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Which is the World's biggest bloodless revolution?

Internet, Internet, Internet.








A Devil on the Facebook

These days, I constantly find my friends' facebook accounts compromised and see a lot of porn posted in their name at many places on facebook. I often call them to inform that their accounts have been hacked. They usually feel shocked when they come to know of the porn in their name. It is really an embarrassing situation for them. 

Such embarrassing situations are a recurring phenomenon not due to my friends' fault but because of the negligent attitude of facebook people. On the other hand, Google is providing a high-security feature to her subscribers through Two-step verification ( SMS). Many social network sites are providing this facility to Indians. But, why is Facebook not providing the same service to its Indian account holders while making billions of dollars here? Why is it so hard-headed? Is Mark Zuckerberg a racist? 

I feel this security breach on facebook as a threat to modesty and honour of many Indians. Why is Mark Zuckerberg not providing the high-security features to Indians while he is doing it to the Westerners? That is why I have started a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/appealfromindians in order to gather Indians to make an appeal to facebook team to implement the Two-step verification in the Indian subcontinent. So, my dear buddies! Please hit the like button on my page https://www.facebook.com/appealfromindians to give support to my initiative. Happy Facebooking! 




How the Digital Revolution changed the world

CHRISTOPHER SEWERD

In the last 20 years the world has changed beyond recognition and much of that change has happened in the latter half of the last two decades. The internet and the uptake in mobile technology has changed our lives to such an extent that the way we exist as a civilization has almost completely altered with very little point in history for comparison.

Industrial Revolution v Digital Revolution


While the industrial revolution is held in high esteem as one of the pivotal moments of civilization change, it was mostly concentrated to its birth place of Great Britain and the spread to Western Europe and the United States.

The internet and mobile revolution can be seen as bigger than the industrial revolution and while the latter could not exist without the former, the internet revolution has arguably had a faster and wider spread than any other revolution previously.


Nowhere is this more evident than Africa and other remote regions around the world. While living standards in certain areas of Africa have changed very little in hundreds of years, the introduction of technology and internet enabled devices are penetrating every sector of society. Products such as M-PESA that allow easy mobile money transfer and M-Farm allowing remote farmers to gain current market prices for their crops have changed the way African business is conducted.

The Internet Has Arrived

Over the last 15 years the internet has surreptitiously encroached on our lives at an unprecedented pace. Yesterday’s revolutions played out over generations. Today’s revolutions require years. Tomorrow’s revolutions may happen over a weekend and it’s all thanks to the internet.

Every facet of life has been influenced by the digital revolution, from our social lives to our entertainment and from our working world to our health. There are very few services and aspects of our life that cannot be controlled online from the comfort of our own homes on a desktop computer, tablet or even mobile phone.

Before the digital revolution there were companies and institutes that have been around for many years, small businesses have always existed such as local shops or local book stores however for major industry there have always been big players, big names that the little guy would never be able to take on. The banking industry for example, many of the banks in operation have been around since Victorian times and some even before. This was a time when any idea was a new idea and in a world where money dictated your social standing, certain companies and organisations flourished and continued to flourish until the digital revolution arrived.

The digital revolution opened the doors to the common man, removing the shackles of bureaucracy somewhat and allowing a direct route to success to be carved. This ability came, but not without some old world money issues beforehand.

The Establishment

Dot com bubble: The late 90’s and early 2000’s saw the now infamous dot com bubble which in a fury of investment lead to many companies getting big, to going out of business and losing millions if not billions of dollars.


At a time when everything was fresh and the internet was starting to take off, many of the old world corporations began heavily investing in everything and anything, it was said at the time that just by adding “.com” or “e-” to your company name would invite share prices to rise and cause investors to take note.

Sadly this culminated with the bursting of the bubble and the end of the gold rush. With this burst it brought about a shift in the way that internet companies start up.

The American Way

After the dot com bubble burst the way in which internet companies started, changed. No longer were huge wads of money thrown at any and every project and less was wasted on advertising and gimmicks previously riding high on the internet craze.

From this point on the world changed and the common man finally had the opportunity to embrace that change. If the internet has done one positive thing it is to open up an online world of opportunity, opportunity for each and every individual with a connection and an idea. Gone are the days of social standing based on money alone and a system that represses individuals if they don’t hark from the right social circles, the internet revolutionised freedom to succeed and partly in thanks to the American dream.

In the old world of the United Kingdom and Europe, centuries of stature, standing and blood lines have dictated the standing of every citizen with very little social mobility. There was never any possibility to rise above your station. The United States has a slightly different ethos to this older world and it is one that the internet revolution can ultimately thank.

