TouchMyApps » TouchMyContributors http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:22:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.5 The 5 New iOS7 Features That Will Change The Way You Use Your iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/10/25/the-5-new-ios7-features-that-will-change-the-way-you-use-your-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/10/25/the-5-new-ios7-features-that-will-change-the-way-you-use-your-iphone/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:18:51 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=73290 People have not stopped talking about iOS 7, Apple’s latest upgrade to the iPhone operating system. Praise, complaints, and traffic-hawking blog posts about iOS 7 began flying around ever since the release of the new Apple operating system a few weeks ago. Along with a completely different look and feel, Apple’s hit us with some … Read more]]>

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People have not stopped talking about iOS 7, Apple’s latest upgrade to the iPhone operating system. Praise, complaints, and traffic-hawking blog posts about iOS 7 began flying around ever since the release of the new Apple operating system a few weeks ago. Along with a completely different look and feel, Apple’s hit us with some new features and large improvements to things that weren’t all that valuable in iOS 6, but are now going to change the way you interact with your iPhone.

But with every new OS update comes issues. Problems ran the gamut from frustration with shortened battery life to anger that iOS 7′s new parallax wallpaper display was making them physically ill (now fixed in the 7.0.3 update).

Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad. And for every new problem that arises from a new feature there are simple fixes you can learn how to do in 60 seconds.

At Grovo, an online learning platform that trains people on leading cloud and mobile apps, we came up with the top 5 features that will affect iPhone users the most and video tips to make everything even better.

1) Quickly Access Tools and Settings on the Fly with Control Center

Control Center is the new one-stop overlay for many of the functions previously obscured or hidden in a subsection of the settings app like, such as “Airplane Mode,” “Wi-Fi,” “Bluetooth,”"Do Not Disturb,” and “Portrait Orientation Lock.” Just by swiping up on your screen you bring up a menu that allows you to change your phone’s brightness, connect to wifi and take pictures. Apple’s even included a native flashlight option for those of us who are sick of accidentally tapping an advertisement on an outside flashlight app.

By default, Control Center can be accessed from within any app, or directly from the lock screen. However, you can adjust this by opening the “Settings” app and choosing “Control Center.” Here, you can choose to disable Control Center from appearing on the “Lock Screen” or “Within Apps.” All in all, control center grouped together the functions you used most and were hardest to get to, in a warm, easy-to-use menu that sits on top of the screen you’re currently using.

2) Use AirDrop to Share a File With a Nearby Friend

AirDrop may be the most useful addition to iOS 7. Easy sharing continues to be a selling point for any device, and now with AirDrop, you can send any “shareable” content to any other iOS 7 user around you. The simplicity is what makes this feature so valuable: you need only to tap a person’s name to send them a picture or article even if you’re not connected to wifi. You don’t need to bump fists; you don’t need to create a shared folder; you just need to select a file and send it off.

To start, make sure that the person you want to share a file with has AirDrop enabled for either “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” in their “Control Center.” Then, find the file that you’d like to share over AirDrop, such as a photo you captured with your phone or a contact, and hit “Share.” In the “AirDrop” section, select the person who you’d like to share with.

3) ‘Spotlight’ Anything on Your iPhone

Spotlight was present in earlier versions of iOS, but it never worked particularly well. Apple made it easier to access Spotlight, and made its results more informative and easy to understand. While this may seem like a small change, it marks a trend towards simplicity and interoperability between the many working parts of your phone. But not everyone’s happy with the new search configuration. Luckily, you can also adjust what results you get in Spotlight Search, if you’d like. Just follow these simple steps:

4) Good-Vibrations

One of the complaints about iOS7 is the constant vibrating. Creating a custom vibration allows you to pick the pattern that your phone vibrates on when you receive a call, text message, or other notification. This is especially useful if you want to be able to tell your phone’s vibrations apart from other people’s, or want to distinguish different kinds of notifications without looking at your phone. Watch this minute Grovo video to learn how:

5) Keep Apps From Wasting Your Data Plan

Automatic app updates was one of the new iOS7 changes that many people were excited about. However app downloads and updates already data drain fast, so automatic app updates using 3G/4G connection will definitely kill your data.

Your iPhone’s cell coverage plan likely comes with a limited amount of data that you can use. Once you use up your data for a month, you either have to pay for more or wait for the next month to roll around. Some apps may use more data than others, whether you want them to or not, but you can control which apps are allowed to access the internet using your cell connection. Check out the below video to find out how to limit which apps can use cell data:

There are lots of other iOS 7 changes too, including a more intuitive photo experience, expanded multitasking abilities, increased Siri integration and a huge overhaul to Safari. But the changes listed above add up to make the newest operating system for your iPhone a huge improvement, and one that requires a bit of getting used to.

For more iPhone Tips & Tricks, check out Grovo’s iPhone lessons at www.grovo.com/iphone-tips-and-tricks

Daniel Levine is a product analyst at Grovo.com, the world’s quickest and simplest learning company. He writes the lessons that teach you how to use your favorite Web products and introduce you to the products you didn’t know existed.

