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  • Comparing attributes of iPhone XS and Galaxy S9 by Samsung

    XS - S9

     

    Looking past the fact that the two phones come from different developers, the iPhone XS and the Galaxy S9 share many common features. Both have a high screen to body ratio, IP68 resistance, high-quality stereo speakers, stylish metal/glass exterior designs, wireless charging and a ton of other next-generation features.  So where does the biggest difference lie? That would be in the phone’s price point. As you’d expect from an Apple device, the iPhone XS marketed as ‘higher end’ and will cost well over $1000, while Samsung’s offering will cost only $650. The important question here is which phone offers you more convenience despite its market value.

     

    Contrasting Features for The Two Devices

    Over the years iPhone has generated a huge customer base all over the world who are always excited at the prospect of a new product launch. While a large part of the hype can be attributed to the company’s exceptional marketing prowess, the fact of the matter is that Apple’s offerings tend to offer am ore cohesive experience than what you’d typically find on the Android side of things (Google Pixel excluded, of course). Samsung, on the other hand, has been able to stay viable in the phone market incorporating creative designs and offering quality products at a competitive price point. Carefully analyzing the specifications for the two phones can leave you confused on which model to choose as the two have very distinctive strong points. Basically, it all comes down to which operating system you prefer over the other. As well as the importance of having a top-of-the-line camera, in which case you’d be better off going for the iPhone XS.

     

    The software used to design Samsung S9 makes it easy for you to customize your Android phone but with a downside of leaving your phone cluttered. iOS 12, on the other hand, offers you less customizable experience but its interface is very user-friendly and may offer a much easier learning curve for people who are unfamiliar with Smart Phones or who have been playing into Apple’s ecosystem for a while now. The hardware components of the two phones are quite impressive both utilizing a 5.8 inch AMOLED display. The S9, however, has a notchless exterior where else Apple incorporates the notches with a face ID sensor fitted within them.  This feature has been modified to be more secure even than the facial recognition function employed by Samsung.  Samsung, however, present you with more than one security options including the traditional legacy fingerprint sensor and an additional iris scanner.

     

    Features iPhone XS Galaxy S9
    RAM 4 GB 4 GB
    ROM 64 GB 256 GB 512 GB 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB
    Operating System iOS 12 Android 8.0 Oreo
    Chips A12 Bionic Snapdragon 845
    Display properties AMOLED display 5.8 inch, 2436 x 1125 and 463 pixel per inch AMOLED display 5.8 inch 2960 x 1440 and 570 pixel per inch
    Front Camera f/2.2, 7MP f/1.7, 8MP
    1st Rear Camera True Tone flash, 12MP, 1.4μm, f/1.8, OIS LED flash, 12MP, 1.4μm, f/1.5-2.4, OIS
    2nd Rear Camera f/2.4, 12MP 2x telephoto Not applicable
    Security Face unlock Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, iris scanner
    Water resistance properties IP68 dust and water resistance IP68 dust and water resistance
    Battery 2716mAh 3000mAh
    Charging System Wireless charging, lightning Wireless charging, USB-C

     

    The quality of the camera is crucial for many smartphone users considering its wide applications in the modern world. The two devices greatly differ when it comes to camera properties. The iPhone XS comes with a dual rear camera with improved features such as an adjustable aperture featuring post and stereo audio properties when capturing videos.  For the Samsung Galaxy S9, it involves a single camera but with a dual aperture. These have been designed to offer you a wider range of manual controls as well as unique post-processing effects and filters.

     

    The iPhone XS has a greater storage capacity of up to 512 GB but has a steeper price range. As we mentioned previously, the price difference between the two devices is considerably big with the iPhone going for $400 more than the Samsung Galaxy S9 market value. For the Samsung S9 one can expand its storage with the aid of a Micro SD card but for the iPhone, you’ll have to contend with the fact that you’ll never be able to expand physical storage on the device.

     

    The bottom line, however, is that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone XS have been developed to perfection incorporating state-of-the-art technology that makes them trendsetters for other mobile brands in the industry.  Either way, you still get your money's worth on the purchase of any of the two smartphones.

  • Complete Guide to tracking all Workouts with New Google Fit

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    Google fit have redesigned their application to offer a more personalized coaching that you can easily customize to better suit your workout routine in a healthy fashion. The app can now be your personal motivator by setting achievable milestones for you that comes with a simplified goal interface. Google Fit is not limited to a number of workouts but comes in handy for every physical activity that you may want to engage in. You can now be able to keep track of your progress and receive important tips analyzed from your activity and health reports. This is conveniently done from your Android device or the wear OS devices by Google.

