Apple’s Foldable iPhone – Rumour or Reality?

iPhone Prototype Allegedly Features Separate Display Panels Connected by a Hinge

 

Samsung has already brought to the market a foldable smart phone the “Galaxy Z Phone 5G”.

It is too early to comment on how successful the Samsung product will be in the market.

 

APPLE is working on a foldable iPhone prototype.

Reportedly it will feature two separate display panels that are connected by a hinge.

The Samsung Z Phone has a single display across the fold.

Though the ‌iPhone‌ features two separate displays connected by a hinge, it is claimed that the panels look “fairly continuous and seamless.”

 

SAMSUNG’S Galaxy Fold

Samsung’s foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, is designed as a single display with a fold in the middle that allows it to open and close.

 

Microsoft’s Surface Neo and Duo

It is reported that Apple’s prototype looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Neo and Surface Duo

The Microsoft phones are foldable dual display devices that feature two displays connected with a hinge.

 

There is no indicative time scale of when Apple might develop a foldable ‌iPhone‌.

However, there have been rumours about work on such a device dating back to 2016.

Patents for such a device have been filed.

It’s not clear if the foldable ‌iPhone‌ will ever move out of a prototyping stage, but it doesn’t look like a foldable device is launching in the near future.

 

Perhaps Apple will await to see how the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G progresses in the market and how dependable and durable it turns out to be when in the hands of users.   This could be a “wait and see situation”.  It will also let provide Apple with additional time to further develop their product.

 

This abridged article is taken from MacRumors.comApple’s Foldable iPhone Prototype Allegedly Features Separate Display Panels Connected by Hinge

 

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The Power of Apps on “IOS” or “ANDROID” Phones

Apps IOS

What is an App?

“Apps” enable you to do things quicker on your Phone and access Programs in a shorter time period without going through a number of additional steps to open a program.

“App” is short for Application and is a program you install on your phone to perform a specific task.

Some Apps come pre-installed on your phone, such as calendar, alarms, emails apps.  However, most Apps you may want to use will have to be downloaded from an App Store.  There is a separate store for Apple Apps and Android Apps, due to the fact they are two separate operating systems.

Apps for IPHONES and iPads

On either of these devices there will be an “App Icon”.  Tap on the App Icon store and you will be taken to the store and a reasonably easy to follow means of selecting what you require.

Your main source of finding preferred Apps will be the search button.  When you search for an APP to address a challenge you may have, then frequently there may be a choice of Apps.  Details will be provided for each App and often a rating system.  However many applications have a single unique App i.e. say a Banking Service.

Once you have decided on an App you want , tap “Get” to download it (or the price in the event it is a paid for App).  If it is a paid App you will have to enter your Apple ID password or use “finger print recognition” as ID.  When the App is fully downloaded you will be able to see the App on the screen.  When you tap on it it will Open and you will be able to use the features provided.

Apps for ANDROID PHONES and Tablets

To get an Android App you will need to go to the App for “Google Play Store” on your Home Screen or your App Drawer.  At the bottom of the screen select Apps and this will enable you to see the featured Apps or do a search using the “search bar” at the top of the App Screen.

To download the App tap “Install” if the App is Free or Price if a paid App.  If a paid App your will have to enter your Google Account details or use your finger print if this is set up on your machine.  When the App is installed tap Open or go to the App Drawer to access it.

Apps Android

Some Popular Apps to Try (most of which are Free)

Translation Services

Radio Apps – most radio stations have their own App.

Skype – make telephone calls.

Zoom – for video calls.

What’s App – for group communication mostly by text but also video.

Satnav – Google Maps can be downloaded and use for mapping journeys etc in real time.

Banking and Credit Card Apps for the Accounts you have with the relevant Banks.

There are literally thousands of Apps both free and paid.

Happy searching and using!

Change of Direction – Apple and Android Technology

I have put together numerous post giving direction for Domain Names and their features and characteristics.

In the future I will be directing you to opportunities to purchase technology products at best prices.

