Sooner or later, a manufacturer of “smart” devices of different categories comes up with an idea to conceptually combine these devices into a single ecosystem.
Samsung makes many different devices: smartphones, tablets, headphones, smart watches, televisions. Laptops are still presented in some markets, but we, unfortunately, do not sell them.
It is convenient to interact with each of the devices using the entire line. For example, you open the case of not yet connected Galaxy Buds or Buds Live, and your Samsung Galaxy smartphone quickly determines that there are some headphones nearby, so let’s connect them.
With headphones, watches, and Samsung smartphones working in tandem, there is another handy thing: nothing else needs to be installed – the smartphone has everything directly in the operating system itself. Therefore, when it’s time to update the headphone firmware, you will simply receive a notification from Samsung itself.
Samsung smartphones can be the centerpiece of the entire ecosystem. From your phone, you can control your watch, wearable devices, headphones, write some notes, and then continue working on them already on your Samsung Galaxy Tab. At the same time, all synchronization is seamless. The main thing here is the presence of the Internet. But even without the Internet, you can exchange data between your tablet and smartphone using Samsung Flow. These can be text files, tables, photographs, videos. At the same time, copying works very quickly, and you don’t even have time to pay attention to it. Some kind of magic is simple.
In March 2017, I saw a very cool thing. She was shown at the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S8. This is Samsung DeX – a mode that turns your smartphone or tablet into a full-fledged office work station.
I liked this mode because of the usual logic: most people have enough power from the device that they carry with them everywhere. After all, modern smartphones are more powerful than those computers on which NASA’s lunar missions were calculated (this is a rather formulaic, but working comparison). So why can’t you just connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse to your smartphone and start typing texts and filling out tables – something that is quite enough for most office workers.
And I sincerely do not understand why there are very few brands that would promote the idea of a “computer in a smartphone” (well, or in a tablet, because Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 can also do DeX). It’s very cool and convenient!
Moreover, Samsung not only promotes the DeX mode, but also develops it: if in the first revision a special docking station was needed for this case, then they got rid of it in favor of the usual USB Type-C data cable, and now DeX also works wirelessly with using MirrorCast technology. That is, just connect your smartphone or tablet to your MirrorCast-enabled TV, and off you go!
Moreover, all office programs are available on this “computer in a smartphone / tablet” – Samsung cooperates with both Microsoft and Google. And given the fact that both companies have cloud sync, seamless work is possible with them: typed text on the Galaxy Tab S7 using a keyboard case, then continued to work on the road on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, and when I arrived at work, I connected smartphone to the TV and made a presentation from it!
They say laziness is the engine of progress. In fact, this is not entirely true. It really drives progress, but it does so only coupled with convenience, without which the widespread introduction of innovations is impossible.
The integration of Samsung Galaxy devices with each other is exactly about this. It allows you to move more freely, work faster, without being distracted by extraneous factors like the thought of “how to share files between all your devices.” In a specific case, they just swam automatically. And this is very convenient.
iPhone 13 Pro: Force restart if device does not respond
The new iPhone 13 models are here and with them some users get their first iPhone without a home button in their hands. This also changes various gestures and functions. An example of this is forcing a restart, which is performed differently than it was just a few years ago.
If you switch from an iPhone 8 or iPhone SE (2nd generation) to a current iPhone model, you will quickly notice a lot of changes. In addition to the new gestures for returning to the home screen or opening the control center, the missing home button should be particularly noticeable. In the past, this controlled various functions such as Siri, the one-handed mode or the forced restart. The latter works completely differently with the new models and has a small side effect along the way. But one after another.
iPhone 13 (all models): How to force restart
Without a home button, Apple had to come up with a new alternative to force the devices to restart. The way is much more complex than before. While on the older models you only had to hold down the home button together with the power button, it now requires a small key combination. To restart an iPhone 13, briefly press the volume up button and release it again. Then press the volume down button in the same way. Finally, hold down the side button (power button) until the Apple logo appears on the display. You should not pay attention to any displays or changes on the screen during the processor.
Short version: Force restart the iPhone 13
- Briefly press the volume up button
- Briefly press the volume down button
- Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
Quickly deactivate Face ID on the iPhone 13
Apple has integrated a function in iOS to quickly turn off Face ID. This means that it is not possible for other people (police, etc.) to unlock your iPhone by holding it in your face. To do this, simply press and hold a volume button together with the side button until your iPhone vibrates briefly but quickly. Then press either “Cancel” or the Page button again. Thanks to the vibration, you can also deactivate it in your pocket and know that it worked.
macOS Big Sur: Disable search suggestions in Safari – here’s how
Web browsers these days have a lot of cool features and capabilities that should make our life easier. Apple Safari is certainly no exception.
A lot is offered with many nice gimmicks such as the reading list or the reader display. Searching the net is also simple and can be started directly in the address bar. However, not every user wants the search suggestions equally, so we’ll show you how to disable the search suggestions in Safari.
Search engine suggestions can be scary at times. Thanks to the strong network, you now know exactly what we want to look for and then have the right answer ready before we could actually put the question to the end. This of course also has the advantage that we can get to our goal very quickly with these complex search algorithms and thus save a lot of time. But if you are one of those people who forego this convenience and want to increase data protection, we would be happy to explain how you can deactivate the search suggestions in Safari.
macOS Monterey: How to turn off search suggestions in Safari
Step 1: First open the Safari browser on the Mac, if you have not already done so. This is either located directly in the dock or can also be reached there via the “Programs” folder.
step 2: Now click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Settings”.
step 3: Then select the “Search” tab.
Step 4: You will then see a drop-down menu with the search engine – this is Google by default – and under it it says: “Include search engine suggestions”. Uncheck this entry.
Step 5: Below that you can remove the check mark in front of “Include Safari suggestions”.
Step 6: Now close the Safari settings menu and surf the web as usual with Safari.
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Apple ID: iOS 15 allows resetting with friends and family
If you lose access to your Apple ID, it’s a very messy business. It literally holds the Apple universe together. You can use it to make purchases from Apple, the App Store or the iTunes Store, manage your app subscriptions, access your iCloud data and much more. Fortunately, since iOS 15 you don’t need a second device of your own to reset your Apple ID and set a new password. The new operating system allows you to define a contact who, if necessary, can confirm your identity and thus give you access to your data again. Of course, you should think carefully about who is eligible for this position. This can be your best friend or family member. These should also have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 and be older than 13 years.
How to set a reset contact for your Apple ID
Your Apple ID is not lost right away because you forgot your password. Establish a special “emergency contact” beforehand that will give you access to your Apple account again. To do this, open the Settings app and tap on your profile at the top before you select “Password & Security”. Then tap on “Account recovery”. Now select the option “Add contact”. Read the information about the function carefully. In the next step, you may be asked to update your devices. You can then specify a contact from your family group or from your contact list. You will only see qualified contacts. After your selection, a message will be sent to the selected person informing them of their new position.
How to remove a reset contact from your Apple ID
If you no longer want a certain person to allow you to reset your Apple ID, you can revoke this at any time. To do this, open the settings and tap on your Apple account at the top. Then select “Password & Security> Account Recovery”. Now tap on the person’s name and select “Remove contact”. The removed contact will be automatically notified of the change.
notice: The function is only available if all of your devices are running at least iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15 and watchOS 8. Make sure of this beforehand or remove the devices from your Apple ID if an update is not possible.
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