Huawei Smartphone – Good Investment Or Dead As a Dodo?

Buying Huawei smartphones was seen as a good move.

Being cheaper than its rivals, it offered ‘you’d-be-made-to-pass-up’ value for money.

But then Google announced it was being forced to comply with the US government’s ban on the supply of technologies to Huawei. As a result, it has stopped providing software and support to the tech giant.

In other words, Huawei smartphones will lose access to Android software updates. Any phones sold outside of China won’t have popular Google apps such as the Play Store or Gmail.

Does that mean Huawei smartphones are now expensive doorstops?

The good news is that if you already have a Huawei handset, it will continue to work as usual. The US ban only relates to new smartphones.

What does it mean for the China tech giant?

Well, it’s going to make their push into the European market very difficult. The combination of powerful cameras, good battery life, and low price make them very attractive to the smartphone customer.

Huawei can continue to use the underlying Android operating system because it’s open source, although they’ll have to produce their updates.

The main problem is selling a smartphone without Google services and apps. Google has some 150 apps and services running on Android, so it’s going to make potential buyers think twice.

Despite the attractive price point, users have to ask themselves, can they cope without Google’s services and apps?

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Source: BullGuard

Choosing The Right Smartphone For You

Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes. They can be affordable or ridiculously expensive. The trick is, working out what you need, so you don’t end up paying over the odds.

Our lives have become dependent on our smartphones. With the advent of mobile banking, video calling, social media, browsing the internet and sending emails on the go, we can’t function without them.

Apple, android or windows?

You could almost be forgiven for thinking that smartphone is synonymous with Apple. After all, they have certainly mastered the art of powerful marketing.

They all have their pros and cons (so many we’re not going to go into them here), so it’s important to think about how you’re going to use your phone and then work out which is the best fit.

We wouldn’t worry too much about how you’re going to be using it in the future. Smartphones evolve at such a rate that you’ll be replacing yours before you find your current model doesn’t offer the functionality you need.

What should you think about?

Most models of smartphone offer a still and video camera, GPS, and storage space. Some will be better than others, so it’s important to look at the specifics of each.

Size is the next consideration. This comes down to personal preference. The larger phones tend to cost more, but if you find them easier to use, it might be worth the investment.

When it comes to storage, you have to consider not only photos and music but also apps. It’s quite common for the smaller storage capacity phones to fill quickly with apps. The best advice is to go for as much as you can afford.

Another consideration is whether to buy a phone that’s locked or unlocked. Locked smartphones tend to be cheaper but are on a contract that ties you to one provider for a set period. If you buy unlocked, you’re free to choose your provider and can get a cheaper SIM only contract.

Our advice

This is going to sound like a cop-out, but our advice is to go with the phone that best suits you.

Try not to be taken in by the latest flashy advert for an all singing all dancing handset if you’re not going to use most of its features.

It’s essential you make a list of priorities, and fix a budget. Then all you have to do is compare phones and the one that gets the most ticks is the one that’s right for you.

Don’t forget; the latest, flashiest handset will be old news within a few months. Always go for usability over kudos.


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How To Stop Your Mobile Phone Tracking You

Your phone is tracking every move you make. If you think that turning off your phone’s location history function gives you the freedom to move anonymously, you’d be mistaken.

Even with that disabled, Google is still checking your location when you use its services, such as Maps and the weather. When you do a web search, Google is always monitoring your location.

Why is it so invasive?

Because it needs that data to provide the personalised services we all love (or hate). It looks as though you can’t have it both ways.

Those lovely people at BullGuard have provided details about how you can shut down smartphone and location tracking.

Here’s what you need to do:

Turning off Android tracking and location history

To turn off this feature on Android follow the steps below:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Google then Google Account
  • Tap on the data & personalisation tab and then Web & App Activity
  • Toggle Web & App Activity off

And here’s how to turn off location history:

  • Go to settings.
  • Press on Google then Google Account
  • Tap on the Data & Personalisation tab
  • Then location history and toggle the setting off for each phone or device connected to your Google account

Shutting down Apple smartphone tracking

Your iPhone tracks and records places that you visit most often to provide location-based data and relevant suggestions. Apple calls it Significant Locations tracking.

