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BlackBerry Priv Tips and Tricks

BlackBerry Priv Tips and Tricks

How to enable Wi-Fi Calling on your BlackBerry Priv

Wi-Fi calling gives you the ability to make and receive calls and texts over Wi-Fi. By doing so, you can stay connected even in areas with weak or no mobile reception. To set up Wi-Fi Calling on your Priv, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen once using two fingers, or twice using one finger.
  2. Tap The Settings icon > More > Wi-Fi calling.
  3. Turn on the Wi-Fi Calling switch.
  4. To see when your device will make Wi-Fi calls, turn on Wi-Fi Calling Status.
  5. Tap Wi-Fi calling preferences > Connection preferences.
    • To use a Wi-Fi network, even when you have a cellular signal, tap Wi-Fi preferred.
    • To never use a cellular network and only use a Wi-Fi network, tap Wi-Fi only.
    • To only use a Wi-Fi network for calls when you don’t have a cellular signal, tap Cellular network preferred.

Please note: Depending on your service provider, this feature may or may not be supported. If you’re unsure whether or not they support Wi-Fi Calling, please contact them for more information.

How to disable a pre-installed app on the BlackBerry Priv

Although there are some apps that cannot be un-installed, you can disable them if they are no use to you. To do so, open the app drawer from your home-screen (the white circle with 6 dots, near the bottom center of your display), then tap and hold the app you would like to disable. You’ll see two options at the top of the screen ‘App Info’ or ‘Disable’, you can then drag your chosen app to Disable. A prompt will appear to verify your decision, to which you need to tap OK.

Disable Apps on Priv Method 1

Alternatively, can also head to Settings > Apps > Downloaded and select the apps you would like to disable and/or un-install.

How to find, lock or erase your BlackBerry Priv from Android Device Manager

The Android device manager works in the same way that BlackBerry Protect does for BlackBerry 10 smartphones, allowing you to find your device’s approximate location, ring your device and lock your device or erase it remotely. Putting your mind at rest if you have lost your device or would like to protect your private data from being accessed if your Priv has been stolen.

Using Android Device Manager:
  1. Go to http://google.com/android/devicemanager
  2. Sign in with your Google account
  3. If this is the very first time you have logged into the Android Device Manager console, you may see a Welcome window, just click on Accept.
  4. The location of you BlackBerry Priv will be shown to you on a map
  5. You’ll also be given a breakdown that includes
    • Time device was last located
    • Location of your device
    • Date your device was last online
  6. You’ll also find three other options you can carry out
    • Ring – your device will ring for a full 5 minutes – even if your device was previously set to silent.Android Device Manager Ring option
      • Lock – You can set a lock your device with a message that will replace your current lock screen and override any password you have set.Android Device Manager Lock option
      • Erase – This will perform a factory reset, completely erasing all data on your BlackBerry Priv, and you will no longer be able to use Android Device Manager to locate your phone. We recommend Erase as a last resort.
        Android Device Manager Erase option

Please bear in mind that for this service to work, your Priv will need to be powered on. 

How to power manage your BlackBerry Priv emails:

Mark all your messages as read: A BlackBerry favourite. In Hub, press and hold the date. Everything prior to that date will be selected. Tap the three dot menu button in the top right-hand corner and you have the option to delete or mark as read.

Change swipe actions: In BB Hub you can swipe left or right to action an email. This action is customisable, however. Head into Hub > Settings > Left/Right Swipe Gesture and you get the option for delete, snooze, flag, file, mute, or mark as read.

Delete from Hub and server: You can swipe to delete. This can just be to remove messages from BB Hub, but you can set it to delete from the server too, ideal for killing spam. Head into Hub > Settings > Delete on to select your preference.

Automatic image download: Images not showing in emails? You need to turn on that option in Hub > Settings > Download images automatically.

