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  • 5 commonly asked questions about your devices...

    1/ How do I save battery life?

    You can save battery by shutting down background apps, turning off wi-fi & bluetooth when not in use, turning down your screen brightness (only seems like something small but is a big battery drainer), shutting down your GPS or location services and if your really in need of saving battery some phones have ultimate power saving mode which you can activate which shuts down everything except basic options like SMS & phone calls.

    2/ What's the best case to use?

    In my opinion your best options are either Otterbox or a leather wallet case, however, no case is failsafe if you throw it under a bus you are still going to break your device.

    3/ Does tempered glass really work?

    One word answer 'yes'. It won't stop every accident but it will stop your screen from breaking from the smaller drops & knocks eg off the edge of the lounge, out of your pocket etc

    4/ Which is better Android or Apple?

    Back to the age old 'holden v's ford' debate and in my opinion is entirely personal. 

    5/ Do updates really help?

    Yes, updates contain bug fixes for previous problems. Doing these updates regularly will help prevent small glitches from happening.

    Click the following link to see what's rumoured to be coming up with the next Apple update

    www.geeky-gadgets.com/ios-9-to-support-older-apple-devices-25-05-2015

     

  • HOW TO BACK UP MY iPHONE/iPAD

     Icloud

     1. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

    2. Tap Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud.

    3. Scroll down, tap Backup, and make sure that iCloud  Backup is turned on.

    4.   Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network    until the process completes.

    5.   Make sure that the backup finished: Tap Settings > iCloud >    Storage > Manage Storage, then select your device. The     backup should appear in the details with the time and  backup size.

    6.    Visit www.icloud.com enter your username & password and verify your data has been saved. Anything that has been backed up should be visible. 

     

    Automatically back up with iCloud Backup

    To let iCloud automatically back up your device each day, here's what you need to do:

    • Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > iCloud > Backup.
    • Connect your device to a power source.
    • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
    • Make sure that your device's screen is locked.
    • Check that you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup.

     

    iTunes

    1. Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer. 

    2. If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This  Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your  passcode, get help.

    3. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes.  If your device doesn't appear in iTunes, learn what to do.

    4. If you want to save Health and Activity data from your iOS  device or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt your  backup: Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and  create a memorable password.

    5. After the process ends, you can see if your backup finished  successfully in iTunes Preferences > Devices. You should see  the name of your device with the date and time that iTunes  created the backup. If you encrypted your backup, you  should also see beside the name of your device.

     

     

     

  • Backup & Restore Samsung Phone Data with Kies 

    Backup Phone/table Data

     

    1.  Plug your Samsung device into the computer via USB cable. Upon the first time connecting your phone to the computer it should walk you through how to set up Samsung Kies. Once successfully connected choose “Backup & Restore”  option and click “Data Backup”. 

    2.  Choose the data you need, or tick all the data. Once  selected click the “backup” button at the top-right corner  & start backup process. Press the “Complete” button to  end the process. 

  • Backup & Restore Sony xperia 

    Use the Backup & restore application to make backups of content to a memory card or a USB storage device.

    1.  Select Backup destination 

    From the HOME screen tap   

    Find & tap Back up & restore 

    Tap Back up

    Tap the bar under Where to store data

    Select the destination to which you want to backup.

    2.  From the HOME screen tap   

     Find & tap Back up & restore 

     Tap Back up

     Select the data types that you want to back up.

    3. From the HOME screen tap   

    Find & tap Back up & restore 

    Tap Back up then tap Back up Now

    Enter a password for the backup , then tap OK

  • Use AssistiveTouch on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

    You can use AssistiveTouch to control your device.

     

    How to turn on AssistiveTouch

    Ways to turn on AssistiveTouch:

    • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, then turn on AssistiveTouch.
    • Tell Siri “Turn on AssistiveTouch.” 
    • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and turn on AssistiveTouch. 

    When Accessibility Shortcut is on, you can turn AssistiveTouch on or off from any screen using Triple-click Home. Just press the Home button three times. To adjust the Triple-click speed, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home-click Speed.

    Assistive touch appears as a square on your screen with a circle in the middle, similar looking to the home button. See picured below.

     

    When you turn on AssistiveTouch, you’ll see the AssistiveTouch menu. 

    You can drag it to any edge of the screen. Tap the menu to open it. To close the AssistiveTouch menu just tap it while it's open.

     

    To use AssistiveTouch to control your device

    You can use AssistiveTouch to find and adjust certain settings on your device like Volume, Rotate Screen, Lock Screen, and more. Tap the AssistiveTouch menu and tap the setting you want to change.

    To turn off your device, follow these steps: 

    1. Open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Device.
    2. Touch and hold Lock Screen until "slide to power off” appears.

    You can also use AssistiveTouch to access your Home screen. Just open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Home. To use Siri, open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Siri. You’ll only see Siri on devices with iOS 5 or later.

