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Tips for finding medical advice

By Staff | Mar 20, 2014

For all of you who bought the fingerprint iPhone 5S, here are some tricks for you. Hold the iPhone upright. You can save up to five finger scans, including your thumb. Your finger must touch the metal ring surrounding the Touch ID sensor. Also, your fingers must be warm and dry.

Touch ID won’t work the first time you try after a restart of your device, if you fail a thumb scan more than five times, or if you haven’t used it to unlock your phone in more than 48 hours. Make sure the Touch ID sensor is clean.

Southwest Airlines just announced a new deal for iOS users. Instead of ponying up $8 for all-day, in-flight WiFi, people with iPads or iPhones can get all-day iMessaging for $2.

As someone who has gone through the fun of self-publishing e-books for use on everything from the Amazon Kindle to Apple’s iBooks, Vellum (free) is a new Mac app that turns book publishing into a pleasure instead of a chore.

Here are Five iOS apps to help you find medical advice anytime you need it:

1) Urgent Care by GreatCall (iPhone, $3.99 per call) – Urgent Care provides you with round-the-clock access to a registered nurse, who can consult a physician as needed. The doctor can provide medical advice, diagnose a condition and prescribe medicine as needed. The app also includes a symptom checker and medical dictionary for personal use.

2) Ask a Doctor (iOS Universal, calls start at $17.99) – Ask a Doctor provides access to a physician 24/7. Not only can you call directly with your questions, but you also can upload lab reports, X-rays and other images needed to help in a diagnosis. The service also includes specialists, but those calls cost $34.99.

3) Teladoc (iPhone, pricing varies, starts around $39) – Teladoc provides access to doctors and pediatricians via phone or online video consultations. Adopted by several big-name hospitals, the app can be used to diagnose and prescribe medicine for common ailments like the flu, bronchitis and poison ivy.

4) Doctor on Demand (iPhone, $40 for a 15-minute consultation) – The app allows patients to make a video call to a health care professional skilled in pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine or ER. The service is expected to expand in the coming year.

5) WebMD for the iPad (free) – If you want medical advice but don’t want to pay for a mobile consult, then you can check out WebMD for the iPad. The app includes a symptom checker and first aid essentials that will walk you through treating minor injuries. There’s also a medicine database and longer articles on medical conditions that are reviewed by physicians.

Here are tricks to make your Apple TV work better for you. Put the Apple TV to sleep by holding the play/pause button on the remote. Want to rearrange the icons on the home screen? Press and hold the center button on the remote until the icon begins jiggling, then move the icon where you want. A frequent complaint is audio not synching when using the Apple TV. Rebooting the Apple TV will fix this.

The Findmyplace app sends out your GPS coordinates to someone trying to find you.

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