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TECHNOBYTE for 3 October 2014

3 October 2014 9:35 AM
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On Technobyte we review the Polar V800, we talk about how people with hearing disabilities use smartphones and Facebook’s video auto play feature may be draining your data.

The Polar V800 is the Polar flagship device for sport. The first thing once notices when you take it out the box is the build quality. Gorilla Glass, a stainless steel shell and a very robust rubber strap. The V800 is more than just a heart rate monitor; it is an all-encompassing activity tracker that keeps tabs of you all day. The V800 is designed to help you better understand what the impact of the sport by analysing your training and advising you how much time you should be giving your body to recover. It also syncs to the Polar Flow app where you can analyse and plan your training. This is the ultimate device for the hard-core athlete. They start at R5 500.00.

www.polarv800.com/za/

Microsoft gave the world a sneak peak of their next version of the Windows operating system calling it Windows 10. The new operating system is designed to work across many devices from a phone to a computer as well as incorporating small devices with the Internet of Things.

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/09/30/announcing-windows-10/

We all take it for granted that that we can use the functionalities of modern technologies like smartphones. But what if you have a hearing disability and using a hearing aid? How do people with hearing disabilities use these technologies? We chat to Peter Maree on how he manages to cope with his disability.

http://www.samsung.com/za/news/local/innovation-for-the-visually-hearing-and-physically-impaired

If you use Facebook on your mobile or tablet and you've experienced higher than usual bills, you should check your settings now as it could be due to the social network's auto play video function. Facebook has confirmed that videos uploaded onto the site will play automatically in users' news feed by default, both on Wi-Fi and on 3G and 4G internet connections, unless you actively opt for it not to.

How do I turn off the auto-play video feature?

Apple - Go to your phone's Settings click Facebook click Settings Select Auto-play only on Wi-Fi, or Off

Android Android told us Facebook app functions can be controlled through the handset and through the Facebook app itself. When we tried it on a few devices in the MoneySavingExpert.com office, we found the following steps worked via the Facebook app itself.

Go to your Facebook account Settings, click App Settings, then within General Settings select Auto-play only on Wi-Fi, or Off.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/protect/2014/09/facebook-app-user-beware-big-bills-as-videos-automatically-play


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