When civil liberty groups and tech based websites and organisations get together to form a partnership, people take notice and this is exactly what is going with the launch of Reset The Net! It’s a coalition created on the first anniversary of first story released that was related to Edward Snowden and the files he released.
The call is for the owners of websites and mobile apps to carry one of the Reset The Net images and is possible to add extra security features such as a SSL (Secure Socket Layer), HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) or Perfect Forward Secrecy. The whole idea of this in order to show that your privacy matters and that they will be doing their best to protect users privacy.
It is a protest against the NSA and other security services who are routinely spying on innocent people going about their daily lives. It is a big ask, but Reset The Net has some big players backing it, all of whom are worried about the online privacy of ordinary people who are simply going about their normal daily activities and not committing any crimes, or who are a danger to our way of life.
Source: Reset The Net
If you happen to turn on Daytime TV during the week, the chances are that you will see a quiz show! This is because proving how a smart you are when it comes to trivia has become very popular. In fact, so popular that there is an app for that sort of thing and it is called QuizUp! The free QuizUp app will not only allow the user to join family and friends to see who is the smartest, but other online users too! So, if you are looking for challenge when you have a few spare minutes, then this is the one for you! The trouble is, are you brave enough to take on the QuizUp challenge?
The QuizUp app has over 350 topics with questions on TV, sport, movies, games and more, there are over 150,000 questions too and that means there is going to be something for everyone! The challenge is on, millions of users are waiting to prove that they are smarter than you are, can you handle it or will you crack under the pressure?
This is a free app, but it is only available for the owners of iPhones and iPads, check it out and download the app on iTunes!
Apple have come good with the iTunes Radio, the streaming radio service that just happens to be the best price of all, free! With this feature on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV, there are stations and music choices that will build into a cool personalised radio station.
The iTunes Radio button can be found at the top of the page right next to Playlists. Once pressed you will find over two hundred and fifty stations that cover every style of music based on the content that you have already purchased and played. This means that your Radio, is literally your Radio!
Creating and customizing your Radio Stations is easy, as it builds itself according to the content you like and then it is all stored in the cloud allowing easy access to the music at any time and on any device in your Apple collection, there is no synchronising needed, just good music when you want it.
If you are anything like us in the office, you will wonder how your phone battery life runs down even when it is not in use! It is the same for Android and iOS powered devices so it is not the phone or operating system, so what can it be that is draining the battery life away? Well, it turns out to be the apps that are running on the device, first up is the camera and weather these are available on the device without downloading and yet the camera uses geolocation, which uses up battery power and like the camera the weather app will refresh each time there is a change of location!
Now let’s take a look at the apps that like to use your battery!
One surprise could be Carat, this is an app that helps you preserve battery power and yet it use too uses a location tracker. Facebook is one heavy user of battery power; this is because even when it is running in background it will often refresh and so each time it does a small chunk of the battery is used. When it comes to heavy users Maps such as Google will use the GPS to gather information on location, it is believed that ten minutes of use will eat up around 6 MB of data.
Skype will stay connected if the app is not closed down, so the easy solution would be to ensure that you sign out after every use. Like the other social media apps Twitter will refresh constantly, if it did not, just imagine the time it would take to get to the end of the timeline! The payment and restaurant search app Square Wallet, has a double dip on the battery power. First of all, it employs geo fencing to check locations like a map app and it is constantly updating too, which is a nightmare for your battery.
Finally, its free game apps! These are only free because the publishers sell advertising space in the form of pop ups and flash adverts, this is on top of powering those sophisticated graphics.
Using Facebook on your Smartphone is as easy as anything, but when it comes to video content, it is not so smooth. However, Facebook have been on the case and have come up with a cool feature, Auto-Play! The video will be seen running in the mobile feed, but with no sound, which is fine. However once tapped the video will spring to life taking up the full screen with sound too. Of course, there is the potential for uses such as advertising.
According to an article on the Facebook Newsroom by project manager Kelly Mayes;
Today we’re starting to test an easier way to watch videos on Facebook. Now when you see a video in News Feed, it comes to life and starts playing. Videos initially play silently, and if you want you can tap to play with sound in full screen. Scroll past if you don’t want to watch.
Currently this feature is only available on videos that have been uploaded by users and not for brands just yet!
Source: Facebook Newsroom
Opera have a new browser on the market, but this time it has been specifically designed for the iPad! That means for the iPad owner its chance to get their hands on a smart looking browser that has been designed especially for the iPad and what’s more its free too, so you simply cannot go wrong with this app, so the best thing to do here is try it out, what have you got to lose?