This is applicable across phones and iPads running iOS 11 and up to the more recent iOS 12.1.

If you’re not happy with this, you can turn the feature off.

  • Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
  • Tap on Privacy.
  • Then Location Services at the top.
  • Press System Services, its right at the bottom of the list.
  • Then Significant Locations.
  • You may be asked to enter your passcode, use Touch ID, or Face ID, to authenticate access.
  • Tap the Significant Locations On/Off Switch.
  • When the switch is grey, the tracking feature has been turned off.

How to turn off location tracking on Windows 10 devices

If you don’t want Windows 10 to track your location, you can tell it to stop.

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Go to Privacy
  • Got to Location.
  • Click Change and, on the screen that appears, move the slider from On to Off.

This turns off all location tracking.

You can also turn off location tracking on an app-by-app basis. If you want your location to be used only for some apps and not others, make sure location tracking is turned on:

  • Scroll to the “Choose apps that can use your precise location” section.
  • You’ll see a list of every app that can use your location.
  • Move the slider to On for the apps you want to allow to use your location

When you turn off location tracking, Windows 10 will still keep a record of your past location history.

To clear your location history:

  • Scroll to Location History
  • Click Clear.

Even if you use location tracking, you might want to clear your history regularly as there’s no automated way to clear it.



Source: Bullguard

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Mirror Your Smartphone Or Tablet Into Your TV

Do you know how to mirror your smartphone onto your TV?

Technology is changing at a ridiculously fast pace. Trying to keep up with it can be a nightmare, which is why we were pleased to come across this post on BullGuard.

It talks about how to mirror your smartphone or tablet onto your TV. That means transferring the videos, films and so on, that you view on your mobile or tablet onto your TV screen.

Here are some of the ways you can do this.

Apple TV

Apple TV is a set-top box streaming device.  It provides a wide selection of apps, an intuitive touch remote and direct access to iTunes.

It has a feature called Airplay which allows you to mirror video, audio, and any other content wirelessly from your iOS device to any TV display with an HDMI input.

You do this by swiping up from the bottom of the Apple iPhone screen and clicking the Airplay symbol in the quick menu. This looks like a square with a triangle through it.


Roku provides a bewildering array of streaming devices. Its newest versions now provide mirroring functionality for Android and Windows devices. The mirroring service is available for Android devices running 4.2 or higher and Windows devices running 8.1 or higher.

Your smartphone or tablet must support mirroring though that said most do.

  • Android: For Android devices, there are a confusing number of terms for mirroring. These include Smart View, Quick Connect, SmartShare, AllShare Cast, Wireless Display, HTC Connect, Screen Casting, and Cast.

Once you’ve identified the correct terminology, you can usually enable mirroring from the settings menu under ‘network or display’ headings.
Windows 8.1 and higher: If you’ve got a Windows 8.1 or higher device check this page for mirroring instructions. It’s simpler than us explaining to you.
For Windows 10 devices:

  • Open the Action Center
  • Select Project
  • Connect to a wireless display
  • Select the Roku device on your network

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon’s Fire TV’s latest incarnation, the Fire TV Cube, provides the ability to control most of your home theatre tech with only your voice.
Andy user with a compatible device can use it. Enabled devices include Android devices running 4.2 or higher, Amazon’s Fire HDX tablets,
To enable mirroring, go to:

  • Settings
  • Display & Sounds
  • Enable Display Mirroring
  • Then connect your desired device from your Android phone or tablet.


  • Chromecast: Chromecast has become the go-to device for affordable wireless streaming.

For those with 4K UHD TVs, Chromecast Ultra offers 4K streaming in small form factor. A 4K TV provides Ultra High Definition provides eight million pixels to deliver detail, depth and vibrant colour.

Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra also feature near latency-free mirroring of anything on an Android smartphone or tablet, including games, photos, video, and more.

