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Exercising On an Empty Stomach: The Surprising Benefits


Is it better or worse to work out on an empty stomach? There is strong evidence that exercising on an empty stomach can be very beneficial.
“An empty stomach triggers a cascade of hormonal changes throughout the body that are conducive to both building muscle and burning fat.” … read more

Lessons From Lincoln: 5 Leadership Tips History And Science Agree On


Get out of the office and spend time with the troops, give credit where it’s due and take responsibility when it goes wrong, persuade don’t demand, innovate, use stories to influence … read more

Decisions: How do we really make them?


Don’t read this. Really, it’s going to mess with your beliefs about how rational your decision process is.

Cognitive biases are systematic mistakes we make in our thinking that affect everything we do. From impulsive spending to being overly influenced by what others think. From our beliefs and opinions to our decisions, and we’re not even aware it’s happening

One of our cognitive biases is called “Deletion” which means we ignore things that don’t match our world view… you may not even see this …. read more

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How to stop sending those awful LinkedIn standard invitations on your mobile device – and improve your success rate


If I get an invitation from someone I don’t know or don’t know very well, I’m unlikely to accept their invitation if it doesn’t have a clear message explaining how they know me, why they would like to connect and how that could be mutually beneficial.

Unlike some of the other social media, with LinkedIn the key is to aim for a network of high quality connections that you have some level of relationship and trust with.

On the flipside if you need to send an invitation you could be missing out on others accepting your invitation if you don’t include details, in your invitation, of how you know that person, why you want to connect and how it could be beneficial for you both.

Unfortunately there is no obvious way in the LinkedIn apps for iOS and Android

However you can do it

Here’s how:


  1. Go to the profile of the member you’d like to connect with.
  2. On the right of the search box, tap the “three horizontal dots”.
  3. Tap Customize Invite.
  4. Write your message. Make sure you include details of:
  • How you know each other
  • Why you want to connect – make sure you consider “What’s in it for them”, because you’re selling them on why they should accept your invitation to connect
    1. Tap Send.


  1. Go to the profile of the member you’d like to connect with.
  2. To the right of the search box, tap the 3 vertical dots
  3. Tap Customize Invite.
  4. Write your message and tap Send.

Your iPhone can track you. Here’s how to stop it

Read this post now to find out how to stop your iPhone tracking you and handing over your personal information.

It has three settings to change before you do anything else.

Plus three bonus recommendations at the end.

Why do I need to change these settings?

As soon as you installed iOS8 these changes affect who can track you and what data (eg your Contacts) your apps can upload to their servers.

For some apps this is okay and you know about it.

But you might be surprised at how many apps are already doing this with your current iPhone settings.

And it’s all probably fine until someone hacks the App’s site and steals your information and most embarrassingly, that of your contacts. Especially if you didn’t even know that they had it on their servers.

High profile site hacks, recently, confirm that this is something that is happening more and more often.

What are the three settings to change?

  1. Choose which apps can track your location in the background – make sure you’re only allowing the ones that need it.
  2. Stop apps from accessing, uploading your data – unless you choose it
  3. Stop iPhone location-based tracking

How to make the changes

1. Limit apps from tracking your location in the background

Often when you install a new app it will pop a prompt to ask to use your location “…even when you’re not actively using it”.

This means the app wants to keep using your location to show popups and other notifications based on your location.

Select Don’t Allow when it displays.

To check and limit tracking for all the other apps you already have installed.

  • Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services
  •  Scroll down through the list of your installed apps and choose Never for all apps except the ones you approve

In the images below you’ll see:

  • Uber (Taxi alternative) is set to While Using
  • Vivino (Wine app) is set to Never
  • Waze (Navigation app) is set to Always
  • AroundMe (Finding goods and services nearby) is set to While Using

Choose While Using the App if you approve.

Only choose Always if it’s necessary or there is no option for While Using the App.


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2. Stop apps from reading and/or uploading your data

What is the most sensitive or personal data you have on your device?

Apart from your email it’s likely it’s your photos, contacts and calendar.

Here’s how to select which apps have access to these.

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy
  2. Tap on Contacts and set to On or Off those apps you want to have access to your contacts
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  4. Do the same for Calendar and Photos
  5. And then for any others in the list as you see fit

Warning: In many cases these apps upload your contact list to their servers.

This may not seem like a problem, but it could be a major issue for you if the developer/hosting company is compromised and your contacts data is stolen.

Turning the Contacts setting off won’t delete (or is unlikely to delete) the data on their servers.

If you have checked the setting and it was turned to On for any of your apps, you will need to contact the app developer directly to ask them to remove your data.

3. Prevent iPhone location-based tracking

Some iOS 8 system services track your location for advertising, location-based alerts, and for enhancing your cell coverage.

These can cause a couple of problems:

  • They can be a big drain on your battery
  • They can expose you to having your location tracked – which is generally not good, or worse.

Change it in Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and disable the services you don’t want tracking your location.

The settings in the image below are my recommendations for what to have on and off.

Warning: Make sure you keep Find My iPhone turned on so you can find your iPhone if you lose it or it gets stolen.


Bonus Section

Three Additional Location Related Settings to Change:

1. Turn on Limit Ad Tracking

To limit advertisers sending you ads based on your location.

Turn it on at Settings > Privacy > Advertising.

  1. Turn on Limit Ad Tracking (slide to Green)
  2. Tap on Reset Advertising Identifier
  3. Tap on Reset Identifier (bottom of screen)

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2. Turn off Share My Location

To stop your iPhone from sharing your location with “family & friends” in Messages and Find My Friends

Turn it off at Settings > Privacy > Share My Location


3. Turn off Frequent Locations

To stop your iPhone from learning the places you go frequently.

