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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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Learn How to Get That Perfect Shot in Low Light

Imagine you’re out for a romantic late night dinner. Or, more likely, you’re out for a post-midnight drive around town with friends. The moon is gorgeous, falling just right on all your faces. The mood is alive. The scene is set… the urge to take a picture is growing stronger. And then, you give in. The camera clicks but the result is an utter disappointment.

If your photo is full of images like this, it’s time that you took a crash course in low light photography.

1. Stabilise your shot- The camera shutter needs to stay open for longer to get enough light, so a moving camera can ruin your picture. Try to keep your camera steady when you’re taking a picture in low light. Take support or use a tripod if you can.

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2.Adjust your settings – White balance and focusing becomes even more important when the surrounding is dark. So, make sure you click on the subject you want focus on before taking the picture. You can also manually change the ISO and shutter speed. And don’t worry if you’re new to it, just play around with the settings and see what works best.

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3. Do NOT zoom – If you feel you’re too far away, get a little closer to the subject, but try to avoid using the digital zoom option in your phone. In most cases, this is almost the same as cropping it afterwards. Advanced smartphones with optical zoom can help you get a high-quality photograph that’ll fool anyone into thinking you were right there!

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4. Use the environment- As much as light is important for a good photo, you don’t want too much of it, and you don’t want it from the wrong angle. Try using natural lights such as car headlights or streetlights, rather than depending on your flash, which could be too harsh and too direct.

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5. Edit wisely- Desperate times call for desperate measures! When the light is bad, don’t shy away from using filters and editing your photograph. A tweak of brightness and contrast levels can make a huge difference. Several android phones also give you a raw image that has much more scope for processing but if your phone isn’t one of them, you can still reduce noisy shadows with handy editing apps.

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The next time you have a great late night, make sure you have the photos to prove it!

Beware of Scammers! 5 Quick Tips to Spot a WhatsApp Scam Message

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been flooded with several scammed messages lately, be it about demonetization, free recharges, or unlimited data or voice calls. Almost everyone uses WhatsApp, and some or the other time would have received such tempting forward messages from friends.

Scammers have opted WhatsApp as the platform to try on their malicious activities and affected the users and their personal information. Most often these long forwarded messages offering free services specially comes with a link, clicking on which is highly risky for the users.

However, most of us have received such hoax messages and have fallen prey to them by clicking on the link that comes along with the message. Which in turn indicates that the cunning scammers have trapped a lot of WhatsApp users tempting them with free offers. Considering the growing number of such scammed WhatsApp messages, we at GizBot have come up with 5 simple tips to follow to protect yourself from such messages.

FREE and UNLIMITED Messages are Usually Fake Most WhatsApp messages stating to offer free and unlimited services are usually fake and shouldn't be trusted upon. For instance, considering a recent message said to be sent by BSNL and Airtel offering unlimited 4g data, free voice calls and more is absolutely fake and should be ignored.

Check For Spelling Errors Well, authorized messages will be accurate and there will not be any spelling error. However, if there is any in a forwarded WhatsApp message, there is a high chance that the message might be a scam. Beware.

Is there a Link? Usually, an official forwarded message will nor have a link, and just in case if it has, checks for the link. For instance, in the recently circulated BSNl unlimited offer message, the link mentioned was http://bsnl.co/sim, however, the official BSNL website's URL is http://www.bsnl.in/. Hence this indicates that the message is a spam and shouldn't be entertained or further forwarded.

Confirm With Official Source Before believing any such WhatsApp messages stating that a telecom operator is offering unlimited and free services, the first thing that should be done before relying on such messages is to confirm with an official source, websites or any other.

Avoid These Kind of Messages WhatsApp messages promising free recharge, unlimited services, forward this to 10 WhatsApp users, WhatsApp shutting down and more should be ignored completely.

 

To type in Hindi on Android phone, use official Google app

Hindi typing is not new to Android phones. For over three years now, there is in-built support for Hindi in Android, an operating system that powers almost 90 per cent smartphones in India. In fact, nowadays most phones not only support Hindi but also several regional languages like Tamil and Gujarati. Yet, a lot of people struggle to type in Hindi on their phones.

