Mobile has taken over as the preferred way to consume content. In 2014, mobile browsing officially surpassed desktop as the primary gateway to the web. With this in mind, adjusting your marketing strategy accordingly is no longer an option, it’s a requirement.

Look around any public place and you will more than likely see people staring at their smartphones. The biggest advantage of mobile marketing is that it lets businesses get directly in front of their customers’ eyes at virtually any time. Brands everywhere are realizing that mobile is truly the marketing avenue that never sleeps.

Here are five tips to help navigate this landscape successfully.

Keep Your Mobile Site Simple

The first order of business to creating a mobile-friendly marketing strategy is optimizing your website. While a responsive design is important for any format, it is especially crucial for mobile. If done incorrectly, you run this risk of the text or images not fitting on the page and customers not seeing all the information. A shoddy mobile website will almost always prompt viewers to leave and never come back.

Consumers are far less patient on a mobile device than they are on a desktop. In fact, two thirds of smartphone users expect sites to load in four seconds or less. With this in mind, do your best to cut down on unnecessary forms and plugins that bog down your platform.

First, if you’re an online retailer, you need to pay special attention to site loading speed or you can say goodbye to sales. E-commerce platform Shopify has a great function that integrates every element of your website from landing pages to buying options to fit mobile requirements. Further, it allows you to manage multiple storefronts from your mobile too:

Free app to manage your online store

Second, if you run a blog, or have a blog on your company website, be sure that gets extra attention in the optimization process. If your content is not properly geared for the mobile user, it isn’t doing you very much good. Since Google has strengthened its mobile-friendliness search ranking factor there is no scope for blogs that require pinching and zooming or load differently than the main website.

Do periodic run-throughs of your entire platform on a laptop, desktop, tablet, and smartphone to make sure content is easy to navigate and all the elements seamlessly work to guide users down the conversion funnel.

Make Social Media a Top Priority

Research has found that nearly 80 percent of social media usage is spent on mobile devices. Brands everywhere are working tirelessly to establish a strong presence on outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. While these sites are great for any method of content consumption, consider looking into some mobile-only social media platforms as well.

Apps like Instagram and Snapchat have proven to be major forces in the mobile landscape of social media. You will need to do thorough research on how content is consumed on each.

For example, Taco Bell does a phenomenal job on Snapchat with filters and user-generated content to convey their brand’s messaging in the light-hearted nature that is their brand persona.

Keep in mind the fact that you cannot present all your content in the same way if you are using mobile-only outlets in your marketing scheme. If you want to make a video-based platform like Snapchat a big contributor to your strategy, make sure you’re getting the right ROI. You’ll want to look at an analytics tool such as Snaplytics to find meaningful insights on how to appropriately create and target your postings.

Snapchat management tool

Establishing a strong, mobile-optimized social presence will not happen overnight. Remember, it’s an investment for the long-term in a rapidly shifting climate.

Make Checkout Options Easy

The checkout is the end goal of your entire marketing effort. All the time and money you’ve sunk into your business leads to this point. No one likes having to jump through a bunch of hoops to make a purchase, especially on mobile. In addition to being inconvenient, it gives the customer more time to think twice about buying. Any hitch in the process could mean the loss of a conversion.

Everyone is familiar with Amazon’s famous 1-click option. While your checkout doesn’t need to be that simple, there are many things you can do to make it more straightforward.

Start by removing all potential distractions like the navigation bar or unnecessary links. Next, create your forms with only the bare essential fields. For example, if you are selling e-books, there is no reason to get shipping information or anything related to a physical address. The last thing you want to do is waste your customers’ time.

Avoid long, one-page checkout processes as they could be intimidating to the user. Split it up into different pages. You might also consider using a visual progress indicator to let customers know how close to completion they are.  

Another thing you can do to speed up the process is offering customers the option to use PayPal or Google Wallet on your website.

A big roadblock in the checkout process can be the need to register on an e-commerce website. This can shy people away because they know as soon as they sign up, they will more than likely get bombarded with email spam. In fact, research indicates that 23 percent of users will abandon their shopping cart if they have to create a new account.

Checkout options should be easy across the board. They should be even easier on mobile.

