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4/16/18 Want To Save Your iPhone Battery? Delete Facebook

4/16/18 Want To Save Your iPhone Battery? Delete Facebook

Having problems with your phone dying halfway through the day? Phone not holding a charge? The fact is the problem might be Facebook. The Facebook app for iOS and Android has been a notorious battery hog for a number of years now, and most people are shocked when they realize just how much juice the social media app sucks up. Are you aware how much of your pricey iPhone’s power is being used by the Facebook app? Go to Settings then Battery, wait for your usage to populate, and locate Facebook among your apps. In all likelihood, you probably need to close your mouth now too; because you had no idea Facebook was eating up that much of your battery juice. Well, that’s the bad news…that and the whole data stealing thing and all…

Anyway…

So what do you do about it? In some cases people have discovered that over the course of a week, the Facebook app accounts for over fifty percent of their total battery usage! That’s the good news. It’s a fixable issue, and fairly easy to implement. What you’ll want to do first is disable app refresh for the Facebook application by going to Settings then General, and finally Background App Refresh. Scroll to Facebook, and flip the toggle to off. Depending on your FB usage, this by itself may well be enough to make a dent in the battery consumption. When paired with turning off location services (Settings, Privacy, Location Services, find Facebook and select Never,) you may be looking more efficient battery use right then and there. Try it for a six days and note where the battery use is, you’ll probably see some improvement. If you’re not seeing enough improvement you can actually delete the Facebook app altogether, and opt to log into the social media platform by way of your Safari internet browser. While you may lose some of the app’s extra functionality, the core of Facebook’s usability will remain intact. Try that and see how it goes.

Or you could just turn off Facebook and get back to work, slacker.

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4/13/18  The Mophie Juice Pack Air: The Case The iPhone X Deserves

IPhone X power users rejoice! A few months ago, MMR reported on the wonder and majesty that is the iPhone X, and according to an early AT&T product listing, the perfect case is coming down the line soon. Phone. The Mophie Juice Pack Air is ostensibly the latest release from California based accessory whiz kid company Mophie, and is expected to really be a boon for iPhone X power users. The case will offer up to nine additional hours of use which can be crucial for users who work outdoors or anywhere else an electrical outlet isn’t easily found. The difference between the Mophie case and other charging cases on the market is the fact that with Qi enable wireless charging, you can simultaneously charge the pack and the phone, and do it wirelessly.  While the product isn’t on sale yet, and can’t even be found on the company website, according to the AT&T product listing, it’s expected to price at a very attractive $90 USD which is $10 less than similar cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

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4/8/18 The Samsung Galaxy S9: Tips And Tricks To Customize Your Phone

Android phones have always been more customizable than iOS phones, and the new Samsung Galaxy S9 is no exception. Even though these nifty little tweaks are seldom officially featured, they can make Samsung’s newest franchise phone really stand out. While most of these tips and tricks can and do apply to older model phones, given the advances in display and battery strength they can really increase the cool factor of your new WMD.

1080p Resolution not sharp enough?
Out of the box, the S9’s display is set to 2220×1080 resolution. This makes for a vivid and fiery display that would please any casual wireless mobile device user. But that’s not enough for you, is it? No, of course it’s not. To utilize the full range of the Galaxy S9’s graphics processor, you’ll want to go to Settings, then Display, and on to Screen Resolution. Move the setting from FHD+ to WQHD+ and drink in the full glory of the S9’s top level of 2960×1440 resolution. Actually the difference in sharpness is negligible, but it is there, and you will notice it when gaming or watching video. More accurately, if you get used to the higher display setting then go back 1080, you will definitely notices the reduction. While the WQHD+ setting does draw more power from the batter, it won’t be a huge hit and will make for a better experience overall.

Drop The Notification Panel
Responding to consumer feedback, Samsung made it easier to access the Notification Panel that drops from the top of the display. Given the size of the screen on the Galaxy S9 Plus, swiping down from the top of the screen can be difficult unless one has unusually large hands. By going to Settings, then Display and on to Home Screen and Quick-open Notification Panel, you can access the feature by swiping down from anywhere on the screen.

Improve Sound Quality
The S9 has a variety of customizable setting to best utilize its Dolby Atmos onboard sound capabilities. There is a Tube Amp Pro option that will pump the bass coming through the speakers to an impressive level as well as enhancements to the sound experience coming through wired headphones.
Settings, then Sounds and vibrations and finally Sound quality and effects will bring you to the menu.

Put Your Display In Night Mode
Studies have shown that the intensely bright screen of your phone can interfere with the process that signals your brain that it’s time to go to sleep at night. As a result, a lot of phones have instituted a night mode that softens your phone’s display and changes the tone from bright blue to a soft amber hue that won’t help keep you up at night. Head to Settings then Display and Blue light filter. From there, Turn on as scheduled will allow you to turn the feature on and off as well as schedule the effect to trigger at a time of your choosing, such as the default sunset to sunrise.

Keep Your Phone Screen On
Nothing is worse than reading a long article or a YouTube clip only to have the screen go dark as you get to the good part. To conserve battery life, Samsung has had a feature on its phones for years that prevent the phone from going into standby mode by using the front facing camera to determine if there is still a face in front of it. Use Settings, Advanced features, Smart stay to turn the feature on.

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