Archive for May, 2016

How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Common Problems

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the best smartphones/phablets ever made, so it’s all the more frustrating when it doesn’t perform properly. If your Edge is driving you close to the edge, our guide to the most common Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problems and solutions should help save your sanity – and your smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: the screen turns on randomly

You may have enabled Easy Screen Turn On, which wakes the display when you wave your hand over it. You can check in Settings > Accessibility > Dexterity and Interaction.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: Camera Failed

Assuming your Samsung isn’t actually on fire – the Camera Failed warning is known to pop up when phones are running really hot – a hard reset can usually banish the unwanted warning. If that doesn’t work, try clearing the camera app’s data cache: go to Settings > Applications > Application Manager, locate Camera, Force Stop it and then clear both the app cache and the app data.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: wireless charging is really slow

Take your Galaxy out of its case if it’s in one: that can make wireless charging flaky. If that doesn’t solve the issue makes sure Fast Wireless Charging is actually turned on – it’s in Settings > Battery when your device is on the charger – and of course make sure the charging pad you’re using actually supports fast wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: palm detection isn’t working

Palm detection is supposed to stop the screen registering false taps, but in some cases it doesn’t appear to be working: the slightest bump or just holding the Edge in a certain way can register a tap. This appears to be a software glitch, and so far the best solution appears to be to put your Edge in a protective case. You could try a screen protector too, but many Edge users have found that the curved screen makes it hard for protectors to stick.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: the buttons aren’t working

Many users are reporting problems with the hardware buttons, but the problem appears to be a software one because the fix involves, er, using the hardware buttons that aren’t working. If you press and hold Power and Home you should be able to perform a hard reset that makes your buttons work properly again.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: Wi-Fi isn’t working or Bluetooth is broken

These are common issues in any phone, and in case of Wi-Fi the wireless router is often the villain of the piece. Rebooting our router and our device fixes 99 percent of our home Wi-Fi problems, but if you’re having connectivity issues when you’re out and about it’s worth forgetting and rejoining Wi-Fi networks – and similarly, if your Bluetooth is broken, removing any paired devices and re-pairing can solve the issues too.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: Briefing is slowing everything down

Samsung’s Briefing app, which creates a kind of electronic newspaper for you, has the same effect on your phone’s performance as having a large man sat on you affects your ability to sprint. Long-press on a blank bit of the screen, swipe to Briefing and turn it off for an instant boost.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: the battery is draining too quickly

Most of the time the culprit for sudden, catastrophic battery drain is an app, so it’s worth closing all apps or restarting your phone to see if that improves things. Use the Notifications shade to turn off any features you don’t need, useSettings > Data Usage > Background Data to stop apps using your data connection when you don’t want them too and try turning down the display too.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge problem: it’s on fire

Not literally, but if your Samsung is running hot then there are a few things to check. If the problem occurs when your Edge is charging, try leaving it alone instead of using it and disable Fast Cable Charging in Settings > Battery. That will increase charging times, but if it stops your Edge getting too hot that’s a sacrifice worth making.

It’s worth checking for rogue apps too. In Settings > Battery > Battery Usage > More > Optimize Battery Usage you can select All Apps to ensure that apps can’t drain the battery by running in the background.

If the heat is at the cable end rather than the Edge itself, you may have a faulty cable: we’ve found even really good quality charging can get alarmingly hot once they’ve been used and abused for a while. Resist the temptation to use very cheap no-name chargers and cables from eBay, too, as they’re often the cause of catastrophic overheating and in some cases, actual fires.

If all else fails, a full Factory Reset is the last resort before calling in the warranty.

Transfer Everything From Your Old Android To Your New – Best Apps

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Getting a new smartphone should be exciting but it’s usually accompanied by the dull process of transferring all your contacts, music, apps and data from your old one. Thanks to a host of useful backup tools for Android, though, that no longer has to be the case. We’ll show you how to transfer everything to your new device, whether you’re upgrading from an Android or an iPhone.

How To Transfer Contacts

Despite all the amazing features smartphones have these days, they are still primarily a method of communication, so your contacts are probably pretty important to you. Luckily the days of having to write them all down and manually enter them in the new phone are long gone. Here are the alternatives.Transferring your contacts: Synchronize Google Account

This is probably the simplest method of them all. If you’ve previously saved your contacts to your Google account you can just log into it and pick them up on your new smartphone. Just go Settings > Account > Google and toggle the Contacts Sync switch to on.

