TECH TALK: The Latest on SiriUserGuide.com, Reading on iPhone, Signing PDFs, iPhone Tips

John Vrooman | July 2020

Editor’s Note: With this column, John Vrooman has logged 20 years as the Computer Technology columnist for Real Estate In-Depth.

Siri is the name of the voice-controlled personal assistant that’s available on Apple devices that run iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. Although Siri has been around for a decade now, it’s still underutilized by many. My take on the siriuserguide.com website is that it’s a great site for anyone who wants to maximize their use of Siri. One Siri-related resource that’s available at the site and should interest many users is the site’s “Siri Dictation Guide.” If you’re still not an efficient user of Siri’s Voice-to-Text dictation capabilities, the dictation guide (along with some practice) has the potential to turn you into a dictation power user! Here’s a link to the Siri Dictation Guide at siriuserguide.com…www.tinyurl.com/y8sg5nc4

Make the Web More Readable on Your iPhone

If you do a lot of reading on your iPhone, I recommend that you review a howtogeek.com article titled “7 Tips to Make the Web More Readable on an iPhone.” I’m confident that most iPhone users will benefit from several of the article’s tips and be able to improve their overall online reading experience. To get the most from the article, I would encourage you to try out each tip, and not just read about them. Here’s a link to help get you started…www.tinyurl.com/yahwwzmt

How to Sign a PDF File From a Computer

There are many online services that provide digital signature related solutions. However, many of these types of services aren’t free and sometimes you just want to be able to quickly receive, sign, and send back a signed PDF file. Unfortunately, that task isn’t an easy one for many. To address this issue, I went looking for a video tutorial that shows the process of adding a signature to a PDF file. Fortunately, I found one that should be able to help those who have an interest in this topic. The title of the helpful video tutorial is “Practical tech tip: How to sign a PDF on your Mac or PC | Komando DIY at komando.com.” Here’s a link to the video at YouTube.com…www.tinyurl.com/yatwehbf

A Few Handy iPhone Tips

While I was at Komando.com working on the tip above, another article titled “10 new iPhone tricks you’ll use all the time” caught my attention. After reviewing the article’s tips, I judged them to be helpful/useful. Here’s the list of tips that the article covers: 1) Dim your iPhone with low light mode [helps save battery power]; 2) Organize your cards [e.g. credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, and more] in Apple Wallet; 3) Respond to messages with a tap; 4) Delete calculations with a swipe; 5) Adjust Calendar start and end times; 6) Move multiple apps all at once [great for reorganizing your apps]; 7) Indent list items in Notes; 8) Customize alerts for contacts [make alerts from important contacts sound different]; 9) Stop the music; 10) Select messages to forward or delete. To learn more about these tips, just visit the following link…www.tinyurl.com/y973moeh

Are You Familiar With Microsoft’s Free OneNote Application?

OneNote is a free, powerful, and cross-platform note-taking and management app. If you aren’t using a notes app to take and manage notes yet, you really should. Some notes apps are simple and limited in capability, and others are more capable and feature-rich. I would put OneNote in the more capable and feature-rich category of note taking/management solutions. To learn more about OneNote, I recommend that you visit the “OneNote help & learning” page at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote. If you prefer to learn by watching videos, I suggest you perform a search at YouTube.com using “OneNote Tips 2020” as your search phrase. (Many relevant videos were found when I performed this search.)

How to Change Windows 10’s Default Download Location

If you have trouble finding downloaded files you might want to consider changing your computer’s default download location. Would you prefer that downloaded files go into a folder on your computer’s desktop? If so, that can be done by changing your default download location. To explore this topic in more detail, check out the following helpdeskgeek.com article titled “How to Change Default Download Location in Windows 10.” Here’s the link…www.tinyurl.com/ybt48y92

Audio Equalizer Extension for the Chrome Web Browser

If you listen to audio using the Chrome web browser (and you’re able to install chrome browser extensions) you should visit the Chrome Web Store, and search for and install an extension called “Equalizer for Chrome.” If you successfully do this, you’ll gain access to a nifty audio tool that will enable you to adjust your computer’s audio settings to your liking. Here’s a link that will take you to the extension…www.tinyurl.com/y9j484wk (Tip 1: If you search the Chrome Web Store for “equalizer,” you’ll find many audio equalizers that may interest you even more than the simple app mentioned above. Tip 2: Many equalizers have preset settings for different types of audio/music styles. If you listen to podcasts, you may want to look for a preset that’s labeled “talk” or “voice,” or something similar.

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John Vrooman
John Vrooman keeps an eye out for cool new hardware, software, apps, gadgets, SaaS solutions, social media developments, trends, personal/SMB productivity solutions, and more. John gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing his discoveries with others. John has been authoring this column since August 2000 and welcomes feedback, tips and suggestions from his readers.