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Four different uses of the mobile that you probably did not know

These accessories and applications trigger the possibilities of telephones

Talking on phone? Mobile phones have long since ceased to be ‘telephones’ and today they are closer to being multi-threaded platforms with which we can do practically everything.

Beyond the calls, which for the youngest are already a marginal function, the mobiles are used to update and visit social networks, browse web pages, of course as a photo camera and listen to our favorite music.

These applications are already well known by the majority of users, but nevertheless the possibilities are many and it is possible that not everyone knows the full potential of these devices. We will detail some possibilities offered by these equipment that are already our second skin:

Open doors

Can the key of a door be replaced by the mobile? It is possible that in private homes we are still far from a massive use of this useful application; However, for a hotel, this change can be fundamental and involve considerable cost savings.


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The well-known Hilton hotel chain has just introduced its Digital Key in our country: the Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona will allow its guests to open their rooms from their mobile phones and without needing any physical support.
This key is downloaded in the form of an application on the mobile phone and is activated at the time of registering the entry at reception, and the customer can use it not only for access to the room, but to multiple common areas of the establishment (gym, elevators … ).
The application that serves as a key will allow guests to check out without having to go through reception and choose the room based on their preferences at the time of booking.

Monitor the entrance door

Another product that has just landed in Spain is Ring, a smart doorbell that replaces the conventional one that we have at the door of the house and provides many more functions that can be managed from the mobile.

This product incorporates a camera and motion sensor, so that, being connected to the WiFi of the house, every time someone calls, we can see on the screen who it is.

The application also allows to communicate by voice with whoever is calling, something that may be interesting if we are waiting for a package or shipment. The device, on the other hand, elevates the security of the house by recording all the movements that take place in the main door (even in the dark).

Withdraw money from ATM

As we explained in another article, another function that not everyone knows is that with the mobile and being a client of the main banks, you can withdraw money from the ATM without having to carry the card.

Each entity has its own application and the operation is usually similar in all situations: a security code is sent by message to the mobile (or to the specific application) that is validated in the ATM and the amount is withdrawn.

It is a slower procedure than the withdrawal of cash through the card but allows us to have money without having to carry the portfolio on top.

Turn on lights and remote heating

It is, possibly, one of the first applications of home automation in homes: being able to turn on the lights or remote heating and from the mobile is really useful in certain situations.


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There are several manufacturers of light bulbs connected as Philips Hue, or even IKEA has launched its own range. With regard to heating, thermostats such as Nest, Netatmo or Tado, allow to control the home temperature at a distance and without major headaches; The manufacturers of these products have studies that demonstrate significant energy savings using this type of device.

Why can it be interesting to automate the lighting of the light? First, for a security issue to give the feeling of presence although there is nobody, and second, pure comfort: you can set rules by which the lights are turned on alone as soon as we approach the address or vice versa, turn off when leaving.

HOW TO CONFIGURE KODI TO WATCH MOVIES AND TV SHOWS ON XBOX ONE

Kodi has recently been released on the Xbox One. If you are not familiar with the application, it has been available on PC, Mac and other platforms for quite some time.

The application is essentially something that allows you to access all your digital and audio content in one place, something similar to the old Windows Media Center, but it has also earned a reputation for hosting pirated movie, television and sports content through transmissions.

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How to download Kodi for Xbox One

Getting Kodi on the Xbox One is now a very simple process. Just go to the Xbox Store and use the search function for the term “Kodi” and the latest version will be available to download and use as an application in the console.

How to install any repository in Kodi for Xbox One

There are many different repositories available in Kodi for Xbox One. Installing them is not a simplified process.

Step 1: On the Kodi home page, you will see a highlighted gear icon and press A, which will take you to the System Page.

Step 2: Once on the system page, press A in the File Manager

Step 3: Go down to where it says Add Font and press A to continue.

Step 4: Press A on “None”. An area will appear where you can enter the URL for the repository.

Step 5: Enter the URL of the repository you wish to add to Kodi

Step 6: Name the media source and then press A on OK.

Step 7: Go to the System page and press A on Add Ons.

Step 8: Select Install from Zip file and then select the name of the Repo that you just added. If you are successful, a pop-up window in the right corner of the screen will show you that the repository has been installed.

