February 13

Apples iMessage hacks off hackers

Double verified code

Hacking off hackers


Okay, I think I’ve got this. Loads of new protection for iMessage users is always a good thing. A one use code is sent by text to your preferred paired smartphone or other device on login, so in non geek speak, if a hacker tries to get in to iMessage, unless they have hacked your smartphone too, they’re stuffed.

Apps Nursery likes secure apps.

February 12

Competitive Cheaper Alternatives to Apple and Samsung

Cheaper phones

Chinese alternatives
To Samsung and Apple


 

Lei Jun, CEO of the world’s third biggest smartphone maker Xiaomi. Source: Supplied
THE Smartphone industry is currently dominated by two brands. Apple and Samsung.
However, there are a few brands from China who are looking to come and steal their market by offering great phones at bargain prices.
It’s May 2014, a man walks on stage at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. He talks about the success of his company, how more than 50 million people use his devices. Then he announces new products, a new tablet, a new smartphone and with each announcement the crowd reacts as if they were a bunch of teenage girls watching One Direction. That man wasn’t Tim Cook, and his company isn’t Apple. But Lei Jun’s company Xiaomi should be watched very closely not just by Apple, but Samsung, Sony and LG too.
You’d be forgiven if you had never heard of Xiaomi before, but as of December last year the company became the highest selling smartphone maker in China, and the third biggest in the world. For a company that was founded in 2010, that’s pretty impressive.
The company got its footing by essentially becoming the “Apple of China”, copying everything from the design of their phones interface and physical design, CEO Lei Jun even dressed like Steve Jobs at media events. Those days have long passed and they now sell more original devices, packed with features for bargain prices, Jun even wears a collared shirt.
While the company isn’t in Australia or the US just yet, an international expansion has started, with the company holding its first US press conference in San Francisco this week.

Meizu M1 Note or iPhone 5c? Source: Supplied
It’s not just Xiaomi that has Western players worried either. Just this week, Alibaba, China’s even bigger version of Amazon and eBay invested $590m in Chinese smartphone brand Meizu. Like Xiaomi, they’re a company that is offering great devices at even better prices.
In the Australian market, we have two of these brands available. Both with brilliant phones. The first being Huawei, a brand that has been available locally for a while now that you may have heard of. At first the company was known for its budget handsets, but recently it has launched a premium device, the Mate 7 that sticks it to both Apple and Samsung. It has a big screen, an extremely premium design, mammoth battery life and two sim slots which are perfect for travelling.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is the best phone you’ve never heard of. Source: Supplied
The newest player, however, is a brand called OPPO. It’s a company that isn’t interested in the tactics of other companies like Xiaomi and copying Apple or Samsung, it wants to play its own game. Its two latest devices, the N3 and R5 are perfect examples of this.
Oppo releases the N3

The N3 is a 5.5-inch device with great battery life, a clever notification light and easy to use software. Although, its interface might feel a bit basic for power users. Its camera however, is something different. The 16MP snapper rotates from the back to the front, allowing you to take extremely high quality selfies if that’s your thing. But where we found it most useful is taking panoramic pictures where the camera automatically rotates to take a perfect panorama.

The OPPO R5, thinner than your iPhone 6. Source: Supplied
While the R5 is the world’s second thinnest phone, featuring one of the most beautiful designs on any phone to date.
If you’re looking to upgrade your device, rather than going straight for the newest Apple or Samsung device, check out brands like Huawei and OPPO. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Story and photos shared from news.com.au

February 10

Create Music on iPad

Apple lets you create music.

Music on iPad



Apple on Sunday released a new short video ad for the iPad Air 2, this time focusing on the tablet as a tool for music makers. Unsurprisingly, the ad was published right ahead of the 57th edition of the Grammy Awards, with Apple listing a special page dedicated to the new commercial on its website.

To tell this iPad music story, Apple enrolled Elliphant, a recording artist from Sweden, and other music professionals, including a producer, DJ and clip director.

Additionally, and in line with previous iPad and iPhone ads, Apple is also listing on its website the various apps that made possible this particular commercial.

Interestingly, not only is Apple promoting the tablet as a great tool for creating anything related to music, from writing lyrics to coming up with new beats and mixing music on the iPad, but the company reveals that the All or Nothing — the song performed in the commercial — remix film was shot on an iPad Air 2.

Article Source BGR

Category: Apps
February 10

Very 1984! Apps nursery, mobile apps

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Not in front of the telly: Warning over ‘listening’ TV

Samsung said personal information could be scooped up by the Smart TV

Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.

Such TV sets “listen” to some of what is said in front of them and may share details they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.

Privacy campaigners said the technology smacked of the telescreens, in George Orwell’s 1984, which spied on citizens.

Data sharing
The warning came to light via a story in online news magazine the Daily Beast which published an excerpt of a section of Samsung’s privacy policy for its net-connected Smart TV sets.

