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Happy birthday, iPhone. You’re 10 years old! What do you want to be when you grow up?
When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone 10 years ago today, he touted Apple’s abilityto combine three products — “a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, searching and maps — into one small and lightweight handheld device.”
Those characteristics are still in today’s iPhones, but they’re so much more. Think over 2 million apps more, changing everything from the way we commute to the way we communicate with family and friends. At the same time, it has spawned hundreds of copycats and created new industries that couldn’t exist without phones. The iPhone is the most successful consumer device ever created.
So where does it go from here?
Samsung’s CES presence was extremely light on mobile content this year, but the hardware giant did manage to sneak in a little bit of mobile news before the week was out.
Yesterday, the company finally dropped the long awaited iOS version of its Gear S app, which brings iPhone and iPad compatibility to its line of wearables – namely the Gear Fit 2 band, along with its Gear S2 and new S3 smartwatches.
For its part, Samsung has promised a wide range of compatibility between the devices, including the standard notifications, Find my Gear, health data syncing and the ability to download and install apps onto the Gear devices.
The arrival marks delivery on a eagerly awaited promise, but iOS app isn’t compatible with all of Samsung’s Gear wearables yet, and it’s already started getting pretty mixed reviews on iTunes, with users complaining about a limited feature set, including the inability to use Samsung Pay, one of the Gear S3’s chief selling points.
Make your personal profile look more professional (and much easier to share) by customizing your LinkedIn public profile URL. Instead of a URL with a million confusing numbers at the end, it will look nice and clean like this: http://www.linkedin.com/in/pamelavaughan. Customize your URL by clicking here and modifying your public profile URL on the right-hand side.
In June 2014, LinkedIn finally jumped on the cover photo bandwagon and starting rolling out the ability for users to add a background photo to their personal profiles. Give your LinkedIn profile a little bit more personality by adding a background photo of your own. Just keep in mind LinkedIn is a professional social network, so choose your photo accordingly.
To add a background photo to your profile, click Profile >> Edit Profile in LinkedIn’s top navigation, then click Add a background photo at the top of your page (or modify an existing background photo by hovering over it and clicking Edit Background). LinkedIn specifies that your cover photo must be a JPG, PNG, or GIF file under 8MG in size and should have a resolution of 1400 x 425 pixels for the best look. Download our free guide to using LinkedIn to get a background photo template in PowerPoint optimized for these dimensions.
If you have your own personal website or blog, you can promote your personal LinkedIn presence and help grow your professional network by adding a Profile Badge that links to your public LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn has several different badge designs to choose from, and you can configure your own here.
Instead of using the default anchor text links in the Websites list within your LinkedIn profile’s Contact Info section, you can choose to modify the anchor text to make those links more appealing to people who view your profile. So if you want to increase clicks on the website links you display there, change those links’ anchor text to something more attention-grabbing than the standard options LinkedIn provides.
You can also optimize your profile to get found by people searching LinkedIn for key terms you want to get found for. Add these keywords to various sections of your profile such as your headline or in your summary.
Did you know LinkedIn allows you to add a variety of media such as videos, images, documents, links, and presentations to the Summary, Education, and Experience sections of your LinkedIn profile? This enables you to showcase different projects, provide samples of your work, and better optimize your LinkedIn profile. Learn more about adding, removing, and rearranging work samples here.
LinkedIn also enables you to reorder entire sections of your profile in any way you prefer. When in edit mode, simply hover your mouse over the double-sided arrow in each section. Your mouse will turn into a four-arrowed icon, at which point you can click, then drag and drop to another position on your profile.
In a running rut? Try “Zombies, Run!” Functioning like an interactive audio book, the app transforms a simple jog into a mission to save a zombie-ravaged world. While you run, you’ll hear narration of a zombie apocalypse unfolding. Your character in the story “collects” more tins of food, cellphones and other such essentials the more you pound the pavement. And when the “Zombies Detected” alarm sounds, pick up your pace! You can listen to your own music during lulls in the story—but don’t be surprised if your favorite song gets interrupted by the sounds of gunfire and tearful laments from those who’ve lost loved ones to zombies. Free, for Android and iOS, zombiesrungame.com
If you have space on your smartphone for just one workout app, make it this one. The well-rounded offerings in “Sworkit” are broken down into four categories: cardio, strength, yoga (which includes Pilates) and stretching. In each, you’ll find super-basic demonstration videos. A timer ticks down as you perform the exercises, and the app gives you a break after each set. With such a wide variety of exercises that you can complete anywhere, on any schedule, without any equipment, you’ll be hard pressed not to stay active. Free for basic version, upgrades optional, for Android and iOS, sworkit.com
FitStar features videos of NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez as your virtual coach and adapts its workouts to meet your skill level. After each session, you rank each exercise as “easy,” “just right” or “brutal,” and the app will adjust future offerings to be challenging but not demoralizing. There’s an impressive variety of programs, from “Alpine Blitz” for skiers to “Race Day Ready” for those prepping for the hilly San Francisco Marathon—and you can do everything without equipment. For even more detailed customization, you can sync the app with your Fitbit (which acquired FitStar last year) or other wearable. Free for basic version, upgrades optional, for Android and iOS, fitstar.com
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For a detailed walkthrough on how to install the iOS 10.2 public beta, check out Jeff Benjamin‘s video tutorial below or read the full guide here:
The V20’s design is a big departure and do-over from the rubberized back and steel rails of the V10. That phone looked pretty unique, but LG plays it way safer this time. Up front is a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, with the second screen above it at the upper right. The screen is LCD, so it’s not as punchy or saturated as the Pixel or Galaxy S7 Edge. And that’s fine, since some people dislike the exaggerated colors produced by OLED displays. But LG’s LCD isn’t as impressive or well-calibrated as the iPhone 7, and it also lacks the expanded color range that gives that phone added vibrancy. It’s fine, but feels a little average for the V20’s high cost.