    To access your Notifications, open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Notification Center. To get to the Control Center, open the AssistiveTouch menu and tap Control Center. From here, you'll be able to do things like turn Bluetooth on and off, use AirPlay and AirDrop, take photos,  and more.

    Please refer to the Apple website for further details https://support.apple.com

  • With the return to school and the need for more device integration into education you may be finding it difficult to help your child manage their screen time.

    As we all know this is a very important parenting role these days with studies linking excessive screen time to learning and behavioural difficulties, particularly in boys. Problem is we are all so busy and if the kids are happy and quiet sometimes we don't notice just how long they've spent on their devices or sometimes they may start out on it to do their homework and end up entertaining themselves while we are getting on with our chores.

    Let's be honest sometimes it feels like it's not worth the argument today! With this in mind we wanted to share with you the discovery of an app which has helping in our house for about a year now. We have shared it with family and friends and on our facebook page but thought it deserved more recognition as it's been an invaluable tool in our house with teens through to small children. 

    Ourpact.com is a fantastic app for parents/carers and their young ones. It gives you the option to control your children's access to devices with the touch of a button ad even schedule times when you would rather them not have access to their device. 

    There is now a small monthly fee involved with the use of multiple devices but when we weigh up the small cost for the assistance it's given us it is well worth it in our eyes. 

    The basic idea is that you connect your childs device to your device which acts as the control centre (so make sure your device is password protected so your don't have any cheeky little ones making changes without your knowledge). From the control centre you can access each linked device to set up scheduled down time, we have set ours to go off at the specific time in the evening and turn back on at a allowable time in the morning. One schedule for the weekdays and another for the weekend. It also allows you to allow your child access when you feel they need or deserve it during a scheduled period or block their devices on demand for a specified amount of time or indefinately.

    The basic premise of the app is that once it's activated all the apps which didn't come factory standard on your childs device are removed from the device for the chosen period. It does still allow them to access their phone calls and sms and other basic features but used in conjuction with the 'restrictions' feature on Apple devices other features may also be managed. Keep an eye out for our upcoming information on how to use the 'restrictions' feature for your Apple devices.

     

    As a service to our customers who are playing the role as parents we will be reviewing apps to help with our important role as the caregivers and educators of our future generations, this space for more helpful tips keep an eye out on our facebook, instagram feeds and on this page for more useful information. Please note that we are not affiliated or endorsed by any of the entities we are promoting.

  • Keeping our young ones innocence

    In this technologic age it can be very difficult to stay on top of our young ones use of technology.
    In addition to monitoring your child's usage and using an app such as Ourpact.com to restrict usage, if they use an iPad/iPod/iPhone please utilise the restrictions options in settings. This facility has options to help with access to adult content, limit web searches, allows you to stop adding friends in app or making in app purchases. It also has options for different age limits along with restrictions for adding/removing games and explicit content. 
    Please see the following instructionson how to enable restrictions.


    To access Restrictions, select Settings > General > Restrictions.

    By default, Restrictions is disabled. To enable it, select Enable Restrictions. 
    You will be prompted to enter a new 4-digit passcode that will only be used to access Restrictions. 
    Do not set this to the same passcode used to unlock the iPad or a password known to the child,anyone who knows the 
    passcode will be able to make changes to the restrictions and potentially disable them without your knowledge.

    Restrictions allows you to enable or disable an app or function of iOS. If you do not want 
    to allow access to Safari or the Camera, you can disable the app and it will be hidden from the home screen.

    You can disable access to install or delete apps, as well as the ability to make In-App Purchases. 
    If this option has been disabled within Restrictions In-App Purchases will not be possible.

    You can customise the ratings of music & podcasts, movies, TV shows, apps and books that can be viewed on the device.
    The same restrictions also apply to the iTunes Store, so movies of a restricted rating cannot be purchased or previewed.
    The same type of restrictions can be applied to music and TV shows, allowing you to block access to any music or podcasts containing explicit content or TV shows that display a caution.

    For books purchased through the iBook store, you can filter any content that contains explicit sexual content.
    All apps within the App Store are given an age rating based upon their content. Certain apps have to be rated 17+ if they 
    allow access to unfiltered content.
    Siri can be completely disabled. If you'd prefer to still have Siri available, you can filter explicit language and also prevent it from performing web searches and providing search results.
    Using Restrictions you can enable adult filtering by selecting Limit Adult Content, blocking access to sites that may not be suitable for children. to take it a step further, you can select Specific Websites Only, which is pre-populated with some well known family-friendly sites. You can add additional sites by tapping Add a Website... or edit the list by selecting the Edit button. 
    With filters enabled, any site that is blocked will be met with a warning, advising that the site the user is trying to access is blocked. If the site should be allowed, you can tap Allow Website. iOS will then ask for the Restrictions passcode and then add the current sites to its list of approved websites. 
    Game Center can be restricted so that multiplayer gaming is not allowed, additionally, you can prevent the addition of friends within Game Center.