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Mirror iPhone to TV Wirelessly – Yes without cables



Mirror iPhone to TV

So do you want to watch videos and look at photos, play iOS games on a big screen? Here are the best ways to mirror your iPhone or iPad to a TV. This really is simple, even I can do it. ?If you want the easier way on how to mirror iPhone to TV then jump to number 3 in this list.

If you’ve got an iPad or iPhone and you’re pondering the best way to connect it to a TV, you’ve come to the right place. This article has everything you need to know about hooking up an Apple device to a television, and then mirroring or streaming whatever’s on the smaller device to the big screen.

This procedure turns out to be very easy; it’s also very useful. Even though Apple devices have amazing screens (especially the ultra-large 12.9-inch iPad Pro), it’s often better to play video and photos on the big screen rather than huddle round a smartphone or tablet.

1.   Lightning Digital AV Adapter

Probably the easiest way to hook up an iPad or iPhone to a TV (until now!) is to buy a Lightning Digital AV Adapter from the Apple Store. At £49 it’s not exactly cheap, and you will also need to supply an HDMI cable. Apple sells an HDMI cable for £19, or you can pick up an HDMI cable from Amazon for £3.99.

Mirror iPhone to TV Wirelessly

Using a Lightning Digital AV Adapter couldn’t be easier.

  • Plug one end of an HDMI cable into the adapter’s HDMI port, and the other into a spare HDMI port on the back of your TV.
  • Connect the adapter to the Lightning port on your iPad and iPhone.
  • Optional: Connect your charger cable to the Lightning port on the Lightning Digital AV Adapter.

Turn on the TV and Mirror iPhone to TV, ensure it’s set to display the video input from the HDMI socket. (You generally use the remote to pick from multiple HDMI inputs on your television.) You will see the iPad or iPhone’s home screen appear on the television. (It may appear with lower quality and in a box shape. Don’t worry: this is just for the Home screen. Things will improve in a minute.)

Now bring up the Control Centre, swipe left and choose Video Output to enable specific content from your iPhone to be sent to your TV just as with the AirPlay TV option below.

2.    AirPlay – Mirror iPhone to TV

The other way to enjoy content from your iPad or iPhone on your TV is to use an Apple TV (available from Apple starting at £139) and stream the video via AirPlay.

To do that, of course you’ll need an Apple TV that’s connected to your TV via a spare HDMI port and then connect the Apple TV to your wireless network. Choose the appropriate input on your TV and make sure the Apple TV’s home screen appears.

Make sure your smartphone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network that your Apple TV is on.

  • Start playing a video (via the Videos app, YouTube, Safari etc).
  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal Control Centre (you may need to swipe up twice).
  • Swipe to the left to access the second page and select Apple TV.
  • Tap outside of Control Centre to remove it and tap Play to continue watching the movie.
  • Look for the AirPlay icon in apps.

Some apps, such as BBC iPlayer and TED Videos, feature their own AirPlay icon. While playing a video, tap the AirPlay icon and choose Apple TV to start streaming your video

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3. Via an App and the Easiest Way ever!

If you have a Samsung or LG-branded smart TV, then you’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to buy an Apple TV or attach a plethora of unsightly dongles to your iPhone or iPad to mirror its display to the TV. New App Store apps called Mirror for Samsung TV and Mirror for LG TV, both developed by AirBeamTV BV, let you wirelessly broadcast your iOS 11 device’s screen to supported Smart TVs with ease. Because I have a Samsung Smart TV, this tutorial will focus on the Mirror for Samsung TV app, but you should expect a similar user experience from the Mirror for LG TV app.

For these apps to work, both your iPhone/iPad and Smart TV must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If they are, then you’re ready to begin; otherwise, take care of that first.

How to see your iPhone screen on a Samsung Smart TV

After all your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, follow these steps to mirror your iPhone or iPad’s display on your Samsung Smart TV:

1) Download and install the Mirror for Samsung TV app via the App Store (a $4.99 value) / (£4.99) Strange that they are the same price.

2) Launch the app from your Home screen.

3) Wait for your Samsung smart TV to appear in the list of available television sets, then tap on it:

4) Your Samsung TV will ask if you want your device to connect. Using your TV remote, highlight the Allow option and press the OK/Select button:

5) The app will now ask you to enable the Screen Recording module in Control Center and enable Access Within Apps.

6) Go to Settings → Control Center and enable the Access Within Apps toggle switch:

7) Open the Customize Controls cell and turn on the Screen Recording module for Control Center.

8) Return to the Mirror for Samsung TV app and continue through the prompts by tapping on the buttons at the bottom of the screen:

9) You will be asked to enable push notifications; this lets the app tell you when you connect and disconnect. You can decide.

10) After completing the prompts, you’re taken to the YouTube app to test the mirroring feature. Start by searching for something you want to watch on the big screen:

11) Next, open Control Center and use a 3D Touch gesture (tap and hold on unsupported devices) on the Screen Recording module:

12) Next, choose the Mirror Samsung TV option instead of the Camera Roll option, and tap on Start Broadcast:

And just like that, you should see your iOS device’s screen on your Samsung smart TV after a short delay:

How to stop broadcasting

When you’re ready to quit mirroring your iPhone or iPad’s screen to your Samsung Smart TV, merely open Control Center and tap on the Screen Recording toggle button:

You will receive another banner notification alerting you that the broadcast has stopped. When you see it, you’ve finished mirroring your display.

