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Two Useful Tech Tips

If you noticed I was slow to respond this past week, it’s because my daughter visited. During the course of our traveling-shopping-touring, we came across two easy tech solutions to everyday problems. I had no idea these existed and wanted to share them with you. You’re going to love them:

BTW, I cross posted this to my education blog for my teacher friends . If you subscribe to both, you’ll see it there too:

Hey Siri! Where are You?

I have an iPhone. I kept losing it–putting it in places I didn’t normally. Our solution was for my daughter to call me and I’d hear it ring, under a pile of paper or detritus. Then, we discovered a solution that works even if you’re alone with no one to call your phone: Say, “Hey, Siri. Where are you?” She answers. Follow her voice.

Try it. It’s a game changer for lost phones (that aren’t too far away).

Walking directions

We went to Fashion Island–a large outdoor mall in Newport Beach–and got separated from my husband. I found him on iPhone’s Find My app and started to follow his dot but my daughter pointed out that Find My offers walking directions. They took me directly to the store he was shopping in.

What cool tech tricks have you discovered to improve your everyday life?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.

93 thoughts on “Two Useful Tech Tips

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  2. I’ve “lost” my phone countless times, and have had to call it. Sometimes I’ve already turned it off, so the calling was a moot point. I’ve been thinking about a feature that allows you to clap and have the phone beep in response. But, ah, I don’t think Shark Tank will buy into it, 🙂

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  3. I just asked Siri where she was, and she said, “I’m over here”! Now I won’t need to ask my husband to call my phone when I can’t find it. (And he doesn’t have to know that I can’t find it. Again.)

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  4. Sadly, I have Alexa. I have to push a button on my phone to be able to talk to her, but on Prime Day I ordered 2 Echo Dots. I want to be able to walk into a room and say, Alexa, turn on the light.

    Love,
    Janie

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  5. My current favorite on the iPhone is the timer. It’s great when I’m cooking, watering in the garden or when I’ve got a wood project glued up and under clamps. Great to know when I should get the pizza out of the oven, turn off the water or when I can remove the clamps.

    and solitaire, I love to play my solitaire games.

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  6. I tried the Hey Siri and it didn’t work. The phone was right on my desk so I don’t know how it would work if it was someplace else. I do use the find my friends feature. Helpful when you have kids who take long trips!

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  7. I didn’t know you could do that with Siri. How great is that? Oh, incidentally, the woman who voiced Siri follows me on Twitter, although, I don’t know why. LOL 😀

    That is awesome about walking directions, too!

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  8. Hey, my daughter is visiting too! (Ask me how much writing I’ve gotten done . . . pffft!)

    I don’t know if it qualifies as a cool tech trick, but whenever I ask Alexa to set a timer, I name it with a word that prompts me. I can set the timer and totally focus on something else. Example: I’m writing. I have to get dinner in the oven in 30 minutes. I can set an “oven” timer for 30 minutes then keep writing without having to think about dinner.

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  9. I just learned the spacebar can be used like a mouse (on an iPhone) if you leave your thumb on it for a second or two. I was delighted with that discovery because I could never seem to tap the screen and place the cursor where I wanted it.

    You provided great tips. I didn’t know the Find My app had walking directions. Thanks.

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  10. Hi Jacqui – clever … thanks for these useful tips. So pleased your daughter visited and you were able to have some down time … happy memories … take care – Hilary

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