Discover the hidden features of iOS 15

Discover the hidden features of iOS 15

As always, the new iOS brings its share of hidden tricks. Let’s take a look at all these changes, sometimes minimal, which are quite useful once they are uncovered.

The Apple brand has got us used to digging into the bowels of each new operating system to discover its hidden features. iOS 15, available since September 20, is no exception to the rule.

New aesthetic features

Text size customization is now possible for each application. Just go to the Control Center to select this option. As before, you can also choose to act on all the apps.

When updating, you may be surprised to see the Safari search bar appear at the bottom of the screen. Apple justifies this choice by saying that it allows for better usability. However, it is possible to return to the previous location. A simple press on the right side of the bar (Aa) allows it to move thanks to a new option.

Tips to know

The Night mode of the Camera application is particularly successful. Its use allows you to take beautiful shots, even with minimal light. Until now, it could not be permanently disabled, which could be a problem for the most creative among us. The “Preserve settings” option is now available. It allows to memorize the desired settings, while leaving the possibility of a manual choice.

In addition, the iPhone’s camera lens is now able to scan any text. To do so, you just have to hold your finger on a text field. When you do this, the usual copy and paste commands will appear as well as a “scan” command prompt. Even better, with the Live Text function, it is also possible to extract text from your media.

The Weather application has also been significantly improved, with weather alerts that can be notified. Simply tap the three lines in the bottom corner of the screen to access the notification settings.

iOS 15 allows you to retrieve and transfer your data in the event of your death. The person designated to collect your “digital legacy” will then be contacted by Apple services. The ability to create recovery contacts in the event of lost access is also offered. To access these options, you will have to go to the Login section, then Password and Security.

With Android 12, notifications will be less intrusive in your games and videos

With Android 12, notifications will be less intrusive in your games and videos

Android 12 also tackles the notification windows when landscape mode is activated: they will be central, more compact and less intrusive. This will have the merit of being less distracting to the user during a video game session or content viewing.

Android 12 continues to deliver its new features in dribs and drabs. The next version of the mobile OS will allow you to control a smartphone with your face, for example, or tap twice on the back of the phone to trigger an action.

These are just two of many new features, plus another small one spotted by Android Police and 9to5Google. This concerns the notification windows when your mobile device is positioned in landscape mode. Previously, said window occupied the entire width of the screen. This will no longer be the case.

More compact and central

By shrinking on the sides, the notification window will indeed become more compact and discreet. It also becomes central. As 9to5Google points out, this results in fewer smart responses. Some elements are also cut off by the pop-up. Here, Google just has to correct the shot.

On the other hand, Android Police does not have this problem and faces a very clean result overall. And in the idea, this novelty may have some added value for the user experience.

If you’re in landscape mode, you probably want to use the full size of your screen to watch content or play a video game, for example. Here, a smaller notification window would be less intrusive and intrusive.

How to Use Your Android Smartphone More Efficiently

Android is today the most used operating system on mobile platforms, smartphones and tablets. Bought by Google in 2005, it has been improved over the years and has left no chance to its competitors. Only Apple’s iOS has survived, leaving alternatives such as Windows Phone or webOS on the shelf. So if you don’t buy an iPhone, you’re bound to buy an Android smartphone.

Entry-level, premium, compact, large screen, and now even foldable smartphones, Android adapts to all hardware possibilities. The OS has even been adapted for televisions and cars, but we won’t dwell on those solutions here.

Instead, we’re going to learn how to master Android to perfection and reveal all its secrets. Because if the interface is easy to learn, there are many subtleties that are not necessarily known and yet make life easier.

We’ll try to be as clear as possible on the different steps to follow, the difficulty being the impressive volume of Android versions, between updates and overlays. But don’t panic, our advice generally applies to most users, regardless of their OS variant.

Android: the most used operating system in the world

According to statistics from the IDC analysis firm, Android’s market share for the smartphone sector is 86.6% in 2020, compared to 13.4% for iOS. The operating system of the iPhone and today the only competitor to the mobile OS of Google. The institute estimates that this share will increase slightly in the coming years. It must be said that Android is popular in developing countries, such as India for example, where demand is now higher than in Western countries.

