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My son now has an iPhone and just recently I noticed that it hadn’t been fully updated. Usually I’m the one in the family who has a weird need to ensure that all the apps are updated on my phone and that the OS is the very latest and most stable version. So, if you still haven’t tested iOS 12 or updated to it, here’s a quick insight into it and the features it brings.

You can also read my earlier piece about how my iPad keeps crashing.

With every release of a new iOS, Apple tends to add in some fun tools and features to make your phone or iPad feel newer and fresher. Here we’re going to take a look at some of the additions that have been deployed in the very latest version, iOS 12.

  • Privacy

WIth every website and social media company wanting a slice of your life, it’s good to see that privacy is high on the agenda. In the new OS, Safari has been improved to prevent any tracking of your data and activities that you don’t allow. It also won’t let third parties gather data about your device. This means that you get a more secure browsing experience.

  • More speed

The company promises that the camera will launch 70% faster, while the keyboard will start 50% more quickly. There’s a definite emphasis on performance in this update, with iOS getting overhauled so that even older devices like the iPhone 5s feel all brand new again. There’s smoother animations, a 40% faster app launch and better multitasking.

  • Shortcuts

We all love Apple’s shortcuts for making our everyday operations almost effortless. In the new OS, you get even more opportunities to customize your shortcuts. You can now also access them from your Lock screen, which means that you can streamline and speed up tasks even more than before.

  • FaceTime

If you are an active user of this application, you’ll be happy to learn that it now allows group conversations with up to 32 participants! This is something we all have been waiting for, but whether you can actually hold a manageable conversation with that many people remains to be seen.

  • Upgraded Photo Search

The latest iOS makes photo search much smarter and convenient. Now, the app will give you suggestions to help find the file you’re looking for. Like Google predictive search, it’ll start locating items as you type, with the system offering a look at the photos from the recent places and events.

  • Animoji

We all loved how those fun Animojis can be used in a conversation and in iOS 12, Apple has now added four more – T-rex, Koala, Ghost, and Tiger.

  • Memoji

Did you enjoy Animojis presented with the previous iOS? Then we bet you will also like Memojis! This brand new feature allows users to create Memojis of yourself to match your mood and personality and use them the same way as Animojis.

  • New Way Of Sharing Your Photos

In the Photo app, you can find a tab called “For You”. Inside it, you can find some moments stored in your camera roll. In iOS 12, this tab just got smarter – now it recognizes the people captured on those photos and offers you to share files with them.

  • Screen Time

Initially, this feature was meant for parents who want to control the time their kids spend on the phone. However, it’s also extremely useful for other individuals too. It provides you with detailed statistics on what you do with your iPhone, so it is an excellent tool for keeping track of how you spend your time. Activity reports show notifications, device pickups and app usage on a daily or weekly chart and you can see how much time has been spent on specific sites and apps.

  • Do Not Disturb

In iOS 12, you’ll see many new opportunities for managing notifications, and this is one of them. This feature will help you block notifications from all or specific applications for some time, for example, when you are at work, on a meeting, etc.

  • Better Control Over Your Notifications

Finally, Apple started grouping notifications! Also, the company also added a few handy controls that allow you to reduce distractions throughout the day and manage your notifications smarter.

So give it a try and download the latest iOS 12 if you haven’t already. From my experience it’s definitely a pretty major upgrade and will give your device a new lease of life.

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You may have heard of Mobvoi and their TicWatch S2. It’s powered by Wear OS and has a 1.39″ AMOLED 400 x 400 display. Inside, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU and comes with 4GB of storage with 512MB of RAM. Plus, it looks bloody lovely.

The watch will do contactless payments via NFC, it does GPS, it’ll do Bluetooth and it has WiFi too. Not only that, but there’s health sensors aplenty – an accelerometer, gyro, magnetic sensor, PPG heart rate sensor, ambient light sensor and a low-latency off-body sensor. You charge it via a dock and they tell me it’ll do 2 days in “Smart Mode” via the 415mAH battery. However, if you tweak the battery options, you can get up to 30 days. It’s water and dust resistant too.

Other features include over 1000 watch faces, music streaming, alarms, reminders, and notifications from your phone. There’s also “TicMotion” AI algorithms which automatically monitor you daily activities – 24 hours a day, whether running or sleeping. No need to open any apps.

Now there’s also earbuds too – they’re called “TicPods Free” and are completely wireless. Not only do they play your tunes, but they’re also compatible with any voice assistant, so you can adjust the volume without having to fiddle. Ideal when you’re exercising!

Interested? Head to Amazon UK, where you can get either the TicWatch E2 or TicWatch S2. The E2 is £145.99 and the S2 is £165.99.

