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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:
2013-05-10 11.38.43    2013-05-10 11.37.39
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

 

My issues with @Bell_Support suddenly my new monthly bill is $21.60 more every month. Why? hmmmmm

Twitter Messages from Bell.  Do they really know what they are talking about?  So far no one has called me to figure out the issue but do you think they will actually call a client or make me call and wait on hold and waste a ton of my time trying to figure this out?

The thing is I would be ok if the plans are changing as I could then use my own decision whether to stay with Bell or check rates with other carriers.  I was not given this choice.  Isn't that odd?  Do you tell your clients when you are raising rates or do you just do it?

2013

I noticed my bill is now $21.60 more than the last 4 years so I tweeted Bell Mobility Support

ME: @Bell_Support why is my bill after all these years, $30 more for RIM bundle?

BELL Support:  Hi there, it seems as though tethering was detected. Did you tether or use your BB as a modem? Let me know. Thanks

ME:  I NEVER Tether as I know you will charge me. Can you please reverse?

BELL Support: the extra charges are not due to tethering, but rather the end of a promotion which gave you an extra 50%.

You benefited from this extra promotion since 02/09. The extra 50% isn't part of the corporate plan you are on

(Me wondering, you didn't check this before you commented that it was from tethering?)

BELL Support: Hi Darci, Not sure why you were given an extra 50% off in 2009. This is not part of the corporate plan. 500MB not BES

ME: Pls call me and I can tell you because it was a huge screw up on Bells part 2009.How can you change a bill w/o contacting me?
9:44am

Hi Darci, I noticed your data use is less than 200MB/month. You could switch to 500 MB for $25.00/month. Let me know!  

 

ME: Have you looked at my plan, saw the initial notes and again, can you have someone call me. I am on a BES, always have been!This includes BES service? and again, why would BELL change this suddenly after years and not contact me?Why would I not be notified that a plan I have been on for 4 years is changing?

 

2009

In Feb and March I talked to numerous BELL employees to sort out this mess as my first bill was not the total of $57.00 with voice but  $117.00.   They finally escalated it and put me on a Corporate plan which equalled the amount I was told by the Sales manager. 

________________________________________

From: Darci LaRocque [darci@swirlsolutions.com]

Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 3:29 PM

To: WEL 552 - Vancouver Sales Manager

Subject: RE: Storm / Bell Deal

 

Whatever you did has now made my BES account not work.  This was how I found out the 30 dollar plan is BIS only as I spent hours trying to figure out and it wouldn't activate.  It worked when she put it on the 45 plan and now, while I am trying to do business on the road I no longer have access to email.  This is very frustrating Brittany.  Bell says one thing, Wireless etc...says another and regardless I am a bit hooped.  My rogers account is cancelled and the 61 dollar plan you offer won't work and I need mobile access.

Please fix this ASAP!

________________________________________________

Email from Sales Manager as I was sure that BlackBerry Enterprise Server devices wouldn't be on that plan.  

From: WEL 552 - Vancouver Sales Manager [mailto:L552@wirelessetc.ca]

Sent: February-11-09 12:44 PM

To: Darci LaRocque

Subject: RE: Storm / Bell Deal

Hi Darcy,

I don't know why they would tell you that there is no $30 BES plan.  I have communicated our problem with my Bell Account Representative and he has taken care of your plan for you.  He added the correct $30 BES plan for you, as some one at customer service put you on a $45 plan.  All you need to do is get in touch with your BES IT person so that they can give you the password to log on to the server.

Thanks,

Sales Manager

 

 

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