Create and manage shared Photo Streams on iPhone and iPad

Photo streams allow you to share and manage your photo’s with friends & family.

Photo Stream, which is part of iCloud, not only backs up your your photos to the cloud, but gives you an easy way to share your photos with friends and family who also use iPhones and iPads. Shared Photo Streams let you share as many photos as you want at once, which is a lot more convenient than emailing or texting tons of pictures. Not only that, your friends and family can also add their own photos and comment on yours. If you aren’t sure how to start using shared Photo Streams, follow along and we’ll get you started!

How to enable Photo Stream

How to enable Photo StreamBefore creating, sharing, and editing Photo Streams, you’ll need to make sure you have Photo Stream enabled in your iCloud settings.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on iCloud.
  • Tap on Photos.
  • Turn on My Photo Stream if it isn’t already.



How to create a new shared Photo Stream

How to create a new shared Photo Stream

Creating a new shared photo stream

  • Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on Shared in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on the plus sign in the upper left hand corner to create a new stream.
  • Give your stream a name and then tap Next.
  • Add the people you’d like to initially share the stream with and tap Create — don’t worry you can add or remove people later if you’d like.
  • Tap on your new stream.
  • Tap on the plus sign to start adding photos.
  • Tap on all the photos you’d like to add and then tap Done at the top.
  • Type a short description of the photos you’re adding if you’d like and then tapPost.
  • To add photos later, just tap into the Photo Stream again and tap the plussign after the last photo to add more.

How to delete a Photo Stream

how to delete photo stream

How to delete a photo stream

  • Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on Shared in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on Edit in the top right.
  • Tap on the Delete icon to the left of the Photo Stream you’d like to delete.
  • Tap on Delete that appears to the right of the stream.
  • Tap on Delete one more time to confirm you’d like to delete the stream.




How to add or remove subscribers from a shared Photo Stream

add:remove people from photo stream

  • Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on Shared in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on the stream you’d like to add or remove someone from.
  • Tap on People at the bottom.
  • Tap on Invite People in order to add more.
  • Tap on a person’s name, scroll to the bottom of their contact card, and tap on Remove Subscriber in order to remove them.


How to delete photos in an existing Photo Stream

how to delete photo stream photos

  • Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on Shared in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on the stream you’d like to remove photos from.
  • Tap on Select in the upper right hand corner.
  • Tap on the photos you’d like to delete in order to select them.
  • Tap on the Trash icon in the lower right hand corner.
  • Tap on the Delete confirmation that pops up.

How to like or comment on a Photo Stream image

How to comment like photo stream

  • Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on Shared in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on the stream that contains the photo you’d like to comment on or like.
  • Tap on the photo you’d like to interact with.
  • Either leave a comment and tap Send when you’re done, or tap on the smiley icon in order to like the photo.



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The Best Vacation Research Apps For Your Next Trip

Try these travel apps for your next vacation:

Trip Advisor – For Travel Planning

TripAdvisor logoThe TripAdvisor app is the best place to start your vacation research. Browse TripAdvisor’s database of over 100 million cus- tomer reviews to find the best hotels, restaurants, attractions, and activities at your dream destination. You can search for in- teresting things to do with the Near Me feature, which looks for restaurants and activities based on your current location. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can visit the forums and get feedback from fellow travelers. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you can contribute to the community with your own reviews and photos!

Kayak Pro – For Booking

kayak logo

When you’re ready to book a trip, use Kayak Pro. This robust app searches through hundreds of travel sites for the best deals. In addition to finding flights, Kayak can also help you score great deals on hotels and car rentals. One of my favorite features is the app’s handy search function that helps you see each airline’s baggage fees. Once you find a good deal, you can purchase your tickets right through the app, then take advantage of the flight tracker and itinerary management features. To top it all off, the app even includes terminal maps for over 100 airports around the world.

 Google Maps – For Navigating

googlemaps iconIf you’re not using Google Maps, you’re really missing out. This is probably Google’s most popular app, next to Gmail. Google Maps is reliable and precise, and features everything you need to get from point A to point B safely and efficiently. The app’s turn-by-turn navigation is detailed and accurate—it’s hard to believe we ever lived without such a luxury. The map compass feature shows you which way you’re pointing your device, which is useful when you’re walking around unfamiliar cities. Lastly, the public transportation instructions are a saviour for navigating big cities like New York or London.

