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Our inventions have always aimed towards making life easier. They can be physical (cars or production lines) or mental (as with computers). The smartphone is one such invention that reduces mental pressure. With easy-to-understand information at our fingertips, we no longer have to worry about traffic or navigate to nearby cafes/Restaurants. An individual does not have to think about how to move files across folders. Hence the time saved may be used to build new software, read a book, or participate in an intellectual conversation, and a lot more. In my opinion, smartphones can make you dumber and smarter; it's your choice, what you want to be.
Let us go through some Pros and Cons of smartphones:
Surfing Web: In addition to Wi-Fi and laptops, smartphone technology, particularly broadband wireless, has brought the web to the subway, vehicles, and parks – everywhere, there is a cellular signal. Moreover, modern smartphones can show nearly as much internet as PCs, including business news sites and HD videos, including Live Streaming HD videos.
In addition to Wi-Fi and laptops, smartphone technology, particularly broadband wireless, has brought the web to the subway, vehicles, and parks. | Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash
From many Devices to One: You may have required a whole bag to carry all of your business equipment. You'd need a pager, mobile, and Personal Digital Assistant. You may also require a Music player, e-reader, camera, and GPS. A smartphone is a pocket-sized gadget with a CPU, speakers, camera, GPS receiver, Wi-Fi adaptor, and high-definition touch-sensitive screen.
A smartphone is a pocket-sized gadget with a CPU, speakers, camera, GPS receiver, Wi-Fi adaptor, and high-definition touch-sensitive screen. | Photo by James Yarema on Unsplash
Multiple Programs are Accessible: A large number of mobile apps are available in the twentieth century. The smartphone's sensors, portability, and programmability have made it a gadget with virtually infinite uses. Aside from games, various productivity applications are available to save ideas, manage meeting notes, and more. Apps that track steps and calories can help you and your team stay active. Internet radio and podcasting applications provide up new audio worlds. Handheld compass, leveling, and flashlight applications. Apps that allow you to paint, edit photographs, or compose music encourage creativity.
Aside from games, various productivity applications are available to save ideas, manage meeting notes, and more. | Photo by Luca on Unsplash
Security Flaws: Not only is it possible to hack into your smartphone, but it is also incredibly simple to do so without your awareness. Even if a malicious hacker cannot access your phone, they can attempt to obtain the sensitive information contained within it, such as contacts, locations visited, bank details, passwords, and even e-mails.
Even if a malicious hacker cannot access your phone, they can attempt to obtain the sensitive information contained within it. | Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Wastage of Time: It's easy to dismiss excessive phone use as innocuous. Because these wasted moments occur in little bursts througout the day, you may not realize how much time you're wasting, but this adds up to a lot of lost time. Multiple surveys revealed that consumers spent over 5.5 hours a day using their cell phones in 2020. We all know we spend time on a smartphone scrolling, swipig, and surfing what is not necessary, and then we cannot sleep with the same regret.
Multiple surveys revealed that consumers spent over 5.5 hours a day using their cell phones in 2020. | Photo by Malvestida Magazine on Unsplash
Anti-Social: Text messages and phone conversations replace face-to-face interaction, making communication easier. This may lead to antisocial conduct as people prefer texting over talking or meeting in person. Because we choose to isolate ourselves with this smartphone, it might cause severe social issues such as loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and despair.
we choose to isolate ourselves with this smartphone, it might cause severe social issues such as loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and despair. | Photo by Adrian Swancar on Unsplash
Whatever the case, the fact is that smartphone technology often makes activities more accessible and more enjoyable; however, it can also degrade our mental faculties and cause us to lose sight of our more critical objectives. So, Are Smartphone Turning YOU Dumb? This is the question I leave for the reader to answer at a personal level.
Keywords: smartphone, applications, surfing, social, gadgets, mental health
Apple will be forced to loosen the grip it holds on its App Store payment system, a U.S. federal judge ruled Friday in a closely watched battle with Fortnite maker Epic Games. Though app makers will be able to take steps to skirt the up to 30% commission Apple takes on sales, the tech giant avoided being branded an illegal monopoly in the case. Here are some key questions on the App Store and the impact of the ruling:
How does the App Store work?
