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It was only a few days ago that we showed you a tweak called Vettr, which displayed a nice and simplistic time and battery interface on your display whenever you had your iPhone plugged into a power source.
But now, a new jailbreak tweak called Volt is challenging Vettr head-on with a number of features that you can customize to your liking. We’ll show you what Volt is all about in this review.A step up from Vettr?
For what it’s worth, Vettr is still a great free jailbreak tweak that provides a similar battery level and time indicator on the Lock screen as long as you’re connected to a power source. On the other hand, Volt takes a lot of what Vettr users wanted and implements it into a preferences pane in the Settings app so you can actually customize the tweak’s look and function and tailor it to your own needs.
One thing I want to mention right off the bat is that Volt and Vettr are not copies of one another, and they are certainly not rip-offs of one another. This kind of jailbreak tweak was requested on Reddit, and two developers went out on a limb to try and create it. It just turns out that the free version of this tweak has fewer options and was completed sooner, and the paid one has a lot of options and was completed later, which is to be expected.
Out of the box, it looks almost exactly like Vettr. In fact, the only difference I could really tell was the font for the time was smaller, but after seeing the options it had to offer, I knew it was a step up from the freebie.
Apart from toggling the tweak on or off on demand, the tweak also comes with the following configuration options:
Using 24 or 12-hour time
Choosing the text color for the time
Configuring the size of the time text
Changing the colors of the battery dots
Changing the background color or image
Using a blur for the background instead
Disabling screen dim so the iPhone shows Volt for as long as it’s charging
Checking for updates automatically
When you’re done configuring the tweak, you are able to apply your settings with the Apply button at the top of the preferences pane. You can also reset your settings to the defaults if need be.Usage
For most, it makes sense to use this kind of a tweak with a dock, as we have, so you can see the information as your phone is standing upright, but it works even if you’re just using a Lightning cable and putting the iPhone on its back on your desk too (which in my opinion defeats the purpose, but to each their own). This is very much like an Apple Watch-esque Nightstand mode for iPhone.
By default, the tweak will allow the Lock screen to auto-dim. This is a smart idea because if the screen is allowed to stay on for long periods of time, pixels may eventually wear out. For those who only have their iPhones on for maybe an hour at a time to get a quick charge while they sit at their desk, this won’t be much of a problem; it mostly arises for people who charge overnight. On the other hand, it can be configured not to auto-dim, and this can turn your iPhone into a very nice desk clock while it charges.
If you ever want your display to shut off, even when you have auto-dim turned off, all you have to do is press the Lock button. You can also double-tap on the display and your Lock screen will appear instead of Volt.
The next time you push the Lock button to wake your device, the display will remain on with the Volt interface as long as it’s connected to a power source. As soon as you disconnect the power source, Volt will stop appearing on the Lock screen until it is connected again.Wrapping up
If you’re interested in giving it a try on your jailbroken iOS 8 or iOS 9 device, you can download it from Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now for just $0.99.
Remember not to leave your iPhone’s display sitting on the same screen for long periods at a time to prevent screen pixel damage.
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Asus recently launched the ZenFone 5Z in India aiming to upend the OnePlus 6’s dominance in the market. The ZenFone 5Z comes in at a starting price of Rs. 29,999 and brings a 3,300 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support. So, if you’re wondering how long the battery on the ZenFone 5Z lasts, we’ve done the testing for you.Charging Test
Since Asus is marketing this as a flagship smartphone that competes with the OnePlus 6 (and the specs are right up there with flagship phones of 2023), it makes sense that the company enabled QuickCharge 3.0 on the ZenFone 5Z. So I first put it through a charging test.
I tried charging the ZenFone 5Z from 10% all the way up to 100% and noticed a couple of things. First, the ZenFone 5Z gets up to 50% in around 30 minutes. That’s really nice, and even though it’s not as fast as Dash Charge (which goes to around 70% in half an hour), it’s pretty damn good. To reach a full 100%, the ZenFone 5Z takes around 90 minutes, which, again is a pretty good time.