The reason why so many people still don't type in Hindi even when they want and instead opt for hinglish, which is Hindi written using English alphabets, is because the ease of use. In many cases, typing in Hindi means using a Hindi-specific keyboard or setting Hindi as the system language.

The right solution for this problem for most users is the Google Indic Keyboard. Launched earlier this year, the Google Indic Keyboard eases the pain of typing in Hindi and makes it very convenient for users to switch between various languages without needing to change the keyboard. In fact, using the transliteration tool in the Indic Keyboard you can type in Hindi much faster compared to how you will type it using a dedicated Hindi keyboard. To use Indic Keyboard here is what you need to do:

— Some phones now have the Indic Keyboard pre-installed in them. But most don't. Don't worry. Download the Google Indic Keyboard from here .

— Once you have the app installed, tap on it and follow the onscreen instruction to set the keyboard as the default keyboard.

— Once the Indic keyboard is the default keyboard, you will see the Globe key on the keyboard. It's near the space bar. Tapping on this will allow you to quickly switch between the Hindi (or for that matter any other language you have selected) and the English keyboard.

–When you switch to the Hindi keyboard from English, you will get three options. Option 1 is transliteration. It works best and allows a user to type in English which then transliterated to Hindi. So you can type "yahan likho hindi mein" and that will appear in Hindi on the screen. The second option is to use a proper Hindi keyboard. The third option, meanwhile, allows a user to draw on the screen and that is then identified as a Hindi alphabet. It is like writing Hindi on a paper although glass is very slippery and unless you have a stylus, this method doesn't work all that well. Ideally just stick to the option 1 or 2 and you will be fine.

Unlike the other local language keyboards, the beauty of the Indic Keyboard is in its simplicity and its ability to switch between the Hindi and English keyboards effortlessly using the Globe key. So while writing a Facebook post, you can write half post in Hindi and half in English without going into settings and changing the keyboard. Pretty neat! 

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Simple tips to improve Google map navigation

Do you know what’s common between Columbus and us? We start for one place and end up in a totally different location, that too half hour late. He made it work out for him and he didn’t even have maps like you do. Google maps when used properly can be the ultimate guide to anywhere you want to go. Here are 5 tips to improve your navigation:

 

1. Use map offline: Be it to conserve data or battery, offline maps can save you a lot of time and frustration (in bad network patches). Simply go to an area on map you want to save offline, type “OK Maps” in the search bar, zoom in/out to select the area and hit Download. You’re done. Now you can use various Google map features even without internet.

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2. Find ATMs and other utilities: You might not find cash there but looking for an ATM would never be a problem again. Click on the search bar, you’ll see little icons for ATMs, cafes, petrol pumps etc. Click on any of the icons and map will show you all those places around you.

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3. Save home/work: To make your navigation easy, you can save two of your most frequented places i.e. Home and Work in the map. Now you don’t have to write the address every time and seeing how far you are from your saved locations is easy too.

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4. Check Bus routes: New in the city and don’t know which bus to take? Well, Google Maps has got your back. Simply put the location where you want to go, choose the bus as the mode of transportation, and the map will show you all the possible bus routes as well as their schedule.

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5. Add stops in way: Need to pick up some food before you go to your friend’s place? Google map allows you to add stops on your way now. Put in your destination but before you hit the navigation button, open options next to the search bar, click on ‘add stops’, enter the locations and hit enter.

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These 5 tips can make your life a lot easier but if you still manage to lose your way, it’s not on the app.

4 Ways to stop your battery from draining out

We’ve all been in situations when our phones have died out just when we needed them most; whether it was to book a cab late at night or to take an important official call. So, is there anything you can do to prevent your phone battery from draining out quickly? You bet there is! Here are some smart and easy tips to reduce battery usage.

 

Charge the battery correctly

Do you unplug the charger as soon as your phone battery is at an acceptable level? Well, many do this, and that’s where we go wrong. Today, most smartphones run on Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries, which can (and should) be charged frequently, even when not fully drained. This maintains the original capacity, keeps the phone running longer and extends the life of the battery.