To be realistic few people are buying technology every day but “keep a record” of the links to these sites which will be given later for current and future reference. On a regular basis I will be posting updates on technology products.

cPanel and an Email for your Domain Name

Domain Name recap of Progress
O.K., for those who are still with me I want to simply summarise where you should be now and where this post may or could take you.

You should by this stage have selected a Domain Name, have the Domain Name hosted, and have WordPress or other platform building software installed on you Domain Name.  You may even have installed a few “plugins” if you are using WordPress.  Remember we are operating on a “shoestring budget” so the vast majority of tips to date are based on the need to minimise cost and provide a suitable final result.   Quite properly your main focus to date will have been “to get something up and working” and “build confidence” that you can actually do this.  If you are still struggling with the “how to” keep at it until you succeed.  DO NOT progress beyond this stage.  Remember, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

Domain Names - Inspiration

If you have achieved all the previously mentioned “goals” then I am going to provide you with a few other simple tasks it is possible to do using your cPanel.  As stated in a previous post I am not a cPanel expert but there is any amount of “Expert Free Advice” available on the Web and YouTube for technical aspects of the cPanel.

 

cPanel “aide-memoire”
I am not trying to be smart or cheeky.  However, there is so much to learn in Information Technology and there is so much information. You will likely be bombarded with over hyped offers thrown at you (they call this “Internet Marketing”).  You may begin to wonder what is a cPanel?  I have been there, so I know what happens when something is used as a “one off” to get things “up and going“.

cPanel Reminder

So, just to remind you “cPanel is a web based hosting control panel provided by many hosting providers to website owners allowing them to manage their websites from a web based interface.”  You will need your User Name and Password to access your cPanel.

 

cPanel for setting up Domain Name Email address
Do you think it would look very professional if you set up an email address that compliments your Domain Name?  Well that is possible.  For example this domain name is “myprodomain.com” and I have an email address “robert@myprodomain.com”.  You can now do the same for your Domain Name.

Lets help set up your email.  Login into your cPanel and scroll down to section titled “Email” and click on top left hand corner of section “Email Accounts”.

Email for Domain Name

 

When you click on this you will be taken to the following screen:-

Email Create

 

Click on “CREATE” button which will take you to the following screen:-

Email Creation 2

 

When you enter this screen there will be a heading “Domain” and if you click on down arrow it will give you a list of domains or if you have only 1 domain there will be no down arrow.  Click on the Domain Name you want to set up an email for.  In the nest box “USERNAME” you will be able to enter the desired prefix to the Domain Name selection made previously.  You may decide to enter your “name” or perhaps “customer service” or other relevant prefix.  Make sure your prefix is relevant to the Web Site you have set up.

Next Sub Heading is security.  I simply leave “Set Password Now” box ticked and the system generates a Password.  You do not need to note the password if you are not going to redirect (explanation below) the email, but if you are unsure copy the Password into “Note Pad” or similar system.  Hit “GENERATE” button and “hey presto” a Password is generated.

Below the Generate button there are a number of other boxes.  Leave them all in “Default mode” and Press “CREATE” button at the bottom of the page.  When you press “CREATE” button you will be taken to a screen similar to that below.

 

Webmail Application

Choose one of the Web Mail Applications – it does not matter which one you choose.  When you select your application you will be taken to your email screen.   Your email screen will be similar to the screen below.  You will notice that the Web Mail Application I choose was “roundcube”.

Email Application by Webmail

 

You can go back to you “Home Screen” on the cPanel; scroll down to Email section, click on “Email Accounts” and you will be taken to the screen below previously referred to for “Email Creation”.  However, in the bottom half of this screen there is a list of your email Account(s), Restrictions, Storage Used and buttons titled “CHECK EMAIL”, “MANAGE” and “CONNECT DEVICES”

Checking Email by domain Name

 

CHECK EMAIL button
When you click on this button it will take you to your email account.  You do not need a password to access this as long as you have signed into your cPanel.

