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Trustlook Antivirus and Security review

By Dustin Earley

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As smartphones continue to grow into the world’s leading computing platform, online security and malware on Android have become issues some users are forced to face. If you’re looking for a complete solution to managing your device, your privacy and your online security, look no further than Trustlook Antivirus and Security.

Certified by AV-Test.org, Trustlook is much more than a simple antivirus scanner. It’s an entire suite of services aimed at keeping your device secure. When you first start Trustlook you’ll be asked to sign up for an account with your email, Facebook or Google account. You can use the app without doing this, but there are some key features that you will want an account for in the long run. Once you get settled into the app, there are several main features you can easily access right off the bat.

The first thing you will probably do, as it’s the most prominently featured action, is scan your device. This will scan your apps to look for anything fishy. On my Nexus 7 that only took a minute or two. If Trustlook finds anything flagged as unhealthy, you can decide on how to act on the app from there. You can either uninstall it or choose to ignore if you think Trustlook drummed up a false positive.

Also available on the home page for Trustlook is a Data feature, for backing up contacts, call logs and SMS messages; the Privacy Manager for viewing and managing what apps have been granted what kind of access on your device — for example, you can see which apps are tracking your location and have access to your contacts, sorted by installed and system apps; there’s an Apps list for uninstalling and managing your apps; and there’s a Device feature which shows you how you can manage your device from My.Trustlook.com.

The device function, which requires a premium subscription obtained by simply recommending the app to two of your friends via email, offers a way to remotely manage your device from the web. By going to My.Trustlook.Com, you have the ability to locate your device on a map, sound an alarm, lock or unlock your device, and completely wipe it if you believe it’s fallen into the wrong hands.

Other features in the Trustlook app include an SD card scanner, a task manager, a news center for information on the latest security concerns, and a web security hub. The web security hub allows you to turn on web security warnings for websites that contain security risks, adult material, kid unfriendly content, finance content like gambling sites and just plain spam. The settings menu, available in the about section, is short. You can enable or disable optimization mode, deep scans and adware warnings.

No amount of security suites can completely protect reckless users, but education combined with a comprehensive app like Trustlook will keep your device secure and free from nasty malware. Free or paid, Trustlook is one of the best Android device security suites we’ve used. Check it out by downloading using the widget below.

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VIPole Secure Messenger: A communications app for the security conscious

By Brooks Barnard

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Security is a big issue in this day and age. We have personal information in a lot of different places, and if we’re not careful it can easily get into the wrong hands. This extends beyond just photos that were meant for just you and your significant other. It’s not hard to imagine it being necessary to have messages, photos or voice conversations transmitted in a secure manner. This goes for personal and business use. We all have private conversations and we hope they stay private. Why not use a method dedicated to securing encrypted conversations?

VIPole Secure Messenger is just what it sounds like: a secure messenger with a full set of useful features and tools for collaboration and data storage. VIPole uses strong end-to-end encryption to protect user’s privacy, personal and business communications (including group chats, voicemail, audio, and video calls) as well as all types of files and data. I can make no claim on how secure VIPole is as an app or communication client; I am not a hacker, nor did I try to intercept any of my sent messages. I have no idea how to go about doing that. But what I can tell you is that VIPole offers a very complete mobile communication suite that has a very usable and intuitive experience.

The setup to use VIPole definitely feels very secure. You must first create a unique VIPole ID that will be associated with an email account and password. The account then needs to be activated through your email, followed by the creation of a unique randomly generated private key that’s made by moving your finger around the display. Following the private key generation, you then enter a secret phrase to encrypt your user profile, then the VIPole secure messaging experience can begin. Contacts can be searched for, notes can be written, passwords can be managed and more, all within the secure VIPole app.

One thing I find particularly useful about VIPole it that it is a cross platform application that supports versions for Android, Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This means that you can chat with a loved one or do business from a variety of locations. Additionally, VIPole offers a variety of options depending on your needs. There is a free version for personal use that will work great for basic messaging needs. VIPole also offers professional and business plans that include features like encrypted file storage and the ability to edit and delete historical messages on both sides of the message. For business users, VIPole offers server solutions and business group accounts with special security settings.

When you initially log into VIPole on your Android device, there is a persistent notification in your status bar. I greatly appreciate when an app lets you remove the persistent notifications from within the app settings, and VIPole does allow this. Feel free to check out the other settings options and features within the app by checking out the gallery below.

