Sunday, February 10, 2019

Checking Community Events (in Our Community)

Our community publishes a monthly calendar and a weekly newsletter on events.

So how do you get this information when you're away from the paper, but you have your iPhone or iPad.

(IT has been working on easy access for a year or more but no results to date.)

So here's a workaround.

Go to the resident website for our community on your iPhone or iPad.   Like resident.-------.org.

Login.

Go to Resident Life and Wellness.

Tap.      (see * below)

Then tap on the document you want.

Tap on that up arrow at bottom and save it to Notes.

Now go to Notes.

Select the document.

Use your two fingers to magnify what you want to read.

*For easier access in the future, tap the down arrow and add a shortcut to the home screen.









Saturday, February 9, 2019

New Help for the Hard of Hearing



Now the hearing and the deaf and hard of hearing can have conversations easily, with just an Android phone.

Tap or click for the app.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Resurrecting an Old Tablet

As time goes by, older tablets  can start to lose functionality.   Some of this functionality can be restored, sometimes with impressive results.

At best an older tablet can mirror from a smartphone in such a way as to perform like a new one.  My minimal iPhone SE mirrors to a tablet much as if the tablet were an iPad, just remotely operated.   I am able to use the tablet for Virtual Active exercise bike videos.

Typically the older tablet suffers from problems which first need to be addressed: memory problems, too advanced an upgrade or apps, and/or slow browsing.

The last of these can often be resolved simply by using the browser supplied with the tablet or Opera Mini.   I have found Chrome not to be satisfactory on an old device when synced. Wi-Fi also tends to run slowly on older devices. For YouTube I needed the Dolphin browser.

The original Nexus 7, not the 2013 upgrade, requires reverting to the Android 4.4 release and wiping of the cache at a low level to do away with congestion from many upgrades.   Browse YouTube for both solutions, especially to restore the Kit Kat version of Android.

At the point where mirroring is employed, the proper mirroring program needs to be found.     AirPlay is the first one to try, but I have found another one necessary for some tablets. I needed an Air Receiver by felix.long to work with an Asus EEEpad TF101.

I also revived an old Samsung tablet to work reasonably well, as well as a Nook tablet.