Sure, being able to look back along your timeline to recall something (like the name of that Sardinian cafe by the water) has its conveniences. But who among us isn’t concerned about the long-term use of our private data?
Well, following a recent update, Google Maps users can have their timelines automatically expire.
The new iPhone models were debuted during yesterday’s Apple event.
In addition to the entry-level iPhone R, there are 2 variants of the iPhone XS (pronounced Ten-S, like the sport, not excess like, well, most anyone who feels a need to get the latest greatest iPhone). The major cellular providers are taking pre-orders and the models are expected in store by Sept 21.
Google Map’sLocation Sharing just received an update that allows you to view your location sharer’s battery status.
Why? Well, if your friend’s battery goes dead, the phone, and it’s location information, is sure to follow. At least, armed with this foreknowledge, you’ll know why they went off the grid and not take it personally.
Turning off background refresh (your phone’s insistence to update content on your apps whenever it can) will drain your battery life. iOS 11 has this option enabled (thanks Apple). Here’s how to turn it off:
Tap Background App Refresh
Go through all your apps and turn off the ones that you don’t need to keep on.
Wondering how the different mobile virtual assistants fare?
Dan Rubino, of Windows Phone Central, put together a tête-à-tête-à-tête comparison, pitting newcomer Cortana (Windows phone 8.1) against veterans Siri (Apple) and Google Now (Android). Although presented fairly objectively, consider the source when reviewing, and judge for yourself.
If you want to skip the 7 minute video, here’s the the blow-by-blow. In many cases each assistant handled its task slightly differently. For more details view the video, or follow this link to wpcentral.com’s article.