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6 Must Have Photography Apps for the iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/05/09/6-must-have-photography-apps-for-the-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/05/09/6-must-have-photography-apps-for-the-iphone/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 17:23:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72584 By Summer Delaney, Grovo Guest Blogger It’s no secret that photo apps and platforms are the next big social media movement.  With Facebook’s acquiring of Instagram last month for $1 billion, more and more photo services are continuing to be developed to meet the demanding needs of new consumers ranging from all ages, demographics and … Read more]]>

By Summer Delaney, Grovo Guest Blogger

It’s no secret that photo apps and platforms are the next big social media movement.  With Facebook’s acquiring of Instagram last month for $1 billion, more and more photo services are continuing to be developed to meet the demanding needs of new consumers ranging from all ages, demographics and occupations.  Here are six applications that can be useful to anyone regardless of profession or hobbies that can either be used with existing apps like Instagram or independently.

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PowerCam

One of the best features of PowerCam™ ($0.99) is that it allows users to add real-time effects to their photos and videos. This means that while you are taking pictures, you can switch between more than 60 different effects, including Tilt-Shift which makes your subject look miniature and the more traditional “vintage” look, besides using all of the standard post-photo editing tools. It is also the only app that lets users add visual effects to video as you film. For post-photo editing, PowerCam™ provides users with many other features, including the ability to highlight one color in an otherwise black and white photo (a previously popular feature in Canon cameras) or to choose from backgrounds and layouts to drop  existing photos into. Once users are done editing, they can upload videos of any size to any social sharing site, not just 15-second clips.

Best for instantly editing and sharing photos and videos

PowerCam™ Wondershare Software, PowerCam™ - $0.99

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PicsArt Photo Studio 

PicsArt is among the best photo editing apps for iPhone as well as Android devices: the effects available on Instagram pale in comparison.  Similar to Instagram, PicsArt is it’s own social media community where users can comment and ‘like’ their friends photos while also discovering pictures uploaded by the app’s featured artists or other categories through tags.  The application’s site and YouTube page has tutorials that teach people new skills such as blending or removing red eye.  Additionally, while with Instagram users must use external apps like Pic Stitch to create collages, PicsArt has available templates within the app.  The company will also never sell your images. Ever.

Best for adding effects to your pictures

PicsArt Photo Studio PicsArt, PicsArt Photo Studio - Free

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SeeMail

SeeMail’s basic premise is that while a picture says a thousand words, sound can “bring your photos to life.”  That’s why the app’s main feature is adding audio recordings to the photo experience.  Users can either take a photo or select one from their camera roll, Facebook, etc. and then record an AudioT.ag™ that can either be a narration or sound, like a wedding “I Do” or baby’s first words.  Users can also add captions to their photos, as well as share their location through the app’s partnership with FourSquare.  The finished product can either be sent privately to your SeeMail friends, or can be shared on other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.  SeeMail is perfect for moments that cannot be summed up in just one snapshot but rather need more multimedia elements to capture the memory.

Best for sharing audio and video together

SeeMail SEEMAIL, LLC, SeeMail - Free

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1 Second Everyday

This app is the perfect way to remember everything from a semester abroad to your average, mundane day.  1 Second Everyday makes a scrapbook of life by allowing users to film countless video clips and then compile it into a calendar every day of the year.  The app sends reminders to your phone on the time of day you want to record.  From then, users can record for as long as they want and then edit down the video to one second “snippits” to save on their app’s calendar.  After a selected period of time, you can create an album and watch all of your one second clips come together to tell a story of your life in an unique, compelling and memorable way.

Best for recording your life story

1 Second Everyday Cesar Kuriyama, 1 Second Everyday - $0.99

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PIP Camera

PIP Camera truly makes your photos look like a work of art.  While the application does offer a variety of effects, it’s main feature is creating a photo-in-photo look that allows pictures to seem both professional and very realistic despite being snapped on an iPhone camera as can be seen through screenshots on the app’s iTunes page.  You can also add fun borders and extra features in the photograph to enhance the visual aesthetic appeal as well.

Best for artistic photography 

PIP Camera Fotoable, Inc., PIP Camera - Free

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CamCard

Gone are the days where professionals need to carry business card holders.  CamCard is a must-have application for anyone in the corporate world, as it stores all business card and contact information into one app.  To start, users must take a photo of a business card that the app reads and process within seconds.  From there, the software auto-detects text orientation and stores basic information like the signature, addresses and phone numbers; users can also scan multiple business cards at once which will all be arranged separately.  After the original scan, users can also go back and edit information as well as group cards together by organization or category and export and sync them to existing contact books or other sources.  Additionally, users have the luxury to place calls, send SMS texts or emails directly from the app without having to worry about information getting lost.

