What the Tech: smartphone secrets

We can acknowledge that smartphones are smarter than we are, but I'm continuing to find new things my smartphone can do. So here are a few quick and dirty tips, for your smartphone.

Hanging a picture? To get it just right, you need a level. But if you can't find the one in your garage, grab an iPhone. Built right into the operating system is a level. It's sort of hidden. You have to open the compass, and swipe left.

iPhones and most smartphones use an accellerometer, which makes this possible. For Android users, there are a few level apps in the Google Play store.

If you make a mistake on an email and want to start over, you don't have to tap the backspace key. Nope. To erase everything just shake the iPhone. The accelerometer again kicks up an undo button. That'll erase the last sentence  you typed. Shake it again to re-do. Shake it multiple times to erase everything. That works in email but doesn't work so well in texting.

Have a dead phone and not a lot of time? Any smartphone will charge faster if you put it in airplane mode. You may have heard that tip before, but how much faster does it charge? the folks at CNET found out it shaved off about four minutes of charge time.

 iPhone users, Siri may know a lot of things, but pronunciation isn't always one of them, particularly when it comes to pronouncing your friends' names. 

When Siri stumbles you can teach her to say it the right way. Siri asks for a little help, you say the name correctly, and from then on, she'll get it right. 

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