Stop Mumbling

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Good news for all of my contemporaries who are starting to have hearing problems. Made for iPhone hearing aids are supposedly better than many of the traditional ones out there because they will give you better options to suit your specific needs.

I started to notice that more people were mumbling a few years ago. It never occurred to me that my hearing abilities were changing. I’m still not totally convinced that it’s me but okay I will give in a little bit.

Hearing problems can occur at any age but it is prevalent in folks 65 to 74 according to the National Institutes of Health. Approximately 36 million people report hearing difficulties.
The average hearing aid user is 69 years of age.

Hearing aids from Starkey and GN ReSound are among those designed to connect directly to iPhones. The reason why these apps are so good is because they have numerous settings that allow people to easily adjust the sound settings to the environment. They also have geotagging features integrated into the GPS for customized settings when the user returns to the same place over and over.

The app’s Live Microphone feature addresses ambient noises. The user can place the phone in front of the person opposite him/her to pick up the conversation.

Check this all out on Re/code

Bet You Didn’t Know

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In case you are wondering why your iPhone is running on empty after you just charged it or why it is not responding to your touch, check the weather in your local area.

Word has leaked out from Apple’s headquarters that extreme cold temperatures are paralyzing smartphone operating systems.

If the temperature goes below the freezing mark, your smartphone will probably start acting funky. Apple wants you to shut down your iPhone immediately and store it in a warmer spot.

Very few of us knew about this before. Huge temperature swings (below 32 degrees and higher than 95) can harm the intelligence of your smartphone. Everything can go blank. Apple said they never had to warn Americans before, but there have been too many customers complaints now to remain silent.

The smartphone hasn’t been the only danger areas for Apple these days. Surprise, surprise. The signature Apple store on Fifth Avenue suffered a severe blow today because of the snowstorm. Cleaning crews operating snowblowers shattered one of the fifteen monolithic glass panels that make up the exterior of the iconic 32-foot glass cube. The structure looks like it is weeping.

From My Camera Roll

For those of you who are not on Facebook, I wanted to share some of my photos. I consider them collectibles.

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A friend posted this.

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Former HWH staffer Meghan Dougherty visited with us recently. She is a wife, mommy of two, and author of a soon-to-be-published tween novel. Remember, you saw her here first.

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The townhouses on East 62nd Street — all dressed up for next week!

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Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke at the 92 Street Y. We live in her district in Miami.

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Dylan’s Candy Store getting ready for Chanukah.

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The real Teri Garr wrote this message on a blackboard hanging in Georgio’s Country Grill on 9th Avenue at 53rd Street.

Scoop Interview with First New iPhone Customer

Today marks one week and one day since the line started in front of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Enthusiasts from near and far wanted to be the first on line to buy the two new iPhone models being offered. That means there are human beings walking around this Earth who have the freedom to stop whatever they are doing on a day-to-day basis to stand in line for 15 days just so they can say they bought the first units sold at that particular location.

“You got that right,” said Brian from Brooklyn, who was actually napping when a group of us strolled by him this past Wednesday night around 11:30 pm. I thought he was sound asleep, but as we approached he quickly got himself assembled for a DigiDame interview.

Brian was very upfront. Part of this whole experience was to get interviewed. Sorry Brian, this interview is only for DigiDame. We are no Huff Post. He didn’t care. “I’m just getting warmed up,” he announced. I asked him every question a mother would want to know. He answered everything as if I were a close friend. As he spoke, I was once again reminded that most young people today are willing to share openly and don’t have the inhibitions of many of us older folks. “Take me like I am,” is his philosophy, even though he was polite as heck. When I asked what his mother thought about his escapade, he gleefully answered, “I am buying two iPhones, one for me and one for her.”

What a smart young man. Brian’s interview is above. Click here for more details on the wait.

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A Bigger Apple

I hate when friends want to hold my iPhone to see a photo or a video. They usually want to get closer to the screen. Unfortunately, they sometimes lose my photos when they try to enlarge the image or they displace videos when they want to switch from one to another. I have been known to grab my iPhone after I see them trying to manipulate the screen. “Get your sticky fingers off my screen,” I sometimes say out loud or mumble to myself

Recently I found a solution to my dilemma that I want to share with you. It’s the new ultra-sleek 3M Projector Sleeve for the iPhone 4/4S. All you do is slip your iPhone into the case. The case allows you to project pictures and videos everywhere and anywhere. All of a sudden everyone can share together. While it hasn’t been publicly announced, 3M is going to shortly introduce a projector sleeve for the iPhone 5. 3M calls the sleeve “dock and go.” I love that because it is small and thin enough to go with you everywhere. You can slip it in the pocket of your jeans, your purse, or the pocket on your shirt.

The makers of the 3M Projector Sleeve claim that users are getting a kick out sharing their new favorite viral video from YouTube® or streaming the newest films from Netflix® on the wall, on the ceiling or on the side of a tent. Others are creating photo sharing nights with family and friends with special slide shows. The 3M Projector Sleeve allows for 100 minutes of projection time. It also has a rechargeable battery. It’s very simple to use. Just project, share and enjoy. It even works as a back-up charger for your phone with the press of a button.

