Update on Improved iOS 12.x Notification Management, AgoraPulse, DIY Texting Gloves and Full-Page Screen Capture Extension

John Vrooman | November 2018

Overnight, do you charge your phone in another room because phone notifications keep going off all night long? Similarly, during the day are you constantly interrupted by additional notifications? Regardless, if your iPhone and/or iPad can and has been upgraded to Apple’s latest version of the iOS operating system (version 12) you should know the notifications management system has been improved.

The updated notification system now makes it easier for you to manage notifications. To learn more about how the notifications management system has been improved, I would encourage you to watch a short YouTube video. The title of the video is “Everything New with Notifications in iOS 12 on iPhone & iPad.” The following link will lead you to the video… www.tinyurl.com/ycepeooa

Bonus tip: After watching the video mentioned above, consider doing a search using “iOS 12 tips tricks features” as your search phrase. When you do, the search results will identify quite a few videos that cover additional new iOS 12 features.

Do You Use a Social Media Management Platform?

Have you ever tried to create and schedule social media posts for use on multiple social media platforms? If so, you’ve likely discovered that the task is more time consuming and difficult to manage and execute than expected. To help address this common problem, numerous products and services have been developed. AgoraPulse is one of them. Unfortunately, I don’t think a “perfect” social media management platform exists since service/product vendors and customers all need to make decisions and compromises relating to cost, capability, complexity, etc. However, after reviewing what AgoraPulse offers, I think many of you may conclude that it’s a suitable (right features/right cost) social media marketing and management platform for your personal or small business. To learn more about AgoraPulse please visit the following webpage… http://tinyurl.com/ybkm3xu5

Tip: When you get to the above-mentioned webpage, links to product features, competitive product comparisons, and more can be found at the bottom of the webpage.

DIY Project: How to Convert Gloves to “Texting Gloves’

Are you able to operate your Smartphone’s touchscreen while wearing your gloves? Since most gloves aren’t touchscreen friendly, it’s likely that the answer to the question is “No.” If you would like your gloves to be “touchscreen friendly” (and if you are willing to do a little craft style project) just visit and follow the instructions you’ll find at the following webpage…www.tinyurl.com/yckla23n

Helpful Chrome Browser Extension: Full Page Screen Capture

How can you capture the content of a webpage when it spans an area that is longer than your computer’s display? Fortunately, if you use Google’s Chrome browser you can install a free extension called “Full Page Screen Capture” that will enable you to capture a full-length screenshot. Additionally, the extension allows you to save the full-page screenshot as a .png, .jpeg, or pdf file in a variety of different paper sizes. When you need this capability, its nice to know that it’s available, easy to use, and free! To get the extension, simply visit the following webpage (while using Google’s Chrome web browser) and click on the install button that you’ll find on the page… www.tinyurl.com/h8e65px

What Does Your Website Look Like On Different Devices and Screen Sizes?
Do you maintain a website? If so, it’s a good idea to check to see how it displays on various devices and screen sizes. To help you accomplish this task you can use some web-based services. An article titled “7 great tools for testing your responsive web designs” that I found at creativebloq.com identifies some services (both free and paid) that will help you accomplish the goal at hand. Here’s a courtesy link to the article… www.tinyurl.com/yau67x6w

How to Unlock A Phone That Has a Broken Touchscreen

Yikes! Your Smartphone’s screen just broke, the screen lock is enabled, and the touchscreen no longer works properly (or not at all) What can you do? Fortunately, you may be able to gain access to your phone by following some of the possible solutions that are covered in a blog post that’s available at systweak.com. The title of the post is “How to Unlock iPhone or Android Phone with Broken Screen.” Unfortunately, the solutions offered aren’t particularly easy to do and they may not work in all cases. However, if you work your way through the list of recovery options, you may be able to recover data that otherwise may have been at risk of being lost. Maybe you should consider bookmarking the blog post for possible future reference. Here’s the link… www.tinyurl.com/y8zsm339

Want to Learn a few (or a Few More) Advanced Google Search Tips?

Did you know that Google periodically adds and retires items to/from its list of available search operators? With this fact in mind, an article titled “Google Power User Tips: Query Operators” caught my attention. While reviewing the article I came across some useful search operators that I had forgotten, never learned, or may have become available since the last time I investigated what search operators Google’s search engine supports. The article was found on the SearchEngineLand.com website and you can check it out here… www.tinyurl.com/y9a563z8

 

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John Vrooman
John Vrooman is an experienced Realtor who enjoys staying on top of real estate, technology, gadgets, marketing, new media and small business trends/developments. John gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others – using a “something for everyone” approach. He has been authoring this column since August 2000 and is an Associate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty's White Plains office.