At the time of writing, the latest major version of the OS is Android 12. For the first time, Google has decided to abandon the dessert names (Android 7 Nougat, Android 8 Oreo, Android 9 Pie…) to give itself a more serious image and clarify its update system. In fact, there is now one major update per year, usually at the end of August or beginning of October for the official launch on the first compatible smartphones. Previously, we had two annual updates (Oreo 8.0 and 8.1 for example). And even before, there was no real rule. Everything is simpler and better organized now.

The main flaw of Android compared to iOS is its distribution. New updates are slow to be deployed by third-party smartphone manufacturers, and two-year-old mobiles often simply never get them. So we end up with a splintering of the market, with Android 8 Oreo and Android 9 Pie remaining more installed than Android 12 several months after the latter’s release. This is the price to pay for having so much variety in products. Note that Google launched Project Treble in 2017 with the rollout of Android Oreo. This is an overhaul of the operating system’s architecture to simplify the software tracking work for manufacturers. The situation with regard to updates is slowly improving since the arrival of Treble.

Android, although it has tended to close in on itself for a few years, is still a relatively open OS, especially when compared to the compartmentalized and impervious iOS. This is why it has become the preferred solution for hobbyists and customization enthusiasts. Google is trying to find a balance between security and freedom, no easy task. Long considered the operating system of viruses, malware and security flaws, Android is much more protected now, but at the cost of diminishing its open history. Today, root is much less practiced (but also less necessary) than in the past for example.

Each version of the OS has brought a stone to the building that Android has become today. One example is Android Honeycomb 3.0, which was designed to support tablets, and which got off to a slow start, but has since been improved through a series of updates. That’s why it’s important to know how to configure and keep your Android smartphone up to date to get the best experience available. Note that it is sometimes difficult to put a date on the arrival of a feature on Android. Some “new features” were indeed added by manufacturers via their in-house overlay long before they were integrated into Android Stock (the pure version of Android, used on very few smartphones, usually entry-level). And here is a perfect transition to talk about the different Android overlays.

Android and the overlay

Android is undoubtedly one of the most modified and customized operating systems by hardware manufacturers who opt for Google’s mobile OS. On Windows, manufacturers simply pre-install a range of software. This is also the case with Android, but brands don’t stop there: they also change the entire interface and menus and add or modify features. This is called an overlay.

Samsung has One UI, Huawei has EMUI, Xiaomi has MIUI, OnePlus has Oxygen OS, Oppo and Realme have Color OS etc. Even Google does not equip its own Pixel smartphones with the basic version of Android. They too are entitled to an overlay created specifically for this range. In the end, very few devices come with what we call Android Stock. There are entry-level models that are content with it, like Nokia (HMD) for example. This has the merit of facilitating the work of developers in terms of software monitoring.

The advantage is that users can choose from a wide variety of interfaces. Some are die-hard Oxygen OS fans, others swear by Samsung’s overlay (One UI has replaced Samsung Experience, which itself took over from TouchWiz).

But this also brings disadvantages. In particular, we find ourselves with applications that are duplicated between those of Google and those of the manufacturer: mail client, notepad, calendar, weather, browser … so many services that we find twice on many Android smartphones. And very often, it is impossible to remove applications from the manufacturer, unnecessarily cluttering the home page, the application drawer or storage space.

It’s not uncommon for design elements and popular features added on some overlays to end up on Android Stock. Some brands are very close and attentive to their community in order to offer their users the interface they dream of. This is particularly true of OnePlus, which offers beta programs and is very active on its forums.

Android: a system that gives control to its users

Android no longer gives 100% control to its users as in the past, for reasons of security and control of its ecosystem, but remains much more permissive than iOS. It is thus possible to download applications that are not available on the official store (Google Play Store) via alternative stores or APK files and to change many settings on its device.

