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More cool apps and tricks

July 31, 2014
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

Hi everyone! In this issue are some really cool apps and tricks. So, let's get started with this quick one. To add an accented character to a foreign word, just tap and hold the letter key, and a box will appear with a selection of accented characters.

You can use the Clock app and choose Timer to set the amount of time you want to play music to fall asleep with.

PayPal is already exploring the possibility of having users authorize payments via their own fingerprint instead of with a password while using the iPhone 5S.

If you are looking for some brain games for yourself or your children, consider Brainbean from Tanner Christensen. This colorful app offers a variety of creative and cognitive games that provide a stimulating round of mental calisthenics.

A friend called and said he was having trouble with his Epson scanner. He Googled Epson tech support and wound up talking to a technician who logged into his Mac and claimed to find viruses that were affecting the scanner's performance. He offered to fix the problems on the spot for $350. So, be careful of people trying to help you online!

In the new iOS 8 iPhone software for the camera coming soon are time lapse, manual focus, which by scrolling up or down makes the picture brighter or darker before you shoot. There is also a new, easier timer if you want to take a picture of yourself next to Forrest Gump.

A federal agency found just .7 percent of malware threats targeted Apple's iOS software, but 79 percent of mobile malware threatened Android devices... so keep your iPhone.

Pet First Aid by American Red Cross is a great pet app for keeping your dog healthy and from getting sick. The Bringfido app is a list of dog-friendly hotels. The DogVacay app lists dog sitters near you, instead of taking your dog to the kennel.

ABC News now has an app for Apple TV that allows users to stream news live 24/7. On top of that, the app also comes with a number of on-demand features for your viewing pleasure.

The Appzilla app is a must and has so many cool features.

iTranslate, a favorite tool of mine, today has made it to the Mac desktop and laptop. You can find it at the Mac App Store icon at an introductory price of $4.99 - half of what it normally costs.

Did you know that you can ask Siri to read your e-mails and start any app on your iPhone? In the new iOS 8 coming soon, you don't have to press the home button to talk to Siri. Just say, "Hey Siri." Also, when you've got your earbuds plugged into your iOS device, you can activate Siri by pressing the center button once and holding it down.

Well, enjoy downloading some of these helpful apps, and next time there will be more. Aloha!

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.

 
 

 

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