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Follow the “40-80 rule” for charging your phone

All this time I have been waiting till my iPhone gets to less than 15%, then charging it overnight to 100%. But it turns out that’s wrong, wrong, wrong!

Most battery manufacturers recommend not letting your phone deplete below 40% or charge more than 80%.

So once your phone gets down to 40% charge, plug it in.
Then once it hits 80% charge, unplug it.

Avoid leaving your phone plugged in all night because that takes it up to 100%, which is not ideal. Doh!!

(Of course, sometimes you need it charged to 100% and that’s fine. This tip is about everyday-life usage.)


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Use Your Smartphone As A Mirror

We have talked about using your smartphone as a scanner to scan receipts and other records.

We have also talked about using your smartphone as a magnifying glass.

So what if you need a mirror?  Easy: pull out your smartphone, activate the camera and reverse the view to “selfie mode”. You are now looking at one of your favourite people! Or more specifically, at that something stuck in your eye, or that hair out of place, or that smudged lipstick, or those bread crumbs in your teeth….


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Looking for IT Information?

If you are looking for IT information, the Technology Information for Staff web site is for you. It covers everything from passwords to training, remote access to electronic filing, SPAM to traveling with your mobile devices, Skype for Business to ergonomics, and more.

This is a central location for information about the technology staff use regularly at UC.

The Technology Information for Staff web site also serves as an IT Induction for new staff, so please direct new staff members to it (it is also on the New Staff Orientation Checklist). If you are a new staff member you can work through it, starting on your first day and continuing from there.

You should find this website useful at any time. It is self-service, but you may need to ask a colleague to assist you from time to time. Managers /Heads may wish to nominate such a person, and should ensure that any new staff members know who to talk to when the content directs them to check with ‘a colleague’.

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10 everyday uses for your phone’s camera

Do you have a camera built-in to your mobile phone or tablet? And are you thinking of it just like you would think of a small camera – mainly for taking snaps of family and friends? 

Think again – there are many other uses for that
camera in your daily life. 

My favourites are scanning documents and photographing online receipts and confirmations.
Have a look at these 10 everyday uses for your phone’s camera.

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Another Mobile Device Battery Saving Tip

We’ve looked at a few ways to make the
batteries in our mobile phones or tablets drain more slowly, but this one is easily overlooked. 

If your mobile phone or tablet is often active, especially if you receive a lot of notifications or messages (which
activate the screen every time), the battery is drained a
little more every time that screen lights up. This will
happen 24 hours a day, draining your battery a little more every time.

The solution to this is to change the Auto-Lock time to a shorter time frame. It simply means that whenever something causes the screen to light up – like a message, notification or you using the
device – the screen will automatically switch back off sooner.

This applies to all mobile phones and tablets, but on an iPhone or iPad you can change the Auto-Lock timing here:

1) Go to your device’s Settings

2) Select >General >Auto-Lock

3) Choose the minimum time available, eg, 30 seconds, or 1 minute

Now your device’s screen will automatically switch off as soon as possible after any activity.

Other Mobile device battery saving tips:
3 Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer
2 more Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

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