30 Second Tips - Block Calls & Text (iPhone)

This is the 49th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!


Do you ever receive unwanted phone calls or text messages from telemarketers or others on your iPhone? If you do, you can block them!

Phone Calls

Tap on the Phone app

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Tap on the Recents button on the bottom bar.

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Find the phone number you want to block and tap on the circle with the letter i next to the number.

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Scroll down so you can see Block this Caller

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Tap on Block this Caller

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Tap on Block Contact

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Text

Tap on the Messages app

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Find the text message conversation from the person you want to block and tap on it.

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Tap on Contact in the upper right hand corner

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Tap on the circle with the letter i

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Scroll down until you see Block this Caller

Tap on Block this Caller

Tap on Block Contact

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30 Second Tips - US Holidays On iOS Calendar

This is the 48th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!


You can add United State Holidays to the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.

On your iPhone or iPad, tap on the link below:

SUBSCRIBE TO US HOLIDAYS

When the dialog box pops up tap on Subscribe

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Tap Done and you have subscribed to US HOLIDAYS on your Calendar.

To view the holidays tap on your Calendar app.

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You will see the Holidays on your calendar.

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If you want to change the color of the Holidays you can do so by tapping on the Calendars button on the bottom of the screen.

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Tap on the Info button to the right of the US Holidays calendar

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Tap on the color you want and then tap Done in the upper right corner. You may have to press Done one more time to dismiss the box.

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30 Second Tips - Automatic App Updates

This is the 47th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!


One of my favorite features of iOS 7 is that the App Store can automatically update apps for you! This means no more red circles on the App Store icon that nag you to update your apps.

To turn this feature on, tap Settings.

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Tap on iTunes & App Store on the left hand side.

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Turn on Updates by tapping on the toggle. If the toggle is green that means it is turned on.

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Once the toggle is turned on, your apps will automatically update themselves!

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30 Second Tips - Screenshots (Mac)

This is the 47th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!


Did you know that you can take a screenshot of what is on your Mac's screen?

To take a screenshot of the entire screen you press down in the following order: Command + Shift + 3

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The screen shot will show up on your desktop. It will be called Screen Shot YEAR-MONTH-DAY at HOUR.MINUTE.SECOND AM/PM.

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To take a screenshot of a portion of the screen you press down in the following order: Command + Shift + 4.

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Your mouse cursor will become a crosshair. Draw a box around what you want to take a screenshot of.

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The screenshot will appear on your desktop like in the previous example.


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30 Second Tips - Scroll On Webpages

This is the 46th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!

While surfing the web on your Mac or PC, you can easily scroll down by pressing the Space Bar. If you want to scroll back up the page you can press Shift + Space Bar.

This should work in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

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30 Second Tips - Check Warranty (Apple)

This is the 45th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!

According to Apple's website:

All Apple hardware comes with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support. To extend your coverage further, purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan or AppleCare+.

It's really easy to check your warranty status on your Apple product. To get started, you need to determine the serial number of your product.

Step 1: Determine Serial Number Of Your Apple Device

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Tap on Settings

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Tap on General

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Tap on About

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Locate the Serial Number, write it down, and move on to STEP 2.

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iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

The Serial Number for these iPods are often found on the back of the iPod. Apple's website has an article that provides the exact location for each iPod. Locate the Serial Number, write it down, and move to STEP 2.

Macs

Click on the Apple logo in the upper left hand corner.

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Click on About This Mac

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Click where it says Version until you see the Serial Number.

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Write down the serial number and move to STEP 2.

Step 2: Determine Your Warranty Status

Tap or click on the link below to enter your Serial Number

Apple - Support - Check Your Service and Support Coverage

Type in your Serial Number and click on Continue

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You will see a screen that displays your warranty status.

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30 Second Tips - Google Search Part Two

This is the 44th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!

Google is by far the most popular search engine in the United States with a marketshare of 66.7%. Since so many people use Google to find stuff on the internet I thought I would share ten different ways to search for stuff on Google.

Part One focused on tips that allow you to get the info you need without ever leaving the Google search page.

Part Two will focus on tips that allow you to narrow down your search so you get higher quality results.


Search Within A Specific Site

If you want to see results from a specific site you can type in your search term followed by site:nameofwebsite.com

Example: mac tips site:niceguytechnology.com

Note: There must be no space between site: and the name of the website.

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You will then receive results from just that particular site.

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Exclude Specific Terms

If you don't want to see a specific term in your search results you can type a minus sign in front of ther term you want to exclude.

Example: tips -facebook -iPad -iPhone -iOS site:niceguytechnology.com

Note: You can combine different search techniques to narrow your search even further.

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The above search will find tips on the website niceguytechnology.com while excluding the terms: facebook, iPad, iPhone, and iOS.

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Restrict Results By Date

You may want to restrict results by a date. You can do this by clicking on the Search Tools button below the Google search box.

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You then click on Any Time and choose your time frame.

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In the above example I wanted to see all the webpages that were added to niceguytechnology.com in the past month.


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