Thursday, December 26, 2013

Want to Have a Smarter Thermometer? Check out Kinsa iPhone Accessory

Because of the blazingly fast advancement of technology, we can now do almost anything with these gadgets by all means with ease and convenience. And I hope you couldn't agree with me more. Just take a look at your handheld devices. Even when they were all just freshly popped from their manufacturers, these seemingly blank canvasses already have something to offer.

And they get more likely functional when you gear them with suitable smartphone accessories, and the functional apps meandering over Apps stores. These functional apps can likely be about entertainment, health, education, and the like. Not wanting to be left out, cell phone accessories have the same categories, too. Most of them are even wearable technologies. Surely, gone are the days when technologies get to be as huge as a room. So, adding up to the pile of awesome tech gadgets, here is yet another health accessory for your trusty iPhone, the Kinsa accessory.

Kinsa, looking closely on the image, looks more likely as a mere thermometer attached to your phone. Well, it serves as a thermometer indeed, considering that it takes your temperature. And why would we want to replace the usual thermometer we have at home with this kind of accessory, you ask? I couldn't blame you on pondering that question, because that was my initial reaction either. But for all you know, this ingenious technology is more than just a thermometer that is attached to your smartphone. It doesn't just measure one's temperature, but it can also tell you what you might be potentially suffering from. But make sure also that you have the Kinsa app installed, because the tool and the app need to be associated in order for you to run the smart tool. You just have to simply attach this nifty tool to your phone's headphone jack, stick it either on your armpit or inside your mouth, then let it take care of the rest. But wouldn't that thermometer break, more especially since it has a phone on its end? Actually, it would not break since it is designed for comfort, so it is flexible and thin enough to get you all at ease.

Moreover, there is also a feature called “health weather” that creates a real-time map of human health, which basically scouts the potential illnesses that might be hitting your area. That being said, if many people around your area have been coming down with some sort of illnesses like flu, it's probably what you are suffering from as well. Not to say that you won't need to consult a doctor when you use this tool, but it helps to diagnose what might be triggering your sickness. And when using this tool, you won't have to think hard on when the symptoms began since Kinsa will effortlessly track them for you.

Wouldn't you want your thermometer be smarter as this?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Airplane Mode Can Now Be Just an Option During Flights

Of all handheld devices, I bet there's one gadget that we always keep at hand. And this handset is what we—or most people if not all—deem as the most important thing one should have before he or she goes outdoors. Or, we even take hold of it even while indoors. Do we have the same thing in mind? It's no other than our smarty smartphones.

Photo Credits to Ariel Zambelich/Wired

We've been using it for as long as we can remember—since the innovation of this nifty device. We almost think that we can't live without our phones. At times, this behavior is called somehow as a smartphone addiction. And after that, there goes the birth of a new word known as Nomophobia—the fear of having been disconnected socially, or technically, the psychological syndrome in which a person is afraid of being out of mobile contact. Evidently, anxieties cannot just be experienced when you lost your phone. You can experience being a Nomophobic even when your phone's battery just ran out of juice, your phone ran out of credit, or you have no network coverage. And actually, Nomophobia is just an abbreviation that stands for “no-mobile-phone-phobia.”

There have been a lot of things it can do, but surely, it needs a human input to operate in order for it to accomplish the task that is needed to be done; same is true with the other gadgets existing as well. We can use our smartphones in many ways, but we can't actually use it anywhere.  That's why every smartphone features a profile mode in which it can be loud mode, silent mode, or flight mode. This just means that there is always an appropriate mode to every situation in order for the user not to disturb the people surrounding him or her. Or in other cases, we are not allowed to use our smartphones because we might use it in malevolent ways—or using it may wreak havoc. Such places may include banks, schools (especially during exams), on the road, library, and the list goes on.

Some say that you can't use your phone while flying. That's why, before an airplane takes off, a stewardess lays down a few simple ground rules in order to remind the passengers to not use their smartphones until the plane reaches 10,000 feet. It's the reason also why all smartphones have the “Airplane Mode.” As said, cell phone calls can mess with the airplane's navigation system. That's why it's highly prohibited. Also, that's not just the use of it. You can actually use this mode as an alternative to silencing your phone. It saves you from getting woken up in the middle of the night by notifications; it saves your phone's battery juice longer, and you can see your portable chargers later.

