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4 Ways to Get More Productivity Out of Your Smartphone

4 Ways to Get More Productivity Out of Your Smartphone

Smartphones are incredible productivity tools that anyone can take advantage of for personal computing or business purposes. Thanks to the large amount of mobile applications available, there are countless ways that people can reimagine various aspects of their lives for the better. To help you out, we’ve put together four of our favorite smartphone tips that you might find useful.

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Tip of the Week: Managing All Aspects of Your Phone Can Keep Battery Life from Being a Problem

Tip of the Week: Managing All Aspects of Your Phone Can Keep Battery Life from Being a Problem

We've all experienced the frustration of a drained smartphone battery, and if not, you've likely become accustomed to constantly carrying a charger. But what exactly leads to the rapid depletion of a smartphone's battery?

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Tip of the Week: Understanding Your Smartphone Battery’s Lifespan

Tip of the Week: Understanding Your Smartphone Battery’s Lifespan

When your smartphone battery dies, you’re left feeling inconvenienced and, likely, pretty annoyed. Unless you’re carrying your charger on you at all times, you’ll need to find a solution to your battery charge issues. The solution, like with many other technological issues, is to be proactive and take action to keep your battery from dying in the first place. That’s what we’re here to discuss today.

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What You Should Do if You Think You’ve Lost Your Phone

What You Should Do if You Think You’ve Lost Your Phone

Even the most dedicated smartphone user will lose it from time to time, which is particularly inconvenient if you are away from the safety of your home or office. To help address this issue, we’ve put together some ideas for what you should do if you ever do lose your device.

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Make Sure You Avoid this Malware-Spreading Version of WhatsApp

Make Sure You Avoid this Malware-Spreading Version of WhatsApp

As one of the world’s most popular messaging applications, WhatsApp is a well-known tool, even in the business world. More notable is that WhatsApp—a platform known for its end-to-end encryption and security—now has a modified and unofficial version called YoWhatsApp, which has been deploying malware to unsuspecting users.

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You Can Do So Many Cool Things with Today’s Smartphones

You Can Do So Many Cool Things with Today’s Smartphones

With all the doom and gloom surrounding cybersecurity, it’s easy to get lost in the negative aspect of technology advancement. That being said, however, we do really love technology, and advancements in smartphone technology, in particular, have made amazing strides and led to great achievements in business and elsewhere. We just wanted to take today to appreciate smartphones and how incredible they are.

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Tip of the Week: Avoid Buying Into These Common Smartphone Battery Life Myths

Tip of the Week: Avoid Buying Into These Common Smartphone Battery Life Myths

Nothing says “panic mode” quite like a dying smartphone. To avoid falling into this predicament, many users keep their phones plugged in to keep the battery topped off. A common saying is that this practice is actually bad for battery life, but how much truth is there in this statement? Let’s take a deeper dive and see if we can separate the fact from fiction, as well as what factors do influence your smartphone’s battery life.

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Tip of the Week: What to Do if Your Smartphone Goes Missing

Tip of the Week: What to Do if Your Smartphone Goes Missing

Uh oh—your mobile device is missing.

If you ever find yourself in this situation, time is of the essence… particularly if you have reason to believe that your device was stolen. To help prevent things from getting messy, we’ve put together a checklist for you to run down in case you suddenly can’t find your smartphone or tablet.

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Tip of the Week: What to Do Before You Lose Your Phone

Tip of the Week: What to Do Before You Lose Your Phone

It isn’t like anyone actively means to lose their smartphone, but stuff happens. After all, many of us have our device in-hand for most of our waking hours, so there’s plenty of opportunities for it to be left behind somewhere. Fortunately, there are ways that you can set up your smartphone to help track it should it be lost, whether it’s an Apple device or on the Android platform.

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Tip of the Week: Keeping a Smartphone Cool

Tip of the Week: Keeping a Smartphone Cool

Smartphone users know how hot their devices can get, seemingly without reason, and how unnerving that can be. No wonder—these heat levels can damage the device itself. This means it is very important to try and control its temperature as best you can. We’ve put together some tips to help you keep your phone from overheating.

