care

Top 5 Tips To Take Care Of Your Phone

Taking care of your phone is a must.Smartphones have become a must-have over the years and are an integral part of our lives. No year goes by when users are not entitled to brand new models straight out of the manufacturing plants. New models of Smartphones are regularly released in order not to remain on the fringe of technology.

Indeed, smartphones have a muscular configuration with solid performance and help users relax. However, these devices can sometimes malfunction like any other technology. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and discover some of our best tips to take good care of your smartphone.

1. Choose a smartphone model that is easy to repair

care

Before you choose a smartphone, make sure it is easily repairable. Since January 1, 2021, it is now mandatory to indicate the reparability index of 5 categories of electronic devices, including smartphones. The reparability index takes the form of a score out of 10 obtained by combining 5 criteria (accessibility and disassembly, availability and price of spare parts, and easy documentation). A nice step forward in the fight against programmed obsolescence and better information for consumers.

This score allows you to know if the product is easily repairable and if it is possible to extend its lifespan. The closer the score is to 10, the easier the repair will be. For example, the Oppo Reno 6 scores 8.5, the Galaxy S21 scores 8.2, the Xiaomi 11 T scores 7.3, and the iPhone 13 scores only 6.1.

2. Protect your device and screen

A smartphone that lasts is one with at least an external shell and a protective film on the screen. External protection can take many forms, whether it’s a cover, case, or outer shell. The external plastic or rubber shell is a good solution that remains discreet and can even protect the screen with its protection on the sides of the front part (be careful to choose the specific shell for your smartphone model).

The case also offers a complete protection with a flap or a flap to cover the screen. The cover protects mainly against dust and scratches but does not really offer protection for the screen. The protective film is also important; it can be made of tempered glass or plastic.

For maximum protection, tempered glass is preferred. If you do the installation yourself, be careful to remove the small air bubbles between the film and the screen to ensure the proper functioning of the smartphone. Protecting the screen is essential; all studies on the most frequent causes of phone repairs mention the broken screen first.

3. Take care of your battery

care

Another major cause of cell phone failure is none other than the battery. One of the first things not to do is to leave your phone charging all night, a bad habit that many of us have certainly adopted. Recharging your smartphone’s battery to 100% is indeed against its life expectancy, and it is better to prefer several small recharging sessions during the day. You should also be aware that a cell phone plugged into an outlet continues to consume energy even when it is fully charged.

It is also advisable not to wait until the battery is completely flat to recharge it. It is better to recharge when the laptop is at about 15% of its battery. Also, remember to perform all the system updates of the phone, which, in addition to being essential for the security of the device, often optimize the battery life. Finally, to save your battery, you can turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you’re not using these technologies, as they all consume energy.

4. Clean the phone regularly

It goes without saying, but like any electronic device, smartphones must be cleaned regularly to keep them working as long as possible. It’s also a particularly important tip as we continue to be heavily affected by the Covid-19 epidemic (the virus can actually linger on surfaces from a few hours to several days). As with proper hand washing, it is important to know how to clean your mobile device properly.

First, turn off the phone, unplug all cables connected to the device and wash your hands thoroughly before starting. The best way to clean and disinfect a smartphone is to use a disinfectant cleaner based on hypochlorous acid (50 to 80 ppm) or alcohol (ethanol or isopropyl alcohol over 70%).

Antibacterial wipes of this type are sold in stores, but otherwise, a soft microfiber cloth (or a soft, lint-free cloth) soaked in it will do the trick. Then wipe the back and front of the device gently without applying too much pressure. Finally, you should know that according to the English study “Initial Washroom Hygiene”, a smartphone is, on average, 7 times dirtier than the toilet bowl!

5. Insure your device

care

Prevention is better than cure, and it is also better to take out insurance when prevention is not enough to preserve your device. However, you should know that the guarantee of conformity provided by American law also concerns smartphones and that it is valid for two years for new devices purchased (and 6 months for second-hand devices).

This guarantee of conformity obliges the seller to repair or replace the smartphone in case of malfunction. It is also welcome to subscribe to mobile insurance, which allows most of the time to be insured against theft, breakage, and oxidation.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about taking care of your phone.

tiktok

Top 6 Things To Know About iOS 15

With iOS 15, Apple may not have changed the visuals much, but there are still many worth getting used to and tinkering with, whether you have a new iPhone 13 or have just upgraded your existing iPhone. Most of the highlighted features are available for all iPhone models running iOS 15. Still, one or two are limited to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series and won’t be applicable to older models.

