Monday, February 10, 2020

Is Apple Watch Series 5 worth buying? #applewatch, #iwatch, #iphonerepair, #drmobilesnz, #drmobileslimited

The Apple Watch Series 5 has a second-generation heart-rate sensor. ... An always-on display in 2019 shouldn't be worth more than a line or two in a review, but on the Series 5, it's is a pervasive element that makes the watch truly feel like a modern timepiece.

Battery life here exceeds Apple's claims, as it has for the last few Apple Watch models, but not by as much as the Series 4 managed. Apple claims an 18-hour battery life, which is effectively a day of use before sleep, and is what it said for the Series 4.

What can I do with an Apple Watch Series 5?
From phone calls, to texts, to emergency assistance around the world, Apple Watch Series 5 with cellular lets you leave your phone behind and still stay connected. And now that the display is always on, your important information stays front and center.

Apple Watch Series 5 features. The new Series 5 runs on a new Apple S5 chip inside: 64-bit dual-core S5 processor, up to 2x faster than S3 processor (includes W3 wireless chip). Apple Watch bands now include purchasable gold options including leather straps, something we haven't seen since the original.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is a very good smartwatch. It has since been eclipsed by the new Apple Watch Series 5, which is hands down the best smartwatch you can buy right now, but if you find a Black Friday deal on the Series 4, it's still worth picking up. You just won't get an always-on display or a compass.


When the Apple Watch is only able to use Bluetooth, the range is going to be 30–50 feet, depending on obstructions. The Apple watch can also remain connected to the iPhone via WiFi, and according to Apple, this works when the watch and iPhone are connected to to the same WiFi.

The Apple Watch Series 5 is a big upgrade to the Series 4, with the key differences being the new always-on display, compass, and new materials. ... The Series 5 solves one of the biggest Apple Watch downfalls with the new always-on display, but that display isn't without compromise.

The Apple Watch does work without an iPhone, although certain prominent features of the Apple Watch may be unavailable. Without an iPhone, the ability to use your Apple Watch will depend on your access to Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

How to back up our WeChat data or chat history? Messenger, #drmobileslimited, #ipadprorepair, #0800429429

WeChat is a free, all-in-one messaging application that allows you to call and text loved ones in any area of the world. You can use the app to send standard and multimedia messages, make voice and video calls, share photos, and even play games.


One of the app's many features is the ability to backup conversations onto its online platform. This will allow you to save memories or messages that are dear to you without taking up memory on your phone. This tutorial will explain how to create an archive of your WeChat conversations.

How To Backup Conversations on WeChat

Launch WeChat, and select the Me tab. Then open Settings:
Next, go to Chat > Backup/Restore Chat History:
Select Backup, and then tap Select All > Done. You can set a password to protect your backup file or tap directly on Upload to save your file.

A backup file of your conversations will be stored online for you to access at any time.

Which is the best Apple iPad I should buy for this year (2020)


Related imageiPads have a specific set of features that are similar across all models. These include the software; all iPads run the iOS operating system. If you have an iPhone, you'll already be familiar with iOS and on an iPad it's the same but on a bigger screen. Some apps might also look a little different to take advantage of the extra screen space.
Other features similar across the current iPad range are so-called 'Retina' displays; no matter the screen size, all iPads have the same number of pixels-per-inch (ppi), meaning all iPad screens are as sharp as one another, no matter how big they are. All iPads have a Lightning connector on the bottom for charging – the same as the iPhone – and, unlike newer iPhones, a headphone jack.
All iPads have the iconic, round Home Button that's featured on every iPhone and iPad aside from the last iPhone X.


Android devices rule the smartphone world (outside of the U.S., at least), but the royal iPad still rules the tablet realm. Steve Jobs unveiled the tablet as we know it nearly a decade ago, and with this, Apple carved out an entirely new niche that blurs the line between portable smart devices and computers. The bold move sent waves through the tech industry, and now other brands like Samsung and Amazon are also making a few excellent tablets of their own – yet not one of them has been able to unseat the iPad from its throne.

The enduring popularity of the iPad is a testament to both their portability and versatility, with some of the biggest tech companies still trying take a slice of the Apple pie. It’s not hard to see why they became so big in the first place: iPads are perfect for on-the-go streaming, reading, web browsing, and other tasks where a traditional laptop simply isn’t necessary. Of course, your iPad can actually serve as a lightweight laptop when paired with a good Bluetooth keyboard, or better still, the excellent Apple Smart Keyboard if your iPad is one of the newer ones with a Smart Connector.