Gogobot – For Exploring

Gogobot iconGogobot is the ultimate app for exploring travel destinations. The app has reviews, photos, and insider tips for over 60,000 destinations around the world. One of the coolest features is the ability to pick a destination and get a personalized travel guide through the app. You can also connect the app with Face- book to see the most popular places your friends have visited. The app also lets you turn your photos into digital postcards that you can customize with filters and send via Facebook, Twitter, email, or text message.

Google Translate – For Communicating

Google-Translate-iconEven though Google Translate has been around for a few years, it still feels like it’s straight out of a sci-fi movie. The app can translate typed or handwritten words as well as spoken lan- guage, and its speech recognition is particularly fast and accu- rate. It also features a dictionary for looking up single words and phrases, and allows you to save specific translations for offline access. Google Translate supports translation of 80 languages, including Chinese, Afrikaans, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

Expensify – For Documenting Expenses

expensify iconCreating expense reports is one of those necessary tasks that no one loves to do, but Expensify makes the not-so-fun pro- cess a lot less arduous for its 1.7 million users. The app is easy to use: simply take a picture of your receipt and select which report you want the receipt to be a part of. Expensify’s Smart- Scan technology will read the receipt and create the entry in your expense report. If you’ve lost a receipt or don’t have one, you can import credit card transactions and create eReceipts for all items under R75. In addition to tracking receipts and expenses, the app also tracks time and travel mileage while you’re on the road.

Facebook – For Photo’s and Sharing

Facebook iconYes, you know Facebook well. But did you know that you can create photo albums on the fly through the Facebook app? It’s hard to beat the world’s largest social network in terms of reach and functionality when you want to share your vacation photos. Creating a photo album on Facebook from your iPhone is easy. Just open the app, and from the Newsfeed window, tap on Photo. Select the photos you’d like to include in your Facebook photo album and tap on the bottom right status icon (looks like a pen and paper). Instead of tapping on Post, tap on the Album icon. There you can name, edit, and set privacy settings for your new album. Do not forget to visit the SMARTlab Facebook page to keep up to date on all your device help, tips and info.

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13 Tips, Tricks and Secrets of Windows Phone 8 with Nokia

Think you know everything your Lumia has to offer? Well, you may be right. But, if not, here’s a collection of features you should be aware of. Like a show-and-tell, these are our favourites. Now tell us yours after you’ve read these 13 Tips, Tricks and Secrets of Windows Phone 8 with Nokia.


1. Translate text using the camera

1. TranslateNot only is your Lumia’s camera a powerful photographic weapon, it can also be used in other ways, such as translating text into 39 languages. Press the Search (magnifying glass) button and then click the eye icon. Point your Lumia at your subject and click ‘scan text’. If you’re capturing in your native tongue, you’ll be presented with a list of languages to translate to. If you scan text in another language, it will automatically translate to your native tongue. Neat, huh? Results aren’t 100% accurate, but it will always give you a good idea of what’s being said. Handy for restaurant menus. And helping your kids with their homework…

2. Type quicker with shortcuts

2. keyboardtrickThis tip is unlikely to free up hours of your time, but it will make your keyboard finger-pecking faster while composing an email, SMS, OneNote entry or suchlike. Rather than pressing the numeric or punctuation buttons to enter their respective modes, then choosing your desired digit or mark, then tapping the button you first pressed to get you back into the standard keyboard, just press and hold the numeric/punctuation button and slide your finger over to the number or mark you want to use. Release your finger and the keyboard will snap back into default keyboard mode. Ninja skill unlocked.

3. Identify music, magically.

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Simple to do, yet hugely powerful, this neat feature will tell you the name of the artist and track currently playing in your environment. Just click the Search button, then the music note icon, and point your Lumia at the tune. Unless you’re listening to an obscure trip-funk record that sold seven copies to a clowder of cats in 1989, you’ll be presented with the artist, the track and a link to buy the music from the Windows Phone Store. Great for finding out music from
TV/radio adverts and public spaces.

4. Customise your web browser address bar

4. customisebrowserGetting to your favourite websites quickly is essential on any device, let alone a smartphone. So try this nifty trick to create a shortcut button right from the Internet Explorer web browser bar. Go to Settings > Applications > Internet Explorer and select ‘favourites’ from the ‘Use address bar button for’ drop-down list. You can also choose ‘tabs’, which will bring up the tab view of your saved sites, or keep it as the default stop/refresh button.

