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5 Alternate ways to use the finger print sensor on your phone

Data security is the biggest talking point for technology right now. From mega servers to your phones, every storage device is being introduced with the latest security features. Fingerprint sensor is one such line of security for smartphones and it’s catching on quickly. While it makes unlocking your phone much safer and quicker, it’s doing much more than that.

Let’s take a look at 5 alternate ways you can use the sensor:

1. Lock Apps: It’s not much different from locking-unlocking your phone with a tap, but having a fingerprint lock for any app on your phone makes it more secure. Be it your messaging app, photo gallery or something else, a third-party app can put fingerprint authentication between your privacy and the prying eyes.

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2. Make payments: If you use e-wallets/payment apps such as Android pay, then fingerprint sensors can make the process much easier. Instead of having to put a pin every time, you can initiate payment with just a tap. Now you don’t have to worry about others finding out your pin.

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3. Click pictures: What’s worse than trying to take a selfie and finding the capture button at an awkward angle? Well, an app like Dactyl – Fingerprint Camera is what you need. It enables you to use the sensor as the capture button to take photos effortlessly.

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4. Phone Banking: We all have banking apps in our phones but putting in the pin or a complicated password at each step is not something anyone particularly enjoys. This has been made easy with fingerprint scanners since most popular banking apps are integrating it to authenticate the user.

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5. Accessibility: Imagine if you could open the notification panel, put your phone on sleep or launch an app right from the fingerprint sensor. With Fingerprint Quick Action you can do all of that and more. This app allows you to assign an action to your gesture on the sensor, like swipe, tap, double tap etc.

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When there is so much you can do with a simple touch why stop at just unlocking your phone?

Want to hide personal data on your phone? Here’s how

Did your heart stop the last time you had to give your phone to someone? Fearing which folder they’ll open? It’s quite understandable since all your personal data, emails, photographs, and other sensitive information, is saved on it. Your data is not just vulnerable when handing over the phone to someone but also to hacking and theft.

Here are some tips to keep personal data hidden and secure on your phone.

Swiper, no Swiping: Don’t you hate it when you give someone your phone to show them a picture, and they start swiping sideways to see others? Well, apps such as Focus can prevent this as it requests a PIN before showing the next photo.

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Fingerprint scanner: The latest smartphones such as Xolo Era 2X have fingerprint sensors which you can use not only to limit access to your phone, but also to add extra protection to apps related to banking and chat.

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.nomedia file: Hide content from your gallery by simply adding a blank file in the specific folder. A good File Manager software such as ES Explorer is necessary for this. Simply create a file with the name .nomedia and place it in the folder. It acts as an indication for the other apps to skip the folder.

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App options: You can also choose from the many apps on Play Store to secure your phone data. Applocker, for instance, locks folders and apps, and only allows access through a password.

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Antivirus: Hackers can get access to your phone’s content through malwares that come along with some of your favourite apps (and of course the ones you don’t like). Install a good antivirus on your smartphone to prevent information leaks.

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Use any of these tips to better secure your phone, and you will be less stressed about who’s holding it.

Never lose your phone’s content again

Are you reading this on the same phone you were using last year? Going by the rate at which we upgrade phones these days, probably not. But what happens to all the data when you start using a new phone? You can’t just delete all those text messages and photos, can you? Or input all those phone numbers again?

The logical thing would be to save them ‘somewhere safe’, but how does one even do that?

1. Look within: The best way to save all your preferences, app data, and settings including wi-fi passwords, would be through Google backup. You’ll find it in Settings > Backup & reset > Back up the data.

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2. Safe selfie: Though Google backup can help you here too, the sheer number of photos and videos you have in your phone, makes it a tedious task to save them on Google and then download them again. Not to mention the limited cloud storage. So, transferring all the media through USB cable to your laptop works the best.

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3. Call me maybe: You might be relying on importing your contacts to your sim card but what happens when you lose the phone itself? Gmail makes it easy for you. Sync your phone with your Gmail ID and turn the backup option on. You can see all your numbers in the contact tab of your Gmail account. Now simply add the Gmail account to any phone and your contacts will automatically be moved.

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Related Infographic: How to track your last phone

 

4. Text talk: If it’s on Facebook Messenger or Hangout, simply logging in with the same account should do the trick but if you want to save your WhatsApp chats on WhatsApp, you’ll need a few more taps. You’ll have to save it on Google Drive by going to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.

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Related article: 5 quick tips to spot a WhatsApp scam message

 

Now that you know how to move all your data through different phones, go on, look for a new one.

 

Simple tricks to protect your phone this Holi

Holi is a crazy time. People don’t hold back with colour and water balloons and various other substances that leave you with coloured finger nails, hair and skin- because #BuraNaMaanoHoliHai. But how do you expect your phone to survive the craziness?!

Here are some tips to keep your phone safe while you enjoy the best holi ever.

 

1. Zip lock it: Put your phone inside, zip it, and put it in your pocket. Now you can go take a dip in any ol’ pool and your phone should be fine. You can even pick calls, albeit at the cost of looking a little ridiculous.

