Ways To Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life

Looking for a way to extend your phone’s battery life? If you rely on your phone for things like taking selfies and sharing them with friends, you need to keep your battery full and your phone running! Here are 10 quick and easy things you can do to ensure your battery lives — all day long! Ten quick ways to get better battery life on your phone As phones get smarter, battery life gets worse. It’s a simple fact of smartphone ownership. But there are simple steps you can take to ensure that your digital bezzy mate lasts your full work day, and we aren’t talking about lugging around solar panels or jumper cables. Here’s some quick and easy tips for how to get better battery life from your trusty mobile… Extend battery life tip 1: Keep an eye on your apps Most of us have a core set of apps that we rely on throughout the day, but the kicker is that some of them are really demanding on your battery. For example, some cursory digging recently revealed that Facebook’s iPhone app was slaughtering users’ battery life by arbitrarily running in the background, causing it to draw more power than it should. The cure for this issue is relatively simple; just grab your iPhone and navigate to Settings>Privacy>Locations Services and revoke the Facebook app’s privileges, then do the same over at Settings>General>Background App Refresh. You can do this for other apps too if you think they’re begging too much of your juice. Keeping apps closed when they aren’t actively in use is a very important step in extending your...

Your Smartphone’s Screen Protector

Looking for a way to protect your smartphone’s screen? Keeping your screen protected is extremely important. It not only extends the overall life of your phone, it allows it to function normally — which is important when you’re busy taking selfies! Here are a few great screen protection options.  Kristall Liquid Makes Your Phone Screen as hard as Sapphire If you want to reduce the risk of scratches and the accumulation of smudges on your smartphone or tablet screen, then you need a screen protector. The problem with almost all the options on the market is that you virtually have to be in a vacuum environment if you expect to be able to apply them without any bubbles, trapped dust, or wrinkles. You also need really steady hands or the whole thing can prove to be an exercise in frustration. Anyone who’s tried to apply screen protectors before knows how challenging and frustrating it can be.  Enter the Kristall liquid screen protector, from Malaysian company E-Mark Global Trade, with a clever liquid solution. Pop open the kit, clean your phone’s screen with the provided alcohol wipe, dry it off, and then apply the magic solution with the provided pad. Polish it on evenly, leave to dry for a couple of minutes, polish with the cloth again, and a minute later you have a protective layer on your screen that’s completely invisible. How easy is that? The majority of the top screen protectors on the market boast a hardness rating of 9H and Kristall’s liquid solution matches that. It will safeguard your screen from minor scratches, of the kind typically...

Instagram Selfies — Make the Most of Your Face

Wondering what makes great Instagram selfies? Here’s a humorous look at what selfies are, as well as a few rules for taking selfies on Instagram. 5 rules for taking #selfies on Instagram Selfies are horrible. At least, that’s the implied argument in a new essay by ReadWrite’s John Paul Titlow, who’s drawing some much-needed attention to the indulgent, narcissistic act of snapping a self-portrait and uploading it onto the internet for other human eyeballs to consume. The sheer number of selfies with the #me hashtag on Instagram is a “scourge,” argues Titlow, and transforms the beloved photo-sharing service into a “high school popularity contest on digital steroids.” But humans have long been narcissists. It’s part of what makes us us. And indulging in the latent urge to “check yourself out” and share the results with everyone you know shouldn’t make you the target of massive public shaming. Instead, let’s adopt a few basic ground rules, which, at their core, aim to improve the overall user experience for everyone involved. First, let’s define what a selfie is.  Just so we’re clear: It’s a picture with your face in it. You took the photo yourself. Another human being was not involved. It is shared on the internet — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or whatever. Now, the rules: 1. Selfies are off-limits for anyone over 21 *Are you allowed to legally consume alcohol in the United States of America? If so, you are too old to go fishing for compliments with a self-portrait. Leave the selfies for Snapchatting teens who can use the word “ratchet” in a sentence without Googling “ratchet” and “urban dictionary” at the same time. 2....

What Type Of Selfie Are You?

When your selfie stick is your constant companion, do you ever wonder what your favorite type of selfie says about you?  A doctor weighs in on what different types of selfies mean about your personality. 8 Types of Man Selfies and What They Mean Right this moment, in homes, restaurants, conference rooms, and tourist attractions across the world, there is a good chance that someone, somewhere, is taking a selfie. In 2014, it was estimated that more than one million selfies were taken and shared on social media each day. More than just a photo of yourself, I’d like to suggest that, like dreams, each selfie tells a larger story. Based on my experience as a researcher with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Doctorate of Education, here is a look at some of the more typical selfies – particularly those taken by men – and what they might mean. 8 Types of Man Selfies and What They Mean 1. Gym Selfie A gym represents energy, youth, and vitality. Unconsciously, you often reach for just that kind of person, because biologically you are looking for a good father for your children, and he’s telling you that he’s a candidate. 2. Shirtless Selfie Usually taken in the bathroom at home, be careful with this one! You may have a peacock on your hands, and if he looks in the mirror more than you do, he may not be your best choice. 3. Car Selfie Culturally, we see cars as a power symbol and a sexual symbol, so this guy is giving out that come-hither vibe. 4. Locker Room/Club Selfie If it’s...

Android Apps To Capture Your Best Self – And Selfie!

Android Marketplace has an awesome selection of apps, but it’s easy to get lost in all the options. If you’re looking to capture your best selfie possible, start with a selfie stick to get the best angle, then add one of these to the mix! The 12 best Android camera apps around As the de facto point-and-shoot camera reviewer for CNET, I spend a lot of time living in the world of automatic snapshots and easy post-shoot editing. While I can tell you several ways a separate point-and-shoot is better than a smartphone camera (and not just in picture quality), I’d be a lying liar if I said I never use my smartphone’s camera when I’m shooting. I’m regularly hunting for new apps that will allow me to do more and work efficiently. For a long time, though, it seemed like there was a complete lack of decent camera apps for Android. I remember trying to pull together a list of apps I liked about this time last year and I could barely come up with five. That’s not the case anymore. These are the dozen camera apps that I use most frequently, which I guess makes them my favorites. I have others that I use for various things (which I’ve mentioned in with my other picks below), but I keep coming back to these. Camera Zoom FX This $2.99 app calls itself the ultimate Android camera app, and really it is. It’s certainly the most feature-filled, handling both shooting and editing duties from one interface. And while I find them a bit corny, there are a bunch of...