The Smartphone Wireless Charging System: What You Need To Know

When Apple released the much awaited iPhone X, one of the most remarkable things that caught users’ attention is the wireless charging system. A charging cable is no longer necessary. Now it is not just the iPhones that feature the wireless charging system; every other new model now has or targets using wireless charging system. What exactly is a wireless charging system and how does it operate? How does wireless charging system work? The key to wireless charging system is the electromagnetic fields that help to transfer energy from one point (a charging mat) to another point (your smartphone) via electromagnetic induction. For this system to work, there are two physical coils. One coin helps to convert power (from the wall socket) into an electromagnetic field capable of traveling wirelessly to the target. The second coin is a transformer in the smartphone that helps to convert traveling electromagnetic filed into power for the phone. While phones designed to use wireless charging system have the coins fitted inside during construction, do not get sad because even others can still use the technology. All you need is getting a wireless charging package that will work for the specific phone. However, ensure take note of the phone voltage limits when picking such wireless charging pads and kits. Standards used in wireless charging systems Note that while the wireless charging model might look new, it has been with us for years. In fact, the wireless charging system is also used in other gadgets that require charging. The wireless charging system for the phones is referred as Qi (pronounce it as chee). The charging...

Three Mobile Security threats That You Must Take Seriously In 2018

When the deadly strain of ransomware was released in May of 2017, the attack shocked even big multinationals. A few months after a deadly strain of smartphone ransomware started targeting individual phone users threatening to encrypt their info and selling it on the black market. As mobile phones become part and parcel of daily work, the emerging threats could pose a huge threat at the enterprise level. Almost every employee remotely accesses company info from the mobile phone. This means that a lot of sensitive information can easily fall into the wrong hands through indirect attacks. Here are the top mobile security threats you need to know about and prevent at all cost. Data leakage Mobile data leakage is the most serious threats to your business. But what makes the issue worrying is that it is not reprehensible. Rather, it arises from the smartphone users making wrong decisions about the apps allowed to see the info. Whether it is the company management system or strategic planning secrets, your information is no doubt at great risk of leaking into the wrong hands. The challenge with this threat is how to apply an app vetting procedure without overwhelming the admin and frustrating the phone users. Consider using advanced solutions such as Zimperium’s zIPS Protection and Symantec’s Endpoint Protection Mobile that help to scan installed apps for leaky behaviour. You should also consider using Data Loss Prevention tools that help prevent accidental exposure of sensitive data accidentally. Social engineering It is estimated that over 90% of data breaches occur as a result of phishing (Data Breach Investigations Report). While some tactics applied...

Reasons Google Killed Off the Nexus Line

When Google unveiled the Pixel line, they managed to wow the tech world with the Pixel phone’s superb features and capabilities. In fact, the phone was quickly ranked among the top phones in the market. Almost everybody wanted to get their hands on it especially due to its state of the art camera. However, the Pixel’s launch also left a myriad of potent questions unanswered like what happened to Nexus?  This question wasn’t left unanswered for a long time though. No sooner had Google released the Pixel, than they said they had abandoned the Nexus line. The question then became why? Why did they ditch Nexus which targeted developers mainly for Pixel which is packaged for the premium market? Name The first reason was right under your nose and you didn’t even notice it. The name Nexus means the coming together of two things. In Google’s case it is teaming up with another electronic company to create a suave phone. Instances of this include when it collaborated with Samsung, LG, Moto and Huawei to create the Nexus One and Galaxy Nexus; Nexus 4, 5 and 5x; Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P respectively. These collaborations saw Google stick to the software aspect of the device while its partners to the hardware. However with the unveiling of Pixel, which was 100% developed by Google, ditching the name felt right. Artificial Intelligence As Google developed a stronger inclination towards AI, it sought a platform where it could explore its ideas unshielded. In a world which Google viewed as shifting from mobile first to AI first, they didn’t want to lag behind. This...

