The 5 Best Personal Assistant Apps To Help Organize Your Life (Photo : Jim Corwin) Now that a new year has started, our dreams of becoming super-organized have gone into overdrive. Alas, if only we had a personal assistant to handle all of life's nuances. Seeing as there are a host of personal assistant mobile apps out there to help us get our act together, it seems like we're in luck. One of the hottest tech trends of 2015 is the virtual assistant. 1. Sure, you could ask Siri just about anything, but you may be looking for a virtual version of Lloyd from Entourage to organize your life. (Photo : Google Now) The cards are customizable so you see what's important to you like traffic, weather, relevant websites or sport scores. (Similar to Google Now is EasilyDo smart assistant, available free for iOS and Android, which is recommended by many techies. 2. 24me (Photo : 24me) The app, which is rated one of the top 10 productivity apps on the App Store, is free to download and is now available for Android. 3.Quip (Photo : Quip ) 4. (Photo : Wunderlist) 5.
VyprVPN: Minimal Logging, Cross Platform VPN for Everybody In a world of ramped up, reactionary government surveillance and increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals, the use of a virtual private network (VPN) to connect to the Internet seems utterly sensible. Sadly, the vast majority of users have no idea what a VPN is, or how it can help them. And those of us who do know have grave concerns over the amount of information that is logged by the owners of VPN servers. We’ve previously looked at various free and premium VPN solutions that deliver the privacy that you need. VyprVPN aims to bring the privacy of a VPN to everyone – as developers Golden Frog state on their website: “Privacy and Security Should be EasyAll of our products and services are easy to use and accessible to everyone – not just the technical elite.” Let’s see how easy VyprVPN really is. Pricing Special offer: MakeUseOf readers can sign up for a free plan with 1 GB of data for the first month. The $14.99/month “Pro” package also offers two simultaneous connections. How Do I Win?
7 Tools to Automate Your Social Media Management There seems to be two types of people who use social media: Those who use automation tools to multiply their presences across the Internet and those who think auto-anything is a sin against nature. That may be simplifying things a little, but it’s not too far fetched. As for me, I fall somewhere in between the extremes – and I’m betting I’m not alone. Sometimes we need some tools to help us manage all our social networks. So if you think you can do this responsibly, here are seven social media management software tools to automate your updating and following: SocialOomph This website offers many free and premium services to help you manage your Twitter account. Sending canned direct messages to welcome new followers is a bit controversial. My favorite though is the e-mail that rounds up all the tweets that manage any of my Twitter handles. Hootsuite Like SocialOomph, Hootsuite will automate your tweets. I don’t want to do that, but I do use it to monitor and update accounts one at a time.
Get smart: Six nifty gadgets for a connected home | nbn - Australia's new broadband network Upgrade your home right now with these cool and practical gadgets. There is so much cool technology for the home hitting the market lately that it’s easy to miss the latest and greatest gadgets as they become available. Make your home smarter than ever with this technology that is available to buy right now. The new Apple TV Apple TV isn’t a television, but a small black device that you connect to your set. The original Apple TV was a game changer and the latest version, which is referred to as ‘the new Apple TV,’ upped the ante again in late 2015. Apple TV allows for streaming of iTunes music, movies and TV shows, letting you ‘mirror’ what’s on your device using Airplay. The new Apple TV. The new Apple TV comes with a swipeable, voice activated remote control and features its own range of apps including games, weather and even educational programs that are specifically designed to be used on your television. The new Apple TV starts at $268 for the 32GB version. Chromecast Sonos Wifi Cameras
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7 Security Behaviors You Should Be Using to Stay Safe Being aware of the importance of online security and privacy is a key aspect of using connected technology. Many people log on and browse; they read spam email, click links to dodgy websites, and shrug when their phone or laptop is stolen. No really, these people exist. You might know them. You might be them (although your presence here suggests otherwise). Awareness is half the battle. Online Security Suites If you’re reading this without the support of an online security tool, you’re making a big mistake. Security suites combine firewall applications, anti-virus scanning, and live checks on running processes to ensure no malicious software is active on your PC. Omitting to use one of these tools on a Windows computer is risky. Standalone Anti-Malware Tools You should also be employing at least one standalone anti-malware tool to scan for and deal with any malware and adware that ends up on your system. Use Your Router Firewall for Extra Network Defense Well, no, not quite.
Breathe New Life Into Your Classic Old iPod With These Top Tips We’ve all done it. You buy a shiny new piece of kit at an exorbitant price, and two years later it’s in the back of a drawer collecting dust. The worst offenders tend to be smaller items. We now live in a culture where it’s commonplace to replace your smartphone, tablet, and MP3 player on a near-annual basis. You could leave you old iPod in the back of the drawer until it becomes “retro” — at which point you could probably sell it on eBay for a fee that’s not far off what you originally paid for it. Here are six top tips to breathe new life into an old iPod. Install New Firmware Sadly, there are lots of good MP3 devices on the market that are let down by the quality of their proprietary firmware. Depending on who you speak to, iTunes is either the greatest or worst music management software in existence. If you own an old iPod but no longer use iTunes, this is a problem — a problem the Internet solved long ago. Replace the Battery Use it as a Portable Hard Drive Replace the Hard Drive Sell It
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How to Find Open Source Software for Windows Open source software is the name of the game these days, largely due to a surge in concerns over online privacy and awareness regarding data security. With proprietary software, you just never really know what the program is doing with your data. The world is moving towards a greater acceptance of open source software, and in some circles, acceptance has turned into demands for viable open source alternatives to popular programs like Word and Photoshop. Should you care about any of this? Open Source Is the Future Near the end of 2014, Microsoft announced that they would be open sourcing their .NET Framework, a code platform and environment on which many modern Windows programs rely. And then there’s Apple, who announced that they would soon open source their Swift programming language. But what does this mean for you? First and foremost, open source software usually (but not always) implies free software. Secondly, developers are held more accountable for their code. Open Source Windows
Google Just Banned This Privacy Tool: How to Use Disconnect Google just banned the privacy app Disconnect from the Play Store, again. Disconnect can shield users against invisible tracking tools, while increasing consumer awareness on surreptitious data-collection methods. It also functions to some extent as an anti-malware tool. The Tor Browser’s developers thought enough of Disconnect to make it their default search engine. Why We Should All Be Concerned The main question extending from Disconnect’s banning: How can users protect themselves against secret data sharing? The banning also brings up important questions on security and the ethical treatment of customer data. Google’s Reason for the Banning After the first banning in 2014, Disconnect posted in its blog Google’s statement: No app can interfere with the function of another app. So why would Google ban an app which doesn’t violate the terms of the Play Store agreement? How Does Disconnect Threaten Google? Disconnect shields users from multiple forms of invisible tracking methods.