Best Ways to Access Blocked Websites at School

Unblocked Sites at School

Blocking websites at school is one of the most popular methods school administrator use to stop students from accessing the internet. Entertainment sites and social media sites are in particular targeted in those blocking website lists. The main aim here is to keep students from accessing any websites that may not be safe or distract students. The intention is noble here — no doubt in that. No matter how noble a cause is, students are students, and they don’t like to be banned. Many students are now turning to the same internet and searching for different ways to access blocked websites from their school. Millions of searches are made around the globe by students to know unique methods to get out of the restricted internet and add some music to their school life.

If you are a student and wants to play that latest Drake song but your school internet won’t let you then you are in the right place. Today I will teach you different methods to unblock the internet at your school and access and blocked websites freely.

How to Unblock Websites at School

There are many ways to approach this problem. Many are simple like pressing few buttons while some are very complex methods. In this article, we will only focus on simple but working methods to access blocked websites at school.Using Unblocked Websites

1- Using Unblocked Websites

This is the best way to access blocked content. There are many unblocked websites in all categories. Unblocked music, movies, and games are some of the most popular categories in unblocked sites for school. You can find such sites from a simple Google search. For example, this unblocked music sites article from MMX News Caster shares a host of unknown music streaming sites for school where all the sites are unblocked, and anyone can enjoy music for free. Similarly, you can find unblocked movie sites, and unblocked gaming sites list from the internet.

2- Using VPN

VPN is another popular method to access free internet without restriction. In simple word, a VPN fools your ISP and central server into thinking that you are browsing the internet from somewhere else. By this way, you can bypass any firewall put in place by your school administrator. Now there are many VPN service provider both in the free and paid sector. In an ideal situation, I’d suggest you choose popular and paid VPNs only, but in this situation, a free VPN will do just fine. Some of the most popular free VPNs are as follow:

  • hotspotshield.com
  • tunnelbear.com
  • zenmate.comProxy Server

3- Proxy Server

Just like VPN, Proxy also hide your real location by fooling the ISP and your school server. The only difference is that Proxy is a web-based program instead of a standalone app like VPN. With a proxy server, you can access any website from anywhere of the world. Because it is a web-based programme, it is also very easy for schools to block those services from running on their server. Many schools are now cracking down on Proxy servers. There are still few that is working fine as of now.

  • kProxy
  • Hide.me
  • Whoer.net
  • Hidester

4- Use IP instead of the web address

A web address is just a name that connects the website IP address, and it also helps people memorize the web address. Most schools block those web addresses from their server, but those sites can still be accessible from their IP. Finding an IP is very simple. All you have to do is open Command Prompt on your Windows PC and type ping websiteaddress.com and hit enter. It will show you the IP of that website. Then enter the IP in the address bar of your browser and more often than not this method works.

(Change websiteaddress.com with the website URL you want to visit.)

There are four methods you can use to access any blocked websites from your school. With the above methods, you should be able to access most of the blocked websites easily. There are other methods too like changing your DNS, using a local proxy, TOR and many. But those methods, and often complicated and requires technical knowledge.

I hope you liked this article. I will be looking forward to hearing what you have to say in this matter.

Best Ways to Download YouTube Videos for Free

YouTube is one of the most popular video streaming portal and only 2nd to Google in the category of the search engine. You can explore thousands and millions of creators all around the world making crazy videos in all category. With thousands of videos going online very hour it is one of the most visited websites on the planet. On YouTube, you can follow as many creators as possible and watch all the content they upload. As I said in the starting, YouTube is also the biggest search engine only 2nd to Google.com. You can find educational and informative videos for any topic you can think of.

YouTube is an online streaming platform, that means you can have to have an internet connection to watch a video, and YouTube officially doesn’t support offline or download feature. If in any case, you wanted to download a video from the YouTube for any of thousands of the reasons, you will have no other choice but wondering the web to find the solution. I intend to solve this by writing this article. I’ll be showing you all the best methods you can apply to download YouTube videos for free.

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Best Methods to Download YouTube Videos for Free

I’ll be showing you three best methods to download YouTube videos for free. All 3 for three different purposes. So, shall we start?

