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Google app for Android and iOS gets official dark mode, rollout starts today

Uc Best | 2020-05-205285

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Google has been rolling out dark mode to its various apps for over a year at this point, but the Google app’s dark mode never fully stuck on Android or iOS. Today, Google has confirmed that rollout is finally happening for all users. In a tweet, Google confirmed that starting today and over the next week, the Google app for Android and iOS is getting dark mode officially. On Android 10 and iOS 13, this follows the system setting/toggle as most other Google apps do. Like other Google apps, too, the app has a mostly gray design. On older Android and iOS smartphones/versions, dark mode is still accessible through an in-app setting. Heading into the Google app’s settings brings up an option to choose your preference. This setting can also be used on Android 10/iOS 13 to force one mode or the other if you don’t want the app to match the system setting. When the rollout does hit your device, you may see a pop-up on the main screen that says “Dark theme is available” and links to the settings for changing the app’s theme. Read all >>

Easy Ways to Speed Up Your Lagging Phone

ahiadzro | 2020-05-2044442

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This post was last edited by ahiadzro at 2020-5-20 11:02 Hello Tecno Fanatics, Let's keep this simple. If your phone lags, freezes, hangs or does not run smoothly (whatever the term maybe) or if you want to speed up your phone,this post is for you! These are 18 solutions to completely, solve your issues: 1. Remove and reinstall applicationsYou can remove and reinstall an application when it causes lag or doesn't run smoothly. 2. Close or disable unused background applicationsTo avoid multiple apps running in the background, click Menu, and close all the apps with one-click, or manually close them one by one. 3. Clear cache, data and do security scanningRegularly clear cache and scan for viruses to secure your phone and free up more storage space, using Phone Master. 4. Download and use official applications onlyDownload apps from Google Play store rather than other sources. 5. Reduce the use of widgetsReduce the use of dynamic wallpapers or small plug-ins with real-time refresh capabilities. They end up using a lot of RAM. 6. Update your phone and HiOS launcherIn simple words, updates are very important and they improve your phone. 7. Restart your phone periodicallyPeriodically restarting your phone could clean up broken or damaged caches and prevent bugs to make for smoother user experience.You are required to restart your phone once a week to ensure its performance. 8. If your phone lags when playing videos- For online videos, check if the network is in good condition and adjust the video's clarity- For offline videos, make sure your file is not corrupt 9. Manage background data access for each appThis option stops all apps from using data at the same time and thereby slowing down your phone 10. Disable unnecessary animations and extrasClick here to find out how 11. Update only apps you need and use lightweight version of apps 12. If you are still using third party Task Managers, Antiviruses, and Battery Optimizers on your phone, get rid of them Every Tecno device already comes with these services optimized into the phone 13. Avoid running multiple apps If you are using a low-end smartphone, try not to run multiple apps at the same time. 14. Free up Space Make sure you do not have a low memory both on your ROM or RAM by deleting unnecessary contents of your phone. You can also move apps or data to an SD card. 15. Overheating, wear, and tear can also be regarded as possible reasons for the device to slow down. If your device is too old then slowing down is normal. 16. Turn off automatic app and content downloads Turn off automatic app downloads from Google Play, and refresh rates of apps such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc 17. Perform a factory reset if everything fails But before that, try out reset options, one of the best features on every smartphone but mostly underused which solves almost every issue. 18. If your phone lags when playing games, make sure you do all the above before replaying your game. Note:Visit Carlcare for assistance if all the above fails. Read More: How to Boost Your Phone For Gaming Read all >>

WHATSAPP , FACEBOOK , INSTAGRAM NEW FEATURES: LIST OF NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Barekese Mmrante Hene | 2020-05-197429