So make sure you run iOS 15 on your iPhone- or pull out your iPhone 13/ 13 Pro- and browse through some of our favorite and less obvious features. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things everyone ought to know about iOS 15.

1. Prevent apps from following you

With iOS 15, Apple may not have changed the visuals much, but there are still many worth getting used to and tinkering with, whether you have a new iPhone 13 or have just upgraded your existing iPhone. Most of the highlighted features are available for all iPhone models running iOS 15. Still, one or two are limited to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series and won't be applicable to older models.  So make sure you run iOS 15 on your iPhone- or pull out your iPhone 13/ 13 Pro- and browse through some of our favorite and less obvious features. So, without further ado, let's dive into this blog and learn some of the things everyone ought to know about iOS 15.  1. Prevent apps from following you  Many applications want to track various patterns and usage data from you when you use their applications. In most cases, this is so they can offer you more relevant ads or learn how people use their software to help them improve. However, there are good reasons to block all tracking, especially if that company has a reputation for not respecting your privacy.  If you want to prevent apps from tracking, simply open Settings> Privacy and now tap on "Tracking". At the top, there is a toggle that says, "Allow apps to request tracking". If you don't want an app to ask for tracking information, turn this option off. You can manually enable or disable tracking for individual apps in the list below.  2. See which applications access which data  This is just a quick tip in the same order of things: scroll to the bottom of the Settings > Privacy screen and tap on "Record application activity". Activate it and now wait for about a week. After a few days, return to this menu option, and you'll see a breakdown of how various apps have used permissions on your phone.  You will be able to see if any of them are regularly accessing things like your location or other personal information. You can also choose to save a report as a blank binary file that you can share and save.  3. Group unimportant notifications together  iOS 15 has a feature called "Scheduled Summary" that allows you to group all the less important notifications together and send them at the same time, rather than receiving many random pings throughout the day. To enable it, go to Settings > Notifications and tap on "Scheduled Summary". Now will allow it and follow the setup process. Now choose the apps you want to include in your summary and tap "Add apps" at the bottom.  On the next screen, choose the times you want the first and second summaries to appear. You can also press the "+" to add more frequent summaries throughout the day. So you can have one appear at breakfast, one at lunchtime and one at night if you wish. When these are chosen, press the "Enable notification summary" option at the bottom. Now you will only be notified by direct messages or applications not included in your selection throughout the day until the time you choose to show the summary.  4. Accessibility  Back when iPhones had buttons, you could move items down from the top of the screen to make them easier to reach by lightly pressing the home button twice. Now when you swipe down to the bottom of the screen, the items at the top of the screen are dropped lower, making them easier to reach. And you can also do this on newer phones without buttons, but you have to enable it first. Go to Settings > Accessibility and tap "Touch". Turn on the Accessibility option.  5. Use Live Text  An interesting new feature is Live Text, allowing you to use your camera to read and display text in real-time. You can, for example, use it to instantly send a sentence from an article or document in a message. Open a messaging application. Double tap the text field, then tap the little icon that looks like text in a box.  It will now open a camera view and start scanning the text, then display it in the field when you show it to the camera. To be more precise, press the little capture icon in the corner to take a quick picture of the text you want. You can now highlight the specific block of text you want to include by simply dragging your finger over the text of your choice.  Another way to do this is to open the Camera app and ensure you are in Photo mode. Now tap on the text of your choice or tap to focus on the text manually, then tap on the live text icon in the corner. It will scan the text, and you can now highlight the text in the pop-up image to share with someone. Copy and paste wherever you want.  6. Change the music on your photo memories  In the new Photos app, Apple automatically pastes a companion track on the photo and video memories it creates for you in the "For You" tab. But you can change that. Open Photos, tap "For You," and choose one of the memories at the top. Once open, tap it again and tap the little music icon in the corner.  Now you can swipe, and it changes the filter and music as you do. Or you can tap the music note icon at the bottom right to see a larger selection of options, including a search button that, when pressed, lets you browse your entire library for a specific song.  Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about iOS 15.

Many applications want to track various patterns and usage data from you when you use their applications. In most cases, this is so they can offer you more relevant ads or learn how people use their software to help them improve. However, there are good reasons to block all tracking, especially if that company has a reputation for not respecting your privacy.

If you want to prevent apps from tracking, simply open Settings> Privacy and now tap on “Tracking”. At the top, there is a toggle that says, “Allow apps to request tracking”. If you don’t want an app to ask for tracking information, turn this option off. You can manually enable or disable tracking for individual apps in the list below.

2. See which applications access which data

This is just a quick tip in the same order of things: scroll to the bottom of the Settings > Privacy screen and tap on “Record application activity”. Activate it and now wait for about a week. After a few days, return to this menu option, and you’ll see a breakdown of how various apps have used permissions on your phone.