1. YouTube Downloading Websites

The first method is by using certain websites that allow you to download YouTube videos for free. This method is best suited for those who need to download YouTube once in a while. There are many websites one can use to download YouTube videos for free. The best and the fastest website that I know and recommend is clipconverter.cc

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How to Download YouTube videos from clipconverter.cc?

  • First copy the YouTube video link you want to download.
  • Open clipconverter.cc from your favorite browser.
  • You shall see a bar which labeled as “Video URL to Download:” paste the link here and click on ‘Continue’ button.
  • Now you shall be presented with options to choose the video quality such as 480p, 720p, 1080p. Choose your desired and click on ‘Start.’
  • Wait until Clipconverter converts your video and then you can click on the download button to download the video.

Just like the clip converter, there are other YouTube video downloader websites:

  • savefrom.net
  • sconverter.com

2. Download YouTube video using Extension

If you are someone who regularly downloads YouTube videos on the computer, you need something more convenient. ‘YouTube Video Downloader’ Google Chrome browser extension by Add-On Crop is among the top extension for downloading YouTube videos.

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  • First, you need to make sure you are using the Google Chrome browser.
  • Now you need to head on to YouTube Video Downloader extension page and install the extension to your Google Chrome browser.
  • Once you downloaded, you can download YouTube videos easily with just a few clicks.
  • Now every time you are on any YouTube video page, you can see a button labeled as ‘Download’ right next to subscribe button.
  • By clicking on the button, you shall be able to download your YouTube videos for free without any hassle.

3. Download YouTube Videos using Android app

If you are someone who downloads YouTube video quite often but doesn’t have access to a computer, then you can use an Android app to download. The app I am talking about is called ‘Tubemate’. This app is not available on Google Play Store. But you can still be able to download the app from different marketplaces or APKMirror.

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  • First head on to APKMirror Tubemate page and download the latest version of the app and install on your Android.
  • Now open the app and navigate to the video you want to download. Now you shall see a download button below the video.
  • Tap on the download button and select the video quality you want to download. Now your video shall start downloading.

These are the three best ways to download YouTube videos online for free. By using any of them or all of the methods, you should be able to download your favorite YouTube video for your offline consumption.

How to Use iMessage on Windows PC and Laptop

iMessage is unarguably one of the best features on iOS and Mac devices. Apple strategy to create a whole new, different user experience with apple only software seem to work just fine because people who have once used iMessage don’t want to move to another platform. I myself use iMessage on my Mac, and I have many friends who have iMessages on their iPhone and Mac. iMessage makes it easier for me get connected with those friends easily. That is one of the main reasons why I am still stuck with Apple products even after all these years.

I also have few friends and relatives who are not on any Apple platform but still want to use the iMessage from their smartphone or Windows PC. I get asked this question quite often by those friends as if there were any ways they could install iMessage on their Windows PC. At first, I thought it was an absurd demand, but when I did some research, I found some interesting sources that may be able to help them. So, if you are also one who always wanted to use iMessage on their Windows PC, then this article is for you. By following this article, you will be able to use iMessage on any Windows PC for free.

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How to Use iMessage on Windows PC and Laptop

I will be sharing two methods to use iMessage on any Windows PC and laptop. The first one is for those who have a Mac device already and just wants to use iMessage on a Windows device temporarily and the 2nd method is for those who don’t have any Mac or iOS devices.

1. Use iMessage on Windows PC from Mac

Make sure you have latest Google Chrome browser installed on both Windows and Mac device. After that go ahead and launch Chrome browser on both the devices. Now install Chrome Remote Desktop extension on both Windows and Mac.

  • Launch the app on both the computers and click on “Get Started” button.
  • On Mac, click on “Enable Remote Connection” and download the remote client host for Chrome by following on-screen instructions.
  • Once the host file is downloaded, install the application on your Mac by following the on-screen instructions.

Now on Windows, you can access the Mac remotely. By this method, you will be able to access iMessage on your Windows for free.

