Every once in a while, you might be stumbling upon shared experiences on the internet involving smartphone theft cases. However, it really really hurts when it happens to you. Here’s how to safeguard a lost phone using the device’s IMEI code.
While any kind of theft deserves a nervous response, smartphone thefts, usually leave a deeper dent in almost every aspect involving the smartphone’s purchase.
That is because of the fact that we are entitled towards excessive smartphone dependency. More than almost 60% of our workload is taken up by smartphones these days, which comprises tasks like buying a pair of jeans, controlling a house’s features, obtaining instant transportation services, etc. Most of us, if not all, store crucial private information on our smartphones. Imagine; all of it taken away from you in the snap of a finger (no pun intended)!
You wouldn’t be able to change your light bulb hue or heck, even unlock the door. No movie pass for quicker theater access, and no support from Uber or Lyft. Life would be hell until you get a new phone or manage to find the old one.
While there are a ton of ways you can go about searching for your phone in the deep abyss of the vast network of thieves, using an IMEI number could magnify the effect and get you a step closer to your stolen device faster. But what does IMEI mean, and why is it on your smartphone in the first place?
What does IMEI stand for?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity and is primarily used for the identification of smartphones and satellite phones. Think of it as a unique identification number which is different for each device. This number comes in handy mostly at times when the smartphone is stolen/lost and is mainly used by network carriers to blacklist smartphones which are allegedly stolen.
You can find your smartphone’s IMEI number just by typing in “*#06#” in the dial pad on Android phones. On iOS, you can easily find the same by going to Settings – General – About. However, in case if your device is already stolen and you don’t know your IMEI number, look for it on the box in which your device was initially packaged. It should look like this:
And if by chance, you also don’t sport a box for your device, you can also use Apple and Google’s online services to know the IMEI number.
How to find the IMEI number for your device?
For Apple devices, as listed on Apple’s official support page:
- Go to your Apple ID account page (appleid.apple.com) in a web browser on your computer.
- Sign in with the Apple ID that you use on the device that you need the serial or IMEI/MEID of.
- Scroll down to the section called Devices. To see a device’s serial and IMEI/MEID number, select that device.
For Android devices:
- Get a hold of a browser and go to google.com/settings.
- Note that you must be signed it with the same account associated with the lost/stolen device.
- Once signed in, click the arrow next to the Android. It’ll reveal all the devices signed in on this account.
- You’ll find the IMEI number along with a bunch of other information about the device.
Final Execution: How to safeguard your device using its IMEI number?
This piece of advice is intended to be generalized a bit. This is because it involves contacting your carrier for further safeguarding your device from extensive acts of evil.
What do you think? Where do stolen smartphones go? There are two main possibilities I can think of as of this writing-
- Sold in the black market for a cheaper rate, but charged extra for your data that’s still in it.
- Used for criminal acts involving planned heists, kidnappings, acts of terrorism etc.
At the end of the day, it’ll be you who’ll be investigated for a crime which involved your phone, already having a SIM card registered on your name. Now, this is where IMEI comes in handy.
With IMEI, just contact your cellular service provider and ask them to blacklist your device for further usage of the device on any network. That’s the major difference between just blocking a SIM using a phone number and blocking a device using the IMEI code. It deems your device unfit for any network once blocked by the service provider upon your request.
And without network connections of any sort, the thief won’t have anything to do with it. And maybe, just maybe (I’m not giving false hopes) you’ll get your phone back.
Though, one backdrop with IMEI is that you can’t use it to track down your device in real time. This is because of strict regulations developed in most countries with respect to people’s privacy over telecommunications. In fact, you could spend time in jail if you even tried to track down a device using the IMEI code in Singapore and some other countries as well. Not only that, even carriers don’t have direct permission to take out any info on the device’s whereabouts until requested by legal authorities.
With a stable increase in the number of smartphones each year, there’s a lot to care about. But it seems that manufacturers and OEM’s often overshadow the need for better theft protection tools. I mean, just consider Apple and Google’s online tools. Those can’t detect the device if it’s turned off or damn if it’s even cut off from internet connectivity. A tool that could overcome those hurdles could end the suffering of millions of sad ex-smartphone owners the next time they think about buying a $1000 smartphone.
Palm’s new alleged smartphone oddly impresses the mind with unconventional features
Apparently, if you’ve ever held a Palm in your hand, you’d be disappointed to learn about the latest allegations in favor of this new Palm device. It was spotted by AndroidPolice.
The device is codenamed “Pepito,” and it has the specs of a phone launched in 2010. The bizarre new device, headed for Verizon, surprisingly has a 3.3-inch 720p LCD display, making it the smallest smartphone currently. I get it, the Palm’s meant to fit your palm but anyone today would prefer a slightly larger screen, if not a phablet. Additionally, to add up to the embarrassment, the phone can hold only up to 800 mAh of charge into its battery, which is way, way behind the general terms today.
Even with a smaller screen-size, an 800 mAh battery won’t even last you a day. Although, things get a bit bizarre acknowledging the fact that this device is gonna have a Snapdragon 435 processor with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It doesn’t come very clear so as to why an outdated design; with a small battery, has an internal structure updated to match today’s requirements.
