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Monday, May 6, 2013

Top 5 Best Blu-ray Player Software for Windows 8

Playing Blu-ray movies on the go on a laptop or in the living room on an HTPC with a Blu-ray drive doesn't have to be difficult. But if you want true HD video quality, cinema-like soundtrack enjoyment and the experience of navigating disc extras and menus, you will need a Blu-ray media player that is up to the task. Here are four of the best Windows 8 compatible Blu-ray player software, just based on Blu-ray lovers' nominations.

The best Windows 8 Blu-ray player software programs so far:

Currently the most popular and best Blu-ray playback software are PowerDVD Ultra by Cyberlink, WinDVD Pro 11 by Corel, Total Media Theatre by ArcSoft and Blu-ray Player by Leawo. I have compared all these Blu-ray player software programs and some suggestions are given to help you choose the right Blu-ray media player for your viewing needs. Just keep reading.

Top 1: Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra

Undoubtedly the Cyberlink PowerDVD is the Rock n' Roll one, and nearly all Blu-ray lovers like it! It has long been the best Windows 8 Blu-ray, DVD, music and video player to beat. PowerDVD fully supports Blu-ray discs, upscales standard definition content, plays any other type of video and even supports audio playback and photo slideshows. Now PowerDVD comes in three flavoers, Deluxe for $54.95, Pro For $79.95 and Ultra for $99.95.

  • Plays Blu-ray movies at full HD resolution.
  • 30 days to test this software.
  • Easy to use, rich and powerful features, supports audio playback, high video quality. 

  • It costs money. Not $19.99 USD or $29.99, but a hundred bucks. Neither I nor anyone I know would be willing and able to pay so much. 
  • Poor customer and tech support. 

Top 2: Corel WinDVD Pro 11

WinDVD Pro 11 is efficient and full-featured Blu-ray player software that delivers excellent 2D Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, AVCHD, DVD, videos and audios in all latest formats playback. Its newest version is packed with some standout features just like display stretching, 2D to 3D conversion, HD upscaling, Dolby soundtrack tech and more! Plus, WinDVD Pro 11 uniquely includes a premium online movie search engine that supports you to find favorite movies at the lowest price from popular websites. The software has a free trial available, but a full license will cost you $49.99

  • Provides impressive 3D upscaling and seamless Blu-ray playback. 
  • Clear playback of both BD, DVD media and media files .

  • No support for some of the lesser-known disc types such as VCD and SVCD. 
  • Computer freezes when trying to watch a DVD with Corel WinDVD.

Top 3: TotalMedia Theatre 5

ArcSoft's TotalMedia Theatre is sophisticated, user-friendly Blu-ray player software boasting dynamic features, an intuitive interface and exceptional video playback. Ideal for all types of film enthusiasts, the software provides a convenient and cost-effective way to enjoy Blu-ray movies without the inherent limitations of a tangible electronic player. It supports 2D/3D Blu-ray playback and even supports upscaling other standard definition video, both locally on your system and DVDs you put into your system. You can also convert 2D movies to 3D with this software. Total Media also supports streaming video from YouTube and other Internet sources, the ability to change your system's region code to match the disc you want to play, and serves as an all-in-one media management tool and player for almost any video and audio type and format.

  • Boasts a sleek, intuitive interface and exceptional Blu-ray playback. 
  • High quality media playback, especially playback blu-ray Disc. 
  • Easy control and support dolby 5.1 sound well. 
  • Download youtube and watch directly on it easily. 
  • The audio can be adjusted and sounds good. 

  • The virtual remote control remains imposed over the interface unless minimized. 
  • Program just freezes when I try to start no matter how I do. 
  • Cannot customize user interface.
  • No karaoke capabilities.

