A new update to the Dot View app has made the innovative HTC One (M8) Dot View case even smarter with a range of new features
A new update to the Dot View app has made the innovative HTC One (M8) Dot View case even smarter with a range of new features.
Already able to show users the time, the weather and display notifications for texts, emails and calls at a glance, the update adds flexible settings and the option for users to create their own dot-matrix wallpapers via the app.
The ‘redial’ function is now activated with a simple upwards swipe, allowing swift connection to the three most recent calls, and left/right swipes navigate smoothly through email, text, voicemail and call notifications. Settings can also be tailored to individual preference, allowing you to decide whether to display the last three calls or opt to ‘skip security’ completely for quick access. With 18 default themes and the option to select a photo from your gallery or camera, you can create your own Dot View wallpaper to reflect your personal style.
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.
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…
Experimental software Cider brings the Apple experience to Android
Experimental software Cider brings the Apple experience to Android.
Is this the future of your Nexus 7? Cider is a new program that enables users to run iOS apps on any Android device – and have access to all their Apple content.
A day where Android users can have full access to Apple’s App Store may be with us sooner rather than later. Six students at Columbia University have developed Cider, a piece of software that enables users to access a wide library of iOS apps across their Android devices. You can watch a demo video here.
While Google want to dominate the emerging markets with their Android One line, a new breed of high-specification, low-price budget phones are coming out of China and heading west
While Google want to dominate the emerging markets with their Android One line, a new breed of high-specification, low-price budget phones are coming out of China and heading west. Is it curtains for premium handsets?
With the increasing power and resources of the Chinese mobile phone industry, are we witnessing a basic shift in the market? Will this new breed of Chinese start-ups alter how the likes of Samsung, Apple, HTC, Nokia and the rest do business? Or is the fuss over the new batch of Chinese smartphones so much hot air? But what a fuss! The new Chinese designs are offering very high specifications for such a low price point that industry observers are getting very excited.
One such company that is firmly in the headlines is OnePlus, a new company founded in China by former engineers from the technology manufacturer, Oppo. One of them is Peter Lau, a former vice president at Oppo, a company known for manufacturing high-end consumer devices such as smartphones and DVD players. He is the brainpower behind OnePlus.
Hbernate background apps so they don’t waste your battery
One of the realities for Android ownership is that when you have a lot of applications installed on your device, it can adversely affect both battery life and overall device performance. The simple reason for this is that even when you are not using an app in the foreground, there may be background services running or the app and itssoftware may be active in the background.
If you have a rooted phone, Greenify can be used to cleverly resolves this issue by completely hibernating background apps so that they no longer consume any resources. Here’s how to use it: