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5 Ways to REALLY extend your battery life on iOS 7!

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So you’ve been on iOS 7 for almost two weeks now. Everything is lovely; you have speed improvements, a beautiful new user interface and a boatload of new features, but you have seen in a dip in your battery life, as opposed to what you experienced on iOS 6. You’re in luck, we have five tips that will ACTUALLY assist in keeping your phone or tablet alive as long as possible.

Use WiFi

With LTE adoption still quite a way to go, most of you are stuck on 3G networks. There is a reason Apple quotes operation time longer on WiFi than on 3G, the old technology is a drag on battery life. Make use of WiFi networks as much as possible, when connected to WiFi, your device will automatically switch mobile data off, increasing battery life by as much as 25%!

Kill The Special Effects

What real reason is there behind using these fancy special effects such as the Parallax effect and Dynamic Wallpapers, besides showing off? Turn off the Parallax effect by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and then switching the ‘Reduce Motion’ option on. Replace that fancy Dynamic Wallpaper with a normal wallpaper, preferably a dark one. Dark backgrounds make use of less energy to display bright images, making it graceful on your precious battery juice.

Keep The Brightness Down

The heading is pretty much self explanatory. You don’t need your screen’s brightness on full, even in direct sunlight. Lower your screen’s brightness to about 33%, or roughly a third on the brightness bar, and you’ll still be able to see what’s going on on your device, even in harsh circumstances. Alternatively you can switch your auto brightness setting on to regulate your brightness for each situation you find yourself in.

Stop Those Auto Downloads

Sure, it’s quite irritating when those App Store update notifications start, especially if it gets to three or more times per day, but battery life is more important, isn’t it? Switch off that lovely new iOS 7 feature that allows it to automatically update all of your apps in the background, even if it means more work for you. Manual updates are a chore, but vastly improved battery life is definitely worth every extra tap.

Close Your Apps!

Every time before you lock your device, just before it goes to your pocket or onto your desk, pick up your multitasking screen and close all of your applications. Open apps use battery life, especially if they have a constant refresh cycle with the web. It also frees up some RAM. Do you really go onto Facebook or Skype that often? Do you open CNN more often than just in the morning for the weather, sports and other headlines? I don’t think so, so don’t let them take away your precious battery life.

Additional Tips

  • Turn your ‘Background App Refresh’ feature off in the General tab in your Settings.
  • Set your emails to either fetch data manually or every half an hour, depending on your usage of course, or so instead of making use of the ‘Push’ feature.
  • Ensure that your software is up to date. Software updates usually bring performance enhancements, such as increased battery life. iOS 7.0.2 is currently the latest version of iOS 7 available.
  • Ensure that features such as AirDrop and Bluetooth is disabled when not in use and keep your screen lock on so that switching views doesn’t waste valuable resources.
  • If Siri isn’t an integral part of your daily life, switch her off. When she’s on, she’s constantly busy; listening, judging.

If you travel a lot, or you’re close to your car a lot, check out one of Amzer’s wide selection of car chargers to give your iDevice some juice when the occasion arises.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 1st, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Keep your private business, private with Amzer’s new Kristal Privacy Screen Protector

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Are you always looking over your shoulder, wondering who’s looking at your every step and move? Do you want to keep your private business private without breaking the bank? Amzer would like to formally introduce our new Amzer 4 Way Privacy Protector Shield for most modern smartphones and starting at just $14.95!

If you’re an important business leader or politician with sensitive information, classified data or a dirty secret, you can make your device all the more safer with our new privacy centered Kristal screen guards. Keep those naughty pictures and text away from prying eyes. Keep your WiFi, Facebook and email passwords safe from those who’d abuse it.