2. Install iMessage on Windows PC by Using iOS Emulator

The first method is best for those who have Mac but what if you don’t have a mac, to begin with? In that situation, you can use an iOS emulator. An iOS emulator is a program that creates a virtual ecosystem for iOS on Windows or Linux. That virtual ecosystem acts a separate virtual iOS device on your computer screen. By using this method, you can not only install iMessage but also any other iOS app you can think of.

There are many iOS emulators available on the internet. Some of the popular emulators are as follow:

  • iPadian
  • SmartFace
  • iPhone Simulator

For this article, we will be using iPadian as it is the most popular iOS emulator.

  • Download the iPadian emulator and then install it on your PC.
  • After installing, run the application.
  • Now search for “iMessage” in the search box.
  • Download the app and let it install in the background.
  • Now you have iMessage running on your Windows PC.

These are the two most popular methods to install and use iMessage on any Windows-based devices. These methods are also very easy to use. If you still encounter any problem, comment it down and I will do my best to solve it.

Best Android Apps to Monitor App Usage and Fight Smartphone Addiction

Smartphone addiction is one of the biggest problem facing this generation. The invention of the smartphone was indeed a Nobel technology which was mainly focused on productivity. But with ever-growing social media apps and addictive games, it is now becoming a problem for many. So what is smartphone addiction? There are many definitions to this same statement. But in a nutshell, a smartphone addiction is when someone spends more time on their phone than interacting with real people or someone who can’t stop himself/herself from checking the phone repeatedly.

Smartphone addiction has many consequences for your health and psychology. Back problems, nerve damage, stress, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, eyesight problem, and many others are its direct and indirect effects.

In this internet age, we can not just go dark on our smartphone usages; we need to have a smartphone for different purposes. But the thing we can do is just avoid unnecessary scrolling on Facebook feed or Instagram feed. Many people understand that this is a serious issue and we need to fix this as early as possible.

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Some developers are working tirelessly to develop apps that encourage you to use smartphone less and less. Here are a few amazing apps for Android users which one can use to monitor their smartphone usage and fight smartphone addiction.

Best Android apps to Monitor Smartphone usage and fight Smartphone Addiction

1. Stay Focused

Stay Focused is my personal favorite app that I use to monitor how much time I am spending on each app and how many time I am opening an app in a day. This little tool lets you create your own profile where you can allow how much time you want to spend on each app and it will block the app for the day once your past that time. You can also set how many time you want to open an app in a day.

You can set different time limits for different apps and Stay Focused will make sure you spend only the allowed time on that app. Stay Focused also analyze all the apps on your phone and how much time you are spending on each app. This way you can look back to see how much time you are wasting on apps that you can live without. Stay Focused is a free Android apps available on Google Play Store.

2. App Blocker

In the core, this app functions exactly like the Stay Focused app. After installing the app, you will be asked to set how much time you want to give each app. You can also choose the days of the week when you want to be more productive the app will block all distraction for you. You can create your own profile with apps you spend the most time on and restrict those apps for only a few minutes each day.

If you want to be more productive, you can use its functionality to block app notification thus reducing the time you spend on each app. You can also see the timeline of apps that you use daily and how much time you spend on any specific apps. You can also access some specific data like which time of the day you spend the most time on social media and many more. This app is available on Google Play Store for free.

3. Less Phone

This app is also a popular and one of my favorite apps. This, not an app blocking app or app usage data app unlike the two above in this list. This app is a launcher which encourages you to use your phone as less as possible. This launcher removes app drawer and replaces it with a simple black home screen with only essential functions. You have phone and task app along with an option to add two more apps to the home screen. That’s it. There is no option for you to open any app let alone spending hours on those apps.

So, you can pick only those apps that you need the most, and you will live your life happily. Unfortunately, this app is not available for free. It is a paid app, and you can buy this for $1. If you are taking smartphone addiction seriously, then you should consider investing a dollar towards this app.

These are the three apps that if used correctly and long enough you will see an improvement in your daily life. All these apps discourage you to use your phone less and spend those time on things that matter to you like your real friends and your dream.

I hope this article has helped you in any way to use your phone as less as possible and curing of this smartphone addiction.

