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What should you do when your Android device lost or stolen May 12, 2016 00:00

When you realize your device is gone, you'll probably think about what sort of personal information is accessible via the device, what photos you had saved on it, and the cost of replacing it. If you've already attempted to recover the device with the Android Device Manager (or your friend's Android), then it's time to contact the police and your wireless provider to report the situation.

Your carrier may require a police report to prove that the device is actually missing. In addition to the make, model and visual appearance, the police and your carrier may request the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) to help identify the device. This is number is unique to your hardware, and may allow the carrier to discontinue service to it, or blacklist it from their network if it was stolen.

As a recent post on the Digital Inspiration blog points out, you can still find your IMEI without the phone in your hand. Here's how:

Start by logging into your Google Dashboard by heading to http://www.google.com/settings.

After you're signed in, click the arrow next to Android. You will see all devices that have been attached to your Google account. Find your current phone and copy the IMEI number.

Hopefully the combined effort of the police and your wireless carrier will help you retrieve your device.


livestream your life on Facebook May 05, 2016 00:00

When it comes to broadcasting an event or a random rant to your social media friends, Twitter users have Periscope and Facebook users have, well, Facebook.

Facebook's Live Video feature was first announced in 2015 and available only to celebrities. As of last week, however, Facebook is expanding the feature's availability to iPhone users starting in the US, with expansion to the rest of the world in the "coming weeks."

Facebook's announcement also notes that it's working on adding the feature to the Android app "soon."

For those who have access to Facebook's Live Video feature, starting a stream is as easy as posting a status update.

 

  • In the Facebook app, begin to compose a status as you normally would.
  • Instead of entering text, look for a new icon just above the keyboard. If you don't see it yet, check back in a day or two. Facebook is known for slowly rolling out new features to users.
  • If you do have the icon, tap on it.
  • Tap on Continue, fill in a title and select your privacy options (friends, public, etc.).

Once you begin streaming, an alert will be sent to your Facebook friends, notifying them of your stream. The top half of your screen will show what your viewers are seeing, with a control to switch between the front and rear facing camera in the top-right corner.

The bottom half of the screen is where notifications of comments and new viewers will show up.


How to play secret basketball game in Facebook Messenger's May 03, 2016 18:05

Facebook released an update to its iOS Messenger app. Normally such updates are accompanied with a change log that reads to the effect of "various bug fixes." It's never clear what's new -- if anything -- when Facebook updates its apps. The Android app was updated on 3/17/2016.

Only this time Facebook offered some advice in the change log: "Shoot Some Hoops: Want to see what's hiding behind the basketball emoji in Messenger? Just send one and tap to find out!"

Following the directions will result in Messenger launching an arcade-style basketball game, where you flick a basketball towards a hoop. As you continue to make or miss baskets, fun emojis and Facebook stickers cheer you on.

To start a game, open a Messenger conversation and send a basketball emoji. Once the message is sent, tap on the emoji and Messenger will launch the basketball game. If it's not working for you, make sure you have the latest version installed. In the screenshot above, I mention double-tapping the ball to get it to work. The first few times I tried opening the game, I had to double-tap. Subsequent tries worked with a single tap.

High score updates will show up in the conversation thread, letting your friends know who has the high score.

After hitting 10 in a row the basket will begin moving across the screen, just like it does in an arcade; making the game that much harder.


What is USB Type C ? August 04, 2015 15:56

Q: What does USB stand for?

A: Universal Serial Bus.


Q: Will USB-C be backwards compatible?

A: Yes, it will be backwards compatible with older USB devices. However, transfer speeds will be limited to that of the older device.


Q: What connectors will USB-C use?

A: USB 3.1 features are supported by USB-C connectors, and USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with other connectors like Micro USB, A and B.


Q: What’s the difference between Type-A and Type-C?

A: Type-A is one of the current connector types and will primarily be used as a platform for legacy devices while Type-C is the new standard moving forward. Additionally, Type-A and Type-C connectors are different shapes, so they will not work with one another.


Q: Why should I care about USB-C?

A: It’s a new all-in-one solution for power, video, and data delivery using a single cable. Instead of having a backpack full of multiple cable types, you can have one type for all uses and USB-C is the only connector currently available to support the full functions of USB 3.1.


Q: What kinds of devices will use the USB-C and USB 3.1 technology?