  • Doing a quick bank transfer or a PayPal payment using your smartphone and need to put in your personal login in details? Keep that private!
  • Logging into your Facebook, Twitter or any other social media account on the go? Keep your details private!
  • Masterminding a plot to overthrow the government in order to let SkyNet roam free? You’d probably want to keep that to yourself!
  • Looking at some raunchy sites while standing in the queue at McDonalds waiting for someone to wake up and assist you? You definitely don’t want someone to catch a glimpse of that!
  • Typing in nuclear launch codes because the UN refuses to write off your nation’s debt? You probably don’t want the mouthy UK delegate seeing what you’re up to and blabbing it all out!
  • Texting the wifey to hear what you ATM pin is because you’re so forgetful? There are peeping Toms everywhere just waiting for a chance to help themselves to your hard earned cash!

I may be making some jokes, but your privacy is no laughing matter. So, instead of buying a couple of beers or a carton of cigarettes, invest in an Amzer 4 Way Privacy Protector Shield to ensure that your privates stay private! Please note that the accessories mentioned above are up for pre-order and will only start shipping starting on the 10th of October for select units!

Unlike other screen protectors claiming to keep your personal data safe from wondering eyes, Amzer’s Kristal Privacy screen guard allows for four different viewing angles, as long as you are right in front of your device. Viewing from the sides, vertically or horizontally is quite simple and your data is sure to remain your own. It is designed specifically for each device, with 100% precision to make sure your business, remains just that.

What’s even better is the fact that it not only protects your personal data, but your display too. The Kristal Privacy screen protector protects from scratches and bumps, and most importantly UV radiation, it filters 99% of harmful UV rays away from your eyes, making images more crisp and clear while make sunlight legibility better than ever. With privacy being in the spotlight in recent times thanks to the NSA’s PRISM program, everyone is seeing just how import it is too keep your data as safe as possible.

Amzer’s 4 Way Privacy Protector Shield is available for most of the current best smartphones including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Galaxy S4, and loads more starting at just $14.95. Keep your dignity, and personal data, with this great new accessory.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 1st, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Time to get an original Lightning cable before iOS 7 blocks your unlicensed version

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Heads up Apple fans, if you’re not using an original Apple Lightning cable, or one featuring Apple’s authentication chip, you’re in for quite a shock. Apple is planning on blocking any unauthorized Lightning cables in the very near future through an iOS 7 update.

The new iOS 7 update has started giving some users of said unauthorized cables, sold by some of our competitors, pop up messages such as the one above noting that the cables were not reliable and has subsequently stopped working on the device/s. Apple has faced some harsh criticism after several iPhone users were electrocuted by their devices, which were later found to be making use of uncertified chargers which caused the incidents. Apple has started a trade-in program that allows consumers to trade in their worn out or unlicensed Lightning cables for new ones for just $10.

Meanwhile, always check that your charger and cable is purchased from a reputable and trustworthy source, that they are noted to be officially approved by Apple as well as being certified for use by Apple, that spelling on the products are correct and do not say ‘Abble’ or ‘Appel’ instead of Apple and that all of the necessary regulatory stamps are on there approving it for use.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 1st, 2013 at 10:32 am

Why everyone once again misunderstood Apple with the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S…

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Three weeks ago Apple surprised the world when they introduced the Apple iPhone 5S, alongside the not-so-budget-friendly plastic iPhone 5C. Why was it such a surprise? Well, the iPhone 5S wasn’t anything like the mass media’s supposed insider sources reported. The iPhone 5S gained some processing power, widened its camera lens, enlarged its battery and added two new colour options to its line up, but that was the whole problem for the mass market.

Everyone wanted a larger display, a larger camera, a juicier battery and of course some other enhancements to make it a bit more competitive. The mass market misunderstood Apple on that faitful last Tuesday morning. Sure, the event launched two iPhone’s, but the main event was the launch of iOS 7, which was released globally just over a week later and downloaded onto over 200 million devices within the first five days. See, as soon as Apple announced iOS 7, they announced and additional three ‘new’ iPhone devices and four ‘new’ iPad tablets, with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C just happening to join in on the fun. You see. Apple’s iOS 7 breathes new life into devices as old as three years. It makes said devices, I am of course speaking of the iPhone 4, a viable smartphone for another three years, but most of all, it turns almost every iOS device over the last three years into a brand ‘new’ device by breathing a fresh new look, loads of new features and some speed into the devices.