 

MANAGE button
Clicking on this button results in a screen that lets you manage your email and at the bottom of the screen there is even an OPTION to let you DELETE your email.  You can have a look as you can do no harm by simply clicking the button.

 

CONNECT DEVICES button
You may enter this screen at no risk of upsetting anything you have previously done.  The main purpose of the screen is to let you redirect your Domain Name Email to other Email addresses from this screen.  The screen provides various protocols depending on which Email you want to redirect the Domain Name Email to and the type of operating software on your computer.

Connect Devices

This can be a complex area given the number of  Web Mail Application suppliers there are and the different operating systems on computers.  Therefore each reader will have to do their own research specific to their circumstances.   I would also advice a search on YouTube will reveal a wealth of specific information on this matter – most videos last approximately 10 minutes.

 

Connecting to your Domain Name Email from a Different Email
The previous paragraph gave outline advice on using the cPanel Email section to forward your Domain Name Email to a different (i.e. Desired Management Email) email.  It is possible using the set-up options in the Desired Management Email to reverse the process from cPanel forwarding to “Desired Management Email; to Desired Management Email to Domain Name Email on cPanel.

Reverse Order Domain Name Email Setup

As previously explained due to the number of Web Mail Application each supplier can have its own peculiarities.  Once again do a search on YouTube for the correct advice and solution to suit your circumstances.

Summary
A lot of the above may appear on first reading as “gobble gook”, but when you enter your cPanel and systematically work through items it will start to make sense.  Setting up emails on to correspond with your Domain Name is unlikely to be a high priority initially, but you should be aware of the facility.

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Selection of a Domain Name

Challenges in the Selection of a Domain Name
Decisions, decisions.  Someone has said “they can make anything other than a decision”.  There are some decisions that you clearly don’t want to rush and the choice of a “Domain Name” may be one of those decisions.  I don’t mean you prevaricate for days or weeks but you do need to consider your choice of name very carefully.

 

Selection of a Domain Name for an Existing Local Business.
If you have a business name, are a local business and the “Domain Name” is available then choice of name is probably straightforward.  However, if your desired choice of name is not available then the search for an alternative is where a “choice” becomes important.  Hence you may want to consider alternative names and “mull” over them or even discuss them with third parties to use them as a sounding board for possible choices.

Alternative Domain Name

 

Selection of a Domain Name to appeal to a Wider Market.
For other types of business enterprise  where your Internet Site my be your main or only “shop window”  then the name selected may not be as obvious or straightforward.  It may also be the situation that a  Local Bricks and Mortar Business has the objective to promote their products/services to a wider market/audience.

In these instances name selection and the implications can have long term consequences to traffic and business viability, especially if you are working on a limited budget (which will be the case for the vast majority of people reading this post).  What I am really saying here is that most people will not have large sums of money to promote a Business Name or Business Domain Name via a huge advertising budget.  Therefore the name selected needs to be suggestive of the service supplied so that “search engines” (i.e. Google) will pick it up.

 

 

Summary “Must Have” of a Domain Name.
In my post “What is a Domain Name” I have went into detail on the characteristics of name selection.  I will not repeat all the detail contained in that post but summarise the main points below.

Must Have of Domain Name

1. Make it easy to type. Therefore it should not be complicated, but be memorable hence it is easy to type.
2. Name should be short; maximum length is recommended as 10 letters, however the shorter the better i.e. “Skype”
3. Keywords will become important (will be discussed later), so the name should lend itself to being a keyword or becoming a keyword.
4. Maybe “area specific” depending on the business – see my post on Domain Name Extensions where I go into great detail on their implications and importance.
5. At all times try to ensure a Domain Name uses letters only – avoid numbers and hyphens. Remember the “KISS” principle (Keep it Simple Stupid).
6. Ideally the name should be Memorable or suggestive of service/product promoted.
7. Use an Appropriate Domain Name Extension.
8. If you are going to use Social Media such a Twitter/YouTube etc you should check if your Domain Name is available as an address.  CHECKUSERNAMES is a Free Web site that will check the availability of any proposed Domain Name on 160 Social Media Networks.

