Apple Health Headphone Audio Exposure Notifications are Not Accurate and How to Defeat Them

Have you been caught out by the headphone audio exposure notifications that were made mandatory by Apple in iOS 14.2? I have, frequently. I’ve messed probably every conceivable setting to try and disable this setting but there is no way around it. • Settings app > Sound & Haptics > Toggle off headphone notifications ❌ • Settings … Continue reading Apple Health Headphone Audio Exposure Notifications are Not Accurate and How to Defeat Them

An iOS and iPadOS Shortcut for rapidly typing formatted scientific constants (in Unicode)

As a physics teacher I frequently refer to and calculate with scientific constants (like the speed of light and Planck's constant). So when I am on my iPhone it is helpful to be able to type them easily as I refer to them in messages, notes and tweets. In a previous post I described how … Continue reading An iOS and iPadOS Shortcut for rapidly typing formatted scientific constants (in Unicode)

Expect to use around 75% more energy to charge your phone wirelessly

Wireless charging is all the rage these days the much touted convenience of simply placing your phone on a charging pad rather than plugging-in being a key selling point for phones and chargers. But alongside the added convenience are there any drawbacks to charging wirelessly? As part of my quest to find out I was … Continue reading Expect to use around 75% more energy to charge your phone wirelessly

How to apply a screen protector to any device with no dust bubbles

Have you ever tried to apply a screen protector to your new smartphone only to find that a fleck of dust somehow got between the protector and screen causing a bubble to form that cannot be removed?  I feel your pain.  This happened to me once or twice until I learned the key to success: … Continue reading How to apply a screen protector to any device with no dust bubbles

The biggest privacy scandal in tech right now

I think that the biggest privacy scandal in tech right now is illustrated by the screenshots below… Send other people's contact details and potentially confidential information to a tech firm's servers!!! Sharing your contacts with tech services. Who honestly and rationally believes they have the right to do that? Send other people's contact details and … Continue reading The biggest privacy scandal in tech right now

Ringtones from sound effects of the Original Metal Gear Solid

About a week ago I was keen to try out a new message ringtone on my phone. I did a quick web search and came across a recommendation for the Alert! sound effect from the original Metal Gear Solid (Playstation game from 1998). Hearing it on my phone was pure nostalgia and prompted me to … Continue reading Ringtones from sound effects of the Original Metal Gear Solid