But here comes the news flash. FCC or Federal Communications Commission actually decided to officially lift the ban on smartphones in airplanes. Why, you ask? They cited that “there's no technical reason for their use to be impermissible.” They have lifted the ban because that's how the new technology works. It turned the ban to become technically obsolete. So, now you can make or take calls while flying. The question is: “Will you take the Airplane mode of your devices just an option during flights?” 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Have a Twisted Christmas with These Apps! [iOS]

Christmas has always been warm and cozy. That's because we need to prevent the winter from getting all of us frrrozen. And so, we find ourselves heating up in front of the fireplace and sipping a cup of nice hot chocolate … and yes, with our loved ones. Hmm. Can we ever get enough of it?

It's nice to have one cozy Christmas, but won't it be better if we're going to have a Christmas with a twist? Not that you're going to spoil someone's Christmas and pull out some pranks, but this time around, your trusty smartphones are involvedor your accomplice in that case. Load them with the right apps and you're good to go. See the list below to have a blast this Christmas season!

#1: Office Jerk Holiday Edition

Do you have someone in your office that is… you know… a bad egg in the society? We never really liked having them, but I guess they exist because they have a purpose. As I've learned from someone, "Even the worst people you know have value. They can teach you how not to act." But, all of us want payback time even once in our entire life. Christmas is a season of forgiveness? Well, why not try Office Jerk Holiday Edition to be your outlet this Christmas? So, since Christmas is the time of year when we usually give gifts, you can give this Office Jerk some surprises you'd definitely love pummeling to him. See if you can wipe the Holiday smirk off his face! Muhaha! [Free on iOS]

#2: Rescue Santa Free

Can you take that those little kids won't have any gifts to receive this coming Christmas? Can you take the look on their faces, the tears in their eyes, and the cookies and milk that were left unmoved? Where is Santa? Apparently, Santa has been abducted by some sort of evil alien! Save the day by shooting down those devil herd reindeers flying up the sky with the Santa Claus. Once you've shot the reindeers all at once, you'll gain extra bonus points. But if you accidentally shot Santa Claus, then your points are definitely bound to decrease. [Free on iOS]

#3: Hungry Santa

Ever wonder how Santa Claus maintains his round figure? Maybe this actually has been the problems of many. But Santa Claus prefers being extra healthy, so being skinny is not in his dictionary. That being said, help Santa regain his figure by feeding him until he gets back to his round shape. Tilt your device in order for Santa to move and get those delicious treats! However, beware of the healthy broccoli. Feed him until you can get the elusive "CRAZY CHOMP"! Do you think he can still get up for the challenge? [Free on iOS]

So, what are you waiting for? Get those smartphones charged up with your portable chargers and make your Christmas warped and merrier with these utterly addictive Christmas apps!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Spirit of Nokia is Reincarnated in the Jolla Smartphone

Ever since a promising boom in the smartphone industry was witnessed, many have tried to conceive their own smart device in hopes of making it big against all odds. Some managed to outpace their competitors including the game itself, while there are those that gradually lost the momentum and failed to thrive till they ended up to their demise. And as time passes by, the tech companies leading the smartphone cartel have grown even bigger. The challengers may have been trimmed down to just a few, but the competition has become steeper than ever.

Given this, it’s absolutely insane to go up against these powerhouses; not even Nokia, a game-changer in the mobile phone industry back in the late 20th century till the early 21st century, was able to muster its expertise in stopping the rise of Apple and Samsung in their quest to greatness. And speaking of Nokia, its recent measure to sell its mobile phone division to Microsoft has warranted big changes within the company. And this is what led a team of former Nokia employees to come up with a smartphone in the name of Jolla.

The handset is unlike any other because it has its own operating system called the Sailfish OS. This might be a perfect alternative for mobile users who are fed up with the dominance of Android and iOS. The look of the Jolla smartphone is dense and compact, similar to the mainstream smartphones on the market. Additionally, the device is devoid of any physical buttons, giving its exterior a clean, minimalist appearance.

Going further, let’s head to what the said smartphone is all about—its specs. It has an Ample 4.5-inch IPS qHD display with Gorilla 2 Glass, capable of 5-point multi-touch. It is integrated with an 8-megapixel camera at its rear with LED flash and a 2-megapixal front-facing camera. It runs on a 1.4GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm and 1GB of RAM. The same as most smartphones, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, LTE support, and NFC.

The relatively new OS won’t pose an issue on the availability of apps that can be downloaded in the phone, for it can support Android apps. It may just have a 16GB internal storage space to house the apps that you opt to download, but it features a microSD card slot underneath its rear cover to add some more storage space. The team has come up with the ‘other half’ feature, wherein you can replace the dorsal portion of the phone, and you can be able to integrate more features for your device.

This emerging smartphone brand shows great promise. It possesses its own uniqueness that makes it stand out among others. With the expertise and experience of the former Nokia engineers, you’ll be assured that the device they have conceived is something worth your money that retails at €399. It may have its own set of flaws, but this atypical handset will surely bring a brand new spark in the smartphone industry.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Can Your Phone Multitask like This?

