Protect your iPhone: It’s the Brand Most Likely to be Stolen

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To you, your smartphone is more than a high-tech device; it’s a pocket-sized extension of yourself. To thieves, smartphones are part of the business plan, a way to fetch money and sensitive personal data. Our mobile devices are so important, many of us are willing to pay top dollar for their safe return—in a poll by the mobile security firm Lookout, one-third of theft victims said they would pay $1,000 to retrieve their stolen smartphones. And if you’re an iPhone user, you’re more likely to have your device stolen. Apple Insider reports iPhones are 65 percent more likely to go missing over other smartphones.

 

Don’t think about ditching your iPhone for a larceny-free option either, unless you’re willing to go back to a ’90s-era data-free flip phone. About 3.1 million American consumers were victims of smartphone theft in 2013, according to Consumer Reports. Although iPhones were the most commonly targeted, switching brands isn’t the answer; all mobile devices are subject to theft. Instead, take extra precautions to protect your device and the personal information it contains.

 

Security Woes

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The miscreants who know the ins and outs of the black market resale racket are appropriately dubbed “Apple pickers.” These thieves have little trouble wiping personal information from a device without triggering a tracking device. If a phone isn’t password-protected, it can easily be reset by its new user. Your iPhone does provide helpful tracking features—but if it’s not location-enabled, your device is good as gone.

 

Safeguard Your Phone

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From bank account logins and passwords to home addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers, our phones store our most sensitive private information. Additionally, the memories captured and stored in our devices are priceless, and losing them can be devastating. This data is so important that according to the Lookout survey, 68 percent of smartphone owners are willing to risk their personal safety to ensure a timely reunion with their digital other half. By taking these proactive security measures, you won’t have to risk your life to recoup your valuable data.

 

Start with identity theft protection. Many companies offer credit monitoring, identity monitoring, and fraud alerts for suspicious activity. This goes a long way if your sensitive personal data is compromised. Hackers can ruin your credit, take out fraudulent loans, and more.

 

Set a passcode. This is one of the simplest and oft-ignored security tips. Block access to your phone by setting a passcode to the home screen.

 

Turn on Find My iPhone. Approximately 1.4 million smartphones were lost or stolen and never recovered last year, according to Consumer Reports. Turn on this important security feature—it gives authorities a better chance of recovering your device.

 

Pay attention. Forty-four percent of smartphones were stolen after owners forgot them at a public place like a restaurant, bar or club. Ensure your phone is put away in your front pocket, purse or anywhere except the table top.

 


 

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Do You Need an Intervention? Apple Snobs Need to Answer These 5 Questions

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More than a nuclear war, the Mayan calendar, or acidification of our oceans —an Apple fan turned Apple snob is, really, the demise of the world. Are you one? Let’s hope not.

 

1. Does an Apple bumper sticker adorn your car?

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The backside of a car has been the designated space to make passive aggressive statements or outward proclamations since 1927 when the Ford Model A was introduced as the first vehicle to be built with a bumper. “Google Search: Bumper Sticker Wikipedia” also informs that bumper stickers first made their historic debut as flag-like stickers attached to bumpers by wires before World War II, as well as promotional “See Rock City” cardboard signs advertising the tourist spot Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

 

Now that the history lesson is over, evaluate that Apple decal plastered to the backside of your car. Fellow drivers have to unwillingly acknowledge that you, along with 50 percent of the U.S. population, (proudly) own an Apple product.

 

Recovery Tip: Remove Apple sticker, along with your 26.2 and Greek letter stickers while you’re at it. Then restore your car’s integrity with with Goo Gone!

 

2. Have you camped out in front of an Apple store?

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In 2013, die-hard Apple fans were photographed at a two-week campsite outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City. A seemingly unemployed camper in a powder blue Under Armour polo and khakis embarked on a publicity quest to await the rumored September 20 release of the next generation iPhone. The event even unfolded on social media as fans took to Twitter to publicize their Apple experience.

 

9to5Mac shared how it got real, real fast, on Twitter that fall:

 

“Hey @9to5mac we are camped out waiting for the new iPhone. Retweet and spread the word to follow @SYMJustin and myself along our journey!” Jon Murphy (@SYM_Jon) September 6, 2013.

