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  • This New Insta Feature Could Save Lives

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    With Instagram being one of the most popular social media platforms, their new update is bound to raise lots of awareness.

    On October 17th, Instagram launched their new feature - allowing anyone to anonymously report a post if someone on their feed may need mental health support and provide suggestions on how to do so.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as well as the National Eating disorders Association teamed up with this popular app to help with the wording of the prompt that directly sends the person with:

    “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.”

    With 1 in 5 people suffering from a form of mental health per year, this new feature is definitely a welcoming strategy that seeks to raise awareness and support of Instagram users.

  • Plan your next trip with Trips

    You know what’s really going to make your week less stressful? Downloading Google’s new (and completely free) Trips app.

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    Trips organizes all your desired accommodations and locations in one central place, perfect for your next vacation. It also offers recommended places to visit based on your search history, as well as travel guides on more than 200 destinations.

    No wifi? No problem. The app also works offline so it’s perfect for downloading all your personalised directions and maps before your trip.

    So go on, download it! Available for both Android and iOS. 

  • 13 Things to get excited about with iOS 10

     

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    Apple’s release of the iOS 10 for the iPhone 5 and upwards is going to make you froth and here’s why:

    1. The ‘Rise and Wake’ function will automatically display all your notifications simply by picking up your phone

    2. The home screen will allow better interaction with your notifications. Perfect for all you busy folks!

    3. Quicktype keyboard now has new emojis that will be 3 times bigger (yass), lingual typing and will allow you to send your location in one single tap

    4. Apple Music has undergone a complete renovation and will be a lot simpler to use (about time)

    5. Apple maps is now new and improved! You can invite friends to a location by sending them directions and you’ll be able to use Apple Pay to make various bookings, including ordering an Uber.

    6. All your photos will have an inbuilt intelligent search, making it easier to find people. Apple will be able to make ‘memory’ suggestions based on what it senses from face recognition. The future is now, am I right?

    7. Siri will now become your best friend! You can now make directions using Siri with different apps from the App store to send messages, make phone calls and more

    8. The news feed is going to be much easier to navigate

    9. Every time you send links via a message, your recipient will see a preview of the page that you’ve linked them

    10. ‘Home’ is a new app that will give people a central location to control their HomeKit accessories

    11. Voicemail translation: Apple will be able to translate what a caller says into text form.

    12. Third party apps like ‘Whatsapp’ will be displayed on the lock screen when there are incoming calls

    13. iMessage now has digital touch - allowing you to send your heartbeat and sketch images

     

    Nice work, Apple!

  • 9 Things Apple Left Out During Their Announcement

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    Everyone is excited for the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to hit the market as well as the accessories that come with them – new Apple Watch Series 2 and head phones.

    However, there are some downsides to the Apple products that you should know about before purchasing these highly demanded products!

    Storage space: The jet black iPhone 7 is ONLY available in two storage models the 128GB  or 256GB. This is the same for the iPhone 7 Plus where it’s 128GB or 256GB

    Scratch marks: Sadly, the sleek looking jet black iPhone is more likely to get scratches on it, we don’t really know how these would look like until we get it but it could mean that your new phone might not look as new.

    No fast charging: Apple has not spoken about quick charging for the new iPhones. Almost all Android has quick charging where it can go from 0% to 40% in 30 minutes and an extended battery life, which is something we would all love to have.

    Listening to music: Head phones ran out of battery? Sorry, you can’t charge your head phones and listen to music at the same time … unless you use wireless headphones. A couple of alternatives is buying the 3.5mm headphone jack or getting a smart battery case (Downside: the case needs to be charged up and ready to charge your iPhone)

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    Airpod earbuds and water: Unfortunately, the Airpod earbuds are NOT water-resistant so for all those runner… you can’t run with music because of your sweat, plus it will fall out.

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    Battery life confusion: On the Apple’s iPhone website the comparison table there is some confusion. Yes, the battery life is longer on the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but that’s for internet use using 3G, LTE and Wi-FI. BUT for all those people that talk on the phone a lot the battery life dropped from 24 hours on 3G on the iPhone 6S plus to 21 hours on the iPhone 7 Plus.

    Optical Zoom intensity: The iPhone 7 Plus zoom range has 12-megapizel cameras on the back a wide-angle which allows 1x zoom and a telephoto for 2x zoom without losing any image quality. After that you have digital zoom which allows up to 10x zoon. In other words, you can go from close to really close in no time.

