Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 9, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Portable Safe For Your Files and Passwords): I have been on the hunt lately for FREE software to protect the data on my flash drives and came across a winner, called Protectorian ToGo… Not only does Protectorian encrypt and protect your sensitive files, it also has a built in vault to store your passwords (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Nexus 4 Specs vs. Nexus 5 Specs): I am in the market for an unlocked, reasonably priced smartphone… I am patiently waiting for the release of Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone or whatever the naming convention will be for this coming release. Google recently exhausted their inventory of the Nexus 4. To get a comparison of specs, DroidLife came across a leaked service manual for the Nexus 5 (SEE BELOW)…

Squeak #3 – (GEGeek On Speed Dial): Notice the tab at the top of the page labelled “GEGeek”… It is there for a reason (SEE BELOW); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Create and Manage Your Own Cloud Storage ): My birthday is around the corner and I think I found my gift. It is the Western Digital 3 TB My Cloud that would allow me to access my data from anywhere in the world (SEE BELOW)…

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Protectorion ToGo – the portable safe for your files, folders and passwords!

No chance for hackers and data spies. Unencrypted data on stolen or lost devices are accessible to anyone who finds them. Protect your data and passwords on USB flash drives and external hard drives against misuse and data theft. It security made in Austria – fast, easy-to-use and free!

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Encryption with AES 256 bit (including name encryption)
Unbreakable encryption using a randomly chosen 40-digit key
For USB flash drives and external hard drives
Integrated password protection and password security index
Access encrypted data and passwords from any Windows PC

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Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4 [Specs]

@ DROIDLIFE

Thanks to a leaked service manual for the upcoming LG Nexus 5 that arrived over the weekend, there really is very little we don’t know about the phone outside of a release date and price. Well, the name “Nexus 5″ is still not yet 100% confirmed, meaning Google could end up going “Nexus 4” again like they did with the 2013 Nexus 7. We continue to see references to both names here and there. But either way, we feel as if we have a pretty good grasp on all things new Nexus phone… READ MORE

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GEGeek – PC Tech Reference

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If you notice at the top of the site, I have a tab labelled “GEGeek”… In other words, I have GEGeek on speed dial and here is why:

If you are a person who wants to learn about information technology and computers OR you are the already working in the field, this site you must bookmark. It is the most elaborate and concise collection of the tech related info and tools out there.  Heck, while you are at it, download the Tech Toolkit while you are there which features over 250 tech related programs… GET THE TOOLKIT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 12, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: If you are looking for a level of protection when browsing the internet, then you may want to use (install) “the new” Web of Trust (WOT). WOT warns users about websites with potential issues. I have used WOT for years; BUT, one problem with WOT was that some sites, honest in nature, were being improperly rated. “The NEW WOT” is to change that. If you don’t know what WOT is, check it out (see below);

Squeak #2: Now this is something to really think about. The same cable that we often use to connect to a computer to charge the phone could be compromising your data; especially, if it is not your computer you are using. Please read the article below from TechNewsWorld (see below);

Squeak #3: If you are into assisting others on their computers, then you need to check out TeamViewer. I use the FREE version of TeamViewer to provide remote support and actually have it setup on my home network to access the desktops on all my PC’s (see below); AND,

Squeak #4:  Today’s featured tech product is something that is very cool and is an example of the future.  It is a smartphone enabled deadbolt, called KEVO (see below)…

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Web of Trust – Rating Feature Is Completely Revamped

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Web of Trust (WOT), a crowdsourced website reputation service with over 90 million global downloads, has announced a new version today. The renewed WOT significantly enhances the user experience with improved visibility to reasons behind website reputations.

The new WOT prompts users to provide specific reasons for their website ratings. Users rating a site are requested to select at least one reason – labeled as a ‘category’ – to explain their rating… READ MORE

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LockedUSB Keeps Devices Safe While They Charge

@TechNewsWorld

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LockedUSB is a small firewall adapter that plugs into a USB charging port. The smartphone cable plugs into the device, securing data lines and preventing automatic data syncs from taking place… READ MORE


TeamViewer – All-In-One Software For Remote Support

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TeamViewer is a simple and fast solution for remote control, desktop sharing and file transfer that works behind any firewall and NAT proxy… GET IT HERE


With Kevo Your Smartphone Literally Becomes a Key

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With Kevo, your Smartphone is now your key. No more fumbling for your keys. Keep your phone in your pocket or purse and just touch the lock to open. No Smartphone? No Problem. Enjoy the same touch to open convenience with the fob… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 31, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: We have all heard about smartphones, but have you ever heard of dumbphones?  They are phones that consist of the basics, with minimal or no internet based features. Very similar to what we had years ago. If you are looking for just the basics, then the cadillac of dumbphones will be hitting the shores of the U.S. very soon (read more below);

