Archive for May, 2012

Google Reveals Company Names In Its Transparency Report

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Did you know that search engine giant Google receives over 200,000 requests to take down websites each and every week? According to its policy, any content owner can contact the company if they find a Google search result that links to material which infringes on their copyright. Google releases transparency reports, but today was the first time that a new addition to the report – the revealing of private requests for site take-downs – has been added to the usual fare of government requests for censorship. And the company who has requested Google remove infringing content the most has been Microsoft. According to the newly-released data, Microsoft has filed over two million requests for take-downs since July of last year. Second in the running for requests was NBC Universal, but their numbers were much lower – just 985,000 requests since last year.

Record Phone Calls To Your Computer

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Whether you need to keep track of service calls by your employees or are using recorded information as a part of an investigation, you may be wondering how you can record phone calls to your computer.

There are companies which provide the necessary software and equipment, such as ARTCOM in the United States, in several different packages based on the number of phone lines to be recorded. But if you’re only interested in recording intermittently, then a home-recording option may suit you best.

DIY Home Recording

A telephone microphone is probably the cheapest and easiest way to record calls to your computer. The best model for this purpose is an in-ear microphone, as it is most likely to ensure a high-quality recording. This type of microphone will include an input cable that can plug into your computer.

You can also record conversations on a laptop using the microphone that’s already built-in. Simply open a recording program on the laptop, and put the phone you are using to record the call on speaker. However, it’s important to note that recording via speakerphone will also result in background noises being recorded, so clear speaking is a definite must when using this recording method.

Major Cable Companies Provide WiFi To The Masses

Monday, May 21st, 2012

In a move representing the largest and most inclusive of its kind to date, five of cable’s heaviest hitters will join forces to offer their combined Wi-Fi hotstpots for customers to access. Cox Communications, Cablevision, Bright House Networks, Comcast and Time Warner Cable made the announcement today that over 50,000 hotspots in the group’s metro WiFi networks will be made available to existing high speed internet customers. The coverage area will stretch across the country, beginning with New York City and central Florida, whose connections have already been enabled.  According to several spokespeople across the companies, each sees the value in a WiFi connection to customers and the power in joining with other providers to extend connectivity to major U.S. markets. Customers who travel outside of their provider’s coverage area will be able to access the new network by looking for the “CableWiFi” name and then logging on with the same information used when accessing their own provider. But future plans will eliminate the need to log on manually; instead, customers will connect automatically whenever in a Cable WiFi hotspot.

Split The Bill More Effectively With Settle Up

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Going Dutch on nights out with friends can sometimes just be easier. But if you do it a lot, then you know how complicated going Dutch can soon become. If you share expenses with the same group of people on a regular basis, like your roommates, then Settle Up can make keeping track of who owes what much simpler.

Creating Your Group

For a new group you will need to input all of the group names, as well the currency you will be using. Those individuals you wish to add to your group who are already in your phone’s contacts will be added automatically. Once all your names have been entered and you’ve given your group a name, you can save your group, and group members will receive an email from Settle Up letting them know they’ve been added and that they can use their iPhone or Android to view the group.

Splitting The Bill

New shared bills are easy to create with Settle Up. Clicking on the ‘new payment’ option and choosing who in the group paid the bill is all it takes. Then, select group members who were present at the outing, and enter the amount and description of the bill. Once complete, the bill can be synchronized with other group members.

Facebook Increases IPO By 25%, Invites Scrutiny

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Facebook stated its anticipation that its IPO would increase to 421.2 million shares in an SEC filing this morning. This number exceeds the 337.4 million previously filed. In addition, the price range of shares is expected to increase also. While the larger IPO and increased price range will enable the social networking giant to raise even more money to be put toward investments and acquisitions, experts are saying that investors shouldn’t get too excited yet. This is because of Facebook’s reliance on an old internet business model, which are display ads, they say. And while Facebook does get twice the page views of Google, they only make about 1/10th the revenue that Google does. But there is still no evidence that suggests investors are worried about whether the new offering is justified.