    Lighter: So the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have the same dimensions as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, but somehow it weights 0.14 ounces less. Mmm not sure if this is a good or bad thing yet?

    Price of Apple watch ceramic is crazy: The new drool-worthy Apple Watch series 2 model is four times stronger than stainless steel but at what cost? It’ll just be $1249

  • Quick Tips for a Quick Phone Charge

    You head out in the morning with a fully charged smartphone. You hope and pray the battery will last all day, or at least have access to a power outlet later. You skip playing music, videos and games on your phone to preserve the battery life, yet your phone still uses up most of its battery life while you’re out and you only have a few minutes to recharge it. What do you do?

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    You can try the following methods for charging up in a short period of time and getting the most out of your phone's battery.

    • Use a wall socket: Using a wall socket rather than the USB port of your computer can sometimes add an hour or more to your phone's charge. This is because a phone charger provides at least 1 amp of current compared with a USB port that can only charge at 0.5 to 0.9 amps. Buy an adaptor if your charger doesn’t come with one so you can charge your smartphone directly into the wall socket.
    • Use a high-powered adaptor: Choose an adaptor that can generate as much power. Be sure to use one that is compatible with your smartphone. If you use an adaptor with a higher caliber of power (for example, charging an iPhone using an iPad adaptor) you can get a more effective charge in a shorter amount of time.
    • Charge the battery pack: Phones can take a long time to charge, but battery packs get to full power much quicker. Instead of charging with your phone, charge the battery using a portable battery pack instead and then plug that into your phone once it is finished. It cuts down on the wait time and does the exact same job.
    • Airplane mode: One of the most well-known hacks is to charge your phone while it is set to airplane mode. It cuts off the Wi-Fi and cellular data, which suck up a lot of battery life when switched on. Temporarily shutting them off or using the flight mode will help your phone charge in no time.
    • Stop using it while charging: Resist the urge to use your phone while it is charging. Even lighting up the screen uses up precious battery life, and incessant checking will slow down your charge time to a crawl.

     

    In our daily lives, being without your phone for an extended period of time can be a challenge. But our frequent use of phones means the battery almost never lasts. You need to constantly charge your phone to keep using it and stay connected to the people you need to. By using these quick tips, you can bridge the gap between phone usage and charging time, and your phone can keep going for as long as it can.

  • iPhone 7 vs Galaxy Note 7

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    So far, Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7, has outshined Apple’s soon to be released iPhone 7. Here’s 10 reasons why!

    1. The Note 7 will be the leading smartphone with the best camera quality
    2. There’s a heart rate rate sensor at the back of the phone (Step up your game Apple!)
    3. Faster charging -  with the option of either wireless charging or a wired plug
    4. The S pen still works like a pro underwater
    5. You can unlock the phone using the iris scanner. The future is here!
    6. The Note 7 is slimmer, making it easier to slip into your pocket
    7. You can make GIFs using your own video clips
    8. It has a headphone jack while the iPhone 7 won’t
    9. There’s a secure folder app that enables utmost privacy for users. You can store photos, videos and files
    10. You can add more storage if you purchase an SD card

    Android all the way!

  • iPhone 7: What's confirmed

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    For all you Apple fans out there, you’ve come to the right place! New information has been recently released to confirm the multitude of rumours about the iPhone 7.

    One confirmation is that the iPhone 7 is set to be released on the 16th of September this year, and it’s almost certain that there will be 2 versions - the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Evan Blass, a technology expert, tweeted that pre-orders are confirmed to start on the 9th of September, 2016.

    What about confirmed features, you ask?

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    The iPhone 7 will be 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s and will completely ditch the headphone jack as well as introduce wireless charging. Although still a speculation, numerous leaks have practically confirmed that Apple will ditch its traditional home button in exchange for a pressure sensitive or button-less design, providing users with a larger surface area on the featured Sapphire glass screen. This latest rumour of the Sapphire glass will possibly replace the Corning’s Gorilla glass that was previously rumoured. It is also confirmed that there will be new colours in the iPhone 7 line - Dark and Space Black.

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    In order for Apple to compete with their main rivals, the newest iPhone 7 will definitely be water and dust proof. To be more specific - the device will still be as good as new even if it is submerged in 1m of water for 30 minutes.

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    The latest speculation has been that the iPhone 7 will replace the LCD display with an OLED display, where the screen will generate its own light rather than requiring back -light in order to glow. Not long now before this latest innovation is released!