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19937[ With most countries imposing mandatory lockdowns in order to counter further spread of COVID-19, social media has become the primary avenue for people to connect with each other. In such a time, when the cumulative daily activity across all social media platforms is at an all-time high, Facebook, one of the world’s most biggest technology companies, has continuously been rolling out new features across several of the services it owns, including WhatsApp and Instagram, in order to help users connect better. Here is a list of all features announced by Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram recently. MESSENGER ROOMS: Facebook recently launched its own video-conferencing solution to rival popular players such as Zoom, Google Meet etc., known as Messenger Rooms, which can support up to 50 participants on a call, with no time limit. Additionally, one can even create or participate in a Messenger Rooms call via the Messenger app, even if he/she does not have a Facebook account. SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES: Another initiative by Facebook is to support small businesses by helping them connect to their customers online. The company has launched ‘Support Small Business’ stickers and hashtags, and has added Businesses Nearby and Marketplace sections in the app menu to allow people to connect to their neighbourhood shops. The Business Resources Hub feature has also been added to keep business owners informed and to help them increase online interest. Moreover, a Business Inbox for Messenger is also in the works, as a part of Facebook for Business, similar to business versions of Instagram and WhatsApp. INFORMATION CENTRE AND DONATIONS: A COVID-19-specific Information Centre has been created on Facebook, to provide the users with updates and latest news regarding the spread of the disease. A donation button has also been developed, which can be used by creators and celebrities during a Facebook Livestream to ease the process of collecting funds for COVID-19 relief. EXTENDED SUPPORT TO FACEBOOK'SINITIATIVE TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES: All sticker packs launched on Facebook are available on Instagram too, and whenever one of these stickers is used on someone’s Insta story, all such stories are clubbed together under the sticker story on Instagram, to allow users to identify and support small businesses around them. BULK COMMENT DEPLETION: A new feature rolled out by Instagram allows users to delete a large number of comments in a single go. This allows greater control over the comments thread, especially for users with millions of followers. Additional options to block and restrict comments from certain accounts have also been made available, and pinning comments is also in the works. COMBATING CYBER BULLYING: In response to the recent ‘Bois Locker Room’ controversy which involved the inappropriate use of Instagram, the company released the fifth edition of its Community Standards Enforcement report on May 13, to keep the application safe for use and to enforce stricter policies to combat cyber bullying and harassment. INCREASED DESKTOP COMPATIBILITY: Though mainly developed as a mobile application, a significant section of Instagram’s users access the app on their laptops and desktops as well. Recently, Instagram made live videos compatible with laptops, and is now adding the ability to save live IGTV videos on one’s profile, so that they persist beyond the usual 24-hour limit. WHATSAPP Increase in number of participants allowed on video call: For a long time, WhatsApp allowed only four participants in a video call at a time, however this limit was increased in late April, now allowing up to eight participants to facilitate wider communication during the lockdown. LOCKDOWN STICKER PACKAGES: Ever since the launch of stickers on WhatsApp, they have consistently been garnering a lot of attention from the app’s millions of users. Furthering that push, WhatsApp launched a variety of new stickers to spread the ‘Stay At Home’ message. This has definitely been well received, as statistics show that stickers from this package are among the three most commonly used stickers over the last month. MESSENGER ROOMS ON WHATSAPP WEB: WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook has decided to integrate the two services even deeper, by allowing Messenger Rooms to be accessed via a shortcut button in the attachment section on WhatsApp Web. EXPECTED FUTURE UPDATES: Several other interesting updates are expected to be rolled out by the end of May. Some of the most widely anticipated ones include WhatsApp Pay, its own UPI-based digital payments service., disappearing messages, timed self-destructing messages similar to Snapchat texts, and in-app web page browsing, a feature already present on the Facebook and Instagram apps. With Facebook being one of the Big Five in the technology world, and owning three of the world’s five most popular social media apps, these new features come as welcome additions to make the three apps even more user-friendly.Read all >>

WHAT IS A VPN? A CLOSER LOOK AT VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS AND WHAT THEY DO.

Barekese Mmrante Hene | 2020-05-195417

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VPN is one of those tech terms and has gained a lot of traction in recent years as the internet has diversified and grown to even bigger levels. But what is a VPN and why are they worth downloading? The premise is actually quite simple, and there are some great use cases. An abbreviation of Virtual Private Network, VPNs are a fantastic first line of defence for your PC, Mac, laptop or mobile device. That's because their encrypted tunnels keep the data and information you exchange over the internet private to prying eyes and your identity anonymous. They're also commonly used by torrenters (for similar reasons), people working from home and keen TV streamers - the latter largely because VPNs also allow you to change your IP address to pretty much anywhere in the world, including regions that might be showing the sports you're interested in and more extensive Netflix catalogues. Other uses include unblocking websites that are banned by your school or office, unblocking WhatsApp in China and other countries where it's banned and even getting cheaper flights and holidays. So that's what a VPN can do, but what actually is a VPN? WHAT IS A VPN? In brief, VPNs or virtual private networks are secure "tunnels" that cannot be intercepted by anyone, making the software the safest mainstream way to browse the web privately. VPN providers use their own servers based in various countries, meaning you can also access region-restricted content and websites, while also staying anonymous online - even on public Wi-Fi. VPNs offer optimal privacy All the traffic that passes through your VPN connection is secure and cannot, in theory, be intercepted by anyone else, making it the safest mainstream way to browse the web privately (but not always anonymously). Just bear in mind though that VPN setups are only as secure as the weakest link in the entire chain. So if your device has already been compromised with malware already, using a VPN won't save you from being spied upon, although a good antivirus could.  If there’s one worry when it comes to using technology and the internet, it’s privacy. By using a VPN, you can, in theory, prevent your internet service provider (ISP) and government from seeing your internet history. Even a free VPN can offer you this layer of protection - just expect ads, speed throttling and data restrictions. VPNs have also emerged as a popular tool in the freedom of speech movement. You’re able to avoid censorship within organisations and from third-parties. For example, if you have a view that goes against the priorities of your employer, you don’t have to worry about them finding out. People also use technology from the likes of ExpressVPN to “geo-spoof” and change location. This results in users customising their location settings to be able to use overseas services. A great example of this is using a VPN for streaming TV programmes or finding online products that are only available in a specific country, perhaps due to legal or licensing issues. PRIVACY, STREAMING AND MORE You can resort to a VPN to protect yourself from hackers too. If you’re outside and sign up to use a public internet hotspot - perhaps in a cafe or library - there is the chance someone could try to break into your device. This can lead to you losing valuable data, such as passwords.  This technology is also emerging as a popular force in the world of business. When you’re traveling  around for meetings all the time, it’s normal to connect to third-party networks. With a VPN, you can access your firm’s intranet without the worry of being targeted by cyber criminals. Many VPN services offer different pros and cons, so if you're looking to access Hulu via a VPN when away from the US or need a BBC iPlayer VPN to watch from outside the UK, dial into your office network or simply stay safe and secure online, you'll find a service tailored precisely to your needs. Furthermore, a VPN can be used to avoid having your internet connection throttled. One provider, NordVPN, reckons that some users have seen their Netflix streaming speeds triple by employing a VPN to bypass their ISP's throttling. That’s certainly food for thought. It’s also interesting to note that while phishing remains a major danger online, a VPN can help protect you against malware or con tricks when web browsing. And it's no great surprise that our page on the best VPNs for China is so popular. Like several other countries around the world, the state government in China has full control about what sites its populace can and can't visit. Using a VPN to divert your IP address to somewhere else in the world entirely means that you won't suffer such restrictions if you go to those countries on business or holiday. PROXY VS VPN Proxies are also popular, and there’s always the question about how they differ from VPNs. The aim of both methods is to protect users’ identities or to spoof a location. While they are different technologies, many VPN providers also offer proxies. A proxy is type of computing system that functions as a go-between for your connected device and your web connection. These servers also have their own IP addresses, so transfers can’t be traced directly to your computer.  They may share common aims with VPNs, but typically, they only secure a torrent client or browser. Using a VPN, you can encrypt 100% of your internet connection, so there’s more protection.Read all >>

