His Girl Friday: Tech Edition

So I’m not a techie by any means. Although I love my MacBook and iphone, I still feel like there is more that I don’t know than I do. But I’ve recently come across some tips that have changed my tech world and thought I’d share them with you today!

1. What the heck does the alien emoji on Instagram mean???IMG_2492

This has been driving me crazy for the past few weeks. All of a sudden, I’ve seen this little alien emoji popping up evvvvverywhere on Instagram. Either I had missed the memo that the 90’s alien trend was back in style, or something else was up. Fortunately, you don’t need to run out to purchase alien themed t-shirts or stickers to plaster all over your trapper keeper any time soon. The alien emoji is actually just a stand-in symbol that you will see anytime someone posts an emoji you don’t have because they have a higher operating system than you.

2. Why is my phone dying to fast?

This little tip I found on Pure Wow. They said:  You’re Not Letting the Battery Drain Regularly Enough!

“It’s counterintuitive, but the more often you charge your phone, the harder it is on your battery. Let your battery drain completely from time to time, and never charge it for hours overnight. (Phones need sleep too!)”

3. A better way to take selfies.

Ok, so you know how your volume buttons on the side of your iphone act as a shutter for the camera? (They do. If your camera is open and you hit one of the volume buttons, you will snap a photo). Well for better selfies or group photos, attach your headphones to your phone and then place your phone down on something about a foot away. Then, when you are ready to snap your photo, simple adjust the volume via the headphones and voila! You will have a pic without the tell-tale extended-arm-holding-your-phone in the shot.

4. A better way to charge your phone.

Your phone will charge faster if you first turn it on “airplane mode” before you charge.

5. A better way to take videos

Next  time you take a video, turn your phone landscape direction (not portrait). Not only will your picture quality be better, your video will upload a lot faster (especially on youtube).

There you have it! I hope you found a tip or two to make your tech life just a little bit easier, or at least a bit clear, here today :-).
Note: Apple, the Apple logo and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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