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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


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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Things to Look Out for When Buying A Refurbished Phone


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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Samsung vs iPhone: The Major Differences

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Some of the differences between a Samsung smartphone and an Apple iPhone are reasonably obvious. For anyone with an Apple phone who is trying to work out what that green robot means or a Samsung fan who can’t understand an Apple addict’s loyalty: Here are some of the significant differences between the two brands. Apple vs Android A more proper description of the variances between the two brands would be to compare Apple to Android. This is because the main difference is the ecosystem of their OS (operating system). It’s evident when you have used both brands as to what…

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How to Update an Android Without Buying a New Phone

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If you’re running an Android OS, then it’s essential that you update your phone to the latest version. It may be the most popular operating system on the market, but this open-source OS is battling to win the war against a continual malware onslaught. It’s not necessary to buy a new phone to get access to the latest functions, as that would be a bit crazy, and expensive (unless you use something like afterpay, zippay, or oxipay). An update can often bring new life to an old device. If you have a phone that operates on Android, here’s how to…

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Buying a $100 Phone: Pros and Cons

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If you’re looking to buy a new phone, but don’t want to break your budget, there are options for you. The budget-priced options all use Android OS because Apple iOS devices come with a hefty price tag (check out the differences between the 2 OSs here). In the past, cheap phones had all sorts of problems that made the user experience very frustrating; running out of storage and intermittent loading were just some of the issues you might face. Fortunately, it is possible in 2018/2019 to buy a budget priced phone that performs well. Here are some pros and cons…

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