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AgileBits has introduced Travel Mode for 1Password, a way to keep your passwords safe while traveling abroad.

 

1Password, a password manager app for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android, stores and organizes passwords in ‘vaults.’ When Travel Mode is activated, every vault is removed from your devices, except for the ones marked ‘safe for travel’. The information isn’t hidden, it’s actually removed.

 

After you arrive safely at your destination or back home, you can turn off Travel Mode, and the vaults are downloaded back onto your devices. 

 

However, Travel Mode is not available for users who’ve bought perpetual licenses, which doesn’t include sync. It only works for users who are on the 1Password subscription plan, which syncs accounts using 1Password’s own services.  

 

The unfortunate reason why something like Travel Mode is necessary is that border guards are increasingly demanding that travelers hand over their passwords for security checks. 

 

If your device only contains your personal info, you face a loss of privacy, but if it contains sensitive work or government data, you face losing much more — like this NASA engineer who was forced to unlock his phone at Houston’s airport. And if your device leaves your sight for a few moments, there’s a chance that its contents may have been copied over.

 

On the other hand, if you don’t surrender your passwords, you risk being deported or detained. It’s not a pleasant state of affairs, and there’s already debate whether or not it should even be allowed.

 

With 1Password’s new Travel Mode, you can at least contain the damage done if you do surrender your passwords. Only select accounts in the ‘safe for travel’ vault risk being compromised, and because you’re not actually hiding information, you’re not breaking the law by using it.

 

 

The cell phone business seems so ancient these days that it’s easy to believe the sides are entrenched.

 

You’re either an iPhone person who mocks anyone who has an Android phone. Or you’re one of those Android or other non-iPhone people who derides everyone who has an iPhone.

Is it worth trying to get people to switch? Apple thinks it is.

 

In a new campaign aimed at the Android types, Apple claims that it’s better along several axes. More than that, though, the campaign wants you to believe that it’s astoundingly easy to give up your Android and come over to the bright — or, depending on your perspective, dark — side.

 

Five short ads highlight Apple’s allegedly superior offerings. One claims that the music in your world will become so much more jolly when you have an iPhone. For no obvious reason whatsoever.

 

Another says that the iPhone keeps you away from digital snoopers — and they’re very creepy-looking.

 

Then there’s speed. Apparently, iPhones are far faster than Android phones. Blindingly so, says this ad. Oh, it seems to me that all new phones start fast and then slow down as they age.

 

Another ad insists iPhone will straighten out your photos — and migrating them is so easy. Why, Apple will even send movers to your house to help you.

 

Talking of easy, the last ad doesn’t even bother with a semblance of rationality, settling for just telling you to jump because it’s simple.

 

Is this all persuasive? Not if you’re ingrained in your ways and fear that something, somewhere along the line will be lost if you change systems. This campaign is more a nag for those who already have the nagging feeling that something might be better on the other side of the fence.

 

For me, it’s like cooking with gas or electric. They both work. I’ve always been comfortable with gas. Last week, I ended up cooking on a very fancy electric stove top. It was surprisingly good. Would I get one? Probably not.

 

The gas hasn’t let me down enough yet.

 

 

 

Google’s Chrome browser has always been open source on Android and PC, but never available on iOS. This is because Apple demands that browsers use its own WebKit platform instead of their own rendering engines, so Google can’t just use its typical code base for iOS Chrome. However, that’s all changing today, as Google has just added the iOS Chrome code into Chromium.

Not only should this speed up the development of Chrome for iOS, Google also points out that as all of the company’s usual Chromium tests now apply to the iOS code, it’ll also be easier to implement cross-platform features, which means more frequent updates that will help the iOS browser more closely match its Android counterpart.

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If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in the number people using the Oppo F1s in and around the city, that’s probably because of Oppo’s tenacity in pushing their phone into the Malaysian market.

According to Oppo’s sales figures, the company from China has already sold more than 100,000 units of their midrange selfie-centric smartphone. Additionally, those sales figures have helped the company seize more than 50 percent of the midrange market in just two months, making it the company’s star performer for this year.

The Oppo F1s launched back in August this year with the appeal of the phone being its 16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera.

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Opera recently announced the latest updates available for their data-saving web browsers for mobile. Both Opera Mini for Android and Opera Browser for Android will get new features for a better browsing experience.

Video compression – Opera Browser for Android

According to Opera’s blog, the new video compression feature helps the user shrink the size of online videos streamed your device. This means that videos viewed via the Opera Browser no longer use as much data or take as long to load, saving plenty of bandwidth and time.

To use this feature, simply update your Opera for Android app, and enter the settings menu to access the Data Savings category. Check the box that says Video Compression. The rest will be handled by Opera.

Download notifications and improved tab switching – Opera Mini for Android

Opera’s ‘lite’ browser, the Opera Mini for Android, now notifies you when you’re done downloading files via the browser. We admit it’s not that groundbreaking, but it is a nice add-on even for a browser designed for a trim web-browsing experience. Another user-experience enhancement is the improved tab-switching format. Users can stay on their current tab and open new tabs in the background, with an option to flit between tabs quickly. This new functionality is ideal for comparing different deals on separate e-shopping sites.

Finally, the Opera logo has been updated for these mobile browsers, and it’s now congruent with the desktop browser’s new logo as well. Opera’s last update – Opera 33 – focused on compressing data for faster surfing, and the update before that (Opera 32) was brought in to improve privacy for web browsing users.

Opera and Opera Mini: What’s the difference?

For the uninitiated, Opera has two stable browsers on the Android OS platform – Opera Mini and Opera for Android. The key difference between the two is their compression technology: Opera Browser gives the full web browsing experience where sites and images load as if the user is viewing them on a desktop, with an option to compress web pages up to 50 percent of their original size for saving on mobile data and load times. Opera Mini, on the other hand, is a cloud-based browser where all web browsing will go through Opera’s servers, and those servers will automatically compress the web page’s text and images, down to 10 percent of their original size.