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So what do you, as the security conscious user, think about VIPole? It can’t hurt to try, right? It’s free, it’s secure and it has lots of features with an easy to use interface. Are you going to try it out? Have you already tried it? How is it working for you? Let us know by commenting below.

VIPole is available now from the Google Play Store and is also available from vipole.com for you desktop. Check it out now.

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Motorola’s Punit Soni announces his departure from the company

By Andrew Grush

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Motorola has come a long way in recent times, rebuilding its global reputation in large part thanks to its focus on timely updates, aggressive pricing and user experience over simply engaging in a spec war. Part of this formula of success can no doubt be attributed to Punit Soni, Motorola’s VP of Product Management. That’s why this news is particularly sad for fans of the Moto Maker — Soni has now announced on his Google+ account that he has departed from Motorola.

The now former Motorola VP doesn’t give any reason as to why he’s leaving or where he might be going, but there’s already plenty of speculation buzzing around the web that is departure has something to do with the Google-Lenovo deal. Here’s the full statement taken from his G+ page:

I still remember the first time I went to Libertyville, Illinois to visit the Motorola Campus. There was this sense of awe at being in a company whose invention, the cell phone, would forever change the world.

For the next couple of years, we worked hard to marry the agility of a modern internet services company with the legacy of the greatest telecommunications company in the world. We crafted a new portfolio of products, we rebuilt our software stack, we launched the Moto X, then G and then E. Motorola is now firmly on the path of regaining its place as one of the most relevant companies of the mobile era.

Today I am announcing my departure from Motorola after a couple of amazing years in the best job I have ever had.

I have had the fortune of working with an amazing Product team under the leadership of +Rick Osterloh, someone who taught me more about being a leader than anyone ever has. Also special gratitude to +Vic Gundotra, +Bradley Horowitz, +Jonathan Rosenberg, +Dennis Woodside, and +Lior Ron for their support and for pointing me in the right direction. This gig was not possible without them. To my Software PM team who I love, stay true to the mission. And to Motorolans, you are truly the best mobile team in the world. It is reflected in the quality of your products.

And finally, thanks to you, the users who embraced our work and personally supported me. Most of our software was the result of the direct dialogue we had with each other. Thanks for your patience and support.

For those that haven’t closely followed Motorola’s rise back into the spotlight, Soni has been the public face of the company since he first arrived after essentially being dropped into the company by Google (his then-employer). He has been around for the launch of the Moto X, the Moto G, and has been extremely involved with the Moto community, responding actively to fans on G+. In short, his leaving doesn’t bode well for the company. Here’s to hoping that even without Soni, Motorola can continue on the path that has already been started for them with solid devices like the Moto X and Moto G.

What do you think of the news, does it all change your opinion of Motorola and its future under Lenovo?


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Will the new iPhones shift the mobile scale into Apple’s favor?

By Nick Gray

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be flooding the market in just a few days. Both phones are larger and better equipped than last year’s iPhone 5s, and pre-sale figures show that the two phones could help Apple to post its highest-ever quarterly earnings report. While we all know the hype will eventual die down, the new iPhones may be actually have what Apple needs to strengthen its position in the smartphone market.

There are dozens of Android smartphone manufacturers around the globe, but only a handful of them are selling compelling devices and managing to make a profit. HTC’s sales have been on a downward slope for nearly two years, and things aren’t looking much better for Sony. Samsung appears to be the only Android manufacturer that’s been able to make a decent profit over the last few years, but even its profits took a 20 percent hit in the most recent quarter.

Apple has not been an innovator in the smartphone space for a long time. Six of the most compelling features in its new iPhones have been available to Android users for years. But none of that really matters, because consumers don’t buy features. They buy products that make them feel good. They buy products they believe are simple and intuitive. They buy products that fit their needs. Android has catered to those who want larger phones for some time, but now that Apple will offer phones with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, the scale has been shifted and Android’s unprecedented grown may come to an end.

I’m not predicting doom and gloom for Android, but Samsung and other companies that’ve had success with larger phones will see a significant drop in sales. Since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced, I have spoken to 14 Samsung Galaxy Note users and found that 6 of them plan to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The fascinating thing for me was learning that 4 of the 6 Note users have been loyal Samsung customers since the Samsung Galaxy S III. Fourteen Samsung Galaxy Note users isn’t a huge sample, but the numbers are significant even if 2 or 3 of the 14 opt for an iOS device instead of staying with Android.

