Tag: Apps and Software

Ad-blocking – a vicious cycle

Ads. The word probably draws your mind towards ‘Hot singles in your area’ or ‘Free movies – no viruses’, but for me, it’s a reminder of how great the internet is. With all its faults aside, the internet is all too often unappreciated these days – the wealth of information available anytime, anywhere (provided you have internet access) for free, with a few hidden costs. Chiefly, online advertisements. They come in many forms: from little boxes in the sidebar of a page to obnoxious full-screen pop-ups and yet, they’re still almost universally hated.

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Forest: Productivity Redefined?

Due to the coronavirus quarantine, many of us are finding that we have to work from home. However, with Netflix at our fingertips, this can make it hard to get anything done.

The solution? Forest. Forest is a productivity app where you set a timer for a specific amount of time, and in this period you are not allowed to use certain apps, or your phone at all, should you choose to set it up in that way.

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How to enable ‘Dark Mode’ on ANY Android app

Many Android users seem to be left in the dark- get it, dark? No? OK- with ‘true’ dark mode on apps like YouTube and Twitter, while iOS users seem to be getting all the good stuff. Dark mode is not only great for browsing at night, but also for saving battery life. You see, on OLED devices, when black is displayed on the screen, the LED is switched off, conserving battery life and giving deeper blacks.

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Get photo prints for free?

Hey guys. If you didn’t know already, I have a new YouTube channel. I found the old channel name really bad and my fanbase wasn’t active. So I decided to create a new one named TechLife. If you are interested in checking it out, click this link and please subscribe. It would help me out a lot. Anyway, here’s the blog post.
I found that going down to the shop and paying the expensive fee of printing photos was just too much for me, and I started searching for an alternative. The best one that I could find was an app which was called ‘FreePrints’. FreePrints is basically an app where you get 45 free photo prints a month. All you have to pay for is delivery. As you buy more and more prints, the ,ore rewards you get, such as larger free prints, faster delivery and other additional things. All you have to do to get your free prints is go to their website or download their app (it’s available on both Android and iOS, so don’t worry about if they care). Then you sign in or sign up. After you have signed up (or logged in) you can tap ‘Start New Order’. You can choose photos from many sources, such as Google Photos, Gallery, Photos, Dropbox and other file-sharing or photo-storage options.

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App compatibility shows which developers care

Hey guys, today I am a bit annoyed. My friends are all talking about new features on apps, but when I hopelessly return to my device to discover that the feature is only available on IOS, it makes me want to throw my device across the room.
Like at the moment on musical.ly, you can’t get the Snapchat-inspired face filters on Android, but you can on IOS. That is less frustrating than there not being an app at all for your operating system while there is for something else, such as there being no official YouTube or Instagram app on Windows Phone.

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What I think about Windows 10

Well, there have been a lot of bad reviews of Windows 10, and I was just thinking that it wasn’t fair. Microsoft are giving away an entire operating system for free, and people just judge them. So, here’s my honest review.
First off, it looks great. The desktop start menu has returned, but not like Windows 7. I sort of prefer because it adds more functionality to the menu with live tiles and it looks very modern and up-to-date. You can basically customise everything in the UI, and another great thing is that compared to 8.1, it takes up a lot less hard drive/SSD space, and uses a lot less RAM.

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