You will begin to notice the icons are moving as well. To turn this off, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn on “Reduce Motion”.

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                Discover iTunes Radio

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                  Pandora was the Internet radio service that allowed individuals to discover new genres and artists based on other songs they enjoyed. iTunes Radio played on this idea by allowing individuals to enjoy Internet radio based on songs and singers they create stations for based on specific genres or artists. To enjoy iTunes Radio, simply look at “Featured Stations”, click on “New Stations”, or use the search tool to find artists and genres that interest you. From there, play away. You can skip up to seven songs, but you can fast forward or rewind.

                  Optimizing Location Services

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                    iOS7 is very location intensive, with the ability to even track your most frequented locations in settings. iOS7 also allows you to make use of locations in Notification Center, where you are able to time your commute without opening an app. The software tracks your most frequent destination and tells you how long it takes from where you currently are to get to your most frequented destination. To find your most frequented locations, go to Settings > Privacy > System Services > Frequent Locations.

                    Despite iOS7 not having some of the best reviews, it is still software that offers a lot for the user to explore. We hope that this article will allow you to become more acquainted with the finished product of iOS7 and even help you to become a master of the new software. Let us know in the comments below what the biggest hurdle was for you to become acquainted with iOS7. Was it the design or was it control center? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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                    Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                    Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                    Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                    Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                    In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                    1. ScheduleOnce

                      ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                      ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                      ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                      Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                      Available on Web

                      2. Calendly

                        Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                        You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                        Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                        3. Assistant.to

                          For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                          From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                          While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                          Available on Web

                          4. Acuityscheduling

                            Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                            It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            5. Pick

                              Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                              At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                              Available on Web

                              6. X.ai

                                For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                Available on Web

                                7. YouCanBook.me

                                  is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                  They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                  Available on Web

                                  8. Doodle

                                    Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                    It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                    You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                    While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                    9. WhenAvailable

                                      WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                      Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                      Available on Web

                                      10. Rally

                                        Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                        Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                        Available on Web

                                        11. NeedtoMeet

                                          Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                          NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                          While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                          Available on Web

                                          Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                          In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                          To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                          Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                          A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                          Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                          If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                          Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                          With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                          Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                          Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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