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12 Reasons Your iPhone’s Battery Keeps Dying


You would think with modern technology that we would have cracked affordable, long-lasting batteries. While we do have batteries that do last a long time, they just aren’t commonplace. As such, power users suffer, having to carry around chargers everywhere they go. Regular users, or anyone actually, forget to charge one day and suddenly they’re phone-less.

I know what you’ll think by the end of this: “So, I shouldn’t own a phone?” No, that’s not what I’m suggesting. You can turn off some, any, none, or all of them. It’s really up to you. These are just things that can help preserve battery life.

Without further ado, here are 14 reasons your iPhone’s battery keeps dying.

1. Location Services
One of the first, easiest, least-noticeable ways to conserve battery life is to simply turn off your location services. GPS has the ability to burn through your battery.
Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Tap On/Off Slider
iPhone Battery Tips (Location Services)

2. You’re Fetching
When you have your phone fetch your e-mails, you have your phone check your e-mail server. Push, on the other hand, puts the load onto the server. Now, you can have neither, so you’ll have to retrieve your e-mail manually.
Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calenders > Fetch New Data > Toggle Push On or Off then set Fetch to manually.

3. You’re Using Parallax
You know how your icons look like they’re floating when you move around your phone? That 3-D effect is called parallax. For a while, it was making people sick. What it also does is drain your battery and quite a bit as well. For the power user, this is worth turning off.
Seeings > General > Accessibility > Toggle Reduce Motion On
disable ios 7 parallax

4. Brightness DOWN
I know, it sucks, because bright screens look significantly better. Beggars can’t be choosers, you know?
Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > Toggle Auto-Brightness Off & Adjust Manually
Swipe up starting at the bottom of the screen and pull up the Control Center.
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5. Use Airplane Mode
Ever notice when you’re in a low-coverage area that your battery runs out faster? That’s because your phone burns up battery life when searching for coverage. When you know you’re going to be in this kind of area, just turn on Airplane Mode.
Just swipe up to bring up the Control Center and tape the airplane button.
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6. Turn Off Bluetooth and Wifi
Again, I know, it sucks to have to constantly turn things on and off. This does save batteries, though. When you aren’t using them, just simply turn it off. To do this, do the same as #5: swipe up to bring up the Control Center then turn off the WiFi and Bluetooth. As a side note, apps and services will try to use GPS signal in place of your regular Wi-Fi. So if you have apps that may do this, you may have to turn of your cellular data as well.

7. Turn Off Auto Updates
This feature automatically updates applications and downloads iTunes purchases from other devices. This can hurt your battery life, so it’s worth turning off.
Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Toggle Updates Off
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8. Spotlight Search
See, Spotlight is constantly indexing things on your phone, which uses batteries but improves quick access to apps. Most people never use this, so you can turn it off.
Settings > General > Spotlight Search > Disable What You Don’t Need
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9. Turn Off Background App Refresh
It even says it in the description.
Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Toggle It Off or Individual Services/Apps Off
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10. Turn Off AirDrop
This feature allows you to connect with other iOS 7 devices on the same network and share files. Thing is, most of us don’t use it, and it wastes battery life because it’s constantly looking for other devices.
Swipe up to bring up the Control Center and turn off AirDrop.

11. Too Many Push Notifications
Ever get a ping for a bagillion apps? That’s a push notification and most of us have too many. Reduce it down to the ones you actually need.
Settings > Notification Center > Show In Notification Center Off for Desired Apps
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12. Kill Siri
Ok, fine, you’re not REALLY killing her, but if you don’t use her regularly then you’re doing your battery a favor.
Settings > General > Siri > Toggle Siri Off

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Kenya’s First Anti-Virus

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SoftIT Solutions: Bunifu Sniper

SoftIT Solutions – A computer anti-virus has been developed in Kenya by a group of nine young innovators from Baringo County.

The anti-virus dubbed as Bunifu Snipper and developed by Bunifu Technologies has an in-built console panel which will help the users recover infected files safely. Upon release, the solution is to be sold at Kshs 3,000.

The Snipper anti-virus which took the group over a year and a half to develop also features a wireless and LAN scanner that can scan devices within your Wi-Fi range or over your local Area Network (LAN), a document, file and folder repair and restore, file and folder unlock sensor, wireless and LAN sensor as well as piracy protection.