Squeak #2: I can remember years ago having a file viewer for this and a file viewer for that. Today, this has all changed with a program called FileViewer that is dedicated to opening and viewing a multitude of files from document files, image files to multimedia files. The list goes on and on (see below);

Squeak #3: A decent video card in a PC can make all the difference in the world. Check out what Dom’s Tech & Computer blog has to say about the top five for your money (see below); AND,

Squeak #4: When you see the name ASUS you can count on quality and reliability. I happened to find a router that they manufacture that carries nearly a 5 star rating (see below)…

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It’s a Dumbphone, But It’s the Nicest Dumbphone
You Can Buy

@ Wired

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Nokia’s new 515 handset borrows its industrial design from high-end smartphones, presumably in the effort to make it feel like a premium object. It’s basically a flagship dumbphone for the consumer who wants a carefully considered phone, but doesn’t necessarily want the whole Internet in his pocket… READ MORE


FileViewer – The Only File Viewer You Will Ever Need

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Best List Of Video Cards – The Top 5 for Your Money

@ Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog

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I am sure any of us would love to go out and buy the $600 video card and just be done with it. However, most of us don’t have that kind of money. So, it is often best to look for the best bang for the buck. That is what this list tries to accomplish. Let’s dive right in… READ MORE


ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 28, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: WOW… The Google Nexus 4 Android Smartphones have dropped $100 in price. These phone are distributed by Google and are unlocked; which means you are not tied to any specific cell provider (see below);

Squeak #2: When I was managing a network, many moons ago, I used Angry IP Scanner to get a run down on the health of my network. Very powerful little scanner (see below);

Squeak #3: I came across an online service that gives you the ability to develop a web page (very easy) to put yourself out there on the web (see below); AND,

Squeak #4: Are you an Android Smartphone owner?  Did you know that Amazon gives away a paid app everyday? (see below)…

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Nexus 4 Smartphone – Now At Even Lower Price

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Just noticed that the unlocked Google Nexus 4 Smartphone (8 GB model) has been dropped to $199 (from $299) and the Nexus 4 (16 GB model) has been dropped to $249 (from $349)… READ MORE


A FREE Open-Source and Cross-Platform Network Scanner

Angry IP Scanner

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Angry IP Scanner (or simply ipscan) is an open-source and cross-platform network scanner designed to be fast and simple to use. It scans IP addresses and ports as well as has many other features.

It is widely used by network administrators and just curious users around the world, including large and small enterprises, banks, and government agencies.

It runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, possibly supporting other platforms as well… GET IT HERE


About.Me – A Great Place To Start, Or Improve Your Presence On The Web

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Wallpaper of the Week (#122) – Dandelion

If you are into maintaining a groomed lawn, then you know that the dandelion can be a real nuisance, but did you ever look at a dandelion up close that is about to go to seed? It is actually beautiful…

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Dandelion

Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].

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Get An Unlocked Android Phone
(Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III Mini)

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The GALAXY S3 mini runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)with a 4.0 display while maintaining the familiar Galaxy S3 design. The Galaxy S3 Mini is powered by NovaThor U8420 Dual-core 1 GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 5MP camera that does 720p HD videos. The Galaxy S3 Mini is full of graphical capabilities, fast screen transitions, and an upgraded Google Now service featuring contextual search. Over at the front, there’s a VGA camera for conference calls. The 4.0 display is of Super AMOLED variety and pushes 800×480 resolution.

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Using Google Search As A Calculator

There are many instances what I write about here on the blog is from personal experience. Today, at my retirement job, we had to complete a purchase order in quick fashion and I needed to perform some math calculations to determine costs. Instead of pulling out a calculator I pulled up the Google Search box and started typing in the calculations (in plain English).  Once I entered what I needed to be calculated, Google performed the calculation for me and also sent me to an online calculator in the event I needed to perform additional calculations.

Google Search Calculations

I also found that you can perform math calculations using Microsoft’s search engine, called Bing, as well; however, minus the online calculator.

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Cloud Chivalry – The Mobile March

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CloudOn brings Microsoft Office® to your Tablet Computer and Phone for FREE

Appears in today’s world of computing we are definitely moving away from the desktop form of computing to the more mobile form of computing, such as tablets and smartphones. In the end, no matter which direction we go, we still need to use the computer, whether it be in the form of desktop or tablet, to get our work done.

Working on a Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint  file on a tablet vs. a desktop can be a real challenge. As we continue to move toward the tablet form of computing I am seeing more and more applications that are trying to emulate the desktop experience of using Word, Excel or Powerpoint on the tablet. As a matter of fact, I have many of these types of apps installed on my tablet and really in the end I am not using them to edit or create documents; instead, I use them more or less as a document viewers.