There have been a lot of phones that have battled for their smartness. And on choosing the best smartphone that would cater to your needs, there are a lot of factors to be considered, may it be about platforms, aesthetics, sturdiness, best camera shooter, responsiveness, and the list goes on. And I can’t stress this enough; one of the smartphones that gets the throne of multitasking is Google’s Android.

Well, I’m pretty sure they are what they boast they are, but one would totally be hard-pressed to prove if their Android phones could really do multitasking—especially if they are not using the right apps. Having known of Android smartphones for having great screens as well, it’s evident that they are making room for multitasking, so why not make use of it? Get the best of your phone’s multitasking feature with these floating apps for your Android phones. Yes, floating apps. That means you won’t have to close down a window just to open another. Resize or drag them to your liking, or perhaps switch to another. These apps know what “true” multitasking is. Let’s hit the list below:

#1: GPlayer

Listening to tracks using your phone’s music player while in the middle of something with your phonebe it browsing or texting—has been satisfying a lot of people. And that definitely includes me. But when it’s time to watch a two-minute video clip, it brings a bit of inconvenience since you have to close all the windows you are at just to play this video. Do you want to be wise? Finish first where you’re at and then jump to the video. Not so multitasking after all, huh? But thanks to Google’s GPlayer, you can just pop a window up to play a clip in a jiffy. You never have to close the other windows as you can maximize the use of your large screen. Moreover, you can also browse and play a video straight from YouTube. Who wouldn't enjoy plugging their mobile earphones while using this app, and getting the best of their phone’s multitasking feature? [Free on Android]

#2: Floating Browser
What can a smartphone do? Aside from sending/receiving text messages, making/taking calls, and playing music, perhaps browsing is one of the activities that have been eating your time. And so, it’s crucial to keep the tabs open when you need them. And since we can browse a video from YouTube through GPlayer app, wouldn't it be better if we could browse straight from the browser by just popping up a window as well? Actually, someone had already thought of that. And now, Floating Browser app is at your service. Yeah, well, it’s not a news with that of Note II’s floating browser already, but this app can boast features that the Note II’s floating browser doesn't have. Aside from it being drag-able and resizable, you can actually dock it on your status bar notification so you can reopen it anytime. Getting miffed with all the meandering ads? You’d be glad to know that this app is actually ad-free. [Free on Android]

#3: Tiny Apps lite (floating)

Floating player? Check! Floating browser? Check! Floating apps? … Well, of course, to get the best of multitasking feature of your phone, you must prove it with the apps you can use all at once. Do you remember how big your screen is? Tiny Apps lite (floating) app can actually maximize your screens more as it resizes the apps you open to fit on your phone’s display. Apparently, that’s when you purchase the paid version. Nonetheless, the free version offers five apps that are actually useful. And these are: Paint, Sound Recorder, Music Player, Notes, and a Calculator. [Free on Android]

Aren't these floating apps worth giving a spin? I bet the multitasking feature of your phone hasn't even pushed through the limits yet. Friendly advice: We all know that the more we maximize our gadget’s potential, the more we drain the batteries. So, get your portable chargers with you at all times, and get started with these apps!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top 3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

First off, what would be the perks of using noise cancelling headphones when in-ear headphones, earphones—or whatever you call them—can serve their purpose? You can’t even say anything about their portability since you can just pull all the wires together, and roll it. Okay, having tangled wires can be a handful, but there have been solutions created just to prevent the pain from detangling your earphone wires.

Now, you might ask: what’s wrong with them? Let me give you a situation. Have you been into a concert—or a party—that got so loud, and you can’t hear even the person next to you? All you hear is what? Or did you have the habit of listening to music with your mobile earphones even on loud places? You’ll never hear the song if it’s just on average volume, so you’ll definitely have to raise the volume up to its maximum, won’t you? What we don’t realize, we’re already sparking the danger of having NIHL (Noise-induced hearing loss). What’s more alarming with this is that its effect is quickly growing. And one of the best ways to prevent NIHL is using noise cancelling headphones. In this way, you won’t need to raise the volume of the music while in loud places since the headphones can totally cancel the outside noise. Now, you can even have privacy from passers-by and can keep the volume low so as to lessen the repercussion that noise and earphones inflict. Let’s cut to the chase and hear what these top 3 noise cancelling headphones can offer:

#1: Beats by Dre Studio 2013

It’s in the name of the headphones… who can beat the Beats? This pair of headphones has a strong brand recall with the “b” logo, and it comes in black, white, and red. You think it ranks down with portability? Think again. Now, it has a neat folding system that even gives no room for sharp edges so you won’t be ripping your bag with it. The battery life can even last up to 20 hours, and it has call controls. Apart from it giving an enhanced digital listening, the punchy design makes the splurge all worth it. [£269]

#2: PSB M4U2

Now, let me rephrase the first two sentences with that of beats: can the Beats beat this? This pair of headphones offers the best sound that will make this for all audiophiles a must-have. This pair of headphones that is powered by AAA batteries to function can even function as an amplifier since you can turn the noise cancellation off. You must try it for yourself to know why it’s the best ‘big’ noise cancelling headphones around. [£299]

#3: Bose QC15

This may lack the excitement of rivals since it’s not that ideal for louder music, but this has been one of the oldest models on test, so it shouldn’t be that bad. These Bose headphones are real lightweight regardless of their spacious cups, and it has a good noise blocking. With this pair of headphones being powered by a single AAA battery, having a rechargeable battery system is a plus indeed. Other than that, it is certainly ideal for acoustic music, especially in not so crowded areas.

What’s up with the noise? Cancel them and be at peace with these headphones that you’re surely going to love! If you were anything like me, I will surely load my smartphone with all my favorite tracks!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fresh Apps for Your Smartphones and Tablets [November 2013]

Tired of relentlessly using your old installed apps? Perhaps you are on the hunt for something new for your phone and tablet to taste. So, get hyped up and get your fingers all prepped up to the apps that have been freshly popped this November!

And so, free up some space on your tablet, or buy a smartphone or tablet with a great capacity, because these are the apps worth looking forward to. Keep yourself amused and kick the word “boredom” away. And let’s hit the list below to start the day:

#1: QuizUp

Do you want to start your day with a challenge? Rub off the quizzical look on thinking where to look for one great trivial game, and download the QuizUp app that lets you choose over 250 topics and over 150,000 questions to play! You’ll definitely love to drop in for a few questions just to kill the minutes. It’s indeed the ultimate battle of wits. You can even challenge your friends and connect with others around the sphere as QuizUp is the largest real-time trivia game ever. Do you have the wits? Let the QuizUp quench your thirst for questions! Beware: this game is utterly addictive! [Free on iOS]

#2: Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

Have you always been an avid fan of Star Wars? And also, are you a sucker for the Tiny Tower game? All the excitement are now mashed-up to one as the makers of the Tiny Tower game, LucasArts, creates an app we all Star Wars fanatics are going to love as the action now revolves around a Death Star! So, all you have to do is to help the Emperor Palpatine to create the biggest Death Star space station possible level by level. And yes, you are going to live life on the dark side this time around. [Free on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone]

#3: Clique

Viddy created a Video-sharing app. Now, the question is: does it have anything to say with the big boys like Vine and Instagram? Luckily, though admittedly it had a serious struggle, there is now are reason for their app Clique to boss around. Now, photo sharing comes with a twist. When you are using this app, you can actually send or share a photo with your friends… like, hey, anything new with that? This time around, you can send those photos anonymously. Now, keep your photos very well, or your friends might create a prank for you! And you then have to guess who sent you that picture-made-funnier shot with its stickers! [Free on iOS]

#4: Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout

Okay, here’s another training app to pile on the health and fitness section, the Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout. But, does it have anything new to bring in the table? It surely does. Nowadays, we ditch the idea of having a personal trainer, but this app lets you get the idea back from the bin as this app is by far the closest thing on actually having a real personal trainer. So, if you want Daniel or Angie to guide you through your workout, it’s your call. It allows you to create your own training routine that you can adjust according to the difficulty depending on your liking down on the settings. Stay fit and healthy with this personal handy trainer! [Free on iOS and Android]

Are you now packed with these fresh awesome apps? Pack your portable chargers with you also, and knock yourself out with the latest apps this November! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Users of Samsung Galaxy Note Series Wouldn’t Want to Miss These Apps

Ever since the Samsung Galaxy Note series heated up, people just keep crazing about… the phone? Tablet? Ah! Phablet series. Whether it is Galaxy Note 1, 2, or even the latest Note 3, you will never get bored of swiping, toggling, and tapping on its screen, since each Note device produces an element of surprise.