According to Keith Korir, founder, Bunifu Technologies, the product is the first to be developed in Kenya and is better than others available in the Market.

Korir added that it will be the toughest software for even hackers out there to crack.

Upon release, there will be online upgrades for the product of the antivirus software though the company is also working on ways by which the upgrade will be done offline or without going to the internet.

Having been in the industry since 2011, Bunifu Technologies has provided technology-based services and products that range from Android mobile apps, desktop applications, web applications and engineering solutions.

Other products that have been developed by the firm include accounting software which provides real time analysis and record keeping of day to day transactions and Light Bolt SMS – a mass message sending utility that has ability to send customized personalized messages to many just from a single message.

Bunifu’s other product is an exam management system that provides an easy interface for exams processing and analysis as well as the Bunifu mini commander, a handy automated software which can process and respond to SMS commands and also process more than one command at a time.

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The Future of Cloud Computing


Cloud computing has been called the way of the future. It opens doors by making applications and technology more accessible than in previous years. Companies that would normally require enormous amounts of startup capital may only need a fraction of what was previously required to succeed.

Currently, if the company can afford it, then they can have access to the full Microsoft Suite, ERP applications, CRM applications, accounting software, and a host of other applications that will improve productivity within a company.

The past of cloud computing is bright, but the future of cloud computing is even brighter. Here is what you may need to know about trends in cloud computing.

Proactive Application Monitoring

Proactive application monitoring technology is currently available, but predictive technology and software will soon make this more robust and accurate. Companies will be able to foresee disaster and avert it, mitigating damage to their systems. This will prevent downtime and make the company safer.

Technology to Ensure Uptime

Companies need uptime guarantees. With low-power processors, data centers will become more affordable, allowing companies to acquire seven to ten data centers around the world in different time zones and thereby allowing them to guarantee 99.9 percent uptime. This will keep companies from losing money and falling prey to their competitors. In the future, this concern will be near obsolete. Because of this, many small hosting companies like GloboTech Communications are offering cloud services to ensure better uptime, while big players like Hivelocity and Amazon are also leveraging this new technology.

Cloud Computing’s Role in Disaster Recovery and Remote Access

Cloud computing enables and enhances remote access and faster disaster recovery. When companies have an emergency information security strategy with security penetration tests, companies can maintain their competitive edge within their respective industries.

With cloud computing, some companies that didn’t recognize a breach may recover within minutes instead of hours. Losing proprietary data can cripple a company and even cause doors to close. Every company should migrate to cloud computing for this reason.

Cloud Computing Becoming More Robust

Cloud computing is becoming more about “fit and function” than about the “hype” surrounding the new technology. Most companies can benefit from cloud computing, but some companies have suffered failed projects during the migration phase because the technology is still in the developmental stages. Typically, migrations fail because of inaccurate or missing data.

Data accuracy must be ensured to avoid catastrophe or business interruption. Service providers must ensure that the migration of all data occurs without mishap. Technicians can still make configuration mistakes that compromise the safety of company data. In the future, migrations will be seamless, and technology will be more robust.

The Ability to Validate Identities through Trusts

In the future, cloud security systems will be able to validate identities through a “centralized trust.” Identity-based security is thought to be more secure than current forms of security. More people will begin to trust cloud computing when this happens.

Centralized Data is the Future in Cloud Computing

Centralized data is expected in abundance in the future of cloud computing. This allows companies to create huge databases. Patient care can be improved with centralized data in huge databases. Better stock market decisions are also possible. Centralized data is a way of the future.

More Capability

Mobile devices that rely on the cloud will become more powerful and thinner because all applications will be web-based. All mobile devices will store data that resides in the cloud, and designers can add more capability and lower costs of the phone. One example of this concept is Apple’s iCloud.

Hybrid Cloud Computing Increases Efficiency

Hybrid cloud computing is expected to help businesses become more efficient by optimizing business process performance. Businesses are excited about hybrid cloud computing because it enhances internal infrastructure and applications. The ability to scale the strengths of local networks and cloud computing is coveted by designers.

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Mobile Optimization for Cloud Services

Mobile commerce is on the rise. Cloud computing applications require fewer resources and are recommended for mobile devices. Accessibility is increased because fewer resources are required. This is why cloud computing is recommended for business and personal applications.