     

    Tracking your Workout on your Phone  

    The procedure is quite user-friendly for anyone with a smartphone: -

    1. Launch the Google Fit app on your android device

    2. Press the plus icon located at the bottom right corner

    3. Choose the Track Workout option

    4. Google will automatically show a record of recently tracked workouts but you can select the drop-down menu option located at the top of the screen if you want to track a new work out.

    5. Select the type of activity you would want the app to track for you

    6. Select the start workout option to commence your exercise

    7. Select the pause button located at the bottom of the screen whenever you take a break

    8. Select the stop button located at the lower left end of the screen when done with the workout

    When activated successfully the app initiates a countdown from three at the start of every workout. The new Google Fit acts like your training partner helping you achieve new records each day which in the end results in the maximum burning of calories and desirable workout gains. Once you are done with the workout and you have stopped the application your data will automatically be saved and added in your journal.

     

    Tracking your Workout on your Smartwatch

    Google Fit is a very functional application to have on your smartwatch/wear OS as you can conveniently access it from your wrist.

    1. Launch the Google Fit application from your Wear OS

    2. Navigate to the bottom menu by swiping

    3. Select the workouts option in the list

    4. Google Fit will automatically display where you left off from the previous session. If you intend to start a new workout select the other workouts option.

    5. Select the type of activity you wish to engage in.

    6. Select the start workout option to start your physical routine. The application will countdown from three to signal monitoring is about to start.

    7. Select pause whenever you want to take a break

    8. Select the end workout option whenever you are done

    To get the most out of Google Fit we recommend a Wear OS watch as you keep track of your workout more readily. An example of an elite smartwatch is the Ticwatch pro which is fitted with a GPS to track your physical location, an NFC chip which enables you to access Google Pay services and a heart rate monitor.

     

    Google Fit Activity goals for Improved Health

    Google Fit has incorporated spectacular features to match or outdo competing brands such as Apple Health. The operation of the application is configured to work around two activity models based on AHA and WHO’s health recommendations. These are the Heart points and Move Minutes activity goals. Routine exercise is a well-advised habit to adopt as there multiple benefits that come out of it. Moving more is definitely more constructive that bumming on a chair when free. With the Google Fit, you can accumulate Move Minutes motivating you to make healthy alternatives in your day like walking a freight of stairs instead of using the elevator all the time. Making your cardiac rate go higher by increased physicality boosts the overall wellbeing of your heart. You can accumulate heart points with the Google Fit motivating you to engage in activities that keep you at your best. According to the recommendations brought forward by AHA and World Health Organization following a guided workout routine, like Google Fit for instance, significantly lowers the chances for a heart condition, improves your mental attitude and you get to enjoy sleep better.

  • Meet iPhone XR: Apple’s Lower Priced Offering Complete with an Amazing 6.1 Inch LCD Liquid Retina Display

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    Another year, another iPhone and this time around, the hype is well justified. While other “S” years have seen more timid releases (the iPhone 6 -> 6S, 7 -> 7S coming to mind), this year Apple has decided to change the game by releasing a new, lower priced version of their best selling — and forward thinking —  iPhone X handset. We’re talking, of course, about the new iPhone XR, one of their lowest priced ‘new’ iPhone introductions to date.

    Unlike the XS series, the XR has an LCD 6.1-inch panel display otherwise which Apple is calling the ‘Liquid Retina Display’ as opposed to the ‘Super Retina Display’ found on the XS series phones. Even though it’s not enough to merit the ‘Super’ designation from Cupertino, it’s still one of the best displays to ever grace an iPhone, featuring high dimension, multi-touch and IPS technology.

    The iPhone XR’s display features a 1792 by 828 resolution of 326 pixels per inch (PPI). The true tone type display has a contrast ratio of 1400:1 and a P3 wide color display. The color control and brightness make the phone ideal for video playback and playing games with a 625 cd/m2 max brightness level. The phone has also been configured to adequately support a variety of languages as well as characters all at once — a benefit of the larger screen, undoubtedly.

    Another notable novelty is the XR’s slew of features that are all powered by the A12 Bionic chip. The newest generation chip to be included in this device expands on the previous-generation’s already snappy performance and will allow users to notice a quicker transition between applications and unlocking your phone with Face ID.

