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Fixing your blurry photos

We have all been there, you think you’ve snapped that perfect moment – your baby’s first smile, your wife crossing the finishing line, your best friend tossing the bouquet – a moment you can never get back and then you realise – your photo is blurry.

Fortunately, technology is on your side, and with a little bit of know how you can learn to save your fuzzy snap from the trash can.

When it comes to making a blurry picture usable, the internet is your ally. Although nothing can be done to resurrect a completely indistinguishable photo, the sharpen feature in many online photo editors will do wonders to fix slightly out of focus shots.

Pixlr is a cloud based photo editor which comes with a range of tools such as red-eye removal, resizing and sharpening, all of which can be used in an app or online.

To use the sharpen feature, upload your photograph to Pixlr and click the ‘Adjustment’ button, then select ‘Sharpen’. Simply set the desired amount of sharpness to add and adjust the radius until you find the right balance for that specific photo. The radius controls the size of the details that will be sharpened, generally it is best to use a low number for this setting. It may take a little time to get the appropriate levels, but if it is a one of a kind shot it is worth persevering as it really can make a difference.

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How much does your phone know about you?

Mobile phones are wonderful things, they keep us connected, provide security and reassurance when in unfamiliar surroundings, we can use them to shop, bank, check the weather, read the news, listen to music – but how much do they know about us?

You may be aware that your phone is able to determine your location, for instance when using your Maps app or searching for the nearest restaurant on Voucher Cloud. However, what you may not realise is that your location is recorded even when you are not requiring a location service.

Luckily there is a simple way to check how much of your activity your phone is monitoring. If you have an iPhone click on settings, then privacy, then location services, system services and frequent locations. You will see a list of all the cities you have visited recently, click on a town or city and you may be surprised to see that your mobile phone knows all the locations you regularly visit.

If you wish, there is a way to turn off your location tracker on the same page which lists the historic results. However, if you disable this function your smart phone will not be as accurate when giving you useful local suggestions. The decision is yours.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk If you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.

 

Fast tracking your charge

Our mobile phones are used for such a variety of applications nowadays – shopping, banking, taking pictures, listening to music – it is becoming a common problem to find that your battery is on 5% and you are nowhere near a charger!

Luckily there are a few things you can do to make that last minute charge go a bit further and ensure you’re not left out of touch when out and about.

Firstly, always use the official branded charger. Cheaper models may be appealing price wise, but they are often not thoroughly tested for safety and can run the risk of overheating, damaging your phone or even catching fire!

In addition to this, cheaper chargers often do not work as efficiently and may not transmit the maximum amount of energy meaning your device will charge slower.

Another way to ensure your mobile is getting the maximum power surge is by using a power outlet as opposed to a USB port. Charging your phone through your computer might be convenient but it is not efficient, as the connection does not release enough energy, so you will be waiting on the green bar for much longer.

It also makes sense for your phone to be expending minimum energy when carrying out an emergency charge. If you can, turn your mobile off. However, if that is not possible, the best alternative is to shut down as many open apps as you can and switch the device onto Airplane Mode, which is usually found under Settings.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk If you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.