First I watched the "iOS7 Hidden Features - Top 10 List" video. I learned several things from the video.
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CONFESSION TIME: I have had my iPhone 5s for over a year and have never used Siri until now. Good thing I am learning 23 Mobile Things!
I was excited to meet Siri:
Me: "Hello, Siri!"
It didn't surprise me that Siri's pronunciation of my name, Zoma, was a little weird.
Me: "That's not how you pronounce that."
Siri then directed me to pronounce my name and gave me several audio options to choose from for the best sounding pronunciation. She then made sure she was saying my last name correctly, too. Pretty considerate for a computer!
Once Siri and I got aquainted, I decided to try asking her to do an Image Search. Since I am a photographer and there have been a lot of snowy owl sightings in my area, I asked:
Me: "Show me images of snowy owls"
Siri's image search defaulted to Bing. The results were fine, but, like the video instructtor, I prefer Google image searches. So I tried a different approach:
Me: "Show me Google images of snowy owls"
The results were similar, but I am happy to know how to do both searches.
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I also decided to change Siri from a female to a male voice. This was done in Settings-General-Siri-Voice Gender. I think that a name change would be in order, but perhaps Siri is like Val, a gender-neutral name. I do, however, think that the male Siri pronounces my name better.
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Me: "What is ISD 728 saying?
Siri searched and then displayed the current tweets from my school district. Pretty cool. On these polar vortex days, this may be handy for checking on school delays or closures.
I was happy to learn that with iOS7, an unlimited amount of apps can be placed in a folder. This is a wonderful improvement! Happy, happy, happy!
After viewing the video, I read the article, "iPhone 5s Tips and Tricks from Apple." I discovered several useful tips.
I found the fact that you can select "audio-only" for FaceTime a little confusing. Isn't FaceTime's purpose to be able to see who you are talking to? For "audio-only," why not just place a regular call?
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Another fun feature I have added to my phone is an additional keyboard. To add this keyboard, I went to Settings-General-Keyboard-Add New Keyboard-Emoji. To access this new keyboard, I simply tap the globe icon at the bottom of the keyboard and select it. The Emoji keyboard opens up a whole lot of cute emoticons. How fun is that! I tested both the dictation and new Emoji keyboard in texts to my husband and it worked.
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Me: "Scott is my boss."
Siri verified that Scott was my boss, he calls him a manager. Now, I can simply say to Siri, "call my boss," and he will connect me to Scott. I set up family relationships, too. I am not sure if this is better than simply asking Siri to call Scott, but it's nice to have options.
The last article I read for Thing 2 was "15 (more) iPhone Tips & Tricks You Probably Don't Know." My three favorite tips from this article are about mapping photos, pins on maps and text to speech.
The article also explains how to place a pin on a map and then share it to social media sites. I located one of my favorite photography sites, Swan Park in Monticello, Minnesota, on the map and placed a pin there. I then successfully shared this map to Facebook. At the time of this writing, one of my friends had already liked the post!
Finally, to activate Text-to-Speech, I went to Settings-General-Accessibility and then turned Speak Selection "On." Now, when I select (or highlight) a portion of a web page, notes or email I can choose the "Speak" option and my phone will read the selection to me.
Thing 2 was packed with information and I plan to go through the tutorials for both iPads, which we have at school, and my personal tablet. This is great information!
The blogging suggestions for this Thing included tips I could share. I have two tips that I find useful.
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Second, to quickly import your photos from your phone to a computer, if you do not have your cable, there is an app for that! I use WiFi Photo Transfer. Once you have downloaded the app, when you open it, a web address will be displayed. Simply type in that address in your computers web browser and you have access to all of the photos that are currently stored on your phone.