Your App Lady – The Podcast Episode 9: My PlayHome, Bill Gates the Fortune Teller, and Troubleshooting your Smartphone

Your App Lady 

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Show Notes

Series 1 Episode 7

Welcome to series 1 episode 7 of the Your App Lady Podcast!

I am Betsy Furler and I am Your App Lady.

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

Today I am featuring an article from Business Insider.

I call it “That Bill Gates: He is a Smart One” It’s actually titled Bill Gates: 15 Predictions in 1999.

I had a one year old in 1999 so I remember distinctly what the world was like. It is amazing how accurate Bill Gates’ predictions were. I will discuss a couple of them today.

1.  Price comparison sites. Gates’ prediction: “Automated price comparison services will be developed, allowing people to see prices across multiple websites, making it effortless to find the cheapest product for all industries.”

What we see now: You can easily search for a product on Google or Amazon and get different prices. Sites like NexTag, PriceGrabber, and even Microsoft’s own Bing Shopping are built specifically to compare prices.

Remember in 1999, we barely had the Internet. We were emailing but we weren’t purchasing online. I was on bed rest during my pregnancy in 1998 and I ordered all my baby stuff on the phone via catalogs.

2.  Mobile devices. Gates’ prediction: “People will carry around small devices that allow them to constantly stay in touch and do electronic business from wherever they are. They will be able to check the news, see flights they have booked, get information from financial markets, and do just about anything else on these devices.”

What we see now: Smartphones, smartwatches, speakers like the Amazon Echo, and even headsets like the Microsoft HoloLens give users a way to have all of their information on hand at all times.

We had cell phones but all we could do with them was call people. I had a cellphone and a pager in 1999. I also had a laptop but with no WiFi, it was basically a word processor. Now I use my Apple Watch all the time!

For more information:

App of the Week: MyPlayhome 

My PlayHome Hospital by Playhome Software – iOS, Android, Fire OS and Windows

My PlayHome School by PlayHome Software – iOS, Android and FireOS

My PlayHome Stores by PlayHome Software -iOS, Android and FireOS

This is another one of my favorite apps. This app is a virtual dollhouse.

You choose the members of the family and then can move the dolls around the house.  Many actions can be done with the dolls including jumping, eating, bathing and sitting.  You can use it to practice scrolling as you move the dolls around the house.

It is also great for vocabulary development.

The app can be used to follow directions and for prepositions and action words.

My PlayHome Hospital, Stores and School apps can be played alone or in tandem with My PlayHome.  If the apps are loaded on the same device, the dolls can be moved from the home to the school or stores or hospital.  Or through all four environments.  All four apps are fantastic for children in the preschool ages through elementary school.  These apps are excellent bang for your buck!

Tech Tip

How to trouble shoot your phone.

The first thing you should do is to simply turn the device all the way off and back on. This often gets rid of a glitch in the device. Then, go to the storage on the device. Your device needs storage for processing. Delete what you can.  Close all the apps that are running in the background. Then turn the phone off and on again. If your phone still isn’t working, go to the Apple Store if you have an iPhone or your cellular carrier, ATT, Verizon, etc for more help.

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