Add Coupon Codes to the Mix

Online shoppers today love coupons. In fact, a recent study found that 96 percent of Americans plan to use their mobile devices in search of better retail bargains.

There are many benefits to implementing coupon codes into your mobile strategy. For one, they are very easy to deliver. Try incorporating them into your sign-up process. Once a visitor is registered, send out coupon codes via email or text message.

Secondly, you can get great analytics from mobile coupons. If you use a tool like GR2COUPON, you can do everything from coupon creation to viewing in-depth data on how well they perform.

Based on your findings, you can tweak all sorts of elements like the color or copy to pinpoint what your target audience is most receptive to.

Once you find the perfect balance, coupons can do wonders to make you stand out amongst competitors while providing incentives for consumers to make repeat purchases.

Never Stop Testing

The mobile landscape is still changing and consolidating. The name of the game is presenting a customer-centric experience in way that builds trust, and ultimately, brand loyalty. Therefore, you need to always be looking for ways to tweak your approach accordingly.

Some strategies that worked wonders one day, may be completely obsolete the next. With this in mind, you need to be testing and backing up each move you make with data-driven results.

Not all devices are created equal. Each can have very different hardware capabilities and limitations. This includes things like speed, resolution, memory, or physical interface. Testing each and every type of device and browser should be a priority to make sure your content meshes well.

To test a range of devices, Mobile Phone Emulator is a free tool that lets you see what your material looks like on the iPhone, HTC, LG, BlackBerry, and Samsung.

Mobile Phone Emulator

You’ll also want to continually test different browsers. Cross Browser Testing lets you examine how your platform looks and performs on over 130 browsers across 25 different operating systems.

Cross browser testing

The last thing you want is to release your website or content without it being properly groomed for certain devices. As previously stated, mobile users can be very impatient. Accommodation is expected these days and can play a major role in building relationships between you and your customers.

Parting Words

Mobile marketing is the present, and the future. If you haven’t already, now is the time to get on board and strap in for the long haul. In this day and age, shying away from mobile options can lead to the death of your businesses. At the end of the day, it’s all about getting your brand in front of as many eyes as possible, and, like it or not, most of those eyes are glued to mobile devices.

Author : Harsh Agrawal

Source : https://www.searchenginejournal.com/5-tips-navigating-constantly-moving-mobile-market/185047/

While 2016 was a pretty solid year in terms of new innovations and concepts in the smartphone market, let's list down all what we know so far about this year's upcoming smartphones

2016 was probably one of the most experimental year in terms of smartphone innovation. We saw a bunch of new concept smartphones whereas the flagships continued to built-up on their predecessors. Barring the Note 7 fiasco, last year was pretty solid in terms of value for money as well. However, leaving the past behind, let's look forward and list down all the new little bits and pieces of innovation we are likely to see in smartphones this year. In other words, let's jot down all the top upcoming smartphones of 2017 which have already been in the news.

Samsung Galaxy S8


Probably the most rumoured smartphone of 2017 right now, the first up on our list is the new Samsung Galaxy S8. However, the company is also expected to launch a Plus variant this time around. Quickly briefing down all the specifications we know so far, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to come in two variants, a 5.8-inch and a 6.2-inch variant both of which will sport a QHD Super AMOLED display coming in with an aspect ratio of 18:5:9. On the inside, the South Korean giant is expected to pack in either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC or it’s own home-grown Exynos chip.

Interestingly, the device is expected to come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. For the optics, both the variants will come with a 12-megapixel rear facing camera with f/1.7 aperture and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera is said to come with a bunch of new features including the recently rumoured visual search capability. For the battery, the 5.8-inch variant is likely to come with 3000 mAh battery while the 6.2-inch variant will house a 3500 mAh battery. Contrary to previous rumours, the Galaxy S8 will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung will not launch the S8 at this year’s MWC this month. Moreover, the official unveiling is expected to take place on March 29 with the release scheduled for sometime in April. The 5.8-inch variant is expected to sell for Euro 799 (approx. Rs 58,000) while the 6.2-inch variant will sell for Euro 899 (approx. Rs 65,000).