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Turn off the vibration

Did you know that vibrations consume more battery power than ringtones? How, you ask? Ringtones are tiny vibrations that occur in the phone speaker, while vibrations run through the entire phone, thus consuming more power. So, turn off the vibration mode when not needed to save your precious battery.

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Close apps not in use

Do you use apps and forget to close them when you’re done? Many of us are guilty of this. What you should know is that apps running in the background can drain your battery in no time. Remember, if you want to boost your phone’s battery for those prolonged text and call conversations, close all apps that are not being used.

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Minimise notifications

Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or just e-mail, we have every notification on our phones turned on. Little do we realise that these can use up a lot of battery. This is because they either light up the screen, play a tone or vibrate. So, if you want more time to browse social sites, disable unnecessary notifications to save on battery power.

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Follow these steps and your phone will last throughout the day and even during those times when you have only your smartphone for company.

There’s A Reason Your Smartphone is Called Smart!

There’s a reason smartphones are called smart. Think about it. They are your 2 AM friend, they give you the best life hacks, keep you connected to the world, and even when you’re alone, you’re never lonely. But if you still want to get more smart work out of your smartphone, here’s how to do it.  

 

Organise your life

We could all do with a little more productivity; something to help plan and execute our daily tasks. Apps like Jorte Calendar & Organizer, Google Keep and Any.Do Cal do just that by helping you schedule and keep track of all your meetings. You can also set reminders to complete certain tasks. All in all, you can organise and manage work and life far more efficiently.

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Boost your knowledge

Forget all those people who said smartphones aren’t good for you. Contrary to belief, smartphones can actually make you smarter. Whether it’s learning a new language or musical instrument, or even taking an online course, a smartphone can help boost your knowledge. What’s even better is that you can Google any information you need, about any topic, while on the go. So, the learning never stops.

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Manage your money

Become your own financial planner with apps like Monefy and CoinKeeper, which help track and budget expenses daily, weekly and monthly. This way you can have your cake and eat it too. And if you’re a frequent business traveller, Expensify can help you keep a tab on receipts and expenses for work trips.

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The next time someone asks you why you’re hooked to your phone, just show them the cool ways you get your smartphone to do all the hard work for almost no effort, so you get more out of life!

Digital Detox for your smartphone. Know How!

 

Battery dying out every few hours? Phone lagging? Can’t keep up with all your multitasking? Well, don’t chuck it out just yet. Like most electronics, even smartphones need to be optimized for maximum speed and efficiency. Here are some tips to help enhance your phone’s functionality.

 

Free bloatware space

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Bloatware is the redundant or unused software in phones. Preinstalled apps cannot always be uninstalled, but you can disable them to free up phone space. Go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Apps’, and choose the application you no longer need, and select ‘Disable’. Once disabled, you can use ‘Clear Data’ and ‘Force Stop’ options too. You can re-enable any disabled apps later if needed later.

 

Clear cached files

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Temporary files stored on your phone by apps can affect the device’s speed. Clear these cached files regularly to improve your phone’s performance. Go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Apps’, and select the app you want to clear cached files from. Tap on ‘Clear Cache’ to free up memory space, and you’re done.

 

Free RAM using apps

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You can use Greenify to improve your phone’s RAM performance. It kills background apps that reduce the phone’s speed. However, use this app with discretion as it could affect the device or drain the battery. Kill only those apps that aren’t used more than twice daily. Each time you “clean” these apps, they reload the data, thus increasing your mobile data and battery consumption.

 

Transfer data to SD card

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Your phone may have default settings that directs data to get stored in the phone’s memory. If you already have an SD card, transfer these files there. Less data in your phone’s memory means better speed. ES File Explorer can help you move, copy and manage all kinds of files efficiently.

 

Review your settings

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Go through your phone’s storage and determine the data that takes up most space. Delete unnecessary items. Data that is needed, but not on your phone can be stored on a ‘Cloud’. G Cloud Backup is great for storing data like photos, videos, call logs, text messages and contacts. The phone’s memory can also be partially or entirely stored on your computer.

 

So, use these tips and improve your smartphone’s performance quickly and easily.