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!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What Comes Next After a Flexible Screen?

Have you noticed how the companies in the mobile industry continue to widen their flagships’ screens with every launch? And as the screen of each flagship widens, the lead ships also get thinner. That’s because trimming off the gizmos’ thickness would probably be indemnified for portability, and that these nifty gadgets should embody what they really are named: handheld devices.

But as nifty smartphones and tablets get thinner, evidently, they are more prone to… let’s say put that sleek gadget inside your denim’s back pocket and sit anywhere… and let’s wait for the for the sounding crackles of every bit and piece of your pho—and it’s gone. You see, with that kind of wide screen space, the concrete ground would really feast if they can get a kiss from it.

Eyes away from the cracking screen and stare with LG’s flexible OLED and shatter-resistant screen! This technology has been hitting the headlines because of its incredible feature: the bendable display. Well, it just shows that there would be no need at all for flexible screen protectors. Although Samsung was the first to announce a bendable display named Youm, they are still unable to tell on when their bendable tech will be available on the market.

Now that LG has stolen the limelight from Samsung with its bendable and roll-able OLED display, they were looking into producing a phone with the flexible OLED display that is codenamed as LG Z. On a lighter note, this bendable OLED display is made of plastic substrates that is opposed to glass, and is only 0.44mm thin, weighing 7.2g.

I’m pretty sure this is a great tech, but how are you supposed to use all the inflexible mobile phone accessories like batteries? Of course, to have a truly flexible phone, the phone’s components must be flexible too, right? And so, after the flexible screen, LG now announces that it will produce bendable batteries! And actually, they have been successful in producing not just one battery but three of its kind. There are curved, stepped, and cable namely that were developed by LG Chem.

The curved battery is said to fit into smartphones, smartwatches, and smart glasses even. All thanks to its “stack and folding” technology, you can now juice up your curved screen or flexible design with ease.

The second one, stepped battery, got its name because it is made of two joined separate batteries in a step-like design. The stepped battery was born out of the idea that it could fit to different small spaces and compartments that usual batteries can’t. LG Chem also claimed that these batteries have also increased by 16 percent in capacity.

And the last but not the least, here goes the cable battery. It’s not the least as I boldly claim since it is the most high-tech among the three batteries. Like a typical cable, you can bend, twist, and knot this piece of tech even. Not only that, this battery is safe to use since it uses low electricity and is waterproof.

So, there are your flexible batteries for your flexible smartphones. So, what comes next?