How To Make Airdrop Faster

The iDevices functionality has gone through the roof in the last years, especially with all the new iOS updates going on. But still, most users still have trouble using Airdrop or struggle on how to make airdrop faster.

 

When the first iPhone models went out, many users have complained about the lack of Bluetooth and the option to share a song, a picture or a short clip. Well actually, the list of complaints about functionality was bigger than this, with some caveats still remaining to this day. One example would be how many iPhone users watch with envy how others use Airdrip to transfer files to or from their microSD cards.

In an ideal world, such a service like AirDrop would have been made available by default.  Imagine the joy it would provide if it were cross-platform, allowing to share files between iPhone and Android users. But it still makes your life easier if some of your friends use any type of iDevices.

Ok, so one thing to keep in mind when you install it, is that Airdrop will permanently remain active in the background on iPhones or iPads, but with the recent iOS updates, the functionality became a little more flexible. This translates to the fact that you are no longer forced to share only media files, you can now share any type of file you want.

 

So you are wondering how it is possible to make airdrop faster? Well, prior to iOS 11 update, if you wanted to receive something, you had to go to your control panel by swiping from up to down, then chose Airdrop and then select Everyone, so it would have enabled you to receive files from someone who is not in your contacts.

But the new firmware came along, and now, presuming your device is unlocked, you can receive or reject files from anyone you like, without going to toggle your settings numerous times. That’s how to make airdrop faster.

 

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Hope this helps speed things up for you guys the next time you need some files moved around, like 3 minutes before an exam starts 🙂

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What is the real shape of Earth?

The shape of Earth is, in layman’s terms a spheric one. This is what we are being told from school, and in most part, it’s not a false claim. With this being said, the real shape of earth can be described in so many more ways.

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Yes, in principle, Earth is spherical. This is the most simple way to explain our planet’s geometrical form. Its approximate radius is around 6371 KM, it usually varies between 6353 and 6384 KM, depending from where you measure it. This being said, the difference between our planet’s polar radius and equatorial radius is just 0,3 percent, so we don’t need to get a whole discussion started on the exact size.

So, going from our theory that our planet is not so spherical, it can be considered to be a rotational ellipsoid. This should be our best effort definition to describe the real shape of earth if we would want to be accurate and consider the above mentioned details. This new form tells us that our planet is flattened at the two poles and bulging at the equator due to the ongoing rotation it does around its own axis.

There are, however more complicated theories than this. Some people came up with a few controversies regarding the equator, if it’s in a form of a circle or ellipse. If the latter would be true, then our ellipsoid would be a triaxial one. A different theory invokes an even more complicated design. According to this one, a hollow would be present in our South Pole, accompanied by a higher ground around the same level in the North Pole. This would imply that the north middle latitudes would be flattened while the south middle latitudes would be more pronounced in a similar manner.

Another controversial theory regarding the real shape of Earth would imply that our planet is more a Geoid. This form is more used for scientific measurements. This way of representation uses the medium water levels as the main way to accurately pinpoint the vertical place of a certain location.

A few days ago, the image shown in the next image started making its turns around the internet, suggesting this would be a more accurate representation of the real shape of Earth. Thanks to brightside.me who shed some light over this matter, images similar to this one are only a representation of gravitational points around our planet. It is however exaggerated, but only to demonstrate us the differences found across the globe when it comes to gravitational forces, small differences as it seems to be pointed out.

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A personal thought regarding the real shape of Earth? I would go with the term sphere when I would want to refer to a more broad definition. If we would however consider eliminating the waters which are filling our ocean plateaus, then yes, I would use the term Geoid to define our true planet shape.

Presenting iStick – The iPhone and iPad Lightning USB flash drive

Most people would agree that iPhones and iPads are truly incredibly handy electronic devices. They are amazing devices capable of performing tasks that are quite impossible to achieve with other mobile phones. This iDevices boast of great looks, fast speeds and advanced Apple technology. Nevertheless, they have large memory capacities of up to 32 GB. Such remarkable features render file transfer easier than before. There comes a time when you wish for more space due to videos, apps and photos you accumulate over time. This calls for a perfect device to expand your iDevice storage and quickly migrate all that data over. However, there is great news for iPhone and iPad users; a lightning connector USB flash drive known as iStick.

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Introducing the iStick flash drive

iStick is one amazing device from Hyper that is expected to benefit many iPhone and iPad users. Functioning as a flash drive, the device incorporates a compact and lightweight design. It measures 51.6 x 28.6 x 9.1mm and weighs at only 10 g. It comes in various memory capacity that include 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and a mind blowing 128GB. It is comes in an ABS plastic and aluminum finish, or all aluminum. The drive incorporates a standard USB connector and an Apple MFi-certified Lightning at either end, with a flipping switch between them.

