Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Adeste's BB, Iphone + Android Tip # 174- June 6th

Tip # 174- June 6th
Change your ring tone, notifiers, or reminders on the BB
In addition to changing the tone, you can also change options for notification during calls, volume, LED, and vibration.
1. On the Home screen, click the Sound and Alert Profiles icon.
2. Click Change Sounds and Alerts > Sounds for Selected Profile.
• To change your ring tone, click Phone.
• To change notifiers or reminders, click to expand a section. Click an option.
3. In the Ring Tone, Notifier Tone, or Reminder Tone field, do one of the following:
• Click a tone.
• To use a song that is on your BlackBerry® smartphone or on a media card, click All Music. Find and click a song.
• To use a voice note that you recorded, click All Voice Notes. Find and click a voice note.
• To use a preloaded alert, click All Alerts. Find and click an alert.
4. Press the key > Save.

Stop the constant sipping for the Nexus Android
We've mentioned battery management earlier - and there's a way you can stop it plummeting downhill instantly.
If you head into the Settings menu and choose Accounts and Sync, there's a large checkbox for background data.

If you only periodically check things like social networks or email, then this is a great way to save some power, as you can get the same functionality by just manually updating when you open the app.
It does mean things like push notifications won't work, but if you're after a decent battery saving and don't care about instant updates, give this a go.

Iphone Airplane Mode

Airplane mode disables the wireless features in order to reduce potential interference with aircraft operation and other electrical equipment.
Turn on airplane mode.
·         Go to Settings and turn on airplane mode.
When Airplane mode is on, an icon of an airplane will appear in the Left hand corner at the top of the screen. With Airplane mode on there is
No Phone, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth signals are emitted from Iphone + GPS reception is turned off, disabling many of Iphone features. You won’t be able to use apps that require these signals, such as connecting to the Internet, placing or receiving phone calls or messages, getting visual voice and so on.

If allowed by the aircraft operator and applicable laws and regulations, you can continue to listen to music, watch videos, browse email, calendar, and other date you’ve previously received, and use apps that don’t require and Internet connections.

If Wi-Fi is available and allowed by the aircraft operator and applicable laws and regulations, go to Settings- Wi-Fi to turn it on.
You can turn on Bluetooth in Settings- General- Bluetooth.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Adeste's BB, Iphone + Android Tip #173- May 30th

Tip # 173- May 30th
Media shortcuts for the BB
Depending on the typing input language that you're using, some shortcuts might not be available.
Audio and video files
·         Pause an audio or video file Press the Mute key on the right side of your BlackBerry® smartphone.
·         Resume playing an audio or video file Press the Mute key again.
·         Play the next audio file Press and hold the Volume Up key on the right side of your smartphone.
·         Play the previous audio file Press and hold the Volume Down key on the right side of your smartphone.
·         Turn on the audio boost feature if you're using a headset Press the Volume Up key until the audio boost feature turns on.
Pictures
·         Zoom in Press I
·         30 Zoom out Press O
·         Pan up Press 2
·         Pan down Press 8
·         Pan right Press 6
·         Pan left Press 4
·         Rotate Press L
Camera and video camera
·         Zoom in before you take a picture or record a video Press the Volume Up key.
·         Zoom out before you take a picture or record a video Press the Volume Down key.
·         Take a picture Press the Convenience key on the right side of your smartphone.

Unlock the power of voice for the Nexus Android
We mentioned we didn't like the voice input icon on the keyboard, but that doesn't mean we aren't fans of voice search.
From calling and navigation to text entry and Google searching, your voice can be activated by simply holding down the search key.

If you're already in an application (say text message editor) you can hit the icon to simply say your text - although you'd have to ask whether a phone call makes more sense at this point.

Make and rename folders on the Iphone
Organizing your apps is so much easier on iPhones running iOS4. Just tap and drag apps on top of each other and you create intelligently named folders. You can rename the folder names Apple chooses though - just tap and hold on an app to make them wiggle, then tap on the folder name and start typing.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Adeste's BB, Iphone + Android Tip # 172- May 23rd

Tip # 172- May 23rd

Add an app to the Favorites panel on the BB
Highlight an app on the Home screen or in a folder.
Press the key > Mark as Favorite.

