Removing Your PopSocket From Your Device

Items needed: 2 microfiber cloths, dish soap and a small flat screwdriver

  1. Start by placing your device upside down on top of the microfiber cloth so your screen doesn’t get damaged.
  2. Insert the small flat screwdriver on the base where it’s sealed on and start pulling upwards.
  3. Slowly insert the screwdriver all around the PopSocket lifing upwards so the seal becomes loose. (don’t apply much pressure and be extra careful)
  4. Once the socket is off, apply some water and dish soap to the other microfiber cloth
  5. Keep wiping in a circular motion until all the adhesive comes off and the back looks nice and clean again

There you have it, done with no damage and it can now be transfered to your new device! claps

PS: Don’t forget when you remove your PopSocket to place it on your new device within at least 15 minutes so the gel doesn’t stand a chance to dry out!

Different Prices for Different Colors

Have you ever wondered why items have a different price for different colors and finishes but yet it’s the same product?

I have thought about this probably more than I should but I’m a sucker for colorful things. Mobile phones, tablets, PCs, electronics and yes, that lime green apple peeler. When the choice is there, I prefer to go for the colorful options. But choosing the colorful items means there will always be a higher price to pay. In fact the price goes wayyyyy up.

Why? Is it because they need “special” dye or whatever to make it? Supply and demand?

I’m just tired of paying more money for a colorful color. Since I’m now fed up with crazy color prices, I began to question it. What’s the real answer here? I decided to do some research but I didn’t really find the answer I was looking for.

It seems to be that businesses use different colors as a weapon against consumers. They know that certain colors will always be popular, so they can bring them out whenever they want to make more money. Sad sad sad sad. Maybe it takes different materials and time to make something more special with a color but does it really cost that much more to make that? I don’t know, I don’t really think so but this sure is a nice tool they get to use to their advantage.

Guess I won’t be getting that lime green apple peeler. Oh wait… who am I kidding – of course I will! 🙂

PopSockets: Getting A Grip

A PopSocket is a weird looking plastic circular gadget that you attach to your phone and devices, and they are VERY popular around the world. These gadgets have many uses like helping you out by getting a better grip on your phone to make it easier for you to take pictures and text, and you can prop it up on any surface while you kick back and relax. When pulled out, the socket opens up like a spring. Once your fingers are placed between the PopSocket and your device, you should instantly notice a tighter grip.

I got the PopSocket because I find my phone is a bit heavy and if I’m using it for too long my wrist and fingers start to hurt because of the positioning of my hand on my phone. Also, if I’m laying down and use my phone it tends to slip through my fingers and land on my head or chest. I know, kinda silly right? 🙂 So, if you find either of these things annoying like I do you might want to get yourself one of these babies.

In the past I’ve used fake pop sockets and they WEREN’T VERY GOOD. After just a few months of usage, the adhesive came off and the design started to fade, making it look like some crap. This is my first real PopSocket and I noticed there were some instructions, but not in-depth instructions. Like, should you clean the back of the device before applying? Where should you apply the socket, and little things like that. Apparently, you are just supposed to know how to place it on, but with a little common sense you should be good to go. To help you out, I put together some tips to think about before applying your PopSocket.

Questions, questions, questions!

So, you’ve got the PopSocket – now some important questions you might be wondering after reading instructions.

With or without a case? It can be applied to either, but I strongly recommend a case. Without a case you might have a difficult time removing the PopSocket, which could lead to damage and markings especially if you try to sell your device.

Positioning: Decide where to place before applying. In the middle, high or low? Before you mount the gripper on to your phone, try placing the socket in different spots to see if it’s more comfortable between your fingers and hand when it’s placed in the middle, higher or lower.  Getting comfortable with it before placement will protect your fingers and wrist so you want to make sure it’s not uncomfortable for you. 

Should you clean your device before applying? Yes, for sure. Wipe the back of your device with some rubbing alcohol and let it dry before applying.

What you need to know before applying? According to the website, once the PopSocket is applied, firmly press down and leave it for at least 8 hours. Doing this will make sure the adhesive is securely attached to the surface, ensuring it will work even better. My advice is to apply it before going to bed so the phone won’t be touched.

What devices will the socket stick to? It’s compatible with most smartphones, cases and tablets. Keep in mind PopSockets may not stick very securely to waterproof cases, silicone or leather.

How to apply? Easy – just peel off the protective seal without touching the adhesive, then apply very carefully and make sure it looks even.

