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Great Guitar Smartphone Apps

You can do amazing things with a guitar and a smartphone these days. Joe Satriani mentioned in a recent interview in Guitar World that he demoed all the tracks for his latest album on his iPhone in his hotel rooms on tour.

Tool Kits

Ultimate Guitar Tools – brings us this guitar tool kit app that includes a chromatic tuner that supports standard and alternate tunings, a metronome with custom presets, and an expansive chord dictionary to help you find any chord you need. $3.99 and available for iPhone and Android

Gibson Learn and Master Guitar – This one, from the fantastic Learn and Master Guitar guys, is similar to UGT above. The metronome includes a tap tempo, but the chord library is a little smaller. It’s also comes with video lessons from the Learn and Master Guitar series, which are very good. Best of all… It’s free. Available for iPhone and Android

Theory Apps

Guitar Web App – This guitar app has a terribly bland name, but it’s actually very useful. Not only is it a chord dictionary, but it also explains the relationships between the chords, chord substitutions, and good chord choices for particular melody notes. Useful when you’re trying to harmonize a melody or work with a fake book. $0.99 and available for iPhone

Guitar Fretboard Addict – Through the use of fun games and exercises you’ll learn the fretboard inside and out, plus it helps you learn ear training, sight reading, and theory. Ask me how much I paid to learn all that stuff in college. A bunch more than $4.99, I’ll tell you that much. Available for iPhone.

The Sweetness of Playing Phone Games

Bearing in mind that the electronic marketplace always brings more and more intricate and costly gaming consoles on a regular basis and that they are not usually easy to buy I want to remind you of the good old mobile phone games and the joy of playing one on one of the most well know  handheld devices we know.

The mobile phones usually tried to provide us with an entertaining part to the devices aside from the usefulness features. The producers started introducing games in the mobile phones menus almost 10 years ago, because they saw that the phone should offer a more vast and enjoyable experience than a simple being only a communication device. I am totally sure that you played Snake game at least ten times in your life.

All through the years the mobile phone games also became more intricate and more exciting to play in a similar growth with the smartphone technology but the benefit of these games was and will usually to be the cost; involved in the mobile phone or smartphone’s cost.

Given the point that nowadays new wave of mobile phones, the smartphones, have the usually the same activities performance of yesterday’s desktop PC’s, the gaming experience provide by a smartphone has become more appealing and more enjoyable than ever before, pushing the devices performance to the maximum.

Sometime feel that if we come to think about the smartphones and their new operating systems we will understand that the games database will usually be flooded by new and thrilling ones because new applications and games are being created every single second and shared on the internet application download stores for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to download and have fun.

How To Use Your Smartphone As A Modem

The process is as follows:

Go to the app marketplace and download through the phone or Google it and download through your PC from the different available sources, preferably the makers-June Fabrics Technology – or CNET.

The installation process from there on is simple because you are led step by step on the procedure once you click on it. If you downloaded it through the phone, you will have to connect it to the PC using the USB cable and run(instal) it. Once installed in the computer, run it on the phone to complete the process.

The application is compatible with the various operating systems such as Windows, Ubuntu and Mac OS. It also works on the various phones such as iPhones, Windows Mobile, Palm OS and Android. The software provides you with full internet access without any settings change or modifications. It is a risk free way of accessing the internet that connects through 3G, WiFi or VPN while sharing the connection with your computer.

The only catch is that you can use it for free for the first 30 days before you are required to buy it for about $20. The good thing is that the $20 means you do not ever have to pay any amount towards it as the upgrades will be provided for free. The other good news is that you can still access the internet for free after the 30 days trial period, although the access to secure sites such as Gmail, Yahoo mail will be blocked. If you do not care about the secure sites then good for you because you can surf away forever for free.

4 Must-Do Practices for Smartphone Security

Smartphones pose different set of security challenges as they store lots of personal, confidential and sensitive data and remain continuously connected to the cloud. Data encryption is available in its very raw forms in iPads and iPhones, while is totally missing in Androids! Thus, our iPads, iPhones, Androids are soft targets for cyber-attacks. This puts the responsibility on users to make the security of their smartphones a high priority.

This article elucidates the best practices you can adopt for securing your devices:

Always turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not using them. Apart from draining the device’s battery, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth provide easy access for hackers and cyber criminals; resulting in a loss of certain features/applications on your phone, a loss of contact information or an increase in your phone bill.

Enforce strong password policies on your device. Avoid obvious passcodes like 1111, 0000, 1234, 5683 etc. To prevent any unauthorized access to your device data, you may set your device to wipe all the data, after an ‘x’ number of failed attempts. Also, the screen must be set to lock after the device remains idle for an ‘x’ number of minutes.

Enable encryption on your back up files. Many smartphones, especially those with Apple and Google, automatically take a backup and encrypt the device data. However, if automatic backup and encryption are not available on your device, you must install a third party application and take backup of your phone data.

Disable Localization when not using it. This way your location details will not be tracked and software vendors cannot contact you. Some applications like Google Earth require this option to be turned on; just remember to keep it turned off the rest of the time.

Smartphone Apps for Drivers

Depending on how often you drive and what your needs as a driver is. There are probably many different apps you can use to help make your drive safe and as stress free as possible.

A few of these apps actually make sure you are as safe as you can be. One of them is called iZup. This app determines if you are driving or not by using GPS and blocks you from answering text messages that you may receive while driving. It comes with three different auto response messages you can use if you do get a message. Sadly, this app is only available for the Android Market and doesn’t include iPhones or BlackBerrys. Like the iZup app, the Otter app also enables the use of text messaging by determine if you are driving or not. It also allows you to pick different automatic responses to help you keep your eye on the road and not worry about your phone. This app is available for several different types of smartphones.

In the event of having a wreck or a break down, there may be an app out there to help you get moving and back on the road. iWrecked is a great app for the iPhone, in case you do wreck. It has a list of things you need to do after being in an accident like taking photos, getting a hold of your insurance company, exchanging insurance info and anything else you may need to do. The app can also locate the local police station that is nearest you, dial 911, call a cab, or a tow-truck service. iWrecked is a free app for the iPhone.