Thursday, April 27, 2017

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7 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know You Can Search With Google Images

7 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know You Can Search With Google Images

The only time most people think of Google Images is when they want to search for pictures. Well, if you don’t know, there are a whole lot of things you can do with Google Images beyond pictures. Here are seven things you can search with Google images.

1. Scanned photos

Google now has an app called photos can which you can use to digitize all your old photos. After, digitizing your scanned photos, you will be able to search for these photos on Google images. This means that you can instantly access these photos anytime you need them.

2. Events

Google images also let you search for the images of events you have taken their photos. You can search for picnic, birthday, or wedding displayed good results. You can also search for football, tennis and basketball.

3. Objects, things and items

You can search for photos based on particular objects, things and item. The objects may include water, monuments, flowers and cakes. It can also tailor your search to specific region or place.

4. Time

There are different ways you can search for photos based on when they were taken. You can type a specific date (for example 22 September 2010), or even a particular year to see all the photos taken then.

5. Name

Google recognizes people from their photos, so you simply type the names of whoever you are searching and everything about them will appear in search. Of course, the search results will be in pictures.

6. Place

You have to switch on the geo-tagging feature (a feature that allows you to mark the locations where your photos are shot) of your phone to make this possible to search for specific places and see all the photos taken there.

7. File type

In this case, you have to use advanced image search where you will find the file type filter. So, when next you want to search for a file, you can you the advanced image search option.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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7 Gadget-saving Rules For Repairing Your Faulty Device at Computer Village

7 Gadget-saving Rules For Repairing Your Faulty Device at Computer Village

There is no doubt that computer village in Ikeja, Lagos is one of the best places to take your damaged or faulty device for repairs. However, there are so many shenanigans that happen there that if you are not careful your gadget will be further damaged or it will never return home with you. Some people have had bitter experiences. You do not have to go through this just because you want to repair your computer, phone or camera. Jumia Mobile Week shares tips that will ensure that you return home with your gadget fully repaired.

1. Get a trusted and experienced engineer

Do not go to computer village and give your MacBook or iPhone to a random engineer. You don’t know if he is trustworthy or experienced. You should talk to your friends so that they can recommend a very reliable engineer for you.

2. Never leave your device with the repairer

This is one mistake some people make when they take their device to computer village. They leave it with the repairer for two or three days. When they return, the engineer may have replaced nearly everything in your device with fakes. Fine, it will work, but when you get home, you will realize that your device will just collapse. The engineer is not at fault because both of you tested it and it worked.

3. Squeeze out a repair Guarantee from him

Yes, you should squeeze a guarantee out of him after he has repaired your device. This will serve as a cushion in case the same fault develops again. Any engineer who is confident about his job will give you two or three days guarantee. Others may even give you a week.

4. Don’t hesitate to take your device if he is not straightforward

If you really want to return home with the device you took to computer village, do not allow the engineer to sweet-talk you especially when you know he is not straightforward. Just take your device and look for another repairer. It is better because you may be told cock and bull story when it is time to collect your device.

5. Shun touts

The best way to lose your phone or device is patronizing touts. They are all over the place. As you saunter into the computer village, they beckon on you asking do you want to buy, sell or repair? Please shun them. Do not patronize them. Go to a proper repair shop where you get a receipt for repairs. Although it may be expensive, you are assured that your device will not be stuck.

6. Don’t do third party repair

What is third party repair? This is when you give your device to an engineer who passes it to another engineer that is unknown to you. When there is any situation, you disturb your own engineer who in turn talk to whoever he gave your device. Between the two of them, you may never get your device back and even if you get it, it may not be fully functional.

7. When there is any back and forth, go with a soldier

This should be the last resort. When you have done everything humanly possible to get back your device and it has proved abortive. The next thing you should do is to visit your engineer with two stern looking soldiers. Leave everything to them. Your device will come out within 5 minutes. And if it means he will buy a new device he has to.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

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7 False Battery Myths Busted, Number 2 Applies to Everyone

7 false battery myths

A battery is the life wire of any phone. Without it, your mobile device will never function. Due to the importance of a battery, there are some misconceptions or rather myths that you may have about batteries that are not true. It's probably time to abandon these myths. Well, Jumia, the leading online mobile phone shop shares 7 of these myths.

