Smartphone

The New iPhone Is On The Way, And It’s Going To Be AMAZING

Actually, THREE new iPhones are apparently in the works.

April 19, 2017

Do You Have Nomophobia?

Know that feeling of anxiety when you can’t find your phone?

November 16, 2015

10 Of The Coolest Things You Can Do With Your Phone

It makes phone calls, sends text messages and of course you can browse the internet from it, but did you know your mobile phone can also do the following 10 things?

1. Take a screen shot

Have you ever wanted to quickly capture a web page or a piece of text that made you laugh? Whether on your iPhone or iPad, simply hold the home button and the on/off button at the same time to take a screen shot. It will immediately save to your camera roll so you can view again when you like.

2. Create a passcode with letters 

Rather than choosing a set of numbers for your passcode, opt for a memorable word instead. This can come in useful if you break your phone and have it fixed by Lovefone. To set it up, just go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off the ‘simple passcode.’ Go to set passcode and a full keyboard will appear instead of the number pad. When you next need to unlock your phone, this keyboard will reappear and prompt you to enter the code. 

3. See which planes are overhead

Ask Siri, “What flights are above me?” or say, “Planes overhead,” and it will pull up a chart featuring each plane’s flight number, altitude, and angle.

4. Get a quick charge

Tired of waiting for your iPhone to charge? If you’re in a rush and need to charge your phone, put it in Airplane mode and plug in for a faster charge time. 

5. Take rapid photos 

According to The Telegraph, a recent poll revealed that 5.4 million British tourists upload their pictures within just ten minutes of arriving at their holiday destination. Rapid shots come in handy whilst on holiday so you don’t miss a special moment. Simply hold down the camera capture button to take photos in burst mode – you’re guaranteed a good shot!

6. Have your emails read to you

Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you!

7. Use the volume buttons for a perfect selfie 

According to the Metro, a new survey has revealed that on average, women delete five selfies before settling on the sixth, which they deem good enough to post online. It can be difficult to take the perfect selfie by touching the capture button so use the volume buttons instead!

8. Customise the vibration

Do you tend to have your phone on silent or vibrate more often than having it on loud? Never fear, now you can customise the vibration pattern so you can work out who’s calling you without even having to look! Just go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration.

9. Choose flash alerts

Set your phone to emit a bright LED flash instead of playing a sound. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll down and turn on ‘LED Flash for Alerts.’

10. Shake to delete

Did you change your mind about that text message half way through? Simply shake your phone to activate an ‘Undo Typing’ box.

April 28, 2015

6 Wedding Apps You Need Now

Planning a wedding is already stressful enough, especially if you aren’t actually using the services of a planner.

Rather than spending a small fortune on one of your own, there are a number of applications you can download right onto your phone which can really help. We’ve culled down our list of six wedding apps you need to purchase, right now!

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Glamazon

This ones just for the bride, and will track down your local hairdresser, nail salon, and beauty parlour along with reviews for each store. Ideal if you’re living in the city, Eastern suburbs, or Lower North Shore.

Wedding Budget

The perfect app if you’re on a strict budget, and need to know how much money you’re allocating to each part of your wedding. You can easily create as many lists as you like, and it will control your spending.

Weddy Free

Specially designed to organise every single aspect about your big day. Easily manage your guests, food, and even gifts on this free app.

2life

The ultimate planning app which easily syncs up your gift registry (in Australian dollars), and provides instant support for every aspect of your wedding. Ideal for couples who want to keep everything in order, and control their spending.

WedPics

Organise all of your wedding pics into one handy app which can be used by both the bridal party even your guests. It’s a simple way to share all the photos from your wedding, which can be downloaded on both your computer and smart phone.

Wedding Countdown Widget

Who doesn’t want a countdown to the biggest day of their life? This fun app appears on your home screen, and counts down the seconds until your wedding day. Cute!

Image via The Lodge At Brothers Cove

February 19, 2015

iPhone Addiction: Fact Or Fiction?

Have you ever broken out into a cold sweat when you’ve misplaced your iPhone or left home without it? Or have you cried bitter tears if you’ve ever damaged your beloved iPhone beyond repair and then couldn’t get a replacement within an hour? Did you experience an actual stab of physical pain? Do you still get a buzz when you see “sent from my iPhone” on the end of your emails? And, are you akin to a crack addict each time Apple releases its next, new model iPhone?

Girlfriend, I hate to be the one to break it to you – but, like me, you might be a tad too enamoured with your smartphone. And we’re not alone – news has just hit that Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in just three months, according to the company’s recently released, new fiscal third-quarter report.

This new smartphone technology – thank you, Apple – has revolutionised the way we do business, for one. Now, you can easily organise your entire working life via the swipe of a fingertip. What’s more, smartphones bridge the gap with loved ones, helping us to much easier connect, anywhere, at any time.

There’s a lot to love about the new technologies, but can they also prove too much of a curse? Are we so obsessed with our iPhones that we’re damaging our relationships by constantly checking our phones morning, noon and night? Are we missing out on experiencing actual joy, with real-life humans, around us? Are we so busy Instagramming everything we see, eat and experience, that we’re losing touch with our loved ones? Then there’s the extreme lack of social etiquette and unkindness of having your head buried in your palm, when your husband, mother, business colleague or child is talking to you.

I recently read about a big society wedding at which guests had to surrender their iPhones pre-ceremony, not to be returned until reception end. Inspired idea, I thought – but I’d find that hard to do, myself. So, is our intense consumer devotion to the iPhone an actual addiction?

Psychologists differ on their thoughts on the subject, but say it is possible to develop an iPhone addiction, although the impact would not be anywhere near as dire as in the health impact of alcoholism, or financial impact as with gambling. It’s more about the social impact, such as the negative impact on our relationships.

And, as with addiction to drugs or cigarettes or food, the chemical driver of our iPhone mania is said to be the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine. Right, I must fly – I’ve got to check my Twitter/Instagram and email!

What do you think? Is our iPhone fixation a negative or a positive?

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August 4, 2014