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8 do’s and don’ts when your iPhone gets stolen

Learn how to protect yourself even after

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It’s alarming how thieves are getting smarter. They won’t simply steal your phone, they’ll even try to phish information and hijack your important accounts. Even though we try our best to safeguard our valuables by being careful and using anti-theft accessories, bad things still happen.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind if your iPhone gets stolen, because we can and should still protect ourselves after the incident:

Do: Find your iPhone via Find my iPhone

Now that you’ve snapped out of your emotions, borrow someone’s iPhone to use the Find my iPhone feature, or log in here. When you’ve finally located it, lock your phone and delete your data.

Don’t: Click on any link requiring your credentials

According to a study by Trend Micro, thieves take advantage of your heightened emotions to take over your devices. These criminals know you’ll locate your iPhone and lock it through the Find my iPhone feature. This is why they’ll send an email or SMS message to notify you that your device has been recovered. Some messages look official Apple messages, so you’ll click the link and access your account to get your phone back. I mean, who wouldn’t, right?

Which is why you need to avoid clicking a link that requires your credentials. When you log in, the criminals get your details and will use it to compromise your account, and unlock your stolen iPhone. Now that’s a surefire way of saying goodbye to your phone

Do: Report your loss and file a police report

When your iPhone gets stolen, head to the nearest precinct and file a police report so officers can help catch the criminal. It can also serve as proof when you file an insurance claim. Additionally, remember to call your carrier so they can disconnect service to your stolen phone, preventing any unauthorized cellular usage. If it’s a company-issued phone, notify your employer immediately.

Don’t: Breakdown

I know, it’s devastating to get your beloved phone stolen. After all, we’re talking about pretty much our whole lives being taken away. From our social media accounts that let us stay connected, photos that remind us of our favorite travels, work — basically, everything we need in our lives.

However, getting on an emotional rollercoaster won’t get you your phone back. Making a step towards recovering it will do.

Do: Remove your debit and credit card information

Your utmost priority is to remove all information concerning your finances. There are a lot of cases surrounding thieves using someone’s credit card, simply because your whole billing information is saved either via Apple Pay or other payment methods.

Don’t let them mess with your personal life even more. Here’s how you can remove your billing information using iCloud.

Don’t: Try to recover it yourself

If you were able to locate your iPhone, there’s a hundred percent chance you’ll go to where it is and find it. This is a recipe for disaster and you should avoid doing this risk at all costs. Get help from a police officer, even though you think they won’t be of much help. Notify them about the latest update on your stolen device, especially the person who took your report.

Do: Change your passwords immediately

When you’re not panicking anymore, don’t just wait for help to magically appear. The stars won’t align to return your phone to you. Start changing your passwords on all your accounts to prevent them from getting hacked. If you have a password manager, that’ll make everything easier. If not, then you have to go through a tedious process of changing everything that you can remember.

Don’t: Erase your iPhone from your Apple ID

If you’re still hoping to get your iPhone back, don’t ever do this. Erasing your iPhone won’t let you track your stolen phone anymore using the Find my iPhone feature. Unless you’ve given up hope, then by all means just do it.

If your previous attempts to recover your iPhone seem futile and everything else fails, you can just cry. But don’t forget to alert your friends, families, colleagues and other people you need to inform. We might not be able to stop these thieves, but we can outsmart them and make their stolen iPhones useless. Looking at the silver lining, sometimes when we lose phones (or people) it’s because something better is coming.

Hands-On

realme 9i Hands-On

Solid as usual
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The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.

Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper: 

Performance

  • 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate 
  • Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
  • 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB 
  • 128GB Internal Storage 
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 33W Dart Charge tech

Cameras

  • 50MP main camera
  • 2MP macro lens
  • 2MP depth lens
  • 16MP selfie shooter

Here are some samples for your appreciation.

Neat, simple, and elegant

The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.

As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C  port, and 3.5mm jack. 

On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner. 

And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons. 

Overall, the realme 9i  looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.

General usage

Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far. 

The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.

Media consumption and gaming

We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights  on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps. 

Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.

The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.

Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.

Battery life

On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.

When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.

Solid as usual

realme 9i

 

The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.

The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.

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vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review

vivo’s best smartphone just got even better!

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The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!

Unlike the X50, X60, and X70 series, the X80 series only consists of two models this time around.

Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.

But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?

Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!

 

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Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Premium, smart timepiece

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Watch GT 3 Pro

Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. 

Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time. 

Unboxing

The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle. 

 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it? 

Watch GT 3 Pro

By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel. 

Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone. 

 

Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking. 

First impressions 

What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist. 

I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

 

Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package. 

Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out. 

Pricing and availability 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition. 

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