The American dream enables individuals to strive to succeed, failure is not seen as a stopping point, but a chance to dust yourself down, get up and try again. When an internet startup failed in the US, within months the “failure” would be working again on something new, bigger and better than before and such failure would be seen as a learning experience, a notch of on the post of ideas that didn’t work reaching skyward towards one that will.

It is this ethos that has slowly spread across the globe with the digital revolution and changed perceptions about failure. No longer in my home nation (the United Kingdom) is a failure time to pack up and go home, but a chance to follow that American way and start again, create something better and continue on the path to success.

Who Did What, Where And When


Many of the biggest websites today started from individuals or small groups of individuals working from home, in a bedroom, a college dorm or on the move while commuting to work. No longer is a smart office needed or mass investment from venture capitalists.

Facebook is the biggest and likely most well known social networking website on the internet today. Started in a simple dorm room at Harvard University by Mark Zuckerberg it has grown in a short space of time to be the second most visited website in the world.

Google, the search engine of choice that now boasts their own browser, mobile operating system, laptop and more started off as a small project in a garage in California, United States. It has grown to become a household name that even has an entry in the Oxford English dictionary as a way to “Search for information about (someone or something)”

Bebo, at one point the third largest social networking site in the world, started by a husband and wife team in their home. The site was launched in 2005 and just 3 years later sold for a massive US$850 million. The story turned sour for AOL who purchased the site and the founders ended up buying the site back 5 years later for a paltry US$1 million.

While the US has undoubtedly provided many of the websites that we take for granted these days there are also a huge host of other countries who have developed globally successful sites from bedrooms, homes and small offices.

The digital revolution is often criticised for killing small brick and mortar businesses. The case of Amazon which within a short time frame went from practically nothing to the biggest online book selling business the world has ever seen. It has since progressed to a massive online site where nearly any product is possible to purchase. The downside of this is small independent book stores placed the blame of their failure on sites such as Amazon.

So while the digital revolution has created many jobs, it has also taken some in the process. In my current and previous work related ventures I have contacts from all over the world from the US to Europe and from India to Russia, each and every individual in this network of associates works in some way with the internet and without it, where would each of these individuals, businesses or even myself be? Without the internet, what would we be doing? The internet has enabled users worldwide to take an idea and make it a business with little more than a basic computer and internet access.

The Negatives

For all the growth, entrepreneurial development and opportunity the internet has offered individuals, there is a negative side, not necessarily from the internet itself, although there are plenty of negatives such as crime, scams and paedophilia.

These negatives come from the old world and big corporations, businesses who at one point have started off small somewhere down the line themselves, either in the early days of the developing world or when the internet and tech companies first arrived. Such companies who for no other reason but to protect their own profit share are prepared to stifle innovation and restrict the ability for individuals to muscle in on their well oiled money making machine.

Large corporations have held a monopoly on many industries for years, a position with which they exude great influence and power and ultimately are rewarded with great profit. This is a position that many corporations work hard to hold on to and for this very reason is why they have a vested interest to kill innovation before it has a chance to develop in to competition.

The most recent example of this is the Net Neutrality debacle facing the United States that would have a knock on effect worldwide. A group of greedy corporations who wish to extract extra funds from a system that was never intended to be split in to “those that can pay” and “those that can’t”. The implications of net neutrality being damaged, at the very least would mean less innovation. The majority of tech companies who are huge today would never have been able to grow had net neutrality not existed, this is in essence the biggest threat to online innovation that the digital revolution has ever experienced.


MegaUpload FBI: There are countless other stories of innovation being censored such as MegaUpload which although was a basic storage system found itself closed by the US government after added pressure no doubt from the entertainment industry.

When new technologies emerge it goes without saying that there will always be a criminal element who make use of them. In the case of MegaUpload it was a totally legitimate service that was somewhat used for storing illegitimate files. Could this of been prevented by better communications between the interested industries and MegaUpload themselves, or was it a case of stifle any innovation which threatened the traditional models as quickly as possible?

It goes without saying that the recent P2P movie app phenomenon that is Popcorn Time is one of the biggest game changers in terms of quality movie distribution. While wholly illegal in most countries the opportunity to turn such a service in to a monetized system could potentially change how online entertainment is streamed around the world. The chances of this happening however are zero and the old model distribution which is out of touch with the modern consumer will continue to prevail as the status quo is maintained.