People just can’t stop themselves from loving the Note series. Note series were all popular with their S Pen concept; why not make use of it? And how could they even hate them especially if they are loaded with awesome apps that “abuse” the S Pen? Without further ado, let’s hit the list of these smarty apps for your smarty smartphone? Tablet? Er, phablet:

#1: Drawing Cartoons

Do you have soft spots on drawing or sketching? I’m sure you did your best to make it more lively, but somehow, drawings can only tell a portion of the story. But what if you can animate your drawing in just a single touch? By then, you can become a filmmaker in no time since Drawing Cartoons app allows you to create your own cartoon movies. It’s even needless for you to draw every frame since this app amazingly allows you to draw keyframes only. No need for so much bustles as well, since intermediate frames are already built automatically! What’s not to like? Animate by just operating the hinges of your character, and there you have it, your first drawing animation with your S Pen.

#2: MyRealFont Lite

Have you always wondered how those seemingly handwritten fonts, yet uniformed, were produced? It’s even cooler to read since handwritten letters are more appreciated these days than printed once. As you know, you can express more your feelings with writing with your bare hands and a pen—of course, on paper. Thanks to MyRealFont Lite and your S Pen, you can now create your own font with your handwriting style! Personalize every letter with your own font style with MyRealFont Lite!

#3: TouchRetouch Free

Do you want to tweak your dull photo? Let the award-winning photo editor, TouchRetouch Free, do the retouch to make the picture vividly alive for you! You can even remove unwanted content or objects from your photo with the help of S Pen technology. How, you ask? With your S Pen, mark the object that you want to be deleted. After marking the object, hit ‘Go’, and voila! You have already removed the unwanted object on your picture. It’s as simple as that. Photo editing has never indeed been so quick, easy, and convenient until TouchRetouch Free app was developed. With this app, photo-bombers will definitely be out of the picture forever! Whether you are removing a pimple or a photo-bomber, TouchRetouch Free app is definitely one of the best photo editing apps ever made!

Aren’t S Pens wonderful? Talk about these apps that are beyond amazing! Although it’s advisable to keep your phone protected with screen protector, since these apps are utterly addictive, and you might not stop poking your Note’s precious screen!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top 3 Android Smartphones Available in the Shelves

So, your trusty phone has retired. Do you have any choice rather than replacing it? Kissing our old pals goodbye would be one of the hardest things in life, especially when you have shared a lot of things together. Yeah, let’s cut the drama. We all know no gadgets are going to last. If we can’t fix them, we can replace them. After all, that’s how the cycle goes. So, if you've been patronizing Android smartphones ever since, I’d say tasting the new flavor of the cutting edge gadgets is but a daring step since a lot of factors are involved. You have to see the bigger picture in order for you to find which one you are really going to fish out of your pocket to get you through with everyday activities. But if you've been using perhaps an iPhone or *insert whatever mobile phone you have been using here*, might as well choose Android for a change. Trying something new wouldn't hurt that much, I guess.

So, if you are on the hunt for tiptop smartphones available in the tech giant’s shelves, without further ado, let’s hit the list below:

#1: HTC One

Ever thought of why I enlisted HTC One first on the list? It’s evident in the name itself—ONE. If you are looking for a sturdy smartphone, then HTC One could satisfy your cravings with its well-built, aluminum-clad. Although, not to say that the design would be ideal for all Android users, but it’s a proof that Android phones can have a sturdy aluminum feel rather than sticking to Sammy’s plastic form factor. Moreover, it has a multiple carrier. HTC One starts retails at $199.99 with contract.

#2: Samsung Galaxy S4

If you are looking for a heap of features on a smartphone or in other words, looking for a genius phone, then I would offer Samsung Galaxy S4 right off the bat. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jellybean—although it’s not the latest platform of Android, still works at its best. If you have loved its predecessor S3, you’re going to love the Galaxy S4 even more. Although its plastic-build is yet again something to complain about, still it’s one of the best phones existing as your eyes couldn't get any spoiled with the display. Again, it is offered on multiple carriers and its cost starts at $199.99 with contract.

#3: LG G2

Tired of your Android phone’s battery life dying out after just a few hours of rocking? LG G2, regardless of how big its screen is, has an excellent battery to flaunt even if you pair it up with multi-tasking. This 5.2-incher may be the latest Android-powered superphone to date, but bugs would always find their way to resurface, and they may get you a bit miffed. Not to mention, the voice quality of LG G2 is a bit disappointing. Nonetheless, you’ll love how its powerful battery supports its super-fast processor.

I’d like to put some more phones on the list, but I’d like to shorten this article as well. Now, once you've chosen which phone you are going to buy, prep yourself up with mobile phone accessories to cater your needs.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Do You Ever Clean Your Phone?

The moment we wake up from our hopefully peaceful sleep, we pick ourselves up aviated to do our daily routines. And what are those routines, you ask? Rubbing our eyes, washing our face, brushing our teeth, taking a bath, and… need I say more? We attend to our personal needs, and that is taking care of our personal hygiene.

