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How to Keep Your Cell Phone App’s From eating your Data

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Here in Australia Data costs and arm and a leg, USA not so bad, as there is more competition. If you have a whole family on your plan it probably is costing you a lot more than you would like. I am under contract with Telstra in Australia which is up in October, so will definitely be looking for another provider to see if I can get a better deal.

Because we have such a love affair with data our cell phone plan does not seem to provide anywhere near enough. One minute we have heaps then next minute it’s all gone, well almost.

It’s best to understand how much data your favorite apps use and how to track and adjust that usage. It will help you avoid costly coverage or painfully slow speeds. That depends on your carrier of course.

Most suppliers will charge an extra $15 for an extra gigabyte when you go over your plan, others will bump you down to a 2G speed which you will notice when you are used to 4G.

Where does your Data go:
Streaming music or video will gobble up your data very quickly. Uploading photo’s or large email attachments. A good example of this is streaming 30 minutes of video a day via apps such as Facebook, YouTube or Netflix will use more that 5GB data a month. Streaming an hour of music a day will add up to almost 2GB over 30 days.

Spotify for example has four streaming settings, Google Play has three and YouTube has se en and will adjust your stream based on you connection unless you select a streaming quality.

Spotify
Normal: Uses noun 0.7MB per minute so you can listen to roughly 24 hours of music for 1GB of data
High: Uses around 1.2MB per minute so you can listen to roughly 14 hours of music for 1GB of data
Extreme: Uses around 2.5MB per minute, so you can listen to roughly 7 hours of music or 1GB of data.

Google Play

You can stream about 7 hours of music per gigabyte at the highest quality setting. Normal and low quality settings are also available.

Pandora

Uses about 0.5MB per minute at most, so you can listen to almost 35 hours of music for GB.

YouTube

Data usage varies widely on YouTube based on the video quality which ranges from 240p to 1080p and can be adjusted manually for each video. According to Verizon customers in NY City Metro used an average 24MB per minute while on You Tube in February this year. At that rate you would burn through 1.5GB in an hour.

Netflix

You will use about 1GB per our if streaming in standard definition and as much as 3GB per hour if streaming in HD.

Facebook and Instagram

Roughly 2MB per minute with video autoplay turned off. It would take more than 8 hours to burn through 1GB of data. But watching videos or uploading photos or videos will use more. Check your phone to see how much you have used of data.

To see how much some of you apps are using go to ‘Settings’ on an Android and then Data usage. That information on an iPhone is in ‘Settings under Cellular’.

How to keep your data in check

Adjusting your settings is one way to reduce your data usage without really changing how you use your phone.
This needs to be done in each app. Focus on the ones you use the most.
Your music and video apps change your streaming quality to a lower level. This option is usually found in the apps settings menu. Check the settings on your social media apps, many of which also play videos.

On Facebook videos in your feed automatically play as you scroll, this can eat up a lot of Data. Change the setting to never automatically play videos. To do this go to ‘App settings’ while in your Facebook app and click on Autoplay then select never autoplay video’s. You can also select to play automatically when connected to WiFi.

Of course the best way to minimize data usage is to be connected to WiFi. When on WiFi you stop using Cellular Data. That means you can stream and upload to your heart’s content.

If you listen to Spotify on your commute, download you playlist while you are at home connected to WiFi then you can listen offline mode and save your data.

The power of Information: Look for the data breakdown on your phone setting. Once you realize where your data is going you can make adjustments.
If you have made adjustments and still using a lot of data go have a chat to your provider. The guys in the store know these phone operations inside out so go to them for help.

You should look at an unlimited plan which is offered by some provider companies. Some companies have unlimited music streaming built into some of its plans.

So there you have it. Hope this information has been helpful.

Source USA Today

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Another Best Buy For Wednesday – How to find cheaper Meds

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Are you paying too much for your medications?  My bet is you are. If that is the case check this site Goodrx out, to find out where you can get  the cheapest price for the medications you need,  in your area.

Drug prices vary wildly between pharmacies.

GOODRX finds the lowest prices and discounts. How?

  1. Collect and compare prices for every FDA-approved prescription drug at more than 70,000 US pharmacies
  2. Find free coupons to use at the pharmacy
  3. Show the lowest price at each pharmacy near you

Check this out for more information

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There is also and APP  you can get for your iPhone called ONERX

This APP is free so well worth getting to find out where the cheapest meds are and also if you are covered or not.

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Saving Tip For Today

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Don’t Dump That Old iPhone

Sell it. First generation iPhones that sold for $599 in 2007 are now collectables and if in mint condition are worth big bucks. The recent asking price on eBay for an 8GB iPhone in its original packaging was $10,000

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Saving Tip For Today

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Extend the Life Of Your Smartphone Or Tablet Battery.

1. Protect your device from temperatures over 95 degrees (35 degrees Celsius ). Those temperatures can damage battery capacity.

2. Shut down location-tracking apps when not using them. 

3. Turn off the function that refreshes apps in the background.

4. Don’t turn it off – It will use more juice powering up that it will quietly napping

5.  Keep the ports where your battery plugs into your device clean.

6. Turn off Wi-Fi when not in use. Wi-Fi gobbles a lot of power on all devices because it’s always looking for a signal.

7. Keep the screen as dim as you can stand it

8. Extend the refresh time: Set your email to get new messages every 15 minutes (or even longer) rather than as soon as they arrive on the server

9. Do some digging. Look for apps like iOptimizer or Battery Graph that help you monitor your battery use.

10.  For optimum performance, “reboot” your battery whenever you can by waiting to charge until the battery is down to about 10 percent. Then, fill ’er up to 100 percent. Try to avoid overcharging it except for newer devices, which is recommended.

11. Have a tablet? Drain its battery regularly. It appreciates the exercise.

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Certified Wall Mount Power Surge Protector, Outlet + Charger Ports



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You can buy this on Amazon for $19.99

This gadget is perfect for me. I have an iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac air and they all seem to need charging at the same time so when I saw this EZOPower Wall Mount Outlet Surge Protector with USB ports, this was the gadget for me.


The details are:-
1.Brand New EZOPower Wall Mount Outlet Surge Protector
2.UL safety approval guaranteed to keep your electronics safe
3.2 Retractable holders for Smartphone and MP3 Player
4.3 AC outlets with 540 joules of surge protection and 2 USB charging ports for simultaneous charging.
5.No installation Required. Just plug into your wall outlet!

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More Of What’s Coming Soon!

These are all ‘must haves. I think they are brilliant

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You can find the keyhole even when drunk.

There were times when I could have used this one

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For smart parents
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Bicycle Parking
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Digital Measuring Cup
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Built-in Wall extension cord
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iPhone Lens
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Digital Ink for Tablets
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The Colors Of the Morning Rise

Yesterday at 5am I decided to take out the Viking Kayak and paddle to the other side of our lake. Mika my granddaughter also decided to rise early and a come with me as she wanted to use her new passion,a shrimp cast net that I had bought for her for her birthday.

We have done this before with great success. Breakfast of a good feed of shrimp and mullet.

This particular morning was just an abundance of color and serenity all in one. There was not a breath of wind, and as we rowed across the lake the sun peacefully and beautifully rose between the clouds.

Luckily I had my iPhone with me and was able to capture this awesome beauty,  which I was very blessed to experience.

To get a better take on these pictures I suggest you click on them to enlarge the photo, that way you can see for yourself how beautiful it was.

Enjoy

Mika about to cast out the shrimp net

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