 

“Finally camped outside the apple store with @sym_jon now the real adventure begins pic.twitter.com/k7okbB7HKj” Justin (@SYMJustin) September 6, 2013.

 

Recovery Tip: Use the online pre-ordering option and get a job.

 

3. Are protective device cases for amateurs?

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Apple products are lauded not only for slick functionality, but a stunning design. The iPhone 6 is built with technological perfection and feels like lightweight luxury in the palm of your hand. Any true Apple connoisseur realizes what shame it is to mask the beautiful design of an iPhone with a clunky plastic case. You believe in the expert craftsmanship and aesthetic elegance of the iOS.

 

Recovery Tip: If your Apple pride keeps you from protecting it with a massive Otterbox case, pick up an iphone 6 protection plan. You’ll be grateful you have it for when you crack the screen or drop it in the loo.

 

4. Is the green text bubble a dating dealbreaker?

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You know who you are. You just broke into texting territory with your latest Tinder interest and now texts come through as green bubbles. Green text bubbles are an abomination, which means the quintessential Apple snob regrets not swiping left. But people who text green bubbles are human too. Beyond the green bubble text message could be a good heart, compassionate soul and intelligent mind.

 

Recovery Tip: Remember, there’s more to a person than the color of their bubble.

 

5. Do you see the world as “iPhone vs. Android”?

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You’re either team iPhone or stupid. And if someone dares to be pro-Android, you might as well drive to a cliff and catapult yourself off of it. If the ongoing iPhone vs. Android debate is as big of a conflict in your life as House of Starks vs. House Lannister or Lindsay Lohan vs. Sobriety, you’re more than just an Apple snob. Apple shouldn’t bring out the worst in you. Be a happy Apple user! That’s what Steve Jobs would have wanted—a world of happy and open-minded Apple device fans and users who can peacefully coexist with fans and users of other brands.

 

Recovery Tip: Find peace and harmony by befriending an Android user to resolve your Android aggression.

 


 

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A Tech Expert’s Take on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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When the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released, strong opinions quickly formed both for and against the new technology, and possibly lackthereof. We wanted to know what a smartphone expert thought, so we interviewed Mark Wilson, technology journalist at Huffington Post, Betanews, Cloudswave, and more. Mark knows the ins and outs of the many smartphones he’s reviewed over the years and has a lot to say about Apple’s devices and how they differ from Android’s phones and wearables. Check out what he shared with us on why he’s no longer an iPhone owner.

 

1. Which new features of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are you most excited about and why?

I am actually not excited by the iPhone any more. Having previously been an iPhone owner, over the years I have found that it became a dull and lifeless platform, too limited by Apple. That said, the larger screen of the iPhone 6 Plus is interesting

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2. What are your predictions for how many people will adopt new technology like Apple Pay and the Apple Watch and what impacts will that technology have?

I think Apple Pay will take a long time to gain traction. There is far too much competition from established payment systems like PayPal. We have already seen a number of retailers refusing to use Apple Pay. There are obvious security concerns that need to be allayed, and problems with iCloud leaks have not done Apple many favours in this area. While the iPhone is popular, its number of users almost pales into insignificance when compared to Android — the numbers probably just aren’t there to give Apple Pay any real hold.

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The Apple Watch faces a major obstacle that has just been addressed by the latest version of Android Wear — it is linked to an iPhone. The latest Android wearables, and the bracelet from Will.i.am show that smartwatches of the future need to operate independently of other devices.

 

3. Is there anything you’re surprised to find didn’t make it into the new iPhone model and why?

I was surprised that the front facing camera wasn’t of a higher resolution — it seems odd given Apple’s focus on quality, and the resolution of the screen. I guess, ultimately, the lack of innovation is the biggest disappointment.

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4. Many of the features that are new to these iPhone models have been in Android phones for years. How will this affect adaptation of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Do you think Apple is falling behind in the smartphone world or are their other core features more important than these specs?

For Apple users, the Apple ecosystem is more important that just about anything else. Yes, Android gives you far wider choice, technically superior hardware, a greater level of customization of the OS. Android has taken over when it comes to innovation. Apple’s fingerprint scanner was widely regarded as innovative, but it was also not particularly useful. The focus is on style and perception over function.

