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Tech Tips

Often, we buy gadgets and other devices but don’t spend time learning about every feature they offer. Of course, we usually know how they work by using them or asking someone else how they did a certain task. However, since knowledge is power, we’ve compiled a short list of some valuable tips and tricks for technology users that you may not know.

Create Secret Conversations on Your iPhone

Do you need to have a private conversation that doesn’t appear in your regular text messages? Simply create a “Note” and share it with the person you want to chat with.

That’s right! Your iPhone has a built-in feature called the Notes App, and when you swipe left on the note you want to share, the phone will give you the option to add a person. This process can also occur when you open the note you’re going to share and click on the three dots to “Share Note.” The note is then sent via email or text, but once the person is added, they can edit the note just as you can. This offers a great way to chat privately without showing up in your text message feed.

Turn Your Device into a Security Camera

Do you need a security system? Did you know you can turn your laptop, tablet, phone, or desktop into a motion-activated security camera with just a particular website and a few clicks?

The site is simple to use and taps into your device’s camera to record any motion. You only must undergo a two-minute calibration test, and you’re all set. The movement is captured as images that you can download. Since the data is not transmitted over the internet, everything is locally stored on your device.

Increase Your Internet Speed

When your internet begins to slow, you go through a mental checklist. Did I pay the bill? Is it my router? The computer? The modem? Is my neighbor using the connection to watch UHD movies? Either way, there’s an easier way to increase your connection speed: Change your DNS or Domain Name System. This process works to transform IP addresses into easier-to-remember names. The only problem is that some DNSs work more effectively than others.

Repurpose Your Webcam

Your webcam is helpful for more than just attending video meetings. You can also use it as a scanner to input a document into your computer. This means you don’t have to take a picture, send it to yourself, and then deal with formatting issues.

If you have a Mac, open Photo Booth, which automatically opens your webcam. Place the document in front of the camera and line it up using the screen. After you hit the red photo icon, the system will take a picture, and it will appear near the bottom right corner. All you must do is drag it to your desktop, where it’s safe.

Using Windows, it’s as easy as opening the Camera App and lining the document up with the webcam. Once it’s lined up, hit the white camera icon, and capture the photo. Your picture will appear at the bottom right corner, where you can click to open it. Then all you must do is click on the three dots and choose where you want to save it.

Use Your Phone as a Level

Do you need to hang wall decor but don’t own a level? No problem, use your phone instead!

If you have an iPhone, this is done within the Measure App, where you’ll find a Level option at the bottom right. Once you choose the option, the level appears on the screen and is ready to use. With an Android phone, simply look for the app called “Bubble Level” and use it as you would a real level.

If you’re looking for more technology tips and tricks or need help diagnosing your computer problems, call our experts at 208Geek. We have over 20 years of industry experience and have helped countless Boise residents with various computer problems - and we can help you too!

About 208 Geek in Meridian, Idaho

Owner/Operator Jacob Van Vliet began building and repairing computer systems for friends and family out of his home in 2001. Jacob was receiving so many requests for computer repair, that in the Fall of 2005, he opened 208 Geek with the vision of providing outstanding service and peace of mind. He has committed 208 Geek to delivering unparalleled, friendly, and professional service, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


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