Lately Apple has been in news because of malware attacks on its device. The hackers infect the device with cell phone spyware, proving that iOS isn’t safe from malware or spyware. However, the threat of malware can be avoided if iOS lovers follow some simple steps.
1. There are kinds of malware which can work in a stealth mode in a cell phone, keeping the user unaware of its existence – thus, creating havoc inside the phone till it’s discovered. However, there are other kinds of malware which can be detected easily – making sure that its work is done. If you are faced with a threat of any kind of malware, best defense against these bugs is to install a decent antivirus on your iOS device. In this game of hide and seek, the malware tries to go undetected by the antivirus apps, which play the role of a cop. iPhone users can search for a suitable antivirus app on App Store, which not only identify existing problems but protect your iPhone from future trouble as well.
2. Security researchers highly recommend against getting your iPhone jailbreak. Getting your iPhone jailbreak means losing your super power protection against the threat of malware - ensuring that your iPhone doesn’t have a warranty. Users usually engage in this activity to acquire free apps – risking the security of their iPhone – not realizing that having a jailbreak also gives a free pass and multiple opportunities of infiltration for malware as well.
Tough not everything is sad and gloomy as it looks – although there have been reports of malware presence in Apple Store, but Apple has been able to counter attack and destroy the malwares with equal efficiency so far. Before these incidents it was thought that Jailbroken iPhones were immune to the threat of malware attacks – with Apple waging war against malware with such tenacity one should feel a little more secure.
3. The safety and protection of your iPhone is in your hands. If you jailbreak your cell phone – which acts as the Wall of China between your iPhone and the malware - and install apps outside the parameters of the App Store then you have no one to blame but yourself for the repercussions. iPhones, like Android phones won’t allow you to choose what permissions you hand over to your apps. In order to install them, you have to permit them to access your information. In that case, your personal information, on the hands of the third party can be used in any way, but if it’s from the App Store at least you can sure it doesn’t have any malicious intent.
Author Bio: James Clark's work revolves around tracking apps and software. His most recent stint in cell phone monitoring has focused on iPhone tracking. Clark's readers follow this work to get the latest scoop on all things tracking.
Cell phones, in many respects, are having their greatest impact in an area of the world they took longest to penetrate: rural sub-Saharan Africa. Cell phone use tripled over the last five years in the developing world, and the biggest jump occurred in Africa, where phones are being used to integrate peoples and communities that were once plagued by isolation.
For people who live in rural African villages, isolation is factors directly into a situation of poverty. Cut off from the rest of the world, they don’t know how much goods are selling for and where to sell them. They also cannot easily communicate with relatives or to receive medical help, instead needing to travel long distances to accomplish this goal and hurting their productivity as a result.
Cell phones, while certainly not a cure-all, have helped changed many of these problems caused by isolation. With a cell phone, now in widespread use across the African subcontinent, users can place calls to family members and doctors; they can figure out the best nearby markets to conduct their business; and they can open a savings account that can be checked through their phone. In fact, many businesses in the region allow people to swipe their phone in order to process payment, a technology that is currently more advanced in Africa than in the developed world.
Phones are cheaper than ever before. Providers in the region offer Prepaid Cell Phones, plans that can be paid by the second for frugal users, and devices that are incredibly cheap and accessible in the first place. It is also very cheap to build reception towers, and many of the most isolated areas still have access to coverage.
Humanitarian agencies have been working to make cell phones an even more powerful force for good in sub-Saharan Africa. They are teaching people how to use online banking services, they are using phones to stock medicine in rural villages, and they building electricity payment plans off of the successful prepaid phone model. But on its most basic level – as a means of communication – cells phones are already making a valuable impact in the world’s most isolated areas.
Operating Systems make a phone, no matter what anyone says. You can have all the power and software in the world, but if the operating system is not intuitive then the product will be poorly received.
Apple got it right with iOS in the past and it has been one of the main reasons for the success of the iPhone. iOS 5 comes about with a number of new and excellent features, many of which have been seen in both Windows Phone 7 and Android in the past.
The new iOS5 operating system includes a number of excellent innovations, including compatibility with all the previous iPhones. This makes it faster to update and ensures it will be faster to upgrade than Android products which have lagged in the area. Over half of Android phones run Android 2.2 Froyo at the moment even though Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been released for over 6 months.
Apple have also included a BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) like feature with iOS 5 in the form of iMessage. This is a great way to ensure the company gets a grasp of the youth market as it offers free messages on a string style messaging system. BBM is one of the main reasons that BlackBerry phones have become extremely popular with younger phone users in recent years and iMessage should have a similar effect.
The Apple iOS 5 will also include a gaming portal, meaning you can get your games downloaded now without having to enter iTunes – a big bonus for mobile gamers. Game Center also allows you to play multiplayer games against friends or strangers over the internet.
iOS 5 allows the phone to be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot, ensuring it is up with the Android and Windows Phone offerings in this area. Apple have also ensured that there will be a notification menu instead of the old fashioned messages the device sends whenever it goes out of network.
Most importantly the phone will include complete access to the iCloud, meaning access to all the songs on your iTunes on the move as well as extremely easy downloads to upgrade the system. This completely reduces the need for wires and all the problems and complex issues that go with them.
