Monthly Archives: March 2017

Free up space on your iPhone with these hidden tricks

 

We’ve all been there. You get ready to take a photo with your iPhone, and when you push the button, you get told that there is not enough available storage space on your device. You have a couple of options available to you at this crucial moment in order to quickly take your snap:

  1. Delete some existing photos in order to take more photos
  2. Delete an app or two to make some spaceCannot-take-photo-1

This process becomes an endless and mindless cycle of deleting, running out of space, and deleting some more.

Deleting a photo here and an app there is never a solution. It just delays the inevitable. Below you will find some useful and handy tricks to help you keep your photos and apps, and still free up space on your phone.

First off, if you want to find out how much free space you have, and what is hogging all your storage, head over to SETTINGS > GENERAL > STORAGE + iCLOUD STORAGE > then MANAGE STORAGE.photo-23

In general, the main 4 storage hogs are music, photos, messages and the biggger sized apps that you have installed.

Photos

90 percent of the time, photos and videos are the main culprit, and they hog most of your storage. You can always back them up to a cloud service, like Google Photos or Apple Photos, and then delete them off your phone. Apple Photos also has an “Optimised iPhone Storage” setting located in your settings, that will remove original photos once they are backed up. Google Photos has a similar function, where you choose “Free up space”, and all the backed up photos will be removed from your device.

If you are looking for a faster, offline solution, I recommend SanDisk’s iXpand USB drive. Plug the drive into your iPhone, install the SanDisk app from the app store, and then you can move photos and files onto it. You can then plug the drive into your PC and copy the photos over.

Messages

It always amazes me how much space messages and texts take up. More recently, Whatsapp has joined this space, with photo and video sharing making huge advances.

iMazing is a $40 app that you can purchase, install onto a Mac or Windows PC, and back up your messages and the photos in the messages, before deleting them from your phone, either one by one, or by going to SETTINGS > MESSAGES > KEEP MESSAGES, and then set to delete messages older then 30 days, 60 days, 1 year – however long you’d like.

You can also use iTunes to back up messages etc, but it is not so user friendly.

Music

IF you use Apple Music or Google Play Music, when you stream music, by default, it gets stored locally on your phone, whether you download or not. This cache can take up a large chunk of your phone’s memory.

In Apple Music, you can delete songs in bulk from your phone but still keep them linked to your music library. Go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > STORAGE & CLOUD USAGE > MANAGE STORAGE, then tap MUSIC. You can then delete by artist, album or song, by tapping on it and swiping left. You can also delete all songs here.

You can always download your songs again at a later stage.

If you are using Spotify on your iPhone, go to DOWNLOAD PLAYLISTS and turn off DOWNLOADED.

In Google Play Music, go to SETTINGS > CLEAR CACHE. You can also prevent songs being downloaded by going to SETTINGS and turning off CACHE MUSIC WHILE STREAMING.

You can also adjust the download quality from high – normal – low, in order to reduce the file size of the songs. Do this by going to SETTINGS > DOWNLOAD QUALITY.

Third Party Apps

Most of the social apps we all use today (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat) all cache or save photos and other media to your phone when you are browsing. Twitter has recently added a cache-cleaning option, but unfortunately Facebook and Snapchat haven’t yet.

In Twitter, go to the ME tab > SETTINGS > DATA USAGE > MEDIA STORAGE, and clear the cache there.

To clear Facebook and Snapchat cache, you need to uninstall and reinstall the apps.

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Windows 10 Shutdown, Restart, Hibernate and Sleep Roundup

Unlike the Shutdown confusion in early versions of Windows 8 (the touch-first modern UI had no start menu) powering down your system in Windows 10 is much easier. Still, one size doesn’t always fit all, so here is a roundup of ways you can shutdown, hibernate, or put your system to sleep.

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Use the Windows 10 Start Menu

This is the most obvious way to access the power options for your Windows 10 device. Simply hit the Windows key and then click or tap the power button and choose Shutdown, Restart, or put it to Sleep…but wait…where is my Hibernate option?

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The Hibernate option isn’t turned on by default so you need to enable it in Power Options for it to show up on the list. For more on that, check out our simple tutorial on how to enable Hibernate mode in Windows 10. We also get the question about the difference between Hibernate and Sleep mode in Windows. Check out our article on understanding Sleep versus Hibernate for Windows PCs and devices.

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You can also right-click on the Start icon or use Windows key + X to bring up the Quick Access or so-called power user menu. Then select Shut down or sign out and then choose the power mode you want to use.

Using the Physical Power Button

If you would prefer to use the physical power button on your desktop or laptop, you can configure what the power button does when pressed. To do that hit the Windows key and type:power plan and select Choose a Power Plan from the results at the top. Alternately, you can go to Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings. Then from the Power Options window click on the Choose what the power buttons do from the list on the left.

Then choose the power mode you want your system to go into when you press the physical power button.

Old School Keyboard Shortcut

If you’ve been a long-time Windows user, you might want to “go old school” and use this method that has been around for several previous generations of Windows. You can shut down Windows 10 from the desktop by hitting Alt + F4 and select one of the options from the drop-down menu in the dialog box.

Alt+F4

Shutdown Windows 10 like a Windows Phone

If you’re a fan of Windows Phone or just want to do something unique to perform a mundane task you can enable slide to shutdown. This geeky trick works on traditional desktop and laptop computers. But it makes the most sense for a Windows 10 2-in-1 device with a touchscreen such as Microsoft Surface.

For step-by-step instructions read: Slide to Shutdown Windows 10 PC like Windows Phone.