You will be able to see if any of them are regularly accessing things like your location or other personal information. You can also choose to save a report as a blank binary file that you can share and save.

3. Group unimportant notifications together

15

iOS 15 has a feature called “Scheduled Summary” that allows you to group all the less important notifications together and send them at the same time, rather than receiving many random pings throughout the day. To enable it, go to Settings > Notifications and tap on “Scheduled Summary”. Now will allow it and follow the setup process. Now choose the apps you want to include in your summary and tap “Add apps” at the bottom.

On the next screen, choose the times you want the first and second summaries to appear. You can also press the “+” to add more frequent summaries throughout the day. So you can have one appear at breakfast, one at lunchtime and one at night if you wish. When these are chosen, press the “Enable notification summary” option at the bottom. Now you will only be notified by direct messages or applications not included in your selection throughout the day until the time you choose to show the summary.

4. Accessibility

Back when iPhones had buttons, you could move items down from the top of the screen to make them easier to reach by lightly pressing the home button twice. Now when you swipe down to the bottom of the screen, the items at the top of the screen are dropped lower, making them easier to reach. And you can also do this on newer phones without buttons, but you have to enable it first. Go to Settings > Accessibility and tap “Touch”. Turn on the Accessibility option for iOS 15.

5. Use Live Text

15

An interesting new feature of iOS 15 is Live Text, allowing you to use your camera to read and display text in real-time. You can, for example, use it to instantly send a sentence from an article or document in a message. Open a messaging application. Double tap the text field, then tap the little icon that looks like text in a box.

It will now open a camera view and start scanning the text, then display it in the field when you show it to the camera. To be more precise, press the little capture icon in the corner to take a quick picture of the text you want. You can now highlight the specific block of text you want to include by simply dragging your finger over the text of your choice for the iOS 15.

Another way to do this is to open the Camera app and ensure you are in Photo mode. Now tap on the text of your choice or tap to focus on the text manually, then tap on the live text icon in the corner. It will scan the text, and you can now highlight the text in the pop-up image to share with someone. Copy and paste wherever you want.

6. Change the music on your photo memories

In the new Photos app, Apple/iOS 15 automatically pastes a companion track on the photo and video memories it creates for you in the “For You” tab. But you can change that. Open Photos, tap “For You,” and choose one of the memories at the top. Once open, tap it again and tap the little music icon in the corner.

Now you can swipe, and it changes the filter and music as you do. Or you can tap the music note icon at the bottom right to see a larger selection of options, including a search button that, when pressed, lets you browse your entire library for a specific song.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about iOS 15.

samsung

Top 7 Things To Know About Samsung

Besides Apple, Samsung is one of the biggest phone makers on the market. It is always a real dilemma to choosing your new cell phone. Faced with the number of brands and models on the market, it is not easy to find your way around. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you ought to know about Samsung.

1. A name predestined for success

samsung

While Samsung is one of the most powerful brands on the planet, many of you are probably wondering about the origin of this name. Unlike Häagen-Dazs and its made-up name, the word ‘Samsung’ actually exists in Korean. For those who did not take Korean in LV2, it means ‘three stars. The name was chosen in 1938 by Lee Byung-Chull, the founder of the brand. He wanted his company to become powerful and eternal like stars in the sky.

2. The day the CEO burned 150,000 cell phones

Lee Kun-hee, who died last Sunday at the age of 78, had been Samsung’s chairman since 1987 when he succeeded his father, Lee Byung-Chull. As soon as he took office, the prodigal son had to deal with the bad reputation of Samsung products, which were considered low quality and cheap by the public. The fate of the company changed in the mid-1990s.

Annoyed by the lack of quality of cell phones and in order to make his employees understand the importance of quality, the CEO opts for a radical technique. Before the eyes of 2,000 of his employees, he burned the 150,000 cell phones and other telephone devices the company had in stock. “Let’s change everything except our wives and children”, he even declared, according to several sources. Winning bet. Under his leadership, Samsung has become one of the most powerful multinationals in the world.

3. In the beginning, Samsung sold noodles

samsung

Founded thirty-eight years before its competitor Apple, the South Korean electronics behemoth was not always the giant we know today. In 1938, the young Lee Byung-chull started a commercial company in Daegu. He opened a grocery store specializing in the sale of local products, ranging from fish to dried vegetables and noodles. After trying his hand at the textile industry, the company finally turned to electronic products in the 1970s. Its first product? A black and white television. The beginning of a new era.

