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These 12 Tips Will Help You Get The Most Out Of Your iPhone

apple iphoneJustin Sullivan/Getty ImagesYou can do a lot with your iPhone. There are plenty of cool features that might not be so obvious. Kind of like finding an Easter egg.

To get the most out of your phone, you just have to know where to find them.

Your phone charges a little faster if it’s in Airplane mode. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Tap the airplane icon on the left. Turning this feature on on when you need to charge it a little bit faster.

Your phone charges a little faster if it's in Airplane mode. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Tap the airplane icon on the left. Turning this feature on on when you need to charge it a little bit faster.

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You can check your app history by double-tapping the iPhone’s home button. A sideways scrolling list will appear on screen. This shows the last apps you used in chronological order.

You can check your app history by double-tapping the iPhone's home button. A sideways scrolling list will appear on screen. This shows the last apps you used in chronological order.

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Activate Siri and say “read my email.” Siri will read the name of the sender, time and date, as well as the subject of the email. If you want to reply, Siri will listen to your response and send it for you.

Activate Siri and say "read my email." Siri will read the name of the sender, time and date, as well as the subject of the email. If you want to reply, Siri will listen to your response and send it for you.

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Tell Siri to “read iMessages,” too. If you have a new text, Siri tells you who it is from and what it said.

Tell Siri to "read iMessages," too. If you have a new text, Siri tells you who it is from and what it said.

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When composing a text or email, shake your phone left and right to quickly undo something you just typed.

When composing a text or email, shake your phone left and right to quickly undo something you just typed.

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You can swipe to the left to view time stamps of texts, too.

You can swipe to the left to view time stamps of texts, too.

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You can completely block someone from calling you. Find the the contact in your phone book. Tap the name and go to the bottom of the screen. Activate the “Block Caller” feature. That person can’t talk to you at all now.

You can completely block someone from calling you. Find the the contact in your phone book. Tap the name and go to the bottom of the screen. Activate the "Block Caller" feature. That person can't talk to you at all now.

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Want some quiet time? Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. This feature prevents phone calls and alerts from coming through while your phone is locked.

Want some quiet time? Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. This feature prevents phone calls and alerts from coming through while your phone is locked.

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You can change Siri’s voice, too. Go to Settings > General and then enter the Siri option. You’ll be able to change the gender and language that Siri uses, as well.

You can change Siri's voice, too. Go to Settings > General and then enter the Siri option. You'll be able to change the gender and language that Siri uses, as well.

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Go to the App Store on your iPhone. Tap “Near Me” at the bottom. You’ll see a list of the most popular apps being used close by.

Go to the App Store on your iPhone. Tap "Near Me" at the bottom. You'll see a list of the most popular apps being used close by.

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Swipe down on the screen to get the search bar to appear. Type an asterisk into the search bar to see all the apps and music you have saved. It’s much faster than scrolling through pages and folders full of apps.

Swipe down on the screen to get the search bar to appear. Type an asterisk into the search bar to see all the apps and music you have saved. It's much faster than scrolling through pages and folders full of apps.

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Tap the time at the top of your phone when browsing Facebook or Twitter. You’ll quickly shoot up to the top of the screen.

Tap the time at the top of your phone when browsing Facebook or Twitter. You'll quickly shoot up to the top of the screen.

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Ultimate Warrior’s ultimate message

Shock and a terrible sadness. That’s the only way to describe reaction to the sudden death of the Ultimate Warrior.

Professional wrestling is not for everyone, but you don’t have to be a fan to feel for the family, friends and loved ones who are grieving the loss of the man once known as Jim Hellwig.

Many – too many – professional wrestlers have been called home too young. But what makes Warrior’s passing especially surreal and painful is that he had returned to World Wrestling Entertainment – and taken his rightful place among other icons in the WWE Hall of Fame – just days ago.

Like so many others, as a child, I loved the Warrior. He was a superhero incarnate x 10.

He had had a chance to thank his legion of loyal fans after being in exile for 18 years because of a long-running dispute with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

Like so many others, as a child, I loved the Warrior. He was a superhero incarnate x 10.

Chiseled out of granite, his face masked in war paint and tassels hanging from his biceps, he was an unforgettable sight. Excitement was guaranteed whenever Warrior charged the ring  and shook the ropes on WWF Wrestling Challenge and WWF Superstars of Wrestling every Saturday morning. No one understood his manic promos, but it didn’t matter. Warrior was just awesome – it was as plain and simple as that.

We’re not going to recap his career here. If you’re reading this and are a person of a certain age, odds are you were a wrestling fan at some point and followed the life and times of the Ultimate Warrior. You know he was once the heir-apparent to Hulk Hogan, you know about his war with McMahon, an infamous WWE-produced DVD that trashed Warrior and the reconciliation over the past year.

And that truce appeared to bring peace to the aging, 54-year-old self-styled warrior. Last  Saturday, at his Hall of Fame ceremony at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, he appeared content as he soaked in the roars of his “legion of warriors.”

