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How-To: Perform 3 Simple Internet Fixes
Get back to work quickly by troubleshooting your own internet-connectivity problems BY CHAD SAPIEHA If you run your business from your home, did you know it’s often simpler – and in many cases much quicker – to fix basic internet problems yourself rather than calling for technical support? If you’re experiencing issues with your internet connection – if your computer, phone, tablet or other internet-enabled device can’t connect with your home network – working through these three easy steps will very likely remedy the issue. Step 1: Restart your computer or device It sounds almost too simple to be a real solution, but it often is. Restarting your computer or other connected device will reset its Wi-Fi connection, and there’s a very good chance that’s all you need to do to fix your connectivity problem. If this works, you’re done. No need to read further. Step 2: Restart your cable modem You know how a quick power nap can clear your mind and let you get back to work? Same goes for modems. Unplug your modem...
How-To: Free Up Space on Your iPhone
Running out of room on your device? Here are five easy ways to fix that. BY TED KRITSONIS As a business owner, it can be frustrating if you want to update the OS on your iPhone or download the latest productivity app, only to find that you can’t because you’ve maxed out your storage. If that happens to you, it means it’s time to clean up and make room. Meantime, you can also adopt some new habits to better manage the space you have to work with. Here’s how to do both. Swipe through your screens and identify the apps you never use. Tap and hold your finger on one until they all start wiggling. Tap the X on the corner for each app you want to delete. When you’re done, press the Home button to stop the apps from wiggling. It’s especially important to delete big apps that you don’t use. To find out how big some apps are, go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage, and you’ll see a list of everything you have installed, from largest (file size) to smallest. Select what you want to remove and then tap ...
How-To: Leave-No-Trace Web Browsing on Android
Here’s how to do business in your browser and leave no one the wiser BY ANDY DAVIDSON These days, doing business often involves conducting it online, whether you’re retrieving email messages, doing your banking, collaborating with colleagues or researching the competition. Clearing your browser history is a good way to help protect your privacy while simultaneously freeing up some storage on your device. You have two options. 1. How to clear your Android browser history If you use the default Browser app on your Android device, clearing your search history and recent cache is pretty simple. Here’s how. Launch the Browser app. Tap the More menu (three dots in the top right), then choose Settings. Tap on Content Settings, then Reset Settings, then choose OK. 2. How to use the Chrome Browser’s Incognito mode If you’d like to keep specific instances of your browsing private as you browse, you may want to use Incognito mode in the free Chrome Browser from Google on your Android phone. When activated, Incognit...
How-To: 5 Essential Battery Life-Savers
Important tips to help you avoid ending up with a dead battery BY ROGERS BUSINESS FORUM STAFF Today’s smartphones are designed to be sleek and svelte in ways that would have seemed impossible a decade ago. And with these skinnier phones come even smaller batteries. But size doesn’t matter when it comes to battery power – it’s how you use it that counts. And, for business owners, that can mean anything from keeping in touch with colleagues and clients, to reviewing files, managing finances and much more. Worried about your device running out of juice in the middle of an important task? Here are some simple ways to improve your battery’s odds of enduring your busy schedule. 1. Dim the screen Often, your phone’s biggest power drain is the screen itself. Sure, emails and files look better with the brightness high, but you can almost watch the battery bar depleting when operating at maximum intensity. If you know you have a busy day on the go and that you’ll be testing your battery’s limits, drop the...
How-To: Master the New QuickType Keyboard on Your iPhone 6
Get the most out of the new keyboard built into iOS 8 BY ROGERS BUSINESS FORUM STAFF The iPhone 6 has a number of features that make it a valuable tool for small-business owners, and its new QuickType keyboard is a helpful time-saver when it comes to maintaining communication with your staff, customers and clients. In fact, the QuickType keyboard built into iOS 8 is the most significant upgrade to the keyboard since the first iPhone. Whether you’re typing an email to a colleague, sending a text message or composing a note after a meeting, the new keyboard can help you write more in fewer taps. Here’s how to use the new predictive keyboard to make typing easier. 1. Launch Mail or Messages and start typing. You’ll notice iOS 8 predicts what you’ll likely say next by suggesting the next word you want to type. Word options are available just above the keyboard. 2. Tap each word you want typed out for you, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how well the iPhone 6 guesses what you’re trying to say. A f...
How-To: Create a Virtual Tour with the Samsung GALAXY S5
The Samsung GALAXY S5 has a unique Virtual Tour camera mode, which allows you to capture images to create a 360 “tour.” BY ANDY DAVIDSON For real estate agents, landlords, restaurant owners or anyone running a business establishment, the virtual tour lets you give would-be buyers or customers a good idea of what to expect before they even walk through your door. 1. Open the Camera app. 2. Tap the Mode icon. 3. Swipe down to Virtual Tour and tap to select. 4. Move the GALAXY S5 to line up the blue dot to the centre of the white circle on screen. 5. Follow the onscreen instructions and move left, right or forward through the space, pausing so the GALAXY S5 can automatically grab shots as you go. Tip: Before you start creating a virtual tour, it’s a good idea to work out a plan of how you’ll move through the space to capture every detail.
How-To: Register a Fingerprint for Quick Unlock on the Samsung GALAXY S5
Secure your Samsung GALAXY S5, and the sensitive data it contains, from prying eyes without sacrificing the convenience of quickly unlocking your phone with a swipe. BY ANDY DAVIDSON 1. Open the app tray and swipe to find Settings. Tap to launch. 2. Swipe down and, under the Personalization heading, find and tap Finger Scanner. 3. Tap Fingerprint Manager, then swipe your chosen finger (or thumb) several times to register. 4. Set a password that will be used as an alternate unlock method. 5. Tap OK, then tap Fingerprint to set it as the preferred unlock method in the Screen Unlock settings menu.
How-To: Transfer Information from Another Android Device to the New HTC One (M8)
If you’re moving to the new HTC One M8 from another Android phone, all your important contacts, appointments, messages and much more can come with you.BY ANDY DAVIDSON On The New HTC One (M8): 1. Pull down the top notification bar and tap Settings. 2. Choose Get content from another phone, then choose whether you’re moving from an HTC or another Android device. 3. Tap Full Transfer, then Next. On your old Android phone: 1. Open the Play Store, then search for, install and open the HTC Transfer Tool. 2. Confirm that the PIN code is the same one being presented on your new HTC One M8. 3. Select the content you’d like to transfer, then tap Start or Transfer. When the transfer is complete, tap Done on both phones.