The iPhone and App Store, Defining New Terms

The iPhone was such a phenomenal technological tidal wave that is was named by Time magazine as the “Invention of the Year” for 2007. Even now it is easy to see the impact the device has made with all the companies coming out with their own version. Has anyone seen the Android? People surprised to see one would most likely be made fun of. For that reason what will not be found here is a description.

As with all new ideas there comes the ever-growing world of terms associated with said innovation. One new word that came with the iPhone: App.

What are Apps? This is where the fun begins. With the iPhone come the phenomena known as “Apps”, short for ‘applications’. These are software programs custom-made by a third-party for both the iPhone as well as the iPod Touch. A lot of these software devices may be quite practical, anywhere from paying bills online or to find the definition for a certain word. Then there are the fun ones, like Starblaster that includes a phaser-like weapon and something that looks much like a tricorder, as in Star Trek.

There are also Apps for many kinds of games or Apps geared toward finding out the latest on a particular celebrity. Some of these are available for free. Others are a few cents on up to a few dollars. These Apps can be acquired online through the web on a computer or directly through an iPhone by way of Apple’s iTunes through their “App Store”, appropriately enough.

Obviously, the most fun Apps are the games. With a little looking around one can find some pretty addicting games for no cost at all, like FallDown! For those games with a price tag, there’s a game called Spore Creatures where the player can create their own denizens and watch them evolve from primordial ooze and inhabit the environment for a few bucks.

Apps have become so popular there are now Apps to find Apps, like Appfinder and Chomp. These Apps help the user through what appeals to them. A few come with reviews of the Apps available. Just like what was true about the old board games is equally true about game Apps. Some may be uninspiring or just plain boring along with the truly fun ones. Either way there is a whole new take on how to occupy oneself.

Downloading Free Android Games And Apps – How To Protect Your Phone

Android applications and games are simply popular and fans keep looking for the latest and most interesting games or apps to download onto their phones. Usually to enjoy the exciting world of games and apps you need an Android application package or APK, which is that the file format that the Android operating system uses to install and distribute software especially the apps or games. The source of your APK downloader should be verified and trustworthy for you to have a pleasant experience downloading; but there are other simple things you can embrace to make sure that your phone remains safe from malware when downloading the android apps.

1. Keep off unknown sources

Google Play is the best installation source when it comes to the android apps, but you still have an option of getting the apps from other reliable sources. You can find Google Play APK easily today, but you ought to be careful with the APK file that you download because you could end up with malware on the device. What you should do is to ensure that the source is safe and disable unknown source installations on your device until a time when you feel safe enough to trust the download from a given source.

2. Double check your app ratings

Just because the games and apps are on Google Play does not necessarily make them safe for downloading. Always make a point of checking reviews and ratings of the android games and apps you are about to download because they can help you unveil technical issues you are likely to encounter. In essence the higher the rating of the game or app and the more downloads it has received, then safer it should be for you to download it. If you are interested in new releases that have little feedback on them, then take your time to research a little bit more about them before you go ahead with the download.

3. Check the app or game details

Details about the publisher and developer of the game or apps you are about to download can help you determine how legitimate they are. You can use independent discussion forums and reviews to get the details you need so you can confirm that what you are about to download is the correct app or game. Malware writers easily create apps that are very similar to the popular ones so make sure that you take your time to check that the app developer, name and publisher are correct before you do ahead.

4. Know permissions you grant

When installing a new app or game, you get a list of permissions that you grant the software. Unfortunately, not many users understand or take time to check what permissions they grant. Be on the safe side by evaluating permissions and why they are needed so you know whether they have a valid reason or they are suspicious. If what you are allowing the software to do is suspicious then don’t grant the permission.

Smart Ways To Use the iPhone and Apps for Kids

How to use the iPhone when playing with kids? Of course, there are plenty of apps for kids. Let’s see how we can use them more creatively.

  • Use it as a bribe or a reward. Anyone who has ever been a parent can tell you that it is no easy feat to discipline or raise a child. Having said that, if your child is into the iPhone, you might as well use it to your advantage in every way possible. One of those ways is use it as a bribe or a reward. If there is a specific task that you need your child to accomplish and he refuses to, use the iPhone as a bribe. It can also be used as a reward in situations where you feel your child deserves recognition for her hard work.
  • Use it for educational purposes. Who says it isn’t possible to both have fun and learn all at the same time? With the iPhone, it most definitely is. Pick out games that are both entertaining and educational and sit down with your child and show him or her how much fun it can be. Your child will thank you in the future.
  • Use it to pass the time. Gone are the days when children would throw tantrums or complain incessantly due to long waiting times-whether in restaurants, dentist appointments, or what have you. Pull out the iPhone and let your kids enjoy it while waiting.
  • Use it as an opportunity to bond. These are the days when it isn’t very common for families to get together and bond. But the iPhone can change that for you and your kids. There are countless games on the app store that the whole family can participate in and play together. Remember that kids grow up so fast. So seize every opportunity to be with them while you still can.
  • Use it as a “lite” punishment. Believe it or not, the iPhone can be a useful tool for when your child has done something wrong. For instance, if your son has called his sister names or took her candy, you can punish him by taking away his iPhone privileges for a week or two. Psychologists say that limiting the pleasure is the most effective way to make the child realize his faults.

These are only some of the ways you can use the iPhone as a tool to educate your child and keep him or her engaged while you are getting much needed relaxation time. Feel free to give these tips your own personal spin or add your own twist to it to make the experience more enjoyable for your kids.

Dir-665 Xtreme N450 – A High Performance Router for Smooth Gaming and Video Streaming

DIR-665 D-Link Xtreme N450 is the first D-Link router with N450 label which means the router delivers the speeds of up to 450Mbps (in ideal conditions) by adopting the 3×3 MIMO technology which uses three distinct data streams to enable very fast data transfer rates. Computers which are embedded with 450Mbps wireless adapter enabled, such as the laptops which are embedded with Intel Centrino 2 processor, can experience faster wireless speed and greater network mobility.

The DIR-665 is powered by the latest wireless technology 802.11n. The router includes 4-port Gigabit Switch you can use for connecting the computers with Gigabit NIC adapter enabled using UTP Cat5e standards. High speed wired connection is ideal for high-intensive bandwidth applications such as multiplayer gaming, large file transfer and video streaming applications.

However, if you just need to build a wireless network for Internet sharing and other simple networking tasks such as print-sharing and document sharing, you don’t need this Dir-665 router. You can consider Belkin-Share router that enable you to share broadband Internet sharing and with the built-in USB port – you can enable a USB printer to be accessible by other users on the network easily. Belkin with Print-Gennie app allows you to configure the printer (connected to the router USB port) to share to the network easily.

Selectable Dual-Band and HD Fuel Technology

Unlike its competitor TEW691 wireless 450Mbps gigabit router which uses single 2.4 GHz frequency band, DIR-665 D-Link Xtreme N450 is powered by dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) you can select. The drawback with the selectable dual-band over simultaneous dual-band is that you cannot work with multiple wireless devices which operate in mixed frequency bands (both 2.4 and 5 GHz) in a time. But with single 5 GHz band in a time, the router provides much clearer band and less interference which is ideal for high-intensive bandwidth applications.

For gaming experiences and HD video streaming, you can select the 5 GHz radio band for cleaner band and less interference (from other wireless devices which operated in 2.4 GHz band). And with the additions of superior HD Fuel and Intelligent QoS Prioritization technologies, make your gaming and HD media streaming more enjoyable. You can provide prioritization for time-sensitive online traffic, such as smooth video streaming, responsive gaming, and smooth VoIP calls with this Intelligent QoS technology.

Advanced Network Security

DIR-665 D-Link Xtreme N450 router supports the dual firewall feature (Network address translation and Stateful packet inspection) to help prevent any types of internet threats such as hackers. And to allow traveler users create secure tunneling to your network, the router supports VPN Pass-through / Multi-sessions PPTP / L2TP / IPSec. For wireless connection security, the DIR-665 supports the latest industrial wireless security WPA/WPA2 to helps protect the un-authorized access.

Green Technology

DIR-665 D-Link Xtreme N450 is an eco-friendly router which is designed to help conserve energy, reduce waste byusing recyclable packaging to help protect our environment from harmful substances, and other eco-friendly green technology features including:

  • The router is designed to detect the ports with no link and bring them down, no power consumed. This helps to save the power.
  • Each different Ethernet cable lengths consume different power output. Traditionally the system supply the same power to different cable length
  • Energy star compliant

Network Management

Each of the client computers connecting to the network must be configured with a unique private IP address to allow them communicate each other and to access the internet. Configuring manually each of the computers with a static IP address is prone to the mistyping that can cause the connection problem. However, the router supports the DHCP server feature that takes care of the complexity of providing the IP address automatically to all the client computers in the network. This reduces the administration overhead in providing the IP address configuration to all the computers in the network.

One of the advantages of having the wireless network in home is apparent, no wires needed. With your XBOX console, you can install a wireless XBOX adapter to allow you play games at the comfort of your living room without the clutter of the wires. With your laptop, you can surf the internet and read the email messages by your poolside. With DIR-665 Xtreme N450, you can build your high-performance network in homes easily.

Supporting mostly OS including Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP SP2, or Mac OS® X (v10.4), DIR-665 is an ideal solution for high-performance home networking or small business environments.

By Ki Grinsing