Those default ringtones are dull, aren’t they? It’s time to add your own…
There is no denying the fact that the default ringtones packaged with new devices just aren’t individual enough. Not only this, often they’re actually quite inadequate as effective ringtones.
The solution, of course, is to set your own custom ringtone. This might be a segment of a favourite song, or perhaps a sound effect from a movie. Better still, you’re not limited at customising ringtones – notifications and alarms can also be enhanced with short MP3 files. After all, it’s far better to have a phone ringtone, alarm noise and notification alert that you will react to, rather than one that you’re prone to ignore.
Make your alerts and notifications fit for purpose! All you need to get started is the MP3 file of your choice, cropped to 30 seconds of your favourite segment (perhaps the chorus or a riff, rather than the intro).
The best apps for managing your properties
Being a landlord can be hard work and isn’t always as smooth sailing as what people might assume. You need to think about everything from decorations and furniture, to the legal stuff – tenancy agreements, insurance, boiler repairs, electrical safety – the list goes on! Not to mention times when tenants refuse to pay you the rent. Statistics from GOV.UK show in April to June 2015, 36,212 landlord possession claims in county courts were recorded in England and Wales.
Take a look through our handy post on the top mobile apps which might just help to make those day-to-day landlord duties easier to manage.
The HomeDecorating Ideas app gives you great decorating tips for free! Whether you have limited or a vast amount of space, you can browse through a range of images to find the perfect designs for you, screenshot or save the image to your device and get decorating!
Can Gigaset’s trio of phones beat the Honor 7?
German communications company Gigaset has taken its first step in the smartphone market, releasing three mid-range devices called the Pure, ME and Pro.
The specs on the three devices are very good, with the ME and Pro running a Snapdragon 810 processor, 32GB internal storage, SD card storage up to 128GB, dual SIM and sporting 20MP and 8MP back and front cameras.
The key difference between the two higher end phones is that the Pro has a 5.5-in screen, an incredible 5GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery, as opposed to a 5-in screen, 3GB RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. The Pro also has Gorilla Glass front and back, with a stainless steel frame.
Fans of the Samsung Galaxy Note range in Europe have started a petition to launch the handset in Europe
Probably the biggest bit of news to come out of the Samsung Unpacked event that launched the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 was that the latter won’t be coming to Europe this year.
This has incensed users of the popular phablet in Europe so they have initiated a petition to convince Samsung to reverse their decision to only release the Note 5 in North America.
The campaign has been launched by Clove Technology, an online phone shop. In its blog post, Clove has said ‘Whilst here at Clove we respect Samsung’s decision we are smartphone users too and understand how for so many, this is very disappointing news. We would therefore like to show Samsung what the Note series and particularly the Note 5 meant to you.’
What arrrr our thoughts on Plunder Pirates?
Launched on iOS last year, Midoki’s seafaring strategy MMO has finally landed on Android shores.
It plays identically and you can even continue your existing iOS game on Android by entering a special code – a nice touch for those who are juggling devices. Plunder Pirates offers a well-balanced combination of resource building, maritime exploration and good old-fashioned plundering of rival bases.
The early focus is on building up your island base, unlocking new structures and upgrading your defences and attacking capabilities. Key to all of this action is the production of gold and grog, from mines and distilleries respectively. The third currency in the Plunder Pirates universe is gems; these are more difficult to source, found occasionally while seafaring or earned via certain achievements.
Enjoy the look and feel of this Material Design music player app
Mobile music players can be tricky apps to negotiate. It is all too easy to get lost in a sea of album covers, playlists and artists. If you find this, then Phonograph Music Player might be the one for you.
At time of writing it is still in its beta with more features being promised, but right now it is a simple, attractive, easily-navigable music player. It works alongside Last.fm, giving users photos and biographies of the artists that they’re listening to.
The always-there play/pause button also enhances the user experience, making Phonograph a truly enjoyable app to use. If you are a technical music fan, you can also change the equalisation of individual songs to increase or decrease the bass at output of certain frequencies, allowing you to create your very own versions of your favourite songs.