Can the PopSocket be reused? No, so you might want to carefully choose where you put it.

Why you should get a PopSocket:

  1. Have you ever been lying in bed and boom, all of a sudden your phone smashes into your face? Get a PopSocket and get a grip!
  2. No more holding your phone when watching a quick video or playing a game, just place it on the table.
  3. If you own a business, they are perfect to give out!
  4. Wireless charging compatible.
  5. Surface feels smooth when holding.
  6. Browsing experience and overall experience is much better when holding.
  7. Snap the perfect selfies.
  8. Control earbud cord by just wrapping it around the PopSocket.
  9. Lots of customization options – you can use your own image, or choose from the range of options and looks. You can even add another PopSocket for even more grip.

POPSOCKETS!!!!!!

A World Full of Digital Ads and Annoying Pop-ups Also Can Be Known as Malware

Ads think they are quite sharp; the sad thing is, they are. It’s not that I don’t like advertising – it’s that the advertising isn’t relevant to me. The random pop-ups that appear out of nowhere annoy me the most, and that seems to happen quite often. Pop-ups are flooding our screens and ruining our browser experiences. Nowadays most devices we use are FILLED with ads and pop-ups. Almost every page or app out there has some kind of advertising attached to it. While some ads can be tolerated, there are quite a few out there that are annoying and often may be completely irrelevant to you. It’s very frustrating when you are trying to do something and they pop up, get stuck, slow the computer down, blast your ears with random audio and just plain harass you when you are just trying to browse. You have to do whatever it takes to get rid of them before you can return to what you were doing.  As you can see, they do a great job of distracting you from what you were trying to do in the first place. We’ve all been there.

Let’s take ads on a blog or website for example. Chances are if it’s an irrelevant ad, it’s going to be a distraction, or the visitor may not return back to the link.  When I looked at my website, I couldn’t believe that I saw some weird wormy ad. I wasn’t given the option to choose… why the hell is that there? No one wants to see some weird wormy like thing on the side of my page. Out of all the options in the world why do I have to have that as a choice? Seriously, these things interrupt train of thought and it’s distracting and disturbing.

Ads have evolved, that’s for sure. I don’t recall ever using the public washroom and all of a sudden there’s some blasting audio coming out of nowhere, just to find out it’s coming from your own pocket. What the…?! I just closed ALL my apps. Why is there strange audio coming from who knows where out of my phone. And why? It’s completely stupid.

What are ads? Not all are bad, but a lot of them can be dangerous. They get pushed into your devices when you browse or download certain apps and programs. If you click on a pop-up ad it could be attaching malware to your devices – without you even knowing it. You really need to be careful what you are clicking on, but sometimes accidental clicking happens.

Most ads are devious, manipulative and try to stalk you by following and invading our privacy while being sneaky about it. Do you find it a bit ridiculous? I do. It’s weird, creepy and strange.

Is there anything we can do about it that’s straightforward and not complicated? Not really. You won’t be able to completely stop getting ads online. However, you can try to prevent unwanted ads by checking over your settings, exercising caution when you browse, and being extra careful when clicking and downloading.

There should be better choices for us when it comes to ads being targeted at us. We can’t do much, but we can try our best when we are given options to choose from.

Here are some tips:

1) If you are using Gmail – open your browser and log into your Gmail account. Click on your name bubble on the top right-hand side. A drop-down menu should appear. Click on “Manage your Google Account”. A new browser window will open. Here you will see that you have lots of options to have better control over your account.

On the left-hand side there are 6 options: Home, Personal Info, Data & Personalization, Security, People & Sharing, and Payments & Subscriptions.

I would go through all of them just to make sure everything is set how you want it and just to confirm that everything is correct. You have the choice(s) to help make your Google account and your experience more useful to you that might help your browsing experiences and security. You might be surprised what you find in there.

2) Turning off pop-ups. For Chrome: On your Chrome browser, click the 3 vertical dots on the top right-hand side. Click Settings, then go down to Advanced – Privacy and Security – click Site Settings. Click Pop-ups and Redirects. Now disable it. You do not need to be signed in to do this.

For Safari: Open your browser. On the top left-hand side click Safari and then click Preferences. Choose Websites and click on Pop-up Windows.

Keep in mind some websites will require you to have pop-ups enabled in order to use their websites or services.