This past week I happened across another Android and iPad app, called CloudOn that really looks promising and is very close to emulating the desktop when it comes to creating, reviewing and editing your Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. Not only that, CloudOn can connect directly to your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive Accounts; AND, the real topper is that CloudOn’s file viewer can view virtually any type of file (including PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.).

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So far, what I am experiencing, is a pretty darn good app that seems to have the right fine tuning in place for working with my Microsoft Office files; PLUS, CloudOn with its’ powerful viewing capabilities will replace many of the separate apps I have installed for those purposes.

The CloudOn Workspace allows you to:

• Use Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® on your Android Tablet and Phone to create, review and edit documents.
• Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.
• View virtually any type of file, including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
• Share files as links or attachments via email directly from the workspace.
• Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, etc into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files.
• Use the FileSpace to see a log of all the activity on file including edits, notifications and notes.
• Track changes while reviewing Word documents.
• Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks.
• Display and edit transitions in PowerPoint slides and present in full presentation mode.
• Open files directly from your device email accounts as well as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive.
• Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes.

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A Must Have Cleaner App For Android Users

404 Tech Support, a member of the What’s On My PC blogroll, posted an article CCleaner-like app for Android that caught my attention; BUT, the real attention grabber in the article was one of the apps he recommended, called Clean Master.

I downloaded Clean Master and installed it on my Android smartphone (Sony Xperia X10) and installed it on my Android Tablet (Toshiba Thrive). Clean Master is an approximately 1.8 mb install that is worth its’ weight in gold.

Clean Master

After using Android for quite some time now and after installing (and uninstalling) numerous apps, I often wondered just how much data pollution was occurring on these devices. The term data pollution is a term I made up to describe leftover files and hidden files that you, the user, is totally unaware of.  These files on an Android device can include history files, cache files, residual files and the app packages (.apk files) that Android uses to install apps.

What I soon discovered, after installing and running Clean Master, is that the accumulation of these files can easily run into hundreds of megabytes. On my phone, which is an older powerhouse Android phone (Sony Xperia X10), space is precious to me.  After running Clean Master, I regained 35 MB’s of space. On my tablet (Toshiba Thrive), which I call my Android workhorse, I was able to reclaim nearly a gigabyte of space. I found Clean Master to be safe and did not alter or effect the operation of either of these devices.

404 Tech Support was correct in comparing Clean Master to CCleaner, the popular computer optimization and cleaning tool. This is a must have cleaner app for Android Users…

Key Features

History Eraser
Clean cache Files
Clean unused files
Manage and clean app packages
Remind unused files when app installed
Kill running tasks/release RAM

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MediaFire App Now Available For Android

MediaFire is an online file storage and sharing service that most computer users at home are not familiar with. With MediaFire you are given 50GB’s of space (for FREE) with a 200 MB file upload size limit. Compared to the other online storage services (which typically offer much less FREE storage space), MediaFire is very generous in their offering. I have maintained an account with MediaFire for nearly 2 years and have never experienced an issue.

MediaFire

The complaint you will hear coming from people about MediaFire is that they will remove your account is your account is inactive. There is some truth to this; however, the rule is that if you must access the MediaFire API (your account) from either the Web, your Mobile platform or your desktop platform at least once per year and if you do that, your account will never be removed.  This is a pretty easy rule to follow; especially, that you are getting 50 GBs of online storage space.  If your account is in jeopardy you will receive sufficient notice via the email account you signed up with.

The one downfall to MediaFire, that I was experiencing, was no Android App available to access and manage my MediaFire files from my tablet. This has all changed within the past couple days (prior to the writing of this article).  MediaFire now has an Android mobile app available in the Google Play Store that can be downloaded to your Android phone or tablet.  You can get the MediaFire App [HERE] .

The MediaFire mobile app lets you access all your documents, photos, and videos from anywhere. Securely store, organize, and share all your data on the web and through your Android device.

MediaFire Mobile App

Features:

• Keep all your important files at your fingertips.
• View docs, spreadsheets, presentations, video, and listen to audio.
• Take and upload pictures and videos directly in the MediaFire app.
• Upload Android gallery images.
• Create and manage folders of files.
• Share files on the go via email, SMS, through other Android apps, and with copy and paste links.
• Quickly search all your MediaFire files and folders.

MediaFire Android App:  Requires Android OS 2.2 or higher

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An Android App That Feels Like TV

There are various ways to stream video to your android phone or tablet; BUT, there is none that I found that is like 9×9.tv

9x9.tv

From what I can see, based on the reviews at the Google Play Store, 9×9.tv is a relative newcomer to the Android platform. If you are into watching video streamed from the internet, then you need to download this app. The selection is awesome and what is neat about 9×9.tv is that it will continuously play videos. I was especially amazed at how good it looked on my tablet and how smooth the videos played.