Step 9: On the Add-ons page, select Install from the repository and select the type of add-on you want to add to Kodi (video, program, music, etc.)

Potential problems

To access some things in Kodi, you may need to enable Unknown sources. This can be done in the Configuration section of the System Menu. Press the gear icon again, which will take you to the system menu. Press A on the system, scroll down to Add-ons and enable “Unknown sources”.

Accessing your Add-On

Once a Kodi add-on is successfully added, you can access it from the main Kodi page by navigating to the add-ons where a list of add-ons that you have installed in Kodi will be available.

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10 pro tips How to take great pics with your smartphone

Before starting my post I would like to mention something very important about the digital cameras, that they are too great to be overcome by any kind of smartphone. In simple words you just can’t compare the result of a digital camera with that of a cellphone.

Anyone who loves the world of photography should have one to their credit, since the quality that a digital camera holds can not be reached with any mobile phone.

However, the revolution that is taking place in the lenses of smartphones is incredible, and if a few years ago the distance between SLRs was insurmountable, now at least a much closer quality can be achieved.

For this simple and simple reason, the post that we bring you today goes through those courses: we will teach you how to take photos like a pro with your mobile. Follow my tips below to take advantage of the lens of your device.

Before you start: remember that today with any mid-range Android mobile you can scar very good photos.

It is no secret to anyone that the camera has become one of the most popular components for cell phone users, which is why developers and manufacturers of fourth-generation smartphones integrate these large digital devices into their cell phones.

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For example, the Finnish company Nokia has already released a smartphone (808 PureView) with a 41 megapixel camera, while LG and Sony are proud to compete with their models Optimus G (13 Mpx) and Xperia ion (12.1 Mpx).

However, photography does not have everything to do with the resolution of the image, also the optics is important and the steps that must be followed to capture an excellent image.

Here are 10 tips that will help you take quality pictures from your smartphone:

Take photos like a pro with your mobilephone with these tips

01. Know your camera

Before internalizing a moment of your life in a photo, the first thing you should do is to know very well the camera that has your cell phone. For this reason, we suggest that you consult the manual or look for information in the network so that you become familiar with the mechanism and all the utilities that it offers, even more if you are not a person very knowledgeable about photography.

 02. Clean the lens

The lens of your smartphone’s camera is usually very exposed, it does not have great protection. Among other things it is susceptible to you putting your fingers on it and leaving your fingerprints printed or that dust or other particles are deposited in the optical area of ​​the camera, when placing it inside your pocket, on a table not very clean or contact with the weather itself.

If you take a picture in these conditions you can be sure that it will not be to your liking. Clean the lens with a microfiber cloth or tissue paper in a circular shape with care and delicacy.

03. Balance of brightness and color

If the camera of your cell phone has the option for the balance of brightness and color, before taking some pictures it is prudent to choose the balance according to the location where you will capture the images, if it is outside on a very sunny day or cloudy, or inside your residence, from an open or closed place, etc.

The best-developed cameras can give you the balance automatically, but you have to give it a few seconds for it to do it for youself.

Control the diaphragm or Aperture

If we said “take advantage of the day” in the previous point, it is for this following advice: to manage the aperture. The aperture is that “gadget” that regulates the amount of light that enters through the lens. Sometimes there may be too much lighting, so you just have to adjust it.

Although there are numerous programs that are able to regulate the amount of light that enters the sensor, the software itself by default of each operating system already makes this option possible. For example, in iPhone you only have to press and hold the button where you want to focus and raise or lower the intensity level of light received.

04. Higher resolution

There is another detail that you must observe before pressing the shutter and taking the photograph. Make sure that the camera is always in the highest resolution option, so that the image has the highest quality and size.

When you see it on your computer, you will realize that as the photo is larger, the impact of grains, pixelation and other errors will be smaller. Now, how to know that you have your camera in maximum resolution? If you do not know how to get to that option and execute it, lean on the manual or look for a guide on the Internet.

05. Frame

Framing is one of the most important and basic element of photography. People who know about photography know well that in terms of framing (what you see on the screen of your cell phone before taking a picture), it is not attractive to focus the main objective you want to capture.

