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Security Audit

Identifies security vulnerabilities on the device, suggests remediation
Links seamlessly to Android Device Manager’s device location features so the device can be located, locked, or reset if it is lost or stolen
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Identifies which applications are currently running
Identifies installed applications
Enables custom whitelisting of approved apps
Privacy Manager

Identifies every application’s access privileges in detail
Breaks down access privileges by category: Contacts, Identity Information, Simple Message Service (SMS), and Security Settings

Proactively scans applications and files for malware and spyware
Scans native memory and SD card
Identifies Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) for removal
Process Automation

Schedules automatic scans
Updates the protection database automatically
Color codes device health issues by severity automatically

Tech Specs
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Supported Operating Systems: Android 2.3+
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A Review Of The Samsung Galaxy S5

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Today I am going to review one of the most important smartphones of 2014 – the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship device of the Galaxy S series and it was just launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

A Review Of The Samsung Galaxy S5

Display & Design

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is quite similar in design to the Galaxy S4, it has a very similar design language with rounded corners and a metal trim alongside. The only major difference in design and hardware is actually on the back.

The back features a soft touch finish with a dimple patter, it really feels a lot nicer than Samsung’s older glossy finishes, it feels very similar to the Note 3 without the leather looks but otherwise it feels pretty much like the Galaxy S4 in your hand.

The phone comes in with a 5.1 inch display with a capacitive button for multitasking and a new fingerprint scanning home button on the front. You can still take the back cover off to access the battery and the SIM card slot.This is definitely a Samsung phone as it has got all of Samsung’s apps and helpers and things like that.

Hardware & Software

On the back of the device you can find a 16 megapixel camera, a LED flash and a new heart rate sensor that uses your fingertip to measure your heart rate. The phone has a micro SD card as well and a 2100 mAh battery that Samsung says gets 20% better battery life than the Galaxy S4.

Inside the Galaxy S5 is a quad core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and 2GB of RAM, this is what makes the phone really fast and responsive. There is actually no lag that I can particularly see, the interface is definitely very familiar to Samsung users even if there are some slight differences.

For example, if you swipe over the home screen you can access the My Magazine feature which was available with a swipe-up in the Note 3 but otherwise it is a pretty standard home screen. The settings menu and the tabs are gone for a more icon based approach and it is running Android 4.4.2.

The great thing is that S-health has been greatly improved in addition to the heart rate sensor on the back. It has a new exercise coach and pedometer and it has the ability to be expanded with third party apps that can tap into that Samsung feature that they will release soon.

The heart rate sensor uses the sensor near the LED on the back and in order to use it you just need to place your fingertip on it and it will give you a reading for your heart rate in about 5 to 10 seconds.

Samsung is going to be releasing the Galaxy S5 in a variety of different colored backs, there is blue, black gold and white so depending on which market it will be released the color will be available but in the U.S. they are going to launch the Black and White model.

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Three Things BlackBerry Has to do to recreate its Former Success

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BlackBerry hasn’t had a good few years, seeing their stocks plummet, their technology fail and their sales diminish. Nobody sees BlackBerry as a ‘go to’ brand like they used to, but we’ve come up with three ways the company could reclaim that former success.

Fix the design
Does a BlackBerry phone have a physical QWERTY phone or not? The company has flipped the keyboard design on and off like a light switch over the past year and the result has been far from successful.

There are very few phones being released which actually have a physical keyboard. Is that a sign of the times? We think so, and BlackBerry isn’t letting the age of the QWERTY keyboard pass, and it is paying for it.

The Canadian company needs to focus on releasing a range of phones with a responsive and vivid touch screen that is reliable. Even with the latest releases, we’ve been given touch screens which aren’t as responsive as other manufacturers, and that flaw is driving people away.

To put it simply, BlackBerry needs to fix the design issues, if it doesn’t, it’s unlikely that the firm will exist this time next year.

Change its Audience
Another thing BlackBerry could do is change its audience. For the past few years BlackBerry has been targeting younger audiences, losing track of where its original success was found: in the business sector.

Instead of trying to focus on the teenage audience, why doesn’t BlackBerry head back to basics and become the business phone manufacturer on the market.
When business people are looking for a new handset, you won’t see them hunting around for the best phone deals, instead, they will know to head straight for a BlackBerry. This is the ideal situation for BlackBerry and what it should be striving to secure.

Sort out the OS
If your own system doesn’t run well, it’s unlikely people will buy your phone, simple as that. The BlackBerry 10 operating system wasn’t bad in all fairness, but before that BlackBerry was a much maligned system, thanks to multiple issues from lack of apps to constant crashing.

Windows Phone 8 was released at a similar time to BlackBerry 10, so why has it stuck around when BB10 hasn’t? Because WP8 secured the most important apps, and released the most important updates to its users when BlackBerry didn’t, and now it is stealing away the users BlackBerry once had.

