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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How to Organise Google Play Apps on Android Smartphones

Google_Play_StoreIf you’re one of those Android smartphone users who loves nothing more than shopping for Google Play apps, you may find that it gets a bit frustrating trying to keep things organised.

Let’s face it – there is something satisfying about browsing the week’s Top Picks in search of an app that will help you take better pictures/entertain your bored three year old/plan that holiday. And with so many free apps out there, the best part is that you don’t always have to spend a thing either. On the downside, having so much to choose from also means a lot to look through. It’s all too easy to end up having to scroll up and down again and again.

Luckily however, there are a few simple tricks that you can do to make things far easier to find just that app you’re searching for (without having to spend ages sifting through the useless stuff).

Organising Android Apps on Play Store (And Your Phone)

There are three settings that will help you organise your Android apps on the Play Store, simply and quickly. These are as follows:

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How to Use iMessage on iPhone Devices

iMessageiMessage is a great messaging tool that is unique to iPhone devices, including the iPad, iPod touch and Mac. Working with your SMS and MMS, it acts as a free way to send text messages, videos and photos with your device’s wireless or 3G connection.

Rather than similar tools such as WhatsApp that uses your phone number, or BBM that uses your phone’s PIN, iMessage uses your Apple email address. This messaging tool only works with other Apple devices so can’t be used if you want to get in touch with someone who has another type of phone or tablet.

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How to Use Google Now on Android Smartphones

google_nowGoogle Now is an application for Android smartphones that works on voice commands. As an evolved version of Search, this app is a bit like Siri for iPhone, with a few cool twists that Android fans will adore.

If you have a Google Account, you may well find that you already have Google Now on your phone without you even knowing that it’s there. If you go into your phone’s search bar, you will see a little microphone icon – click that icon and then use your voice to get started.

Wondering what sort of commands you can use?

Google Now Voice Actions for Android Phones

There are many different things that you can do with Google Now for Android phones, from asking questions such as ‘how hot is the sun?’ to setting an alarm, checking the weather or making a call. Some of the most common actions to try include the following:

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