Many people use their Android for business uses, but cops are taking it to the next level by using Android OS to help nab potential criminals. The new app available to members of the New York Police Department enables you to look up vast amounts of personal information about citizens. In a new pilot program, over 400 smart phones have been distributed to hundreds of officers around New York.
The cell phones can’t make and receive calls, but they can however use the provided data connection to do extensive searches on individuals. You can look up arrest history, gun ownership status, warrants, and if this person was involved in previous disputes.
You can look up information by address. For instance, a single apartment address will reveal how many people living there own guns, have warrants, or if police were called there in the past. This could even potentially solve new crimes. Say there’s a building with many floors and there are multiple complaints for a particular floor. They could watch that floor more closely than the others in hopes of catching someone in the act.
This new system puts millions of police records right into the hand of every law enforcement officer – right on their Android phone. However, critics say this system may lead to abuse and harassment. They say it could be used to catalogue certain people which may lead to their harassment in the future.
The internet on smart phones is getting faster and more reliable every day. With most carriers offering affordable 4g packages, is it really necessary to pay for internet service twice? Androids come with a tether feature and have plenty of free tether apps, so is it feasible? The answer may surprise you and save you a lot of money.
Many DSL packages offer you internet speeds of around 3 Mbit/s. However, often times they don’t even put out what they advertise. My Android smart phone gets 12 Mbit/s consistently in the suburbs. This means that my smart phone’s internet is 4x faster than DSL. If you live in the suburbs or city, 4g will almost always be faster than a standard DSL connection and in some cases even cable connections.
If your cell phone carrier allows it, you can tether from your Android to your PC without even downloading an application. Simply confirm you have the correct plan and setup the tethering options in your settings. If you don’t have a tethering plan, that’s OK too. You can use one of the many free tether apps available in the Google Play market.
It should be noted that if you don’t have a tethering plan, this is technically not allowed. If you use a lot of bandwidth every month it might look suspicious to your ISP and they might start charging you additional fees. However, for basic web browsing and email checking, it’s pretty easy to get away with tethering.
The internet is constantly evolving; we’ve come a long way from dial up like speeds. Emerging technology will continue to speed up how fast we browse the web every day. 4g for many people is plenty fast and can be used both on your smart phone and computer.
There are many options when choosing IT specialists for your company. Choosing from factors such as cost, quality, and convenience are all things to consider when finding the right people to maintain your computer network. Outsourcing your IT work is the right choice for many businesses, but which option is right for you?
Hiring IT consultants in Washington DC when you live in DC is probably the option that will give you the best quality of service. You can meet face to face with your employees and work out details which can sometimes be difficult to work out over email or smart phone communication. One thing I like about hiring locally is that you can also hire a local contractor permanently if he does an adequate job. An obvious downside to this is you will pay the going rate in your region.
A nice quality IT specialist will keep your network running with ease. Almost everyone has an Android or iPhone these days. A good support specialist will setup a support desk that has a compatible Android application. This makes managing and submitting support tickets easily done with your smart phone. SpiceWorks is a great Android application that is perfect for maintaining your computer network.
Another option is to outsource your IT workers but still hire from within the United States. This is called national outsourcing. This allows you to keep the quality of American workers, but allowing you the flexibility of finding cheaper rates than those in your region. For instance, IT consultants in Rockville, MD are probably cheaper than those in Chicago. This is probably the best option for those who wish to balance the cost of service versus the quality.
Your last option when it comes to outsourcing is hiring foreign workers, or international outsourcing. The most obvious advantage to doing this is cost, employees in India will obviously be cheaper than network experts in Washington DC. Communication is an obvious problem with this type of outsourcing. Aside from the language barrier problem, countries like China and India are on completely different time zones than the United States which makes timely communication a big issue. Privacy is also an issue with outsourcing internationally. Typically IT staff will be privy to sensitive information that you might want to keep with locally hired employees.
I’ve been using HostGator for years and was pretty disturbed to find this bit of news today. A former HostGator employee was arrested for gaining root access to over 2700 servers. The disgruntled employee Eric Gisse now faces charges of breach of computer security, which is a felony.