Tune in at any time for a personalized bite-sized selection of channels with content that informs and entertains. For example, the “Morning Shows” time slot provides a channel line-up consisting of breaking news and morning talk show channels. “Late Night” on 9×9 features comedy and late night talk shows. So just sit back and let 9×9 entertain you with one episode after another non-stop. Turn on the excitement with every flip as you navigate the channels prepared for you by 9×9’s curators to discover Internet videos you never knew existed. Let 9×9 guide you through a personalized video tour of what matters to you every time you flip it on.

Got more than one Android device ? With one simple tap, beam the video playback from one Android screen to another and use the original Android device as a remote. Great for sharing YouTube and other content on a big screen TV connected to a Google TV. 9×9 app supports Android devices including smartphones, tablets and Google TV.

Once you make a video selection, there is a trick to moving from one video or channel to another (see below).

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FREE Stunning First Person Zombie Shooter Arcade Game For Android

If have an Android device (tablet or smartphone) and you have had a bad week, then download Dead Trigger and take out your frustrations on some Zombies (and save the earth).

Dead Trigger

Dead Trigger (rated: High Maturity) is a first person shooter with stunning graphics, full 3D characters, high quality 3D audio, and intuitive controls.

Personally, I am not into the shooter games, but as far back as I can remember (in the Wolfenstein and Doom days), I have always been amazed by the 3D graphics of these type of games. As a matter of fact, these types of games will push your PC to the limits (in terms of memory, processing, audio and video power). What is amazing to me is that Dead Trigger is geared toward the Android OS based smartphone and tablet. From my testing, Dead Trigger ran smoothly on my tablet…

Enjoy the zombie slaughter in many different ways: blast ’em out of existence with lethal weapons, blow them up with powerful explosives or chop off their limbs and let them die slowly

  • Shoot away their heads, chop off their limbs… kill them with creativity
  • Evolving zombie AI will keep you entertained
  • Follow the story or enjoy unlimited random missions
  • Load your gun and save the Earth!
  • Equip yourself with splendid high-poly realistic weapons
  • Utilize powerful gadgets including a laser amputator, blade chopper, baits, mines, grenades, radar and more

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Access SkyDrive From Any Android Smartphone And Tablet Running Android 2.3+ Or Later.

Folks, if you are looking for a nice, dependable and easy to use online file storing (and sharing) service, I am highly recommending Microsoft’s SkyDrive. With SkyDrive you will get 7 GBs of space for FREE and can opt in to purchasing additional space if need be. This service continues to get better and better all the time and has become my main online file storage service.  I encourage you to visit the link above to learn more about SkyDrive.

As this service continues to evolve, Microsoft recently made announcement that a SkyDrive app has been developed exclusively for Android 2.3 or later.

SkyDrive for Android

SkyDrive for Android

So, if you have an Android based phone or tablet AND you are a SkyDrive user, this app is a must-have app.  I have been testing it on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet and it has performed flawlessly. I even have SkyDrive setup to access the files (and drives) on my main PC anywhere I have internet access (see recent article, Access Any File You Need From Your PC From Anywhere With The NEW SkyDrive). This option alone is like having my main PC tethered to my tablet.

With SkyDrive for Android, you can now easily access and share files on the go. You can also upload photos or videos from your phone to SkyDrive.

• Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
• View recently used documents.
• Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
• Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
• Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
• Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.

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Geek Squeaks’ (#72) – Sandbox Your Programs, Personal Cloud Storage, Remove Malware, Ubuntu For Smartphones, and Work In Forensics

Sandboxie

Sandboxie

Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware? Spent too many hours removing unsolicited software? Worried about clicking unfamiliar Web links?

Introducing Sandboxie

Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

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Tech Product of the Day – Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive

Western Digital Drive

We are all familiar with the external drives that we connect to our computer to backup our files. How would you like an external drive that you connect to your wireless router that gives you the ability to access the drive wirelessly. Also, The beauty of the router connection is that you can access your files from anywhere on the internet. You can do all this and more with the Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive.

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How to Remove Mapbird.info @ Faster PC! Clean! Clean!

Remove Mapbird.info

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Ubuntu For Smartphones With Android Ready for Market
@ Discobytes

Ubuntu for Smartphones

Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions now available in world, and since smartphones are getting closer to the portable computers, so there exist a question here that why not to use Linux system for them? Canonical Foundation has decided to create a special Linux distribution also in smartphones with Android.  READ MORE

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Work in Forensics: 5 Key Steps @ HDDoctor.NET

Work In Forensics

With the rise in cyber-fraud and various breach incidents, digital forensics is becoming a growing field with plenty of opportunities. The job involves determining the cause, scope and impact of security incidents; stopping unwanted activity; limiting damage; preserving evidence and preventing other incidents. Digital forensics experts typically investigate networks, systems and data storage devices.  READ MORE

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Wirelessly Manage and Control Your Android Devices With AirDroid

imageI want to start this post by saying that “AirDroid is by far, one of the best Android apps I have experienced’ on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet”. I actually cannot believe that this Android app is FREE.