    While all this is well and good, perhaps the best feature of the iPhone XR is the six color choices that you’ll be able to take advantage of when you’re purchasing a new handset. These colors include white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and red. The colors adorn the all-new aerospace aluminum and glass covers which have been rated at IP67 for exceptional protection from dust and liquids.

    So how about the camera? Well, let’s just say that the XR series has nothing to envy when it comes to its photo-taking capabilities. This camera shares the same superior qualities as the XS iPhone series. The only real difference is that the rear camera, only has a single lens with a picture quality of 12MP and a reduced aperture of ƒ/1.8. New elaborate Bokeh effects as well as smart HDR features are included, however. When it comes to the front camera, this device has a picture quality of 7 megapixels with an aperture of ƒ/2.2. The digital zoom potential of its camera extends to 5x offering maximum optical stabilization, depth control, wide-angle coverage and portrait lighting including studio, natural and contour effects. The lens made out of crystal sapphire and boasts a fully functional Quad laser electronic display with a true tone flash for slow sync. It’s worth noting that the camera also offers a dynamic range for video coverage and supports slo-mo as well as video optical image stabilization. When it comes to video capabilities, it should be no surprise that the XR records 4k videos all at your choice of 24 fps, 30 fps and 60 fps. When it comes to shooting 1080p content, it’s capable of shooting in either 30 fps or 60 fps and 30 fps for 720p content.

    The XR offers you more than sufficient storage capacity of 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB, depending on how much you choose to spend. Any of these options should be more than enough to hold all of your media and files — if you’re an average user that is. Pro-users, on the other hand, may want to stay clear of the cheaper models.

    If battery life is a concern, you should know that Apple claims that you’ll be able to get an average of 16 hours for video playback, 65 hours when listening to music/podcasts offline, 15 hours with continued internet use and 25 hours when using the phone, you know, as a phone. This handset also boasts “fast charging” which means you get to juice up your phone from 0 to 50 percent in 30 minutes with the aid of a compatible charging device.

    As you’d expect, this iPhone comes standard with iOS 12, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy grouped notifications, Animoji options with tongue and wink detection, a smarter and more responsive Siri, and a group Face Time functionality which can support up to 32 participants continuously.

    What do you think about the new iPhone XR? Is this your next handset? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Apple Takes It to the Max with the iPhone XS’ Killer 6.5 Inch OLED Super Retina Display

    6.5 OLED

     

    In case you’ve been living under a rock, there’s big news in the smartphone world: Apple recently unveiled the new iPhone XS Max. Why is this a big deal? Well, some would say that the new handset is actually the most advanced smartphone ever created. Others would say, that this represents one of the most advanced cameras ever created. Both of these are correct.

    The 6.5-inch OLED panel is the cherry on top of the superior features and offers what Apple calls a “Super Retina Display”. What that means, in layman’s terms, is that this handset’s display features a contrast ratio of 1 million to 1, has an all 2688 by 1242 resolution of 458 pixels per inch (PPI), and supports HDR 10 and also Dolby vision. The sharp OLED display for the phone comfortably displays next generation 4k video content and accounts for its perfect brightness and color generation. It also incorporates a curved design on its notch and edges giving it a stylish design with superior hand-feel. We’re not kidding when we say that this gorgeous wide color display offers the world’s premiere gaming and video-watching experience on a smartphone. Period.

    iPhone XS Max 3D touch features are also very impressive with a 120Hz touch sensor and incorporates functions like true tone display tech and tap to wake. These are the standard features for both the 5.8 and 6.6 inches 1Phone XS the display size being the major contrast between the two versions. The XS Max from Apple is clearly setting the standard for future smartphones with a keen focus on offering the most cutting edge technology. Futuristic modifications included in the design entail an A 12 Bionic image signal processor (ISP) which is exclusive this device, a Neural Engine of 8 core specification, and a much improved version of  Face ID that identifies you nearly instantly.

    These additions make this iPhone much faster and responsive than all previous versions. This is most easily seen when you are switching between applications. What’s more, the Max boldly stands to have the largest display and biggest battery among all other iPhone versions ever released to the market. The larger battery can actually power your device for one hour and thirty minutes longer when compared to previous iPhone versions. This is a significant leap for Apple considering the fact that in the last decade they’ve focused almost exclusively on making their devices thinner rather than providing additional battery life. Could this be a sign of a renewed focus on battery life? Only time can tell.