Smart TV owner Peter Kent: “It makes me think twice”
The policy explains that the TV set will be listening to people in the same room to try to spot when commands or queries are issued via the remote. It goes on to say: “If your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

Corynne McSherry, an intellectual property lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) which campaigns on digital rights issues, told the Daily Beast that the third party was probably the company providing speech-to-text conversion for Samsung.

She added: “If I were the customer, I might like to know who that third party was, and I’d definitely like to know whether my words were being transmitted in a secure form.”

Soon after, an activist for the EFF circulated the policy statement on Twitter comparing it to George Orwell’s description of the telescreens in his novel 1984 that listen to what people say in their homes.

Privacy experts wondered if the grabbed audio was protected as it was sent for analysis
In response to the widespread sharing of its policy statement, Samsung has issued a statement to clarify how voice activation works. It emphasised that the voice recognition feature is activated using the TV’s remote control.

It said the privacy policy was an attempt to be transparent with owners in order to help them make informed choices about whether to use some features on its Smart TV sets, adding that it took consumer privacy “very seriously”.

Samsung said: “If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV.”

It added that it did not retain voice data or sell the audio being captured. Smart-TV owners would always know if voice activation was turned on because a microphone icon would be visible on the screen, it said.

The third party handling the translation from speech to text is a firm called Nuance, which specialises in voice recognition, Samsung has confirmed to the BBC.

Samsung is not the first maker of a smart, net-connected TV to run into problems with the data the set collects. In late 2013, a UK IT consultant found his LG TV was gathering information about his viewing habits.

Publicity about the issue led LG to create a software update which ensured data collection was turned off for those who did not want to share information.

 

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February 4

Watch This Tesla Car Go! appsnursery.com

Control your car from your watch.

Wristwatch does what? Apps Nursery

If you’re a Tesla Model S owner, you’re already part of a technologically elite crowd, so it’s hardly out of the question that you might be in the market for an Apple Watch when the wearable device ships this April. But you might be further enticed by an app that promises to connect the two technologies. Thanks to an app developed by ELEKS, you may one day be able to control your Tesla right from your wrist.

Using your Apple Watch, you’ll be able to see your Tesla’s current battery status and available range, the state of climate controls in the car (and the ability to change them), and even the location of the vehicle. All of that certainly beats out my ability to see my car’s status from my watch (spoiler: I can’t). But ELEKS’s Tesla watch app takes it a step further, letting you control certain functions, like locking and unlocking the doors, turning on the headlights, and making the car beep.

None of these features are unique to the Apple Watch; the Model S can already be controlled via a web-based application programming interface (API), and Tesla offers its own apps for iOS and Android. Still, the ability to control them from your wrist is certainly novel and delightfully futuristic. Tesla, of course, may eventually offer its own Apple Watch app to control the Model S, but the ELEKS app may beat them to the punch.

Credit dmoren, Australian Popular Science

Category: Apps, mobile
February 3

For Googles Sake! appsnursery.com

For Googles Sake!

Manage your Email, appsnursery.com


Free! FREE! limited Offer, TIME SENSITIVE!!

Aargh!!

I fell for it! My overladen, bulging mail box is well and truly choc-a-block stuffed and it’s making me nutso.

Don’t miss this! You NEED this!

No. I don’t. Go away!

Well maybe I do …

Nooo! Don’t fall for it!!

There are many great things being offered to entrepreneurs, coaches like me at statuam.com.au and appsnursery.com, and many other professions. Theses are not really that free. Yes, they cost you no more than a click, but you pay in terms of time and digital clutter. Almost feeling guilty, the cursor hovers nervously over the unsubscribe button. They’re so nice, so helpful, what if I miss something?

Do it! (If you do and miss something, it’s your call :p)

You are missing out on running your own business, that’s what! Sure, they have all the ideas in the world, the best 3, 5, 10, 100.

Even the lull in a day will be filled with more and more. No sooner do you sign up then some send you things every day, or (shudder) more! They are hooked on your time. You are hooked on not missing out.

My answer to this impasse? If you need it you’ll hear about it or need to Google it. So for Googles sake, do that!

Mandy Worrall is coach at statuam.com.au and partner at http://appsnursery.com

Category: Apps
January 30

Apple Pay, Apps Nursery Opinion

Some say Apple Pay will kill Bitcoin, arguing that the public is confused by it, but it seems simple enough. It’s electronic currency. Nothing complicated there! That’s like saying a new telvision series is being shown, but the viewer doesn’t know how to write a screenplay, so won’t be able to watch comfortably. Ridiculous. If they like it, they’ll use it. There is room for both Bitcoin and Apple Pay, in my opinion.

http://www.appsnursery.com.au


Here’s a report excerpt from ft.com

A revolution in purchasing.

A revolution in purchasing.

Category: Apps, mobile
January 28

Apple Store in Hangzhou, what about us?

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Now, if only we could get an Apple Store on the Fraser Coast! We are perfect for a Silicon Valley style Investment! Come on Apple, what about us?

http://curbed.com/archives/2015/01/26/apple-store-hangzhou-china-opening.php

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Category: Apps, mobile
November 25

We won’t tell! Apps Nursery can help!

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