Top 4: Leawo Blu-ray Player

Leawo Blu-ray Player is widely-acclaimed to be the best Blu-ray playing software for Windows 8 OS PC in the world. It provides extremely superb experience for Blu-ray, DVD and HD movie playback with full Blu-ray and HD movie playback navigation. Except Blu-ray playback, it can function as a cost free video player offering lifelong free service for playing DVD discs, DVD IFO files, common videos, and up to 1080P videos seamlessly. Apart from that, the advanced DTS5.1 cinematic stereo output, full-screen playback, flexible subtitles and audio tracks selection, etc. all make it fantastic than ever. 
Couple these features with the extreme efficiency that this program operates on, and you have nearly everything you could hope for to turn. 

  • Seamless Blu-ray playback.
  • Forever free DVD player to play back DVD. 
  • Fully support Windows 8.
  • DTS5.1 guarantees super high quality of stereo output. 
  • User-friendly media playback control.
  • Support playback video in various formats free.
  • Support subtitles and audio tracks option. 
  • Quite neat and simple to use interface.
  • Easy to navigate and install. 

  • Blu-ray playback is not cost free. However, if you wanna get a free keycode for watching Blu-ray movies on this media player, you can take part in Leawo's ongoing Blu-ray Player Beta test to test, review and get a $49.95 valued registration code before May 10, 2013.
  • No  3D playback function.

Okay, now you have seen the top 4 Windows 8 Blu-ray player software. Which one is your favorite? Is your favorite on the top four above? Did I miss a feature you love about one of the above Blu-ray media player software? Whatever you think, let me hear it in the comments.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

iPad Mini 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Which is Your Expect?

Recently we have seen so many smart phones and tablets being announced and/or launched by giants like Samsung, Nokia, Sony and HTC. It is now time for Apple devices like iPad Mini 2, iPad 5 and the iPhone 5S to get the spotlight. However, Apple always keeps silent when it comes to reveling its iDevices' specs. A direct consequence of Apple's silence is a plethora of rumors appearing as people try to guesstimate the specs of Apple's upcoming iDevices.

Samsung is at the other side of the spectrum as they never shy away from offering details about their upcoming products, even though they are not really official yet. Thanks to the rumors and the numerous reports about the 2 most stunning devices of 2013: the iPad Mini 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, now I have enough to make a direct comparison between the 2 giant mobile devices.

  • Release Date 

According to a few rumors from some time ago, Apple was said to release the iPad Mini 2 during this May. Those rumors were recently proved wrong when Tim Cook mentioned a fall launch for the company's iPad Mini 2. A September release seems likely.

There are no rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, so we have to speculate. Samsung likewise may opt for a fall release for the next generation Galaxy Note, so our guesstimate for the release date of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is September on 2013 IFA.

  • Processor 

Apple's A7 system on a chip (SoC) is supposed to launch this Summer, in June or July. It is a faster SoC than the Apple A6X used in the iPad 4 and I think that it will be used in the iPad Mini 2.

The Exynos 5 Octa SoC will be available in the second quarter of 2013 and it is the fastest SoC available at the moment for any mobile device. It will also power the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 so that is a good news for those looking for performance.

  • Battery 

Apple will probably make sure that its next iPad Mini tablet will have a battery that would assure a usage of about ten hours.

For the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung used a very powerful battery of 3100 mAh. The Galaxy Note 3 will probably use an even more powerful battery, necessary given an extra power that the Exynos 5 Octa SoC will bring. It is said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a 4000 mAh battery, making it superior to many other smartphones on the market. 

  • Display 

When it comes to the iPad Mini 2's display, rumors mention a 7.9-inch screen running at a 2048 x 1536 screen resolution which is four times higher than the iPad Mini's resolution. The iPad Mini 2 is also rumored to be equipped with an IGZO display made by Sharp, a display that would make the tablet even slimmer than the actual iPad Mini.

So with the release of Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphones Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3, many speculate that Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s screen will measure somewhere in the void between the 5.8 and 6.3 inch Mega smartphones. (If you are interested in Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3, few days ago I have taken a full comparison between Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3. You can make reference to it.)

  • Camera 

Regarding the iPad Mini 2 cameras, there isn't much information available. However, we are pretty sure that the iPad Mini 2's cameras will have the following functions: iSight, FaceTime and Full HD video recording.