LG G6


The next up in the list is going to be showcased at the at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) which is unlike what LG has been doing in previous years. Probably to capture more sales, LG will launch its LG G6 flagship much before Samsung plays its trump card. The upcoming LG G6 is expected to come with a 5.7-inch QHD+ display with a pixel density of 564 ppi and an aspect ration of 18:9. The screen is said to be bezel-less and the device will fit the screen as big as 5.7-inches inside an almost same shell as the LG G5 in terms of the dimensions. LG G5, if you don't know, came with a 5.3-inch display. The new flagship from LG is also touted to come equipped with Google Assistant, which is exclusively available for Google Pixel and Pixel XL currently.

As far as other specs are concerned, the smartphone is likely to sport 3.5mm headphone jack and might use USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. LG is also likely to keep the Hi-Fi Quad DAC for high-quality audio output via headsets, however, we might bid adieu to the modular design as LG is planning to bring water resistant certification to the device as well. Surprisingly, LG is likely to skip Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC which will be this year’s flagship chipset. Further, we don’t really have much information about other specifications as of now, but we expect more of it in coming weeks as we head closer to the MWC 2017.

iPhone 8


Top smartphones of a particular year cannot skip the one which is expected to come from Apple, especially when the Cupertino-based company this year will be celebrating 10 years of iPhone. This year, Apple is expected to unveil three iPhones - a 4.7-inch variant and a 5.5-inch variant sporting LCD panels as before and a 5.8-inch variant boasting a curved OLED panel. We don’t really know about the RAM and battery specifications yet but that has never got people’s attention given iOS’s degree of compatibility with the hardware Apple puts in the iPhones. Moreover, Apple is expected to ditch the traditional Home Button and implement a fingerprint scanner underneath the display. Apple is also working on 3D photography which might debut in the next iPhone. Further, we might see a Dual SIM iPhone this year, if rumours are to be believed. While all this might sound interesting, it is still too early to dig into the expected specifications about the new upcoming iPhone 8.

Xiaomi Mi 6


Xiaomi has also entered the flagship game and honestly, has  acquitted itself well too. Although the company will skip this year's MWC event, the upcoming Mi 6 will debut sometime post MWC. The upcoming flagship from Xiaomi will feature a similar design language as Mi Note 2 boasting a curved display on both sides. For the specifications, Xiaomi Mi 6 will arrive in three different variants with different chipsets. The first variant will be equipped with Helio X30 SoC and will carry a price tag of about 1,999 Yuan (approx. Rs 19,757).

The second variant will run on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, which was recently showcased at CES 2017, and is expected to be priced at 2,499 Yuan (approx. Rs 24,718). The third variant will also come with the same Qualcomm's chipset but will have a dual-edge curved display similar to Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and will be priced at 2,999 Yuan (approx. Rs 29,667). The Snapdragon 835 variant of the Mi 6 is further rumoured to come in two variants - a 6GB RAM with 256GB internal storage variant, and 4GB RAM with 128GB internal storage variant. Both the variants are said to feature OLED panels with 2K resolution. The other variant of Mi 6 which is said to use the MediaTek Helio X30 processor is rumoured to come only in one option which includes 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Mi 6 might feature an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner as well, just like the Mi 5S, will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and will boast a 12MP Sony sensor at its rear.

Huawei P10

Another manufacturer who is expected to unveil its this year’s flagship at the MWC 2016 is Huawei. The Chinese handset manufacturer is expected to launch two flagships at the event, Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus.

Both the P10 and P10 will boast  the by now almost proprietary dual-camera setup at the back with LEICA branding. For the specifications, the P10 is rumoured to feature a 5.2-inch Quad-HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. On the inside, the device is rumoured to pack a HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, similar to what we saw on the Mate 9, along with 4GB RAM with 64GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB of internal storage. The device will come with Android 7.0 Nougat while the internal storage in both the variants will be expandable. Powering the device will be a 3100 mAh battery inside. Moreover, the P10 Plus will be a lot similar to the regular P10 except a slightly larger display (as mentioned above), a bigger battery at 3650 mAh capacity and two RAM and internal storage variants namely a 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant and 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage variant. Interestingly, the P10 Plus might feature an Iris Scanner, two fingerprint scanners and a ring-shaped LED flash at the back.

Apart from the above-mentioned smartphones, we also expect Google to release the successor to the Pixel and Pixel XL. The search engine giant is also reportedly working on a cheaper variant for this year.

