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Lifehack’s iOS 5 Tips and Tricks Guide

Lifehack’s iOS 5 Tips and Tricks Guide

    The latest, greatest OS from Apple has been out for almost a week. Now that we have started to put it through its paces we can bring Lifehack readers some tips and guidance.

    This article is simply about iOS 5 specific enhancements. Later this week we will cover Siri and and how you can use it to increase your productivity.

    Check out the list below and click on the thumbnails to see a more detailed view of the screenshots. If you have a tip that you love about iOS 5 that isn’t covered here, add it to the comments!

    Camera

    Quick access – To get to your camera quickly just double tap your home button when your iPhone is locked or asleep. You will see a small camera button on the bottom left of the lock screen. Touching it will take you to your camera app. Snap away.

      Grid – Under options, where the HDR option is, you are now given an option to place a grid over your shot, allowing you to line it up. Power of thirds!

      Slide to album / camera – When you are on your camera screen you can flick the camera to the right to go straight to your album. Then you can flick left to get back to your camera.

      No need for too many camera apps – The iPhone’s camera app now has built in cropping, red-eye removal, and auto-enhancements. So for quick and simple editing you can stick with the built in app.

      Hardware snap – You can now snap a picture by clicking your volume up button while in the Camera app.

      Notification Center

      Notification Center is a much needed addition to iOS as the very modal popups have gotten quite annoying over the years. Notifications are now on par with Android and could be even better by some aspects.

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        Organize your notifications

        – It’s easy to organize what notifications you want to see and in what order you want to see them. Going to Settings > Notifications you have access to all the apps that support the new Notification Center. Tap the Edit button in the top right and you can organize the order as well as move some apps’ notifications to “Not in Notification Center”. Also, you can skip organizing notifications by order and choose to view them by time.

          Adjust your notifications – By tapping on each app in Notification Center you can adjust the alert’s style (None, Banners, and (old school) Alerts). You can also control the app’s badges and if the notifications show up in the lock screen.

          Weather widget – Just a quick one. The weather widget in Notification Center can be swiped to see the five day forecast.

          iCloud

          iCloud is a huge advancement in iOS 5. Here are some of the things that you will love to know about it.

            iCloud Backup

            – When you are setting up iOS 5 for the first time, you are asked whether-or-not you want to backup to iCloud. Regardless if you answered yes or now you can always go to Setting > iCloud > Storage and Backup and turn on iCloud Backup. Your iPhone will now backup automatically when you are connected to power and WiFi and with your screen locked. You can backup manually by pressing the Backup Now button. You have to be connected to WiFi to backup.

              Managing iCloud storage – If you are running low on iCloud storage, which you can check by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup > Manage Storage, you can easily delete backups of iOS or even documents that you have put “in the cloud”. That is if you have any iWork apps on your device.

              General sync items – Of course, you can turn off any iCloud sync items from Settings > iCloud.

              Maps

              Multiple route choices – The biggest addition to maps is the ability to choose among multiple routes when getting directions. To choose a different route after getting directions, simply click on the alternate route’s blue line.

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              Safari

              Mobile Safari is probably one of the apps that I am in most of the time. There are some small enhancements that make it even better.

                Reading List – Oh, no! Is it an Instapaper killer!? Not really at all. But it is easy to use and a great feature to have integrated into the OS. When you are on an article that you want to read later, click the middle bookmark button and choose “Add to Reading List”. Then to get to your Reading List click the little Open Book Button (the second from the right) and choose Reading List. There you will see a list of all the articles that you added.

                  Reader – Reading List doesn’t inherently do much of anything other than give you a simple list of stuff you want to read later. The real magic is in the Reader function of Safari. This strips down the page and lets you see just the content of the article in a nicely formatted way. On any article in Safari, just tap the Reader button in the address bar.

                  Twitter

                  iOS 5 comes with “deep” Twitter integration. It’s a shame that no other apps can hook into iOS this way, but it’s cool to see Twitter get the “rock star” treatment.