A: All standard expansion devices (tablets, laptops, mobile devices and accessories, A/V adapters, HDD enclosures, expansion cards, monitors, motherboards, etc.). Essentially, everything with a current Type-A and/or Type-B connector will eventually transition to Type-C.


Q: Are there devices on the market that incorporate this technology?

A: At the moment, ASUS is working on bringing USB-C technology to its products (motherboards, expansion cards, etc). Additionally, MSI is working on bringing it to their laptop, as well as Chromebooks from Google, ASUS, MSI, and Samsung.


Q: When will this technology be fully integrated into all new products?

A: USB 2.0 took a decade to fully transition. USB 3.0 took 4 years to fully transition and is just now reaching price parity with USB 2.0. USB-C will take an estimated 3 years to become fully adopted (2017).


Q: Was Type-C created to minimize breakages?

A: No, it was created to be a universal platform that’s easy to usewith a reversible design and the ability to use just one cable type for all your devices and functions.


Q: What problems does USB-C solve?

A: The faster data transfer speeds unlock the power of the VESA DisplayPort standard, which allows for delivery of full 4K Ultra HD video, and the ability to deliver 100 watts of power allows for quicker charging of mobile devices and laptops, as well as eliminating the need for separate AC adapters, power bricks, or different cable types. Additionally, the fully reversible design means that there is no right or wrong way to plug the cable into a device. So, no matter which end you grab or which side of the connector is "up", it plugs in the first time, every time.
In short: Easier to use. Less clutter. No more power bricks


Q: How much faster is USB-C compared to previous generations of USB, to SATA, and to Thunderbolt™?

A: USB 3.1 Type-C delivers a 10Gbps data transfer rate. This makes it more than 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and twice as fast as USB 3.0. It is also faster than the 6.0Gbps rate of the SATA III standard, allowing external hard drives to exceed the current speed of internal drives! The 10Gbps speed is the same as that of Thunderbolt, but it is half the speed of the 20Gbps offered by Thunderbolt 2. However, the cost of USB-C is about a quarter of that of Thunderbolt 2, giving it a lower cost/performance ratio, making it well suited for consumer applications.


Q: What does the letter C refer to in Type-C? What Types are used by my other devices (e.g., computer, printer, phone, etc.)?

A: The C refers to the connector style. Type-A connectors are the traditional rectangular plugs that we're all familiar with. Type-B is an older device-side connector, which is often used by printers, scanners, etc. Older mobile devices use the Mini Type-B connector, while most newer devices use the Micro Type-B connector.


Q: What is daisy chaining?

A: Daisy chaining is a wiring scheme in which a chain of three or more devices are connected in series. For example, if you plug an external hard drive into your computer, then plug another external hard drive into that drive rather than directly to the computer, you have created a daisy chain.


Q: What are some key features and benefits of USB-C?

A: The ability to use a single cable for data transfers, to deliver video to a display, and power delivery are the key features of USB 3.1 Type-C. This allows it to be used to daisy chain multiple devices together, in much the same way as Intel's Thunderbolt interface is used in Apple products. However, it delivers this functionality at about a quarter of the cost of Thunderbolt, making it a much more suitable solution for consumer use.


Q: Can a reversible USB-C cable replace HDMI® and DisplayPort cables?

A:Yes. However, it will be a gradual transition and will take several years before USB-C fully replaces HDMI and DisplayPort.


Q: Will I need to purchase all new cables?

A: Not necessarily. USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and during the transition period most devices will include both Type-C and legacy Type-A connections, so you're still be able to use your current cables. Adapters are available now, which allow you to plug your legacy devices into a Type-C port, and hybrid cables with a Type-A connector on one end and Type-C on the other are also available, so as devices transition to offering only Type-C ports, you'll still be able to use your old cables.


Google Photos offers unlimited storage for mobile and web May 29, 2015 10:41

Google today launched a standalone, unlimited photo and video service called Google Photos. Google Photos is a free -- and, again, unlimited -- storage, sharing and editing service, and it is available today on Android, iOS and the web. However, do note that the unlimited storage only counts if you're okay with a little compression -- your photos will be downsized to 16-megapixels and your videos will have to be 1080p or worse. You can certainly upload original resolution photos and videos too, but they'll count against your Google Drive storage limits.

