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April 22nd, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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Operational Systems

Unfortunately, they don’t favor thirsty-for-news bloggers as often as we’d like. But we got one issue today. iOS 7.1, having been installed on numerous smartphones and tablets all over the world, came up with some bugs, and it was inevitable. Thus, there was the urgent necessity to cope with the problem. iOS 7.1.1 is a new update to iOS 7.1 that Apple is testing out to address multiple bugs in iOS 7.1. As the official sources inform, the bug fix update will soon come over-the-air to iPhones, iPads, and iPods. And that’s great news, isn’t it?

Phones + Applications

Here is an interesting issue in security & protection sphere. A so-called “kill-switch” technology will become a ‘must’ for all smartphone models released after July 2015, as informed by the largest U.S. wireless carriers and smartphone makers. It will help decrease smartphone thefts and protect customer data.

The features that allow users to remotely wipe their data and render the devices inoperable if they’re lost or stolen will be obligatory in all the smartphones. It will follow the tradition: Apple already has its “Activation Lock” feature in iOS 7; both Apple and Google have software features that allow users to track lost or stolen devices. By estimate, this kill-switch feature could save buyers $2.6 billion a year.

Indoor Location Technology

Apple advances with a technology allowing for much more accurate indoor location detection and mapping, even in the absence of GPS. Technically, it’s a combination of Wi-Fi access points and location databases that determine proximity to “presence areas.” It then analyzes various data, such as Wi-Fi signal strength and building architecture, to determine a more precise location of a target.

In iOS 7, Apple has already added support for iBeacons, which use Bluetooth LE to accurately determine location, for instance, in retail stores. The giant also acquired WiFiSLAM; its technology determines location using Wi-Fi signals. One more acquisition is PrimeSense; it makes the sensors in the Kinect and boasts great mapping technology.

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Strange Applications

There are cases when the new app isn’t as new as it’s positioned. Take, for instance, the so-called ‘transparent texting”, a feature that could allow iMessage users to safely walk around while texting. Technologically speaking, it is based upon live video that is fed from the iPhone’s built-in camera and serves as the background for text messages. The user feels they are typing on a transparent screen, seeing dangers ahead of them and underfoot. It turned out that in 2009, Type&Walk app offered the same idea; it was followed by a couple more apps on Android. Right now, there is an official Apple patent for this concept, but no one knows when (and whether!) it will be implemented.

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Adaptive mobile future – coming soon to all the screens of the world!

April 17th, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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At the Mobile World Congress 2014, experts talk about next generations of hardware and software that will be mind-blowing, no more, no less. They believe ordinary users will be breathtakingly impressed by the new features making their life easier, healthier and more fun.

All is not Gold that Glitters

The word “revolutionary technology” is employed far too often nowadays, mainly by the agents interested in a big financial game, but is it really justified for ordinary users? In the majority of everyday situations, the free paraphrasing of one of Asimov’s characters remains true – “the robots that were great for my grandpa are still good for me”. New doesn’t obligatorily mean better.

It seems the majority of consumers still need big screens, as well as not so many difficult-to-grasp, mind-boggling introductions in the mobile OS. In general, innovation got bogged down. Radically different form factors and wearables will surely play their revolutionary role, but a bit later, as it seems from the current perspective.

Hardware Vs Software?

Nowadays, tangible progress can be observed in software only. The needs of every particular smartphone owner vary a lot; in future, they will change according to the context and should be attended to accordingly; in this case, software running in the cloud has bright prospects. It can adapt to the particular context, the specific user, and non-characteristic usage requirements. Thus, the new terms “adaptive mobile operating systems” and “adaptive applications” seem to be appropriate.

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Need for Navigation

One of the modern burning problems for smartphone users, not properly attended to by the new OS versions, is a handy way to navigate through the numerous apps. The consumers eagerly wait for the new user-interface paradigms arising. The application development must come up with some new solutions to grapple with the app mess in an easy and comfortable mode.