4. Samsung at the origin of the highest tower in the world

What do Burj Khalifa and Samsung have in common? A win-win collaboration offers the most beautiful advertisement to the South Korean firm to promote its products. Samsung Engineering and Construction, a subsidiary of the Korean group, built the tallest building in the world, the famous Burj Khalifa, based in Dubai. The tallest structure ever built by man reaches 828 meters, almost three times the height of the Eiffel Tower.

5. Samsung, leader of the smartphone market

samsung

The South Korean multinational has just recovered its crown. With nearly 80 million mobiles shipped worldwide during the third quarter of 2020, Samsung is ahead of China’s Huawei, Xiaomi and the American Apple. Thanks to good results in India in particular, Samsung is now number 1 in the global smartphone market at the expense of Huawei.

6. A particularly neat screen

Available as a new phone or as a refurbished phone, the Samsung Galaxy will quickly become indispensable. The quality of the screen is flawless, being among the best on the market. Samsung produces its screens, aiming to have a very large surface to cover. This is an important advantage if you are a photo or video enthusiast.

The precision of the screen is formidable, reacting to your different finger movements for extreme precision. The grip is pleasant, with a touch screen that will make your head spin. But not only you will be able to appreciate the visualization of various documents within the framework of your work.

7. Samsung focused on a versatile battery

samsung

Another important element when choosing a new or refurbished cell phone is the battery life. Very often, we are quickly disappointed with a phone with a battery that has trouble holding the charge. Requires to go through the charger several times a day. Know that the Samsung Galaxy has a very powerful battery allowing pleasant autonomy. Even if you spend a lot of time on heavy applications like videos or games.

The battery will live up to your expectations, guaranteeing extended use for several hours. To achieve such performance, the battery capacity has been increased on one hand. But it is especially important to look at the Samsung software to have much more intelligent management of the battery. The phone can automatically detect the greedy applications you do not use. As a result, these applications are automatically put on standby in order to preserve the battery.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about Samsung.

technology

How Technology Has Changed the Queer Experience In 2022

We all use technology in our day-to-day life. Pride month is here, and we are queerer than ever. As an older queer Gen Z, the internet played an integral part in my coming out journey, and it allowed me the space I needed to learn more about how I was feeling. See, the internet isn’t all that bad; it isn’t a hellscape or one of the seven circles of hell from time to time.

I’d like to think that most of us queer kids out there have taken the “Am I Gay” quiz, which warms my heart. And if you had to take that quiz, the chances are that you are, in fact, some flavor of the LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, 2 Spirits+) community. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn how technology changed the queer experience.

History

technology

Throughout history, queer people have found a way to talk to each other within mainstream society. This could be through a coded language; Polari was a secret language that queer men used to reveal themselves to each other. Polari was vastly popular in the United Kingdom and was used primarily by gay and bisexual men to find potential partners.

There was also the hanky-code that gay men would use to show their sexual preference and role depending on the color of the bandanna/handkerchief and the pocket in which they were found (left/right). Women would trade violets as a way to declare their love in secrecy, and it was a way of live life and your sexuality in secrecy but also in fear and threat of being discovered.

It’s been 52 years since the first stone was thrown at Stonewall, marking the change of queer recognition and acceptance worldwide. Since 1969, a lot has changed, but there is still a long way to go before we achieve equality. Until 1994, WHO (or the World Health Organization) recognized homosexuality as a mental illness, and our predecessor fought to show that this wasn’t the case.

Pride is not just a celebration of our history but also a way to bring awareness to our group and how we can still do better to treat queer people like anyone else in society. Gender and sexuality are not binary; they are social constructs that we need to demystify. Pride has its roots in protest, and while it reflects progress, it still highlights current injustices and also shows our demand for a greater level of scrutiny.

Technology as a positive change

technology

Technology has played an important role in bringing about progress and has an enormous power to affect change. It allows queer people to connect no matter their physical and geographical space and reduce the feeling of isolation, especially when you love in a conservative place. Technology isn’t always a hellscape; the internet and technology overlord is going to take over sooner or later, and we have to accept it and harness them to our advantage as best as we can.

Technology also increases visibility and puts the spotlight on key things we want to highlight as a community. We, queer people, have used the internet to bring about a lot of change, from decriminalizing section 377 In India, the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan, to workplace discrimination in the United States. We also use social media to uplift the voice of the downtrodden or people who have been previously marginalized and sidelines communities.

Queer culture and technology

technology

Queer communities thrive online, and there have been numerous studies around this. Interaction that once occurred in queer safe spaces like bars or queer-centered places can now occur online and just by creating online safe spaces. As queer digital and virtual spaces continue to grow, queer people can find each other outside of traditional spaces, and this can make us feel less ostracized.

