Author: Winston Clarke

How to Activate Your iPhone without a SIM-Card

How to Activate Your iPhone without a SIM Card?

Do you have little ones at home? I am sure anyone sharing quarters with little spawns knows how difficult it is to keep our iPhone  away from sticky hands and prying eyes. After-all, we can’t just hand them a working device. At least, not one which comes with a SIM card. It makes me cringe thinking of all the dangers lurking in the depths of technology!

Do you know there is a way you can use an iPhone without the SIM card?

In fact, you don’t even need a stable Wifi connection to run it.

To explain to you the complete process of activating your iPhone without a SIM card, we will assume that you already have access to an unlocked iPhone which is not carrier specific. 

If you want to unlock an iPhone which is carrier specific, watch this amazing video instead: 

Method # 1: Unlock Your iPhone Using Someone Else’s SIM Card

One of the easiest and quickest ways of unlocking your iPhone is to use someone else’s SIM card. For that, you will need a friend who already owns a smartphone and is interested in sharing the SIM with you. Once you have unlocked the phone, you can use it on a WiFi network just like you can use an iPod/iPad. Here are a few things that you require to remove the SIM card from your iPhone.

  • Get access to a SIM removal tool
  • Find a nice friend who is willing to share his SIM card with you
  • A steady access to a powerful Wifi Network.

Now, let’s get down to business. Here’s how you can unlock your iPhone using someone else’s SIM card.

  • Remove the SIM card from your friend’s phone and insert it into the iPhone device you wish to unlock.
  • Upon starting the device, go through the usual configuration steps and log-in.
  • Now patiently wait for the iPhone to activate, once its done, remove the SIM and hand it back.
  • Now, you can access all the features of the iPhone apart from sending a text messages or making a call.
  • Don’t worry, the SIM will work just fine on your friends phone while you can communicate using different social platforms such as Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. 

Method # 2: Activate Your iPhone Using the iTunes Option

This particular method is specific for iPhones that are carrier specific and locked on a particular network. So, if you have such a phone in your possession, you can unlock this phone using the iTunes option. Even if you don’t have access to a stable Wifi, iTunes will work for you.

Here are the two prerequisites you will need:

  • An unlocked iPhone device
  • An accessible iTunes on computer

Here’s how you can unlock your iPhone using the iTunes method.

  • Download iTunes for free and then check if your iTune account is up to date.
  • Now connect your phone to your Computer & connect it to iTunes.
  • You will see an on-screen prompt, saying, “There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate.” It will indicate that the phone is locked on a specific carrier. Now, you have to find that specific carrier, but just for a moment to unlock your iPhone.
  • Once the prompt is resolved, your iTunes will guide you through a step by step process on how to activate your iPhone. Fill in all the important details and activate your phone.
  • Now, you can use your iPhone just like an iPod or an iPad.

Method # 3: JailBreak Your Phone

If every other method fails, you can make use of the jailbreak feature to unlock your iPhone. Once your device is jailbroken, the warranty of your phone becomes void. Jailbreaking an iPhone or an iPad requires you to go through an extremely long process to activate and unlock it.

We usually don’t recommend this method as it is unethical in practice. It can seriously damage the warranty and price of your phone and hence, this method is considered an unreliable one.

If you are interested to jailbreak your iPhone, here is an interesting video to guide you:

So here are all the methods you can employ to activate your iPhone if you don’t have a SIM card.

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How to Stop Skype from Automatically Starting on Windows 10

Who doesn’t like to get social? Specially when there are so many interesting social apps all around. Among many such social apps, Skype is the most convenient for commercial & domestic use.

After all, from colleagues to friends and family, Skype keeps us all connected. We send messages to each other, make fun video calls, share files, and above all, see all those who are online.

However, with all the beeps and boops, Skype can be a real nuisance at times. Often, we aren’t even aware of whether we are logged into the platform or not and suddenly we start receiving calls & messages at the most unwarranted occasions, for example in the midst of important business meetings. 

Basically, this happens because by default, Skype logs a user in automatically every time their device powers on. The person then stays logged in the background until the device completely shuts down.

Skype is designed in such a way that it ensures your loved ones can always stay connected with you.

But that can seriously turn sour when you are busy! 

Do you know that you can stop Skype from auto-starting on your Windows? So, today, I will explain you how you can disable Skype in Windows 10 right at startup. The next time your system boots, it will not auto-start Skype. Instead, you will have to manually open it by double-clicking the Skype icon.