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How to use Android Device Manager

How to use Android Device Manager:

The Android device manager allows you to find your device’s approximate location, ring your device and lock your device or erase it remotely. Putting your mind at rest if you have lost your device or would like to protect your private data from being accessed if your smartphone has been stolen.

   Android Device Manager- screenshot

Using Android Device Manager

  1. Go to http://google.com/android/devicemanager
  2. Sign in with your Google account
  3. If this is the very first time you have logged into the Android Device Manager console, you may see a Welcome window, just click on Accept.
  4. The location of your device will be shown to you on a map
  5. You’ll also be given a breakdown that includes
        • Time device was last located
        • Location of your device
        • Date your device was last online

    You’ll also find three other options you can carry out:

    Ring – your device will ring for a full 5 minutes – even if your device was previously set to silent.Android Device Manager Ring option

    Lock – You can set a lock your device with a message that will replace your current lock screen and override any password you have set.Android Device Manager Lock option

    Erase – This will perform a factory reset, completely erasing all data on your device, and you will no longer be able to use Android Device Manager to locate your phone. We recommend Erase as a last resort.
    Android Device Manager Erase option

Please bear in mind that for this service to work, your smartphone will need to be powered on. 

Not set up yet?

To enable Android Device Manager on your device, follow the steps below:

  1. Find “Google Settings” in one of these places (depending on your device):
    • Open a separate app called Google Settings Google Settings
    • In your main Settings app, scroll down and tap Google
  2. Tap Security.
  3. Under “Android Device Manager,” switch Remotely locate this device and Allow remote lock and erase on.

To use Android Device Manager, you have to have location access turned on. If you’ve turned it off, here’s how to turn it back on:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Location.
  3. At the top, tap Off to switch to On.

Finally, check that Android Device Manager can locate your device, by signing into your Google account and heading to android.com/devicemanager.

Apple iPhone 7 Rumours

Apple iPhone 7 Rumours

Update: Apple event will take place September 7th 2016

iPhone 7 Design & Specs

It’s predicted  Apple will release a new 4.7″ iPhone, the iPhone 7, and a 5.5″ model, the iPhone 7 Plus. If another 4″ iPhone is released to follow in the new SE footsteps, it’s likely this will be iPhone 7 Mini, potentially offering you 3 variants to choose from, however iPhone 6C, iPhone 6E or iPhone 5SE are possibilities too.

The new iPhone is expected to be even thinner, which will possibly be achieved by removing the 3.5mm headphone jack, which may be replaced with lightning-connected Earpods or wireless Earpods. ‘AirPods’ could also come into the mix as a premium alternative to EarPods, with the name already registered by Apple as a trademark. It’s also been suggested that the home button may also be removed, and replaced with new 3D Touch technology found in the iPhone 6S display.

Apple iPhone 7 Rumours

Further rumours include a curved wraparound screen and the possibility of a flexible display. According to reports, Samsung Display is set to make flexible OLED displays for the iPhone 7, a change from the LCD displays currently used in Apple’s iPhone’s. The new display is likely to offer just enough flexibility to curve around the design of the iPhone 7 more accurately, hinting further at an edge-to-edge display.

While a new patent in March 2015 revealed Apple is investigating ways to make future iPhone’s waterproof, a change that never made it to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Instead of adding armour to the outside of the iPhone to protect it from water, the method would coat electronic components found inside the iPhone in a protective waterproof material that would prevent them from getting damaged, should water find it’s way in, avoiding any compromise on design. Overall, the iPhone 7 could potentially offer the most drastic design change seen in years.

When it comes to the specs, the iPhone 7 could be in for a huge performance boost, with whispers suggesting the new device will feature a hexa-core A10 chip, replacing the previous dual-core processor packed in the iPhone 6S. It’s also likely Apple’s operating system will be updated to iOS 10 which will be featured in the new iPhone. Finally, the new iPhone may offer a dual camera and wireless charging.

iPhone 7 Price & Release Date – UPDATE

Following tradition, Apple has confirmed their launch event will once again take place in September, after recently sending out invitations.  Featuring the tagline ‘See you on the 7th’, which may give away the name of the iPhone 7, as well as the date. The invites also feature a number of translucent coloured bubbles which could be water droplets to further hint at a waterproof iPhone or an introduction of new coloured handsets.