AirDroid gives you the ability to wirelessly manage your Android device (tablet or smartphone) from your desktop computer’s web browser, using your WiFi network (if you have one).

AirDroid

What I primarily use AirDroid for is to transfer files (such as music, movies, documents, photos, etc…) between my desktop computer and my Android based tablet (Toshiba Thrive). AirDroid, however, does not stop there and provides several utilities to monitor the device status and to manage processes, apps and SD card control. All of this is performed from within your favorite web browser on your computer.

When you make the connection between your computer and your Android device, a very attractive (and easy to use) AirDroid Web Desktop appears. AirDroid will (or should) work on any smartphone or tablet that is running Android 2.1 or later (4.0 is not well supported yet).

How to get started:

Download and install the AirDroid app on your Android devices [ HERE ], start the app and open your favorite web browser, input the address and Dynamic Password to login to the AirDroid Web Desktop.

Detailed steps:

Tips: The Android device and computer need to be connected to the same WiFi network to be able to connect. Don’t have WiFi? Try this tutorial

1.    Open AirDroid on your Android device and tap Start. The web address (looks like http://192.168.xxx.xxx:8888) to visit will be revealed, and a new Dynamic Password will be generated or the Predefined Password will be displayed (looks as predefined).

2.    Open your favorite web browser to visit the web address above. Enter the Dynamic Password or Predefined Password from the previous step and click Login.

3.    You’ll login to the AirDroid Web Desktop.

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CX.com Now Has An Android App Available

I have been watching for this… CX.com, a relative newcomer to online file storage and sharing, now has an Android app available that will get you to your CX.com files online. The app is still in the very basic stages of development and does not have any syncing or uploading features built into the app (yet). I do look for that to change.

What this all means at this point in time, is that if you use an Android OS based smartphone or tablet you can now access your CX.com files from those platforms. You can get the app at the Android Marketplace [ HERE ] or via your Android Smartphone or Tablet device. Once you install the app your device will alert you when any upgrades occur, just like any other Android installed app.

If you do not know what CX.com is; then read this recent article:

Get 10 GBs of FREE Online Storage
to Store, Share, Access Anytime, Anywhere

CX.com

Once you sign up for the FREE CX.com account, you will get 10 GBs of online space; and for every person you signup you will receive an additional 300 MBs of space (up to 16 GBs).  I am a CX.com user and I am nearing the 16 GB mark; however, I am still not quite there.  If you do signup with CX.com, please [ CLICK HERE ] .  This will help me reach the mark.

Take the potential 16 GBs of space from CX.com, plus 25 GBs that Microsoft has available for FREE [ SEE HERE ] and you will walkaway with over 40 GBs of online storage.  Not too shabby is it?

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In the very near future you will spend more time talking to your phone than using your phone to talk to other people…

Steve over at Scoroncocolo contacted me about an article he posted that may be of great interest to all you smartphone users. The article is about smartphone voice recognition featuring the Siri, the iPhone 4s “personal assistant”.

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Siri on iPhone 4s is one of the most incredible innovations in modern computing technology. This is another of Steve Jobs’ dreams that came true.

Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

If you are an Android user, Steve will also point you to a couple of apps that are similar to Siri.

Without further ado, I encourage you to visit Scoroncocolo and read Steve’s article,  Smart Phone Voice Recognition Is the Future

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ #54 = Great Gift Idea, Virtual Desktops, Keyboard Shortcuts, HTC Explorer, and Upcoming Tech News

Great Gift Idea at A Reasonable Cost
Kindle Wi-Fi, 6 inch E-Ink Display

30% lighter, less than 6 ounces
18% smaller body, same 6″ screen size – Fits in your pocket
Most advanced E Ink display, reads like paper
Built in Wi-Fi – Get books in 60 seconds
Massive book selection, over 800,000 titles are $9.99 or less
New – Borrow Kindle books from your public library

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With Dexpot you may have separate virtual desktops for different applications. One desktop might feature applications for graphic design, for example, and another might feature your business applications.

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Did you know your smartphone photos may be giving away your location?

GeotaggingIf you are in the habit of taking photos with your smartphone and posting them online, you may be giving away your location. Embedded in those photos, not visible to the naked eye, are what are called geotags. Geotags identify the longitude and lattitude coordinates (and other detailed information) that can easily be uncovered with readily available software on the internet.

