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Location-based reminders for your iPhone

Do you often get so busy that you forget to do certain jobs and tasks? If this is the case you should download Apple’s great Reminders app for creating prompts and to-do lists. What is even more useful about this app is that you can add location-based reminders that go off when you are near a certain place. For example, if you keep forgetting to buy stamps, your iPhone can remind you the next time you are within 500m of the post office.

If you are using iOS7 you can set these reminders up by going to the app and adding a new reminder or selecting an existing reminder that you would like to add a location to. Click “i” to edit the reminder and then click on the toggle bar next to “Remind me at a location” so it turns green. You can then click “Location” and enter in the address details. You can even set the radius of the alert and choose whether you want to receive the reminder when you arrive or leave the location. Don’t forget to press “Done” to save your changes.

If you are using iOS6 or earlier, when you are editing or adding a reminder you should swipe the toggle switch next to “At a Location” so it’s set to “On”. You can use your current location or set a different address under the “At a Location” option.

There are so many uses for this fantastic app from shopping lists that pop up when you get near a store to chore lists that pop up at home. Whatever you use it for, it should help you become much more productive in your day.

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How to avoid fraudsters on LinkedIn

When using one of the popular networking sites such as LinkedIn, users can occasionally fall victim to fraud.

However, LinkedIn has implemented a new security setting to protect your account from being hacked.

Your LinkedIn account already had a series of automatic checks that are designed to thwart unauthorized sign-in attempts by fraudsters.

However, to enhance the security of user accounts, they are introducing a new optional feature called a two-step verification that can be implemented for user sign-in.

The two-step authentication process requires you to enter a six-digit code that has been sent to your phone if you try to log in from an unknown computer or device.

When enabled, this setting makes it more difficult for unauthorized users to access your account, requiring them to have both your password and access to your mobile phone.

You can easily turn on two-step verification for your LinkedIn account by clicking Settings, selecting the Account tab and clicking the ‘Manage security settings’ option.

The two-step authentication process is being rolled out across a number of online platforms as well as social networking sites, including Microsoft accounts, PayPal and Dropbox.

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Choosing the right tablet

Since Apple first launched the iPad five years ago, there has been a surge in different types of tablet being introduced to the market by various manufacturers. While this gives consumers more options it can also make choosing the right tablet for you even more difficult.

Whether you’re eyeing an iPad, one of the many Android tablets or a Windows model, there are several factors you need to consider before making your purchase.

Firstly, what will you use your tablet for? You might just use it to browse the Internet, to check emails, watch movies or stream content. Once you know how it will be used this will help you determine everything from the best operating system to the ideal screen size.

There are various operating systems out there; the most prevalent are Android, Windows and Apple. Generally, if you want to use your tablet for work then a Windows tablet could be the best option so you can access and edit word documents and excel spreadsheets. For gaming and media the iPad is still the top choice partly thanks to its app store, however some Android tablets are equally as good.

Once you decide on the operating system this will narrow down your options and you can then compare features to help you decide on the model, such as battery life, Wi-Fi versus 3G or 4G, camera quality, storage capacity and add-on accessories.

Another important consideration is price; the cost of tablets can really vary. Make sure you consider not just the cost of the tablet but the accessories you may need, the monthly wireless data plan and the apps or software required.

Finally, it’s always worth looking at online reviews to see how other people are rating your preferred tablet in terms of reliability and usability.

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Green fingered apps

As the weather is brightening up and that spring feeling is in the air, many of us are getting our gardens ready for the year ahead. To help you get the best out of your garden this year, we’ve found several fantastic gardening apps to try out.

RHS Grow Your Own app for iPhones has profiles of the most popular fruit and veg along with expert advice, suggested varieties and tips. Add what you’re growing to your app garden and the calendar function will remind you of any imminent tasks as well as local frost and drought alerts.

Into Gardens app is great for garden inspiration, with a mix of upbeat written, video and photo content straight from top gardeners and designers from around the world.

Garden Plan Pro is invaluable when planning your veg patch, providing you with an extensive library of veg so you can scale-plan your veg-bed through the seasons. The app also includes sowing and harvesting reminders that use local weather data so they’re relevant to you.

Those of you planning on visiting or watching the RHS Flower Shows on the TV should check out their apps. They go into great detail about the gardens, the designs and designers, exhibits and exhibitors, the plants and features, and are updated live from the shows with interviews, images and videos.

Finally, Kew Gardens’ app lets you discover what’s looking good at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, delve into the detail via the interactive map and uncover hidden gems.

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