The Apple iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPad 2, 3, 4 and Mini are essentially brand ‘new’ devices, and not the ageing white elephants that they were slowly becoming. Apple essentially announced eight additional devices at their September 10 event, sadly the market was too concerned over future products than with current offerings. Does the Nokia N8 still get the latest software updates? No. Does the Samsung Galaxy S still get the latest software updates? No. Does the Google Nexus One receive the latest software updates? The answer is once again a resounding no. Sure, the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are getting trimmed down versions of the software and may not perform the best, but it is brand new software none the less. Users of said older devices are also likely to be more prone to acquiring Apple products in the future, not only as replacements for their older devices, but also because they know that a few years down the line, their products will still be receiving some of the latest software updates at the time.

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C should not be seen as flagship devices, or even the best that Apple has to offer, even if it is for now. Instead, maybe we should consider that they are rather there to bring users of older devices such as the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S over to the newer devices, with slightly larger displays and enhanced performance. Eventually Apple will once again want to launch an iPhone with double the screen resolution of their current offerings, but if everyone is still stuck on devices with their old screen aspect ratios, applications for the newer aspect ratios won’t be as successful. Developers will be reluctant to code applications for three different mobile screen resolutions in addition to the different tablet resolutions. So, maybe we are misunderstanding Apple.

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C aren’t the best they have to offer, not by a long shot, but it most definitely is more than enough to cater for everyone’s needs for at least the next year. Maybe it isn’t aimed at buyers of last years’ flagship, but instead at those who have to renew their two- and three-year contacts soon, that want something new and exciting, something elegant and useful. Do we really need large, pixel dense displays? Do we really need octa core processors? Do we really need 41MP cameras? I don’t think so, and neither does Apple, thus we have their current line up, which seems to be paying off quite well after seeing a record breaking 9 million sales during its launch weekend.

Once again we are shown that Apple doesn’t play by the rules, they make the rules…

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 30th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Celebrate National Chewing Gum Day with these colourful Amzer cases

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Today we celebrate National Chewing Gum Day and to commemorate the occasion, we at Amzer decided to show off some of our colourful Amzer Pudding TPU cases. They’re just as colourful as gum, just a gazillion times stronger, and it doesn’t stick to your face when you blow it.

The Amzer Pudding TPU cases are available in loads of tasty colours such as Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green, Red, White, Black and Clear. Thermoplastic polyurethane, also known as TPU, is a strong plastic compound made to withstand the tests of time and most damage that life throws at it. Amzer’s Pudding TPU cases are some of the highest quality TPU cases on the market today and thanks to its special matte finish, it’s got better grip that a 4×4 pickup.

Amzer’s TPU cases are available for most modern smartphones including the HTC One, Huawei Ascend P6, Apple iPhone 5S, Apple iPhone 5C, Apple iPhone 5, Moto X, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy S4,  Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia Z1, Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 925 and loads more!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 30th, 2013 at 10:55 am

“Here’s The Cash:” Beats and HTC part ways in $265 million deal

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After months of rumours, Beats Electronics finally announced today that they would be acquiring HTC’s last remaining 25% share in the Beats Audio initiative that the two companies started a while back, the deal gives HTC $265 million in cash.

“Here’s The Cash,” was likely the only words Beats Electronics gave HTC when they acquired HTC’s remaining stake in Beats Audio for $265 million, valuing Beats Audio at well over a billion dollars. HTC and Beats Electronics partnered up in 2011 to start Beats Audio, HTC got 50.1% of the company for just $300 million, selling 25% back just last year, and now the remainder of their shares. Until today, HTC was the largest external shareholder in Beats Audio and the duo are set to continue their partnership for the foreseeable future, sans the exclusivity though.

