Month: March 2020

Sheltering at home means more game and app time, with a recent 200% uptick in usage

The latest data shows a marked increase in mobile app and game usage during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

London-based Gismart, developer and publisher of entertainment apps and games, shared data that outlined the increase in mobile app and game usage while people are staying inside and self-isolating because of the coronavirus pandemic

“We are seeing a uniform increase in the number of active users across Gismart games and entertainment apps, and a blurring in weekly seasonality amongst countries that have introduced self-isolation,” said Ivan Ruppo, CMO of Gismart.

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Gismart’s study revealed that:

  • Active users of apps and games has increased by 200%
  • the average length of gaming sessions has increased by 20% 

Week blends into the weekend

As people shelter at home, their daily routine relegated to a single location, the concept of time and days have

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How to use an iPhone or Android device as the security key for your Google account

Your smartphone can act as your security key to authenticate your Google credentials on the web. Learn how to set that up on an Android device or an iPhone.

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Google offers a variety of ways to add two-step verification to better protect and secure your account, but the simplest option may be to register your phone as your means of verification, which you can do on an Android or iPhone. While an Android device automatically includes the necessary functionality, an iPhone needs an extra app called Google Smart Lock; from there the process works the same on both types of devices.

Using your phone as your security key means you don’t need to deal with PINs or codes sent via text message or phone call to verify Google account sign-ins on a computer. Instead, you confirm the login by tapping Yes to a prompt on

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New Study Gives a Clue About How Long Coronavirus Can Live on a Smartphone

Smartphones are one of the most used gadgets for everyone. Given how many surfaces and body parts a smartphone touches within a day, it also makes a smartphone the most exposed gadget to germs and viruses. Given the spread of the novel coronavirus or the COVID-19 disease, there have been concerns about smartphones being exposed to the virus as well. Some of the major concerns are – how likely is it for a person to catch the virus from their smartphone, or how long does coronavirus stay on a smartphone. In order to calculate the risk factor, we will see how long the novel coronavirus can stay on a smartphone surface.

Now, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study, the original SARS-CoV virus which was found in 2003 was stable on a glass surface for up to 96 hours (four days). Apart from glass, it lasted on hard

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Samsung Galaxy M11 Alleged Specifications, Renders Leaked: All You Need to Know

We have been hearing about Samsung Galaxy M11 for over three months now and while the smartphone is yet to an official debut, perhaps because of the coronavirus outbreak, a new leak has surfaced online, claiming to bring us another look at this upcoming Samsung smartphone. The leak includes various official-looking renders of the Galaxy M11 as well as the alleged specifications of the phone. To recall, Samsung Galaxy M11 was last reportedly spotted in the database of a Taiwanese regulator and the listing tipped the presence of 5,000mAh battery in the phone.

The latest set of Samsung Galaxy M11 alleged renders and specifications were published online by a blog called The leaked renders seem to be in line with what we have seen in the past, including the purported Google Play Console listing that included a photo of the Galaxy M11. The report claims that the Galaxy

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