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Technology Cheap ways to fix annoying tech problems, from slow Wi-Fi to phone charging to old TVs and cars

20:51  07 june  2018
20:51  07 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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There are several ways to fix this problem , but the simplest is to simply connect your smartphone to your Wi - Fi signal. A slow Wi - Fi signal could hinder your work, your entertainment, your banking, your travel plans, and even your ability to order takeout.

While many of us may be tempted to get a new phone each time a new problem presents itself, let me assure you that there are ways to overcome these Also See: How to Choose a Wi - Fi Router That is Right for You. 1. Low Internal Memory. The most annoying of all messages that one would like to see.

We all have someone in our lives who doesn’t keep up with technology.

Some people just don't understand tech. But most of the time, it's that someone just doesn't have the time to search for solutions to those little, nagging, everyday problems. Maybe it’s a parent or an aunt, or hey, maybe it’s you.

Whatever the case, things get a whole lot easier once they (or you!) see how a few simple tech solutions can genuinely upgrade your day. 

Soundbar solution 

Just recently, some of my relatives were going to toss their big living room TV because the speakers were pooping-out (or their aging ears were). After sitting through family movie night with them with the volume cranked up to 100, I realized the TV was still just fine; they just need a soundbar. 

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Problem 1: Not being able to download Netflix videos. Netflix revolutionized television when it started its cheap streaming service in 2007. There are several ways to fix this problem , but the simplest is to simply connect your smartphone to your Wi - Fi signal.

#3 Problem 2 : Slow Internet speed. How old is your Wi - Fi router? Modern gadgets transmit huge amounts of data back and forth, and if your router is the oldest of all your technology , then you’ve found a reason why your TV series or online games slow down.

For most people, soundbars are the best way to get better sound quality from a TV. They're simple and inexpensive and great for getting fuller, richer, louder, and more immersive sound for most home theater needs.

After reviewing the top five on the market over the span of several months, I picked out the just-released Polk Audio’s new Command Bar. It goes on sale to the public on June 30, but I was able to test it out before it hit store shelves.

This model is a little larger than some of the other soundbars on the market, but it truly delivers superior features at a fraction of the cost of others. (My other favorites range from $600 to $1,000. This one is just under $300.)

It’s also among the first voice-controlled soundbars featuring Amazon Alexa built-in. My relatives yell at the TV anyway, now it’s helpful and satisfying: They can just ask the TV to do whatever they want it to, and it just works. The sound is room-filling thanks to multiple range drivers and a wireless subwoofer, along with Dolby and DTS.

Here’s a leaked look at the Motorola One Power’s iPhone X-like appearance

  Here’s a leaked look at the Motorola One Power’s iPhone X-like appearance A new Motorola phone called the Motorola One Power has allegedly leaked, giving us a peek at its appearance. It looks like the phone will have a different design from most Moto devices, with a wide notch on the front display and a camera and fingerprint sensor on the rear. We first heard about the Motorola One Power through a leaked image from Android Headlines on Tuesday, which indicate that the Lenovo-owned brand is now making a new Moto device in a completely different lineup than the Moto E, G, and Z lines.

When Wi - Fi slows down, so does our entire life. Our email and browsers stop loading. Our streaming movies freeze. Fix for everyday tech problems faster than you thi. Modern technology offers many conveniences and it has definitely changed our lives for the better.

Home How To Wi - Fi Suddenly Slow ? However, there’s always a way , right? If your WiFi is suddenly slow and you can’t seem to find the problem , then we are here help you find the problem and fix it.

True audiophiles will still want to spend more, but for most of us, this is a straightforward solution that’s super simple to set-up, and saves hundreds — if not thousands — versus the cost of a new TV.

Weak Wi-Fi

a close up of a device: Netgear Wi-Fi Expander © Amazon Netgear Wi-Fi Expander

Another big complaint people are coming to me for help with lately is the range of their Wi-Fi network. I totally get it! It’s super frustrating to get dumped off the Internet when just walking from one room of your house to another. 

You don’t have to buy a new, high-powered router just to get the coverage you want, and you certainly don’t have to suffer from Wi-Fi that just won’t reach. Netgear’s $40 AC750 WiFi Range Extender takes the signal from the router you already have and pushes into areas of your house or yard where it just can’t reach on its own. It’s tiny, inexpensive, and sits just right in an open power outlet. 

Apple, Please Fix the Worst Thing About the iPhone X

  Apple, Please Fix the Worst Thing About the iPhone X The iPhone X is easily the best phone I’ve ever owned. And in almost every way, it performs exactly as I would like it to. There is just one problem, a thing that might seem so minor as to not be an issue at all but is the one thing that regularly makes me contemplate chucking my $1,000 gadget against a brick wall. Screenshots. To take a screenshot on the iPhone X, you simply press the side button on the right and one of the volume buttons on the left. The side button also powers the phone on and off, activates Siri, and locks the phone, so you’re hitting it all the time.