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Performance & use

With the use of this file transfer device you can quickly transfer large file in various formats between your iDevices. Normally, iPhones and iPads have their own file format. So a file won’t run in case they do not recognize the format. This is always as a result of the mismatch of formats. However, this iphone USB flash drive provides you with a perfect solution to the problem. It can transfer various types of files to the iPhone and iPad compatible file type and then transfer the files to the iDevice so that the files are ready to use.

An included app that makes the whole process too easy. It highly supports the copy and paste functions, which makes it easier to handle by a new user. The large memory capacity enables you to save all your files. This may be in form of documents, videos, photos, and music. You can also play and view them at any time right from your iStick device. It enables 1080p HD movie streaming and direct playback. The iStick flash drive is well compatible with most iDevices including iPhone 5/5s/5c, 4th Generation iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and 5th Generation iPod touch. It performs exceptionally well as file transfer is done speedily.

Transferring files from your Mac or Window PC to iPad or iPhone device (and vice versa) usually proves difficult. This is due to the fact that the process involves emailing, or using other apps that may present a challenge especially for the new use. iStick offers a relief to this as it can be connected right into your PC to transfer files. Nevertheless, the process does not require any network set up to accomplish. This means that your data is sent through 3rd party servers, which protects it from hackers.

File transfer Speed

The file transfer speed featured by iStick is quite remarkable, especially when compared to other file transfer devices. The speed would normally vary depending on the type of transfer. For iStick-to-USB the speed is 12MB/s (Read) and 7.5MB/s (Write). On the other hand iStick-to-iDevice transfer speed is 2.5MB/s (Read), 1.9MB/s (Write).

Price

The price of iStick is varies among the various available models. They sell for $129 (8GB), $169 (16GB), $199 (32GB) and $299 (64GB). Hyper has an Early Bird Special offer of 50% discount for those who will place an early order following its launch in August. Some may say this price is too much for a file transfer device but its exceptional performance and speed are really worth the price tag.

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About the company who develops iStick

HYPER by Sanho Corporation is a top manufacturer of storage products since 2002. It started producing iDevice accessories in 2009 and has been actively supplying them to date. Before the iStick technology project, the company had undertaken another technological project known as CloudFTP that was very successful. Products manufactured by Hyper are of high quality, which has made it popular especially in the mobile industry.

Conclusion

iStick USB drive is certainly a remarkable device worth considering by any iPhone or iPad user. It gives you speed, versatility as well as enhanced security, which sets it apart from the conventional file transfer methods.

 

Device Fingerprinting

Device Fingerprinting Might Be The New Way To Track Users Online

Used since the advent of the internet, simple cookies placed on user’s pcs to record their internet browsing habits are now obsolete. Instead, more and more websites have switched to device fingerprinting on people who visit their services, a method which is very difficult to avoid and not very direct either.

Browser Cookies Era

Placed on your hard drive every time you visit a new website, cookies used to observe user preferences of web browsing are very easily removed or periodically deleted by third party applications. One can also activate the Do Not Track option in their browser settings to avoid the issue. As for mobile phones, they do not even use cookies at all, so big advertising companies are forced to seek alternative means.

Modern Online User Tracking Techniques

The new method, called device fingerprinting, involves recording several unique features of each computer, such as the list of plugins used by web browsers and other software installed, the time zone used, fonts, screen resolution and hardware installed. Taken together, all these contribute to the composition of a digital signature comparable to a fingerprint, allowing precise identification of users. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 94% of web browsers are using Flash or Java plugins, opening options for precises determination of the identity of devices.

New user device fingerprinting method is even more efficient than using simple cookies as the virtual signature remains easily identifiable even after the browsing history is deleted from the web browser, which removes any files left behind after websites have been visited. Moreover, changes to the configuration, for example by uninstalling or adding new applications will just help to increase the accuracy with which your profile can be found online.

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Device Fingerprinting

While some internet users perceive it as a privacy violation, device fingerprinting methods based on hardware signature ( or hardware id ) will bring great profits to advertisers willing to use it. They are charging rates between $1,000 and $50,000 promising instead to identify users with the precision of up to 98%. So far, the methods used are still are still perceived with a grain of salt by clients, concerned that these practices could damage the image of the company they run. As for us, the users, the only sure way to protect ourselves from getting monitored online is not to come online, as there still isn’t a web browser capable of circumvent new monitoring techniques.

How To Block Online Tracking Applications

Considering all the conspiracy theories going on after NSA revelations, such solutions will probably won’t start to emerge before at least six to 8 years will pass, at least. At the current moment, the only solutions out there to prevent companies from crawling our data are a little far fetching. It would involve installing and using Virtual Machines to browser,  or using bare naked browsers like Epic. You could go ahead and not use Flash or Java, but then you would be left out of the possibility to visit almost any website that takes use if it.

Of course, advertising companies will argue that if you don’t have anything to hide, you should not be worried. But I am sure there are alot of people out there who would see that point of view as being hypocritical to say the least. What’s your opinion over online tracking practices that are going on lately and will continue to emerge ? Share your thoughts below.