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In an age where everything is quite literally accessible at the touch of a button, it makes sense that technology users want even quicker ways to enjoy their smart devices. That’s where technology hacks come in.

By its very definition, hacking is a strategy employed in order to complete an activity or use time, more efficiently. That’s exactly what technology hacks do. 

Technology hacks know no bounds. Whether it’s a television, computer, tablet or smartphone, one of these 5 hacks is bound to make using the device simpler in order to amplify the user experience.

5 Cool Tech Hacks 

When the words technology and hack are used in the same sentence, there can be an element of fear. However, instead of hacking into computer and phone systems to steal personal information, the 5 hacks listed below work to make life with technology easier. 

1-Charging phones quicker

With the number of tasks a smartphone has to complete during the course of a day, it’s no wonder they lose charge. However, this can prove to be a hassle. Luckily there is a way to speed up the charging process. Switching the phone to Airplane Mode while charging, or even turning it off can work wonders. 

This trick works to speed up charging as it effectively cuts the phone off from phone towers and GPS. Meaning that the phone won’t be burning energy trying to keep up to date with notifications. Instead, it can just focus on charging.

2-Uploading a picture to get it identified

Many people are likely to have experienced the feeling of looking at an object and wondering what it is. But then, how can someone transcribe an image into the Google search bar? Enter Google Goggles. 

Google has created its very own photo recognition tool. Simply upload the picture of the unknown object and it will come up with near matches in order to provide users with reliable results.

3-Making printer ink last

Rather than letting low ink disrupt the printing of an important document, try a tech hack instead. In order to get most out of ink cartridges, once the ink gets low, take it out of the printer and run it under a hairdryer. Once the cartridge is warm, place it back in the printer and marvel at the results. 

This tech hack works because the heat from the dryer loosens up the ink that’s become stuck to the side of the cartridge. The residue ink, instead of going to waste, can then be used to finish off an important printing job. 

4-Keeping cords and wires in shape

Anyone who owns a charger will know what it feels like when the cords start to fray, rendering the charging device useless and dangerous. Instead of spending money in order to replace the damaged charger, try using a preventative measure. 

Simply dismantle a pen, take out the metal spring and wrap it around the end of the cord. This ensures that the cord will be kept straight, protecting the wire’s covering from bending and breaking. 

5-Using Google maps when offline

Sometimes getting lost on the roads or traveling in an overseas country can mean data charges in order to use Google maps. However, it doesn’t have to be like this. Users simply need to search for a city or region and press the download button located at the bottom of the screen. 

Downloading means that the area or location will be available, even when the phone is offline. While offline maps work more like a street directory, they are great for when people get lost without cell service. 

The endless possibilities of technology 

Technology, in its various forms, was created to make life easier for the average individual. From phones to laptops and now tablets and smartwatches, these means of technology exist in order to connect society to instantaneous information. 

However, like with anything, there are downsides to technology. Be it charging devices or damaged power cords, sometimes technology can be painful. Yet, with a few simple and yet effective tech hacks, the power of technology really shines. Tech hacks at once simplify and amplify the user experience. Making the possibilities and benefits of technology, quite literally endless. 

Luke Fitzpatrick

Written By Luke Fitzpatrick

Luke Fitzpatrick has been published in Forbes, Yahoo! News and Influencive. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, lecturing in Cross-Cultural Management and the Pre-MBA Program. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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