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Chapter 9

Work Smarter on Your Smart Phone

Not long ago, most of us had one computer, maybe a bulky laptop that we'd lug around when we wanted to get things done on the go. If you needed Internet access, you'd go looking for a coffee shop in hopes of finding a serviceable Wi-Fi connection. Today, you carry a full-fledged computer-plus-phone in your pocket, with always-on access to the Web, email, social networking, and so on.

Hack 77
Speed Up Your Touchscreen Typing

Level: Easy
Platform: iOS and Android

You can save a lot of time typing on and navigating through iOS or Android if you know the right tricks and shortcuts.

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Hack 78
Break Down the Barrier Between Your Computer and Mobile Phone (New in 3rd Edition!)

Level: Easy
Platform: iOS and Android

You may prefer to look up directions from the comfort of your desktop because you can type in an address more quickly on your full-size keyboard, but ultimately you want the directions shuttled over to your phone so that you can use them on the go.

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Hack 79
Remote Control Your Computer with Your Phone (New in 3rd Edition!)

Level: Advanced
Platform: iOS and Android

VNC is a great tool when you need access to your computer from another one, but when you don't have your laptop or an Internet connection handy, you can still access your home computer from the always-connected smartphone in your pocket.

Hack 80
Automate Android Functions with Tasker (New in 3rd Edition!)

Level: Advanced
Platform: Android

Wouldn't it be nice, though, if your phone were smart enough to silence itself when you walked into your favorite movie theater?

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Hack 81
Set Up One Phone Number to Rule Them All (New in 3rd Edition!)

Level: Advanced
Platform: All

If Dad wants to get a hold of you, he may try all three before he gets you, leave messages at two, and give up by the third — which may be the only one you actually check for messages.

Hack 82
Augment Reality with Your Phone (New in 3rd Edition!)

Level: Easy
Platform: Android and iOS

The phone you carry in your pocket is, in many ways, considerably smarter than your PC and laptop ever were. It knows where you are, which direction you're pointing it, and it can even see the same things you see.

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Hack 83
Remember Where You've Been Using Location Awareness (New in 3rd Edition!)

Level: Easy
Platform: Android and iOS

You may remember vaguely where you were and when, but your smartphone's memory is considerably better. It can remember locations down to your latitude and longitude, and it can remember events to the second.

Hack 84
Command Your Phone with Your Voice (New in 3rd Edition!)

Level: Easy
Platform: Android

Who hasn't dreamed of verbally telling a computer what to do and having it actually listen?

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Hack 85
Use Your Camera Phone as a Scanner

Level: Easy
Platform: Android and iOS

You're looking at a whiteboard full of notes or a paper document you want to copy quickly. Instead of manually transcribing the text, you can "scan" the information using a digital camera, including the one built in to your cell phone.

Hack 86
Make Your "Dumbphone" Smarter via Text Message

Level: Medium
Platform: Mobile phone with text messaging

You're out and about town and you need to call a local cab, find out movie times at theaters nearby, or check the weather forecast. You don't need a laptop or even a tricked-out PDA to search the Web: you can do it directly from any phone that can send text messages.

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Hack 87
Connect Your Computer to the Internet via Mobile Phone by "Tethering"

Level: Medium
Platform: Android and jailbroken iOS

Your smartphone's greatest strength may be its constant connection to the Internet. "Tethering" enables you to use the data connection you're already paying for from the comfort of your laptop.

Hack 88
Develop Your (Digital) Photographic Memory

Level: Easy
Platform: Web-enabled cameraphone

A ubiquitous capture device can change the way you remember (and forget) things for good. With a photo-capture service like Evernote, you can capture and file your digital photographic memory in the Internet cloud from wherever you are.

Hack 89
Send and Receive Money on Your Mobile Phone with PayPal

Level: Easy
Platform: Smart phone or mobile phone with text messaging

Popular online payment service PayPal is a quick and easy way to send money to friends and co-workers — to cover your share of the dinner bill or to pitch in on a shared gift or to make a payment for work done.




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