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So I have always been an Apple fanatic – I cannot imagine my life without an iPhone, MAC and iPad. 

Pathetic, I know. 

Anyway, I had myself convinced that no phone on this earth would ever match up to my glorious iPhone, in all of its glory. 

However, last week I had the honour of jetting off to Paris to attend the launch of a brand new phone, by Huawei.

Let me tell you lads, I was NOT disappointed. 

We sat back in our seats and watched the CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group unveil this shiny new tech toy, I listened to what he said, but I was sceptical. 

He spoke about the new camera, the AI technologies, and how this new phone is a groundbreaking piece of machinery. 

I was intrigued, of course – mainly by the camera. 

He said that the camera was as good as a professional one, and could actually be used for shooting and capturing editorial imagery.

An influencers dream phone, basically. 

So what exactly makes this phone so special? Let me explain. 

So the Huawei P20 Pro has an advanced camera system to capture more light, more details and more beauty, featuring a 'revolutionary Leica triple camera and 5x Hybrid Zoom'.

Real talk though, I cannot tell you how amazing the camera is – the pictures are so sharp and clear it is outrageous! 

Sure just look at all the gorgeous piuctures I've included in this piece – can't argue with it! 

It has innovative photography features, including Master AI with AI-driven professional photography and HUAWEI AIS (AI Image Stabilisation), a powerful AI stabilisation technology.

Oh, and one of my FAVOURITE features? It has an amazing battery life (seriously, you won't have to charge it once during the day!)

“We look for inspiration from artists to continuously evolve our approach to design and innovation,” said Richard Yu.

“The HUAWEI P20 Series builds on the legacy of our collaboration with Leica. With a breakthrough triple camera on the HUAWEI P20 Pro, an advanced dual camera on the HUAWEI P20, and powerful artificial intelligence on both, today’s most vibrant consumers can capture and share the brilliance of the world around them.”

Anyway, if you're smart, you'll consider getting one of these bad boys. 

It hits Irish stores on April 13th, so get ready. 

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We've all had those moments where no headphones were available, and playing music out of your phone was a necessity.

While the act may make you feel like a teenager down the back of the bus again, there is actually a very sophisticated hack that will let you play music off your phone at a much louder decibel than you ever thought possible.

Whether it's a house party emergency or just you dancing around the kitchen, Twitter user The Bae has shared a hack to increase the volume of your fave tunes. 

Simply head to Settings, click on the Music section, scroll down to EQ, and change the EQ setting from Off to Late Night.

And BAM you have high impact sounds coming from your little old smart phone. Simple.

Make sure you play music while you're switching from EQ Off to Late Night so you can hear the difference for yourself. 

We tried the hack, and we can confirm that it 100 per cent works. 

Our neighbours will definitely be grateful for this one…  

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In an effort to combat distractions (heya, Instagram), people are changing the colour on their iPhones to greyscale.

It's safe to say we all spend way too much time on our phones, and sometimes checking your notifications can set you back three hours due to non-stop scrolling.

Well, how about taking away all the colour from your phone?

Many Twitter users are turning on the 'greyscale' on their iPhones as a way of making it less appealing.

Lifehacker recently recommended the change which was inspired by former Google design ethicist, Tristan Harris, who runs Time Well Spent, a non-profit which aims to "reclaim our minds" from the digital world.

Tristan said: "When we pull our phone out of our pocket, we're laying a slot machine to see what notifications we got.

"[But now] Instagram and Snapchat are going to be a lot less appealing in black and white than they are in technicolour."

If you fancy trying this feature out, it's pretty simple.

iphone greyscale

Just go into your Settings, then click into General and scroll down to Accessibility and the Greyscale option should be there.

In newer iPhones, click into Accessibility, then into Display Accommodations, and click on Colour Filters. Just press the on/off button and your phone will turn black and white.

Feature image: Gadget Hacks

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In an era where we literally share every detail of our lives with strangers on social media, some may not be too pushed about what kind of data they are sharing on Twitter.

However it’s the sneaky subconscious data that our devices collect from us that’s kind of creepy.

Buried in your privacy settings is feature that records every place you’ve ever visited with your iPhone (which is everywhere obvs) and how many times you’ve been there.

