Five Tip Friday – Holiday Edition

Five Tip Friday

With the holidays fast approaching I wanted to share some tips that help you stay organized and get the most out of your device during this busy time of year!

Whether it’s planning events with family and friends, capturing recipes for holiday baking, or taking family pictures, hopefully one of these tips can help you out over the holidays😀

BBM Groups

BBM Groups are a great way to stay organized over the holidays. You can add events to a group calendar, discuss menu items for a party using group chat, and share pictures with everyone in the group. Without BBM Groups I’d be lost – if you haven’t already tried out this useful feature, make sure you do!

Creating a BBM Group is really easy too. Simply open BBM, select Groups along the bottom and tap the Create Group button in the top right corner of your screen. After setting a group name, picture and description, invite some of your family and friends and start planning your holiday activities!

To learn more about BBM Groups check out this video overview to help you get started!

BlackBerry Remember

Another great app for capturing useful information in one place (on your device) is BlackBerry Remember!

Using this app you can create tasks and notes and organize everything just the way you like. One of my favorite features within BlackBerry Remember is the ability to share content I am viewing on my BlackBerry 10 device with BlackBerry Remember. This is really handy when I am browsing an online store and come across a gift I want to get for someone or a recipe I am going to surprise my family with over the holidays.

You can also share pictures with BlackBerry Remember, which I find really handy if I’m shopping with someone and spot a great gift idea that I can’t get right then and there. To do this, just tap the Share option and select Remember.

BlackBerry Remember also provides integration with your various email accounts and, if you added an Evernote account to your device, you can access your Evernote notebooks in the Remember app and sync your Remember folders to Evernote.

To learn more about BlackBerry Remember check out the Help app on your device

Capture perfect pictures using Time Shift and edit later

If you aren’t familiar with Time Shift, you’re going to love this! This feature allows you to adjust a photo after taking it, meaning the next time you snap a family picture and someone blinked, you can adjust their expression, thus preventing the need to capture more photos!

For those using a BlackBerry 10 device with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1, a new feature was added that allows you edit Time Shift pictures later which comes in handy when you are snapping a lot of family photos!

To use Time Shift mode, open the Camera, tap ftf_3dot followed by ftf_timeshift. After capturing a picture, you can adjust everyone’s expressions right away by tapping on their face and adjust the slider along the bottom of screen, followed by tapping ftf_check.

As mentioned earlier, if you are using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3, you’ll notice this icon ftf_editlater in the top corner, which, when tapped, will allow you edit the picture later. To adjust the photo later, open the Pictures app and you’ll notice any Time Shift photos that can be adjusted will display the Time Shift icon on top of them.

To learn more about Time Shift open the Help app on your device and search for Time Shift.

BlackBerry Assistant, the perfect Holiday companion!

Introduced in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3, BlackBerry Assistant can help you perform a variety of personal and work tasks using natural language. This is really convenient for those that will be spending a lot of time driving to spend time with loved ones over the holidays.

To help keep you focused on the road, BlackBerry Assistant, when paired with a Bluetooth enabled device, will provide more detailed information and instructions so you don’t have to look at your device’s display.

To try out BlackBerry Assistant right now, press the Mute key on the side of your device and, to learn about what you can do, tap ftf_assistant or review the Help app on your device.

Add locations to calendar invitations

If you are planning an event with family and friends you can add the location to your calendar invitation. Doing so will allow anyone who receives the invitation to view the location on their device, with a single touch, using the Maps app. Best of all, you can use the Maps app on your device to search for a location or enter an address manually!

To try this feature out, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Calendar app and tap Add
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To type a location manually, in the Location field, type a location
    • To open the Maps app and choose a location, in the Location field, tap ftf_location

Let me know in the comments if you’re using these features or if you have any other tips for staying organized over the holidays!

About Ty Williams

Community Content Manager & Blogger @ BlackBerry. Connect with me on Twitter @TyWilliamsCA

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