How to Regain Control of Notifications, Parental Controls and More

Summer is Almost Here!

I’ve been thinking about camera gear lately and what it would take to get a good GoPro setup for different activities. This search led me to expertvagabond.com where I found a list of some really great accessories for the GoPro. For example, if you’re going snorkeling, you’ll want a red filter so the color your video looks normal. I’d hate for you to take a bunch of footage just to find the color is jacked up and you have to edit everything. You can pick up a GoPro pretty cheap these days to take on a trip and let the kids go nuts. Or you can! Who wants a video editing tutorial?!

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Verizon Smart Family Parental Controls

Verizon just launched a new parental control subscription to help keep track of your devices, control content, and even limit screen time. There are a number of services out there that do this, but most of them require you to be at home for this to work. With Verizon, it’s doing it all the time. If you’re looking for another service similar to this that also works on the Mac check out Qustodio.

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Split the Bill When Ordering Online

If you haven’t checked out Grubhub yet, you should! It’s one stop shopping for many restaurants in your area that don’t have their own delivery service. Now, you can split the bill with friends using their new integration with Venmo. Venmo is a popular app to send money to a friend, and more recently pay for an item in a store. It’s a quick and simple way to pay, and now we can even use it while ordering out with friends.

Notifications Stressing You Out?

Every time you get a notification, you get a little hit of dopamine. No wonder a study by Ford Research found 62% of adults feel better about themselves when they get a positive reaction to something they post on social media. Constant notifications are one of the primary reasons we’re becoming full on technology addicts. Check out last week’s episode of The Digital Sanity Show for a walk through of how to customize notifications on your Mac and iOS devices and reclaim some mental headspace.

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Do Not Disturb While Driving

If you didn’t already know this, Apple added a feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving to help reduce iPhone usage while driving. I read an article that said 92% of drivers use their smartphone while driving. Since Apple has released this feature, that has gone down 8%. Improvement, but not great. It turns out over 40% of people don’t know this is available. Now you do! To enable this, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. Scroll to the bottom and hit the button that says Activate. Change this to Automatic. You might want to check your teenage drivers’ phones as well.

Facebook Isn’t Tapping Your Microphone

I just read this article and watched the video regarding Facebook tapping your phone. It’s a pretty great little video talking about how Facebook does that little trick of showing you an ad of something right after you talked with a friend about it. They have so much data on you already both from online AND offline activities. Facebook knows just about everything you do on your phone or computer. To be fair, so do a lot of companies. Ads power the internet. This is a fact. Do we need to get used to it? I don’t know. What do you think?

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Make Phone Calls Without Cell Service

Did you know you can still use your phone to make phone calls without cell service and without any extra apps? There’s a feature on your phone called Wi-Fi Calling that once enabled, as long as you have a wifi connection, your phone will still work. It’s not limited to other cell phones either. To enable this go to Settings > Cellular. Tap Wi-Fi Calling, turn it on. Last week I had to use this while staying at a house that had HORRIBLE cell service. But for some reason it didn’t work perfectly like it normally does. So any other calls I wanted to make when it wasn’t working I used Facetime Audio. Just tap on a contact and look for Facetime. There’s a camera icon and a phone icon. If you tap the phone, it calls their Apple devices using Facetime, just without the video option. This is how I talk to my friends in other countries.