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2. Cling film: This easily available kitchen tool has many utilities and it can be of great help to protect your phone on holi. Just wrap a few layers around your phone, secure it in place with some cello tape and you are good to go outside. Put a few more layers and it will give your phone enough protection to handle the over enthusiastic crowd too.

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3. Cover the openings: If you didn’t have time to prepare in advance, you can still do a makeshift waterproofing of your phone with some scotch tape. In most cases water enters your phone through the openings at bottom – earphone, usb, speaker grills. Putting some tape on that can protect it from water splashes.

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But what if you still manage to get some water in your phone? We’ll take care of that too.

 

1. Don’t blow dry: Taking a blow dryer to your doused phone might seem like a logical thing but don’t do it. Along with drying the water, the hot air could also burn the sensitive components inside the phone.

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2. The old rice bowl trick: Remove the battery, pat dry the phone with tissue and put it in a bowl of dry rice overnight. Don’t forget to change the phone’s position every now and then. The rice absorbs all the moisture and your phone should be good to go.

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So, pick whichever option works best for you but don’t forget to protect your phone this holi.

 

Learn how to improve your phone’s GPS

Can’t find your way? Open Google maps. Hungry? Open a food ordering app. Going for an evening stroll? Open Pokemon Go- well, not anymore. Do you know what’s common in all these scenarios? Global Positioning System, playfully called GPS. Most apps today in your phone need GPS. But GPS, like most other things, doesn’t work equally good on every phone.

So, is there anything you can do to improve your phone’s GPS? Let’s see.

 

Switch to High Accuracy mode: Every smartphone has this option under GPS settings. Unfortunately, it also consumes more battery. But if you really need a more accurate location, and are ready to make this sacrifice, you can enable this mode by going to Settings >> Location >> Mode and switching High Accuracy on. Google Maps will be a lot less likely to randomly stall!

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Recalibrate the compass: /span>Your phone often asks you to recalibrate the internal compass and if you’ve been ignoring it, that could lead to a wonky GPS. To check, go to Google Maps and if the blue dot’s beam is wide or pointing in the wrong direction, make a figure of 8 with your phone a couple of times till the beam if more focused.

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Keep your GPS switched on: When you switch from GPS-mandatory applications to non-GPS based applications, your phone switches off the connection to save battery. However, keeping it on at all times with apps such as GPS Connected will keep it locked in even while you flip through apps.

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Run a diagnostic: Though most companies offer special applications to test the services on a phone, these applications may fail to report the issue. You can use applications such as GPS Essentials which will give you precise information about the signal as well as hardware and software issues.

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Why it’s important to upgrade your smartphone

Let’s see why it’s important to upgrade your smartphone (and why it’s alright that it sometimes updates without you having any idea about it):

1.Better performance: Software upgrades help the OS to stay in the best possible shape. Developers are constantly testing out applications and software to find issues that might not be letting your phone work to its full potential. And when they do find something, they release a software patch for that.

2. Newer layout: If you get bored of seeing the same old layout and UI on your phone, then upgrading to a higher android version can give you a change of scenery. Newer versions always come with a different design for better looks and easy operating.

3. Bug fixes: One of the most important part of updates is to fix bugs and other issues in the older version. So, if you have been having problems with your phones or some apps lately, then you might want to keep an eye out for updates.

4. New Features: An OS upgrade almost always brings along a couple of new features, be it the smart notification, Google Now, or even just app access from the lock screen.

5. Security: Cyber criminals are always looking for loopholes in your phone’s security to exploit. Developers do the same, only to fix those loopholes. As and when something of the sort is found, a security patch is released. So, updating your phone also keeps your information and data safe.

Keeping your smartphone’s Operating System and the application updated is very important for a smooth and safe functioning. So, don’t miss out on the latest features of your phone and keep it updated.

5 Things to consider before buying a new phone

Smartphones are an extension of ourselves today; the one you pick says a lot about who you are. An amateur photographer whose phone effortlessly replaces point and shoot, or a C-suite guy who needs a smartphone with amped up battery to get through a day of back-to-back meetings?

 

Regardless of your personality type, here are the key features to look for when buying a smartphone:

1. RAM – The reason why phones get slow

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Phone so slow you want to bang it against the wall? We’ve all been there! While not a primary consideration for most, picking a smartphone with more RAM is essential for the constantly-switching-between-apps generation.

 

2. Camera – Make your Instagram pictures double-tap-worthy

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Your smartphone camera can help frame a memory for life. Judging a good quality camera goes beyond just mega pixels. Check the camera spec sheet, does it come with Optical Image Stabilization, what’s the ISO, etc.

 

3. Screen Size – It does matter

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Voracious readers need phones with a bigger screen size to consume sizeable content in one frame. But, if phone compactness is a priority then go for one with a smaller screen.

 

4. Resolution – For vivid, sharp display

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Since the display is the first thing you see, it’s understandable why phone companies put so much emphasis on it. A high-res phone promises clearer and sharper display while the display technology – LED or AMOLED – influences viewing angles and color accuracy.

 

5. Battery Life – How long can it last?

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Doesn’t running out of juice take you back to the Stone Age? Even with power banks handy, you need a smartphone that can at least go through half a day of active usage without breaking your heart. Also, look for battery saving features that can make all the difference in a crisis.

