Siri Shortcut: Text an emergency contact if you have an accident

If you’re ever in an accident, the aftermath is a lot to deal with. You might be hurt, or you might have to deal with law enforcement. In either case, you should have a quick way to let an emergency contact know that you’ve been in an accident. A Siri Shortcut called ‘I got in a wreck’ does just that. It will text an emergency contact your current location, as well as your battery percentage and send along any medical information you configure within the shortcut.

I got in a wreck

You can import I got in a wreck from this link. The shortcut is saved to iCloud so when you import it to Shortcuts and run it, you won’t be prompted for confirmation to run it.

When you import I got in a wreck, you have to set up two things; your emergency contact numbers, and any medical information you want to include. It doesn’t automatically pick your emergency contacts nor does it get anything from your Medical ID.

Once you’ve set these two things up, the import will be complete. You can run the shortcut from the Shortcuts app, from its widget, or by telling Siri, I got in a wreck.

You will have to manually send the message. The shortcut will compose everything for you, including inputting the name of the contact you want to send the message to however, you still have to tap the send button. Once the message has been sent, it will also give you the option to call 911 or call your emergency contact.

If you do not reside in the US, and you intend to use this shortcut for emergencies, you should edit the actions and replace 911 with the number for emergency services in your country. If your country’s emergency services can receive texts about road accidents, or other types of emergencies, consider adding them as an emergency contact when you set the shortcut up.

I got in a wreck requires access to your location which means you must allow Shortcuts to access your location if you want to be able to share it. Location is sent in the form of longitude and latitude coordinates. Your contact will need to figure out how to open them. It’s simple enough; enter the two coordinates separated by a single comma in a maps app like Google Maps and it will pin point the exact location.

The shortcut is built for road accidents however, if you’re prone to medical emergencies, you can modify the text that is sent to let an emergency contact know you’ve had an episode. Also, don’t use this as a joke.

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How to change folder icon colors on Windows 10

Windows 10 doesn’t let you customize folder icons out of the box. It also doesn’t let you add color tags like macOS does. If you want to change folder icon colors, you have to turn to third-party apps to do so. FolderPainter is a free app that lets you change folder icon colors. The app doesn’t give you a full color spectrum to pick colors from because that would only lead to clutter. You get a reasonable number of color presets to choose from.

Change folder icon colors

Download and run FolderPainter. When you run the app’s EXE, you’re given two options to enable. For our purpose, you need only enable the ‘Use Shift Key to Display Context Menu’ option, and click the ‘Add to Menu’ button.

Once you’ve added the option to the context menu, hold down the Shift key and right-click the folder you want to change the folder icon color for. The context menu will show a ‘Change Folder icon’ option with a sub-menu that lets you select the color of the folder icon. You have twelve colors to choose from, and you can reset it to its default color if you want.

The color ought to change right away however, if it doesn’t, right-click and select Refresh from the context menu. The new folder icon will be reflected in the File Explorer, as well as in any save or open dialog boxes.

FolderPainter doesn’t need to run constantly which means that it won’t drag your system down. Windows 10 won’t have any trouble displaying the folder icon’s color however, you won’t be able to group folders by color. The context menu on Windows 10 simply doesn’t have that option and it isn’t added simply because you now have folder icons that are different colors.

If you want to remove the app’s options from the context menu, you need to run it again. Run the app’s EXE and then click the Uninstall button. It will remove all the options added to the context menu, and it will return your folder icon color back to the default yellow.

Since the app’s options only appear when you hold down the Shift key, it isn’t going to clutter the context menu, and more importantly, if someone happens to access your system it won’t be easy to discover how to reset or change the color set for your folder icons.

While the app is mostly harmless, you should remove it before you update Windows 10 to a major feature update as apps like this tend to cause problems with the update.

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How to improve mouse pointer visibility on Windows 10

The cursor on Windows 10 isn’t anything fascinating. It’s not context aware and if you use a dark wallpaper, or you’re using the dark theme on Windows 10 1809, you might lose it more often than if you weren’t. It’s all the more difficult to find if you’re using a word processor or even a simple text editor. If you want to improve mouse pointer visibility without installing third-party apps, you should look at the ease of access settings that Windows 10 has.

