Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Good news for Telstra users who often lose track of their data usage. Telstra has released extra data packs to kick in once you go over your monthly limit. Starting May 12, Telstra will invite users to take advantage of this new feature, which will cost $10 per GB block. By comparison, the current $0.03 per MB in excess will cost $30 to achieve one GB. In a press release, Telstra touted this as a first in Australia, part of a larger campaign to promote confident data usage.
Monday, 11 May 2015
A teen-ager in Melbourne is showing how technology can help improve the lives of the disabled. Bree Synot, a 16-year-old with osteogenesis imperfect (or brittle bones) used to shuttle between two wheelchair-friendly respite homes to get the caring she needs. Thanks to the support of the non-profit Summer Foundation, however, Bree has found a new home that uses internet technology to facilitate some basic functions and abilities that many disabled would otherwise have difficulty performing on their own. As reported in The Age, “Thanks to her iPad app connected to her home's locks, airconditioning and blinds, she could let visitors in without moving from her bed, the couch or her chair. On one occasion she was able to let a support worker into her apartment from her hospital bed.”
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Samsung's new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone is its direct answer to Apple's iPhone 6, and so far, it has lived up to the billing. However, there have been numerous reports from owners of the S6 and its Edge variation, claiming that the device has yet to address some issues. These issues have reportedly plagued earlier versions of the model (i.e. poor battery life and wi-fi concerns), though several problems are more specific to the S6 itself. Here are a few of the most common, along with simple fixes.
Saturday, 9 May 2015
The industry-standard smartphone battery holds a charge of 1,440 mAh (approximately 5.45 watt-hours). While this is a generous amount of energy, though, it’s rarely enough to make a phone go through even just one whole day without recharging. This has led the burgeoning portable charger market to fill the gap between end-of-day charges. The flip side of this development, however, is that incessant charging can and will shorten a battery’s lifespan, as uncovered by several studies. In particular, frequently going from no charge to full charge has drastic effects on the longevity of a battery, as these power packs are designed with a limited number of charge cycles (that is, the number of times that they can go from 0% to 100% charge). In fact, in some devices, fully discharging and then charging can even activate failsafes that would permanently disable the battery.
Friday, 8 May 2015
A screen saver, which serves as a desktop enhancement like a wallpaper, is a great way to personalize your computer. It can also be an animated image activated on a computer display when no user activity has been perceived for a while. Its purpose is to prevent burn-in—the burning of image into the phosphor inside the cathode ray tube (CRT) after hours of the same image being rescanned. With the efficiency of today’s technology, however, CRT burn-in is quite unlikely in our modern computers. Windows and Mac come in with built-in screen savers, or at least lets you set up one from a choice of many. Whenever you leave your computer unattended for a couple of minutes, the screensaver is activated on the screen or computer display. On your iphone, it would be helpful to have a screen saver enabled, though, many prefer simply a black screen to save on battery life.
Thursday, 7 May 2015
If you have been vexed more than once about taking what you thought was going to be a great video only to find out too late there was no room to record, then don’t sulk around for the next fiasco to come around; it’s time to free up space before things get out of control, or take your phone to a Melbourne iphone repairs services to help you get it done fast. Old text messages, voice mails, podcasts, and audiobooks will choke up your phone’s storage space. Games, photo editors, and the latest cool apps do make a slow day a bit more interesting, but they consume space pretty fast. Go to your Settings and check for the list of apps that you have added over time, and how much space they’ve consumed. You’ll know then what to trim to clear space. To delete the app, simply tap the name and tap the “Delete App” button.