4 Most Effective Methods of Keeping Your Smartphone Free From Cyber Criminals

One of the most disturbing things in the world of smartphones today is the risk of attack by cybercriminals. Smartphones are advanced computing devices that are used to store and carry sensitive personal info such as business documents, bank passwords, and financial history. Unlike in the past when cybercriminals mainly targeted your desktops unworkable, it is different today. Cybercriminals want to lock your phone data or steal it to siphon credit cards balance. The most stressful cyber-attacks are perhaps from the latest strains of ransomware such as DataLust that targets stealing smartphone data and selling it on the black market if you fail to pay a ransom. Notably, the cybercriminals are advancing as fast as smartphone technologies. Is there a way you can keep yourself and the smartphone free from cyber attacks? Here are some 4 tips you should employ to remain secure all the time. Start by picking phones made by a company that works tirelessly to keep users safe The security of your smartphone and data stores in it starts with the type of phone you pick. Well, this is a battle that you cannot win alone. Top companies such as Apple take a lot of time vetting all associated apps during processing and deployment. In fact, before releasing any version of associated apps, the company tests it in multiple scenarios and even releases a Beta version to evaluate vulnerabilities. Therefore, associated phones such as iPhone 7 have been remarkably secure. Another company that stops at nothing in ensuring that all its phones and associated apps are extra secure is Google. Though it uses Android that has...
The Most Important Things to Know about the Face ID IN iPhone 8 and X

The Most Important Things to Know about the Face ID IN iPhone 8 and X

Many people who are out looking for new smartphones are faced with an uphill task of selecting between the latest releases by Samsung and Apple. In fact, Google has even added to the matrix with the latest pixel 2 XL. However, iPhone X remains the most preferred because of its unique features such as Sire, animoji, and wireless charging system. But the most remarkable is the facial ID. Unlike the previous iPhone models, iPhone 8 and X users will only need to look at their phones to unlock. This system is more secure, reliable, and indeed fun. Even with these advancements, some questions have started emerging about the Face ID. If you are planning to purchase iPhone 8 or X, here are some things to know about its facial ID. Does Apple collect user’s visual IDs? This is one concern that many people using different smartphone apps keep asking. Some have been arguing that with the new Face ID System, Apple gathers and stores the iPhone users’ ids in its database. Well, this is not true. Once you buy an iPhone x or iPhone 8, the Face ID System works just like the finger scanner. The facial info is scanned and stored in a mathematical representation on the Secure Enclave (a section of the processor). The facial details are also encrypted so that no third party can access them. When someone looks at the phone, the Face ID system scans the face and compares to what is stored in the Secure Enclave. Other apps you use on the phone cannot directly access the login info. The only time Apple...
What to expect from iOS 11

What to expect from iOS 11

It comes as no surprise that people were eagerly awaiting the iOS 11. There is so much to love in the new iOS 11.  It is clear that all the hype surrounding it was justified as it is bound to blow everyone away. Its fresh new features and better design make it a definite must-have. Design Changes You can expect a few UI changes in the iOS 11. Nothing too drastic just some subtle changes but still enough to delight. The changes include bolder texts and icons without borders in some apps. This is a drastic shift away from the texts and icons that have graced the iOS since iOS 7. Control Centre The Control centre has been redefined to a single consolidated look with bubbly icons. Furthermore, it now occupies the entire screen unlike in the iOS 10 where it occupied only half of the screen. It has also been made more customizable, offering an array of icons that you can add to it. You are also now given a 3D touch option which gives you more control over an app. Lock Screen The lock screen has also been revamped and merged with the lock screen. Now when you swipe down for notifications, you will meet the lock screen. On it will be all your notifications, to get back to your home screen you will be mandated to swipe twice up the screen. However, there is no need to worry about your widgets contained in today. They are still available with a swipe to your right on either your home screen or lock screen.   Siri Another feature...
The iPhone 8 vs iPhone X

The iPhone 8 vs iPhone X

2017 has been a spectacular year for the tech industry. Many gigantic strides have been made, proving again that the sky is the limit for tech. Apple has managed to reaffirm this further with the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, two of the three phones they released this September. You are guaranteed to be blown away with their unequivocal ingenuity. Because the phones are both amazing, it is difficult to easily pinpoint their differences. It takes an in-depth analysis of the phones to distinguish them. This article does just that. Processor There is no difference between the processor contained in the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. Both the phones have an A11 Bionic chip which performs 70% faster in everyday tasks like email and messaging and 30% faster in gaming. Storage Even on storage you are not missing out with an iPhone 8. Both the phones come in either 64GB or 256GB options providing a ton of space for you to store your music, games and photos. RAM When it comes to RAM however, you will be disappointed to hear that the iPhone 8 only has 2GB RAM as compared to the iPhone X that has 3GB. While this shouldn’t have any noticeable effect on the iPhone 8’s performance, it just means that you won’t be able to pack on those background apps. Design There is a striking difference in the appearance of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8. Firstly, the most distinctive feature or lack of that can be used to identify an iPhone X is its lack of the iconic home button,...
Reasons you should not dump your old flagship for the newest one