Other than this, Nokia’s much-awaited comeback has already kickstarted with the launch of Nokia 6, last month while the company is yet to drop the curtains from its flagship. Although the exact name of the device is not unveiled yet, we presume it to be Nokia P1. Further, the company has also confirmed that they are working on a Snapdragon 835 running device, however, we are not really sure if the flagship device will be unveiled at the MWC 2017. Nevertheless, Nokia surely is touted to have something for us at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

Source: http://www.themobileindian.com/news/top-upcoming-smartphones-of-2017-16385

Categorized in Science & Tech

Some users are seeing black screens with the iTunes logo after initiating the iOS 10 update over Wi-Fi. This screen will prompt you to update via your computer and iTunes if your phone does not have enough space.

Apple sent BuzzFeed News this statement: “We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability. The problem was quickly resolved and we apologize to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help.” Sept. 13, 2016, at 11:36 p.m.

Have you ever used the Stocks app? Or Keynote? Or the Apple Watch app?
 

Have you ever used the Stocks app? Or Keynote? Or the Apple Watch app?
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Probably not, right? But for years you haven’t been able to delete built-in Apple apps from iOS.

Well, starting today, you can finally DELETE ‘EM.

First, back up your phone.

Connect your iPhone to a computer to back it up via iTunes. You can also back up your phone using iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup > turn it to on. If you don’t have enough iCloud space, try this trick.

Don’t skip this step! You could lose all of your data!

Next, update to iOS 10 in Settings.

 
Next, update to iOS 10 in Settings.

The fastest way to download iOS 10 is to connect the device to your computer. If you have the latest version of iTunes, open the app and then go to Summary. Next, click Check for Update.

You can also update the device wirelessly. Open the Settings app > General > Software Update and tap Download and Install.

These devices can upgrade to iOS 10: iPhone 5 or newer, a 6th generation iPod Touch, iPad Pro, iPad 4 or newer, and iPad mini 2 or newer.

Finally, you’ll be able to do THIS.

Press and hold the app icon until it shakes, then tap the little “x” button in the corner. If you ever decide you want to check the Dow Jones or whatever, you can re-download deleted default apps by searching their name in the App Store.

BOOM.

BOOM.
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The iOS 10 update is full of other cool stuff too, like the new iMessage with which you can securely send your friends nudes and LASERS, plus third-party Siri integrations and the all new Photos app.

There are a bunch of other apps you can remove, too.

There are a bunch of other apps you can remove, too.

Removing all of these apps only amounts to 150MB of freed up storage. But it is helpful if you like keeping your homescreen clean.

Oh. And if you remove Contacts, you won’t lose that information — it’ll all be stored in the Phone app. Some apps will also disappear in other places when you delete them (the Calculator will no longer show up in the Control Panel, for example).

Now, what will you do with your life now that the Stocks app is gone?

Author : Nicole Nguyen

Source : https://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolenguyen/bye-forever?utm_term=.loNG2OVqz#.kmL0RBX16

Categorized in Science & Tech

Ten years ago, Steve Jobs went on stage and told an audience, ‘Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along and changes everything.’

That product was iPhone – and its 2007 launch kick-started the whole app economy, not to mention turning Apple into one of the wealthiest companies in history.

But with a billion iPhones sold, Apple is planning big changes this year.

Multiple reports from respected analysts and industry sources have suggested this year’s iPhone 8 – expected in September, as is traditional from Apple – will be a near-complete overhaul.

Here’s what to expect.

It’ll be nearly all screen – and slightly curved

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who has a long track record of accurate predictions of upcoming iPhone models – said that Apple is going to shake things up with a new ‘curved’ look in 2017.

The prediction has been echoed with rumours from within Apple’s supply chain.

Speaking to Nikkei Asian review earlier this year, source predicted that the next phone would be ‘equipped with a screen bent on the two sides’.

It’ll charge wirelessly

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Other smartphone brands such as Samsung already offer wireless charging – and Apple uses it in Apple Watch – so analysts believe the new iPhone will charge wirelessly.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicted wireless charging in at least one of the models on sale this year.

Instead of plugging phones into a cable, users will sit them on a dedicated charging pad to power them up.