The Opera Browser is what a typical person would use on a flagship Android smartphone; whereas the Opera Mini browser is suited for overseas travel, in situations where mobile data bandwidth may be limited or subjected to poor connectivity.

From this month onwards for 30 days, Muslim all around the world will be fasting for the holy month of Ramadan.

 

To mark the occasion, Google has launched the My Ramadan Companion service on Google Now. The service will provide information pertaining to the festival, as well as exact times for sunrise and sunset, so that Muslims may know when exactly they can break fast and what time is ‘sahur’ – the morning meal that is taken before the fasting cycle begins anew. The Google Now site will also provide users with other content pertaining to the festival, such as apps that will alert you to wake up to Sahur, or YouTube content ranging from drama series and comedy sketches.

 

My Ramadhan Companion will provide you with content pertaining to the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan. <br> Image source: Google.

My Ramadhan Companion will provide you with content pertaining to the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan.

The site is already live, allowing those who are interested in using the free service from Google to do so for the 30-day period of Ramadan.

 

The idiom of a picture being worth a thousand words is one that has been uttered time and time again. Rejuvenate that saying for modern times, and you’ll have something that would go along the lines of ‘stickers’ or ’emojis’ being worth a thousand words, instead.

And that’s probably one of the main reasons why we love them so much: they are able to capture and express our emotions without actually us needing to say (or type) anything at all. Of course, not forgetting that we also adore them for their irresistibly cute nature as well.

To give you an idea of just how much we truly love our emojis and stickers, LINE has decided to go the extra mile to compile everything they knew about their user base’s dependence on emojis and stickers, and visualize them in the infographic you see below.

Of course, it would be very uncharacteristic of LINE to celebrate its fourth-year anniversary without a cutesy video featuring LINE mascots Cony and Brown now, wouldn’t it? So without further ado, here’s LINE’s official, and downright adorable, fourth anniversary video.

To download the commemorative limited edition LINE wallpapers, all you have to do is add LINE’s official account on the LINE app.

Want To Find Your Phone? Just Google It

I lose my phone in more stupid places than I can possibly count. I seriously considered installing a landline so that I can call my phone the three times per day it goes missing. But Google just made something even better. Type three magic words into search, and you’ll find your missing handset.

Type “find my phone” into Google, and provided you’re logged into your browser with the same Google account as your phone, you’ll instantly get a map of its location, along with the option to ring it.

To get at more serious settings — like the option to wipe your phone, before anyone can Facebook those nudes — you’ll still need Android Device Manager installed. But if you’ve lost your phone down the back of the couch (or had a particularly immemorable night out), a Google browser is all you need from now on.

Malaysia first Taxi Booking apps – MyTeksi

Malaysia taxi booking apps for iOS and Android – MyTeksi was officially launhed in Apple Apps Store and also Android Market. MyTeksi allowing Malaysians to book for a taxi via this application and SMS.

Taxi driver showing the MyTeksi Apps

The MyTeksi mobile app works on iOS(Apple iPhones/iPads) and Android devices. The application can be downloaded for free. Below are the steps of using the mobile app:

  1. You need to sign up for the MyTeksi account in order to receive information on future updates and promotions.
  2. The app auto-detects your location (you’ll need to enable Location Services).
  3. Alternatively, drag the map and position the blue pin on your exact pick-up location. You can also manually type in the address in the Address bar at the bottom.
  4. Repeat the procedure for destination. You can drag the map and position the green pin on your drop-off point, or search for your destination by tapping on the Address bar.
  5. You can also search for your desired drop-off location by clicking on the address bar at the bottom and manually searching the address.
  6. Key in any remarks/requests/tips and tap “Book Now”.
  7. Confirm your booking.
  8. Your taxi booking will be confirmed within 3 minutes.
  9. You’ll then receive details about your confirmed taxi booking.

For bookings via SMS, just send an SMS to 36881 with the following information (standard SMS charges apply):

TEKSI<space>Pick-up Address<space>#Drop-off Address<space>#Remarks

Example: Teksi Jaya33 PJ #Mid Valley #Waiting at lobby

 

Passengers using the MyTeksi iOS and Android app will enjoy a RM2 waiver on their standard taxi booking fee until 30 June 2012. The fee is paid directly to the Taxi driver. There are about 120 Taxis currently available in the Klang Valley, and can be booked 24-7, 365 days.

 

MyTeksi Mobile Taxi Hailing service is powered by Maxis’ Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and leverages on Maxis 3G and 2G network in Malaysia. According to the company, major taxi companies, associations, and cooperatives, besides Comfort Taxi are already in the process of testing the MyTeksi solution.

 

Click here to visit MyTeksi official web site

Click here to download iOS apps

Click here to download Andriod apps

 


The launching of the Facebook app center for Google Android and Apple iOS show that facebook is try to step into the 2 major smartphone maket and try make the smartphone more interesting.

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Facebook has announced it is in the process of launching an App Center in the Android and Apple Stores Thursday night. It’s rolling out on three platforms: Android, iOS and Facebook.com (on the mobile web) itself.

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With the new launch of the Facebook apps for the iOS and Android, you will soon be able to customize your mobile Facebook app. But will facebook charging for the apps download? Here’s a clue: the company explicitly doesn’t want to call it a “store,” according to ABC News.

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“The App Center is launching tonight with more than 600 social apps, including Nike+ GPS, Ubisoft Ghost Recon Commander, Stitcher Radio, Draw Something, and Pinterest,” Facebook reps wrote in an email.

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“You’ll only see high quality apps in the App Center, based on user ratings and engagement.”