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Ever had that heart stopping moment – I can’t find my laptop!

Most of us have those moments of panic when we loose our laptop, you start thinking “When did I last use my Laptop, did I leave it somewhere?”

Did you know that every 50 seconds a laptop goes missing.

Every day hundreds know the panic laptop theft brings.

Only LoJack for Laptops has a dedicated Theft Recovery Team that works to find and recover your stolen laptop, while giving you tools to remotely protect your private and sensitive data.Find My laptop with LoJack for Laptops

Find my Laptop with LoJack for laptops

See how Lojack for Laptops can help find my Laptop when I loose it. To find out more about LoJack for laptops and how you can find your lost or stolen laptop quickly and easily just click on the image on the right and you will be able to start protecting your laptop within minutes.

When your computer is stolen, you can feel powerless, but you don’t have to. LoJack® for Laptops by Absolute® Software gives you the power to remotely locate,lock and delete the data on your computer before it falls into the wrong hands.

Most powerful of all, only LoJack for Laptops has a dedicated Theft Recovery Team that works with local law enforcement to recover your stolen laptop and return it to you.

Map Your Laptop’s Location

Is your laptop really stolen? Or did you leave it on a business trip? Using Wi-Fi geolocation, LoJack for Laptops can map and display your laptop’s current and past whereabouts. So you’ll know whether it’s simply left behind, or something more serious. Even when your laptop is safe and sound, you can see that LoJack for Laptops is on the job.

Instant Mobile WordPress Blog with WPtouch –  Turn your existing WordPress Blog into a Mobile optimised site in just seconds with WPtouch. WPtouch is a WordPress Plugin which optimises your WordPress site for various Mobile platforms including; iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Some themes are Responsive and adapt well to Mobile devices, others don’t adapt quite so easily, how would you like to provide your mobile viewers with an an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog, optimised for their device?

How do you get an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog

ComputerSpot viewed on a Galaxy S3WPtouch works by detecting devices like iPhones, iPads, Android Phones and Tablets and more, then serving its optimised themes instead of your regular desktop theme. Mobile visitors can switch between the Mobile or Desktop theme if they choose, so that they are not forced to view the Mobile site if they don’t want to.

Site with Mobile Optimisation

Viewing the ComputerSpot site on a Samsung Galaxy S3 normally looks like the image on the left, you can see the mobile optimised version of the same pages below:-

Viewed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 you can see that the ComputerSpot website looks very similar on the standard (Android 4.1) mobile browser as when it is viewed on a standard Desktop browser, like Google Chrome or FireFox.

WPtouch Free

Install the Free version of the WPtouch WordPress plugin and your site immediately starts to look different on a mobile device. Even before you start changing any of the WPtouch Settings you have a Mobile Optimised version of your site.

The Free Version of the WPtouch plugin optimises for generic mobile devices, Learn more about WPtouch Pro » and you can see that the Pro version then adds specific optimisations for the iPad and the iPhone 4 Retina Display.

Some of the other differences between the Free version and WPtouch Pro include:-

  • Instant Mobile WordPress Blog - WPtouchCreate mobile sites as Web Apps
  • Use of WordPress 3 Custom Menus
  • Multi Level Menu Support
  • iPhone Retina Display Support
  • Select different Themes
  • Skeleton Template included

Instant Mobile WordPress Blog

As you can see the original site (above) and the mobile optimised site on the right look very different. Click on either image to see them full size in a pop-up lightbox window.

The Instant Mobile WordPress Blog  on the right is using the default settings from the Free version of WPtouch. So even with the Free version you instantly get a professional looking mobile WordPress blog site.

Adding the WPtouch Pro Plugin to your WordPress site to get an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog is much quicker and simpler than changing your existing WordPress Theme for a Responsive Theme. It also means that your current Desktop Users will continue to see your established theme, they will only see the Mobile Theme if they view it from a Mobile Phone, Android Tablet or iPad.

If you use the WPtouch Pro module then you have full control over how the site will look, so if you run a WordPress Blog and want to attract and keep mobile visitors with an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog then WPtouch Pro is the best option available.

Switching between Views

By default the Mobile Optimised site will be offered up to all mobile devices.

Switch Between Mobile Theme and DesktopHowever mobile users will be able to switch between the Mobile Optimised site and the traditional Destop view by scrolling to the end of the site and turning Moble Theme on or off.