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EU Roaming Charges scrapped from June 2017

EU Roaming Charges scrapped from June 2017

After an interim cap taking effect on April 30th 2016, data roaming charges will be fully banned from the 15th of June next year, after a final green light from the European Parliament.

EU Roaming Charges scrapped from June 2017

The aim of the roaming ban is to prevent UK mobile customers being caught out by huge bills when downloading films or other data during European holidays or Business trips.

One-fifth of UK mobile users travelling to the EU in the last year have faced higher than usual bills for usage, collectively amounting to £573m, according to data from Uswitch. The average charge added to bills was £61 on top of a user’s standard contract charge, while 17% faced bills of £100 or more.

Finally you’ll be able to relax about bill shock while you’re away and  pay around the same prices as you would at home with the charge added by mobile operators for calls, texts and internet browsing when using your phone abroad, no more than:

  • €0.05 extra per minute for calls
  • €0.02 extra per SMS sent
  • €0.05 extra per megabyte of data used

This is around four times cheaper than the current rates – with outgoing calls currently capped at €0.19 per minute, incoming calls at €0.05 per minute, text messages at €0.06 and data usage at €0.20 a megabyte, excluding VAT, offering you huge savings in time for the 2017 summer.  If you opt for pay as you go, you will be billed the usual rate for minutes, texts and data. If you have a monthly contract, you should be able to use your usual allowance wherever you are in the EU.

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Android 6 Marshmallow Update

Android 6 Marshmallow Update – Key Features

Now On Tap

Previously, Android KitKat featured ‘Google Now’ which offered time and context-sensitive notifications, information and reminders. Marshmallow has now taken this to a whole new level with ‘Google Now On Tap’, which short-cuts the need to search for additional contextual information and delivers it at any turn. To activate, you simply need to hold down the home button and Now On Tap will read the content of the screen on your phone, whether you’re in Google or using a third-party app, and will deliver information that might be relevant to keywords on your screen. For example, Google Search results about people, places or things mentioned in an article you’re reading or app suggestions that are relevant to what Now On Tap has picked up, such as Maps, Calendar or Trip Advisor for a restaurant named in a  text message.

Android 6 Marshmallow Update - Key Features

Further integration with Google offers Voice API and Assist API that allows third-party apps to access Google’s voice command functionally in ways they couldn’t previously.

Smarter Batteries

Marshmallow aims to optimise your battery life with two new features Doze and App Standby. Doze automatically puts your device into a sleep state when it’s at rest, for example on your bedside table, ensuring your alarm will still go off in the morning even if you forgot to plug in the night before. While App Standby limits the impact of apps you rarely use so that your charge lasts longer.

Where other devices lose an average of 15-20% of battery life overnight, Marshmallow can take that down to 3-5%, taking your standby time to nearly 2 weeks in the process

Marshmallow is also future-proofed for USB Type-C Charging, allowing for much faster charging than conventianal cables, and likely to be the most commonly used connection for the next few years. With full support built in, you can take advantage of Type-C Charging as long as your smartphone has the connection.

Control and Security

Marshmallow has introduced simplified security with your fingerprint, allowing you to unlock your phone and sign into the Play Store and apps without the need for passwords. Better yet, Android Pay has been introduced so you can take advantage of a touch-less payment system – however you will need to ensure your device is NFC-equipped. Marshmallow also offers greater control of app access with permissions your way, allowing you to define what you want to share and when, and letting you turn off permissions at any time too.

Control Security

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Vodafone 4G roll out in 413 new places

Vodafone 4G roll out in 413 new places

Vodafone now has 821 cities, towns and villages taking advantage of 4G, with 408 places 4G ready, and 413 that have started the roll out.

