Tips in using the iOS 7 Safari

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iOS 7 SafariAs the iOS 7 arrives to various iDevices, a lot of changes have been made especially for Safari, Apple’s dedicated internet browser. Although its layout and interface has been improved, using it for the first time can be challenging especially with the recent changes. To help you out, here is a list of tips and tricks that you should learn before searching in this newly enhanced Safari browser.

Password storage

According to Macworld, this updated browser can now store information pertaining to passwords and even credit card numbers. Moreover, it also has a built-in capability wherein it can generate passwords for you. This will be tied to Apple’s iCloud Keychain – a cloud vault for safely keeping all user’s vital information.  According to the posts from the O2 community page, you can activate this feature by visiting the Safari tab on the Settings app on your device. In the Passwords and Autofill section, swipe the “always allow toggle on” button.

**To learn more about the iOS 7’s password settings, you can visit : http://www.o2.co.uk.

Private browsing and Do not Track settings

Private surfing is a vital feature of any web browser because it allows you to keep internet activities hidden. However, activating it is time-consuming because of all the numerous steps that you have to follow.  Now, this secret searching mode is just one tap away. All you have to do is scroll down at the bottom of your tabs and hit the “Private” button.

Another feature that users will definitely enjoy is the Do not Track settings. Using this mode, websites will not be able to track your browsing habits so vital information about your online history is safe. To activate it, launch the Settings App and open the Safari page. In the Privacy & Security tab, flip the switch in the Do Not Track section.

One unified search bar

Before, you need to type in two separate text fields when you want to enter a website address or if you need to look for information. With this new browser, these two fields are merged into one and are known as Smart Search Field to make your browsing quicker. Furthermore, the new iOS has the ability to suggest the most searched items on the internet based on the keywords that you entered. If you know how the Google Chrome’s Omnibox works, then you won’t have a problem coping with this change.

With the new smart search bar, you will also notice that the “.com” button is nowhere to be seen. Don’t fret because this nifty shortcut can now be found in the period key. Just tap and hold it until the default extensions appear.

Thanks to the iOS 7 upgrade, exploring information online using our iDevices has never been so efficient and fun. With its new security system, we can ensure that important data about us will not be easily stolen by others. If you want to learn more about the various online surfing tips, you can read this post about essential searching tips on the internet.

Do you know other iOS 7 tips that you can share with  other Apple enthusiasts? Feel free to share them  below.

 

 

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How Mobile Technology Evolved in the Past 20 Years

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Mobile Phone EvolutionFor the past two decades, mobile technology has evolved around our society’s needs. From making calls to monitoring a patient’s health remotely, smartphones have become essential tools to run our daily lives. They became so pervasive that people can’t live with them anyone. Now, we’re entering an age where different devices are starting to merge via cloud computing, and high-speed broadband connectivity.

As we move towards a more mobile future, let’s look back at the last twenty years and see how this technology evolved, which helped us shape the Digital Age.

Mobile Communication: 1G to 4G

The first generation (1G) mobile communication was first launched in 1977. Called the Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS), it helped the mass market communicate via cellular technology. However, it was prone to eavesdropping via a cellular scanner which allowed for cellphone cloning. A decade later, the second generation (2G) network was established and it used digital signals instead of analog. During this generation, more cell sites were established to accommodate the increasing number of users, SMS or Short Messaging Service was made available, and prepaid services were also introduced.

As more people used their phones for their daily tasks, the demand for larger data increased and 2G isn’t enough for it. With that in mind, the industry started its development of the next generation of mobile communication—3G. It was faster, leaner, and it allowed for mobile broadband data transmission over a cellular network. People can now listen to podcasts, watch videos, and live streaming on their mobile devices, thanks to 3G technology. It was also during this time that mobile internet was truly realized. But with the introduction of bandwidth-intensive applications and smart devices, the industry needed something better—4G.

4G or the fourth-generation cellular communication provides users with ultra-broadband Internet access. It paves the way for faster web access, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, and cloud computing. In an article published on Verizonwireless’ website, 4G or 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is clearly paving the way for the next wave of innovations. People can now access data in real-time, while improving the overall user experience.