Samsung always equipped its devices with high quality cameras and the Galaxy Note 3 won't make an exception. The Galaxy Note 3 will probably come equipped with a high quality 13MP camera.

  • Price 

It's probably safe to assume that Apple will follow its standard pricing patterns so that the iPad Mini 2 will most likely have the same price as the first iPad Mini.

The price for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to be up to somewhere around $800.

Okay, above 2 can be said to the most stunning mobile devices in the second half of 2013. So which is your expect? Welcome to share your thoughts!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

5 Best Free DVD Player Software for Windows 8

"What is the best free DVD player software for Windows" has become the hottest topic on online world of late! Yes indeed, everyone needs a powerful yet free DVD player software. We love movies, and viewing them in a theater with a huge screen and incredible surround sound makes the experience even better. However, with those powerful DVD player software programs, watching DVD movies in the privacy of our own home is also as exciting as going to a movie theater. Just with two speakers, the free DVD player software could transform a simple experience into an audio feast for our ears! 

Although the web is now bombarded us with DVD player software programs that offer a wide array of features and service, but today I only collect the top 5 free DVD media player software for Windows for your reference, if you are now in urgent need of such a tool. 

Top 1: Free DVD Player

Free DVD Player coming from Leawo is a totally free DVD player to offer lifelong free service for playing DVD discs and IFO files. This region free DVD player could play back all DVD discs from different regions and countries with quality loss. Preferred subtitles and audio tracks option is available, and superb audio quality is offered to give you cinema sound quality at home thanks to its full support of DTS5.1. Other features like full-screen playback, video/audio setting, clock display are also provided.

Pros: Forever free to play back DVD; Fully support Windows 8; DTS5.1 guarantees super high quality of stereo output; User-friendly media playback control; Support playback Blu-ray and video in various formats free.

Cons: No screen-capture functionality 

Top 2: UM Player

UMPlayer has a lot of competitive and promising features. For a free multimedia player, it has a lot of advanced options and yet it is so easy to operate and use. It can also play any media format for both video and audio files. Unique features are included like subtitles search, ability to play and record YouTube, skinable interface, audio/subtitles sync, customizable hotkeys and a lot more.

Pros: Easy to use and has a lot of great features like shoutcast and YouTube integration; Customizable options for file playback; Play all formats; Automatic subtitle download from

Cons: Minimal support and documentation 

Top 3: VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is one of the world's favorite open-source video playback software. It has a lot of great features like granular speed controls, frame-by-frame advancement, living recording of streaming videos among other things. It also has customizable toolbars, and supports a wide range of video and audio formats.

Pros: No external codec installation required; Excellent playback quality and stability; Play internet radio and TV; Capture video on webcam; Admirable volume control

Cons: Default interface is not cool and savvy; skin options need improvement; No playback for Blu-ray 

Top 4: Real Player

RealPlayer is a full-featured and user friendly video and audio player that delivers great multimedia playback experience. In addition to performing a variety of music and video files without any incompatibility problem, this amazing program also has several extra options that make the user experience much more complete. It has a video-trimming tool that will give you flexibility in video options, as well as allows for sharing with social media sites like Facebook and YouTube.

Pros: A great and functional media player offers solid performance; User-friendly interface; Connect with Facebook and YouTube; Trim video and audio

Cons: Tendency to hang and slow to load video; Lack of video options 

Top 5: BS DVD Player

BS DVD player has now returned with a free version, a new interface and great features such as watching YouTube videos, capture frames and even generate thumbnails from certain sequences. It recognizes a wide range of formats, and allows for a wide array of options for video, DVD, audio, radio and TV playback. Actually all types of media files supported.

Support all video formats including YouTube videos; Easy to use interface; Lightweight and fast; Contain all necessary features for watching HD movies.

Cons: Need to install codec; Install its toolbar into your web browser

Okay, above are the top 5 best free DVD playback software I collected! There should be more amazing Windows DVD player software out there, if you guys have some other recommendations, please feel free to leave a message for me to enlarge my collections!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs. Galaxy Mega 6.3

Seemingly the tech news is meant to cover Samsung only of late, as this South Korea firm is once again in the news! Wait! Before you think that it's about a new salty thing on Samsung Galaxy S4, let me tell you that you are on the wrong track. This time, Samsung is shining in the headlines because of making announcement of Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3.

