April 21, 2019

8 Smartphones with Outstanding Battery Life

With so much of our lives revolving around communication, having a Smartphone has become a necessity.  But your device needs to keep a long-lasting charge.  With that in mind, here’s a list of 8 Smartphones with outstanding battery life.

Smartphone Talk Time Web Browsing

Total Time per charge

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

28.5

11
OnePlus One

34

Blackberry Passport

24

Huawei Ascend Mate 2

25

Nokia Lumia 1520

29

12.5
iPhone 6 Plus

24

12
Samsung Galaxy S5

21

10
Droid Turbo

48

 

*Amounts are listed in hours and based on manufacturer’s testing.

Apple’s New Call Forward Feature, Not So User Friendly

The noble idea in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite of making your Apple devices work together better turns continuity into annoyance.

Apple’s new call forwarding feature might not be so user friendly.  Answering messages and answering calls on whatever Apple device is convenient (your iPhone, iPad, or Mac) can be a headache.  For instance if a call comes in, it will ring to the iPhone first, then a few seconds later to the iPad and Mac.  Due to this delay, answering the call on your iPhone doesn’t stop the other devices from ringing.  And you can be left with multiple devices all ringing at once, creating a cacophony of sounds.

An easy solution, turn off notifications.

Go to System -> Preferences -> Notification -> Messages adjust the Messages alert style to None.  You can also turn off sounds from this same location, uncheck Play sound for Notification.

If you prefer to receive messages only to your iPhone you can turn off iMessages to your other devices.

To stop forwarding to iPad or turn the notification sound off

Settings -> Messages, switch off iMessage

Settings -> Notifications -> Messages -> Notification Sound -> None

Stopping iMessage on your Mac will disable all features, including send, receive, and read.

Messages -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Apple ID, uncheck Enable this Account

 

Why we want Windows 10

Let’s face it.  Not all of us enjoyed Windows 8.  A lot of consumers were scared off by the drastic changes of the touch-friendly, tile-based system.

But with the soon to come Windows 10, Microsoft has blended the familiar features pc users loved for twenty years while moving forward with their new OS for PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Users can look forward to seeing the familiar Start button; the traditional Desktop view returns; Continuum Mode allows for ease of use with hybrid laptop/tablet computers; and Task View for multi-tasking via multiple desktops.

Although the projected ship date is 2015, Windows 10 is well on its way to righting the wrongs of its predecessor.

Tech Savvy behind the wheel

Most states now ban the use of texting and dialing on a cell phone while driving.  But recent a recent AAA study shows that other technologies can be just as bad when behind the wheel.

Driving is not only a physical activity but a mental one.  The AAA study contends that whether it’s Apples Siri assistant or an automakers in-dash system, voice-controlled technologies can be just as distracting.  Current shortcomings in these products, intended as safety features, may unintentionally cause greater levels of cognitive distraction.

Drivers tested six models from Toyota, Chevy, Mercedes, Ford, Chrysler, and Hyundai.  On a scale of 1-5, the Toyota Entune ranked best while Mercedes and Chevy ranked lowest.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/talking-to-siri-while-driving-is-pretty-dangerous-99428536494.html

Antivirus Solutions

We’ve all heard it on the news.  There’s another virus or malware effecting millions of computers users around the world.  We’ve been advised to install or upgrade existing antivirus software; and scan our computers.

Exactly what is a virus or malware program?  And what damage can it cause?

A computer virus is much like a flu virus.  It starts in the host computer and then replicates itself to other computers.  This can be through email; shared files; or a local area network.

A malware program tries to appear as if it’s a normal program; you may see a new icon on your desktop; a new program listed in the Programs that are installed on your computer; or you may see a pop-up prompting you to take action.  In reality, this malware is running code in the background causing a variety of issues.

Both a virus or malware can cause slowness on your computer and local network; annoying pop-ups displayed on your desktop; loss of data; and countless hours in loss of productivity.  What starts with one computer can have a ripple effect and cause an entire office to stop functioning.

How can you protect and defend against these threats?  There are many software manufactures of antivirus and malware programs.  But how do you know which one is best?

Whether you have one computer or fifty, Zephyr Networks can assist you determine an antivirus solution that is best for you and your company.

Simple Steps to a Secure Password

If you’ve had to reset any of your passwords, you’ve run into the stricter requirements that all websites are now enforcing.  These requirements may include using both lower and upper case letters; using numbers; or using a symbol.  By incorporating these, your making a secure password, and  you’re helping to ensure the privacy of your information.

But how can these simple and effect steps create a secure password?

The longer and more complex your password is, the better.

With the increasing amount of online purchases and transaction, safeguarding your information is more important than ever.

Here are 5 other easy ways to help you create a more secure password.

1. Use a password phrase

  • A quote for your favorite movie, book, poem, or song:  ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’[1]
  • A famous saying:  ‘My fellow Americans’

2. Substitute numbers and symbols in place of letters

  •  Leaves of Grass  —>  Le@v3 of Gr4$$[2]

3. Create an acronym

  • ‘Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’[3] —>  TIGAFWNIKA

4. Misspell or write your password backwards

  • Broadway  —>  Braodway
  • Broadway  —>  yawdaorB

5. Create a pattern on your keyboard

  • Make a zigzag pattern by using letters and numbers that are above or below one another for example, FT6yhu8IK

 


[1] JAWS, 1975

[2] Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

[3] Wizard of Oz, 1939

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