When Android’s future depends on Apple’s decision of launching a low-cost iPhone

This is something that is objective and can be proven: iPhones draw more interest than high-end Android phones, especially now that there are tons of iPhone X clones, making Android flagships look dull in comparison to Apple’s creation.

Some rumors claim the Apple’s goal is to launch a “low-cost high-end range,” which is something that may impact the sales of Android flagships and flip the current market. Today we will analyze a possible scenario where Apple launches a relatively affordable iPhone and the consequences this may have on the Android market.

A look back: sales of low-cost iPhones

This is not the first time Apple has launched a low-cost iPhone. In September 2013, Apple launched the iPhone 5C, one of the worst phones in the company’s history. This phone featured the same processor as the iPhone 5, an Apple A6 at 1.3 GHz (whereas the iPhone 5S featured a 64-bit A7 processor, which was a turning point for the company), a plastic finish and 8 GB of internal storage. The price of the phone was $599, which was quite high and almost the same as its big sibling, $699.

Tim Cook himself recognizes the iPhone 5C was a mistake, as sales were not as good as expected. The units sold represented 1/3 of the amount of iPhone 5S sold (10 million vs. 30 million). However, Apple did not give up and released a phone at a lower price than usual, using a well-known method.

Although Apple failed to launch a low-cost alternative with the iPhone 5C, the company learned from its mistakes and three years later it launched the iPhone 5S Special Edition rocking the iPhone 6S’ hardware. Read More

Take a look at these free websites to encrypt every type of file

Every time our files are leaving our PC for whatever reason, for example when we share them with others on the internet or on the cloud, it is recommended to encrypt them, especially if those are personal files. By doing so, no one will be able to see the files’ content unless they have the respective password in case those files get stolen.

There currently are a lot of apps that allow us to easily encrypt our files before uploading them to the cloud or sharing them on the internet. Those users who do not want to depend on an encryption software, there are also a lot of very useful and simple webpages that allow us to encrypt any file using only our browser. Read More

How to know the size of sent and received messages and files on WhatsApp in order to manage space

WhatsApp certainly is the most widely used messaging app. It is featured on most smartphones in Spain. As we know, besides sending and receiving messages, we can also share documents and files that may take up a lot of storage space. Today we will discuss how to know the size of sent messages and files to manage space better.

Knowing the size of WhatsApp messages and files

If we ignore how much data we have sent or received, we will not be aware of the space WhatsApp takes up. As time passes by and once we are part of several groups, we can end up with less available space. It is good to know exactly how much space sent messages and files take up, especially the latter because multimedia content can use a lot of space.

Luckily for us, WhatsApp lets us know the exact size of the messages we have sent and received, but what interests us the most is the size of the files. Read More

The GDPR takes effect: websites now have fewer third-party cookies

In order to keep fighting for the users’ privacy on the internet, the GDPR was introduced in May. This is the EU’s new data protection law that all European companies gathering or using their users’ data must comply with. Every foreign website that wants to offer its services within the EU must also comply with the law. It has been almost three months since this new law was enacted. As we can see, the effects of this new law are noticeable and for a good reason.

A group of researchers started comparing 200 sites from different EU countries before the GDPR law was enacted until today to see how the law has affected said sites. According to the reports, the number of third-party cookies on this sites has gone down by 22%. This is a very interesting number (a little over one in every five cookies), although it has not affected every country equally. Read More