Get Smarter With Your Smartphones

Smartphones are a lot smarter than just making or receiving calls, texting or listening to music, playing games, taking pictures or updating social media. With the right apps and a few tricks, you can unleash the hidden abilities of your device.

Apps that keep your meetings free of interruptions

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If you don’t want to be interrupted by your phone during meetings or while watching a movie at a theater, you can send your phone into silent mode automatically. Try apps like Silent Alarm or Silence Premium Do Not Disturb.

Silent Alarm for iOS users, will remind you after a preset amount of time that your ringer is off instead of coming out of silent mode automatically. The app also reminds you if you leave the location where you had put your phone on mute.

Silence Premium Do Not Disturb which is a great app for Android devices. You can set a mute timer if you find yourself in an endless meeting. And when you’re in silent mode, you can let the auto-responder send text to the selected contacts to inform that you’re in a meeting.

Apps that help you keep your eyes on the road

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To avoid distractions like calls and messages while driving you can have your text messages read out to you by Siri when you hear them come in. Android users can use Agent app which provides automatic response to calls and text messages and text messages are read to you when they come in. You can also check with VeloCT, available on Google Play.

Here are a few tricks with which your smartphone will provide services more than its basic functions.

Instant speaker

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Smartphone speakers are not predominantly powerful, so it can be hard to hear if you are trying to listen with a group of people or in the shower. To boost the volume, place your smartphone in a bowl or a cup with the speaker facing down. The shape of the bowl will amplify the sound. Not kidding. Try it out.

DIY light

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The torches in your phone will become useful when you try to find something in your bag or look up your seat no at a theatre. However, if you sitting outside in dark and need light, you can simply put a plastic bottle over the light and it will illuminate.

Viewing stand

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Watching something on your smartphone would often require you to hold it or it may be difficult to prop it up while you want to put it on your desk. You can buy a stand but a cheaper solution will be to use a pair of reading glasses. Turn them upside down with the lenses faces away and fit the smartphone horizontally behind the arms.

Lost your adaptor?

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It is very possible that you’re on a vacation and have forgotten to carry your charger. However, if you still have an USB cable, you can look for the USB ports that many TVs usually have these days.

What experiments have you tried with your smartphone? Let us know in the comment section.

Picture courtesy – quickanddirtytips.com,  androidcommunity.com,  pinimg.com, media.trusper.net, positivemed.com and blogspot.com

 


by techtalks @TechTalks February 25, 2016 5:00 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

Ishwar Maradi