For the TicPods, expect to pay £119.99 and get more details on Amazon here. They’re water resistant and offer noise isolation with clear and crisp audio.

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These are sold in shops like Macy’s and Selfridges and are crafted from the highest grade leather available in Europe. Basically, they’re high-end but they’re also clever too. These are ultra-slim smart wallets which can be tracked and actually run via solar power. Yes, solar power. This means that you can see where the wallet is at all times and there’s no need to charge or replace the tracker batteries.

The wallet lets you eject your 6 most frequently used cards easily by a simple click of the trigger. The wallets also feature RFID blocking technology to protect your cards from wireless skimming.

Now Ekster’s products compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. You can therefore fine your wallet using your smart speaker. Your wallet will then ring and you can see where it is on a map.

The company have partnered with Chipolo, and we’ve reviewed their mini trackers before. It means that there’s a thin tracker inside your wallet which is loud and has a strong Bluetooth connection to your phone. The phone will keep a connection to your wallet and, if that connection is broken, it’ll remember the location where this happened so you can get back to it.

Oh, and by the way – if you hang around the shop on their website you should get a pop-up which gets you 20% off.

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So, you’ve spent hours, days, weeks and months developing your mobile app. You’ve carefully crafted it. You’ve made a beautiful interface, and it’s really, truly useful. You’re rightfully proud of your creation but you’re about to hit your biggest problem.

After uploading, adding a graphic, a video and ensuring there’s a great description, you can sit back.

Or can you?

Many app developers, even those creating apps for big businesses, will come across the same problem. Getting exposure is tricky. Just telling people that you have an app at all is a big task. Big businesses will spend millions in advertisements, just to tell you about their mobile app! They’ll even throw celebrities from the film industry, fashion, business, sports or elsewhere. Sure, it’ll work, but how many don’t have the ability to afford the big-budget TV and newspaper advertising?

Word of mouth marketing for business

There’s a lot of bad things to be said about social media. However, if you’re starting out then it can be your friend. Although sites like Facebook and Twitter will let you pay for advertising campaigns, you don’t have to pay. You can come up with attractive ideas yourself – run a competition to win a free copy of your app, or perhaps a t-shirt. Perhaps a free meal? Promote your brand in a fun and fresh way if you can.

For many potential customers, it’s good just to see a company, brand or app just having an approachable online presence. If you’re actively responding to people on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – people will notice and those people will, in turn, pass on the good vibes.

Likewise, for those who download your app, be proactive with the comments and feedback that get left on the app stores. Thank those who leave good feedback, help those who have problems and remember – the critics will always shout louder, so jump!

Pounce on these comments!

In many US companies, some 65% of the new sales happen via referral marketing. This is a good marketing strategy which – even if you don’t have the money – you can at least spend time on. I’d recommend that you visit this site to learn more about the strategies for this word of mouth marketing strategy. If you do it right and keep at it, this can pay dividends.

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So, you’ve spent hours, days, weeks and months developing your mobile app. You’ve carefully crafted it. You’ve made a beautiful interface, and it’s really, truly useful. You’re rightfully proud of your creation but you’re about to hit your biggest problem.

After uploading, adding a graphic, a video and ensuring there’s a great description, you can sit back.

Or can you?

Many app developers, even those creating apps for big businesses, will come across the same problem. Getting exposure is tricky. Just telling people that you have an app at all is a big task. Big businesses will spend millions in advertisements, just to tell you about their mobile app! They’ll even throw celebrities from the film industry, fashion, business, sports or elsewhere. Sure, it’ll work, but how many don’t have the ability to afford the big-budget TV and newspaper advertising?

Word of mouth marketing for business

There’s a lot of bad things to be said about social media. However, if you’re starting out then it can be your friend. Although sites like Facebook and Twitter will let you pay for advertising campaigns, you don’t have to pay. You can come up with attractive ideas yourself – run a competition to win a free copy of your app, or perhaps a t-shirt. Perhaps a free meal? Promote your brand in a fun and fresh way if you can.

For many potential customers, it’s good just to see a company, brand or app just having an approachable online presence. If you’re actively responding to people on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – people will notice and those people will, in turn, pass on the good vibes.

Likewise, for those who download your app, be proactive with the comments and feedback that get left on the app stores. Thank those who leave good feedback, help those who have problems and remember – the critics will always shout louder, so jump!

Pounce on these comments!

In many US companies, some 65% of the new sales happen via referral marketing. This is a good marketing strategy which – even if you don’t have the money – you can at least spend time on. I’d recommend that you visit this site to learn more about the strategies for this word of mouth marketing strategy. If you do it right and keep at it, this can pay dividends.