Best for digitizing your business card collection

CamCard - Business card scanner & Business card reader & scan card IntSig Information, CamCard - $2.99
CamCard HD - The Professional Business Card Reader IntSig Information, CamCard HD - $7.99

Still want to learn more iPhone Tips & Tricks, check out the free video tutorials on Grovo, the Internet’s productivity and training platform, at www.grovo.com.

About the Blogger

Summer Delaney is a blogger at Grovo.com, an online training platform for everything from Google Analytics training to Facebook Timeline help. She has interned for ABC News and the Atlantic Media Company and has had her work published online for ABC News and USA Today.  She is studying journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  (@Summer_Delaney)

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Four Top Tips for Buying a New Tablet http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/22/four-top-tips-for-buying-a-new-tablet/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/22/four-top-tips-for-buying-a-new-tablet/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:01:35 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72217 Whether you’re upgrading from a first generation tablet computer, or are considering entering the market for the first time it’s fair to say that there’s a lot to learn. The market for tablet computers has been growing at a steady pace since the release of the first iPad and the consumer now faces a plethora … Read more]]>

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Whether you’re upgrading from a first generation tablet computer, or are considering entering the market for the first time it’s fair to say that there’s a lot to learn. The market for tablet computers has been growing at a steady pace since the release of the first iPad and the consumer now faces a plethora of choices. For each user, there is a solution out there waiting to be found. Here, we take a look at a few steps which can help you on your way to buying the right tablet for you.

Determine the Right Operating System

The market for tablets is split into three main sects: Apple’s iOS; Microsoft’s Windows 8; and Android. The decision you make on which operating system is right for you will not only have massive consequences for which tablet computer you end up with, but also for the way in which you end up using it.

The operating system you choose will determine which apps you have access to, as well as the way in which you interact with your tablet computer. As well as researching the respective app stores, you may want to visit a store to get to grips with each of the operating systems. None has yet emerged as a favourite, leaving the final decision down to your own personal preferences. That said, many may agree that iOS is more user friendly, whereas Android offers more configurable options right out of the box. One other thing to keep in mind is that Apple’s App Store has considerable more apps that are specifically designed for the tablet.

Understand Your Usage

Tablets are versatile – this is part of their appeal. What this means is that the market has a lot to offer. Some tablets are ultimately better than others at certain things; at other things, they may be less effective.

The key to getting the most for your money is in understanding your requirements and applying them to the market. Compromise is an integral part of buying a tablet – the successful buyer will know where they are willing to make this compromise in order to limit the damage.

Increase Your Budget

There is a tablet computer out there for just about every budget. Whatever you need yours for, it’s always an attractive proposition to stretch your budget as far as you can afford to. One way to free up some extra money is to trade in your previous tablet or to make a sale online. Making the decision to sell your iPad could be the difference between your being able to afford two models.

Consider Connectivity

Due to their status as a sort of hybrid product, filling the niche between a laptop and a smart phone, one of the most appealing features of a tablet computer is broad connectivity. Whether you’re keen to exchange data with other devices, or are simply looking to browse your own local data on a larger display, a tablet with great connectivity can change the way in which it is used.

 


Matt Ripley is a software developer and journalist from Ringwood, Hampshire. As well as developing a variety of tablet friendly apps, Matt spends his time writing about the benefits of choosing to sell iPads and upgrade to the latest technologies.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day: Letters from Nowhere (Full) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/02/11/faas-free-app-of-the-day-letters-from-nowhere-full/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/02/11/faas-free-app-of-the-day-letters-from-nowhere-full/#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:00:26 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71879 We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out. G5′s Letters from Nowhere is a hidden object game in which you explore more than 48 puzzle-filled locations in search of your husband. He’s only gone and mysteriously disappeared, you see. Throughout your search, you’ll have to seek Love Letters from Nowhere? Don’t miss Letters from Nowhere 2 - now out on iPad and iPhone!
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We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

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G5′s Letters from Nowhere is a hidden object game in which you explore more than 48 puzzle-filled locations in search of your husband. He’s only gone and mysteriously disappeared, you see.

Throughout your search, you’ll have to seek out over 1,000 unique items and complete 11 mini-games. Dig Achievements? You’ll be pleased to read that Letters from Nowhere features Game Center support, then. Both the iPhone and iPad versions were previously $4.99, so if you’re a fan of the genre, be sure to grab them while they’re still free.

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Love Letters from Nowhere? Don’t miss Letters from Nowhere 2 - now out on iPad and iPhone!
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FAA’s Free App of the Day: Ticket to Ride Pocket http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/02/04/faas-free-app-of-the-day-ticket-to-ride-pocket/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/02/04/faas-free-app-of-the-day-ticket-to-ride-pocket/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:05:11 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71824 We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out. This digital iPhone adaptation of the best-selling Ticket to Ride board game (now free for a limited time) features four different game modes: Solo, Pass-and-Play, Local, and Multi. That last one allows you to dip in and out of multiple *** Winner of Pocket Gamer 2012 Reader's Choice Award - iPhone/iPod Touch ***
*** Ticket to Ride just won the 2012 Pocket Gamer Awards for Best Strategy/Simulation Game!! ***

*** Apple Game of the Week (iPhone) in Europe, November 17-23, 2011- #1 in Board Games, #1 in Strategy Games in 32 countries, including UK, France, Germany, Canada and USA!

