Add a layer of security to all your files stored in the cloud
Your phone is a great place for storing documents, images and other files so that you have access to them when you need them. However, it’s important that you add enough security to each file so that if your phone is ever lost or stolen, your details and documents cannot be accessed.
One of the best ways of keeping your files safe is by adding them to a cloud storage account. Not only does this free up some of the space on your device’s internal storage, it also gives you access to these files across a plethora of different devices.
To apply security to cloud files, you’ll first want to download the Boxcryptor Classic app from the Google Play store. The app encrypts each and every file you choose to upload to your cloud account, meaning that other users will need to input passwords to access them. As well as setting passwords, users of Boxcryptor can also restrict access to their files by setting other parameters that other users must follow.
Another mid-range tablet that mixes performance and value for money with great success
The eight-inch tablet has really come of age in recent months. Spurred on by the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen, Android tablets hovering around the eight-inch to 8.5-inch mark are doing well.
This particular 8.3-inch tablet, the aptly named LG G Pad 8.3, has a very attractive build. Much of the back is made from metal giving a strong all round finish and smooth touch. The two speaker grilles sitting parallel to one long edge rather destroy the generally sleek design lines of the back, and that’s a bit of a shame. The grilles are also indented, and that means they might attract dust and fluff over time. Sound quality is a little tinny but it’s liveable with, and there’s plenty of volume.
The power and volume buttons sit on the upper right long edge of the chassis. They are comfortable to use one-handed if you are working with your left hand and holding the tablet in tall mode. One-handed use should be possible for most adults, with the reach around the 126mm chassis not too much of a stretch. The weight of the tablet isn’t really a problem, either. We were quite happy to hold the 338g of this tablet for protracted ereading, web browsing and gaming sessions.
Sony are releasing the first selfie phone.
It seems Sony are well and truly on the selfie bandwagon with the new Xperia C3. The device comes with a ‘PROselfie’ cam that in essence is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with some unique tweaks to help retouch the photos you take.
Other specifications include:5.5″ HD IPS display Snapdragon quad-core 1.2 GHz processor 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash Memory Dual-sim compatible
The Sony Xperia C3 will be available in black, white and mint and will be shipping from August 2014 starting in China.
Send self-destructing private messages with Confide
Confide lets you send private text messages that self-destruct and can’t even be screenshotted. It’s a similar concept to Snapchat, but purely for sending text missives rather than photos or videos.
Finally, after several months of iOS exclusivity, the Android version is here and offers a similar experience with a couple of notable changes. Upon signing up, you need to verify your email address and phone number. The app then scans your contacts list for any Confide users. It can also be linked to your Facebook account to find users, but you’ll be glad to know that this process is encrypted so it can’t access any personal data.
The app permits you to send a message to any email address or phone number – even that of a non-user, although they’ll need Confide to view it. All messages are end-to-end encrypted and so can only be read by the intended recipient. Upon receiving a message,all the words have been covered with orange rectangles as if they’ve been censored. Revealing each word is easy, you only to swipe your finger across them, however only a fragment of a sentence is shown at a time, adding an extra level of privacy against anyone looking over your shoulder. You can reply to a message but not forward it. Once closed, the message is erased – on both your device and Confide’s servers.
Nexus 4 users can now check out the delights of Android L.
After it was announced that both Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 users will have access to the Android L preview, it seems that the Nexus 4 is not far behind. Over at XDA, the L preview has been made fully available for all Nexus 4 users.
The installation process might be a little different to what you’re used to, but they’re easy enough to follow. Follow this link to the official forum thread and download source.
Via: XDA [sykopompos]
Get quick access to key features without unlocking the screen
The lock screen is an essential addition for any device. It provides a focal point for the user and of course enables users to add a layer of security if they wish to. However, the downside to having a PIN, password or pattern is that you will need to enter this every time to get access to a device. This can be really inconvenient when a user needs access to a service on a regular basis. Android gives access to email and a range of Google services via the lock screen. Simply select from the option you want, add, and it will be ready every time you fire up the screen. Here’s how to make it happen…