It is important to note that progress has been made, but we queer people aren’t safe in every country in the world. Not going into Homonationalist discourses, it is important to know that in 71 countries, homosexuality is still illegal and criminalized under the law and is punishable by death in 13 of them. Having said this, it is still important to say that even in countries with pro-queer laws, the number of hate crimes is still consequential.

Queer people still face a degree of discrimination in countries that are “enlightened”, be it in the form of street harassment or discrimination in the workplace and everything in between. This is why queer people use technology to connect with each other, as it is a safe way to contact members of our community without the fear of being attacked for who we are or love.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about the intersectionality of technology and queerness.

How Much Money Should I Spend on an Android Smartphone?

The smartphone has become an indispensable accessory of everyday life. Indeed, all the most essential things in life are there, starting with our agenda, favorite social networks, web journals, and even books. And with games on top of it, it becomes inseparable. The smartphone is undoubtedly the device we need daily, but how much should we spend on this gadget?

It’s All a Question of Use

Indeed, in the range of android smartphones, you can have some, even for less than 100 €, but it all depends on the functionality you need. If you will only use it to call and send messages, the most basic and cheapest model is in this price range.

So, it would be best if you determined what you want to use your smartphone for. Do you make many Skype calls, Whatsapp, or watch many videos on youtube and Tik Tok? If so, you will need a large screen with a good resolution. This range will then cost you from 130 € to 210 €.

On the other hand, if you’re more of a photo enthusiast and spend all your time taking photos, you need a smartphone that can match the performance of a professional camera. So, in this range, you will find several brands that offer many choices of products. You will find the cheapest of this range at 350 € and those that will allow you to zoom up to 10 times and take pictures at night, even in very low light are at 1200 € a piece.

This gives you an overall idea of what you need to get the android smartphone you need, but remember that you can always compromise to balance this performance and fit it into your budget.

queer

5 Ways Queer Youth Use The Internet As A Safe Space

Pride month is right around the corner, and because of this, we wanted to see and learn how queer youth use the internet as a safe space and a platform to express themselves. As an older queer Gen Z, the internet played an integral part in my coming out journey, and it allowed me the space I needed to learn more about how I was feeling.

See, the internet isn’t all that bad; well, it isn’t a hellscape or one of the seven circles of hell from time to time. I’d like to think that most of us queer kids out there have taken the “Am I Gay” quiz, and this warms my heart in a way.

And if you had to take that quiz, the chances are that you are, in fact, some flavor of the LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, 2 Spirits+) community. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how queer youths are using the internet as a safe space.

1. A space to explore their identity

queer

According to a 2017 study conducted by Stonewall School Report, 90% of young LGBTQIA2S+ people say that they found themselves online, and this is why most of us queer people believe the internet acts as a safe space for our community. It is a place where people can explore content that they find inspiring and identify with.

For most of us queer people, seeing content that celebrates us can be reassuring and is something we thrive on seeing in the “real world”. The internet is an integral space for queer youth to express themselves in the content they create and share. Young trans and non-binary kids may also feel more able to represent their true selves online, even if they may do it in their offline life.

2. Being part of something

As high-schooler, a lot of you felt lonely, especially if you were the only out queer kid at school. And loneliness has for far too long been part of the queer experience, especially when you are younger and can’t travel to safe queer spaces. Most queer youth who live in conservative areas don’t feel that they have anyone else around them who they can identify with and are going on the same journey as them.

This is why many young LGBTQIA2S+ people use the internet as a safe space where they can feel part of a community and find people who share the same experience as them. It is also a supportive online community that helps other queer people blossom into their authentic selves. Queer forums or groups and conversations are a big aspect of this.

3. Space for guidance, help, and education

queer

Being queer comes with its challenges, from social exclusion to being disowned by your parents (it isn’t a fun experience, trust me on this one). Coming to terms with who you are in a society that doesn’t always accept you isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. There is always the fear of being not accepted, discrimination, and even rejection. 

As queer people, we aren’t usually born in our community, and this is why we need the internet to learn the history of our people that is far too often not taught at school. The internet was a way for me to learn about the AIDS epidemic, Stonewall, the Matthew Shepard case, and so much more. 

It was a way for me to connect with my community, and like me, 96% of young queer people say that the internet helped them understand their sexuality and/or gender identity. The internet is an important source of education information that can provide us with information that we weren’t taught at school.