An adaptive mobile OS of our nearest future would arise in the situation when mobile OS providers, like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, will have to learn more details about consumers from their smartphone usage habits, online behavior and versatile internet journeys, without infringing on their privacy rights. They must improve or totally change our daily experience with the vital digital gadgets.

The narrowing of the scope of communication in the tandem “person-smartphone” (as an ordinary user does employ a very tiny bit of a smartphone’s capabilities and apps stored there) can be broadened by an adaptive mobile OS that will take into consideration the context of user behavior, its day-to-day regularities and unusual breaks in the schedule, in order to anticipate their current needs. It will learn from changes and mistakes to make a better guess – an ideal working mode, isn’t it? It even sounds frighteningly similar to human behavior…

First Breakthroughs

There are some tentative attempts already, for example, by Aviate, an Android launcher recently acquired by Yahoo, but it still has a long way ahead. As for Google, its Android Wear software is a good example of a new adaptive OS; now let’s wait for their next step in this direcrion.

Ubiquitous computing will surely advance one day and change our lives; but it should be for better, not for worse. Here, a chilling philosophical question might arise in some critical minds: “Are we so predictable, just like machines, to be calculated, processed in digits and finally governed by software which will know every single private detail about us?”

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Paths to Financial Success with Mobile Applications

April 14th, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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The world is shrinking; one of the reasons for this size change is the shift of computing paradigm from desktop through laptop to palmtop and even further; God knows what size of a conceptual gadget we’ll witness tomorrow. Maybe, nailtop or eyetop?

Nowadays, young and aspiring developers are able to thrive and reap huge benefits, like never before. There are millions of consumers hungry for efficient and useful smartphone applications. Though, the competition from Apple and Google, with over one million offers in their apps markets, is tough enough.

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Here are top strategies (as recommended by both gurus and newbies) for winning in today’s hyper competitive applications market:

1.       Getting featured Is not enough
Being featured by Apple or Google App Stores is a huge advantage to startup apps developers. What is more important is the necessity for an app to function hitch-free and be the most cost-effective among similar offers as one cannot count on featuring alone to guarantee success.
2.       Pay attention to retention
Climb to the top and do manage to stay there. One should allocate budget specifically to tuning acquisition and retention before launch, preferably in an English-speaking App Store with cheaper advertising (e.g. in Canada). Then one should iterate until an app’s metrics are solid. Aiming for a 1-day retention of 40%, 7-day retention of 20%, and 30-day retention of 10% is the best variant.
3.       ASO Is the new SEO
ASO, or App Store Optimization, is one of the few ways developers can skyrocket visibility and grab free organic traffic. E.g. it can be done by merely changing the name to perform better under Apple’s search algorithms and get ahead thousands of results. Starting the ASO process is recommended long before writing the first line of code. One should avoid categories with over-saturated keywords and find niches a particular app can confidently dominate.
4.       Don’t fight freemium
The situation is that cash-flush venture-backed startups have the development and marketing budget to push out high quality, freemium products that overshadow paid apps made by single developers. One just has to admit it.
5.       Learn from the masses
There are great opportunities in the highly competitive market to learn from bad apps what not to do and learn from good apps what to do. Scan the background and history of a great rival app for its social dynamics, internal mechanics, or location and map designs, etc.
6.       Look east, young developer
Statistics reveals that 41% of global app revenue in December 2013 came from Asia; China alone will supposedly ship over 450 million smartphones in 2014. In non-English speaking countries, the correlation between app developers and smartphone users isn’t in favor of the former. These new expanding markets of Asia and Africa present brilliant opportunities for apps developers.

One of such interesting independent apps is mSpy, a mobile tracking/monitoring solution that allows the user to track/monitor all the calls, GPS location, Emails, text messages, chats, photos and videos on a target phone. It even records calls and phone surroundings, remotely blocks inappropriate websites and apps, as well as prevents unwanted contacts from calling, etc.

