0238 – Using your Smart Phone to Lead a Safer Life

I recently upgraded from a Blackberry to an iPhone 4. After day 4 I commented to people that I had accomplished more work in four days on the iPhone than I had in 4 years with the Blackberry. I still don’t think its an exaggeration. The iPhone is a fabulous small computer. I don’t think it is wise to become completely dependent on an electronic device, however, lets face it, there is no reason that we should avoid taking advantage of the versatility and convienince that the current smartphones can offer us. Today we will take a look at the way smart phones can help to keep us safe.

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Data

When the chips are down, information to make quality decisions can be key to success.  Our Smart phones have the ability to hold tremendous amounts of data and allow us to put that data to use quickly.

 

  • Phone numbers
  • Addresses
  • Navigation
  • Notes and Lists

PDF’s

Virtually anything can be saved as a PDF.  A PDF allows information to be read and or shared with just about anyone on just about any type of platform.  No top secret software or hardware is required to view a PDF.  This can be a positive and a negative, so keep that in mind.

 

  • Operation and repair manuals for important equipment
    • Automotive
    • Electronics
  • First Aid Info
  • Family safety and security plans

WWW.

We discussed the fact that you can use your smart phone to store data and that can be a powerful tool.  Equally as powerful is the ability of your phone to be a data collector.  The ability to access the www from just about anywhere can be particularly helpful.

 

  • News
  • Weather
  • The PDF’s you should have but don’t yet

COMMS

The primary purpose of a phone is communication.  The face of that communication has changed over time, however.  Communications has become both simpler and more robust at the same time allowing us to communicate more easily and also complete more complex tasks.

 

  • Phone
  • Text
  • Email
  • Social Media
  • Related Apps like Skype and Facetime
  • Echolink

Apps

The sky is the limit when it comes to apps.  They either allow you to do something you couldn’t normally do with your phone, or allow you to do it more easily. Our smartphones become as smart as those that program in their OS.

 

Learning

Our smart phones can be great ways to receive content that helps us to learn.

 

  • RSS Feeds
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • ANYTHING Else you need to learn about
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