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英语趣闻:不换iphone6,教你十招用好旧手机

2014-09-29    来源:chinadaily    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

10 smart things you can do with your old iPhone

Even an old phone with a cracked screen can be repurposed, says Josh Smith, editor of GottaBeMobile.com. “You’re only really limited by your imagination,” Smith says.

Here are 10 smart — and cheap — uses for old iPhones.

CLOCK
Set your old phone on a dock or a stand and use a clock app. With Standard Time ($3.99), you will have a timepiece unlike any other.

With this app, your clock is a non-stop time lapse video of construction workers switching out pieces of lumber to shape the actual time. “It’s mesmerizing,” says Shawn Roberts, 47, an Oakland, California, marketing executive.

You can also set up flexible alarms and get the phone to play soothing white noise as you go to sleep. Set it close enough to the bed, and it can be a sleep tracker, too, with an app like SleepBot (free).

MUSIC FOR YOUR CAR
Take your music library on the road. Some cars come equipped with docking ports for iPhones and have dashboard screens so you can navigate your musical options hands-free. Or you can just use the cigarette lighter for power.
 

REMOTE CONTROL
Televisions, speakers and other devices now have apps that allow users to make their iPhones into sleek remotes.

Carm Lyman, 42, of Napa, California, converted his iPhone 4 into a remote for his household sound system after his iPhone 5 arrived. Lyman can control the audio levels and activate speakers in various parts of his home as well as access different music services.

SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM

Apps can convert an old iPhone that has access to WiFi into a surveillance camera and motion detector. Presence, which is a free app, provides a live stream from the area you want to monitor. You can set it up to record video clips when it detects motion, too.

If you buy a robotic viewing stand for about $100, you can move the camera 360 degrees rather than stick with a stationary view.

COOKBOOK
No need to go through recipe books or hunt around for other devices when you have a kitchen iPhone. Download a cookbook app, such as My Recipe Book (99 cents) or Big Oven (free), and just leave the device on the kitchen counter. It takes up almost no space and will hold far more recipes than any book.

EXTRA STORAGE
Need a place to store old photos and music or other files? Turn your old phone into a storage drive using a free app like USB & Wi-Fi Flash Drive.

VOICE RECORDER
Why buy a digital voice recorder when you have a retired iPhone? Using any of several free apps, including Voice Recorder and Voice Record Pro, you will have a designated memo recorder or a device to record interviews and speeches.

DOCUMENT SCANNER
Genius Scan and Doc Scan are two apps that will turn an iPhone into a handy portable scanner that you can use for work, school reports, genealogical research, or recording receipts. And they will not cost you a penny.
For $20 and up, you can buy a stand that makes your iPhone into a stationary scanner.

BABY MONITOR
Sure, you can spend $100 or more on a baby monitor, or you can just set your old iPhone up to watch streaming video of your baby as well as hear and even talk to him or her.

Cloud Baby Monitor ($3.99) also allows parents to receive the signal on a wireless network or on WiFi so they do not have to be within a certain number of feet of the monitor.

VEHICLE TRACKER
Whether you need to find your car if it is stolen, record where you have traveled, or spy on your teenage driver, the built-in GPS in your phone can be used as a tracking device. An app like InstaMapper ($2.99) lets you watch the vehicle in real-time and have a record of it.

Of course, you may end up taking the simple path of letting a child use your old iPhone as an iPod Touch. Keep in mind that the phone can still dial 911, even if it does not have cellular service, Smith said.


You can also use your old phone as a back-up in case your new model suffers irreparable harm. That said, the battery of a phone that sits in a drawer unused could drain to the point where it is no longer viable.