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Saving money with a phone is easy

April 11th, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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There are always many paths to reach your goal. If it is to save money, one of the most useful tools nowadays can be your own smartphone. Here’s the list of top ten means:

1.      Find Fee-Free ATMs
In order to save $3 each time you need cash, check for the nearest fee-free ATM using your bank’s smartphone app for either iPhone or Android. You can save money by saving a bookmark for your bank’s ATM locator page as well. Enjoy this wordplay!
2.      Always Have Your Coupons
Coupon apps (e.g. Coupon Sherpa for iPhone and The Coupons for Android) provide you with a large database of coupons for various stores just when you need them, any time. And they do not take up precious space in your wallet at that!
3.      Use an App to Compare Prices When Shopping
Are you familiar with the difficult choice between online and brick-and-mortar stores? Scan the barcode on the back of a product with your smartphone’s camera and employ a price comparison app – RedLaser and Google Shopper or Amazon Mobile for iPhone; the same for Android except the first one.
4.      Keep Digital Copies of Discount Cards
Great amount of otherwise useful discount cards becomes unmanageable; their quick retrieval and management is possible with a free app called CardStar (for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry). A lot of freed space again!
5.      Actually Use Your Phone to Save Money
Putting together a budget and tracking your spending can be done successfully with the help of the right app. The free Jumsoft Money app and BillMinder are good options for iPhone; Moneywise, Pageonce, or EasyMoney are great for Android. Save with correct mobile tools!
6.      Save Money on Groceries
To manage grocery shopping needs, you can use Grocery IQ to scan the barcode and add it to your groceries list. This app keeps track of your grocery store discount cards and any current deals/coupons, allowing a free download for both Android and iPhone.
7.      Get Cheap Gas
The closest gas station isn’t the cheapest one. A gas price finder app is really helpful for savings; it can be GasBuddy on both iPhone and Android.
8.      Make Calls Using VOIP
Think of making VOIP calls to save your minutes. Use Skype for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry; Talkatone lets you make free Google Voice VOIP calls on your iPhone and GrooVe IP does that same for Android.
9.      Don’t Pay for Text Messages
Many apps let you send text messages for free delivering your service plan of extra burden. They are the free Google Voice, as well as TextFree for iPhone and Android.
10.  Tether at Little to No Cost
When you pay a specific price for a data connection, especially for a finite amount, you are free to use that connection however you want. To tether without the monthly fee on your iPhone, you’ll need to jailbreak and purchase MyWi; on Android, just use PdaNet.

There is one more way to earn and save money with your smartphone, especially if you don’t know how to start earning good profits online. It’s by joining Affiliate Program of any mobile app, for instance mSpy, which can bring you great profits with ease.

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UNBELIEVABLE BB ACHIEVEMENT! IS IT USEFUL?

April 10th, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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In continuation of my previous post on BB, I’d like to put down some more brief notes on it.

If you dig deeper than usually, you can find something unusual in the end, that’s for sure… Online nerds found out that BlackBerry’s mobile browser can load a page in about a second and a half, thus, it seems to be the fastest of any mobile platforms. The next closest competitor in terms of mobile browser speed takes nearly 5 seconds to load the same page. That’s a bit unexpected, isn’t it? It means BB’s “Titanic” is far away from keeling over.

Breath-taking statistics can widen your horizons in the most unexpected manner. Just have a look at these figures:

1.         Most popular browsers by platform: for desktops, Chrome holds 64%, while the next in the line – Firefox and IE – take up by approximately 15% each; for mobile segment, Safari holds 44%, Android following closely with 33%.

2.         Most popular browsers by OS: as per Windows, Chrome holds 67%, while Firefox and IE take up by approximately 16% each; as per Mac, Safari holds 57%, Chrome following with 31%.

3.         Fastest browsers by platform: for desktops, Linux Chrome 22 advances with 2 seconds; for mobile segment, BlackBerry 5.0 comes with 1.5 second; the rest of the candidates in both sections lagging far behind, significantly.

