Want to move music or files to your phone without a usb cable? Google Play (Android Market Place) has a really cool program that is Free and it allows you to use your laptop or computer to connect to your Droid. AirDroid’s remote management allows you to manage the device across your network. The concept is very simple and works great. All you do is connect your laptop and your Droid to your home wireless. Download and install AirDroid. When you start AirDroid, it will give you an ip address (with a port number – 8888) and a passcode. Open Google Chrome on your laptop and navigate to the website - http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:8888 (Replacing the x’s with the ip address AirDroid gave you as it started). Enter the passcode and you can now manage your Android tablet or phone remotely with dozens of features.
The following post is from an internet friend who posted this on her company’s blog. With Facebook and other social sites, Geotagging can pinpoint you based on pictures that have been uploaded (by you or someone else). This in-turn is placed on a map on your profile. This can be dangerous… go over and watch the video posted on their blog.
Let’s say you upload a picture to Facebook to share with your friends. If you’re doing this from a smart phone, you could be sharing more than just the photo. This video courtesy of NBC Action News shows us just how those who are tech savvy enough can cherry-pick personal information straight from your uploaded photos…see the post here
Programs like Irfanview, XNView and KUSO can be used to see geo tags…
Android malware is up. Users should take precautions by loading anti-virus software and only download from reputable sites. Always do a review on an app before you download it. Read more
You cannot effectively protect corporate data and intellectual property. It takes skilled IT professionals to protect your data.
A new survey by DELL Kace revealed 87 percent of companies have employees that use some kind of personal device for work including laptops, smartphones and tablet computers. However, they are unable to effectively protect corporate data and intellectual property as well as ensure compliance.
Read more 90% of employees use personal devices for work .
“The password for email accounts is stored into the SQLite DB which in turn stores it on the phone’s file system in plain text.Encrypting or at least transforming the password would be desirable.”… Read More
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After reading an excellent article on PCWorld, before you trade in your smartphone, sell it or give it away, the best thing you can do to achieve true security is to destroy it. This only makes sense since your data -even though it may be erased, can be retrieved off of your internal memory of your phone. This is a must read article.
Jared Ledlow, CIT Student, began writing Java 6 and App Inventor applications for Android phones less than a month ago. Jared’s passion has lead him to produce three applications currently on the Android Market. Jared’s applications include – Talk to Type, Speech and the new TTCS Locator. Read more
So which is better?
Apple’s integration of iCloud this fall and for devices using its apps will allow the streaming of music, documents (books and apps don’t count) and more. Documents will update on all devices when changes are made on any device. iCloud will backup your data through WiFi daily. iCloud will put your iTunes in the cloud for you.
Microsoft has been in the Cloud for sometime and offers Skydrive which has 25 gb of free space and works with Microsoft Office in the cloud which is free (Office Live) which is also already in the Cloud. With Microsoft Mesh (Now Windows Live Mesh-Also free), you can synchronize any of your music, movies, documents and pictures to your devices just like iCloud. The really awesome part of Mesh is it allows you to remotely control another computer that has Mesh installed on it and as part of Microsoft Live Essentials, it works with nearly 100% of the enterprise now. With Photo Gallery 2011 – also free, you can share photos (Facebook, Flickr, Youtube or other social networking sites) and store them on your Skydrive. Part of Microsoft’s cloud is Windows Live Family Safety which allows parents to set times for internet use, program use and even game use. Part of Microsoft’s growing Cloud program is Windows Live Mail which instantly integrates with Skydrive.
So which is better? Consumers are Apple oriented since the iPad showed up and many consumers are riding along with Apple hoping they continue to improve their products and begin offering affordable computing. As an IT professional, I have to jump on board with all vendors that offer these services and educate myself with the use of both products. Microsoft’s cloud services which are free are underutilized by the average consumer. Currently Microsoft offers the better cloud option but with iPads making their way into people’s lives, Microsoft needs to produce more apps that work with both iPad, Microsoft and Android products.
There is an app SMEStorage and software that allows integration of the cloud (Amazon S3, Amazon Cloud Drive, Gmail as a Cloud, (S)FTP as a Cloud, Google Docs, Google Storage, Mezeo, CloudMe, RackSpace Cloud Files, SkyDrive, Azure, SharePoint (business accounts only), Box.net(personal), Zimbra Briefcase, MobileMe, Live Mesh 2011 (read only), FilesAnywhere (certain accounts), DropBox, and WebDav enabled Storage) for Mac. The software is also available for Windows users.
Consumers ironically are putting more and more Droid based phones in their pockets and purses while they use their iPads. So what exactly does that mean? Apple needs apps that work on Droids. While this may sound bizarre, but because of Android sales (Android based phones out selling iPhones) we need compatibility as a consumer. Also Droids need Apple apps.
The Google vs. Apple vs. Microsoft will leave consumers scratching their heads for a while but look for your apps, software and hardware wisely and you will enjoy all three of these vendors.
News Analysis: Apple’s iCloud will be unveiled on June 6, and in order for it to be successful, it will need a number of essential features that go far beyond a basic music streaming service.
Mobile computing is in its early stages. The staff and faculty along with a lot of higher ed have jumped on board with the iPad but the IT department jumped on the droid bandwagon and got the Motorola Xoom (Wi-Fi only). iPad has iTunes, the Xoom can be plugged into your usb and documents, movies, music or whatever can be dropped right on it or it can be synced with Motorola’s media link. In my opinion, they are both great products and we won’t truly see a mature product for a couple of years. We’ll still have desktops, laptops and netbooks and other forms of technology that we can’t imagine. Watching the articles on the web reminds me of finding the old computer magazines (pre-internet) and listening to people who favored brand vs. clones and Apple vs. Windows. Here’s a couple of articles that are out there -
The first article No Apps, No Sale: iPad 2 Vs. Motorola Xoom Vs. RIM Playbook Vs. HP TouchPad proclaimed the iPad 2 as the winner proclaiming there wasn’t as many apps.
(We were able to download or locate apps on the Xoom and do everything the iPad could do)
The second article Motorola Xoom versus the iPad2 – the Xoom is a clear winner of course proclaimed the Xoom the winner.
Xoom’s built-in apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Calendar still trump anything built into the iPad 2. and using the Xoom’s Tegra 2 chip, you get nifty new features, such as vector graphics and 3D rendering in Google Maps.
Business week recently had an article on how there is a higher demand for Droid app developers. So what does this mean? It means simply that businesses are looking at mobile apps for both Droid and Apple. It means we are becoming a mobile world and Moore’s Law is correct.
Another article that caught my eye (thanks to Kevin for pointing it out) – Don’t Buy a Dual-Core Tablet Until You See This Video
Droid phone sales which recently beat iPhone will have a direct impact on the development of applications and will help sales for the Xoom. But currently, there is iPad fever. It’ll all change and it’ll be fun to watch. The iPad10 may win or the Xoom 8 may win?
Security breaches and network security threats posed by social media and smartphone use at work are keeping network administrators up at night, according to a recent survey….
With Windows 7 Virtual Wi-Fi and Connectify, you can use one connection to the internet and as long as you have wireless available, you can connect multiple laptops and other wireless devices to the source computer. [ Connectify-me]
My wife has a Verizon Broadband connection on her laptop. In order for me to connect and our Wii to connnect, we simply installed Connectify-me to her laptop. Created a password and connected my laptop, our desktop and the Wii to the connection. Connectify is much more reliable than an ad-hoc network and sharing an internet connection.
Connectify is free and with wi-fi enabled phones, your one connection can be shared out for these devices along with computers and gaming systems.