Samsung Galaxy Battery Tips: How to Keep Your Phone Going

8 battery tips to keep your phone lasting longer:

Smartphone batteries are cruel mistresses. They can either last all day, allowing you to surf the Web and crush candies to your heart’s content, or they die two hours after you unplug them. If you’re a Samsung Galaxy owner, though, there are a few things you can do to greatly improve your phone’s battery life.

Samsung Galaxy batttery

Samsung Galaxy battery

Though the following tips are specifically for the Samsung Galaxy, many of them will work on any Android device. The directions, however, will vary slightly, depending on your phone’s settings. With that out of the way, here are the best ways to improve your phone’s battery life:

 

1. Lower the display brightness.

The majority of your smartphone’s power is consumed by its display. So it follows that lowering your phone’s display brightness will save a good amount of battery life.              To reduce your phone’s screen brightness, pull down the notifications drawer and disable auto-brightness by unchecking the box next to the brightness slider.                             Next, lower the brightness slider. The dimmer your screen, the less battery you’re sucking up to power it. If you don’t have a brightness slider in your notifications drawer, then open the Settings menu and find Display.                                                                                         Tap the Brightness tab and uncheck the box next to Automatic Brightness. Then move the slider to 30 to 40 percent.

2. Disable WiFi.

When your smartphone’s WiFi is turned on and you’re not connected to a WiFi network, it will continuously search for available connections. This will, in turn, hurt your phone’s battery life.                                                                                                                             To turn off your phone’s WiFi when not using it, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notifications drawer and, if the Wi-Fiicon is green, tap it to turn it gray.                  If there isn’t a Wi-Fi button in your notifications drawer, then open theSettings menu and select the Wi-Fi option. Find the switch at the top of the screen and flip it to the Off position. Your WiFi radio should now be turned off.

3. Turn off the GPS.

Your smartphone’s GPS is an incredibly helpful tool when you’re in need of directions. But when you’re not using it, your GPS is just sapping your phone’s battery power.                   If you’re not using the GPS, then open your phone’s notifications drawer and press the GPS button to gray it out and disable the GPS radio.                                                      Don’t have a GPS button in your phone’s notifications drawer? Open the Settings menu and select Location. Move the switch at the top of the screen to the Off position.

4. Switch off Bluetooth.

Your smartphone’s Bluetooth radio allows it to connect to other devices such as Bluetooth headsets and speakers. But when it’s not in use, it’s just eating into your phone’s battery. To turn off Bluetooth, open your phone’s notifications drawer and tap the Bluetooth icon to turn it gray. If you don’t have Bluetooth saved in your notifications drawer, then open the Settings menu and choose the Bluetooth tab.                                               Tap the switch at the top of the screen to turn it to the Off position. Your phone’s Bluetooth radio should now be off.

5. Disable Vibrate (haptic feedback).

Sometimes the only way you’ll notice your phone is ringing is through its vibrate feature. But it can also drain your phone’s battery faster than you’d like, especially if you’re getting a lot of calls or notifications. It can be even worse if your phone vibrates whenever you touch the screen. To turn off vibrate, open the Settings menu and select the Sound tab.       Uncheck the box next to Vibrate When Ringing to ensure that your phone doesn’t vibrate when you get a call. Also uncheck the box next to Haptic Feedback.                                 To disable vibration when typing on your keyboard, uncheck the box next to Key-tap Vibration under the Samsung Keyboard heading.

If you want to disable vibration when you receive text messages, choose the Message tab under Samsung Applications and uncheck the box next to Vibrate. You can repeat this step for the Calendar and Email apps.

6. Turn off Sync.

In order for your phone to receive updates from Facebook, Twitter, Email and other apps, it has to repeatedly send requests to them to see if you have any messages. This process is referred to as syncing. Normally, syncing doesn’t chew up much of your phone’s battery life, but if your handset is almost dead, or you’re not going to be near a charger for a while, you might want to disable syncing. If you have the sync icon in your phone’s notifications drawer, you can simply turn it off by tapping it until it’s gray. If the sync icon is nowhere to be found, you can open your phone’s Settings menu and select the Accounts tab.

Choose your Google account and tap your email address to access your sync settings. From here, you can choose which apps you want your phone to sync with and which you don’t want it to sync with. The fewer apps it syncs with, the less battery life you’ll use. You can follow the same instructions to turn off syncing with Facebook, Twitter, and any other apps with which you don’t want your phone to sync.

7. Enable Airplane mode.

Your smartphone’s Airplane mode is designed to turn off all of its available wireless connections. That includes everything from 4G LTE data to voice capabilities. If your phone’s battery is on death’s door — or you’re on an actual plane — this feature can be extremely helpful. To enable Airplane mode, open the notifications drawer and tap theAirplane mode icon.