Unlock the power of voice on the Android Nexus
We mentioned we didn't like the voice input icon on the keyboard, but that doesn't mean we aren't fans of voice search.
From calling and navigation to text entry and Google searching, your voice can be activated by simply holding down the search key.


Turn caps lock on for the Iphone
If you want to change your typing to capital letters all the time, rather than just for the next letter, then double-tap on the Shift key on the iPhone's keyboard. It will now turn blue, indicating caps lock is on. Just tap it again to turn it off.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Adeste's BB, Iphone + Android Tip # 171- May 16th

Tip # 171- May 16th

Check to see if there is updated BlackBerry Device Software on the BB

Depending on your smartphone model, this feature might not
be supported.
On the Home screen or in a folder, click the Options icon.
Click Device > Software Updates.

Boost your media experience on the Nexus Android
The media experience on the Android 2.3 platform is unfortunately not that good natively - incompatibility with many file types and basic operation mar the experience.
For music, we recommend MixZing - it has all the features of the Android experience but also has Genius-like abilities to mix a playlist based on a single song choice, as well as a decent inbuilt EQ make it a real step up.

Add an accent on the e and a key on the Iphone
It's possible to quickly add a variety of accents to the letters "e" and "a" when typing on the iPhone's keyboard. Just tap and hold on either key to reveal more options, like "é", for example.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Adeste's BB, Iphone + Android Tip #169- May 2nd

Tip # 169- May 2nd

Make all hidden apps visible on the home screen on the BB
On the home screen, press the key > Show All Icons. To
unhide the app, highlight it and then click Hide Icon to clear
the check mark. If the icon is hidden in other panels, you can
unhide the icon in all panels, or in the current panel only. If
Show All Icons does not appear in the menu, there are no apps
hidden from view.
Inbuilt battery graph ( Samsung Nexus Android)
A massive problem for smartphones is the battery maintenance - so many devices have offered such poor battery life that some have been rendered virtually unusable.
The Nexus S isn't that bad in terms of holding its charge, but if you want to see what's happening with your battery, the phone comes with a battery graph built in.
Simply go into Settings, then tap About Phone. Open Battery Use and hit the smaller battery graph at the top - this then opens up into a fully-fledged graph complete with information on how fast your power depleted and what the phone was doing at the time.

Tap to focus/zoom in Camera - Iphone
The iPhone 4's new 5 megapixel camera has a fantastic digital zoom. But to activate it you first need to focus on an object – like a face, for example, in your view. Do this by simply tapping anywhere on the screen. A white square will appear showing you the object that the iPhone is focused on. A zoom bar will also appear, which you can use to zoom into the object you've picked.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Adeste's BB , Iphone + Nexus Android- Tip #167- April 18th

Tip # 167- April 18th

Change what happens when you type on the Home screen for the BB
Before you begin: Depending on your typing input language, you might not be able to use shortcut keys to open applications.
  1. On the Home screen, press the key > Options.
    • To search your BlackBerry® smartphone or the Internet when you type on the Home screen, change the Launch by Typing field to Universal Search.
    • To open applications when you press shortcut keys, change the Launch by Typing field to Application Shortcuts.
  2. Press the key > Save.

Reclaim the comma on the Samsung Nexus ( Android)
One of the first irritations you'll encounter with the Google Nexus S is the lack of a comma - the keyboard has a voice search icon where the oft-used symbol should be.
But there's a way to reclaim it - head into Settings, and choose Language and Keyboard. Tap Android Keyboard and in there you'll see a dropdown menu labeled Voice input.
From here you can select whether the voice search icon is on the front screen, the symbol menu or delete it altogether - and more importantly, the comma is back where it belongs.

Multitasking: update your apps for your Iphone
Multitasking is one of the big new features of iOS4, but while all Apple's apps (like Calculator and iPod) are compatible, all third party apps will need to be upgraded to properly multitask. So, you'll need to head to the App Store app on your phone, then visit the Updates section to download a update for each app. This can take a while, but don't forget, the App Store app also multitasks (as it always has), so double tap the Home button to get back to it to save time after selecting each update. There's also a handy "Update all" button to tap.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Have a great week end everyone!