Method # 1: Log-Out from Your Skype Account Once You Are Done Using It

The fastest and most reliable way to stop Skype from auto-starting is to log-out from your Skype account permanently. What is your end goal? I am sure you want people to stop annoying you on Skype.

All you have to do is log-out from your Skype account once when you are done using it.

So, the next time you boot your system, Skype will auto-start but it will eventually fail to sign in.

Here’s how you can log-out from the Skype app in Windows 10.

Step # 1: Click on the the three dots located on the upper left corner of the screen.

Step # 2: Choose the option that says “Sign Out

Step # 3: Skype will automatically exit from the screen.

Normally, when you are using Skype and you are logged into the platform, there are two processes running in the background. You can check both of these processes working in the background in Task Manager. To access Task Manager, press CTRL + SHIFT + DEL and select Task Manager.

Both of these processes are SkypeHost.exe and SkypeApp.exe. So when you shutdown your Skype without logging out, SkypeHost.exe still keeps running in the background so you can still receive notifications from your Skype contacts. However, when you log out of Skype, both the processes gets killed. As a result, when you shutdown your Windows and restart your system, it doesn’t log you in.

Method # 2: Set Skype not to Automatically Start from the Settings

The other method isn’t complicated either and is an option that will permanently stop Skype from logging you back in on the Windows Start-Up. The step are as follows: 

  • Step # 1: Double click the Skype icon and start the Skype Desktop app on your computer.
  • Step # 2: Click on the three dots located at the upper left corner of the screen.
  • Step # 3: Go to the Settings option.
  • Step # 4: In the Settings option, go to General settings.
  • Step # 5: Flip the switch “OFF” ,  Automatically start Skype once and for all.

By selecting this option, you will permanently stop Skype from auto-starting. If you follow the first method, even though you will stay logged out, Skype will still run in the background on Windows 10. However, with the second option in place, Skype will not even start in the first place. In fact, you will have to double click the Skype icon and manually start Skype in order to use it. However, don’t forget that you will still be logged in Even though you have shutdown the program permanently.

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Google Reveals Launch data & Pricing for the Latest Pixel 3a and 3a XL

The excitement has been brimming up among the fans for quite some time. The world has relentlessly waited for the official launch date and pricing reveals of the amazing two new Google phones; the latest Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, which Google had kept in the bag for far too long.

As much as the rumors are clouding the environment, our research has conjured some concrete and authentic reveals. And this massive reveal comes from no other platform than the Google’s very own.

A teaser was published earlier on the Google’s store page, stating that,

On May 7, something big is coming to the Pixel Universe.

The above statement itself is a clear indication that Google is about to release its amazing new phone models on the following date. Apparently, May 7 also marks the first day of the Google I/O conference. 

It all started with Mr. Stephen Hill of 9to5Google, who sent out a tweet just before Google revealed its teaser. He pondered over some of his own predictions stating that Pixel 3a will be launched on May 7.

His confidence score on the catch was 7/10.

Although Google has not officially mentioned anything about its mid-range pixel phone pricings yet, a new leak indicates that the mid-range carrier phones will cost approximately around

$649.99 CAD ($489 U.S) for the Pixel 3a and $799.99 CAD ($601 U.S) for the Pixel 3a XL.

A Few More Highlights

Both smartphones, the Google Pixel 3a and the 3a XL, will be similar in looks to the Google Pixel 3. It is also expected that both the phones will come with 3.5 mm headphone jacks and will be equipped with a single lens camera, at the front and back. The phone is expected to have an 8 Megapixel wide angle front-camera and a 12 Megapixel back camera. Both the cameras are expected to perform effectively the same way as the Pixel 3’s did; however, we can’t be sure that they will be up to the mark.

Both the new phones will come in two basic colors, White and Black. However, a recent research conducted by WinFuture discloses that the Pixel 3a might add three more colours to the list.

According to 9to5 Google, the screen size for both the phones, (Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL) will be 5.6 inches and 6 inches respectively. It will further offer an OLED screen with resolution of 2220x1080p and 440 dpi. They are also expected to contain the Active Edge squeezable side and eSIM support.

The headsets will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 along with 4 GB RAM.

However, just to be perfectly clear, Google has nowhere put the launch date at May 7, but it has definitely hinted at the Pixel Universe. Hence, connecting the dots, we have speculated the launch date.