BECOME THE HIOS DIY STICKER CHAMPION

HiOS Official Account | 2020-05-156212832

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Hello T-Fans, All the sticker kings and queens, gather here I have a piece of important information for you: The long-awaited DIY sticker competition is here! This is going to be the first sticker online competition and we are so excited about it! Activity Period: The duration of this activity would be as follows: From May 15th to 31st May, 2020 – Entry submission From 1st of June to June 3rd, 2020 – Voting period June 4 – Announcement of TOP 10 Winners June 5 – Rewarding of Winners Who Can Participate? All T-Fans from 11 Tecno SPOT 11 websites: including Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Ghana, Mali, India, Senegal, Guinea, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Global How Do I Participate? Go to your Social Turbo feature (on HiOS 5.0 and above) and click on Sticker Maker. Then select Create Your Own Stickers at the bottom of the page and begin making your stickers. Upload YOUR OWN DIY stickers under this post. You can get your friends to like your post to increase your chances of winning. Here are samples of stickers How to create stickers with social turbo: Step1: Open "Settings" Step2: Click Social Turbo Step3: Click Sticker Maker Step4: Click "Create your own stickers" Step5: Add your pictures Step6: Edit the pictures you want (you can add text too) Step7: Add your stickers to WhatsApp Watch Video Tutorial Here Number of Winners: 10 in total Winner Selection Method 1) Round 1 – We would select Top 2 entries from each region (selection based on number of likes the entry gets) 2) Entries selected from Round 1 will go to T-SPOT global site for global T-fans to vote 3) Top 10 entries that get the most votes will be the final Sticker Kings and Queens PRIZE: Certificate + 5USD data recharge card TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. The sticker must be unique to you. You created it yourself 2. Copied stickers would be disqualified 3. This competition is open to all websites listed above and represented on Tecno Spot 4. HiOS reserves the right to disqualify anyone who they feel is not complying with the activity rules 5. HiOS reserves the right to select anyone as the winner based on their discretion 6. HiOS reserves the right to change or modify the rules at any time during the competition Read all >>

Say HELLO to TECNO Official team! Speak out your thoughts!

TECNO SPOT Official | 2020-04-291325787

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Dear T-fans, We Hope you are all are doing great❤ We are delighted to announce that our TECNO Official Team is here at T-spot! To share and to listen.❤❤❤ Speak out your thoughts and follow them on T-spot to learn about hidden features that only phone masterswill know, latest information on product news and unlimited activities! HiOS Team: Account name: HiOS Official Account HiOS Official NG KEVINCHEN HiTheme Team: Account name: bluesky0622 Seven CAMON Series Product Manager: Account name: ts18312568113 Pouvoir Series Product Manager: Account name: WatsonYOU Aha Games Team: Account name: Aha Games Software Product Planning: Account name: ts17721198903 Don't hesitate to give us suggestions and advises. YOU make the community better! Together we grow!❤❤❤ Yours, TECNO Team Read all >>