After lots of rumors, Samsung has finally launched its latest over-sized smartphones or phablets as they are described. Both these devices are larger than that of Galaxy Note 2, which with the size of 5.5-inch was the largest smartphone by the company so far. Right here to give
 you a clear picture of Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3, I have taken a comparison between Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3. You can take it as reference to know more about the phone specs.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Galaxy Mega 6.3

1. Size

If you still think these are smartphones, I should say that they are the biggest damn smartphones I have seen. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is larger than its brother, but it is a little bit thinner.

2. Build

Yes no surprise here. Just like Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 and S4, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 are with plastic body. I should admit that I hate plastic case! However, plastic isn't necessarily a bad thing. For one, it opens the door to removable batteries; it also keeps weight down; and it even lets Samsung spend more on other components.

3. Weight

As for weight part, I should say that plastic really brings benefit. Despite their enormous sizes, there are still relatively light phablets. They may leave a sizable impression in your pocket, but at least they won't feel like heavy bricks.  

4. Display

Screen size is the most obvious difference between these 2 phablets. The Mega 5.8 has a 5.8-inch display and the Mega 6.3 has a 6.3-inch display.

Besides, resolution is also worth paying attention to. The Mega 5.8 has a resolution of 960 x 540p, while Mega 6.3 comes with 1280 x 700p screen resolution. No doubt they all have terrific display resolution especially the Mega 6.3. However, I have to mention that Samsung's Galaxy S series sports an AMOLED display, but the Mega phablets use TFTLCDs.

5. Processor

Samsung has revealed that these 2 devices come with dual-core CPUs. It can be said that both should be speedier than you average mid-range device.

6. RAM

There is 1.5GB of RAM in each Mega. Yes, not too shabby for a mid-range device. You know, Apple's high-end devices have never had more than 1GB of RAM. 

7. Storage

Okay, here comes the limit. 8GB od storage isn't much, but you can pay more to push the Mega 6.3 to 16GB. However, the luckiest thing is that they are packed with microSD slot, allowing you to add up to 64GB of extra storage. 

8. Wireless

There is a big advantage for the bigger Mega. It gets LTE, while the Mega 5.8 settles for HSPA+21. So before you buy Mega phone, be sure to check with your carrier first. If it doesn't have LTE in your area, this might be a moot point. 

9. Battery

Nice numbers for battery capacity. Considering that neither screen is pushing the limits of pixel density, it's a safe bet that both Megas will easily last a full day.

10. Cameras

For mid-range phones, the cameras on Megas are not too shabby! There is a lot more to image quality than megapixels. If Samsung wants to be cheap, it could have done much worse than 8-megapixel rear shooters. 

11. Software

Here is a nice bonus. Both phablets ship with the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. They also get the latest version of Samsung's TouchWiz "Nature" UX. That means many of the Galaxy S4 features show up here too. So apps like S Translator (real time translation), S Travel (trip information), and Air View (preview emails and pictures by hovering your finger) are all joining the Mega party.

12. Wrap-up

Okay, the moment to talk about the wrap-up. Neither comes with or supports S Pen input.

Pricing and availability are also question marks. It is said that two Megas will be available in May, in Europe and Russia. No mention yet of US, Canada, Australia or anywhere else. With Samsung’s high-end phablets doing well, we wouldn't rule out a larger rollout for these mid-range (likely cheaper) phablets.

Well, what's your view about these largest Samsung smartphones? Are you impressed with Galaxy Mega 5.8 and/or Galaxy Mega 6.3? Eager to know about your views! Welcome to spread your views with below comment box.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

5 Best Free Video Player Apps for iPhone and iPad

Indeed playing videos on your iPhone and iPad can be a chore if you only make use of the native video player, because who has the patience to convert those videos into one of the few formats that iPhone and iPad play (i.e. mp4, m4v and mov)? Under such an occasion, searching an iPhone or iPad video player app in Apple Store will fully solve your headache of unable to play videos of all kinds on iOS devices. However, do you know which video player app is the best for your iPhone and iPad?

To avoid you looking for the best video player for iPhone/iPad in the thousands, right here I will share you 5 best video players for iPhone and iPad. Those all have the ability to play most of the standard video formats (including wmv, mkv, avi, mp4, flv, rmvb, etc.). Without any doubt, the following best iPhone iPad video player list is your golden ticket to freely watch movies, TV shows and more on your iPhone or iPad. Now get ready to juice up your gadget with those wonderful free video player apps? Go!

Top 5 media player apps for iPhone and iPad:

1. OPlayer Lite / OPlayerHD Lite

A really good video player for iPad and iPhone. OPlayer Lite plays almost all possible movie and audio file formats like AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, MPG, MP4, Webm, VOB, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAV, etc. Subtitles support is also available for free for hard and prerendered subs in SMI, ASS, SUB, SRT, TXT and many other formats. The play has also a multiple audio track support, so you can easily change your audio without any pauses. As for the interface it can be a bit difficult at the beginning, but you will need just a couple of minutes to make it clear. One more thing to mention is that Oplayer has a built-in browser with download feature so you can easily save the media you like.

  • Most audio&video formats support 
  • Multiple audio track support 
  • Subtitles support 
  • Multiple language support
  • Ability to change aspect ratio
  • A built-in browser
  • A built-in downloader
  • Resume function
  • Ads in Lite version
  • Complex interface

All in all, RockPlayer 2 is a more than decent free video player, supporting a wide variety of video files. With this app, you will have to transfer videos to your iPhone or iPad with the help of iTunes file transfer, HTTP, FTP or WebDAV. One of the standout features of RockPlayer2 is that it will effortlessly help you share videos between compatible devices. However, you may face a bit of hiccup when playback h.264 encoded videos. 

  • Support for subtitles and lossless audio
  • A lot of import/export options
  • Customizable gesture controls
  • Auto import for camera roll videos
  • Audio doesn’t work under lock screen or in the background
  • Choppy playback for 1080p videos

3. AirPlayit / AirPlayit HD

If you don’t plan to store your video library on your iPad, you should definitely take a look at AirPlayit. It’s one of the best and most effortless ways to stream videos from your desktop computer to your iPhone or iPad. Just download and install a small server application on your desktop computer, select the folders you wish to share over your network, and you’re good to go.

  • No need to store video on iPad
  • Stream video directly from desktop
  • Support stream 1080p video
  • Support play DRM protected

4. Video Stream

Video Stream is not a conventional video player, but the features it offers make it worthy of appearing on this list. You can transfer videos to it via the usual iTunes method, and there is also a desktop server of its own that lets you stream videos of any format from your PC or Mac to your iPhone. The player works pretty well too, offering both landscape and portrait modes, along with support for background and lock screen play.

  • Full-screen mode 
  • Stream videos from your computer 
  • Convert any video to the default .MOV format from within the app 
  • Limit on streaming from desktop in the free version 
  • Struggles with some formats and large videos

5. VLC Media Player

VLC Player was hugely popular in its tenure in the App Store. Unfortunately, it was pulled from there due to copyright issues, and is now only available in the Cydia store. So if you have jailbroken your iOS device, this is a good news certainly.

The VLC Media Player is rather basic, but supports a wide variety of video types and it is even smart enough to warn you in case your device isn't capable of playing a file smoothly. The biggest downside is that you will have to transfer your video files to your iPhone or iPad using SSH.

  • Neat interface 
  • Compatibility warning for low-end devices 
  • Difficult method for importing videos (via SSH) 
  • Laggy on older devices

What free video player apps do you use to play back videos on your iPhone or iPad? Drop a line in the comments section below the article!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

6 Best Games for iPad Owners

Guys, stop watching movies on your iPad. Stop browsing the web on your iPad. Your iPad is an extremely great device for playing games. iPad games that shine use the extra screen space and sharper resolution to deliver touch gaming that captivates. So which iPad games do that best? Read on to find out the best iPad games apps.

