Set up Your Medical ID on your iPhone

I just did this and it is VERY easy! You should too! AppleInsider gives us simple steps on

How to set up your emergency Medical ID with iOS 8’s new Health app

One of the lesser known — but potentially most important — features of Apple’s newly released iOS 8 mobile operating system is a digital “Medical ID,” which can provide important personal health related information in the event of an emergency.

The Medical ID feature is built in to the new Health application found in iOS 8 for iPhone. Users can configure it by launching Health, tapping the Medical ID menu in the bottom right, and then choosing “Create Medical ID.”

iPhone users with a passcode-locked handset can consider enabling the “Show When Locked” function, providing first responders or anyone else with emergency access to their Medical ID. Enabling this feature allows the Medical ID to be viewed by swiping the lock screen, tapping “Emergency,” and then viewing the digital information.

A user’s Medical ID can be configured with a custom picture and name, date of birth, list of medical conditions, notes, allergies, reactions and medications. It also allows users to display an emergency contact with name, telephone number, and relationship.

The Medical ID also allows users to enter their blood type, height and weight, and whether they are an organ donor. And if someone changes their mind about having such information available from their lock screen, all of the Medical ID information can be deleted via one button at the bottom of the editing page.

After the Medical ID has been created, users can always go back and make changes at any time through the Health app.

Medical ID is just one function of the new Health application in iOS 8, which aims to become a centralized repository for all of a user’s health information, whether input manually or automatically collected through iPhone accessories.

The more advanced Health functions with connected applications and accessories have not yet gone live, as Apple apparently encountered last-minute bugs with its new HealthKit application programming interface tools for developers. Apple abruptly began pulling HealthKit-enabled applications from the App Store last week, alongside the launch of iOS 8, indicating that a formal launch for Health-compatible apps would come at a later date.

For more features and functions in iOS 8, see AppleInsider’s ongoing iOS Tips series.

iPhone Tricks

These are great tips – thanks Emily! Details from A+:

21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

Be an iPhone ninja with these 21 awesome tricks

Your iPhone can do all sorts of magical things that you probably aren’t aware of. Here’s a list of some of the iPhone’s coolest hidden features.

1. Shake to undo

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Make a mistake while typing or editing a picture? No worries! Just give your phone a little shake—like you’re making a martini— and it’ll ask you if you’d like to undo the action. Cheers!

2. Recharge your battery faster by switching to airplane mode

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Switching to airplane mode turns off battery-draining wireless and cellular access, allowing your phone to recharge up to twice as fast.

3. Get Siri to read your emails aloud for you

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Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you. If you like, you can tell her to read only your most recent email (“Read my latest email”) or just those from a specific contact (“Do I have email from Mark?”).

4. Find out which planes are flying overhead

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Just ask her: “What flights are above me?” Or you can be even more blunt and just say, “Planes overhead.” Boom! She’ll bring up a list that shows all the flights above you at that moment. Why you would ever need this I have no idea, but it’s pretty rad anyway.

5. Teach Siri how to pronounce words

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The best part about this is that it makes you feel smarter than Siri. Whenever Siri mispronounces something, just tell her, “That’s not how you pronounce [BLANK]” and she’ll offer you alternatives. You can then select the best one.

6. Automatically turn off your music with the timer

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If you like to doze off with music playing like I do, you can use the timer to automatically turn your music off so that it doesn’t play all night. In the timer app, select “When Timer Ends,” then scroll down and select “Stop Playing.” The Timer will automatically turn off your tunes after whatever length of time you set.

7. Scroll through videos and music at half, quarter, or eighth speed

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This one is super useful. When you scroll—or as Apple calls it, “scrub”—through a movie or a song, the default mode is high-speed scrolling. This sometimes makes it hard to find the exact spot you want. But you can control the rate at which you scroll. To do this, hold down the dot—or “playhead”—in the scrollbar at the top of the video screen (tap the screen to display the scrollbar if it isn’t visible) and slide your finger straight down without lifting it. This allows you to change the scrubbing speed to half-speed, quarter-speed, eighth-speed (“fine scrubbing”). Once you’ve selected the speed, move your finger left or right (without lifting it) to scroll.

8. Take a photo with the volume buttons

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Sometimes it’s hard to snap a picture by touching the capture button—if you’re wearing gloves, say—in which case, you can take the shoot by pressing either the volume up or the volume down button. Problem solved!