    The iPhone XS’ additional features include an increased storage of 64, 256 and 512 GB giving you adequate space for all your necessities. In terms of the camera, this device has increased dynamic range which maintains its picture quality even in low light setups. The camera also has advanced optics with an elaborate sensor that’s 30% larger, meaning it takes in more light. Additionally, the dual camera design that applies smart HDR as well as dynamic field depth especially for pictures taken in portrait. If all of that weren’t enough, this is Apple’s first computational photography camera, meaning that it can dynamically allow you to change the focus of your photos without having to take another one in additional to a number of other features.

    The crystal camera lens is made entirely of sapphire, a testament to the quality and craftsmanship that’s gone into it. The video recording aspects of the camera are also diverse with 24, 30 and 60 fps 4k recording capabilities. It even has image stabilization!

    Breaking down the lifespan of the battery, you will get 13 hours of usage for active internet, 15 hours when watching videos, 65 hours when listening to music offline and 25 hours for active talk time. Like the modern Apple versions, it also comes with the fast charging option, which allows you to go from 0 to 50 percent battery levels within 30 minutes when using a compatible charger. Also worth noting is the fact that the XS Max is a dual SIM device with a nano SIM slot and an eSIM slot.

    In terms of ‘looks’, you’ll be able to choose choose from silver, gold and space grey finishes. As you’d expect, the default operating system for this device is iOS 12, which includes new ‘grouped’ notifications, expanded Animoji options (complete with tongue and wink detection!), a much more intelligent personal assistant in Siri, and group Face Time.

    What do you think about the iPhone XS Max? Is it your next phone? Let us know in your comments!

  • iOS 12: Six Best New Features Worth Discovering

    IOS 12

     

    If you’re like most people, then you likely already updated your phone to iOS 12. After all, Apple reports that a stunning 80% of its user base actually installs Cupertino’s latest and greatest mobile operating system on the first day that it’s publicly available. Still, ever since iOS 7 hit phones so many years ago, many people have noticed that Apple’s updates have become increasingly less ambitious, often focused on performance rather than on delivering new features. If that sounds like your thinking when it comes to iOS 12, then you just haven’t peaked under the hood enough. Luckily that’s what we’re here for. Keep reading below in order to discover the top features of iOS 12.

     

    1. iOS 12 makes your old iPhone and iPad faster

    According to Apple, iOS 12 is built for performance. That’s why everyone’s favorite fruit-named computer company claims that older phones will be able to enjoy between 40-70% increased performance when it comes to certain tasks. What exactly are those tasks, you ask? Well, Apple says they’ve tested the iPhone 6s in particular and that iOS 12 runs 40% faster at launching apps, 70% faster at launching the camera app, and 50% faster at displaying the keyboard on that device.

     

     2. Grouped Notifications

    One of the most asked for features in recent years has been grouped notifications. You see, Apple has often been criticized for lagging behind Android in terms of displaying notifications, with many users being specifically frustrated by how much space they take up when being displayed on their device’s lock screen. Grouped notifications is a small, but very important tweak (perhaps one of the most important to come with iOS 12) changes the lock screen alerts by binding together notifications by message threads and topics, making it easier to see everything at a glance.

     

    3. Memoji and changes to Animoji

    Remember Animoji? If you’re an iPhone X owner or know someone who has one, then you’ve likely already seen Animoji first hand. Well, now Apple is extending the capabilities of this iOS-only feature  by allowing people to create “Memoji” based on your real life appearance. If creating a talking cartoon avatar of yourself wasn’t enough for ya, Apple has also allowed for people to take on four new Animoji masks including ghost, koala, tiger, and t-rex. Other changes include aimoji and Memoji clips last 30 seconds (up to 10 seconds) and tongue and wink detection.

     

    4. Siri Shortcuts

    Apple’s latest update has also added a couple of IQ points to Siri. The magical smarts-boosting change is called ‘Siri Shortcuts’, a way to accomplish more with your personal assistant. Basically, Apple allows for all sorts of formulas to be added to Siri. For example, the app can suggests coffee orders from the place you always order from, and nudge you to message contacts to tell them you're running late.

    Another example of what Siri can now do is find you flight-information with a simple voice command. By pressing the add to Siri button, you can then say “Travel plans” and Siri will read back information such as your hotel address. Pretty neat, right?