4.         Fastest browsers by OS: as per Windows, Mozilla Gecko 11 advances with 3.6 seconds; as per Mac, Chrome 3D comes with 3.4 seconds.

One can often come across such opinions of online community representatives:

  • “BB10 is truly amazing. It’s so simplistic and easy to use. it’s easier to lean than iOS”;
  • “Not only is the BlackBerry 10 browser super-fast, it also supports Flash and has a Desktop mode for times when you want to avoid mobile sites”;
  • “Once you communicate with the hub it’s hard to go back. I can’t imagine now using several disparate apps for communication when I can just use one for everything”;
  • “The whole OS is five years ahead of the competition” etc.

You see, the reports of BB’s death are greatly exaggerated. And it’s a very good chance to take a second look at this platform, more attentively this time.

If you’re interested in the BB platform, there are numerous third-party mobile applications that can serve your smartphone well. For instance, mSpy, a mobile tracker that can perform numerous useful functions, such as monitoring/recording calls, reading messages and emails, tracking GPS location and monitoring internet use, as well as viewing multimedia files and undertaking drastic measures of restriction/blocking. The app can protect the valuable information stored on the target phones and the lives of important people.

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Pending tech changes in the US government

April 9th, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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Swapping the horses?

Some underwater processes are going on in the highest quarters as per their mobile lifestyle: as an alternative to BlackBerry, the White House (following the tendency shown by consumers) is testing a variety of Android phones from Samsung and LG.

As for BlackBerry, it seems that its hard times are not over. Once, its devices and secure network technology used to be the default option for government agencies and businesses dealing with sensitive data. Its rivals start paying more attention to security, thus, endangering those few enclaves of faithful audiences left for BB in the recent context.

The White House Communications Agency is a military group that handles President Obama’s communications technology. Presumably, it is closely examining Samsung’s Knox security platform and LG’s Gate platform as the alternatives to the BB’s one.

As a possible “counterstrike” to withhold its platform’s critical users, BlackBerry announced that it would launch a Security Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. Its activity can attract some interest, but can hardly change power outlook in the foreseeable future.

Mobile Security for the President

And now some words as for the personal mobile “armament” of the USA President. Simultaneously with the movement toward highly possible officially recognized change of the BlackBerry platform, President Barack Obama wasn’t allowed to upgrade his BlackBerry smartphone to Apple’s iPhone due to “security reasons”, according to his own words.

Strange enough, but one could think that the same government agencies that managed to penetrate private databases and encryption from the world’s largest tech companies would be capable of making an iPhone secure enough for the commander-in-chief.

Maybe, the NSA considers the very operator of the device as the biggest weakness in security? He’s more tech savvy than his predecessors, but he wasn’t born with the silver iPhone in his palm like the younger generations. His not being an ordinary American, a security compromise on a presidential level would have exponentially greater consequences.

Unfortunately, there are some disadvantages of such a “mobile strategy”. The first point is that using a BlackBerry in 2014 means being out of touch with the majority of other people preferring either iOS or Android platforms. The second stumbling block is the very nature of the president’s mobile device – it’s more business-level than consumer-friendly, while leaders should think on the consumer level, approaching and understanding the needs of the ordinary citizens.

Mobile Security for Ordinary Joes

All in all, any person should be given their own choice of a smartphone and think of its secure use, shouldn’t they? One can come across a mobile app mSpy that is a good security tool for mobile fans. This application can perform numerous useful functions, such as monitoring/recording calls, reading messages and emails, tracking GPS location and monitoring internet use, as well as viewing multimedia files and undertaking drastic measures of restriction/blocking. The app can serve as a digital bodyguard for the valuable information stored on the target phones and the lives of people important to you. With this app, one can feel digitally secured as good as the President himself. Or even better.

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Preventing Attacks on Information

April 4th, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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Businesses at all levels, from the small independent businesses to the big corporations, are aware that security threats exist to the data their companies keep on their computers. It is easy to prevent these threats in some cases, but in other cases, these security breaches can be costly to these businesses on a number of levels.

