iPlugDelaware Monthly Meeting to be Held February 23, 2016

The February 2016 meeting of iPlugDelaware will be held on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 7:30 am at the Panera Bread in Fairfax Shopping Center (2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803). As usual, the meeting will be in the community room in the back of the restaurant. Meetings last about an hour and are normally held the third Tuesday of each month (this month’s meeting was delayed due to President’s day). Meetings are free to attend and are open to anyone in the legal community.

Meeting Agenda:

  • The iPad as a laptop replacement;
  • Apple Watch Apps worth using;
  • Favorite “law-related” iOS app; and
  • Tablet Alternatives to iOS (Microsoft Surface).

If you have not attended a meeting before, they are a great place to learn about how technology can help with your law practice. You do not have to own any of the devices we talk about, and we are all happy to learn about new technology that has saved you time or added to your well-being.

We look forward to seeing new faces at our meeting, and we are happy to modify our agenda to address any questions or concerns of those in attendance. If you would like something added to our agenda, please let us know on our Facebook Page or through Twitter.

Google Announces Android Wear Compatibility with iOS

Android Wear on iPhoneGoogle announced today on the Official Google Blog that Android Wear now works with iPhones. According to the announcement, only the LG Watch Urbane is currently supported, but all future models of Android Wear SmartWatches will also work on both Android and iPhone Smartphones. Android Wear will pair with an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus running at least iOS 8.2.

It will be interesting to see how the Android Wear Watches compete with the Apple Watch on Features. Use of previous Smartwatches that “supported” iOS also meant a limited feature set. The Official Google Blog indicates that you will be able to check information like phone calls, messages and notifications from your favorite apps with just a glance. Fitness goals will also be supported. However, no details were provided of whether responses will be possible using an Android Wear Watch.

More to come as details develop. For now download the Android Wear App if you have an LG Watch Urbane or visit the Google Blog for more information.

You Don’t Have to Be a Developer to Test iOS Anymore

iOS 8 Public BetaApple began rolling out its first Public Beta of iOS today by making iOS 8.3, Beta 3, part of the AppleSeed Public Beta Program. To join the Public Beta, you must have an Apple ID and an eligible device. The initial invites have been going out to users that have been publicly testing OS X Yosemite. To sign up for access, login to https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. If you only see the OS X Yosemite beta at this time, it is being reported that invitations will be slowly slowly rolling out.

9to5 Mac reports that the installation is made available over-the-air. Users first are instructed to backup their device using iTunes, then directed to download a configuration profile from the AppleSeed website that makes the beta available in the normal Software Update screen. Instructions are also provided for restoring your device to a previously released non-beta version of iOS.

As always, be careful before installing beta software on your device. It is not recommended that a beta be installed on a mission-critical device, and it is possible that functions of your iPhone or iPad may not work properly with the beta software installed.

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iOS 8.2 Released, Get Ready for the Apple Watch

Apple today released iOS 8.2. Among several bug fixes, Apple included new functionality for iPhones to work with the Apple Watch. After installing, you see a new Apple Watch app on your home screen. Since the Apple Watch has not yet been released, this currently just links to Apple advertising apps, but in a little more than a month it will be used to configure your device and change settings.  

As always, be careful before installing the new update. I have installed it on my iPhone 6 plus and experienced no problems, but every situation is different. If you haven’t already backed up your device, see our article that explains how to use iTunes to backup manually.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3

iOS 8.1.3 ReleasedApple released an update for iOS 8 today. iOS 8.1.3 was released that promises “bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements”. This latest release reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update (for those that still haven’t made the jump to iOS 8), fixes a Spotlight search issue that prevented app results in search, and fixes an issue that prevented use of multitasking gestures when using an iPad.

So far no widespread issues have been reported with installing this update, but still use caution and make sure your iPhone or iPad is backed-up prior to installing any iOS update. I have installed on my iPhone 6 Plus without issues. I am still crossing my fingers that this update will address issues with 3rd Party Keyboards repeatedly crashing.

To install the update, simply visit your “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad, and go into the “General” section and select “Software Update”. If you have an internet connection, you should see the option to install update. You can also manually install the update by plugging your device into a computer and using iTunes to update. Let us know if you have any issues!

iOS 8.1.1 Now Available – Speed Improvements for Older iPhones and iPads

iOS 8.1.1Apple released iOS Version 8.1.1 for the iPhone and iPad today. This is a small incremental update that mainly increases performance on iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and the original iPad Mini. Bug fixes and stability improvements are also promised. You can update your device over-the-air by going to the Settings app, General, and then Software Update (you can also connect your phone to iTunes and do an update through your computer).

I have successfully updated my iPhone 6 Plus without issue. So far there have been no complaints of crashes with this update, but as always, it is recommended that you have a full back-up before performing any update. If you are still using an iPhone 4s or iPad 2, let us know if you notice performance improvements with the new update.

“Hey Siri” Brings Hands-Free Operation to iPhone/iPad

When iOS 8 was released, one of the most useful features it added was “Hey Siri”. This new command allows you to complete functions hands-free while your iPhone or iPad is being charged. This works on any device with Siri capabilities, and is enabled within the Siri settings by selecting “Allow ‘Hey Siri'” (open the Settings app, then go to General, and then Siri). Once enabled, you can activate Siri on your device by simply speaking the command “Hey Siri” followed by the action that you would like performed.

Hey Siri iPhone 6I have been using this functionality on a daily basis since updating to iOS 8. While I am in the car, I always have my iPhone docked so that I can listen to music or podcasts on my iPhone. While it is plugged into my car dock, I simply say “Hey Siri, text my Wife”, and I am immediately prompted to speak my message. After I speak the message, Siri repeats it back to me and asks me if I am ready to send my message. I simply answer yes, and my message is sent. After I am done with Siri, I simply say, “Hey Siri, go away” and I am returned to my music.

Hey Siri Text MessageOnce you have Siri on screen, you can also continue to give commands without pressing any buttons. This is again accomplished by starting your command with “Hey Siri”. So for example, after sending the text message above, I could ask Siri to read my text messages to me by saying “Hey Siri, read text messages”. Siri would tell me how many unread text messages I have and then would proceed to read the messages. After each message is read, I would also be prompted whether to send a reply.

Hey Siri Read Text MessagesAlthough I find this functionality most useful while in my vehicle, I also use “Hey Siri” at home. After I wake up in the morning, I can find out the time by asking “Hey Siri, what time is it?”. I can check the weather by saying “Hey Siri, what’s the weather today?”, and I can check my schedule by asking “Hey Siri, what’s my schedule like?”. If I wake up before my alarm is set to go off, I can even say, “Hey Siri, turn off my alarm.”

If you want to use the “Hey Siri” command when your phone is not being charged, you first have to manually start Siri by holding down on your Home button. After Siri is on the screen, additional commands can be done hands-free by saying “Hey Siri” followed by your command.

Of course “Hey Siri” is only useful if Siri can understand you. I have found that Siri does a much better job of understanding my commands in iOS 8, but your mileage may vary. See our previous post for a list of commands that can be used with Siri.

 

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