Giving so much freedom and permissions to all users, even those who are not really aware of what they are doing, is however a policy that has its limits. It is not advisable to download files from unknown or untrusted sources, or to root your smartphone when you have limited knowledge of computers and the Android system in particular.

Incorrect handling can lead to bugs or even the infection of the device by malware, which is abundant on the web. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, stick to the minimum, i.e. adjust the settings that are not hidden and install applications from the Play Store. If you have a recent Huawei phone that does not have access to the Play Store, you can use the brand’s application store, but be careful what you download. You can also go through the official website of the publisher or developer of an app to acquire it.

But even if you take a thousand precautions, you can sometimes be tricked. Google removes hundreds of applications from its store containing malware and viruses every year, even the Play Store is not 100% reliable. In rare cases, an app can crash your device. But fortunately, there are solutions and we explain how to debug and repair an Android smartphone.

Android interface

As we explained above, each manufacturer offers its own overlay to Android. In addition, users have the necessary permissions to modify interface elements themselves. Finally, there are applications called “launchers” that allow you to benefit from an interface designed by third-party developers. These applications are often highly customizable, and each user can therefore create his own unique UI.

Given this diversity, we will focus mainly on the basic screens needed to understand and master an Android smartphone. We will review the elements that are common to most interfaces.

The lock screen

The lock screen allows you to access some information quickly without having to unlock your smartphone by one of the available authentication methods: PIN, password, schema, fingerprint or facial recognition. It shows essential data such as battery level, time, date or the latest incoming notifications.

The lockscreen is perfectly customizable. It adapts to the theme you have chosen and it is possible to change the background image, which can be different from the home page wallpaper.

The home screen

The home page is the interface that you see after unlocking the smartphone. It is designed to give quick access to all the most used services and is fully customizable. It usually contains the most important widgets (time and date, weather), the Google search bar with Google Assistant and voice search, as well as a selection of shortcuts to the most important applications.

By superimposing applications, it is possible to create folders in order not to clutter the screen too much and to get organized. You can group all Google services together, SVOD platforms together, put social networks or messaging applications together… Some interfaces also offer an application drawer, in which you can find all the apps. This system allows you to relegate little used applications in the drawer to leave room for others on the home.

We also have at the bottom of the screen a dock, in which it is generally possible to integrate five application shortcuts. This dock is immovable and remains displayed even after a swipe to a side screen. It is therefore necessary to position there the applications that you use most often or that you want to access as quickly as possible.

Everything is absolutely customizable. Each element can be moved, added or deleted as the user wishes. Themes allow you to change the aesthetics of the icons and widgets to get the most personalized experience. The wallpaper is of course independent of the one used for the lock screen and it is possible to put any image.

The widgets

Widgets are interface elements that display information without the need to enter an application: weather, bank account activity, next bus that arrives at the stop next to you, calendar, music player… The possibilities are numerous and they allow quick access to certain data.

Widgets can be placed anywhere on the home page, in the middle of applications, in a corner, at the top, at the bottom… the choice is yours! Their size varies according to the functionality offered. You can also create a page dedicated only to widgets so as not to mix them with the application shortcuts.

To add widgets, just long press in an empty space on the home page and select “Widgets”. You can then choose from the proposed selection. There are the default widgets (from the manufacturer and Google) as well as widgets proposed by third-party applications you have installed (Netflix, Spotify, WhatsApp … for example).

The notification center

To open the notification center, simply scroll the notification bar by moving your finger up and down. You then have access to shortcuts to settings that are often needed: airplane mode, WiFi, mobile data, flashlight, Bluetooth, GPS, screen rotation … The shortcut icons can be arranged according to preferences. This part of the notification center is called control center on iOS.

Underneath, it is possible to adjust the brightness of the screen manually if the brightness adjustment feature does not suit you. And then, we find all the notifications, these messages that warn you that you have something to see in such or such application or that display information (weather, soccer score …).

From now on, it is possible to display content directly in the notification center, allowing you not to enter the app and save time. You can read emails or WhatsApp messages for example. The quick response system also gives the possibility to respond directly from the center, again without switching to the app in question.