Talk to you next week- feel free to forward any information you would like us to post!

Stay safe and dont Text and drive!
PJ

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Adeste's BB + Iphone Tip # 166- April 11th, 2012

Tip # 166- April 11th
Set the number of icons that appear on the Home screen:

1. On the Home screen or in a folder, click the Options icon.
2. Click Accessibility.
3. Change the Home Screen Grid Layout field.
4. Press the key > Save.

Iphone Tip:

1. Lock the screen orientation
If you're lying in bed reading an iBook or a page in Safari it can be annoying when the iPhone's orientation keeps flicking between portrait and landscape. You can solve this by activating the new Portrait Lock. Double tap the Home button to reveal all the running apps, then swipe your finger to the right to reveal iPod controls and the Portrait Lock.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Adeste's BB Tip # 165- April 4, 2012

Tip # 165- April 4th

Have a Safe and Happy Long Week end! Don’t forget to add Travel Packages if you are leaving Canada!

Turn on or turn off airplane mode

You should keep network connections turned off in certain places, such as on an airplane or in a hospital.

On the home screen, click the connections area at the top of the screen, or click the Manage Connections icon.
• To turn on airplane mode, click All Off.
• To turn off airplane mode, click Restore Connections.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Adeste BB TIp # 164- March 28th

Tip # 164- March 28th
Forward or stop forwarding calls
To perform this task, your wireless service provider must set up your SIM card or BlackBerry® smartphone for this service.
1. From the home screen, press the key.
2. Press the key > Options > Call Forwarding.
• To forward all calls to a call forwarding number, change the Forward Calls field to Always. Change the Forward All Calls
field to a call forwarding number.
• To forward unanswered calls only, change the Forward Calls field to Conditional. Change the If Busy, If No Reply, and If
Not Reachable fields to a call forwarding number.
3. Press the key > Save.
Your call forwarding settings apply to all subsequent incoming calls, until you change your settings again.
To stop forwarding calls, change the Forward Calls field to Never.
Add, change, or delete a call forwarding number
To perform this task, your wireless service provider must set up your SIM card or BlackBerry® smartphone for this service.
1. From the home screen, press the key.
2. Press the key > Options > Call Forwarding.
3. Press the key.
• To add a call forwarding number, click New Number. Type a phone number. Press the key on the keyboard.
• To change a call forwarding number, click Edit Numbers. Highlight a phone number. Press the key > Edit. Change
the phone number. Press the key on the keyboard.
• To delete a call forwarding number, click Edit Numbers. Click a phone number. Click Delete.
4. Press the key > Close.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Adeste's BB + IPHONE Tips + Tricks # 162- March 14th

Tip # 162- March 14th
Set the touch screen sensitivity

You can set how sensitive the screen is to your touch.
1. On the Home screen or in a folder, click the Options icon ( wrench)
2. Click Typing and Input  > Touchscreen Sensitivity.
• If you want the screen to respond faster when you tap it, change the Horizontal + Vertical Sensitivity field to a lower number.
3. Press the key > Save.

PS- this is where the Audible Roll is ( if you want a noise when you hit each key) put a check mark there ( not for me tks) J

Iphone TIPS + TRICKS
*Place a call on hold.
On iPhone 4, touch and hold the Mute button to put a call on hold (GSM model only).
*Display character count in text messages.
In Settings, tap Messages, then tap the Character Count switch. The count appears as you type when your message exceeds two lines. You may want to do this when carrier fees apply.

*Cut, copy and paste.
Find the text you want to edit in a note, email, web page or other app. You can select a word by double-tapping it, and select more or less text by dragging the grab points. Then tap to cut, copy or paste. To undo an edit, shake iPhone, then tap the Undo button.
*Take a picture of your screen.
Press and hold the Home button, then press the Sleep/Wake button. Your screen flashes and the picture appears in your Camera Roll.

*Create a playlist. In the Music app, tap Playlists, then tap Add Playlist and give it a name. Now tap any song or video to add it to the playlist. You can add individual songs, entire albums or all songs by an artist.

*Tap to focus the camera.
While shooting video or photos, tap the screen where you want to focus. iPhone will also adjust the exposure and white balance automatically.

