Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Updated magic!

I waited a little while before updating my iPad to IOS8 . I hadn't rushed but waited till I plenty of time....so yesterday was it....

Now I am finding all sorts of weird things as I am typing...smiley faces pop up. I have never used smilies and having pressed that button now there is a warning that any smiley will be deleted by blogger anyway.....

A microphone pops up occasionally , I can apparently send video messages from the pad!

The system came complete with a a "tips" app and it truly is amazing what I can now do...but the problem is that I'm not sure I'm ever going to use them. As I type it guesses what the next word is going to be in a faded grey strip along the top of the key pad...

The main advance seems to be with Siri . This is the helpful voice which asks what it can help me with when i least expect it...

I have used it in the past but rarely now once I 'd got over the shocked delight of discovering a disembodied voice offering help!

Now it tells me it can identify a tune if one is playing where ever I am. You just ask Siri and it tells you !

It's all magic....I am not sure yet how much of the updated wonders I shall use but I am truly amazied by what is now available to me.

I look back to the teenager overawed by an early calculater I was handed during a holiday job...it was about the size of a book and not easy to use .

Now we have so much technology at our finger tips that just catching up with how to use it all is the main problem...

Like every other advance in computing I will pick it up as I go along. I'm not rushing...there may be wonders up there waiting for me...but for someone who used a slate during her first years in school the new gimmicks are quite simply helpful magic!

3 comments:

  1. My husband commented that his iPad is the same size as the slate on which he learned to write, this was confirmed when during a relation's house clearance we found a slate, it is indeed the same dimensions.

    I haven't yet upgraded my iPad, it has taken a few weeks to sort out difficulties I had so want to enjoy using it without having to learn yet more skills.

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    1. There was a lot to be said for slates....think of all the paper they saved!

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  2. My Blackberry tablet updates about once each six months. Never sure what difference it makes, apart from making the system less flaky.

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