Q. I’m trying to prune my phone’s collection of apps. Any shortcuts to find the ones that should get the hook first?
A. It can be tempting to let apps accumulate on your phone until you start to run out of space, but apps you don’t use still have whatever data you put into them. They’ll still eat up your bandwidth to update themselves. And they will continue to distract you when you’re swiping through the grids of app icons in iOS and Android.
Neither Apple nor Google’s operating systems report which apps have gone ignored the longest, but their tracking of battery and bandwidth usage by apps can offer a rough indication of which ones have retained your attention.
In iOS, you can check each app’s recent battery use in the Settings app by tapping the Battery heading. See the clock icon at the top right of that list? Tap that to see how much time each app has spent in the foreground.
To see how much data each iOS app has used, tap the Cellular heading in the Settings app and scroll down. Unlike the battery data, this is a cumulative list–the running totals you see there can go back years.
In Android, you can see each app’s battery drain since the last charge by swiping down from the top, tapping the battery icon and then tapping the “More Settings” link. To see the data used by each app, swipe down from the top, tap the cellular-signal icon, and then tap “More Settings” and then “Cellular data usage.”
The data you see there will only go back a month at most, although you can also browse records for previous months. Note also that some Android phones may not have the stock interface described here, because too many Android vendors still think they can design a better interface than Google.
But in Android, you can also install apps that will report how much time you spend in particular apps as well as your total time spent interacting with the device–a number that can be either enlightening or horrifying. Among the various possibilities, reviewers have consistently pointed to ZeroDesktop’s free QualityTime.
Friday, it reported that I had spent the most time on a call, followed by Twitter and then Gmail. I had also somehow spent more time in LinkedIn than Instagram, which suggests I should try to have a little more fun with my phone.
Apple doesn’t let iOS apps track the activities of other apps. Kevin Holesh’s free Moment works around that by reminding you to take a screenshot of the Settings app’s battery-usage list each morning; the app then reads the numbers in that image to track your usage over time.
This app will also track your screen time (I spent 4 hours and 20 minutes on my iPad Friday) and how often you pick up your device (38 times Friday). In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have spent that much time at my desk.
Rob Pegoraro is a tech writer based out of Washington, D.C. To submit a tech question, e-mail Rob at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/robpegoraro.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton says he is confident he can beat Sebastian Vettel to the world title this year despite defeat at the Australian Grand Prix.
Hamilton finished second to the German in the season opener in Melbourne after losing the lead following pressure from the Ferrari driver’s superior pace.
Hamilton said: “It is going to be a close race. I truly believe we can beat them. It’s great to see Ferrari there.
“It’s good we had this close battle. I’m looking forward to the next.”
Hard-to-manage Hamilton ready to win title
Ferrari are favourites – Hamilton
Hamilton led from pole position but struggled for pace in the opening laps and after an early pit stop was held up by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, allowing Vettel to get ahead.
Hamilton said: “I wouldn’t say I’m happy. But all things in perspective. To see where we have come from, with massive rule changes and to come here and be battling so close for a win and missing out marginally, there are a lot of things to be proud of.
“We could have won the race but I gave it everything I could and you can’t do more. Take the strength of the weekend.”
Vettel said of his title chances: “There is a long, long way ahead. We have a lot to prove still but for now we are just happy.
“It is March now. I know people start to get excited but it is our job to work and I am much happier if we are working now and not talking.”
Hamilton said he was looking forward to a close battle with Vettel throughout the year.
“This year we have the best drivers at the front,” said Hamilton. “Of course it would be great to have Fernando [Alonso of McLaren] up there but it doesn’t look like it is going to happen any time soon.
“But Sebastian has four titles and he will continue for many years to come. I am really grateful to have that fight with him. It’s great.”
Hamilton defended Mercedes’ decision to bring him in for a pit stop earlier than Vettel.
“My strategy was to stop on lap 19 and I think I stopped on lap 18. I had nothing left in my tyres.
“I was catching some back markers and the car started to slide around a lot and the gap was reducing behind me and I was like, ‘Guys I have to come in now or I’m probably going to get overtaken on track.’
“I pitted not knowing the gap between the other cars. I came out behind some other cars which I couldn’t get by. I said to the team I had to come in because the tyres were dead.”
A video technology company and a property services supplier join the London Stock Exchange this week
Two firms join the London stock market this week, a video technology company and a property services supplier.
Falcon Media House, which owns patented technology that prevents buffering when streaming video online, listed this morning at a valuation of £14m after raising £4m.
The business, which already has deals in place with Tata, intends to use the funds to grow its content, scale and reach. It also plans to develop one of its distribution platforms into the “Netflix of sports”.
The “over-the-top” streaming market, online videos that do not require the viewer to subscribe to a traditional TV provider, is forecast to grow from $28bn in 2015 to $62bn by 2020. It has “ushered in a broadcasting revolution that has irrevocably transformed the way that millions of people across the globe choose, access and watch multimedia content”, according to executive chairman Gert Rieder. “We are tapping into the insatiable demand for a more personalised and flexible multimedia experience, and in turn establish Falcon into a UK leader in the market.”