So to get your Instant Mobile WordPress Blog, Learn more about WPtouch Pro » and you get the Free edition Plugin today and have an Instant Mobile WordPress Blog within a minute.

Are you waiting for JellyBean (Android 4.1) for your Galaxy S3? Well its available in the UK now from most of the major mobile phone providers.

If you have checked on your Galaxy S3 for the latest Android update (Settings > About device > Software Update >Check for Updates) and you get a message similar to the one below then you should be able to jump the queue of people waiting for the Over The Air update to JellyBean.

Updates are being issued to users in the order they applied, please try again later

Then your Mobile Phone company have issued the upgrade to JellyBean and you just have to wait in the queue.

How to jump the JellyBean for Galaxy S3 Queue

If like me you don’t want to wait and are fed-up with checking on a regular basis then you can jump the queue for JellyBean using this simple and safe method.

  1. Go to the Samsung Website and download Kies
  2. Install Kies on your Mac or PC
  3. Connect your Galaxy S3 via USB
  4. Kies will then detect that there is a ROM update available for your phone

The update will then be downloaded and installed on your phone.

Kies Update for Jellybean         Download JellyBean Update          JellyBean for Galaxy S3 Updated

Thats it you have now installed JellyBean for Galaxy S3 and are up and running with the latest version of Android on your phone. From start to finish, including installing Samsung Kies, the whole process took about 10 minutes.

Benefits of JellyBean for Galaxy S3

Well the phone certainly feels snappier and web browsing etc all appear to be faster. I am not sure if this is just wishful thinking on my part or if it has made a difference. The next few days will tell.

CamCard Business Card Scanner

CamCard lets Android and iPhone users create Contacts by just taking a photo of a Business Card, it really is that simple. The software is available as a Free Download for Android, iPhone and Windows Mobile.

Why a Business Card Scanner?

If, like me, you live out of Outlook then the first thing that I do when I get handed a business card  is to add the contact details into Outlook. From there it synchronises with my mobile phone and also with our Office VoIP phone system, so no matter where I am I have all the details to hand when I am talking to someone. Now I don’t even need to take a Business Card from someone, I just need to take a photo of it and let CamCard do the rest.

How to get the CamCard Business Card Scanner for your Android Phone

You can download the Free or Paid for versions of the Android App from the Android Market, just search for CamCard. The Free version of the Business Card Scanner lets you convert 10 cards in the first week of installing the App and then an additional 2 Business Cards a week after that. To unlock it to allow the creation of unlimited cards requires a small payment of about £4.00.
CamCard Business Card Scanner for iPhone

CamCard Business Card Scanner for iPhone

There is also a version of the CamCard Business Card Scanner for the iPhone, which has additional functionality over and above that provided in the Android version of the App.  CamCard supports 12 languages and works with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. You can download the CamCard Business Card Scanner from the iPhone AppStore.

You can find out more about this great Free Business Card Scanner App on their website at www.intsig.com

Android Gingerbread Ships for Desire Z on Vodafone

The latest update for the HTC Desire Z is now available, for Vodafone customers at least. This update installs Android 2.3 (Also known as Android Gingerbread).

I have downloaded and installed it on my HTC Desire Z this evening.

Check for Android Gingerbread

You can check to see if your Provider has released Android 2.3 by going to:

Menu > Settings > About Phone and then selecting Software Updates and pressing the Check Now button.

You will be notified if the update is available for your phone.

The download and update process took about 10 minutes in total, from beginning to end.

What’s different

You end up with Android 2.3.3 and HTC Sense 2.1

I was hoping that the email client would be updated to support HTML mail on Exchange 2003, but Google still don’t want to fix this problem, so it remains Text only email for SBS 2003 and Exchange 2003 Customers. Exchange 2007 and above seems to to have HTML email support on the HTC.

The phone feels bit faster, but its very early days yet to know if the battery life is going to be any better.

Overall it doesn’t seem to be a major update, but I am sure that I will find out more about Android Gingerbread over the next few days as I spend more time with it.

1 week on with Android Gingerbread

Well I have had Android 2.3 on my HTC Desire Z for a week now and in general I have been very pleased with the update.

  • Battery life seems to have improved slightly
  • The phone is generally more responsive
  • Wireless seems to hold weak signals better
I haven’t been able to test the SIP calling addition as yet, as I have problems getting the phone to register with my VoIP account.  Which is more to do with my VoIP account rather than the Gingerbread upgrade.