We’ll need a good 6-12 months to know what the full impact of Apple’s larger iPhones will have on the overall smartphone market, but I predict every smartphone market share report over the next few quarters will show Apple’s numbers on the rise.

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Sony’s smartphone future turns dark as projected profits plummet

By Nick Gray

Over the past few years, Sony has made huge strides in the smartphone segment, snatching up vital market share from its competitors. Its Xperia Z line is highly regarded, but Sony has struggled to make a profit.

Sony has released a revision of consolidated forecast which calls for a 180 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in consolidated operating income loss for the year. The company will also be shifting gears for its Mobile Communications division from a “significant sales growth” strategy to focus on reducing volatility and stabilizing profits. Sony mentions that the new strategy will have an impact on its handset lineup by “reducing the number of models in its mid-range lineup” and “concentrating on its premium lineup.”

Sony isn’t hanging up its hat quite yet, but it’s clear that the company is taking a hard look at its Mobile Communications division to find a way back to profitability, which is a growing trend for companies that build smartphones. We’re hoping that Sony’s rapid iteration and refinement of its flagship devices will not slow down due to the new strategy.

The previous MRP was focused principally on achieving significant sales growth. The new MRP was modified to address the significant change in the market and competitive environment of the mobile business. Under the new MRP, the overarching strategy for the MC segment has been revised to reduce risk and volatility, and to deliver more stable profits. This revision includes changing the strategy of the MC segment in certain geographical areas, concentrating on its premium lineup, and reducing the number of models in its mid-range lineup.SONY

What do you think needs to happen for struggling companies like Sony and HTC and turn things around?

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ZTE takes aim at the US: focused on delivering high quality, low cost products

By Andrew Grush

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Despite being the fifth largest Android OEM in the world, ZTE isn’t exactly a household name and is generally equated with budget devices that aren’t what we’d call impressive. This all changed last night, when ZTE took the veil off the ZMax. While the ZMax is in fact a budget device, it’s actually a very impressive handset with a 5.7-inch display, Moto G-like specs, and two-day battery life. More important than specs and pricing, the Zmax represents a shift in direction for the company.

ZTE has long lived on carrier rebranding as its bread and butter. There are a number of prepaid devices, in particular, that are made by ZTE but instead have carrier branding or are marked with another manufacturer’s branding. In order to improve its reputation in the United States, ZTE announced last night it will only focus on its own branded devices from here on out, and it will no longer act as a white label product maker.

Putting devices with the ZTE logo in your consumers hands is the No. 1 way to build your brand.
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CEO of ZTE US Division

Another part of ZTE’s US strategy is to focus on high quality, low cost products — a move likely inspired by the success of the Moto G and (to lesser extent) Moto E family. Unlike Motorola, however, ZTE believes that affordable premium devices with big displays are the way forward.

This belief is likely fueled by the success of big-screened phones in the United States and Apple’s entrance into the big-screen game with the recently announced iPhone 6 Plus. This means that the ZMax is just the beginning and we can expect more big-screened phones with modern specs and solid pricing. It also hopefully means ZTE will be more aggressive on reaching out to other carriers and hopefully selling its devices unlocked at similarly impressive price points.

What we won’t see from ZTE? Mass market investing. Instead Cheng hopes to build up the brand through a grassroots approach that involves today’s savvy consumers. As more consumers are buying devices outright or through installment plans, ZTE believes consumers are looking for devices that provide great experiences without breaking the bank, the only question is whether or not ZTE can deliver.

What do you think of ZTE’s new strategy and of the ZMax in general? Let us know in the comments.

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JeFeel Text – Indie app of the day

By Joe Hindy

JeFeel Text review

What is JeFeel Text

JeFeel Text is an application that allows you to create personalized images with text, stickers, and other customization features. It markets itself for Instagram users but pretty much any social media user that’s on a site where you can upload photos could get a use out of this.

Here’s how it works. You choose an image you have in your gallery, take a photo, or choose from one of the generic backgrounds provided by the app. Then you can superimpose text on top of it if you so choose. From there you can edit the text, re-size it, and change the font to your liking. You can also add stickers for a little extra flair if you’re into that sort of thing. When you’re all done you simply save it and share it.

