It is a well-perpetuated myth that closing apps on your iPhone will help save battery and make your phone’s performance improve. The result of closing apps on your phone has the opposite result compared to the desired effect.
When you “force close” your apps by double-tapping the home screen to show the Multitasking Menu and swiping up to close them, it creates more harm than good. When you see how many apps are open on your phone, you think that they must all be running in the background, draining the battery, and making our phones slower. However, you need to understand how iPhones suspend apps when they are not in use.
Most apps have three states:
- Active – This app is running in the foreground and is receiving events. This is the normal mode for an app that you are using currently.
- Background – This app is in the background and still receiving events. An app can run in the background momentarily while it is on its way to being suspended or it could run for longer. An example of this is when you have a navigation app giving you directions to a location. You may not be in the map app; however, it is giving you directions intermittently.
- Suspended – This app is the background and not receiving events. The system moves apps to this state automatically and while suspended, an app remains in memory. This means that the app will remember what you were doing last but, it will not get updates, use any battery, or harm the performance.
When you close the apps, you are taking the app from that suspended state and putting it into an inactive state. This makes it more laborious for the phone to re-open the app next time you use it. Closing the app will also drain the precious battery that you are trying to save. The only time that it is necessary to force-close an app is when the app is unresponsive. Otherwise, forcing close apps is much like turning your car off at stop signs, unproductive and wasting resources.
If you are concerned with battery, you can go into Settings>General>Background App Refresh and disable the refresh from apps that you don’t use or need to refresh frequently. Background App Refresh is a setting that lets certain apps check for new content and download updates in the background when they receive notification that it is available. Background App Refresh allows it to be ready for use the next time you open the app or you could just turn Background App Refresh off and let it update the next time you open the app.
21 Jul / 2017
These are the events that have helped to shape technology as we know it and they all have occurred in July.
July 1: The first Sony Walkman went on sale in Japan. This revolutionized the listening habits across the world.
July 3: The creation of the first computer network. UCLA created a network of the computers that linked together no matter the operating system or make of the computer. This was the first step in creating what became known as the internet.
July 9: Donkey Kong was released in 1981. This was the start of Donkey Kong and Mario, two of the most recognizable video game characters of all time.
July 10: The first International Communications Satellite was launched into space. This was a collaboration between US, Britain, and France to bring in a new world of communication.
July 14: Mariner 4 became the first spacecraft to perform a successful fly-by of Mars in 1965.
July 16: Apollo 11 is launched and becomes the first space mission to land men on the Moon.
July 17: The first photograph of a star was taken at Harvard Observatory in 1850.
July 18: Intel was founded on this day in 1968 in Santa Clara, California.
July 20: Viking 1 landed on Mars in 1976.
July 28: Dell Workstation 400 was introduced for mostly engineering purposes. The average cost was between $3000 and $8000.
07 Jul / 2017
Chancellor Gallagher identified Commercial Translation as a strategic focus area in Pitt’s 5-year Plan, “Making a Difference Together”. As a result, the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, Dr. Arthur Levine, has set Commercial Translation as a strategic priority and charged Assistant Vice Chancellor for Commercial Translation in the Health Sciences, Dr. Donald Taylor, with leading these efforts in the Health Sciences in collaboration with stakeholders across campus. The primary purpose of commercial translation is to elevate the core missions of both the university and the respective industry partners who support their commercial translation pathways via funding and research-oriented insights.
28 Jun / 2017
The F keys that sit at the top of your keyboard aren’t just useless decorations. Each as a special function that could help make your day a little easier.
F1: This is considered as the universal shortcut for help. If you press this in almost all programs, it will bring up the help menu.
F2: This key will help you edit or rename files. If you press this while selecting the file, you will be able to rename it. In Office, Ctrl+F2 will open print preview.
F3: F3 will help you search. It can search folders and files in Windows Explorer. If you press Shift + F3 in Word, it will toggle between capitalizing each word, lower case and upper case for the text you select.
F4: When you want to get to the cursor to focus on the address bar in Windows Explorer, press F4. Also, Alt+F4 will close the current program without saving the program. This is handy when you need to close something quickly.
F5: This may be the most useful of all the buttons. It will refresh for you. Whether that be when your desktop when icons are missing, your browser content isn’t cooperating, or you want to start a slide show over again in PowerPoint. Also if you press it in Office, it will open the “Find and Replace” dialog.