A geotagged photograph is a photograph which is associated with a geographical location by geotagging. Usually this is done by assigning at least alatitude and longitude to the image, and optionally altitude, compass bearing and other fields may also be included. – Wikipedia

How is this dangerous?

Your privacy is at risk… Each time you post a photo online from a GPS capable smartphone you are in essence giving away bread crumbs about yourself.  For example, let’s say you take a pic of your kids, in your home, using one of these phones and you post it on Facebook. A Cyberstalker in essence can determine the exact location (within 15 feet) where you took the pic. In other words, the Cyberstalker would know where your kids are.

In most phones, where this is possible, Geotagging can be turned “off”. My advice, turn it off…

Other information on geotagging:

I Can Stalk U

ABC News Video Clip – Too Much Information

Geotag Security (software to find and remove Geotags)

Smartphone GPS Picture Tags

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Opera Mini on my Blackberry

If you are looking for a decent web browser for your Blackberry or your web capable smartphone, then take a look at Opera Mini & Opera Mobile .

Opera Mini

The Opera Mini browser has been specifically engineered and developed with the mobile phone user in mind. The browser interface is elegantly designed and is engineered to use a tenth of the bandwidth of other mobile browsers; thus, reducing data usage and saving you money.

I am currently running the latest version of Opera Mini (v5)on my Blackberry (pay-as-you go phone) and believe me, there is no better web browser for a phone out there. As a matter of fact, I never ever dreamed of seeing a browser on my phone that is comparable to the browser on my computer. Take a moment and watch the video below to see Opera Mini and Opera Mobile in action.

YouTube Video
Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10

YouTube - Opera Mini and Mobile

Features That I Like:

  • Saves money on data charges
  • Loads Web pages much more quickly than other mobile phone browsers
  • Multitask with tabs
  • User interface has been designed for both touchscreen and keypad-style mobile phones.
  • See your top Web sites visually laid out on your screen in Speed Dial
  • Sophisticated URL auto-completion
  • Reads the largest pages comfortably
  • Address bar and toolbars disappear until they are needed, allowing you to see more of the page you are viewing.
  • Backup your bookmarks, Speed Dials, and search engines to My Opera, and keep them synchronized between different phones

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#58)

If you have an obsession for information technology and computers, then I encourage you to become a regular subscriber of the sites listed below.  To whet your appetite, What’s On My PC randomly selects each week recent articles that have been composed by the authors who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.

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Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Be Sure to Visit this SUPER TECH BLOG and Congratulate Bill
for surpassing the 2 Million mark in visits

Internet Security Blog
Malware Infection Economy – Top Selling Products
and Services in Malware Business

Canadian Tech Blogger
Apple Sells Over 1 Million iPads

Mrintech
Best Free Portable Apps Suite with 280+ Apps

TuneUp Blog about Windows
PC Optimization: The Green Way

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com versus Blogger.com 3

Worthy Tips
Will you pay to watch Youtube video? You should soon

Netbook Freeware
PeaZip: Best Free Compression Tool for Netbook

I Love Free Software
3 Chrome Extensions for Downloading Files from Rapidshare

404 Tech Support
SparkChess – Quality, Free Chess Online

TTC Shelbyville
1.5 million stolen Facebook accounts up for grabs

Snakebytez
PDF OCR – OCR PDF Document to Editable Text

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 4

Tech-for Everyone
Click, click, fixed!

Rarst.net
Best and worst computing advice you know?

Lifehacker
Disable Google Chrome’s Location-Aware Browsing

Crazy World
of G HTC Incredible

thePC Security
Top 10 Spamming Country – No, China is Not There

Right On Technology
HP Buys Palm, Hints at WebOS Slate

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AKM Anitivirus 2010 Pro

Carol’s Vault
Chillout Saturday : DJ River’s “Blue Room” album

Plato Press
Comodo Backup

What’s On My PC
Secure USB Flash Drive

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A FREE “Must Have” App for your Blackberry

UPDATE (8/30/2009): The author of  the BBFileScout file manager software, for the Blackberry, has changed the name to just “FileScout”.  The content and information in this article remain the same.

I hope you had the opportunity to read my article “How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…” The point of the article was to demonstrate that there are workarounds to owning a Blackberry Smartphone (to make it useful), without subscribing to a costly data plan. Recently I discovered another FREE (donationware) workaround; or I should say addition, that makes the Blackberry all that more powerful.  Since my acquisition of the Blackberry Curve 8320 I found that the Blackberry lacked a decent file system browser. The “geek in me” wanted more than just the basic file explorer that is buried under the “Media” selection of the Blackberry OS. I wanted a file system browser that was comparable to what I experience on my PC.