HOW TO MAKE A FACEBOOK AVATAR : A NEW WAY TO EXPRESS YOURSELF

Barekese Mmrante Hene | 2020-05-190208

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19795[/ Move over emojis – Facebook avatars are here to make everyone into digital versions of themselves. If you’ve ever wanted to become a cartoon character, now’s your chance.  The fun new feature is similar to Snapchat’s Bitmoji, and you can use your Facebook avatar in Facebook Messenger, on comments and even Facebook stories. The avatars can express themselves in a variety of ways, which means users can finally do something other than the usual like, love, laugh, cry or angry reactions when they see a post.  You can also personalize your avatar, from hairstyles to trendy outfits and more. They don’t have to look like you, either, so let your imagination run wild.  If you’re ready to embrace the world of digital avatars, download the Facebook mobile app on Android or iOS and follow our simple guide below. You’ll be expressing yourself as a funky Facebook avatar in no time. 1. GO TO 'AVATARS ' IN THE FACEBOOK APP Open up the Facebook mobile app and click on the hamburger menu next to the notification bell. If you can’t see the ‘Avatars’ menu straight away, tap on ‘See More’, then click on ‘Avatars’. 2. PERSONALIZE YOUR FACEBOOK AVATAR You can now create your very own Facebook avatar and mold it in your image. There are quite a few options to choose from, such as body type, outfits and hairstyles, so make your way through the options until you’re happy with your digital mini-me.  The personalization options aren’t as granular as some of the other avatar apps we’ve used, like those from Apple emoji or Samsung's AR Emoji, and the app doesn’t require a photo of you as it’s based entirely on which options you select. That’s good if you’re worried about privacy, but it can make creating a good likeness rather difficult. 3. MAKE YOUR AVATAR INTO STICKERS Once you’ve created your Facebook avatar, you can use it to express yourself via a number of pre-generated stickers. The stickers are a great option if you’ve been eager to add a bit of extra sass or humor to your conversations, and almost every situation is covered, from sparking romance to facepalms.  You can share the stickers on Facebook Messenger from the Avatars app or share them on other messaging apps like WhatsApp via the ‘More options…’ button that appears when you select them. 4. USE YOUR AVATAR IN FACEBOOK MESSENGER To access your new avatar stickers in Facebook Messenger, click on the emoji button located just above the keyboard. From there click ‘Stickers’ and in the bottom bar, look for the icon of your avatar’s face. Tap it, and you’ll have access to all your stickers. 5. USE YOUR FACEBOOK AVATAR IN COMMENTS To use your Facebook avatar in comments, tap ‘comment’ on the post you’d like to reply to, then at the right-hand side of the ‘Write a comment…’ bar, click on the sticker icon. From the top menu, find an icon of your avatar and tap it to reveal all your sticker options. Read all >>

somewhere on the earth with my SPARK 5

Rozmond_Weezy@TECNO | 2020-05-192272

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Stop using ''google.com'' to search information for school essays. use ''scholar.google.com'' instead. you will find more relevant information right away. Like and leave a comment if you want me to give more tips. Read all >>

HERE ARE FOUR APPS WE RECOMMEND TRYING OUT TO KEEP YOU ORGANIZED AND PRODUCTIVE

Barekese Mmrante Hene | 2020-05-181200

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Now that many of us are working from home, it’s so easy to get distracted by pretty much everything. Though we can’t control things like kids asking us about multiplication, a partner’s conference call or needy pets, we can try to control our time management. To help with that, we tested a few productivity applications to keep us on task while we work from home. So whether it’s organizing assignments or not wasting time on the internet, here are some apps we recommend. CREATE HABITS : STREAKS I can get very lazy about the simplest things: flossing, drinking water, exercising. But I’m also pretty competitive, which is why I’ve used Streaks since long before the Corona virus quarantine. The app is very simple but beautifully designed. Instead of a list, your tasks appear as circles with cute, matching graphics in each. The idea is to keep your streak of tasks going for as long as possible. The way it works is you pick a variety of things you want to do (or don’t want to do) and once you complete each one, you press the circle. You can pick something generic, like reading, or you can assign a length of time to your reading, and how many days per week you’d like to do it. If you do your task everyday, yes, you create new habits, but you also build streaks. Like, I’ve had vegetables every day for 16 days! The thought of losing my streak often forces me out of bed to floss just to keep it going. MANAGE TASKS : TODOIST Todoist is exactly what it sounds like: a to-do list. Simply write in tasks you want to complete, add due dates and check them off as you go. I admit I’m a physical planner person; I prefer writing to typing and had trouble transitioning to digital calendars. Surprisingly, I found that Todoist actually compliments my analog calendar. Every morning, I jot down any assignments, meetings or chores into my planner. Then I take my notes and input them into the app, which lets me create subtasks, something my physical planner doesn’t have room for. Sure, writing down (and checking off) each task twice is a little repetitive, but I’ve found that repetition has actually helped me during quarantine -- I mean, sometimes I can’t even remember what day of the week it is. LIMIT DISTRACTIONS : POCKET Pocket has only one purpose: bookmarking online articles. With other built-in bookmarking alternatives, like Reading List, an additional app may seem unnecessary. But I think Pocket’s additional features make it worth the free download. I spend approximately 90% of my workday online, often surfing the internet for article inspiration or research. But spending so much time online often means stumbling across interesting articles that are not work-related that can be tempting to read on the clock. Now, I resist the urge and tuck the article in my Pocket with a click of a button (through a Chrome extension on my computer). Then I open my Pocket app on my phone at 6 p.m. and indulge in all the content guilt-free. Rather than directing you back to the website, Pocket saves the text of each article so you can read without internet. And when I don’t want to stare at the screen after a long day at the computer, I opt to have the article read out loud to me. INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY : BLOCKSITE While Pocket is great for bookmarking articles I come across during my workday, there are some specific websites I find myself returning to during office hours. The biggest culprit? Social media. Enter BlockSite, a Chrome extension which restricts access to certain websites. I gave BlockSite the URLs that tend to distract me the most - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - and bam! The websites are gone. When I try to visit them, I receive a web page with a cheeky message like “No way, Jose,” or “What do you think you’re doing?” If you have a separate office computer, you can permanently block sites from your work devices for maximum productivity, or use the scheduler app to block off the websites on certain days and times. I prefer Work Mode, which uses the Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes of work, followed by a five minute break. This feature has been super helpful for increasing my productivity while not completely restricting my access. BlockSite is completely free, but to be honest, I’d probably pay for it. It’s like having your boss over your shoulder, reminding you that even though you’re at home, you’re still working.Read all >>