Plus, the phone will sport Android’s 8.1 OS, and will allegedly ship in Titanium and Gold color options. It’s a fact, judging by the photo that the phone will be adorable enough to hold it in your hands; it’ll fit in well, too. Palm has a history for compact and captivating phones, and this one seems to be no different; except for its awfully tiny screen size and battery capacity.
Again, there’s a lot of blurriness so as to whom this phone will be made for. Maybe people who don’t want to meddle with more standardized budget phones? Could it be the ultimate budget phone?
Well, there’s only one way to find out.
The Palm line of devices is historically known to be quite compelling and eyebrow-raising. The Palm Pre, for example, had impressive software along with a decent camera and a good keyboard. It was considered one of the snappiest phones of its time. It was also one of the phones which initially brought iOS-style multitasking cards into reality.
But, even at that time, Palm phones suffered from a bad battery life and worst screen qualities. And it seems that this alleged new phone tends to gruesomely continue this unholy vogue in the Palm line of devices.
Samsung’s launched its Note 9 with a bigger battery, new S Pen, and a updated camera.
After numerous anticipations, hopes, and prominent leaks, Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Note 9 today.
It was clear two days before the launch event that the phone would have a slightly refreshed design with the fingerprint sensor relocated below the camera lens- courtesy of a leaked video by Samsung itself.
Anyway, despite the suspense-killing leaks, Samsung still managed to generate some hype around the Note 9. The screen is minimally larger now, around a fraction of an inch larger. And new colors have been introduced as well.
However, the most notable feature in the Note 9 is, surprisingly its 4000 mAh battery, which is a 700 mAh increase from the last iteration in the Note line. But, the reason an increased battery capacity is noteworthy on a Samsung device is due to the acknowledgment of the fact that it failed miserably doing just so two years ago. If you don’t recollect what I’m pointing at here, remember that exploding Note 7 meme? Or much better, remember that Note 7 GTA 5 mod?
Yes, those were dark times for Samsung, but the company convalesced by playing it safe with the Note 8. And while the Note 9 isn’t a significant upgrade from its predecessor, it pushes the boundaries a bit.
Another sub-product that Samsung is pacing into is the S Pen. The new stylus from Samsung packs a supercapacitor which accumulates energy when it’s parked into the slot. This battery is incorporated to back the Bluetooth low-energy technology in the S Pen. According to Samsung, the stylus will get 30 minutes of standby time from just 40 seconds of charging.
If you’re wondering what’s the role of Bluetooth in the S Pen, the famous stylus has gained new abilities like controlling music playback, snapping photos with a click, and swapping to the front camera with a double-click. Additionally, developers will be able to delve into more ideas (and work on them) regarding the use of the new S Pen, thanks to Samsung’s SDK.
Another significant update on the Note 9 is its camera. Instead of focusing on hardware, Samsung has modernized the software. Just like every other Android OEM recently, Note 9’s camera software now has AI that detects the object of a photograph and relevantly chooses the best lighting conditions, among other adjustments.
However, a new feature in terms of camera software is Flaw Detection. After capturing a photo, the camera software can detect smudges, shaky bits, and noise in the photo. But, the hardware is just as important as good software; noting that, the rear dual camera has a dual-lens OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)- one is a 12 MP autofocus camera with OIS, and other is a 12 MP telephoto lens with autofocus and OIS. The front camera is an 8 MP lens, also with autofocus.
Aside from the camera, the internals includes an Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chip running on Android Oreo. The Note 9 also sports 6 or 8 GB of RAM.
But the real deal-breaker here is the increase in storage capacity. This is where Samsung is really pushing the boundaries. The Note 9 has a 512 GB storage option, which, then can be increased to 1 TB using a memory card. Although, a 128 GB version is available as well.
But, as high as these storage options go, their respective prices, too, soar high, touching the $1000 mark. The 128 GB version costs $999.99 and the 512 GB version costs a whopping $1249.99. The pre-orders are commencing at the 10th of August, and the phone will be available for sale starting 24th of August.
As for the colors, the Note 9 will ship in Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple, which come with a purple and yellow stylus, respectively.
I switched to Cake browser for a week, and I’m not going back!
The one thing you should know about me is that my curiosity levels soar high, almost at all times. And for the same reason, I often find myself glued to my iPhone.
When computers were considered to be the latest trend in technology, there wasn’t much portability in its applications. Whenever you’d want to get insights on a topic, or simply send an email, you’d have to wait to get home to access that monstrous box with a screen which then, apparently overwhelmed you with information.
But, thankfully, progress has led us to an era where a significant part of our life now is dependent on smartphones. To sum it all up in high-school syllabus terms, smartphones are something which has made the process of acquiring information much easier, among other things.
As for me, I used to use Safari to access the web when I wasn’t near a laptop or a desktop. It’s fluid, simple, minimalistic; and the most important thing is it gets the job done, every time. It’s also probably one of the most secure browsers out there. But, after some time using the famed browser from Apple, I got bored. Have you ever felt UI sickness? I’ve coined that term for myself meaning getting bored/sick of using the same UI every day. Yeah, I felt that using Safari. Things got way too minimalistic.