Gisse was hired as a medium level administrator in September 2011. After he was fired in February of 2012 a process named ‘pcre’ was discovered to be running throughout the HostGator network. This file was later discovered to be a Trojan that allowed him remote root access to thousands of servers around the world.
Pcre is a library commonly used on Unix based systems. It was named this in an effort to disguise the true purpose of the application. According to HostGator the Trojan was found the same week Gisse was terminated and no harm was done.
As a system administrator, he would have had access to a customer’s personal information, but that access should have stopped after he was terminated. Gisse did not leak or use the data he had access to in any malicious ways.
The hack was actually pretty clever. Typically commands like netstat and ps are used to determine if there are any inbound or outbound connections going to that PC. These programs were modified as to hide the trojan’s activity, making it hard for administrators see the trojan’s connections. Hope he has a good criminal defense attorney, with all the personal information at steak, this is a pretty serious crime.
I play a lot of games on my Android, but one that I wish they had was a real money Holdem app. Sure you can play for fun with other various apps, but it’s just not the same. The United States took the fun of online card playing. Other companies have released iPhone and Android apps for countries like Italy, but there will of course never be one for the United States.
Many companies have a real money iPhone application, but of course opted out of giving it to United States users for obvious reasons. Major websites like partypoker have free apps that you can play for fun. It’s always nice to pick up a play money game while taking a break from work.
There are some pretty cool gaming apps available now a days. Some companies combine card playing with social media and make amazing apps. If your Android smart phone has a front facing camera you can add a whole new layer of realism to the game. You can see what other people are doing live – and those people can see you as well.
These new social gaming companies are combining card playing with social media. Live chats, web cams, and more are connecting you to worldwide players like never before. Instead of having a Saturday night game in real life, you can do it virtually with web cams. Invite people worldwide to boost your player count and have weekly tournaments – all over your Android based smart phone!
Technology is improving the way we game incrementally. Taking advantage of Android’s powerful features and mixing in your favorite games, social gaming is definitely the future.
Now, its not only is the PC version of the indie game Minecraft that is crowned with amazing success. The Pocket Edition for Apple iOS and Android sells very well. Since the release last year, the mobile edition of the game has found more than 700,000 buyers.
Minecraft has made the leap successful from PC to mobile devices. Since October, the game has been available for the Android operating system and since November for Apple’s IOS. Since then, the sandbox game has sold over hundereds of thousands of copies. That’s plenty of sales, sure, but not the 4 million sales of the PC-version is approaching, but does prove porting to mobile devices can bring great success.
Mojangs Business Developer Daniel Kaplan says up to 5,000 units sold during the first release day. An update to the Pocket Edition is scheduled for February 8, which was recently announced on the official blog of the developer Mojang. In this update, gamers get the games Survival elements as well as the ability to use custom Minecraft world seeds. The developers also want to integrate new animals and monsters into Minecraft pocket edition. I recommend this version to anyone who already loves Minecraft or is looking for a new mobile gaming challenge.
After listening to the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3, I was a little disappointed. I was expecting a sleek design with awesome hardware and software. I was a little underwhelmed at the announcement, particularly because of the design. Considering the previous Galaxy releases everyone was expecting a little more. I think many Samsung fans were a little let down after the fairly awkward announcement.
The hardware of the S3 is top notch, no arguments there. Powerful quad core processor, support for removable battery, Micro SD slot, and lots of memory. It lived up to all my expectations hardware wise, no doubt.
I was a little let down by the design. First of all, I’m not too big into the color options: blue and white. The blue isn’t a solid either, it has a pattern to it which makes it look pretty weird. I really wish they would offer an optional black phone as well. It also has a menu and back button which Android Ice Cream Sandwich definitely doesn’t require. Android has definitely been trying to back away from the need to having physical buttons, but Samsung apparently is not.
I’m not a huge fan of TouchWiz either. It’s clunky, ugly, and reminds me of previous Android versions like Ginger Bread. ICS is sleek and futuristic and TouchWiz takes away from it. Samsung claims it wants to keep their user experience consistent across all phones and versions. However, with consistency comes sacrifice which they’ve demonstrated.