Honestly, I have no complaints with the charging speed on the ZenFone 5Z, Asus has done a pretty good job.Battery Life Battery Life with Light Usage
Starting off with a full 100% charge in the morning, in normal, every day usage of the phone which includes some web browsing, light casual gaming, calls, social media and playing around with ZeniMojis (which are terrible, by the way), I observed that I ended the day with around 38% battery left on the ZenFone 5Z. That’s pretty much what I expected, considering the screen on time was 3 hours and 30 minutes. Basically, if your usage is pretty light, the phone will last you through a day without any issues at all.Battery Life with Heavy Usage
With heavy usage, which means extensive use of the phone with a lot of heavy games (including PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 8), taking a lot of pictures and videos, and heavy Instagram usage along with the regular WhatsApp messages and phone calls, the phone didn’t fare all that well. Starting off with 100% at around noon, I got a screen on time of 4 hours and 8 minutes — the battery had reached a panic-inducing 5% by then. Needless to say, if you’re a heavy user, the ZenFone 5Z might need charging between your regular day to keep going till the end of the day.
ZenFone 5Z Battery Test: Decently Good but Nothing Special
To conclude, the Asus ZenFone 5Z’s battery life is decently good enough. There’s nothing special about it. The OnePlus 6 also has a similar battery life though, so it’s not like the ZenFone 5Z is lacking when it comes to the battery department in any way. In fact, with an LCD display, I’d say the battery life is a tad better than I would’ve expected from the phone. The base variant of the ZenFone 5Z goes for Rs. 29,999 and at that price, the phone does look like it’ll compete pretty well against the OnePlus 6.
Not only did Apple spend a ton of money and time in the research leading up to its proprietary reversible Lightning cable for charging, but they’ve also made the software that handles charging your iOS device intelligent too.
Nevertheless, charging your device can sometimes be followed by some frustrating problems, and they’re all too common. In this piece, we’ll go over some of those problems charging iPhone and iPad, and what you can do to troubleshoot them.Common problems when charging iOS devices
When it comes to iOS devices, there are a number of issues that can arise. I can honestly say that I’ve experienced every single one of the issues I’m about ro cover, and as a result, I’d assume most of you have experienced at least one or more of the issues outlined below:
Device won’t charge
Device is charging slower than expected
iPad displays a “Not Charging” indicator in the Status Bar
‘Accessory not supported’ pop-up messages get displayed
If you’ve ever had any of these problems charging your iPhone or iPad, you’ve come to the right article, because we’ll be talking about how to troubleshoot these issues and get your battery all charged up for a day’s worth of use.What to do when your device isn’t charging
I’ve had scenarios with Apple’s OEM Lightning cables simply don’t get recognized by my iPhone or iPad when I plug it in, as well as with third-party Lightning cables. It seems to be some kind of fluke, but typically is pretty easy to fix.
Re-seat the Lightning cable – If you plug in a cable to charge your device and your Status Bar doesn’t seem to recognize that the device is connected to power, try unplugging and plugging the cable back in again. Sometimes the electrical contacts on the Lightning cable wear out over time and they simply don’t get a good bite on the Lightning connector in your device.
Let it charge for a bit – If you’ve plugged the device in and the screen is completely black, the battery might just be too dead to show anything, so try giving it 30 minutes to an hour to see if anything comes up on the screen after the battery has some time to collect a little juice.
Possible Lightning port damage – Other times, you might have a damaged Lightning port and the Lightning cable isn’t getting gripped tight enough. In this scenario, there is too much play and the contacts can’t stay seated for the device to charge. You may need to contact AppleCare to resolve this problem, and it usually comes from over-using your port or from being hard on it.
Clean the junk out of your Lightning port – Your lightning port could just be full of lint and dirt that is keeping your Lightning cable from being plugged in all the way. Try to remove the junk with a nylon or wooden toothpick (non-conductive), but don’t use anything metal like a paperclip, as this could cause electronic damage in the event of electric or static discharge.
