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CRTC FINALLY helps out Canadians with tougher restrictions with Canadian Carriers!

 Go figure, it finally happened.   I cannot tell you how long I have been waiting for a "something' to happen to make contracts fair.   Thank goodness!

As of December 2nd  the wireless code addresses the main frustrations that Canadians shared with the CRTC, which included the length of wireless contracts, cancellation fees, roaming charges and other industry practices. Among other things, individual and small business consumers will be able to

 

  • terminate their wireless contracts after two years without cancellation fees, even if they have signed on for a longer term
  • cap extra data charges at $50/month and international data roaming charges at $100/month to prevent bill shock
  • have their cellphones unlocked after 90 days, or immediately if they paid for the device in full
  • return their cellphones, within 15 days and specific usage limits, if they are unhappy with their service
  • accept or decline changes to the key terms of a fixed-term contract (i.e., 2-year), and
  • receive a contract that is easy to read and understand.

The wireless code will apply to all service providers in Canada. In particular, the code will apply in full to postpaid services (where customers pay a monthly bill after using their services), and where applicable to pre-paid wireless services.

“The wireless code is a tool that will empower consumers and help them make informed choices about the service options that best meet their needs. To make the most of this tool, consumers also have a responsibility to educate themselves,” Mr. Blais added.

The participation of a large number of consumers and the collaboration of the wireless industry will ensure the wireless code’s successful implementation. The CRTC’s public consultation attracted over 5,000 participants, including individual Canadians, who shared their views on an online discussion forum, in writing and at the public hearing held from February 11 to 15, 2013.

 

To Keep Up to Date: 

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/t13.htm

Blackberry 10 and Active Sync

 If you are using Office 365 and are pondering a BlackBerry 10.  Here is what I found out.

Everything will sync!  Just follow the instructions below

 

Follow the steps below to add a Microsoft Office 365 account to a BlackBerry 10 smartphone:

  1. On the BlackBerry 10 navigate to the Settings menu.
  2. Within the Settings menu select Accounts.
  3. Click the Add Account option on the bottom of the screen.
  4. Click on Email, Calendar and Contacts option.
  5. Type in the Microsoft Office 365 email address and click next.
  6. Type in the Microsoft Office 365 user's password (Note: this is the password used by the Microsoft user to login to Microsoft Office 365).
  7. Click finish.

For adding the account via the advanced method follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the Settings menu.
  2. Select Accounts from the list.
  3. Tap on Add Account on the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap on Advanced on the bottom of the screen.
  5. Select Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync option
  6. Type in the Microsoft Office 365 email address for the Username field.
  7. Type in the Microsoft Office 365 email address for the Email Address field

 

 

BlackBerry Voice Dialing

 To have your BlackBerry understand your voice better do the following


1. Click on the phone icon

2. Click on the Menu

3.  Click on Options

4.  Click on Voice Dialing

5. Under Voice adaptations

6. Click start and go through the whole process so it recognized the way YOU say words.   This will help her find what you are looking for.

TIP.  If you are using the commands and are calling me. for example, saying call Darci might get you a miriade of other options but saying call Darci LaRocque Work should only get you my work number. 

 

Have fun!

 

Great SIRI article from TeachmeiOS.com

 This article will teach you how to use Siri to set custom repeating reminders on iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch.

Let’s face it: with all the details in our busy lives we often forget things.  That’s why I like the stock Reminders app that comes with iOS.  With it you can create lists, remember important information at a specific time, and set location based reminders.
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One of the basic functions of Reminders is that you can have it remind you of something at a specific time.  You can even schedule repeating reminders.  However, the options under theRepeat menu when creating a reminder are somewhat limited.
What if you want to be reminded of something at a custom interval, say, every five days?  Siri to the rescue!
 