The App Store acts as the lone gateway for mobile applications of any kind onto iPhones or other Apple devices. Apple requires developers to adhere to its rules for what apps can or can't do, and Apple makes them use the App Store payment system for all transactions there. Apple takes a commission of up to 30% of app purchases or transactions, contending it is a fair fee for providing a safe, global platform for developers to hawk their creations. Apple maintains that 85% of the estimated 1.8 million apps at the digital shop pay nothing to the Silicon Valley-based tech giant.
Apple requires developers to adhere to its rules for what apps can or can't do, and Apple makes them use the App Store payment system for all transactions there. Photo by James Yarema on Unsplash
What was the ruling?
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers said that Apple's control of the App Store did not amount to a monopoly, but that it must let developers include links to other online venues for buying content or services. App makers will be able to provide links that users can click on to take them to another website to buy content or otherwise interact. Apple can still require its payment system to be used for in-app purchases, meaning it should still get its share of transactions such as buying virtual gear in a game or a subscription. Gonzalez Rogers wrote that Apple violated California's laws against unfair competition but that it was not "an anti-trust monopolist … for mobile gaming transactions."
The biggest change lovers of Apple mobile gadgets might notice is that apps should start showcasing links enticing them to leave the App Store to spend money. Apple representatives called the ruling a validation of the App Store business model. The judge did not order Apple to let Fortnite back into the App Store, and the studio's CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter that the game would return only "when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple."
The biggest change lovers of Apple mobile gadgets might notice is that apps should start showcasing links enticing them to leave the App Store to spend money. Photo by Fabian Albert on Unsplash
Bite out of Apple's revenue?
It will be difficult to estimate what sort of bite the ruling will take from the company's income. Most of the offerings at the App Store are created by small developers who haven't built their own payment systems the way Epic Games runs its own online shop, analyst Carolina Milanesi said. Small developers likely see benefits to using Apple's payment system and provided perks, such as promoting apps or handling refunds, the analyst added. App users might also feel more comfortable trusting transactions on Apple's platform rather than entering credit cards or other information on third-party websites. "How many developers can do something else when it comes to payment systems and how many customers are interested in using something else?" Milanesi asked. "I don't think this ruling is a problem for Apple from a revenue perspective." And Apple may be planning to more than offset any lost revenue with its own advertising business, according to the analyst.
(Article Originally Written by Agence France-Presse) (VOA/MBI)
Keywords: Apple, Appstore, Iphone, Apple Devices, Gadgets
Samsung on Wednesday launched its affordable Galaxy A03s smartphone for Indian consumers that comes in two storage options starting at Rs 11,499. The Galaxy A03s is priced at Rs 11,499 for 3GB+32GB variant and Rs 12,499 for the 4GB+64GB variant. It offers three colors -- black, blue and white and will be available across retail stores, Samsung.com and leading online portals.
Galaxy A03s features a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V display with a 20:9 aspect ratio that provides vivid clarity. The smartphone offers an immersive viewing experience and is a delight for binge-watchers to enjoy their favorite content on the go, the company said in a statement. Galaxy A03s is equipped with a triple camera setup that lets you take sharp and clear shots, it added. On the rear, it has a 13MP main camera, 2MP macro and 2MP depth camera.
There is a 5MP front camera that comes with live focus, built-in filters and different camera modes so you can take the best possible selfies. The smartphone is powered by the advanced Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P35 processor and 5000mAh battery.
Galaxy A03s supports Android 11 and One UI 3.1 Core that offers separate viewing and interaction along with the Night Mode for a comfortable viewing experience at night time. It comes with a side fingerprint sensor. The smartphone also supports premium Samsung services that include Samsung Health, Samsung Members, and Smart Switch for a smooth experience.(IANS/TI)
Most people have smartphones in their hands which are being used all over the world, and some people change their smartphone every two years so that they might have difficulty transferring data from one smartphones to another. For example, people do not know how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android, how to transfer data from Android to Android, or iPhone to iPhone.