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This digital iPhone adaptation of the best-selling Ticket to Ride board game (now free for a limited time) features four different game modes: Solo, Pass-and-Play, Local, and Multi. That last one allows you to dip in and out of multiple asynchronous matches against opponents from around the world.

For those of you who’re unfamiliar with Alan R. Moon’s classic board game, you have to build profitable rail networks across Europe and North America before your opponents do the same. A brief walkthrough of how the popular board game’s played after the break.

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*** Winner of Pocket Gamer 2012 Reader's Choice Award - iPhone/iPod Touch ***
*** Ticket to Ride just won the 2012 Pocket Gamer Awards for Best Strategy/Simulation Game!! ***

*** Apple Game of the Week (iPhone) in Europe, November 17-23, 2011- #1 in Board Games, #1 in Strategy Games in 32 countries, including UK, France, Germany, Canada and USA!

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FAA’s Free App of the Day: King Oddball http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/01/22/faas-free-app-of-the-day-king-oddball/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/01/22/faas-free-app-of-the-day-king-oddball/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:57:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71745 We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out. King Oddball (TMA Review), brought to you by 10tons, is a rather strange yet addictive physics puzzler. In it, you take on the role of a miffed king and attempt to flatten targets with huge boulders that you launch Blow up tanks! Collapse structures! Crash helicopters! Squash puny humans! Hurl boulders until nothing remains! END THE WORLD!

Actual World Ending Video Demonstration: bit.ly/kingoddball

REVIEWS

"King Oddball is a nearly perfect gameplay experience, with just the right level of strange to remain memorable."
- Gamezebo 4.5 / 5

"Exudes fun in every way"
- 148Apps 4 / 5

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We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out.

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King Oddball (TMA Review), brought to you by 10tons, is a rather strange yet addictive physics puzzler. In it, you take on the role of a miffed king and attempt to flatten targets with huge boulders that you launch with your tongue.

Your aim, then, is to crush as many targets as you possibly can with each and every boulder that you let loose in order to wipe out the human civilisation. You do this across 120 levels, which are packed with collapsing structures and plenty of opportunities to unlock Game Center-powered achievements. King Oddball is now free (was $2.99) and is a universal app for the iPhone and iPad.

Download it now and get the best free apps every day from the Free App Alliance app.

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Blow up tanks! Collapse structures! Crash helicopters! Squash puny humans! Hurl boulders until nothing remains! END THE WORLD!

Actual World Ending Video Demonstration: bit.ly/kingoddball

REVIEWS

"King Oddball is a nearly perfect gameplay experience, with just the right level of strange to remain memorable."
- Gamezebo 4.5 / 5

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“Murder in the living room”, a short note on Apple’s upcoming launch and its unicorn products http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/06/murder-in-the-living-room-a-short-note-on-apples-upcoming-launch-and-its-unicorn-products/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/06/murder-in-the-living-room-a-short-note-on-apples-upcoming-launch-and-its-unicorn-products/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 22:39:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=66968 While the best of us are busy scrutinizing Apple’s Event invitation for cabalistic symbols and hints on the nature of iPad 3, I’m more interested in what will become of Apple TV and what can happen if Apple gets serious about its hobby. Steve Jobs’ legacy is undeniable – both in innovative products and a … Read more]]>

While the best of us are busy scrutinizing Apple’s Event invitation for cabalistic symbols and hints on the nature of iPad 3, I’m more interested in what will become of Apple TV and what can happen if Apple gets serious about its hobby.

Steve Jobs’ legacy is undeniable – both in innovative products and a company that thinks differently. Apart from thinking, Apple is also good at selling; it’s already the world biggest computer and smartphone manufacturer, and the company is growing quickly. What kind of innovation does it have to bring now to sustain such growth?

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When we’re not sleeping, we’re usually in front of our computer – both for work and leisure, and most modern PCs work well for this. After staring at a laptop’s screen all day, people would put it on the kitchen table for the evening and then take it to bed.

When I got an iPad, I thought I would be mostly carrying it around, while relying on my MacBook at home. Instead, the vast amount of time with my iPad is spent in the kitchen watching tv series, or on the couch, reading articles and surfing. It’s just so much more comfortable for those tasks.

It’s ideal for leisure, and even works as a psychological divide for some – work while you’re at your computer, rest with an iPad.

It’s probable that Apple decides to turn the iPad into a mega remote control for the new Apple TV and let live television be the main selling point for the new device. But what if didn’t end there?

The Apple TV connected to a bigger screen, with or without an iPad or iPhone, can be the ultimate entertainment system – should apple want to make it into one.