 

5. How do you think criticisms like #bendgate will affect Apple’s brand and possibly future design strategy?

It will have very little impact on Apple’s brand. People buy Apple product because it’s Apple — for fans, it’s the company that can do no wrong. It might be a cynical view, but I very much doubt that #bendgate will change the way future iPhones are designed.

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6. From your writing in BetaNews and other publications, you portray your strong honest opinion on the tech you’re covering. As a journalist how do you balance news with an obligation to inform people of how you feel the products you’re reviewing will work for them?

I make it very clear when I am conveying news and when I am expressing opinion. All news and writing has an element of bias to it — just by opting to writing about a subject you are voicing an opinion. Reporting straight facts is very simple, but when it comes to reviews I like to try to put together scenarios and work through them. At the same time, I like to treat readers with respect; I know they are intelligent enough (for the most part!) to realize that a review is an opinion and not everyone will feel the same. But whatever I’m writing, I am always entirely honest — whether that means a glowing review or a scathing one — and I think that shows.

 

Have you purchased a new iPhone or are you planning to? Let us know in the comments why or why not.

 


 

 

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Monster Hands: Comparing iPhone 6 Plus & Other Phablets

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Devices that are part phone, part tablet, and bigger than your normal smartphone are often called phablets. These devices have been a hot category for other phone manufacturers. Recently launched, the iPhone 6 Plus goes head-to-head with similar-sized devices in the market, including the latest products from Samsung and Google. So the big question is which phablet is the best?

 

We broke down the specs of each device to help you decide which phablet better suits your needs.

 

1. Display

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The iPhone 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, resolution at 1080p with a pixel density of 400ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 has a sharper 5.7-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED display, offering vivid colors with a 515ppi. The Nexus 6 has a quad-HD AMOLED panel, but it is slightly larger at 5.96-inches and 493ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 screen obviously has the edge with the highest resolution.  Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

2. Camera

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The Galaxy Note 4 packs a 16-megapixel snapper with a single LED flash; the Nexus 6 has a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.  They all include optical image stabilization software. Although the Note 4 camera has the highest resolution, the iPhone 6 Plus should not be considered as inferior because of its lower resolution. The ISP on the A8 chip has proven superior compared to Android phones in terms of camera clarity, we defer to the iPhone 6 Plus as the smartphone as the better shooter.  Winner: Apple iPhone 6

 

3. Internal Components

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The Galaxy Note 4 CPU is powered by the Exynos 5433 and GPU by the ARM Mali-T760. The Nexus 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU and the Adreno 420 GPU. Both phones are faster compared to other Android smartphones. The iPhone 6 Plus on the other hand uses Apple’s own dual-core A8 chip which has a 64-bit architecture. In terms of raw performance, the Apple’s processor is noticeably faster. Both the Galaxy Note 4 and the Nexus 6 have 3GB of RAM while the iPhone 6 Plus only has 1GB RAM. In terms of multitasking for you frequently multi-tabbing users, the smartphones with 3GB RAM may offer a better experience. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

4. Software

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The Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus offer its users a less complex software experience. The Nexus 6 is powered by Android Lollipop, and the iPhone has iOs 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs on an outdated OS in the form of Android KitKat, but is soon to get an upgrade.  This category is too hard to determine a winner since every user has different needs.  Winner: TIE

 

5. Other Special Features

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture, UV, heart rate, SpO2, fingerprint scanner, fast charging feature, S Pen – pressure sensitivity has been doubled and has a new calligraphy mode, Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has Apple Pay via new NFC chip, new Health app, Touch ID for security, Siri, barometer, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor. The Nexus 6 has a longer lasting battery, USB and extended memory support, sharing (guest) mode, and full app control. All in all the Nexus 6 gives you the most control during a time when privacy and sharing is key as well as battery life. Winner: Google Nexus 6

 

With the ongoing tough competition in phablet market, it’s a tough to decide which model is right for you. We hope this brief comparison of the latest phablets can help you determine if one smartphone has a decisive advantage over the others. From what we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gives you the most for the money.

 


 

 

All data sourced from PhoneArena

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