Struggle To Use Android Phones? The Note 3 Might Just Be The Surprising Solution For You!

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There’s no denying that smartphones are designed for abled-bodied people and that they’re targeted at people who are ‘average’ in as many ways as possible. Most greatly favour right handed operation for instance, and using a keyboard on a small touchscreen display is something that clearly hasn’t been designed with accessibility in mind.

Although this is the case however, phones are getting better at accommodating a greater range of users. Technologies that were maybe designed initially to add features for consumers who would want a phone that can ‘do everything’ have actually proven to have a number of other uses that make the technology more accessible for people who are just happy to be able to navigate and load apps. No phone at the moment is quite as packed with features as the Galaxy Note 3, so that might just be the most practical and accessible phone on the market – surprising given its huge size!

If you’re sceptical, then read on to see some of the ways that Galaxy Note 3s make life easier for their users and help connect you with the content you want…

The Screen:

The first feature of the new Note phone that makes it more accessible is the huge screen. This is the aspect that most people are somewhat dubious about – can such a large screen really be convenient for everyday use? Fortunately a number of smart options (such as the ability to shrink the screen for one handed use in response to a gesture command) and a one-handed keyboard make this less of a problem than you’d think. And that then means that you’re free to take advantage of just how convenient a large screen like that can be: no more squinting at text or accidentally hitting the wrong link!

The Pen:

Touchscreen input is unfortunately rather fiddly at the best of times, but the Note 3′s stylus manages to combat that problem by allowing you to write directly onto the device. This is handy for taking notes, but what makes it even cleverer is the fact that there’s such good handwriting recognition on-board and ready to turn your hand writing into text messages, contact details and more. Don’t like touchscreen keyboards? Then don’t use them!

Air Gesture:

Air gesture is a smart feature that really shows just how far phone technology has come in recent years. Basically switching this mode to ‘on’ means that you’ll be able to scroll through photos and perform a range of other tasks by simply moving your hand in front of the sensor. For someone who has wet hands because they’re washing up, or who wants to use their phone propped up in bed, this is very useful indeed.

Smart Scroll: But why use your hands at all when all it takes to control a phone these days is for you to direct your gaze? By using Smart Scroll you can set your phone up to register when you look up or down, and to scroll the content on the page accordingly. You can this way read a whole eBook without ever needing to touch the device.

Voice Command:

Better yet are the various voice command features built into the Note 3, which let you launch apps right from your lockscreen by simply saying the name of the app you want to run. You can also answer calls this way and more, meaning that you can stay in touch with family and friends, browse the web and more simply by talking to your phone.

Google Now:

Google Now takes this further by allowing you to check the weather, to carry out searches and to get directions all using a smart voice command. This option is available on all new Android phones and is ideal for quickly finding the information you need, giving Siri a run for its money.

These are just a few of the settings that make the Note 3 so versatile and effective. There’s tons to play around with here, so even if you normally struggle to find your way around an Android you may just find a combination of settings that works for you. Let’s hope that more phones follow this example…

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This article has been authored by John Pellet. John is a freelance blogger currently working for Freedom Lift Systems, leading manufacturer of residential wheelchair lifts. John loves to spend time by the seaside and plays beach volleyball with his friends. Click here www.freedomliftsystems.com/ to know more about his firm.

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CompTIA Mobile App Security+ for Android Geeks—Shaping the mobile security networks

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Why CompTIA Mobile App Security+?
The market of the mobile devices is extending increasingly as the demand for new and high tech devices is constantly arising from the customers. The latest and most in-demand technology of the mobile phones is the Android technology, which has captured the attention of the market. The security concerns are also increasing related to the Android phones and to address this concern, the CompTIA has introduced one of its most useful certification, i.e. CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification. This certification validates the practical ability and proficiency of the IT professionals in developing sound and secure apps for the Android devices. Some of the top organizations and companies prefer the certified professionals in mobile app security for developing some of the best and securest mobile apps for their devices utilizing the android technology.

