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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Turn off Wi-Fi Assist on iOS 9 to save your mobile data

ONE feature that was introduced in Apple’s iOS 9 for iPhones is the ability for your mobile data to kick in automatically if you’re connected to a slow Wi-Fi network. But what if you don’t have the data for this?
It’s called Wi-Fi Assist, and most Android devices have had this for a couple of years under slightly different names such as Download Booster on Samsung Galaxy devices. On Android phones, the feature is implemented to help you download larger files faster by combining Wi-Fi with mobile data. This isn’t turned on by default, so you don’t need to worry about accidentally downloading a massive file on your mobile data.
Apple is using this feature a little differently on iOS 9, though. By default, Wi-Fi Assist is on and will allow your mobile data to kick in if your Wi-Fi connection is too slow.
While on the surface this seems like a handy feature which makes sure you’re always connected to fast internet, it can also catch you out if you have limited mobile data limits.
So how do you turn it off?
Firstly, jump into the settings app and then tap on Mobile.
Alternatively, you could search for Wi-Fi Assist with the new search functions in settings.
After you’re in the Mobile menu, scroll right down to the bottom until you find the Wi-Fi Assist toggle and tap it off.
Or you could keep it on if you have the data for it.
That’s it! Now feel free to download to your hearts content on slow Wi-Fi without the fear of your mobile data kicking in.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New Surf Park Produces Oceanic Waves in Thousand-Foot-Long Pool

For UK-based surfing enthusiasts who aren’t local to a coast, the Surf Snowdonia makes it possible to catch great waves, even when you’re stuck inland. The man-made lake was recently opened in North Wales, where it can produce the world’s longest artificial waves and is considered the closest thing to an ocean break. Fun for surfers, body boarders, and kayakers alike, the attraction took nearly a decade to complete and is the site of a former aluminum factory.
This impressive facility was built by a company called Wavegarden, and it measures almost a thousand feet long and 400 feet wide. To produce the massive waves, it uses an underwater plow to roll them as high as six-and-a-half feet high for nearly 500 feet. The waves also change as they travel the length of the pool, which helps create a more realistic experience for up to 36 participants at a time. In addition to surfing, visitors can also enjoy a restaurant, a coffee shop, and onsite camping.
Soon, North Wales won’t be the only place with this innovative surf spot. Wavegarden has plans to build the Nland Surf Park in Austin, Texas in 2016.