According to the developer Opera, these are three main reasons for getting the Coast browser for the iPad;
Number one, every design element in Coast has been carefully crafted for iPad. It’s not just a mobile interface scaled up to fit a touch screen.
Number two, it’s comfortable to use, looks great and is based on intuitive swipe gestures.
Number three, all the stuff you don’t see. We have invented a lot of technology that works under the hood, keeping you safe and secure.
This is a free app that can be found over at iTunes.
Source: Coast By Opera
While the idea of wireless charging sound like a great idea, when it comes to the practicalities it is not as easy as sounds because like regular charging the device is laid down flat. However, the Qitah wireless charger offers usability too, this is because the charging device can be angled to suit the users position allowing them to operate the Smartphone while the device is charging wirelessly; it is all about the design.
According to the team behind the wireless charging device;
It’s not that we hate plugging in, it’s that we hate the whole concept of having a battery that needs attention everyday! Qitah wireless charger is designed to be a natural home for your phone, it just happens to charge the phone while resting. Place your phone on the Qitah at any skewed angle/portrait/landscape orientation – and always have one hand free!
If you think that wireless smartphone charging is the way to go, then the Qitah can be pre-ordered starting from around $55 (£36).
The great thing about Twitter is the conversation, the trouble is that the more followers you have and the more people you follow the harder it is to join in the conversation because before you know it they have moved on. Well Twitter have been listening and in the latest app update for Android and iOS, as well as online at Twitter.com, conversations will be easier to follow in the timeline allowing the user to join in and not miss out on all of the excitement.
According to a blog post by Jinen Kamdar of Twitter, he said;
Today we’re updating our iPhone and Android apps, as well as Twitter.com, to make it easier to discover and follow conversations in your home timeline. From buzz about the VMAs to debates around upcoming football games, people come to Twitter to take part in these real-time, global, public conversations.
So that means there is now something else to keep an eye on when checking over your Twitter feed.
Source: Twitter Blog
It seems that we have been waiting for such a long time for a web based presentation software that can show PowerPoint what for, well it looks like that time may have come and Bunkr is the name. There are a couple of levels available with Bunkr, but the good is one is free! So that means you can try out the free version to see what it’s like to use and how it works with your workload. Bunkr is a powerful tool, it looks good too and therefore it has got to be worth a look if nothing else.
Here are reasons why Bunkr is worth taking closer a look at;
Bunkr is a cloud-based productivity tool that helps you and your team create and organize all your presentations in one place from anywhere on any device. No setup, simple to use and manage, allowing you to work smarter and focus on what really matters.
Basic Bunkr includes; 100 contents, 2 presentations, 1 user and its free! While Bunkr Pro offers; unlimited content, unlimited presentations, up to 100 users, common folders, collaborative features and it will start from $3 (£2) per month.
If you thought that chatting online was on school, then think again, because it is bigger than ever and with new platforms such as Chatwing, setting up a chat box for your website is very simple and more to the point fast! The only downside to it is the amount of choice available; it is not just set up and go. You can totally customise your chat box to suit the theme and colours of your site, or go for something that is going to stand out, either way the price is brilliant, free! This sort of thing does not come along everyday and if chat is your thing, then give Chatwing a try, there is nothing to lose!
According to the team behind the Chatwing chat widget, here is a little bit of background info;
We are constantly adding new features and many features are added based on user feedback so if you have a request, let us know and it may happen.. Chatwing is Free – Chatwing Scale- Each individual Chatwing can handle over 7000+ live users – Create unlimited chatboxes and chatrooms
If you feel that Chatwing is for you, then getting it is easy, simply register for free and you are ready get on your Chatwing.
The business app Evernote has been updated for Android users, it’s a free app that offers a whole host of features designed to help the user stay organised, which is essential these days with a lot of paperwork being generated online, that is where the OfficeSuite app features come in really handy, as it allows the user to read and edit office docs etc. See what it can do for you in the demo video below.
According to the Evernote Blog;
Evernote for Android has a bunch of new features that make it the perfect tool for busy business users on the go. The app now lets you do more with attached Office documents, annotate your PDFs, and get more out of Reminders. Plus, our powerhouse Evernote Widget lets you do more before you even open Evernote.
Evernote is free to download from Google Play right now.
Finally the competition between gamers who love the Xbox One and those who love the PS4 is about to be settled. However, not in gaming style, this will be settled in the style of musical! It is sort of a mash up between RUN-DMC vs. Jason Nevins – It’s Like That and West Side Story!
According the movie makers, this is what is going on;
Source: AV Byte