Archive for September, 2017

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September

Is the iPhone X worth the fuss?

iPhone X

This week there has been a buzz over the latest iPhone X and iPhone 8. While the rest of the internet is interested in how fast the iPhone X processor is and the screen size; we’re looking at what’s changed on the inside of the phone.

Every mobile makes calls and sends texts these days. We’d like to know what’s really changed with the iPhone and what makes it worth upgrading to. Many of the features below will be available with the latest update to iOS 11 with the exception of a new feature; facial recognition.

Customisation

on the iPhone X it’s no longer just the home screen you’re able to customise; the current menu features the torch, calculator Bluetooth and wifi. We’re looking forward to having the ability to add different apps!

Organisation

Get ready to organise your app files in the same way you do on your desktop PC or laptop. There’s no need to go sifting through your apps in search of a PDF or word doc anymore.

Travel in Style

If you love to travel then the latest update is perfect for you! Siri now has a translate function to help you out when you’re next abroad! To use the feature speak to Siri and say ‘how do you say xxxx in *language*?’ He can translate into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Advertising

Apple may be about to change the internet with this latest change….Safari has a built-in feature which prevents ad companies storing cookies and using them to serve up adverts targeted to you.

If that’s convinced you to upgrade to the latest iPhone be sure to recycle your old device responsibly. With the price tag of over £1000, you can soften the blow by selling your old device to CIYG to recycle responsibly.

If you’d like to know what happens to your old electricals that haven’t been recycled, check out our blog.

 

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September

Your Phone Knows Everything About You…

sell your old mobile today

Ok, it’s a bit of a scary title but google and your phone really do know what you’re doing, all the time!

If you’re a law-abiding citizen who isn’t afraid of being tracked this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When you get in your car from a weekend away chances are your phone will tell you how long it will take you to get home, and if there’s any traffic to avoid. If you’re worried about location services you can read on to find out how to turn it off.

Your phone isn’t the only thing that knows what you’re up to; Google also stores a lot of data on you. Why? Don’t worry it’s nothing sinister, it’s all down to advertising, it’s how they make money and why you get adverts that match what you’ve recently been searching.

How to stop Google tracking you.

Google actually saves all your searches; yep, even the time you googled ‘cats hate cucumbers’. If you’d like to ensure your search history isn’t stored up head over to the google chrome menu, (three dots in the top right) and choose history, clear browsing data. If you’d like to prevent it storing any future details being stored, be sure to turn toggle tracking off.

Do you use voice search on your mobile or PC?

Google’s been tracking those too, with a recording of your voice. You can head to googles voice and audio activity page to remove them. Alternatively, if you’re feeling brave you can listen to them and hear some of your latest search commands.

Your phone’s tracking your location

Along with your entire search history, your phones tracking your location. It knows where you live or visit frequently, including the local take away every Friday night. To prevent this happening and remove the information, be sure to delete your history on you google maps account too.
You can also stop location services on your phone in either Android or iOS. Keep in mind this will affect using things like google maps.

If you’d really rather become totally anonymous on the web, you can actually clean up all your online accounts and delete the lot. Visit https://deseat.me/ to digitally remove yourself and your footprint.

If you’re selling us your old laptops or mobile phones don’t panic we also wipe your devices but to be sure, follow the tips on the individual device pages to wipe them yourself. www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk

 

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September

Whats better for university a laptop or tablet?

Start University with a new laptop or tablet

It’s challenging trying to save money for university and equip yourself with all the things you need for your course. Having the right laptop or tablet can help with your studies but, which is right for you?

That depends on the course you’re taking, if it’s an art degree, chances are a Microsoft surface will do the trick as your coursework will primarily be … well, art based. If you’re taking a law or business degree, you’ll be doing rather a lot of writing/typing.

Things to consider

While in lectures do you intend to take notes by hand, or by PC? OneNote is a great tool, free on iPad and Windows it enables you to take notes as if it was in a well organised, digital notepad.

Tablets are a great way to take notes and have legible notes. Something you have to be aware of is backing up your work, so you don’t lose your hard earned notes.

So what is better?

Laptops are quite heavy to take to a lecture every day, but there are some really great ones on the market which are lightweight and small enough to fit in a little bag. These are usually extremely powerful and will last you all 3 years including your dissertation.
They also run programs such as Microsoft OneNote so you’re not missing out on the well-organised note taking apps.

Small Laptops

It’s hard to know what type of laptop you need, depending on what you’ll be using it for and what programs you’ll be running. As a general overview go for something lightweight but powerful as you may need special programs when it comes to your final year dissertation. Lenovo offers a range of great 14-inch devices.

Tablets and Dual Devices

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a laptop that converts to a tablet, there are gadgets such as the Microsoft Surface and the Lenovo Yoga 310. These lightweight mini laptop tablets are great for travelling with, and using in different environments; although the small screens could prove problematic when writing long assignments.

Regardless of the device you get, our best advice is to back up your work at least once a month. Unfortunately, there are a few students on every course who lose their dissertation or assignments at some point during their course.

If you’ve already got a laptop and are looking to upgrade it for university, why not sell your old one to put towards a new smaller version. If you’re already sorted with your back to school equipment, there’s always the chance to round up all your old gadgets for extra freshers week funds!

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