It’s no secret that iOS tech can quickly leave you with an empty wallet, and one of the main draws of iPads is that they are actually rather affordable (with the single exception being the high-end iPad Pro) in contrast to other Apple products like the iPhone, MacBook, AirPods, and virtually everything else wearing an Apple logo. But why pay retail? The recent seasonal sales are over, but you don’t have to look too hard for a good bargain if you’re in the market for a new iPad. We’ve already done the work for you, sniffing out the best online iPad deals and collecting them all right here in one place — and once you’ve scored your new favorite tablet, be sure to hop over to the online App Store to look over all the awesome Apple Arcade games and services.

Related image    Apple iPad (7th gen, 32GB) — $249 (was $329)
    Apple iPad Mini (64GB) — $350 (was $400)
    Apple iPad (6th gen, 128GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) — $399 (was $559)
    Apple iPad Air (64GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) — $579 (was $629)
    Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (64GB)— $675 (was $800)
    Refurbished iPads from Apple — Up to $280 discount on select models

The Giant Santa of Famers, Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Took this picture with my iPhone XS last year, November 2019.  This is the largest Santa display in 3D in the southern hemisphere and proudly located in New Zealand!

In 1960 Farmers erected a giant Santa on the front of their building on the corner of Hobson Street and Wyndham Street in Auckland. The fibreglass and steel tubing structure weighed over five tons (4535 kg) and stood at a height of about 59 ft (18 metres). It featured a winking eye and beckoning finger, which were intended to tempt customers into the store below.
Levin Santa

The Levin (formerly Christchurch) Santa

The giant Santa was erected on the Farmers' Hobson Street store each Christmas for 30 years. Then in 1990 the store was put up for sale and the possibility arose that this would be Santa's 'last public airing'. This was the same year Farmers turned over responsibility for its Santa Parade to the Auckland Children's Christmas Parade Trust. Fortunately the Manukau City Shopping Centre, where another Farmers store was located, offered to cover some of the costs of erecting Santa. He subsequently graced their building each Christmas from 1991 to 1995.

In 1996 the shopping centre decided not to put Santa up because of his tatty appearance. Farmers, who still owned Santa, weren't sure that they wanted him either. After years of neglect he was in need of a serious refit. In 1998, following two years of negotiations, a marketing and events consultant, Stephen Hanford, purchased Santa from Farmers for $1. He called in favours from friends, companies and business associates to have Santa restored and returned to the people of Auckland. In all over 40 people contributed time, services or money. Among them was scaffolding expert Tony Webb, who had over 30 years' experience putting Santa up and taking him down. The restoration project was completed over a few months at Southdown Industrial Park in Penrose at a cost of about $40,000. The work undertaken included a paint job, removing rot from the fibreglass structure and rust from the supporting structure.


The restored Santa found a new home above Whitcoulls on Auckland's Queen Street. The company had offered financial support towards the costs of transporting Santa, getting him up and down from the building, and his storage. Further assistance came from Auckland City Council, and a number of companies and individuals who offered goods or services at ‘special Santa rates’. Whitcoulls continued to provide annual financial support for Santa and when Mr Hanford left to live in Australia in 2003 he subsequently handed over ownership to the company. But in December 2008 Whitcoulls declared that they could no longer absorb Santa’s costs, which had risen to $55,000, and gifted him to the city. This put the responsibility on ratepayers. Auckland CBD lobby group, Heart of the City, subsequently asked Aucklanders whether they wanted to foot the bill for Santa. Alex Swney, the CEO of the group, explained:

In December 2011 the Auckland Santa was branded the 'World's creepiest Christmas ornament' by the popular American website cracked.com. Read more here (NZ Herald)

After nearly six decades on Queen Street, the giant Santa was finally retired in January 2020. By this time the annual cost of his maintenance and storage was more than $200,000, and he required further restoration work. Heart of the City issued a statement on their website, saying that it was 'a fitting time for Santa to take a well-earned rest.'

How to extend the battery life of your iPhone XR or iPhone XS? #drmobileslimited, #iPhonerepair, #0800429429

The new iPhone XS and XR models come with some of the best battery lives Apple has ever put into a phone but the phones are also some of the most useful devices the company has ever made. To get the most out of them yet also reliably get through a day without your battery running down, you need to make some compromises.

Fortunately, there are a few power-saving steps that you can set up in advance. Use these tips and your phone battery will last long enough that you don't have to minimize your use or keep thinking about conserving power throughout the day.

1. Update your iPhone

First and foremost, you need to make sure your iPhone is always updated to the latest software, as Apple continually optimizes iOS, which can help improve battery life. To check if your software is up-to-date, go to Settings, General, and then Software Update.

