5 Great Features You Only Get in Samsung’s Version of Android

5 Great Features You Only Get in Samsung’s Version of Android
While the device care utilities will always be running in the background to look out for problems, you can also tap the Optimize now button to perform a manual optimization—very handy if you think there might be a few issues with your smartphone.The optimization process includes looking for duplicate or large files on your device that might be taking up room unnecessarily, for example, or hunting down apps that are draining battery power, or closing down apps running in the background unnecessarily.Customize the Always-On DisplaySamsung phones give you more control than most over what’s shown on your lock screen, and how it’s shown, too. From Settings, head to Lock Screen and Always On Display to configure it—though note that some budget Samsung handsets don’t offer the feature.You’ll see that you’ve got all sorts of settings to play...

Old, obsolete gadgets piling up? Here are 5 easy ways to get rid of them responsibly

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It’s a little too easy to get excited about new tech, and it can take some willpower to stop yourself from buying the latest gadgets. While there’s no harm in getting swayed by shiny new things, there’s a downside to this obsession– e-waste. E-waste refers to discarded electronic equipment accumulating in landfills without being properly recycled. As per studies, India is now the third largest e-waste generator in the world, behind the US and China.In India, it’s quite common to hand over old things to the local scrap dealer who is always ready to pay for them. We however ignore what happens to these products once they leave our doorsteps. Without proper recycling, these electronics take up precious space in landfills and pose a risk to the environment. To minimize the risk, here’s how you can be creative in reusing your old devices or...

Gadgets have stopped working together, and it’s becoming an issue | Smartphones

In 2001, if you listened to digital music, you did it with a large folder of MP3 files. How you acquired them is probably best left between you and a priest, but you may have ripped them from a CD, downloaded them from a file sharing service, or bought them from one of a few nascent download sites.Whichever option you picked, you’d play them on your computer with a program built for the task. And if you were lucky enough to have an early standalone MP3 player, it was probably made by another company again.Whether or not MP3s interested you, you probably bought your music on CD, and had a couple of players in the house – maybe a portable one and a hi-fi. Your headphones, of course, connected to whatever you were using, be that a simple Discman or a fancy Nomad Jukebox, with a normal 3.5mm plug.Today, for millions of people around the world, all...

Big Takealot sale – Price cuts on smartphones, TVs, and gadgets

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Takealot’s tenth birthday sale is offering big price cuts on smartphones, TVs, laptops, and tech gadgets until 2 June. With hundreds of specials across all categories, Takealot promises savings of R10 million each day. Takealot.com was officially launched in June 2011 by Tiger Global Management and former Naspers executive Kim Reid. With an experienced management team and deep pockets, Takealot rapidly grew to become South Africa’s premier ecommerce company. Along the way, Takealot acquired Mr Delivery which gave it ownership over its own logistics network. The company also launched a marketplace in 2015 which allows third parties to sell their goods on the platform and use its logistics network. While Takealot is currently enjoying a large slice of the South African online shopping pie, many traditional retailers are trying to muscle in on...

7 important tips to make your smartphones and other electronic gadgets Cyclone-ready

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Coastal states in India like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha along with Andaman and Nicobar Islands are bracing for cyclone Yaas. The cyclonic storm is expected to make landfall on Wednesday this week, May 26, 2021. It is important for residents in these regions to prepare accordingly to avoid major inconveniences. Cyclones usually cause disruptions in power and water supply. Also, telecommunications, internet services and other essential services may also get affected during a cyclone. Here are a few things you must take care of while preparing for cyclone Yaas.Keep your smartphones and power banks fully charged: It is important to keep all smartphones and power banks fully charged, so that you don’t run out of battery while making crucial calls. Also, it may be a good idea to keep a backup phone fully charged and switched off. Or, if...

Microsoft and Apple wage war on gadget right to repair laws

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Justin Millman has always fixed things. He tinkered with gadgets growing up before opening a repair shop in Westbury, New York, a few blocks south of the Long Island Expressway. Students from a nearby school started trickling in with their busted devices and business was brisk enough that Millman worked only on those. Each month he now fixes some 2,000 iPads and Chromebooks, computers that, since the pandemic, have become education essentials. Sometimes, though, Millman can’t fix them. It’s not that he’s technically incapable. It’s that the parts and schematics aren’t available, usually because device manufacturers, including the world’s richest companies – like Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc’s Google – don’t share them. Several students recently came to Millman with defective WiFi cards on their Chromebooks, laptops...