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Are you showing signs of addiction? Well, even if you class yourself as a “moderate” user, you’re probably using you phone more than you think. Recent research has shown that those classed as a “moderate” user will touch their phones on average 2,617 times per day.

I know, right? That’s a lot, and it’s started a bit of a movement – people are consciously trying to reduce their smartphone usage and cut back.

Too much tech time

My son recently got a bit of a telling off, and we confiscated his phone for a few days. He was upset, but it was amazing to see his transition back to playing board games or going outside on his bike. It was like a light had gone on – he was a different person. Communicating, laughing, running and going out to meet his mates instead of Facetiming them.

It’s not just how often we touch our phones that’s a problem, but how much time we commit to them once we pick them up. One study found that adults in the UK spend the equivalent of 50 days per year on their phones. This includes using our phones in front of the TV, in bed, and when we’re supposed to be working. That’s not healthy for our minds, our productivity, or for our relationships with others.

Taking a step back

In order to reduce phone use, many people are turning towards phones, surprisingly enough. The reason? There are countless apps designed to help us understand our usage patterns and reduce that use. In addition to Apple’s new built-in usage tracker, a user can install tools like App Usage with added alerts to prevent excessive device use.

For those seeking a more aggressive use management tool, there’s also “Detox Procrastination Blocker”, which uses a lockout setting to encourage you to participate in your social life and attend to their other responsibilities. This can be especially beneficial for young users who are vulnerable to the overuse of social media apps.

According to the founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction Dr. David Greenfield, spending too much time on a smartphone “can increase social isolation and alienation.” For teens, this can also present as serious anxiety and depression.

A Safety concern

In addition to concerns about how excessive technology use may impact mental health, productivity, and relationships; increased dependence on technology has also become a physical safety concern. Pedestrian deaths are at a 30 year high, because both pedestrians and drivers are distracted by their phones. Similarly, there’s been a spate of tourist deaths that involve taking selfies in dangerous locations, including at the Grand Canyon, the Nile River, and popular Western Australian cliffs known as The Gap.

Breaking the habit

It won’t be easy for today’s tech-obsessed population to break our collective smartphone addiction, but it is possible. In addition to engaging use management apps, some have found relief from their technology habit by switching to a basic phone to avoid all of the tempting distractions. This means that you can stay connected, you can still get text messages and make phone calls in the event of an emergency – but there are no apps, streaming content, or internet access. It’s a big step backward, but a potentially beneficial one.

Constant connection has become an expectation, but it’s also become a liability. We can use our devices differently and still enjoy all of their benefits. In fact, with a little less use, we may just enjoy everything technology adds to our lives a little more.

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Two new phones have been confirmed by the Vodafone network here in the UK. First, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is coming. This runs Android 9 and has a 6.39″ 19.5:9 Full HD+ OLED display. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU and an Adreno 640 GPU. There’s also 6GB RAM and 64GB on-board storage or 128GB storage depending on the version. Camera-wise you get a 48 megapixel rear sensor with wide and telephoto lense, plus a 20 megapixel camera up-front for your selfies.

Vodafone tell us..

Customers will be able to purchase the new device on Vodafone’s Red Entertainment plans which include a choice of Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass.

In addition, Voda have confirmed that the newly-announced P30 Lite will be available with them too. This is an entry-level smartphone with Quick Charge, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage and a 6.15″ FHD 2312×1080 pixel screen. It has no NFC but gets more everything else. It’s powered by a Kirin 710 octa-core CPU and also has a 48 megapixel image sensor (24 megapixel wide-angle (f/1.8 aperture), 8 megapixel ultra wide lens and a 2 megapixel Bokeh lens). Up front is a 32 megapixel shooter.

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Want a big, fat 200GB of data for your phone? Well, whether you’re a Virgin cable customer or not, you can now get it for £22 per month on a 12 month deal with Virgin Mobile. In addition you’ll get 5000 minutes of talk-time and unlimited texts.

Normally this particular package costs £23 per month and delivers 40GB of data, so they’ve properly supersized this. Virgin Mobile runs on the EE network, so you get the plentiful coverage and speeds, data roll over and data-free WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter as standard.

That, I’ll confess, is a really good deal. Head here for the 200GB offer, which starts today. You’ve got to be quick though and sign up before Thursday April 25th.

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Before I type another word, I should mention that a sizeable proportion of the problems appear to be due to US-reviewers trying to pull off a protective film from the screen of the new folding phone from Samsung. A large amount of them assumed it was a screen protector, and yanked at it. YouTuber Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) had the following to say …

PSA: There's a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold's display. It's NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it.

