iOS 8 – Better news for some ClipSee users.

Or how to set your iPhone to default to Speakerphone. You would think that you could ask Siri to call somebody and put the call on Speakerphone, but for some inexplicable reason, Apple does not allow Siri to do this simple thing.  For that reason, we supply the finger guide that allows a ClipSee user to select speakerphone once the call is placed or received. With iOS 8, we were hoping that Apple finally listened to the users and would permit Siri to put the phone into speakerphone when placing a call.  Alas, they did not, but they improved things a little. With iOS 8 you can make the speakerphone as the default for incoming or outgoing calls. With iOS 7 you could only make speakerphone the default for incoming calls. For certain people who mostly talk while on speakerphone, then this is just the feature for you.  This will make the ClipSee even easier to use. To set this mode in iOS 8 go to “Settings” to “General” to “Accessibility” to “Call Audio Routing” and set it to Speaker. Give it a try and see if it works for you — and stay...

Follow up on why California’s hand held cell phone ban failed

When interviewed by Julia Belluz for Vox about the surprising results of the study he lead, Daniel Kaffine said, “We were expecting to find maybe a five to ten percent reduction in accidents. We had read the studies that talking on your phone is as dangerous as drinking and driving.”  Further, “Only after spending a ton of time looking at the data, slicing it in different ways, we eventually came to the conclusion that there was no evidence of a decline in accidents. It took a while for us to convince ourselves that there wasn’t something there.” In the published study found in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice Volume 66, August 2014, Pages 162–172, the author states that the expectation for accident reduction was predicted to be somewhere between 2% to 21%.  The actual effect of the ban resulted in estimates that ranged from -3% to 2%, effectively not a factor at all. There are numerous speculations on why the ban had no effect on accidents. Either people simply ignored the law, or people switched to other behaviors such as holding the cell phone below the window while on speakerphone to avoid being caught.  ...

iPhone’s Superior Hands-Free Voice Texting

There is no doubt that doing regular texting while driving is very dangerous.  However, it turns out that it is quite easy to do voice texting with the ClipSee on an iPhone. It is totally legal in California and Oregon and many other states to do hands-free texting as long as you are not holding the phone.  We will research as many of the other states and get that information to you.  In general, as long as you have your eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel then you are legal. To text you merely hold down the home button to get Siri’s attention and say something like “Send a text message to Billy Bob.”  Then Siri asks you what you want to say. You can ask Siri to read back the message to make sure that Siri got it right.  Just make sure you use the word “read” and not “play” or “listen”.  If you say the word “play” or “listen” it will think that you are trying to play music. You do not have to enter your security code for sending a text or reading a text. When you receive a text, you do not need to look.  Just hold down the home button until you get the beep from Siri and ask Siri, “Read my text messages.” It will read back your unread text messages.  It will not read back any old text messages. I tried doing a similar procedure with the Samsung S4.  It is quite inferior to the Apple voice texting and requires that you look at the screen.  Presuming you...