Notifications also appear on the lock screen or Always-On display, but logically it is not possible to interact with them in this situation, they appear only as a warning. The display of notifications when you are already using an application differs between the overlays. It is usually possible to read part of the message, which remains relatively discreet. By default, and this can be annoying if you are listening to music or watching a video, the sound volume drops when you receive a notification. Some overlays offer a configurable “gaming mode” that acts as a “Do Not Disturb” option in game to avoid seeing a notification arrive and lose the sound in the middle of a game.

Google services

Even without an overlay, Android remains a relatively complete OS with many native features ranging from the useful to the indispensable. To get the most out of your smartphone, you need to know how to master all the features of your Android smartphone.

Google’s services are at the forefront of this, providing real added value that enriches the user experience. We can see this with Huawei, which has a hard time selling its smartphones without Google applications in Europe.

Note that some native applications have been relegated lately. They are no longer pre-installed on smartphones but must be downloaded via the Play Store. This has the merit of less cluttering the devices with apps that are not very useful for many users and that are often duplicated with the manufacturer’s overlay.

Google Assistant

The voice assistant integrated by default on Android smartphones is Google Assistant, the equivalent of Siri on iOS and also the main competitor of Amazon’s Alexa in the home automation sector. To activate it, all you have to do is precede a command with “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”.

The possibilities are enormous. By voice, you can use Google Assistant to open an application, make a web search, make a call, listen to music, set an alarm, translate, check the weather, ask for sports results or news or manage the connected objects in the home.

Google Assistant is featured on most Android smartphones on the market. But the number one in the industry, Samsung, is trying to push its own solution: Bixby. The same goes for Huawei, which is working on its own assistant since it is not allowed to use Google’s.

Google Pay

Google Pay was born from the 2018 merger of Google Wallet and Android Pay services. It is an electronic wallet system allowing online and physical contactless payment by NFC. It is also possible to directly integrate its loyalty cards, restaurant vouchers or coupons.

Google Pay is compatible with many online banks (Boursorama Banque, Revolut, Orange Bank, N26…), but is not yet supported by many traditional banking institutions in France, which have launched their own solution with PayLib. For owners of a Samsung smartphone, the manufacturer puts forward its own application: Samsung Pay.

To pay without contact with Google Pay, several barriers arise. First, the merchant must accept this payment method. They are more and more numerous to do so, but it is not systematic. Then, the smartphone used must be equipped with an NFC chip. Here again, if most of the recent devices are equipped with one, the whole mobile fleet does not have an NFC chip.

The service is secure. For amounts over 30 euros (as for contactless bank cards), the user must authenticate and unlock his smartphone for the payment to go through.

You can group as many bank cards, physical or virtual, as you want on Google Pay. However, you have to choose one “by default”. There is no limit either for transport tickets, loyalty programs, and gift cards.

Google Maps

This is probably the application Google can be most proud of, the one that surpasses on all points its iOS counterpart, in this case Plan. Maps integrates accurate mapping as well as GPS and navigation. On foot, in the car, for public transportation, and even to find bike and electric scooter stations, Google Maps is a reference.

And it’s not just for directions that Google Maps is doing well. The service is becoming more and more an alternative to Trip Advisor: it advises us on places we might like, asks us to rate them, it is even possible to book a table from Maps. And Google is developing a feature for Google Assistant to call a restaurant or a hair salon itself to make a reservation or an appointment.

Maps can be downloaded to guide you with the app in offline mode. It is also possible to share one’s position in real time so that another user can join us or follow our progress. We also have the possibility of saving places to visit or favorites, among other features.

In short, an ultra complete application that has taken the good ideas of Waze and Trip Advisor, all grouped in a well thought interface where we can find all the features simply.

A huge catalog of applications with the Play Store

There are many more applications available on Android than on iOS, for several reasons. First, the Google Play Store has a less restrictive policy than Apple’s App Store. Some apps that can’t be accepted on the App Store can therefore end up on the Play Store. There is also the fact that developers may want to focus on Android because the operating system has a larger market share. Or more simply because they have more knowledge about developing on Android. And finally, iOS is limited to App Store apps, where Google allows external sources via other app stores and APK file downloads.

