Tuesday Tech Tips

Posted by: on Jul 30, 2012 | 4 Comments

Hey Gmail users! Are you used to doing the copy/paste dance to create emails instead of clicking on an email link on a website to avoid having the wrong email client pop up?  Via the magic of HTML5 and the magic of Gmail, you can open those email links via a Gmail compose window. Head over to official Gmail Blog to learn how to open email links directly in Gmail using Chrome.

If you were living under a rock you might not have heard the news from a couple of weeks ago about Facebook changing everyone’s default email to a Facebook.com account. In light of this change, Lifehacker created a post on a number of things you can do to get your Facebook account under control.

My iPhone 4S sucks the battery down like crazy so I turn Bluetooth on only when I need it and then turn it right back off.  iOS does not provide an easy method to do this BUT there is an app call Bluetooth OnOff that will turn Bluetooth on or off with just one tap of the App Icon.  You can find more information about Bluetooth OnOff over at imore.com.  For best results using the App, go to App Settings (after installing it) for Bluetooth OnOff and set the slide to “ON”.

Have you been using the redesigned Gmail the last couple of months and still not happy with the changes?  Maybe some density or theme changes might help you. Check out Jason Crawford’s post on How to cope with the Gmail redesign for some great tips.  Even if you don’t need the tips check out the lively comments following his post.

I love my Nike+ sensor and Apps for my iPhone, especially when Lance Armstrong congratulates me on a new personal best.  Given the meteoric of Android smartphones, Nike has released the Nike+ running App for Android. Not wanting to leave out their loyal fan base of iOS users, Nike also released a new iOS version with a major UI overhaul.  Lifehacker has a video and write-up of the Android and iOS Nike+ Running App.

joeybra_iphone_carrying_braAnd with another Tech Tips post just about wrapped up, I leave you with something for all the dancing ladies out there. It’s called the JoeyBra and it gives you discreet pockets on the side to stash your cell phone, credit cards, IDs and keys while you are out and about on the town. I think I will just let you click on over to the imore.com site where they give you all the details about the JoeyBra.


  1. Bill Kutik
    July 31, 2012

    Mike, I can’t tell you how useful over the years I’ve found your Tuesday text tips, owning no Apple devices (except the cheapo iPad your boss gave me), never using Gmail, and avoiding knee replacement surgery by never running anywhere. My only exercise, as you know, is jumping to conclusions.

    But you’ve finally hit pay dirt with the JoeyBra. Wife Nancy, a proud iPhone user, needs one when she goes Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and finally I have an original birthday present idea. Thanks.

    • Michael Krupa
      July 31, 2012

      Bill, patience rewards those who wait. Glad you kept reading my tips over the years. The fact that my tips have not been useful does point to a different technology problem. I think it’s time you had a technology tune-up.

  2. Kendra Kroll
    August 5, 2012

    hi Bill and Michael — just happened across your post so wanted to share… there are other ways for gals to keep vital items close when dancing (etc) that won’t risk phone breakage from sweat or create moist dollar bills (plus… no cell emissions by chest area). Just an alternative. My patented PortaPocket works on thigh, calf, ankle, arm or waist & under or over the clothing. Super comfy. it’s detachable, interchangeable & easy to use. Fits ID, cash, cards, keys, cell phones (incl. iphone, droid, blackberry etc), ipods, lipstick, tampons, inhalers, insulin pumps, cameras, passports, epipens, more. Sparkly or plain. For guys too. Lose the worry…not your stuff. See what I mean at http://www.portapocket.com 😉

  3. Suzanne Nash
    August 9, 2012

    Joeybra is facing a patent infringement suit so you may want to wait.