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Amid the Success of the iPhone 5s, How is the iPhone 5c Doing?

Amid the Success of the iPhone 5s, How is the iPhone 5c DoingIt is just common for siblings, especially twins, to have conflicts that can further lead to a full-blown sibling rivalry. And for the people around them, they can’t help but compare. Often, it’s a case of a health competition, but there are times when it can get very ugly. But you know what, this doesn’t exclusively apply to humans; it can also be witnessed on anything you can think of.

Guess what, Apple’s brainchildren are also affected by the aforementioned phenomenon. The iPhones 5s and 5c are always being compared to each other, given that they were released in the same place at the same time. Thereafter, people have been scrutinizing the figures that both models are doing about. And as it turns out, the 5c is left behind in the numbers game while the 5s has been regarded as the fastest-selling iPhone of all time.

Some might ask, why is this even the case? For starters, the 5s has been integrated with a number of powerful specs and innovative features that are first seen in the smartphone industry, such as the Touch ID and the A7 processor. In addition, the camera enhancements of the 5s have captured photography enthusiasts and selfie-addicts alike. And if you are on the brink of making the biggest decision of your life, will you be choosing the feature-packed 5s or the plastic-coated 5c, which are just one hundred dollars away from each other? Even I might have chosen the 5s, considering the parsimonious me.

Let’s not go further away; anyway, it’s the iPhone 5c we’re talking about here. According to Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at telecoms research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, “The cheaper 5c appeals to a broader audience than Apple usually attracts.” The colorful, plastic-covered phone has captivated an older, less well-off clientele in the U.S. market. Figures show that 42 percent of iPhone 5c owners earn less than $49,000 compared to the 21 percent for iPhone 5s. Also, demographics in terms of age shows that the average age of 5c users are of 38 years old, unlike for the 5s of 34 years old.

However, the greatest news here for Apple comes from the appeal that the iPhone 5c has among non-iOS users. It shows that almost half of the 5c users have switched from competitor brands, specifically from Samsung and LG. For them, the 5c turned out to be the safest transition from whatever mobile platform they were into to iOS. After that, it’s up to the 5c to ensure that the new recruits will love iOS that they will never consider leaving ever again.

After all these, can we regard the 5c a big success? I share the opinion of a number of analysts that it is. It may not have outdone the 5s, but it definitely helped Apple in boosting its share in the global smartphone market.


Would You Expose Your Dropbox Files to the Masses?

dropboxNot everything you have is meant to be shared. While religious teachings want us to practice generosity, there are just some things in life that are better left unknown; better left unsaid. So if you’d think that one of which is your password to your personal accounts, then you are partly right.

I’m sorry, what? Partly?

It’s not a misprint or something. Actually, you do need to share your password, but evidently, only to the person close to you to prepare for that inevitable day when you breathe your last breath, or become incapacitated. But… you should know how and when to draw the line. Do you have your own Dropbox account? That’s more likely what we are going to talk about today.

This file hosting service—as we all users know—offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. With that being said, it lessens the need for USB data cables since you can just access and/or drop any electronic files in your Dropbox account so long as you are connected to the internet. Well, it’s good to have a repository for all your files, but what files really are you keeping in your Dropbox account? May I know? Or the question is: should I know?

Everything you store in your Dropbox account is definitely none of everyone’s business apart from you. And as I have said, not everything is meant to be shared. Now, if you have an iPhone 5S in your hand then there’s nothing pretty much to be bothered about. Well, except when you are asleep and someone used your finger to access your handheld device. On a lighter note, what if someone accidentally—or perhaps intentionally—got your Dropbox credentials? Would you freak out? Shudder no more, because Two-factor authentication has got you covered.

What is two-factor authentication, you ask? Well, it basically combines your password with an additional security code that can only be used once. This code is then sent to your smartphone that you need to enter upon logging into your Dropbox account to access it. Sounds pretty neat, right? If you don’t want to disclose your Dropbox Files to the public, then might as well set up the two-factor authentication.

 Here’s how:

To secure your Dropbox files, first off, you must log in to your Dropbox account. Then once you are logged in, go the Settings by selecting your name in the upper right corner of the window. Found the Settings already? Great! Now, select the Security tab. Now, look for the Account in the heading and find Two-step verification. Once you’ve found it, you may now enable it. Dropbox will then walk you through the process as you setup two-factor authentication. It will then prompt you to enter your Dropbox password. Once you’ve entered the password, you will be asked whether you want the security code via text messages or use the authenticator app instead. If you are subscribed in an unlimited text messaging plan, then it would be pretty much easy for you to choose receiving security codes via text messages instead. But if not, then you can always have the authenticator app that can provide lots of suggestions, too. Now, if you opted for the text message, you will be prompted to enter your phone number. Key it in, and then just follow the process.

But what if you’ve experienced a mishap, say like lost your phone? You need not worry, since two-factor authentication leaves you a 16-digit emergency backup code that you can use to access your Dropbox account once again.

So when you log into your account the next time, you will now be asked to enter the security code apart from your username and password. They will then send you a message that contains the code. Happy Dropboxing indeed!