Should I cover my webcam?

There have been a number of stories in the press lately about the dangers of people’s webcams being hacked without them knowing. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been recently spotted with his laptop’s webcam and his microphone taped over. But are you just being paranoid thinking that someone is spying on you? The chances … Continued

How do smart thermostats work?

Smart thermostats are one of the most popular devices you can buy if you’re building a connected home. They let you remotely control your home’s temperature via a tablet, smartphone or desktop for greater control over your central heating if you’re building a connected home. In a traditional non-digital thermostat, you set the temperature on … Continued

How do I upgrade my phone’s software?

Upgrading your phone’s software is probably a good idea, although remember you have the choice to opt out. By upgrading, you’ll be able to access innovative new features and potentially eradicate any annoying bugs preventing your phone from maximizing efficiency. However, do bear in mind that updates can have a negative impact on your experience … Continued

How to manage a deceased person’s profile on social media

If a loved one or friend sadly passes away, and you’re trusted to manage the deceased’s online affairs, you may wish to consider whether you’d like their social media profiles to remain viewable – and, if so, how they should be displayed. Most of the well-known social networks, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, … Continued

What are Google Assistant and Google Home?

Google Assistant is set to be the company’s successor to Google Now, which we discussed in another post. It was announced at Google’s I/O developer event in May 2016. It’s intended to be an intelligent personal assistant, capable of helping you organize your daily life and making tasks easier. Microsoft and Apple have similar software; … Continued

What is an embedded SIM?

We’ve been using SIM cards for decades, and they’ve been getting smaller and smaller as technology has advanced. Now, they’re about to go through another radical change. The embedded SIM, also called eSIM is a reprogrammable chip that comes in different shapes and sizes. It can even be removable and soldered into the device. It … Continued

What will the world be like in 2025?

The future has always fascinated us. When we think about life years from now, we tend to think of futuristic technology that will make everything easier. At Gemalto, we are always thinking about the future, but were curious to learn what other people from around the world thought too. So, in January 2016, we asked … Continued

Reader response: How do I regain my phone contacts?

The answer depends on whether you’re an Android or iPhone user. If you’re an Android user, it’s a little complex. You’ll need the Android recovery tool on your Windows or Mac computer. Next, you’ll need to link your Android to the computer and make sure USB debugging is enabled on your phone (if it isn’t, … Continued

Best alternatives to FaceTime

If you’re an iPhone user, you’ve probably heard about – or used – FaceTime. It allows you to make video calls via your smartphone’s camera. However, it’s not the only video telephony service out there. While we really like FaceTime, we’re keen to take you through some other video calling products which might be worth … Continued

What is Google Now?

Google Now is Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. It’s an intelligent personal assistant, which is equipped with Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Text to Speech (TTS), enabling the user to instruct it with their voice. You can use Google Now by downloading it from your App Store. It comes with a range … Continued