 
By asking Siri to remind you of something at a different interval than those listed in Reminders, you can generate a Custom Repeat.  Check out the example below:
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2013-05-10 11.38.13    2013-05-10 11.38.18

Parking in Vancouver

I have to credit Linda Chu for this one! Yahhhhh Linda. I had never thought of this. Option 1 You are in a 2 hour zone and have a 3 hour meeting? Here is a trick. 1. Input coin for the first hour 2. Set your alarm to remind you in 55 minutes 3. When your alarm goes off use http://paybyphone.com/ 4. Input 2 hours Option 2 You are in a 2 hour zone and have a 3 hour meeting? Here is a trick. 1. You also can pay by phone for 1 hour 59 minutes 2. When the reminder comes up pay for the extra time you need. I have not tested this but Linda says it works. Let me know, ok?

 

PS I won't be paying for any parking tickets that might be incurred.  :-)

Use our finger to open your door?

With Kevo, all you need is your smartphone to unlock your door. You don’t even need to take your phone out of your pocket or purse; just touch your lock, it will recognize your phone and unlock the door. No more fumbling for your keys or memorizing a code... just touch the lock to open.

Compatible with Apple iPhone 4s and 5 only.  Read more here

PowerPoint Tip

Did you know when you are presenting you can highlight key words or items on your slide?  How cool is that!

  1. During your slide show right click the mouse button
  2. Scroll down to Pointer Options.
  3. Choose what you want and you are off to the races!
At the end of your presentation you will have the option to keep your markings or discard them.

81% of Smartphone Users need help says Ipsos Survey @ipsosna

Sounds familiar to me!   I have been saying that for many years but the again, I see if first hand.  Plus, how can ANYONE know EVERYTHING unless they like to read 500+ page manuals and research apps?   Oh right, they can come to us for training.  ha ha.   Super interesting survey.  Here is the snippet about Smartphones:


Smartphone ownership among online Canadians skyrockets, however, many have yet to take full advantage of device capabilities.
  • @ 31% of online Canadians now own a smartphone (compared to 19% in 2010), 46% of those aged 18-34 currently own one.
  • @ Canadians use their smartphones for a variety of functions such as taking photos (70%), sending or reading email (70%), checking social networking sites (48%), and online gaming (11%).
  • @ Smartphone owners use online gaming capabilities 9% of the time.
  • @ 57% have downloaded a mobile application, the most popular being IM/social networking apps (71%) and games (66%).
  • @ Canadian smartphone owners spend on average 2.5 hours per day on their mobile device.
  • @ Majority (81%) of users feel they do not take advantage of the full functionality of their smartphones.

 
 
 
 
 

Top 2 #iPad and #iPhone typing quick tips

 

I just presented a half day class April 26th and everyone really loved my keboard tips so I thought I would share a few with everyone.

Create Typing Shortcuts for Frequently Used Phrases

  • Settings
  • “General”
  • “Keyboard”
  •  “Add New Shortcut”

Tap, Hold, and Drag

Instead of  tapping the .?123 to see the other keyboard just tap once and hold and then drag to the character, then release.

  • IE. Tap and hold on the “.?123″ button, continue to hold on the new screen and drag over to the character you wish to type, release when you are hovered over that character to type it.  Save you a ton of time!

 

Join me June 8th for another 1/2 day workshop in Vancouver

 

Top 2 #iPad and #iPhone typing quick tips

 

I just presented a half day class April 26th and everyone really loved my keboard tips so I thought I would share a few with everyone.

Create Typing Shortcuts for Frequently Used Phrases

  • Settings
  • “General”
  • “Keyboard”
  •  “Add New Shortcut”

Tap, Hold, and Drag

Instead of  tapping the .?123 to see the other keyboard just tap once and hold and then drag to the character, then release.

  • IE. Tap and hold on the “.?123″ button, continue to hold on the new screen and drag over to the character you wish to type, release when you are hovered over that character to type it.  Save you a ton of time!

 

Join me June 8th for another 1/2 day workshop in Vancouver

 

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