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Tip of the Week: Is Keeping Your Smartphone Plugged In So Bad?

Tip of the Week: Is Keeping Your Smartphone Plugged In So Bad?

Of all the small inconveniences that plague modern life, a dying smartphone battery is among the worst of them—which explains how the tendency so many have to constantly keep their phone plugged in came about. However, it’s been said that this is actively bad for the device. Is this still the case? For this week’s tip, we’re diving into the factors that drain your device’s battery, and what the best way to handle this power reserve is.

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Tip of the Week: How to Deal With All the Robocalls

Tip of the Week: How to Deal With All the Robocalls

Many people have fallen out of the habit of answering their mobile phones when they receive a call, simply because of the rising prevalence that scam calls have seen in the past few years. While these calls are undeniably annoying, they can also be dangerous, which is why it suits your interests to prevent them as much as possible.

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Tip of the Week: Customizing the Android 11 Power Menu

Tip of the Week: Customizing the Android 11 Power Menu

Just in case you needed another reason to upgrade to Android 11, you have the potential to add far more utility to the menu that appears when you hold the power button on your device. To do so, you’ll have to make a small investment into an automation-driven application known as Tasker. For this week’s tip, we’ll walk you through using this application to customize your Android 11 command center.

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Tip of the Week: Simple Fixes for Some Common Android Phone Issues

Tip of the Week: Simple Fixes for Some Common Android Phone Issues

The Android mobile platform is the most utilized operating system in the world. Even with its massive popularity, it comes with some oddities. Today, we’ll go into detail on how to prevent some of these quirks from holding you back.

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Tip of the Week: Keeping a Smartphone from Overheating

Tip of the Week: Keeping a Smartphone from Overheating

If your smartphone has ever been blazing hot for no apparent reason, you know how worrying it can be to try and use it. Many smartphones will automatically shut down if they get too hot, but either way, this excess of heat can also be very bad for the device itself, so it is important to try to keep it as cool as you can. For this week’s tip, we’re sharing a few simple and safe ways to cool your overheating phone back down.

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Did Google and Apple Secretly Install a COVID-19 Tracking App?

Did Google and Apple Secretly Install a COVID-19 Tracking App?

In a recent security update, most Android and iOS phones received a new opt-in setting related to the COVID-19 Exposure Notification system. What is this? Is your phone being tracked? Let’s take a deeper look at what is going on.

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Tip of the Week: Changing Your Notification Settings on Android Devices

Tip of the Week: Changing Your Notification Settings on Android Devices

Notifications are one of the Android mobile platform’s most-often-used functions, but they can perhaps also detract from workplace focus the most. To help limit these interruptions, we’re dedicating this week’s tip to better managing these notifications for your productivity.

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Careful, This Wallpaper will Brick Your Phone. Wait, What?

Careful, This Wallpaper will Brick Your Phone. Wait, What?

Hold onto your hats folks, this article is a rollercoaster. It has been recently discovered that a totally innocuous photograph is causing smartphones to break when set as the wallpaper. Is this some new malicious type of malware? Are dastardly hackers behind this exploit? 

It’s a much crazier story. Let’s take a look

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The ABC(DE)s of Mobile Security

The ABC(DE)s of Mobile Security

As of September of 2019, research conducted by Verizon states that almost half of enterprises--half--are willing to sacrifice their mobile security in order to gain “advantages” in speed and productivity. This marks an increase from just 2018, when this metric measured at a still-too-high one-third of enterprises. Of course, such behaviors could bring severe consequences. 

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Basic Methods to Keep Your Phone Secure

Basic Methods to Keep Your Phone Secure

Mobile devices have become a staple in contemporary life, with more business uses added regularly. Unfortunately, this makes them a more enticing target for cybercriminals to go after. To help you keep your phone secure, we’ve assembled a brief list of best practices for you and the rest of your company to follow.

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Tip of the Week: This Is What Should You Do When Your Smartphone Gets Wet

Tip of the Week: This Is What Should You Do When Your Smartphone Gets Wet

Mistakes happen, especially with smartphones. Whether you’re dropping it on the floor, in the toilet, or in a puddle, there’s no shame in making this mistake. Granted, when this does occur, you need to act fast. Any water in, on, or around your device isn’t recommended, but let’s talk about what happens when you’re thrown into a worst-case scenario.

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The Top 5 Smartphones On the Market Heading Into 2019

The Top 5 Smartphones On the Market Heading Into 2019

The smartphone market is kind of a paradox. Here you have quite a few major manufacturers producing phones in a market that has seen a seven percent decline over the past year and a decline for each of the past four fiscal quarters. It’s true that some of the companies that we’ve all been used to: HTC, Nokia, and Blackberry are bit players in a market that is dominated largely by Samsung, Apple, and companies that sell their products to developing mobile markets.

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How Your Smartphone Keeps Your Data Safe

How Your Smartphone Keeps Your Data Safe

Smartphones are the predominant mode of communication, as well as now being the devices most used to access the Internet. With so much depending on the modern smartphone, it has become one of the largest, and most competitive, markets of any consumer item. As a result, manufacturers are building devices with software that is able to encrypt the phone against unauthorized access.

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Secure Your Android During the Holiday Season

Secure Your Android During the Holiday Season

Android is a very common operating system on mobile devices around the world, and because of this, you won’t be surprised to hear that hackers are always trying to one-up security developers. If your business takes advantage of Android devices like smartphones or tablets, you’ll want to consider these 11 security tips that will help keep your organization safe.

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Tip of the Week: The Only Feature Android Oreo Is Missing Is the Cream Filling

Tip of the Week: The Only Feature Android Oreo Is Missing Is the Cream Filling

The latest version of Android, Oreo (version 8.0), was released earlier this year. Has your phone received the update to it yet? Either way, you’ll want to know what features it has, including how it can help you get more done. Here are five of the many new additions offered by this update to Android Oreo operating system.

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Lessons Your Business Can Learn From the Galaxy Note 7 and 8

Lessons Your Business Can Learn From the Galaxy Note 7 and 8

Samsung fans are getting geared up for the release of their new smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8. Even though it might seem as though the technology world has moved on from the exploding Note 7, you can be sure that Samsung is still feeling the reverberations from last year’s debacle that resulted from the now-infamous exploding of their much-anticipated Galaxy Note 7.

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