HOW TO TURN OFF AUTOCORRECT ON YOUR ANDROID PHONE OR TABLET

Barekese Mmrante Hene | 2020-05-181324

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To turn off autocorrect on an Android device, you'll need to head to the Settings app and open the "Language and input" menu. Once you turn off autocorrect, your Android won't change what you type or offer predictive text options. After turning off autocorrect, you can turn it back on at any time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . Like most features on your smartphone, autocorrect can have its uses especially if you're a sloppy typist as well as its frustrations. After all, no algorithm can perfectly understand what you're trying to type at any given moment. Everyone has their own autocorrect story, where their phone or tablet has changed their writing after the fact and totally screwed up a conversation. If you often find yourself caught up in these autocorrect mistakes, it might be a good idea to turn off autocorrect. Luckily, if you're using an Android device, you can turn off autocorrect with just a few taps. HOW TO TURN OFF AUTOCORRECT ON AN ANDROID DEVICE 1. Open the Settings app and tap "Language and input." Depending on your device, the "Language and input" option might be hidden in a menu called "System" or "General Management." 2. In this section, tap "Virtual keyboard." 3. You'll be presented with a list of your installed keyboards. Gboard is likely the one you'll want to pick here, as it's the default keyboard for nearly every app. Tap it. 4. Tap "Text correction." 5. Scroll down to "Corrections," and tap "Auto-correction" to turn off autocorrect. The autocorrect function on your Android device will be deactivated. This will also deactivate predictive text, so your phone or tablet won't try to predict what you're typing and offer suggestions.Read all >>