F6: When you are in Office, it will toggle between the menu items. When you are on the desktop, it will toggle from the desktop files to the taskbar and system tray. Also, when you are in a browser, it will toggle to the address bar.
F7: Easily access spell check in office by pressing this key. Also, Shift+F7 will run a thesaurus on a highlighted word.
F8: This is most useful in Word. Shift+F8 will allow you to shrink your current selection and Ctrl+F8 will allow you to resize the document.
F9: In Word, F9 refreshes the document. In Outlook, it will send or receive emails.
F10: Shift+F10 will function as a right-click on highlighted icons, files, and internet links. It will also activate the menu bar in the open application.
F11: This button will enter and exit fullscreen mode.
F12: This will open the “Save As” window in Microsoft Word. Shift+F12 just does a basic save and Ctrl+F12 opens a Word Doc.
09 Jun / 2017
How To Identify Spam Email
Identifying spam emails can be tricky as many come from someone you know or copy the look and feel of popular websites. They create emails and websites that have official looking logos and content. If you find that you are receiving unsolicited emails, there are a few easy ways to identify them as spam.
- Sender’s email address – If it contains a long string of characters before the @ sign, it is very likely that the email is spam.
- Check the “To” field – If the message was sent to several unrelated names or distribution lists then it is most likely spam.
- Urgency – If the email is instructing you to do something right away or within X hours, it is a good indication of spam.
- Attachments – Look for attachments you weren’t expecting and NEVER open attachments from an unknown sender. Viruses are often sent through a zip file.
- Grammatical and spelling errors – Most spam message will contain at least a few spelling or grammatical errors.
- Generic Greetings – If it says something like “IT Customer” or “Dear Valued Customers”, it could be spam.
- Links – Hover over the link to see if the URL that appears in the message matches the status bar and the URL that you are expecting to see. If you want to go to the website, you should type the website yourself.
- Requests for Personal Information – Banks, eBay, PayPal and other online services will NEVER ask you for your personal information through email. Ignore any email that asks you for personal information in an email or through a link in an email.
If you ever think you have received a spam email, delete it. Do not reply to the email and don’t assume that emails from someone you know are safe. If you are every unsure, please feel free to reach out to FIS.
22 May / 2017
The new Printing Services website contains new information about products and services. Printing Services is also launching a new digital storefront that can be accessed from their site. If you would like to see their new offerings or take look at the new website, click here.
12 May / 2017
James Van Poolen was named the National HDI Analyst of the Year on Wednesday night!
James interviewed at the local, regional, and national level against many other qualified candidates. At the national competition, in Washington D.C., James competed against the winner of four other local chapter areas. Support Analysts are asked about their understanding of industry standards, commitment to excellent service, and record of consistently exceeding performance objectives. James’s award was announced at the 2017 HDI conference in front of 2000+ people that were able to help him celebrate. Please help us congratulate James for this wonderful accomplishment.
Microsoft has announced that they are increasing the URL path length restriction from 256 units to 400. The new limit section will apply to the total length of the URL path. This includes all SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business URLS. In addition, Microsoft is now supporting # and % characters in the file and folder names. This will allow you to more effectively organize your files. In the past, you would receive an error if you used those characters in folder or file names.
To understand this limitation, it is important to also understand what comprises a URL. There are four parts to URLS.
Protocol: http:// or https://
Server name: pitt.sharepoint.com
Folder or file path: Manager Files/New Projects/May 2015
File Name: Projections for 2016 Fiscal Year.xlsx
The 3rd Annual Staff & Faculty Appreciation Picnic kicked off today at noon with music, food and prizes! We rounded up a few of the best #pittpicnic posts and videos from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
— Patrick Gallagher (@PittChancellor) May 3, 2017
— Heather Lyke (@Pitt_LykeAD) May 4, 2017
— Kannu Sahni (@kannusahni) May 4, 2017
— Dietrich School (@DietrichSchool) May 3, 2017
— Pitt SHRS (@PittSHRS) May 3, 2017
— Dorothy Voith (@voithdm) May 3, 2017
— GSPIA (@GSPIA) May 3, 2017
— Pitt (@PittTweet) May 3, 2017
— Pitt OT Department (@OTPitt) May 3, 2017