After getting my bearings on how and where to look for free Blackberry software resources, and how to install those resources that were of interest, I came across the excellent file system browser called “BBFileScout” .

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BBFileScout is FREE (donationware) and will work on all Blackberrys’ with OS 4.3 and higher. According to the BBFileScout web site, it has successfully been tested on Blackberry models 8110, 8310, 8330, 8700, 8800, 8820, 8830, 9000, 9500 & 9530. I can attest that it also will work on the 8320.

BBFileScout is more than just a basic file system browser, it is a file manager with the ability to recognize file types and associate them with the default applications, just like on your PC. For example, If I browse to a jpeg (picture) file and open it, the picture will open with the default viewer; or if I browse to a PDF file, it will open with the default PDF viewer, etc… This option alone sold me on the app; BUT, this was only the beginning.  BBFile Scout opened up a whole new world on my Blackberry and gave me that true feeling of having a PC in my pocket.

Here are the “Core Features”, as reflected on the web site:

  • BBFileScout allows you to browse the file system of your BB (including hidden files)
  • Create directories, copy, move, rename or delete files
  • Zipping files or complete directory structures
  • Extracting Zip archives (incl. structures)
  • Furthermore BBFileScout supports copying and deleting of complete directory structures
  • You can open all (by your Blackberry® supported) media files
  • Register additional file types with other (3’rd party) applications (like pdf’s)
  • BBFileScout allows you to open files (like ini, xml, etc.) as plain text, so you are able to edit, mark, copy & paste text fragments of these files that normally can’t be opened with your Blackberry®. This can become very valuable when you receive eMail attachments that are not native supported by your Blackberry®
  • With BBFileScout you can delete pre installed wallpapers, videos and ringtones in order to free memory on your device*** – but please note, that once they are deleted the only way to get them back is to hard reset your device!
  • Display Thumbnails for supported image files (if enabled in the options)
  • Search for files and directories on your Blackberry® Device
  • Send any file as eMail attachment to your BB contacts
  • Send any file via Bluetooth to another Device that support OBEX
  • Easy & smart creation of Playlists (across multiple folders)
  • Define a favorite directory list (as shortcuts)

You can install BBFileScout “over the air” to your Blackberry® device or can install it via the RIM DesktopManager

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Online Blackberry Bible

CIOIf you are a RIM Smartphone (Blackberry) owner, then you will find this information, “clipped” from CIO, invaluable…  It is a great read on everything you need to know about your Blackberry…

Blackberry Bible

You can click on any of the titles below and you will be redirected to the CIO web site for that specific topic… Enjoy!

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BlackBerry Bible:
Everything You Need to Know About Your RIM Smartphone

From keyboard shortcuts and tricks from mobile experts, to free software downloads, battery life tips, device reviews and insider commentary, we offer you our expert guide to help you master your smartphone and earn a BlackBerry black belt.

BlackBerry Tips: Using Folders
to Unclutter Your RIM Smartphone

BlackBerry Browser Shortcuts:
Killer Keyboard Tips & Tricks

Best BlackBerry Shortcuts:
Aflac’s Mobile Guru Shares Tips

Five Essential RIM BlackBerry Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Advanced Keyboard Shortcuts for Power Users

BlackBerry Storm Shortcuts:
20 Touch Screen Tips and Tricks

More Advanced BlackBerry
Keyboard Tips and Tricks for Power Users

BlackBerry GPS Navigation Tips:
Mastering BlackBerry & TeleNav Navigator

BlackBerry How To:
Change E-Mail Signatures (BIS & BES)

BlackBerry Tips & Tricks:
Boost Your BlackBerry Digital Camera Experience

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How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…

I love my gadgets, and when opportunity presents itself to try something different, I cannot resist.

The object of the this story is to demonstrate how I maximized the usage  of a Blackberry Smartphone using one of the cheapest mobile phone plans out there. For the sake of this article, the model phone that I used for this project was the Blackberry Curve 8320 Smartphone.

If you do not know what a Blackberry is, I encourage to visit the Blackberry website [ CLICK HERE ] .

Blackberry Smartphone

When it comes to mobile (cell) phones I cannot see myself conversing for a 1000 minutes (16.66 hours) a month. That is two workdays to me or time that I can allocate to other things where I can see results. Please do not get me wrong, a mobile phone is very much needed in circumstances where your business or livelihood is dependent on quick communications. The plan which I currently use is a “pay as you go” plan (with T-Mobile). I have learned to discipline myself with the usage; PLUS I do not give my number out or use it for lengthy conversation.

I have always been fascinated with PDA’s, have owned quite a few, and was currently looking for something that would provide PDA capabilities, as well as, mobile phone capabilities. I did not want to pay a lot or get trapped into a lengthy service contract with a mobile phone provider just to own a computer in my pocket.