9. Take multiple photo bursts all at once

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If you hold down the capture button, your phone will take a series of rapid shots, or bursts, in quick succession. This is especially useful if you’re photographing a moving subject. Later you can scan through all the bursts and pick your favorite ones.

10. Reveal timestamps on text messages

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Drag the text bubble to the left and you’ll see a timestamp for every text message. Among other things, this will show you just how much time you waste texting.

11. Use your iPhone as a level

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Need to hang a picture? In the Compass app, swipe left and your iPhone becomes a perfect level.

12. Make your iPhone speak selected text

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I like to use this one randomly just to freak people out. First you have to enable Speak Selection. To do that go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speak Selection and turn it on. A “Speak” button will now appear whenever you select text. Bonus: you can also choose different accents (would you prefer an Aussie iPhone?) and even control the speed at which selected text is spoken. Trust me, you can waste a lot of time with this one.

13. Start a new sentence just by double-tapping the spacebar

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Whenever you’re typing and you need to start a new sentence, just double-tap the spacebar and it will automatically add a period and a space for you.

14. See a more detailed calendar

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When using the calendar app, turn you phone sideways (into landscape position) and voilà, you’ll get a more detailed look at your sked.

15. Lock autofocus and exposure while taking a picture

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It can get annoying when when you’re trying to take a picture and your iPhone camera keeps refocusing and automatically adjusting the exposure. But you can lock in the focus and exposure by pressing and holding your finger on the screen until you see a yellow square blink twice. A yellow icon that says “AE/AF Lock” will appear at the bottom of the screen letting you know that you’ve locked in the exposure and focus. It’ll stay that way until you’re done with the shot.

16. Add web suffixes with a single tap

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It took my a while to learn this one—and I wish I’d known about it sooner. When you’re typing in a web address, just hold down the “.” at the bottom of your keyboard, and a menu will pop up showing a list of web suffixes (.com, .net, .edu, etc.)

17. Quickly access your email drafts

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This is one that very few people know about. Next time you’re using your Mail app, hold down the Compose icon in the lower right corner of your screen, and it’ll quickly jump to a list of your drafts. I use this feature all the time.

18. Customize vibrations

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This will let you change the vibration pattern for alerts and notifications. Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration. You can also customize the vibration pattern for individual contacts by following the same procedure from your contact list. This way, you can tell who’s calling or messaging you just by feel.

19. Create custom keyboard shortcuts

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Say there’s a certain word or phrase (or a password) that you use a lot. You can create a shortcut for it. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Add New Shortcut. Enter a word or phrase and the shortcut you’d like to use for it. Every time you type that shortcut, the whole word or phrase will magically appear. You can even create shortcuts for emoji!

20. Create a passcode with letters (not just numbers)

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By default, your iPhone asks you to type in numbers when you create the passcode that unlocks your phone. But you can change this setting. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off “Simple Passcode.” You will be prompted to change your passcode, and a full keyboard will appear onscreen instead of just the number pad. This keyboard will pop up every time you unlock your phone.

21. Set your phone to emit light flashes for alerts

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Instead of having your iPhone ring or vibrate when you get a call or a message, you can have it emit an LED flash. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then scroll down and turn on “LED Flash for Alerts.” Warning: it’s REALLY bright!

19 iPhone and iPad Tricks and Tips

Thanks Emily! I learned some cool ideas from this (but I gottaask on #18: THREE hours, really??). Details from BuzzFeed:

19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know

1. On the iPad: Make typing more comfortable by switching your keyboard to thumb mode.

On the iPad: Make typing more comfortable by switching your keyboard to thumb mode.

Simply swipe two fingers across the keyboard. This displays a different keyboard, which allows you to type with your thumbs the same way you type on your iPhone.

***Alternatively, you can press the “dock and merge” button in the bottom righthand corner of the keyboard and drag up. The keyboard will turn into thumb mode, and you can also drag it wherever you want.

2. If you put your phone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast.

If you put your phone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast.

3. Make use of offline Google Maps when traveling abroad.

Make use of offline Google Maps when traveling abroad.

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While you’ve still got internet access, go to the area you want to save. In the search bar, type “ok maps” and the map will be cached for offline use.

