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Do This One Thing On Your iPhone To Save Your Life

Aren’t iPhones incredible? Not only can you look at the Internet all day long, your iPhone is capable of so much more. For example, ‘Word Lens’ means you can point it over a foreign word and get it translated in real time… plus your iPhone could save your life one day.
Doctors are urging iPhone users to do this one small thing immediately for one simple reason – it could be a lifesaver.

What is it?

It’s basically the Emergency app – in the bottom left hand corner you can dial 999 but it lets you store all your Medical ID – like your blood type, any allergies you may have – and also a next of kin.

Doctors can access all this info even if your phone is locked.

Most people who end up in hospital with a locked phone and no info in their Medical ID – and having that info to hand could save precious minutes in an emergency.

It only takes two minutes – so update this info on your phone ASAP!

But before you go praising your iPhone and cuddling it into your chest, remember cell phones aren’t just lifesavers. They can have some negative effects too.

They make us more stressed – which is ironic as they’re supposed to make things easier and make us feel more connected than ever.

But they make us feel like we can never “switch off” and unwind – so try and have a digital detox once in a while and you’ll realise how much you were missing out on.

Mobile phones can also cause chronic neck and back pain.

Uh oh! It’s all that hunching over the phone, scrolling for hours on end, going from Instagram to Snapchat to checking your emails then back to Facebook. Remember to stretch once in a while.

People are also reporting increased migraines, headaches and blurry vision.

Like with your laptop of computer, you should try and look up every ten or fifteen minutes from the screen. This lets your eyes adjust. Being on your phone right before bed can also lead to sleeping problems – if you can try and put it down an hour before bed, that would be idea. If that’s just never going to happen, you can put it on “Night Mode” – it’s in Settings. You can even time it to go into Night Mode at night. It changes the colour of the screen and it will help your eyes and your sleep.

Apparently there is more bacteria on iPhones than toilets.

Gross! Considering we put it to our ear every day, give it a wipe with antibacterial spray every so often.

And mobile phones also cause car accidents.

Goes without saying that you shouldn’t use it when you’re driving.

Words Laura Hamilton

Featured Image Credit: PA Images


Apple Investigating Issue With AirPods Randomly Disconnecting During Calls

Apple is investigating multiple reports from iPhone owners of AirPods randomly disconnecting and reconnecting during calls, MacRumors has learned.

A long thread on Apple’s Support Communities website has been generated by AirPods users who are regularly experiencing Bluetooth connection dropouts during phone calls, despite the fact that the wireless earphones almost never lose their connection when used to listen to music or anything else.

At present, the issue appears to be limited to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices, with several users reporting no such problems after upgrading to an iPhone 7. MacRumors was also unable to replicate the problem on Apple’s latest handset.

Initial reports suggested the dropout issue only occurs if users also have an Apple Watch paired to their iPhone, but MacRumors was able to replicate the problem with a Fitbit Blaze, suggesting a more general conflict when other Bluetooth devices are also connected.

Unpairing and then repairing the AirPods does not appear to solve the problem, neither does rebooting nor resetting the iPhone. Until Apple offers a solution, users are advised to use only one AirPod for conducting calls, as the dropouts only seem to occur when both earpieces are in use.

By Tim Hardwick -MacRumors

The iPhone 7s might also get the iPhone 8’s biggest new feature

By Amy Huerta
about 13 hours ago

Apple is widely expected to adopt OLED displays for the iPhone, a first for its flagship product. Multiple reports said so far that only one of Apple’s three anticipated new iPhones for 2017 will have an OLED screen, the iPhone 8. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the logical successors of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, should still use LCD screens, the same reports said.

However, there’s a chance that some iPhone 7s versions will also have OLED screens.

The new development comes from a research note from Cowen and Company seen by Apple Insider.

Analyst Timothy Arcuri said that Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature a 5.8-inch OLED screen with a wraparound screen unlike anything else seen on a phone so far. The iPhone 7s will retain the expected 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 7s Plus will have a 5.5-inch display.

Arcuri says that Apple may yet choose to use OLED displays in the iPhone 7s models. Two factors may influence this decision, including Samsung’s capacity to deliver the enough OLED screens that match Apple’s requirements, and consumption of Apple’s existing LCD inventory.

Recent reports said that Samsung will be the only OLED display manufacturer for the iPhone, but even the South Korean giant can’t possibly meet Apple’s demand. That’s why only the iPhone 8 will get the new OLED screens.

Furthermore, reports claimed that other smartphone makers have been taking notice of iPhone 8 OLED rumors and are looking to secure OLED supply for their own handsets.

Apple’s switch to OLED for the iPhone should significantly improve the overall screen performance. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 have been widely praised for their OLED screens, which offer superior features to the iPhone’s LCD screen.

Credit: Clotheshorse

Google, Facebook and 
WhatsApp to face 
tougher online tracking restrictions

By Amelia Heathman – Technology

The European Commission has proposed new legislation to ensure the stronger privacy of individuals when it comes to using online messaging services including WhatsApp, iMessage and Gmail.

Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said the new strategy will “facilitate international data exchanges in the global digital economy and promote high data protection standards worldwide.”

Under the proposal, tech companies including Google and Facebook will have to guarantee the confidentiality of their customers’ conversations and make sure to get their consent before tracking them online, something that is used to serve customers with personalised ads.

At the moment, email services such as Gmail can scan customers’ emails to serve them targeted ads without explicit agreement from the users. The proposal would do away with this, something that online services are worried about as this could reduce their advertising revenue stream.

Consent for internet users in the European Union is something else the Commission wants to guarantee. Changes will be made to the way “cookies” are used on websites, which are used by tech companies to track online behaviour in order to deliver targeted ads. If the proposals pass, internet users will need to agree to websites using cookies or anything else on a site that is attempting to track their online activities.

The metadata of users will also be protected. Metadata records what time you visit a website, what device you accessed it from and how long you were on the site for. When metadata is linked to communication, e.g using Facebook Messenger or Skype, users who do not consent to the data being used will have it deleted or made anonymous. This is part of the vice-president for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip’s, plans to “ensure confidentiality of electronic communications and privacy.”

However, if you do consent to your metadata being used, companies will be able to process communication content, provided this complies with privacy safeguards. This will allow operators to process metadata to provide additional services and develop their business, something they have not been able to do previously.

The new regulations could also help do away with marketing calls. The proposal wants to ban unsolicited emails, texts and phone calls, if users have not given their consent. It would require that marketing callers display their phone number or use a special pre-fix that indicates a marketing call – so you can tell who is calling you and whether or not to reject it.

Companies that fail to abide by the new regulations will face fines of up to four per cent of their global turnover. Ulitmately, the larger the company the harsher the punishment.

The proposals will need to be approved by the European Parliament and member states before becoming law. The General Data Protection Regulation is set to come into law in May 2018, which allows users more control over their person data, so we could see the new proposals being set in stone around a similar time.

WhizzKid Repairs has contacted both Facebook and Google for comment on the proposals.