For example, if you are going to take a picture of a person, avoid being in the middle of that frame. Try to give an air, to the left or right, according to where your gaze is directed.

There is a rule to fix the point of attention in the upper third of the frame you see on the screen, but in reality the taste, creativity and the own optics of the person who takes the photo, are important aspects to achieve that photo contest.

Remember that you can capture images in choppy (top to bottom or vice versa) or use horizontal or vertical frames.

06. illumination

As it is logical to suppose, to greater illumination better definition and clarity will have the photo, but this does not mean that to play with the light is prohibited. The cameras have sensors that make it easier for you to work depending on the case, such as capturing a multicolored sunrise, the leaden sunset, the sky in broad daylight or a backlight.

The rays of the Sun can give you magnificent effects, but if you want to eliminate them we will give you a simple trick to achieve it: place your hand on the top of the cell phone to make the visor and protect it from sunlight, but be careful Do not cover the lens.

Also, do not stand in front of the light source, because the camera will automatically close the diaphragm and when the light input decreases, the photo will appear dark.

Shoot photos in HDR format

This tip seems essential to us if you like photography: shoot the snapshots in HDR. Like the RAW format in digital cameras, the HDR picks up the “dynamic range” as its name suggests. What does this mean? Well, a higher image quality in all aspects.

The HDR is noticeable (and a lot) when we are in open spaces and the lighting changes a lot due to the shadows and the sun. The HDR range captures all shades and serves to collect different levels of illumination.

In addition, when editing photos in programs such as Photoshop, HDR is the most advisable format, since it incorporates more information than JPEG by default.

07. Stability

Some smartphones cameras have the ability to balance the pulse of the person holding the device before taking the image. When the phone is not firmly held, the photos tend to be moved, without much definition.

It is always advisable to look for a support to take the photo, especially in those places of low lighting. When pressing the shutter, do it patiently. First observe the frame and wait a few seconds for the lens to do its focus work.

Then, keep your finger on it for a few more seconds. Do not move or remove the lens’s camera very quickly. There is a detail you should know: the cameras take the picture before listening to the sound of the trigger. So, do not shake your pulse before firing the shutter.

08. Do not abuse the flash

In some cases the flash helps to capture a certain objective where light is scarce, but it is not prudent to abuse it, because not only does the photo remain natural, but it also flattens the images.

It is interesting to note that most smartphones cameras come with flash that uses LED technology, high brightness, yes, but does not stop the movement.

In addition, this artificial light generates that horrible red-eye effect on people or the pets, which could be very good for a horror movie, but not for the family album.

09. Macro yes, zoom no

The macro of the cameras of smartphones is wonderful for the approach, because thanks to its precise sensor it captures the smallest details clearly, and therefore it is highly recommended.

On the other hand, the zoom is diametrically the opposite, to the point of not advising its use. The developers of these mobile devices have been careful to equip them with this lens that allows the approach of images, but unfortunately in digital photography lacks quality.

When using it, it does its job, that is, it approaches the objective, but distorts it or captures it out of focus. For this reason I recommend that you take the photo at the highest resolution and as close as possible to your goal. When you see it on the computer, bring the point of attention with the image editor and cut it there.

10. Use a good editor

Once the photos are taken, I suggest editing them with a good application to improve the quality or grant a more artistic sense, although the ideal is to work on the computer with programs such as the well-known Photoshop.

Do not work the photos with the effects that the devices already bring, because they are going to look like everyone else’s. Then, give it your own personality. Before editing your photos I recommend you save them on your computer and work with only copies of each one.

There are image editing programs that do not allow you to backtrack what you have done, once you execute the option to ‘save’. If you miss the edition you would lose the original photo.

And at the margin, an additional data for you: also lean on the geotagging resource that has the camera of your phone to geo-tag the photographs, precisely, incorporating data on the geographical coordinates of the location in which you took them, as long as the device is connected to a GPS or Bluetooth.

Download a suitable program

Although the application that brings the camera by default is quite good, my first recommendation is that you download a software that lets you touch the most known parameters when shooting photos.

There are some payments and very complete, but there is one free that we like very much: Adobe Lightroom Mobile.

Taking into account that behind it is Adobe with its popular image editing program, we urge you to download it as soon as possible for iOS or for Android.

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