During a recent visit to the local mall I entered into my usual question and answer session with the sales rep at one of the T-Mobile kiosks.  I have done this in the past at other locations in an effort to educate myself about mobile phones. One of my primary questions has been,  “What phones will my T-Mobile “pay-as-you-go” SIM card work in?”. You would be surprised at the answers I have received. I have always been told I would have to purchase another phone plan, if I wanted a Blackberry, etc… Ultimately I always leave very confused about mobile phones. In this case, the sales rep proceeded to inform me that my SIM card in my cheapie phone would function in any of the phones they had. The sales rep proceeded to show me several phones including the Blackberry (all with heavy price tags if I were to buy the phone straight out).

As my “gadget luck” would have it, I was preparing to leave and the sales rep proceeds to tell me that he had an used Blackberry Curve 8320 for sale, minus the software for the phone.  Long story short, I get what I think is a good deal on this phone…  I buy the phone and with my cheap “pay as you go” plan, I challenge myself (as a project) to find workarounds to getting data to and from the Blackberry without the need to purchase a high priced data plan.

Reflected below is highlights of how my project turned out…  Some of the information alone may be helpful to other Blackberry owners and in some cases, depending on the phone (and provider), may not work at all. Some of the information reflected may be common information to mobile phone power users and may make me appear as if I don’t have a clue about mobile phones…  Well I don’t, but I am learning!  All I can tell you is, that I took a cheap phone plan (pay-as-you-go) and an expensive smartphone and customized it for my personal needs.

SIM Card – SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is the card located in your phone that is a module that identifies to the mobile phone provider, who you are. It can also serve as storage media for your contacts, etc… The module can usually be removed and swapped to other phones (with the same provider).  In my case the SIM card worked with no problems and all my contacts were transferred to the Blackberry.  I now have voice communications with the Blackberry using my “pay as you go” plan.

Coverage – My phone coverage improved noticeably.  Locations where I could not get service, I now have service.  Proves to me that some mobile phones are better in transmission and reception than others.

Blackberry Desktop Manager Software – Since there was no software with the smartphone to manage the phone from my computer, I had to go find the software on the internet. I easily located and downloaded the software from “Blackberry” and installed it on my PC . The Desktop Manager Software is an integral piece that you need to keep your phone software up to date; AND to provide file management, software management, and backup capabilities. The installation was also bundled with a Roxio package to manage and convert audio, video and photo files.  After learning the Desktop Manager Software, I knew at that point this was my gateway for installing third party software onto Blackberry.

Calendar, Contact, and Task Management – In order to take full advantage of the calendar, contact and task management portion of the phone, I needed some type of syncing capabilities. The Desktop Manager Software provides syncing capability to Microsoft Outlook and to Yahoo.  I exclusively configured my Yahoo internet mail account to manage my contacts, calendar, notes and tasks on my Blackberry. When I connect my Blackberry to my computer, run the Desktop Manager Software, it automatically syncs with my Yahoo account on the internet. This also gives me the ability to pull up my information from any PC connected to the internet.

Wi-Fi – The Blackberry Curve 8320 has wi-fi (wireless) capability.  I configured the Blackberry to connect to the wireless router in my home, which provided me with (at first) limited access to the internet.  You will see below the workaround I utilized to gain full access.

Internet Browser – The browser on this particular phone was very, very limited (proprietary to T-Mobile) and did not provide complete internet access via my wireless access point. I initially did not think this was possible without a data plan, but after some careful thinking, I knew there had to be some way that I could bridge that gap. I downloaded and installed Opera-Mini which is browser software designed for mobile phones. I now have full access to the internet via my wireless router or at any wi-fi access point that will let me in.  (Note: Opera-Mini is an awesome browser for this purpose).

MicroSD Card (with PC Adapter) – RadioShack had an 8 gig MicroSD memory card on sale ($20), which I installed into the Blackberry…  I now have storage capability; plus when  connecting the Blackberry to my computer it is recognized as a mass storage device. I can now transport my files, portable apps, etc… This particular phone model has a camera (w/photo viewer), video camera (with video player) and voice recorder (w/audio player) built in.  With the added storage I successfully converted a full length movie to play on the Blackberry; added MP3 music files, photos, documents, etc…

Software – Now that I have learned to install software onto the Blackberry, I am currently exploring the internet for “freeware” software for the Blackberry.  Several sources that I have located are:

Blackberry Freeware

Blackberryfreaks.com

Blackberry Freeware Lovers

In closing, I have been quite pleased with the outcome of this project and the Blackberry Curve Smartphone.  I welcome any comments or suggestions.

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