5. Respond to a phone call with an SMS

5. text-repliesJust about to close that business deal? Kids pouring spaghetti hoops into the DVD player? Having your ear bent by great-auntie Jean? There are many occasions in life when taking a mobile phone call just isn’t convenient. So use a built-in feature to send your caller a text message rather than picking up. Just ‘slide up’ on any call that comes hit and press the ‘text reply’ button. Then choose a default message or create your own. To edit your responses, got to Settings > Applications > Phone and click the ‘edit replies’ button to create up to four bespoke answers.

6. Let people know you’re running late

6. runninglateThere could be myriad reasons for your belated arrival to a meeting: my homework ate my dog, for example, but pre-warning attendees about your tardiness is trickier. Unless, however, you use your Lumia’s built-in Calendar feature that will email your plight to all meeting participants. Just dive into the Details section of any event and click the icon that looks like a human escaping the advances of a horizontal bar graph. The default response is “I’ll be a bit late, but I’m on my way. See you soon” but you can edit this before sending. To something more creative, we hope.

7. Magnify your screen

7. easeofaccessIf, like many of us, your birthday signifies not only another year of wiseness, but an increase in eye-squinting when reading, you might want to check out the Ease of Use settings on your Lumia. Go to Settings > System > Ease of Access and choose to; activate high contrast for better clarity, increase text size (in a number of areas) and/or turn on the Screen magnifier, which means you can double-tap to zoom into and pan around things.

8. Activate voice commands

8. voicecommandThis couldn’t be easier. Just press and hold the Windows button to initiate the feature, press the speak button and then bark at your Lumia. There are a number of voice commands to perform specific tasks (you can find a selection of them here), but once mastered you’ll find it useful as well as pretty cool. You can also use the voice-command feature to dictate an email. Just tap the Speak (the microphone icon) button when in the body copy area of a message and babble away.

9. Automatically backup your Lumia photos with SkyDrive

9. skydriveWith the amount of snaps we take with our phones, knowing that they’re in a safe place is essential. Our advice? Use a cloud storage service as backup. For Lumia users, SkyDrive is superb – as soon as you take a shot, it’ll appear in your SkyDrive Pictures folder. Just follow our super guide to a lifetime free of sleepless nights. You’ll get 7GB of free space, with the option of adding more as and when.


10. Multi-task like a boss

10. multitaskThe shortest tip here but one that, if you’re not already aware of, you’ll use the most. Hold down the Back button (left-pointing arrow) on your Lumia to bring up the multi-tasking screen and swipe to choose your required app. Or click the cross in any top-right corner of the app to close it. Et voila.



11. Unify your mail boxes

11. unifymailbox1Are you one of those types with an email address for everything? Don’t worry, we are too. That’s why this next tip will make light work of checking all of your inboxes at once. And it’s super easy, too. Just open one of your email accounts and bring up the menu (tap the button with three dots). Then tap Link Inboxes to choose another account to unify with. You can link as many or as little as you wish and give your linked Inbox its very own name, if preferred.

12. De-clutter your contacts

12. filtercontactsYour People hub is a great place to keep tabs on all of your contacts, no matter whether they come from a SIM card, email address book or social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. However, they can get out of control. Freshen up by filtering your contacts. Go into your People hub and click the menu button. Then tap Settings > Filter my contact list. Within this option is the ability to select the accounts that you want to display contacts from. Go on, a bit of life laundry never hurt anyone.

13. Pin “deep links” to your Start screen

13. deeplinksCreating a colourful, up-to-the-minute, informative Start screen full of Live Tiles is one of the standout Windows Phone features for your Lumia. However, it’s not just apps and websites that can be pinned. Prepare to go much deeper than that. You can, in no particular order, pin map places, MixRadio mixes, directions, documents, people, songs, contacts. Whenever you see the Pin icon, you know you’re in business. Simples.

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How To Recover Space on Your iPhone

It was a logical mistake. You didn’t imagine you’d ever fill up 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage, so you saved some money by buying an iPhone with less. And now you can’t even take a video or a photo, because your phone says it’s full. You’re frozen out until you have the time and expertise to delete stuff. We will effortlessly show you how to recover space on your iPhone and get back to business or pleasure.

iphone usageBut which stuff? You probably know that the biggest space hogs on your phone are likely your video files. Heck, deleting just one downloaded movie or TV show could solve your storage crunch instantly. But apps, photos, and music files also add up.

