A Quick and Easy Way to Add Multiple Hashtags to Instagram Post – iPhone iOS (with video)

I’m new to Instagram, and understood the importance of adding multiple hashtags to each post so they show up in searches. Hashtags are a pain to tap, and I didn’t want to have to remember them or type them every time.

This quick video shows you how I used the Text Replacement feature on my iPhone to create a set of hashtags once and use them as many times as I want. No going back and forth with cut and paste.

Tip: Initial cap each new word in the hashtag to make it easier to read.

Follow me on Instagram I post photos of outfits I find at Ross Dress for Less (as a senior citizen who refuses to dress like an old lady).

Leave a comment to let me know when you’ve tried this.

PEACE.

Streaming Sound from a TV to Your Gadget with the Tunity App

Have you been at the airport too far away from the TV to hear it? Or have you wanted to watch somethinTunity app streams audio to your device from digital TV networksg on TV while others are sleeping or studying? The Tunity app offers a solution by streaming audio to your device, and at this writing, it’s free.

To get started, you simply hold your device in front of the TV and tap to run a scan (of a live show). Within seconds, the audio from the TV streams to your device. If the sound isn’t synced, the app offers a way to adjust it. The scanning doesn’t work with all cable networks, and antenna TV apparently doesn’t work.

Here is a how-to video on YouTube that’ll show you how it works.

Let me know what you think.

PEACE.

 

Now I Can Charge My iPhone in the Car Without Its Cable – Retractable Cable Built Into Charger

I was out recently and had to use GPS unexpectedly. You know how that drains the power in the iPhone. I had my car charger, but I didn’t have the iPhone cable.

I went shopping. I didn’t know if what I needed existed, but, of course, someone had solved the problem with this tangle-free lighting retractable cable with USB car charger.

iPhone car charger with built-in cable This little gadget is the answer I was looking for. The cable is built-in, and it retracts with the push of a button. It also has a USB port so I can charge two devices at once.

This is small and compact enough so I keep it in my backpack/purse. The quality feels good, so I hope it’ll last.

I love gadgets that simplify my life. Now I won’t have to worry about being caught without my cable because it’ll be right where I need it.

Check it out on Amazon.

PEACE.

 

Bluetooth Speaker for the Bathroom, Pool, and other Wet Activities

When Mom does her morning routine in the bathroom, she wants to listen to the radio. She was turning the radio in the living room up loud, and the sound wasn’t good (old radio = terrible sound).

 

Bluetooth speaker for the bathroomMy brother bought this waterproof Bluetooth shower speaker, Aqua Sound, to use with an old iPhone. It’s in her bathroom. Great sound. It has a suction cup to affix to the tub or sink. $5.00 at some kind of 5 and Under store.

 

Here it is on Amazon.

 

  • Compatible with any Bluetooth capable player, phone or tablet.
  • Skip songs and forward/back/pause/play right from the water resistant speakers.
  • Answer calls right on it and hold a conversation through the built in microphone.
  • Features a suction cup for easy attachment to wall or any flat surface.
  • Great for showers, baths, swimming pools, boats, marine. IPX4 Waterproof.

He just bought me one. I’ll use it in my car because my speaker system is pitiful (old car = old system). When I’m listening to music, I can push to next or previous song. I can also answer my phone if I want to. $5!

 

PEACE.

How to Add a Webpage to Your iPad Home Screen (with video)

“It will cost you $0.00 to share this video on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, etc. It’s also free to give it a thumbs-up on YouTube. Thank you.” – Peggy Duncan

My how-to video shows you how easy it is to add a link to a Webpage to the Home Screen of your iPad (or iPhone). For example, I’ve added links to the following:

  • All of my Websites so I don’t have to go to Safari first to get to them. They’re together inside a group.
  • A YouTube playlist I’d created on hula hooping (I’m learning how and love it).
  • My local library Website.

NOTE: In the video instructions, if you don’t see “Add to Home Screen” right away, tap the and/or look for “Open in Browser” and continue with the instructions. I had to do this when adding the icon link to my Pulse page.

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This is an easy thing to do, and will save you time going forward.

PEACE.

 

Using a Tripod with my iPad to Save My Neck

I’ve recently started using a tripod with my iPad, and wish I’d done it sooner. My neck feels so much better as I’m no longer bending it over the iPad for hours.

Using tripod with iPadHere, I’m using it at the dining room table. The tripod allows me to adjust the height and alignment to fit any situation, including when I stand to work. The Bluetooth keyboard gives me the option of typing when tapping won’t do.

Here are Amazon links to what I’m using.

