Technology 7 ways to make your old phone feel like new
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Razer this month launched the new self-titled Razer Phone. Coming as it does from a company that is heavily invested in delivering products to the PC gaming community, can it bring a smartphone to market that is focused on the needs of gamers in 2017?What sort of smartphone do gamers want? For many years the answer was thought to be akin to the Nokia N-Gage, a device that looked more like a gaming console than a smartphone. As mobile gaming changed to become more in line with smartphones that relied on touch screens more and button input less, the idea of a gaming focused smartphone became a harder sell.
Some industry experts believe we've reached "peak phone," the point where there's no longer any real need to upgrade. Once you find a phone you like, why spend a bunch of money just to get a slightly faster processor or slightly improved camera?
I have an iPhone 6S Plus, for example. It's over two years old, but I have no intention of replacing it. It does everything I need it to do, and because the iPhone 8 and iPhone X arrived without the Pez-dispenser I was hoping for, I'm staying put.
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Bill Hader and his wife Maggie Carey, a filmmaker, have been separated since July and are in the process of getting a divorce, sources tell PEOPLE. Hader’s rep confirms the split. Hader — best known for his work on Saturday Night Live from 2005-13 — and Carey married in 2006 and have three children together: daughters Hannah, 8, Harper, 5, and Hayley, 3. In 2013, the comedian shared his best parenting advice with PEOPLE. “Whatever your wife asks, say yes,” he joked. “Just say yes and your life will be so much easier. If your wife asks you to drive to LAX at 2 a.m. to pick up a piece of luggage, do it!” Hader, 39, created and stars in IFC’s mockumentary series Documentary Now!, and Carey recently direced two episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring SNL alum Andy Samberg.
Of course, older phones can have issues. Battery life is a big one, and probably one of the main drivers behind buying new. But there are aesthetics as well: Sometimes you just get bored looking at the same old phone. Sometimes you want shiny, you want new.
Well, guess what? There are ways to make that old phone seem new again. A few upgrades here, a few tweaks there, and suddenly you might feel less need to upgrade. Let's start with the biggie:
Install a new battery
My aforementioned iPhone is starting to show its age when it comes to the battery. There are days when I can't get by without a trip to the charger, and it's likely to be the same with any phone more than a year old. Over time, batteries lose capacity; there's no getting around it.
Well, there may be: Even if your phone is sealed, it may be possible to install a new battery -- and nothing makes a phone feel like new again like a new battery.
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The Mate 10 Pro could be a game changer for Huawei as it looks to break Samsung and Apple's hold in the smartphone market.Huawei provided me with a review unit of the Mate 10 Pro smartphone for a week. Launched in October and made available earlier this month, the phone is the higher-end version of the flagship Mate 10.
My advice: Hire a pro. Although the actual batteries can be had for cheap -- as little as $8 (£5) -- if you hit up eBay or another online source, the labor is tricky. (To open a Galaxy S6, for example, you have to apply heat to weaken the glue.) I think it's worth finding a local phone-repair shop that has experience doing the work and uses reliable batteries.
In my neck of the woods, for example, I found a shop that would replace an iPhone 6S Plus battery for $59 and a Galaxy S6 battery for $69. That's a lot less than buying a whole new phone just to get all-day battery life.
If you have an iPhone 6 or later, you can now -- by far the best option, though you'll have to make an appointment and probably wait at least a couple hours for the work to get done. (Side bonus: Apple has admitted that , so that new battery may make your phone run faster -- another way to make it feel pristine.)
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Daphne Oz is a mother of three! The former co-host of The Chew has given birth to her third child, a daughter, with husband John Jovanovic, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. Domenica Celine Jovanovic was born Monday, Dec. 4, at 9:52 a.m., in New York City. “Mom and Domenica are both happy and healthy, enjoying a little afternoon nap together,” the rep tells PEOPLE, revealing that the baby girl measured 23 inches and weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz., at birth. © Courtesy Daphne OzAmid rumors of her pregnancy, the 31-year-old professional foodie confirmed the news back in June on both social media and an episode of The Chew.“Party of 5!!” Oz wrote on Instagram.
Buy a new case
Criminal though it may seem to wrap your lovely phone inside a case, it's necessary if you want to prevent gravity-related mishaps -- like a busted screen.
But a case can provide more than just protection: It can change the whole look of your phone. If you've been walking around with, say, basic black, how about swapping it for fire-engine red? Or a case with your favorite team's logo?