Using Your Smartphone As A Television Remote

Monday, May 14th, 2012

When you think about it, we certainly use our smart phones for many things. And one of the latest fuctions our devices can have is that of a remote control for the TV. While a TV’s actual remote may get misplaced or lose battery power when we most need it, a smart phone is more likely to be something we keep near us and charged at all times. There are apps available for both iPhones and Androids which can transform it into a remote control. But how you search for those apps can make a big difference. Typing in ‘universal remote’ will most likely return apps that require you to purchase a device and hook it up to your phone in order to use it.

Turn To TV Makers

Interestingly, the company who made your flat panel TV may have an app available that allows you to use your smart phone as a remote. LG is one example of a company which has a remote control app that will work with any LG TV manufactured in 2011 or later. Samsung’s remote will link your iPhone with your television automatically if both are connected to the same access point. And Sony’s Media Remote for iPhone includes a full QWERTY keyboard, and simple and full remote versions.

Apple TV Set Confirmed

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Last year, it was rumored that Apple would be releasing its version of a TV set that would turn the well-known product into an experience that would see the consumption of music and media completely revolutionized. The mythical new product was predicted to launch in 2013, and it was said that a much more sophisticated version of Siri would be included that would accept voice commands to play anything that the TV happened to be connected to. Today, Foxconn boss Terry Gou confirmed that the company is getting ready to manufacture the fabled set. The production will be a joint effort between Foxconn and Sharp, but that no manufacturing or development has yet started. Gou also revealed a short list of the set’s features, which include aluminum construction, FaceTime video calling, Siri controls and high definition display.

Making Phone Calls From Your iPad

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

With so many of the features that an iPhone has, it’s not really a stretch to think of your iPad as a phone. But many people think it’s impossible to use your tablet as a phone. The truth is, it’s very easy to do just that.

Skype can be used to make calls from your iPad, and you can do this for free or for a small cost if you are calling overseas. You can also take advantage of apps like Truephone and Fring which will allow you to make calls with your iPad using your wi-fi or 3G connection.

Another option for using your iPad as a phone is to convert it to one using Line2, which is an app that you can use for a monthly fee. The app runs in the background, along you to call or text whenever you need to.

The above options involve using VOIP, but there are also ways to use your iPad as a phone by using the information from your smart phone’s SIM card. An app called PhoneIt-iPad works on jailbroken iPad1s running iOS 4.3.3, and costs a one time fee of $19.95 to use.

Zombie Apps In Play Store Discovered, Removed

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Security researchers uncovered more than a dozen malicious titles in Google’s Play Store. The malware was officially referenced in a blog post by Trend Micro yesterday. Of the 17 apps which were discovered, six contained the Plankton code, which connects to a command center, and then awaits commands. Ten of the apps were using AirPush to deliver unwanted ads to users. Some of the apps have been downloaded tens of thousands of times, and include the NFL Puzzle Game and the NBA Squadre Puzzle Game. Although Google released an app scanner called Bouncer in February of this year to eliminate malicious titles, this is the second time malicious apps in Google Play have been reported. A spokesperson for Google issued a statement that those apps which violate the company’s policy have since been removed. However, there are still a few apps which have been reported by users as malicious which remain in the list, including Thermo, Art of Tattoo and Make Your Home.

Own A Kindle? Try These Tips

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

E-readers like Amazon’s Kindle have revolutionized this long-enjoyed hobby. But are there ways to get more out of your digital reading experience? Trying these following tips will help you increase your enjoyment of the device.

You’re Not Limited To Amazon Apps

The Kindle fire includes apps available via Amazon’s app store. But you can download apps from other locations. Just download a file manager from the app store and connect your Kindle to your computer. Then, enable the installation of applications, and you can install any Android apps available in the APK package.

You Can Sync Your iTunes Library

You may have thought that, because the Apple software cannot sync your music with the Kindle in the way that it does with Apple devices that you are beat. Not so. You can actually stream your music directly through your Kindle Fire by using Amazon’s Cloud Drive. Simply download Amazon’s .mp3 uploader and access your iTunes library map, and then select the Music icon on your Fire to enjoy your music.

You Can Access Your Documents At No Cost

Instead of connecting your Kindle to your computer to place documents on your device, you can save time and use Amazon’s servers instead. All you have to do is make sure your email account is listed in the approved document email list, located under Personal Document Settings on your Kindle page.