Monthly Archives: July 2015

O2 Mobile Broadband Customers on 3G Tariffs moved to 4G for Free

Great News! O2 Mobile Broadband Customers on 3G Tariffs have been moved to 4G for Free

O2 have recently enabled 4G for their mobile broadband customers*, that have a 4G ready device (tablet, dongle and smartphone only) and a 3G tariff – at no extra cost.

Has 4G been enabled for you?

If you have been migrated to 4G, a 4G sign will appear on your device when you’re in a 4G area, and your experience will also be faster.

Please be aware…

4G does not use more data than the 3G network. However, because 4G is about 5x faster than 3G and thus anything you download will take only a fifth of the time to finish, you may use it more and want to stream content in high definition. Causing you to view more content and use more data and thus create the potential for you to hit your allowance faster or rack up large charges.

*compatible with O2’s free of charge 4G access code.

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What’s new in Apple iOS 9

What’s new in Apple iOS 9

Apple has  release it’s latest operating system, iOS 9, bringing you:

Key enhancements to apps:

News

Coming soon: Apple iOS 9

Apple has created an additional app, ‘News’. Rather than using a third party app from Apple’s store such as Flipboard or Pulse, you can now use ‘News’ to share articles with others and read stories from top sources on topics you’re most interested in, directly from your home screen. Explore over a million topics and add your chosen subjects such as business, fashion, technology or sport to your favourites for convenient, customised reading. And the more you read, the more personalised your ‘News’ app will become, using your taste to refine the selection of stories delivered to your home screen. Better yet, ‘News’ is fully optimised for both your iPad and iPhone, incorporating photo galleries, videos and animation for an interactive and engaging experience irrelevant of the device you’re using.

Notes

Apple Notes

Notes has been updated to provide a platform for more than your thoughts – you can now create check-lists and tick off items as you go. Add photos, maps and URLs to new and existing notes. You can even create visuals and draw a sketch with your finger with a selection of drawing tools, featuring various brush styles and colours, and a handy ruler. While you take your digital note taking to another level, iCloud will ensure any changes to your notes will be updated in real time on iCloud.com and all your devices.

Maps

Coming soon: iOS 9

iOS 9 brings ‘Transit view’ to maps. Allowing you to see public transport information such as lines and stations with routes and directions. Customised for each city, where available, you’ll easily recognise signs and be able to pinpoint the nearest station entrance or bus stop. You can even ask Siri for public transport directions. While the ‘Nearby’ feature will inform you of what’s around such as Food, Drinks and Shopping. You can explore each category to find precisely what you’re looking for, for example under Food, you’ll see Popular, Restaurants, Groceries, Fast Food, Cafes, Bakeries and Desserts. Better yet, you can plan a trip on your Mac and follow the route on your iPhone or Apple Match when you’re on the go.

Wallet

Coming soon: iOS 9

Apple Passbook was originally created for collecting and organising your boarding passes, gift cards, coupons, tickets and more. With iOS 9, ‘Passbook’ will be re-branded as ‘Wallet’ – combining the original features of Passbook with Apple Pay – allowing you to store your credit and debit cards, store cards and loyalty cards. Click here for more on Apple Pay.

CarPlay

Coming soon: iOS 9

If your vehicle supports wireless connection to iPhone, you can use Apple’s CarPlay without plugging in. You can even hear from people in their own voices with CarPlay’s ability to play audio messages. And if you use your car’s controls for CarPlay, you can take full advantage of the way they tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps. While apps developed by car manufacturers are supported too – you can control more of your car’s features without the need to ever leave CarPlay.

Double the productivity on your iPad:

  • Slide Over – With Slide Over you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re in – allowing you to browse the web, respond to a text or jot something down in a note, with the ability to simply ‘slide’ back to the original app you were using. 
  • Split View – On the iPad Air 2, you can go a step further with Split View and open two apps simultaneously – whether that’s working on a sketch with the reference photo beside it, or emailing your colleague while looking at your project notes. 
  • Picture in Picture – Simply press the Home Button while FaceTiming or watching a video and the video screen will scale down to a corner of your display. Tap to open and use a second app and your video will still continue to play.
  • QuickType – QuickType offers an all-new Shortcut bar for convenient editing tools such as bold, italic or underline, copy and paste and more. You can also select text in a new and easier way with multi-touch gestures. 

Smarter Siri:

Coming Soon: iOS 9

Apple’s Siri can now search a wider range of topics, such as sport scores and fixtures, weather forecasts, stock prices, calculations and conversions and more, for a wider range of answers. With new improvements in iOS 9, Siri can understand you better and deliver your results faster. Search through your photos and videos based on dates, location and album titles. Be reminded of things you’re looking at in your Apps, for example if you’re halfway through an email, you can say “Remind me to finish this tonight” or if you’re looking at a place in Maps where you want to stop off later, you can ask for a reminder when you get to your vehicle. Better yet, Siri offers intelligent suggestions on what you might do next, before you even ask, based on the apps you commonly use and the time of the day you use them. For example, suggestions for recipients in your email, the opportunity to finish the podcast you started earlier when you plug your headphones in, and the automatic appearance of the news app in your search screen if you regularly read the news when you wake up. 

Foundation refinements:

Longer battery life

iOS 9 offers an additional hour of battery life before you need to charge up, and has cut battery usage across the entire operating system, ensuring apps and key technologies have been made more power efficient than ever before. With ambient light and proximity sensors, your iPhone knows if it’s face down on the table and prevents the screen from turning on – even when you receive a notification. While the new Low Power mode allows you to extend your battery even further.

