• Are the Play Store settings right for your Android device?

    The Google Play Store is often taken for granted. As long as it works, people don’t explore the settings, but are they right for you? The Play Store app could be set up to drain you battery and use your data unnecessarily.

  • Upgrade your Android phone to 5.01 Lollipop and reap the benefits

    Android 5.01 is rolling out to many users now and if you do not already have it, you soon will. My Samsung Galaxy S4 has just received its update and if you want to know how well it runs on this old phone then read on...

  • Stop hidden background apps running on Android

    Android has some great features, but it also has some irritating ones too. For example, it is easy to get into a situation where the battery is draining very quickly. Why, and what can be done about it?

  • Languages you need to learn to design a perfect iOS app

    Do you want to develop an iOS app for your personal use or a business and you don't know how to code or develop at all? Where do you start and what do you need in order to create an iPhone or iPad app? First you need the right tools for the job and here you can find the necessary languages you need to know for iOS app development.

  • No app updates on iPhone or iPad solved

    A problem that some people have with the iPhone and iPad is apps not showing, apps not updating or no app updates. It becomes impossible to update the iOS device because there is no longer an update link or update button. What is the solution?

  • The best weather widget in the world for Android

    Weather forecasting apps are very popular and quite rightly so. We all want to know if it will rain or be sunny, but which one is best? Here is one that will take up as little space as you want or fill the whole screen with information.

  • Clean your phone's storage to solve problems

    Is your Android mobile phone or tablet slow to use? Is it running out of storage space and memory? Are your getting error message or problems with apps crashing? The cause, at least partly, could be due to junk files cluttering up the system. Here is how to find them and delete them.

  • Create stunning graphic designs on your iPad

    Canva is both an iPad app and an online tool for creating impressive designs. With a few taps you can design a wide range of items and it is a very easy app to use. If you lack the design skills or tools to draw something from scratch, Canva will enable you to create what you need.

  • Reset Android Lollipop to fix upgrade problems

    Android 5.0, called Lollipop, has been gradually rolling out to users with various devices including smartphones and tablets. A few people have experienced problems after updating the Android operating system, so here is a step-by-step guide to fixing them by erasing and resetting the system.

  • You have been uninstalling Android apps all wrong!

    Do you think you know how to uninstall Android apps? You are wrong! In this step-by-step guide is the correct way to uninstall Android apps, leaving you with a clean phone or tablet afterwards. If you don’t do it the correct way you will sooner or later run into problems.

  • Get a multi-function toolbox for your Android phone or tablet

    If you don’t already have a tune-up and clean-up app for your Android phone or tablet, or need a better one, All-In-One Toolbox (Booster) offers a comprehensive collection of useful tools. This app is highly rated in the Google Play Store and is free.

  • iPhone notification sounds but no notifications

    iOS notifications

    Some people have been experiencing an odd problem on the iPhone with iOS 8 - phantom notifications. What happens is that a notification sound is heard from the iPhone, but when the phone is checked, there is no notification. The chime can occur throughout the day and night with no obvious cause, but there is a solution.

  • Find and install battery friendly apps on Android

    Estar Battery Saver is a battery monitoring app for Android phones and tablets that has an unusual feature. It rates apps in the Google Play Store according to how much they drain your battery. This enables you to choose those that use the least power to maximise the length of time your device will last on the battery.

  • How to speed up a slow Android phone or tablet

    Mobile phones and tablets slow down over time and they become increasingly sluggish as they grow older. The Google Nexus 7 with Android 5.0 Lollipop is a particularly bad example and a recent one, but it happens to all devices eventually. Sooner or later They just slow to a crawl. Can they be fixed? Yes!

  • Top tips for upgrading to Android 5.0

    Keep checking your phone and tablet because Android 5.0, Lollipop could arrive any day. For some lucky people, it has already arrived and it can be downloaded and installed. There are a few things you need to consider before upgrading and there are some techniques for making the upgrade smoother.

  • Put weather widgets in the Today view in iOS 8

    There are many new features in iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and one interesting one is the Today screen widget. Pull down from the top of the screen and there are two tabs – Today and Notifications. On the Today tab is calendar appointments, reminders, stock market information and so on. Apps are now able to insert widgets into this Today view to add extra features and a couple I have been trying lately add the weather forecast.

  • Save memory using shortcuts on the iPhone 6

    Whether you have the latest recently released iPhone 6 from Apple or an older iPhone model, there are things you can do to reduce the storage requirements. Many people buy iPhones with only 16GB of memory because they are cheaper than models with more storage, and with no way to expand this, you have to figure out ways to save on storage in order to get everything into the phone that you want to use, such as photos, music, videos and apps. Here is one way to reduce storage requirements.

  • Take advantage of Passpoint Wi-Fi and smart network switching

    Public Wi-Fi networks are very useful and it is great to be able to get on the network and access the web, email, online video, music and more. The only snag is that establishing a connection isn’t as easy as it could be. Passpoint changes all that.

  • Does Apple deliberately make your iPhone slow?

    Your iPhone is about to become a lot slower as Apple flips the switch to dim the performance of its older phones to make you buy the new model that is just about to be released. At least that is what the conspiracy theorists would have you believe. Is there any truth in this? Does Apple make your iPhone slower when new ones are released? Yes, but not by flipping a switch.

  • Install Android apps on your PC or Mac

    The Google Play App Store for Android users is packed with great apps and it is fun to browse the titles and install them. However, it isn't ideal browsing the store on a small screen, such as with a mobile phone. You don't have to because you can browse the store on your computer instead.