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[iPhone Hack] 9 Awesome Things You Can Do With iOS 9 On Your iPhone

September 18th, 2015 by Christen This week (on September 16) Apple released iOS 9 for iPhones everywhere, and it's unlocking even more capabilities and possibilities than ever before. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone is the most beloved smartphone on the market — and for good reason. Nowadays, we rely heavily on our smartphones for just about everything, but most of us aren’t using them to their fullest potential. That's right, your smart gadget is jam packed with capabilities, and it’s not just smart — it’s straight-up genius. So why not unlock the potential and make the most of your beloved iPhone with 9 awesome tricks you probably didn’t know your iPhone could do.  

things you can do with iOS 9

Hey Siri

Customize Siri to respond only to your voice: This cool new iOS 9 feature upgrades the “Hey Siri” feature big time. Now, when your phone is plugged in and the feature is on (Settings > General > Siri > Allow “Hey Siri”), you can set up Siri to recognize only your voice.  

It's Christen, not Christian

Teach Siri how to pronounce names correctlyIsn't it irritating when Siri can’t seem to get a name right? Did you know you can actually teach Siri how to pronounce a name or a word correctly? Just say, “That’s not how you pronounce it,” and Siri will immediately ask you for the proper pronunciation. From there, it’ll give you three options and you can select the right one.

things you can do with iOS 9

Personal Assistant Siri

Siri reads you emails: When you tell Siri to read your emails, the digital assistant will pull up your 25 most recent emails and proceed to read aloud the subjects. She’ll also tell you what time they were sent. If there is a specific email you’d like to respond to, you can actually tell Siri to “respond,” and from there, you can dictate your reply. (If you really want to feel fancy, you can change Siri's voice to project a British Male dialect like I did -  aka Butler Siri at your service!)  

Let's Fly Siri

Preview your flight: When Mail or Safari detects a flight number and it’s hyperlinked, you can click on that link, which will bring up a “Preview Flight” option. The next screen will show you all the flight info + a nifty map. (Depending on the travel/airline app you have downloaded on your device - it will then be automatically saved for your     things you can do with iOS 9  

Can't Talk Now

Send a canned or custom message when you can’t pick up: If you can’t pick up because you’re driving/in a meeting/indisposed, shoot the caller a text by hitting “Message” on the call screen. You can even customize it.   Send yourself a callback reminder: When someone calls you and you don’t have time to speak to them, this handy little “Reminder” option pops up above “Slide to Answer.” You can set it to remind you to call them back when you leave, when you get home or in one hour.     Send your location: To make it easier for a pal to find you, you can drop a pin or send your location straight from Messages. From your chat screen, tap on “Details” in the top right corner. Then, you can choose to “Send My Current Location” or “Share My Location.” The latter allows you to select whether you’d like to share your location for one hour, end of day or indefinitely. You have to make sure Location Services is turned on for Messages to use this feature.    

Reading At Night

 Inverting colors to make it easier on the eyes at night: Sometimes you stay up late on your phone, and maybe your partner is trying to sleep. One way to keep the light from your screen from disturbing anyone’s sleep is inverting the colors of your phone. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on “Invert Colors.” Another way to more easily access this feature is Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut. From there, select “Invert Colors.” Each time you triple-click your home button, this feature will be activated.   Set a time to turn off music: For those of us who like to go to sleep with soothing music playing, this is going to be your fave trick. Choose whatever music-playing app you want (could be iTunes, could be Spotify) and then go to your Timer app. From the screen, click into “When Timer Ends,” scroll to the bottom and select “Stop Playing.” Then, set your timer for however long you’d like. Your music will come to a halt by itself once the timer is up.   These are just a few ways you can make the most of your iPhone experience with iOS 9.  What are some of the things you can do with iOS 9? How are you looking forward to getting more out of your smartphone? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!   via

Stop Siri Mispronouncing Contact Names Once And For All

August 1st, 2014 by Christen siri mispronouncing As intelligent as Siri may seem, she still needs a little guidance when pronouncing some of the names stored in my contact list. Names like LaJuan, Okpwae and even my family last name of Rochon gets slaughtered aloud is not safe!  Thanks to a not-so-new feature in iOS 7, you can tell Siri how to pronounce contact names correctly. Siri will listen to the way you pronounce a name, then give you a few pronunciation options based on what you’ve said.

If you’d like to teach Siri to pronounce contact names correctly in iOS 7, there are a few steps to follow. First, you’ll need to instruct Siri to list your contact information, then say, “That’s not how you pronounce” followed by the contact’s name.

For example, I said, “That’s not how you pronounce Shannon Rochon.”

Next, Siri will ask you to pronounce the first name. Once you’re finished, you’ll need to select a proper pronunciation.