All Google Apps with Dark Mode and How to Enable

Enable dark mode on all Google apps

Dark mode looks great on phones, especially on LED displays. For a long time, developers have ignored the fact that people love dark mode apps, but now slowly but steadily it is catching up. Now we see a new wave of apps with dark mode theme. Many of our favorite apps like Twitter is available with the dark mode in the setting. For Android users, we have been using a lot of Google apps from YouTube to Gmail and Maps, and Google has known for slapping white themes on each of its apps. Not anymore. Google is also slowly shifting dark modes and now many of Google apps and services available with an optional dark mode which can be enabled from the settings. Today in this article, we will list all the dark mode Google apps with the process to enable.

Google Apps with Dark Mode and How to Enable

1. YouTube

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YouTube is the biggest app from Google which many people use. In the last few months, Google has been spotted testing its dark mode themed YouTube and now it is available for everyone. Here is how you can enable dark mode on your YouTube app.

  • Update your YouTube app.
  • Go to setting, then General. You will see a new dark theme option. Enable it to enable dark theme on your YouTube app.

2. Messages

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Google’s own messaging app is been going through a lot of changes in the recent time. If you are using message app from Android, you can experience a few interesting features including a new material theme, messages for the web to send and receive messages from your computer and of course dark theme. The dark theme on Android message looks dope.

  • To enable dark mode, download the latest app from the Play Store.
  • Tap on the 3 vertical dots from the top right corner and select ‘Enable dark mode.’

3. Google News

Google News Dark Mode

I don’t personally use Google News on my phone. But if you do, then you will be glad to know that this app also comes with an option to enable dark mode.

  • Update the app and then go to setting.
  • Here you can see the “Dark theme” option. Tapping on it will show different options for enabling or disabling the dark mode. You can select “always” to enable dark mode for both day and night. Or you can choose to enable dark mode only in the night or only during battery saving mode.

4. SnapSeed

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SnapSeed is Google’s answer for Lightroom from Adobe. You can do professional touch up to your photos from your Android and iPhone. The SnapSeed app is now coming with the option to enable dark mode.

  • Update the app and go to setting from the menu.
  • Enable “Dark theme,” and you are done.

5. Google Authenticator App

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Google Authenticator is an interesting app which replaces two-step security code SMS with an in-app code generator. Many people don’t use this app, but if you do, you can enable dark mode for this app too.

  • Tap on three vertical dots from the top right corner and select “View in night mode.”

6. Gmail on Browser

Unfortunately, Gmail app hasn’t gotten any dark mode update yet. But if you use Gmail on a computer, you can enable dark theme there for your browser. To enable dark themed Gmail on computer follow the below steps.

  • Open Gmail from your PC or Mac browser.
  • Click on the settings icon and select “Themes.”
  • From there scroll down and select “Dark.” You will have a dark themed Gmail for your computer.

7. YouTube on Browser

Just like Gmail, YouTube is also offering a dark mode for computer users. You can enable by following the below steps.

  • Open YouTube.com and make sure to log in with your Google account.
  • Now click on your profile picture and select “Dark Theme.” Slide the dark theme switch to enable the dark theme.

So these are the apps and services from Google which comes with the dark mode. Google, as well as other app developers, are still afraid of enabling dark mode by default. But it is good to see them adding it. So, what other would you like to see come in dark mode? Let us know in the comments.

OnePlus 6T Specs, Features and Price

OnePlus is a name synonym to quality flagship smartphone in a price that many can afford. With this motto and the tagline ‘Never Settle,’ the brand has released 8 devices so far and has seen steady success in all the phones. Consumers love the brand, the UI and what it has to offer in a market where phones are crossing $1,000 mark pretty easily. The latest addition to this is the OnePlus 6T the successor of this year’s already popular flagship smartphone OnePlus 6. In a classic OnePlus move, OnePlus has decided to not raise its smartphone price this year as well. So, with the same, what extra are you getting and what are you losing? Let’s find out in this detailed article.