What you need to know

As nifty as the Mirror for Samsung TV app is, there are a few caveats you should know about before getting it. Most important of all is how this only works with Samsung Smart TVs manufactured from 2012 and onward. If you’re unsure of what you have, the developers recommend checking the model type printed on the back of your TV unit:

This works on any Samsung Smart TV from the 2012 models onward. Which model year do you have? You can see that by looking at the middle letter in your model type (on the back of your Samsung TV).

E = 2012
F = 2013
H = 2014
J = 2015
K = 2016
M = 2017

For instance:

UE55_E_S8000 = 2012.
UE78_H_U8500L = 2014.

If you’re using the Mirror for LG TV app, then things are a little more complicated. The developers recommend trying the free trial app to make sure your TV is compatible.

Other tidbits to be aware of include:

  • iOS 11 is required, as the app relies on system resources that aren’t available in iOS 10 and earlier
  • There’s a 1-3 second delay between your iOS device’s screen and the mirror on your Samsung Smart TV
  • Audio playback will not mirror to your Smart TV when broadcasting from Safari; it comes from your device instead
  • You need to begin mirroring after you launch the app you intend to mirror, otherwise switching apps stops audio playback on your TV
  • Some apps block mirroring for DRM purposes, like Netflix – there isn’t a workaround for this
  • These apps only support Samsung and LG Smart TVs – no other brands


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Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court | Technology



The court found that Facebook collects and uses personal data without providing enough information to its members for them to render meaningful consent.
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Facebook’s default privacy settings and use of personal data are against German consumer law, according to a judgement handed down by a Berlin regional court.

The court found that Facebook collects and uses personal data without providing enough information to its members for them to render meaningful consent. The federation of German consumer organisations (VZBV), which brought the suit, argued that Facebook opted users in to features which it should not have.

Heiko Duenkel, litigation policy officer at the VZBV, said: “Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy friendly in its privacy centre and does not provide sufficient information about it when users register. This does not meet the requirement for informed consent.”

In a statement, VZBV elaborated on some of its issues: “In the Facebook app for smartphones, for example, a location service was pre-activated that reveals a user’s location to people they are chatting to.

“In the privacy settings, ticks were already placed in boxes that allowed search engines to link to the user’s timeline. This meant that anyone could quickly and easily find personal Facebook profiles.”

The Berlin court agreed with VZBV that the five default settings the group had complained about were invalid as declarations of consent. The German language judgment was handed down in mid-January, but only publicly revealed on Monday.

The court also ruled eight clauses in Facebook’s terms of service to be invalid, including terms that allow Facebook to transmit data to the US and use personal data for commercial purposes. The company’s “authentic name” policy – a revision of a rule that once required users to use their “real names” on the site, but which now allows them to use any names they are widely known by – was also ruled unlawful.

In a statement, Facebook said it would appeal, adding: “We are working hard to ensure that our guidelines are clear and easy to understand, and that the services offered by Facebook are in full accordance with the law.”

A week after the Berlin court ruled against Facebook, the social network promised to radically overhaul its privacy settings, saying the work would prepare it for the introduction in Europe of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping set of laws governing data use across the EU.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced the changes, saying they would “put the core privacy settings for Facebook in one place and make it much easier for people to manage their data”.

The European Union’s new stronger, unified data protection laws, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will come into force on 25 May 2018, after more than six years in the making.

GDPR will replace the current patchwork of national data protection laws, give data regulators greater powers to fine, make it easier for companies with a “one-stop-shop” for operating across the whole of the EU, and create a new pan-European data regulator called the European Data Protection Board.

The new laws govern the processing and storage of EU citizens’ data, both that given to and observed by companies about people, whether or not the company has operations in the EU. They state that data protection should be both by design and default in any operation.

GDPR will refine and enshrine the “right to be forgotten” laws as the “right to erasure”, and give EU citizens the right to data portability, meaning they can take data from one organisation and give it to another. It will also bolster the requirement for explicit and informed consent before data is processed, and ensure that it can be withdrawn at any time.

To ensure companies comply, GDPR also gives data regulators the power to fine up to €20m or 4% of annual global turnover, which is several orders of magnitude larger than previous possible fines. Data breaches must be reported within 72 hours to a data regulator, and affected individuals must be notified unless the data stolen is unreadable, ie strongly encrypted.

Facebook has faced repeated attacks from European regulators, particularly those in Germany, over issues ranging from perceived anti-competitive practices to alleged misuse of customer data.

Since March 2016, the company has been investigated by the German Federal Cartel Office over allegations it breaches data protection law in order to support an unfair monopoly. In an interim update in December last year, the office said that it objected to the way Facebook gains access to third-party data when an account is opened. This includes transferring information from its own WhatsApp and Instagram products – as well as how it tracks which sites its users access.