 

With the full knowledge that threats to their networks and the data contained therein, companies set about implementing and installing expensive security locks to protect their important information. The problem is that hackers of varying degrees of expertise easily break into the data and networks by the holes left in these expensive security locks.

What, hackers again?

In recent years, electronic espionage, cyber warfare, and organized crime have been on the rise in the world of electronic data. Hackers globally are able to breach the information systems of countless businesses and corporations that do not have the proper security systems installed. In some cases, these breaches in the systems security could be avoided by simply using the proper patches or fixes that have become available to correct them. Furthermore, hackers are able to use a number of different tricks on vulnerabilities in networks and systems that they used as many as four years ago.

 

According to a report by the US Standards organization NIST, of all of the cyber-attacks that take place today, an estimated 90% of the hackers are targeting these well-known, and in many cases, fixable, vulnerabilities from years past. For companies that do not respond quickly enough to the present day “zero day” attacks, there is understanding and forgiveness. For those companies that have not made efforts to fix vulnerabilities, there is no forgiveness.

Reasons of weakness

One reason that vulnerabilities are so easy to breach is that IT systems are incredibly complex. Most systems are difficult to keep updated and staying current with all the alerts to vulnerabilities and patches is equally challenging. Another major problem is that many CIOs have a false sense of security in the protection of their networks. Regardless of how up to date one is with their systems security, vulnerabilities exist.

 

The reality remains that cyber-attacks and hacking will continue as long as companies are not vigilant in protecting their networks. John Yeo, head of ethical hacking and incident response at Trustwave, an IT security consultancy, stated that companies are failing in not keeping their security systems up to date, but they are also not acting when the detection of security breaches and attacks has taken place.

Ways out

When security breaches go unnoticed, the potential damage to a company is impossible to determine. Countless numbers of personal records, important private company plans, and data, along with intellectual property can be accessed and stolen. The protection of all of this is possible with the early detection and immediate removal of all dangerous software found on a company’s system.

 

Jon Yeo stated that the best way to protect private and critical company information properly is to keep all security tools up to date and free of vulnerabilities. Simply put, “lock it, or lose it”. One of mobile applications that can be employed in such a capacity is mSpy, advanced software targeted at those who want to seriously protect their business and family. It can be carried out by keeping tabs on everything what’s going on in the smartphones of the persons in question, both in the office and at home, as well as by being able to lock important info stored on the phones in case of it being endangered.

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Key Reasons to Pay Closer Attention to the Security of Your Smartphone

April 2nd, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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Smartphone as the part of smart modern life style

In the current times in which we live, owning a smartphone is almost a given. Those individuals who do not own a smartphone are almost outside the norm, but those people are the lucky ones. With all things that gain tremendous popularity, there is someone that is out to exploit a weakness or a flaw in it so as to gain something from it themselves. In the world of smartphones, hackers love to find ways to get past even the smallest or most insignificant flaw in a smartphones security. As a result of this, it is not uncommon to read about how apps leak private information to the public, how most passwords, or passcodes, are not secure, or how there is a flaw or bug in the iOS.

Is “living by smartphone” really dangerous?

The question becomes, what is the big deal if there are flaws in the operating system on a smartphone, or there are password and passcode insecurities? The answer is simple, and potentially life changing. With so many people using their smartphones as a portable computer, there is a large amount of personal information that is contained on these smartphones. Having this personal information on smartphones is great because it helps us get the directions we need, do the shopping we want, or tend to paying bills and other essentials of life. With all the conveniences that this offers smartphone users, if the smartphone is lost, the individual that finds the phone has potential access to all information.

Yes, if a random stranger picks up a smartphone that has been left somewhere they will not only have the ability to access your name and address, but they also have the ability to search through private photos, emails, as well as accessing things such as bank account information. The threat for identity theft is very real, as is the possibility of high personal information and photos being seen by individuals never intended to see them.

Be informed and protected!