Turn it off at Settings > Privacy >Location Services > System Services > Location Services


That’s all for this post with 3 settings to change plus 3 extras to consider

Hope it was useful

– Campbell

How to use the Smart Alternative to Voicemail on your iPhone

Have you ever been frustrated by having to wade through a bunch of voicemails?
Not knowing who has left them and how long each message is.
Or, knowing you have 6 voice mail messages, having to go through the 1st 3, to get to the one you really want to listen to.
Not knowing how long it will take for each message.

Well there is an alternative to try if you’re on an iPhone (or iPad/iPod or Mac).
Apple call it Voice Messaging.
It lets you record and send a message to another iPhone, using the familiar TXT messaging App, as though it was a TXT (or SMS).
This means that the person receiving it gets to see who they received it from.
How long each message is.
And they can choose which order to review the TXT messages in.
Think that might be useful for you? And the people you communicate with?

That’s interesting – how do you do that?
To use it just tap and hold the microphone microphone1 to the right hand side of the entry field on the Messenger app where you send a normal TXT.
Say what you want to say then release the microphone microphone1.

Tap on the up arrow VT-UpArrow to send it.
Simple as that.
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For more detail on using it click here to see my post on Is there a better way to send a TXT on your iPhone?

There’s a couple of “gotchas”
Firstly it only works when the recipient has an iPhone or iPad/iPod or Mac set up to receive it.

Secondly, you’ll need to ask others to leave you a voice mail in this way and not on your normal mobile voicemail.  You could include the request in your voice mail announcement.  Here’s a suggestion for updating your voicemail announcement:

“Hi, this is Campbell Such. If you’d like to leave a message please leave it after the tone.
And if you have an iPhone you could also leave me a voice TXT instead using the iPhone messaging App – by tapping and holding on the microphone to the right of where you enter a TXT. Thanks”

Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

Advanced User Tip
If you want to take it a step further then try the camera on the left hand side and send a Video TXT.

How to dictate a TXT (SMS) on your iPhone

1. Open the Message App – the one you normally use to send a TXT (or SMS)
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2. Create a new Message (or open an existing Message)

3. Tap on the microphone VT-Microphone next to the Space Bar on the keyboard


4. Tap on Done when you’ve finished dictating your TXT

5. Check and Edit, using the keyboard, anything that isn’t recognised before sending

Note: You can tap the Microphone again to add more text. It will add it at the cursor

Is there a better way to send a TXT on your iPhone?

Ever thought there has to be an easier way to send a TXT (or SMS) message instead of tapping it out on the iPhone keyboard?
Imagine how quick and easy it would be to send a TXT if there was

The good news is that there is.
It’s the Voice TXT option on your iPhone.
It’s a great new feature in iOS 8 that lets you send a brief (or longer) audio note from your iPhone (iPad/iPod or Mac).

Ever had anyone misunderstand a TXT you sent them?
Voice TXT solves the problem by adding the richness of your voice to convey more clarity and meaning.
And might even remove some of that ambiguity that can exist in a standard TXT message

So how do I do it?
It’s easy – here’s how
You’ll need to be on iOS8 or later – iOS 7 and earlier don’t support it

1. Open the Message App – the one you normally use to send a TXT (or SMS)
Messages Icon

2. Create a new Message (or open an existing Message)

3. Tap and hold the microphone icon to record a Voice TXT – and continue to hold for as long as you want to speak.

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4. Let go of the microphone icon when you’ve finished what you wanted to say

5. You now have 3 options for your Voice TXT

  • Cancel it –>Tap the VT-X  button to cancel and delete the Voice TXT.
  •  Review it –> Tap the VT-Play button to playback the Voice TXT if you want to check it before you send it.
  • Send it –> Tap the VT-UpArrow  button to send the Voice TXT.

6. Once you’ve sent the audio message, both you and the recipient can play it until it expires.
This is what Sent and Received Voice TXTs looks like

To play a received Voice TXT tap on the blue triangle

Are there any “gotcha’s”?
1. You’ll need to be on iOS 8 or later – iOS 7 and earlier don’t support it

2. The other person needs to be on an iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac with iMessage turned on
To turn it on go to Settings –> Messages –> iMessage. Set it to on

3. Messages you send expire and are automatically deleted from your device after 2 minutes (default setting)
To change this go to Settings –> Messages –> Audio Messages –> Expire. Set it to either After 2 minutes or After 30 days

Here’s an option that makes it even easier to send and receive a Voice TXT
Once you’ve mastered the basics, there’s an even easier way to do it.
Turn on Raise to Listen
This means you can listen to the incoming audio message by raising the iPhone to your ear.
It also lets you speak an answer to a TXT or Voice TXT by raising it to your ear

To turn it on go to:
Settings –> Messages. Scroll down to Audio Messages and turn on Raise to Listen

Give Voice TXTs a try now

You may be surprised how often you find yourself using them once you see how easy it is

How do I find Search on my iPhone or iPad?

Spotlight search is the easiest way to find just about anything on your iPhone or iPad – apps, contacts, music, calendar events, email messages etc.
In iOS 7 Apple moved the Spotlight search function.
Before iOS7 you used to have to swipe all the way to the left.
Now it’s easy to get to on any main screen.

Just swipe downward from any page on your iPad or iPhone, and the Spotlight search field will slide down from the top.

The cursor will be in the search field, with the keyboard at the bottom of the screen. Type in the first few letters of whatever you’re searching for. Then choose what you’re trying to find from the list.

You can customise what the search shows in Settings –> General –> Spotlight search

Very quick and powerful – give it a go