In October, Facebook was the target of an EU-wide investigation over a similar issue. The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), which oversees data regulation issues across the European Union, launched a taskforce to examine the sharing of user data between WhatsApp and Facebook, which it says does not have sufficient user consent. When the data sharing feature was first announced in 2016, the group warned Facebook that it may not be legal under European law, prompting the company to pause the data transfer until a resolution was found.

“Whilst the WP29 notes there is a balance to be struck between presenting the user with too much information and not enough, the initial screen made no mention at all of the key information users needed to make an informed choice, namely that clicking the agree button would result in their personal data being shared with the Facebook family of companies,” the group told WhatsApp in October.

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Samsung S9 vs iPhone X vs Pixel 2: which one should you buy?



In the last five months, three of the most well-known smartphone manufacturers – Apple, Samsung and Google – have announced new flagship devices. Google led the pack in October with the release of its Pixel 2, with Apple following a month later with the iPhone X. Now Samsung has revealed its own hand with the announcement of the Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

There’s not a great deal separating these devices at the top-end of the smartphone market, although each device has its own strengths and weaknesses in different areas. So to help you work out the best device for your own needs, we’ve put together a guide to how they compare.


The Pixel 2 has a five-inch 1080p AMOLED display with a chunky bezel at the top and bottom of the screen. This is the smallest screen of the three flagships, which is to be expected since it has the smallest overall footprint too, but it does feel a little squeezed compared to the other two phones. Flip the Pixel 2 over and you’ll find some models have a contrast colour scheme on the back, with the top section of the phone a slightly different shade to the rest of the back. Whether this rocks your boat is down to personal preference, but its a nice touch of personality that is sometimes missing from these top-tier devices.


Enter the Samsung Galaxy S9. Its 5.8-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen takes up almost all of the front of the device, leaving just a narrow strip of bezel at either end. At either side, the screen gently curves around the sides of the device, blending neatly into the rear. On the back of the phone, the fingerprint scanner has been shifted to sit directly beneath the camera. Compared to the Pixel 2, the S9 is a much slicker-looking device, all smooth curves and shiny glass, that fits much more screen into a similarly-sized device. It’s also the only of these devices to have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, so if you’re still fully wired up, this is the phone for you.

Dimensions compared

The iPhone X also has a 5.8-inch, screen even though the device as a whole is a tad smaller than the S9. And as is the case with the S9, the iPhone X screen fills almost the entire of the front of the device, save for the notorious notch that takes a chunk out at the very top. There’s no fingerprint scanner on the iPhone X, since Apple decided to go all-in on Face ID with this model, and some people might find it more inconvenient using their face to verify payments or unlock the device instead of a finger, so that’s worth bearing in mind if you’re picking between the devices.


All three of these phones have extremely capable cameras, so picking between them again comes down to a matter of personal taste. The single-lens 12.2 megapixel rear-facing camera on the Pixel 2 has an aperture with an f-stop of 1.8, which makes it particularly well-suited to photography in low-light conditions – and recent software updates have given the camera another boost. Aside from its snapping skills, Google has integrated some machine learning smarts into its camera so you can point its at an object in the real world and use Google Assistant to identify it and bring up relevant information.


Since it’s only just been announced, the jury is still out on the Galaxy S9 camera, although initial indications are that Samsung has managed to set a new high when it comes to smartphone cameras. Like the Pixel 2, the main S9 camera also has one lens, and a 12 megapixel sensor, but the S9 has another trick up its sleeve. A variable aperture feature widens up the camera’s f-stop in low light conditions, letting in way more light than most smartphone cameras are able to capture in relative darkness. In normal light conditions, the camera automatically switches to a more conventional f-stop for better focussing. The ability to record slow-mo at 960 fps is a nice too, too.

Cameras compared

The iPhone X also has a 12 megapixel sensor, but this one is a part of a dual-lens setup, with one wide-angle lens paired with a telephoto lens for photos with plenty of Instagram-friendly bokeh. Dual optical image stabilisation smooths out videos taken in bumpy circumstances while the X’s quad-LED flash is supposed to smoothly light backgrounds and foregrounds without washing subjects out.


There’s not an awful lot between these phones when it comes to their insides. The S9 and Pixel 2 both have super-fast eight-core processors, while the X’s six-core processor is more than capable of powering everything the phone can do. If plenty of storage capacity is a must, then the S9 has a Micro SD slot that can fit in up to a 400 GB SD card, while the Pixel and the X both max out at 256 GB. When it comes to battery, however, the S9 leads the pack with its 3,00mAh battery, while the X’s battery weighs in at 2716mAh and the Pixel 2 at 2,700. All should last a day of mixed use.


If you’re in the market for a new phone and only the best will do, then you’ve got a tough decision ahead of you. In terms of specs, these phones are more or less on par with each other, but if a big screen is a must then you can rule out the Pixel 2 and decide between the other contenders. Photos are more subjective, and each of these phones will hardly disappoint in the camera department, so it’s worth taking the time to get hands-on with these devices and take a few test shots to decide which one is really ticking your boxes. Whichever you chose, you can’t go far wrong.

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