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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.

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

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.

 

Lookout mobile security catches car thieves

Its a US video, so unfortunately has the mandatory 15 second  commercial at the beginning, but is well worth watching to see how Lookout Mobile Security helps in real life.

What is Lookout Mobile Security?

Lookout is a Mobile Security application which works on Blackberry, Android phones and Windows Mobile. Protecting your phone from rogue applications, malware and spyware.  It provides 4 key features.

  • Security from Malware
  • Data Backup
  • Device Management
  • Missing Device – Remote Location and Remote Wipe

In this video Lookout Mobile Security helped to recover a stolen car, which had the owners mobile phone in it. So it has gone beyond the expected use of the application, protecting the data and device from malware and rogue applications.

Free Mobile Security

Lookout Mobile Security comes in 2 flavours:-

  • Free
  • Premium

The table below shows the features in each version of Lookout Mobile Security

Feature Description Free Premium
Security Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware Included Included
Privacy Advisor No Included
Backup Contacts Backup Included Included
Photo, Call History Backup No Included
Restore Data to Existing Phone Included Included
Transfer Data to New Phone No Included
Missing Device Find Phone (Locate & Scream) Included Included
Remote Wipe No Included
Remote Lock No Included
Support Standard Support Included Included
Premium Support No Included

The Premium version of Lookout costs $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year.

Lookout Web Interface

Below is a quick summary image from the Lookout Mobile Security website.

Lookout Mobile Security Web Interface

Get Lookout Mobile Security

You can download Lookout Mobile Security from the Lookout website a www.mylookout.com

Protect your mobile phone with Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout for Android Security Vulnerability

Lookout recently patched a security vulnerability in their Android app. The vulnerability, which was first reported by Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security Team, is not known to have compromised any devices or user data. Lookout worked with  Google to fix the problem and release an update through the Android Market and other distribution points.

How do I get the Lookout for Android Security Patch?

The issue is patched in Lookout for Android versions 5.1.1 and above.

To check which version of Lookout for Android you are running, open the Lookout app on your phone, click the menu button, click About and the version number is at the bottom of the screen.

If you are running version 5.1.1 or higher, no action is required. If not, you should upgrade via the Android Market or by downloading the app directly. If you set Lookout  for Android to Auto-update, in the Android Market,  you will always have the latest version and updates installed.

AVG Enter the Android Security Market

AVG, the well known Anti Virus maker, have entered the Android Security market and gone mobile with their products as they announced that they have bought DroidSecurity.

More about the buyout on the AVG Blog at http://product-team.blog.avg.com/2010/11/avg-goes-mobile-with-droidsecurity-purchase.html

What is Android Security?

Android Security with AntiVirusFree Download Link

So what is Android Security and why should you care? Android Security is more than just Anti-Virus for your Android phone. AntiVirusFree is available from DroidSecurity to improve your Android Security for Mobile Phones and tablet devices and covers:

  • Anti Virus Scans
  • Malware checks when downloading to your Android Device
  • Website checks when browsing
  • Checks on email and SMS Messages for Malware
  • SMS Spam protection
  • Locate Lost or Stolen devices, if they are GPS enabled
  • Remotely lock your  Android device, if its been stolen
  • Wipe the content of your phone remotely
  • Manage Android Applications Remotely

You get all of the above features for FREE and provide similar functions to HTC Sense on the HTC Desire range. There is a Pro version, which costs $9.99 and adds adds additional SMS Security features along with Premium Support. Download AntiVirusFree to improve your Android Security by following the links or by clicking on the AntiVirusFree logo, above.

Mobile Control for Android Security

There is a Mobile Control Panel which controls all of the remote management features to enhance your Android Security. The control panel features would also make the product very attractive to Businesses who are looking for an alternative to the Blackberry, but want to maintain device and application manageability.

So why did AVG buy DroidSecurity?

Of the 100,000 plus apps currently available on the Android market, DroidSecurity antivirus free consistently ranks in the top 50 most popular apps. It estimates that over 10% of all Android mobile devices today use DroidSecurity, making it the largest provider of anti-virus apps for the Android market and among the fastest growing apps today.

CEO of AVG, JR Smith says:

“Our acquisition of DroidSecurity will accelerate the delivery of sophisticated mobile security so that Internet users around the world have the reliable and secure technology they need to securely mitigate the risks associated with mobile device usage.”

Getting a foothold in the Android Security market is a good move for AVG, I am sure we will hear more of AVG as they move further into Android Security.

ComputerSpot goes MobileComputerSpot Have Gone Mobile

Following on from feedback from followers to make it simpler to follow ComputerSpot when you are out and about. We have now implemented the WordPress Mobile Pack, so that you can more easily follow us on your mobile phone.

Making sure that our Blog is optimised for mobile users allows people to follow the regular updates whilst they are working and traveling.

Implementing the WordPress Mobile Pack couldn’t have been simpler and has increased our audience and following.

ComputerSpot Mobile Site

If you go to www.computerspot.co.uk on your mobile phone browser we, should, automatically pick identify the phone and present our mobile optimised site. This will reduce the bandwidth requirements and make the site simpler to view on a mobile based browser.

If you want to see what this looks like, on your desktop browser, you can click the ‘Switch to our mobile site‘ link in the lower left hand corner of the desktop website.

View ComputerSpot on your Mobile

If you want to view the full website on your phone you can click on the Switch to our desktop site link and the bottom of the mobile site and the full version will be displayed.

Should you have any problems viewing the ComputerSpot site on your mobile phone leave a comment and let us know.