The tools are pretty basic but have a lot of applications. Aside from adding your own text and stickers, you can also draw with your finger (or a stylus) if you want to. In most cases people will use this to create those quote images that you see everywhere on Facebook and Instagram. That doesn’t mean it can’t be used for other purposes like pointing out something in a photo or adding a bit of personalization to a photo you took.

JeFeel Text is supported by ads and has in app purchases to get rid of them if you so choose. So far no one has complained about this arrangement but to be fair there aren’t a lot of reviews out for it yet. It includes 100 fonts, 20 themes, and some other customization tools in both versions. It also comes with a Material Design-style interface. It’s not true-blue Material Design, but it still looks nice.

Everything you need in an app that adds stuff to images.

PROS
  • Plenty of customization options including 100 fonts and 20 themes to help get you started.
  • Marketed toward ‘image quotes’ people but pretty much anyone could use this in any instance where an image could use some text.
  • Stickers and handwriting (drawing) are a nice touch.
  • Choose a photo, take a photo, or select from a background from the app.
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  • There are probably bugs that people haven’t found yet. It is a new app.
  • Material themed design looks nice, but not actually Material Design.

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JeFeel Text is definitely a niche service for a specific crowd. It does do what it does very well and people seem to generally like it so far. People who have been looking for an app that lets them do this kind of stuff likely won’t be disappointed. Thanks to the customization options and formatting options, pretty much anyone could use this app and enjoy it. It doesn’t just have to be for quote image posters!

Check out the last indie app of the day: Music Tagger
Check out the indie app of the day discussion in the Android Authority forums!


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Unreal Engine 4 to support Samsung Gear VR and Google’s Project Tango

By Rob Triggs

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Are you intrigued about virtual reality? I know I am. I couldn’t resist splashing out on the $4 Google Cardboard offer the other day. But if you are looking for a sturdier piece of kit, Samsung’s Gear VR headset is the only game in town, as far as Android goes anyway.

However, as well as hardware we need software developers to create VR content. With gaming expected to lead VR development, it’s great to see that the Gear VR has found its way onto Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 roadmap, along with Google’s Project Tango. Support for the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus have already been ticked off Epic’s roadmap.

You may remember the Unread Engine 4 from Epic’s visually impressive Rivalry Demo, which was shown running on a Nvidia Tegra K1 at this year’s Google I/O.

Considering that Oculus and Samsung had been sharing technology which led to the final design for the Gear VR, support for Samsung’s headset shouldn’t be too difficult to implement. But it’s nice to have some confirmation. Project Tango, on the other hand, is more to do with collecting 3D information than displaying it. No doubt Epic has something interesting planned for Google’s hardware, perhaps to aid with 3D model capture or Kinect-like motion controls?

The Gear VR is expected to cost around $200 (£120 or AU$220), although Samsung has not officially listed a price or release date as of yet. Of course you will need a Galaxy Note 4 to act as the display too, which won’t come cheap.


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5 display tech predictions for 2015 and beyond

By Rob Triggs

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Although many other smartphone and tablet components have stagnated lately, display technology has continued to improve. Be it through new form factors, higher pixel densities, or improved colors, and there’s a lot more to look forward to as well.

Here are 5 predictions about the future of the mobile display market, and what consumers could come across over the next year or so.

1- Displays, displays everywhere

First things first, the display market is booming, thanks to an ever growing product portfolio and a continued consumer appetite for various gadgets. Over the past few year’s you’ve probably accumulated quite a few screens throughout your home, from PC and laptops, to smartphones, TVs, tablets, and now even smartwatches and fitness bands.

As more and more aspects of our lives becoming digitalized, there’s an increasing demand for displays for us to interact with.

Despite the growth of larger smartphones somewhat eating into the small tablet market, 8 inch and larger tablet sales are still going strong. Both smartphone and tablet shipments are expected to increase again this year, and throughout the remainder of the decade, as more casual home users continue to replace their PCs and laptops with tablet devices. IDC’s research predicts that worldwide tablet shipments will surpass that of combined laptops and PC shipments by next year.

We haven’t even mentioned the growing market for wearables. Although you might not be sold on the trend just yet, Android Wear devices and Apple’s new watch are poised to put yet another display in your home. With new wearables comes demand for smaller displays and new designs, such as the Gear Fit‘s curved panel or round displays for the likes of the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R.