It’ll ditch the Home button

As well as a larger screen dominating the front of the device, Apple may well ditch the Home button entirely – echoing rival Google, whose Pixel phone has no physical buttons on the front.

Manufacturing documents from Apple’s Asian supply chain suggest it’ll have a new ‘invisible’ home button, according to leaked documents seen by Apple Insider.

It’ll have a glass back

Citing sources in Apple’s supply chain, Japanese business publication NIkkei said the new phone will come in three models – and all will have glass backs.

The look will be similar to the old ‘glass sandwich’ look on iPhone 4, analysts believe.

All three phones will have glass backs supplied by Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology in China.

‘Apple has tentatively decided that all the 5.5-inch, 5-inch and 4.7-inch models will have glass backs, departing from metal casings adopted by current iPhones, and Biel and Lens are likely to be providing all the glass backs for the new iPhones next year,’ the source said.

There might be a new, bigger model

Next year’s crop of iPhones could contain a mysterious high-powered new model – codenamed ‘Ferrari’ – according to leaked documents from Chinese manufacturers.

Apple Insider says that the leaked document hints at three handsets – titled D20, D21 and D22 – and that D20 and D21 will be the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.

The third handset will be, ‘A completely redesigned high-end variant,’ according to the site.
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Author : Rob Waugh

Source : https://ca.news.yahoo.com/five-big-surprises-to-expect-from-apples-total-redesign-of-iphone-this-year-171007863.html

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Every once in a while, people find strange contraptions that can be used inside the iPhone’s messaging app to crash the recipient’s device. Some of them are serious bugs, while others will only freeze your iPhone for a few minutes. In either case, they’re seriously annoying. And guess what? There’s a new iPhone-crashing text message in town that people will keep sending to their iPhone-carrying buddies.

However, it can all be easily fixed.

First explained on YouTube channel EverythingApplePro and Preston159.com, the bug relies on sending a string of images and characters to a target: a white flag emoji, a zero, and the rainbow emoji. The issue affects any iOS device that’s on iOS 10.x, but if you’re still running earlier iOS versions, you’re safe.

However, the actual sending of the message isn’t completely hassle-free, as the same string can also freeze the sender’s phone. The trick involves either using the Notes app on iCloud.com or iCloud Drive to share the characters.

Once the message hits the targeted iPhone, the device stops working for a few minutes regardless of whether the recipient reads it or not. You won’t be able to do anything once the freeze is in effect. The buttons won’t work, and you’ll have to wait for the phone to reboot by itself.

“What you see in the text is the waving white flag emoji, a zero, and the rainbow emoji,” a technical explanation on vincedes3.com reads. “The rainbow flag emoji isn’t an emoji in itself, it’s made of three characters: waving white flag, a character called variation sector 16 (VS16 for short), and the rainbow. What VS16 does in this case essentially is tells the device to combine the two surrounding characters into one emoji, yielding the rainbow flag (this is similar to how skin tone modifiers work, but not exactly the same).

“The text you’re copying is actually waving white flag, VS16, zero, rainbow emoji. What I’m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously can’t be done. Usually, the phone wouldn’t try to do this, but it notices that the rainbow emoji is also there, and knows that it can combine the white flag and rainbow emoji, so it tries.”

There’s one thing you need to do in case the Messages app keeps crashing. You’ll have to head to this link on the phone so that the Messages is restored.

To prevent this from happening again until Apple fixes it, you can also consider blocking on the iPhone the persons who’re using it against you and maybe even reassess those friendships.

Interestingly, the bug also affects Android handsets, but they’ll be slow down significantly rather than freezing completely — the video below explains it all.

Author: Chris Smith
Source: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/one-emoji-message-crash-iphone-not-careful-192713160.html

Categorized in News & Politics

Your iPhone is tracking you. The iPhone has a built-in feature that tracks everywhere you go and notes when you visit frequent locations as well as how long you stay there and when you arrived and departed. The purpose of collecting the data is so that your photo can give you personalized traffic alerts and similar notifications. Apple has said that they data is only stored on your phone, but still there are some of us out there that would prefer that the data was never collected in the first place.