Autonomy

Such a device should be able to work on its own, and be a possible “first product”, just like  iPad or a Mac is today.  The App Store should enable it to run a range of apps, even storing the apps’ data on its own memory.

Media management

This is a huge opportunity, and Apple clearly sees it, but the tools they offer now are far from being ideal. Photostream does not live up to the expectations and only works on a Mac with iPhoto or Aperture, and videos still have to be imported using a cable, etc. “iBox” (it clearly wouldn’t be a TV set) could read the photos and videos from memory cards or usb, and suck the rest from the cloud, always in sync and with non-desctructive edits.

Music and video content

App Store on the device would enable it to run pandora, spotify, hulu, or whatever other streaming service you can think of. iTunes Store video content, including iTunes University, could remember playing position across all devices.

Remote control and voice input

Maybe shouting commands across the room would be strange, but what if iPhone could tell the iBox what to do? You could ask Siri to play your favorite song on large speakers, or switch the movie to a bigger screen.

One could argue that you can achieve almost all of it by slapping boxee software on a Mac mini, but that’s not so. Controlled user experience has always been Apple’s strength, and managing media centers with full-size keyboard and torrent downloaders is not elegant, and not something you can easily control.

Live TV, all your media, and the App Store on an easy to use living room device could be another thing Steve Jobs finally “cracked”, and I would be the first to buy one.

 

This article was brought to you by TouchMyApps guest author Eugene Shimalsky, Head of Products and Technologies of D2N8, founder of Treebune srl. You can find Eugene on his Tumble profile right here.


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How to Prevent Your Smartphone from Getting a Virus http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/02/how-to-prevent-your-smartphone-from-getting-a-virus/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/02/how-to-prevent-your-smartphone-from-getting-a-virus/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2011 00:20:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61579 When smartphones first came out, it was pretty rare for them to get a virus. But hackers simply needed some time to catch up with the rapidly growing platform. Unfortunately, now they have caught up, smartphone users can be susceptible to attacks if they’re not careful. The sad news for Android users is that their … Read more]]>

When smartphones first came out, it was pretty rare for them to get a virus. But hackers simply needed some time to catch up with the rapidly growing platform. Unfortunately, now they have caught up, smartphone users can be susceptible to attacks if they’re not careful. The sad news for Android users is that their phones are considerably more at risk to viruses than iPhones. That said, iPhones certainly aren’t exempt from malware. The idea that hackers can’t infiltrate Apple products was disproved years ago. So, how do you protect your smartphone from viruses that could put your private and precious data in the wrong hands? Here are five suggestions to help protect your phone from harm:

1. Download some anti-virus apps. Quite a few Android users have had success with the free AVG Antivirus app. This is especially useful if there’s already malware on your phone; you can scan the settings, files, and media in real time. If you want an Android app that does a great job of preventing viruses, NetQin provides a free option with plenty of features. As for the iPhone, there is currently one Apple approved antivirus app, and it is Intego’s VirusBarrier ($2.99, includes one year of malware updates). It does on-demand scans of files received by e-mail or on iDevices, and scans for spyware, Trojan horses, adware, keyloggers and more.

2. Rooting your Android or Jailbreaking your iPhone will provide way more customization options and features no doubt, but doing so can also potentially make your device significantly more vulnerable to malware. Ideally, the safest way is running the latest Android/iOS firmware (and not root/jailbreak your phone), but if you do decide to be adventurous and take that route, just know that the risk of picking up a virus will be increased, no matter how small. For those who’ve jailbroken their iPhones, it would be advisable to change their SSH passwords to prevent possible attacks (or disable SSH altogether). Redmond Pie has a guide on how to go about this.

3. Be just as cautious downloading on your smartphone as you would on your computer. Don’t download any attachments from unknown senders, and don’t download any apps before researching them to make sure they’re legitimate (this is especially true with Android users, as Google has an extremely lax approval process – unlike that of Apple’s App Store).

4. If you get a text/MMS offering a cash advance or a free prize, do not reply to the message. Needless to say, these text offers are 99.9% scams. The reality is that it’s very rare for a text offer of this kind to be authentic. If you do reply to one of them, you might be giving a hacker access to your private information and phone account. Many unsuspecting people in the past have received exorbitantly high phone bills because of this.

5. Always back up your mobile data somewhere. If your phone does fall prey to some malware, you’re going to want to still be able to access your data. You can save important files and information from your phone on cloud servers like Mozy and Dropbox. Thankfully, iOS 5′s iCloud feature makes this a seamless and pain free process. And one more thing about protecting your data. As obvious as it sounds, always ensure that your phone has a passcode enabled. While it may not be virus related, you can still lose your phone (or have it stolen) and end up sharing your contacts, info and other private data. Better yet, set it up so that your phone automatically wipes all the data after a certain number of failed attempts. iPhone users can do this by going into Settings –> General –> Passcode Lock –> Erase Data –> On.

So, follow the easy steps above and start protecting your smartphone from malware today!