These figures include:

  • 8 new places ‘Starting to Rollout’: St Ives, Annfield Plain, Bacup, Benfleet, Bishop Auckland, Blackpool, Burnham-on-Sea/Highbridge, Carlisle, Exeter, Halstead (Braintree), Henlow/Shefford, Kirkby in Ashfield, Lichfield, Lytham St. Annes, Maltby, Morecambe, Plymouth, Stafford
  • 18 new places ‘4G is here’: Aldershot, Bedlington, Bellshill, Belper, Bessacarr, Bridgwater, Farnworth, Folkestone, Hedge End, Hetton-le-Hole, Hythe (Kent), Llandudno, Morley, Prestwick, Redcar, Royal Leamington Spa, Sandy, South Normanton/Pinxton.

The remaining places for the Vodafone 4G roll out include:

A: Abercarn/Newbridge, Abertillery, Accrington, Airdrie, Alexandria, Alfreton, Alsager, Alton (Hants), Amersham, Ammanford, Anston/Dinnington, Antrim, Ashby-de-la-Zouch,  Ashington (Wansbeck), Ashton-in-Makerfield, Aylesbury, Ayr,

B: Banbridge, Banbury, Bangor (Northern Ireland), Barnsley, Barnstaple, Barry, Basildon, Bath, Bedworth, Beeston and Stapleford, Berkhamsted, Beverly, Bicester, Bidduplh, Billericay, Billingham, Bishop’s Stortford, Blackburn, Bletchley, Blyth, Bodmin, Bolsover, Bolton, Bourne End/Flackwell Heath, Braintree, Bridgend, Brighnorth, Bridlington, Brighouse, Bristol, Brixham, Broadstairs, Bromley Cross/Bradshaw, Brownhills, Buckhaven, Buckley, Burgess Hill, Burntwood, Burton Upon Trent, Bury St Edmunds,

C: Caerphilly, Caldicot, Caine, Camberley/Frimley, Camborne/Redruth, Cambridge/Milton, Cannock, Canvey Island, Cardiff, Carrickfergus, Carterton, Catshill, Central Milton Keynes, Chard, Chelmsford, Chepstow, Chesham, Chester, Chorley, Cleethorpes, Clevedon, Clifon (Notts), Coalville, Colchester, Coleraine, Conisbrough, Connah’s Quay, Cookstown, Corby, Corsham. Cowdenbeath, Craigavon, Cramlington, Crawley (West Sussex), Crewe, Cumbernauld, Cwmbran,

D: Darlington, Darwen, Daventry, Dawlish, Deal, Dearne, Denton (Tameside), Derby, Devizes, Didcot, Dordon/Polesworth, Dover, Dungannon, Dunstable, Durham,

E: Eaglescliffe, East Kilbride, East Retford, Eastleigh, Eastwood, Eccles, Elgin, Elland, Ellesmere Port, Epsom and Ewell, Evesham, Exmouth,

F: Farnham, Faversham, Fawley, Felixstowe, Ferndown, Fleetwood, Formby, Fraserburgh, Frome,

G: Gainsborough, Garforth, Gelligaer, Gillingham, Glossop/Hollingworth, Gloucester, Golborne, Gorseinon, Gourock, Grantham, Great Sankey, Great Wyrley, Great Yarmouth, Greenock, Grimsby,

H: Hailsham, Halesowen, Halifax, Harpenden, Harrogate/Knaresborough, Harwich, Haslemere, Havant, Hawick, Haxby, Haydock, Hayling Island, Hazlemere/Tylers Green, Heanor,  Hebburn, Heckmondwike, Helston, Haslemere, Havant, Hawick, Haxby, Haydock, Hayling Island, Hazlemere/Tylers Green, Heanor, Hebburn, Heckmondwike, Helston, Hereford, Herne Bay, Hertford, Heswall, Heywood, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Hindley, Hitchin, Hockley, Holmfirth/Honley, Horbury, Horley, Horwich, Hove, Hoylake/West Kirby, Hoyland Nether, Hucknall, Huntingdon,