Improve mouse pointer visibility

Open the Settings app and go to the Ease of Access group of settings.

In the Ease of Access group of settings, go to the Cursor and pointer size tab. Here, you can change how the mouse pointer interacts with the contents of your screen and the size of the cursor. The slider you see under ‘Change cursor thickness’ will allow you to change how thick the caret character is.

Below this, you can change the default color of the cursor. You can set it to white, or black but the third option, which changes the cursor color depending on the element behind it is the best option if you have a vision impairment. If your cursor is over a lighter element, the cursor will turn black making it easier to see. If the cursor is positioned over a darker element on the screen, it will turn white.

You can also change the pointer size though there are only three sizes to choose from.

This should improve cursor visibility however, if it doesn’t, you still have more options to help improve it. Return to the main Settings app interface, and go to the Devices group of settings. Select the Mouse tab, and at the bottom, or somewhere along the right, you will see ‘Additional mouse settings’. Click it.

This is where you can set a custom cursor. If the default colors and sizes aren’t enough, you can find high contrast cursors online that will help with visual impairments. It might take a while before you find a good set with a complete or mostly complete set of images for the cursor. We should also warn you that cursors, at one point, were used to customize desktops for the fun of it. They included things like pointers with a star trail or constantly blinking characters. At the time, they also carried viruses so when you download and install custom cursors, make sure they’re safe to use.

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How to Add Another Face to Face ID on iPhone

If you want to add a second person to your iPhone’s Face ID recognition, iOS 12 now lets you do just that. Here’s how.

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Apple calls this feature adding an “alternate appearance,” so technically, it’s aimed at users who potentially wear various headgear for their job throughout the day, like safety equipment. However, you can use it to add another person to your iPhone’s Face ID repertoire.

To do this, start by opening up the Settings app.

Scroll down and select “Face ID & Passcode.”

Enter your passcode to continue.

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eBay Now Buys Old Smartphones For More Than Other Services (But Only Pays In eBay Credit)

Taking the time to sell your old smartphone on Craigslist, Swappa, or on eBay can be time-consuming and frustrating, which is why instant trade-in and buyback programs are quite popular. eBay is the latest to join the fun with what they’re calling “eBay Instant Selling.”

It works just like any other buyback program where you enter in some details about your phone and they’ll pay you money for your device when you ship it to them. However, there are a couple of caveats with eBay’s own program.

You have to list your item first, which involves the typical listing process for any other eBay auction listing, like uploading photos and providing some details. It feels odd that you’re “listing” the item for sale when really you’re just filling out a form, but maybe they’ll polish that aspect of the experience up soon. After that, though, you can click on “Get Voucher.” Or at least, in theory, you should be able to. Despite the phone we listed appearing on the list of approved phones (which you can check out here), the system didn’t work for us and just ground to a halt at that point.

Per eBay, the phone has to be either unlocked or compatible with Verizon and AT&T. Plus, it can only be a Samsung Galaxy S7 to S9+, and an iPhone 6S 16GB through iPhone X 256GB. However, T-Mobile, Sprint, Google Pixel and select LG devices will be eligible sometime next month. As we noted, however, even with an eligible phone, however, things are running a little rough in the system at the moment.

Even if you get your phone listed with no hiccups there’s a final caveat: eBay won’t give you straight-up cash for your phone, but instead will give you eBay credit, which can only be used to purchase stuff on eBay. If you already use eBay a lot, then this probably isn’t a huge deal but it’s pretty problematic if you want that cash to go buy a brand new phone with.

The good news is that it appears eBay gives you a bit more cash than other trade-in programs. Gazelle, for example, offered me $75 for my 64GB iPhone 6s, while eBay says I could get up to $127. While it’s good they’re offering more than other resellers, that’s still way less than what I could sell it for myself because that model of iPhone can easily sell for $180 or so.

eBay via TechCrunch