1. Year Walk ($3.99)

A first-person adventure set in the dark woods of 19th century Sweden might not sound tempting, but trust us, this is a beautifully crafted game packed with gorgeous artwork and backed by an atmospheric soundtrack. There are cryptic puzzles to solve and you take center stage in the story as it unfolds. It is creepy and it might take a bit of getting into, but it is very rewarding if you stick with it. This is a mystery worth investigating.

2. Real Racing 3  (Free)

Its freemium timers may have proved controversial, but Real Racing 3 is still an excellent driving game, not least because the more you play and the more cars you own, the timer element stops being an issue. Anyway, the game sees you racing more than 45 cars over 900 events, upgrading as you go. The graphics are spiffing, the handling works beautifully, and unless you're philosophically opposed to in-app purchases in this kind of game – which some people are – you'll have bags of fun.

3. Angry Birds Space HD

While we've enjoyed all of the pull-and-fling Angry Birds entries to some extent, our current pick for the best of the bunch is Angry Birds Space HD ($2.99), which puts a fun twist on the classic formula by introducing gravitational pull and other intergalactic hazards. And unlike some other versions, Space has seen significant post-release gameplay variation via its myriad free and paid level packs.

4. The Room ($1.99)

Locked in a dark room with a perplexing safe in the middle, you'll find yourself solving a series of curious puzzle-boxes in The Room, a deeply involving and maddeningly challenging game that's best experienced on the larger iPad screen. As you solve each piece of the puzzle, the boxes transform and offer even more unexpected objectives, with gorgeous puzzle designs sucking you in for the long haul.

A Good Match for: People that believe they are incredibly intelligent. The Room exists in-part to confirm or disprove that belief.

Not for Those Who Want: A long-lasting experience. Once you've made it to the center and unraveled the mystery behind this intricate puzzle box there's no reason to go back.

5. Temple Run 2

With over 170 million downloads, Temple Run redefined mobile gaming. Now you can get more of the exhilarating running, jumping, turning and sliding you love in Temple Run 2! Temple Run 2 couples great beautiful graphics with a very simple, arcade-like premise. In Temple Run 2, you play an Indiana Jones doppelganger clutching a golden icon, and your goal is to run away from evil eagle-gorilla bigger monsters by tilting and swiping your way through obstacles in your path. New obstacles, more powerups, more achievements, Special powers for each character are included. 

6. Sky Gamblers: StormRaiders

Have you got what it takes to emerge victorious from a WWII dogfight? This game is visually stunning; it really shows off the iPad’s graphical capabilities with a series of gorgeous historical landscapes, detailed fighter planes, and an impressive array of visual effects. It requires some dedication to master, but there is a full campaign to complete before you dive into the host of multiplayer modes and test your mettle against rival pilots. Thankfully, a simplified control scheme makes it playable for newcomers while WWII aces can go full sim.

Any other best games for iPad recommended? Your share is greatly appreciated below!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top 10 Tips to Keep iPhone More Secure and Safer

If you're an Apple iPhone user and security is not on your mind, you're at risk; at risk of having a Web mail account hacked; at risk of having your online identity stolen; and at risk of losing valuable personal information, such as wireless service account data, that could result in financial losses. You are also at risk of your personal data on the phone in the hands of others. So, iPhone security is sooooooo important. To avoid you lost in a bad situation, today I will share you 10 helpful mobile security tips to secure your iPhone and keep your iPhone safer than before. Check out:

1. Update Firmware

Undoubtedly, the best way for iPhone security is to update firmware to make sure that all the date present on the iPhone have all the protection is needs to be there.

Just follow below steps to update iPhone Firmware
  • Connect the iPhone to the computer 
  • Open iTunes 
  • Select iPhone under devices in the source list 
  • Select Check For Update 
  • Select Download and Install

2. Disable Wi-Fi

This is self-apparent yet important enough to include in the list. Most of you automatically disable Wi-Fi to conserve the battery. But you should know that disabling Wi-Fi will increase your iPhone's security. Just be sure that turn Wi-Fi on only when needed.