Phone or Tablet Charging Very Slow Problem [ Fix ]. If you are affected by this annoying problem , don’t you worry, I am going to provide you a list of solutions that will hopefully solve slow charging on Galaxy S7, Nexus 5X, OnePlus 2 whatever.

On tech forums, groups and social media, I personally, have seen many people complaining about Slow Phone charging problem . Airplane mode completely turns off wireless connectivity (Cellular and Wi - Fi ) of your phone .

More: 10 ways to fix your home Wi-Fi problems

Faster, tangle-free charging

Wireless charging is the future, but not all Qi-enabled charging pads and docks are created equally. I've tried most of them, and few could charge my iPhone through its thick case and PopSocket. Then I tried the just-released $60 Belkin BoostUp Wireless Charging Pad. This wireless charger fuels your phone in no time flat and the sturdy charge pad lets you toss your phone down and forget it.

It charges with up to 10W of power. If you think your current charging pad is super slow, it’s probably a 5W charger, which just won’t cut it when the time is ticking. The PopSocket even charges through my sturdiest Otterbox case.

Need charging on the go that doesn’t involve juggling a bunch of cords in your car’s center console? Belkin makes also makes a universal car mount with a built-in wireless charger that fits phones big and small. Just stick your phone in the mount, and it takes care of the rest. 

Password protection 

Don’t get me started on Post-It notes full of passwords. I know how hard it can be to remember all your different logins, especially if you’re a responsible Internet traveler and use a different password for every site. But you just can’t keep scrawling them down on sticky notes! Aside from being messy and annoying to search through a massive list of smudged scribbles, there are better ways to manage passwords, period.

Five battery-saving Android features that will keep your phone alive

  Five battery-saving Android features that will keep your phone alive And how to adjust them. Tethered Save your battery to avoid phone-charging emergencies. Keeping your phone’s battery alive is a constant battle. To thwart misbehaving apps and excessive drain, Google has added a number of energy-saving features to Android over the past few years. Here’s how they work, and how to tweak the settings to fit your needs. Battery Saver stretches your charge when you need it most Back in Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google introduced a feature called “Battery Saver” to eke a bit more life out of your phone when it’s almost drained. When you enable Battery Saver mode, Android throttles your phone’s performance, limits background data usage, and reduces things like vibration in order to conserve juice. This makes your phone a bit less convenient to use—it’ll run slower and notifications may not come through—but that’s better than your phone being completely dead. Battery settings You can turn Battery Saver mode on and off from Settings > Battery. You can turn on Battery Saver mode at any time. Just head to Settings > Battery on your phone and flip on the Battery Saver switch. While you’re in the Battery settings, if you tap Battery Saver, you’ll also see an option to turn on this mode automatically when your phone reaches 15% or 5% battery. That way, when your device nears death, Android will attempt to stretch the battery as long as it can go before that final shutdown.

Problem 4: Slow Wi - Fi . It's always good to test your home Internet speeds to make sure you get what you pay for. (Photo: Getty Images). Cracked screens look bad and make a phone hard to use, but they’re also annoying to replace.

Bug: Wi - Fi slow and dropping signal. A lot of people have experienced a Wi - Fi problem after updating devices to iOS 8. The Wi - Fi signal will appear to be strong, but websites are slow to load and video slow to buffer.

LastPass is my go-to password manager because it’s super easy to use, stores and retrieves passwords automatically, and it’s totally free unless you want to upgrade for extra features. All you have to do is download the app on your smartphone and/or install the app extension on your web browser, sign up and create a master password. From there, you’ll automatically be prompted to save passwords when you log into your online accounts, and LastPass will ask you if you want to auto-fill them every time you return. 

More: 7 steps for crafting the perfect password

One more for the road

I drive a 2012 car that’s way, way, behind my 2017 smartphone in terms of personal tech. Since most of us update our phones more often than we update our cars, connecting our music to car stereos can be extremely difficult.

TaoTronics' Bluetooth ($13) receiver is a quick, easy and inexpensive fix. While my husband spent more than $1,000 to get his 2007 car audio upgraded, I plugged the TaoTronic receiver right into my radio's auxiliary jack and paired my phone in less than a minute. The plug-in lets you listen to your music, use your GPS, or answer calls without having to update your entire audio system. 

Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY's digital video show TECH NOW. Email her at jj@techish.com. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferJolly.

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