The Best Mobile Photography Tips For You

ahiadzro | 2020-05-188888

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This post was last edited by ahiadzro at 2020-5-18 01:49 With the introduction of the Camon 15 series with TAIVOS, mobile photography would surely be on the rise. To my selfie addicts, Camon CEOs, and photography lovers, here are a few tips and tricks for you to maximize your experience. 1. Clean The Lens For Crystal Clear PhotosYour mobile phone spends a lot of time in your hands, as well as your purse or pocket. And as a result, the camera’s lens can get covered in dirt, dust, and fingerprints. A dirty lens will leave smudges, blurs, or dust spots on your photos. And that won’t look good! So here’s the first of our mobile photography tip: If you want clear and sharp photos, clean your phone’s lenses. Use a soft cloth (or even your t-shirt) to gently wipe the lens. If you’ve been shooting at the beach or in dusty conditions, blow on the lens first. This will remove any sand or dust that may scratch the lens. 2. Set The Focus To Ensure Your Subject Is Always SharpEven if your lens is perfectly clean, sometimes your subject just doesn’t look sharp. That’s because the camera’s autofocus doesn’t always focus where you want it to. To ensure your subject is always in sharp focus, you’ll need to set the focus point manually. So, how do you set the phone camera focus? It’s actually super-easy! Simply compose your shot, then tap on the screen where you want to set focus. (You’d normally want to set focus on your main subject). A yellow box or circle will appear to indicate the focus point. Now, just press the shutter button to take your photo. The area that you set focus on will appear crisp and sharp. Anything in front of or behind the focus point may appear out of focus. 3. Adjust Exposure For Perfect Brightness LevelsDo your photos often turn out too bright (over-exposed) or too dark (under-exposed)? It doesn’t have to be this way! So, how do you ensure your photos have the perfect level of brightness? You simply adjust the exposure (brightness) before you take a picture. Adjusting exposure in the phone camera is easy. Start by tapping to set focus, then swipe up or down to adjust exposure. Swipe up to make the image brighter or swipe down to make it darker. Try to ensure the most important parts of the scene are exposed correctly.When they're correctly exposed, they’ll have plenty of color and detail. Of course, sometimes you might want to deliberately under or over-expose your photo. 4. Use HDR For Evenly-Lit Photos With Amazing DetailTaking photos of high-contrast scenes can be a problem when it comes to exposure. A high-contrast scene has both dark and bright areas – such as a landscape with a bright sky and dark foreground. When you take a photo, the camera struggles to capture detail in both the shadows(dark areas) and the highlights (bright areas). You'll usually end up with one of two problems: Either the highlights will be correctly exposed, but the shadows will appear too dark. Or the shadows will be correctly exposed, but the highlights will appear too bright. Fortunately, your Tecno phone’s camera has an amazing feature that helps you create more evenly-lit photos. It’s called HDR. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. And it allows you to capture detail in both the shadows and the highlights. So, how do you shoot HDR photos with your phone? First, you need to check your HDR settings. Open the camera and tap on HDR. If you want your phone camera to automatically shoot HDR photos whenever it needs to, ensure it is set to HDRA (Auto HDR). When you shoot, you won’t need to think about using HDR – your camera will do the work for you! If you'd prefer to control the HDR setting manually in the Camera, switch auto HDR off. 5. Shoot In Portrait Mode To Create Gorgeous Blurred BackgroundsDo you want to shoot professional-looking photos with dreamy, blurred backgrounds? Your Tecno camera has Portrait mode, you can easily blur the background when taking pictures. Portrait mode uses depth-effect software to keep your foreground subject sharp while blurring the background. So, how do you use Portrait mode? It’s simple! In the phone’s camera, select the Portrait shooting mode at the bottom of the screen.Compose your shot, making sure your subject is between two and eight feet away. (The depth-effect won’t work if your subject is too close or too far away). 6. Switch Between Lenses To Zoom In Or OutDo you have a Tecno phone with a quad-lens or triple-lens camera? If so, you can easily zoom in and out by switching between the phone’s camera lenses. Zooming in allows you to capture a closer view of the scene. And zooming outlets you capture a wider angle of view. The lenses that you have will depend on which phone model you own. Android devices have three lenses: Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto.So, how do you switch between lenses when taking pictures? You use the Zoom icons (0.5x, 1x, and 2x) at the right side of your camera user interface.0.5xis the Ultra-Wide lens, 1x is the Wide lens, and 2x is the Telephoto lens. * To use the Wide lens, ensure 1x is selected. This lens has a moderately wide-angle of view which makes it suitable for most shooting situations.* To switch to the Ultra Wide lens, tap 0.5x. This allows you to zoom out to capture more of the scene in your photo. It’s perfect for shooting landscapes, cityscapes, and architecture.* Tap 2x to switch to the Telephoto lens. This lens allows you to zoom in and capture a closer view of the subject. It’s great for situations where you can physically get closer to your subject. As you can see, you get very different results depending on which lens you shoot with. If you’re not sure which lens to use, why not capture the scene with each lens and then compare the results! 7. Keep Your Camera Steady For Sharp andShake-Free ShotsDo your photos sometimes turn out blurry? A common cause of blurry photos is camera shake. Camera-shake happens if you move the camera (even very slightly) when taking a photo. In bright light conditions, some slight camera movements usually isn’t a problem. Because when there’s lots of light, the camera uses a fast shutter speed (to avoid too much light getting in). A fast shutter speed freezes any movement in the scene, including camera movement. So in bright light, your shots will usually be nice and sharp. But in low light conditions, the camera has to use a slower shutter speed. This lets more light in over a longer period of time. During this longer exposure time, any movement (including camera movement) will be captured as a blur or streak.And this is why you often get blurry photos when shooting in low light or at night. To capture sharp photos in low light, you need to keep the camera really steady. If you have a tripod mount, you can use them to keep your phone perfectly still when shooting. But what if you don’t have a tripod? Here are a few mobile photography tips for keeping your phone steady when you don’t have a tripod: * Rest your phone on a solid surface, such as a wall or rock.* Hold your phone with both hands, making sure you have a good tight grip. Lean against a wall or tree to steady your body.* Position your elbows against your body to keep your arms steady. Crouch down and rest your phone on your knee. Just do whatever you can to keep your Phone as still as possible – especially when shooting in low light. If you do this, you’ll get the sharpest shots possible. And blurry photos will be a thing of the past! If you have one of the Camon 15 models, you can use Night mode when shooting in low light. This camera feature helps you capture sharper night photos with better color and detail. But even with Night mode, you’ll still get the best results by keeping your camera as steady as possible! 8. UseThe Rule Of Thirds To Compose Beautiful Mobile Photos Getting sharp, well-exposed photos is crucial. But composition is equally important. Good composition is what sets apart an average photo from an amazing one. Composing avisually pleasing image involves careful positioning of the important elements in the frame. So how do you decide where to place your main subject or focal point? You use the rule of thirds! The“rule” states that you should position the most important elements off-center –rather than in the middle of the frame. This creates more balanced and natural compositions – compositions that are engaging and pleasing to the eye. Fortunately, every Tecno camera has a handy tool to help you compose using the rule of thirds. What is this tool? Its called the Grid. To switch on the gridlines, open the settings of your camera and turn on Grid. But remember, rules are made to be broken! So once you’ve mastered the rule of thirds, try breaking it on purpose. Sometimes, placing your subject in the middle of the frame can create a striking image, and if the scene is symmetrical, you can use a central composition to create perfect symmetry in your photo. 9. Use Leading Lines For Powerful Images With Incredible Depth Leading lines are lines that lead from the foreground to the background of the scene. A leading line could be a path, a road, a river, or a railway line. It could be a fence, a wall, a bridge, a row of trees. Anything can be used as a leading line – as long as it draws the viewer’s eye into the image. To ensure the leading line creates a sense of depth in your photo, frame the shot so that the line starts in the foreground bringing life into your pictures. The line should either lead into the distance or towards your main subject. This is such a simple composition technique. But it will have a huge impact on your mobile photography. So whenever you're out shooting, look for leading lines. Then use them to create incredible depth in your pictures. 10. Experiment With Different Perspectives For More Unique ImagesMost people take photos from chest height while standing. But you’ll get far more interesting photos by shooting from a different perspective. So, always look for an alternative point of view when taking pictures. Try crouching, kneeling, or even lying on the ground. Shooting from a low perspective is great for making foreground subjects loom large in your photo. You could also try shooting straight up at a tall building, tree canopy, or decorative ceiling. You could also get closer to your subject to capture its intricate detail (Macro photography). You can create fabulous abstract images by getting close and filling the frame, or shoot through a “frame,” such as an archway, doorway, or window. This adds wonderful foreground interest to your photo. And it draws the eye through the frame towards the background. For really unique images, try shooting through a semi-transparent object. You could use frosted glass or a window with water droplets. You can create wonderfully abstract images using this method. 11. Simplify Your Compositions For The Most Striking Shots The best photos are often the simplest ones. If there’s too much going on in the scene, your photo will be confusing. The viewer won’t know what to focus their attention on. So, always aim to simplify your compositions. Here are a few mobile photography tips for creating simple, striking photos: * First, try to include only one main subject in your photo. The more subjects you have, the more confusing the photo will be. * Second, ensure the background isn’t too busy or distracting. You might need to change your shooting angle to eliminate distractions.* Try taking a few steps to the left or right to get down low so that you can include more sky in your photo. * Another option is to get closer and fill the entire frame with your subject. This is an easy way to remove the background completely. * And finally, try to include lots of empty space in your picture. In photography, this empty space is called “negative space “. Including large areas of negative space helps draw attention to your subject.And it creates wonderful, minimalist photos that really catch the eye. So don’t forget one of the most important mobile photography tips: Keep your compositions simple. Because simple images are the most striking! Related: Mobile Photography Tips and Tricks Read all >>