Google Photos also automatically backs up all of your content and it offers editing and sharing tools. We're not just talking about sharing to Google+ here: Send your images to a range of hubs, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and WhatsApp.


iPhone 6S Leak New Features May 28, 2015 19:37


Nine months have passed since the iPhone 6 launch for the first major iPhone 6S leak to emerge, but finally it is here.

The leak comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a rock solid track record on Apple leaks in recent years. Kuo spoke privately to investors today breaking down 11 key features he understands will make up the key elements of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus when they are launched in September.


AppleInsider obtained a copy of Kuo’s claims. There’s a wealth of information here, all of which sounds not only reasonable but logical.

1. Force Touch

The Talking Point – Force Touch is what will likely prove to be the key selling point of the 6S models. Having introduced it on the Apple Watch and 13-inch MacBook Pro it makes perfect sense for Apple to extend this to the iPhone (and eventually the iPad).
Force Touch will be the biggest upgraded selling point, but also one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain. Force Touch can enhance user experience due to more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding in the commercial market.

2. Screen Size

The biggest talking point for some will be what isn’t there: a 4-inch iPhone 6S. Many have expressed frustration that Apple has not kept the smaller form factor and I have previously stated reasons Apple must make it. Sadly it looks like a watered down iPhone 6C is the best we can hope for. Screen will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with resolution the same as existing models. There will be no new 4-inch model.

3. Casing Color

There will be an additional casing color, rose gold, matching the rose gold Apple Watch Edition.

4. Camera

Apple Wants the Camera Crown Back – iPhones have consistently topped smartphone camera rankings since the iPhone 4S, but recently both the Galaxy S6 and LG G4 surpassed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.The camera will have a pixel upgrade, likely to 12 MP.

In making its first resolution bump in three generations Apple clearly means business and I suspect megapixels will actually prove to be one of the smaller talking points in a radical overhaul when the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are unveiled. A potential move to a faster f stop (f1.8 like the LG G4 or f1.9 like the Galaxy S6) would be particularly appealing when combined with Apple’s class leading image processing.

5. Performance

A Performance Leap , the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have incredibly fast real world user experiences. That said in moving on from the iPhone 5S they also have one of the smallest generational performance leaps in iPhone history – primarily due to the jump in their native screen resolutions.
With the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus Apple looks set to address that. The A9 chipset will inevitably bring notable gains, but the bump to 2GB of RAM is long overdue and should open up the potential for iOS 9 to have dramatically improved multitasking. What form that will take remains to be seen. The A9 processor with upgraded 2GB LPDDR4 will be adopted.

6. Microphone

One microphone will be added near the speaker to enhance voice quality.

7. Internal Mechanical Design

The bending issue will be improved by using different casing materials and internal mechanical design changes.

8. Cover Lens

If drop test issues can be resolved, the 5.5-inch model will have a limited number of units with sapphire cover lens.

9.Touch ID

The recognition rate of Touch ID will be improved further in a bid to promote Apple Pay.

10. Gesture control

Gesture control support.

11. iOS 9

iOS 9: ‘S edition’ iPhones often get a bad rep. This tends to be because they look the same as the previous generation and it’s unfair as – design aside – past S models have dramatically improved every element of the phone. Still their underappreciation looks set to continue because of iOS 9. Talk has been that iOS 9 will primarily focus on polishing iOS 8. That means an emphasis on stability, security and speed. I don’t doubt these elements will be a factor, but the move to 2GB of RAM in the new phones suggests we should expect a lot more.

After all the existing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are already incredibly fast performers on iOS 8, so optimisations alone to iOS 9 wouldn’t justify the move to 2GB of RAM and Apple prides itself on saying it doesn’t engage in a specification war without reason.

Of course we won’t truly know about any of this until Apple unveils the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in September alongside iOS 9. Then again I’m also in no doubt that further leaks before then mean we will have a strong idea of what will be coming. We’re already off to an exciting start…


It’s expected that mass production will start in mid-to-late August. Total shipments will be 80-90mn in 2015, with a 2:1 ratio of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.


WhatsApp Messenger for iOS add in Voice Calling Capabilities April 21, 2015 12:44

After promising to deliver voice calling capabilities back in 2014, WhatsApp has finally delivered, introducing voice over IP features in its latest update. With the new version of the app, it's possible for WhatsApp users to call friends and family directly within the app using a Wi-Fi or cellular connection at no cost.

