What is the Cloud?

Technology is evolving at a breakneck pace and many people feel left behind, not even understanding proper terminologies and concepts. One such subject of confusion is the cloud.

Many people, whether or not they are aware of it, have data they store on the cloud or that they stream from the cloud. It’s important to note that your data is not actually up in the clouds.

In simpler terms, the cloud is basically a group of high-storage computers elsewhere onto which you can store copies of such things as your phone contacts, documents and photos or from which you can enjoy movies through Netflix or music through Spotify.

Being able to use the cloud allows you to not have to store all of this information on your devices.

We see a increase in cloud-based services largely due to the improving technologies of high-speed internet, which allow us to send and receive this information at more convenient speeds.
Your iPhone uses the cloud for such things as off-site backups and photo storage. You can also use the cloud to manage your data on much of the Google suite including Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive.

Some consumers are uneasy about having their sensitive data stored somewhere else, fearing a loss of control. Those are legitimate concerns, although many of the rest of us are simply resigned to the reality that in the age we live in the genie is already out of the bottle and it often seems a lost cause to spend too much energy worrying about things we either do not fully understand nor cannot easily control.

5 New Year Resolutions for 2019

Purchase Case
Devices can still break even when in a case, but having that sort of protection greatly reduces the probability. Find a case that offers you maximum protection with minimum annoyance. For example, a bulky case that you will get frustrated with then toss aside is of no good to you in the long run.
Read a Book
Many people used to engage in more healthful activities, but find it easy now to just quickly run to their device as a pacifier. Consider turning your phone off for stretches at a time and get into the practice of reading books.
Be Mindful of Consumed Content
Most every song, website, TV program and movie is available on our devices. Some of them are harmless but others have the power to corrupt aspects of our lives and our understandings of reality. Be mindful to let entertainment have the smaller place in the budget of your time and be careful of what you choose to consume.
Activate Automatic Backups
You can replace your phone but you cannot replace your data. Nobody thinks anything will happen to their phone until it does. Turn on automatic backups and pay for extra space if necessary. It is money well spent to protect precious memories and data.
Stop Driving Distracted
Take what steps are necessary to set your vehicle up to reduce the necessity and temptation of engaging with your phone while driving.

What To Do If Your Phone is Lost or Stolen

What To Do If Your iPhone is Lost or Stolen

Hopefully you never have to experience the anxiety of having your iPhone lost or stolen, but if you do, here are a few things to consider:

– All of your lock codes, Apple ID passwords and two-factor authentications that can sometimes be so bothersome to remember now prove to be an asset, as they offer both protection for the data on your device and also ways to find if it is lost.
– Having a lock code and associated fingerprint you use to open your phone will allow someone without your code or your finger to not be able to access your sensitive data such as photos, notes and much more.
– One preventative measure you can use to reduce the probability of permanently losing your iPhone is to have Find My iPhone activated. You can check that out by going to Settings, [your name], iCloud, Find my iPhone. Nobody will be able to turn this feature off without knowing your iCloud password.
– If Find My iPhone has been activated on your lost or stolen device, find another phone or computer and log on to iCloud.com. Once you enter your Apple ID and Apple ID password, you will be shown a map with the general location of your iPhone.
– Once your device has been located, you will have the option to play a sound from it to help you find its specific location, to erase the data from it or to place it in Lost Mode, which will display a phone number and message on the device and render every other feature unavailable.
– Keep in mind that Lost Mode, Play Sound and Erase Phone will no work if the phone is not connected to either cell service or Wi-Fi, but will be activated whenever the phone is connected to either of these two.
– If your phone is stolen, don’t try to retrieve yourself. Call the police.
– Contact your cell phone carrier to report the phone as lost or stolen to block its use on another carrier’s network.

Ten Useful iPhone Accessories

With Christmas fast approaching at the time of this post, and with much of the world owning iPhones, Midcoast iPhone Repair presents a list of ten iPhone useful accessories.

  1. Tile is a small unit which can be attached to such items as car keys which can easily be lost. With a 200-foot range and through Bluetooth technology, use your iPhone to locate the whereabouts of your lost items. Also, locate your lost iPhone with this product.
  2. For those who cycle (like myself), having a handy mount to attach your iPhone to your ride allows you, among other things, to use exercise apps to enjoy real-time statistics on such type of data as speed, distance and calories burned. The Rokform Pro-Series Adjustable Bike Mount is one such item.
  3. Some iPhones (such as the iPhone 7) have no headphone jack. Use this adapter to connect your corded headphones through your charger port.
  4. Has the person on your list been REALLY good this year? Consider gifting them a drone, some of which, like this model, can be operated from one’s iPhone.
  5. The Cardly card holder is priced low enough to serve as a useful stocking stuffer. Once adhered to the back of an iPhone, users can place such forms of ID as a drivers license, school ID and debit cards within it.
  6. A bluetooth speaker is a handy and moderately-priced gift for music lovers. Also, for a limited time, Spotify is offering those with family memberships a free Google Home Mini.
  7. Amateur photographers might appreciate this reasonably-priced stocking stuffer which allows smartphone users more options while taking photos. The CamKix Deluxe Universal 5-in-1 Camera Lens Kit is highly rated and useful.
  8. It’s a good idea to have your phone in a case. Lifeproof is one of the highest-quality, offering water protection. Otterbox cases are sometimes too bulky for practical use, but do tend to keep phones pretty safe. Other companies like Spigen offer less-expensive options which still provide ample protection. And for those who like shiny things and prefer image over safety, there are always these.
  9. I’m not a big fan of Selfie Sticks, but I’m not sure why. Please don’t get me one, but someone else might appreciate it. For those who don’t know, a Selfie Stick allows you to attach your phone to the end of a pole so you can take better photos of yourself and those around you.
  10. I recently needed a sleep study, but didn’t want to make the financial investment. I ended up getting a FitBit, which records the length and quality of my sleep, dividing it into categories and showing me when I was awake, in REM, light and deep sleep. Worth the money for that feature alone. But the unit also records your heart rate and amount of steps per day, plus much more. Connects to iPhone by Bluetooth for a more-in-depth reporting of statistics.