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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# smartphone

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# grounded
Now aviation officials are telling passengers not to turn on Samsung's new phone
As Samsung deals with an exploding battery problem, US aviation safety officials are telling Note 7 owners not to use them on flights.
# deep pockets
This is how much the new iPhone 7 is going to cost you
Make sure you have some deep pockets.
# Hold the phone
Your phone will have better reception if you hold it in your right hand
Although the type of phone you have will also make a difference.
# Coming Up
This is what you should expect from Apple's major iPhone event tonight
The start of September is the time Apple unveils its new iPhone and a few changes are bound.
# q-tips
Here is a quicker way to delete large apps on your phone
If you need to free up space quickly, there is a more efficient way of doing it.
# Death
Pokémon Go-related car accident kills woman in Japan
The driver was playing the game when he hit and killed one woman and injured another.
# bit of a wait
There's a new version of Android out, but good luck getting your hands on it
Unless you have a Nexus device, you’ll be waiting a while.
# know it all
How much do you really know about your phone?*
*Not your phone specifically, but the features that make it what it is.
# Behind The Scenes
Android apps can be used to track your whereabouts without you knowing
Researchers found a way to figure out a phone’s whereabouts without relying on GPS or WiFi.
# aquatic park
Young man shot dead while playing Pokemon Go at San Francisco tourist attraction
The 20-year-old and his friend had noticed someone watching them from the top of a hill.
# Quadrooter
Another major security flaw has been discovered on Android phones
And it affects more than 900 million devices.
# tech review
Vodafone's attempt at a higher-end phone gets it mostly right
After experimenting with a number of cheap devices, Vodafone is now thinking bigger.
# First look
Want to try out new phone features before anyone else? Sign up for beta testing
Once you’re aware of the obvious risks with such an approach, it’s useful in trying out features in advance.
# problems
It has been a very tough week for the makers of Pokémon Go
Problems with the game, cheaters and shutting down popular sites has put Niantic Labs in the firing line, but it’s recovering.
# in the background
Your phone's battery life is being used to track you online
Tracking scripts can be used to read a device’s battery level, allowing a site or ad to identify the same person from different visits.
# eye spy
The next generation of phones will unlock by just looking at them
Iris scanning is the next major unlocking method for your smartphone.
# First look
Samsung's Note 7 is a larger, refined version of its best smartphone
The success of the S7 clearly influenced the design and ideas of the latest Galaxy Note smartphone.
# secrets
This is how you know if your phone is protected by encryption
Most modern smartphones have it enabled by default, but it’s easy to check just in case.
# SMS
This Irish man is trying to help refugees overcome a major information problem
And through the use of an old tech.
# Pokemon No-Go
Pokémon Go players urged to keep away from Fukushima disaster zone
The list of places wanting to keep players away is growing.
# Coverage
There's a way to get a more accurate read of your phone's reception
You can get the exact decibel signal strength of your phone’s reception if you know how.
# TOO FAR
A US holocaust museum is asking Pokémon Go players to keep away
The museum is trying to remove itself from the game as people visit it to catch Pokémon.
# Pokemon No
Pokémon Go makers say they're updating iOS app to address security concerns
The iOS version of the app requested more permissions from users’ Google accounts than was needed.
# gotta catch them all
What the heck is Pokémon Go - and why is it so popular?
To think it all started out as an April Fools’ joke.
# End of an era
Blackberry is killing off its last traditional keyboard phone
The company said the Classic had “long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today’s market”.
# workaround
Video ads on mobile games annoying you? There is a way around it
Although there is a catch.
Need some help relaxing? These app could help you out
Because everyone needs a little bit of time to unwind.
# annoyance
It turns out recording gigs on your phone is something that irks Apple too
The tech giant has been given a patent for technology that could prevent anyone from taking photos or recording footage at a performance.
# Safety First
Relying on texts to help protect your accounts is no longer a good idea
You really should be using two-step authentication, but it’s best to switch to apps dedicated to the task if you haven’t already.
# self(ie) obsessed
Seoul brings in traffic signs telling smartphone addicts to look up more often
The pilot scheme will warn smartphone users to pay attention to their surroundings.
# Pick Me
These football apps will help pass the time in-between games
Because what else are you going to do while the Euros aren’t on?
# Q-tip
There's a simple rule that can help you improve your photos
The rule of thirds exists for a good reason.
# Q-tip
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.
# smartphone
Sony has a new smartphone range, but does X mark the spot?
The Xperia gets a new range of smartphones, but is the X the beginning of something new and better?
# cool down
If your phone overheats, this is what you can do to cool it down
Hot temperatures can cause long-term damage to your phone if you’re not careful.
# Road Safety
Australia is putting traffic lights on the ground for pedestrians glued to their phones
The initiative is to be trialled in an attempt to drive down the road death toll.
# where in the world
There's now another easy way to find your lost phone
Although it’s more useful if you own an Android device.
# Q-tip
There's a way to set a sleep timer for your music apps
Handy for those who like to doze off to a soundtrack.
# Safety First
Charging your phone using public USB ports isn't as safe as you might think
One more thing to keep in mind the next time you have a low battery.