It’s okay to buy ‘the next big thing’ in the smartphone world as long as it matches up to the demands of today’s lifestyle. Be sure that the phone you pick checks the above criteria.

 

 

 

VoLTE – You’ve heard of it. Now know of it!

It can get irritating when a 4G/LTE network that can give seamless video streaming and video calls anywhere, can’t even promise an uninterrupted call if you enter the metro or even a basement!

Well, that is about to change. We might soon have voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in India which will revolutionise the way phone calls work! Instead of using older networks, the voice is delivered as the data through the LTE network.

What can VoLTE do for you?

1. HD Voice: VoLTE customers can experience dramatic improvement in voice quality. This is because it chops up the phone call into small data packages and sends it via the world wide web! This results in a better and clearer voice call and far less break-ups (pun intended).

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2. Simultaneous voice and data use: Though VoLTE essentially works through the internet, it would still allow you to be on a call and still use the internet on your phone much better than before. Imagine watching a YouTube video while taking business calls!

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3. No extra charges: If the current VoLTE services available around the world are any indication, then you won’t have to pay any extra charges for it. So, you don’t have to cut down on your shopping to be able to enjoy good connectivity.

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4. Faster call setup times: You know how you sometimes dial a number and then wait longer for the ringing to start than the conversation itself? Calls connect at a faster rate on VoLTE as compared to the connecting speeds of older technology networks.

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5. Phones in Indian market:  Not every phone supports VoLTE by default just how not every phone supports 4G/LTE. But you can find VoLTE support in smartphones like the XOLO Era 2X, available for Rs 6,666 for 2GB and Rs 7, 499 for 3GB RAM. Now that’s what you call more value for less money.

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So, make sure your smartphone supports VoLTE and get ready for a whole new calling and browsing experience!

 

5 Weirdly timed selfies that you can take with your XOLO Era 1X smartphone

Selfies- we cannot resist taking them no matter where we are. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from clicking away, even when we probably should. Here are 5 weirdly timed selfies you can take with your XOLO Era 1X.

1. While at the gym

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If the daredevil in you wants to take a selfie while on the treadmill or doing push ups, go for it. Unlike most people who cringe at the thought of sweaty, red faced pictures, you have a secret weapon- the Era 1X camera’s Beauty Mode. It automatically enhances pictures, making you look great all the time.

 

2. When you’re in trouble

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Your car has stalled and you’re waiting by the roadside for a tow truck. What do you do to pass time? Take selfies of course! After all, your Era 1X front camera ensures you always get the perfect selfie- be it day or night (that’s what the front flash is for- low light photography!)

 

3. While being messy

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Birthday cake being smashed on your face? Covered with dough after a pie-making session? What a great photo-op! but don’t just settle for a regular selfie. Try the Live Photo mode on the Xolo Era 1X, which will capture all the action, with accompanying sounds.

 

4. While you’re being yelled at


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So, what if you’re being yelled at by your parents for coming home late but bae needs photographic proof that you’ve reached home safe and sound? Or what if bae is the one who’s had enough of you? Double tap on your Era 1X’s home button, and you’re directed straight to the camera. Click and send- because misery sure does like company.

 

5. While getting medical attention

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Celebrities take hospital bed selfies all the time. So, why shouldn’t you? Although, you might have to sneak your smartphone into the operation theatre for this, which is highly unlikely. But there’s no harm in trying,right?

So, what are you waiting for? Get your pout on! Your Instagram followers are waiting!

What does dual, quad or octa core processor mean in a smart phone?

The last time you bought a phone, did you spend days going through the specs, comparing it with other phones? You must have come across a long list of things such as megapixels, storage, processor, cores etc. and you just looked for the higher number in each option. Well if you spent so much time looking at those numbers, why not understand them better too?

Let’s take a look at your smartphone’s processor.

 

What is it?

A processor (CPU), in simple terms, is your Smartphone’s brain. As the name suggests, it’s a chip that processes all the inputs and provides the meaningful outputs. Earlier, CPUs used to have a single core but now even the smallest devices run on multiple cores.

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So, what are these cores?

Each core in the CPU is a separate processing unit that processes commands for the CPU. A processor can have one, two, four, six, eight cores and so on. This is the number that is represented by dual, quad, hexa, and octa core respectively. All these CPUs work at a different speed called the clock speed.

How do they differ?

In most cases, it’s simple math. More the cores, more the commands executed, and lesser the time taken in doing so. These cores are like men at work. More men will finish the work quickly and smoothly. But to assume that quad core will work twice as fast as dual core would be wrong because the final speed depends on various factors such as compatibility with the hardware, nature of the program, etc.

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Should I go for more cores then?

Though octa cores won’t work 4 times faster than dual core, it would still be much faster than it. More cores allow you to perform multiple tasks at the same time without making your smartphone crawl at snail’s pace. So, if you want to browse the internet while listening to music and attaching files in your mail, then more cores are what you need.

Though you were doing just fine looking for the higher number, now you also know exactly what those numbers can do for you. So, keep an eye out for it the next time you are looking at the specs.