Fortunately, iOS 7 makes it very easy to see what’s eating up your space — and to delete the fattest culprits to make the most room with the least effort. Here’s where you start: Open Settings, then tapGeneral, then Usage, then wait a minute or two for the list of apps to appear.

The list shows what’s using up your space, biggest items first. By tapping the > button at the right edge, you can see the details and, in many cases, make some deletions on the spot.

movie usageDelete movies and TV shows
Tap Videos to see a list like the one shown here at left:

There are all the TV shows, movies, and podcasts you’ve bought or downloaded. Tap Edit to get red delete buttons beside their names (above, right), so that you can free up some space right now.

Photos and camera
This list shows how much space your Camera videos and photos take up, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t let you delete them individually. To purge your photos, the quickest method is to hook up to iTunes, import the photos, and take advantage of the option to delete the freshly imported photos from the phone.

Turning off your Photo Stream can give you back an instant gigabyte, too. (In Settings, tap iCloud, then turn off Photos.)

app usageApps
The Usage list presents a long list of apps, biggest listed first. There’s a Delete App button for each one.

Delete ‘other’ items

Not everything appears in the Usage list, ready to delete.

You know the colored graph of what’s on your phone that shows up in iTunes?

Capacity usageOften, the biggest item here is the mysterious Other category. What is that stuff? It’s caches (Internet data stored on the phone to make repeated visits faster), backups, partial downloads, and data from iOS 7’s built-in apps — all your text messages and email, for example. Here’s how you clean them out:

Delete the web browser cache. The phone saves web pages into its own memory so that they’ll appear faster the next time you try to visit them. If you’ve had your iPhone awhile, those cache files can really add up. Open Settings; tap Safari; tap Clear History andClear Cookies and Data. You may get a speed boost as a side effect.

Delete text messages. In the Messages app, you can delete individual texts or entire conversations; because they frequently include photo, audio, or video files, you can reclaim a lot of space.

Delete email attachments. Files downloaded with your email take up a lot of space, too. The solution is to delete the email account (open Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendar, then the account name; scroll down and tap Delete Account) — and then add it again. Make sure you know your email passwords before you do this!

In the process, you’ll vaporize all the attachment files and message caches that you’ve ever downloaded and opened on your phone. When you add the account back again, those files will still be online, ready to download — but only when you need them. (This trick works for most account types — but not for POP3 accounts.)

Delete voice memos, music files, and ebooks. Audio files and iBooks eat up a lot of space, too. Consider purging the recordings, books, and songs you can do without (from within the Voice Memos, iBooks, and Music apps).

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Social networking

part 2: Google +

Social networking with Google Hangouts

A great conversation is just a few taps away. Google Hangouts replaces Google’s old Talk app on Android devices, and in essence it is simply an extension of Gmail’s instant messenger function. You can type messages in real time and chat back and forth with just one, or a whole group of your friends, send photos and use fun emoticons. You can also video chat, but this isn’t limited to two people. You can add up to ten others to your Hangout which makes this an amazing way to keep in touch with your loved ones. Even if your mum and dad are in Australia, your sister is in Finland and your Aunt lives in Brazil you can all be together at once and chat using Hangouts.

Hangouts works across Android and Apple devices and on any desktop computer, so there’s no excuse to get involved! Hangouts makes use of your Google+ circles so you can start a circle-wide conversation too, an excellent way to stay in touch with whole circles of friends in one go. All of your conversations at automatically sgoogle hangoutsaved too, so you can return to each hangout and carry on the fun whenever you like.

1: Start chatting

The Hangouts app looks like a green speech bubble with quotation marks. Sign in with your Google account then tap the ‘+’ icon in the top-right corner to start a new Hangout. Type the name of the friend you want to talk to, or scroll down the list to find them.

2: Using emoticons

Google has created some fun little characters to add to your conversations and send to your friends and family. To add them, when you’re typing a message tap on the smiley-face icon next to the text box, then simply browse through and tap on the ones you like.

Send a Photo

3: Send a photo

Showing off snaps within Hangouts is easy. Before you being typing a message to your friends, look to the right of the text box and you’ll see a small camera icon. Tap this and then select the location of your photo. Tap an image to select, then simply hit send.