This is also super useful for iPads that are only Wi-Fi enabled.

4. In the Calculator app, remove an accidental extra zero by swiping left to right.

In the Calculator app, remove an accidental extra zero by swiping left to right.

If you’re, say, calculating a bunch of expenses for your taxes, you don’t have to start over if you accidentally type in extra numbers.

5. Turn on Guided Access while a child is playing with your phone or iPad.

Turn on Guided Access while a child is playing with your phone or iPad.

Guided Access, once turned on, keeps users from errantly clicking or tapping within an app and ending up someplace they’re not supposed to be, or deleting something accidentally.

First, you need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turn it on. You’ll also want to turn on the Accessibility Shortcut.

Triple-click the home button in whichever app you want to turn it on for. From here, you can select any buttons that you don’t want clicked. Or you can also disable the home button while keeping the touchscreen on.

6. Take selfies using the remote on your earbuds.

Take selfies using the remote on your earbuds.

Just click the volume + button on the remote on your Apple or Apple-compatible earbuds while in camera mode to click and shoot, or the middle button (play/pause) while in video mode.

No more selfie arm!

7. Quickly get to the Camera app without having to unlock your phone.

Quickly get to the Camera app without having to unlock your phone.

Swipe up on the little camera icon in the bottom right corner of your home screen. The Camera app will open, bypassing the unlock screen.

This is especially handy when something incredibly photo-worthy is happening and you need to access your camera ASAP. It’s also great when handing your phone to others for taking photos — they won’t need to enter in your password.

8. You can use ANY bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone or iPad.

You can use ANY bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone or iPad.

It turns basically any iPhone or iPad into a portable laptop.

9. There’s a built-in level gauge in the Compass app.

There's a built-in level gauge in the Compass app.

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Open up the Compass app and swipe to the left and you’ll be at the level screen. If you need to hang a picture in a pinch, this little hack could come in real handy.

10. Tap the top bar of any app to scroll back up to the top.

Tap the top bar of any app to scroll back up to the top.

No more tedious thumb scrolling when you’re way down on the page.

11. Invert your colors for better nighttime browsing.

Invert your colors for better nighttime browsing.

Inverting your colors will turn the screen black and the text white for less eye strain.Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Turn on “Invert Colors.”

12. On the iPad: Did you know that a) you can add more apps to the home row and b) you can add folders to it?

On the iPad: Did you know that a) you can add more apps to the home row and b) you can add folders to it?

A lot of people don’t even know how malleable that bottom dock is. You can fit a couple extra apps in there (the default is four, but it fits six) or swap apps in and out. Just click any app and hold until you get the jiggly icons.

And you can move folders into the dock as well. Your most important apps are always just two clicks or fewer away.

13. When ending a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice.

When ending a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice.

Tapping the space bar twice adds a full stop, a space, and capitalizes the next letter. It may not seem like much, but when you’re composing a lengthy message, this little hack will really improve the speed of your typing once it becomes second nature.

14. With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

This should work with any Apple-compatible earbuds with a remote.

15. Use this little trick when you want to go back and forth between the alpha and numeric keyboard.

Use this little trick when you want to go back and forth between the alpha and numeric keyboard.

Like, maybe you want to type a password that is a mix of letters and numbers. Click the “123” button and slide up to the character you want to input. When you let go, the screen will jump back to the alphabet keyboard.

16. Swipe right to left to banish a banner notification.

Swipe right to left to banish a banner notification.

Very important to know this when that embarrassing sext shows up suddenly on your screen.

17. In Safari, hold down the period key to quickly add a domain in the search bar.

In Safari, hold down the period key to quickly add a domain in the search bar.

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18. Use this simple Siri command for taking naps.

Use this simple Siri command for taking naps.

19. Outsmart your autocorrect by typing an extra letter when trying to spell a contraction.

Outsmart your autocorrect by typing an extra letter when trying to spell a contraction.

Everything You Can Ask Siri in iOS 7

Wow – how cool is this list! Many of these items you probably already knew Siri could help you with, but how about my favorites:

  • What planes are above me right now?
  • How long a particular movie is
  • WHERE the next game was for a particular team?
  • “Speak this email” (works if you are in the apple email app)
  • When will the sun set tonight? 