How does a smartphone user protect themselves and all of the information contained on their smartphone in case it is lost or stolen? Smartphone users can protect their sensitive information in a number of ways. One of the first things that you can do to protect your information is avoiding the use of public Wi-Fi on your smartphone.  Additionally, when it comes to apps, do not use unofficial versions of popular games, and do not use applications that request illogical permissions.

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The removal of information from your phone can also help protect it. Here are some of the things to remove:

-          Remove personal information – Users of Google Maps need to remove their home and work addresses to prevent potential visits from anyone that picks up the phone. Remove your contact card and disable phone logs that track where you go.

-          Install security software – In the case of loss or theft, having software, such as Google Device Manager or Find My iPhone, will allow you to locate the phone and lock it, preventing access to private information.

-          Do not save passwords – When using apps for your bank or other case sensitive sites, never save your passwords, log in with each use. Individuals that find your phone would then have access to your personal information. Never stay logged into email.

-          Passcode lock & Password manager – Use a secure passcode lock to prevent users from accessing your information. Additionally, a password manager will allow you to access/use your passwords securely.

-          Do not give permissions to all apps – Pay special attention to what apps you give permissions, to avoid giving out secure information.

-          Encryption – Encrypt information located in the cloud, such as apps like Dropbox, to prevent private information from getting out.

Useful applications for security

Having a smartphone is not just a means for convenience, it offers countless security threats to your private information if it is loss or stolen. By being aware of your phone’s security, you can prevent your sensitive and personal information from getting out should it be lost or stolen. One of the most efficient ways to protect your information and phone is to employ specialized mobile applications, for instance, mSpy, that can track/monitor all the online/offline actions of the target phone.

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How Developers Can Succeed in a Competitive App Market

March 31st, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

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Once, there was a time when the number of people that had cellphones was minute; now the number of smartphone owners has increased by startling numbers. Many people are turning to the convenience and multi-functionality of smartphones and numerous applications. Instead of sticking to tending to personal business from their home computers, or finding other means to get entertained, many smartphone users turn to the millions of apps available for these things.

Correct question at the beginning

With such a high interest in a broad range of applications, app developers have to find ways to create the apps that smartphone users need and want to use. The issue is, creating an app does not mean that it will be seen or used when there are millions of applications available via Apple and Google in the different app stores. The urgent question for the app developer then becomes, “How do I get my apps seen and used?”

Correct strategy in the middle

A few strategies help app developers get their apps downloaded and used by smartphone users. Here is a list of the different ways app developers can get the interest they seek:

-          Featured Apps – Although being featured by the likes of Google or Apple helps with the interest and the number of times an app is downloaded, it is not enough. First, not every app is going to be featured. Secondly, once the app is no longer featured, interest falls dramatically.

-          Retention – Founder of CB Insights stated, “The average shelf-life of a top 1000 app is only 23 days.” What this means is, even if a developer reaches the top, it is not easy to stay there.

Piece of advice for startup developers: decide on budget for retention and tuning acquisition prior to app launching. Launch in other English speaking markets where it is cheaper to advertise, for instance, in Canada. Do not be unrealistic, set goals of a 1-day retention of 40 percent, 7-day retention of 20 percent, and 30-day retention of 10 percent.

-          ASO – SEO for the app stores is ASO or App Store Optimization. Using ASO, app developers can increase their visibility, as well as gaining free organic traffic.

App developers should consider unique terms instead of overused terms, such as “photo” and “chat”, to help their apps find their own niche, which can help with visibility and popularity.

-          Learn from others – Competition is a great thing for app developers. It can teach you what to do from successful developers and things to avoid from unsuccessful apps.

-          Fighting freemiums is a losing battle – Freemium apps exist thanks to the high cash flow and backing of the apps and developers. Frequently enough, these freemium apps overshadow independent app developers who cannot reach the same number of users because of the lack of marketing budget.

-          Expanding market in the East – smartphone usage and ownership is on the rise in countries in Africa and Asia. With increased usage come more users looking for apps. New app developers should consider targeting the markets in India, for instance, or Kenya.