If BlackBerry is to get out of the mess it’s found itself in, it needs to keep improving its OS in an effort to bring more customers in.
If BlackBerry improves its OS further, it could begin to compete effectively against the likes of Windows Phone, Android and Apple, just like the good old days.
If BlackBerry does any one of these three things, it might be able to climb out of this hole it’s stuck in. Hopefully we might just be seeing BlackBerry make a resurgence this year if it gets things right.

A round-up of the very best smartphones of 2013

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As 2013 draws to an end, now is the time to look back on the last 12 months and take a closer look at the highlights of the year. For technology fans, this year has been a great one for the smartphone, which has developed even further than many would have believed possible.

Let’s take a look at the very best smartphones of 2013, before we start looking ahead to next year’s new releases.

1. LG G2. LG has outdone the competition with the G2, which boasts high-end features, great performance and exceptional style. The best and most surprising thing about the LG G2, however, is its very affordable price.

2. iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s offers everything from speed, a big screen, a lightweight design, amazing high-tech features and jaw-dropping photos and videos. There isn’t much more you could want, except perhaps a couple of hundred knocking off its sizeable price-tag.

3. Samsung Galaxy S4. It may be a bit pricy, but it is hard to beat the Galaxy S4 when it comes to exceptional performance and hardware. It’s an all-round amazing device, one which is not only available on 4G networks but also works with a pay as you go sim card.

4. HTC One X+. If you liked the HTC One, you’ll be blown away with the newer version, which boasts extended battery life and a newer version of Android.

5. Huawei Ascend P6. This device is often mentioned by technology fans as one of the most beautifully designed smartphones around. It offers value for money, has great cameras and a customisable interface, and could only really be improved with 4G access and NFC.

6. Nokia Lumia 720. Like the Nokia Lumia 625, the Lumia 720 is a fantastic mid-range smartphone which makes the very most of Windows Phone 8. If you want good, reliable performance and a well-balanced device, all for a reasonable price, the 720 is the phone to go for.

7. iPhone 5c. Although some have argued that there was no need for the 5c, as it is simply a brighter, funkier version of the hugely popular 5s, there’s no denying that this handset is a really great device (as is the 5s) with the added bonus of being more fun and much more colourful.

My Top Three Android Games

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I do realize there a tremendous amount of games both free and games you have to pay for out there for the Android. I also realize that a lot of them are really good. So how can I pick just three? Well, it wasn’t easy, but I settled on the three I play the most: Angry Birds, Words with Friends, and SongPop.

Let’s start with Angry Birds. When I say Angry Birds I mean all the different versions together. I myself play five – Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, and Angry Birds Star Wars. That is also the order in which I downloaded and started playing them. There are some I haven’t tried yet. I like some more than others but still it’s hard to put in order of preferably. The games can be quite challenging. You need a fair understanding of Physics as they take into account gravity, trajectory, and propulsion. You use a sling shot to propel different shaped and colored birds at obstacles in order to take out the evil pigs. Each different bird has a different “power”. In Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Seasons you have simply gravity, trajectory, and propulsion to take into account. However, Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars they actually involve the weightlessness of space and the effect of planetary gravitational fields. It can become quite tricky to complete the puzzles with the amount of birds allotted. You sometimes have to play it multiple times to figure out how to use the allotted birds in the right spot to successfully take out the pigs.

Words with Friends, on the other hand, is basically Scrabble. I assume they could not use the name, scrabble, without stepping on Hasbro’s toes. With this game you play against any other player. You can play against more than one person or even multiple games with the same person. (But each game is just two players). I probably have about 10 different games going at one time. The other players can be from other droids, Facebook apps, or even iPad, anyone on the game’s network. You can play against friends or random players. When you challenge someone or accept a challenge you receive a standard Scrabble – type board and seven letters. Place the letters on the board creating words. Each letter has a different point value and the boards also have places where you receive double letter value, triple letter value, double word value or triple word value. The player with the highest point total after all tiles has been used or there are no more turns WINS!

SongPop is more a Trivia game. I think of it as “Name That Tune” for the Android. You challenge a friend or, again, a random player on the game’s network. You chose a music genre and the game will time you on your responses to a music snippet. You may be asked the songs title or the Artist. Your speed and accuracy is pitted against your opponent’s. Even though you may have gotten more songs or artists correct, you may still lose if your opponent was quicker answering the ones they got correct than you were. It can be a very exciting game, and who knows you might just surprise yourself with the music you remember. There is also a chance for you to totally space and guess the wrong one even though you knew it or hitting the wrong button. So be carefully when playing, but remember, don’t take too much time. I have lost by one point before, which is basically the difference of tenths of a second’s difference!

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