4. Space for change

It is important to remember where we came from and what we have yet to achieve. So, despite the progress we’ve made, there is still a long way to go in order to attain true equality. Queer people still face discrimination because of who they love or how they look. The internet is a way for us to use our voice and fight for queer causes we care about. 

It allows us to communicate with a large audience online, and this, in many cases, can lead to positive change both on and offline. Campaigning is an empowering and meaningful part of young queer people’s lives online, which helps them be included and listened to.

5. Representation

queer

Representation matters, and as queer people, we have far too much been on the fringes of society, and this needs to change. Thanks to the evolution of technology and the internet, we are getting the representation that we deserve. It contributes to our ongoing fight for greater representations of minority groups. One example o this is the inclusion of new, more inclusive emojis that have gender-neutral characters and even same-sex couples and families.

The internet allows us to find role models that look and identify like us online more than we do in our offline lives. According to the same 2017 Stonewall School Report, 95% of young LGBTQIA2S+ people say that the internet has helped them find a positive role model. This highlights the fact that the importance of seeing people who identify with you or how you look can and should never be underestimated.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about queer safe spaces and the internet.

unique

Unique And Personalized Clock: 4 Advantages

The clock is a unique device that allows giving the time at any moment. However, in addition to this role, it has several other advantages, especially when it is personalized. So why buy or order a personalized clock? What is it really for? The answers to these two questions can be found in the following article.

1. The originality of personalized clocks

unique

The option of a personalized and unique clock is very beneficial in terms of quality and uniqueness. Indeed, it gives free scope to choose the model and materials of his desire. Thus, the clock company can manufacture it by choosing the best materials to make it more original and different from other clocks. And this is possible both for wall clocks and table clocks or watches.

Therefore, such clocks have beautiful designs and make a specific and unique space. For this purpose, there are different categories of clocks to customize according to the materials and purpose. So, the personalized clocks made of wood offer maximum elegance and comfort. On the other hand, engraved clocks allow you to be always punctual so that you never miss a meeting. As for the personalized table clocks, they are ergonomic and practical at home.

2. Home and office decoration

In order to make a house more beautiful and impressive, several objects are used for its decoration. This is precisely one of the most significant features of a personalized clock, especially when it is a canvas photo with photo. Indeed, it is a question of a clock entirely personalized with a photo of its choice. Thus, while functioning properly, the clock contains an image or photo.

So it is a picture canvas, but with the same functions as a simple clock. This decorative object will attract the eyes of visitors to the house when it is hung on the walls. Similarly, putting a small custom clock in one’s office has several benefits. It makes the office look nicer and allows you to know what time it is at any given moment, so you don’t miss any business appointments.

3. A personalized clock as a gift

unique

Offering a present or a gift to a friend or a work colleague on his birthday, baptism, or wedding is a welcome gesture. But, to make this gift unforgettable, it is possible to make a personalized clock. This one can contain a photo of his friend or the one of the couple when it is about a wedding.

In addition to the photos, texts can be printed and signed. Thus, the gift will be significantly noticed among the many other gifts received since it is necessary to know how to innovate and make oneself unique.

For such occasions, personalized vinyl clocks are the most recommended. Especially when they are round or heart-shaped. The use of a design is also possible in order to make the clock more attractive. Moreover, all clock models can be personalized by a clockmaker or a clock company.

4. Its price is within everyone’s reach

It is clear that a personalized clock has many uses and must be purchased. But, at what price? And that’s what’s most impressive about this personalized clock business. Indeed, buying or ordering such a clock is up to everyone since it varies depending on the size of the clock, the quality of materials, etc.

Thus, the price of a custom clock is to be chosen according to one’s budget. There are personalized clocks under 25 dollars. There are also clocks that cost more than 100 dollars. However, it is essential to refer to clock companies with experience in the field in order to avoid having clocks of poor quality. In short, the acquisition of a unique and personalized clock is a special good that has great value. It is decorative, symbolic, and available at an almost ridiculous price.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about unique clocks.

Instant Messaging Software

Comparison of Good Instant Messaging Software

Comparison of Good Instant Messaging Software

Summary

    – Instant messaging: chat in real-time

    – How to use your instant messenger?

    – Instant messaging software: comparison

Instant messaging software is one that you can install on your computer.

Instant messaging: chat in real-time

Instant Messaging Software

When we talk about instant messaging, we sometimes talk about “chat”.

Instant messaging, known by the abbreviation IM, allows you to chat with your contacts by exchanging written messages: the dialogue is real-time instantly.

Instant messaging software has improved little by little, adding additional features such as

    – file-sharing;

    – audio or video conversation.

Instant messaging lets you know which contacts are connected, available or not.

How to use your messenger?

