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How to master the Play Store

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The Google Play store is essential for downloading Android apps. However, without the right settings, it can be less enjoyable. Alcatel offers these tips in order to make the Play Store experience more satisfying. 

Controlling automatic updates off Wi-Fi

By default, the Google Play Store is set to update apps when your phone is connected to the Internet. If you do not want your smartphone to perform updates via your personal mobile data plan, you can disable this option and set updates to allow for Wifi only. Go to settings in the Play Store app, click the Automatic Update option and select the desired method.

Tip: If you have a limited mobile data package, it is recommended to upgrade via Wifi only. Your wallet will thank you. 

Secure all your purchases on Play Store

The Play Store app allows you to add a password that will be required for any purchase. This avoids fraudulent purchases. To enable authentication, go to the application settings and click the “Require Authentication” option.

Protect your children

If you allow your child to play on your mobile phone or tablet, it is recommended to activate the parental control, in order to restrict access to applications offering sensitive content. Based on the European classification, Play Store will offer you applications according to your age bracket parental contral settings : 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+, and 18+.

To activate parental control, go to the Play Store settings and select the “Parental Control” option. All you have to do is choose an option that suits you and your family.

No to shortcuts

You don’t enjoy automatic shortcut creation of newly installed applications on your home screen? Don’t panic. You can disable this action. In the Play Store application settings, uncheck the “Add icon on home screen” option.

Take advantage of promotional offers

Have you received  promotional codes for your purchases on Play Store, but not sure how to use them? Go to the Play Store app. Display your profile menu by swiping the screen from left to right. Then click on “Use a code”. All you have to do is fill in your promotional code and take advantage of the Play Store offers.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful

First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.

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Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.

Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:

The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”

1.       The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!

2.       South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!

3.       French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use

4.       On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day

5.       For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015

6.       According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart

7.       To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017

8.       It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas

9.       In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s

 

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