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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

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There's a simple rule that can help you improve your photos
The rule of thirds exists for a good reason.
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You should take down this smartphone code when you get the chance
If your phone is stolen, then it will certainly come in handy.
# Now You See It
Screen glare is always a problem, but there are ways to reduce it
Brighter days can make it harder to see what is on your phone, but it’s not too difficult to change.
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There's a way to set a sleep timer for your music apps
Handy for those who like to doze off to a soundtrack.
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Stop closing down your apps, it only makes things worse
If you’ve been doing it because you think it’s good for your battery life or phone, you’re going to be disappointed.
# hello dave
There's a way to make your iPhone read text out to you
Sometimes it’s handy to hear what’s on screen instead of reading it.
# quick access
Your iPhone's photos app has a search feature that you may have overlooked
In fairness, it’s rather easy to miss.
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There's a way to keep your Android screen always on while charging
Without having to change any display options.
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This is how you can figure out who rejected you on Facebook
It’s painful but if you really want to know, you can.
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In case you're still wondering, closing apps does not speed up your iPhone
And Apple has pretty much confirmed it to be the case.
Facebook profile videos are now available so here's how to make one
New year, new you (in your profile).
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WhatsApp taking up too much space? You should clear your chats
Multimedia messages can fill up your storage very quickly but there is a way to clear them entirely.
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Staying in this Monday? It's a good time to check your Facebook privacy settings
All public posts are now searchable, and that could mean some old (and potentially embarrassing) posts could surface.
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This is how you check what plugins are running on your browser
If one is having a negative effect your browsing experience, then it’s worth looking at what’s causing it.
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Here's how to get rid of those annoying startup programs on your PC
Do you really need Skype starting up every time you turn on your computer?
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There's a handy way to mute any calls you get on your iPhone
And you might not even have noticed it before.
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You can create a special ebook based on your favourite Wikipedia articles
Should you have a long journey ahead and need to pass the time.
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Here's a way to use autocorrect that you might not have considered before
Cause it’s a pain to type out long terms like your email repeatedly.
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Why tab is probably the most underrated key on your keyboard
It just a matter of knowing when to use it.
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Internet ads bothering you? Then Google's latest change will make you happy
And it’s part of a wider trend relating to one of the web’s older formats.
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Getting tired of Facebook's autoplay videos? Here's how to switch them off
Your data bill (and sanity) will thank you for it.
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If Chrome is running slowly, here's how to find the problem causing it
Handy if it’s a reoccurring problem.
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One of Gmail's best experimental features has been made official
Undo send had been an experimental feature since 2009, but now is as good a time as any to activate it.
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Using your devices at night? Here's how you can reduce the strain on your eyes
Alternatively, you could just not look at your phone in bed, but you’re not going to do that, are you?
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Going abroad? Here's why you should get a local SIM
In certain cases, it can save you money.
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There's a hidden 'low light' mode buried deep in your iPhone's settings
And it’s easy to activate (once you know how).
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How to stop people from knowing you've read a message
“Yeah, I didn’t get a chance to read it. Seriously”
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Phone running out of space? There's an easy way of checking what to remove
You (likely) have a free day so why not free up some space on your smartphone.
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Autoplay video on YouTube bothering you? You can disable it
And it’s rather easy to do.
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Want to separate work and play on your browser? Set up different profiles
Handy if you want to keep certain information separate from each other.
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Before you head out tonight, take a moment to improve your phone's security
If you end up losing it, you want to make sure you’ve taken some precautions.
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Here's how you can see what Google knows about you
And get an overview of all the google services you use on a day-to-day basis.
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This is how you can undo that embarrassing email you sent*
*provided you do some advance preparation.
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Accidentally deleted photos on your iPhone? You can recover them
It’s easy to do, they’re just hidden away.
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Here's how you can turn off location tracking on your phone
If you find the idea of geolocation a little bit creepy.