Possible Lightning cable damage – Just like the port itself, the cable may have sustained damage. Apple’s cables aren’t exactly known for having durability built into their design. They’re thin and the part of the connector where the wire meets often gets damaged. Look for signs of tears or frays in the cable.
Bad power outlet – If charging with a power outlet, it may not be providing electricity. If charging with a USB port on your computer, the same could happen. Try a new power outlet or a new USB port.What to do when a device is charging too slowly
In some cases, the problems charging your iPhone or iPad might not be with the device not charging at all, but rather with the device charging too slowly. Here are some things you can try in this scenario:
Check for cable damage – A charging cable with damage may be resulting in a slower charge. There is a certain amount of conductive metal in the cable, and when any part of that metal gets frayed, the volume efficiency is reduced and the amount of electricity that can travel through the wire is reduced, which may lead to less power getting supplied to the device.
Check for port damage – With a visual inspection, make sure that none of the contacts in the Lightning port are damaged. Also, look for any signs of dust that may be blocking critical contacts and try to fish them out with a nylon or wooden toothpick (non-conductive).What to do when the Status Bar says “Not Charging”
Sometimes when you plug in an iPad, which requires a higher power output to charge, and the charging accessory you’re using doesn’t support the higher amount of power output, your iPad might display the words “Not Charging” in place of the battery percentage. Here are some things you can do to fix this:
Use a higher-power USB port – Computers often have both high-power and low-power USB ports on them. On PCs, it can he hard to tell the difference, so you’ll have to refer to your computer’s manual, or contact the manufacturer. On modern Macs, USB ports support higher power output, so you shouldn’t really ever have this problem when using your Mac to charge an iPad unless it’s a dinosaur.
Avoid USB adapters and USB hubs – If you’re using USB adapters and/or USB hubs for your computer to give it more USB ports, these hubs may not have the capability of supplying as much juice as the raw USB port from the computer itself can. Avoid using hubs or ports on your keyboard when you intend to charge your iPad.What to do when iOS says your accessory isn’t certified
If you ever get strange pop-up alerts on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad when you attempt to charge it with the inexpensive Lightning cable you just bought from Walmart, Ebay, or Amazon, you’re not alone. After all, Apple’s OEM replacements are expensive, and third-party cables are cheaper.
The only problem with this is Apple has a little chip inside of the cables that the iOS device communicates with and it tells the device whether or not the cable is ‘Made for iPhone’ or MFi certified. If it’s not, you may get these little error messages every so often, and the wording sometimes varies depending on the scenario.
Here’s what you can do:
Try re-seating the Lightning cable – I’ve had luck simply un-plugging and plugging the cable back in again. Although I sometimes get these messages, simply dismissing them and proceeding anyway tends to work most of the time (not all the time).
Use an OEM Apple Lightning cable – If you have an OEM Lightning cable, use it instead. The pop-up is appearing because the cable isn’t made by Apple and this makes Apple cranky. Avoid third-party Lightning cables and USB adapters unless you have no real choice, as they can actually cause damage to the battery.
Reboot your device – Sometimes simply rebooting your device can wake the device up from its MFi hypnosis. Try this at least once if the pop-up isn’t going away.
Clean your Lightning port – Sweep away any dust or debris that might be hindering communications in your Lightning port. As recommended earlier, use only a nylon or wooden toothpick, as these are non-conductive and won’t short anything out.
Contact AppleCare – If the device continues to have issues, and you’re using an OEM Lightning cable, you may need to contact Apple support. It’s rare that an OEM cable isn’t recognized, but it’s not impossible; it has happened to people before. Sometimes the Lightning cables are just defective from the factory.Conclusion
Hopefully you’ve been able to sort out the problems charging your iPhone or iPad after following some of these tips.
Charging glitches are far from uncommon on Apple-branded mobile devices, and I’m not saying they’re uncommon on other brands of mobile devices either, but from my experience I’ve had trouble with almost everything on this list at least once in my life. Nevertheless, it’s usually always something really stupid and easy to fix.