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Essential Hardware for the Pandemic

Essential Hardware for the Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic over a half a year old now, people have been pretty resilient and found their footing after the shock of being sent home from work early in March. Many people have actually returned to work, joining millions of essential workers that worked through the government-mandated shut down periods. There are millions of others, however, who are still working from home, as their businesses try to keep operations running smoothly with a remote workforce. 

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How to Properly Manage Mobile Devices Connected to Your Business

How to Properly Manage Mobile Devices Connected to Your Business

As remote work has become more common, so have tools that assist mobility and Bring Your Own Device strategies. Considering this, businesses need the means to keep control of their data and the technology that can access it. To do so, Mobile Device Management cannot be oversold as a benefit.

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Is My Smartphone Tracking COVID-19 Exposures Without My Consent?

Is My Smartphone Tracking COVID-19 Exposures Without My Consent?

Remember a few months ago when Google and Apple joined forces to come up with a system to help state and local governments establish a COVID-19 Exposure Notification system? If you didn’t, you aren’t alone. A lot has been going on lately. Just to catch you up, the two tech giants recently pushed out an update across nearly all modern smartphones so state and local governments can deploy apps to notify people when they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Let’s do a deep dive on what this means for your privacy.

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Tip of the Week: Apps to Avoid on Android

Tip of the Week: Apps to Avoid on Android

It is an indisputable fact that the Google Play Store has a ridiculous number of applications for users to select from. It is also a fact that many of these applications should not be downloaded, and instead actively avoided. For this week’s tip, we’re giving a few examples of the kind of app you should steer clear of, and why.

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How a Mobile Device Policy Can Benefit Your Business

How a Mobile Device Policy Can Benefit Your Business

With mobile devices being as popular as they are, so ingrained into modern culture, the fact of the matter is that your employees are going to have them in the workplace. They may even want to use them in a work capacity. This can provide a few benefits to a business, as long as it is managed properly. A carefully-crafted mobile device policy can help accomplish this.

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Are We Giving Virtual Assistants Too Much Leeway?

Are We Giving Virtual Assistants Too Much Leeway?

Virtual assistants have seen an increased usage in the workplace, improving general productivity, but not without placing organizations at considerable risk if left unchecked. Depending on how much you rely on virtual assistants, you might want to take a closer look at what data is being accessed by them, and the role they play in your organization.

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The Top 5 Smartphones for the Start of 2019

The Top 5 Smartphones for the Start of 2019

The smartphone market is one of the oddest ecosystems in the world today. Divided between east and west, many of the largest manufacturers in the eastern hemisphere are relatively unknown to western consumers. The market slump that the smartphone industry is currently experiencing only makes it more important to closely examine the features and other improvements that these devices offer. Below, we examine five of the best options for a user’s consideration.

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Making the Switch from Apple to Android? Be Prepared!

Making the Switch from Apple to Android? Be Prepared!

With so many options that don’t cost $800, the Android mobile OS gains more customers every day. If you were a dedicated iPhone user that is looking to switch to Android, you have to be cognizant of the things you will need to ensure that you are able to transfer the information you need, and be able to seamlessly pick up your new device without missing a beat. Here are some issues you should consider:

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Tip of the Week: Moving Your Apps to Your New Phone

Tip of the Week: Moving Your Apps to Your New Phone

While it feels great to power on a new phone and marvel at its slick new interface and features, you might feel frustrated by the fact that you now have to reinstall all of the applications and data that was on your original device. This week’s tip is dedicated to helping you make this process easier and more efficient for an Android smartphone.

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Have You Considered What You’re Really Losing When You Lose Your Phone?

Have You Considered What You’re Really Losing When You Lose Your Phone?

Losing a smartphone can be a problem for anyone. For the modern business, it can really cause issues. Mobile devices are notorious for housing a lot of personal information, which makes them extraordinarily dangerous to lose track of. How much is at stake with mobile devices going missing; and, what kind of information is stored on these devices that makes them so dangerous to misplace?

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