OnePlus 6T Specification and Features

1. Display

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The display is one of the first things you see when you lift a OnePlus 6t. It has a water drop style notch unlike the OnePlus 6 which has a classic style notch, and I gotta admit, I prefer this style over the old style. I was hoping, OnePlus would ditch notch for good, but I guess I was too ambitious. I am getting little off track here. Coming back to the display, OnePlus 6T has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio 6.4 inches display with 2340 x 1080 resolution. It is an Optic AMOLED panel with lift to display feature which you can turn on or off from the settings menu.

2. Fingerprint Scanner

OnePlus 6t Fingerprint Scanner

Another thing that you will notice instantly is that this device lacks a fingerprint scanner at the back as well as on the front. That is this because OnePlus 6T has implemented an in-screen fingerprint scanner which lets you unlock your phone by placing your hand on the display itself. This is a cool technology which has been implemented by only hand full of devices and OnePlus is among the few to make it available to the masses. OnePlus claims that their in-display sensor is better than other alternatives in the market.

3. Battery

OnePlus 6t has a bigger battery than the OnePlus 6. While OnePlus 6 supports a 3300mAh battery, OnePlus 6T is managed to house a bigger 3700 mAh battery. This 400 mAH extra is probably the reason why the device is a little thicker than its predecessor.

4. Camera

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While OnePlus has added many features to the phone, the camera is the only section where it has kept it unchanged. OnePlus is using the same 16+20MP camera setup with the same sensor as the OnePlus 6. The front camera also remains unchanged. OnePlus has however added two new software features to the camera. The first one os NightScape which is like NightMode of Google Pixel 3 and the 2nd one of the studio lighting. The good thing is these features are software features and OnePlus has promised to add these to the OnePlus 6 devices as well.

5. Hardware

The hardware also remains pretty much same as the OnePlus 6. OnePlus 6T features the same 845 chipsets from Qualcomm paired with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. The only thing changed is the storage options. Now you can not buy 64GB anymore. OnePlus has made 128GB the base variant.

6. Body

One of the biggest change regarding physical appearance is its omission of 3.5 mm headphone jack. Yup… OnePlus has also decided to follow the iPhone footprint by removing the jack. Welcome to 2018… I guess. Thankfully, OnePlus is kind to enough to include a type-c to 3.55mm dongle with the phone. Another big change is the water drop notch. It does look better than the chunkier notches, but it also came with a trade-off. Notification led, is missing and OnePlus says they did that to make the notch smaller.

Other physical changes include a thicker phone and a slightly thinner chin bezel.

Software

OnePlus has one of the best software experiences with near stock-like features. OnePlus 6T ships with Android 9 Pie out of the box. The UI is OxygenOS on top of Android Pie. Like every other OnePlus device, OnePlus 6T is also going to deliver 2 more android updates they are available.

Price and Availability

Price is the strong game for OnePlus. OnePlus is always manages to offer best flagship features in low budget. This year is no different.

USA

OnePlus 6T is priced at $549 just like the OnePlus 6. You can order online from the OnePlus website. This year, OnePlus has also partnered with T-Mobile to make it available on their network. You can also get a discount of up to $300 on the exchange of your old smartphones.

India

India the biggest market for OnePlus. The OnePlus 6T is priced at 37, 999 in India which is 3,000 more than the OnePlus 6. It has less to do with OnePlus and more with the Dollar-INR conversion rate.

Europe

In Europe, OnePlus 6T is priced at £499 for the 6GB variant while the 8GB is available for £529.

So the question here is that should you upgrade to OnePlus 6T if you have a OnePlus 6? No, absolutely no. OnePlus 6 is a good phone, and honestly, OnePlus 6T is not a big improvement over OnePlus 6. But if you are using any older devices and wants a new flagship phone then definitely OnePlus 6T a good choice.

Best Netflix Tips and Tricks that Many People Don’t Know About

Netflix, the biggest movie and TV series streaming platform, is one of the best things happened to this internet generation. I can not imagine my life before Netflix; it just makes being-watching so much fun and easier. Netflix allows thousands of movies and TV series from different languages and countries to be watched with just a few clicks and taps. Netflix is available in more than 190 countries in 17 different languages. That is a lot to choose from. Netflix is so huge that a recent study by a networking equipment company Sandvine claims that Netflix accounts of 15% of all internet bandwidth worldwide. That is a lot of bandwidth for a single streaming service. That shows Netflix is doing some good work but as they there is still room for improvements for the best also. In today’s article, we will show you some best tips and tricks for Netflix that you would wish you knew earlier.

