Sure, we live in an age of incredible technology. We mean, who could have predicted that in 2017 we would be asking our phones to tell us if it’s raining outside or entering a world of virtual reality straight from our sofas?
Still, for all the cool gadgets out there, there’s probably still a lot you didn’t realise you could do. Which is why we’re about to divulge the best tech secrets we know to save you a lot of time and money.
1) Stop your laptop from overheating with cutlery
If your laptop is prone to producing the heat of a thousand suns when all you’re doing is trying to watch a movie, there’s a simple way to get it to chill out. Just grab two forks from the cutlery drawer and place them upside down underneath your laptop to create a gap between it and the surface.
2) Take hands-free selfies
There’s nothing worse than attempting to press the ‘capture’ button while simultaneously trying to hold your best selfie pose and precariously balance your coffee – so use your Apple headphones instead. Pushing the + button on your headphones remote while the camera app is open will take the shot. Plus the play/pause button also doubles up as a remote control when in video mode. Win.
3) Be clever by personalising your TV experience
If you consume films and box sets like a hungry gannet, save some pennies by signing up to a service like NOW TV. This clever streaming powerhouse lets you watch your favourite shows with minimum hassle and even less commitment as there’s no contract. Choose from Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, and channels you can’t get on Freeview like Sky Atlantic, then watch them on a range of devices or plug in the NOW TV Box for instant access to loads of other third-party apps too. Now that’s what we call value for money.
4) Use apps to help you save
If you’re finding it hard to save money, apps like Pariti and Moneybox are a godsend. Pariti syncs with your bank accounts to track your spending and set weekly budgets, while Moneybox rounds up your everyday buys to the nearest pound and invests your change. You’ll be rolling in it before you know it.
5) No cookies = cheap flights
The Internet is a clever place, with travel sites often raising prices once they’ve seen you’ve visited them before whilst looking for flights. By deleting your browser cookies and going incognito, you’ll trick airlines into thinking it’s your first time and will be presented with the best deals possible. Gotcha.
6) Turn off this data-munching feature
Ever been shocked to see your monthly data allowance run out much earlier than you’d expected? Blame WiFi assist. This sneaky feature eats away at your data by allowing your phone to automatically connect to 4G if the WiFi connection isn’t strong enough. Turn it off by going to Settings –> Mobile Data, scrolling to the bottom and switching off ‘WiFi Assist’. You’ve just saved yourself a lot of money.
7) Use Google Translate to check you’re not talking gibberish
When you’re writing something important that requires you to actually sound like an intelligent human being, for example a cover letter or an important email, the last thing you want to do is write nonsense and hit send without realising. Copy and paste your text into Google Translate and listen back to it to check for any weird phrasing or errors.
8) Snap your passport photo at home
Those days of spending £5 of your hard-earnt cash and sitting in a tiny booth under the most unflattering lighting ever are over, because the Home Office now accepts passport photos taken on mobile phones. Stand yourself in front of a white or cream-coloured background, make sure the person taking the photo is around 1.5 metres away and get snapping.
9) Say no to notifications and save power
Did you know that every time your screen lights up with that latest Instagram ‘like’, it’s rinsing your phone battery? Save some juice by switching off those pesky alerts. Similarly, dimming your screen brightness, turning off Bluetooth and closing background apps are all battery-saving winners.
10) Use a tennis ball to amplify your speakers
Buying a good pair of speakers can seriously eat into your savings, which is why this hack is pure genius. To amplify the sound that comes out of that tiny speaker slit on the side of your iPad, cut a tennis ball in half and make a small slit in the side to hook it onto the corner. The rubber helps to amplify the sound, while the natural curve of the ball pushes the noise back at you. It’s basic science.
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