Commodity Hardware

Pundits predict that by 2020, low-cost hardware will make it easier to configure advanced data centers capable of complex algorithms at fast speeds. This will increase uptimes and improve user satisfaction. In fact, some pundits commented that “servers and storage devices will look like replaceable sleds.”

Low-Power Processors

Low power processors are expected to lower the cost of operation in large data centers. Users can expect to reduce electricity bills significantly. Low-power ARM chips will make this possible in the upcoming year. With 64-bit capability, uptake should be accelerated. These low-power ARM chips will be used in conjunction with RISC chips and enterprise software to yield an economical and environmentally-friendly solution.

Faster Interconnects

Cloud computing is still in its infancy stage. By 2020, cloud computing is expected to be a permanent solution in many organizations. Data centers will be automated and will support scalable software architecture.

Cloud Computing Will Help Businesses Optimize Their Investments

Cloud computing can help companies optimize investments and scale operations. In the future, new low-power processors and other chip technology will help businesses operate to their full IT capacity. With more innovation, greater revenue potential is possible. Companies can re-invest in their products and services with higher profit margins. Scaling investments will also lead to greater operational agility.

Efficient business models are also possible with cloud computing. With greater efficiency, companies can bring innovative and superior products to market faster than competitors.

Better Overall Security and Assumed Reliability

Currently, designers are working hard to ensure people that cloud computing is the way of the future. It will be the preferred method of hosting applications, platforms, and services. By 2020, it will no longer be a topic of discussion, and experts will be more concerned with how companies can use big data to solve complex problems with cloud computing than with convincing people of its usefulness.

Data center physical security is just as important as data encryption. While minimum encryption regulations may be increased from the current 256-bit SSL, physical access to data center facilities may require biometric scans in addition to electronic pass. These facilities will also be protected by advanced alarm systems.

In addition to physical security, firewall and VPN technology will be improved to protect data transfer. New firewall policies, although not fully defined, will limit VPN traffic to specific IP addresses and ports. With upgraded firmware, breaches will be less likely to occur.

What is the Future of Cloud Computing?

The future of cloud computing is bright for the companies like SoftIT Solutions that implement the technology now. While these are some trends that are expected in the future, the future is not limited to these trends. Remain abreast of the latest developments to help your company maintain a competitive advantage. This will make your company more profitable and productive when it can complete tasks faster and more efficiently than the competition. SoftIT Solutions is Helping you embrace all opportunities that ICT revolution presents and enabling you make sense of TECHNOLOGY FULLY.

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How To Spot Dangerous Email

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Emails can be dangerous. Reading the contents of an email should be safe if you have the latest security patches, but email attachments can be harmful. Any type of file can be attached to an email, including .exe program files. Many email servers will perform virus scanning and remove potentially dangerous attachments, but you can’t rely on this. Look for the common warning signs so you can avoid viruses, worms, and Trojans.

So-called “spear-phishing campaigns” that go after high-value corporate and government targets have used email attachments to take advantage of previously unknown security vulnerabilities. Email attachments can be dangerous to anyone.
Dangerous File Extensions

The easiest way to identify whether a file is dangerous is by its file extension, which tells you the type of file it is. For example, a file with the .exe file extension is a Windows program and should not be opened. Many email services will block such attachments.

However, .exe isn’t the only type of dangerous file extension. Other potentially dangerous file extensions that can run code include: .msi, .bat, .com, .cmd, .hta, .scr, .pif, .reg, .js, .vbs, .wsf, .cpl, .jar and more. This is not an exhaustive list — there are many different file extensions in Windows that will run code on your computer when executed.

Office files with macros are also potentially dangerous. If an Office document extension ends with an m, it can — and probably does — contain macros. For example, .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx should be safe, while .docm, .xlsm, and .pptm can contain macros and can be harmful. Of course, some businesses use macro-enabled documents. You’ll have to exercise your own judgment.

In general, you should only open files with attachments that you know are safe. For example, .jpg and .png are image files and should be safe. .pdf, .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx are document files and should also be safe — although it’s important to have the latest security patches so malicious types of these files can’t infect you via security holes in Adobe Reader or Microsoft Office.
Archives, Especially Encrypted Ones

In an attempt to make it around email filters, someone may email you malicious file attachments in an archive — especially an encrypted one. For example, you may receive an email with a .zip, .rar, or .7z file and its password. You’d need to download the archive file and extract its contents with the password to access them.