This information isn’t new, but it’s coming into public awareness now as people are questioning if it’s an acceptable feature.

The tracking is part of the Frequent Locations feature which pinpoints the places you visit on a map.

These locations are then logged by your iPhone to improve the Maps app, and can be seen in the Frequent Locations list.

If you click on a location, it will list out all of the times and dates of your visit.

If you delve in deeper, the map will show you exactly how long you spent at the location.

For example, the map above shows the two hours and three minutes we spent at Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh Gardens last week. Weird right?

So that random yoga class you went to? Logged. All of your favourite restaurants to eat at? Logged. And your home address? Definitely logged.

So if anyone had access to your phone, they could see exactly what establishments you had been frequenting.

Concerned? Here’s how to turn off this invasive feature.

  1. Go to the Settings menu, and click on Privacy
  2. Select Location Services
  3. Scroll down pretty far and select System Services
  4. Scroll pretty far down (but not as far) again and select Frequent Locations
  5. Select ‘Clear History’

iPhone users have taken to Twitter to express their concern over the feature.

However, others have said that they don’t mind it as it adds an extra element of safety to their lives.

What do you think?

 

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Many of us have quite a collection of Apple products at this stage, from the infamous beginnings of the iPod to our coverable iPhone 7s, you'd think we'd be sick of them by now.

But alas, every year we're lured into their shiny exterior and might as well be a magpie in search for diamonds.

We're so interested in fact that we can't help but read all of the rumours leading up to the new releases, and the latest one; the iPhone 8.

Apple expert, Benjamin Geskin, regularly tweets about the expected new features of the products and this week shared a leaked idea of what the next iPhone will look like.

As you can see above, there will be no home button and instead a touch ID scanner will be embedded into its display.

The phone will also reportedly have a stretched OLED screen, meaning it will reach across the whole display.

According to Tech Stuff, it will have the ability to float on water (whut?), as well as have shock absorbers to prevent broken and cracked screens.

Another report from Bloomberg claims that it will have wireless charging capabilities too.

Apple traditionally release its devices around the first two weeks of September, however Trader Insider notes that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, which debuted on June 29, so bets are on for the iPhone 8 to be released on the same date this year (even though that's very close).

We'll just have to wait and see if all the rumours are true!

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Getting the likes on Instagram is, to some people, a pretty important aspect of the entire posting process.

Putting the time and effort into creating and editing the perfect image can make people feel good, so posting at a prime time is worth it when you want the world to see your latest pic. 

Hopper HQ has done some research into the best time to post a photo on Instagram, leading to more likes.

The best time on weekdays is between 6pm-7.30pm, simply because this is the time that most people are on the app. 

Because there are more people on the app, there are more chances that your post will be engaged with, thereby garnering more likes. 

11am at the weekend is also prime time to post, so get to brunch early if you want to optimise your likes on a Sunday morning.

The research also found that posts with captions do better overall, but don't make them too long, as posts with captions where the viewer has to click 'read more' receive a significantly lower amount of likes than those with short and snappy lines. 

And as for filters, Gingham is the most popular and attracts the most likes and comments.

Happy snapping!

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There are always more than a few Instagram makeup trends doing the rounds online, but the latest one really takes the p***.

Teenage MUA Jake Warden has gained over 1.1million views on one particular makeup tutorial.

While the look he creates is pretty flawless, it's the use of his iPhone as a mixing palette for foundation that has people going crazy for the MUAs videos.

 

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We'd barely toss our phones in our bags without a cover, never mind pour foundation all over them, so this beauty tutorial trend is pretty baffling to us. 

In two separate tutorials, he squirts foundation onto the back of his rose gold iPhone, which doesn't have a case on it, and mixes highlighter into it using the iPhone rather than the back of his hand to mix the products together. 

We thought this might just be a random, teenage makeup trend that would pass by without notice, but now other MUAs are following suit. 

 

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We shudder to think about the amount of germs that reside on the backs of our phones, so we seriously hope these MUAs are using a sterilisation wipe before dropping foundation oin their pricey smartphones. 

