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.