Tip: Free mobile security and device tracking for your Android device

Think of viruses and malware and you’ll be forgiven in thinking they just apply to Windows platforms. Wrong. Now that the Android platform is the world’s most widely used smartphone and tablet operating system, the poor old green robot is now being targeted from all sides, from the phishing scammers, script kiddies and professional viral code writers alike.

Enter the brilliant avast! Free Mobile Security software for Android. Czech Republic based Avast Software have been producing brilliant antivirus software for many years on both the Windows and Mac platforms. Now they venture to the Android platform and are offering a totally free (and non-time limited) mobile security app for your Android device, available from Google Play store..

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Tip: Measure temperatures with your iPhone or iPad

-1The iPhone and iPad are versatile devices, but one (useful) feature they lack is a temperature sensor which would be able to record temperatures accurately and show the results in real-time under iOS complete with recording trends over time etc with the aid of a nice graph. Just imagine the uses could you have with that.

Well, a new Kickstarter project from Robocat, an innovative Danish company that already has produced decent apps’, has come up with the all new Thermodo. It’s not just an app’, but features a small thermometer which plugs straight into your iPhone or iPad’s headphone jack, giving you instant thermometer recording capabilities..

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WTF: Get a monkey for your Tablet computer

No, not a primate. If you own a tablet, like the popular Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, iPad, Galaxy Tab or almost another other wide surface area tablet you’ll know it’s not easy to position without using your hands. Take for example if you’re in the kitchen and your reading a recipe on your favorite device. You know the problem! An awkward reading angle, splashes of water (or flour!), or you just want to read your eBook in bed, hand’s free.

Well, those clever people at Octa have created a robust but stylish flexible coil to hold any tablet, at any angle, above its surface, thus avoiding the pit falls of dirt and grime getting into it and providing the perfect viewing angle, almost anywhere.

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News: Outmosphere – Find out what’s on in your neighbourhood

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Realtime event applications may not be totally unique, sure we have Google Now which tells us what bus is coming and what the traffic is like and so on. Some of us (especially the youngsters out there!) want more with regard to what’s happening not just in their locale that day, but maybe on a particular date. Enter Outmosphere.com

Outmosphere aims to break the trend by giving anyone instant results on what venues, shows, gigs or almost anything that is happening in the user’s location. So far it’s totally unique and does not need any fiddly app’ to run, just log-in to Outmosphere via your favourite browser on your smartphone, tablet or literary any other device and hey presto, Outmosphere detects your location and presents you with a graphical itenary of whats happening and when..

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WTF: Don’t take the P*SS! New Urine checker App for iPhone

Nope, its not April 1st. Most of us know that a person’s health can be checked when we go to the doctors by a quick sample check of the yellow stuff we supply. Anything from diabetes, urinary tract infection and pre-clampsia to name just a few.

Now, indian-based company, Biosense Technologies Private Limited, has developed an iPhone App called uChek with the aim of using the iPhone’s built-in camera to photograph a freshly dipped ‘reagent strip’, specific colours produced from the freshly dipped strip is interpreted by the iPhone’s camera and the uChek App, as identifying issues in the supplied ‘sample’ or just a clean bill of health!

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News: Google to launch its own retail stores this year?

Rumors are high on the fact that search giant Google, will be about to launch its own version of retail outlets in 2013, just like its counterparts, Apple. Although Google already do have some ‘stalls’ in airports in the UK and abroad, this will be the first retail outlets for the search giant.

According to Engadget, Google is looking to heighten its retail presence amongst its retail customers so that it can show-off its Nexus range of smartphones, tablets and the newly revamped Chromebook. It also comes at a time when Google maybe ready to launch other new and exciting hardware, that only a ‘live product demonstration’ can fully justify the product in question, such as the Google Project Glass HUD glasses and the rumored X-phone…

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Tip: Bug in iOS 6.1 allows anyone to bypass a locked iPhone

The iPhone is a cool device. You’ll happily store all your contacts and other details, and if your like me, sometimes forget were you’ve left it. Not a good idea. A recently discovered bug (yes, another one!) found in iOS 6.1 apparently allows any iPhone model, including the latest iPhone 5 running the iOS 6.1 operating system to by-pass the password lock!

Apple have now acknowledged the bug, so if you are running iOS 6.1, especially if you have sensitive data, you’ll be advised to keep checking the Apple website for a posted update that Apple will sure put forward to all of you. To see how easy the button combination is on your iPhone in allowing a hacker to by-pass the password screen, read on..

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Tip: Is your cloud data safe or is your data just floating away?

The Cloud is everywhere. Its now the staple storage for many Apple (iCloud), Android and Google (Drive) and Microsoft (SkyDrive) let alone many third companies are offering either free cloud storage or, for a price, extra storage for your personal or business data. The cloud is great, but you need to be aware of possible security issues for you and your data stored in the cloud.

Think of the cloud as an ‘off-line’ hard disk for your data. That part is easy enough to understand. However, unless you go with the big players mentioned above, do you really know where your data has ended up? Is your bank details, photo’s etc simply sitting, unencrypted, on someones hard disk in a far away land – just waiting to be accessed. Scared, well you should be..

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News: Apple iWatch, fact or fiction?

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The big news this week from close sources at Apple sight that designs have been made and pre-production models produced of a so-called iWatch (or whatever, if anything, Apple decide to call it). Its a logical, but certainly not unique concept from the californian based company and in my my humble opinion Apple need something new to help prevent the recent slide in its share price.

According to various (trusted) sources including The Wall Street Journal, long time Apple product maker, Foxconn, have been in talks with Apple on various ‘wearable’ devices including the iWatch. But what can we expect of this wrist-based technology and what sort of competition will Apple be up against?

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Tip: Wirelessly manage your Android device from any browser

Conventionally, to copy files such as movies, photo’s, tunes and the like from your Android smart phone or tablet requires the user hooking up a sync cable to the computer. Lost the sync cable? Can’t do with the hassle of doing this every time? Then why not use your wireless network to control your Android device!

Surely one of the most talked about (and free) Android utilities in existence, a 5-star rated app in Google Play is the superb AirDroid app from Airdroid.com. To say you can’t live without this great app would be an understatement and simply it allows your Android device to connect, over WiFi, to any Windows or Mac computer and simply ‘copy & drag’ files to and from. It’s that simple, but it can do a lot more too!

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