Use Cortana and Your Voice to Shutdown or Restart

The digital assistant in Windows 10, Cortana, has several cool abilities and more things are added and discovered on a regular basis. If you’re a fan of Cortana and like to use voice commands for various system functions this is the tip for you. By creating a couple of shortcuts and using the “Hey Cortana” feature you can simply use your voice to power down or restart your system.

For the full set of instructions read: How to Shutdown or Restart Your Windows 10 PC with Your Voice.

How do you like to power off your Windows 10 device? Leave us a comment below and let us know a clever method I might have missed.

               

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The Google Pixel is an awesome smartphone

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Google Pixel 32GB Factory Unlocked US Version Smartphone, 5 Inch Display (Quite Black)

The Google Pixel is an awesome smartphone

I have been using the Google Pixel for several weeks, and it is as brilliant as all the reviews said it was. Putting in the purchase request with Jan was a great decision.

The build quality is excellent, the screen quality is top-notch, the battery life is better than expected, and the camera is exceptional.

The Pixel is not cheap, and because the phone is not officially available in South Africa, there are some cost considerations.

I paid R10,271 for the phone and with import taxes/VAT, it is on par with devices like the iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7.

Additionally, if you do not have a friend who is willing to order the device in the US and return safely with it, you need to factor in shipping costs.

The high price tag, however, is worth it.

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Google Pixel 32GB Factory Unlocked US Version Smartphone, 5 Inch Display (Quite Black)

Setting up the Pixel

Setting up the phone with an existing Google account is a breeze, and the device just works.

The 5-inch Full HD screen looks great and the phone’s size is perfect. I feel a bigger phone would not have been as comfortable to use.

I am using the fingerprint reader to unlock the phone, and the positioning (on the back of the device) and accuracy of the sensor is impressive.

The phone’s software must rank as one of its top features – it is fast, and the Google Assistant accurate and helpful.

The Google Pixel sports a 12.3MP rear camera and the photo quality is exceptional. It may well be the best camera on any smartphone, including the iPhone 7.

I am not much of a selfie man, which means I did not test the front camera at all. However, international reviews suggest it is great.

The Google Pixel has a 2,770mAh battery, which can easily go for two days on a single charge. I am not a heavy smartphone user, which may account for the long battery life.

The USB Type-C charging is a slight issue, as I have not stocked up on cables yet. This means I usually only charge the phone at home.

In summary, the Google Pixel is an awesome smartphone. Google has produced a device which can take on any smartphone in the market.

Pros: Build quality, camera, performance, fingerprint reader, screen, Google Assistant, nice form factor for one-hand use.

Cons: Relatively expensive, not officially available in South Africa.

Google Pixel

Specifications Google Pixel Google Pixel XL
Maker HTC HTC
Dimensions 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3~8.5 mm 154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3~8.5 mm
Operating system Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat
Display 5″ 1080p (1,080 x 1,920) 5.5″ QHD (1,440 x 2,560)
Rear camera 12.3MP 12.3MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Storage, internal 32GB/128GB 32GB/128GB
RAM 4GB 4GB
Processor Snapdragon 821 (quad-core: 2.15GHz/1.6GHz) Snapdragon 821 (quad-core: 2.15GHz/1.6GHz)
Battery 2,770mAh 3,450mAh
Cellular data LTE-A 3CA (Cat9/Cat11) LTE-A 3CA (Cat9/Cat11)
SIM type Nano SIM Nano SIM

Pixel Front

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Google Pixel 32GB Factory Unlocked US Version Smartphone, 5 Inch Display (Quite Black)

Pixel Back

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20 Interesting Facts About Computers

Computers have become a very important part of our daily life. This awesome machine changed our lives in so many ways. There are lots of interesting facts about computer that I thought you would be interested in. Here are 20 of them for you to check out…

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1. The first electronic computer ENIAC weighed more than 27 tons and took up 1800 square feet.

2.  Only about 10% of the world’s currency is physical money, the rest only exists on computers.

3. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that you can write using the letters only on one row of the keyboard of your computer.

4. Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse in around 1964 which was made of wood.

5. There are more than 5000 new computer viruses are released every month.

6. Around 50% of all Wikipedia vandalism is caught by a single computer program with more than 90% accuracy.

7. If there was a computer as powerful as the human brain, it would be able to do 38 thousand trillion operations per second and hold more than 3580 terabytes of memory.

8. The password for the computer controls of nuclear tipped missiles of the U.S was 00000000 for eight years.

9. Approximately 70% of virus writers are said to work under contract for organized crime syndicates.

10. HP, Microsoft and Apple have one very interesting thing in common – they were all started in a garage.

11. An average person normally blinks 20 times a minute, but when using a computer he/she blinks only 7 times a minute.

12. The house where Bill Gates lives, was designed using a Macintosh computer.

13. The first ever hard disk drive was made in 1979, and could hold only 5MB of data.

14. The first 1GB hard disk drive was announced in 1980 which weighed about 550 pounds, and had a price tag of $40,000.

15. More than 80% of the emails sent daily are spams.

16. A group of 12 engineers designed IBM PC and they were known as “The Dirty Dozen”.

17. The original name of windows was Interface Manager.

18. The first microprocessor created by Intel was the 4004. It was designed for a calculator, and in that time nobody imagined where it would lead.

19. IBM 5120 from 1980 was the heaviest desktop computer ever made. It weighed about 105 pounds, not including the 130 pounds external floppy drive.

20. Genesis Device demonstration video in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was the the first entirely computer generated movie sequence in the history of cinema. That studio later become Pixar.

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