HTC has been going through some pretty rough times and their ‘Here’s To Change’ marketing campaign featuring Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t seem to be doing much wonders for the firm. Are they set to go the way of Nokia and BlackBerry?

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 27th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Amzer ShatterProof for iPhone 5S just $22.95 and shipping right now!

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, we have slashed the price of our award winning, Amzer ShatterProof screen guard for the Apple iPhone 5 and Apple iPhone 5S down to just $22.95, saving you $7! The Amzer ShatterProof screen protector is just 0.2mm thin and packs the strength of an army tank into its tiny body. The Amzer ShatterProof for iPhone 5S front coverage screen guard is just $22.95, although that may change soon, so get ordering right away before you miss a great deal!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 14th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Amzer ShatterProof screen guard for the Apple iPhone 5C right now!

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Great new gadget geeks! Amzer’s amazing ShatterProof screen protector is coming to an Apple iPhone 5C near you! Yes, that’s right, of all the great Apple iPhone 5C accessories we are offering, ShatterProof will be one of them too! Amzer’s ShatterProof screen guard will be available in both front coverage and full body coverage offerings for $29.95 and $39.95 respectively. The ShatterProof for iPhone 5C with full body coverage is available right now, but the front coverage ShatterProof for iPhone 5C will only start shipping on October 10!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 14th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 5C vs Apple iPhone 5S comparison

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The Apple iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S were announced yesterday, along with official confirmation that the Apple iPhone 5 would be discontinued. Apple added loads of new features with iOS 7 bringing a lot more to the devices in terms of software as well. If you were wondering what exactly has changed between the devices and what stayed the same, take a look at our comparison below:

Model

iPhone 5

iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S

Screen Size

4-inch

4-inch

4-inch

Screen Resolution

1,136 x 640

1,136 x 640

1,136 x 640

Pixel Density

326ppi

326ppi

326ppi

Processor

Apple A6 SoC (32-bit)

Apple A6 (32-bit)

Apple A7 (64-bit)

Motion Co-Processor

N/A

N/A

Apple M7

RAM

1GB DDR2

1GB DDR2

1GB DDR3

Design

Aluminum Unibody

Polycarbonate Unibody

Aluminum Unibody

Thickness

7.6mm

8.97mm

7.6mm

Weight

112g

132g

112g

LTE

5 Band

13 Band

13 Band

Memory

16GB/32GB/64GB

16GB/32GB

16GB/32GB/64GB

Talk Time

8 Hours on 3G

10 Hours on 3G

10 Hours on 3G

Browsing Time

8 Hours on LTE

10 Hours on LTE

10 Hours on LTE

Camera Sensor

8MP

8MP

8MP

Camera Aperture

f/2.4

f/2.4

f/2.2

Flash Type

LED

LED

True Tone Dual LED

Slow-Motion Video

N/A

N/A

Yes

Front Camera

1.2MP

1.2MP

1.2MP

Operating System

iOS 6

iOS 7

iOS 7

Fingerprint Reader

N/A

N/A

Yes

Colors

Black/Slate & White/Silver

White, Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow

Space Gray, White/Silver, Gold/Silver

Launch Price

Starting at $649

Starting at $549

Starting at $649

Shatterproof Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

And yes, the last entry does in fact confirm that the new Apple iPhone 5C and Apple iPhone 5S will be supporting our Amzer Shatterproof front screen protector!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 11th, 2013 at 10:21 am

September 10: What will we be seeing from Apple? Two new iPhones? Three new iPads? An iTV? An iWatch?

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Over the years Apple events have become synonymous with huge fanfare and a media uproar, which is easily understandable thanks to the fact that the Apple brand has become a drug that everyone seems to want. Any Apple related content shoots pageviews sky high, even unfavourable content by trolls. So, what does Apple have in store for us on Tuesday? What can we look forward to?