                    System-wide sign in – Go to Settings > Twitter. You can sign in with your Twitter credentials as well as install the official Twitter app. You don’t “need” to install the official Twitter app to take advantage of using Twitter in mobile Safari. After signing in you can update your iOS contacts with information from your Twitter contacts.

                    Tweeting from Safari – On any page in mobile Safari tap the middle Bookmark button. In the list choose Tweet. Fill in your Tweet. Couldn’t be easier and more convenient! You can also add your location by tapping the Add location label at the bottom of the Tweet prompt.

                    Calendar

                    The calendar on iOS is pretty mature but there were a few tweaks that iOS 5 brought to it.

                      Adjust appointments – To adjust the time-span or time of an appointment long tap on the appointment and then drag it wherever you want to move it to. After long tapping you can let go and then adjust the span of the appointment by dragging the small top and bottom handles.

                        Week view – You can go to week view by rotating the device to landscape.

                        Year view – On iPad you can go to year view by rotating the device to landscape.

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                        Reminders

                        I was super excited about reminders when they were announced at WWDC. The idea of having a nice, simple task and reminder manager built directly into iOS is compelling. Personally, I am an OmniFocus user, but to set up a quick reminder, Reminders is perfect.

                          Add and adjust lists – Tap on the list button on the top left and then tap “Edit” on the top right. You can then adjust the order of your lists as well as add new lists by tapping “Create New List…”

                          Navigate and using lists – You can navigate all of your lists by swiping left and right or by tapping the list button in the top left and then tapping which list you want to go to. Adding tasks is simple. Just hit the plus button on the list and type the name of the task.

                          You can rapidly type in tasks by typing and tapping return and typing more. Tapping Done on the top right will get you out of “task adding mode.” To edit a task, tap the task and edit the task’s details. You can add a reminder for the task at your current location, or set a specific due date. You will then be notified through Notification Center (as long as you set up the notification).

                          Mail

                          I don’t like to use any email application more than I have to and with the new iOS 5 enhancements to the stock mail app, Apple has made it easier and faster to use.

                            Searching mailboxes – To search any “mailbox” (that is any label for you Gmail peeps or any folder for you regular mail guys) tap which one you want to search then scroll up all the way and start typing. When you start typing four buttons show up below your query allowing you to search the fields From, To, Subject, or All. All searches every aspect of your email messages.

                            Notifications – This goes with any app that allows notifications. You can turn on lock screen previews of your incoming mail, choose how many messages you want to see, choose the way you want to be interrupted (I mean notified) by the message, and also turn off the mail unread count badge completely.

                              Rich Text – You can now add some rich text formatting to your messages. Long hold on any word, select the text you want to format, tap the small right arrow, then tap ‘BIU’ to choose either bold, italics or underline. You can also change the quote level of the sentence you are working on.

                              Move recipients – You can quickly move mail recipients from the To, CC, and BCC fields by long holding their little blue name labels and dragging them to the desired field.

                              iMessage

                              Using iMessage – My experience with iMessage has been limited to my wife. As far as I can tell iOS simply recognizes that my wife has an iPhone with iOS 5 and we can instantly start iMessaging each other with nothing more to set up. Pretty simple.

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                              Accessibility

                              Apple has always made strides to make their iDevices accessible to those that need it. iOS devices seem to be some of the only devices that make it easy for people with special needs to use.

                                LED notifications – There is no small multi-colored LED on the iPhone to notify you that something is happening with your phone, but you can now turn on LED notifications (they use the LED flash on the back of the iPhone) to make the iPhone alert you. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and switch on the LED Flash for Alerts. When an app alerts you, the LED will flash.

                                Custom vibration settings – You can create custom vibration patterns for any contact. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and switch on Custom Vibrations under the Hearing subheading. Then go to a contact and tap Edit in the top right. Right under where you can set up their custom ringtone you will now see vibration. Choose that and you can then select one of the built in vibration settings or choose Create New Vibration. On this screen you can tap your vibration and then play it back. Ingenious.

