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5 Ways to Improve Your Cell Phone Connection

5 Ways to Improve Your Cell Phone Connection

After shelling out hundreds of dollars for the latest and greatest cell phone, there’s nothing more frustrating than not having an adequate signal to use all the features of the phone. What good are photos and videos if you can’t share them? An app is worthless if your phone cannot find and maintain a strong signal with the tower.

Common signs of poor signal strength include, poor call quality, dropped calls, spotty service, failed emails or text messages, and slow internet service. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to enhance the quality of your cell phone connection. Read on!

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1. Use a Wi-Fi signal instead.

You can potentially get even more use out of your Wi-Fi signal. UMA or Unlicensed Mobile Access allows supported phones to make calls via the internet. All the major carriers support UMA to varying degrees with a suitable cell phone. Use every advantage you can get to enhance your cell phone signal.

2. Keep your phone charged.

When your battery is nearly drained, it’s more challenging for your phone to make a connection and to maintain it. Take every opportunity to plug in your cell phone and recharge the battery. A portable battery charger can be a great investment. Avoid using your battery more than necessary.

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  • Turn off Bluetooth if you’re not using it.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.
  • Avoid keeping the screen brighter than necessary.
  • Turn off any push notifications.
  • Close apps that work in the background.

3. Avoid blocking your cell phone’s antenna.

Those that remember the old days of cell phones will remember the presence of external antennas. At one time, the antenna was attached to your automobile’s rear windshield. Then the antenna was sticking out of the phone itself. Modern phones still have antenna, only now they’re inside the phone.

It’s possible for your hand to interfere with the antenna on your cell phone if you’re holding it just the right way. Your phone has the best reception when it’s in a vertical position. Using your phone in a landscape position tends to be worse.

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4. Find the closest cell phone tower.

It only makes sense that the closer your phone is to the tower, the better the reception will be. In some areas cell towers could be far apart, which is why an entire cell tower leasing industry exists. Fortunately, it isn’t necessary to drive around looking for cell phone towers. There are websites and apps that will tell you exactly where your cell phone towers are located.

Cellreception.com can show you the actual location of the cell towers for each of the four primary carriers – Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. Just enter your zip code or city. Opensignal.com displays the signal strength for each of the four carriers on a map of your area. Opensignal is also available as an app for iPhone and Android. Two other popular apps for determining signal strength are Akvelon’s Signal Finder and RootMetrics’ Cell Phone Coverage Map. Both are available for iPhone and Android.

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5. Avoid the crowds.

When too many people get together in a single location, the load on the cell phone tower can be too much for your phone to make a reliable connection. Any crowded public event can be a problem; for example, sports events, festivals, amusement parks, and concerts. Add the fact that many of those people are taking pictures and recording videos that they want to share with the world, and it doesn’t take long to create a problem. A quick trip away from the crowds can make a big difference in your cell reception. You already have the tools to find the nearest cell phone tower. It might be closer than you think!

Those tips may be a great help to improve your cell phone connection. Ensure that you’re getting the quality of service that you expect. Reliable 3G and 4G LTE signals are necessary to stay connected in today’s world. A few simple tips can make all the difference. Don’t allow your expensive cell phone to be little more than a fancy calculator.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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