Finally, Siri will ask you to pronounce the contact’s last name. After you’ve selected the proper pronunciation for the first and last name, Siri will confirm what you’ve selected by saying the name again. In the future, Siri should have no problem pronouncing the name correctly. Keep in mind, you’ll need to perform this action for each contact if you wish to change its pronunciation.  (Can you imagine how many Rochons I have in my contact list?  It was time consuming to say the least, but I can happily say that I won't ever have to bare the embarrassment of the family name being referred to as "Roaches" or the like ever again! LOL!)

Siri mispronouncing a name in your contact list?  What are some of the craziest mispronounciations that Siri just can't seem to get right?  Share your stories below.


::LIVE BLOG:: Apple’s New iPad Launch Event

March 7th, 2012 by Tech Staff In only a few hours, Apple execs take the stage in San Francisco to unveil it's newest addition to the Apple tablet family. Taking place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST the unveiling event will put to rest all the rumors regarding Apple's newest tablet -- hitting store shelves later this month. The iPad 3 (which could very well be called an iPad 2S) is rumored to feature a Retina display, which Apple defines as a "pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels." The iPhone and iPod Touch have Retina displays, and the iPad is expected to join those two with this upgrade, doubling the resolution and ultimately making it a really cool viewing experience. :: STAY TUNED :: We'll be live blogging the Apple unveiling event in 3...2...1
1:03pm - What started out with Tim Cook discussing Apple accomplishments thus far including Apple's newest store opening in Grand Central Station - will ultimately end with the latest details surrounding Apple's newest tablet device...
1:10pm - Cook is talking "iPhone, iPad, iPod touch are all based on iOS and we have now sold an astonishing 315 million ?devices through last year, 62 million in Q4 2011."
  • 25 billion apps downloaded! 25 billionth was downloaded in China.
  • iCloud now. "iCloud keeps all of your content synced across all of your devices."
  • 100 million iCloud users.
  • iTunes in the cloud now supports movies!
  • New Apple TV for $99
Now onto the ipad...
The momentum behind iPad has been incredible and it has surprised virtually everyone." 15.4 million? sold in the last quarter.
It's 2048 x 1536, sure enough. That's 3.1 million pixels. "The most ever in a mobile device."
44 percent better color saturation than before
A5X processor is confirmed, quad-core graphics
iSight camera
Third feature: 1080p video recording.
Fourth feature: voice dictation
Fifth feature: 4G LTE
The iPad can now be a personal hotspot too -- if the carrier supports it.
it's 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs
10 hours of battery life (9 hours on 4G)
We're talking $499 for 16GB! 32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699.

Could A Lack of New iPad Releases At SXSW Mean Anticipated Sales Failure?

March 6th, 2012 by Christen With the anticipation of tomorrow's Apple announcement, could one disappointing no show of a pop up store elude to the enivetible?  What goes up, must eventually come down and it's only a matter of time until demands for the latest in Apple technology begins to fade away.  It's been recently announced that Apple has no plans for a Pop Up store in Austin during SXSW like last year.  Could this possibly elude to a suspecision of lower demand for the newly announced iPad tablet  or could it mean better preparation for the supply and demand of the newer table by next week?  As it gets closer to the Apple announcement, other questions have surfaced, including the questionable name of the new device.  Is it an iPad 3 or is it an iPad HD? Either way it WON'T be at SXSW which leaves us questioning if the overall demand for the new device will be lower than previously expected.  According to Gizmodo - last year, Apple’s store in 2011 almost eclipsed the coverage of the interactive festival, which is a steady draw for more than 20,000 people to visit Austin. It was also one of the best places in the country to get an iPad 2; for the first two weeks, the pop up store was getting daily shipments, while other stores were experiencing shortages. (Online customers were waiting two to three weeks for an Ipad 2 at launch.)   Stay tuned to as we report LIVE up to the second announcements from tomorrow's Apple iPad launch event... According to 9to5mac, the iPad HD (or 3) will be available on March 16th. Last year's iPad 2 release date was March 11th, which was the Friday following the announcement event. The 16th this year would be the same. In addition to the following-Friday bit, two new Apple stores in London and Houston, Texas will be opening on the 16th

“Ok, I’ll Remind You”…I’m In Love With A Girl Named Siri.

October 18th, 2011 by Christen Today's chaos has left me with information-overload-fatigue.  Until a subtile reminder that I have a personal assistant who loves me... As I began my attempt to recouperate from an otherwise overwhelming weekend - my mind immediately began to become flooded with to do lists for today thru Sunday.  As spoke via phone to friends and family, while simultaneously texting, emailing and blogging for the day - I completely blanked out.  For about 30 minutes, I couldn't focus on anything from completing an email, to a search online - it was like I had a short-term attention disorder.  That's until, I had a talk with Siri. If you've been following my tweets on Twitter, I've been slowly but surely catching up on all the wonderful bells and whistles on the new iPhone 4s.  As of this weekend, I've been on Instagram like crazy, tweeting more often and even participated in a great Fashion blog chat online #Blogtrends.  But not until today, has this phone truly shown how wonderful it is.