How much do we value it? So much that we have to do it constantly. Because if we don’t, the bitter medicines will let us know how much our taste buds will (blech!) suffer—apart from feeling nauseated, outright uncomfortable, and not to mention having headaches, body aches and whatnots.

So let’s have a reality check:

Personal Hygiene: Check; Mobile Phone Hygiene: Che—wait, what?

Raising the question and the subject again, do you ever clean your phone? If not, let me share some fun facts about your smartphones. Let’s put it this way. As we all know, our pair of hands is but one of the parts of our body that could get the dirtiest since we touch anything we could. Of course, we could wash our hands regularly, but let’s not drift our thoughts away on how much we keep touching our phones. Yes, you wash your hands. But, do you wash your handy smartphones?

Did you know how dirty a cell phone is? This nifty handheld device, for all you know, is downright filthy, and it’s not even hard to see why since it is right on the name itself. Handheld—meaning, we always touch our phones most of the time. And where do we place our hands when we are not holding our phones? You place your hands anywhere else where you are unsure of their cleanliness—places where germs are spotted but are unseen by the naked eye. And knowing us, humans, we just can’t handle or we can’t be at ease when we are not tethered on our phones. With that being said, don’t be surprised if you find out that your phone is dirtier than your toilet seat. As studies show, your phone—if not cleaned regularly—will likely contain fecal matter. To spit the numbers out, our phones have 18x more harmful bacteria than that of public restroom handles. Good luck on pressing that against your cheek! Yes, buying them screen protectors can somehow prevent your screen from all the scuffs and smudges, but that’s only digging up the surface—it can’t protect you from all sorts of nasty illnesses like flu, diarrhea, and the list goes on.

Also, the fact that your phone is warm makes matters worse. How, you ask? Well, warmth breeds bacteria. Plus, we keep our phones in warm places like jeans pockets, bags, and anywhere else that can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

And since we don’t wash our phones, even if we use the nicest sanitizer there is for our hands, touch the phone and touch the food; it’s better to just lick the toilet.

Does this revelation rendering you sick? Well, perhaps this has been one of the old news already. But let me ask you just when did you last clean your phone? We all know that cleaning your phones is not as easy as washing your hands, but there are still ways on how to prevent those bacteria from breeding on your phone. However, some mobile companies prohibit the use of household cleaners, aerosol sprays, alcohol, solvents, or abrasive, since they may damage the phone. Nonetheless, we can use wipes at least or get some of those tech cleaners that are intended for phones.

Once again, do you ever clean your phone?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gadget (Ab)user: Could We Hate You More?

Stop for a while, take a minute to look at your gadgets, and think of what else you are going to do if at that moment you are not tapping away on each screen of these nifty devices. Could you think of anything else to do?

I guess you can resume all your works, clean the house, go out and simply talk to your friends, or even have a movie marathon and catch up with what’s new in the sphere. And because we have been so engrossed with all the features of our smartphones, tablets, and *insert all neat gizmos here*, little do we know that we have been creating our pet peeves.

What do you call yourself, gadget user or gadget abuser? Check out the list below in which I pinpoint the annoying tech habits that you might not be aware of—and hopefully, you will get rid of.

#1: Bigger Piece Blocker

Say like you are in a concert. Of course, you want to capture every moment of your favorite band rocking on the stage now that you are there. Evidently, it’s for you to have something to keep in the memory lane. Okay, we get that, but get this: you are not the only person watching on that place. Or perhaps you are in the VIP seat. It doesn’t mean that you have the right to block the view of others as you take photos or videos with your tablet. When you know that you are going to take a picture on a concert or even scooping for a disaster, make your snapping gadget tinier so that you are not blocking other people’s view. You’d be miffed if your view has been blocked when someone just stood up, how much more would the others feel if you’ve been blocking the view with your tablet the whole time?

#2: Walking and Texting Simultaneously

Driving while texting (or just merely using your phone) has already been banned in a lot of states; would you still wait until they prohibit walking while texting? Actually, you should stop walking once you are distracted by your gadgets since it may cost your life. You could even die with just reading the simple “K.” and bam! The best thing to do if you must read and reply to a message is to stop for a while so as to not disturb others and tap it all away with all your heart’s content—no one then will be bothered to have to look after your safety. And I can’t stress this enough; your text message can wait.

#3: Stopping Inappropriately

Well, yeah, thank you for stopping to resume your text. But, care to stop in an appropriate way? Perhaps when you stop, be considerate enough with the people behind you. Say like you are in the pedestrian crossing. You’ll definitely leave the people behind you all filled with discomfiture if you stop abruptly. Could you kindly get out of the way, and if you must stop, move at the side where people won’t be blocked? Always—I repeat—always stretch your consideration to people. It’s the least thing you can do.