For several years, Google has worked hard to restrict the influence of these external sources and to secure its Play Store. The Play Store now hosts far fewer dangerous apps, but some still fall through the cracks and can endanger users’ devices.

The Mountain View company has also tightened its policy in terms of authorizations granted. An application can now only ask users for permissions that they really need for their operation. Access to contacts is out of the question for an SVOD app, for example.

But be careful, this vast volume of applications should not make you lose your head. Only install the apps you really need. Otherwise, you risk slowing down your smartphone, losing battery life and taking up storage space. Not to mention the mess in the app drawer and home page, as well as the unwanted notifications from those apps. We tell you more about this in our dossier which teaches you how to manage the applications on your Android smartphone to perfection.

Volume Gets Stuck on my Samsung TV

Volume Gets Stuck on my Samsung TV

Your Samsung Smart TV may require a settings adjustment or software update to correct the low volume within our app. Please try the following suggestions:

Adjust the speaker settings on your Samsung TV

  1. Press the MENU button on your Samsung remote.
  2. Select SOUND.
  3. Select ADDITIONAL SETTINGS. If you do not see any additional settings, select SPEAKER SETTINGS.
  4. Set the auto volume to NORMAL.
  5. Try the Cineplex Store again.

Check for firmware updates

  1. Press the MENU button on your remote control.
  2. Select SUPPORT.
  3. Select SOFTWARE UPDATE. This selection may take 1 to 2 minutes to display.
  4. Select ONLINE or UPDATE NOW.

Once the update is started, your TV will turn off and then automatically turn back on. You will see a confirmation message when the update is complete.

 

How to make your cell phone untraceable?

How to make your cell phone untraceable?

Today’s cell phone users are faced with an ever-increasing problem. It is about the respect of privacy. The scandals concerning large-scale telephone surveillance by the NSA (revealed by Edward Snowden) and other intelligence services have caused controversy in recent years, forcing users to look for ways to secure their personal data. In this article, we give you some tips on how to make your mobile device untraceable.

#1 Stop allowing mobile applications to access your location

Your itinerary, your movements, your position are personal. Almost all applications require, before or after installation, an authorization for access to your location. Very often and without reading the entire request, everyone grants it; this helps trace your movements, whereas many of them work well without this feature. The ideal way to make your phone untraceable would therefore be to disable location sharing. This is the basis for untraceability. Why would a photo collage or translation application need your location?

#2 Disable GPS and your cell phone’s unique identifier

To not be tracked, you can also make it easier and disable GPS on your phone from your settings or dedicated applications. By scanning the screen of your smartphone from top to bottom, you will see a list of options. One of them is called “Location” (for the most advanced smartphones) or “GPS” (for older generations of smartphones); turn it off if you intend to make really personal, even intimate trips.

The unique identifier of your mobile phone is also favourable for tracking it. It is a unique series of numbers created by your device and transferred to advertisers and application authors. Your searches and publications on the web are linked to this identifier. This activity on the Net is generally associated with your geolocation information which, once transmitted to companies, allows them to have knowledge of your browsing history. If you are using an Apple Smartphone, go to the “Settings” menu, then “Privacy”; then go to “Advertising” to activate the “Limited ad tracking” option.

If you’re an Android phone, go to “Settings”, then “Google”; “Advertising”, then “Disable ad personalization”, and that’s it.

#3 Don’t let Google store your location data

Google is the mastodon of geolocation. And to use an Android phone, you need a Google account. This account is a highly exploited channel that stores a wealth of data from the location linked to your phone. You have the option to stop this collection of your data through the “Data and customization” option of your interface. This not only allows you to put the history of your various locations on standby, but also to avoid possible problems of overheating of your phone.

