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How To Tell If Your Cell Phone Has Been Hacked or Has Phishing Malware

If you’re reading a blog post about mobile phishing, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll never be phished.

If you’re aware that online criminals are always trying to get you to give away your passwords, security data and credit card numbers, you’re probably already careful about where you enter your private information on the Internet.

And you check out articles like this to find out if criminals have any new tricks up their sleeves.

And do online criminals have new tricks up their sleeves?

The answer to that question, unfortunately, is almost always yes.

There’s always a new way to scam you out of your data. Most importantly, you need to realize phishing scams are no longer restricted to your PC.

In our mobile, connected world, you need to check twice or thrice when you enter your private information—whether you are on your PC, an ATM or your phone.

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12 Tips to Cut Your Cell Phone Bill

By Liane Cassavoy, PCWorld  

Why pay more than you have to every month?

These tips, tricks, and services can help you save plenty of dough on that monster cell phone bill.

If overpaying for what you need sounds like a bad idea to you, stop doing it.

We’ve assembled 12 simple actions that you can take to reduce your cell phone bill, so that some of the cash you now spend for service–maybe even half of it–remains in your possession.

Covering the Basics

1. Find the right plan for you: Carefully review how often and in what ways you use your phone. Ideally, you should do this before signing a cell phone contract, but of course it can be difficult to know exactly how you’ll use your phone until you spend time with it every day.

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Apple’s new 3D Maps in iOS 6 will ditch Google, ‘blow your head off’

By Apple-Insider Staff

Apple is expected to revamp its Maps application in the next major update to its iOS mobile operating system, moving away from the Google Maps service to provide its own solution that will reportedly feature photo-realistic 3D mapping technology.

Citing anonymous sources familiar with the new version of Maps, John Paczkowski of All Things D reported on Friday that the new feature is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference...READ MORE>>>>

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How to use your not-quite-so-smart phone offline

By Debra Littlejohn Shinder

Deb Shinder provides some tips for utilizing your smartphone offline, especially when you’re traveling and Internet connectivity is either expensive or non-existent.

We depend on our smartphones to do all sorts of amazing things. But what we might not realize — until we’re faced with a network outage — is just how dependent those phones are on the Internet for much of their “smartness.”

I experienced this first-hand when I was in Belgium for TechDays Europe 2012. Since Verizon’s CDMA and LTE networks aren’t available over there (some companies, such as Mobistar, have deployed limited LTE service but the rollout is going more slowly there than in the United States), my Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone became a whole lot dumber whenever we ventured away from the hotel and its Wi-Fi network.

I also brought along a GSM world phone, my unlocked HTC Surround Windows Phone, and even though I bought a U.K. SIM card for making phone calls and sending text messages, many of the functions that I take for granted in the U.S. — from looking up a restaurant’s hours of operation to translating a phrase in another language to using the GPS to find my way to my destination — suddenly became a lot more complicated with no ubiquitous data connection.

However, I learned that a data-dependent smartphone can still be useful when you’re offline if you plan ahead and anticipate what you’re going to need to do with it.

Will your phone work overseas?

Americans who have AT&T or T-Mobile phones may be wondering if they can use their phones in Europe, since they use the same GSM technology that’s in use there READ MORE HERE

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45,000 tests prove Android surfs faster than the iPhone

Win/loss Who Loaded Pages Faster

A recent study performed by Ottowa-based Blaze Software reveals that Android’s mobile Web browser is significantly faster than the mobile Safari browser found on Apple’s iPhone.

Blaze performed 45,000 separate tests using 1,000 different websites along with its mobile measurement service, and found that Android was 52% faster on average.

The firm utilized the latest Android devices running Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 in the tests, and pitted them against iPhone 4 handsets running both iOS 4.2 and iOS 4.3. “We were very surprised by the results,” said Blaze CTO and Co-founder Guy Podjarnyin a statement.

“We assumed that it would be closer race and that the latest JavaScript speed improvements would have a more material impact on performance. The fact that Android beat iPhone by such a large margin was not expected.” Hit the break for the full press release.

iPhone vs. Android – 45,000 Tests Prove Whose Browser is Faster

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Five apps for securely wiping your Android phone

By: Jack Wallen

If your phone gets lost or stolen — or if you decide to return or recycle it — you need to wipe it clean of your private data.

Losing your phone is almost akin to losing your wallet. You have data on that device, and should anyone get to it, they could wreak havoc on your life. Yes, there are ways to ensure the security of that device. But there might come a time when you have to give up the ghost and wipe that phone.

Or you might be recycling that phone or handing it over to another user — in which case, you’re not going to want to hand over your private information. No matter the reason, you need to know that data is safe. There are, of course, apps for that. I want to show you five of them.

1: Built-in Android reset

This built-in functionality is probably the easiest to use, as it doesn’t require any installation of any kind. You simply get to the restore from the Settings menu (where will depend upon the handset and carrier you use). Obviously, -MORE>>>

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15 Android widgets that will make iPhone users jealous

By Jason Hiner

One of the biggest advantages of Android over iPhone is widgets.

Android has them, iPhone does not.

Widgets are valuable because they give you an at-a-glance look at lots of different kinds of information and quick access to valuable apps and configuration settings.

I carry both an Android phone (for work) and an iPhone (my private phone), but there are some things where I always reach to whip out the Android phone because I can access the information more quickly via a widget.

If I was a normal person that only used one phone and I was limited to an iPhone, widgets are the biggest thing I’d miss about Android.

To help you find some of the most useful widgets, I’ve put together my list of the top 15. I first published this list of my favorite widgets in August 2010. In this latest update, I’ve replaced 12 out of the 15 widgets on the list and I’ve updated the screenshots for Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich.”