#4: Playing Music with Speakers on a Public Place

Bear this in mind: there are people that prefer to be in a quiet place. Yeah, we know how much craze your favorite artist’s latest album had reached, but it’s never appropriate for you to play it with mini speakers to the masses in public. This is where a pair of mobile earphones gets handy. If you really want to listen, just plug them in so you won’t get the stare of death from people around you.

So, let me raise the question again: are you a gadget user or a gadget abuser?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bugs of iOS 7 and How to Fix Them

For the last couple of weeks, Apple’s iOS 7 has always been hitting the headlines and had been written in any angle in the mobile blogosphere. So, here I am adding up in the pile. However, I intend not to create another fuss about it, but rather to write in a different perspective. While other articles posted praise that of iOS 7’s new features, I am now deliberately disclosing some bugs that has been overlooked.

Not to say that I want to bash that of Apple’s iOS 7, but these glitches are important to be dealt with to experience the maximum potential of what the mobile platform can offer. So, as I spot every flaw of this beefy mobile operating system, I also offer the quick fixes to get the best of your smartphone. So, head on; read on. Let’s get started and fix those bugs!

#1: Music Apps Crashing When You Received a Call or Text

If you happened to be listening to music and then someone texts or calls you in the moment, I’ll do nothing but to start a countdown till you get bummed out in 3… 2… 1… Yeah, and there goes your audio apps crashing. This is but one of the things that could get us all miffed especially if we’ve made listening to music and exchanging messages simultaneously as a habit. Well, I guess there is no better fix right now to get it all done, but to switch your phone into Airplane mode. In that way, you won’t be able to receive any calls or messages, and you’ll be able to enjoy your music session.

#2: Some Apps Log You Out After Every Use

It has been our practice to keep our social accounts all logged in at all times since nobody else is using our phones apart from us. They can use or borrow your cell phone accessories like earphones and chargers, but not the phone itself. As we all claim it: it is a personal device. And so, when we want to access the apps to keep us socially connected, we want it immediately logged in. And this is the bug I’m about to stress, and probably, you may have experienced it as well. The apps keep logging you out right after you have used them. It all boils down to iOS 7’s new background app, refresh feature. If you want to seize this madness, go to the: Settings > General > Background App Refresh … and from there, disable any apps that aren't working.

#3: The Bug in the iMessage

Everyone knows what dreadful situations they could get through just because of a … yes, message not sent. Some may even get caught into a fight. And this is what the iMessage of iOS 7 has heated up. There are no indications when your message is delivered. You just have to hope that the other person on the line receives it, or get your hopes crumbling down as he or she picks up a tiff. And I believe that this one has annoyed millions of users. To get your messages delivered, tweak your settings by following these steps: Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. And so, this should do the trick.

As long as the version of iOS 7 keeps updating, just bring up what bugs you. Hopefully and eventually, Apple will get it done as you keep biting into their products.

Monday, October 28, 2013

How to Make Your Facebook Account Hack-free

Have you heard of someone’s Facebook account being hacked? You've probably had, because there have been a lot of ways people have discovered to break into ones account—perhaps you've experienced being hacked, or you have been the hacker.

Good news for people whose accounts are prone to hacks; bad news for people who want to hack the other people’s Facebook accounts! If you have heard of the security of Dropbox and Twitter account using Two-Factor Authentication, then add Facebook account on the list to be protected! And let’s chalk the favor up for people who wants their accounts hack-free. For those who already heard and are familiar of two-factor authentication, then it is exactly the same process with that of Dropbox’s and Twitter’s. But for the sake of those who don’t, you don’t have to draw a lot of breaths just to keep all your accounts from getting hacked, considering how big the social network, Facebook, is.

And so, allow me to walk you through on our subject, two-factor authentication. First off, this two-factor authentication adds a layer of protection by requiring you to enter a verification code in addition to your password in order to log in to your respective accounts. But mind you, the verification codes are somewhat disposable, simply put, they are single-use security codes. Now, how do you get these security codes, you ask? These verification codes are being sent to your tiptop smartphone, be it via text messages or through an authenticator app. It can be of a great help if someone—in most cases—intentionally got all your Facebook credentials. So, if your account holds a lot of private information that aren't supposed to be disclosed beyond your close circle, then two-factor authentication has got you covered.

And to start with, you must first log in to your Facebook account using your, evidently, Facebook account credentials. Next, do you see the cog at the upper right side of the menu bar? Yes, the Settings. As you click it, select Account Settings. Now, select Security from the list on the left side, and then select Login Approvals. From there, check the box labeled Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers. And then follow the steps as Facebook walks you through each step of the setup process.

