How to Set a Shortcut for iOS

One of the most common short phrases that I send digitally is “No problem.” It’s often in response to someone that I’m meeting that’s running late for our appointment. As soon as I got in my car this morning, I received an email from my client telling me she was 15 minutes behind. I love hearing that because then I’m not worrying about them and I can use that time to my advantage (I cleaned my desk). I responded with my simple “No problem.” and realized that this was the perfect opportunity to create a much needed shortcut.

What’s a shortcut?

On your iOS device you can set your own abbreviated words. Now all I have to do is type “np” and my phone or tablet will translate it for me. Sweet! It’s really simple, follow these steps and try making a shortcut for iOS yourself:

  • Settings
  • General
  • Keyboard
  • Shortcuts
  • +
  • Phase is what you want to say “No problem.”
  • Shortcut is what you’ll type “np”

Angela Ahrendts’ Digital Vision is Boon for Apple

“We’re challenging ourselves constantly to stay ahead of the curve – be it mobile, be it social, be it physical. They’re all one. Life is forever blurred.  I grew up in a physical worldand I speak English. The next generation is growing up in a digital world and they speak social. Whether you are talking with customers or you’re talking with employees, you have to do it on a social platform because that’s the language they speak.” Angela Ahrendts.

Ahrendts is the former CEO of Burberry and was just hired by Apple as a senior vice president of retail and online stores. Listen to this video and hear her vision for dovetailing retail stores with digital elements.

I Sit in Silence

I keep forgetting. Then I remember and it jolts me back to reality. My first reaction is to cry but I’m struggling with that. I tell myself that I’m jaded and shouldn’t be effected by the loss of a corporate figurehead. After all, I didn’t even know him.

Then why do I feel like crying every time I remember he’s gone?

I was absolutely shocked when I saw this text from my father-in-law telling me it was a sad day for Apple with no more information. I’d been in one meeting after the next all day and hadn’t checked the newswires. But I knew. I knew for the longest time Steve Jobs was living on borrowed time. Anything having to do with the pancreas is absolutely unavoidable. Add that to cancer….and you know what happens. When I was asked what I thought about him stepping down, I said, “I’m surprised he didn’t do it a long time ago. He’s not well.”

My whole world revolves around the tools he created. It’s embedded in the language I speak every day. The lessons I teach are largely based on what he gave me. I can’t help but feel like crying. It’s only because I didn’t actually meet him that they don’t flow freely. All I am able to do is lose one tear, wipe it away, and acknowledge that I am surrounded by his products that changed the world. They didn’t just change the greater world, they changed mine. My business model was disrupted after the release of the iPhone and it looks completely different today than when I went into business. I am not saying it lightly when I say Apple products changed my life.

Not many people can say that they had a major effect on the way things work. He did. And for that, for the man that I never met, I sit in silence.

**May you and your family find peace in your passing. Please know we will all miss your vision, your guidance, and your presence. You are felt everywhere.

My iPhone, A Computer That Makes Phone Calls

When the iPad came out, I said, “I’ve already got one, it fits in my pocket.” Yes, that’s my joke about owning a miniature iPad….also known as an iPhone. It’s really about perspective.

When thinking of smartphones, I think a minor change in perspective is in order. Many people complain about the lack of reliability in the phone part of the iPhone service. But as many owners of smartphones know, the calling is really the least important feature. If my phone was marketed as a computer that makes phone calls, people would look at them so much differently. Continue reading

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