It's a gross understatement to say there are lots of options. I'm a fan of, which offers not only a wealth of themed cases for popular phone models (iPhones, Galaxys and so on), but also custom options: You can upload your own photo or artwork and turn it into a case.
Meanwhile, hit up eBay and search for "[your phone model] case" to find a wealth of choices: rugged cases, color cases, designer cases and more.
I'm also a believer in different cases for different occasions: Keep something rugged on hand for your outdoor activities, something blingy for nights on the town and so on. There's really no better way to give your phone an external makeover.
Enrique Iglesias & Anna Kournikova Kept Pregnancy Secret by Staying ‘Very Undercover’: Source
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova did everything to keep their pregnancy “completely secret.” The singer and athlete welcomed twins — a boy and a girl — on Saturday in Miami, Florida, TMZ reports. Their names are reportedly Nicholas and Lucy, according to the outlet. “I saw her cute belly,” a source tells PEOPLE. “A friend told me like five months ago [that] they were pregnant but keeping it very, very undercover.” The source continued, saying the couple was “very private but very generous with local charities.” “They basically only hang out with family and very close friends,” the source says. “They mostly keep to themselves.” The newborn babies are the first children of both Iglesias, 42, and Kournikova, 36, who have been together for over a decade. Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter. While the couple doesn’t often open up about one another, Kournikova told Women’s Health in 2011 that kids were definitely on her agenda, but marriage wasn’t a priority. “I absolutely want to have children, whether I have my own or adopt,” said the Russian retired tennis star, adding, “I love taking care of people.” Continued Kournikova, “[Marriage] isn’t important to me. I’m in a happy relationship– that’s all that matters … I believe in commitment. I believe in being open and trusting each other and respecting each other completely.” Iglesias told PEOPLE en Español in 2007, “The only thing I can say is that, in my opinion, Anna, whether we are together or not, would be an ideal mother.” “I think she’d be the perfect mother, and I say it regardless of whether I’d be with her or not,” added Iglesias of the former The Biggest Losertrainer.
Try a new launcher
That takes care of the outside; now let's focus on the "inside" of the phone, specifically the screen that greets you when you turn it on. There are makeover options here as well.
Android users can choose from a huge assortment of themes and launchers that can dramatically transform a phone's user interface (UI). For example, if you always liked the look of Windows Mobile,brings a similar "metro" UI to your Android phone. And the venerable offers thousands of icon themes to give you nearly any interface style you want.
iPhone users can't really transform iOS this way, not without jailbreaking. But you can at least choose a different wallpaper, and perhaps spend some time organizing your icons into folders -- anything that makes the interface feel new for a while.
Add some accessories
One way to create a feeling of "newness" is to change the way you handle your phone. For example, I'm a big fan of the, a simple but effective strap that works with just about any case.
Once installed, it provides a finger-holster of sorts for the back of your phone, allowing you to interact with your screen more easily using just your thumb. It also adds drop protection.
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Sara Haines is a mother of two! The View co-host welcomed her new daughter, Sandra Grace Shifrin, on Saturday, Dec. 23, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal. Sandra is Haines’ second child with husband Max Shifrin and the couple’s first daughter. She is named after Haines’ mother. The baby weighed in at 7 lbs. and 2 oz. Haines, 40, first announced her pregnancy on The View in June. She said on the segment that it was a difficult secret to keep, and “anyone that’s been in the studio audience probably could have picked up on it as well.” “I have to eat through the commercial breaks and they bring me rice crackers and ginger ale,” Haines told PEOPLE in June. “Nothing overrides the nausea.” Haines — who is already mother to a 20-month-old son Alec — added that her food cravings were different with this pregnancy than her first. “Pizza and bagels were my go-to foods with Alec,” said the ABC star. “I crave weird things [now]. Rice crackers have saved me and sour candies have helped.” Another thing that’s different this time is the baby’s gender. “We are so excited to add to our little family,” she said. “I was hoping for a girl, but Max [Shifrin] is a little scared, I think.” Haines said on The View that she grew up with two sisters and understands “the female experience,” but her husband is apprehensive about raising a girl. “He’s feeling a bit nervous about how to parent as a father to a little girl,” she explained. “Max has been surrounded by mostly male relatives. He has a brother, all male cousins and only nephews.
Another "new" way to interact with your phone: Install a car mount that puts it up near eye level, on or near the top of your dashboard.
Not sure what kind of mount to get? Check out these .