 

Key Words in the context of a  Domain Name.
You need to understand what a “Keyword” is and “file” its importance in the back of your mind for constant reference.  I am not going to provide you in this post with a comprehensive “paper” on Keywords but I will highlight their importance and necessary features.

Keywords are ideas and topics that tell a person or electronic search tool what your content is about.  In terms of Search Engine Optimisation (S.E.O.), they’re the words, phrases and terms that searchers enter into search engines (i.e Google).  On a Web page — all the images, video, copy, etc. — down to simple words and phrases, are your primary keywords.

S.E.O.

While the content of your Web page is vitally important in respect of “Keywords” in our case we want to focus particularly on the Domain Name as a “Keyword”.

 

Why are keywords important in respect of a Domain Name?
Keywords are important because they are the connection between what people are searching for and the content of the Web Site you are providing to fill that need. Your goal in ranking on search engines is to drive organic traffic to your site from the Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs).  The keywords you choose to target (i.e. the ones you choose to include in your content) will determine what kind of traffic you get.

So, you may be asking yourself; what has all this to do with my Selection of a Domain Name?  Think about this a moment!  For most people starting out on a limited Budget their Domain Name will be their “Most Important Keyword” .  The more relevant to the service/product you are supplying/promoting that your Domain Name is, the more likely it is to be referenced and picked up by a Search Engine.  Keywords are as much about your audience as they are about your content.

Keywords for Domain Name

If you take as an example the present page you are reading and the Domain Name “MyProDomain”.  The name “MyProDomain” was purposely selected because it contained the word “Domain” which was what the blog was going to be about.  However, it was not possible to purchase “Domain.com” so a compromise name had to be sourced.  Eventually after searching various alternatives the name “Domain” was prefixed with “Mypro”.

The expectation is that over time anyone seeking information on Domain Names will turn up on the Search Engines “MyProDomain”.  O.K. granted, it would be better and more effective for Search Engine Optimisation if the prefix “Mypro” was not part of the name, but this is an example of the compromises and improvisations that are a regular part of suitable name selection on a limited budget.

 

Where do I find available Domain Names?
Well, you could go directly to a “domain registrar and web hosting company” such as GoDaddy or NameCheap to name two of the most common and popular  of literally numerous companies in this business.  However, in order to provide you with ideas and options and help let you see a wide variety of options and ideas I am advising that for the moment you consider tools that will provide you with both ideas and options.  These tools will also help you “brain storm” all sorts of ideas.

Brainstorm Ideas

 

Options for Searching and Suggesting Domain Names.

Searching for Domain Names

LeanDomainSearch
This online software simply asks you to input some text (i.e. a keyword) to a text box and after a few seconds provides literally hundreds if not thousands of available Domain Names which have your keyword as part of the name. The site focuses on “.com” Domain Names.  If you click on any of the suggested names it will offer to Register the Domain Name,  create an account with “WordPress.com”  and  also Blue Host.  At this stage I would not do anything until you consider my next Blog which will detail a series of Options.

NAMEMESH
Like the previous site this online software operates in a similar manner, but provides less names of available Domain Names, but does provide a variety of available Domain Name extensions.  The site also gives indications of “Premium Sites” and their likely sales value.  The site is set up to promote “BlueHost” a company which hosts Domains. My best advice is to have a look at the site, but as stated previously take no further action until you read my next Blog post.

Nameboy
Like the sites above you enter a “word or words” (keyword(s)) into a text box and are provided with a comprehensive list of suggested names although there is no indication of their extensions.  When you click on a name it takes you straight to “BlueHost” which as stated is a company which hosts Domains.  This would be my least favourite site of the three and appears to have been set up primarily to promote “BlueHost”.

 

Finally
If you have got this far then hopefully you have selected or finalised the selection of a suitable Domain Name which will rank well in a “Keyword” search.  At this stage when you know what name or a number of name options you may have, we then need to look at two other important matters – the cost of the Domain Name and the Hosting of the Domain Name.  These two items will be the content of the next Blog.

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