    If you’re familiar with IFTTT then you already know how Siri Shortcuts work. Just launch the Shortcuts app and you’ll be able to set custom Siri ‘recipes’ to suit your needs.

     

    5. Screentime

    Looking to cut back on your iPhone usage? It mind seem counterintuitive for Apple to feed into this impulse, but that’s exactly what the company has done. With the new “Screentime” feature, iOS 12 will give you a weekly report on how you use your device. Your iPhone will now give you the breakdown on what apps you use, highest phone pick up times, what app draws you in first after picking up your phone, and the apps that send you the most notifications. Additionally, you will now be able to set self-imposed time limits via reminders and block certain apps during certain times. If you hav children, you’ll even be able to limit kid’s time in apps by categories or individual apps via Family Sharing.

     

    6. Do Not Disturb

    While Do Not Disturb has been an iOS staple for a while now, Apple is giving it a much needed update with iOS 12. Now, you’ll be able to enjoy peace and quiet from all those nighttime notifications and calls thanks to a cleaner and streamlined visual look that’ll

    silence not just the notification delivery sounds, but also the visual notifications clutter that can distract you when you're trying to sleep.

    While we’ve chosen to highlight our six favorite features, there are dozens more that make iOS 12 a real knockout update. Which feature is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

  • The Complete Guide to Fast Charging Options for iPhone/iPad

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    To ‘fast charge’ and accelerate the normal rate of charging for iDevices you will need a non-standard charging cable that is compatible with the fast charge feature of the smart devices. iPhones come out of the box with the 5W charging system which is not suitable for fast charging. To accelerate the rate of charging you will need a stronger charger preferably the USB-C power adapter or alternatively the 7.5W to 10W Qi wireless charger. The fast charge option is readily available for iPhones launched on the market as from 2017 and this article will help you take full advantage of the feature without incurring unnecessary cost on chargers and cables.

     

    Things to Know about Fast Charge for iPhones 

    The fast charge feature for iDevices is designed to offer convenience to busy smart device users. With Apple, multiple aspects of our day to day life have been simplified by the applications offered in the smart devices. A fast charge system guarantees that your smart device is always at your disposal whenever you need it. Fast charge allows your iPhone or iPad to top up its battery from 0 to 50 percent within a time frame of thirty minutes. This is only possible with a charging system that is fully compatible with the fast charge feature.

     

    Phones Designed for Fast Charge:

    • iPhone 8

    • iPhone 8 Plus

    • iPhone X

    • iPad pro 10.5 and 12.9 inch

    Normal chargers for these devices will not do the job as they provide a charging rate that is lower than 10W. The most appropriate charger is the USB-C charging system that provides for a charging rate of up to 15W. Fast charging is often confused with the faster charging function that exists in older smart devices. Faster charging for older devices meant usage of a stronger charging system such as the USB brick. For modern smart devices, however, fast charge option points to the ability of the iPhone or iPad to be boosted from 0 to 50 percent in a minimal time frame enabled by a compatible charger.

     

    Charging Speeds According to Different Chargers  

    You can achieve up to five charging speeds when using the approved chargers for iDevices. Such are: -

    • Using the regular wired charger provided on purchase of iPhone you only get 5W charge rate which charges your devices at a regular rate.

    • Using the Qi wires charger which is the alternative for wired charger gives you a regular charging rate of 5W.

    • For iPad, you achieve a faster wired charging rate using a wired charger of 10W to 12 w

    • For wireless charging of such devices, the 7.5 Apple Qi charger approved by Apple achieves the faster charging option.

    • The compatible charger for fast charge stands out to be the USB-C cable and power supply that gets your phone full in less than one and a half hours.

    Fast charge function for iDevices happens systematically with its rapid charging ability decreasing as the smart device acquires more charge. The battery for such devices is designed to have a higher affinity to draw power from the compatible charger up to fifty percent. Beyond that, the rate of charging stabilizes in a bid to preserve battery health to an optimum. This means you get to use your battery for an extended period of time without your phone going off from a power outage. As the charge level raises to 80 percent the more slowly it gets for the battery to charge as observed in all smart devices.

     

    How to Test if Fast Charge is working

    You do not have to keep checking your phone battery level when charging to tell if the fast charge feature is working; just listen for the charging chimes set automatically for iDevices when a charger is connected. The chimes guide you to know the rate at which the phone is drawing the charge from the charger. A single charging chime signals to normal rate chargers such as the 5W wired charger, 7.5 Qi wireless chargers, and the 10-12W iPad adapters. A double chime sound signals an active fast charging for your phone which is common for USB-C cables and power adapters. The chime changes as the battery level reach 80 percent to signal the slow charge phase of the smart device.