Time is immutable and unless you plan and manage it accordingly, you will miss a lot of important appointments, events, and todo tasks. There are many online services and apps to help you keep organized and on schedule, and Rainlendar is one of the best calendar applications for Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms. It is a highly customizable desktop calendar that comes with powerful features and support for other calendars like Google Calender, Outlook Calender, CalDEV, etc.Features
Schedule Events and Tasks: With Rainlendar you can easily create custom-scheduled tasks and events. Since Rainlendar treats events and tasks as two different things, it will be much easier to keep track of all your upcoming appointments.
Supports Multiple Calendars: If you are already using other calendars like Google Calendar, Outlook, etc.., then you can easily integrate them with Rainlendar and edit all your appointments and tasks. Moreover, you can also share the data with third parties. Since Rainlendar uses a standard iCalendar format to store all the data, you can easily move data back and forth.
Supports Multiple Platforms: Rainlendar supports multiple platforms like Windows, Linux, and Mac. If you are moving between platforms, you will have Rainlendar and its features.Installation and Usage
Rainlendar is available both in free and pro versions where the free version is a bit limited in the features you get. You can download Rainlendar from its official website and install like any other software.
Once the event is created, it will show up in the “Events” widget on your desktop. You can also create reminders for “To Do” tasks in the same manner.
That’s all there is to do, and if everything went well, you will see your added calendar under the calendars list.Conclusion
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With every precious thing you buy comes the responsibility to give it utmost safeguard. Just a little care and much-needed protection not only keep any product at its very best but also help it retain charm for long.
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How to Record and Capture Screen on iPhone and iPad
Through this blog, I have jot-down steps and methods on how to record your screen on iPhone and iPad. So, let’s get started.
Also Read: How To Screen Record With Sound On Mac & WindowsBest Steps to Record Screen On iPhone or iPad
Go to settings.
Go to Control Center
Go to Customize Controls
Tap on the (+) button available next to Screen Recording.
Open the control center and tap on the recording button.
On this step, there will be a countdown of 3 seconds after that recording will be started.
To stop recording tap on the red status bar on the top of the screen.
Refer to the below screenshots for easy recording.
Also Read: How To Screen Record Zoom Meetings With AudioBest Apps for Record Your iPhone Screen in 2023 1. QuickTime Player
QuickTime player was introduced with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. In order to record the screen of iPhone or iPad, please ensure you have one of the below-mentioned devices.
iOS 8 or later device.
OS X Yosemite Mac or later
Below-mentioned is the steps to record the screen through QuickTime Player.
Through the help of a lightning cable, connect your iPhone or iPad to the Mac device.
Open QuickTime Player.
Tap on the file and select “New Movie Recording”
Select the mic from the recording device, in case you want sound or music effects.
Tap on the record button and start recording the screen.
After finishing the record, tap on the stop button and save the recorded video.
Cmd+T- to trim your video
To check and download the QuickTime player
Also Read:10 Best Screen Recorder for Windows PC 2. Screenflow
ScreenFlow is similar to QuickTime. The additional feature in ScreenFlow is that you can edit the video with this software after recording.
Accordingly, ScreenFlow is better than QuickTime to screen record iPhone or iPad. If you have to opt between ScreenFlow and QuickTime, our suggestion is to go for ScreenFlow.
Below-mentioned are the steps to screen record your iPhone or iPad.
Plugin your devices through a lightning cable.
After automatic detection, tap on the record the screen.
Before recording, make sure that the “Record Screen from box” is checked and you have selected the right device. Hit the record button and start recording the screen and edit the video.
Easy and Handy!
To read more about ScreenFlow3. El Gato
El Gato is the software mostly used by gamers. To set up El Gato refer to the below-mentioned points.
El Gato game capture device
To record the screen on iPhone, connect all the devices and start recording like QuickTime and ScreenFlow.
To read more about El Gato
To Download El Gato
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