1. Off-brand chargers will damage your battery

The truth is you can use any charger to boost your battery and it will not damage your device. The only thing is that it will be very slow and take longer to charge.

2. Don't use your phone while it is charging

The majority of us have heard about this. You must not surf or use your phone while charging because it may weaken the battery. The only time your phone is not working is when you shut it down. But as far as it is on, it will need the battery to function. Hence, there is nothing wrong with using your phone while charging.

3. Turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will extend your battery

The only time Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or GPS drain your battery is when they are not in use. So, do not worry about leaving it on.

4. You should always charge your new smartphone to full before first using it

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Ha…ha...Ha…This is another one. Your new phone doesn’t need to charge 100% before use. According to research, smartphone batteries perform better when it is between 40% and 80%. And since most phones are half-charged, you can use it without charging. Take note that new smartphone comes with a 40% battery charge.

5. Surfing the internet can run down the battery quickly

Surfing or browsing the internet does not drain your battery. This is because browsers like opera mini and chrome are not very heavy in terms of graphics to drain your battery. The only thing your browsing can affect is your data. Although in some cases, if you watch videos online, it may affect your battery.

6. Task managers help prolong your battery life

You have a task manager on your phone to help you manage your apps. It shows you all the apps that are running and the one using the most battery. Despite these, task managers and third party apps don’t affect your battery.

7. Overcharging your phone will kill the battery

When your smartphone is 100%, it automatically stops charging. That is why it is called a smartphone. They are smart.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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7 Signs Your Smartphone Has a Virus

7 Signs Your Smartphone Has a Virus

As far as you use your phone to surf the internet, it is vulnerable to being infected by a virus. However, quite a large number of people are unconscious of this as they download anything and everything. Unfortunately for them, they do not have any form of protection or antivirus. Hence, some do not know if their Smartphone is infected or not. Read on to discover the signs your Smartphone has a virus. A virus can destroy your phone and your sensitive information may be stolen. The best shield is to download an antivirus.

Increased mobile phone charges

You did not subscribe to anything from your service provider but your phone credit is being deducted almost every second. In fact, you called them to complain but they are unaware of such deductions. This means a malicious app is removing your credit to make fake phone calls and send text messages.

Slowdown in performance

We tend to pay more attention to our computer than our phone. Your phone is a mini computer. So, when you notice an unusual slowdown in its function, it may be a sign of a virus infection.

Your phone contacts receive weird text messages

If your contacts call you to talk about a message you did not send, it means a malware has infected your phone. It is attempting to infect your contact's phone by sending spam texts. You should scan your phone if this happens.

Unusual data consumption

For a malicious application to function perfectly, it needs internet. If your phone is connected, the virus will run uninterrupted. Clearly, the virus is using your data. So, if you notice a weird spike in data usage, it may be a virus. Switch off your data and search for the app consuming the highest amount of data.

Significant drop in battery life

Not all battery drains mean the battery is bad or it is time to replace it. It may be that some malicious app is using your battery for certain illegal activities.

New applications

You never downloaded an app but you notice it on your phone. You must have mistakenly clicked a link to automatically download the app. In some cases, you do not need to open the app before the virus infects your phone. You should delete it. In serious situations, you have to format your phone.

Undesirable adverts

Every time you click a link, an annoying advert pops up or your page is flooded with different adverts, it shows that your phone has a malware or virus.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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5 Smart Ways to Stop Thieves From Using Your Mobile Phone

5 Smart Ways to Stop Thieves From Using Your Mobile Phone

You have lost a phone to thieves before. The experience is very bitter. Annoyingly, the phone will disappear without your knowledge. After the phone has grown wings, that is it and many of us scarcely do anything about it. We just move on. Meanwhile, the phone thief is confidently using your phone calling your friends and demanding for money. Many have fallen victim to this theft. In line with this, we have gathered 5 ways to stop thieves from using your mobile phone.

Block the SIM card

Most times, the SIM card is the first thing thieves get rid of when they steal your phone. Others do not bother to remove it but they won’t pick your calls. Since, you are using your phone to perform all sorts of transactions, you should contact your service provider immediately to block it.

Lock it

You can simply setup a password that will prevent others from using your phone. The code will be activated when an unauthorised person accesses it. In some cases, when you lock it, it will render the phone completely unusable.