  • Blocking Annoying Text Messages on Android or iPhone

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    Had enough of people? Want to get away from it all? When you’ve had enough of people texting you on your cell phone and you have no desire to connect with them, there are text blocking options available for you depending on the type of device and carrier.

     

    Blocking Messages on iPhone

    For iPhones you have more than one option in which you can use to block messages, phone calls and Face Time requests from people — regardless of whether or not they’re on your contact list.

    How to Block People Using iMessages

    Option 1

    1. Launch iMessages

    2. Tap on the message you intend to block

    3. Tap on the i icon on the top right part of the screen

    4. On the displayed details options, tap on the arrow situated to the right of contact chosen

    5. Choose Block this caller option

    6. A confirmation screen will pop up for you to confirm action.

    Option 2

    From your contact list you can also tap on an individual number you want to block then follow the steps as described above from option 3.

    Option 3

    1. Navigate to the setting option

    2. Scroll until you locate the messages option

    3. Choose the Blocked option

    4. Tap on the add new option

    5. Key in the number you want blocked or even individual email address and choose okay

    6. Choose the Block Contact option on the confirmation box

     

    Blocking Messages on Android

    For Android devices, blocking messages successfully depends on the kind of app that you are using. Usually the mobile carriers have the proprietary apps for their networks. This means the procedure for blocking will depend on whether the carrier app is activated.

    Using the Google Message Blocker for Google-Branded Phones

    The default application for messages on Google phones such as Nexus and Pixel is Android messages. There are two simple procedures for blocking messages and calls for Android messages.

     

    Option 1

    1. Launch Android Messages

    2. Select and hold the conversation of the contact you want blocked. A check mark will appear on the left side of the selected conversation.

    3. Tap on the circle with a line icon on the top right end of your screen.

    4. Select the block option complete. For Google phones you have the option of forwarding the last 10 messages of the spammer to report the individual. This procedure is the same for blocking messages if one is using the Google Hangouts or the Google Voice as their default message application.

    Option 2

    1. Once you have opened a conversation thread, at the top right end of the screen tap on the three dots.

    2. Choose People & Options function

    3. Choose the block option and confirm action.

     

    Blocking messages for Lenovo/Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG, ZTE and Huawei devices

    For other Android phones the default texting app is the default Messages app for android available in the play store.

    Option 1

    1. Launch messages app

    2. At the top right end press the three dots

    3. Choose the Settings option

    4. Choose Block numbers and messages option

    5. Choose Block numbers option

    6. In the text bar provided you can input the number you want blocked. From here you can either select the inbox or the Contacts options to block texts and calls respectively.

    7. After you are done selecting the contact you can proceed to tap the green plus icon to include the number to the list of blocked contacts.

    If the procedures described above do not work for your iPhone or Android cellphone it means that the mobile carrier has overridden the default system setting with their version of texting application. These are some of the guidelines to follow when blocking texts for specific carriers.

  • Fast Charging Solutions for your iPhone/iPad

    FAST CHARGING

     

    iPhone 8, iPhone plus, iPhone X or any other iPhone and iPad offers you superior features in the smartphone industry. To maximize your smartphone experience, a fast charging system will go a long way to guarantee that you can access your phone or iPad with convenience at any time. The 5-watt USB charger provided is not sufficient for a fast charge, but there exist alternatives for this purpose. The wireless 7.5 Qi charger, for instance, USB-C adapter or the 10-watt USB charger offer a more rapid charging for your device. This guide will help you take utmost advantage of the fast charge properties of all iPhone phones and iPads released to the market as from 2017.

     

    Fast Charge Feature for your iPhone 

    This feature enables you to boost your iPhone device from 0 per cent phone charge to 50 within thirty minutes of charge. This only works when using a compatible charger that facilitates fast charge like the original power adapters provided by Apple.

     

    Phones that Support Fast Charge:

    • iPhone 8

    • iPhone 8 plus

    • iPhone X

    • iPad pro 10.5 inch

    • iPad pro 12.9 inch

    The 15-watt USB-C charger is the most recommendable option for the fast charge option for iPhones.

