Libby – Your Public Library at Home

Do you love to read but don’t like buying books? Then Libby is something you should download.

Libby is a free app that brings your local library to your home. You can browse the library’s digital catalog of ebooks and audiobooks and download your selection to your mobile device. Click here to learn more.

Voice Memos

Are there times you want to get an idea out of your head to consider at a later time?

What do you do? The old stand-by of pen and paper is an excellent option but rarely available when needed. However, the ubiquitous mobile phone can solve the problem.

Voice Memo part of the Apple array of built-in apps and is simple to use.

Open the app, press the red button, and speak. To make it even easier, create a short-cut to open the app, and start recording.

The newest version of the app has an enhancement feature that can improve sound quality.

How to Use and Edit Voice Memos

More Enhancement Information

My Podcast Is Now Available on Overcast

My podcast, The Busy Latter-day Saint, is now available on Overcast, my favorite podcast app.

Overcast is, in my opinion, the best podcast app for Apple users. There are many great features, but then the two that I enjoy the most are Smart Speed, which shortens the silences, and Voice Boost that remasters the audio. The app is free with ads that take up minimal screen real estate. If the ads are a bother, then you can subscribe to Overcast Premium for the very reasonable price of $9.99 per year.

If you have not tried Overcast, download it today and give it a try.

For Android users, try the highly-rated Pocket Casts.

File Sharing in iCloud Finally Available

iOS 13.4 for iPhone and iPadOS 13.4 for the iPad offers file sharing from iCloud. This is huge!

In the past, to share a file or folder, you had to use Google Drive, Dropbox, or other cloud services, and it took several steps to get to the link. Sharing a folder or files from iCloud is quicker and offers more options.

Here are the steps for sharing a folder (use the same steps for files):

Sharing One Folder or File.

  1. Tap on the Files app.
  2. Tap on iCloud Drive.
  3. Do a long press on a folder until a menu appears.
  4. Tap on Share.
  5. Tap on one of the people in the Recent Sends row or one of the apps in the second row. If you don’t find what you are looking for in either row, slide the row to the left to see more options.

Finding the Copy Link

There are times that you only want the link. To see the link, scroll down and tap on Add People. If you don’t see the Copy Link slide the row to the left. If you still don’t see it tap on More at the end of the row. Scroll down, find Copy Link, and tap on it. When on this screen, you can also set Share Options.

I find one oddity. The row of apps in step 5 and the row of apps in the above step are different. For example, in step 5, I don’t see my to-do app Things in the app row, nor is it in the More list, it only shows up in last step.

In addition, when using an app found in the above step, you will be presented with the option to add email addresses or phone numbers, to bypass this tap on Continue.

To share multiple files, open the folder, tap on Select, tap on the files to share, then tap on Share and follow steps 1 through 5. There is no Add People option when sharing multiple files. To add more people tap on the message or email apps, then add the phone numbers or email addresses of the recipients in the respective app.

Sharing folder or files from iCloud is quicker than sharing from Drive or Dropbox, but what excites me more is I can quickly send the link to Things, Slack, Drafts, and more.

Apple users have been waiting for the sharing feature for several years. Last June, Apple announced that it would be part of iOS and iPadOS 13, and now it is finally here.

Take the time to get familiar with this great feature; you will find it a real time saver.

Technology and Trying Times

The spread of the coronavirus has provided us opportunities to become creative in doing the Lord’s work. Heavenly Father has prepared us for these times by providing us with technology so we can continue serving others.

There are many ways we can accomplish that goal. Live streaming with Facebook or FaceTime for Apple users. Conferencing services such as Zoom, Skype, FreeConference, Google Hangouts, and GoToMeeting can be tools to enable us to reach out and serve. Each of the above has strengths and weaknesses.

It is not the purpose of the writing to compare the above but to focus on Zoom, one of the most popular conferencing services.

Zoom is easy to use, works on all operating systems and has a free version that will supply you with all the options that you will need.

Zoom can be used through a web browser or using the free apps for Mac, Windows, App Store on iOS, or the Play Store on Android.

After you have downloaded the app, tap on Sign Up to create a free account. Enter your email address and first and last name, tap on “I agree to the Terms of Service,” and you are set to go.

While each of the apps may be laid out differently, they all provide the same four functions:

  1. New Meeting – start a meeting now
  2. Join – to join a meeting someone as started
  3. Schedule – to schedule a meeting for the future
  4. Share Screen – to share your screen with others

Also, there are four options at the bottom or side of your screen:

  1. Chat (may also be shown as Meet & Chat) – to chat with another person
  2. Meetings – upcoming meetings you have created or are a participant
  3. Contacts – a list of your contacts (you have the choice of connecting with your current contact list)
  4. Settings

The person or persons you are meeting with do not need the app or have an account. They will receive an email from you providing them with simple instructions to join the meeting.

Once the meeting has started you will have various features to use during the meeting.

  1. Mute – to mute the sound
  2. Stop video – to close your camera so others participants cannot see you. To open the camera tap on Start Video
  3. Share Content – a list of things you can share such as photos, a whiteboard, your screen and more. When you share your screen any app you open will be seen by the particpants.
  4. Participants – allows you to control and invite particpants
  5. More – various other settings

The best way to practice using Zoom is to call your companion. To avoid feedback make sure each of you are in different rooms, then start playing with the various options.

Zoom is an efficient and easy service with a quick learning curve. It enables you to continue teaching and ministering to others without leaving your home.

NB – Just as I finished this post reports came in that some Android users are reporting problems with reception when using Zoom. Currently the app has a bad rating in the Play Store and there is no reason, at this point, to know the reason. Ratings on the App Store remain high. If you are an Android user and have a problem, please contact me at help@thebusylatterdaysaint.com.

Coming This Week – Update

I was able to start curating sooner than expected, so starting today, October 7, 2019, there is a new page.

I will be curating pertinent technology news. The curations will cover Apple, Android, tablets, Macs, PCs, software, and more.

Each day as I read technologies latest news, if I see something that will be of help to you, I will add it to the News page.