Best Netflix Tips and Tricks

Best Tips and Tricks for Netflix

These are some of the best tips and tricks you can find online to improve your Netflix experience. So, without further ado, let’s check out these top tips and tricks for Netflix.

1. Add Rotten Tomato Ratings and IMDB Links

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Having a rating and expert opinion on any movie or Tv series make browsing Netflix som much easier. You can decide if something is worth your time or not within minutes instead of shuffling through the internet for review. By default, Netflix doesn’t support any of those features. So, to make Netflix better, we have a solution. There is a free tool called Netflix Enhancement Suite for Google Chrome browser. This tool is a Chrome extension that adds extra details like movie/Series rating from rotten tomato, IMDB link, trailer and reviews of the movie you are browsing.

This tool is free and only works with Google Chrome browser.

2. Ask Netflix to add your Favorite Movie or Series

Netflix is huge, but it still lacks some great movie and Tv series. Sometimes we hear about a movie or series and wants to watch it very badly only to find out that the show or movie doesn’t exist on Netflix. Why don’t we ask the source directly? You can do that accessing Netflix request section. You can request any movies or Tv series up to 3 at a time. This doesn’t guarantee that the Netflix will add that, but at least you tried.

3. Play Netflix Roulette

Sometimes we just want to watch a random movie or TV series without going through hundreds and thousands of movies and Tv series in every genre. At that moment we just wish that Netflix had a random button to find a good movie or Tv series without spending much time. Consider yourself lucky; you can do just that with the help of Netflix Roulette from reelgood.com. Here you can select streaming platforms, in our case, Netflix and select a genre and it will suggest a good movie or TV series instantly. This website supports more than 50 streaming and TV network.

4. Watch Content from Other Countries

Content licensing is a tricky thing, many publishers including streaming services like Netflix have to buy content licenses for every country. That is the reason why you see some movies or TV series available in one county while they are completely unavailable in another country. Netflix also works the same way, many movies and TV series might not be available on your country, but if you open same Netflix account from some other country, then you might see that movie or TV series there. To get the most out of your Netflix, get a good VPN or unblocker and change your location to some other country and that way you can access movies and TV series from their country.

Due to a recent crackdown, many free VPN’s are not working well with Netflix, for a better experience choose paid VPN services like Express VPN and NordVPN.

5. Save Money with Netflix

This trick is especially helpful for college going students. So as all of you know, the base price of Netflix is not that cheap and if you are a college student, then that $8 a month is also a lot. What if I say, you can save money from your Netflix subscription? The most expensive plan for Netflix is $14 per month which also comes with UHD quality and 4 simultaneous screens. Find 3 more friends who are willing to save money and get a $14 per month plan. Now you all can use a single account with 4 different profile and split the cost. This way your monthly subscription is getting down to $3.5 per month and comes with UHD quality streaming.

These 5 were the best tips and tricks for Netflix. If you follow and implement these five tips and tricks with your Netflix streaming, then you will have a better Netflix experience. Please let us know how you think about these Netflix tricks.

5 Tips to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

Smartphone technology has grown from nothing to crazy in the past few years. We have impressive triple camera setups, in-display fingerprint, we have phones getting bigger and bezzles are shrinking with every new smartphone, we have SOCs that can compete with top tire computers. But do you know what hasn’t changed in the last few years? Our battery technology. There is no significant changes in the way batteries have to be manufactured. No matter how expensive or how cheap phone you are using, your battery will start losing its power after a few months of usage. No one wants their battery drained in the middle of the day, and no one likes to charge their phone in every few hours.

Even though we can not change how our batteries are being made, but we can try and keep our battery losing its value by changing how we use our smartphones. Here are 5 basic but important tips that can help you keep your battery losing before the sun goes down.