It can also mirror anything from a Mac or PC’s Chrome browser by simply clicking the Cast button in the corner of your browser.

However, Chromecast mirroring doesn’t support iOS content loaded on your device, but it can be used to stream content from apps such as YouTube, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, and more.

  • Miracast: Third-party Miracast devices from lesser-known companies are available for Android.

Miracast is a Wi-Fi certified high-definition wireless protocol. It does not require a Wi-Fi network. Instead, it sets up its private streaming network.

It is extremely versatile and offers a host of mirroring capabilities. While it works with Android devices, it is also useful for mirroring PCs.

Thanks, BullGuard.

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Source: BullGuard

Are iOS Devices Threatening Your Business?

mobile phone security


Did you know that only 20% of Apple iOS devices are running on the latest operating system?

Running outdated iOS systems leaves you open to well-known vulnerabilities such as Ins0mnia and Quicksand. A report by security provider Duo Security estimates that more than 20 million devices connected to enterprise networks are no longer supported by the device manufacturer. And, because they can’t be upgraded, they pose a real problem.

This issue is compounded by the fact that there are numerous devices still on the market that can’t receive updates, so potentially, even new devices could be a security threat.

It’s not just iOS

This isn’t a problem that’s just confined to Apple. It is estimated that there are more than 90% of Android devices running out-dated operating systems too.

With the number of personal mobile devices being used in the workplace, Duo Security warn that IT professionals must be aware of the risks and how to sort them quickly.

Education, education, education

The only way this can be addressed effectively is for the device users to take some responsibility.

Henry Seddon, head of European Operations at Duo Security told Computer Weekly:

“Users need educating, but organisations need to put in place systems that not only educate users, but can also encourage them and make it easy for them to upgrade to the latest versions of software. It’s up to everybody in the company to take responsibility for the company’s security and their own, and organisations need to prove the tools that stop them at key points, and encourage and enable them to follow past practice.”

Failure to do so can potentially open up organisations to malware and other forms of attack.

Security recommendations

Here are some of Duo Securities recommendations:

  1. Establish basic mobile device security policies for the company and get buy-in from business managers
  2. Enable all employees to use passcode and fingerprint screen locks to prevent trivial access to sensitive data on mobile phones
  3. Consider excluding phones that are jail broken
  4. Provide helpful tips and reminders to users to check for updates on personal devices accessing company data
  5. Update or replace outdated hardware in use in the enterprise that may no longer be supported with security updates by the manufacturer
  6. Recommend that employees using Android devices consider Nexus handsets with more frequent and direct platform update support
  7. Address common update issues up front with guidance on problems related to updating mobile devices, such as providing tips on freeing space for updates
  8. Use free tools to detect devices with particularly concerning vulnerabilities (e.g. X-Ray for Android)

This is no longer something that can be ignored by businesses. Management and employees must work together to ensure the security of data and avoid embarrassing breaches.

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Source: Computer Weekly

The Security Risks Attached to iPad and iPhone

security risks with iPhone and iPad


The news has been awash recently with details about Apple’s reluctance to create software that will hack an iPhone at the will of the FBI.

Depending on where you stand on the moral issue of helping your country to catch terrorists, it’s a major leap for a company like Apple to place their customers’ security and privacy first.

That, in part is why the i-family of gadgets has been so popular – because the biggest risks to your security are not remote attacks, but personal theft.

Even if you’re unlucky enough to have your phone or tablet stolen, assuming the thief doesn’t know your passcode, your data is pretty safe because 10 failed attempts at your code and the contents of your phone are wiped clean.

To give you peace of mind, here are a few basic things you can do to keep your personal data safe.

Setting your passcode or password

  1. Open Settings > General and tap Passcode Lock
  2. Click Turn Passcode On
  3. Enter a four digit PIN
  4. Re-enter the four digit PIN
  5. Tap “Require Passcode” and ensure it is set to “Immediately”
  6. Tap Passcode Lock to get back to the Passcode Lock settings

If you prefer, you can use a password instead of a passcode to ensure a higher level of security, but you will need to enter the combination of letters and numbers to unlock your iPad or iPhone, so most people stick with the passcode.