Another growing segment is the automotive market. From simple GPS displays and digital dashboards, to a fully integrated Android system, cars are becoming increasingly packed with useful bits of technology, and consumers are finding it exceptionally useful to interact using familiar displays, and touchscreen ones at that. Taiwanese TFT manufacturer AU Optronics noted a 30 percent increase in car-display sales this past year, and expects that future vehicles could well makes use of 3 to 5 different displays.

As more and more aspects of our lives becoming digitalized, there’s an increasing demand for displays for us to interact with.

2- Hope you like hearing about bendy displays

I’m sure you’ve all seen those wonderful bendy display prototypes that have been in and out of tech headlines for the past couple of years. Despite a couple of curved handsets, we are still yet to see anything truly bendable enter mass production, as there are still a number of production obstacles to overcome.

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We might see a few more curved handsets next year, but we’re still a ways away from a truly flexible phone.

For a start, Samsung has confirmed that it is still having trouble sealing its flexible displays from moisture and oxygen, whilst ITO touch enabling circuitry still remains too brittle to use in a flexible format. Then there are costs to consider too, as manufacturing lines need to be adapted with new production techniques. Solutions to all these problems are being worked on, and some of them have been solved recently. But bringing all of the technologies together is a slow process.

With all this in mind, we are unlikely to see consumer grade super flexible displays in 2015, but I’m sure we will hear a lot more about the small steps being taken to finally bring them to market.

3- LTPS displays will remain the top dog, for now

Back in the summer we took a look at the current and future technologies used to power the all-important backplane found in smartphone panels. Whilst IGZO developments continue to look promising and even a-Si TFT panels have shown remarkable improvements recently, Taiwanese display developer Innolux has shown off a 1080p 5.5-inch a-Si display with 430ppi, the drive for ever higher resolution displays in a small form factor still plays to LTPS’ strengths.

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LTPS still produces for the smallest pixel transistor sizes, allowing for higher pixel density displays than a-Si.

The reason for this is that the superior electrical properties results from the LTPS manufacturing process allows the backplane transistors to be shrunk down smaller than any of the other common processes, an essential box to tick when we want to squeeze even more pixels into a small display size, and pretty much a must for 400ppi plus and 1440p panels. Furthermore, LTPS is still the best choice for OLED and AMOLED displays, ensuring that a healthy number of next year’s flagship models will continue to use the technology.

Inexpensive 1080p devices with high pixel densities could be made possible if a-Si proves economically viable at this density

The fact that LTPS can be shrunk down the furthest also makes it the most attractive technology for those looking to integrate additional sensors and features into the display. If you’re of the mind that fingerprint scanners would make more sense built into the screen, then LTPS is the backplane technology most likely to enable this to happen. Both JDI and TDI are convinced that LTPS is the only way to go in this regard, despite being one of the more expensive processes.

All of that being said, the growth in budget handsets seen this year and improvements in a-Si and IGZO display types, means that we could start to see higher resolution budget and mid-range handsets powered by cheaper backplane technologies. Inexpensive 1080p devices with high pixel densities could be made possible if a-Si proves economically viable at this density, or if IGZO development takes off, but this is probably a little further away.

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Moto Maker arrives in the UK ahead of Moto X (2nd gen) regional release

By Rob Triggs

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The second generation Moto X launched earlier this month, and we were pretty impressed when we took it for a test. Of course, one of the big sales features of the Moto X is the wide range of customization options available, and there’s good news for us Brits – Motorola’s Moto Maker service has now gone live in the UK too.

There is a full range of front and rear cover customization options, along with trim options too. Cover and accent colours won’t cost you anything extra, but a wood or leather finish will add an additional £20 to the Moto X’s price tag.

Sadly, there currently aren’t any cases available on the site, but you can have the rear of your cover engraved for free. Additionally, you can upgrade the Moto X’s internal memory from 16GB to 32GB for an extra £40, which might be a sensible choice as the handset doesn’t have a microSD card slot.

Motorola also offers a couple of software customization options too, including a personalized start-up screen greeting, the option to pre-pick your homescreen wallpaper, and you can link the phone with your Google account so it is ready to go when it arrives.

Speaking of delivery, you can’t actually order the new Moto X in the UK yet, despite it already being available for purchase in the US. This doesn’t mean that your design will go to waste however. You can email it to yourself for safe keeping and order your customized Moto X when it finally goes on sale in the UK.

UK residents can customize their handset by clicking here. How are you planning to design your 2nd generation Moto X?


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