If you have multiple Google accounts you can pick the one you use the most or merge them all.

Synchronizing any data with your Google account is one of the best long-term strategies for backup and transfer because it’s unlikely to become obsolete any time soon (Google is probably going to stick around for a few more years), it’s secure and Google’s products and services are available on most platforms – no matter what you’re switching to.

Transferring Your Contacts: Via SD Card

If both your old and new phone have SD card slots, you can transfer contacts using a microSD card. Just open the contacts section of your old phone and hit the import/export button. Then select export to storage or something along those lines.

Next, pop the SD card in the new phone, go to the address book and find import on the menu and follow the instructions from there. The only problem with this technique is the potential for duplicate contacts, especially if you’ve already synced from Google. But there is a solution at the link below.

Transferring your contacts: Via internal storage

This method is almost the same as above, except instead of selecting microSD card as your export destination, you choose your internal memory.

Following this, you must connect your device to a personal computer and find the exported .vfc file in /System on your handset (the exact directory location will be given to you when you create the file). Copy this file to an easy to find the location on your computer and then send it or transfer it to your new device.

Navigate once more to address book > import on your new phone and select internal storage. Find the .vfc file location and open it to import the contact list.

Transferring your contacts: Via SIM card

If you want to change phones but keep your SIM card, you could use the old fashioned method for keeping contacts – essentially copying all the relevant contacts to the SIM and carrying them over.

The advantage of this is you can manually select which ones to take with you (and have a bit of a spring clean) but the downside is that most SIMs are limited to about 200 contacts. The other potential issues are that the option to export to SIM is not even provided after Android 5.0 Lollipop and you are also likely to create duplicates.

Further, there’s the potential that your new phone won’t support the same size SIM card as your previous device – so this one’s probably a last resort.

Transferring your contacts: From iPhone to Android

Unsurprisingly, data transfer between the great smartphone rivals is not always easy but, for contacts, at least, there’s a fairly simple solution. On one of its support pages, Google has explained how to synchronize Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts on iPhone and iPad.

Once you have a Google account set up on your Apple device, it will appear in the Email, Contacts and Calendars field, found in Settings. You can then perform the steps listed in the Synchronize Google Accounts step above.

Transferring your contacts: From Android to iPhone

You may decide to leave Android in favor of iPhone: we won’t judge you. In this case, there are plenty of options. In your iPhone settings menu, for example, you will find an entry for mail, contacts, and calendar. Here, you can navigate to Accounts > Add account and you will find Google listed.

If you have your Google account synchronized with your contacts already (find out how to do that at the top of the page) – and you select this option – after you sign in, all of your contacts will appear in your iPhone’s address book soon after.

Alternatively, Apple has its own Move to iOS app available to help you make the switch (found below), or you could make use of a third-party app to get the job done for you.

Transferring your contacts: By manufacturer

Many Android phone manufacturers offer their own solutions for transferring contacts from one phone to another. We’ve outlined some of them below.

Motorola Migrate

Motorola Migrate must be installed on both the old and new devices to work. Once that’s the case, any data can be transferred by Bluetooth.

Sony Xperia Transfer

Sony’s system works in much the same way as Motorola’s and will transfer content and contact from iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone or other Android devices.

Samsung SmartSwitch Mobile

The Android market leader also has its own setup, which attempts to make the switch to Samsung as simple as possible, with Samsung Smart Switch. It can deal with the change from iPhones, older models of Galaxy devices or other Android models. There’s plenty of detail on Samsung’s support page.

HTC Transfer Tool

The imaginatively named HTC Transfer Tool works on the same basis as Motorola’s and Sony’s and must be installed on both old and new devices.

LG Back Up

LG Back Up works when installed on an old and new LG phones and uses Wi-Fi hotspot to transfer all sorts of data, including contacts, pictures, and messages.

Keeping your old texts

If you are still attached to their old text messages, the best way to move them onto your new phone is by downloading SMS Backup and Restore, a free app that does exactly what you’d expect it to.

This is a solution that works on all Android phones, but some individual manufacturer solutions (such as Motorola Migrate) bring messages over as a matter of course, so check whether yours does before you use this option.

Keeping WhatsApp Chats

One of best ways to keep all the pictures, videos, and texts that were contained in your old WhatsApp is through a third party app.

