Category: iOS

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

Disable Wifi to make battery last longer

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.

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A Small Piece of CSS Code Can Restart your iPhone and iPad and Freeze Your Mac

A new CSS based attack can now crash your iPhone and force it to restart. This attack is equally affecting iPad while Mac users can face a brief freeze on their Mac. We are not saying this, a security researcher by the Twitter username @pwnsdx discovered it. This is all done by using a few lines of CSS code. This exploit uses basic webpage written with few lines of HTML and CSS codes. The codes are also not that complicated.

These codes try to apply something called backdrop-filter to a series of nested properties known as div. This property is relatively new, and it works by color shifting or blurring our images that are inside a div element. It requires a lot of processing power that we suspect Apple cannot handle. Apple by default uses Apple web rendering engine WebKit to render all the web pages. We suspect that nesting lot of elements under the backdrop-filter may have been causing lots of stress for the GPU and kernel and forcing the device to restart to avoid damaging hardware.

The bug seems to attack both the iPhone and iPad similarly by crashing the phone and restarting. While Mac users are not facing restart Mac, but it does freeze the Mac for few minutes.

After the getting the report, we tried to test and found that our phone is also vulnerable to the bug. This bug can sound harmless, but it is not. Anyone online via Twitter and Facebook sends you a link with those codes and make your device restart on the middle of something.

Few users also reported the same bunch of codes could even crash Apple Watches as well. You can see in this twitter video posted by someone by the username @Sonikku_a2

At least a good news is that this bug cannot be used to run and execute malicious codes. That means how annoying this bug can be you can at least be sure that no one has installed some spooky malware on to your device to steal your data.

How The Internet Reacting this Bug

Every time there is a new bug Internet uses it’s in the most creative way possible. One of the users said that finally, they could use this bug to command Siri to restart the phone while another user shared a screenshot where he is using the same link to reboot the iPhone.

This is hilarious.

Apple and Bugs

Apple has an excellent track record of fixing bugs, but every once in a while you see bugs that are hilarious. One of them was a Telugu character that causes crashing iPhones, iPads, and Macs. This was back in February in 2018. Apple then since fixed this issue. You can see in the video down below.

The internet was exploded with people pranking other Apple product users by sending them the character and making them restart the phone. There was some funny meme as well on this same bug.

So what do you think about this new bug? Have you also faced this bug on your iPhone or Mac? We are eager to hear your funny story.

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How to Access Windows PC and Mac from Android and iPhone

The smartphone is an essential part of this information generation. We all carry smartphones with us all the time. Smartphones are also getting smarter and powerful with every passing year. Smartphones are also capable of handling many tasks that only computers were able to do a few years back. Now things have changed. Many people think that in the coming years, our smartphones might be able to replace computers completely. While there is time for that to happen, in the current time we all have a computer with us for different tasks that a smartphone might not be handled.

Managing two devices at the same time is a difficult task, and sometimes we just wish that there were ways to access a computer from the smartphone itself. Well, that is going to come true in this article. We have had several methods to access computers from smartphones in the past, but most of them are not up to the expectation. Not anymore. In this article, I’ll show you how you can access your Windows and Mac computer from both Android and iOS smartphones for free.

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Prerequisite

Here are few things you need to have in place to be able to access computers from Smartphones.

1. A Windows or Mac laptop or desktop.
2. Google Chrome browser on your Mac or Windows computer.
3. A decent speed internet connection and a Google account

How to Access Windows and Mac Computer from Android or iOS

First, make sure you have read the Prerequisites.

Step-1: Configure Mac or Windows computer

Open your Google Chrome browser on Windows or Mac computer and visit remotedesktop.google.com.

Scroll down a little and click on “Get Started” button. Sign in with your Google account. If you are already signed in then, it might not ask you again.

After signing in, Google will ask you to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for your browser. This is a free extension for Google Chrome developed by Google itself.

After installing the extension, open it by clicking on the extension icon.

Here under “My Computers,” click Get Started and then Enable Remote Connection.

Enter a PIN and re-enter the pin then click on OK.

Allow Chrome to Download and Install remote desktop on your computer.

Step 2: Configure Smartphone

After configuring your computer, now it is time to setup your smartphone.

  • First, download Chrome Remote Desktop for your Android or iOS from the respective app stores.
  • Open the app and sign in with the same Google account that you used to set up your computer remote desktop.
  • Now you can see your computer name on the app. Click on it, and it will ask you to enter the PIN.
  • Enter the PIN that you had set up earlier and click connect.

That is all; now you can access your computer from both Windows and Mac from your Android or iOS smartphone.

How to Install Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux?

Installing Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux based computer is tricky. Google has a really good resource page about how you can install and active Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux. You can read from here.

Please remember that Chrome Remote Desktop is still in beta phase, you can expect some basic bugs in it.

This is how you can access your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from Android or iOS smartphones easily and for free.

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