To use an instant messenger, you need to install software on your computer and connect using a username and password.

The username is often the same as the email address used.

Some instant messaging software only allows you to use the email addresses of the software publisher’s email service.

Once connected to the instant messenger, you have to click on the contact you want to talk to and write your message.

When you are connected to the instant messenger, and you don’t want to be disturbed on your instant messenger, you have to indicate it to your contacts by the status busy, absent…or go offline or invisible.

Instant messaging software: comparison

There are many instant messaging software, but the market is primarily dominated by Skype since it merged with Windows Live Messenger, which no longer exists.

Here is a comparative table of the leading Instant Messaging software:

Instant messaging software

License

Publisher

System

Features of this instant messaging software

Skype, which replaced Windows Live Messenger 9 (former name: MSN)

Free

Microsoft

Windows, Mac and Linux. There are also versions for tablets, mobiles, televisions, game consoles …

– instant messaging for two or more people;

– voice messages;

– voice calls;

– video calls between 2 users or group;

– file sharing;

– send messages offline;

– send messages to Facebook friends and check your news feed directly from Skype.

Messenger Plus (extension for Skype)

Free

Yuna Software

Windows

– Adds extra functionality to Skype;

– recording of conversations;

– flash animations;

– video and sound effects;

– change the appearance of the toolbar;

– customization of ringtones.

Facebook Messenger

Free

Facebook

Windows, Mac, Linux. There are also versions for mobiles and tablets.

– instant messaging;

– geolocation;

– adding photos and videos;

– voice recordings;

– group chat.

Yahoo Messenger

Free

Yahoo

Windows, Mac. There are also versions for mobiles and tablets.

– instant messaging;

– file uploading;

– video and image sharing;

– PC to PC calls with other Yahoo Messenger users;

– chat directly from the web browser;

– games;

– can partner with Facebook;

– sharing and publishing of social network statuses;

– paid calls to phones;

– free voicemail;

– built-in video player to watch photos and videos on the Internet.

Google Hangouts

Free

Google

Works from Chrome. There is also an Android and iOS version.

– instant messaging;

– free PC to PC call with other users;

– voice messages;

– synchronization with other Google tools;

– notification of Gmail mail receipt;

– service accessible from Gmail or Google+.

AIM

Free

AOL

Windows, Mac. There are also versions for mobiles and tablets.

– instant messaging;

– video chat;

– up to 20 contacts in instant messaging;

– up to 7 contacts in audio chat;

– wallpapers;

– emoticons;

– customizable sounds;

– possibility of meeting matching profiles;

– integration with social networks.

ICQ

Free

Mirabilis

Windows, Mac. There are also versions for mobiles and tablets.

– instant messaging;

– SMS sending (for a fee);

– tabbed conversations.

Smartphone

How to Stop Your TV From Tracking Everything You Watch

It’s unlikely that you’d be surprised if I informed you that your TV monitors everything you do for the sake of data collecting and advertising. After all, it’s 2022, and privacy is all but extinct. Still, it’s not cool—so how do you get your smart TV to stop tracking what you watch so you can watch the Super Bowl or play video games in peace again?

How does your television keep track of what you’re watching?

ACR (automated content recognition) is a technology that allows your smart TV to watch what you watch, recognize what you watch, and utilize that information to both offer new material and serve you more relevant adverts. Your TV records moments in a show or movie (including audio) and sends the data to a database, which compares it to a library of content.

This happens regardless of what you’re watching on TV or how you get your information. Whatever you watch on your TV, whether it’s through smart TV apps, a Blu-Ray player, an Apple TV, or a PlayStation, ACR can monitor and report on it.

The majority of major television manufacturers have ACR tracking in their products. Following Vizio’s controversy over not adequately exposing how much data they were taking from users, TV manufacturers are now including these settings in the original setup agreements. If you’re anything like me, you agreed to this tracking without noticing it because you were too preoccupied with setting up your TV to care about, blah, reading.

In any case, if you have a smart TV, you can probably turn off ACR tracking. This option is referred to by different names by different television manufacturers. We’ll go through some of the most popular brands, their ACR settings, and where to find them. Still, these brands change their settings and names all the time, so even if you have a TV from one of the companies listed above, our instructions may not be applicable.

If that’s the case, your best bet is to look up your exact TV model’s ACR settings on Google. You should look for a manufacturer’s handbook or a walkthrough from someone who has access to your TV and knows where the setting is.

On your smart TV, how can you turn off ACR?

Your ACR settings will be under Live Plus if you have an LG smart TV (as I do). The setting appears innocent enough, but it’s most likely there to keep you from turning it off. This option may be found in All Settings > General > Live Plus. You might as well enable “Limit Ad Tracking” under Advertisement while you’re here.

