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Archives: April 2013

Infographic: How to Keep Your Phone Safe From Hackers

Free wi-fi often means free data for hackers – so if you are frequenting the coffee shop with your smartphone, it’s a good idea to practice safe browsing. To help you keep your phone safe and healthy, the security gurus at Symantec have put together this great infographic of best practices.

To begin securing your data, create a secure password for your phone and deactivate automatic wi-fi connections. In general, browsing on public wi-fi connections can leave you susceptible to more hacking, so never use it to access private or important data – you won’t be able to tell when you’re being hacked or infected. Read more

NASA Using Smartphones as Low-Cost Amateur Nanosatellites

NASA’s Antares rockets took three smartphones on its voyage to space, the first of its kind to become PhoneSats – smartphones used as tiny satellites. The program set a record by using the cheapest satellites in the history of the space program (possibly the cheapest in the history of man made satellites).

Michael Gazarik, NASA Associate Administrator

Smartphones offer a wealth of potential capabilities for flying small, low-cost, powerful satellites for atmospheric or Earth science, communications, or other space-born applications. They also may open space to a whole new generation of commercial, academic and citizen-space users. Read more

Amazon Updates Kindle Android App Making it More Like Kindle Fire

Amazon has updated the Kindle Android app giving it a new design and a new user interface that makes it more like the Kindle Fire.

The update optimizes the Kindle Store experience including a new library interface, a redesigned home screen, and a simpler navigation. The app now features a carousel display of recent items that the user has accessed on their Kindle app home screen. The new navigation panel organizes content so that users can jump between eBooks, and Newsstand periodicals. It also makes it easier to navigate between content that is downloaded on the app and content that is in the cloud.

The update also makes it easier for users to access to eBook samples. New users will be encouraged to explore free sample chapters for current bestsellers on the app’s home screen.

Write A Message In The Sand With Sand Sign

Looking for a creative way to send a message? Check out Sand Sign. The digital service lets you write a message online and they will recreated it in the physical world, then photograph it and send it to you in your media of your choice.

For instance, say you want to write a love note to your significant other. You can create the message online and Sand Sign will have it drawn in the sand and document it. You can choose to get a digital or print photo of the image, as well as a video. They’ll spell out signs in stone, candles, and even create videos of a band singing your message. They’ll even shoot a bird’s eye view video from an airplane. Messages are limited to thirty symbols.

This could be a great way to promote your book, thank a friend or even propose marriage.

Google iOS Update Adds Personal Assistant-Like Tool

Google has updated its iOS app, adding Google Now, a virtual tool that works a little bit like Siri.

Googlers can speak to the app to ask questions prepare and the app will do a Google search to respond. For example, a users can speak “What’s the weather like in San Francisco,” to get an update on weather conditions or they can say, “who won the Giants game last night” to find out details about the latest sports news. Users looking for directions can ask Google Now and the tool will make a map for the user.

Google’s Now tool is the same feature that lets you make an estate plan for your Internet data for after you die.

New Al Jazeera iPad App Lets You Stream Documentaries

Al Jazeera has relaunched it’s iPad app and the latest edition lets users live stream the news network in real time, as well as watch documentary films.

The free app includes original reporting with in-depth feature articles, analysis and opinion, as well as photo essays, graphics and reporting. The app’s “Live Dashboard” lets users watch live TV. The app also lets users follow tweets from the network in real time and share content with their friends across their own social networks.

Here is more from Al Jazeera’s website: “The app’s integration with Al Jazeera’s news systems is such that occasionally, stories will appear there before they do on air. Video on the app will be positioned in a ‘fluid grid’ – meaning that video will be in different sizes and shift in position throughout the day according to their prominence in the news agenda.”

Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is Free iPad App This Week

Robot Unicorn Attack 2 has joined the top free iPad apps list this week at No. 1, according to research from AppData. The app from PikPok and Adult Swim Games, lets players go on a cosmic adventure as a unicorn.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPad apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To support Mediabistro’s Media App Summit, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Android Apps for Writers & iOS Cleaning Apps: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week.

They include apps to clean your iOS device, writing apps for Android users and a photo finding service for online writers (video embedded above).

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1. 5 Memory Cleaning Apps for Android Devices

2.  Writing apps for Android devices

3. Best iPad Stylus for Writers

4. How to convert ePub Books for use on Kindle

5. Free Transcription Tools for Writers

6. Imgembed Lets Photographers Connect with Online Writers

7.  Send Free International Texts with These Apps

8. Websites Where You Can Download Free eBooks

9. Free eBooks of the Week

10. 5 Apps for Cleaning Your iOS Device

Using iPad as Camera Saved Man’s Face from Painful Foul Ball

Catching a foul ball can be the apex of a fun and exciting softball game… unless you are using your face. That’s nearly what happened to a lucky spectator who was using his iPad to record the game. Being such a good sport, he continued undeterred after a foul ball slammed into his tablet.

We have already shared a story about an iPad surviving hammer blows after lodging itself into the bumper of a car, but this video actually captures the foul ball incident. Tablets are resilient, but don’t try this at home.

Click here to view the video. Read more

10 Reasons Internet TV Will Grow

In a letter to shareholders, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings shared ten reasons Internet TV will grow quickly over the next few years. He predicted:

Eventually, as linear TV is viewed less, the spectrum it now uses on cable and fiber will be reallocated to expanding data transmission. Satellite TV subscribers will be fewer, and mostly be in places where high-speed Internet (cable or fiber) is not available. The importance of high-speed Internet will increase.

We’ve collected his ten reasons below, a fascinating look at the way infrastructure and apps will evolve over the next few years. You should read his complete letter for more details.

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