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How To Properly Clean Your Electronic Devices

It’s important to keep your electronic devices clean on a regular basis. Dirt, bacteria, and dust collect on the surface and in the device. Dirty surfaces can cause acne or illness. Interior dirt build-up can lead to technical problems. So, here’s how to actually clean your phone and other devices.

Sadly, wiping your shirt or sleeve on everything does not do the trick. But, you do have to be careful to not scratch surfaces or avoid putting harsh chemicals on your $1K device. Depending on how dirty your device is, get rid of excess dirt with a dry microfiber cloth first. Also, use soft items for wiping, and apply the solution to the cleaner first not the device. Anything stiff will scratch the screen.

Smartphones

Phones should be cleaned the most often. Every other day would be ideal, but once a week is okay. Use either 50-70% isopropyl alcohol to dampen a cotton ball or microfiber and go over the front and back. Since tablets are basically just bigger smartphones, this same method can apply. Take off your case and clean both case and device thoroughly.

Laptops

Laptops can get surprisingly dirty. The culprit? Debris in the keyboard. Back in the day, I had a laptop where the fan stopped working due to dirt build-up. So it’s important to clean the inside and outside out thoroughly. For the exterior: Mix dish soap and water and dip into microfiber cloth, wringing out excess fluid. Wipe down entire surface. Wipe again with dry cloth. For the interior: check out these Wiki Steps or check out this YouTube tutorial.

We recommend using Clorox wipes for devices shared by the household: remote controls, microwave, door knobs, gaming controllers, ect. Pandemic or not, items that see several hands throughout the day should be sanitized. Also, make sure your device doesn’t get moisture damage. How often you clean electronic devices is up to you, but please wipe down that phone before you put it up to your face again!

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What is UI/UX Design, and Why Is It Important?

What is UI/UX design, and what’s the difference in between them? It can be easy to use the terms interchangeably. While they are closely related, they mean two different things. User interface design (UI) is a graphic design term for the front and back end development. Specifically, what their users expect out of their devices and simplifying use. You can find user interface in machines from smartphones to refrigerators. Therefore, UI falls underneath the UX umbrella term. UX refers to user experience. This is what consumers gain out of their product thanks to UI software design. Here’s how UI and UX work together, but could stand alone.

Understanding UX

UX is a general term regarding user’s experience with the product. It can refer to any category of product, not just technology. It can apply to hardware/physical design as well. Let’s use a car for example. Do customers like the size, the look, and find it smooth? Does it function desirably? Could you see yourself using this every day? How does the car make you feel? Whether you are satisfied with the product or not is essentially user experience.

Understanding UI Design

User Interface design is the inner works that makes a product function. Since UX refers to overall design, that means that UI is a part of UX. UI is what gives the product its unique brand look. Also, UI is for electronics only: computers, toasters, and such. UI is concerned with software design and layout, like buttons. The main goal is to simplify design for easiest  Matters such as security, battery life, and speed all have to do with UI. Website designers, engineers, and technology developers heavily rely on UI design for their daily work. UI design evolves as technology improves.

 

 

UI/UX design is crucial for modern technology. We rely on our smartphones and computers to have the best user interface design so we can get the best user experience out of it. Since UI is strictly electronics, UX design could exist without UI. There’s a relatively high demand for UI/UX designers as technology continues to develop and evolve. Click here to read about what a computer whizz has to say about UI and UX design.

 

 

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