  • Quality tripod. You could use a more lightweight unit than this one, especially if you’re not using it for anything heavier. I travel with my tripod and didn’t want to take a chance of it tipping over.
  • Tripod mount for the iPad. Slip the iPad into this unit so it screws into the tripod. Be sure to get one to fit your model.
  • Desk clamp tripod (optional). I use this unit when I’m recording videos at my desk. It saves on floor space because I don’t have to accommodate the wide legs of a typical tripod.
  • Bluetooth keyboard. (This link is to my next keyboard that has a mousepad. Otherwise, it’s very similar to the one I currently have.)

I know I’ve already done a lot of arthritic damage to my neck over the years, but this is definitely making a difference. Just wish I’d thought of it earlier.

Have you set up something similar? Leave your ideas in comments.

PEACE.

 

Equipment to Use to Record Videos Using Your iPhone or iPad

ipad-training-ad-bluenoregister-highres-peggy-duncan02I’ve been recording and editing how-to videos for years. I’ll use either my iPhone, iPad, or a Logitech Webcam.

Here is a suggested list of what you could use to get started. These links are either Amazon or to a post right here on my blog, and I use everything listed.

iRig mic is made for iPhone/iPad and plugs into headphone jack
This microphone is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad. I’ve been very satisfied with the quality.

Order the windscreen that you’ll see with it. This helps to reduce wind interference when you say words beginning with “p”, for example.

Logo Mic Flag. In the photo above, you’ll notice the mic flag around my iRig. Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your brand while all eyes are on you. I created my own labels using Avery labels. I might at some point get this done professionally.

Bluetooth Headset. I use this headset so I can hear while the microphone is plugged into the headphone jack.

Microphone arm. You’ll need something to hold the mic. I’m currently using this space- saving mount so I no longer need a floor tripod.

Desktop Tripod for the iPhone or iPad. You’ll also need a tripod mount to hold the iPhone.

If you ever decide to use the iPad, you could do that too, but you’ll need a unit to slip the iPad into so it’ll attach to this mount. I have the iPad 4 and use this tripod mount.

Movo Lavalier Microphone. Depending on your video setup, you might also need a lavalier mic that will clip to your clothing. I purchased this one, but have only used it a couple of times during a speech.

Bluetooth wireless remote. This Bluetooth wireless remote will start and stop the video app without your having to tap your device. You’ll have to use Bluetooth as opposed to a selfie wire that plugs into the headphone jack (because the microphone will be there).

If you have a multimedia remote for doing PowerPoint presentations, check to see if it has multimedia capability. I have this Satechi remote, and can also use it to operate the camera/video function on my iPad and iPhone remotely.

Logitech Webcam. If you choose to use a Webcam instead of an iPhone, iPad, etc., you’re going to look better a high resolution Webcam as opposed to the one installed on your computer. I have this Webcam from Logitech.

Green Screen and Studio Lights. Are you considering taking things up a notch with Chroma Key (changing the video background with high resolution images or video), you’ll need more equipment: a green (or other color) screen and the right lighting. If the lighting is not right, the Chroma Key won’t work. There are tons of YouTube videos on how to Chroma Key, and I won’t get into that here, but here are links to my purchases.

Full lighting kit with screens. Lots of choices so shop around.

Portable green/blue screen for smaller space that I’m in now. It’s green on one side, blue on the other. I also have a clip stand for this to hold it up.

As with everything you do, having the right equipment will make the job easier. Look your best and you’ll do your best.

PEACE.

 

Now Is a Good Time to Get New Surge Protectors. They Don’t Last Forever

surge protectorI recently purchased an all digital washing machine. Before it was delivered, I bought a surge protector to use with it.

I refreshed my knowledge of surge protectors and discovered that surge protectors do not last forever. Who knew? Every time it takes a hit, it loses juice and its effectiveness. And it’s important to note that the indicator light on it is no guarantee that it’s still doing its job.

I’ve replaced all the surge protectors in my home. Everything electrical is plugged into one, including kitchen appliances. Here are links to the ones I chose.

Learn more about surge protection. Here’s an article with more details. And here’s another good one.

One last thing: I unplug everything when I travel, during lightning storms, and when the power goes out while I’m home.

Don’t procrastinate and replace all your surge protectors today!

PEACE.

I Came Close to Getting a New iPhone. I Did This Instead

iPhone 4/4s CaseI had a momentary lapse of sanity and considered purchasing a new iPhone. By the time I’d get all the adapters, etc., that I needed and wanted, I’d be out of close to $1000.00. For a phone!
 
I decided to purchase this new case to upgrade how my iPhone 4 looks. Works for me. The case is good-looking, nice quality, and a perfect fit, all for $8. 
I’m not a big phone person and communicate mostly via email for business. And I spend way more time on my iPad. Going this route just made more sense to me.
PEACE.