On Wednesday, Dukemount Capital, a property and investment services company, will follow suit with a flotation valuing the company at approximately £1.5m.
The group intends to raise £1m, which will be used to source and structure its first real estate acquisitions and cover its listing costs.
The UK-based company plans to acquire, manage and develop UK residential and hotel properties, which are for the most part already pre-leased to housing associations on a long-term consumer price index-linked basis. Dukemount will then agree a sale and leaseback with institutions. These leases, typically more than 30 years long, are called as long-dated income.
Last year, a report published by Schroders showed that the potential demand for long-dated income could be on the order of £1.6 trillion. Dukemont chairman Geoffrey Dart, who has an established record in hotel development, said: “The board have identified a unique opportunity which we expect will help close the growing demand and supply gap for long-dated income by providing institutions such as pension providers higher income yields.”
Dukemount expects to be profitable within the first 12 to 18 months of listing.
Five people have died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament.
The dead officer has been named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father.
PM Theresa May said the attack was “sick and depraved” and struck at values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.
The attacker has not been named by police.
Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they think they know who he is and that he was inspired by international and Islamist-related terrorism, but gave no further details.
The attack unfolded at about 14.40 GMT when a single attacker drove a car along a pavement over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament in central London, killing at least two people and injuring many more.
The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament.
The attacker, armed with a knife, ran to Parliament where he was confronted by the police. PC Palmer – who was not armed – was then stabbed and killed.
The attacker was shot dead by armed officers.
Mr Rowley paid tribute to PC Palmer, saying: “He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift, and he had every right to expect that would happen.”
“Heartbroken” former colleague, Conservative MP James Cleverly, paid tribute to the “lovely man” he had known for 25 years. The pair had served together in the Royal Artillery before PC Palmer became a policeman.
Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood – a former Army officer whose brother died in the Bali terrorist bombing in 2002 – attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation of Pc Palmer.
What we know so far
May condemns attack
‘Terror incident’: In pictures
At the scene: Calm and stoic mood
Mrs May said the attack was a “sick and depraved” attack on the heart of the capital. Such attempts to defeat UK values were “doomed to failure”, she said.
She paid tribute to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who responded to the attack, saying: “We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”
The prime minister added: “The location of this attack was no accident.
“The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.”
She is expected to make a statement in the Commons later.
The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox said the “name I will remember” from the Westminster attack was that of PC Keith Palmer – not the attacker.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “My message to those that want to harm us and destroy our way of life is: You won’t succeed; you won’t divide us; we won’t be cowed by terrorists.”
BBC Newsnight reported there was a suggestion the car used in the attack was hired from an address in Birmingham. However, this has not been confirmed.
In latest developments:
There will be more armed and unarmed officers on duty in London and across the country as a “precautionary measure”
The prime minister said the UK terror threat level would remain at severe – its second highest – meaning an attack is “highly likely”
Westminster underground station was shut and remained open for interchange only
Home Secretary Amber Rudd urged everyone to remain calm but be vigilant and if they see anything they are concerned about report it to the police
A group of French schoolchildren were on the bridge and three were injured
13 students from Edge Hill University in Lancashire were also caught up in the incident – two were taken to hospital and described as walking wounded; two others had minor injuries
People worried about family and friends can call the police casualty bureau on: 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010. Anyone with images or footage of the incident is urged to send them to www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk
By Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent
The carnage on Westminster Bridge and inside the grounds of Parliament is the attack that security chiefs here in the UK have long been preparing for.
Terrorism looks not just to kill and maim – but to create panic and such a sense of disorder that it rocks a city or nation to its foundations.
And this attacker sought to do so in as low-tech way as is possible.
The days when terrorism meant large, complex bombs and months of planning are gone: Western security agencies – particularly MI5 and its partner agencies – are very, very good at identifying those plots and disrupting them.
The longer it takes to plan such an attack, the more people who are involved, the more chances there will be for security services to learn what is going on.
Read more from Dom.
Eyewitness Rick Longley said: “We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.
“They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.
“A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.
“I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.
Media caption‘At least five mown down’ by car on Westminster Bridge
An eye witness, Radoslaw Sikorski, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Centre for European Studies, posted a video to Twitter showing people lying injured in the road on Westminster Bridge.
In other developments:
MPs were locked in the House of Commons for more than four hours and business suspended
Around 1,000 people were taken to Westminster Abbey for safety and were then processed by police
The House of Commons and Lords will sit at their usual times on Thursday
The White House said Mrs May had spoken to President Donald Trump about the attack
The Eiffel tower went dark at midnight in homage to the London victims
London mayor Sadiq Khan praised citizens and emergency services for their “tremendous bravery” and said: “Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.”