  1. Tap Simple Passcode to Off
  2. Enter a password (a combination of numbers and letters)

Find My iPad/iPhone

Find My iPhone is an app and service that you can install to locate an iOS device if it has gone missing. It also enables you to remotely wipe an iPhone or iPad, or send a message to it in the hope of retrieving a lost iPhone or iPad.

  1. Click on Settings > Privacy > Location service
  2. Tap Find My iPad and click it to On
  3. Open the App Store and Find My iPhone. Install the app.

Open the Find My iPhone app on an iPad or iPhone and log in to see where all your devices are. Note that this service can also be accessed from Apple’s iCloud website.

Saving password details in Safari

The iPad can be used to save your passwords and credit card details. Before doing this it is considered advisable to set up a passcode first, as an additional security measure.

To set up Safari to save passwords follow these steps:

  1. Tap on Settings and Safari
  2. Tap Passwords & Autofill
  3. Tap the Names and Passwords button to turn it on (green)

When you next visit a website in Safari, and enter your name and password, a popup will appear asking if you want to save the password. Tap on Save Password and the password will be stored locally in the iPad.

  1. Tap Simple Passcode to Off
  2. Enter a password (a combination of numbers and letters)

To access password details in Safari

  1. Tap on Settings and Safari
  2. Tap Passwords and Autofill
  3. Tap on Saved Passwords
  4. Tap on a password entry and enter your Passcode

You can now view the Website, Username and Password details on the iPad.

To delete a password from Safari

  1. Tap on Settings and Safari
  2. Tap on Passwords and Autofill
  3. Tap Edit
  4. Tap the selection circle next to the password you want to delete
  5. Tap Delete and Delete again in the pop-up window
  6. Enter your passcode

iCloud Keychain

If you have several Apple devices and want to use Safari to save your passwords, then you can use iCloud Keychain to synchronise your passwords from one device to another. So if you enter a password into a website on your iPhone, it will automatically be added to your iPad.

You must have your passcode activated to use iCloud Keychain. Follow these steps to turn on iCloud Keychain

  1. Tap on Settings and iCloud
  2. Tap on Keychain and turn on the button next to iCloud Keychain
  3. Enter your iCloud password and tap on OK
  4. Move to another computer or device using the same iCloud. On the Mac open System Preferences and iCloud and details next to iCloud
  5. Enter your Apple ID and Password and click on Allow

Your iPad or iPhone will now have all the usernames and passwords that have been stored on your Mac (and vice versa). You can also do the same thing with your iPhone to sync between all your devices. If you don’t have a Mac you can use an iPhone to authorise the iPad or vice versa, just follow the Notification pop-up and enter your Apple ID and Password on the device.


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Wi-Fi Assist – What’s All The Fuss About?

Mobile data and wi-fi assist


If you own an iPhone and are using iOS9, you’ve probably already heard about Wi-Fi Assist.

It’s a new feature that’s been getting a lot of attention lately, especially with some reports stating that it could cost you a lot if you have a limited mobile data plan.

This is how it works: if you’re using your iPhone at home and wander outside losing your Wi-Fi signal, Wi-Fi Assist will allow your mobile data to kick in so you don’t lose connection.


It’s designed to work only when your Wi-Fi signal is too weak to deliver content. To be honest, before it existed you would provably have switched to mobile data anyway, therefore it’s unlikely to result in higher charged than you would normally incur.

How to disable Wi-Fi Assist

Of course, as with all the features available on your iPhone, you do have the option to disable Wi-Fi Assist.

All you have to do is follow these simple steps.

  1. Go to “Settings” from your home screen








2. Click on “Mobile Data”.

iPhone mobile data








3. Scroll down past your apps, right to the bottom where you’ll find “Wi-Fi Assist”. Switch it to off using the toggle.

iPhone wi-fi assist








If you have a data cap, although unlikely to cause you excessive charges, it could be wise to disable this feature, just to be on the safe side.