3) Clearing your cache and history – this applies to all web browsers – and might be really annoying to do every time you start and finish browsing. But you should always clear your history and clear the cache.

4) Browse in incognito mode – when browsing in incognito mode, your browser won’t store any data. This is good for keeping your privacy safe. And especially use incognito mode if you are doing banking on the net. It’s important to protect your financial well-being.

Windows/Android users – will an antivirus protect your browsers and devices from bad pop-ups and malware? Yes, there is antivirus software out there that will promise to protect you from malware but for some devices and browsers, it might not always work. You might have to adjust your settings for some browsers and programs. In the long run, it might give you more headaches. I would stick with the built-in Windows Defender for PC and use your common sense when using Android. Don’t be silly and click or install things that don’t make sense or have bad reviews. Don’t take the risk. If the website or app looks strange, chances are it probably is. Compare websites and apps that look professional vs not so professional. If it doesn’t look that great, it probably isn’t. Don’t just click, know what you are clicking. There are WAY TOO MANY tricks on the internet for you to just be clicking – think it through.

Apple users – Yes, it is possible to get malware on your devices. However, the chances are very low. When choosing Apple there is less of a chance for your devices to get infected with malware. Apple has great safety precautions and amazing software to keep you safer on all their devices.

In the meantime, Google says by August 5, 2020, they will block invasive video ads and do a better job of online advertising.

It’s important that we take care of our devices. Are they cheap? No. Expensive – absolutely. Since you can’t stop ads completely, do your best to try and make them less annoying today! Here’s to hoping Google will keep their word and get these ads a little more under control!

The Debate Between Smartphone Batteries

Some say iPhone is better, some say it’s Android. Which one is better and how do you really know? 

I have used iPhone, Samsung and Blackberry devices, and from my experience I would say that your battery really depends on how you are using your device. And I do believe that battery (mAh) capacity is also important. 

If you are looking to get a phone with a really good battery, I would go for the highest mAh battery capacity when choosing a Smartphone. 

Smartphone brands mAh 

Here are a few examples

iPhone 8 –  1,821mAh

iPhone 8 Plus – 2,675mAh

iPhone XR – 2,942mAh

iPhone 11 – 3,110mAh 

iPhone 11 Pro – 3,046mAh 

Samsung Galaxy S10 – 3,400mAh

Samsung Galaxy S9 – 3,000mAh

Google Pixel 3 – 2,915mAh

Google Pixel 4 – 2,800mAh

Google Pixel 4 XL – 3,700mAh 

BlackBerry Key 2 – 3,500mAh 

But do you really think your smartphone with a higher mAh makes a difference? A higher mAh doesn’t mean you are going to get the best battery, it just means it will be slightly better. Just because you have a higher mAh doesn’t mean you will get the best battery at all times. It really depends on how you are using your device. 

If you’re good to your phone, it will be good to you. I hate having to run to an outlet when I see that my battery is low. It’s annoying especially if you had already charged it that same day. Who wants to keep charging their smartphone ALL THE TIME? I need my battery to last longer. Here’s what I do to get the most out of my battery life, and you can too no matter what device you are using. 

  1. Make sure you are running the latest software. This makes a big difference especially if the new update has battery performance improvements. 
  2. Be careful where you are using your smartphone. Too hot or too cold temperatures can affect your battery. By this I mean don’t use your smartphone in the direct sunlight, or in extreme cold weather conditions. If you need to use your phone outside on hot or cold days, use it with headphones of some sort and keep your device in your pocket to fully protect it from damage. 
  3. I don’t use my smartphone for video like YouTube or watching movies. The screen is way too small and it takes up so much of your battery. Why bother straining your eyes while you’re losing power at the same time? 
  4. Close your apps every time you put your phone down – I always close my apps when I’m done using them. 
  5. Keep the brightness down. Or make sure auto brightness is enabled. 
  6. Disable the apps you are not using all the time. (Bluetooth, GPS) If you are in an area with poor reception turn your device off until you get better reception and if you need to keep your device on, try using it with Wi-fi instead of cellular data. 
  7. When your device starts to slowly die, put it in energy saving/battery mode to keep as much battery as possible.  
  8. Don’t let the device die completely – when your device drops down to about 30% you should charge it. If you plan on storing your phone for backup, don’t store it under 50%; you should make sure the phone is 100% before tucking it away. 

If you find you are still losing too much battery power or are not satisfied, get a portable battery or case.

Reserve battery juice – don’t let it drain!