Gone was the long, wild brown hair, replaced by a buzz cut silver mane.  His signature neon-colored tassels and face paint were replaced by a peppered-ash goatee and a basic black-and-white tuxedo.

Ultimate Warrior hadn’t entertained in the ring for years and had reinvented himself as a motivational speaker. But on this night – and throughout the weekend in an appearances at WrestleMania 30 and then Monday night on WWE’s flagship program, RAW  – he seemed intent of “setting the record straight” about his career.

Warrior’s final public appearance on Monday will haunt his fans and loved ones for a long time.

His words seem eerily prophetic:

“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” he told the audience. “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers — by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever. I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.”

Ultimate Warrior seemed to live his life to its fullest and appreciate where he had been and where he was in his life.

Let’s rejoice in the fact that he was allowed to put an exclamation point on his career and thank his fans.

Less than a week ago, he was being inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame, writing the final chapter in his past life as a professional wrestler, and telling his young daughters that being their father was the best thing he’d ever do.

Less than a week later his family is in mourning. Just unreal.

Maybe Ultimate Warrior’s final message to us is this: Hug your loved ones.  Settle old, petty grudges. Tomorrow’s never guaranteed.

Rest well, Warrior. We hope you’re shaking those ring ropes at the pearly gates.

 

7 Habits From Navy SEALs That Will Make You More Successful

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Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brad Woodard salutes as he jumps from an aircraft during parachute training.

I learned my best habits — and made some of my most dangerous mistakes — as a Navy SEAL.Once, when our platoon was preparing for a mission at one of our shooting ranges in Iraq, I had failed to reload one of my pistol mags after the previous night’s operation.

Our point man, the best-selling author of No Easy Day (under the pseudonym Mark Owen), discovered my mistake. To this day, I still think about the look of disappointment on his face.

The experience drove home the importance of good habits. The term habit generally has a negative connotation, but if you form the right habits that drive you toward success, you can’t lose. To be an effective team member, people usually need to break old habits and develop new ones by letting selfishness fall by the wayside. The SEAL community forces you to break habits that don’t positively contribute to mission success. If you can’t make that happen, you’re done.

I’ve gotten these habits right, and I’ve gotten them wrong. But those mistakes of yesterday have forged me into a better leader and team member today. If you want to be part of an elite team and are going to shed old habits, make sure to keep these!

  1. Be loyal. Team loyalty in the corporate environment seems to be a dying philosophy. Loyalty to the team starts at the top. If it’s lacking at the senior executive level, how can anyone else in the organization embrace it? Loyalty is about leading by example, providing your team unconditional support, and never throwing a team member under the bus.
  2. Put others before yourself. Get up every day and ask yourself what you will do to add value to your team, such as simply offering your assistance with a project. The challenge is overcoming the fear that your team member might say: “Yes, I really need your help with this project…tonight.”
  3. Be reflective. Reflective people often spend too much time analyzing their actions. But imagine if you could harness this talent into something highly valuable? Reflecting on your mistakes, such as mine in Iraq, ensures you never repeat them.
  4. Be obsessively organized. Some of us innately have this ability, often to a fault, and some have to work at it a bit more. You have to find a process that works for you. I’ve known people who will put something on their to-do list after they did it and then cross it off to feel a greater sense of accomplishment! Whatever your system is, make it work for you.
  5. Assume you don’t know enough. Because you don’t. Any effective team member understands that training is never complete. It’s true in the SEAL teams, and it’s true in any elite team. Those who assume they know everything should be eliminated. Those who spend time inside and outside of the workplace developing their knowledge and skills will provide the momentum for their team’s forward progress.
  6. Be detail-oriented. Attention to detail is one of our company’s values. Do we get it right all the time? Of course not. Imagine, though, if all members of a team are obsessed with detail in their delivery? My lack of attention to detail in the incident in Iraq could have had catastrophic results. Don’t ask yourself what you are going to do today to be successful; ask how you are going to do it.
  7. Never get comfortable. Always push yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you do this continually with every task you take on, that boundary will continue to widen. This process will ensure that you are continually maximizing your potential, which will positively impact your team.

You may be wondering how you could ever have a relaxed life if you maintain all of these habits. But that’s the beauty of it. If you enjoy what you do and form good habits, it all becomes second nature. Maintain these habits, and encourage your team members to do the same.

 

 

Rachel Chalmers of Ignition Partners warns founders that VCs really aren’t their friends.


Senior Technology Reporter- Silicon Valley Business Journal

Pity the venture-backed startup founder. That’s the conclusion you might draw from pair of blogs posted this week.

“Why your company should avoid venture capital,” was the headline on the post from Pittsburgh-based growth consultant Andy Birol.

“Five reasons not to raise venture capital,” was the theme of a blog from Rachael Chalmers, the IT analyst turned VC at Ignition Capital in Palo Alto.

Birol’s advice seems focused on entrepreneurs that probably aren’t building the kind of businesses VCs would be interested in anyways. It’s often better to focus on pleasing customers than satisfying the demands and priorities of venture investors, he says.

