Top 5 Tech Nightmares & How To Avoid Them
Posted: September 3, 2013 by Emily Brown
In a time where you can be connected with your friends and family 24/7, we are generally lucky to say that we are leading a much easier, less stressful, and more straightforward lives. Handheld technology has reshaped our daily lives in a few short years. While this is true in most of the cases, we have all ended up in hair-raising situations where our gadgets are the main source of our deepest, soul-crushing nightmares.
So, here we present you with the top 5 tech nightmares, along with our sound advice on how to avoid them in the future. Knock on wood…
5. Your phone goes off in the theater/cinema/meeting
You thought you had your phone on silent when it suddenly rings or maybe vibrates itself into a frenzy. Either way, it's a red-faced, unfortunate moment indeed.
Solution: In such situation, ShushMe helps Android users for free. Basically, the app is capable to remember specific wireless network names, so your phone will automatically enter silent when you enter the vicinity of that network.
4. Your hard drive crushes before you hit save
Losing that all-important work that you've been slaving on the whole night can be very stressful. Racing to meet big deadlines will be less tense if you make sure your work is saved, even if your PC crashes.
Solution: Apart from hitting save 10 times per minute, there are countless ways you can backup your files. Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud are just a few apps that will help you save and share your docs, especially the important ones.
3. Sending a drunken text
If this is not the worst, it is the most common nightmare of all tech slip ups. The scene goes something like this…You're having a "heavy" night and after countless drinks. You get very emotional and instantly decide to send a sincere, but very incomprehensible, text to almost every single contact in your phonebook.
Solution: Since going through 'drunk text hell' became common, there are a number of apps designed to prevent such a scenario. iPhone users can avoid this embarrassing acts with the Drunk Text Saviour, and Android users with the DrunkBlocker.
2. Dropping your smart phone in the road/down the toilet/in your cup of tea or you name it
Smartphones may be equipped with numerous brilliantly inventive features, but if there's one key component missing, it's that they are not waterproof or unbreakable. This means they might end up with cracked screens or liquid-logged. But still, it doesn't have to always end in disaster.
Solution: The best way to avoid this from happening is to buy a protective case suitable to your device. Investing in a pricey phone sure requires equally worth protection.
- Losing your phone/tablet
We feel free to say that the mother of all mobile phone/tablet traumas is when you go through your bag and realize that your precious device, well…just isn't there.
Solution: One way to locate your phone is with the "Where's my Droid" app which uses GPS and makes it ring or vibrate. Plus, the app can get you the GPS co-ordinates through a link to Google Maps if you're not in a "hearing" distance to your gadget. Other possible solution is to track it with Google's "Android Device Manager" by using your Google account to lock your Android phone or make it ring at full volume for five minutes.