Two smartphone apps for regulating a child’s smartphone and internet use


The Family Link app for Android is shown. (Google)

If you want to supervise the online activity of your kids or teens who were given a smartphone this Christmas, you can install an app to control internet access, filter inappropriate websites and content, and block specific apps. Here’s a selection of some of the most comprehensive parental control apps on the market.


Qustodio’s parental control operates in a similar way, and provides a daily online activity report for each child. Device screen time limits can also be set for each child. With the free version of the app, you can only supervise one child on one device. Otherwise, the cost of the subscription fee depends on the number of kids and devices covered.

Xooloo Parents

This very comprehensive app also monitors kids’ online activity on different mobile devices. As an example, it can block an app after it has been used for a certain period of time, and the child is warned by a virtual coach when they are approaching the fixed limit. While the app itself is free, the cost of subscribing to the service starts at $2.99 a month and rises depending on the number of devices used by the children.


Samsung Pay comes to Gear S3, use your Samsung smartwatch to make payments

Samsung Pay comes to Gear S3, use your Samsung smartwatch to make payments

Samsung has today made it possible to use the Gear S3 smartwatch with Samsung Pay, the company’s alternative contactless payment method to Android Pay and Apple Pay, in the UK.

  • What is Samsung Pay, how does it work and what banks are supported?

With Samsung Pay enabled on a Gear S3, it can be used to make payments on all contactless payment terminals, including Oyster terminals across the London travel network.

To enable Samsung Pay on the Gear S3, follow these simple steps:

  • Make sure your mobile device is compatible. The Gear S3 can be used with select Samsung phones, and all other Android smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher
  • Ensure you have the latest version of the Samsung Pay app installed on your mobile device
  • Register your credit or debit card and authenticate your ID
  • Set-up a security pin

To use the Gear S3 to make a payment, hold the watch with the face facing the payment terminal.

  • Samsung Pay now available in UK for Galaxy smartphone users
  • If you use Samsung Pay, you can check-out with Paypal now

Samsung Pay is already available to use with select Galaxysmartphones, but this marks the first time it can be used with one of Samsung’s smartwatches. Samsung hasn’t said if and when it will make it possible to use Samsung Pay with the Gear S2 or Gear S2Classic watches.


Boycotts And Buycotts: How We Use Money To Express Ourselves

Ivanka Trump’s brand has been the target of boycotts and “buycotts” in recent months, as Americans have been expressing their values with their wallets.

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Americans have long expressed their political views with their wallets, but in recent months, this phenomenon has made national news. A campaign called #grabyourwallet has targeted brands affiliated with Donald Trump. And the Trump camp has responded in kind, with one of his closest aides encouraging people to support his daughter Ivanka’s brand.

Neeru Paharia is a researcher at Georgetown University, and she says this kind of economic activity can make us feel powerful.

“It seems like people are a little fed up and disillusioned with conventional political channels,” Paharia says. “In the absence of that legitimacy there has been sort of a rise in political consumerism.”

We might think that we use money mostly to satisfy economic needs, but Paharia has found in her research that we often aim to satisfy psychological ones — whether that means driving a fancy car to show off our social status, or buying coffee at the local shop instead of a chain to express our moral values.

But while we do use money to support causes we believe in, we are often selective about when we express those beliefs — and when we ignore them.

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LG G6 Will Use Snapdragon 821 SoC to Get Advantage Over Samsung Galaxy S8: Report

LG G6 Will Use Snapdragon 821 SoC to Get Advantage Over Samsung Galaxy S8: Report
LG G6 is expected to sport Snapdragon 821 SoC
Thanks to Snapdragon 821 SoC, the G6 to get head start over Galaxy S8
LG G6 expected to be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event
LG’s next flagship smartphone, the G6, has been rumoured for few weeks now to sport the Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the latest Snapdragon 835. A new report has corroborated to the earlier leak and adds that this will mean that the LG G6 will have a head start compared to the Galaxy S8 availability in the market.

SemiAccurate has shared a screenshot of presentation showcased during a limited media event by LG at the CES 2017. The leaked presentation screenshot indeed confirms the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor in the LG G6. Some of the other details tipped by the leaked screenshot include a water and dust resistant body, a rear fingerprint scanner, and a 5.7-inch QHD display. The leaked screenshot clearly shows the “LG confidential” tagline on top of the presentation slide.

The new report also throws light on the fact that LG’s G6 flagship will be getting a comprehensive headstart when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8. It adds that if LG had gone with the Snapdragon 835 SoC instead, it wouldn’t be able to release the G6 before late-May or early-June. The report also reiterates Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC is built on the 10nm FinFET fabrication process by Samsung and this means that the South Korean company may use major share of the SoC for itself.
SemiAccurate claims that LG’s flagship will see the launch event in late February while the “volume launch worldwide in March sometime” which will give the G6 a good gap of at least over a month when compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S8. According to previous leaks, the Galaxy S8 is rumoured to go on sale in South Korea first only by late April.

Several leaks have pointed that the LG G6 will sport metal design which will be a departure from the company’s current plastic body in the LG G5, which sports a modular design. LG is also rumoured to run additional safety tests on the G6 ahead of its actual launch. Some of the highlights of the handset are said to be the first non-Pixel smartphone to come preloaded with Google Assistant out-of-the-box; dual-rear camera setup, and waterproofing capability with IP68 certification.

LG’s G6 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event which will begin at 4.30pm IST (12.00pm CET).

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