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What’s Draining Your Battery?

smartphone battery life


Smartphones are a Godsend.

You can be contacted anywhere, respond to emails anywhere, keep up with your social connections anywhere.

OK, at times this constant connectedness leaves you hankering for the good old days when mobiles didn’t exist, but to be honest, you’d be lost without your smartphones.

However, smartphones do have one draw back – FOFB – fear of a flat battery. Yes, you can guarantee, when you need your phone the most, your battery will die leaving you incommunicado.

It’s even more annoying when you’ve hardly used your phone all day.

Recently, Facebook as been revealed as one of the top iPhone battery guzzlers with some users complaining that background activities zap over 20% of their battery’s life.

It’s this background app activity that’s usually to blame, so how can you find out which apps are draining your battery?

If you go to Settings on your iPhone and scroll down to Battery:

iPhone battery


You’ll reach the following screen. If you scroll down to Battery usage you’ll see which are the offending apps:

iPhone battery usage


You can see how much battery each app has used over the last 24 hours or 6 days. Once you have this information you can decide on your best strategy for saving battery life. That could be closing Facebook while you’re not using it, or turning off the app’s use of your location.

Hopefully, that should help you identify which app or apps is stealing your battery life so you can enjoy a happier relationship with your iPhone.

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Do You Suffer From the Smartphone “Always On” Culture?

(Information source: Matthew Wall BBC News)

Do you have a smartphone?

I bet you check your work emails on it when you’re supposed to be on holiday.

You probably break out in a cold sweat when you realised your hotel doesn’t have wi-fi, you don’t have a phone signal, or you realise your phone’s battery is getting perilously low.

If so, you’re suffering from “always on” smartphone addiction.

Admittedly, some find smartphones liberating because they release them from the nine-to-five working environment, releasing them to something more flexible giving them more time to spend with friends and family.

For others they are a curse because they find it impossible to switch off and relax.

‘Always stressed’ syndrome

Dr Christine Grant, an occupational psychologist at Coventry University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, told the BBC: “The negative impacts of this ‘always on’ culture are that your mind is never resting, you’re not giving your body time to recover, so you’re always stressed.

“And the more tired and stressed we get, the more mistakes we make. Physical and mental health can suffer. There is a massive anxiety about relinquishing control,” she says. “In my research I found a number of people who were burnt out because they were travelling with technology all the time, no matter what time zone they were in.”

Women in particular were susceptible to doing a full day in the office, coming home to make tea and look after the kids, then putting in a late shift before going to bed.

Dr Alasdair Emslie, president of the Society of Occupational Medicine, agrees, saying: “Every year about 400,000 people in the UK report work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill.

“Changes in technology are one contributory factor, particularly if this makes employees feel they are unable to cope with increased demands or have less control in handling their workload.”

Working day

The blurring of the line dividing work and leisure brings with it another potentially serious consequence for companies.

Under the European Working Time Directive there is a 48-hour limit to the working week and you’re meant to have an 11-hour break every 24-hour period. If you’re checking texts and emails first thing in the morning and last thing at night, it’s pretty easy to bust those limits. This jeopardises companies’ duty of care towards their employees.

Research shows that more than half of workers feel they are expected to work faster and hit deadlines sooner as a result of this new connectedness, while nearly half believe their employers now expect them to be available any time, anywhere.

How to manage the load

Mobile phone and other technology companies argue that mobile connectivity is entirely beneficial, not harmful, and many younger people, office workers, and self-employed would agree.

“Smartphones and tablets… enable agile and flexible working which benefits both employers and employees alike,” says Graham Long, vice president of enterprise business team at Samsung UK.

While Chris Kozup, senior director at Aruba Networks says: “From a study we have conducted with The Future Laboratory, we found that this idea of being ‘always on’ and connected is actually helping workers manage their work/life balance.”

The key is making this new flexibility work for you and being disciplined about your smartphone usage.

So if you’re getting ready to hit the beach, set up those “out of office” email alerts, switch off your phone and put it out of reach when you go to bed.

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