*Keep your inbox clean.In Mail, you can delete or move messages in batches. From your inbox, tap Edit, select the messages you want to organize, then tap Delete or Move.

*Scrub through audio and video.
When you’re watching a video or listening to music or a podcast, the scrubber bar lets you skip to any point along the timeline. You can adjust the scrub rate from high-speed to fine scrubbing by sliding your finger down as you drag the playhead along the scrubber bar.

*Learn some keyboard tricks.
· Tap the space bar twice, and iPhone adds a period and capitalizes the next word.
· To enter a number or symbol quickly, touch and hold
, then select the key you want. Lifting your finger returns you to the alphabet keyboard.
· Touch and hold a letter to reveal a list of special characters.
*Use the compass with maps.
 Tap the Location button in Maps twice to use the built-in compass to orient the map based on the direction you are facing.

*Pinch to zoom.
In the camera app, pinch to zoom in and out of a scene up to 5x. You can also use the zoom slider.

*Drop a pin.
In Maps, touch and hold anywhere on a map to drop a pin so you can find an address, get directions or see street view for that location.

*Lock the screen orientation.
 Double-click the Home button to bring up the multitasking interface, then swipe from left to right. Now tap the portrait orientation lock once to turn it on and again to turn it off.

*Scroll to the top fast.
In Safari, Mail, Contacts and many other apps, tap the status bar at the top of the screen — which displays the network information, time and battery level — to scroll quickly to the top.

*Choose your wallpaper.
In Settings, choose Wallpaper, tap the image of the Lock and Home screens, then tap one of your photo albums or tap Wallpaper for the Apple-designed images. Find the image you want, tap Set and then choose whether to use it as wallpaper for your Lock screen, Home screen or both.

*Locate your lost iPhone.
If you’ve lost your iPhone, Find My iPhone can help you locate it on a map and protect its data. Display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock or initiate a remote wipe to delete your data

*Everything has a tone.
Assign a specific tone for new mail, Calendar alerts, tweets and Reminders. In Settings, tap Sounds to assign each tone. Tap Edit in a contact to assign a ringtone to that contact.

*Create an event fast.
Touch anywhere on the calendar to create an event. To change your schedule, just drag events around on the calendar. Tap for day, month or list view. And rotate to landscape to see an entire week.

*Customize your keyboard.
Create your own personal dictionary, including shortcuts for each word. So your keyboard not only autocorrects, but knows exactly what you want to say as you type. In Settings, tap General, Keyboard and Add New Shortcut. From here, you can add new phrases and assign optional shortcuts to them.

*Broadcast live with Airplay.
With AirPlay Mirroring, you can share exactly what’s on your iPhone 4S with your HDTV connected to an Apple TV. Just double-click the Home button, swipe all the way to the right and select AirPlay Mirroring.

*Tweet it up.
Sign in once under Settings and tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, and Maps. Start typing a friend’s Twitter name and iPhone will autocomplete the rest.

*Set Reminders.
Assign due dates to items on your to-do list and Reminders will send you alerts. Add locations, and you’ll get alerts when you leave or when you arrive. You can also choose priority levels and write notes.

*See what’s up.
 Notification Center lets you know about missed messages, calendar invitations, friend requests and more. New notifications appear on top of the screen. Swipe down to see a summary of recent notifications.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

March Break Reminder

Hi all!
Friendly reminder if you are traveling outside of Canada during March break to remember to put Travel Packages on for your voice, data or text to keep your costs down.

Tips for your Device when traveling:
  • Turn off your mobile network unless you are using it. (Check your manual or contact your carrier if you need help with settings.)
  • Set “fetch new data” and other “always on” data-using functions to off or manual. You can temporarily activate them when you need to.
  • Turn off applications (such as weather and Facebook) that check the Internet automatically.
  • Set email on manual. This allows you to use data but prevents a large email file from downloading automatically.
  • Set your phone to airplane mode. Turn it off if you need to make or receive a call. You should still be able to connect to Wi-Fi in airplane mode.
  • Turn off functions or apps after you’ve finished using them.
  • Use Wi-Fi instead of wireless carriers’ data services whenever possible. In some cases Wi-Fi may be free, but not always, and rates for Wi-Fi may vary around the world. For example, you can use your hotel’s wireless internet connection to download email to your device when you’re in your room.
Have a great trip!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Adeste's BB Tip #160- Feb 29th