 


This article was brought to you by guest contributor Ryan F., who has an interest in smartphone security issues, apps that make his life easier and Dell coupons for deals.

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10 iPhone and iPad Apps Businesses Can’t Go Without http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/09/10-iphone-and-ipad-apps-businesses-can%e2%80%99t-go-without/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/09/10-iphone-and-ipad-apps-businesses-can%e2%80%99t-go-without/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 16:30:13 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=56015 Whether you are an employee or business owner, having fast access to portable and reliable tools is a necessity when it comes to overall productivity. Utilizing iPhone and iPad business applications is an excellent way to manage and control your work and take advantage of the latest in wireless broadband technology. Because of the overabundance … Read more]]>

Whether you are an employee or business owner, having fast access to portable and reliable tools is a necessity when it comes to overall productivity. Utilizing iPhone and iPad business applications is an excellent way to manage and control your work and take advantage of the latest in wireless broadband technology. Because of the overabundance of iDevice apps available, choosing the right ones to have on hand can be a confusing process. Before getting lost in the world of business apps, try these 10 apps that every businessperson should have readily available in order to get the most out of their work.

10. Documents To Go® Premium 

Documents To Go Premium lets you create, view, and edit Word, Excel and powerpoint files like you would on your laptop or PC/Mac. It supports the ever popular Microsoft Office Suite (2007/2008/2010) and includes syncing capabilities with everything from documents on your computer (via free desktop apps for both Windows and Mac) to your Google Docs. A slightly cheaper version – Documents To Go® – Office Suite – is also available ($9.99 instead of $16.99), though the ability to edit PPT files is only found in the Premium app.

Documents To Go is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

Documents To Go® Premium - Office Suite DataViz, Documents To Go® Premium – Office Suite, 9.4 MB – $16.99

9. Skype

With Skype, you have the ability to make video calls and connect with your clientele or associates on another level. Being able to use the app on both Wi-Fi and 3G networks allows your business to stay in touch while on-the-go. With the recent release of Skype for iPad, you can finally carry out 2-way video chats with colleagues and clients on the iPad. And if you live in North America, a monthly $2.99 Skype subscription plan allows you to place unlimited calls to anywhere in the US and Canada.

Skype Skype Software, Skype, 16.9 MB – Free
Skype for iPad Skype Software, Skype for iPad, 16.3 MB – Free

8. Print Magic

Print Magic takes the hassle out of setting up wired connections on different printers. The ability to print out text, photos and documents directly from your iPhone or iPad via a Wi-Fi network on any printer is an excellent way to save time and be more productive. If only Apple’s AirPrint functionality worked on any printer on the market…

Print Magic Wellala, Inc., Print Magic, 2.6 MB – $2.99
Print Magic HD Wellala, Inc., Print Magic HD, 1.4 MB – $4.99

7. Todo

With Todo, task management is completed with ease and in productivity-friendly timing. Create multiple task lists and even implement David Allen’s GTD if you wish (tags and contexts are supported). Then sync your todos with Todo Online, iCal, Outlook and Toodledo to ensure that your data is always safe. The user-friendly interface is what makes this to-do app stand out, making it one of the more popular productivity apps on the App Store.

Todo Appigo, Todo (TMA Review), 5.7 MB – $4.99
Todo for iPad Appigo, Todo for iPad, 9.6 MB – $4.99

6. Keynote

Keynote is the “tap and touch” presentation creator developed (by Apple) exclusively for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app is great for creating presentations that are world-class and include charts, graphics, animations, and simple ways of presenting your data. It also allows for full-screen view for presenting on your iPad. Keynote may even acts as a remote control for your presentation via Wi-Fi using the Keynote Remote iPhone app.

Keynote is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

Keynote Apple, Keynote, 119 MB – $9.99

5. InerTrak

If you work on multiple projects, this app helps keep you up to date with progress and productivity. Record the amount of time you spend on projects throughout the day and even create a list of separate clients, each with optional hourly rates. This time-tracking tool helps to discover constraints in your everyday processes and is ideal for professionals who charge by the hour, like lawyers, web designers and contractors.

InerTrack is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

InerTrak Inertron Software, InerTrak, 1.0 MB – $4.99

4. Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation for your iPhone/iPad is designed to quickly transcribe your message down on text or email through voice recognition at 5 times the speed of typing. Aside from using it for drafting up text messages, notes and quick emails, Dragon Dictation also allows users to update their Social Networking statuses (Facebooks and Twitter) directly from within the app. This is definitely one of the most productive apps you can have on your iPhone.

Dragon Dictation is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

Dragon Dictation Nuance Communications, Dragon Dictation, 5.40MB – Free

3. Converter

Converter allows you to instantly convert any measurement into over 200 different conversions at once (across 16 categories). You can find your intended conversion by simply scrolling down through the list. The interface is user friendly and finding that conversion is quick and painless, making this measurement converter one of the better ones around.