Getting the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ Certification
In order to get this useful and valuable certification, the candidates have to attempt an exam, i.e. ADR-001 which is the android edition exam and it includes all the related topics that are being used in the practical situations for developing the new security apps for the Android devices. The pre-requisites for this exam are the sound knowledge on the Java programming, Android SDK, SQL coding, mobile application development, security essentials and aspects and the implementing encryption. Once the IT professionals have successfully passed the exam, then they can welcome some of the very promising and secure job roles in their career.

Job roles after attaining the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification
As it has been already mentioned above that the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification is highly in-demand by the top organizations and companies. After getting this important certification, the professionals can efficiently fill the following job roles:

 Mobile Application developer and can develop many useful mobile applications for the Android devices.
 Software developer job role is another secure and promising job role that is suited to the professionals after getting this certification. They can take job in big companies and offer their software development services to them.
 Application development manager basically manages the mobile security and other applications. By getting this certification, the professionals are open to take the job of application development manager and can earn high.
 Network security developer is one of the most promising job roles in the sector of mobile app development. The professionals by using their practical knowledge and abilities develop some of the securest android device apps.

Facts about the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification

The CompTIA Mobile App Security+ Certification is attained by passing ADR-001 exam which is administered by the Pearson VUE testing center. The exam is offered only in the English language and targets the individuals who want to take up career in the android mobile security apps development. The exam has 100 questions and a pass mark of 730 on a scale of 100-900 should be attained for passing the exam.

How To Get Rid Of TouchWiz Without Rooting Your Phone

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Samsung phones are by all accounts great devices that also happen to be highly popular. While Samsung’s margins might not quite be as high as Apples, they nevertheless have the edge in terms of pure market share which is no doubt down to their devices’ high specifications, varied displays and accessible starting prices.

But unfortunately their phones still aren’t quite perfect and one of their biggest detracting points is the somewhat ‘cheap’ feeling that they tend to have. This is in part due to the plastic that is used in the main builds, but it also comes down to some of the UI decisions – such as the implementation of their somewhat ‘big and clumsy’ TouchWiz interface that sits on top of stock Android. A lot of users really dislike the look, so what can you do about it?

Your Options

One option of course is to route your phone, which will allow you to completely change the firmware you have running on your device. While this might seem like a tempting option however, it does come with a few drawbacks – such as increased security risks, voiding of your warranty, and incompatibility with some apps (certain banking apps for instance won’t run on a rooted phone for the aforementioned security reasons).

Luckily though, Android is the king of customisation and as such there are a number of other options you have when it comes to changing the look and feel of your S4 or Note 3.

The Launcher

One of the first things to look at if you want to change the look and feel of your phone is your ‘Launcher’. Essentially the launcher is the app that your device returns to whenever you turn your phone off and on, or whenever you press the home key. This is the main interface from which you launch all other apps, and as such it is of course a great place to start if you want to change the experience of using your phone. Some of these are very ‘vanilla’ and will provide you with a stripped back Android experience, while others offer 3D effects and animations that are great for showing off. Whatever you choose, this basically gives you the option to pick the launcher you like the most which means you aren’t stuck with Samsung’s dubious tastes…

The Lock Screen

Another aspect to look into is the lock screen, which is the page your phone shows when you turn it on and have to unlock it. Again there are many different apps on the Play Store that will serve as replacements for your existing lock screen, or simply allow you to add widgets and other features to customise it a little. The best lock screen customisations will be those designed to work with the look of your chosen launcher and customisations, so think about an overall theme for your phone when coming up with a design.

App Drawer

The app drawer is the part of the launcher where you sift through apps to find the one you want. It’s another important aspect of the experience, so try some smarter alternatives like QuadDrawer and see which one you enjoy the most.

Bloatware

Perhaps the biggest crime of all with regards to the way Samsung phones arrive though is the sheer amount of ‘bloatware’ that they come preloaded with. Bloatware describes software that the user never asked for that comes preinstalled on the device. This then takes up space, slows down the phone and means you have more apps to sift through when you want to find a new one.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to uninstall these apps either, but what you can at least do is to stop them from running. To do that, open ‘settings’ on your device, then hit ‘apps’ and ‘more’. Find the applications manager and choose the ‘all’ tab. Now just find the app you want to stop and select ‘disable’. That won’t uninstall it, but it will stop it from running in the background which means your phone won’t be slowed down unnecessarily.

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Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, CellphoneUnlocker.com, leaders in Samsung unlock codes. She is an avid technophile who loves attending gadget expos. You can follow Nancy on Twitter @Nancy_Baker_.

4 Interesting Kickstarter Projects Web Designers Need To Know About.

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Are you a web developer? Planning to start a new career/business in the field of web designing? A web designer’s job might seem easy but the ground reality is that web designing requires a lot of skill, discipline, creativity, and innovating thinking, which ultimately shows in the websites created. Following is a list of 4 noteworthy Kickstarter projects that could give a dash of help, ideas, and inspiration to all web designers out there.

Macaw: The Code-Savvy Web Design Tool

If you’re a web designer, Macaw is a nifty web design tool that might interest you. This is a tool that not only feels fluid and intuitive like an image editor but also serves as a powerful design-to-code engine. It has a fluid canvas that can be changed anytime, the grid can be easily modified, and even the elements that you draw are fluid. This makes it increasingly simple to design percentage-based layouts. You can simply drag and drop the elements wherever you want them, and Macaw will ingeniously do the calculations for you. Macaw has its Style Editor that lets you save commonly used styles and apply them to multiple elements and edit them. Alchemy, Macaw’s powerful design-to-code engine, helps developers unlock the language of the web and also pull code that meets their personal preference. Some other terrific features of Macaw include responsive breakpoints, element morphing, typography stats, HTML insertion, multiple backgrounds, linking, style guides, and much more.

Iconic: Advanced icons for the modern web

Being a web designer, you already know the importance of web icons. Iconic is the popular open source icon set, which was designed to be clear and legible, with a dash of personality. What gives Iconic a unique edge, is the capability to output icons in various colors, sizes, and formats. Though it has already been four years since the creation of Iconic, the creator now wants Iconic to reach its full potential by pushing iconography forward with new techniques, technologies, and thinking, and to create a commercial version of Iconic. The new set will have hundreds of icons, with each icon designed in three sizes. The idea is to increase the number of beautifully designed icons and make Iconic better. The new collection will be available in PNG, SVG, WebP, and font formats, there will also be a set of “Smart Icons” that respond/adjust to data. With the availability of three sizes, users can select the right sized icon according to the screen size – this is referred to as Responsive Iconography. Iconic, with these new developments, is definitely one of the best integrated icon systems you could lay your hands on.

Constraints Cards

Looking for an innovative and interesting way to tackle web design problems? If you’re a web designer, a developer, coder, or a creative director, Constraints is the only deck of cards you’re ever going to need, really. Constraints is a card deck designed especially for developers and web designers as a platform to help improve practice, structure hack days, and basically, to level up. These are cards that give you constraints to practice against, and aim at challenging the way you work, pushing you to find better ways and techniques to deal with design problems. Constraints are great for shifting your perspective, making new additions, focusing on specific areas, learning, bring out more ideas quickly, and most importantly, for having a direct impact on how you design, think, and build.

Learn WordPress!

Everything that you wanted to know about WordPress is right here, in this awesome Kickstarter campaign. WordPress is hands down one of the best and most widely used content management and blogging platform powering millions of websites across the globe. Moreover, there has been more demand for WordPress in 2013 than any previous year, and this demand is only getting higher. This incredible project has been started by Alexander Tushinsky, who has been teaching WordPress since several years now and would like to expand his material and share his expertise with you! This project is essentially a complete, easy, and intuitive course on WordPress, Web Design, and Blogging. The course will cover all possible aspects of WordPress such as installation and configuration of WordPress on Linux and Windows, various WordPress features and their uses, HTML 5 and CSS 3, SEO techniques, MySQL and PHP, use of graphics, and a lot more! Whether you are looking to start your own web design business, expand your current career, or even if you are a freelancer or a theme designer, WordPress is an ultimate blogging and content management platform that will help you in numerous ways.

