Reading your smartphone or tablet in the dark is probably bad for you. That’s unlikely to stop you, so beyond quitting cold turkey, what are the easiest ways to fix your bedtime reading device so it doesn’t put so much strain on your eyes?
Recently an email has been making the rounds, scaring people like my mom by claiming that the flashlight app on their smartphone is stealing their information and sending it to China. This, of course, isn’t exactly true, and for the iPhone’s built-in flashlight, is patently false.
iOS 8 added support for third-party keyboards. Now iPhone and iPad users can finally swap out their keyboards and use some of the same keyboards available on Android devices. Swipe-to-type is now an option for iPhone users, too.
You probably have some settings that you access on a regular basis. Instead of going into the Settings app on the status bar every time, you can create shortcut widgets to specific locations in the Settings app for one-click access.
The “Recent Apps” screen allows you to quickly return to recently used apps. It’s similar to the Alt + Tab feature in Windows. Pressing the “Home” or “Back” buttons on your device does not completely stop the app. It still runs in the background.
Ever since Facebook decided to force people to use Facebook Messenger to send and receive messages through Facebook, many people are not happy. If you’ve decided to install it and log in, you probably discovered that there’s no way to log out.
If a friend asks to borrow your smartphone to search for something on the web, you probably don’t want any of your private search queries displaying in the auto-complete area when they start typing in their search terms.
Choosing the best Wi-Fi channel on your router helps to reduce interference and improve your WI-Fi signal. These tools will help you identify the least congested Wi-Fi channel in your area.
App extensions allow you to extend iOS’s Share menu with any service you like, add browser actions to Safari or Chrome, use custom photo-editing tools in the Photos app, and integrate cloud storage services with any app.
Web browsers you use on your mobile phone or tablet remember your browsing history, just like browsers on your PC or Mac. Anyone who borrows your phone or gets access to it somehow can see which webpages you’ve visited. However, it’s easy to protect yourself.
iPhones and iPads can now use widgets thanks to iOS 8. In fact, you probably already have some widgets installed — they’re all just disabled by default. Here’s how to enable and use those widgets you already have.
iOS8 adds a new quick contacts feature to the app switcher (you know, the view when you double-press the Home button) but not everybody is thrilled with it. If you want to hide your frequent contacts from this view, you can do it easily in the settings.
Since iOS 8, you can now see which apps are draining your battery the most. This includes apps that drain your battery in the background — something that’s possible on iOS since Apple added the “background refresh” feature in iOS 7.
Your smartphone — and other devices that use Wi-Fi — broadcast a unique number when they search for nearby Wi-Fi networks. A device’s unique MAC address is sent along with “probe requests” that search for nearby Wi-Fi networks.
When typing on an Android device, your spelling is checked automatically and replacement words are suggested. If you don’t select a word in the list of suggestions, a default word is used to replace what the system things is a misspelled word.
Private browsing allows you to surf the web without saving any information about your browsing and download history, cookies, form data, or search history. Browsers available for PCs have provided ways of browsing privately, but what about private browsing on a phone or tablet?
Until recently, you needed to spend hundreds of dollars — often $649 or “$199 with a two year contract” — to get a smartphone with good performance that could run the latest apps. Solid smartphones are now much cheaper.
The cloud storage wars are heating up. Microsoft now offers 1 TB of cloud storage along with Office 365, and both Dropbox and Google are offering 1 TB at just $10 per month. Flickr even offers 1 TB for free.
Free, public Wi-Fi access points are popping up in more and more places around the world. They’re extra useful when travelling, as you won’t have your home Wi-Fi network and may not want to pay for international mobile data.
Your smartphone or tablet’s home screen isn’t just for apps. Whatever platform you’re using, you can pin your favorite websites to your home screen so you can quickly access them.
In Android, you can set a type of file or action to open a certain app, just like in Windows. For example, when you click a link to a webpage in any app, you can choose to open a certain browser automatically every time.
There are so many apps out there for Android devices, many of them free, that you can’t help installing a bunch of them. However, you might discover you don’t like some of them, or you’re starting to run out of room on your device.
Android apps don’t actually stop running when you return to the Home screen or switch to another app. There is no real need to exit an app unless it is misbehaving or you want to uninstall it. Then, you can “force stop” an app.
We love using our Android phones and tablets to listen to tunes and watch videos, but in order to get those files on your device, sometimes you have to transfer them over from your laptop or desktop PC. When things work right, it’s great, but it can be frustrating if your device stops appearing in File Explorer.
When you run an app on your Android device, you can minimize it and return to the home screen easily by touching or pressing the Home button. However, what if you want to quickly get to an open app from within a another open app?