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iPhone/iOS: How to quit using cellular data when using WiFi

I live in Colorado, where cellular reception can be very hit or miss. As just one example there are only two spots in my apartment where I can make a phone call. So when I’m at home trying to view a website using Safari on my iPhone and the page is loading really slow, I find it really annoying that my iPhone is trying to use my cellular data rather than my home wireless network (WiFi).

Note: Apple implies that the cellular data is “assisting” the WiFi, but with the poor cell reception here, I can confirm that this feature just slows down my iPhone internet speed.

If iPhones were made of gravitons (dreams)

I went to bed last night thinking that it would be cool if iPhones were made of gravitons configured to your body’s unique vibrational frequency, so if your phone was in the kitchen while you were sitting on the couch, you could hold your hand out and the phone would come flying over to you. (Pity anything between you and your phone, and I don’t know how the gravitons were configured to only activate on demand, rather than being in constant orbit around your body (or stuck to your body)).

Then in a dream in Santa Fe this morning I was driving along and realized that I needed to change lanes very quickly to make the turn from St. Francis onto Cerillos Road. From what I can gather, I did that so fast that I flew into another reality. I ended up in a forest where I first came upon some combination of a gorilla and a bear that was walking upright through the forest. Fortunately it was wearing a breathing mask of some sort and I thought, “It’s not threatening, it’s just out for a walk.” Then a skunk as large as a car came walking down the road. It freaked me out, and I quickly thought of that bear-gorilla’s breathing mask, but the skunk was actually quite pleasant and just wanted to be petted. A large four-legged animal was flying in the sky above me, but cows the shape of giraffes (and twice their size) inside 30-40' tall chain-link fences had my attention, especially when they all came over to the fence in anticipation that I might feed them.

After a few more quirky sightings, I arrived at my destination and went to get my dogs some water. The water came out of a fountain normally, but then when it hit my clasped hands it become a consistency thicker than jello. This was convenient, because it let me carry a large “bowl” of water over to my dogs, who were really thirsty. They initially thought they had to bite the water, but then they learned that they could lick it normally.

After that things got a little weird. (I don’t know words in the English language that I can use to describe most of what happened next, though there was a lot of telekinesis, and a few beings were training me in the possibilities of what *could* be done, as opposed to the limited set of things I normally do in the dream state.)

Lesson learned from Apple: Keep innovating, or die

One lesson learned from Apple recently is that if your products stagnate, people will start to look around, and may spend their money elsewhere. As just one small example of this, iOS got boring for me, so I started looking around and bought an Android tablet instead of a new iPad. These days the Mac and macOS feel stagnant — or worse than that, moving in the wrong direction by removing features like Spaces — so I’m looking at desktop alternatives as well.

Nexus 6P - The best smartphone of 2015?

Is the Nexus 6P the best smartphone of 2015? One reviewer on techaeris.com thinks so. (Note: Not just the best Android smartphone on the market, but better than Apple’s iPhone.)

Lest you think that reviewer is alone, Forbes also says that the Nexus 6P is better than the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6S.

Personally, I can confirm that Android 6 (Marshmallow) rocks. A few weeks ago I wrote that Android 6 is faster and smoother than Android 5.

How to stream audio to multiple speakers from Mac, iOS, Android

If you want to stream audio output to multiple speakers from your Mac, PC, iOS or Android device, I can tell you that this DIY article is spot on. Based on that article I just did a very similar thing, with good results. The only caveat is that the volume knob on the Lepai LP-2020A+ is very tight, and only seems to work in certain positions, but other than that, the approach works as advertised. I went with the Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers for $59, but in retrospect I wish I had tried the smaller Micca COVO-S Compact 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers.

Samsung Galaxy 6 vs iPhone 6 performance

This article on phonearena.com shows good performance information when comparing the new Samsung Galaxy 6 to the almost-as-new Apple iPhone 6. The HTC One M9 is also covered. The results show that the iPhone 6 is fastest in single-core performance, the Galaxy 6 is fastest in multi-core performance, and the M9 is neck-and-neck with the iPhone 6 in graphics performance.

This was an interesting note about screen resolution: “When it comes to resolution, the differences between these three phones could not be larger: the iPhone 6 sports a 750 x 1334-pixel 4.7 inch display; the One M9 has a 1080 x 1920-pixel 5 inch screen; and the Galaxy S6 a 1440 x 2560-pixel 5.1 inch display.”