The introduction of voice calling to the Facebook-owned WhatsApp app puts it on par with Facebook's other messaging app, Facebook Messenger, which gained voice calling back in 2013. It also allows the app to better compete with other iOS-based VoIP calling options like Skype and FaceTime Audio.

Today's WhatsApp update also brings a few other features, including the iOS 8 share extension for sharing videos, photos, and links to WhatsApp from other apps, contact editing tools, and the ability to send multiple videos at one time.


Google search 'Find My Phone' to locate your missing Android SmartPhone April 16, 2015 12:44

 

Google's making it even easier to track down your misplaced mobile device. While Android Device Manager already exists to help find lost phones and tablets, just getting to your account's ADM menu often requires a search of its own. But Find My Phone is as simple as a web query. In fact, that's literally what you're doing. Simply open a Google omnibox and type "find my phone" to display a map that reveals the phone's current resting place. If the device is nearby, you can also opt to ring your cell. Unfortunately, Find My Phone does not allow you to lock or erase your device should it be stolen or, say, left at the local pub -- you will still need Android Device Manager to do that.


Apple Recycling Program - turn your old device to Apple gift card April 15, 2015 23:27

Turn that iPhone, iPad, or computer — Mac or PC — you’re not using anymore into something brand new. Send it to apple and they will determine if it qualifies for reuse. If it does, that means your device has monetary value that they’ll apply to an Apple Store Gift Card, which you can use for purchases at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. If your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC doesn’t qualify for reuse, Apple will recycle it responsibly at no cost to you.

  1. Tell apple about your device.

    Only iPhone, iPad, and Mac or PC desktop and notebook computers qualify for the Apple Reuse and Recycling Program.

  2. Get your estimate and ship your device.

    Apple contracts with external partners, who will estimate the fair market value of your product. These partners will provide convenient prepaid options to package and ship your product to their facility for evaluation.

  3. Receive your Apple Store Gift Card.

    After a short time, your Apple Store Gift Card will arrive. Use it for purchases at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store.

Click this link to Apple Recycling program to get started 

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE: Specs April 15, 2015 16:38

Samsung Galaxy 6 Specs

  • Screen: 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560 Quad-HD Super AMOLED display 577 ppi
  • Dimensions: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm
  • Weight: 138g
  • Processor: 64-bit 14nm Samsung Exynos 7 Octa processor. Four cores run at 1.5GHz and four run at 2.1GHz.
  • RAM: 3GB of LP DDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.0 flash memory
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop with Touchwiz
  • Wireless: LTE category 6 modem (300 mbps download), 802.11ac MIMO 620 mbps, and Bluetooth 4.1, NFC.
  • Front camera: 5MP, f/1.9 lens with Auto HDR
  • Rear camera: 16MP, f/1.9 lens, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, optical image stabilization
  • Battery: Built-in 2550mAh lasting WiFi 12 hours, LTE 11h, video 13h, music 49h. Wireless charging.
  • Colors: shimmering black, white, gold, or bright blue

Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge Specs

  • Screen: 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2660 Quad-HD Super AMOLED curved display 577ppi
  • Dimensions: 142 x 70.1 x 70mm
  • Weight: 132g
  • Processor: 64-bit 14nm Samsung Exynos 7 Octa processor. Four cores run at 1.5GHz and four run at 2.1GHz.
  • RAM: 3GB of LP DDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.0 flash memory
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop with Touchwiz
  • Wireless: LTE category 6 modem (300 mbps download), 802.11ac MIMO 620 mbps, and Bluetooth 4.1, NFC.
  • Front camera: 5MP, f/1.9 lens with Auto HDR
  • Rear camera: 16MP, f/1.9 lens, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, optical image stabilization
  • Battery: Built-in 2600mAh lasting WiFi 12 hours, LTE 11h, video 13h, music 49h. Wireless charging.
  • Colors: shimmering black, white, gold, or deep green

Apple updates Apple Watch 'Guided Tours' page with four new videos April 15, 2015 16:29

 

Apple has updated its "Guided Tours" section of the Apple Watch site with several new videos today covering Siri, Maps, phone calls, and music on the device.

click here to Apple Watch Guided Tours page