Reasons you should not dump your old flagship for the newest one

With every passing year, tech giants gift the market with a new and improved phone. Their best work ever, it is quickly dubbed, a fact of course. In each phone release debut, phone manufacturers strive to include the best features in the market into their phones. It also serves as a momentous occasion for them to showcase their innovation prowess. It is easy to get sucked into this endless upgrade cycle where you are upgrading because of them not because of you. You are not a robot but fully comprehending human being who is able to recognize value additions. This is why you should carefully think before dumping your old flagship for a new brighter one. Minimal Performance leaps The dedication that phone companies have in improving their creations is simply remarkable. They always have a new creation determined to amaze. However, with each passing year, it is becoming clear that the actual technological progress is declining. The companies claim to have made more headway with speed but the difference in speed between the old and the new is so minimal, it is hardly evident to a normal user. While there are a few notable differences like bigger screen size or introduction of a dual camera, also newer devices tend to be hands down more beautiful, there is barely any difference to  the heart of the phone, the software.   The introduction of fingerprint sensor to the phone is definitely something to look forward to but is it really worth the cost? These are the type of questions you should pose, when confronted with a phone that is exactly...
What’s so appealing about dumb phones?

What’s so appealing about dumb phones?

Nokia just did the unthinkable. In 2017 basically the year of the smartphone, they resuscitated the Nokia 3310, a feature phone. They attributed this unexpected decision to the popularity of the phone which they claimed lived on despite the ubiquity of smartphones. Borrowing from Nokia’s assertions, there seems to be a section of the population that has refused to bow into the smartphone pressure. There must be a reason behind this. What allure do dumb phones have? Why are some people uneager to use smartphones? Revived Excitement With all the advances we have made in technology, it is funny to think that a mere decade ago, none of them seemed possible. As strange as it may sound, a touch screen phone was considered a work of fiction. What is considered normal today, was just yesterday but a dream. There is some beauty in that, of course, it shows that the sky is the limit for technology and the impossible can become possible. It is simply awesome what we have been able to achieve and no one can deny that. However, because of the fast rate we are advancing, we are no longer impressed by the fact that we are advancing. That is to say advancing has become such a norm to us that it doesn’t excite us anymore. Even as tech companies endeavor to outdo their past year’s flagship’s features, they realize that with each release there is an increase in buyer apathy. Our world is changing, and we are residing in the back seat, not caring about it. Sad but true. Through using a dumb phone, you can...

The future of mobile phones

To the mobile phone enthusiasts and influencers, mobile phones no longer present the wow factor. They are no longer the new but rapid technological improvements at supersonic speed have indeed made mobile phones in 2017 to be the new normal. To put it simply, we have, in the past few years, seen enormous changes in features, designs, functionality and performance to levels that were only a mere dream in the recent past. The question is, have we seen it all? Can we now say without any fear of contradiction that the mobile phone has now come of age? Well, no doubt, the mobile phone has come of age. But to say that we have seen it all is a little bit farfetched. Innovative technologies and strong competition among manufacturers will surely have us enjoying the best of mobile phones we are yet to experience. That said, what is the future of mobile phones? No doubt, new technologies have made VR, Augmented reality, Artificial intelligence and mixed reality just to mention but a few a way of life for millions of mobile phone users across the globe. With this fast paced developments and the insatiable need for mobile phone users to own the latest smartphone with the best specifications, influencers in the mobile phone industry have been over themselves predicting the future of mobile phones. Internet of mobile things Tamara McCleary, well known in the tech space as a tech influencer extraordinaire, strongly alludes to the fact that the year 2018 moving forward will see a paradigm shift in how our mobile phones make use of internet of things to...