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5 tricks to speed up your Android phone

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When you buy an Android smartphone, it runs smooth and fine from the initial setup to loading up a few necessary apps. But over time, the phone turns into a snail with stutter and lag with even simple apps taking time to load.

When you face this issue, buying a new phone is not the only solution. There are a few simple tricks that can help your phone run fast again. Here are a few things that you can try to revitalise your smartphone.

Uninstall unnecessary apps

 

Google Play Store offers a plenitude of apps, some of which agilely tempt us to download and try them. But after some time we realize these apps are as plain as sugar. Over months, we simply forget about these apps that lie dormant and are potentially eating up precious space on your phone. To remove such apps and free up space, here’s what you can do-

  1. Navigate to Settings menu on your phone

  2. Open the Apps option

  3. Scroll down the list and check for the apps that you no longer require

  4. Tap on the apps and then click Uninstall

  5. You can also disable certain apps in case you feel you will be needing them in the future

Clear cached data

Cached data speed up your device basically by saving data locally that reduces the extra bit of loading time when you browse the Internet to open a website or while opening an app. But over time the cache builds up and gets heavy on your device’s inbuilt memory. Anything in excess is not good. It’s better to clean it up from time to time and save your phone from getting sluggish. To clear cached data you can choose individual apps from the App manager. For this head to Settings Menu

  1. Once you open the Settings menu, scroll down and click on the Apps option

  2. Tap on the App list and choose the app whose cache you want to clear

  3. Click on the Storage option and tap on Cached data and then tap OK

Clear cached data Cached data speed up your device basically by saving data locally that reduces the extra bit of loading time when you browse the Internet to open a website or while opening an app

Disable animations

Different launchers offer varied animations and special effects, but while these transition effects make your device appear cool, it is another reason that causes your phone to slow down. To disable these unnecessary animations, you will first have to enable Developer options. In order to do this:

  1. Go to Settings menu, scroll down and tap About phone

  2. Scroll down again and check for the Build number that you will find below

  3. Tap on it several times and a message will pop up saying ‘you are now a developer’

  4. Head back to the Settings menu and you should see Developer options

  5. Click on the options and look for Windows animation scale, Transition animation scale and Animation duration scale

  6. Tap each option and select either .5x or off

Disable animation The animations and effects that make your device look great causes your phone to slow down as well

Close background apps

Opening up several apps on your phone makes it easy to switch between them and for multi-tasking. But multiple apps running in the background can have an adverse effect on the phone’s performance. It tends to drain the battery faster as well. To clear up, you can open Recent tabs and then swipe away any app that you want to close or you can select Clear all to remove all open apps from running in the background.

Always keep your device software up to date

A software update not necessarily brings new features all the time. Most of the time these updates contain bug fixes and general improvements to enhance your device performance. So in case if you have been ignoring the notification to update your software, we recommend tapping on that install button as quickly as you can. If you don’t see the notification currently, head to Settings menu and then look for System Updates. Once you open it, tap on the Check for updates option and if there is any update available click on the Install button.

These tips may not make your phone as fast as new but will certainly help it shift a gear or two for the better.


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Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.

The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.

The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.

 

“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.

Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.

As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.

Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.

“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.

Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.

The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.

A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.

Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.

 

The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.

“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.

Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”

The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.

“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.

“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.

Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.

Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.

“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.

 

Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.

She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.

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