The Past And The Future

Printing pressThe printing press was a revolution in book and scripture production which allowed the mass spread and production of printed books, before it the availability of books to the public was extremely limited.

Centuries later public libraries became widespread throughout the 1800’s in the United States and United Kingdom as well as elsewhere in the world, these before the internet would be the reference point for any individual from any background to gain information and further themselves.

Up until the advent of the internet, the cheap availability of books, such as their tax free status in the United Kingdom plus the ability to borrow books freely from public libraries broadened the intellect of anyone who chose to reference books for learning.

The internet is the library of the modern age with a wealth of information available on all topics. While there are some sinister sides to the internet, the ability to learn about any topic for newer generations has greatly improved the ability for overall knowledge to increase. No longer are children pigeon holed in to set areas but with a free and open internet they have the ability at their fingertips and within the click of a mouse to research anything that holds their interest. This isn’t just restricted to the western or first world, this is available on a global scale.

It is for this reason alone that the purity of the internet must be upheld and why there are so many organisations, protests and pressure groups regularly keeping the flow of information free and the internet safe in its purest form. The digital revolution has moulded the internet into a service that would be considered beyond the wildest dreams of the inventors of the systems and protocols that make up its core. The magic of that system should be kept alive not just for our own generation but the generations to come who can benefit from such a magnificent invention.

Countries such as China and Iran heavily restrict internet access. Certain Arab countries scour the usage of their users to detect homosexual use and punish those it detects. Even our own countries are spying on our own citizens, or each other’s and exchanging that information. The internet is under attack even for those of us who live in the free world and even more so for those that live under repressive regimes, this is a darker side to the internet, a use by government that was never intended to exist.

A restricted internet is the equivalent of a library only for the rich or schools only for those with a certain social standing. It is imperative that we continue to strive to keep innovation flowing and entrepreneurism alive.

Without a free internet and those who campaign tirelessly to ensure it stays free, we will be turned back in time to a Victorian era and become second class citizens in a world controlled by the rich, a world in which we will be locked in place, never having the ability to move forward or having the chance of social mobility.





How to increase the speed of mobile internet?

1) Turn off the instant uploads to Google, Facebook, etc.

2) Clear your cookies, caches very often.









How to install Linux Mint?

( Wikihow )

Linux Mint is a Linux distribution that is growing rapidly in popularity, thanks in large part to its ease-of-use and simplistic, clean design which was made to make it easy for users of Windows to make the switch. Like most Linux distributions, it is free to download and install as many times as you'd like, on as many machines as you'd like. The Linux installation process has become much more streamlined over the years, and in some ways is even simpler than Windows. See Step 1 below to learn how to install and use Linux Mint.

1.Backup your data: If you are installing Linux Mint over your current operating system, you will lose any data stored on the hard drive. Make sure that all of your important documents and files are securely backed up before starting the installation process. See this guide for details on the best ways to backup your data.

2.Download the Linux Mint ISO: An ISO file is a disk image that you can burn to a DVD. The ISO is available for free from the Linux Mint website, though the download is on the large size. Depending on the speed of your connection, it may take a while for the download to complete.

There are several options when you visit the Downloads page of the Linux Mint website. Most users will want to choose the "Cinnamon" version located at the top of the list. This is the default desktop style for Linux Mint. There are other options available for more advanced users.

You will need to ensure that you select the correct version for your system architecture: 32-bit or 64-bit. See this guide for details on how to determine what kind of hardware you have in Windows and this guide for Ubuntu.

3.Download an image burning program: In order to copy the ISO file to a DVD, you will need an image burning program. One of the more popular free options is ImgBurn, though there are a variety of others from companies such as Nero.

If you are running Windows 7 or 8, you can use Windows' built-in burning software. Right-click on the ISO file and select "Burn disc image".


4.Burn the disc: Use your image burning software to select your DVD recorder drive with a blank DVD in it. If necessary, select the downloaded ISO file as the source file (this isn't necessary if you right-clicked on the file to use Windows' burning software). Click the Burn button to begin the burning process. This may take several minutes to complete.


5.Set your computer to boot from your DVD drive: In order to run the Linux Mint disc, you will need to boot from it instead of your hard drive. You can use your computer's BIOS menu to change the boot order. See this guide for instructions on opening the BIOS menu.

Once in the BIOS, look for the Boot menu. Change the boot order so that your DVD drive boots before your hard drive. This will ensure that your disc is loaded first before your existing operating system.


6.Start the Linux Mint live system: When your computer boots from the Linux Mint DVD that you created, you will be greeted with a short list of options. Select "Start Linux Mint" to boot the Linux Mint operating system from the DVD.