Converter is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

Converter - The Unit Converter UnitConvertr, Converter – The Unit Converter, 1.3 MB – $0.99

2. WorldCard Mobile

WorldCard Mobile works as the liaison for your iPhone and the hundreds of business cards many professionals will come across. Instead of holding on to business cards or punching the info into your phone manually, the app allows you to take a snapshot and save. It automatically reads the text on the card and converts the information into new contacts on your phone. WorldCard is certainly one of the best of its kind on the App Store and received a Kiss It (5/5) rating from TouchMyApps.

WorldCard Mobile - business card reader & business card scanner Penpower, WorldCard Mobile (TMA Review), 11.3 MB – $5.99

1. eWallet 

eWallet is an award winning app designed to let you virtually and securely store your passwords, credit-card information, bank accounts, and more. eWallet uses government-level security to ensure protection of your data. It also allows you to use your information securely on the web without worry about identity theft. A separate Windows or Mac can also be purchased, which can then be synced with the iDevice app. eWallet is another productivity app that scored a Kiss It rating.

eWallet - Secure Password Manager Ilium, eWallet – Secure Password Manager (TMA Review), 4.5 MB – $9.99

Having these 10 business apps on your iPhone and iPad will ensure that you are always staying productive and aren’t wasting your time and hard-earned money.

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Blake Sanders is a writer of technical interests at Australian broadband comparison site Broadband Expert, specializing in wireless broadband, mobile phones, and the latest in internet provider news and information.

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GeoRing in Review – iPhone Ringtones made easy http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/07/georing-in-review-iphone-ringtones-made-easy/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/07/georing-in-review-iphone-ringtones-made-easy/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:58:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=49245 For those of us who prefer using songs as ringtones, we have all tried many times to create the necessary files to sync to iTunes so that they will work on the iPhone. With GeoRing however, there is no more work to be done but choosing the song and where exactly you’d like the ringtone to begin. … Read more]]>

For those of us who prefer using songs as ringtones, we have all tried many times to create the necessary files to sync to iTunes so that they will work on the iPhone. With GeoRing however, there is no more work to be done but choosing the song and where exactly you’d like the ringtone to begin. Thanks to this handy app, users will soon be able to create their favorite ringtones within minutes.

Developed by XVision, GeoRing makes this entire process an easy one for the everyday iPhone user. A few taps later and your entire iTunes library is at your disposal for custom ringtones. Songs can be added by Name, Artist, Album, or even from specific Playlists. GeoRing also offers a geotagging feature where you can track where you receive your phone calls. Depending on how much music you have, there will be nearly an infinite amount of ringtones to be heard everywhere you go; of course this all depends on how many songs are actually set up.

So you only want to listen to the chorus when a friend calls? GeoRing saves us the precious time of having to cut the song ourselves and encode it for iTunes. Like making a playlist on the iPod, it is very simple to make a list of songs that you want to use for ringtones. All you have to do is tap the ‘+’ button and make your selection. Once they are added, you can then select the individual tune and choose where the ringtone begins with the help of a slider tool.

Now despite the fact that GeoRing makes the entire process a breeze, there is one rather big caveat – out of the box, both your newly created ringtone and that of the default iPhone ringtone can simultaneously be heard when a call comes in. So if you don’t want the standard iPhone Marimba ringtone to accompany that Lady Gaga beat, you’ll need to follow a few easy steps. First, download the “silent” ringtone at http://j.mp/ringsilent. Then add this file to your iTunes Ringtones library (double clicking it will do) and sync your iPhone. Once this is complete, select the Silent ringtone at Settings > Sounds > Ringtone. The downside to this work around is that if the app isn’t running in the background (after a reboot or you manually remove the app from the iOS taskbar), your iPhone won’t actually ring thanks to the new custom silent ringtone.

As for the geotagging feature, I’m not sure how important it really is for the majority of users. Personally, it’s not something I’d use, though it could come in handy for some I suppose. Perhaps those with a “tad” bit of OCD may find the feature to be exactly what they want – like tracking down everyone who calls them and noting where exactly they were when it came through. Here’s something I’d love to see in a future update: the ability to assign specific ringtones to different contacts. Currently, the app shuffles the ringtones every time, so you don’t have control of what gets played depending who calls.

For what it does, GeoRing is quite the promising app, though by no means is it perfect. The fact that it has to continuously run in the background for the full ringtone experience and the inability to assign them to individual contacts is somewhat of a downer. That said though, there’s no denying that the app makes it extremely easy to turn your own songs into ringtones right from within your iPhone. No longer will users have to use a separate tool, encode it and sync them back via iTunes. If you’re not ready to drop $1.99 yet for the app, you can download the free GeoRing Lite for a test drive.

Tap It Rating - 3/5

App Summary
Title: GeoRing – instant ringtone shuffle Developer: XVision
Reviewed Ver: 2.2 Min OS Req: 4.1
Price: $1.99 App Size: Size: 0.3 MB
  • Very simple to use
  • Uses music synced to ipod
  • Quick song processing when adding to ringtone playlist
  • Doesn’t require iTunes
  • Location feature
  • Separate download for silent ringtone
  • Can assign ringtones to individual contacts

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This review was brought to you by TouchMyApps Contributor Alvin Chau.