My main problem with the V20’s design is the device’s sheer size. I’ve found myself doing hand gymnastics and adjusting my grip with this phone more than any other in recent memory — and I’ve got enormous hands.
It’s slightly taller (6.28 inches) and equally as wide (3.07 inches) as the iPhone 7 Plus, which is already oversized compared to the competition. It’s lighter than the iPhone, though, probably thanks to the plastic materials used at the top and bottom of the phone. The removable rear battery door is aluminum, with cutouts for a fingerprint sensor and dual-camera setup at the top. LG chose this mixed design to preserve the impressive drop endurance of the V10 and its MIL-STD-810G rating. But the result is a phone that doesn’t feel quite as sleek as other flagships or even something like the OnePlus 3. It’s also not water resistant — likely because of that swappable battery. You can feel the seams that separate the various pieces of the V20, and again, it’s a chore to use one-handed — even with software features that can shrink down whatever you’ve got on-screen.
The fingerprint sensor is actually a button since it also doubles as the V20’s power button. Instead of pushing down, you can just rest your finger on it to unlock the phone, which I prefer since the button’s clickiness is pretty unsatisfying and a bit cheap. There’s no raise-to-wake for activating the display, but double-tapping it is a quick way to turn it on and off again. At the bottom is a headphone jack, speaker, and USB-C port, with volume toggles on the phone’s left side and a button on the right that releases the back shell if you want to swap batteries or add a microSD card (up to 2TB).
NO ONE HAND CAN COMFORTABLY HOLD ALL THAT POWER
The 2.1-inch secondary screen is brighter than last year’s. It’s where your notifications will pop up, and you can also swipe between various screens: favorite apps (up to 5), quick tools (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flashlight, etc.), and media controls. The other two functions, signature (literally just a line of text) and recent apps, I find to be completely gimmicky. It’s just easier to use the app switcher for multitasking. You can turn off whatever second screen features you don’t find useful or just disable the whole thing to stick with the primary display. I left it on and put everyday utilities like 1Password and Authy up there, but the second screen remains in a position that’s completely out of reach in most cases, so I rarely found myself tapping it. By default it stays on when the bigger screen is off, putting the time, date, and battery status a quick glance away.
THE BEST PHONE IF YOU’RE THAT PERSON WHO RECORDS EVERYTHING AT CONCERTS
The rear camera carries over the same two-lens approach we saw in the G5 earlier this year. The first is a standard angle, 16-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.8 (meaning this is the one to use in low light), and the other is a very wide angle 8-megapixel shooter with f/2.4 aperture and a smaller (1/4-inch) image sensor. You get a really cool 135-degree field of view with the wide angle lens, which lets the V20 capture shots that other phones simply can’t pull off. That’s a fantastic thing to have when traveling, for example, but gaining that unique perspective means settling for a drop in image quality. Even with the regular lens, I’d rate the V20’s photo output as good, but not at all great. Optical image stabilization helps in low light, HDR shots look good, and white balance is spot on. But colors can be oversaturated, and noise reduction is way too aggressive in some environments, giving images a weird Prisma-like oil painting effect that I’ve encountered on previous LG phones. You can eliminate that issue by shooting in RAW, but other devices like the Galaxy S7, Pixel, iPhone 7, and HTC 10 produce better out-of-camera shots without requiring expert settings.
For those who do like to take total control, LG’s camera app offers robust manual options. A standout feature from other phones is that these precise controls also extend to video; you can tell the V20 to record video (either 1080p or 4K) at a higher bitrate than normal, or even focus the microphones in a certain direction — in front of or behind the phone. It’s really fun to just mess around and play with this stuff. The V20’s video stabilization isn’t the best, but if you had a stabilizer like the DJI Osmo, I could see this being a really useful creation tool for video. You can record lossless audio alongside your video clip so that you won’t lose quality when editing later. As for the 5-megapixel selfie camera shoots at a very wide angle as well, just like Samsung’s phones, though you can switch to a closer framing that basically just crops the image. One last note about the camera: there’ve been some reports about the glass that covers the rear cameras unexpectedly cracking. That hasn’t happened with my review device, but LG does include a layer of protective film on the glass (with cutouts for the lenses) that’s surprisingly difficult to remove. It might be worth just leaving that on if you’re concerned about damage.