This does not install Linux Mint. Booting the operating system from the DVD allows you to test out Linux Mint and see how you like it before committing to the installation. You will not be able to change any settings or delete or create files while in the preview mode, but it is a good way to get used to how Linux Mint works.

When running Mint from the DVD, it will run slower than if it was installed. Keep this in mind when using it, as the installed version will perform much better than the preview.

7.Start the installation: After you have taken some time to get familiar with the Linux Mint desktop, you can begin the installation by double-clicking the "Install Linux Mint" icon located on the desktop. This will begin the installation program. Select your language and click "Continue".


8.Review the basic installer requirements: In order to use the bundled installer, you will need to have at least 3.5 GB of free hard disk space as well as an active internet connection.

If you are installing Mint on a laptop, ensure that it is connected to a power source during the installation.

9.Choose your installation type: The next screen will allow you to choose what hard disk space you would like allotted to your Linux operating system. There are two main options to choose from:

10.Erase disk and install Linux Mint: This option will delete all of the data on the selected disk and install Linux Mint on it. Any existing operating systems or data will be deleted. Use this option if you want Linux Mint to be the only operating system on your computer.

Something else - This option will allow you to use the free space on your hard disk to create a separate Linux Mint partition, which will allow you to have Linux Mint installed alongside another operating system. This option also allows you to choose the size of the Linux partition.

11.Specify the hard drive you want to install to: In the next screen, use the drop-down menu to choose which drive you want to install Linux to. If you chose the "Something else" option, you will be able to use the slider to set the size of the Linux partition.

Linux Mint requires at least a 6 GB partition, and the swap partitions should be 1.5 times the amount of RAM you have installed.

If you selected the first option for the install type, the entirety of the selected disk will be deleted during the installation process.

12.Set your location and keyboard settings: After the installation begins, you will be asked to choose your timezone and keyboard layout. You can use theDetect Keyboard Layout button if you are unsure about your keyboard layout.

13.Create your user: After selecting your input preferences, you will be asked to enter your name and create a user. When you enter your name, your username and machine name will automatically fill with your first name. You can change your username to whatever you'd like.

The machine name is the name your computer will display to other computers on the network.

You will need to create a password as well. This username and password combination will be your administrator account, and will need to be entered when making changes to the system

You can opt to login automatically or be prompted for the username and password. Choose the option that works best for your security needs.
You will be able to create more users after the installation has finished.

Wait for the installation is complete. After entering in your information, Linux Mint will begin copying files. You can monitor the progress by looking at the bar at the bottom of the window. After the files are copied, the installation will begin and your hardware will be configured.

This process may take a while, especially on older machines. It's all automated from this point on, so you can leave and come back if you need to.
The installer will download additional files during the installation process, so you will need a valid network connection.

14.Click "Restart Now": Once the installation is complete, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Click the "Restart Now" button to reboot your computer and load your newly-installed operating system.







In Praise of Technology

My daughter rolls her eyes whenever I begin my stories of woe. “Tell the one about how you walked to school alone,” she says. “And how you used to swim outside, like in a pond. With frogs in it!”

“You know, darling. It wasn’t so long ago. And it wasn’t such a hardship either. There was actually something quite pleasant about, say, getting lost as you walked in a city, without immediately resorting to Google Maps.”

“As if!”

And so it goes. But I’ve been trying to look at the problem from a new angle, and I keep coming back to the same truth: life is better. One is almost programmed, if over 35, to recall the superior days of a life less needy, the rich rewards of having to try and ­having to do without. But the actual truth is that my childhood would have been greatly, no, infinitely, improved, if only I’d had a smartphone.

I mean, how could I ever pretend life was even half tolerable in the 1970s? I grew up in a world where people did mental arithmetic just to fill the time.

I’ve come fully round to time-saving apps. I’ve become addicted to the luxury of clicking through for just about everything I need.

Yesterday morning, for example, I realised I needed to know something about a distant relative for a book I’m writing. I’m old enough to remember when one had to go to libraries, then scroll for hours through hard-to-read microfiche and take notes. I wrote a whole book that way, my first, and it took forever and it didn’t add much to most of the paragraphs.

Yesterday, I had the information from an archive website in about 20 minutes. Then I ordered a car from Uber to take me to teach a class. I emailed my notes to my office ­computer from the car, dealt with ­a dozen emails and read a review of ­a restaurant I was going to that evening.

