Who will provide your cloud storage now Google Drive is on the block?

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GO Launcher EX (snApp review)

If you are anything like me you will have tried a few of the alternative launchers available from the Google play store, there are many to choose from such as Launcher Pro, ADW, Apex, Mobo Launcher etc. I have tried a few but have settled on the excellent GO Launcher EX as a replacement to HTC Sense on my Sensation XE! Now there isn’t anything really wrong with the Sense UI but it doesn’t really tick enough boxes for me, I would love to use a mixture of both Sense and GO but I don’t think that’s possible.

GO Launcher EX is a complete makeover including theme support, homescreen effects, dock customisation and much much more to boot! The homescreen is the first noticable thing when you first start the application, icons magically change and a new shortcut bar appears on the bottom of the screen. You can change the transitions between screens with cube, barrel, star and many more effects.

Homescreen  Transition - Sphere

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Twitter Updated 3.2.0, Gets Notifications!

The official Android app saw an important update today and currently sits at v3.2.0, whilst i’m not a massive user of Twitter i do dabble and get the blog posted to the Antics twitter account and, I have a personal account where I follow people of interest from all walks of life. The thing I like about Twitter is the short messages posted and not a whole epic drama written for all to snooze over!

The connect tab has been updated to show both interactions and mentions in one place, the discover tab now shows who your friends follow, when their lists are updated and which tweets are retweeted and faved. Possibl the biggest update comes in the form of push notifications when someone interacts or retweets you.

 

Download the update from the ‘Play Store’

 

 

swiFTP Server (snApp review)

If you are looking for a simple solution to transfer files without, connecting your device physically to your computer and without, any major headache setting it up then check out swiFTP from the Play Store. I’ve been using it for a few weeks without any problems and it’s a breeze to navigate your entire drive space on your phone and transfer files wirelessly.

  

XP Setup

The setup process is simplicity in itself, download the app from play store and install on your device. Go to the setup screen the app will determine an ip address itself, enter a username and password and keep the port number as default and folder location. Save and then start the server, your ip address and port will be shown on the splash screen!

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Chrome Browser For ICS 4.0 (snApp review)

After using the stock browser on ICS 4.0 for about a day and feeling really un-impressed with it’s limited features and bland looks, I decided to venture into the other browsers available! I used Mozilla firefox for a short time before i got fed up with it being slow and clunky. I don’t think the desktop idea has really tanslated well enough to the mobile version yet for me to be impressed, and this was deleted within two days!

Chrome Beta is only available on devices running the latest O/S IceCream Sandwich 4.0 and in certain countries, check with http://goo.gl/6ARvc to see if your country can get it yet?

If you are running ICS4.0 and want to download Chrome do so at ‘Google Play Store’

The browser is just that, a straight forward page viewer and isn’t fancy in the smooth, sleek or sexy department. It is however rather functional, it will link with the beta desktop Chrome version and show any open tabs from both devices on each others browser.

  

Pages look well rendered and clean, pages load quickly enough but when you have more than 2 tabs open it does slow down a little! The only beef I’ve had is the fact that the Chrome desktop browser can eat RAM rather quickly!

Angry Birds Space – Updated 1.1.0

Angry Birds Space today saw an update to version 1.1.0, see below:

What’s in this version:

  1. • A new moon rises and puts pigs in motion! If you thought it was hard to pop pigs in space before, just wait til they’re orbiting around the icy planets in these 10 NEW LEVELS!
  2. • Addressed crash issues in older devices.
  3. • Download now! Squawk!

 

Download the update from ‘Google Play Store’

Google Drive Goes Live – For Some!

Google have today released the long awaited ‘Google Drive’, a cloud storage service which allows users a 5Gb (FREE) account and options to upgrade to 25Gb, 100Gb or 1TB of data storage! Not all google users are able to access this service as yet, I have 3 gmail accounts and not 1 of them has the service available to me yet.

Check if it’s available for you ‘HERE

Download the app from the mobile Play Store in readiness of the full release, just search for ‘Google Drive’

More to follow…………………………………………………………

Dropbox Updated v2.1.3

I got an update to Dropbox v2.1.3 this morning it lists pereformance improvements and bug fixes, from what I can tell the app is markedly faster to navigate than previously. This update follows the 2.1 update recently which brought the below:

  • Automatically uploads photos and videos in the background using Wi-Fi or data plan.
  • Up to 3GB of free space for uploading photos automatically (in 500Mb increments).
  • Upload files of any size.

 

Downlad the update from ‘Google Play Store’

Instagram Updated to v1.06

Instagram Updated to v1.06 brings the following:

  • Various bug fixes
  • Lux is now available on supported galaxy ace devices!

 

Download from ‘Google Play Store’

Facebook for Android Updated (Free SPAM Icons Anyone?)