I got this far peeling it off before the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement. pic.twitter.com/ZhEG2Bqulr

— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 17, 2019

So, if you do pay a helluva-lot-of-money for one of these things, you could break it in seconds by peeling off this layer. Now, whilst we applaud Samsung (and Huawei plus others) for taking a chance on a new form factor, it shouldn’t be this easy to kill it, should it?

The phone comes with this protective layer/film. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it. I removed it, not knowing you’re not supposed to (consumers won’t know either). It appeared removable in the left corner, so I took it off. I believe this contributed to the problem. pic.twitter.com/fU646D2zpY

— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019

Well, it seems that there’s a bit more to it. Samsung do appear to be putting warning notices in boxes, but some of these reviewers are denying seeing them and the Samsung US PR teams are getting a little sweaty because of the negative reviews, tweets and videos that are appearing. Not only that, but think about that moment when you unboxed your latest smartphone. Did you read all the bits of paper and leaflets inside the box before you started messing with the phone?

Another Twitter user, Nirmal Piyumantha, has found a reference to it in the “Getting Started” guide but again – who reads all that?

OK, so let’s try and remain positive. Early reviews show that, if you fiddle about with the protective film on the front of the phone, you can break the thing. Let’s just not do that. Let’s move on. It’s a “1st Gen” device after all. Oh, and let’s try to gloss over the fact that the Samsung Fold still has a fold, even when it’s.. unfolded.

But wait…..

Over at CNBC, their review unit is busted, and they didn’t touch the protective layer

CNBC didn’t remove that layer, and our screen is now .. failing to work properly. When opened, the left side of the flexible display, which makes up a large 7.3-inch screen, flickers consistently.

Here’s the unit after being used for just two days…

My colleague opened the Galaxy Fold and it started doing this. So, long answer to your question @WilfredFrost, the hinge doesn’t seem very rugged after all. After two days: pic.twitter.com/Z1F8iwjURa

— Todd Haselton (@robotodd) April 17, 2019

OK, so maybe that’s just a one-off. It’s early days and Samsung have only just started taking orders. It’s probably just one defective unit, right? Well, sadly … no.

Another reviewer – Dieter Bohn – has seen the hinge on his loaner “bulge”, causing the screen to come out of alignment…

SUPER YIKES: something happened to my Galaxy Fold screen and caused a bulge. I don’t know how it happened, and I’m waiting to hear back from Samsung. It’s broken. https://t.co/p1014uB01D pic.twitter.com/3FZJkWtSKr

— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) April 17, 2019

He believes that, possibly whilst in his pocket, a small piece of debris may have got into the hinge mechanism and caused it to do this. As you can see on the shot below, when the phone is closed, there’s a gap which could trap small objects.

Meanwhile, Steve Kovach has also got a wonky left screen..

After one day of use… pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9

— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019

It appears that this is becoming quite a big problem. Others are also now stating that their screens are flickering and again, they haven’t fiddled with the protective layer on top of the screen.

Samsung have failed to comment, however they have replaced some devices and warned that the peel-able, removable protective layer shouldn’t be… removed.

So … what can we say here? We know that Samsung have tested it to death, so why has this happened? Is it just a bad batch? A bad early run of phones? We don’t really know just yet because Samsung haven’t issued a statement. It appears to be a hardware / design problem so it’s not something that is easily solvable.

If quick action isn’t taken, the brand will get hammered again – the same way that it did in 2014 with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. This is a phone costing $2000 in the USA and £1799 here in the UK. This makes it a really big investment and people need to be assured that the phone is 100% perfect.

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The boys from Vodafone have recently tried some new and interesting ways to expand their coverage. First we saw their mini 4G masts and then they went ahead and put a mast inside a manhole. Now they’re adding 4G to phone boxes, and let’s be honest – I think the 4G coverage from the phone box will be used more than the phone inside of it.

The expanded coverage, which adds further 4G coverage across the beaches of Polzeath and Sennen Cove, will mean that those surfing, walking or sunbathing this weekend can stay in touch and update their social media quickly.

Vodafone tell us…

Mobile coverage can often be difficult to provide in remote areas and coastal locations due to the local topography and the lack of power and fibre cables needed to link up masts. Vodafone is continually looking at new ways of providing customers with great coverage, including by installing 4G technology into traditional phone boxes, returning them to their roots.

These have a fairly low range, so I assume Voda have used their uprated Open Sure Signal boxes that we’ve looked at earlier. These, I’m guessing, are connected back via an FTTC connection delivered to the phone box phone line.

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