15 November
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iPhone X face recognition issues

Unfortunately, this week Apple has been back in the news. Although the iPhone X was long awaited the problems appear to be stacking up; this time it’s the face recognition software causing problems.

This isn’t the first time face recognition has bee a problem on this device for apple. During the launch, they tried to demonstrate the software when it failed in front of a live audience.

How face recognition works?

The iPhone X maps your face through a series of images when it scans your face each time it checks to see if it matches. If it recognises the image, it will unlock, if it doesn’t, the phone remains locked.
This is something we’ve seen working well with iris recognition on googles devices, Samsung and other major competitors.

Whats wrong with apples face recognition?

It all started when a security firm managed to make a 3D print of someone’s face and managed to unlock their phone.

This inevitably sent the internet into a frenzy testing their devices for security floors. It’s since emerged that a 3D printer isn’t even required to hack into the phone. One family discovered its similar facial features are enough to convince the device. A family discovered their 10-year-old boy was able to unlock his mum’s phone in one look. Fortunately, they found the trick didn’t work as well on his dad’s phone.

How to secure your iPhone

Whether you have the iPhone X or not, it’s important to add some security measures in for added protection. Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to be notified when someone is trying to hack your account. Be sure to keep your software up-to-date; apple often release updates to help ensure devices are kept secure when a security floor is discovered.

If you’re worried about the security of your iPhone X please visit the apple support page.

10 November
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How to Improve Wifi at Home

Wifi

Wifi is one of those mystical things we don’t really understand in the home. It’s something we rely on when on every day and have come to expect on the train; at home, at work and even on an aeroplane.

What is Wifi

The internet used to come through ethernet cables to our computers; in modern laptops, you’d now be hard pushed to find a port. Wi-Fi in simple terms is a way of wirelessly connecting to the internet. It got its name in 1999; at the time it was thought it would be easily remembered because Hi-Fi’s were popular at the time.

How does it work?

It uses radio waves to transmit signals between your mobile, tablets and anything with WiFi capabilities.
When you’re working on the internet and click submit, you’re sending a signal back, through the radio waves to the internet. The response is then transmitted from the internet in reverse to your computer/phone/tablet to display the result.

Unfortunately, when a house is full of radio waves, receivers and transmitters; it’s understandable that things start to interfere. Many homes find their laptop wifi signal dips in a particular room in the house, yet it reaches the end of the garden just fine. This may be due to the way your house is built; beams, concrete basement or size.

What to do with low WiFi signal

If you’re one of those people who is suffering from a low signal on your phone, laptop or tablet; we have some top tips to help.

Foil can make a big difference to your signal, like a giant reflector foil can bounce a signal away from places you don’t want it to go. For example, if you live in a terrace house and the neighbours are getting more signal than you are, diverting the signal could help.

It sounds very simple but unless you plan on re-wallpapering in tin foil it’s not as simple as it first sounds. Recent research has been conducted into creating wifi reflectors however they work depending on the room and where you want to focus the signal.
If you’re considering this technique we advise using some cardboard wrapped in tin foil and stand it behind your device. Aim it in the direction you’d like to bounce the signal, remembering anything behind the cardboard will have a weaker signal.

 

What to do If you’re still having trouble

If you’ve hung some tin foil on the wall, created a foil reflector and you’re still having trouble; it may be worth trying adapter plugs. These wifi adapters extend the signal helping them to reach rooms you previously couldn’t they will also help you if beams and concrete are causing the issue.

07 November
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Samsung Advert 2017

 

This morning news broke of Samsung publicly making fun of how superior their phone is in comparison to Apple.

Unfortunately for Apple, this isn’t the first piece of bad news this week; loyal die-hard “Applers” have been taking to the internet to complain just hours after receiving their iPhone X. The screens on the latest devices appear to be rather delicate. We’re pretty sure everybody with a smartphone has experienced a smashed screen at some point, but these unlucky people have forked out around £1000  for the pleasure.

When did the feud between brands begin?

Samsung has been poking fun at Apple since the launch of the S6 edge. Usually, this is done online through viral marketing but as Apple launched the iPhone X, Samsung has decided to take their campaigns directly to our TV screens just before Christmas.

This relationship between the two brands has often landed Samsung in hot water resulting in court cases. Including the ownership of smartphones with curved edges, which apparently belongs to apple. This is currently resulting in a $400 million lawsuit that’s still ongoing.

Previous Stunts

In recent years Samsung has been a little more subtle with their campaigning. When the iPhone 7 was released; Samsung joined the queues of loyal Apple fans camping overnight to buy the new device. They handed out branded umbrellas, pillows, bottles of water and blankets ready for the awaiting media to snap photos. Their hashtag to accompany their phone was #NextIsNew showing Apple fans that the devices they were about to buy had nothing new on them.

View the PR stunt here

What makes Samsung better?

Well, the advert pretty much sums it up; following several couples over the period of the advert we see how a Samsung phone user is often better off in unfortunate situations.

One of the most notable differences between the two phone is shown when the iPhone user has to leave their mobile in a bole of rice after jumping in a river; while the Samsung user happily continues with their day.

The advert finishes encouraging users to upgrade to a Samsung device; although this type of competitor advertising is seen in the car and supermarket industry, it’s only just beginning in the mobile industry.

If you’re looking at trading in your iPhone this Christmas in exchange for a Samsung; be sure to recycle your old device responsibly. If you’ve already made the switch to the iPhone X or away from Apple, let us know what you think about it and if it’s worth changing your loyalty.

We look forward to the retaliation from apple just before Christmas.