Just because your iPhone is locked with a passcode or Touch ID doesn’t mean it’s safe from prying eyes and fingers. From text message notifications to Siri, your phone’s lock screen is brimming with alerts, features, and settings that anyone can tamper with, even after you’ve locked your handset.

Luckily, iOS has plenty of settings that can help lock down your phone’s lock screen. For example, you can keep sensitive notifications hidden, disable controls that could put your lost phone in airplane mode, turn off lock-screen access to Siri, and more.

Turn off lock screen notifications

You’d probably never dream of letting a stranger rifle through your text messages and email inbox, but that’s what could happen if you allow apps like Messages and Mail to put alerts on your iPhone’s lock screen. It’s even possible to reply to a text message or trash a mail message directly from the notification, even if your iPhone is locked.

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If you don’t want your latest text messages showing up on your iPhone’s lock screen, make sure to disable lock screen alerts for the Messages app.

If you’re worried about the wrong people seeing notifications from Messages, Mail, and other applications on your iPhone’s lock screen, consider turning off lock screen notifications for your most sensitive apps.

Tap Settings > Notifications to see a (probably massive) list of app the apps installed on your iOS device. Tap an app, then switch off the Show on Lock Screen setting to keep the app’s notifications from appearing on your lock screen. Unfortunately, there’s no way to turn off all lock screen notifications at once.

Block access to Today widgets and Notifications

Swipe from left to right on your locked iPhone screen, and you—or anyone else who’s got your device—can see your Today widgets. That means, depending on the widgets you’ve installed, they could check your calendar, peek at your Mail inbox, speed dial your favorite contacts, and more. Some apps are sensitive about what they show when your iPhone is locked—Activity, for example, and Find My Friends, won’t show anything in their widgets until you unlock the phone. 

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Your widgets will be accessible to anyone who has your iPhone until you turn off lock screen access for the Today View.

Also, if you swipe down from the top of the Today view, you’ll see a running tally of all your lock screen notifications, neatly organized by date. Essentially, it’s a history of your important app activity for the past week, all there for anyone to see.

If you don’t want just anyone to be able to view your agenda in the Today view or past app alerts in Notifications, you can tap Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, scroll down to the Allow Access When Locked section, then uncheck the Today View and Notifications View settings.


A new report from South Korea claims that Samsung is working on a smartphone display that will be curved not just at the sides, but also at the top and bottom.

Such a display will be a further improvement on the screen of the company’s recently released flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. Will the next Samsung Galaxy smartphone feature the new screen?

Samsung Working On Screen That Curves On Four Sides

The report, published by South Korea’s ETNews, states that Samsung Display and LG Display are working together for the project to create a truly bezel-less display for smartphones.

By having the screen curved at all four sides and eliminating the top and bottom bezels, the screen-to-body ratio of a smartphone with such a display will be more than 98 percent. In comparison, the screen-to-body ratio of the Galaxy S8 is 83 percent.

However, the display will likely not be featured in a smartphone this year, as Samsung works to solve the main challenge in creating a screen that curves on all four sides.

The Challenge For Bezel-less Displays

Creating a truly bezel-less screen is not an easy feat. According to the report, the main challenge in the project lies in the lamination process that Samsung uses for its displays.

OLED panels go through a lamination process that introduces a protective layer to the screen, in addition to adding the touch film to the display. However, if the screen is curved on all four sides, the four corners of the display are rendered useless. This is because the current lamination process that Samsung uses will not allow the corners to register the touch of users.

According to one of ETNews’ sources, this challenge is also the reason why Apple decided to incorporate a flat OLED panel into its upcoming iPhone 8 instead of the previously rumored curved OLED screen.

Samsung and LG are now working to find a workaround for the problem. Samsung has given itself several months to improve its lamination process to work with a screen that curves on all sides, as the company is planning to unveil the display early next year.

However, in addition to the lamination process, Samsung may have to improve the durability of the screen, as more glass on the face of a smartphone means a higher surface area for a component that may shatter when dropped.

Such a time frame means that Samsung could be looking to incorporate a truly bezel-less display for the Galaxy S9.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Rolled Out

While Samsung is already working on technology that may be for the Galaxy S9, customers are still focused on getting the most out of the recently launched Galaxy S8.

Upgrading to the Galaxy S8, especially for Galaxy S6 users who will soon have their two-year contract expire, is a no-brainer, as the latest flagship Samsung smartphones packs more powerful specifications and improved features. One criticism against the Galaxy S8, however, is the location of the fingerprint sensor. Placed at the back of the device, users may find themselves smudging their camera lens more often than they would like when trying to reach for the sensor with their finger.

Samsung also made sure that the Galaxy S8 is safe from exploding batteries, as the company looks to move away from the stigma left by the controversial Galaxy Note 7.

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BlackBerry’s coming apparatus lineup does really continue as the mobile operating system of option in the Priv’s use of Android.

The 3D graphics functionality was quantified by GFXBench of the BlackBerry STH100-x while recording other tidbits of the unit like its operating system, screen memory, size and storage.

Both the Rome apparatus and the Hamburg were never rumored to be top-grade apparatus. Rather, they were anticipated to be mid range offerings, more affordable than the current main of BlackBerry, the Priv.

Apart from the preceding, no confirmed release date has been set for the apparatus. Additionally, we are still left with no advice regarding the real cost of the Hamburg when it does debut after this year.

Beyond the GFXBench leak, the remainder of Blackberry’s strategies are not yet been unveiled. By then we expect to have a clearer image of what it’ll look like, too, although we anticipate a couple of things to change here and there.

Will it have the characteristic BlackBerry computer keyboard or will it come with just a touch screen for input signal? Or, will it follow in the design language of the Priv and integrate a sliding computer keyboard together with an all-touch screen?

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Computers are everywhere and constantly being enhanced. From desktops to notebooks and then from notebooks to gaming notebooks, the initiations are continuous.

Although desktop computers or PCs have made their mark on daily lives, they’re slowly being replaced by laptop computers. Any great notebook can do about the same, while desktop computers are accustomed to produce spreadsheets, kind docs and send e-mails.

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These are just a number of the things to think about when buying gaming notebooks. Be conscious of the brand new technologies which are coming into play each day, every year and plan to update when its time.

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