5 Steps on how to take care of your smartphone

A phone is a long time investment and in today’s day and era one must have the gadget for ease communication. Having invested good money in your phone, you expect it to last a lifetime don’t you? The thing is, even though your cell phone is of high quality, there is still a chance that it will break apart and stop working, especially if you don’t take good care of it.

Steps of how to take care of your phone:

  • Buy a case and screen protector

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These will take care of your phone by preventing it from being subject to knocks and scratches. This helps to keep the phone’s appearance longer and may also protect it from some internal damage should you accidentally knock or drop the phone. We use our phones on a daily and they are prone to many scratches and cracks which can be prevented by protecting your phone both screen and housing of the phone. By protecting your phone you are also increasing the life span of your cell phone.

  • When phone not in use put it away in a designated (safe) place

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It should be put in an area where you can not knock it down on the floor. For example, good places include keeping it on a desk, bookshelf, or in a cabinet. It’s a good idea to choose one spot where it always goes , maybe near a charger so that you can find it with ease.

  • Always keep it dry

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Unless your phone is water proof, its advisable not to put your phone in water or touch it with hands that have water.By doing so you are increasing chances of short circuiting the phone. Also to avoid spilling any drink on it, just put it away from the table when you eating or having a drink up with friends.

  • Clean your phone on a regular

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Use dry tissue paper or alcohol wipes to clean the phone’s exterior surfaces. Do not use water, baby wipes, or other cleaners that may inadvertently add moisture to your phone. In the case of touch-screen phones, you might want to avoid alcohol, and instead use a soft, lint-free cloth for further protection.

  • Protect it from theft

Damage in the cell phone’s mechanism is not the only thing that can take your phone away from you. In Nairobi, phone theft is very rampant and any new person to the city is always cautioned to always keep an eye to their phones and always keeping it at an eye birds view. You may never know who’s eyeing to steal your phone either on the streets or at events, so guard it like you would do any valuable item.

Are You Addicted To Your Phone? Take This Test

According to Wikipedia, Nomophobia is descried as the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Scientists and researchers believe this is the new kind of addiction among many youth worldwide.

Read the following statements, then score each from one to seven (one being ‘strongly disagree’, seven being ‘strongly agree’). When you’re done add up all the points.

Do you have nomophobia?

1. I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.

2. I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.

3. Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.

4. I would be annoyed if I could not use my smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.

5. Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me.

6. If I were to run out of credit or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic.

7. If I didn’t have  data signal or could not connect to Wi-Fi, then I would constantly check to see if I had a signal or could find a Wi-Fi network.

8. If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.

9. If I could not check my smartphone for a while, I would feel a desire to check it.

If I did not have my smartphone with me…

10. I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.

11. I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls.

12. I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends.

13. I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.

14. I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken.

15. I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity.

16. I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.

17. I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.

18. I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages.

19. I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.

What did you score?

20-60: OK, so you only have mild nomophobia.

60-10: Yep, you’ve got a moderate case of nomophobia, but nothing outrageous.

100+: You have severe nomophobia there. If nothing else please remember to look up when crossing the road! Jokes aside, the researchers also pointed out that anxiety over being separated from our smart phones can negatively affect our psychological wellbeing.

Some studies have found children who spent a lot of time on phones or tablets experienced stunted development of empathy and social skills, while eye surgeons warn that shortsightedness is on the rise in young people due to excessive use of smart phones.

 

$6,000 Lamborghini smartphone offers wow factor

For the consumer who wants a smartphone to make an impression, the Lamborghini nameplate can do that — for a cool $6,000, shipping included.

Tonino Lamborghini Mobile on Monday announced the global launch of the stainless steel-and-leather handset ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Despite an uncertain economy and declining prices for mobile devices, the Italian-based company says it may be unable to meet demand.

“Luxury is not a need, but it is a way to stand out,” said Bob Hatefi, chief executive at Lamborghini Mobile, a company formed by the son of famed auto designer Ferruccio Lamborghini.

“We provide technology as well as luxury. We are not after volume.”

The company is not related to Lamborghini automobiles, which are now produced by a division of Volkswagen, but was created by Tonino Lamborghini, the son of the famed auto designer Ferruccio Lamborghini.

The handset, which sells as an unlocked device accepting dual SIM cards for international travel, has a five-inch high-definition display, 20 megapixel camera and can connect to mobile networks around the world.

The 88 Tauri handset is offered in black, gold and steel silver and is finished with high-grade leather available in five colors. Each phone is assembled by hand and receives a unique device number.

The company also makes headphones and other audio products, and an earlier smartphone selling for around $4,000.

How to boost your mobile phone’s battery life

There are various, well-known tweaks you can make to your smartphone to boost its battery life, such as turning off Wi-Fi and decreasing the screen’s brightness.

But these only have a limited effect when other features and services are draining energy, often without you even realising they’re doing so.

Glasgow-based experts have now created an interactive guide that reveals how to save battery life using tips specific to individual phones, such as Apple’s iPhones, HTC and Samsung’s range of devices, and Sony’s handsets.

It also includes older models, and handsets from Motorola, LG, BlackBerry, Amazon, Huawei and Nokia – now known as Lumia.

The tips, compiled by electronics retailer liGO, begins by asking the user to select their make and model.

Clicking on a tip reveals the steps needed to disable, or enable, the selected features, alongside information about why it drains battery, where appropriate.

On the module above, these tips scroll across the screen.

The guide does assume that smartphone owners are running the most up-to-date version of operating system available.

Running older systems can cause battery problems themselves.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2803006/how-boost-mobile-phone-s-battery-life-interactive-guide-gives-tailor-steps-individual-handsets.html

Mother releases app that prevents children from ignoring calls

Frustrated-mother-turned-evil-genius Sharon Standifird has developed Ignore No More, an Android app that gives parents the ability to lock their kid’s smart phone from afar, making it unwise to ignore mum’s phone calls.

“When you lock your child’s phone with Ignore No More your child has only two options – he or she can call you back, or call for an emergency responder,” it says on the app’s website.

“Now you have their attention. Ignore No More is an easy to install app that gives you control over your children’s phones.”

The parent sets a password that can unlock the phone, which encourages their child to call back quickly so that they can access their Smartphone’s other functions and applications.

Ms Standifird, a Texas mother of two, consulted with designers and developers for months, and is finding the app popular with like-minded US parents.

READ MORE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/ignore-no-more-mother-releases-app-that-prevents-kids-from-ignoring-calls-9674454.html

A Smartphone specially designed for selfies

Microsoft has apparently confirmed rumors that it’s developing a new Windows smartphone targeted at those who love taking “selfies.”

The company has started sending out invitations titled “Ready For More?” to members of the media today. Many are speculating that a new a new Lumia 730 phone will debut at the event. It would be a device that features a 5 megapixel front-facing camera and a 4.7-inch screen.

The invites, which The Verge first spotted, also come weeks after the device under the codename of “Superman” was apparently shown off by Microsoft’s devices chief, Stephen Elop.

The Microsoft event is scheduled to take place Sept. 4 in Berlin. The event may also feature another Microsoft device, nicknamed the “Tesla,” which could be a Lumia 830 with an even better camera.

READ MORE: http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/11/microsoft-hints-at-new-lumia-selfie-phone-coming-sept-4/