Here’s a Massive List of Stuff You Can Ask Siri to Do in iOS 7

From Imgr:

Phone

Phone

FaceTime

FaceTime

App Launching

App Launching

Messages

Messages

Calendar

Calendar

Calendar

Calendar

Calendar

Calendar

Sports

Sports

Sports

Sports

Sports

Sports

Sports

Sports

Sports

Sports

Maps

Maps

Maps

Maps

Maps

Maps

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter

Facebook

Facebook

Restaurants

Restaurants

Restaurants

Restaurants

Movies

Movies

Movies

Movies

Movies

Movies

Movies

Movies

Music

Music

Music

Music

Reminders

Reminders

Reminders

Reminders

Email

Email

Email

Email

Weather

Weather

Weather

Weather

Stocks

Stocks

Clock

Clock

Clock

Clock

Contacts

Contacts

Contacts

Contacts

Contacts

Contacts

Notes

Notes

Settings

Settings

Web Search

Web Search

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

Q&A

If you have the new iOS 7, do these 4 things immediately!

Thanks Hill! These are GREAT tips!

Details from ZDNet:

Four privacy settings you should enable in iOS 7 immediately

Summary: If you downloaded and installed iOS 7, there are a few privacy settings that are turned off by default that you should enable right away.

Data backed up? Check.

iOS 7 installed? Check.

Data restored? Check.

Life is good and time to fire up your favorite iTunes Radio station, right?

Not so fast.

Before diving into the beautiful, parallaxy, candy-colored world that is iOS 7, you need to adjust your privacy settings on your iPhone or iPad. If you like your Privacy, that is. Installing iOS 7 is pretty easy and, even if you don’t back up your data ahead of time, it will usually put everything back right where it belongs.

Simple, right?

Well yes, that’s how iOS 7 is designed to work. But don’t let Apple’s thin Helvetica Neue and and serene, dynamic wallpapers lull you into complacency. A whole number iOS upgrade is a big deal and it resets a bunch of your settings and adds other new ones that you should be aware of

Apple hides its System Services settings all the way down at the bottom of the Privacy > Location Services panel. If you’ve owned your iPhone for more than a few months you’ll have dozens (if not a hundred plus) app lists on this screen, making it a very long scroll. If you actually make it to the bottom of the list (most people don’t) you’ll see the fabled System Services setting and the explanation of what that little purple arrow icons means.

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Learn this screen and commit the meanings of the three little arrow icons to memory. Then notice when they appear in the top right of your iOS menu bar and come back to Settings > Privacy > Location Services to see which apps are using your location data. Audit this screen frequently to disable location access for apps that don’t need it.

Then touch System Services to reveal the most important privacy settings on your iPhone or iPad.

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services
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I recommend turning OFF the following:

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Diagnostics & Usage

The Diagnostics & Usage setting monitors everything you do on your iPhone and “anonymously” sends it to Apple for “improving iOS.” Whatever. It’s just like when all the major software companies changed their install screens from “send usage data” to “customer experience program” or some such  If that option is on you’re basically giving Apple your permission to monitor and record everything you do on your device.

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations

Frequent Locations is equally bad, if not more so. There was a big stir about this when iOS 7 beta 5 was released and the data it captures about your “frequent locations” can be downright creepy. In fact, for many it brought back memories of the Locationgate fiasco from iOS 4 in April 2011 when a “database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location” (a.k.a. Consolidated.db) was discovered on iOS 4 devices — and the computers they’re backed up to.

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Location-Based iAds

iAds created it’s own privacy uproar in June 2010 when a 45-page update to Apple’s privacy policywhich detailed how your location information could be used to allow the company – and their “partners and licensees” – to “collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device.” The privacy policy has been toned down quite a bit since then and Apple posted a knowledge base article titled “How to opt out of interest-based ads from the iAd network.” I turn this off and am happy with “less relevant” ads being shown.

You should also turn ON “Limit Ad Tracking” here:

  • Settings > Privacy > Advertising

…and for bonus points, touch “Reset Advertising Identifier” below that. I wrote about both of these back in January 2013:

Apple dropped support for the UDID with iOS 6.0 in September 2012 and replaced it with a new feature called the Advertising Identifier.

Unlike the UDID, which could be tied to a specific iOS device’s hardware (and its user by extension), the new Advertising Identifier does not contain any device information and isn’t permanent.