From a “Brick” to a True “Smart Phone”

In 1983, the first commercially-available cellular phone was introduced—the Motorola Dynatac  8000X. Measuring 13 x 1.75 x 3.5, “The Brick”, as it was fondly called, let you talk for about 30 minutes and it boasted with 10-hours of standby time. But in 1993, IBM launched the IBM Simon Personal Communicator, which became the predecessor of our modern smartphone. It was a calculator, phone, pager, and an email device. The Simon was truly a power house during that time, but it was too big and bulky to carry around.

It was in 1996 when Motorola launched its new phone—the Motorola StarTac. Coined as the “Wearable Cellular Phone”, it was small enough to slip into your pocket and light enough to carry anywhere with you. Designed after the famous Star Trek Communicators, it had a clam shell design and it offered a discreet vibrate mode, instead of a loud and annoying ringer. However, things changed when Nokia unveiled their new phone—the Nokia 6110. Featuring a monochromatic display, it was the first phone to introduce Menu icons, an infrared port, and it was also pre-installed with their highly-popular game “Snake”.

Other phones followed like the Nokia 7110, which was made popular by “The Matrix” movie. The Handspring Treo had 16MB of internal memory, and it was the first one to offer the Graffiti Text Input. On the other hand, the Blackberry 5180 had a thumb keyboard, email, and it came with a headset. Modeled after the “Minority Report” movie, the Nokia 7650 was the first phone to feature a 4,096 color display and 30 ring tone options. The 7650 was also the first cellphone to include a built-in camera.

But 2007 was the year that changed everything, when Apple launched the iPhone. Its innovative design and use of a touch sensitive screen ushered in a new age of phones. Coupled with the App Store and iTunes, this phone still stands as the standard of modern smartphones.

Mobile devices aren’t just means of communication; they became integral parts of our lives. The evolution and revolution of these devices are just starting, and we will reap its benefits in the long run. With their nearly limitless possibilities, what can we expect from them in the next 20 years? Only time can tell.

 

HTC’s 5.9 inch T6 phablet is One Max, arriving September

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htc-one-650x366Leaked information from German telecom has revealed yet more juicy details regarding HTC’s in-the-works phablet device. The 5.9 incher code named “T6” is the One Max, and packs a beast-load of features, including a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. Details also indicate that the upcoming tablet will run on the upcoming Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and is slated for a September 2013 release date.

The leaked document from the German counterpart of a London-based telecom detailed its internal road map, including specifications of upcoming devices. This has been corroborated by a reliable internal source confirming the validity of the information on the T6. The insider, according to gadget news site Mobilegeeks.de, also reported that the One Max will be one of two devices scheduled for Q3 2013. A smaller version of the flagship HTC One, dubbed the One Mini, will debut two months ahead of the supersized phone, which comes out in September.

Full HD screen; pointier stylus

The T6 report, which came just days before the leak, revealed that HTC’s first-ever phablet device will sport a 5.9-inch Super LCD 3 screen. Similar to panels used by competitor Samsung, the One Max’s will display stunning visuals at a native resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. Poised to take on the South Korean electronics company’s upcoming Galaxy Note III, one of its key selling points will also be the stylus functionality. The specifications report apparently says that the Taiwanese mobile firm will incorporate a finer-tipped pen to achieve maximum precision.

Fastest CPU; expandable storage

At the heart of the One Max will sit a top-of-the-line quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974 chipset – also known as the Snapdragon 800. This mobile processor is reported to run at a blazing 2.3GHz, the fastest of its kind. Complementing all that power will be a whopping 2GB RAM. Internal storage on the other hand, according to the report, will vary between a 32GB and a 64GB model. A storage expansion option is also included in the form of a microSDXC card slot for up to 64GB additional spaces.

Ultrapixel camera

The One Max is also reported to employ HTC’s proprietary Ultrapixel optics for its main rear camera. It will also come with optical image stabilization (OIS) technology, much like the One. The phablet’s front-facing camera, on the other hand will incorporate a 2.1 megapixel sensor and a wide-angle lens.

