Owners of Apple’s iPhone 5s either seem to love its Touch ID fingerprint reader or hate it with a passion. For some people (like myself) it works the vast majority of the time, while other people have told me they’ve given up on using Touch ID to unlock their devices. Over at Macworld, blogger Serenity Caldwell has written up a nice guide on how to troubleshoot issues with Touch ID and keep your frustrations to a minimum.
To start with, Caldwell suggests that you start with a set of good fingerprint scans or if you’re having issues, to re-scan your prints. First, adjust your grip on the phone to match what you may do in reality. Many people lay the phone down while doing the scan, and then don’t vary the angle at which they are making the initial scans. When they try using Touch ID in real-life conditions, holding the iPhone 5s at an angle, they get bad results.
Caldwell then goes on to point out that you should store more than just one fingerprint in the device. You can save up to five — I’ve actually scanned both thumbs and both index fingers, and rarely have an issue with Touch ID. Scanning multiple fingers also helps out in cases where you may have a cut on your normal “scanning finger” that may impede with good results. Finally, Caldwell points out that your finger must touch the metal ring surrounding the Touch ID sensor, as it helps the scanner recognize your print.
The act of Skyping may have become synonymous with the act of VoIP communication, but it’s by no means the only service available to those looking to make cross-platform calls spanning continents. Viber has carved itself out a substantial portion of the market, and today, has launched Viber Out, which brings cheap outgoing calls to landline and mobile numbers across the world.
Skype already does this, as most of you will be aware, but Viber’s service purports to be a great deal cheaper. Indeed, the chart below shows just how many hundreds of percentage points one could save by switching to Viber, and considering that most calls go on for longer than the three minute examples shown, customers could potentially pocket a small fortune in money unspent.
This year, around July, it emerged that Apple could be introducing a gold, or “champagne” color configuration of its forthcoming smartphone, which we now know to be called the iPhone 5s. At the time, commentators didn’t really know what to make of it, but the response, coupled with the lack of availability of the gold model due to huge sales, spoke for them. Samsung already had a stab at bringing out a gold Galaxy S4 (although this was not, the company maintains, a shameless copycat effort), but now, the South Korean outfit has gone one better by taking the wraps off the — drums please — Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition.
The device is limited to 3,500 units, and is currently only available in Thailand. However, for the small price of 20,300, which, at the time of writing, equates to around $635 in the States, you could have yourself a flagship Samsung handset embedded with Swarovski crystals.
The next time you need help to accomplish a specific task, it might be worth your while to check out Snapguide. Not only are there hundreds of different tutorials available for DIYers, Snapguide also allows you to easily create your own guide for someone else to follow.
Snapguide is a companion app for the Snapguide.com website, which is home to thousands of guides on everything from cooking, fitness, tech and more. Though you can browse the site using mobile Safari, the iOS app provides a much better experience than the mobile website. You get niceties like search, categories and you don’t have to deal with the “Download the Snapguide app” nags in the mobile web version.
To use multiple accounts on one site can be a bit of an arduous task, and really, with all the technology we have at our disposal, the process should be a lot simpler. At present, of all the websites I currently use, Gmail by Google is the only one I can think of that allows seamless switching between accounts, but thanks to a new Chrome extension, you can now easily log in to more than one profile or account with apparent ease.
Chrome’s broad inventory of powerful extensions has grown so much over the past few years that Google has been audacious enough to try and build an OS based upon its flagship browser, and whilst, as I type this from the Chrome OS, I’d say there’s a way to go before anybody should think about ditching Windows or OS X, the sheer number of useful extensions in Chrome mean that there’s very little reason for me to deviate from the browser window on any platform.