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Monday, May 20, 2013

1349. Sent from my iPhone. Can I change this?

Every time I send an email from my iPhone, the message includes the footer "Sent from my iPhone" at the bottom. This seems silly to me, and completely unnecessary. Can I change the footer so it’s more personal?
We agree—that footer seems like the is saying “Look at me—I’m cool ‘cause I have an iPhone.” In 2008, that may have been a reasonable assertion, but it’s not the case in 2013. Even more importantly, our guess is that you generally don’t want people to know that you’re sending from a mobile device, which is a good indication (for many people) that you’re responding while away from home. And this is, in general, information you don’t want to be sending out.
Of course, Apple wants everyone to know that you have their flagship mobile device, so they configure the phone to include the obligatory self-congratulatory message in the footer by default. Luckily, that footer information is easy to change (and you should).
On your phone, run the Settings app. Select the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option, and under the Mail section of options, find the Signature option. If you’re running an early version of the operating system (and if so, you should consider upgrading the operating system), you’ll see an option to change your signature. If you’re running a later version, you’ll see an option to select a signature for all accounts, or per account (assuming you have more than one email account configured on the phone). Select the appropriate option, and fill in a new signature, replacing the default text.
You cannot specify a separate signature for new messages as opposed to replies or forwarded messages, and you can't have extra signatures that you can assign individually while writing the email, like you can with Outlook or other email applications.
Certainly, take the time to customize the signature. You won’t be advertising the fact that you’re replying to emails from your phone (indicating that you are perhaps away from home) and you won’t look like a clone of every other iPhone user!

Monday, May 6, 2013

1361. Font Size for Text Messages is Too Small

Some of us can't see as well as we used to, and I could really use a larger font when reading text messages on my iPhone. Is there some way to increase the font size, since you can't zoom the size of the font in the iMessage text editor?
You would think that you could pinch/unpinch to zoom in iMessage (the editor for SMS text message), just like you do when editing and viewing emails, but that’s not the case. Pinch and unpinch all you like, but the text doesn’t change size.
There is a way to change the font size in iMessage, although it’s not obvious. Go to Settings, General, Accessibility, and choose Large Type. (No kidding. This really seems to be the only way to change the font size.) You can select any font size up to 56 pt, which is simply huge.
The problem is this new font size will apply to all your applications. Now your emails will have the same font size as your text messages, and most likely this isn’t what you want.
It seems clear that Apple should allow the font expand function to work on iMessage or allow different font sizes for each application. And we’re not alone in this opinion—a quick Web search for “font size iMessage” will return lots of requests for this same feature.
But until Apple works this out, at least you will be able to read your text messages, albeit with adverse effects on your other applications. 

1330. Listen to Radio Broadcasts on Smart Phone

I find that I want to listen to music on the radio while I'm at the gym. I have my iPhone, but there's no radio receiver built in. Is there some way to listen to radio signals on the phone?
Recently, I decided to look up some way to play FM or AM radio stations while I was slowly climbing the Stairmaster at the gym. And I did find an app that is available for free for both the Android and iPhone. It can’t “fake” a radio receiver—instead, it gathers freely available Web streaming that radio stations provide in one simple application.
I was able to find KNCO and KMVR and other local radio stations, as well as the radio station from my college and stations from my hometown for free on the iPhone (it works on Android phones, as well). The iPhone doesn't have an FM receiver of course (some Android phones do): this is all coming over the Internet “airwaves”.
Remember that TuneIn Radio uses the cell signal of your phone carrier if you don't have a Wi-Fi connection. Because most phone contracts include a limited amount of data, you should be wary of listening to streaming audio for hours at a time, every day, unless you’re using a Wi-Fi connection.  Luckily, my gym has Wi-Fi so it doesn't cost me anything to listen to the radio while I am working out.
Give it a look: find TuneIn Radio in your phone’s application store.  It's free for both iPhone ( and Android (