Has something gone out of my ­experience of life by ordering all the shopping online rather than by pushing a trolley around a supermarket for an hour and a half? Yes. A pain in my backside has been relieved. It is all now done by a series of small, familiar flutterings over the keyboard, which I can do at my leisure, any time of day or night, without running into hundreds of people who are being similarly tortured by their own basic needs.

I have always liked music and the sheer luxury of having a particular recording when you want to hear it, but nothing in my long years of buying records can beat Spotify.

I’ve heard many a nostalgist say there was something more, well, ­effortful, and therefore poetic, in the old system of walking for ages to a ­record shop. People become addicted to the weights and measures of their own experience. But we can’t become hostages to the romantic notion that the past is always a better country.

There will, of course, always be people who feel alienated by a new thing, and there might be a compelling ­argument to suggest all this ­availability is merely a high-speed way of filling a spiritual gap in our lives. Yet I can assure you there was no lack of spiritual gap in the lives of people living in small towns in 1982. It was just a lot harder to bridge that gap. We used to wait for years for a particular film to come on TV. One had practically to join a cult in order to share a passionate interest.

Communication was usually a stab in the dark. You might find someone to talk to about your favourite book, but more likely you wouldn’t, unless you moved to New York.

Every day now there’s something new to replace the old way of doing a crucial thing that was hard to do. Is it the middle of the night and you live in Idaho and you want to talk to ­someone about your roses? Is it Christmas Eve in Rome and you want to know where to hear some music and light a candle?

Don’t tell me the spiritual life is over. In many ways it’s only just ­begun. Technology is not turning us into digits or blank consumers, into people who hate community.

Instead, there is evidence that the improvements are making us more democratic, more aware of the planet, more interested in the experience of people who aren’t us. It’s also pressing us to question what it means to have life so easy, when billions do not.

For me, life did not become more complex with technology, it became more amenable. And what a supreme luxury it is, being able to experience nowadays your own reach in the world, knowing that there truly is no backwater, except, of course, the one you happily remember from the ­simple life of yore.

My daughter was right to laugh. ­Because what she was hearing was a hint of vanity and a note of pride in my stories of the unimproved life. In point of fact, we burned with the ­desire to get out, to meet people, to find our voices.

My favourite record when I was a teenager, trapped in a suburban ­corner of old Europe, was ‘How Soon Is Now?’ by the Smiths. I had taken a bus and a train and walked for miles to buy the record. It told a story about giving yourself up to experience.

I don’t know where the physical record has gone. But the song is right here at the end of my fingertips as I’m typing. In the new, constantly improving world around us, it took me just under 15 seconds to locate it.

Would anyone care to dance?

( By Andrew O’Hagan from The New York Times )










Why Ubuntu?


( TOI )


Users who are running licensed versions of Windows 7 or 8.1 on their PCs get a free upgrade to Windows 10, but those running Windows XP or Vista will have to buy Windows 10. Well, Ubuntu is a free user-friendly Linux based operating system. Yes, absolutely free, including future updates.

Secondly , it is extremely light on PC hardware, so you can even install it on computers that are 3-4 years old, and it will run smoothly . Besides, if you buy a brand new PC without an OS, you could consider running Ubuntu on that too. Ubuntu lets you do everything you can do on Windows, and just as easily...

You can edit documents, work on spreadsheets, create presentations and more with LibreOffice - a fully functional productivity suite. It comes with the Ubuntu installation and supports Microsoft file formats.

You can play music files on its Rhythmbox player and install software like VLC Player from the Ubuntu Software Center to watch movies.

You can also browse the Ubuntu Software Center for games, photo editors, drawing tools, utilities, themes and more.

And lastly , Ubuntu is easy to install. Read on, we're telling you how...

We understand that moving to a new OS on your computer might make you nervous, so we will be taking you step-by-step through an installation guide that lets you create a dual-boot set-up.This means at startup, you have a choice whether you want to work with your older Windows OS or with the new Ubuntu. In case, you're not comfortable with setting up Ubuntu by yourself, we suggest you take the help of a tech-savvy friend.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN...

Take a backup of all your important files on an external storage device.This is a precautionary measure that should always be done before making any major change to your computer, so it pays to be prepared. Once you have completed taking a back up...

Visit http:www.ubuntu.com downloaddesktop and look for Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (Long Term Support).

Click the dropdown list under Choose your flavour and select the 64-bit version. If your PC has less than 4GB RAM, then select the 32-bit version and click Download.

PREPARE THE INSTALLER

A 996MB ISO file will be downloaded to your machine. You will need to use this `image' to create a...

