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Typing on mobile: some thoughts

I was thinking the other day about smartphones and how I often don't like to type on them. I'm just so used to typing on full-size keyboards, that typing on mobile is like swimming in molasses. And it's really a shame, because in so many other ways, my iPhone is incredibly convenient.

But then, I thought about how speech to text these days is pretty decent, and perhaps the best approach would be to just use Siri for dictation instead of trying to type. I've held off on such things, because I'm old enough (and had enough bad experiences with flaky computer dictation long ago) that psychologically, it feels really weird to talk to a computer.

But in this case, my computer is a phone.

And that means: I feel weird talking to a phone.

Which is kind of weird, don't you think?

What about you? Do you type on your smartphone a lot? Or do you use Siri/Cortana/Google for dictation? Does talking to your phone feel weird or is it totally normal for you?
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by:Craig Kehler
I agree talking to your phone does feel weird. It does work well if you are in a quiet area, but if there are other people around it can pick up some random inputs. A good friend of mine was doing a talk to text to respond to his wife while in a crowded bar, when he went to hit send he had some of the most random conversation snippets captured. You can have fun with this, finding out all the crazy things your phone can overhear. :)

Similarly I remember when MacOS first added Speech Recognition commands. One of my testers set it up and was saying how cool it was. I walked by and said "Tell Application Finder Shutdown". Yeah that was pretty neat.
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by:Kyle Santos
I walked by and said "Tell Application Finder Shutdown".
Modern day Alt+F4 savagery! :D

Gamers will know...

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This reminded me of a MythBuster episode where they defeated an expensive and high tech door fingerprint scanning lock with nothing more than a photocopy of a fingerprint.  A YouTube link to an upload of the episode here.  If you don't want to watch the whole episode, just skip to 4:35 in the video :)
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by:Brian Matis
That sounds freakin' awesome. Looking forward to seeing where this goes! Thanks for the link :-)
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How do you feel about your iPhone?  If your iPhone was taken away today, how would this impact your day to day life?

Personally, I'd have to get an alarm clock again or I wouldn't wake up for work on time!

https://appdevelopermagazine.com/5325/2017/6/29/10-years-after-the-iphone-launch-here-is-how-people-feel-now/
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by:Brian Matis
Personally, I'd have to get an alarm clock again or I wouldn't wake up for work on time!

Lol! Yep, I've also ditched my alarm clock. I might still be able to get up for work without any sort of alarm though, since I recently set up some smart lightbulbs which gradually turn on between 6:30 - 7:00 and have been doing a decent job of waking me up. But then again... I set up the lightbulb scheduling with my iPhone! :-D
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by:Brian B
Probably better if you submit this as a question.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Here's the question submission form:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp
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Do you like graphs and charts? Here's an article with 10 nifty charts showing how the iPhone has changed mobile communications since its initial release 10 years ago.
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by:Lucas Bishop
I'm completely agreeing with the correlation :)

iPhone killed the gum aisle. Video killed the radio star.
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by:Michael Arciniega
"Correlation is not causation but it sure is a hint." - Edward Tufte

:)
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Keen on getting Apple tech news updates?  A longtime member just showed me this guy's website.  Pretty neat.

http://techguylabs.com/news
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by:Andrew Leniart
Looks good from the pics.. not game to install it though.. Both my IPhone and IPad are too important to me day to day to risk installing a beta on either of them :)
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by:Jackie Man
I am only interested to know the poll results as will get an iPhone 8 with iOS 11 if I can manage to get a higher paid job.
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by:Brian Matis
Personally, I've loved having the notifications. Even when I mostly do things via the web interface on my laptop, getting the notification on the phone (which will even forward to my watch) has been great! Easily my favorite part. :-)
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by:Kyle Santos
Totally agree
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Happy Saturday!

If you still have one of those old unlimited data plans on AT&T and you happen to reach 22GB for the month, AT&T is going to throttle you like a Le Mans driver downshifts. Enjoy! ;)
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by:Brian Matis
Thanks for the head's up! Fortunately, I think I manage to stay well under that, but I'll have to be sure to keep an eye on it.
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Have you ever wondered this when you're traveling or are abroad and using wifi?

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29015272/Advice-on-using-wifi-connection-in-Hotel-with-our-iPhone.html
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by:Brian Matis
More and more, lately...  Great conversation on that question, though. Thanks for mentioning it, Kyle!
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Last week I loved San Luis Obispo company Farmbot.  This week I love San Luis Obispo based company iFixit. (and of course I love SLO company EE). This is a great article in the latest issue of Inc Magazine re: their company - and why Apple hates them.  Relevant here at EE for hardware / software types.

http://www.inc.com/magazine/201704/david-whitford/ifixit-repair-men.html
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by:Ryan Kilimnik
Great article Matt. We have a couple friends over at IFixit. They love it!
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by:Lucas Bishop
Apple doesn't like iFixit, because iFixit writes its own in-house versions of Apple's top-secret repair manuals and shares them with all comers.

