How to Prevent Your Smartphone from Getting a Virus

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:

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Three for Free: Luminance, Kevin’s BREAK’EM and Topping Pro

Ready for more freebies? Here are today’s featured 3 “Apps Gone Free”:

Luminance Luminance – A well received photo editing app that allows you to easily add effects to your images. You can choose from a host of built-in presets, crop out unwanted areas, manipulate the order of edited layers to create unique effects and more. You can even copy edits made to one photo and apply them to others in your library to help save time. Luminance is universal, so it’s good to go on both the iPhone and iPad.

Kevin's BREAK'EM Kevin’s BREAK’EM – If you missed this one previously, Kevin’s Break’em is free once again to celebrate the upcoming release of the lite version. It’s essentially a breakout type game, though it sports some of the most unique visuals for the genre (graphics are rendered in 3D art). A second update coming next week will also pack an all-new game mode. If you like tilting your iPhone and bouncing balls off a paddle, grab it!

Topping Pro - Home Screen Wallpaper Background Lock Screen Icon Skin Awesome Theme Maker App for iPhone Topping Pro – A highly rated app that lets you create your own wallpapers without the need to jailbreak your iPhone/iPod Touch. Choose from a bevy of professionally designed backgrounds, add “toppings” to customize your masterpiece and set them as wallpapers on your Home and/or Lock screens.  Continue reading…

10 iOS 5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

iOS 5 has been released for over a month now, and while it’s reportedly been the source of battery drainage issues for many (in particular iPhone 4S owners), the new OS is still by far the best that Apple’s offered to date. From the overhauled Notification System to iMessage, iOS 5 boasts over 200 new features for iDevice users. So unless you’ve made it a point to learn all there is to know about iOS 5, it’s likely you have yet to come across certain “hidden” features on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Let’s take a look at 10 Tips and Tricks that’ll add functionality to your device you may never knew existed.
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When it comes to keeping track of my finances, I used to whip out my iPhone and fire up iXpenseIt to manually enter new transactions. But that was before I started using Mint, a time saving and easy to use (not to mention free) web service that automatically tracks all your bank accounts, credit cards, investments and much more. Thanks to the app (TMA Review) that was released a while back, staying on top of my finances while on the go was made even easier and more convenient. And now with the 2.0 update that was pushed through this morning, you can finally use Mint on your iPad as well.

● Easy-to-understand, multi-touch graphs show you where your money is going so you get a clear picture of your spending and your net worth.
● Redesigned overview screen, so you get a quick snapshot of your finances and latest alerts, bill reminders and advice.
● Enter cash and pending transactions so you have the most accurate view of your spending.
● Get a detailed view of your transactions.
● View your data even without a wireless connection.

One minor caveat though – it appears the now universal Mint app does require iOS 5 to work. So if you’re still on iOS 4 for some reason (i.e. jailbreakers waiting for an untethered JB or you simply haven’t bothered upgrading to the latest OS yet), this update will have to wait. Personal Finance – manage your money, budgets, expenses and bills, Personal Finance – Free

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GPlayer in Review – Dual-core video power to the masses

Devoid of decent multimedia players for the longest time, the iOS saw a tidal wave of such apps hit the App Store with the release of the iPad and iPhone 4. With the hardware finally up to the task of managing the real-time decoding of the wide array of video formats available today, we’ve seen everything from UPnP streaming AirPlayer to the short-lived incarnation of the crossplatform legend VLC, to the jailbreak-only XBMC. But one thing still out of reach has been smooth HD playback, especially for MKV encoded video. Until GPlayer hit the scene that is.

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Facebook on iPad blocked, now acessible once again with FaceForward

Ah yes, so you may have heard that there’s a hidden native Facebook app for the iPad right within the iPhone version (rumor has it that this is the same dedicated iPad app that Facebook will be releasing in the near future). By simply changing the UIDeviceFamily value from 1 to 2 within the Facebook app directory using an SSH program like iPhone Explorer (iPad must be Jailbroken), users were able enjoy FB in its full 9.7″ glory. Sadly, Facebook quickly blocked access soon after this hack was discovered. The good news though is that thanks to jailbreak dev Chpwn, you can now go through the backdoor again and check out the Facebook iPad app for yourself. All you need to do is install FaceForward from Cydia and fire up FB once more. Easy, no?  Check out the video demo after the break.

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Wrapping up on Apple’s iOS 5 and iCloud announcement

The WWDC keynote has come and gone and while there was no announcement of the iPhone 5, there was still plenty of Mac OS X and iOS news to digest, including the upcoming iOS update and long rumored iCloud service. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things we learned about iOS 5 and iCloud, both of which can’t come a day too soon if you’re an owner of an iDevice.

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DashPad 2.0 released – Dashboard for the iPad

Buffalo, New York – You’ve got one of the greatest devices in the world at your fingertips is, why not make it fantastic? CodeKraken today is pleased to announce the release of DashPad 2.0, bringing even more functionality to the iPad user experience. Since the launch of iPad, one of the most requested upgrades has been the ability to run Dashboard, Apple’s widget app. And with all the screen real estate available on the iPad, who wouldn’t want to do just that? That’s where DashPad delivers. DashPad resembles the Dashboard interface, allowing you to run multiple widgets at once. It’s the multi-tasking iPad app you’ve dreamed of. Give it a spin, you can’t go wrong. Continue reading…

iTête à iTête – Interview with Mark DeForest from Cyan Worlds – Immersing you even more by letting you touch the game

If you were in any way connected or even remotely familiar with the video gaming industry in the 90’s, you couldn’t have missed Myst (TMA Review). This bestselling game of all time (at least until the dreaded ‘The Sims’ came along in 2002) has seen a superb re-release on the iOS about a year and a half ago and nabbed a special mention in our The App Store’s Best Adventure. And with the recent release of the Riven: The Sequel to Myst (TMA Review) I personally couldn’t pass up the unique opportunity to interview one of the leading minds behind the scenes – Mark DeForest, the CTO of Cyan Worlds.

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AirPlayer in Review – Not to be confused with AirPlay…

About half a year ago you might’ve seen my incoherent but rapturous blabbering about Air Video, the app I’ve been relying on for watching movies and TV shows both on my iDevice and my TV via Apple’s AV Component Cable. Life has moved on since then and on one fateful birthday eve (quite recently in fact) I was gifted with a full-blown NAS (ReadyNAS Duo) – a Network Attached Storage device for the uninitiated. Seeing as it fully supported DLNA network playback I immediately went shopping for an app to do away with the PC middle-device altogether between me and my lovely shows. And after some digging I rested my inquiring mind on AirPlayer, which looked like the perfect answer to my needs.

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