I: Ilfracombe, Ilkley, Immingham, Innsworth/Churchdown, Inverness, Inverurie, Ipswich, Irvine,

J: Johnstone,

K: Kempston, Kenilworth, Johnstone, Kempston, Kenilworth, Keynsham, Kidderminster, Kidlington, Kidsgrove, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, Kimberley, King’s Lynn, Kingswood, Kirby Muxloe, Kirkintilloch, Knottingley, Knutsford,

L: Lancaster, Largs, Larkhall, Larne, Leighton Buzzard, Letchworth, Lincoln, Lantrisant/Pontyclun, Llantwit Major, Longton, Loughborough, Louth, Lowestoft, Luton,

M: Mablethorpe/Sutton on Sea, Macclesfield, Madeley, Maesteg, Maidenhead, Maldon, Mangotsfield, Market Drayton, Market Harborough, Marple, Matlock, Melksham, Merthyr Tydfil, Middleton, Middlewich, Milngavie, Milnrow, Minehead, Minster, Montrose, Morpeth, Motherwell, Mountain Ash/Abercynon, Mountsorrel,

N: Nailsea, Nantwich, Neath, Nelson, Neston, Newark-on-Trent, Newburn, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newhaven, Newmarket, Newport, Newry, Newton Abbot, Newton-le-Willows, Newtownabbey, North Milton Keynes, Northampton, Northwich, Norton-Radstock, Norwich, Nuneaton,

O: Oakdale/Pontllanfraith. Oakengates/Donnington, Ormskirk, Orrell, Oswestry, Oxford,

P: Paignton, Peacehaven, Penicuik, Penzance, Peterborough, Peterhead, Peterlee, Petersfield, Pontardawe/Clydach, Port Glasglow, Port Talbot, Poulton-le-Fylde, Poynton, Prescot, Preston, Prudhoe, Pudsey, Pyle,

R: Ramsbottom, Ramsgate, Rawtenstall, Reigate/Redhill, Rhondda, Rhosllanercrhugog, Ripon, Risca, Rochdale, Rochester, Rochford, Romsey, Rosyth, Rothwell (Leeds), Rottingdean/Saltdean, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Royston (Herts), Royton, Rugby, Runcorn, Rushden,

S: Saltash, Sandbach, Sandown/Shanklin, Seaford, Seaham, Shepshed, Shrewsbury, Skegness, Skelmersale, Skipton, Sleaford, Sompting/Lancing, South Kirkby/South Elmsall, Southend-on-Sea, Southport, Southwick, Spalding, Spennymoor, St.Helens, St.Ives, St. Neots, Standish, Stanford Le Hope/ Corringham, Stapenhill/Winshill, Stevenage, Stockton Heath/Thelwall, Stoke Gifford, Stoke-on-Trent, Stourbridge, Stourport-on-Severn, Stowmarket, Street, Strood, Sudbury East, Sutton Coldfield. Swadlincote, Swanley/Hextable, Swansea,

T: Tadley, Taunton, Taverham, Telford Dawley, Thame, Thornbury, Thornton/Cleveleys, Tonbridge, Tring, Troon (Sth Ayrshire), Trowbridge, Tyldesley,

U: Uckfield, Ulverston,

V: Verwod,

W: Walkden, Walnut Tree, Walkden, Walnut Tree, Ware, Warminster, Warrington, Warwick, Wellingborough, Wellington (Shropshire), Welwyn/Codicote, West Bromwich, Westbury, Weston-Super-Mare, Weymouth, Whitby, Whitley Bay, Whitstable, Whittlesey, Wigan, Winsford, Wisbech, Wishaw, Witham, Witney, Wolverton/Stony Stratford, Wombourne, Woodbridge, Worcester, Workington, Worksop, Worsbrough, Worthing,

Y: Yately, Yeovil.