No Airplane mode icon? Not to worry; open the Settings menu and select the Airplane mode tab. Set the switch to On, and Airplane mode will be active. Just don’t forget to turn it off when you get back to your phone charger.

8. Turn on Power Saving mode.

Samsung’s newer Galaxy smartphones come with a special Power Saving mode that can easily improve your handset’s battery life. As with each of the above examples, check the notifications drawer to see if there is a Power Saving mode quick setting.  If you don’t see one, then open the Settings menu and tap the Power Saving tab.

If you have a Galaxy S5, you can select either Power saving mode orUltra power saving mode. The standard Power Saving mode will let you cut down on your phone’s processing power, block apps from accessing background data, and even set the display to show grayscale rather than colors. If you enable Ultra Power Saving mode, your S5 will completely switch to grayscale and let you use only a custom interface. It’s very restrictive, but it will certainly save on power.

If you’re device is still draining the battery and you have followed or tired the above steps contact SMARTlab for a new battery or to test your device. They are an Authorised Samsung repair centre and will fix your device in warranty. www.smartlab.co.za

Article originally posted on Yahoo by Daniel Howley

4 Household Items to Help Clean Your Phone

It’s no surprise that grime and grit live on our cellphones. But just how filthy are our beloved mobile devices?  Let’s just say our phones have 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle, and a quick wipe on your shirt sleeve isn’t going to make it go away. Take some steps to keep your phone clean with items you may already have lying around the house. Before cleaning, disconnect your phone from any external power source, turn it off, remove the battery (if you can) and seal all port openings with tape to avoid liquid damage. When cleaning, the key is to be gentle. Your phone manufacturer will probably have its own cleaning tips, but here are four household items that can help beat the germ buildup on your cellphone.

1. Soft, lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth

soft lint free cloth This type of cleaning cloth may have come with your eyeglasses, phone and other gadgets. Using a cloth will remove oily fingerprints, smudges and more from both the screen and cellphone body. Here’s how:

  • Dampen the corner of the cloth with a bit of water. Whatever you do, don’t apply or spray water directly onto your phone — water and phones don’t mix.
  • Gently wipe your phone with the cloth up and down the screen.
  • Use the dry corner of cloth to remove any excess moisture on your phone.

A word to the wise: Don’t use abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels or similar items because they could potentially damage or scratch your phone.

2. Cotton swabs

Cotton swabs Say goodbye to the tiny crumbs and dust specs that reside on your phone with cotton swabs. Microfiber cloths are great, but cotton swabs do an even better job of removing the gunk and grime from harder-to-reach areas of your phone. These also work well for cleaning out the corners of your phone cases and ports. Simply take a cotton swab and brush it over the dirty crevices of your phone.

3. Water and rubbing alcohol

rubbing alcohol There are a ton of wipes available to disinfect and clean your phone, but if you want to save money, this is a quick alternative. NoteApple doesn’t recommend using any products with alcohol, ammonia and other cleaning substances. Some people say that when used in small amounts, these products won’t noticeably hurt your phone. Try this at your own risk.

  • Prepare a mix of 60% water and 40% isopropyl rubbing alcohol, which can be found at your local drugstore.
  • Lightly dampen the corner of a soft, lint-free cloth, microfiber cloth or cotton square with the water and alcohol mix. Don’t apply or spray the mix directly onto your phone.
  • Gently wipe your phone with the cloth to kill unwanted bacteria.
  • Use the dry corner of cloth to remove any excess on your phone.

4. Distilled water and white vinegar

White Spirit Vinegar If you don’t want to go down the water and alcohol route, you can use distilled water and white vinegar. Here’s how:

  • Prepare a mix of 50% distilled water and 50% white vinegar.
  • Lightly dampen the corner of a soft, lint-free cloth or a microfiber cloth with the distilled water and white vinegar mix. Again, don’t apply or spray the mix directly onto your phone.
  • Gently wipe your phone with the cloth.
  • Use the dry corner of cloth to remove any excess on your phone.

 

 

 

Article via mashable by Kyli Singh

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

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  • 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.

 

 

Article originally found on http://www.imore.com/ by Allyson Kazmucha

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

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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.

Advise and content by iPhone Life, for more great travel app advise and must haves visit their website here.

 

 

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.

PUBLISHED BY LUKE MON

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.

Original article can be found at via http://conversations.nokia.com/2014/01/20/14-tips-tricks-secrets-windows-phone-8/

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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: https://plus.google.com/getstarted/getstarted?fww=1

Google+

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.

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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 Lookout.com, 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.

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3: Find missing devices

This option shows you the location of your device, which is also accessible by logging on to Lookout.com 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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Download Lookout here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lookout&hl=en

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.