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The Most Sadistic Apps That Force You to Get Stuff Done

The Most Sadistic Apps That Force You to Get Stuff Done | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Sometimes willpower is hard to muster up without a little poking from exterior sources. Thankfully, if you prefer a little masochism or negative reinforcement from your apps, you have plenty of options for getting into shape, waking up, and breaking bad habits.
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The Most Sadistic Apps That Force You to Get Stuff Done

Having trouble busting through that to-do list? Slacking off instead of putting your nose to the grindstone?

Don't worry... there's an app for that!

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight Monitors Home Alarms From Afar

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight Monitors Home Alarms From Afar | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Is your smoke alarm going off? The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight will notify you on your smartphone.
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In my opinion, this is how one does "Internet of Things" the right way. We all hear over and over about this internet of things... that expects us to rebuild our life around these early prototypes... rather than actually saving us headaches. I think this company is approaching the idea brilliantly while providing a useful tool.


I could see how this unit plus app could be useful not only for my own home but also for the homes of elderly in my family (reporting to my phone's app).

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Students get iOS apps running (slowly) on Android

Students get iOS apps running (slowly) on Android | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Running apps from one mobile platform on another is theoretically great for boosting your app selection, but it's not a trivial task -- even BlackBerry's
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

While this is far from the much-hoped-for holy grail, it's a great start towards getting some of the iOS locked content over onto Android for the rest of us.


I'm going to have to follow up further on this project, see what they're working on, etc. This may be something that I dig into and put some time into.

 

I'm an anti-fan (read: hate) iOS locked apps that I can't get too from my android, so this project is right up my alley.

 

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How Apple Is Monetizing Privacy With iOS 8

How Apple Is Monetizing Privacy With iOS 8 | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Security has finally become a serious issue for smartphone owners. The high-profile leaks of undressed celebrity iPhone owners, combined with a constant stream of warnings about Android bugs and malware, has left many people feeling  uncertain. Even governments cannot be trusted to respect their citizen's privacy. Apple's Tim Cook has turned this into a selling…
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How Apple Is Monetizing Privacy With iOS 8

 This is an interesting look at the broader, bigger picture of how Apple is approaching privacy as a piece of business leverage. 

Since they do not sell ads/etc - this could actually be a big deal. 
Definitely something worth giving a read-through and some consideration. 

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PayPal Slams Apple Pay Security

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PayPal took out full-page ads to slam Apple Pay, pointing to the celeb nude hack as one reason that it's insecure.
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Barely two weeks after the iCloud hack and the leak of dozens of personal photographs... it's perhaps a really good question whether we really trust Apple with our banking information...

 

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Adding a Period in a Text Message Just Makes You Look Pissed Off.

Adding a Period in a Text Message Just Makes You Look Pissed Off. | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
How that simple dot at the end of the sentence became something you use to tell people you're mad. Right. Now.
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become Passive-Aggressive
 

This is a trend I noted show up in early online chat clients and become more prevalent with SMS.
 

I'd call it firmly embedded at this point and a topic you might want to be aware of when conversing either with colleagues or with your own kids at home.
 

Language changes over time and changes in response to environments and so this is just one of the dozens of micro-changes we've seen to the written language with the arrival of the internet/sms.

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Do Not Track - the privacy standard that's melting away

Do Not Track - the privacy standard that's melting away | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Do Not Track hasn't been in the news lately but that's only because it's failing too slowly for the naked eye to see. It's melting away like a giant glacier and its meltwater is slowly washing away...
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

Do Not Track – the privacy standard that’s melting away

The opt-out approach has the same fundamental flaw as DNT, it's cooperative, - "Don't track me, OK?"

The only technical solutions that can provide any kind of assurance are coercive.

Coercive technologies aren't a guarantee of success but they are more likely to work.

Modern browsers come with private or incognito modes. You can supplement those modes with a number of useful browser plugins such as noscript and ghostery.

All modern browsers also come with an easy to enable Do Not Track feature. It doesn't hurt to turn it on but don't expect it to make any difference to your privacy.

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Apple Will Announce The New iPhone On September 9

Apple Will Announce The New iPhone On September 9 | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Get excited.
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Will you be buying an iPhone 6? What would it take to get you to buy?

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Chrome Update Fights Noisy Tabs, Adds Parental Controls

Chrome Update Fights Noisy Tabs, Adds Parental Controls | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Google's latest stable Chrome release offers users peace of mind—and browser—with its new ability to suss out noisy tabs and malware.
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

Several very cool updates to the Chrome browser today indicate a strong focus on safe browsing. This includes improved malware updates and a new "supervised user" account role for use with your children or other non-tech-savvy users. There's a lot to like in this release. 

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Top 10 Job Titles That Didn’t Exist 5 Years Ago [INFOGRAPHIC]

Top 10 Job Titles That Didn’t Exist 5 Years Ago [INFOGRAPHIC] | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Would you say the state of the workforce has changed greatly since 2008? According to LinkedIn it has. The professional social network explored today's leading job titles and sought out which didn't exist just five years ago in 2008.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

Here's some job titles that are brand new... are you in any of these industries? We're not surprised that most of them are in tech are we? (Admittedly, the "Beachbody Coach" one surprised me a bit! LOL)

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Teen's invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds - NBC News.com

Teen's invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds - NBC News.com | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student's invention. She won...

Via Gerrit Bes
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Battery limitations have long been one of the biggest holdbacks for mobild devices and cell phones... but this girl is on to a potentially ground breaking idea, check it out! 