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1. Find Out Which App Using Your Battery the Most

On an average, every smartphone users install 30-40 apps on their phone. But the report suggests that they hardly use 7-8 apps regularly. With huge internal storage, many people would think that having that many unused apps on their phone won’t matter. But it does, it does to the battery. Almost all the app now try to connect to the internet all the time so that they can show you relevant notifications. These apps cost a lot to your batteries life.

So, you need to find out which apps are using more battery and you don’t use those apps or user rarely, then it is best for you to install those applications.

2. Turn Off Wireless Services When not in Use

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Connectivity is a field where our smartphones got us all cover. We have now GPS, Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth, NFC. They are a blessing for this new generation of smartphone users. It is good to have some many connectivity options but to be honest; we don’t need all of these all the times. These services are also very power hungry as they have to send and receive data constantly. So it is a good practice to turn them off when not in use.

You can do that by swiping from the top in the case of Android and from the bottom for iPhone. This is simple but believe me; your battery will thank you.

3. Change Unnecessary Settings

There are many settings that we just use without thinking twice, but they can affect your battery badly. Here are a few settings that you need to change:

  • Brightness: Use auto brightness, that way your phone will adjust brightness accordingly. That way you will use full brightness only when needed. And brightness does affect battery performance.
  • Haptic Feedback: You don’t need your phone to vibrate everytime you type a letter, you also don’t need your phone to vibrate when you tap something on the screen. These are called haptic feedback. Many phones have different levels for haptic feedback. Your phone usages won’t be affected if you turn these off, but your battery will improve for sure.

4. Minimize Animations

Animations are cool! That being said, it also sucks up a lot of battery juice. We can surely live without animations. I am not saying to turn off animations altogether. It will give you bad user experiences. But you can reduce it by few points, that way your user experience won’t change while you do some good for your battery.

On Android, go to the accessibility setting then animation, there you can see many animation categories. Reduce animation for every animation category. For iPhone, this setting is labeled as Reduce Motion under accessibility settings.

5. Update apps and OS

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Every major app developer and OS developers now understand how important battery optimization is. That is why many developers are now making their apps battery friendly ad implementing many features. So, it is wise to keep your apps updated to enjoy the latest battery optimizations that are being offered by your favorite apps.

These are the 5 essential tips one can add to his/her smartphone usages habit and can see great differences in battery performances. There are other methods too like killing background apps, disabling vibration and ringtone all together and many. While those do work but they are what makes your phone a smartphone. And in my opinion, curbing them for a better battery is not worth the trade-off.

Most Popular Funny and Weird Websites on the Internet

The Internet is huge; over 1.9 Billion active websites are operating now. How do I know? You can check the live website count from here. So, as I was saying, it is almost impossible for an average human being to know about even 0.01% of total websites. So this is very fair to assume that there all sort of websites available. Some of them are useful, some lets you connect with friends and family, some lets you watch movies, some gives you all sort of news, some even help you pass your exam, some help you file a case and so on and so on. The internet is also a very weird place, on The Converging Network we have talked about all sort of helpful tips, news, and websites but today we are in a good mood.

Most Funny and Weird Websites

So, let’s check some funny and weird websites. These websites won’t contribute to any of your productivity, but still, you will thank me for introducing you to these interesting sites.

1. Engrish.com

We are off to a good start. Engrish.com is by far my favorite site when it comes to funny websites. This website specializes in funny English language spelling and grammar mistakes, especially in non-English speaking countries.

Credit: Engrish.com

Now we are not making fun of anyone who is not good with English. There is no shame if someone can’t speak English. For most people, English is their 3rd and sometimes 4th language, so it is normal to make mistakes. But when a corporate and businesses do those silly mistakes, then there is no excuse.

2. World’s Dumbest Game

Now, this site I call the weirdest website on the internet. A pointless website you will ever visit. The admin of the website seems to know this that is why the name. What does this website do? Nothing really. It has a button the homepage, and the game is you have to keep the button pressed as long as you can. That is all. I guess it is for only those who have a lot of time and need something dumb to waste their time on. I was surprised to see the highest score is almost an hour. I wonder who that human being is and how much time he/she has to spend one hour on a stupid button.