Bootable DVD:

Use your favourite DVD burning software to create a `bootable' version of this ISO file. (Or, refer to help.ubuntu.comcommunity BurningIsoHowto). You will be able to boot your PC from this DVD to start the Ubuntu installation. 


Bootable USB pen drive:

If your machine does not have an optical drive, then you can install Ubuntu from a bootable USB pen drive. To do this, you will need a pen drive with at least 2GB of space. Download UNetBootin from unetbootin.net. Use this tool, along with the ISO file you just downloaded, to create a bootable pen drive.
 


UBUNTU FAQ

Can Ubuntu be installed on older PCs?

Yes, you can install Ubuntu on PCs that have at least 1GB RAM and 5GB of free disk space. If your PC has less than 1GB RAM, you can install Lubuntu (note the L). It is an even lighter version of Ubuntu, which can run on PCs with as little as 128MB RAM.

Can I try Ubuntu before making the switch?

You can take the online tour at ubuntu.com tour or select the Try Ubuntu option after booting your PC from the Ubuntu DVD or USB pen drive (see Install Ubuntu). The second option will load the full operating system from the bootable media. This may run a little slow but will give you an idea of how Ubuntu looks and functions.

Can I run both Windows and the Ubuntu OSes on my PC?

Yes, both can reside on your machine. At the time of installing Ubuntu, you need to choose to install the OS "alongside Windows" (see Install Ubuntu).

Can I run Windows applications in Ubuntu?

You cannot do this directly in Ubuntu as the OS does not support Windows `.exe' files.While there are ways to do so, they are recommended for advanced users only.






Long Live Your Phone Battery

By Ben Taylor from TIME

In theory, modern smartphones can last hundreds of hours on a single charge. But in practice today’s top phones will squeeze out about 20 hours at best. With that in mind, we tested both Android (Google) and iOS (Apple) phones to pin down battery-saving tricks that actually work.


1. Delete apps you don’t use


On average, smartphone users download about 42 apps but use only ten daily.
iOS Tap and hold the app icon, then tap the X in the top left corner.
Android Tap and hold any app icon, then drag it to the top right to uninstall or the top left to remove.

For both operating systems, note that there are built-in apps that you can’t delete.

2. Control which apps run all the time

Apps like Facebook and email continue to run in the background, even when you’re not using them, so you’ll receive a notification as soon as you get a new message or comment.

iOS: You can turn off background data on an app-by-app basis. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh to select apps to turn off.

Android: You can ‘restrict background data’ for each app. Go to Settings > Data usage. Tap on your app of choice, then scroll to the bottom to restrict background data on cellular networks.

3. Disable notifications

Some apps, such as those for weather, news and sports, will automatically send you ‘push notifications’ throughout the day, unsolicited. If you’re not interested, disable them.

iOS: Visit Settings > Notifications, and turn off notifications for all but your most important apps.

Android: Go to Settings > Sound & notification > App notifications.

4. Turn off location services

Map and weather apps need to use your location, but do you need to geo-tag Facebook and Instagram?

iOS: Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. You can either turn them all off at once or turn them off individually.

Android: Go to Settings > General > Location. Then use the switch at the top to turn location reporting off.

5. Forgo vibrations

When it comes to battery life, ringing is a lot less taxing than rumbling.

iOS: Go to Settings > Sounds, and then switch off the two vibrate toggles at the top of the menu.

Android: Use the volume toggle to turn down the ringer, and you’ll see a menu pop up at the top of your screen. Here, you can either turn off all notifications for a custom period or receive only ‘priority notifications’ based on your personal preferences.

6. Dim the screen

Viewing your phone’s millions of pixels at full brightness is a guaranteed battery drain.

iOS: Go to Settings > Display & Brightness. Turn off Auto-Brightness, and then dim the display to your comfort level using the slider.

Android: Go to Settings > Display, and turn off Adaptive Brightness. Then tap on Brightness level and adjust to your preference.

7. Decrease display time


A phone’s single biggest battery drain is the display, and we often leave it on even if we’re not looking at the screen. Set your device to turn off its display after a short period of time, 30 seconds to a minute should be enough.

iOS: Go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock.

Android: Go to Settings > Display > Sleep.

8. Turn off Bluetooth

Bluetooth, a short-range wireless technology, doesn’t drain as much battery power as it used to, but if you don’t use it for external devices or data transfer, consider turning it off.

iOS: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and tap the Bluetooth icon in the middle.

Android: Go to Settings > Bluetooth, and toggle it off.