The password-protection — or encryption — on the archive prevents email scanners and antivirus programs from examining it, so it’s very possible that the archive could contain malware. Of course, password-protected archives are also an effective way to email sensitive files. You’ll have to use your judgment once again.

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The Sender

Looking at who an email was sent by can help you identify whether an email attachment is malicious or not. Beware: an attachment can be malicious even if you know the sender! If they’ve become infected, a malware program may send you emails from their email address, disguised as emails they’d send.

If you get an email from someone you don’t know with a questionable-looking attachment, it’s probably malware. If you receive a macro-enabled Office document from someone you’re not expecting one from, exercise extreme caution.

On the other hand, if your boss tells you in person that she’ll email you a macro-enabled Excel spreadsheet and you get an email from her with an .xlsm file later that day, the attachment is probably safe.

If you’re not sure whether someone sent you a suspicious-looking email attachment, you may want to give them a phone call or ask them in person. If they didn’t send the attachment, they’ll appreciate the warning that their computer is infected or their email address has been hijacked.
The Email Itself

The email’s contents can also offer clues. If you get an email from someone you know and something seems a bit off, it may be written by malware or a hijacker. Such emails could also be phishing emails without any dangerous attachments — for example, if you get an email from someone you know saying they’re trapped and need you to wire some money with Western Union, this could easily be a phishing scam.

If you get an email from FedEx or UPS and it asks you to download an email attachment and run it, that’s another red flag. Legitimate businesses will never ask you to download and run programs attached to an email.

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Antivirus Alerts

If you’re using a webmail service like Gmail,, or Yahoo! Mail, your webmail service will automatically scan incoming attachments for malware and inform you if the attachments are dangerous. Of course, if you see a warning that an attachment is malicious, you should not download it! The text of the email may ask you to ignore any problems and assure you that the attachment is actually fine, but this would likely be a trick.

If you download an email attachment and your desktop antivirus program flags it, stop right there. Don’t click through the warning and run it anyway — trust your antivirus program more than the email attachment.

Bear in mind that antivirus programs aren’t perfect. They’ll miss things occasionally, so you can’t only rely on your antivirus. An attachment could be dangerous even if no antivirus flags it.
Have a Healthy Suspicion

When it comes to email attachments, you should exercise extreme caution and assume the worst. Don’t actually download or run an attachment unless you have a good reason to do so. If you’re not expecting an attachment, treat it with healthy suspicion. If it’s an image attachment, that’s probably okay. PDFs should be okay if you have the latest security patches, too. But if you’re not sure what something is, you shouldn’t run it.

Your web mail client’s preview features can also help. You can preview PDF files, documents, images, and other types of files in your browser without actually downloading them to your computer.


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Typing tricks that you should know

Typing Tricks

Delete an entire word Instead of deleting a single letter, pressing CTRL + BKSP will delete the entire word behind the cursor. This makes deleting text quicker if you screw up a whole word.

Move Cursor to beginning of the next or previous word Moving the cursor around manually while typing is a great way to make your work take longer than it needs to. To speed of the process, move the cursor around with keyboard shortcuts. To move it to the beginning of the previous word, use CTRL + Left Arrow. To move it to the beginning of the next word, use CTRL + Right Arrow. In OS X you can accomplish the same using the Option key.

Making sub and superscript text If you need to make sub or superscript text (think exponents for superscript), press CTRL + = for subscript and CTRL + SHIFT + = for superscript.

Paste plain text of what was copied When you copy text from any source, programs will usually copy any formatting that comes with it. To paste this as plain text, press CTRL + Shift + V instead of the standard CTRL + V, and the system will paste unformatted text.
Note that many programs follow this parameter (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) but not all, particularly Microsoft programs like Word or Outlook. For those there’s a few alternatives that go beyond copying and pasting in Notepad: 1) CTRL + ALT + V will show a ‘paste special’ dialog box. 2) CTRL + Spacebar will remove formatting in already pasted text. 3) Download Puretext and choose a hotkey to always paste plain text with it.


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