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Being one of the fastest growing social networks on the planet, WhatsApp needs to keep reinventing. Its users expect it to get better and better. Slowly but surely, the instant messaging giant has been adding some useful features.
Snapchat-Style Image Editing
The new trend in sharing images is to annotate them. Snapchat started the fad of adding an emoji or some custom text. Then Instagram copied it with Stories. Now WhatsApp is imitating the feature too. When you’re sharing an image on WhatsApp, you’ll see three options in the corner: Emoji icon – add an emoji to the photo; Text icon – add funky text to your photo; Paintbrush – draw with your finger on your image.
Control Your Privacy
Recently, WhatsApp started sharing its information with Facebook. You probably got a message about this; maybe you ignored it, maybe you didn’t pay attention and accepted it. If you’re not careful, WhatsApp will share your private profile (but not phone number or chats) with Facebook. Thankfully, it’s easy to stop sharing this info. In WhatsApp, go to Settings > Account and uncheck the box next to “Share my account info”.
Send and Receive GIFs
GIFs are the language of the internet, and you can now finally talk with them on WhatsApp. Android users will need to use WhatsApp Beta for this feature, but it’s already rolled out on the iOS version.
When you go to attachments > Gallery, you’ll see a new GIFs option, next to Images and Videos. Add the GIF to send it on the chat. If the receiver is using a compatible version of WhatsApp, they’ll be able to tap the GIF to play it.
Tag Individuals in Group Chats With @Mentions
WhatsApp groups can get overwhelming. Opening the app to see 300 new messages, you don’t know if you actually need to read all of them. In a new update, WhatsApp is solving this problem of information overload by adding “@” mentions. When you type the @ symbol in a group chat, a menu will pop up listing all the people in that group. Select the person you want. Now that person will receive a notification that they have been mentioned in the chat. Notifications from @ mentions show up even if the person has muted the group chat. For your own @ mentions, you might see your phone number instead of your name. To fix this, add yourself as a contact in your smartphone’s address book.
Make Text Bold, Italics, & Strikethrough
It has been some time since WhatsApp added basic text formatting, but not many people know how to use it. It’s surprisingly simple. Make text bold by adding asterisks: add an asterisk (*) before the first letter and after the last letter, to make everything in between appear bold.
Make text italic by adding underscores: add an underscore (_) before the first letter and after the last letter, to make everything in between appear italicised. Add strikethrough to text by adding tildes: Add a tilde (~) before the first letter and after the last letter, to make everything in between appear with a line going through it.
OneDrive Support on Windows Phone
A while back, WhatsApp on Android got backup support for Google Drive. It let users backup their WhatsApp messages, images, and videos to Google Drive, so that they could be retrieved at a later time. Windows Phone users can now rejoice with a similar feature that works with Microsoft’s OneDrive. Now, OneDrive isn’t the most reliable storage system, but for something as simple as this, it’ll get the job done.
Quote Messages for Clear Replies
In a free-wheeling conversation, it gets difficult to track what sentence someone is replying to. A new feature adds context to replies by quoting the original message. When you’re replying to a message, long-press it. You’ll find a “Reply” arrow button on top. Tap that and type your reply. When you send it, it’ll quote the original message. This way, others won’t wonder which point you were replying to, or scroll up to see the message.
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If you find yourself frequently suffering from iPhone ‘cool down’ modes then you should look into where and how you are using the iPhone. These tips will help you keep the iPhone running:
Hopefully all these tips will enable you to keep the iPhone running at an acceptable temperature.
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WhatsApp has provoked ire by announcing that it is to start sharing its user data with parent company Facebook, despite assurances at the time that it was bought that everyone’s data would remain entirely private. The company says that the information will be used for ads on Facebook and WhatsApp, as well as helping to improve the messaging platform.
But many people are angry that some of their most personal information – their chats – could potentially be compromised as part of the deal with Facebook.
Now it has emerged that there is a hidden way of opting out of the terms, and ensuring that no data is sent over to Facebook. But it has to be done quickly.
There are two main ways of opting out of the new terms, one of them fairly simply and the other ever so slightly more complicated.
The first way can only be done if you haven’t accepted the new terms, using the pop-up that will emerge when you open up WhatsApp. If you haven’t, wait until that happens but don’t click “agree” – instead navigate to the smaller “read more” option, and untick the box that says “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook”.
If you’ve already accepted those new terms, you can still opt out – as long as it’s within 30 days. You can do that by heading to the settings menu in the app, and pressing on the account tab – there you’ll find a “share my account info” button that you can undress and revoke your permission.
It isn’t clear that opting out of the new terms will change the experience at all, either when compared with people who are still having their data shared with Facebook, or with before WhatsApp introduced the change. WhatsApp say that the new change is meant only to help improve the ads on Facebook, so the only possible consequence is that what you see on the network might be slightly less relevant.