Huge, extendable battery cap

In terms of battery performance, HTC is aiming for the top of the mountain. Already upping the capacity to 3300mAh, the One Max is purportedly designed to support a first party accessory known as a power jacket. This is planned not to just envelop the device as a protective case, but to double as an external power source that jacks up an additional 1250mAh to the battery. That’s 38% extra juice that would extend the handset’s power capacity.

A big slice of Key Lime Pie

Finally, the One Max will apparently not be shipping out with Jelly Bean. The report indicates that the device will run on Android’s next version, 5.0 – better known as Key Lime Pie. Given the release window of the OS later this year, it coincides well with HTC’s phablet schedule, further adding to the credibility of the leaked information.

HTC is finally stepping up to Samsung in the phablet market segment. With an offering such as the One Max, it may be on its way to give the South Koreans a heck of a fight for the top spot. Packed with some of the most powerful features of any phone or tablet in its generation, HTC’s first phablet device is one to watch for.

Stay tuned for more news about the HTC One Max and the One Mini.

The Blackberry Z10

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We currently live in a digitally-advanced world where every mobile phone has a Quad-core processor so can Blackberry’s latest phone with a Dual-core chip can fight through the competition and achieve a successful touchdown in the market? Here’s an in-depth review of this baby and find out why it stands out amongst competition.

Samsung and Apple have been unveiling new smartphones almost every year while Blackberry have taken a slow and safe turn before they unveiled their newest touch screen Smartphone—Blackberry Z10. The Canadian-based phone producer unveiled its latest touch screen phone alongside the traditional keyboard-based Blackberry Q10 both equipped with the new Blackberry 10 OS.

Definitely a worthy competitor

Blackberry Z10 is the company’s first fully touch screen Smartphone. Unlike other mobile phones in the market , even its predecessors in the Blackberry Storm series, Z10 has no physical or touch-sensitive buttons on the front. All navigation uses the screen. The only buttons are the power button on top, and the volume and mute controls on the right hand side of the phone. This is great news to people struggling with those tiny keys on Blackberry’s QWERTY phones. Blackberry Z10 has finally created a direct competitor for iPhones, Windows phones and Android devices.

The overall design of this phone simple and sleek and looks very similar to the iPhone 5 with its rounded corners and straight edges. Yet compared to the iPhone, the rear cover of Blackberry Z10 is slightly more rounded at the edges making it easier and more comfortable on the hand and the rubber-like texture of the rear cover is quite similar to Google Nexus 7.

Features to die for!

Blackberry Z10’s sleek design and top-of-the-line functionalities is certainly outstanding. To sum it up, below are the technical specifications of this device. (Data courtesy of: GSMArena.com)

Body dimension: 130 x 65.6 x 9 mm (5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 in)

Body weight: 137.5 g (4.83 oz)

Display type: Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Memory card slot: MicroSD, up to 64 GB

Memory internal: 16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM

Primary camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Autofocus, LED flash

Secondary camera: 2 MP, 720 p@30fps

Operating system: Blackberry 10 OS

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

CPU: Dual-core 1.6 GHz Krait

GPU: Adreno 225

Colors: Black, white

Standby battery life: Up to 312 hours

Talk time battery life: Up to 10 hours

What more can you expect?

Equipped with the recently launched Blackberry 10 OS, the Z10 interface appears to run very smoothly showing no signs of lag therefore ensuring user satisfaction. It also features a fading animation every time you flick between pages. You will see the previous app page fade away to the side of the screen and replaced by a new page.

John McCann wrote a Blackberry 10 OS review for TechRadar.com last January 2013 saying “Blackberry 10 is a solid Smartphone operating system offering up all the functionality you’d expect, wrapped up in a package that does set it apart from the likes of Android and iOS.”

Blackberry Messenger (BBM) users will also love the newly updated Screen Share feature of its latest OS. With a press of a button, users can now share what’s on their screen while on a video call. They can share Youtube videos, contact information and internet pages. This exclusive feature was clearly implemented to target businessmen on the go as well as shows great potential for social users too.

Can’t Wait to Give it a Try

Its doesn’t set itself apart from the other smartphones in the market nevertheless it’s sturdy and it comes with a user-friendly interface making Z10 one of the easiest to use touchscreen phones around today. What more can you look for, it’s everything you would want in a phone. Once you tried it, get ready to be amazed!