Facebook for Android has seen an update in recent days and now sits at V1.09, the update see’s an increase in performance, short cuts and a few bug fixes.

 

Additional features include group messaging functionality alowing you to message a group of friends and also add friends to existing conversations. GPU rendering is also enabled giving you a smoother experience when scrolling the timeline.  Another inclusion in the update is the appearance of 2 new icosn on your app list, these icons allow you to get to facebook messenger quicker and also one which allows you to share photos to facebook with a couple of clicks.

I’m all for extra functionality but I would like the option to remove these icons from my device if I won’t use them, the only way to get rid of them is to hide the apps using a 3rd party launcher!!

Download the update from ‘Google Play Store

Fake Instagram Malware Threat!

Another fake app containing malware is doing the rounds now in the form of the massively popular camera app ‘Instagram’ which has only recently been ported to the Android platform in recent weeks.

 

Sophos revealed that the app has been listed on various websites for download and, seems to eminate from where most of the world’s other malware and mobile nastys come from, Russia! In tests run by Sophos the app didn’t even come close to emulating what the ‘real’ app does, it relies on the background sending of SMS to make the cyber criminals money.

Graham Cluley from Naked Security says, “Sophos products detect the malware as Andr/Boxer-F.

Android malware is becoming a bigger and bigger problem, of course. Just last week we reported on a bogus edition of the Angry Birds Space game that was being used in another attack.

It’s quite likely that whoever is behind this latest malware campaign is also using the names and images of other popular smartphone apps as bait.”

This is one reason i rarely download a popular app or game from anywhere other than Google Play

HTC One Series Gets Tivo Treatment (UK)

IF you are a user of the Virginmedia Tivo platform in the UK you may have spotted a prime time advert for the HTC One Series on the system!

If you haven’t spotted it, press ‘Home’ on your remote and select the HTC advert in the listings! Personally i think this is a fantastic idea to have a selective advertising platform where as a user you can choose what you want to be shown in advertising! the feature has a 5 min documentary, 60second advert and more!!

Rovio Updates Angry Birds Original!

Rovio have released an update to the original version of the massively popular game Angry Birds, 15 new levels have been released named Surf ‘n’ Turf and features pigs being bombarded on a beach by some ‘Angry Birds’.

For Rovio to release 15 new levels on their original product when they have just released Angry Birds Space just shows that the company really does have the end user at the core of everything they do! The update comes in at 16Mb so would be advisable to download over a wi-fi connection.

Download from Play Store

Panasonic Eluga Coming To UK

Panasonic haven’t exactly been at the forefront of mobile technology ever, and certainly not from a UK perspective either. I was surprised to hear that the latest incarnation from Panasonic the ‘Eluga’ is to ship to the UK at the end of April.

The handset will come loaded with Gingerbread v2.3.5 which owners will be able to update to ICS 4.0 from Summer 2012, 1Ghz dual-core TI (Texas Instruments) processor, 1Gb RAM and 8Gb of internal storage.

Display wise it houses a 4.3 inch, 960×540, capacitive OLED QHD screen and has NFC technology on board.

Toshiya Matsumura from Panasonic says – “Despite the unprecedented increase in the number of smartphone devices appearing over the last few years, we don’t believe anyone has yet managed to truly bridge the gap between style and substance. With the launch of the ELUGA, we’re aiming to prove it is possible to deliver style, function, form, and the very best underlying technology, all in a competitively-priced package.”

Find out more from Panasonic

Angry Birds – Infected With Malware?

Have you ever used an unofficial App store for your android device? There are more sources for apps out there than just the Play Store, and some of these places aren’t as safe and respectable as we are led to believe.

Some version of Angry Birds – Space have been infected with a Trojan which allows cyber criminals to take full control of an infected device. The download is a fully functioning version of the hit game but also installs a malicious script which can be used to steal personal information such as banking details etc. The Trojan connects to a remote site and tries to install further malware on the device and can even be used in mass attacks on large corporations like Sony.

The download hasn’t been found on the Google Play Store but on other unofficial app stores, if the option to install apps from non market sources is ticked on your device within the security settings you can download and install from anywhere. Whilst the Play store isn’t a fortress against malware  and other malicious scripts it’s much more of a controlled environment than an unauthorised marketplace.

Graham Cluley writes on the ‘Naked Security‘ blog – “SophosLabs recently encountered malware-infected editions of the “Angry Birds Space” game which have been placed in unofficial Android app stores. Please note: The version of “Angry Birds Space” in the official Android market (recently renamed “Google Play”) is *not* affected.

The Trojan horse, which Sophos detects as Andr/KongFu-L, appears to be a fully-functional version of the popular smartphone game, but uses the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access to the device, and install malicious code.”

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