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Five apps to help you clean up your Android device

 By: Jack Wallen

1: Startup Manager

Startup Manager will intelligently monitor and analyze all system startup entries and help you safely disable undesirable applications or resources from starting.

It shows you exactly what applications and processes are configured to run during system startup or login.

Disabling is as simple as unchecking an item on the entry list. Startup Manager also provides details on an entry, which helps if you’re not sure what should be enabled or disabled.

If you want a particular application to start at login, simply enable it from the Startup Manger tool and you’ll be good to go.

2: 1-Click Cleaner

1-Click Cleaner does exactly what the name says.

 With a single click, you can instantly rid your phone of cache files, SMS, browsing history, calling records, and SD card files.

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5 Steps to Prepare for Android Ice Cream Sandwich

By Joseph Fierber. PC World

New phones and tablets with Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, are just around the corner, and carriers are also announcing which current models will be upgradable, most likely in early 2012. Many of the new features and updates will be great for business users.

Before updating, here’s what you should be thinking about to make the transition to Ice Cream Sandwich safe and painless.

System Updates

Updating the operating system on any device is a process with multiple opportunities for failure:

    The download of the update could be corrupted, resulting in a failed update.
    The update process could be interrupted by power, networking, or disk issues, leaving your device unusable.
    The update could contain bugs that make your device unusable, and could result in data loss or corruption.

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Five reasons Android is superior to the iPhone

Published August 18, 2011 | By Sean | Edit

As I worked on the iPhones, it hit me just how inflexible the iPhone platform is and in how many ways the Android mobile is superior.

  1. Application options. With the Android platform, all you have to do is tap the Menu button to get to the application options, even while the application is running This is very much in line with how PC applications work. However, on the iPhone, you have to go through Settings to get to the application options. Sometimes this is circumvented when iPhone app designers add an Options button within an application — but this leads to inconsistency, because not all applications have options.
  2. Read All Five AT http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/five-reasons-android-is-superior-to-the-iphone/3184?tag=content;blog-door-river

Batttle of The Smart Phones-Android vs. iPhone: Mobile Operating Systems

Published August 17, 2011 | By Sean | Edit

VS     Andriod VS Iphone 3 (Watch Video)

The topic of smartphone operating systems can be as divisive as politics or the Mac vs. PC debate. (Just add snide comments about dropped calls.)

 

We delved into our Teach Hunch About You (THAY) questions to figure out what we can learn about Android vs. iPhone users, and our friends at Column Five Media performed some of their infographic magic on the resulting data.  Check out more commentary after the infographic.

Vote on which is the better Smart Phone Operating System “Iphone or Andriod…

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 How to extend your smartphone’s battery life

By Tecca 

Tips and tricks to make sure your most necessary gadget keeps going as long as you do

No matter what type of smartphone you have, the device can serve as your MP3 player, digital camera, gaming system, and even your TV while you’re out and about — as long as you have battery power.

If it seems like smarter phones are getting less life out of their batteries… you’re absolutely right. Smartphones can help you get a lot done while traveling, but if you’re doing a lot on one in a day, you’re apt to see your screen go dark long before the sun goes down.

Watching out for a few small things during your day, however, can help extend battery life on your trusty device and make sure you’ve got enough juice to make it all day and well into the night.

Mixed signals

It takes extra juice for your smartphone to search for a data connection.

If you’re somewhere where you won’t get a signal, like an airplane or subway, putting your phone in airplane mode or turning it off altogether will prevent it from draining your battery…

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The Best Free Android Apps of 2011 (So Far)

The Top Must Android Apps This Holiday Season For 2012

By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld 2011 1:00 am

Here’s a collection of the best free Android apps of 2011 (so far), including the practical ATM Hunter, a slick text editor, an awesome live-wallpaper app, and–of course–games.

Sean O’s Top 4 picks:

ATM HUNTER

WORDS WITH FRIENDS

NETFLIX

uTORRENT REMOTE

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How to protect your smartphone from bad apps

 

McAfee have released a set of five tips to help ensure that your smartphone remains secure and free of potentially harmful mobile apps.

The sheer number of people embracing smartphones makes those mobile devices and the data stored on them attractive targets to Bad Guys looking to access or steal your personal information.

And though mobile malware isn’t exactly a major issue at this point, it could be if those hackers and thieves have their way.

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Apple’s iPhone 4S is now available,While the new model looks a lot like the iPhone 4 from the outside, a dual-core A5 processor will make it run a lot faster.

Furthermore, a new, second antenna will improve voice quality and provide for better Internet and video connections. And don’t forget about new features like the 8-megapixel sensor, which makes the 4S a state-of-the-art digital camera.

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How to get started with Flickr for Android

In the past, adding pictures to Flickr from your phone meant using third-party apps that integrated into the Android gallery or could cross-post to your Flickr account. Now there’s (finally) an official app from Yahoo! for its Flickr photo sharing service

Read More: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20113554-285/how-to-get-started-with-flickr-for-android/?tag=rb_content;featuredArea2

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Difference between GSM and CDMA??

Before You Run Out & Purchase A New Smart Phone, Check With Your Wireless Carrier What They Support GSM OR CDMA,Including What Smartphone (Iphone, Android, BlackBerry) has for Resources…cheaper Cell Phones May Not Carry One or The Other.

Answer:

learn what is difference between gsm and cdma technologies:

The birth of mobiles created gateways for many networking companies to set their foot in the field of mobile technology. Today there are two most appreciated mobile network technology that are ruling the market. All the mobile network service providers nowadays are heavily depending on either GSM or CDMA. Both these technologies are accelerating the demand of mobiles.

Generally, speaking GSM and CDMA are both used for mobile communication process, but still there are some differences between them that allow them to remain intact with their individuality. Companies like T-mobile, Verizon and many other are today using any one of the technology.

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