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How many times in a day do you pull out your mobile phone and think to yourself, “How did I get so many apps on this thing?”
You ought to use your mobile device for what it’s meant to do — make your life easier and keep you connected. But if you’re always putting new apps on your device, you’re actually diminishing its performance, wasting the reason why you have the device in the first place.
Way back in 2012, The New York Times offered up a few suggestions for cleaning up your app situation, among them, using folders and getting rid of things you don’t use. Here are a few suggestions for cleaning up and speeding up your Android device. And here are suggestions for both the Android and iPhone.
The common thread for all of these articles is to be judicious about what you’re putting on your phone. Even if it’s free, if you don’t need it, don’t download it.
One buck! That’s what a new iPhone 5c will cost you — if you head to Best Buy. The retail chain is selling the Apple device for just $1 when users trade in any working smartphone on Dec. 20th and 21st.
Here’s the lowdown: To get the deal, consumers must sign up for a two-year service contract and trade in any working smartphone that can power on and has no screen cracks or water damage, reports The Los Angeles Times.
For an added perk, the retailer said that “if a customer’s smartphone is worth more than a guaranteed credit, they will receive the positive difference in the form of a Best Buy gift card.”
Also, through Dec. 21 Best Buy is giving new wireless service customers $50 off when they purchase any new smartphone except for the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.
Best Buy isn’t the only store with a great deal on the iPhone. Last week, Wal-Mart announced it was dropping the price of the device to $27 with a two-year contract. And Target is selling the iPhone 5c for $50 with a two-year contract, a deal includes a $50 Target gift card (so basically free except for the contract fees).
Soon after its debut, industry observers declared the iPhone 5c a flop. The iPhone 5C is the cheaper, more colorful plastic version of Apple’s higher-end iPhone 5S. “Apple has not released figures breaking down sales of the 5C versus the 5S (An earnings report on October 28 may change that). But independent analysts estimate that the fancier 5S is outselling its candy-colored cousin by 3 to 1 or, in some cases, even more,” reported CNN in October. Apple, reportedly, even cut back production of the 5C because of lack of consumer demand.
So it seems Apple’s loss, may be your gain.
Your smartphone just might be a lot cooler than our President’s mobile device. While everyone is flocking to Apple to purchase the new iPhone 5S, Barack Obama must tote around a once-popular phone that has grown obsolete — the dreaded BlackBerry, LA Times reports.
During an event promoting the Affordable Care Act at the White House, Obama admitted that he’s forbidden from owning an Apple mobile device. “I’m not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone,” he told the crowd. The Secret Service, according to The Week, is less wary of the Blackberry due to its “superior encryption standards.”
It’s important to note that back when Obama was sworn into office in 2009, the Secret Service didn’t even want him to own a BlackBerry either. But Obama begged to keep the business-oriented device; he told the agency that the phone could be programmed so that only 10 people can have access to his personal email. The secret service conceded. (The President does have an Apple iPad.)
If Obama did own an iPhone, his e-mail, GPS coordinates, personal photos, texts, and countless other classified material could easily be hacked by gadget-savvy troublemakers. So although the BlackBerry is seemingly doomed for failure among its rivals, the antiquated smartphone finds loyal customers within the political atmosphere.
Apple has been working on tightening its security measures “like encryption, forced PIN entry, and the ability to wipe your phone remotely if it’s stolen,” said Slate, but White House members just aren’t ready to risk using an iPhone.
Now as Obama’s comments imply that the iPhone compromises privacy, it brings up questions about the NSA and its data gathering practices, used for spying on Americans. It has been revealed that the NSA collects five billion geolocation records daily!
Slate writes, “Apple was one of several major tech companies identified in leaked NSA documents as being part of the agency’s PRISM surveillance program. And while Apple has insisted that its users’ iMessages are secure, hackers have called those claims into question.”
As for Malia and Sasha, they are totally allowed to own Apple smartphones. Obama’s points out that his phone bill consistently reminds him of his daughters’ iPhone obsession. Those shots of the First Daughters snapping selfies at dad’s inauguration speak to that.
“I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally. I wasn’t sure that I wanted that notoriety, and I also wasn’t sure where I stood legally. And so, consequently, I was very conservative about it for a long time. And then this Verge video came out … And it seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time.”Unfortunately, with Apple coming out with a new mobile operating system and a new Siri voice, Bennett as the voice of our era is slowly coming to an end. “She is passing the telephonic torch to a new Siri,” CNN added. “Bennett would be lying if she said she wasn’t a bit disappointed, but in her field of work she’s learned to expect evolution — and even revolution.”
Whether it is modifications on Facebook or phone updates, we all have become sick and tired of the changes technology puts us through. No really. Some of us have literally become ill.
According to the New York Daily News, users of the iOS 7 Apple software updates have experienced nausea and headaches. They have also stated that while looking at apps on their iPhone or iPad they have experienced symptoms of car sickness. The iOS7 zooming animation is the cause of the problem.
On an Apple support forum, a user wrote, “I had severe vertigo the minute I started using my iPad with iOS 7, Lost the rest of the day to it… And not happy at all.”
Unfortunately, there is no way to downgrade an iPhone or iPad operating system. Users who became sick decided to buy Apple products that had older versions of iOS installed.
Check out the report out of Cincinnati, OH below. Has this been happening to you? Separately but related, what do you think of the new operating system?
If work isn’t getting done today, it’s because everyone is feverishly trying to download the new iOS 7 operating system. As we type, #iOS7 is trending as users tweet with anticipation about getting all the new goodies on their smartphones and tablets. Apparently, the frenzy is causing a few delays since #thestruggle is also recording some of the issues people are having getting the new system.
ICYMI: Apple’s new iOS 7 system is available to owners of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4 and 4S, many iPad models, and the iPod Touch. You’ll need to prep your device first. It has a new look, new colors, and new features, including “AirDrop, a quick way to send content to iOS users nearby,” says Mashable. The site also warns that Apple servers are going to be working hard today, so expect slower download times.
TIME lists Siri’s gender swapping among the six reasons why you should download iOS 7 ASAP. Also, it’s much more user-friendly, the App Store is improved, and it’s easier to multitask.
However, there are some reasons you might want to consider waiting. Among them, the aforementioned wait to download it (kind of the same reason why you want to wait until the day after a new iPhone is in stores so you’re not sitting on the sidewalk for hours like a jerk) and the “learning curve.” In other words, wait until you’re home on the couch with a bottle of wine so you can play with it a bit rather than messing with it secretly under the desk, out of view of your boss.
Are you one of the lucky ones who got it already? What do you think?