As is obvious iOS 5 is one of the phones strongest attributes and will push the Apple iPhone 5 to the fore of the mobile market again. For the first time Apple is starting to show signs of keeping up with the competition in terms of new feature additions, but these will only serve to make a great interface even greater.
Most mobile phone users find themselves strongly favoring either Android or iOS as their operating system of choice. Fortunately, because of the proliferation of mobile applications that work on both platforms, switching between them has gotten progressively easier. Companies that offer their application on multiple operating systems typically have ample resources and a proven product, so selecting great applications that are available on both Android and iOS is not a difficult task.
Steven Farrell is the administrator of ReversePhoneLookup.org, a site where you can perform a reverse phone lookup for as little as $1.
For good, for bad or for just a laugh, the human mind is capable of dreaming up so very much, and technological advances and their uses are not immune to our creative bent. Some of the ways we humans use or want to use technology are pretty cool, innovative and beneficial. At other times, however, they're really dumb, odd and, yes, just plain weird.
Social Network Stupidity
Take Craig “Lazie” Lynch, for example. Craig was serving time in a British prison for burglary when he escaped on September 23, 2009. For months, he evaded police and was heartily enjoying his freedom. He enjoyed it so much that he began taunting police—on Facebook. Yes, he “socially networked” with the best of them—pictures, signs and almost illiterate content messages that flaunted his “free as a bird” status. He posted a Thanksgiving picture that offered more birds than just the turkey—mainly the one on his right hand, flying 'freely' as he held up the turkey in his left. Craig even posted a pic there that showed him smiling as he held up a sign that read, “Wanted: Craig Lynch. If found, call 999,” which is the UK equivalent to 911. Apparently, someone took his advice, for Scotland Yard apprehended the idiot on January 12, 2010. Odds were pretty good that if Lynch hadn't posted on Facebook and created such a hula-ba-loo, he probably wouldn't have been recognized and turned in quite so quickly.
Medicus Rex Machina?
Most healthcare services are expensive, there's no doubt. While the current government administration attempts to solidify its national healthcare plan, science looks to other methods to enjoin medical proficiency and factory-line cost-effectiveness using the infamous Watson computer technology from Jeopardy fame. You remember, don't you? A computer played the game against humans? No? Okay, well Watson did. Won't explain further, but Watson's technology is what's important here.
Voice recognition experts joined forces with a technology giant to create doctor's assistants with Watson technology. The robo-docs would be capable of sorting through kazillions of bytes of medical data to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Just think: If the contraption gets sick, it can order, perform and interpret self-diagnostic tests, then cure itself of the virus it caught when the last patient sneezed in its sensors.
An app for Twitter, the micro-blogging platform that flies high on the wind beneath its tweets, CurseBird lists all tweets by anyone in which profanity is used. Whether you're a sociologist researching how often drunk or high, laid-off cement truck drivers curse or are compiling data for a book entitled The World's First Encyclopedia on Creative Cursing—and Probably Only One, Too,” or you're just a sick [bleep] who uses [censored] so [expletive deleted] often that it's an obsession, CurseBird tracks all of it for you.
Wow. And to think people actually use it. Really.
And finally, in homage to wise government spending, a tribute to...
No, these are not the automated machines found in dry cleaning shops. Yes, the government did actually fund the research and development of robots that fold your laundry for you. Seriously.
The robot uses visual input from cameras and sensors to detect seams, determine up from down and inside from outside. Neat creases and precise dimensions are yours to claim once your laundro-bot sorts your socks.
I just cannot imagine what the government was thinking. But then again, they funded research into what tomato ketchup, or catsup to some, was actually the thickest and poured the slowest.
Spending crisis? What spending crisis?
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A spreadsheet is a simple worksheet consisting of rows and columns in which any data can be entered. For example a paper report card of a student or the ledger that we create for maintaining bank accounts can be termed as a spreadsheet. Paper report cards of students are manual spreadsheets.
An electronic spreadsheet is just like a paper spreadsheet and consists of rows and columns. The only difference is that instead of being on paper, it is on the computer screen. A spreadsheet consists of rows and columns which combine to form cell. A cell is a box where you can enter data such as numbers or words. Columns form the vertical lines of cells while rows form the horizontal lines of cells. A cell is an intersection of rows and columns. In an excel workbook by default 3 sheets are there, but a user can add or delete more.
Electronic spreadsheets are extremely versatile. They can be used for performing calculations, recalculating results if any data stored in them is changed, creating financial reports and comparing reports. A very useful feature of a spreadsheet is its ability to create groups. It helps you establish relationships between two or more sets of data and easily understand the trends of data changes.
Formulas which are present within the spreadsheet itself are called functions. Lots of mathematical and statistical functions are available to calculate and analyze data. Once one has learned the effective use of these functions, the calculation and manipulation of data can be very efficient and fast.
This software is very helpful tool that helps people to analyze information, to store, manipulate and graph data. In Excel the user can creates professional-looking charts and graphs with 3-D effects and shadowing. In Office Excel 2007 the user can create and share analysis with their coworkers, customers, and partners with greater ease. You can save your Excel spreadsheet as an HTML file so that anyone can view the data through the use of a web browser. The prevalence of use of Excel has made it the more commonly used spreadsheet file format in use today.
About the author:
Claire Jarrett is writing for Computer Training Solutions, who offer Excel courses in 5 different locations, as well as PowerPoint courses