3. The Onion

With everything happening around the world, News can be depressing. Every time I open a newspaper of tune to a news channel I feel sad. A lot is happening, and with all the negativity, it is hard to find news that cheers you up. This website is taking that into the matter. If satire is your thing, then you are gonna love this website. The Onion is a satirical website that writes spoof news around recent events. This is a must visit website for everyone who likes a good satire.

4. Awkward Family Photo

I bet we all have some awkward family photo and we don’t want the world to see. But again we like to see others family awkward pictures. This website is a dedicated website for showcasing some awkward family photo. You will have a good laugh whenever you tune to this website.

5. PointerPointer

PointerPointer is a weird website that requires you to move your pointer in another word your mouse cursor to any point of your screen. Once your pointer is still, a picture appears where the man/woman points hi/her finger towards your pointer. Again when you reposition your cursor to any other part of the screen, a new picture appears with a finger pointing at your pointer. You have to try to believe me.

So, what other pointless websites have come across? I am interested to know and visit those sites.

Windows 10 October Update: What’s New This Time?

In yesterdays Surface event by Windows, Windows has revealed some interesting surface products like Surface 2 Studio, Surface Pro 6, Surface 2 Laptop and Surface headphones. In the same event, Windows also announced that the Windows 10 October update is available. This news got lost in the glory of Surface laptops and headphones. Windows 10 October update is pretty big and has the potential to make already helpful WIndows a better product. In this article, I’ll be showing you all the new and popular features of this update.

Your Phone App

The biggest and probably the best feature of this new update is its ‘Your Phone‘ app for Android and iPhone. Now you can access your messages, reply and send messages, access your photos right from your Windows 10. You can also copy, edit and Ink photos right from your phone without touching your Android phone. All these features are for available on Android 7.0 and above users for the moment. Here is a video by Microsoft showing how it works.

And for iPhone users, Microsoft says, you can browse the internet on the phone and then send the webpage instantly to your Windows to view on a bigger screen. ‘Your Phone‘ app is available on Microsoft store which you can download for free and connect your Microsoft PC to enjoy the features.

New Clipboard

This has to be my favorite feature of the bunch. As a blogger, I always find myself copying different things for different purposes. Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V work well only until I have few lines to copy. Things get to start messier when I try to copy a word, again and again, to paste in different contexts. Windows solves this problem by using cloud clipboard. That means all your copied text, images, and HTML stays in cloud clipboard for you to access anytime you want. To access this new clipboard, just press Windows+V, and you can see all the copied text and images at the same place for you to access.

It is also important to note that, Windows currently only supports file up to 1MB for cloud clipboard.

Snip & Sketch

Snip & Sketch is a new screen grabbing tool for Windows 10 users. This new app was first introduced a couple of months back in the Windows Ink Space with a different name. But now this is an app for all the Windows 10 users with the latest update. Essentially it is a screen grabbing tool with loads of features. Some of the interesting features include timmer setting, drawing on the picture, crop to different shapes, and edit picture. You can access this new tool by pressing Windows+ Shift + S. You can also trigger by pressing Print Screen button from your keyboard or by clicking the button on digital pen if you are using.

Some other interesting features of Windows 10 October update are:

  • Windows time app for Android and iPhone to find all the documents and files at the same place without going through all the files.
  • Microsoft todo app which is around for a couple of months has a new update. Now you can sync all your todo across device by just signing in to your Microsoft account. ToDo app also now supports Ink and digital pen.
  • Now you can use Ink on Powerpoint and Word. By using this, you can give your imagination a new look. AI will turn your sketch into workable slides. How cool is that!

Microsoft has added bucket load of features to this update. I’ve only listed those I found interesting and useful. You can read all about Windows 10 October update and its feature on Windows blog.

How to Get Windows 10 October Update

You are all excited and ready to install the new update. Good! It is a fairly straightforward process.

Simply head over to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click on Check for Update button.

You should see a new update (Update #1809). If you do, click on download and wait for it to download and install.

Done, now you have the latest Windows 10 October update installed and ready.

So what do you think? Which feature are you excited for? Let’s discuss.