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Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Tech term of the week: Product Activation

The term is used to describe the process of verifying that electronic data is being downloaded, installed and used legally. By right, activation protects the intellectual property that is the copyright of the owners of the digital products. For basic electronic data products or programs such as the Microsoft Office software and activation code or key is provided for users to select once the download is made, or by way of following the basic set-up given by the developer to ensure that software is installed properly.

Many software developers have even included a step whereby customer service makes a call directly to the user or sends a text message with a confirmation code specific to that user's device. It is important to follow the correct product activation steps to prevent any damage or liabilities to one's device.


Top cricket apps: 

ICC World T20 Qualifier 2015


The International Cricket Council has offered news, statistics, videos and so much information in one mobile application. If cricket news following the ICC qualifying matches is of interest to you then this is the app you must download.

It is the official tournament app that is available for iPhone and Android. One of the highlighted features is the exclusive match videos and highlights provided to users with frequent notifications. Search the hashtag #CWC15.




The Cricbuzz application is one of the highest rated cricket news and statistics mobile applications. Its advantage is the availability to all mobile platforms, i.e., Android, Apple iPhone and Windows phones (though fairly new to users). It has been given a 4.5 out of 5 stars on all three platforms being named as a universal application for iPhone and iPad. The application is updated daily with all cricket news following the ICC World T20 games, Caribbean Premier League, Champions League as well as local and domestic cricket matches. Fixes for mobile bugs has been successful for iPhones but requires iOS 7.0 or later. And it is now names the no. 1 sports app on Google Play.




If you are a mobile phone user and a social media junkie, then the Cricout app will be beneficial to you. It gives the ball-by-ball commentary and coverage through an interactive page with trending topics in cricket, feedback from individuals in the cricket social world from fans to experts. Similar to Twitter, but with the topic focused on the world of cricket.

Through Cricout users can share photos and other discussions with friends that are missing from important game dates or just use it to their advantage to network. The app is available on the Apple App store and Google Play.


The Cricketer Magazine


Even after the high point cricket competitions are over, this application will still follow up on important trends, teams, matches and cricket news around the world. The application is free for download for Apple and Android device users, but the magazine subscriptions are available at a cost. Users can even find old publications through the application.


Cricket Craze


This new Android application is intended to add fun to cricket lovers' lives. It provides cricket training videos, lessons and a rule book for persons to follow up on games which is especially interesting for new fans of the game. Cricket Craze also promises live streaming of special events in cricket while giving information on past and upcoming games including live score updates. The application is less than one megabyte and is constantly making improvements with feedback from users, so don't be afraid to leave a review. With only 40 reviews, the app gets 4.5 out 5 stars rating.

So, the pile of devices on my desk just won't go down! I can't even see my monitor anymore. Under the rubble of devices and review products I found two boxes almost squashed to death. The boxes barely survived but the products inside were surprisingly in mint condition; I guess we found the review product for this week ... . This week, we will be taking a look at a tempered glass screen protectors and a phone case made by a company called PATCHWORKS.


How to choose a case?


The hardest part of choosing a protective case and screen for your beloved phone is visual appearance. Most of the cases available locally are ugly and bulky to the point where you don't recognise your phone anymore. You'll have to search for days to find a case that doesn't make your 6" inch phone look like a 10" inch tablet. When you are choosing a slim case for your phone, you should make sure it has the following:

- Accurate button cut-out for your phone and ports.

- Thick enough body to raise the camera lens off desks when laid flat.

- The case is made from a flexible material to cushion your phone from falls.

- The case is easy to take off your phone and put on at will.


ITG level 1 case and tempered glass


This was a great opportunity to really test the durability of a tempered glass screen protector and a slim durable case. The only problem left to be solved was finding someone who was willing to throw their iPhone 6 on the ground to test the durability.

Here we are with the results! The ITG Level 1 Case is a dual-layer case made of polycarbonate and TPU which should provide better impact absorption. We got the sand color variant of this case to take for a test run. The first impression you'll get when you see and feel this case is nothing less than premium. So, this case passes the appearance test with flying colours. Next up was installing the tempered glass screen protector, and to our surprise, the kit that came with it was quite helpful and made the installation processes very simple.


Durability and protection


You spent a lot of time, money, and effort picking out the perfect phone. It's important to make sure it stays in the best possible condition. That's why the ITG Level 1 Case and Tempered Glass were treated harshly for a week to see if it really lives up to its reputation. At the end of the week, the following was noted.

- The case was thick enough to protect the camera lens of the iPhone 6, but slim enough to feel comfortable in your pocket.

- The case and tempered glass was sturdy enough to protect the delicate iPhone 6 from falls from the average waist height.


Final thoughts


If you are going to buy a phone that has a price tag equivalent to a small motor vehicle, then it's a no-brainer that you get yourself the best protection for it.

The products mentioned in this article were provided courtesy of PATCHWORKS. Website: .

Writer: Payton H. Wilmott