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Robert Collins

NFC in Phones: What is it? Why do We Need it?

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NFC stands for near field communication. It is a communication system that is only effective when the devices are in close proximity or touching. The method does not require Wi-Fi or data, and it is free to use. It sends and receives data through radio waves, which is why powerless objects like cards can still carry a signal for use when they contact a powered device. Using NFC simply requires a small chip. There are three modes of NFC that smartphones can engage in. Reader/writer: This method allows your phone to read passive tags. Peer to peer: This use helps…

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5 Must-Have Apps for Any iPhone

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With so many apps out there today, it can be nearly impossible to know which ones are actually worth it, and what to install after you get your new iPhone. If you want to increase your productivity and improve your life, then you need to check out these five. They span all different categories, but once you install them, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them! 1. Bill Guard This app will help take your personal finances to the next level. Not everyone has the time or energy to painstaking comb through their credit card statements, so this app…

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5 Must-Have Apps for Any Android Phone

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Today, phones are so much more than just devices to communicate with others. For many of us, our whole lives are on our phones. We wouldn’t know what to do without them. They have now become our cameras, alarm clocks, calendars, and more! If you own an Android (or just got a new one) and want to get as much out of it as possible, then you must consider adding the following apps to your collection. 1. Swiftkey This keyboard app will change your life. Utilizing artificial intelligence (AI), this app learns the way you speak. Once it understands your…

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You Don’t Always Need a Bigger Phone Screen: 5 Reasons Why Smaller is Better

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2018 was the year that smartphone manufacturers (both Samsung and Apple) embraced the taller 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Is the bigger screen format necessarily better? Is it right for you? You don’t always need a bigger phone screen, and here are some of the reasons why (aside from the smaller ones usually being cheaper). Letterboxing Most games, apps, and videos have been developed or shot for a smaller screen. Since they’re not optimised for the larger 18:9 aspect ratio screen, an irritating viewing experience called “letterboxing” will occur. So, when you play your favourite games or watch videos on the…

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Why Buying the Latest Phone is Not a Great Idea

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There are many different smartphones currently available, and tech companies are always launching new, updated versions of them. When the latest upgrade offer hits your inbox, it’s important to think carefully of what services and performance you need from your phone. Then consider what you want. Smartphone manufacturers incentivise consumers to desire their very latest technological offering, but here are a few reasons why buying the newest phone is not a great idea. Technological Evolution There is a definite perception coming into the public arena that the pace of technological evolution is slowing down. This has something to do with…

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Why Buying a Phone Outright is Smarter than Buying on a Plan

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At the end of every year, the latest crop of new smartphones makes their way into the stores, which often brings shoppers to a critical question: Is it better to buy a phone outright or buy it on a plan? It may be tempting to go with the plan payment option. After all, that’s what usually accompanies all the advertising and promotional emails. However, not having to spend up to $2000 for a high-end model phone is very appealing. Here are some reasons why buying your smartphone outright is often the smarter option (this also applies to those using Afterpay to…

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What to Look for When Buying a Laptop for Travelling

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When buying a laptop for travelling, there are a few features that are must-haves. The focus here is on travelling, not commuting. Your laptop should be able to adapt to the conditions and requirements that may occur during a visit to another country and not merely catching the train into work every day. Portability When it comes to laptops for travelling, size matters. Unlike the RAM, once you buy your laptop, you’re locked into whichever size you pick until it’s time to get a new one. If portability is a priority, then a smaller size is not always the only…

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Things to Look Out for When Buying A Refurbished Phone

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If you’re not lucky enough to have a friend or family member who passes down their old phone to you when they get the latest model, you might want to consider something refurbished. If saving $100 sounds good to you, then here’s what you should be on the look-out for when buying a refurbished phone. Certified Refurbished Phones Buying a refurbished phone is trending, and some unscrupulous vendors have been keen to hop on the bandwagon. When you’re searching for a store that sells used phones, be aware that sticking to a certified seller is the best policy. There will…

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Why Your Washing Machine Smells, And How To Fix It

A washing machine has become an indispensable appliance at home. Most homes have both washers and dryers and some have just washers. Having a laundromat in your apartment might be a convenient option. But then nothing beats the convenience of investing in a reliable washing machine for your home. This allows you to save money in the long run (you can also make the purchase a bit easier on your wallet by using options like Afterpay). Modern washing machines are designed in a way that saves water and electricity. Therefore it can be an environment- friendly approach to use the…

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 Tv 101: Led Vs Oled 

If buying a TV is on your mind, there are reasons enough that you are confused about choosing between an LED and OLED TV. Before making a choice you certainly need to know the difference in the way these TVs function. What’s an LED? The LED which means light emitting diode, are tiny bulbs that produce the bright and colourful images on your screen.  The LED have screen panels, a set of lights which does the function of bringing your screen to light. Though these LEDs can be produced at a very small size they’re not too small as to…

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