     

    Comparing Different Chargers and their Fast Charging Potential:

    • The provisional 5-watt USB charger for iPhones provides regular wired charging which is not adequate for fast charge

    • The 5-watt wireless Qi charger also provides regular speeds for charging.

    • The iPad power supply of up to 10- 12W is relatively faster than regular chargers but not the fastest

    • The 7.5 Qi charger provides a faster wireless charging than the 5W

    • The USB-C cables and power supply are the fastest chargers in the market and best suited for fast charging function for iPhone and iPad.

    Once your device has attained 50 percent charge, the fast charge property stabilizes the charging rate to normal to preserve your battery life. The rate of fast charging thus will reduce gradually as the battery acquires more charge.

     

    How to Make Sure your phone is Fast Charging

    When your device’s battery is below fifty percent and is plugged into a fast charging compatible charger, it will produce a chime sound. The frequency of the chime leads you to know if the iPhone is charging on fast charge or at a regular rate. A single charging chime implies regular charging which is common for regular 5W, 7.5W wired and wireless chargers plus the 10W or 12W iPad adapters. For the fast charging chargers such as the USB-C adapters, there will be two charging chimes. There will be another chime produced once the phone’s battery hit the 80 percent mark. From this mark, the charging rate is very slow.

     

    Summary of Fast Charging Rates

    The 39W USB-C Apple adapter will require one hour and a half to fully charge iPhone 8 Plus. The 5W brick usually takes more than three hours to fully charge the same phone. For the 12W iPad charger or the provisional 3.0 USB port takes 15 minutes more than the 30W USB-C to fully charge an iPhone 8 plus from zero to a hundred percent. The Apple’s USB-C bricks have a higher power output of 61W and 87W and are originally designed for the MacBook Pro but are still safer to use for recharging your iPhone. The 12W Apple power adapter takes only 37 minutes to get the phone battery to 50 percent.  The 30W USB-C adapter from Apple will only take 33 minutes to get your phone t 50 percent, and the 61W USB-C power adapter only takes 29 minutes to attain the 50 percent mark. You will get your money’s worth from the 30W USB-C brick if you are seeking to make the most of the fast charging feature. The 87W brick is also very preferential.

    We strongly advise users of iPhones and iPads to stay away from substandard chargers that do not have the authentic “made for iOS” certification. This will ultimately damage the charging system as well as shorten battery life. Original chargers from apple are such as: -

    • 10W USB Apple power adapter

    • 12W USB Apple power adapter

    • 29W USB-C Apple power adapter

    • 30W USB-C Apple power adapter

    • 61W USB-C Apple power adapter

    • 87W USB-C Apple power adapter

  • Complete Guide to Getting the Most from your Android Device

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    Android offers its users customizable options that give a more personalized smart experience. The distinctive feature of Android smartphones is that different manufacturers try to incorporate unique features that set the device apart from other Android phones in the market. These unique features account for a small difference between the phones. This guide however adequately covers all the custom features that are present in all Android phones.

     

    Notifications, App Drawer, Dock, Home Screen and Search Bar Features  

    The Home Screen interphase for androids comes with multiple functions you can take advantage of to offer you ease of access during navigation. This is the first interphase when you open your device before launching any application.

    Android Buttons: All Android devices have either the virtual or actual buttons at the bottom of the screen. The triangle facing left is the back function, and it takes you back to the previous screen you had opened. The home function is centrally placed and very distinct from other buttons and is always configured to get you back to the Home screen. The box or several stacked boxes next to the home button is the task function. This gives you access to all the recently open applications which lets you readily switch between applications. The X function at the top right of each app in this section lets you close individual apps.

    Other actual buttons are located at the sides of the device. At the very top is a single suspend button which serves as the power button when you want to manually reboot or shut down the device. This is achieved by long pressing on the button for a few seconds then choosing “Reboot” or the “Power off function” on the screen. The other two buttons are the volume function for lowering or increasing media or incoming call volume. To capture a screenshot manually, you may use these buttons by holding down the power and the volume down button.

    Android Notification Center: This section is located at the very top of your home screen. Pulling the screen down by swiping your finger from the top of your screen displays the notification centre which reports on activities on your phone. The left section displays all the notifications while the right section shows you the strength of your Wi-Fi signal in bars, battery life, time and date details among other details. This section has other multiple shortcuts to regularly used applications.