If the transferring work is done manually, it will take a lot of time, and if it is done with the help of a software or online cloud, it will take less time and the task of data transfer will be completed quickly. This article will give you complete information about these two methods and will guide you in a good way.
The following are some of the simplest and quickest ways to transfer contact and some other personal date from one device to another device with in a matter of minutes.
Transfer contacts from iOS to Android using Google Drive
Now you may be wondering how you can easily transfer data with the help of software or any kind of online cloud. As far as the online cloud is concerned, Google provides you with an excellent online cloud that gives you full support with unlimited storage. And as far as software is concerned, there are many software's available in the market that can do this job easily. I will tell you to transfer your phone contacts from iOS to Android via Google Drive. You can easily achieve this goal by following this procedure.
Step. 01: First, download the Google Drive software from your Apple store.
Step. 02: After downloading, log in with your Google Account.
Step. 03: Now open the Backup Wizard by tapping on the hamburger menu, and heading to Settings.
Step. 04: Now when you click on the backup button you will see a list of contacts, calendars, photos, and calendars.
Step. 05: Now here you have to think that if you want to back up only contacts then just click on the contact option but if you want to back up all kinds of data in your mobile then you can Right click on the backup button and it will start backing up your mobile to Google Drive.
Step. 06: Once the backup process is complete, a backup of all your contacts has been uploaded to Google Drive.
Step. 07: In the next step, you can download and install Google Drive on your Android phone.
Step. 08: After installing this software, log in from your same Gmail account and click on the Restore button to download the contacts saved from your iPhone to the Android device.
Step. 09: Now your iPhone contacts will start showing in Android contacts.
Transfer data from iOS to Android using Dr.Fone
This second method will tell you the convenient way to transfer contacts from your iPhone to Android phone or from one iPhone to another. With this method you can easily transfer not only your contacts but also other types of data from one mobile to another with just one click. The software that I would recommend to you is called Dr.Fone - Phone Transfer.
This tool can easily transfer all your contacts from one mobile to another with one click. This application supports all types of popular mobile phones i.e., both Android and iPhone. With the help of this tool, you can transfer your data from iPhone to iPhone and from Android phone to Android phone۔
If you want to transfer contacts from one phone to another, you can easily achieve this goal by following the procedure given below.
Step. 01: First, download the Dr.Fone - Phone Transfer software to your computer, Windows system or Mac system. Once the download process is complete, install and launch the software on your computer.
Step.02: In the second step, to achieve this goal, you will first need two data cables to connect your two desired phones to the computer. Wait for a while after attaching both the mobiles. This tool will automatically connect both devices to the computer. Keep in mind that if you want to transfer contacts or any other type of iPhone data to an Android device, the iPhone must be the source and the Android must be the destination device.
Step.03: Now select your contacts data from the category list you want to transfer data from one phone to another. Once you have selected this data, click on the Start Transfer button, this tool will start transferring your iPhone contacts to Android or Android contacts to your iPhone device easily.
Step.04: At this stage, you wait for a while until this tool completes its task. But also make sure that both of your desired devices are attached to your computer.
Step.05: After the transfer is complete, you will be shown the message at the end. After reading this message, you can check both your devices separately from the system. Now the data from one of your devices has been transferred to another device.
With the help of this tool, you are able to easily transfer all kinds of data of your mobile whether it be photos, videos, contacts or any other kind of valuable data. Dr.Fone application can help you not only transfer data but also take advantage of the features of Unlock Mobile, System Repair, Phone Backup, Data Repair etc.
Here are two ways to transfer your personal data or phone contacts from iPhone to Android. By following these two methods you can transfer your personal data to your desired device. I hope this article of mine has been useful for you and if you have any problem you can share your problem with me in the comments below, I will solve your problem by giving a better answer in time.