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The key to DIY iPhone Repair Success http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/21/the-key-to-diy-iphone-repair-success/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/21/the-key-to-diy-iphone-repair-success/#comments Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:36:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=48372 The evolution and complication of devices is really starting to part the seas from those who know what they’re doing, to those who can do things, to those who think they can do it, but prove that they can’t. It can definitely be a daunting, intimidating task to repair your device, whether it is an … Read more]]>

The evolution and complication of devices is really starting to part the seas from those who know what they’re doing, to those who can do things, to those who think they can do it, but prove that they can’t. It can definitely be a daunting, intimidating task to repair your device, whether it is an iPod needing a new battery, or a bruised and battered iPhone. Organization, paired with some skill and know-how, is the key to properly fixing any device.

The day of DIY Kits and repairs is upon us and its’ popularity is growing more and more every day. People are realizing day in and day out that even though their device may be broken, it, it may be worth the money to repair it. There are tons of places to get parts these days, but if you’re not quite sure what to do with those parts, you can get lost, quick.

Here are a couple quick tips that can help you ensure that your repair goes smoothly, and you keep track of what you’re removing and where.

First off, when you open up your phone, take a photograph, or find a picture that you can refer to when you’re re-assembling your phone. Taking pictures throughout the process, will help you when you’re stuck scratching your head and wondering where you should have placed that one lonely screw that was left over when it was all back together.

Next, grab a piece of paper and start sketching the inside of your phone. You’re going to sketch an outline of the inside of your phone. Draw circles for spots that indicate where a screw will be held. Multiple pieces of paper can/should be used, the further into your phone you dive.

Above you see the outline of the motherboard for a Verizon iPhone 4. The complexity of screw placement in this particular type of phone is pretty wild. There are many different size screws, and many different locations. Without organization, you will misplace screws and/or lose them.

When all screws are removed and placed on the piece of paper you drew the sketch on, tape them to the paper. As ridiculous as it may seem, all it takes is one bump, a/c unit turning on, or cough, and your screws will be all over. We used this technique for a Verizon iPhone 4 Repair, but you can apply this technique to any type of repair you may be performing.

When you’ve replaced the damaged parts, you’ll be in awe at how easy it will be to retrace your steps, and put screws back in the same spot. If you have any hesitations at all, we do highly recommend contacting a cell phone repair professional so that you don’t screw anything up.

This article was brought to you by guest author Chris Johncke, founder of iFixyouri, a website service dedicated to repairing all iDevices.

Related reading: Dropped your iPhone/iPod Touch into Water? Follow these steps, quick!

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GroupMe – The Reply All Button for Texts http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/18/groupme-the-reply-all-button-for-texts/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/18/groupme-the-reply-all-button-for-texts/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:33:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46612 Our phones can access the world’s information, record beautiful photos and HD video, and even keep us entertained with thousands of games, yet text messaging with groups of people to this point has been far beyond the capabilities of our humble devices. Unlike email, there is no “reply-all” button for texting, and a single message … Read more]]>

Our phones can access the world’s information, record beautiful photos and HD video, and even keep us entertained with thousands of games, yet text messaging with groups of people to this point has been far beyond the capabilities of our humble devices. Unlike email, there is no “reply-all” button for texting, and a single message sent to five people will quickly devolve into five fragmented conversations. Luckily, GroupMeiTunes ] is here to save the day.

GroupMe allows you to quickly and easily create temporary or permanent text messaging groups; just add the phone numbers and names to the group, and everybody will be given a phone number to text. All messages sent to this new number will be bounced out to everybody else in the group, keeping the conversation intact. You can even call the number to initiate an instant conference call. It’s hard to explain just how amazing this is until you actually try it. If you’re heading to a public event like a party or music festival, GroupMe can keep all of your friends connected. If you’re collaborating with friends or coworkers on a group project, GroupMe also allows you to send each other quick status updates with no hassle. Seriously, what’s easier than sending a text message?

GroupMe is a free online service, and you don’t even need a smartphone to use it. That said, the GroupMe iPhone and Android apps are real winners, allowing you to quickly skim through your contacts to create groups on the fly. The apps also allow you to send photos, as traditional MMS is not supported by GroupMe at this time. The main takeaway is the seamlessness of the experience; there are no accounts to sign up for, no Facebook to connect, no limit to your number of groups, no pushy ads asking you to upgrade. You can literally go from installing the app to finding a new group in your contacts list in less than a minute.

GroupMe is free, and amazing, so go get it.

GroupMe for iOS Mindless Dribble, GroupMe for iOS, 1.8 MB – Free

This article was brought to you by Shep McAllister, an editor for HackCollege.com. You can find him on Twitter @shep979

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