    Apps and Widgets: This run on the home screen interphase in the different pages available to accommodate individual widgets and applications. Swiping on your home screen from right to left you will access the different pages, and you can fit every page with individual widgets or shortcuts to applications such as the clock widget, Gmail and so much more. To access the different widget options for you to choose the ones you would prefer on your home screen, press on a space on your home screen. A wallpaper and widget option will be displayed at the bottom, press on the widget option.

    The Dock: The dock is situated at the bottom of your screen and comes in handy holding for you the frequently used apps for quick access. This will always be on display even when navigating from page to page on your Home screen. Android docks can accommodate a folder which means you can have specific folders containing all of your shortcuts.

    App Drawer: This is an icon centrally placed on the dock and gives you access to all your installed applications and lists them alphabetically.

     

    Voice Command for Android

    Android voice command function allows you to actively interact with your smart device. The google search bar located at the top of the home screen has a microphone situated at the left of the bar. This is where you activate the voice engine, and on tapping the icon, the screen will indicate that the device is on alert for voice commands. This is an effective way of searching the web without the need to type. The voice function can also be used to schedule your calendar, setting alarms, performing calculations and setting reminders.

     

    Permanently Deleting an Application

    When you want to free up some space on your Android device, navigate to the settings function and choose Apps in the list of options provided in the setting menu. This will get you to a comprehensive list of all the Apps installed in your device. Choose the app you want to get rid of, and on the top left side, the uninstall option will appear. Some apps, however, cannot be uninstalled if they were preinstalled in the purchase of your device. You can, however, disable them to make sure they do not run in the background.

  • Which Oculus Go should you buy — 32GB or 64GB?

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    You probably know the news - the Oculus Go headset has started to get shipped out, meaning you’ll be able to buy your Oculus Go headsets online. But, you probably noticed that there are two types of Oculus Go headsets to choose from. So, now you have an even bigger question, which one do you choose? Well, it’s time you learned first what makes them different from each other.

     

    First of all, let’s quickly recap what the Oculus Go headset actually is. The Oculus Go is an all-in-one virtual headset. The headset offers users the chance to connect to a mobile virtual reality without the use of a smartphone, computer, or gaming console. This headset stands alone as it doesn’t need support from other devices. A computer is built into the headset which means the moment you place it on your head you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a movie, game, or experience. It’s packed with tracking sensors and includes a controller which is everything you need.

     

    The 32G Headset

    Though the two types of headsets are basically the same, one thing does differ- the size. If you’re new to VR or are only looking to use it casually, during the weekends or when you have some free time to spare, then you should consider the 32G headset. The 32G indicates the amount of memory which the headset can hold and if you’re not looking to use it on a regular basis, then you don’t really need one that comes with a boat-load of memory. You won’t need much memory for casual use, especially if you’re only going to use it a couple hours a week.

     

    If you’re buying this headset for a child they also won’t need much memory as the apps that they’re going to use with the headset won’t require that much space. So, you’ll have plenty of room for games even after you install Facebook and Netflix onto the device. Basically, if you’re going to be browsing the internet, going on Facebook and watching movies then this 32G is perfect for you. Of course, if you’re looking to step it up and go into heavy-duty virtual reality, then you’ll want something with more memory such as the 64G headset.

     

    Best Use: Weekend users, children, casual gamers and movie watchers

     

    The 64GB Headset

    Now, if you’re requiring more memory, then you’ll want to opt for the 64G headset. WIth the Oculus Go, you’re not able to expand your storage as you can with the Gear VR - which can be a problem if you underestimated the amount of usage of your headset. If you’re downloading movies, they can take up to 2G of memory per file, if not more. In addition, all your apps will download onto your headset will also take up precious memory as well. So, without noticing you’ll realize that your storage space is going to be used up quite quickly, especially if you only have 32G. Now, that’s why there’s the 64G.

     

    Since you don’t have the device in your hands yet, you know actually know how much space the operating system will take up as well. See, there’s a lot to think about when getting yourself an Oculus Go headset. If you’re an avid user of virtual reality, it’ll be a shame to opt for the 32G. You yourself know that you’re going to be using this device much more than you intend, so, it’s best to keep it safe an go with a headset that has a little extra more memory. When you have it, you don’t want to be scarce on how you use it, you want to be able to fully enjoy it without any limitations.

     

    Best Use: gamers, intense gamers and movie watchers

     

    Now that you know the differences between the two, it’s time you went and purchased the one which suits you and your needs the best. Have fun!

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