You can turn off or Disable iPhone's Wi-Fi by below steps:
  • Tap Settings 
  • Tap Wi-Fi 
  • Turn Wi-Fi off

3. Disable Bluetooth

Features that make life easier for the user tend to make it easier for bad guys as well. And Bluetooth is one such a feature. It brings many conveniences like sharing information between phones, the use of wireless headsets, etc. Yet attackers could also use it to Bluejack a phone. So you should only turn it on whenever you need it, otherwise just keep it disabled.

Follow the steps to turn Bluetooth off
  • Pick Settings. 
  • Tap General. 
  • Tap Bluetooth. 
  • Turn Bluetooth off.

4. Disable Automatic Connections

By default, the iPhone retains association settings of the Wi-Fi networks it connects to, which allows the phone to automatically reconnect when within range. Automatic association isn’t recommended, as it’s easy to spoof trusted networks. Still, disallowing automatic association is kind of a pain, as doing so requires you to enter the passkey each time. I’ll leave this one up to you. To prevent automatic association use the following steps:
  • Tap Settings 
  • Select Wi-Fi(make sure Wi-Fi is on) 
  • Tap the blue arrow of the network to forget 
  • Select Forget This Network

5. Disable Location Services

The iPhone is one of the best phones for location services because it has an automatic GPS built into the device. This is great for GPS apps and turn-by-turn directions, but not so great for people who want to track you and your phone. So you can turn off the feature. However, one thing I should mention is that this might interfere with any GPS apps so if you use GPS a lot, you will need to re-enable the GPS services. If so desired, follow the steps below to disable location services:
  • Tap Settings. 
  • Tap General. 
  • Turn Location Services off.

6: Set a passcode

Setting a passcode definitely increases the security of the iPhone. It make harder for someone to gain access to the iPhone because the phone automatically locks. Use the following steps to set a passcode.
  • Select Settings. 
  • Select General. 
  • Tap Passcode Lock. 
  • Enter a four-digit passcode. 
  • Re-enter the same passcode.

7. Erase data after number of wrong pass codes attempts

This tip is quite helpful if you are unwilling to make the sensitive information on your phone get into the wrong hands. To avoid others unlock your phone password and steal your private data, you could set the maximum number of wrong pass codes attempts. Once in excess of the attempts, all users settings and data stored on the iPhone will be erased. Use the following steps to turn erase data on:
  • Select Settings. 
  • Tap General. 
  • Choose Passcode Lock. 
  • Turn Erase Data on.

8: Erase data before returning, repairing or reselling the iPhone

If you plan to sell or repair your phone, it is the best option to remove sensitive data or erase all your data before that then hand it over to someone else. Use the following steps to prevent others from accessing your personal information:
  • Select Settings. 
  • Tap General. 
  • Choose Reset. 
  • Select Erase All Contents And Settings.

9: Disable SMS preview

It is generally known that previewing a recently received text message is still possible even when the iPhone is locked. Just in person, I immediately disabled SMS preview on my iPhone, as I am unwilling to make my text messages visible when the phone is locked. If you wanna do that, use the following steps to turn off SMS preview.
  • Select Settings. 
  • Tap General. 
  • Choose Passcode Lock. 
  • Turn Show SMS Preview off

10: Disable JavaScript and plug-ins in Safari

Personally I recommend disabling JavaScript and plug-ins on iPhone. You know, the iPhone uses a fully functional web browser, it is susceptible to all the same JavaScript and plug-in exploits that plague normal computers. Although doing so will break certain web page characteristics, it is yet another balancing act between security and usability. If you want to err on the side of security, use the following steps to disable both:
  • Select Settings. 
  • Tap Safari. 
  • Turn JavaScript off. 
  • Turn Plug-Ins off. 