Combine the Advantages of Cloud Storage & the Speed of Local Storage

There are many different Cloud Storage products available today. Some are designed for a single PC and are very simple to use, but they don’t work well for teams of users who need to share files. At the other extreme you get Cloud Storage solutions which are designed, and priced, for large enterprise organisations. If you are in a typical SM business you still need the facilities of Cloud Storage, to provide the flexibility and Disaster Recovery needed to run a business but you don’t want the expense or complexity.

  • Does your Business need a cost effective Cloud Storage solution for the ever growing need for more disk space?
  • Are you put off Cloud Storage by the fear of slow speed?
  • Would you like to be able to share files with colleagues and across your different computing devices (PC, Android, iPad & Mac)?
  • Would you like to be able to quickly and simply email very large files to your customers without clogging up your mail server.
  • How about including Version control for Documents?
  • Don’t forget the need for secure backup
Up to now you would have needed several different products to achieve all of the above. You probably would have also to duplicate some of your files, which then leads to the problem of managing file versions and using more storage than you need.

Hybrid Cloud Storage from Egnyte is the Answer

Egnyte combines the best of the Cloud Storage world with all of the advantages of Local Storage, all managed through a single interface and integrated with your Active Directory to maintain Security Control. With this single product you get everything that you need for:-

  • Online Storage
  • Fast Local Access
  • File Sharing
  • FTP Access
  • Backup
  • Mobile Access
  • Email integration

See Egnyte Cloud Storage in Action

How much does Egnyte Cost?

This isn’t as expensive as it sounds, Egnyte is designed for the SME market, and is priced to work for the SME market as well as the Enterprise. The solution is sized for the 5 User, 10 User and 25 User businesses for Professionals and Small Companies.

Package Name

Included Power Users

Included Standard Users

Included Storage

Backup Licenses

Approx Monthly Cost *

Group 5 100 150Gb 10 £18.50
Office 10 200 1TB 20 £31.00
Company 25 500 1TB 50 £77.00
* Based on Exchange Rates and Prices July 2011

Get a 15 day evaluation of Hybrid Cloud Storage

Don’t wait, just start your Free 15 day trial of the Egnyte Hybrid Cloud Storage solution now.

Thrutu

Thrutu™ lets you share all kinds of information and media while you’re on a call — at the touch of a button, and without disrupting the conversation.

Thrutu has Apps for both Android and iPhone, so you can share information and play across the different platforms. You can even find out which of your friends has Thrutu and those who haven’t yet caught on. If they don’t have Thrutu you can send them an invitation to get a copy and join the rest of the Thru community.

Share location, photos, and more – without leaving the phone call.
Thrutu brings new fun and function to the phone call. Share location, contacts, photos and more – all at the touch of a button. It’s so simple that you’ll wonder why phone calls couldn’t always work this way.

Watch the Thrutu Video and find out how


Go to the Android Market and grab yourself a copy of Thrutu today.

What is Plan B?

At some point we have all had that heart stopping moment when we realise that ‘I can’t Find My Phone’. Plan B is the first and only ‘find my phone’ app that you download AFTER you’ve already lost your phone.

I can’t find my Phone – Now what do I do?

Imagine that you have just lost your mobile phone. You are starting to panic because you realising ‘I can’t find my phone’ and that you don’t have a backup of the information that’s on there, the Contacts, the photos etc. If you have an Android phone go to Plan B and follow the simple steps to find my phone again:

Go to the Android Market

Go to the Plan B Android Market Page from any computer. You can just go to the Android Market and search for ‘Plan B’.

Install Plan B to Find My Phone

Find my Phone with Plan B Click the Install Button as shown on the left.

If you are not logged into your Google account you will be prompted to do so before the application can be downloaded from the Android Market to your mobile phone.

Plan B will be installed as soon as your phone has a network connection, either a Wi-Fi connection or a 3G connection.

It will take a minute or so to download and install the Plan B application to your phone. This will depend on the network connection speed that is available, bear in mind that you have lost your phone so it may be switched off or in a building with a poor signal.

If the phone is powered off when you attempt to install the software it will be queued and Plan B will be installed once the phone is powered back on and has network connectivity. As soon as it can Plan B will try to find my phone and report back its location by email.

