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10 things they don’t tell you about having a smartphone.

Here are some things that people don’t tell you.

  1.  You can’t overcharge a smartphone
  2. Smartphone battery life isn’t the same as your old phone. You will probably need to charge it every night.
  3. You don’t need to drain your battery all the way occasionally.
  4. Pressing the power button and turning off the screen doesn’t turn off the phone. It puts it into a low power standbye mode. The phone stays on, still able to receive calls and messages, and some apps are able to still able to access data. To completely turn off the phone, hold down the power button for several seconds, and it will ask you if you want to turn it off.
  5. If your phone is making weird noises all the time, it’s probably a email notification. You can turn that off completely, or I recommend setting a Do-Not-Disturb time. This will allow you to set a schedule where your phone won’t make noise. Look in the settings for phone numbers to make an exception for so that the phone will ring if they call you during that time.
  6. Be careful of your data usage. Make sure you’re on Wi-Fi before you download anything. Turn data off for apps that you don’t want to be accessing the internet when you are out and about. Good article http://www.cnet.com/how-to/11-ways-to-trick-android-into-using-less-data/
  7. Siri and Google Now. Use it, learn it, love it. Siri guide: http://www.apple.com/ios/siri/?cid=wwa-us-kwg-features-com. Google Now: http://lifehacker.com/top-10-awesome-features-of-google-now-1577427243
  8. Make sure you read the permissions that an app is asking for. If it’s asking for permission to access things that it really doesn’t need access to, maybe find a different app.
  9. You now have access to the accumulation of human knowledge. Use your phone to connect with people and learn new things. Find your curiosity again, ask things
  10. Explore, ask questions, don’t be afraid. Look in your phones app store and check out what’s available. Have fun!
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We can’t all know everything

Look, I get it. Computers and the internet are scary. I mean, I work with them all day every day, and they confound me on a regular basis! Here’s the thing though, don’t let that stop you from exploring. They aren’t going anywhere, and there are lots of people who are happy to answer your questions. Like me, for example! Send me your questions, your worries and your fears. I’ll talk about them, answer them all. Remember, a faint heart…doesn’t…win stuff…I guess. I don’t actually know how it goes. Maybe one of you kind readers can answer that question for me? Let’s make this a two way street. Let’s go!