So that’s just about everything we know about the Google Pixel’s 3a and 3a XL phones right now.

Let’s keep our finger crossed and see what massive reveals await us in the future.

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Introducing the Galaxy A70 & Galaxy A80 of the Live Era

For a new era that demands more, and a whole new generation that expects more, I am thrilled to introduce two new devices that deliver more, please say hello to the brand new Galaxy A-80 and Galaxy A-70.

These were the words addressed by none other but the Samsung’s President & the CEO, DJ Koh at the live event which took place on the 10th of April in Bangkok City, Thailand.  

It left the entire Samsung audience mystified as they were expecting the much anticipated reveal of the Galaxy A40 and the Galaxy A90 models. Instead, they were greeted with completely different phone models of the A-series, the Galaxy A70 and the Galaxy A80.

The Presenter named Ruby at the Live Event said,

When we begin to design the Galaxy A-series, we had one goal in mind, to help these digital pioneers push the limits of Live Mobile Communication and give them access to the best of what they truly need in the era of Live.

Built for the future era of the Live, these phones are specifically designed to meet the modern day requirement of the ever-growing market of influencers. This time, Samsung has kicked things up a notch with its massive reveal of the Galaxy A80 and Galaxy A70.

It’s one of the first smartphones of its era which comes with a rotating camera mechanism.

Normally the camera’s on the back are more powerful than the front facing cameras, but with the new phone, you can easily flip the back camera to the front and have the same experience. All thanks to the rotating pop up camera which is available on both models.

The camera setup comprises of a 3D Depth module (specs unknown), an ultra-wide 8-megapixel f2.2 (128-degree) module and the primary 48-megapixel f.20 snapper. All you have to do is tap the lens flip button on the main screen and it flips the camera for you.

The camera of 48 MP + 8 MP on the Galaxy A80 beat hands down the camera of the Galaxy A70 which is 32MP + 8MP + 5MP. Both the phones have a 25W super fast charging.

The Galaxy A80 & Galaxy A70 series has a slightly bigger display than the Galaxy A50. But when it comes to RAM speed, Galaxy A80 stands above the Galaxy A70 with an 8GB RAM. The Galaxy A70 has 6GB RAM instead of an 8GB RAM. Both, A70 & A80 have 128GB storage space.

While, A50 and A70 contains microSD card slots, the A80 model does not support microSD cards. On the other hand, the Galaxy A70 has a bigger battery pack than the Galaxy A80 which has a battery pack of 3700mAh. The battery pack for Galaxy A70 is around 4500 mAH.

Ruby further illustrated,

It’s important to have a display which is spontaneous as your ideas are, as the first Galaxy device with the full-screen design, the A80 offers the perfect canvas for you to explore. No front facing camera notch. The New infinity display is a screen that is all screen.

It means that you can now watch just about anything you want without any distractions. With the new infinity display edge-to-edge, you can now enjoy every vibrant pixel of every image, every video and every story that you stream on your smartphone device.

The phone display is also optimized for multi-tasking. You can split screen and watch videos and at the same time respond back to your business queries through social apps of choice.

The full screen display might baffle the mind of an average user making him wonder where is the front facing camera? or how does my voice delivers through the microphone? or where is the speaker? It’s actually all there behind the screen. The mic is embedded below the screen. Now, while taking a call, you can hear your friend through the display and talk back to them. Both, Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80 comes with an on-screen fingerprint support so only you can access the device. The onscreen fingerprint reader is fused to glass.

The image resolution of the Galaxy A80 (8000 x 6000) is better than the image resolution of the Galaxy A70 (6500 x 4920). The prices for both the phones are yet to be confirmed.

For now, all we know that both the phones, the A80 and the A70 model are releasing with aluminum frames encased in what Samsung terms as the 3D glass. They come in three sparkling finishes; the Phantom Black, Angel Gold and the Ghost White.

The phone is known to work epic from both the sides. You can now create Live focus videos with super steady support which creates videos as if you are watching a movie. Additional to the intelligent camera, it also comes with an intelligent battery saver support feature. The phone automatically adapts to your routine and adjust the battery settings for max. Use. It also comes with Intelligent Performance Enhancer which learns how you use the phone and predicts which apps you are going to use and optimizes its performance accordingly.

Without a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy A70 and the Galaxy A80 is one of the interesting eye-catching designs in the mid-range smartphone category.

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