Now, make sure you already have your mobile number registered on your account to be able to setup the two-factor authentication. But if you don’t, you need not worry since Facebook will automatically ask you to associate your phone number with your account. By default, Facebook sends verification codes through its mobile app. However, you can receive the codes via text messages alone, which is a backup login method. At the moment, this comes handy when you are subscribed in an unlimited text messaging plan. But if not, it’s better to rely in the authenticator app. And if all is said and done, Facebook then will send you a text message to confirm if the phone number you associated with your Facebook account is yours. Key in the six-digit confirmation code sent to your phone to confirm.

Is there a need to enter the code every now and then to log in to your personal computer? Good news, these codes will not pester you so long as it already recognizes your browser. And, if you are using a mobile app, this two-factor authentication is no longer applicable—it’s basically for Web browsers only. But still, it keeps your account more secure from hackers. Simply put, like a sturdy mobile back case protecting your phone against bumps and blows.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How to Prevent Your Twitter Account from Being Hacked

Do you hear that? Almost every netizen is talki… wait—tweeting about *insert whatever hashtagged trending here*! Yes, if you don’t have a twitter account, then you’ll probably be the last to know on what’s going on. The hottest issues can be as cold as dead ones to you. Although not to say that only the big social site, twitter, can give you the latest and hottest issues, but it is one of the easiest ways to share in a heartbeat what’s happening right off the bat. What do you say, tweeps?

One does not simply close their cool cell phone covers without tweeting about something. But, let’s not drift our thoughts away from people who have… you know, malicious intentions on pulling us down. What if accidentally—or in most cases, intentionally—someone got a hold of your Twitter account credentials? Can you even imagine what horrible things could happen? At best, it will confuse or otherwise annoy your followers; at worst that you can imagine, your account may be used to spread malwares. So, going back to the main topic, how are we supposed to prevent our twitter from being hacked? Don’t tell anyone your credentials? Honey, there are already some tricks that can get all your credentials in a jiffy. Well, the best answer yet would be using the two-factor authentication for your Twitter account.

Two-factor authentication—or hashtag “login verification”—can keep your Twitter account secured. How, you ask? Well, it basically adds additional layer of security, by which you have to enter a single-use security code upon entering your credentials, as you try to log in to your account. Single-use? You've read that right. The codes that are being sent can only be used once. But where would you get the security code? The security code will be sent to you through a text message or via an official Twitter smartphone app. And so, if someone tries to hack your Twitter, they must take your smartphone as well. But seriously, would anyone go that far just to sabotage your Twitter account?

So, if you want to secure your Twitter account just in case someone got your account’s credentials, then protect your phone by following the setup for Two-factor authentication:

#1: Getting security code through text messages

Like I have mentioned, @two-factor can offer two types of sending verification codes. One is through text messages, and the other is through the app. So, if you want to get the code through text messages, here’s the quick guide:
Steps: Login to your Twitter account > click the Settings (gear icon) > select Security and Privacy > Security > look for Login Verification > Select login verification requests to my phone.
Twitter then will send you a message, and will prompt you if you have received it. Follow the succeeding instructions asked and press Save Changes.
Now, if you did not succeed, perhaps your phone number wasn't yet registered. Follow these steps to add your phone number to your account:
Steps: select Mobile > Choose Country > Enter Phone number > press Activate phone.
Once you have entered your number, you may now set up the two-factor authentication. This will do the trick for getting verification code via text message.

#2: Getting verification codes through smartphone app

Why would you even have an app if you can just receive it through a text message? Well, for all you know, getting verification codes via text messages can only be great if you are subscribed in an unlimited text messaging plan. But if you’re not, then your best solution at hand would be having an app dedicated for receiving your verification codes. Now, do you have your Twitter app installed on your phone? Great! If not, you can download it on you designated apps store. Here is a quick guide to set it up:
Steps: Log in to your account > tap Me button > click the Settings (as usual, the gear icon) > toggle the Login verification slider > tap Confirm if you agree of using this phone to receive the codes.
The login verification will now be activated, and you have to keep your phone with you at all times if you want to log in to your Twitter account.

 Do you think it stops there? Not so fast. Two-factor authentication is smart enough to think about your phone having … at worst, pilfered. So, there’s a backup code if everything else fails. Be sure not to save this on your mobile phone or you can tweet your Twitter account goodbye. Oh, wait. You can’t tweet at all, then. Hah! Just key the codes in so you can log in to your Twitter account once again. Happy tweeting!