4: Video chat

To chat with someone face-to-face, all you need to do is tap the little camcorder icon that sits in the top-right corner of your Hangout. This will kick-start call your Hangout buddy and they will have to accept the video call. Once they do you can both chat away

5: Invite more people

Group video Hangouts are great. To add more people to an existing call, simply tap on the icon in the top-right of your video call that looks like a person with a ‘+’ sign. Then select friends, tap Add people and they will be added right away.

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Social networking

Part1: Google +

Create an Event on Google plus

Google is part of our lives in some shape or form and it’s very own social network Google plus, the ideal place to keep in touch with your friends and family. If you’re planning a party or a get-together, why not harness the social potential of Google+ to invite your guests? Creating an event is easy as pie, and the best bit is that you can choose a theme for your event and then Google+’s Circles makes inviting all the right people as simple as possible. You can manage your own events plus the ones you have been invited to, and it only takes a minute to get up and running. You don’t have Google plus, what?! Click here and hurry up and follow the link below to social networking freedom:


1: Log in

Open up the Google+ app on your Samsung Galaxy. Ensure that you’re signed in with your Google log-in details and then tap on the red G+ icon in the top- left corner. This will call up the menu. Scroll down and then tap on the option labelled Events.

2: Create the event

If your Events page is empty, tap Create an event or hit the calendar-style symbol in the top bar. Enter all the info your guests will need such as the description, location and start and end times. Tap Change Theme to choose an attractive image for your invite.

Google Circles

3: Invite friends

Hit the Invite people and circles option to create the guest list for your event. To invite whole circles, tap to put a tick in the checkbox. You can even select to make your event public. Alternatively you can add individuals by searching for them using the magnifying glass icon.


4: Send it out

Once you’ve finished adding in all of the essential information, tap on Invite at the top of the page. Google+ will then send your invite out to everyone you selected and notify them that they have received an invitation. It will also appear on your own Events page.

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Smartphone Security: Keep your Samsung free of viruses

Install and use Lookout, the mother of all Samsung Galaxy security apps

If you’re after an app that takes care of all your smartphone security worries, look no further than Lookout. Smartphones and tablets have evolved into such powerful devices that they now require protection from threats such as viruses, malware and spyware. This is especially true seeing as we pour our whole lives into the little gadgets, feeding our personal information into them without really knowing that it’s safe.

Lookout works to protect your device and ward off any viruses by scanning your emails, attachments and downloads and by blocking any dodgy web pages. It also takes care of your personal details by keeping tabs on every app that has access to your personal information.

But that’s not all. If you opt for the Premium edition (costing around R300 per year) Lookout can also help you locate your device if you lose it, and can also call it, lock it, reset it and wipe it. There’s even a feature that snaps a photo of the person trying to gain access to your phone and emails it to you, so you can catch the culprit.


1: Your security hub

At the top of the Lookout home screen you can scroll through updates of what the app has been doing in the background. Tap the Security option on the home screen to scan your apps, check there’s nothing malicious and view the results of previous scans.


2: Backup your essentials

Lookout’s Backup facility will perform scheduled backups of your contacts and save them to, but hit the Back Up Now button to perform a backup right away. You can also back up all your photos and call history by tapping on the Enable buttons.


3: Find missing devices

This option shows you the location of your device, which is also accessible by logging on to from a computer. There are other helpful features, such as Scream, which sounds a loud alarm and Lock Cam to catch the culprit trying to access your phone.


4: Using Privacy Advisor

Tap on Scan Now and Lookout sifts through all of the apps on your device then lets you know which ones use your personal details, location, messages, contacts or accounts. It’s a great way to make an informed decision about which apps you use for what purpose.

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The pros and cons of jailbreaking an iPhone

 What is iPhone jailbreaking, and can I jailbreak my iPhone?

Unlocking the iPhone

iPhone jailbreaking. Should you; could you; would you? It’s the classic three-parter to any conundrum. Here we’re going to look at iPhone jailbreaking to answer the three solid questions our readers ask:

  • Should I jailbreak my iPhone?
  • Can I jailbreak my iPhone?
  • How do I jailbreak my iPhone?
First of all: what is jailbreaking? This is the act of changing the iPhone software to remove any limitations placed by Apple. The principal limitation is that software can only be installed from the AppStore. With a jailbroken phone you can install software from a rival to the App Store, and also manually using image files downloaded from the internet.

