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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Always Learning

 We have had our i Phones for over two years now, but we are still learning what we can do with them.  This weekend we discovered panorama photos using our i Phones. 
In fact, this photo from the Chihuly Museum was taken by Tom using his panorama camera feature. 
Yes, we were at a Sounders game on Sunday, the season opener. 

Taking selfies is not new, but it is hard to get a decent self portrait. 
 Opening ceremonies featured flags from all of the MLS clubs.
 And some interesting tifo in our two supporter sections. 

Unfortunately the Sounders lost, but we look forward to lots of better results during this long season.

But back to learning new stuff. I also learned this weekend how to send popsmoney. Jake doesn't use checks anymore, and in transferring some money to him, he said to just "pop" it. Huh?

He sent me the links to the credit union we both use for our banking. I already do lots of online banking, but this is a new-to-me twist. Once you have set up the pops option with your bank, all you need to send someone money is their phone number or email address. You don't even need their bank account number. When the person on the other end receives email notification, they direct the money into their account.  Checks are becoming obsolete. News to me. 

While I was setting up banking options, I added mobile banking to my phone. Now I can deposit checks by taking a photo of them and sending them to the bank electronically instead of via snail mail. We bank with the teachers credit union and they don't have convenient branches to stop by for banking business. 

Also new - our Sounders tickets are now mobile. That is, they are on our phones. Unfortunately, even though I have that all set up on my phone and Tom's, I couldn't get a good enough connection at the gate on Sunday to pull up my ticket for scanning. Fortunately Tom could and after watching the little circle on my phone searching for a few minutes, I just had him get my ticket too, and in we went. 

But now I have learned about my "wallet", the place on your phone where you can store all of your passes and tickets for upcoming events, like soccer matches, concerts, or airline flights. From now on I will keep my electronic Sounders ticket in my electronic wallet. 

Yes, I know I'm probably way behind a lot of people in using mobile technology, but I'm getting there.

How will we ever manage if we get cyber attacked? 

17 comments:

  1. Chihuly is certainly a master. We live up by well on the same road as the Pilchuck Glass School which he founded back in the 70s. Awesome place.
    I am learning stuff also about my phone. I think I will try the popmoney. Well if I can find it. LOL
    MB

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  2. I have an iPhone, that additional extremity a lot of us have. I bank online from my iPhone and do something that I think is called a Quick Transfer if I need to send money to our son but I do it through my bank app on my phone. Sounds a lot like Pop. I did not know about scanning checks. I need to check into that. Most everything is direct deposited but I have a small check that comes occasionally from an old gas lease in Texas. It's a pain to get it deposited so scanning would be good. I don't have tickets to anything so I guess I don't need the wallet feature but will certainly check out those bank features. I take terrible photos. I guess I knew about panorama but can't swear that I did. With my tremors it's sometimes not easy to take photos. The panorama shots would be good for blog headers. I'll try it and see what I can do with it. Good post, good information.

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  3. Hubby likes to do online banking, but I still use checks and deposit slips.

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  4. I am afraid I am a little old fashioned and still like the personal touch, all these gadgets are just not for me.

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  5. You're a soccer fan! My daughter who moved to Seattle is a soccer fanatic and is always happy to jump into pick up games, etc. AND she is a math teacher pursuing her advanced degree (though I don't agree with that). You and she have a lot in common. She is like sunshine wherever she goes. Hawaii is a bit less bright without her.

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  6. Yes, depending on these phones can be dangerous. They lose signals, lose their charge and then get hacked. I am not quite ready.

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  7. You are still learning and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. I like that a lot of local libraries are having teens sit down with adults to teach them about how to use iphones.

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  8. I am so tech-challenged that I don't think I'll ever get the hang of it.

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  9. Good on you for becoming familiar with new technology.

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  10. it's an interesting digital mobile phone age we live in...convenient but scary with lots of risks!

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  11. Since I bank wth USAA that doesn't actually have local banks, I've been using the scanner to deposit checks that I receive for this and that. I'm almost done with using checks, too. Yesterday I wrote one but it was the first one this year! I love my iPhone but have only used the panorama a time or two. Tom's Chihuly picture is wonderful, though. :-)

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  12. My phone is still on the wall in the kitchen, and the bank is on the edge of town just 14 miles away. Guess we are just old fashioned. My husband has a cell phone but it rarely rings, if it does it is one of our children or grands as we didn't give the number to just anyone. The other day at the hospital they wanted yet another contact number and wanted to know who to call I told them the undertaker:)

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  13. You are way ahead of me. Bravo.

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  14. My cell only makes phone calls so I am hugely envious. That pop money is from the Jetsons. What power is in your hands.

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  15. I didn't know about the payment option or the wallet. Thanks. I'll look them up and be ready in case I need them.

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  16. Scary how fast technology is changing the world. How will we buy things at yard sales without cash? Do we really want every expenditure to be tracked? Makes it much more difficult to say to a significant other of a plant he or she's noticed, "Oh that? It's been here for a couple of years now."

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