Monthly Archives: January 2014

Say What?? Newly Discovered IPhone Feature


“What?  My iPhone? No sorry.  I don’t let kids play with my phone.”  This is an answer I have given several times when I may be in a location with children who are used to playing with iPhones and will ask any random person, “What games do you have on your phone?”  Now I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my electronics but I never let kids play with my phone.  Not even my own child.  It’s not that I’m afraid of the random drops that may occur when being held in those tiny little paws because my phone is well protected by its case.  Nope.  What I will experience from those tech saavy little buggers is deleted apps, rearranged apps, 100s of pictures of inanimate objects like a table, piece of a chair, a ceiling fan, etc, selfies, deleted pictures, game progress lost, and the list goes on.  To show them one thing to do isn’t sufficient.  They want to dig around.  Grrr.

Well maybe the scales have tipped because today (thank you Yahoo Tech) I read about a hidden feature that will assist us control freaks in appearing a bit more welcoming when you get the random “Do you have Temple Run on your phone?”  There is a feature on your phone that will allow you to lock the screen of your iPhone so it functions in one app and one app only.  Hallelujah!  So take notes.  Here we go:

1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.

2. Scroll down to the section labeled Learning and select Guided Access.

3. Turn on Guided Access.

4. Select Set Passcode. This is the code that will be required when the little one using your phone attempts to go outside the confines of the app you’ve allowed them to use.  It is NOT the same as your Lock Screen Passcode but can be made to be the same if it is easier for you to remember.

5. Turn on Accessibility Shortcut.  This basically enables a quick way to activate the protected access by clicking your home button 3 times.

6. After you’ve saved those settings, go to the app that the child has requested to play. Press the Home button three times. Two bars (one on the bottom and one on the top) should appear on your phone.

7. You can start by circling any areas on the screen you want to disable. After you draw a circle, it will become a gray transparent section that you can stretch and move around the screen. Anything that you circle to select will be disabled.

8. After you have successfully adjusted the sections you want to disable, go to Options, where you can turn off features like the volume, sleep/wake button, motion and touch.  If that child is anything like mine the volume will be turned all the way up blaring it out loud for all to hear.  Once finished (or if you have nothing you want to disable) press Start.

9.  Once your iPhone is back in your safe possession you can get out of that mode by triple tapping the Home button again and entering the passcode you selected in step 4.


How easy is that?? To think I’ve been an iPhone user all this time and has NO IDEA that was there.  They REALLY DO think of everything.  Now will this allow me to start letting kids to use my iPhone??? Eh…….probably not.  But having this feature will now allow my own Chicken Noodle to use it from time to time without fear of getting it back having to make all kinds of needed adjustments.

Just another option to make your life easier and secure.  *sigh*  🙂

New Years Resolution Thoughts??? How About Saving?

SaveI must first admit I saw this originally on Pinterest.  I am a secret Pinterest lover.  I have several hundreds likes and I refuse to post unless I actually tried the pin.  How can I ever tell people “Hey!  Try this!  It’s sinfully delicious!” if I have never tried it.  Perhaps I think too much about this but there is a method to my madness.  I can’t ever tell you to try this miracle secret cleaner on your house only to find out it stains your porous granite counter tops.  No no, not me.  (However I’m told I do think too much about it.  LOL)

Anywho I saw this sometime last year and I figured I would try this in 2014.  I honestly forgot about it until a co-worker emailed challenging us to save money for 2014.  She attached her version of two plans, one which looked VERY familiar:

52week save

And the other which was the same concept but you paid into the savings plan 10x the amount.  So week one you put in $10 and week 52 you put in $520 resulting in $13,780 big ones!  While it would DEFINITELY be nice to be able to save almost $14K a year it really isn’t feasible for most.  For the month of December alone you would need to deposit $2020!  Most of us don’t have that kind of extra money laying around and especially during Christmas time.  So plan A it is for me!

Now the way I look at it you can do this a few ways.  One way is obviously the original way listed above.  Another that my lovely girlfriend came up with during this discussion would be doing it backwards.  So on Week 1 you put in $52 and week 52 you put in $1.  Her reason being that in December it could still be tough for some to come up with an extra $202  during Christmas time.  So applying her theory for the month of December (doing it backwards) you need only deposit $10.  Brilliant!  Then I got to thinking some more and I realized well  for some people your week to week may not be all that consistent.  So another alternative could be that you just print the 52 Week Challenge out and every week commit to depositing one of those amounts.  So maybe this week  you can afford more than the $1 deposit but next week you can only do the $2.  Then maybe you should pick one of the larger amounts for this week and next week maybe just the $2 you are supposed to.  With this theory you can skip around the deposit amounts and scratch them out one by one but by week 52 you should only have one week’s deposit left to scratch off.  However you decide to skin this cat you should end up with $1378 in a savings account or for the few very fortunate people $13,780.  LOL

So I’m taking this challenge and I challenge you.  Save.  It pays to try it out…..$1378 to be exact.  🙂  And really who CAN’T use that???

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