Use your phone’s built-in features

There are phone features that you can activate to prepare your phone for any theft. On Android phones, you can use the Android Device Manger. You can access the manager online and it will help you locate your phone. On iOS, you have to set up find my phone feature. You can use it to find, text and wipe your device. You can do all these when the phone is switched on.

Insure your phone

For Nigerians who use expensive phones, they can insure it. It will be replaced by the insurance firm. You don’t need to worry about your device being stolen. But that doesn’t mean you should be careless.

Report to the police

You can also make a report to the police. They can help you launch a manhunt to get back your phone.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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6 Ways to Save Data When Using Mobile Hotspot

6 Ways to Save Data When Using Mobile Hotspot

With the internet of things, communication among devices and gadgets have been made very easy. It doesn’t take forever anymore to connect your laptop to your phone’s hotspot. This is probably why you can now connect your hotspot to your computer for browsing. Regardless, for some people who use hotspot, their mobile data doesn’t last which is not supposed to be. So, they are discouraged from using the hotspot. If this is the case with you, here are some tips for maximising mobile hotspot.

Reduce the use of multimedia

If you use hotspot, and you want to save data, you should avoid watching videos and music streaming. This is because more data is required for viewing and playing videos and music.

Turn off automatic update

Whenever you use hotspot, always turn off the automatic update on your phone. It may have been long your computer was updated, and immediately your system is connected to a hotspot, it will begin to update. Before you say, Jack Robinson, your data is exhausted.

Don’t forget to end all downloads

You may be downloading a movie on a public Wi-Fi and you are unable to finish. However, you forgot to stop or end the download and you later connect your hotspot, the download will simply continue from where it stopped earlier with the use of your data.

Optimise Wi-Fi settings

You should activate your hotspot for shorter low-power Wi-Fi. This will make it possible for data to be less consumed while browsing with hotspot.

Observe data level

Notwithstanding the fact that you have enough data on your phone, you should not ignore it when you connect your hotspot with your computer. You should always check it from time to time so that you will be aware of your data balance. This will let you know how to use it carefully and consciously.

Stop all background applications

Like your phone, your laptop also has background apps running. Some of these apps need internet to function optimally. So, end all background applications before you connect your hotspot.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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6 Ways to Clean Your Dirty Gadgets Without Causing Any Damage

6 Ways To Clean Your Dirty Gadgets Without Causing Any Damage

Cleaning of gadgets is not something that a number of people consider necessary or relevant. They basically use their devices daily, allow it to gather dust and dirt and don’t bother to clean. Even those who want to clean their phones don’t know which item to use. Anyways, sooner rather than later, the gadget begins to malfunction. Cleaning a device even once a week can extend the life of any device. Below are some items you can use to clean your gadgets without causing any damage.

Use compressed air duster

Compressed air is an electronic duster used for cleaning devices. You can use it to clean your phone, laptops and USB ports. Importantly, you should shut down your gadgets before using compressed air duster and don’t clean aggressively except you want to damage your phone.

Cotton bud

Cotton bud is good for cleaning the ports of your laptop, Micro USB and charging ports. You can also dip it alcohol for enhanced performance.

Microfiber clothes

This is the perfect way to clean the screen of your smartphone. Microfiber clothes safely wipe screens without scratching the screen. Switch off your device, and use the microfiber to wipe the screen either horizontally or vertically until it is sparkling clean.

Toothbrush

Your old toothbrush can also serve the purpose of cleaning. You can use is to wipe your device to get rid of dust. However, ensure that you use your brush is not dirty.

Magic eraser

The magic eraser works like magic. It is mainly used for wiping stubborn dirt or residues. Dip the eraser in water, squeeze it out, and gently use it to wipe the residue.

Lint remover

A lint remover (A lint roller or lint remover is a roll of one-sided adhesive paper on a cardboard or plastic barrel that is mounted on a central spindle, with an attached handle) is very harsh so you can only use it to clean your speakers to remove dust that has settled on it.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

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6 Things You Have Forgotten How to do Because of Your Phone

6 Things You Have Forgotten How to do Because of Your Phone

You can virtually do anything and everything with your smartphone. This has made some of us forget how to do certain things that were naturally part of us. And depending on you, these things may be good or bad. Whatever the case maybe, we share the things you have forgotten how to do due to your phone.

Hang out with friends & family

Smartphones have obviously killed interpersonal relationships. Very few people visit their family members and friends. They prefer to chat with them on instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp, and BBM. In fact, WhatsApp groups are now created for the family. They may call sometimes.