Let’s take a look at Samsung, another well-known television manufacturer. If you have a Samsung smart TV, your ACR options can be found under Settings > Terms & Policies. Make sure “Viewing Information Services” and “Internet Based Advertisements” are turned off.

Settings > System Preferences (or Device Preferences) > Samba Interactive TV is where Sony puts their ACR options. Disable Samba Interactive TV from here. Additionally, ad tracking tools may be found under About > Ads > Ads Personalization.

The ACR option is found under Admin & Privacy > Viewing Data on Vizio’s most recent TVs. Once you’ve disabled this option, you’re good to go. Look for Interactivity, Vizio’s old name for ACR, if you don’t see Viewing Data. Return one page to Advertising to disable ad tracking.

You may have thought that your tv does not have enough power to track you, but far from the truth mostly every gadget that are now connected to the internet have enough power to track your data. You still have the capacity of changing them and make them work for you. Let us know in the comments if you want to know more about tracking data…

MagSafe

The Complete Guide To MagSafe

Have you ever heard of the MagSafe? It was introduced in 2006; this is not something new compared to what we may think. MagSafe has been known for a long for MacBook Pro, to be more precise, the first generation of MacBook Pro.

But now, we know the MagSafe for iPhones- which conducts wireless charging. This device can charge a different kind of device without cables. It is important to know that the MagSafe still has a cable, but it is not connected to the phone jack.

MagSafe is now revolutionary- there are several cases available; chargers, battery packs, and even wallets. In this article, we will go through everything that you need to know about MagSafe.

blue round ornament on white table

What Is A MagSafe?

Apple users will never forget the power connectors on Macbooks from 2006 to 2019. These connectors were clicked into a special port on the laptop. If you accidentally tripped over the cable, your expensive laptop won’t come along and fall on the ground; the connector will simply unclick.

There is a re-introduction and innovation of the MagSafe in 2020; they can now work for your phones and headphones and even your Apple Watch.

Apple reintroduced this word in 2020 for chargers that operate with iPhones and specific headphones. While the “Mag” aspect is true, there isn’t much about it that is “Safe.” However, the name is impressive, and Apple owns the trademark.

 MagSafe charging is a type of induction charging compatible with Qi charging, a cable-free charging standard used by numerous tech companies. To transfer electricity, both devices use a pad with a transmitting coil and a receiving coil in devices. Because the magnets in Apple’s MagSafe chargers and iPhones can properly align the two coils, charging is more efficient.

Different Between MagSafe And Qi Charging? 

Both systems work in the same way, except MagSafe can charge your iPhone 12 or 13 at up to 15 W (the iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini can only charge at up to 12 W), whereas Qi can only charge at 7.5 W. Some phone brands support 10 W Qi charging; however, Apple’s smartphones only support 7.5 W, possibly for safety or efficiency reasons. The highest voltage for charging headphones, such as Apple’s AirPods or AirPods Pro, is 7.5 W.

white and brown iphone case

 To reach the full 15 W charging rate, Apple advises using a 20 W or higher power adapter with MagSafe adapters.

What Do You Need For MagSafe Charging? 

You’ll need a compliant MagSafe case with magnets set out in a MagSafe Case Magnet Array if you wish to charge your iPhone using a case. A compatible iPhone – currently the iPhone 12 and 13 models – and a MagSafe charger are required for MagSafe charging. A Qi charger can charge an iPhone 12 or 13, although the voltage will be lower. You may also charge the following AirPods models:

 AirPods Pro

 Wireless Charging Case for AirPods (2nd generation)

 AirPods Wireless Charging Case

 Apple’s “Made for MagSafe” program sells MagSafe chargers, as do certain third parties. For the time being, Apple has worked with Belkin on these products, while other businesses are selling “MagSafe compatible” chargers that employ the Qi charging standard.

MagSafe Cases 

As previously stated, MagSafe cases must include a MagSafe Case Magnet Array, which can be seen in this shot of Apple’s clear iPhone 13 case. The round array magnet is responsible for passing charge through the casing to the device, while the straight orientation magnet ensures that some devices are properly aligned.

For the iPhone 12 models, Apple sells MagSafe cases in clear plastic, silicone, leather, and a leather sleeve with a wrist strap. You might be able to utilize a MagSafe charger with a very thin case that isn’t built for MagSafe. Apple also sells OtterBox cases, and a variety of third-party companies also make MagSafe-compatible cases.

You may want to read about more gadgets…let us know in the comments…