Okay, that's all my 10 tips on how to enhance iPhone security. I have found that most of the people never take advantage of them unless prodded. I cannot in good conscious say that applying all of these tips is the only way to keep your iPhone safer, but that's just up to you! I just wanted to make sure everyone knew what was available. Maybe you can take a try!

Monday, March 25, 2013

6 Best Smartphones with Wireless Charging Capability 2013

Look Ma, no wires! Although wireless charging is nothing new, it is now catching on with smartphones. As an increasing number of smartphone makers are starting to add wireless charging capabilities to their flagship handsets, you could throw away your MicroUSB pot and just drop your phone right on a charging mat to give it juice! The Qi wireless charging tech allows power to be transferred from a charging mat or even a speaker dock to a smartphone's battery. 

While the future of its popularity still hangs in the air, I still round up the best smartphones that are available now and feature this growing technology. Ready to cut the cord? Now check out what smartphones are provided with wireless charging capability

1. Samsung Galaxy S4

Just in line with Samsung, Galaxy S4 will be introduced with wireless charging option in selected regions. And you need to place your smartphone on wireless charger pad or cover to charge your phone. 

Launched on March 14th, 2013, Samsung Galaxy S4 is not just a smartphone as the South Korean giant has powered this device amazing features to call it as life companion. As the first phone with Octa-core processor, it sports a 5-inch display and is also the successor of Galaxy S3 - the best selling Android phone. 

2. Nokia Lumia 920

If anything has to be talked about Nokia Lumia 920, surely it is the capabilities of wireless charging through Qi technology. The 4.5-inch dual core smartphone requires wireless charging Pad to charge your phone. It is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone and also the most selling WP8 phone as well. Unlike Galaxy S4, wireless charging pad is available worldwide.

Nokia is already selling three types of wireless charger as accessory, flat charger, Fatboy pillow charger and also charging and NFC enabled stand. The energy-efficient wireless chargers come in all shapes, sizes and colour's, so you can pick one to match your phone. Best of all, they’re all Qi-compatible, which means you can use any wireless charger you like. 

3. Google Nexus 4

Any devices that wears Google's Nexus badge should signal that it has cutting edge tech under the hood. The Google Nexus 4 delivers with a gorgeous 4.7-inch 1280-by-768 IPS Plus display, a 1.5-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. The Google Now improvements on this Android 4.2 Jelly Bean phone are especially delicious. Qi wireless charging is just the icing on the cake. Google will offer a Wireless Charging Orb, but you'll also be able to use other Qi accessories. 

4. HTC Droid DNA

Droid DNA from HTC is actually a device made for Verizon network and its international version (HTC Butterfly) does not feature wireless charging. So basically this feature is limited to US only.

As the first US smartphone to sport a 1080p display, the 5-inch Droid DNA is a beautiful beast of a handset. This phone delivers quad-core power, a sharp and fast 8-MP camera and Beats Audio in a relatively slim design. The DNA's 2,020 mAh battery will get you roughly 6.5 hours of battery life on 4G. And when it's time to replenish you can use any compatible Qi-enabled device. 

5. HTC Windows Phone 8X

Yes, you can get the Windows Phone 8X on AT&T and T-Mobile, but only the Verizon Wireless version offers wireless charging functionality. 8X offers almost all features of a high end phone with lots of color options as well.

It has a 4.3 inch display and runs on 1.5 GHz quad dual core processor. It has Windows 8 operating system and 1 GB RAM which is sufficient for the normal working. 8 MP snapper enables you to capture impressive images and record HD videos.The battery rating is 1800 MAh and you can charge it with Qi technology with chargers like the Energizer Inductive Charger. 

6. LG Spectrum 2

With a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display and a dual-core 1.5-GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, the LG Spectrum 2 is a solid $99 Android smartphone for Verizon customers. DLNA compatibility and a built-in NFC chip give the Spectrum 2 the kind of features normally found on high-end devices. Add to that a Qi-compatible wireless charging chip built into the Spectrum 2's back panel and an optional charging pad and you have a compelling value.

Okay, that's all my collections for the best  wireless charging smartphones. Which one you are holding now? Which one you are planning to get? Show your ideas!

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