Luckily, it’s very easy to see exactly where your iPhone has tracked you, clear that data, and prevent your phone from tracking you in the future, if you’d like. To make things happen, you first need to go into the Settings menu (the gear icon on your iPhone’s home screen) on your iPhone and then clock Privacy. From there, click on Location Services, and then System Services. From there, you’ll want to scroll down to “Frequent Locations” and then toggle the switch from on to off. You want the button to be gray for off, or green for on.

If you’re curious where your phone has noted you visit (and who isn’t?), popular locations are grouped by city at the bottom of that window. Tap on a city, and you’ll be able to see all your frequently visited stops there. If you tap on a particular location within that map, for instance a coffee shop,  you’ll be able to see detailed information about when you were there. You can also clear your history from that list of cities if you want to remove all the previously-tracked information from your device.

Keep in mind, all that data is only stored on your iPhone, not shared elsewhere, so by removing it and preventing tracing you’ll be missing out on some customized features and alerts going forward.

Author : Emily Price

Source : http://blog.sfgate.com/techchron/2017/01/05/your-iphone-is-tracking-you-heres-how-to-stop-it/

Categorized in Science & Tech

With its non-expandable memory, one of the major bugbears for iPhone owners is the storage capacity. Whether you've got a 16 or 64GBer, you just know that dreaded "Storage Almost Full" message will pop up at exactly the wrong moment. 

While there are steps you can take should that happen, it's also good practice to try and tread lightly on your memory in the first place. There are a few neat, easy tricks to try and make your iPhone's storage capacity last as long as possible. 

1. Don't shoot everyday video in high res

 
 

While for some it may be essential to shoot video with their iPhones in the highest resolution possible, for most people's everyday cute kitty clips a lower resolution will suffice. 

You can change how the iPhone capture film footage by heading to "Settings," then "Photos & Camera," then look for where your phone gives you the "Record Video" options. Click on this to select 720p at 30fps. Simply change it back when you do want higher quality footage.  

2. Don't keep messages forever 

 
By default, your iPhone saves all your text and multimedia messages forever. It's unlikely you really want iMessage, SMS and MMS correspondence going back years, so there is a way to have messages automatically delete after a sensible timeframe. 

In your "Settings" menu, scroll down to see the "Messages" option. From here look for the "Message History" section, tap it and then you can choose to delete messages after 30 days or a year.  

3. Don't keep all photos when shooting HDR

 

The iPhone camera's "high dynamic range" setting is a clever tool when used correctly, but can be a real memory hog if you use it often. This is because it takes multiple exposures before combining those snaps into the HDR version.

Rather than save down all the exposures, you can make your phone only save the final HDR pic. Find this option in "Settings," then "Photos & Camera," then scroll down to see the option to "Keep Normal Photo." Toggle it to off to save some storage space. 

4. Don't automatically download purchases made on another iDevice

 

If you have multiple Apple devices, there's a default setting that sees all purchases across all devices automatically downloaded to every device linked with that iTunes account. 

While there will be apps and content you want to double up on, this is almost certainly not the case for every single purchase. 

To stop your iDevice doing this, go to "Settings," then "iTunes & App Store." Here you can toggle off to stop the automatic download of music, apps, books and audiobooks and updates. 

5. Don't keep high resolution photos on your iPhone

 

If you've activated the iCloud Photo Library service, then you can choose to enable a setting that saves you a ton of photo storage space. 

The option to "Optimize iPhone Storage" saves your pics and vids to your Camera Roll as per usual, but in a smaller format. The full-res originals are stored in iCloud, ready to access whenever you might need them. 

If you go to "Settings," then "iCloud," then "Photos" and select "Optimize iPhone Storage" you'll be all set up. 

Author : AMY-MAE TURNER

Source : http://mashable.com/2017/01/02/iphone-storage-tips/#1Izx2yvc2gq8

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How did we ever make it through life before the advent of smartphones? There are so many important things we do with these handy little gadgets it's hard to imagine being without one. One great thing smartphones have done is expand the way we communicate with others.

Apps like FaceTime and Skype allow us to speak to someone anywhere in the world, face to face. The more traditional way, of course, is through text messaging. Now there is a nasty prank going around that could infect your phone and kill your messaging app forever.

What's happening is people are receiving prank messages on their iPhone that cause the iMessage app to crash. Without having the fix, it is not recoverable.

iMessage overload

Here is what's causing the app to crash. The victim receives a malicious link from someone through the iMessage app. Once the link is clicked on, the app gets bombarded with an overload of code, causing it to crash indefinitely.