Easier updates

 iOS 9 does even more to stream new updates to your device efficiently without having to first download and unpack them – which means you’ll now need less free space to update. Better yet, when it is update time, you’ll receive new notification options that let your device update while you sleep or when you use it least.

Improved security

With iOS 9, passcodes will now be six digits long instead of four, offering you one million possible combinations rather than 10,000. With the extended digits, your passcode will be tougher to crack and thus reduce the chance of others gaining unauthorised access to your Apple devices. iOS 9 also features two-factor authentication to strengthen your protection. When you sign in from a new browser or on a new device, you’ll be prompted for a verification code. This code is automatically displayed on your other Apple devices or sent to your iPhone. To sign in, enter your personal code.

Faster and more responsive

iOS 9 features ‘Metal’, which works to make more efficient use of the CPU and GPU in your device. Metal offers you faster scrolling, smoother animation and better overall performance for a more fluid and natural experience. 

Devices compatible with iOS 9:

iPhone: 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus
iPad: 2, 3, 4, Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2, Mini 3
iPod: Touch 5th

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Quick Tips for Reducing Mobile Costs Abroad

Quick tips for reducing mobile costs abroad

Turn off data roaming when you don’t need it:
Ensure you know how to turn your data roaming on and off before you jet off (data roaming allows you to access the internet and some apps from abroad).

For those with an iPhone, this can be found under Settings > Cellular. For the majority of Android devices, this can be found under Settings > Mobile Networks. For Windows this can be found under Apps  > Settings  > Mobile Network > Data Roaming Options, and finally for BlackBerry this can be found under Manage Connections > Mobile Network Options > Data Services.

Turn off your voicemail:
You may pay to receive and retrieve your voicemails while abroad. The easiest way to save money is to simply switch your voicemail off for the time you are away – click here for instructions on how to do so for Vodafone, O2 and EE networks.

Use free Wi-Fi where available:
Check with your chosen airport, hotel and restaurants you visit for free Wi-Fi, this will help to significantly reduce your data usage costs.

Do not call premium or non-geographic numbers
Premium numbers in the UK are normally numbers starting with a special code such as 0900. Non-geographic numbers do not have an area code and, in the UK, they start with numbers from 04 to 09. These numbers can be very expensive, so beware.

Avoid using data heavy services:
We highly recommend you avoid data-heavy services, for example Netflix for streaming films or YouTube for video or music. You should also try to limit your internet use to Facebook updates, some Googling and invest in a local map.

Below you can see the average data costs from your network for everyday activities on your mobile – based on a traveller in Spain.

Quick tips for reducing mobile costs abroad

Take advantage of Network offers
We highly recommend you get in touch with your network and ensure you sign onto a deal before you set off, such as Vodafone EuroTraveller, O2 Travel or EE Talk and Text. Or, if you are a Callmaster Mobile customer, please get in touch and we will happily set this up for you.

Top 5 Free Productivity Apps for Android

Top 5 Free Productivity Apps for Android

1) EverNote

Often referred to as an ‘external brain’ – EverNote is a free app that organises your articles, docs, photos, check-lists and even thoughts in the form of your very own digital notebook. Add text, images, audio, scanned docs, PDF’s, invoices, receipts and more. EverNote can store and organise almost anything in one easily-searchable location for your complete convenience. EverNote also offers ‘work chat’ so members can discuss notes without leaving the app and digital notebooks can be shared between colleagues   Better yet, EverNote goes beyond your Android device – with the ability to sync information across all your devices.

top 5 free productivity apps for Android

2) MailDroid

MailDroid is a free push email application designed for both personal and business use. This secure mail app provides complete email management and supports well known IMAP servers, cloud mail servers and free servers including Hotmail, Yahoo, FastMail, Gmail, AOL, GMX , Gawab and Runbox. Further features include the ability to save/download attachments from email to SD card using a file explorer such as ES or Astro, while settings include support for signature, font size, ring tone, led, colour, icon selection and more. The app can also integrate with your calendar and with cloud storage such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Skydrive, to save attachments.

top 5 free productivity apps for Android

3) Assistant with talking alarm

Your Assistant is the perfect companion to boost your everyday productivity. With the ability to learn and memorise your favourite places, services and preferences, taking into account your current environment and schedule,  to provide suggestions personalised to you. Simply speak naturally to find out information, launch apps, set your alarm clock, connect with various web services, receive answers and more.
Top 5 free productivity apps for Android

4) Sunrise – Calendar

Sunrise is a free calendar app made for Google Calendar, Exchange and iCloud, that can connect with your other apps, including Facebook, EverNote and Foursquare, to ensure you’re always up to date with both business and personal events in your life. While the nifty ‘Meet’ feature allows you to see available time slots in your calendar without leaving the app you’re in, offering you the fastest way to schedule a one-to-one on the go, to anyone with a simple link. Better yet, Sunrise can sync across your phone, tablet and computer, for access from all your devices – no matter where your business may take you.

Top 5 Free Productivity Apps for Android

5) DU Battery Saver

DU Battery Saver is a free app for your Android device – tablet or mobile, that has the ability to stretch your battery life by up to 50% – (A premium paid version, DU Battery Saver PRO, also exists to offer up to 70% more.) Key features include: the ‘Optimise’ button that can instantly find and solve battery problems, pre-set battery power management modes and the ability to create your own for huge energy savings – even on your most demanding days. The clever app will also give you better battery details including percentage or time remaining, and even the ability to track and implement healthy charging practices in different stages – to keep your battery working at its best. Thus keeping you connected to customers, prospects and colleagues all day long.

5 top free productivity apps for Android

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