If your iPhone battery needs to be replaced, do it before December 31

After last year’s fiasco about Apple slowing down iPhones with old batteries, the company decided to make amends by offering discounted battery replacement for all handsets ranging from iPhone SE and iPhone 6 all the way up to iPhone X. But that period will soon come to an end.

So if you are in need of a new iPhone battery, there’s no better time than this month, because Apple is currently charging just $29, down from $79 and prices will go up after that. Most older iPhones will be repaired for $49 in 2019, but the iPhone X battery swap will set you back $69.

And if you are wondering about the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, they aren’t included in the program since they were launched long after the debacle. And besides, they are still under warranty.


Cool gadgets to modernise your old car

Automotive technology has been advancing at a rapid pace these days, making our cars safer to ride and our travel more enjoyable than before. And, what is more, you do not need to purchase a new car if you want the experience that these latest and tech-savvy innovations offer. You can fit your current car with the many features that are incorporated into the latest cars on the road. Here are some of the best car gadgets to make your old set of wheels smarter.

Garmin Dash Cam 55

Secured discreetly onto your inner windshield, this dash cam provides a video record in case of a wreck, a hit-and-run, or theft and it is one of the best car gadgets you can buy. This compact cam from Garmin takes super-high-quality video and lets you sync footage to your phone, making it easy to share videos with friends, insurance agencies, or the legal authorities.

Hudway Cast Heads-Up Display

Glancing at your phone to see the next turn on your navigation app, even for a few seconds, takes your eyes and focus off the road. That is why many newer cars are equipped with a heads-up display (HUD), projecting directions safely in your field of vision. For those who want to enjoy this safety feature without a big spend, the Hudway Cast can be mounted in any car. It streams the screen of your smartphone paired wirelessly through Miracast or Airplay so that you can use your go-to GPS app without averting your gaze.

TrailNest Rooftop Hammock

Take your vehicle-based adventure to a whole new level with this ingenious piece of gear by TrailNest, which allows you to chill in a hammock right on top of your car. Constructed with aerospace-grade aluminum, the Rooftop Hammock Stand securely connects to the existing roof bars on your SUV and works with any standard-size hammock. No need to search for the perfect spot anymore now you can sleep under the stars wherever you can park your vehicle!

Fobo Wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring System

No more crawling on the ground to check your tyres. These Bluetooth-enabled sensors attach to your tyresalt39 inlet valves, pinging your phone when you need to fill up. You can monitor your tyre pressure info in real-time 24×7 through the app.


This is how you make sure your apps only update over WiFi

FOR THE MOST part, updating apps and your phone is important. Not only will you get improvements to your apps and bug fixes, but it can also mean security updates too.

It’s recommended that you update your apps as soon as they arrive, but you only want to do that when you’re connected to WiFi. Some apps, especially games, are large and updates for them can really eat into your data usage.

In certain cases, your phone is automatically set to update apps but if you want to check and make sure mobile data isn’t being used, you can.

On iOS, go into Settings and scroll down to iTunes & App Store. Here you will see some options. The first is automatic downloads which include Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks and Updates.

Underneath it is the option to use mobile data and if you turn it off, the above will only update on WiFi. If you keep it on, downloads are limited to a file size of 100MB or lower but that can still eat into your data allowance.

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On Android, you need to go into Google Play itself. Swipe out the left-hand menu and go into settings. Here you will see Auto-update apps at the top of the screen. Tapping on it will give you the option to update via WiFi only or do it at any time.

Scrolling further down will show you other options like adding new apps to the home screen automatically or notifications for when updates are available. You can turn these off if you wish to keep your home screen and notifications uncluttered.