Posts Tagged ‘mobile’

Techie Tip of the Week: Updating a WordPress Site via a Mobile Device

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Need to update your WordPress site but only have access to your phone or tablet? No problem! (Assuming you’ve configured your WordPress site to allow you to update via a mobile device, that is.)

Option A: Use the web browser

  • One option is to use the device’s browser and point it to your wp-admin login.
  • Note: this is the same method you’d use to update your site using a desktop/laptop computer. (e.g.,

Option B: Use the WordPress app

  1. Download and install the WordPress app. (Available in the App Store and Google Play).
  2. Configure your WordPress site to allow remote publishing via the XML-RPC method:
    1. Using a web browser, log into your WordPress site as an administrator.
    2. In the Dashboard, click Settings.
    3. In Settings, click Writing.

    4. In Writing, in Remote Publishing, check the XML-RPC box.

  3. In the WordPress app, log into your site. You can now update your posts, pages, and other content using the app!

Techie Tip of the Week: Google’s Voice Search

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Google Voice Search, a feature of the Google Search app, allows you to speak a search query instead of typing.

Similar in function to Apple’s personal assistant Siri, Google Voice Search is available on both Android and iOS devices.


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Techie Tip of the Week: Make Your iPhone’s LED Light Blink When You Get a Call or Message

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Your iPhone’s LED light,  normally used to add light when you are taking a photo or video, can also be used as a visual cue that you have a new phone call or text message. Once LED Flash for Alerts is activated, the LED light will blink anytime someone calls you or sends you a message.

To activate LED Flash for Alerts:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Scroll down to the Hearing section. In the field LED Flash for Alerts, select ON.

Your iPhone will now blink anytime you receive a call or a message!

Techie Tip of the Week: Increase Battery Life on Mobile Devices

Friday, March 30th, 2012

OK, you’ve finally joined everyone else and got yourself a modern mobile device. But it seems like you’re always having to recharge the battery! What to do?

Here are some tips to help increase your phone or tablet’s battery life:

  • Turn off Bluetooth when you’re not using it (e.g., when using your hands-free microphone). Your phone will constantly be searching and sending a signal out for a Bluetooth device — and if you’re not using it, you’re unnecessarily daring your battery!
  • Turn off wi-fi when you’re not using it. Although using wifi generally drains the battery less than cellular does, it still drains the battery. So, if you’re not actively searching the Web, checking email, or otherwise accessing the Internet, turning off wifi will help stop battery drain.
  • Turn off push notifications. You can set up your phone to constantly check for new email, calendar, sports, news, and other messages. It’s great to be constantly informed, but it also drains your battery. Turn off these notifications and you’ll notice your battery life increases!
  • Turn off location services. You can set your phone to constantly broadcast your location. This makes it easy to tell people where you had the great dinner or wonderful experience in Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and other online tools, but it also eats up your battery. Turning off location services will help increase battery life.
  • Place your device on Airplane mode if you don’t need to make calls or send SMS messages (you can still use Wi-Fi in Airplane mode). This will force your device to not use Bluetooth, cellular, and text messaging.
  • Turn in your device’s auto-brightness tool. Or at least manually reduce the brightness of your screen. This will also help reduce the drain on your battery.

For more tips, check out Apple’s iPhone tips page and Google’s Android tips page.

Techie Tip of the Week – 5 QR Code iPhone Apps

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Last week we talked about how to create QR codes. This week’s techie tip is a quick discussion of the top 5 iPhone Apps you could use to read, process, and use QR codes.

5 iPhone QR Code Apps

  1. RedLaser, by Ebay. This is a free app that scans QR, UPC, EAN, UPC-E and EAN-8 barcodes. In addition, it can search for prices with Google, TheFind, eBay and Plus, it’ll create QR codes for your contacts, URLs, or text!
    Ebay's RedLaser
  2. Unboxed, by Mark Reid. The free version contains advertisements; the paid version removes the ads. Unboxed lets you read codes from the camera or the photo library, offers support for URL, text, SMS, FaceTime, phone number, YouTube video and email QR codes.
    Mark Reid's Unboxed
  3. Scan, by QR Code City. Scan is a simple, straightforward QR Code scanner. No need to take a photo or press a “scan” button. Simply point your device’s camera at a QR Code, and you’re done! If the code contains a website URL, you’ll automatically be taken to the site. If the code just contains text, you’ll immediately see it. For other formats (such as phone numbers, email addresses, or contact info), you will be prompted to take the appropriate action.
    QR Code City's Scan
  4. QR Code Reader, by Qrafter. This is a fast, free app that scans and parses QR codes. It recognizes web page and bookmark URLs, map URLs, iTunes URLs, Facebook URLs, Foursquare URLs, Yelp URLs, Data URLs, geographical coordinates, vCard information, meCard information, vCalendar event information, Tweets, Phone numbers, Email addresses, YouTube video URLs, Wi-Fi network information, BlackBerry Messenger PINs, Android Market searches, in addition to plain text!
    QR Code Reader by Qrafter
  5. QR Reader, by Tap Reader. Simple, fast QR reader that automatically captures and processes QR codes. Recognizes email, SMS, telephone numbers, vCard, and meCard information, and allows one-click import into the standard Address Book.

And, just for fun, here’s a QR code to this blog posting:

Techie Tip of the Week – QR codes: Creating QR Codes

Friday, April 29th, 2011

You’ve probably seen them on posters, magazines, business cards, at movie theaters, at restaurants and other businesses, but what they heck are these weird boxy black-and-white images with all these lines and dots? In this week’s Techie Tip, I’ll talk about 2 online tools you could use to create QR codes like this:

QR (“Quick Response”) codes have been around for years (invented in 1994 by a Toyota subsidiary) and are used to encode words, URLs (web content links), or other data into a machine-readable image representation of data.

Modern smartphones, scanners, and other barcode readers can be used to scan, and then use these codes.

For example, if you have a QR reader on your iPhone, Android, or other smartphone, you could launch the reader, point your camera at the QR code above, and your web browser should redirect you back to this blog post (it’s a representation of the URL

So, how can you create QR codes? In addition to be great ways to shorten long URLs, these online URL shorteners will also generate a QR code every time you use their service.

  1. Google
    1. To use, point your browser to
    2. In the Paste your long URL here field, enter the URL of the object you wish to create a QR code (e.g., the web site, picture, video, etc.).
    3. Click Shorten.
    4. In the list of URLs you have shortened, locate the desired link, and click Details.
    5. A QR code image will appear in the upper-right section of the web page.
    6. You can now right-click the QR code image and save it to your computer for your own use.
  2. Bit.ly
    1. To use, point your browser to
    2. In the Shorten your links and share from here field, enter the URL of the object you wish to create a QR code (e.g., the web site, picture, video, etc.).
    3. In the list of URLs you have shortened, locate the desired link, and click Info Page.
    4. A QR code image will appear in the upper-right section of the web page.
    5. You can now right-click the QR code image and save it to your computer for your own use.