Jazz Up Your iPhone Lock Screen

You can now buy a cool animation for your iPhone* Lock Screen right here on this blog: https://wp.me/P4d3tP-hj

The first 50 people to use this promo code (FIRST-50-FREE-N) will get one Live Wallpaper of their choice for FREE.  To get your free animation go to the page (above) and fill out the order form for one Live Wallpaper, insert the promo code instead of the PayPal receipt number.

A small selection of animations are shown below. See them all on the purchase page above.

Blizzard
Premier League Tables 2013-2017
Rotating Globe 1
Popping Dots – Wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* These animations only work on 3D Touch enabled iPhones.  Animations are activated by 3D Touching the Lock Screen.

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Cool Live Wallpapers for iPhones

A couple of months ago I designed some Live Wallpapers with science themes.  Friends enjoyed the concept of the animated lock screens but not everyone understood the content.  So It occurred to me that perhaps some new animations with a non-science theme would go down well with a broader audience.

Since then I’ve designed several new animated wallpapers for iPhone Lock Screens.  You can see a preview of them in the video below.  If these do appeal to you complete my short survey to receive a Live Wallpaper for free – I want to know if there is a market for these!

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Snow Drift (short) Live Wallpaper
(Low Res GIF )

 

A Problem with Wireless Charging

At first I was rather taken with the concept of wireless charging, and I still am to a certain extent. But it is now mixed with some skepticism. 

When the iPhone 8 was released and wireless charging was a key feature I thought that was a great feature to include.  The design of the phone is fantastic by the way.  But having thought about actually getting a wireless charging pad more I am not so sure about it’s greatness.  Currently when my phone is plugged in I will often still use my phone and I am sure a very high proportion of smartphone owners do the same (95% of the people I see charging their phones on a daily basis do this – the exception being when I charge my phone overnight).  

When your phone is plugged in to a cable that moves with your phone this is fine.  But when your body has to do all the moving because your phone must stay in a fixed location use of phone whilst charging becomes very inconvenient.  If you use a charging dock you’ll know what I mean.  A wireless pad gives a little more flexibility but the phone still needs to remain within a few cm of the pad to charge at all and probably within one cm for efficient energy transfer. 

So now I am unsure of how beneficial a wireless charger will be.  How about you?  Do you have one and can you share your experience or have you decided against it for another reason?  Either way please share your opinion in the comments here or on Google Plus.

Google’s Rapid 2 Step Authentication Option

Google Prompt is a fast second step authentication option on iOS and Android.  Whenever a login attempt is made on your Google account Google Prompt sends a login confirmation to the Google app on your  phone.  You open the app (via push notification) and tap “Yes” to confirm a login attempt is valid (or “No” to deny a login attempt).
This login method is quite a bit faster than using an authenticator app.  I use Authy which even with its widget in the notification centre takes some time to copy the number into the field.  I like Google Prompt for its speed and simplicity.  The slight downside is that it requires your phone to have a live internet connection to use.  This is only a slight downside because if you are signing into a Google service somewhere chances are that you have an internet connection available; with some exceptions.  But Google Prompt works parallel to the other second step options available including an authenticator app, so in the absence of an internet connection on your phone you still have offline options to fall back on.  Head into your Google 2 step verification settings to set it up.
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Google 2 Step Verification Options

 

From a security perspective it is hard for me to say whether this is a better or worse method than an authenticator app.  I understand the methodology behind authenticator apps, but not this one.  That said, I trust Google with my information and I trust them to have built a reliable and safe second step with Google Prompt.  Furthermore I trust that they will be on the ball enough to keep it safe.  I say this because of the numerous articles and security updates that are the result of contributions that Google has made to tech security worldwide.
In summary Google Prompt is a system I am prepared to trust and it makes my login process a great deal more streamlined whilst maintaining its integrity.  I recommend this for anyone wanting the benefits of 2 step authentication with a bit of a faster workflow.