Tip # 160- February 29th- Happy Leap Year!
Tested on the 9790 bold
Hide or display your phone number when you make calls
Your wireless network can override the option that you choose.
1. From the Home screen, press the Options key ( Wrench).
2. Then go to In-call Settings.
• To hide your phone number when you make calls, change the Restrict My Identity field to Always.
• To display your phone number when you make calls, change the Restrict My Identity field to Never.
• To allow your wireless network to decide whether to hide or display your phone number, change the Restrict My
Identity field to Network Determined.
3. Press the key > Save.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Adeste's BB Tip #159- Feb 22nd

Tip # 159- February 22nd
Turn on bedside clock mode

You can set options for bedside clock mode so that you can view the clock without being interrupted by incoming calls or
messages.
1. On the Home screen or in the Applications folder, click the Clock icon.
2. Press the key > Enter Bedside Mode.
To turn off bedside clock mode, press the key.
Use the stopwatch
1. On the Home screen or in the Applications folder, click the Clock icon.
2. Press the key > Stopwatch.
3. Click the start/stop icon.
• To record lap times, click the lap icon.
• To stop timing, click the start/stop icon again.
• To send the results in a message, press the key > Send Results. Click a message type.
Use the timer
1. On the Home screen or in the Applications folder, click the Clock icon.
2. Press the key > Timer.
3. Press the key > Set Timer.
4. Set the time.
5. Click OK.
• To start or stop the timer, click the start/stop icon.
• To reset the timer, click the reset icon.
The timer continues to count down after you exit the Clock application.



Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Adeste's BB Tip # 158- Feb 15th

Tip # 158- February 15th
Set your smartphone to turn on and turn off automatically.

1. On the Home screen or in a folder, click the Options icon.
2. Click Device > Auto On/Off.
3. In the Weekday section, select the Enabled checkbox.
4. Specify the times when your BlackBerry® smartphone should turn on and turn off on weekdays.
5. In the Weekend section, select the Enabled checkbox.
6. Specify the times when your smartphone should turn on and turn off on weekends.
7. Press the key > Save.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Adeste's B Tip # 157- Feb 8th

Tip # 157- February 8th
Search for a contact- tested on the 9790 bold

You can search for contacts in your contact list or, if your email account uses a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, you might also be
able to search for contacts in your organization's contact list.
1. On the home screen, click the Contacts icon.
• To search for a contact in your contact list, type all or part of a contact's name.
• To search for a contact in your organization's contact list, click Remote Lookup ( hit the menu key with all the dots to the left of the track pad). Type all or part of a contact's name.
Click OK.
2. Highlight a contact.
3. Press the key.
• To view information for a contact, click View.
• To add a contact from your organization's contact list to your contact list, click Add to Contacts.
• To add all of the contacts from your organization's contact list to your contact list, click Add All to Contacts.
• To view the next 20 matches in your organization's contact list, click Get More Results.
• To narrow search results when a contact's name has multiple matches, highlight a contact's name. Click Resolve.
• To delete the search results after you have searched your organization's contact list, click Delete Lookup.
• To start a new search when you are searching your organization's contact list, click Lookup.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Adeste's BB Tip #156- Feb 1st

Tip # 156- February 1st

Password Keeper

About the Password Keeper:

Use the Password Keeper to store all your passwords in one place. The Password Keeper is designed to protect your passwords
with a Password Keeper password. When you type this password, the Password Keeper decrypts your passwords.
You can also use the Password Keeper to generate random passwords that contain numbers, letters, and symbols.
Add, change, or delete a password in the Password Keeper

On the Home screen or in the Applications folder, click the Password Keeper icon.
• To add a password, press the key > New. Type the password information. Press the key > Save.
• To change a password, highlight a password. Press the key > Open. Change the password information. Press the
key > Save.
• To delete a password, highlight a password. Press the key > Delete.
Change the Password Keeper password
1. On the Home screen or in the Applications folder, click the Password Keeper icon.
2. Press the key > Change Password.