Then again, iFixit doesn't like Apple either. At iFixit headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California, the recycling goes in cans labeled with iFixit's logo--it resembles a Phillips screw head--while the cans with the Apple logo are for trash.

Wot!? Seems like a bit of sensationalism here...
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Anyone familiar with Google Photos and iCloud photos/videos storage tips and tricks?  I made a suggestion, but wondered if anyone else had any ideas for the asker?

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29013967/Google-photos-not-backing-up-properly.html
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iOS 10.3 just released yesterday. I updated mine last night and it seems to have gone totally smooth, which is fairly impressive given that the release included a completely new file system! That must have been a tricky bit of engineering (and I can only imagine the QA effort involved...) Not only that, but there were AppleTV, iPad, and WatchOS updates that also all had the same file system update. Impressive roll-out to coordinate all that for release on the same day!

Anyone else update yet? How'd it go?
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by:Brian Matis
If you're paranoid, then certainly feel free to do both. Then try the restore from iCloud if/when you get a new phone and see if that covers what you needed!
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by:Kyle Santos
It is worth testing.  I'm anxious to see if the iPhone 8 is gonna be worth nearly a grand.  If it has wireless charging...I'm probably sold haha
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In the office today, some co-workers and I got into a tangent conversation where one of us was fairly perplexed at how someone who is blind can use modern tech (computers, smartphones, etc) at all, given the heavy emphasis on visual design, graphical interfaces, and touchscreens. We talked about screen readers, but since none of us are blind, we really only understand them at a surface level. It reminded me of this article which covers an interview with someone who is legally blind about how they make incredibly effective use of an iPhone, with the screen completely off.

It's absolutely fascinating and provided that deeper dive into accessibility features and how they work, with the specific case of Apple's award winning VoiceOver feature on the iPhone.

It triggered several thoughts for me, like:
  • This is so cool...
  • It's amazing what sort of incredibly powerful features exist in the things we use, that we probably have absolutely no idea about
  • Could easily see the pure ROI case for these features not being good, but that it's wonderful Apple has done this anyway!
  • I bet a bunch of the research and work on these features contributed to Siri
  • Bet it'll also play into future Augmented Reality features too...

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/david-pogue-on-iphone-voiceover-163733668.html
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by:Lucas Bishop
On that same note, a while ago I came across this answer on Quora that fascinated me:
https://www.quora.com/How-does-a-visually-impaired-computer-programmer-program/answer/Tommy-MacWilliam?srid=2EqG

It's written by an engineering manager from Quora, about his experience with a close friend who went blind and was also a programmer.
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by:Juana Villa
@LucasBishop thanks for sharing.  I found it amusing. These programmers are amazing and my take away is that there are no limitations when we want do accomplish something.
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by:Matt McLelland
And if you're really looking for a redundant backup for your GoPro - this is the newest edition to my family.  Turn it on, pop in the SD card, and backup is complete!

https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-wireless-pro.html
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by:Kyle Santos
Nice.  I shared that with a buddy of mine who uses his GoPro on his drone.
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I talked to Verizon today.  They have me doing the strangest work around to an error I'm encountering through their website.  There is an error displaying when I'm completing an action by trying to transfer other phone lines into my account.  This is generated in an email that is sent to me.  So, to fix what I'm running into, they sent me 4 of the same email and said "try one email link each hour until it works.  Our server should be up by then.  If that still doesn't work, then call us back."

Yeah...
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by:Justin Pierce
LOL. How silly. Giving you busy work, so that you feel they're doing something for you. Hopefully they get a fix in place soon.
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by:Kyle Santos
I ended up having to call again. :|

The people who helped me this time realized I'd been put through enough and they had it resolved in a half hour.  So I'm all setup and saving more money on my monthly bill...and I have unlimited data...FINALLY.
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I went with the poor man's beats and got Skullcandy headphones :)
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Hard to believe it's been 10 years since the iPhone was first announced... A historic day!
http://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/01/iphone-at-ten-the-revolution-continues.html
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I'm writing this post from my iPhone just to check how well it works on mobile. You should try it from your mobile device too! I'd be curious to hear how it goes for you.
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iPhone

The iPhone is a smartphone made by Apple Inc. It and the iPad, along with several other mobile devices from Apple, run on the iOS operating system, which has its own topic, as does the iPad for device-specific questions. Native iOS applications are written in Objective-C or in Swift using the Cocoa Touch frameworks or HTML5 compiled with the help of a package manager such as Adobe PhoneGap; a common IDE is Xcode.