Your App Lady – The Podcast Episode 7: Notes, IoT, and How to Turn Your Old iPhone into an iPod Touch

8EBAA3E9-6F31-412A-AA7E-6B81982BEDD2Welcome to series 1 episode 7 of the Your App Lady Podcast!

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I am a wife, mother to two boys, a Product Designer, business owner and speech pathologist. I’m also an app addict.

Join me as I talk about my favorite subject: Apps.  And I may also occasionally talk about my kids, my work and the rest of my life.

On each episode, I’ll talk about recent tech news, recommend apps that I use myself and leave you with a great tech tip.

Tech News

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

WIRED explains:

Have you wonder what people are talking about when they say “The Internet of Things”, often abbreviated as IoT?

This article states that the Internet of Things is made up of devices such as objects with sensors, smartphones and wearables that are connected together.

The devices, the network communication and the data form the Internet of Things.

It’s interesting to think about how many “smart” devices that are now available. I have thermometers and blood pressure cuffs that connect to apps on my phone. Scales, coffee pots, slow cookers and thermostats can also connect to apps. We can install doorbells and cameras that allow us to answer our door at home when we are physically across the world. Tweet me @yourapplady and let me know about your favorite smart device.

App of the Week: Notes

The Notes app on my iPhone and iPads is one of the apps I use daily to stay organized.

Notes is preloaded onto all Apple products.The app is a virtual notepad. You can type, write, draw, save links, photos and videos into the app.

You can add to existing notes or start new notes.

I title each note but titles are not required.

Notes is searchable by keyword. The search function finds the word within the body of the note. For example, if I search for the name “Henry”, every note about my son, Henry, shows up.

I use Notes to collect those little bits of information that used to be on post-its or on a scrap piece of paper. And then lost. Even with a paper notebook, I would write notes and then wouldn’t be able to find them when I needed them.

With Notes, I don’t lose the pieces of paper or forget where in the notebook it was written.

Google Keep is a similar app for Android devices. It is also available as a Google Extension.

Tech Tip

How to turn your old iPhone or Smartphone into an iPod Touch, MP3 player or small tablet.

You can use your old phone as an iPod, MP3 player or as a tablet.

This is a great alternative to getting a child a new phone.

Without paying for a cellular plan, you can still connect the old phone to WiFi. You will be able to play music, games and videos. You can search the Internet and check your email. You can also use Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or one of the many other messaging apps to make calls and send text messages.

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