What does Apple say?

Part of this is to protect its commercial interests. Apple runs the software store so it wants you to keep using the store. And developers spend time making software and want to get paid. But there are other concerns: Apple wants the iPhone system to remain secure on the whole, and jailbreaking can threaten that. Apple identifies these concerns:

Apple is, as you’d imagine, firmly opposed to jailbreaking. It frequently updates the iOS software to remove any jailbreak software from the iPhone, and is constantly updating iOS to prevent jailbreaking techniques from working.

• Security
• Instability
• Shortened battery life
• Unreliable voice and data • Disruption of services
• Inability to update

What can I do with a jailbroken phone?

The main reason people jailbreak their phones is to run pirated (copied) software and install it without paying for the privilege. We’re not here to moralise: whether you pay for software is up to you. Although given the amount of free software on the app store, and the sheer hassle it is to jailbreak an iPhone, we do rather wonder why people bother.

The other – perhaps more viable – area is to run apps and services that are not allowed by Apple. Jailbreaking installed a rival to the Apple Store called Cydia. This features apps in areas that Apple bans, such as pornography. But there are also apps that allow you to perform blocked tasks such as tethering; apps that have been removed from the store such as Sparrow. You can also change the default apps replacing Maps with Google Maps and the default keyboard with a version called Octopus. It’s perfect for tinkerers.

How do I jailbreak an iPhone?

If you’re interesting in jailbreaking and you typically install a program on Mac OS X that does it for you. There are two main options available:

• Evasion
• Redsn0w
At the moment both currently work on iOS 6.0 to 6.1.2, but not for iOS 7.

How does jailbreaking work?

There are many techniques for jailbreaking an iPhone, and a lot of it depends on the model of phone you are running, the firmware on your handset and which version of iOS you have. Typically if you have a brand new iPhone with
a recently released iOS you are going to have more trouble jailbreaking than an older model that hasn’t been updated recently.

Is it safe to Jailbreak an iPhone?

While SMARTlab does not encourage it, your iPhone isn’t going to blow up in your hand or break the whole internet, it may not work as well as you’d like. Because you won’t get software from Apple. We leave this decision in your now educated hands.

Travel and navigation


Use the location settings on your Samsung Galaxy to get the most of out your holiday adventures right now.

In the olden days phones just let you make and take calls, send emails and manage texts.

Never get lost again

Never get lost again

You could run a few apps, but basically phones were pretty static. Then some bright sparks realised that your handset could know where you are, either quite precisely via GPS or less so via triangulating your position in relation to cell masts.

This was a revelation, and it really was the start of opening up smartphones to all kinds of new uses. GPS integration started with external Bluetooth GPS devices, but
it was when GPS started to be integrated into handsets that it really started to take off in terms of the variety and range of uses it could provide.

Among them came a steady barrage of location-aware services. Mapping is the most obvious, and Google Maps has taken huge advantage. It has become quite simply a must-have application for many of us. No longer do people carry a printed street map – they simply turn to Google Maps when they need to find their way around a new area, for example.

Google Maps can get you from A to B on foot really easily, but that’s not its only trick. It can also show you interesting and useful places that are near you, find you somewhere to eat or something interesting to do to pass a stray few hours. It can give you local traffic information, point out public transport links and more.

These services, and others like them, help you make the most of both familiar and new cities and towns. They can be handy whether you are a fan of finding the unexpected or you just need something mundane such as the nearest petrol station.

And when you don’t actually need info relating to where you are right now, location- based services can still have something useful to offer. Perhaps none of these is more rewarding than sitting back and taking a tour of the globe via Google Earth, which really does put the whole world in your hands.

Have a safe holiday and always travel safely now that getting lost is no longer an option.

How to Use BBM for iPhone and Android

bbm_android_iphoneThe launch of BBM for iPhone and Android has gotten many former BlackBerry users excited, allowing them to benefit from the popular chat program that was a major feature of BB phones.

While a number of chat tools have come onto the market for iPhone and Android phones, BBM was in its hay day a very unique, feature-rich platform. Messages were sent using BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) rather than data, which made messages free to send and receive too.

If you are one of those who misses being able to keep up with your BlackBerry contacts, here are some tips for installing BBM on iPhone or Android phones.

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