Seriously, the iMessage app will never work again without the fix.

The malicious link is delivered through a vCard file. A vCard is a virtual business card that allows you to create and share contact information through instant messaging.

The size of a normal vCard file is around 300 lines of code. This malicious vCard, discovered by Vincedes3, has over 14,000 lines of code. A bug in Apple's iOS won't allow the iMessage app to move past this huge file.

The app freezes completely and rebooting the phone doesn't fix the problem. Every time you try and open the app, a blank screen appears.

This isn't the first time we've seen a malicious link crashing iPhones this year. We told you about this earlier, where a text with a malicious five-second video crashed your iPhone.

Fixing this crashing problem

This is a terrible prank for people to pull on anyone. If you receive a vCard message, it's probably a good idea to not click on it.

If somehow your iPhone does get hit with this problem, there could be a fix. The hacker that discovered this problem, Vincedes3, has created the solution.

What you need to do is click here on the Safari browser to open the link he's provided. Clicking on this link triggers a process that is supposed to fix the crash and return the iMessage app to its original working state.

Once the process is complete, you should receive a message that reads, "I have just saved your iPhone bro ;)" in the iMessage app.

The flaw affects most iPhones as well as all of the latest versions of iOS.

Author : Mark Jones

Source : http://www.komando.com/happening-now/385154/new-imessage-bug-can-crash-your-iphone-with-a-single-text

Categorized in Internet Privacy

WhatsApp might stop working for many users as the company made it public that it would end support for the popular chat app on older handsets by the end of 2016.

The company said dropping support on older devices would give it the opportunity to focus more on mobile platforms used by the vast majority of the people.

The mobile platforms that would no longer enjoy WhatsApp are Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS and iOS 6. The reason is lack of functionality to support the upcoming features.

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future," the company wrote in an official blog post last February.

For the owners of the affected devices, the only way to start using WhatsApp again is by upgrading to a newer version of Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.

The Facebook-owned company earlier said it would end support to BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60, but later it said it was extending the support for the devices until 30 June, 2017.

These changes are believed to allow WhatsApp to deeply integrate encryption and other privacy features, reports the Independent.

WhatsApp might introduce more new features. The changes rumoured to be part of updates scheduled for 2017 include a feature that would allow users to edit or delete messages after they are sent.

Author: Sarmistha Acharya
Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/whatsapp-might-stop-working-for-older-android-iphones-and-windows-devices/ar-BBxOZbp

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To me, deciding on my 'Smartphone of the Year' is a curious challenge. The choice can't simply be 'the best phone' because everyone has a slightly different criteria for what makes the best phone. If I were to think about it empirically and go for the phone that fits the majority of people's criteria I wouldn't have the best phone, I would have 'the average phone of the year' that upsets the least number of people.

For a smartphone to pick up my personal award it needs to say something about itself, about the manufacturer behind it, and it needs to reflect the smartphone industry over the last twelve months.

So, with just a little bit of scene-setting and discussion about the phones I'm placing in third and second place, let's find out my smartphone of 2016.

Third Place: Jolla C, by Jolla

I've known that the Jolla C would be in the running for a long time for the award, because for the middle six months of the year it was the perfect use of 'proof by negation' of what the smartphone industry required from a smartphone in 2016.

The Jolla C hardware might look a touch underpowered, although it has been built to a very low price of around 170 Euros. With a SnapDragon 212 System on chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a 2500 mAh battery, the real strength is in the software. It runs a 'clean' version of Sailfish OS which flies even on these apparently low specifications.

Around one thousand handsets were released (as 'developer editions') and offered over the summer months - a short run that was almost instantly snapped up by the faithful. It made some waves online, but no more. Here was a small company, making the hardware, putting on the software, and distributing the machine. Sailfish OS is compact, designed for a 'buttonless' smartphone relying solely on touchscreen input, with genuine multitasking on top of a robust Linux-based OS. It's robustness was proved on this low-priced Nexus-like device.

Author: Ewan Spence
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2016/12/31/iphone-7-plus-galaxy-s7-edge-jolla-smartphone-of-the-year/#182255f6d1ff

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