Transferring photos

The easiest solution for transferring photos is to automatically back up your photos to the cloud. Apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Google+ offer auto-synchronization when your device is attached to a Wi-Fi network so you can access your photos from anywhere.

Alternatively, you can transfer individual images or albums from phone to phone via Bluetooth. But if you have a large number of photos or very high res images, this will take a long time. If both devices have an SD card slot, SD card transfer might be easier.

You can also use a PC. Just connect the phone to the PC with a USB lead, copy the images folder (or whatever photos you want) onto the desktop and the reverse the process for the new phone.

To transfer photos and videos from Android to iPhone, Apple recommends using Copy My Data, which, when installed, will give you a step-by-step guide.

Transferring music

Generally speaking, the methods that applied to the transferring of photos will apply to transferring music too. The only major sticking point with music may be the size of your collection. If it’s anything over a few gigabytes, be prepared to wait a while or be selective in what you transfer.

You’ll usually find your tracks in the Music directory and they should pop up as an openable option when you plug your phone into your computer.

If you want to transfer music from an Android to an iPhone with a Mac, you’ll need Android File Transfer. Once you’ve followed the in-app instructions, the new music will appear in the Finder section of your Mac and you can just accept the list as it shows up in your iTunes library. There’s more in-depth information on this here.

Transferring apps and their data

Assuming you log in to your new phone with your Google account, all the apps you’ve already downloaded should appear automatically – although in Android 5.0 Lollipop you’ll be asked which ones you want to keep.

Unfortunately, there isn’t currently a way to do this from Android to Apple so you’ll have to re-download all your apps manually if you’re moving to an iPhone and pay again for in the App Store rather than Play Store.

Your phone should now be completely set up and feeling a little like your old one. Except faster and shinier and better-looking, of course.

Bored At Work Or Bus Station – Check My Top Boredom-Killing Apps

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

For those boring moments when you’re waiting for someone to arrive, traveling on the bus to work, or bored before in bed, it’s good to have an app or two that can help to kill your boredom. Today we’ve tried to collect some of the best apps for killing time that are more than time-wasters.

StumbleUpon

Make your free time a place for serendipitous discovery by installing StumbleUpon. Select a few areas of interest and the app will feed you articles, images, videos and more that you can swipe through, like or dislike, share, or save for later in custom lists. It’s the perfect app for when you’re not sure when you’re about to be interrupted, as you can zip through a material at a pace of your choosing and save any longer or more interesting bits for later.

Slide for Reddit

Many of you no doubt know all too well the time-killing potential Reddit has to offer. An official Reddit app was launched recently, but my favorite way to browse remains Slide. As the name suggests, the app works through slide gestures, letting you access menus from the side of the screen and flick through different subreddits with a swipe gesture from the center of the screen. It’s smooth and handsome, with customization options included, allowing you to change the colors of different subreddits.

Quoter

Quoter gives you a daily quote on a contemplative background. There’s also a list of the most popular quotes that you can scroll through at your leisure. If there’s one you particularly like, you can customize the font, and background and text color, and then share it with friends or use it as a background. A little heart button lets you save your favorite quotes to a dedicated page.

Today’s Word

In a very brief spare moment, e.g., while waiting for a lift, Word of the Day is there for you. Set a time and the app will send you a daily notification with a word and definition. Take a look at the word of the day and have a little think about it; internalize it; enter the lift.

Words from the previous 30 days are stored on a separate page, and you can save words that you particularly like or wish to return to.

VoLT – Vocabulary Learning

VoLT offers a deeper way to expand your vocabulary. Swipe through cards that offer a definition, a memory key, a selection of synonyms and antonyms, and usage examples to see how much your brain can store. Star word cards for later revision or share a particular word with friends, if you feel so inclined.

Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

Why not learn a language in idle time? One of the most popular and well-known tools for learning a language online is Duolingo. Duolingo is completely free. Learn English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish and Turkish — It’s fast, fun and free.

The free language learning app Duolingo offers 11 completed language courses for English speakers, 2 beta languages, and 8 languages still “hatching” in their incubator form. For example, as an English speaker, you can learn Spanish, with over 40 million other learners, Italian, with 10 million learners, or even Irish, with just over 1 million learners.

Duolingo also includes language courses for speakers of languages other than English. These include French for Portuguese speakers, English for Czech speakers, and so on.