HOW TO FORCE ‘DARK MODE ’ ON ALL ANDROID APPLICATION

Barekese Mmrante Hene | 2020-05-183562

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Dark Mode or Dark Mode as many like to say, is already available in several Android applications … However, it is still a long way from being in the vast majority of Apps available. Well, if you don’t know, Android 10 brings with it a way to force ‘Dark Mode’ into all applications, whether they like the idea or not.. With Android 10, you can force the use of ‘Dark Mode’ even in applications that don’t have that option! Dark Mode Developer Options. So, the first thing you need to do is go to the developer’s options. (If they are not active, try to do it first. You only need to press Build Number a few times to activate the feature) After you are in the developer menu, search for ‘override force dark’. Enter the result and activate the functionality. OVERRIDE FORCE DARK Well, after everything is done, all applications will now have an active mode. However, it is likely that you will have to restart some apps before you see the effect. (In some apps, it may take even longer Read all >>

[Winner Announcement]Congrats to Home Sports Challenge Winners

TECNO SPOT Official | 2020-05-1812446

Home sports
Dear T-Fans, Exercise can always keep you in a good mood. And your good mood is our good mood. We hope you had fun challenging yourself to always stay positive and present your best side to the world. Now let's congtats to the winners of HomeSportsChallenge: ts8109113714 CyBlinks Hotman MogajiTee Tori Mickeyyy caporal ts0707078245 Please send your region name + screenshot of your entry to TECNO SPOT Global Official to verify gift collection information. Example: PM "Nigeria + Screenshot " to TECNO SPOT Official We hope this cheers you up in this special time❤❤ Read all >>

Digital Wellbeing's Wind Down Now Bedtime Mode

ahiadzro | 2020-05-1773891

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This post was last edited by ahiadzro at 2020-5-18 00:05 If you’ve got an Android smartphone that uses Google’s Digital Wellbeing tools,you might have noticed an update that arrived over the couple of days or missed it. This update doesn’t make any major changes to the tools, but it does make a couple of notable tweaks. The biggest change here is that “Wind Down” has been replaced. Now, Digital Wellbeing refers to that set of tools as “Bedtime Mode.” This makes sense given that the options included such as Grayscale, Night Light, and Do Not Disturb are all primarily used when a user is getting ready to sleep. The revamped timer settings introduced to Wind Down in the past are also still used after the rebranding. Notably, this change also removes the dedicated grayscale toggle from the Quick Settings / Notification Panel menu. Luckily, “Bedtime Mode” is configurable, so you can still use that toggle to flip both Do Not Disturb and grayscale mode on. Alongside “Bedtime Mode,” Google has also introduced a new icon for Digital Wellbeing’s “Focus Mode.” Instead of the simple circle that was used before, the icon now has a circle surrounded by a couple of lines. This update is rolling out now through the Google Play Store. Read More: Flash Notification for SMS and Calls: The Solution Read all >>

GOOGLE CHROME: A Better Ad Experience (An Intervention on Resource Heavy Ads).

