smartphones

Use An iPad Power Adaptor To Charge Your iPhone 6 Faster

If you’re looking to boost the charging speed of your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, the folks over at iLounge found that the new iPhone models can take a 2.1A charge — like what you’ll find in iPad chargers. According to some preliminary tests, iLounge found that both models can charge faster using a 2.1A supply, even though they ship with a 1A power supply.


Enter Your Email Address Quickly On Your Phone With The @@ Shortcut

Text expanders (“keyboard shortcuts” in iOS and “personal dictionary” in Android) are great timesavers: tap a few keys, and whole words or phrases are entered instantly Here’s a very efficient shortcut if you have multiple email addresses.


Ask LH: Why Doesn't Everyone Sell Phones Outright?

Dear Lifehacker, I had to buy an iPhone 6 for work the other day, but I kept running into brick and mortar stores that refused to sell me an iPhone 6 unless I bought one on a plan. Are they allowed to restrict the sales of a hardware device unless they strong-arm me into a contract?


Optus Carrier Aggregation Means Faster 4G In Capital Cities, Eventually

Optus has switched on LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation for 4G customers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. That means potentially faster data speeds — but only if you have a phone that can take advantage of it.


How To Tame Your Work Phone And Be Productive

When you’re in the middle of work, the shrill ring of your phone can be an annoying disruption. Here’s how to ensure this doesn’t derail you completely and you can focus on the work at hand.


How Much You'll Have To Stretch Your Thumb To Use The New iPhones

The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were made available yesterday. Both are a bit bigger than previous versions of the phone, and that means using them is a little different. Over on Quartz, designer Scott Hurff shows how reachable the new phones are.


Ask LH: If I've Dropped My Phone, Does That Void Subsequent Warranty Repairs?

Hey Lifehacker, I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with a cracked screen and its earphone jack recently broke. I’ve been told that because the screen is broken the warranty is void and they refuse to repair the earphone jack. Is the warranty really void?


Smartphone Security Tips For Small Businesses

Many small businesses don’t have a dedicated IT manager or security administrator. Here are the crucial steps you should take to make sure that valuable business data on smartphones stays secure.


Mobile Phone Plans Are Still Way Too Hard To Compare

Anyone who wanted to pre-order an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus ahead of last week’s launch didn’t just have to grapple with sites that constantly crashed, a shortage of models and a sense of unhelpful panic. They also had to deal with phone plans that are confusing, inconsistent and constantly changing.


Ask LH: Should I Get A Smartphone With A Large Screen?

Dear Lifehacker, I can’t decide between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. What are the actual benefits of that large screen on the Plus? It almost looks too big to use with one hand.