  • Galaxy Note 7 in a nutshell

    The month of August has been buzzing with excitement with Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7, expected to be released just around the corner! Although its’ official release date is the 2nd of August, this latest gadget will  start selling on the 19th.

    For those of you who dislike reading long blog posts, you’ve come to the right place! Here are the key features of the Galaxy Note 7 (that’s right - they skipped the Galaxy Note 6) in a nutshell.

    1. Camera

    Not that many changes have been made from the s7 and s7 edge, such as the 12-megapixel camera. The only notable difference is a better low light camera.

    A better low light camera = better photos

    2. Appearance

    The Note 7 will be a dream come true with its’ exterior made from an alloy metal composite, meaning it won’t budge or dent if dropped. The display is also said to be made from gorilla glass, providing an almost indestructible screen.

    Technology psychic Evan Blass tweeted that the device will also feature a range of colours - black, onyx, silver titanium and the latest colour, a gorgeous blue coral. Additionally, it will be uber sleek with a dual curved display wrapping around both edges of the phone, much like the s7 Edge. Better yet, it will be 2mm narrower but with the same size screen as the Galaxy s7. All this despite packing the biggest battery (3500 mAh) in a Note device.

    3. Amazing new features

    THE FUTURE IS HERE. Possibly the coolest feature is the iris scanner, which enables the user to unlock their phone using just their eyes. The S pen has also been improved, with twice as much sensitivity. The result? Users can make animated gifs with the precise new pen, translate words into over 70 languages, pin a memo on the lock screen and magnify a window of text.

    The phone will also feature an SD card holder where you will be able to add an extra 256GB of storage. No need for cloud storage here.

    The phone is also water resistant (IP68) meaning that you will be able to drop it the sink and it should be completely fine.

    Finally, the phone will have USB Type C port, moving on from the microUSB ports used by older android models. This new smartphone will definitely not fall behind from its competitors as it features a water resistant body.

  • iPhone 7: What’s true and what isn’t?

     Much speculation has surrounded Apple’s release of the iPhone 7 to be launched around mid-September this year. With so many leaked photos circulating around the web - how can we determine what’s true and what isn’t?

    There have been rumours that there will be 3 versions of this phone - the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus and the iPhone 7 pro. However, mobile reporter Evan Blass has anticipated otherwise on his twitter account, stating that Apple is most likely to release only the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. If that’s the case then it’s fair to ask what the features and differences are between the two.

    Let’s start off by breaking down the most popular rumours.

    1.Appearance and wireless functions?

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    Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 pro will have a cleaner appearance than the current iPhone 6s. Although similar looking, it is most likely that it will be thinner than its preceders, achieved by an elongated earpiece to give a cleaner appearance on the front of the phone. The most exciting rumour that the headphone jack will be gone is most likely true, as the new iPhone will feature bluetooth earphones and stereo speakers on the bottom. A volume rocker could also be possible, however this has not been confirmed.

    From numerous leaked photos, the home button will be replaced with fingerprint recognition on the display of the phone to give it an overall minimalistic appearance.

    It is also most probable that most of the available colours of the iPhone currently will be available, however space grey could be replaced with space black - a gorgeous jet black, darker colour. Lower reflectivity is also rumoured.

    Wireless charging is also a huge possibility which would be a huge bonus, however this rumour has been very contentious.

    2. Dual lens camera?

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    Phone cases in preparation for the iPhone 7 have confirmed a huge upgrade in the camera. Selfie lovers will appreciate the upgrades in the improved camera quality, featured through a raised camera edge. The iPhone 7 is most likely going to feature a larger sensor camera with larger pixels, while the iPhone 7 plus will gloriously display a dual lens camera with optical zoom, better focus, low light quality and multiple streams for videos.

    3. Battery life/ power efficiency

    A much wanted improvement will most probably be made - battery life should increase by 1-2 hours and the previous 1GB of RAM on the current iPhone will be replaced by 2GB of RAM on the iPhone 7 and possibly even 3GB of RAM on the iPhone 7 plus. (Yay!)

    4. Water resistance?

    Possibly the most practical feature upgrade is the water resistance capabilities of the iPhone 7 plus; a likely possibility due to the removal of the headphone jack.

    Rumours will continue to flood the internet until the official release of this much anticipated piece of technology. Until then, we won’t truly know what’s true and what isn’t.

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