Kids these days…

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Today, Apple released security updates for all its most popular devices, and it would be a pretty good idea to go update them ASAP.

While Apple releases updates to its operating systems with small fixes on the regular, the latest update might be a little more important.

Wired discovered that each operating system’s fixes in the latest update makes it harder for hackers to “execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” meaning that it will provide greater protection from hackers trying to take control of certain operating systems. 

“It can add files, delete files, or execute any actions,” JP Taggart, senior security researcher at Malwarebytes told Wired

“Want to record conversations and forward them to someone else? It can do that. Want to instal additional malicious software? It can do that."

"Want to uninstall programmes on the affected phone? It can do that. Want to hide these actions, programmes and files from the user? It can do that too.”

The operating updates are not exclusive to the iPhone, but also the iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Apple computers. 

The new update covers 13 security loopholes in the Apple software, including new protection to prevent malicious web pop-ups.

We're heading to general settings RIGHT NOW. 

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It's the time of year where almost everything takes on some festive flair.

While glittery Christmas jumpers, novelty pyjamas and even seasonal phone covers might be expected, there's one Christmas themed gadget we didn't see coming. 

The Christmas lights phone charger is one way to spice up your life, or would make the ideal gag gift for the office Grinch. 

This uber-festive piece of novelty tech has gained a cult following online, with most of its' retailers selling out.

Luckily there are quite a few remaining on eBay and Amazon, so opt for express shipping if you want it under your tree.

 The Christmas lights phone charging cable is currently only available for the iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus, so Android users shouldn't be asking Santa for one. 

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A slip, a drop, a fall – a drunken mistake: far too many iPhone screens in this world have been smashed and cracked.

Indeed, it's the feature – not to mention the €150-repair bill – that most irritates users of the Apple device. 

However, it seems there is some good news on the horizon for those who are prone to dropping their mobile: namely that the forthcoming latest model will be 'indestructible' – or pretty much so.

Step forward Gorilla Glass; the manufacturer of millions of glass displays for mobiles. 

It's just about to release its fifth iteration, and promises that it's as made of tough stuff.

Yes, lab tests reveal that Gorilla Glass 5 displays remained intact during 80 percent of drops that occurred at heights as high up as 1.8metres. What’s more, Gorilla Glass 5, which is being touted as four times as resilient as previous designs, holds up extremely well even when dropped onto rough surfaces.

“With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels,” John Bayne of Corning, its parent company, said in a press release.

“With many real world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement.”

Excitingly, Corning expects Gorilla Glass 5 to show up on commercial products “from leading global brands later this year” – a statement which is being widely inferred as referring to the iPhone 7.

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We all know the struggle – You're on a night out, and JUST when you decide it's time to get yourself a Hailo, your phone runs out of battery. 

Well, this problem is soon to become a thing of the past, with the invention of a fabulous new jacket. 

Seattle-based start-up company, BauBax, have designed a line of clothing that keeps your devices charged using wireless technology to create a built-in charging ecosystem.

This ultimately means your phone will charge while in your pocket, solving every person's #firstworldproblems. 

The company is currently raising funds through a kick-starter campaign online, with the hopes of creating interest in the product.

An official release date for this futuristic jacket is yet to be released, but it is expected that the item will retail for around €300. 

Oh and the best part? The jacket is machine washable!

 

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Soon there will be no need for words at all as we’ll be able write in pure emoji.

Well, that’s how it seems anyway since 72 new emojis have been added to the emojipedia.

The flamingo dancers and the princess will finally have their happy endings with the new dancing man and prince additions.

You no longer have to be plain old sick as you can now choose a sneeze emoji or a green nauseated face.

You can subtly imply someone is telling porkies with a long-nosed Pinocchio or go all out with a full on facepalm.

And clearly taking note of the new universal love of brunch there’s pancakes, avocados, croissants and bacon.  Thank God for that!

According to the New York Times that's not all  Apple has planned for emoji lovers.

They have reported that the tech giant is adding a very special texting feature to their phones – an emoji button which will highlight all the “emojifiable” words in your messages and convert them to emoji for you.

So when you think a picture would do the job of a thousand words, your phone will find that picture for you.

Winning!

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