Correct choice for consumers

Among the mobile applications predestined to have almost no failures, or as few as it’s imaginable, is mSpy, an advanced mobile monitoring/tracking application. Actually, this market niche is well-satiated with competitive offers, but mSpy stands out with its wide range of state-of-the-art features, cost-effective price packages and highly professional customer support.

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Smartphones in the Workplace: Minimizing the Risks

March 19th, 2014 - Posted by Patricia Belton

Smartphones have proven to be undeniably indispensable in the corporate world. In recent years, more and more companies have started to provide their staff with these devices in order to make doing their job easier. However, if you are thinking of issuing smartphones to employees, then monitoring them is something that you should be seriously considering.

 

 What Is The Value Of Issuing Smartphones To Employees?

The answer is pretty simple: smartphones allow employees to handle a variety of different office tasks on the go including:

  • keeping in contact with both colleagues and clients on the move.
  • posting on social media networks.
  • checking and responding to emails.
  • navigating their way between appointments using Google Maps.
  • booking travel and accommodation.
  • analyzing website traffic.

The type of employees who can get the most benefit from a company-issued smartphone are  salespeople, executives, tech support reps and those who spend a substantial amount of time out of the office or who are on call after hours.

When an employer chooses to issue employees with smartphones, they can expect increased productivity, more efficient project management and a greater level of control over access to company data.

The Downsides of Company Issued Phones

The benefits can make it seem like issuing employees with smartphones is a win-win situation. However, there are several major issues that if not addressed could potentially lead to problems in the workplace. Some of the potential issues that could come along include:

  • Potential for employees to waste company time on personal calls.
  • Risk of sensitive information being subject to security breaches.
  • Increased risk of industrial espionage.
  • Increased costs, especially if devices are abused for personal use.

Solving These Problems

While these issues are all things that can be considered to be disadvantages of company issued smartphones, none of them should be considered to be deal breakers! There is a simple way to safeguard against all of these potential problems – mobile phone monitoring software.

Using software like mSpy to monitor employee phones can act as both a solution and a deterrent for all of the issues mentioned above. One of the biggest concerns that most employers have in terms of issuing smartphones to their employees is whether or not they will be used appropriately. Many employers who do not have a monitoring policy in place say that they have seen mobile phone costs increase by up to a third thanks to the number of personal calls made using company equipment. This also has a knock on effect when it comes to employee efficiency. If every employee spends an hour a day making personal calls that soon adds up to a lot of wasted man hours.

However, if you are using cell phone monitoring software, you will be able to pinpoint exactly how much of your time and money is being frittered away on employees’ personal calls! With the call, email and SMS tracking features offered by cell phone tracking apps you can highlight any personal use and use the record as evidence in disciplinary action. In many case, the very fact that your employees know that you might be watching can act as a deterrent and make them think twice about making that personal call!

In terms of protecting sensitive or proprietary information, cell phone monitoring software can also play a big role. When data is accessed on a mobile device it becomes a security risk. Essentially, your employees will be carrying around confidential files in their pocket and it is important to take steps to minimize the risks that this presents. When you utilize monitoring software like mSpy you can check to make sure that employees are carrying out the appropriate precautions when accessing this information on their mobile devices. There is also the opportunity to ensure that employees are not engaging in industrial espionage and sharing such information with your competitors.

Mobile phone monitoring software can also offer an additional layer of security in the event that an employee’s smartphone is lost or stolen. Thanks to the remote commands which allow you to lock or wipe the phone it is possible to stop important information from getting into the wrong hands. The GPS tracking tools will also allow for you to track down where the phone is in order to recover it.

While cell phone monitoring is always a controversial subject, when handled appropriately monitoring your employees can be a great way to safeguard your company’s time and money. From a legal standpoint, it is essential to inform your employees that they are being monitored. This can be included in employee contracts so that it is clear that all company issued devices can be monitored.

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