After reading a Samsung Galaxy S3 review, I’m pretty impressed with some of the built in software. One feature in particular, Smart Stay, which will keep your phone unlocked if you’re looking at it. It uses the front facing camera to recognize facial features, eliminating the need for an auto-lock feature.
All in all, I probably won’t be pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy S3. I’ll probably wait for the next “big thing” to come out. While I definitely won’t be considering an iPhone, I will be looking out for other Android smart phones.
Many people still think tablets are a novelty and not worth the price. However, with $200 tablets many people have been buying them and using them for basic things such as eBook readers. Big Lots just started offering a new $100 Polaroid 7″ tablet that runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich. This tablet is for anyone interested in getting their feet wet in the tablet market without a big investment.
Now don’t go expecting the world with this tablet, it is after all only $100. Early users have been reporting that it’s a great buy except one thing: screen quality. It has a low resolution – as low as a phone, 800 x 480. They rate it somewhere between a Nook and digital photo frame. But for reading books and browsing the web this cool Android powered tablet will work just fine.
- Connect to the internet wirelessly (Wi-Fi)
- Built-in speaker
- 4GB internal memory
- 4GB of RAM
- Micro SD card slot (for additional memory)
- Video out jack
- Rechargeable Li-ion battery
- Operating System: Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Processor: 1GHz ARM Cortex A8
- Graphics Accelerator: OpenGL ES 2.0 (3D game support)
- Screen Resolution 800 x 480 (16:9)
- External Memory: Micro SD
- Networking: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion Polymer
It’s pretty surprising to see such low screen quality from a tablet which supposedly supports 3d gaming, but again for the price this is an excellent buy. I might pick one up because my Galaxy Tab runs Android 3x and this would be a good chance to play around with ICS.
With millions of smart phones sold every year, what do you do with your old Android phones? Many people toss them or leave them laying around without use, but are there useful things you can use them for? Things like setting up a security camera or a dashboard camera for your car are all cool things you can use that old smart phone for.
Using Moto360 you can convert you Android phone into a dash cam for your car. This cool application will record your driving in high definition along with audio. You can also set it to track your speed in MPH or KPH. If you make your own mount, you can even use this application on the Android you use every day. Just place it in the mount when you go for a ride. This application has “flight mode” so you can set it to ignore all cars while the camera is in use.
Another cool use is to use your Android to remotely monitor your house when you’re gone. Using the IP Web Cam application you can setup your phone or tablet as an IP cam. You can set it watch out of the front and rear cameras as well as change the picture quality. You can remotely login to see your video feed or view a snapshot of the current situation. This app is awesome if you’re going on vacation but are worried about the security of your house when you’re gone.
If your smart phone has an IR sensor, you can turn it into a dedicated remote control. If you watch a lot of movies on your PC, you can use VLC direct and use it as a remote control for your computer.
There are many things to do with an Android once you’re done using it as a phone. Speedometer, camera on an RC car, IP cam, and dash cam are all awesome things to use that old phone for.
There have been a lot of rumors floating around that Google is going to offer cloud storage, and those rumors are finally confirmed. Starting next week in select countries Google Drive will be giving away 5Gb free per user. This directly competes with Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Dropbox which currently let you store 25 GB and 2Gb.
Google Drive will be available on all platforms including Android, PC, and Mac. Many users will switch over from services such as Dropbox because of sheer convenience. I will not have to register another account to use Google Drive, it will simply be another service linked to my existing Google account.
This announcement comes after Microsoft said they would also be entering the cloud storage market with a service called SkyDrive. SkyDrive will be directly integrated into Windows 8 and will be linked to your existing Live.com account. It will be interesting to see how these services compete, SkyDrive already lets users store 25Gb.
Many people fear this is yet another way of Google having access to all your personal data and in many ways it is. Google has access to pretty much everything you do on a PC and many consider Google having access to all your files putting too many eggs in one basket.