I plan to use the 3M Projector Sleeve for client presentations, to review photos on my camera roll, and to show off interesting videos I took at concerts, musicals, and plays. I may also start my own human interest channel on YouTube and share the videos with friends when we all gather together.

Amazon has the 3M Projector Sleeve on sale for $165.98 through November. It usually sells for $229.00.

Below is a video demonstration.

Eliot, the iPhone Hero

Every night when we leave our office on 22nd and Broadway, NYC, I start complaining about taking the subway home. “Let’s take a taxi,” I usually bellow. We usually start walking half a block toward the subway entrance, but if I see a cab with its light on, I start waving my hand frantically. “Take me home. Take me home.”

Tonight there wasn’t a cab in sight. I was pacing on the sidewalk as Eliot started descending down the steps. He got half way down when all of a sudden a young woman on top of the steps started screaming “Stop that guy he has my iPhone. Stop him please.” Then like a flash of lightening some kid with an iPhone in his mouth goes flying down the steps. Eliot chases after him and prevents the guy from entering the platform by shoving him to the floor.

While this is going on the victim is still screaming “Get my phone. Get my phone.” I am half way down the stairs at this time frozen on the spot. Before I knew it, the thief breaks lose and starts running towards me in order to run up the steps and get away. By this time an army of woman barricade the exit above me and start chanting “Drop the phone. Drop the phone.”

Eliot trails the guy up the steps and one clobber later the guy drops the iPhone from his mouth on to the floor. The owner grabs her phone and starts screaming for joy. The women opened the gap to let the thief free. He turned out to be a kid and no one wanted to detain him.

Everyone started to applaud Eliot and the gal with the iPhone yelled out one big thank you to everyone and then added, “When you live in New York, everyone has your back.” Then Eliot came to retrieve me from my catatonic position. Next week Eliot and I are going to be married 33 years. I could only give him my most earnest reaction. “What the F… were you thinking? Don’t ever do that again.”

The Other Side Of Twitter

Most older folks often question the validity of Twitter. Many of my friends think it is a place where everyone goes to post what they ate for dinner, what movie they saw, and who their favorite rock star is. Au contraire! Twitter continues to be a social media platform where users report information as it develops and voice their opinions on current events

I want to show you what I mean. Crimson Hexagon, a social media research company, recently surveyed Twitter to see what Americans thought of Apple Maps Vs Google. Their results really give you the nitty gritty. Crimson Hexagon grabbed more than 50,000 tweets that mentioned the Maps app, which comes standard on the iPhone 5, over the last six days. Just 10% of those expressed interest, approval or excitement, such as this review from pastor Charlie Campbell: “I was a little nervous about losing Google maps but I must say I like Apple’s maps even better.”

Then Crimson Hexagon dug up 22% of the tweets expressing an outright hatred of the Apple app. But another 30% cracked jokes at the expense of Maps, such as this from entrepreneur Chris Eh Young: “If you ordered an iPhone 5, shipments are being delayed. Apple is forcing the delivery guys to use Apple Maps.”

Click on the Mashable story here written by Chris Taylor to learn more. It is quite fascinating.

A Smartphone Camera Tip

Steve Greenberg, the Innovation Insider, read my post the other day about how to take the best fireworks photos. Steve quickly called me to say that he has taken some great fireworks photos with his iPhone and wanted to offer a suggestion. I bet this holds true for Android as well.

“When taking a picture with an iPhone, it’s important to understand that the
shutter snaps the image when your finger is REMOVED from the button NOT when
you touch the button– so for the ultimate photo control, set up your
picture with your finger resting ON the shutter button– then when you see
that perfect picture in the view finder, REMOVE your finger from the
button– SNAP– you’ve got the perfect picture.”

Thank you Steve for sharing.

Spider-Like iPhone 5 Design ????

The famous tech blog site, Mashable, gives us a glimpse into “possible” future iPhone (and other smartphones) designs. Instead of a touchscreen slab that’s held in the palm of your hand, imagine the “iPhone 5 with a new curved design that’s actually worn on the back of your hand.

To see more click here

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I Want My Drafts Whenever, Wherever

Let me be the first to tell you the problem with certain applications. Unless you use them a lot you wouldn’t know this.

Your work in “draft form” does not transfer from app to app. For example, I was writing this post on the WordPress app on my iPad.

The iPad’s battery was running low so I switched to WordPress on my iPhone.

I couldn’t finish the post I was working on because it was saved in draft form on my iPad. Drafts only reside where you create them. If I had posted it, I would be able to view it from any of my devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod, and even my laptop.

This is going to be true for any app that allows you to create. A draft is a draft and it stays on the unit you are working on.

If you understand technology you would understand why this all makes sense. I am not a true techie. All I can say is that I want my drafts to transfer this way so I can work in stages from any device.

A girl can only dream.

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