person looking at android smartphone in coffee shop

Even if we don’t want to admit it, many of us rely on our smartphones for our everyday life. It’s how we stay connected and often how we get our work done. Instant access to emails and your workspace from your phone make your smartphone a detrimental device to carry around everyday. Smartphones are amazing tools that enable us to boost productivity and connect with the people we love. Sometimes, though, we begin to take this convenience for granted and get careless with our smartphones. It can seem devastating when harm befalls our smartphones. Here are a few tips to protect the screen on your Android smartphone.

 

Don’t use anything not meant for an Android screen

 

Many android phones come with a stylus. It’s important that you never use anything other than your fingers and provided styluses on the surface of your screen. Even if your phone responds to another material or device, do not use it! It can damage the screen and make it lose it’s sensitivity.

 

Don’t leave it in the sun

 

Just like direct sunlight for extended periods of time is bad for your skin, it’s also bad for your Android phone. The extended sunlight will damage the sensitivity of the screen. If left in the heat for too long, your phone has the possibility of overheating, being unusable until it is given the chance to cool down to a regular temperature.

 

Screen protectors and phone cases

 

It’s important to start protecting your phone before it breaks or cracks. It’s significantly less money to replace a phone case or screen protector than having to replace the screen or the entire phone. Invest the money up front to protect your phone to save you a lot more money farther down the road.

 

Leaving the screen on for extended periods of time

 

If you’re not actively using your phone, don’t leave the screen on. This will drain your battery, and it can also cause internal burn-in to your device. The best practice is to set up a lock-screen timeout on your Android device, so your phone screen will turn off when you’re not actively using it.

 

Don’t tap your phone to get it working again

 

For some reason, when our devices aren’t working, we’re tempted to tap or hit the device to try to “bring it back to life”. This doesn’t work on modern devices, and you run the risk of inflicting additional damage to your Android device when you do this. Instead of getting frustrated, set your phone down and walk away for a few minutes and come back. Sometimes, it just needs to be idle and the problem is fixed. Another way to fix these problems is to force restart your device.

back to school students sitting on bench looking at laptops

The end of summer signifies a few different things; cooler air, shorter days, and back to school. For high school and college students, this also usually means that you’ll need to replace some of your school supplies from the year before. New gadgets and technology are constantly coming out, so when it comes time to buy something new, it can be really intimidating to figure out what you need.

 

The right laptop

 

A laptop is the perfect device for school. You can work on your homework and assignments from absolutely anywhere, which is especially helpful for doing study groups or working in the library. There are so many different laptops to choose from, so there will definitely be something out there that’s perfect for you. Make sure you do a lot of research on the longevity of the laptop, responsiveness, recalls, and battery life before you make a selection.

 

External hard drive

 

You don’t want to be stuck trying to save your report that’s due in the morning, and realize you have no space left on your laptop. Or even worse, have your computer crash or restart and realize that you lost all the work you’ve slaved over for the last three hours. An external hard drive is a great idea to avoid both of these problems. It’s a good idea to backup all of your homework before turning it in.

 

Chargeable backpack

 

This device can be a game changer. Backpacks that can charge your devices have been released; this means that while you’re walking to or from classes, or even while you’re sitting in class, you can easily charge your laptop and phone.

 

Protective accessories for phone and laptop

 

Electronic devices can be really expensive. The best products tend to cost the most. If you’re going to be willing to spend such a hefty amount on a single item, it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t waste that money and have to replace the device if the device were to break. Always have a protective case on both your laptop and your phone. You may think it doesn’t look as sleek, but you’ll be grateful when you drop your new laptop, and the case prevents the entire thing from shattering.

 

Wireless mouse

 

If you work from a variety of different places, a wireless mouse is an excellent idea. This gives you mobility no matter what kind of laptop you have, and no matter where you’re studying or working.

Man holds smartphone with cracked screen

Modern life has become a lot more convenient, largely thanks to the tiny computer smartphones that we all carry in our pockets every single day. However iPhone and Android devices can cause their fair share of stress, as well, especially if they break! Smartphones can get pricey, especially if you have to continually get them fixed or replaced. Here are some of the most common ways that people break their smartphones… Continue reading “Common Ways that Smartphones Break” »

A man uses his Android smartphone

In the debate between Apple and Android devices, you’ve probably heard that iPhone’s tend to be have better security software than Androids. This might be true if you use your device right out of the box without changing anything, but each smartphone and tablet is only going to be as secure as the person who is using it. There are a variety of tips that you can utilize to make your android more safe and secure. Here are some security tips to remember, as Android users… Continue reading “Android Devices: Security Tips” »

A man uses a phone that is protected by a chic case of brown leather.

Smartphones have become a way of life and an expensive one at that. The last thing anyone wants is for their brand new smartphone to take a dive onto asphalt–or into a toilette. Smartphones are becoming tougher, sometimes even water proof, but if you want to keep your investment in mint condition, it’s a good idea to invest in a case. The trick is finding the right one for you. Here is a basic rundown of your options: Continue reading “Choosing the Right Phone Case” »

A little girl holds her phone in wonder as fun information and games float around her head.

If you’ve ever been on a long flight with a toddler, you know that anything from the pressure hurting their little ears, to cramped conditions, to being tired can result in a very upset child. While we shouldn’t just toss electronics at our children, there are some fun, educational, and entertaining apps that can help little kids survive those long hours on a flight. Here are some good ones to consider: Continue reading “Best Apps for Children While Traveling” »

iPhone is being held against white

Apple is notoriously secretive about their upcoming products, and likes to keep a tight wrap on things until they’re desired release dates. However, when you are a company as large as Apple, it is hard to engage in major development on products without making large footprints that give industry analysts an idea of what to expect. Here’s what we think we currently know about the iPhone 8… Continue reading “What We Think We Know About the iPhone 8” »

Girl looks at her phone with love

Smartphones have radically changed the way that we conduct so much of our lives. The tiny computers connect us to the great wide world around us in a way that we have never been connected before. Naturally, human beings have used this as a way to find love (or something similar). While apps like Tinder and sites like Match and OKCupid have paired millions of bright-eyed lovers, some people need something a little more specific. Here are some of the more unconventional dating apps that appease the desires of the more unique amongst us… Continue reading “Best Unconventional Dating Apps” »

Waterproofing Explained

We’ve all had water accidents with our phones. Phone falling out of the back pocket into the toilet is just classic, right? No? Just me? Or, an untimely shove into a lake. You were bobbing for apples and it just happened somehow. You just had to pull a Gene Kelly and go out singin’ in the rain. Whatever the way, waterlogging accidents are not uncommon, and most phones just don’t live to tell the tale. All you can do is swipe left, leave it alone, and pray.

But not with the new generation of phones. No, now they make them impervious to the effects of water, like some species of super phones. Waterproofing is a recent technology implemented by all the major phone companies.

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When Should Your Child Own a Smartphone

As this age has grown more and more technologically bound, it becomes more necessary to assimilate to the needs of the time, regardless of your own upbringing. Children are now becoming literate with smartphones and tablets as early as age 2 or 3. Even though us adults raised in a different generation may be wary or inexperienced with technology and its effects during childhood, it is the way of the future. It’s time to be proactive and make a plan for it.

Today it is not unreasonable for children and teens to have their own cell phones. A study conducted by the National Consumers League in 2012 found that 60% of parents had offered their child a cell phone by the age of 10 or 11, and that number is on the rise. At least half of these are smartphones. It’s even becoming more prevalent for 4, 5, and 6 year olds to be given a cell phone. But, how young is too young? You want to be able to give your child a means of communication, but are they ready for the responsibility?

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