This part of Settings may already have a red badge notifying you that there's an update available but if it hasn't, checking this section will make your phone look again for the latest release.

2. Turn down the brightness

Out of everything that drains battery power on your iPhone, the display takes the cake, by far. Senk9 tested how much power an OLED device consumed at different levels of brightness.

You would obviously expect that the brighter the display, the more power is being used but it's much worse than you'd think. When you go over 80 percent brightness, battery drain climbs dramatically. Then when you go behind 90 percent you come close to doubling the power consumption compared to 70 percent brightness.

Brightness versus Power Consumption

3. Intensity

While you're in that section of Settings, also turn on Reduce White Point.

This doesn't give you as marked a power saving but it basically reduces the intensity of bright colors and will help save battery life even at 100 percent brightness.

4. Auto-Lock

By default, iPhones will first dim the display, then switch it off completely and automatically lock if the device hasn't been used for a couple of minutes. You can control how long it is before the iPhone does that and one option is Never.  Some users set their iPhones to Never auto-lock and they do so because they need, say, the clock running throughout a long presentation they're giving. However, the times when you actually need the phone to stay on are few and all the rest of the time you are pointlessly wasting battery life.

So by all means switch this Auto-Lock feature to Never when you need to, but for the rest of the time, set it to 30 seconds or 1 minute. Go to Settings, Display & Brightness, then Auto-Lock.

In the same section, you can also turn off Raise to Wake so that your display isn't constantly turning on.

5. Colors

Both this tip and the next are specifically for iPhones with OLED displays, such as the X, XS and XS Max. Since pixels are individually backlit on OLED, pixels displaying black or dark colors use significantly less battery life.

So use the iPhone's version of Dark Mode, which is here called Invert Colors. Go to Settings, General, Accessibility, Display Accommodations and turn on Invert Colors.

When you've done that, the iPhone's graphics most web pages will display black instead of white, helping save battery life. Some third-party apps don't support this yet so images can hard to see, but you can easily turn it off by triple tapping the side button.


Colors versus Power Consumption (Source: Senk9)

6. True Tone
A similar tip involves changing the colors of your display but letting your iPhone do it. Go to Settings, Display & Brightness and switch on True Tone.

Now when you're in a warmly-lit room, the iPhone display will change to show less of the harsh blue color you might see outdoors. You can even go as far as turning on night shift mode to really cut out that power-draining blue color.

7. Wi-Fi
Make sure WiFi is turned on when at home or anywhere its available since cellular uses extra battery life. Conversely, when you're driving, turn off WiFi so it's not constantly searching for a WiFi signal.

8. Low Power Mode
This might be the most obvious tip because whenever your battery gets low enough, your iPhone will suggest this one to you. Low Power Mode does things like reduce brightness, animations and background activities to help save battery life.

Rather than waiting for your iPhone to prompt you, though, you can toggle it on and off whenever you need. The quickest way to do this is to add Low Power Mode to Control Center so that you can just swipe and tap when wanted. To do that, go to Settings, Control Center, Customize Controls and tap to add Low Power Mode.

9. Tracking battery-draining apps
Check which apps are using the most battery life by going to Settings, Battery.

This can really help you get an idea of which apps you need to take a break from or reduce brightness while using. This is particularly useful because some apps have a lot of background activity which drains extra battery power without you realising.

10. Background app refresh
Just turn this off. It's useful to have apps work in the background to, say, finish downloading something, but you can turn it off completely. Or you can just disable it for apps that, for instance, you don't use very often.

This option is in Settings, Background App Refresh.

11. Mail
Apple's Mail app is one that works in the background and it also refreshes constantly. So you can save a good amount of battery life by preventing this.

You do that by turning off Push Notifications. The drain comes from how Mail has to keep looking to see if it's received a push notification. So go to Settings, Passwords & Accounts and then Fetch New Data. This will probably be set to Push, but you can change that to fetch new mail less often or manually to save even more battery life.

12. Bluetooth
If you're someone who doesn't use Bluetooth very often, turning it off can help save battery life as well.

You can switch it off in Control Center with just a tap of a button but note that this is temporary. It only turns it off until tomorrow. To completely turn it off, go to Settings, Bluetooth, and then disable it.

13. Location tracking
Something that also drains battery power is apps that track your location. You may not even be using some of those apps, so head to Settings, Privacy and choose Location Services. There you can adjust which apps will track your location and when.




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My mate sent me this picture via #whatsapp:


You will never

understand the damage
you did to someone until
the same thing is done
to you.  That is hwy I am here

-- Karma