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Siri Is My Friend

Siri is my friend.

There is a commonly held idea that men don’t like to ask directions.

As a guy, I am here to say it’s true.

We could get into a long discussion about whether it’s true or not and why,
but that’s for another time.

With Siri, you can ask directions without anyone knowing.

First, open settings on your iPhone and go to Siri & Search and make sure ‘listen for hey Siri’ is toggled on.

Then what you do is say “hey Siri” to start up, and say the address you are going to, for instance,”Directions to 302 Mountain View Dr., Colchester, VT”and Siri plots the route in Maps. It really is that simple.

You can also ask for directions to businesses like, ‘Directions to Starbucks’.

If you have your home and work addresses on your contact file, you ask for directions home or to work.

But then here is the little known magic you can perform. If you don’t like Maps and would like to get those directions through Google Maps or Waze or some other mapping app you have on your phone, add the app name to the end of the command.

For instance ‘directions home with Waze’ and presto, pulling up directions using that app instead of Apple Maps.

I use Siri exclusively while in my car, since in most states it’s now illegal to hold a phone while driving. She can read my texts and emails to me and let me respond if I want, play a particular song, open Audible so I can listen to an audiobook…she is multi talented if you speak to her correctly. All this while she also helps me be a safer driver.

~Steve

I Can See It Now

I can see now…You don’t have to be old to have trouble reading small print. I started having trouble about 10 years ago and that’s when I started wearing glasses for the first time. But even with glasses, there are times I find I need a little extra help to read fine print. If you are always at your desk you can keep a magnifying glass in your drawer. But, what about all the other times?

 There is a very fast shortcut on your iPhone that will turn your camera into a magnifying glass so you can read that label or see anything up close. Here is what you need to do…

 Open settings on your iPhone, scroll down to accessibility, choose magnifier, and toggle magnifier to on. That’s it, from now on all you have to do is press the button on the right hand side of your iPhone three times and the camera will be activated and you will be able to read fine print up close. You are also able to zoom in more or zoom out. And the other great option is you can take a picture so you don’t have to sit and hold your phone like a magnifying glass. Just zoom in and take a picture and now you have a photo to be able to read and scroll around.

 The best part is you won’t have to ask anyone else to help you read fine print anymore, No one has to know, and I won’t tell.

~Steve