In addition to these three tips, you can also

  • Turn off your smartphone (then remove the battery) and use during your important trips models of phones without GPS chip: a Nokia 8210 or a Nokia 3310 for example;
  • Install a private VPN and configure it as explained here, in order to bypass online monitoring systems;
  • Install Smartphone ROMs to report fictitious positions and bypass some tracking programs.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max can take great photos

The iPhone 12 Pro Max can take great photos. But you need to know the tricks

Apple iPhones have always impressed with their camera capabilities and the latest iPhone 12 and 12 Pro  are no exception. But it’s the 12 Pro Max that’s at the top, with a larger camera sensor and a variety of upgrades that make it a powerhouse of photography.

But having a good camera in your pocket isn’t a guarantee of brilliant images – you need to know the tricks to using this equipment to take the pictures you want. Here are my best tips to improve your photography game and hopefully get the best pictures ever from your iPhone 12 Pro Max. if you don’t have it try to win one here.

Know when to use the different objectives

It’s easy to stand in front of a picturesque scene and quickly browse through the normal, super-wide and enlarged views from the phone, but it’s harder to understand exactly why one might be better than the other for a particular composition. To understand this, you need to take an extra moment to look at what is important in the scene in front of you.

Is there a particular subject – perhaps a statue or an impressive building – that is surrounded by many other elements such as trees, signs or streetlights? Using a telephoto zoom lens is a great way to isolate your subject and eliminate all these distractions. You may need to move back a little and then zoom in to keep it in the frame, but simplifying your scene in this way will really help your subject stand out in the picture.

But maybe it’s those extra surrounding elements that really add to the scene and provide context for where you are. In this case, using the standard zoom will allow you to keep these elements in the shot. Switching to the super-wide view will capture even more of the environment, so to prevent your subject from getting lost in the frame, you might want to get closer and find some interesting foreground objects (a patch of flowers, a cool looking rock) to add to the composition.

Revisit at different times of the day

The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s impressive low-light capabilities mean you’re not limited to taking pictures only at noon, when the sun is at its highest. Sunrises and sunsets will generally be darker, but can reward you with beautiful colors in the sky and great contrast in the projected light. Landscape photographers know that getting up before dawn can often give the best results, and it’s always worth keeping in mind, if you can handle the first few sunrises.

If you’re taking a trip to the city (whenever these are allowed again), it’s worth trying a sunrise shot at least once, visiting the places you’ve already found and seeing how they are transformed by different light. This is what will separate your images from the hundreds of others on Instagram who have just taken a picture after having their morning coffee.

Don’t be afraid of the dark

And don’t think that once the light is on, you have to stop filming. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has one of the best night modes on any phone and can take amazing night-time photos. City scenes with car headlights, animated shop windows and even party decorations can provide great fodder for nighttime photos. And don’t worry if it rains – those wet streets will now reflect all those lights, which may seem unbelievable.

Focus on your editing

If you want to create really eye-catching images, editing should be part of your workflow, whether you photograph in raw or JPEG format. You need to start with a good image, so make sure you’ve followed the tips above, but good editing can be the biggest step in turning a standard snapshot into a rewarding art form.

I use Adobe Lightroom Mobile for most of my editing on my phone. It’s a professional tool and has granular control over color and exposure. If you don’t like the monthly fee, Snapseed from Google is free and also has many great features to get the most out of your shots, including a variety of movie effects that give your photos a nice tone of color.

If you want to get a little wilder and more creative, you should check out applications like Bazaart and PicsArt, which provide a variety of tools and effects to compose images and turn them from photos into often bizarre modern works of art. Take a look at my overview of image editing applications for more ideas.

10 tips with smartphones that could help you solve several problems

10 tips with smartphones that could help you solve several problems

Ordinary phones started to be smart years ago, and today you can do just about anything with them. There are even some of their secrets that you probably didn’t know yet. Even though they have a very user-friendly interface, which doesn’t require a lot of knowledge to be understood, there are some things that even the most knowledgeable people don’t know. No one can know all the little tricks that exist in the world, and that’s where we can help you.

Sympa always cares about its audience, and that’s why we have developed a new series of smartphone tips that will be very useful to you, we can assure you that you will learn something new right now!