Note: Plan B will attempt to verify that its is compatible with your phone, you can see in this case that it has identified by phone and the local carrier.

Confirm your Phone

Plan B Install to Phone

Once you have pressed ‘Install’ Plan B will confirm the phone that you want to install (push) Plan B to. Just make sure that it is correct before you go ahead with the installation.

Click on the Install button in the lower left hand corner of the Checkout page. (assuming the phone is correct).

At this point you can relax and go and get a coffee and leave it to Plan B to Find my Phone. You now need to login to your GMail account so that you can receive the email once Plan B has installed and found your phone.

Plan B will start automatically as soon as it has installed and then send your phones location to your Gmail account. Plan B has been able to find my phone will send updates for a 10 minute period.

To locate your phone again after 10 minutes just text the word “locate” to your mobile number. At this point Plan B will spring into action again and find my phone again for me.

Plan B can Find My Phone
Plan B Phone Found

Plan B  was able to find my phone and send me a map and its co-ordinates. Its a very clever piece of software and will try different methods to try and find my phone.

After you install it, Plan B will start locating your phone using cell towers and GPS.

On some phones, Plan B can switch GPS on automatically.

Your location will keep updating for 10 minutes, and you will get an email each time it is located, whether the phone is moving or standing still.

You can start the process again by texting “locate” to your number from any other phone.

How does Plan B Find My Phone?

  • You’ll get one email message when Plan B starts, and up to 5 other messages as it refines your phone’s location or tracks it as it moves.
  • Each location email will include an accuracy rating in meters.
  • Plan B will attempt to launch as soon as it downloads, but in some cases you will need to send an SMS to get it started.
  • Note that your location is only sent to the Gmail address that is already associated with your phone; nobody else can access your location using Plan B

Plan B was able to find my phone and give me an accurate location, it was sat on my desk in the office.

I can find my Phone – I need to protect it now

Having Lookout on your phone is the best way to protect your phone and find it fast, but use Plan B if you have already lost your Android phone, or Tablet and didn’t have Lookout installed. So get Lookout to protect your phone and important information, but if you haven’t installed Lookout before loosing your phone fall back to Plan B and then Find my Phone.

Safe Browsing protects from Phishing and Malicious Sites

Lookout have extended Lookout Premium to add Safe Browsing on your Mobile Phone. Now you can click with confidence on links from Facebook, email, text messages, etc. and Safe Browsing checks it out first to make sure it is safe and alerts you if the site appears malicious.

Safe Browsing extends the type of Web Protection that you are used to in the office on your desktop PC to your mobile, when you are at your most vulnerable.

Lookout - Safe Browsing URL ScannedHow does Safe Browsing Help?

Safe Browsing, part of Lookout Premium, works with the inbuilt Android Browser and adds the URL Scan and protect facility. Keeping you safe and secure  when browsing the Mobile Web. If you read email on the move and click on a link within your email you are now protected from Phishing Sites, helping to keep your Personal Data safe and secure.

Safe Browsing extends the, already comprehensive, set of Mobile Security features that comprise Lookout Premium. Now you really can keep your personal data safe and secure when using your mobile.

How do I get Safe Browsing?

If you are an existing Lookout Premium user then just make sure that you have upgraded to the Version 6.01, or later, and you will now have the options for Safe Browsing in your Lookout Dashboard.

If you don’t yet have Lookout then just pop over to the Lookout Download site, or go to the Android Market and Download your copy of Lookout Premium and get Safe Browsing.

 

Critical Android Vulnerability

Yesterday, researchers from Germany’s University of Ulm reported that some Android applications transmit sensitive authentication data without properly securing it, making people vulnerable to having their private data (e.g. Calendar Contacts, Pictures) accessed by an attacker.

When a vulnerable device transmits its authentication data, an attacker can eavesdrop and view transmitted data if you are connected to a public WiFi network or are using a hostile internet connection. Sending data unencrypted (e.g. via HTTP rather than HTTPS) is analogous to sending your sensitive data in clear envelope so that everyone can see its contents rather than in an opaque envelope. The specific Android vulnerability is found in applications that use Google’s ClientLogin authentication service over HTTP, rather than HTTPS, such as Google Calendar and Contacts.

Read More on this Android Vulnerability

You can read the rest of the article on the Lookout Blog