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E Fun Debuts $179 Windows 2-in-1 Tablet

E Fun Debuts $179 Windows 2-in-1 Tablet | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
The first 10.1-inch Windows tablet that is priced below $200 will be sold at Walmart and Sam's Club.
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

I predict this little "2 in 1" is going to be a big deal this holiday shopping season. I've been eying a Lenovo "Yoga" tablet but for the price difference could totally be swayed to consider this.

 

(Although honestly I may go with a Yoga chromebook and then it's no comparison. Especially now that Chromebooks are running Android apps.)


Once these are listed up on Walmart, I'll have promotional links available if you want them, but it sounds like that may be a bit yet.

Definitely a little tablet to keep an eye on if you're in the market for a low end device.

 

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Google Now Tops Siri, Cortana in Digital Assistant Showdown

Google Now Tops Siri, Cortana in Digital Assistant Showdown | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
In a study comparing the three most popular virtual mobile assistants, Google Now came out on top.
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

Google Now Tops Siri, Cortana in Digital Assistant Showdown

 

Without a doubt, Siri is a lot of fun, but in terms of actual search, Google still wins.

 

However, what I didn't get a feel for from this overview, was how well Siri vs Google vs Cortana excelled as a voice control for the phone apps and tolls themselves outside of search. There's certainly more to "digital assistant" than just search.

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FBI Ransomware Hits Android: How To Avoid Getting It, And Remove It

FBI Ransomware Hits Android: How To Avoid Getting It, And Remove It | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
One of the most intimidating malware threats, FBI Ransomware, has hit Android – pretending to be the FBI while leaving users who install seemingly innocuous apps feeling pressured into paying $300 to release their data. Fortunately, the malware is straightforward to remove, and if your phone is correctly secured you shouldn't even be able to…
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

The only way to get this nasty little issue is to disable an important checkbox in your phone's settings - don't do it! (And make sure your kids aren't either. And if you must make sure it's only for a HIGHLY trusted apk like Amazons App Store file.)

 

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Tech News Today 1095: Stalk Like An Egyptian - YouTube

Hosts: Mike Elgan, Elise Hu and Jason Howell Amazon releases five new devices, Egypt steps up its surveillance of social network activity, Apple is no longer...
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Apple says they won't unlock iPhones and iPads in response to government or police requests.

As it rolls out its new iOS 8, Apple says it won't be technically feasible for it to bypass user pass-codes, even in the face of a warrant.

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Apple Expands Two-Factor Authentication to iCloud Backups

Apple Expands Two-Factor Authentication to iCloud Backups | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
According to an email sent to Apple users, two-step verification now protects all data stored within iCloud.
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

2FA now protects all the data you store on iCloud rather than just a limited subset. My only question is why didn't they do this BEFORE the leak?? (And how are we going to get the average person to turn this on??)

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What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes?

What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes? | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
We’ve known for a while that excessive screen time is not good for your sleep schedule, but the latest findings are overwhelmingly gloomy – and extend well beyond insomnia.
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes?

"We’ve known for a while that excessive screen time is not good for your sleep schedule, but the latest findings are overwhelmingly gloomy – and extend well beyond insomnia."

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‘Kill Switch’ Smartphone Bill Passes in California

‘Kill Switch’ Smartphone Bill Passes in California | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
All phones sold in the State will be mandated to integrate controversial technology by STEVE WATSON | INFOWARS.COM | AUGUST 15, 2014 Legislation introduced to the Californian Senate earlier this year mandating ‘kill switches’ on all smart phones has been passed and sent to the Governor’s desk for approval. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign bill CA SB 962 in the…
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

‘Kill Switch’ Smartphone Bill Passes in California

 

This is a bill that I consider "well intentioned" but "poorly implemented", which creates a number of problems for consumers.

 

I'm certainly not against consumers having this technology available - but I'm against it being mandated in a state that has already repeatedly shown their willingness to use cell jammers in dangerous situations - putting people at risk of not being able to call 911.

 

The article goes on to talk about some of the additional proposals and hardware "improvements" that may soon arrive for laptops/desktops and which might make government heavy-handedness even easier. These are all things to be aware of and to remember to vote with your wallet on your choices.

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How To Spot A Dangerous Email Attachment

How To Spot A Dangerous Email Attachment | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Emails can be dangerous. Reading the contents of an email should be safe if you have the latest security patches, but  email attachments can be harmful. Any type of file can be attached to an email, including .exe program files.
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

Even pro computer users can sometimes benefit from a quick refresher on warning signs of a dangerous email... and intermediate or novice users really need to read this. Staying safe is really important. A computer virus can set you back weeks and a bank account hacking can set you back literally years. 

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I've almost been caught a couple of times, when the email looked very much like the "real thing".  Lucky I refrained from clicking and looked carefully first!    Have a look at these tips, so you don't click on a dangerous attachment.

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How To Fix A Cell Phone That You Dropped In Water

How To Fix A Cell Phone That You Dropped In Water | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Splash! 
Phones are not made for swimming - or dropping into toilets - but sometimes the unfortunate happens and we're left with a wet dead phone and a lot of a(...)
Kimberly Castleberry's insight:

Here's a tip you want to read BEFORE you ever need it!

I included some pointers that a lot of people leave out that will help you make this work in the best possible way.

Have you ever given your cell phone unintentional swimming lessons?

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Intel kills off McAfee Security brand

Intel kills off McAfee Security brand | Our Digital Life - Tech, Mobile & PC! | Scoop.it
Intel takes branding ownership of McAfee's computer security suite and severs founder John McAfee's name from the security software that has borne it for more than 20 years.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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I'm honestly surprised it took Intel this long to get the product name changed... after John was repeatedly all over the media for suspected illegal activity!

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