How to spell

Smartphones have clearly encouraged the use of shorthand that so many people don’t know how to spell anymore. Also, you don’t need to finish spelling a word before your smartphone preempts you and give you that word. So, quite a number of persons have difficulty spelling.

Learn to take pictures

Any phone that has an excellent and awesome camera is perfect for taking pictures. You don’t need photography skills for this purpose. Even professional photographers are now worried that there are so many quacks in the business of photography. By the way, a serious photographer will never use a smartphone as his camera.

Read a book

How can you read a book when you are transiting from Facebook to Twitter and Instagram at the comfort of your bedroom? The reading culture has seriously declined due to the popularity of smartphones. There are eBooks that are compatible with phones which people are not even reading.

Read maps

With Google maps, you don’t require a physical map to find your way. You won’t find maps in many homes today. So, we have forgotten how to read maps.

Do simple Math

It is difficult today to do a simple math offhand. Why do you have to when you have a phone calculator? Therefore, it is just a waste of time calculating spontaneously.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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7 Ways to Cool Off a Hot Smartphone

7 Ways to Cool Off a Hot Smartphone

Your smartphone is hot as if it is on fire. If you don’t do something about it may damage your phone or your battery will run out within seconds. This can be likened to a baby running temperature. When this happens, you have to take action immediately. If you don’t know what to do to cool off your hot smartphone, here are some tips to stop your phone from melting down.

Update your apps

Updating your phone apps are not just there for fun. It is to ensure that you get the current version of your apps as well as help address the bugs or problems with the previous version. If it has been a while you updated your apps, don’t be surprised when it becomes hot.

Fan your phone

This may be crude but it works. You can fan your phone with a hand fan or you blow it with your mouth. Do this until it cools off. What you should never do is to put your phone in a freezer or fridge to cool off.

Separate from other devices

The habit of stacking up all your devices like laptop, iPad, tablet, and camera in a bag will make overheating highly possible. This is because there is no space for the devices to breathe. So, desist from packing all your gadgets together.

Remove unused apps

Don’t allow apps you don’t use very often to take up much-needed space. If your phone is overheating, get rid of unused apps so that there can be space in your phone. It is difficult for a phone that has enough space to get hot.

Stop battery consuming games from running in the background

This is for those who use their phones for playing games. If your phone is hot, especially while playing the game, it may be time to delete it. However, if you don’t want to, ensure that the game is not running in the background. Always kill it.

Coolify

Coolify is an app for cooling off your hot smartphone. It ensures that your phone temperature is balanced and it also helps shut down background apps.

Stop surfing your phone in the sun

You are walking in the hot sun and at the same time, you are surfing your phone in the sun. The sun may affect your phone, thus making it hot. So, stop using your phone while going about your business on a sunny day.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Hackers Threaten to Wipe 200 Million iCloud Accounts Unless Apple Pays Ransom

Hackers who claim to have control of at least 200 million iCloud accounts have issued a public demand to Apple: pay ransom or we wipe them all.


The hacking group calling itself the Turkish Crime Family has provided video evidence of its claims to the tech site Motherboard, with a demand to Apple that it pay the ransom or face the consequences.

The hackers have listed the price of the ransom as either $75,000 ransom in Bitcoin or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards.

While the demands seem both outlandish and alarming, Motherboard confirms it has seen screenshots of emails appearing to be communications between the hackers and Apple’s security team.

The hackers also have shown off video which appears to demonstrate how they can log into the compromised accounts.

Apple has not commented on the report.

Without confirmation from Apple, it is difficult to verify the claims of the hackers.

There are also some discrepancies in their story. One account from the hackers says it has access to 200 million accounts, another says 300 million and a third says 559 million.

The hackers have given Apple an April 7 deadline before it performs a factory reset on the accounts, wiping all of their data.

Tyler Moffitt, senior threat research analyst with Webroot, said the threat illustrates that every company was vulnerable to attack no matter how reputable or confident it was with its security.

“Unless there are adequate backup policies in place, I have no doubt that ransom will be paid, regardless of what Apple publicly claims,” Mr Moffitt said.

Security analysts said Apple users should consider changing their iCloud passwords to prevent unauthorised people having access to their accounts.

Read full article at news.com.au.
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