Apple iPhone 5C

Rumour has it that Apple is finally bringing out a cheaper version of their iconic Apple iPhone smartphone. Some say it will replace the iPhone 5 as the second to the throne, other suggest it will take the place that the iPhone 4 currently holds, as the lowest end iPhone available, and third from the crown. It’s likely to be free on contracts, with the iPhone 5 going to $99 and the iPhone 5S going to $199.

Then there is the question of what the ‘C’ stands for? It seems to stand for ‘colour’, which the iPhone 5C will apparently spare no expense on. The Apple iPhone 5C will apparently come in Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, White and Black variants, all of which featuring plastic rear shells to cut costs. Additionally the iPhone 5C is said to be virtually identical to the iPhone 5 in terms of internal hardware, although there are whispers of microSIM card slots being favoured over nanoSIM slots.

Apple iPhone 5S

The Apple iPhone 5S is said to be this year’s flagship Apple iPhone smartphone. Upgrades are said to include a larger battery, faster connectivity, a larger camera with dual LED flash, a faster SoC with more RAM in addition to a new 128GB variant. Some say that the Apple iPhone 5S will not feature a 16GB variant anymore, with the 32GB model being the most affordable iPhone 5S offering, which makes a lot of logical sense. The iPhone 5S is also rumoured to bring two new colour variants in the form of a gold variant as well as a graphite variant.

Apple iPad Mini 2

The successor to last year’s much lauded Apple iPad Mini is expected to bring loads of improvements over its predecessor and knowing Apple, that is quite an understatement. Among the upgrades expected, the most significant is expected to be the addition of a ‘Retina’ display, double the pixel density of the current generation. The Apple iPad Mini 2 is also expected to carry a plastic rear logo, instead of a printed on one in addition to a larger battery, faster processor, more RAM and hopefully an upgraded camera.

Apple iPad Mini

Some rumours over the last few months have hinted at a more affordable iPad Mini, based on the first generation, but with some subtleties such as a plastic rear shell and the lack of a rear camera. Some even hint at it being more affordable than the new Google Nexus 7, which could give Apple quite an advantage over Google’s ailing Android tablet market.

Apple iPad 5

The biggest thing since the introduction of the first iPad is coming. Apple is expected to announce their slimmest, most efficient Apple iPad to date. The redesigned Apple iPad 5 is expected to feature a design similar to that of the iPad Mini with rounded corners and smaller bezels on the side. Additionally the larger iPad is expected to get some weight reduction and a new display technology which is likely to make it slimmer than ever before. If that doesn’t sound appetizing then you must lack some brain cells.

Apple iTV

Apple is expected to make their debut in the smart TV market with an actual TV instead of a small box that you plug into your existing TV set. The Apple iTV is expected to be a super slim, super efficient TV set with extraordinary viewing angles, crisp images, and the best of all, dense displays. It is said to run on Apple iOS and bring the iTunes store filled with dedicated applications and video content to your living room. The Apple iTV will supposedly even allow streaming from your iDevices as well as allowing your iDevices to be used as a remote.

Apple iWatch

Apple is expected to launch their first entrant into the smartwatch game in the form of the Apple iWatch. With Sony’s SmartWatch 2 lacking appeal, and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear lacking support for older devices and carrying a huge pricetag; it seems as if all Apple has to do is bring out an analogue watch to win the race. Of course Apple will not be the first to the smartwatch race, but they may very well make the first relevant entrant to the category which is expected to become the next best thing among the avid buyer. Not much is known by the iWatch, but it may likely not appear until early 2014 if most rumours are to be believed.

Whatever happens on Tuesday, you can expect the whole internet to be watching and waiting in anticipation. iOS 7 is expected to officially launch, leaving many that don’t know about the impending update in for quite the surprise once they update. Apple always puts the biggest of smiles on their customers’s faces and Tuesday is expected to be no different, despite the increasing amount of early leaks poisoning Apple’s usual surprise introductions.

What would you like to see Apple announce on Tuesday? Let us know below, share the excitement!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 8th, 2013 at 12:29 pm