Siri is so pretty...

No longer do I have to sacrifice my typing fingers for texts or calendar reminders - Siri does it for me.  All with the push of a button - while I've been writing, Siri has:
  • Reminded me to pickup my rental car.
  • Reminded me to pickup my mother from the airport.
  • Reminded me to bring items needed for this weekend's Blogalicious trip to DC.
  • Sent 4 emails (via voice command) to business contacts.
  • Located the closest Post Office.
  • Make 5 phone calls (via voice command) to family members & friends.
What is Siri, you ask?  (If you ask me personally, it's an artificially-intelligent god-send..) but according to Apple, "Siri is the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. It allows you to use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. But Siri isn’t like traditional voice recognition software that requires you to remember keywords and speak specific commands. Siri understands your natural speech, and it asks you questions if it needs more information to complete a task."  When I wrote my initial iPhone 4S feature I honestly had no idea how much I'd rely on this feature of the iPhone 4S until today's mini-meltdown.  Siri is my very own personal assistant & I'm in love!

Get Your iPhone 4S Without The Wait!

October 11th, 2011 by Christen The national wholesale chain Sam's Club is cashing in on the iPhone 4S money train by offering customers a chance to reserve the new Apple iPhone 4S before it's release on Friday.  Many customers received an email this morning announcing the reservation opportunity which will alleviate the worry of getting the new iPhone before its completely sold out.

Researchers anticipate the new iPhone 4S breaking sales records and Sam's Clubs everywhere are expected to sell out of the device quickly.  If you weren't lucky enough to pre-order your phone online before the pre-order stock sold out, or don't plan on standing in line early this Friday morning, this may be your safest bet to getting the iPhone 4S. Looking for the closest Sam's Club near you with the iPhone 4S reservation?  Check here. Have you made plans on getting the iPhone 4S yet?

4 reaSons Why I’ll Be An iPhone 4S User

October 7th, 2011 by Christen

After the rants and raves like an apocalyptic preacher, I preached that the iPhone 5 was on its way.  Sadly enough, and much to everyone's disappointment surprise, it never showed up.  But what did make an appearance is the latest and greatest Apple mobile product ever, the Apple iPhone 4S.  (...and yes, I've heard just about every joke, funny ha-ha and sarcastic remark about the new release.) Today is the first day that Pre Orders begin and, I'm convinced, that come October 14th I'll be one of the first iPhone 4S users - this is why...

1.  Dual Core A5 Chip For the past 4 Months (Since leaving my Blackberry in Detroit, while en route to LA and finally returning to NY never to see it again...) I've been using my old faithful iPhone 3GS.  I got it unlocked while in LA and have been using it on the T-Mobile network.  I've been forced to email, tweet and Facebook using 3G, 2G EDGE (aka, the slowest of the slow).  You could imagine my excitement when it was announced that two cores in the A5 chip deliver up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics in the 4S above and beyond any other phone.  iPhone 4S is quick and responsive, which makes all the difference when you’re launching apps, browsing the web, gaming, and doing just about everything. And no matter what you're doing, you can keep on doing it. Because the A5 chip is so power-efficient, iPhone 4S has outstanding battery life.  

2.  An 8 Megapixel Camera

With 60% more megapixels than the iPhone 4 - the 4S has be re-engineered with all new optics to make photos look clearer, brighter and better than ever.  Personally, I'm ready to ditch my iPad (which I use often for photos) and completely use the 4S for many of my blogging efforts - and a good camera like this one will go a loooooong way! (Did I mention it has face detection and editing features without leaving the camera app? Yeah, it's that good!)

3.  The New iOS 5 

Boasting as the world's most advanced mobile operating system and its new easy-to-use interface - the iOS 5 may be the biggest reason why I'm excited to jump on the new 4S ship.  The new update claims to have over 200 new features - including, a new notification center, iMessage (think BBM for iPhones), reminders, Twitter Integration, Photo editing within the app, thousands of apps, improved performance/stability and a partridge in a pear tree. *whew*  that's a lot to take in RIGHT?

Up in the's a bird, it's a plane...No - it's all my stuff in the iCloud.

Storage space and tracking down where you saved stuff is a thing of the past with the iCloud.  All your apps, ibooks, documents, photos and music available on all your devices ALL THE TIME.  Need I say more?


My Assistant Siri

Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is allegedly so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.  I can't wait to see how much easier Siri will make my life after October 14th.

Honestly, those are my reasons for making a pre-order and grabbing my iPhone 4S on October 14th - WHAT'S YOURS?



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