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就算是裂屏的旧手机也可以别有他用。网站GottaBeMobile.com的编辑约翰·史密斯(Josh Smith)说:“对于旧手机只有你想不到,没有它做不到。”

10款小妙招教你巧用旧手机,经济又实惠。

时钟
把旧手机设在一个接口坞或支架上,并使用一款时钟应用程序。借助这款《标准时间》应用程序,你就会拥有一款与众不同的时钟。

使用这款应用程序后,你的时钟就会变成一部不间断的延时视频,画面显示建筑工人不断地把几段木材摆成表示实际时间的形状。加州奥克兰的一位营销主管、现年47岁的肖恩•罗伯茨说:“这很有吸引力。”

你还可以灵活设置闹钟,并且在你睡觉时让手机播放舒缓的白噪音。此外,如果把它放在离床边尽可能近的地方,它还可以被用作睡眠追踪器,当然这要利用像SleepBot(免费)这样的一款应用程序。

你的汽车音乐播放器
带上你的音乐库一起上路吧。部分汽车配备了用于iPhone的对接口,而且还有仪表屏,所以你可以以免提方式浏览音乐选择。或者,你也可以用汽车里的点烟器来给手机提供电力。

遥控器
电视机、扬声器及其他设备现在都有相应的应用程序,让用户能够把iPhone变成时尚遥控器。

加州纳帕的卡姆•莱曼(Carm Lyman)现年42岁,他在收到iPhone 5之后,便把自己的iPhone 4改成遥控器,来控制他的家用音响系统。莱曼可以在家里的各个角落控制音响系统的音频水平,并且使用不同的音乐服务。

监控系统
应用程序可以把一部可接入WiFi的旧iPhone变成一个监控摄像头兼动作检测器。作为一款免费应用程序,Presence提供你想要监视地区的实时监控视频。此外,你还可以把它设置成检测到动作的同时开始录制视频剪辑。

只要购置一款价格大约为100美元的机械观测支架,你就可以让这个监控摄像头转动360度,而不需要一直保持固定视域。

菜谱
有了一款厨房iPhone后,你就不需要到处查阅菜谱书籍或寻找其他装置设备。下载一款食谱软件吧,比如《我的烹饪书》(My Recipe Book 99美分)或者《大烤炉》(Big Oven免费),把它放在厨房柜台上,不占空间还能为你提供应有尽有的食谱书籍。
额外的储存空间

需要额外的空间存储老照片,音乐或者其他文件么?那么就通过像《USB》和《Wi-Fi闪存驱动器》这样的免费软件把你的旧手机转变为一台存储驱动器吧。

录音器
如果已经有了一款闲置的iPhone为什么还要购买一款数码录音器呢?任意使用几款免费的应用程序,比如《声音录音器》(Voice Recorder)和《声音录音程序》(Voice Record Pro),这样你就拥有一部专用的语音备忘录或者说一部可以记录采访和演讲的录音设备。
文件扫描仪

《天才扫描仪》(Genius Scan)和《文件扫描仪》(Doc Scan)是两款可以把iPhone变成一部便携式扫描仪的应用程序,你可以用于工作、学校报告、家谱研究或者记录菜谱上。而且这两款应用程序不会花你一分钱。

你可以花20多美元购买一个支架,让你的iPhone变成一台固定扫描仪。

婴儿监视器
当然,你可以花费100多美元购买一部婴儿监视器,或者你可以把旧iPhone设置成观看宝宝的实时监视视频,并且监听宝宝动静,甚至和宝宝说话。

《云婴儿监视器》(Cloud Baby Monitor,3.99美元)也可以让家长在无线网络或WiFi上收到视频信号,这样他们就不必局限在距离监视器几英尺的范围之内了。

车辆追踪器
无论你是需要在车子被盗后找回汽车,还是记录下你的行车路径,或者是暗中监视你十几岁小孩的驾车情况,你手机的内置GPS(全球定位系统)均可被用来当作一部追踪装置。像InstaMapper(2.99美元)这样的一款应用程序让你能够实时监视车辆,并且把情况录制下来。

当然,你可能最终采取简单的办法,那就是让小孩把你的旧iPhone当作触屏平板来使用。史密斯说,记住,即便没有移动服务,旧iPhone仍然可以拨打911。

此外,在你的新手机遭到极度损坏时,旧手机还可以作为备用手机来使用。但如果把手机电池放在抽屉里且一直不使用,过了一段时间,电池里的电量也会耗尽直至再也无法使用。


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