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Jenny Wadlow, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, ITW Consulting, a reputable website design and web programming company. She takes keen interest in fishkeeping and has a commendable stamp collection. You can follow Jenny on Twitter @JennyWadlow.

Top Awesome Technology For Your Swimming Pool

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If you are fortunate enough to own a home swimming pool, then it’s important to make sure that you also make the most out of it. Too many people will spend thousands on a swimming pool hoping that it will transform their lives, only to then neglect it and only take a dip once every month at best.

The problem is that anything can quickly become dull. When you don’t have your own swimming pool it seems like an amazing luxury that you imagine could help you transform your life. But then when you have access to one whenever you need it, the magic wears off and the hassle of getting changed doesn’t seem worth it.

This is a huge mistake though, because actually having your own pool really can transform your life. It can provide the perfect place to relax and unwind, it’s brilliant if you have guests, and it can make sure you keep in shape as well.

So perhaps you just need to be reminded of how much fun a swimming pool can be? And perhaps you just need a few more utilities to help you start making the most of it. Read on and we will look at some awesome technology that you can actually take into the pool with you to make the experience a little more enticing and to help rekindle that love for swimming… As well as some technology that you can use to transform the pool itself!

ION Water Rocker

If you want to add a little music to your swims, then the ION Water Rocker will offer just what you need. This is a waterproof speaker that connects to an MP3 player via a transmitter up to 150 feet away. The Rocker will float around the pool providing you with tunes, and can even be thrown around between you and friends like a ball. Ideal for pool parties!

Neptune Underwater MP3 Player

If however you will be swimming alone and sound quality is of more importance to you than sound democracy, then you may be interested in the Neptune Underwater MP3 Player. This MP3 player can be used underwater (as the name suggests) and uses ‘bone conduction technology’ in order to ensure a high quality of sound. In short, this works by vibrating your skull in order to transmit sound rather than the air around it!

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra

If there’s one downside to having a swimming pool, it’s not being able to take calls or play Candy Crush (just stay with me okay…?). With the Sony Xperia Z Ultra though, those worries are put to rest – this is a huge ‘phablet’ (phone-tablet) that is also fully waterproof allowing you to take it into the pool with you without worrying about it going up in sparks. This is great if you just want to kick back in the hot tub with a good book/YouTube video, but it’s also pretty cool when used as an underwater camera.

Retractable Roof

Outdoor pools are great for soaking up rays, but not so useful in the winter/whenever it rains. Indoor pools meanwhile are great for using in worse weather, but can’t really take advantage of those sunny days for outdoor pool parties. What’s the solution then? Of course it’s to install a retractable roof – giving your indoor pool the impression of a high tech secret layer and allowing you to have your cake and eat it too.

The PoolMate

 If you want to use your swimming pool in order to improve your health and fitness, then you will find the PoolMate to be an invaluable tool. Essentially this is a biofeedback watch like the Nike ones you get for running, but in this case it will actually work underwater too and even automatically count your number of laps for you. Great for setting and meeting fitness goals and improving your swimming ability.

Geothermal Heating

If you really want to take your swimming pool into the future, then a geothermal heated pool is the way to do it. This involves a series of pipes running underground which will heat your pool water for you using the natural heat from under the Earth. This means you can heat your pool completely for free and help save the planet in the process. Now that’s a high tech swimming pool!

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Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently working for, OpenAire, leading waterpark manufacturers. She is a passionate baker and enjoys treating her kids to some of her savoury treats. You can get in touch with Nancy via Twitter @Nancy_Baker_.

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