Add more storage
If you've been thinking about a new phone because the old one is running out of storage, consider a Band-aid in the form of external storage.
A wireless media hub, for example, can sit inside your pocket or purse while streaming gigabytes' worth of music, video and more to your phone. I continue to be a fan of the RavPower FileHub Plus, a $40 (£38) hub that you stock with your own SD card, flash drive or even hard drive. It doubles as a mobile charger as well -- a handy fix if you're still dealing with battery issues.
For around the same price, you can get a 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, which isn't much larger than a traditional flash drive but still offers wireless streaming for Android and iOS devices.
Try features you've ignored
Finally, plumb the depths of what your phone has to offer. Many of us barely scratch the surface of its capabilities, to the point where trying out existing features might make you feel like you're using a whole new model.
For example, did you know that many phones can track your steps, just like a Fitbit? Check out and .
And perhaps you never bothered to set up .or , figuring it was too hard to use or not worth the hassle. Sure, there's a bit of a learning curve -- that's always true with new things -- but why not give it a try? I've actually found
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One year after his 11-year relationship with Naomi Watts came to an end, Liev Schreiber says he’s still adjusting to the major change in his life. The actor opened up about the split in a recent interview during Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, saying that his relationship with Watts has continued to remain amicable. “It’s always hard, you know? You build a life with someone and things change,” he said. “And I think the way that we’ve looked at it is that we’ll always be partners with these kids.” Schreiber said keeping a friendship with Watts is a priority for the sake of their children. “It’s important to support each other,” he said. “I was making some jokes at breakfast about Mommy with the boys and their eyes light up when I talk about her. You can see how important it is to them that their parents care about each other.” The former couple announced their separation in a joint statement to PEOPLE in late September 2016. Schreiber and Watts have continued spending time together, co-parenting their two children — Alexander (Sasha) Pete Schreiber, 9, and Samuel Kai Schreiber, 8. “We’re parents together so we’ll be together for the rest of our lives no matter what and we’re very close,” Schreiber previously said. “Hopefully, that never changes and I don’t think it will.” Watts has also opened up about the split, admitting that there are “good days and bad days.” “I mean, I’m single, I’m co-parenting. I’m doing okay,” she told Vogue Australia.
Get the idea? Poke around in the settings a bit and look for features that are turned off. If they sound interesting, turn them on and experiment! You might just find an amazing option you didn't realize -- or remember -- your phone had.
Add wireless charging
It's been around awhile for Android, and of course it's the big news in Apple's latest iPhones. There's something to be said for charging your device just by laying it down on a pad -- no futzing with a cable every time.
But guess what? If your phone doesn't support Qi (pronounced "chee") wireless charging out of the box, you can add the capability by way of an inexpensive receiver.
How inexpensive? How does $10-15 sound? Just hit up Amazon or eBay and search for "Qi receiver" and "Lightning," "Micro-USB" or "Type-C," depending on the type of connector your phone has.
Needless to say, this is way cheaper than buying a new phone. There are potential hassles with having to remove the receiver plug at times, but this is a great way to dip your toe into that "new" wireless-charging tech.
Update, Jan. 5: This post was originally published on May 22, 2017, and has since been updated.
Pete Wentz Talks Managing Bipolar Disorder, from Leaning on Family to Meditation and Exercise .
Pete Wentz has never shied away from discussing his struggle with bipolar disorder. Today, the Fall Out Boy bassist and mental health advocate draws support from his family. “Living with purpose and having a schedule with my family has brought me balance,” Wentz, 38, says of managing mental health in the new issue of PEOPLE. “I think it can be different for everyone, but for me, just being able to talk through things, meditate and exercise has been helpful.” The rocker is doing better than ever. Fall Out Boy is currently on a world tour and will release its seventh album, Mania, Friday, and Wentz — already dad to 9-year-old son Bronx Mowgli, with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson — will welcome a daughter this spring with longtime partner Meagan Camper, 28, with whom he shares son Saint Lazslo, 3. Wentz has previously opened up about his battle with mental illness. After Fall Out Boy went on hiatus in late-2009, he sank into a deep depression, before he and Simpson divorced in 2011. “We had all these great years as a band, and then we took time off and I basically became Mr. Mom,” he told Howard Stern in 2015. “I had the beard, the flannel shirt. I didn’t know what my identity was … when your identity is what you do, it’s hard when you stop doing it,” he said at the time. “It was the first time where I was like, ‘Well, no one’s really taking my picture. I’m just basically hanging out with my kid all day.
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