“Turning to venture capital for money to grow your business is sort of like going to a bar looking for someone to marry. The longer the night goes on, the clearer it is that most people you meet have short-term objectives,” Birol writes.

Chalmer addressed Silicon Valley entrepreneurs more directly.

“The seductive narrative of Silicon Valley stars a genius-hero who goes on a journey, overcomes myriad obstacles, has a flash of insight and is rewarded by wise and benevolent investors with Series A funding. This narrative is bullshit, but it’s everywhere.”

The point of both blogs is that venture funding isn’t the best source of capital for a lot of businesses and getting VC backing is far from being a guarantee for success.

Chalmers estimates that of the 1,000 VC-backed enterprise startups she encountered in 13 years as an analyst, only eight got all the way to an IPO. A total of 188 were acquired and “28 of them failed so hard they don’t even fog a mirror any more.”

A report this week from CB Insights provides even more data on this point. Of all the VC-backed companies that raised seed money in 2009, 75 percent are orphaned, dead or became “self-sustaining.”

This last group is often termed, disdainfully, by VCs as “lifestyle businesses.” That means that there is probably a business that will spport the founders and their families but will never scale.

About 21 percent of the Class of 2009 were acquired. The rest, only about 4 percent, are still around.

The report and the two blogs make the point that the chances of success as a venture-backed startup aren’t great. They may even lead readers to wonder if things have gotten worse in that regard.

But very few VCs I have dealt with suffer fools gladly who think that startup success is easy. They actually go out of their way, as Chalmers does, to dissuade founders from that idea.

The reality is that it has never cost less to build a tech startup and it hasn’t been considered this cool to be a founder than during the tech bubble of the 1990s.

But the facts show that extremely few of these startups are likely to survive, and that doesn’t seem to be anything particularly new. It just runs counter to popular myth.

Cromwell Schubarth is the Senior Technology Reporter at the Business Journal.

This Could Be The Most Detailed Look Yet At iOS 8, Apple’s Next Major iPhone Update

The next version of iOS is expected to usher in a significant overhaul to Apple’s mobile ecosystem that include new fitness-focused features, improved iCloud integration and some tweaks to Apple’s native apps.

Previous reports have provided some insight as to the types of changes we may see in iOS 8, but Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has just shared a slew of new details.

Apple is referring to iOS 8 by the internal codename Okemo, according to Gurman. The change will largely focus on updates to existing apps rather than refreshing the software’s appearance. It could be the iOS update that brings Apple Maps up to par with Google Maps, 9to5Mac reports. The updated Apple Maps app in iOS 8 will feature clearer labeling and improved notating of bus stops and public transportation stations.

As Gurman reported in the past, the improved Apple Maps will come with support for public transportation directions and will utilize more-reliable data. It sounds as if Apple plans to address many of the primary criticisms that have plagued its transportation app since it launched with iOS 6.

 

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Apple is also reportedly considering breaking iTunes Radio off into its own separate app as part of its iOS 8 update. iTunes Radio is currently a tab in Apple’s existing iTunes app, but separating it into its own app could help it to compete with the likes of Pandora, Spotify and other streaming services.

A less noticeable but still noteworthy addition to iOS 8 could be support for voice-over-LTE-support. Gurman writes that “carrier sources” have told him the next generation of iOS will be able to process calls over the same network in which data travels. Typically, if your phone is receiving a 4G LTE signal, it will process the call over 3G. Essentially, this means call quality may improve a bit with iOS 8.

Apple may also clean up the notification center in iOS 8. Currently, the drop-down menu divides alerts into Today, All and Missed tabs. The next-generation software could streamline this into just the Today view to make for a more simple viewing experience, according to Gurman.

The company is reportedly testing a new version of CarPlay, the feature that lets you run your iPhone through your car’s dashboard, that can connect to your vehicle wirelessly. The current technology requires you to connect via a Lightning dock connector. Speed is expected to improve across the entire operating system, but Gurman specifies that Apple could be testing a system that could enable the camera to snap faster photos.

 

 

Apple is likely to debut the next major update to its iPhone software at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June. Although WWDC is still about two months away, we’re already getting a clear picture of what to expect from iOS 8.

Previous reports have suggested the iOS 7 successor will come with a new app called Healthbook which can track your steps, count burned calories, and monitor blood sugar among other fitness-focused features. Apple is also expected to tighten iCloud integration with its OS X desktop software by releasing Text Edit and Preview apps for the iPhone. An update to the iPhone’s messaging app could also let you automatically erase message threads. The next iteration of iOS could allow apps to interact with one another, creating a tighter overall user experience. For example, you may be able to automatically share photos to your preferred social networks without having to do so manually if this feature makes it to the final build of iOS 8.

From what we’ve heard, iOS 8 isn’t shaping up to be  radical update like iOS 7, but it will bring a few new and noteworthy tweaks that could improve the experience across Apple’s native apps.  

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