                                System-wide

                                iOS 5 is all about increasing overall features and functionality. Here are some of the great little tweaks across the entire system.

                                  Dictionary – Don’t know the meaning of a word? No problem. Long hold on a anywhere in the OS to select it and tap “Define”. You are then given a nicely formatted definition of the word.

                                  Keyboard shortcuts – Go to Settings > Keyboard and down at the bottom of the screen you will see the Shortcuts section. You can add custom keyboard shortcuts that can be used in any iOS app. This is great for small signatures, email addresses, and just about anything else you type a lot of that is a pain in the ass to type.

                                  Split keyboard – On iPad you can split the landscape and portrait keyboards so you can thumb type. To do it, tap and hold each side of the keyboard with your thumbs and slide to the outside of the iPad. To put the keyboard back together slide your thumbs together to push both sides of the split together. This is a much needed and much appreciated feature.

                                    Emoji – For all you smiley and little cute graphic lovers out there, an Emoji keyboard now comes standard in iOS 5. Go to Settings > Keyboard > International Keyboards > Add New Keyboard… and tap Emoji. You can then access your pretty pictures from anywhere you can type by tapping the small globe icon by your spacebar. As far as I know, only iOS devices can see these little icons.

                                    There are so many enhancements to iOS 5 that we are still uncovering to this day. What’s your favorite tip or trick in iOS 5? Share it in the comments below!

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                                    How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                    How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                    Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                    Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                    So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                    6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                    When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                    1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                    Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                    To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                    In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                    • Microsoft Excel
                                    • Microsoft Access
                                    • Statistics
                                    • Data Analytics
                                    • Adobe Campaign
                                    • Quickbooks
                                    • XML Database management system
                                    • Filemaker Pro
                                    • MATLAB
                                    • Hive
                                    • FORTRAN
                                    • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                    • SAS

                                    2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                    Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                    Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                    • Content Management System (CMS)
                                    • Google Analytics
                                    • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                    • Email Marketing
                                    • Web Page Design
                                    • WordPress
                                    • Digital Media
                                    • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                    • Campaign Management Software

                                    3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                    A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                    • Adobe Photoshop
                                    • Adobe InDesign
                                    • Adobe Illustrator
                                    • AutoCAD
                                    • CorelDRAW
                                    • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                    • Maya
                                    • Microsoft Word
                                    • Microsoft Publisher
                                    • Operating Digital Cameras

                                    4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                    The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                    To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                    • HTML
                                    • C/C++
                                    • Java
                                    • Python
                                    • XML
                                    • UI/UX
                                    • LINUX
                                    • CISC and RISC architecture
                                    • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                    • Memory Management
                                    • PCB Layout
                                    • SQL

                                    5. IT Troubleshooting

                                    Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                    So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                    • Backup management
                                    • Diagnostics
                                    • End User support
                                    • Client-Server management
                                    • Installation and configuration
                                    • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                    • System administration
                                    • Tech support

                                    6. Enterprise Systems

                                    Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                    Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                    The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                    Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                    Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                    Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                    1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                    a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                    Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                    Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                    b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                    This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                    c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                    Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                    Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                    2. Rule the Social Media World

                                    a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                    Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                    From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                    b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                    This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                    c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                    Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                    Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                    3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                    a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                    From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                    b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                    Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                    The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                    c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                    The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                    4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                    a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                    It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                    From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                    b. Canva Design School

                                    From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                    c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                    62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                    d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                    The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                    Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                    5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                    a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                    IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                    It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                    b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                    The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                    Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                    The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                    • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                    • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                    • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                    • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                    • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                    • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                    • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                    Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                    Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                    1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                    It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                    Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                    2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                    Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                    For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                    3. Look for Shortcuts

                                    Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                    4. Apply for an Internship

                                    Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

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                                    The Bottom Line

                                    Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                    So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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