yusufaliu | 2020-05-173190

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Designed to be fast and reliable, Google's browser 'Chrome' is the go to app for a lot of android users. In line with the better ads standard from the open source browser project, which identifies ad experiences that falls beneath the threshold of consumer acceptability, the tech giant is taking steps to reduce the impact of ads on user experience. This action targets a fraction of ads which consumes a disproportionate share of device resources, such as battery and network data, without users knowledge. According to Google's findings, these ads (such as those that mine cryptocurrency, are poorly programmed, or are unoptimized for network usage) can drain battery life, saturate already strained networks, and cost money. In response to this, Chrome is placing limits on what display ads can do before users explicitly interact with them. This will see to alert users when an ad reaches its limit. When this happens, the ad's frame will navigate to an error page, informing the user that the ad has used too many resources. An example of which you will find below of an unloaded ad. According to chrome, the threshold limit for unloading was developed based on extensive measurements in determination of egregious ads using more CPU or network bandwidth than 99.9%of all detected ads for that resource. Chrome is setting the thresholds to 4MB of network data or 15 seconds of CPU usage in any 30 second period, or 60 seconds of total CPU usage. In consnance with Chrome, while only 0.3%of ads exceed the threshold today, they account for 27%of network data used by ads and 28%of all ad CPU usage. Though still undergoing further research, hopefully, Chrome’s heavy ad limits and blocking will launch in the stable channel at the end of August, so as to give appropriate time to ad creators and tool providers to make adjustments in preparation and incorporation of the thresholds in their workflows. If you are an advertiser, click here to know more on the impact of this intervention on ads display and don't forget to follow me on Tspot for more. Read all >>

ANTIVIRUS ON HiOS

HiOS Official Account | 2020-05-17135136

HiOS
Every day all around the world, millions of files and apps being downloaded to mobile devices. While some of these files being downloaded are safe and from verifiable sources, a lot more of them are underlined with malware or a virus. What is Malware? Malware is a general name for any kind of harmful software, including viruses. They get into your device and disrupt the smooth performance of the device. Who is at Risk? Literarily, everyone is at risk. If you own a smartphone and you browse the internet, share files, and download apps and files, you are at risk. The truth is, most of these apps and files we download have malware attached to it to get specific information (data theft) from whoever downloads such a file. Who is at Greater Risk? • The following users are at greater risk: • Users who use modded apps and games • Users who download pornographic contents or visit sites that has pornographic contents • Users who click on “click baits” Is My Phone Affected? A lot of users have malware on their mobile phone devices without even realizing it. While some malware comes into your device and begins causing havoc on your phones, others work quietly (stealing user data) Symptoms your phone is already affected Below are some of the symptoms that your mobile device is already affected: • Mysterious disappearance of files on the device • Files multiplying on the device • Phone suddenly becoming slow even when not in use • Functions just stop working How To Fix Virus Issues? HiOS provides an in-built antivirus system in the Phone Master App that helps protects your Tecno devices from these viruses and malware. All you need to do is make sure you scan your device from time to time to make sure you are safe and secure. However, some of these viruses get past the antivirus because some users deactivate Phone Master or do not use it. Also, users who root their devices are at risk too. P.S: Once the Malware is already active on the phone, the best option is to restore factory settings as even an antivirus can't restore the damage done. Read all >>

Your Weekend Check List

Aha Games | 2020-05-1684197

AHA Games
This is What Your Weekend Checklist Should Look Like. What are you doing this weekend? Is any of these items on your checklist? . . . . . #ahagames #weekend #gamesRead all >>

Google Play Music is Shutting Down

ahiadzro | 2020-05-1612742

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This post was last edited by ahiadzro at 2020-5-16 09:02 Google announces that the company's streaming music service Google Play Music will be officially shutting down but provides users with an alternative. Google is shutting down another popular service, nearly nine years after its launch. Google Play Music, a music streaming and podcast service that also provides cloud hosting for users’ entire music libraries, will no longer be available by the end of 2020. On Tuesday, Google began sending out notifications to Google Play Music users to invite them to transfer their library to YouTube Music, which will absorb Google Play Music and consolidate the two services into one. Both mobile and browser-based apps will allow for the seamless transfer of music libraries, playlists, and settings to YouTube Music. For the time being, both services will remain accessible, giving users ample time to make the transition to YouTube The major difference between Google Play Music and YouTube Music is that ad-free or offline experiences on the latter will cost users $9.99 a month. This might be a tough pill to swallow for those accustomed to Google Play Music’s service that included those perks for free. YouTube Music also offers access to song lyrics and allows up to 100,000 personal tracks to be uploaded to the music library, an increase of 50,000 over Google Play Music. Playlist length has also grown from 1000 songs to 5000. Source Read all >>

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SLIM DADDY SMITH | 2020-05-14241448

Spark 4 Series

How many words can you form out of these letters?

Aha Games | 2020-05-15161713

AHA Games
Just how good are you with words? How many words can you form from with these letters B - O- C - R- A? Take a shot and drop a comment if you can form any words . . . Follow @Ahagames.ng - Your No.1 Mobile Gaming Hub . . . #ahagames #aha #mobilegaming #mobilegamer #mobilegames #wordscapes #wordgame #trivia #friday #puzzle Read all >>
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