Whether technology saves more time than it squanders is an open question. Some of us may dream of a life off the grid and out of range, but by choice or necessity, we spend much of our waking life connected to the world through some electronic device or another.
If your network device of choice is an iPhone, these tips will improve the quality and perhaps reduce the quantity of the time you spend online. (Note that many of the tips also apply to the iPad.)
No need to enter your lock-screen passcode to access the iPhone's music-player controls. Simply press the home button twice.
(Credit: Screenshot by Dennis O'Reilly/CNET)
Bypass the lock screen to control music or take a picture In last month's post titled "Prepare for and respond to a lost or stolen smartphone," I explained the importance of enabling your phone's screen lock. The No. 1 reason people give for not locking their phone's screen is the hassle of unlocking it to perform a quick, simple operation.
From the iPhone lock screen you can activate the camera without entering your code: just press the camera icon in the bottom-right corner and slide the screen up. Instead of entering your passcode to access the music-playback co... [Read more]