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Cloud vs. Device

Some apps have an option to show what is in the “Cloud” and what is on the “Device.” What does this mean?

When you purchase electronic media (music, ebooks, audio books, videos) from online stores (iTunes, Kindle, Audible, etc.), those songs, books, and movies are stored in your account on the store’s server. That’s your content in the “Cloud.”

If you want to watch/listen to your purchases, you must download them to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. That’s your content on the “Device.”
Fortunately, you don’t have to download every purchase to every device, but you can if you wish. Maybe you want audio books on your phone but not on your tablet. Or you want ebooks on your tablet but not on your phone. Your choice.

Downloaded media takes up space on your device; manage your content wisely. Download the book you wish to read next but delete those you have finished. They are still in the Cloud ready to be downloaded again if you wish to re-read them.

Note that downloading content requires an internet connection, but reading, listening, and watching downloaded content does not. Be sure to download the content you wish to have before you get on an airplane or away from a trusted network.

Pocket Dialing

Pocket Calling — or Butt Dialing — is when your cell phone inadvertently initiates a call from within your pocket or handbag. We’ve all made these calls, and received them. Hello? Hello? Helloooooo?

The same “speed dial” shortcuts that make calling easy, often make it accidental.

Here’s the simple way to prevent making these calls: “sleep” your phone before you put it in your pocket or handbag.

Seems obvious, yet many of us don’t do it.

If you use your phone and put it in your pocket before the screen goes dark, the phone is still awake, and susceptible to inadvertent button pushing. If your screen is dark (the phone is sleeping), there are no live buttons to be bumped and activated.

Note that “sleeping” is different from “off.” When your phone is sleeping, it will still ring, beep, and ding. When your phone is off, it will not notify you of any incoming messages until you turn the phone on.

To sleep your phone, either wait until the screen goes dark on its own, or push the power button to force the phone to sleep. To power off the phone, hold the power button down until the phone asks if you wish to power it down.

Take the extra second to sleep the phone; your friends will not miss your butt calls!