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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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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Tip: The Must have app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac and PC

Okay, everything (sort of) sync’s with your devices and lets face it most of us have many digital devices, iPhones, iPads, Android stuff, Windows and Mac’s…we don’t stick to one platform and this can cause problems, until now.

Do you want to write something down, like an idea? Save a web-page without having to take a screenshot? Copy your notes or Docs from one device to another..instantly? Or maybe add  geo-locations, ideal if your out an about, on the trail or are a surveyor for example? I can warrant that all of us will need this great (and free) app for all your digital devices and has been voted as one of the best app’s of all time, so if you don’t have it already, read more and download it.

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Opinion: Has Apple finally lost its shine?

Some years ago Apple decided to change its name. In its innovative early years (when it made computers like the Apple II, Lisa and the original Macintosh..if your old enough to remember!) it was known as Apple Computer, Inc. Then it decided to change its name to just Apple Inc. A sign of the times, instead of focusing on making desirable, but expensive hardware it ventured into more ‘consumer related, mass market products’. Enter the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad.

Yesterday it was announced that Apple had lost a whopping $50bn wiped of its share price. An astonishing amount of money, even for a top fortune 500 company like Apple. We have become used to Apple year on year beating last year’s expectations on profits, devices sold and  new ‘Apple stores’ opening up in major towns around the UK and abroad. But is this a turning point for Apple’s fortunes? Why has this happened and why are so many     shareholders and suppliers to Apple in Asia and elsewhere starting to worry?

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