Battery life is a constant problem for Android phone users and it just isn’t as good as our iPhone-owning friends. Apple’s battery technology is clearly the best, but a lot of the time, the poor battery life on our Android phone is partly our own fault and it is down to the apps we install. Here’s what you can do.
An odd situation occurred today and all it started with an update to iOS that could not be installed because there was insufficient storage on my iPad. It resulted in a search to discover where the storage had disappeared to and the answer was surprising and if you think you know how to solve this, you are probably wrong. I don’t know whether it was a bug or feature, but it was weird.
Who remembers Age of Empires on the PC? It was released in 1997 and there were several follow-up titles over the years. Colonies vs Empire is similar and it is a real-time strategy game that involves building a city and an army. The army can be purely for defence or you can attack and plunder neighbouring cities. The way you play is up to you.
I lost my phone at the weekend. I knew it was in the house somewhere, but it wasn't on the table where I usually keep it. Finding it was pretty straightforward...
You may not have realised it, but your iPhone is probably automatically backing everything up online using iCloud. Apple provides 5GB for free, but how much are you using? Are you near your limit? How can you reduce your usage? Let’s take a look.
Brazil is on everyone’s minds this summer because of the football World Cup and this update to Subway Surfers takes you to Sao Paulo. There have been lots of updates to this app and if you are a fan, you’ll want to install this one on your iPhone. It is more of the same, but when the gameplay is pretty near perfect anyway, why change a winning formula?
You wait ages for an update and then two come along at once. Well, almost at once and Android 4.4.4 has quickly followed 4.4.3. The two updates mostly fix bugs that were afflicting phone and tablet users with Android 4.4.2 and there aren't that many obvious changes, just a tweak here and there.
You know you are addicted to technology and the latest gadgets when you can’t bear to be parted from them, even when you are sleeping. Do you keep your phone or tablet by the bed? Are pesky notifications waking you up in the night? Here is how to get a good night’s sleep.
Poor battery life on your mobile phone is a constant problem and it affects a lot of people. Some owners cannot get through a whole day without connecting their phone to a charger. What is wrong and what is the solution to high battery drain and short battery life? It could actually be caused by almost anything, so let's take a look at a couple of typical cases.
Do you read ebooks? If you do, you are one of an increasing number of people that have switched to electronic books and are helping to save the rain forests. Not everyone reads ebooks because they are saving trees and there are probably carbon emissions associated with internet servers and ebook readers too. It's simply convenient to carry a library of books on a small electronic device that can be held in one hand and carried in a pocket or bag.
If you have a problem with your Android phone, such as a Samsung Galaxy S8, S7, S6 or earlier, how do you go about solving it? Hardware problems require a trip to a service centre, but software problems can often be solved.
A search for 'hill climb' at the Google Play Store reveals a long list of apps to choose from for your Android phone or tablet and they are all very similar. There is a whole genre of hill climbing apps and they involve climbing hills (as you probably guessed) and speeding over rough terrain in various vehicles. They are addictive, challenging and fun.
At the end of the day or the end of the week, do you sometimes wonder where all your time has gone? You meant to do this task or that project, but either never finished them or perhaps never even got round to starting them. Why are you always busy and why do you have no time for anything? What you need is a time tracker, an app that records how you spend your time, such as Jiffy for Android.
Newsstand is an app that comes with iOS 7 on the Apple iPhone and iPad, and it enables you to subscribe to magazines and newspapers. Sometimes these are digital versions of print magazines, but they could be web-based too. Subscribing is easy, but have you ever tried to cancel a subscription? The iPhone does not appear to let you and you are trapped in a never-ending subscription that is costing you money. Here's how to get out of it.
There have been many reports that Facebook could be the cause of excessive battery drain on both iPhones and Android phones. Yes it could be, but it doesn’t have to be and it may be using too much battery power simply because the settings aren’t the optimum for battery life. Similarly, it may use excessive amounts of data, pushing you over your contract limit. Once again, it could be just that the settings aren’t the best.
Apple bundles a useful collection of apps with the iPhone and the home screen is filled with icons. This is fine if all you ever use are the built in apps, but if you use alternative ones, wouldn’t it be better if you could replace Apple’s with your own on the home screen? You can.
If you have a website for your company, blog or hobby, how do you know that it is working? One way to test it is to log on and check it with a browser, of course, but you cannot constantly monitor it. It might be working when you test it, but what about in between visits? Here are four apps for the iPhone that monitor your websites.
Many top end mobile phones have cameras of 8 megapixels or more and in theory they should take fantastically detailed high resolution images that are superb. The reality is that taking good photos with a mobile phone isn't easy. The fact that you can hardly see the screen on a sunny day doesn't help when you are trying to frame the subject. There are bigger problems and if your snapshots are fuzzy, here is what you can do to improve them.
Battery usage is a constant worry for mobile device users and phones and tablets never last as long as we would like them to. If only we could get another hour of two use out of our devices they would be much more valuable. GSam Battery Monitor for Android phones and tablets might help you do that.
Moves is a health and fitness app that has just been acquired by social networking giant Facebook. What does the app do and why would Facebook want to buy it? The app is free so why not add it your Android phone or iPhone and see for yourself?