1- Disables the automatic rotation function

You should disable the automatic screen rotation feature and use it only when needed. Leaving it on will operate a special sensor called an accelerometer, which wastes a large part of the battery charge.

2- Avoid using the phone while it is charging.

These short load cables are not there to bother you. They are actually meant to discourage you from using your phone while it’s charging, because it’s not good for battery life.

3- Put your phone in “airplane mode” so that it recharges faster.

Switching to “airplane mode” prevents the phone from searching for a signal, which speeds up charging considerably. Although today’s smartphones have a super fast charging speed, it’s still a good trick if you’re looking for a faster way to recharge your battery.

4- Press and hold down the shutter button to take continuous pictures.

The “Continuous Shooting” function allows you to capture up to 20 images per second, depending on the phone model. Not many people know this, but all you have to do to use it is hold down the shutter button and let the magic happen.

5- You can use the volume keys as a trigger.

Trying to take pictures with only one hand, pressing at the same time on the default shooting button, can be very difficult, especially if you have a very large mobile. This function of the volume buttons will make it easier for you.

6- If you park your car in a new place, take a picture of something to remind you where you left it.

Who hasn’t forgotten at least once where they parked their car in a large parking lot? If you’re one of those people, when you’re in a new parking spot, take a picture of something that serves as a reference point or stands out to remind you where your car is.

7- How to improve the audio while recording a video

You can improve the audio quality of your videos by covering your microphone. This trick works because it attenuates background noise, which allows you to hear the main audio stream better.

8- Sunglasses as sun filters

This tip is a bit unusual, but try it, you’ll be surprised by the results! If the light in the picture is too bright, cover the camera on your phone with sunglasses. This way, the brightness will be reduced, the lighting will be improved and the image will be much more beautiful.

9- A black wallpaper will save you more battery power.

The brightness of your phone is one of the many ways to drain the battery faster. To reduce power consumption, simply set a dark background.

10- How to properly clean your phone screen

Research has shown that your phone has more bacteria than a toilet bowl because many dirty surfaces and hands touch it every day. Fortunately, all you need to clean it is a mixture of 80% water and 20% alcohol (isopropyl, for example). Put it in a spray bottle, spray the liquid on the moving screen and clean it.

11- Amplify the volume of your morning alarm clock

If you’re afraid you won’t wake up because the alarm isn’t loud enough, put your phone in a cup or bowl. This will amplify the sound.

12- Restart your phone at least 3 times a week.

Your phone should not be running at full capacity all the time. To ensure your phone is working properly, reset it at least 3 times a week. This way, applications will be restored and your phone will be able to take a break.

We hope this article will help you and make your life easier, if you know any smartphone tricks we haven’t mentioned, let us know in the comments below!

Your smartphone is spying on you without your knowledge!

Your smartphone is spying on you without your knowledge!

A new study looked at the amount of information collected by smartphones. Using only geolocation, two researchers were able to discover information such as the health status, religion and even ethnicity of users.

Virtual reality games, dating, mapping and weather applications… All these mobile applications require access to your location data, but they actually collect much more information. Two researchers, from the University of Bologna and University College London, have just published a study looking at the private information of users that can only be inferred through geolocation.

A group of 69 volunteers installed an application called TrackAdvisor that tracks their movements and was created especially for the study. It collected more than 200,000 locations in 2,500 places. TrackAdvisor was thus able to infer more than 5,000 personal information. Volunteers were able to note whether these inferences were accurate and private. Researchers discovered a wide range of information including health, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and religion of participants.

“Thanks to machine learning techniques, this data provides sensitive information such as users’ homes, habits, interests, demographics and personality information,” said Italian researcher Mateo Benni.

This is the first study of this magnitude. In 2019, the Kotaku site was interested in the data of 10 volunteers collected by Niantic, a developer of augmented reality mobile games such as Pokémon Go. Their conclusions were similar at the time, but this new study is much more precise, thanks in particular to artificial intelligence. To counter this invasion of privacy, the researchers came up with a system designed to alert users when they visit places like hospitals, or block data collection from third parties.