November 2017 - Smartphones

This page offers general news on the changing development in the evolving world of smartphones, as well as valuable information advice. I've also added tidbits and news items from around the world of technology. Hope you enjoy them.



5 things you didn’t know your phone could do

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Your smartphone has a lot of neat tricks up its sleeve. You probably know it can make calls, send texts, and take videos and photos. But did you know it can do these 5 things?

Scan photos & documents

Turn your phone into a photo and document scanner by simply downloading a scanner app from your app store.

There are both free and paid apps available. One free app that I like for documents is CamScanner. But you can check the app store for your phone for other options.

PhotoScan by Google is an excellent program for scanning and organizing your photos as well.

Police & fire scanner

Speaking of scanners, you can do a whole different kind of scanning with your phone. You can listen to police and fire frequencies.

Scanner Radio is available for free in both the Apple App store and the Google Play Store. You can listen to local first responders and departments all over the country and world.

Measuring tape & level

Search Measure or Level in the app store for your device and you’ll get dozens of results.

These apps can use your camera to measure things both big and small.

A level app means that you’ll always be able to make sure that things are hanging straight.

I especially like Smart Tool Box which comes with a ruler, level, protractor, magnifier and more!

Audio recorder

Making an audio recording is super-simple. On your iPhone, look for the Voice Memos app and tap to open.

Then press the red record button to start recording.

For your Android phone, just go to the app store and search voice a voice recorder. Then tap install.


Your phone makes a great pedometer. Especially since you’re not likely to forget it.

Many phones come with built-in pedometer apps. But one of my favorite apps of this type is Pacer. This free app is available for both iPhone and Android.

It’s more than a pedometer, it also helps track your weight and set health goals.

That’s only a sampling of some of the cool things your phone can do. We’ll explore more in future articles.



Anatomy of a smartphone – Part 1

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The look and features of your phone will vary by model, but there are some common things you can expect to find on all phones. They might not be in the same place, but they’re there. Your phone will likely have a small guide with it pointing out where the buttons and camera lenses are. You can also have the tech at the phone store go over it all with you.

On the front of your phone, at the top of your screen, you’ll find the front-facing camera. This camera is used for taking selfies and for making video calls. You’ll also find the receiver for phone calls and usually also a microphone. The location varies according to model.

Your device will probably have multiple microphones in order to pick good sound.

Your phone will also normally have some type of Home Button on the bottom. It may be a physical button on the phone or a place on the screen to tap to return to your home screen.

On the back of the phone, you’ll find the lens for the rear-facing camera. This is the lens normally used for taking photos or videos of everything but yourself. This lens will usually of higher quality than the front-facing camera. You’ll see the flash as well. This light can also be used as a flashlight. Some devices may have a fingerprint scanner located either here or on the front of the device.

Many Android phones also feature a slot for a microSD card to expand your storage. On this Galaxy phone, you can go as large at a 256GB card, but you’ll have to check the specifics for your model of phone. The location of the slot will depend on the model of phone.

iPhones do not have memory card slots.

In part 2 of this article we’ll learn more about your smartphone.