11 neat hidden features in iOS 12
- Many people don’t know about this superpower, but you can move around an email or text message by turning your phone into a trackpad.
- Apple knows that you want to let your spouse or friend unlock your phone.
- If you don’t use Do Not Disturb because you always forget to turn it off, this is a thing of the past.
- You can now use 3D Touch in Control Center to turn on Do Not Disturb for an hour, until this evening (or the next morning), until the end of an event or until you leave a location.
- Don’t forget, it’s one of the most powerful tools when it comes to using your phone less.
- The most powerful feature of iOS 12 is clearly Siri Shortcuts.
- My Morning Routine shortcut, plus many others, will be coming Monday alongside my iOS 12 review.
FEMA will conduct a national emergency alert system test next week
- FEMA says that it’s testing the system to “assess the readiness” for a national emergency message, and to “determine whether improvements are needed.” The WEA test will take place at 2:18PM ET on the 20th in the form of a text message to cell phones (which will come with a different ringtone and vibration), while the EAS test will take place two minutes later via television, radio and wireline providers, with more than 100 providers participating in the test.
- Any cell phone that is “switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message.” The message will come with the header “Presidential Alert,” the first time this type of message has been issued, and recipients won’t be able to opt out of them.
You'll Probably Receive a Text From Donald Trump on Sept. 20. Here's Why
- Get ready to receive a text message from President Donald Trump on Sept.
- He plans to message every cell phone in America to test a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) system that will allow any U.S. president to communicate directly via a text message with the public during a national emergency.
- This is a first for the Wireless Emergency Alerts, which is supposed to send a text message to all mobile phones within reception distance of a cellular tower of participating carriers, which includes all the major ones.
- FEMA has tested a related system three times before, called the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which goes out over all participating broadcast media, including over-the-air, cable, and satellite television, and terrestrial and satellite radio.
The Five Levels of Logging
- Use this for definite error situations that require attention (and most probably, work).
- Unless it's flooding the log (in which case Trace might be a better level) or a higher level message is clearly more suitable, your Debug message is probably worth keeping, given that you've thought of writing it at all.
- If it turns out to be one-to-one correlated with another Debug or higher level message without containing more information, then you can think about deleting it.
- Trace is detailed debugging information you probably don't want to have enabled all the time (unless you sell hard drives to people who keep logs).
- It's good for catching low level errors, but usually only after you've narrowed their location down to between a couple of Debug messages.
- I use purple text; similar to Error's red from a distance but distinct when you need it to be.