Then, I shifted my focus to Google’s Chrome browser for iOS. Albeit, I got tired of that as well. Further, I tried Mozilla. It had this heaviness that repelled me away from it. Not to mention other browsers, I had tried everything to make myself more interactive towards my research. I wanted to make collecting information fun, fast, and interesting for myself. And neither of the mainstream browsers available for the platform (iOS) managed to get even close.
Later, upon contemplating the reasons for the loss of my interest in research, I realized that it wasn’t the browsers that inhibited my concerns; it was the way the browsing methods were laid on in the first place. But, eventually, in my conquest for finding a better browsing option, I found Cake.
Cake, in this case, is not something you devour by melting it in your saliva. It is a full-fledged browser which revolutionizes the way you browse. So far, we have experienced mobile browsers that are just a port of desktop browsers morphed into a compact form. No browser directs towards making the browsing experience unique for smartphones. But, here’s when Cake’s intervention shakes things up.
Based in Utah, Cake Technologies Inc. is a venture-backed startup founded in 2016 that focuses on providing the best experience from a browser.
What is the most important function of a browser?- To search for things using search engines like Google, Bing, etc. However, according to a study by Moz in 2016, when searching on a traditional mobile browser, it takes 87% longer to find and click on a relevant result as compared to desktop browsers.
What Cake does is, instead of displaying a list of search results from search engines, it presents them in a card format all loaded up so that you can get to the most relevant result’s content directly. The next two results are loaded in the background so when you swipe over to them (as it’s a card format), they are already loaded. This way you won’t have to scroll, scan or involve in back-and-forth navigation while searching for your favorite kind of animal. The folks over at Cake have named this feature “Index suppression.”
The browser also optimizes pages from its side to enable faster load times. With that said, pages with a faster loading speed in a search result are given the most preference. So, even if a page ranks top in search results in a traditional browser, it won’t rank first in Cake browser if it won’t have the best load time and relevancy.
Another notable feature from Cake is group search. It groups your search results into one media type which is chosen by you. For instance, if you are looking for earphones to buy, you can type in the term “earphones” in the URL bar and then tap on the shopping cart indicating you want search results for shopping. The browser will automatically display all the results from Google’s rankings that lead to shopping earphones. Further, it loads up shopping sites like Amazon, eBay, etc. by the side so you can always swipe over.
Cake browser, just like its name, uses delightful colors all over the app’s interface. Mostly, the app has a mixture of references from Google’s material design and Apple’s huge titles- even on Android. Even though there’s a lot of information and links being displayed on the screen, all at once, the browser’s designed in such a way that it doesn’t look muddled.
It’s best if I describe this browser as a combination of Safari and Chrome, but on steroids. Overall, the URL bar and the settings elements are plain, bold black and white, while the homepage is radically blue.
This browser plays a huge part in terms of functionality. It contains a plethora of ground-breaking features that enable you to save a lot of time, and also stride through the internet effortlessly. I have already educated you on the basic idea that this browser works around. So, here are some more…
More than it’s a browser, it’s a content curation tool. And this becomes prominent as soon as you open the app. You’ll be greeted with links for the top 5 trending searches on Google for the day. When you tap on them, you’ll be provided with articles that justify the trending result. For example, it was the International Cat day yesterday, and upon clicking the trend, the browser loaded articles providing more information on the topic.
Somehow, Taylor Swift’s cats got a mention everywhere…
Slices is a pretty neat feature that comes packed in with the browser. Basically, it shows you the headlines from all the major websites depending on the topic you select.
How you do it is, you open a new tab, tap on the genres available at the top for the Slices feature, and the browser will load the homepage of every website related to that genre. For instance, if you tap on “Gaming,” the browser will open relevant news websites like IGN, Polygon, etc. It’s a superb feature if you want to discover more websites, and get to know different points of view.
AdBlock and Security
Cake browser’s core functions are similar to every browser available for the mobile app market. However, as I said earlier- the app’s on steroids. It comes along with a built-in ad blocker that blocks ads on any and every website you visit. Although, there is an option to disable ad block just in case if you want to become generous towards websites.
Besides, on every website, the browser indicates if it has SSL encryption or not. This helps you stay away from the ones that could potentially harm your data.
This browser supports customization than any other browser in Android as well as on iOS combined. For starters, you can customize which websites you prefer in terms of search results. For example, while searching for headphones, you want search results from eBay first instead of Amazon, you can change the preference in the swipe-down results after you search for a query.
On top of that, Cake also lets you change the app icon with about 20 options to choose from.
You can also decide upon which search engine to use, and you can change it anytime you want. But, the default is Google.
I’ve been using Cake for about a week now, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to any other mobile browser, let alone Safari and Chrome. But, that is only unless either Apple, Google or Firefox introduce the same or better features. Well, I haven’t told you about the best part about this browser yet: It’s 100% ad-free.
However, it’s not always so sweet in Cake land. There was one time when the browser faced connectivity issues, where pages would load painfully slow. Other than that, the app was fluid as hell. And it certainly changed the way I browse- a way which I couldn’t ever have imagined.