Author Archives: Michelle Lentz

I deactivated my Facebook account the other night. I had a few realizations:

1. I was getting all my news via Facebook.

2. I was losing a ridiculous amount of time reading my stream on Facebook.

3. My head was always down in my phone when I was out … checking Facebook.

4. I seemed to want to share mundane things. I mean, does anyone really care where I ate or want to see a photo of what I had for dinner?

5. Facebook had an interesting effect on my emotions. I noticed two things: posting on Facebook and generating comments made me feel good, like I’d achieved something. (You like me! You really like me!) I also noticed that more often than not, my Facebook stream could make me feel pretty bad about myself, just because my achievements couldn’t compare with those in my stream.

All that together and I realized that it was time for a break. It’s a snap, really, to deactivate your account. It takes less than 5 minutes. It’s worth mentioning that deactivating is like suspending an account. It’s temporary and I can easily reactivate at any time, with no loss of data. Deleting, on the other hand, is a whole different story. (Just ask Stan in South Park.)

I want to see if I’m more attentive to the real world around me. I want to know if I’ll get my time back, and what I’ll do with it. Will I just tweet more?  And with the ridiculous stream of people and “friends” on Facebook, will anyone notice if there’s one less voice in the cacophony? (I did accidentally send my closest girlfriends into a panic when they couldn’t find me online.)

Cartoon by Rap (from Deviant Art)

Cartoon by Rap (from Deviant Art)

Where will I get my news now, if not from Facebook? Will not being on Facebook affect me emotionally? Will it be a problem with all of the “sign in through Facebook” web sites? So there are a lot of little questions to this Great Experiment. I’d like to think I’ll find other things to do with my time. As for emotionally, it’s actually been freeing to not “need” to check in on Facebook all the time. No withdrawal yet!

One of the coolest little features of the new Control Center is the options it offers.

First, did you know you can access the Control Center right from your lock screen? Similar to how iOS6 let you access the camera quickly, you can now swipe up and view the Control Center. (If this doesn’t work for you go to Settings > Control Center and select Access on Lock Screen.)

Now, the Control Center is pretty neat. You can quickly access airplane mode, wifi, bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Screen Rotation Lock.

Control Center

The brightness ad volume sliders are there too. But look a little further. You can pop your iPhone into Speaker mode from here too.

Additionally, if you’re fumbling with your keys on a dark night, there’s a Flashlight built in. (So long hundreds of Flashlight apps!) A timer is accessible from here, as well as the Calculator (calculate those tips) and the camera.


Just a quick tip per day to get you up and running with some less publicized features of iOS7:

Previously if you wanted to block a caller, you had to go into your Verizon or AT&T account and block each number manually.  Now you can do it right from your iPhone.

Just go into your Phone button and select either Generic Cialis Recents or Contacts.

Choose the number or contact you wish to block.

Scroll down and choose Block Caller.

Block Caller

iPhone will make sure you really want to block the person. Confirm your selection.

Confirm Block

Note that this blocks the contact from reaching you via voice, FaceTime, and Text. You can always Unblock the caller (same process) at any time.


Just some quick tips every day to help you adjust to the new and different iOS7.

My absolute favorite feature, by far, is the one no one has really mentioned. When I was running in beta, I discovered it and now I wonder how I lived without it.

Unread Mail is now available from your Mailboxes screen.

Unread Mail

From your mailboxes screen, tap the EDIT button.

Scroll Buy Levitra down on the resulting screen. You’ll see a list of mailboxes, including All Trash, All Sent, Unread Mail, and more. Select the mailboxes you’d like to display on your mailboxes screen and tap Done.

Add Mailboxes

 I like to keep Unread mail near the top. In fact, since I started using the Unread Mail box, it makes handling my mail a lot more efficient and easier.


As first reported by Mashable, Facebook is rolling out Shared Photo Albums.

A much needed feature that should up engagement even more, the shared photo album feature will allow up to 50 contributors to join an album. Each contributor can upload 200 photos, giving you the potential for an album of 10,000 photos. Previously, Facebook albums were limited to 1,000 photos and one user.


 Imagine a wedding. All the guests can share their photos in one album, allowing all attendees to see all the photos. Previously, you might see a few albums from individuals, but due to friending and privacy settings, you might miss out on somatroph hgh all of the event photos.

According to Mashable, there are specific privacy settings for the new shared albums:

The new shared albums have three available privacy settings: public, friends of contributors and contributors only. This gives the album creator control over who has access to the group’s images, said Bob Baldwin, the software engineer at Facebook who spearheaded the project with colleague Fred Zhao.

The new feature was created at one of the company’s all night Hackathon events. They’ll be rolling out this feature, starting today, to a limited number of English-speaking users. It will be slowly distributed to all English users and then distributed internationally.

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