About the new 'Reset Advertising Identifier' button in iOS 6.1 - Jason O'Grady

Lastly, you should turn ON:

  • Settings > Safari > Do Not Track

Apple’s one of the few companies that still supports the aging Do Not Track standard in its mobile Web browser. Even if it is considered dead and my colleague here at ZDNet Ed Bott called it “worse that a miserable failure,” I turn it on anyway, for the few web servers that actually respect it.

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Make your Mac and iPhone communicate better for FREE

Now that I am FULLY loving my MacBookPro (the most powerful awesome machine I have ever owned!) I am enjoying finding all these cool gems of applications!  This one makes it almost seemless to share information between my MBP and iPhone. COOL – oh and FREE! Details from Lifehacker:

DeskConnect Breaks Down the Barrier Between Your Mac and iPhone

DeskConnect Breaks Down the Barrier Between Your Mac and iPhone

OS X and iOS: We’ve looked at ways to break down the barrier between your Mac and iPhone in the past, but nothing offers quite the seamless experience you get with DeskConnect. Thanks to a lot of clever tricks, the desktop and mobile apps communicate quickly, reliably, and intelligently so you can move data between devices with ease

Most desktop-to-mobile data transfer apps fail to do one of the following things: send information reliably, automatically understand the data being sent, offer shortcuts, work with multiple third-party apps, and stay out of your way. DeskConnect manages all of these things with an interface so simple you rarely even see it.

On the Mac side, you install a menu bar app that can send anything with two clicks or a keyboard shortcut of your choice. If you send a Google Map or directions, the mobile app knows to set up a map or directions in your navigation app of choice. The same goes for web sites. DeskConnect doesn’t expect you to stick with Apple defaults. If you prefer Google Maps or Chrome, you can send data there as well.

Sending data back to your Mac works pretty much as easily but requires a little setup. You have to go through a mildly confusing process to save a bookmarklet to send sites, but once you do it works so well and so quickly that you’ll forget all about it. Sending photos and videos can come from any app, too, as you just need to utilize iOS’ “Open in…” functionality and choose DeskConnect. This makes it easy to transfer files. The only downside is you don’t have easy access to the files themselves. DeskConnect will show them to you, but it hides them in an Application Support folder that isn’t easily accessible.

If you need to transfer data from your Mac to your iPhone and back again, DeskConnect makes the process about as simple as possible and charges you nothing for the service. We’ve seen few first versions of any software work quite so well.

DeskConnect (Free)

Mynd Makes Sure You’re On-Time and Ready for Anything On Your Calendar

Calendars are boring. They should just work. Well Mynd has decided that they should work for you! What they have created is actually very cool. I have been using it for a short while and have decided it is a keeper – and I think you will like it too! Details from Lifehacker:

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Mynd Makes Sure You’re On-Time and Ready for Anything On Your Calendar

iOS: Most calendars just show you upcoming appointments, but Mynd gives you a complete picture of your day, alerts you when you should leave for an appointment, shows you who’ll be there and how to get in touch with them, and can even pull in Evernote notes for the meeting and dial into conference calls for you.

The video above does a good job of walking through Mynd’s biggest features. We’re seeing more apps go out of their way to get traffic and travel information for your meetings and appointments so you’re never late getting there, but Mynd takes it a step further. It’ll alert you so you’re never late, but it also puts transit time on your calendar so you don’t book over when you should be driving or on the train. Similarly, it shows you who’ll you be in that meeting with and pulls up their LinkedIn profile or contact card on your phone so you can call, email, or text them to let them know you’re on your way.

Mynd also learns your favorite locations, like home and work, and can also learn new locations by keyword. Enter “Gym” enough times and Mynd will figure out where the Gym is based on previous appointments and you’ll never need to enter the address again. The app can also dial into conference calls for you, enter conference codes right from your calendar, and show you any Evernote notes, clippings, or documents you need for any meeting you have on your calendar. Even when you’re not using it, Mynd’s “dashboard” shows you upcoming appointments, people to get in touch with, weather, upcoming events and locations, and more all in one nicely tiled view.

Hit the link below to learn more about the app or to give it a try. It’s free in the iTunes App Store.Mynd (Free) | iTunes App Store via Mynd

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