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Financially, Things Are Not Getting Better For Most

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A disturbing statistic was reported at the end of the year. It seems that the number of middle class families still struggling financially has not improved. Things are generally not getting better for most middle wage earners.

This trough has continued since the financial disaster of 2008/2009. As reported, the number of persons  filing bankruptcy has stayed at these historically high rates consistently.

filingIt is possible that the lag in the housing recovery is what is causing this crisis to be extended. There has not been an employment resurgence or a re-elevation in the real estate market. Therefore, many hopeful distressed individuals simply can’t afford to keep living hand to mouth and have decided to start fresh by declaring chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy.

If this is something you are considering I would suggest you get all your options laid out in front of you. Bankruptcy is not something to be rushed into, or should be taken with a cavalier attitude. In most areas you can find a law firm that specializes in this area and arrange for a bankruptcy lawyer free consultation

Let’s hope that the job picture recovers and housing prices start to make a steady, continuous rebound. A lot of people have their retirement and savings tied up in their homes. The fact that many mortgage holders are now underwater makes it impossible for them to think about retirement. Delaying retirement of  the older working generation reduces the opportunities for young workers in this tight jobs economy.

To learn more about your options, consumer proposals and the details of various types of bankruptcy you can visit this site: smartbankruptcyguide.com

Tip: Your Upgrade to Android KitKat is a Good Move

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kitkatAndroid upgrades is constantly met with extreme reactions – excitement and doubts. While people are giddily waiting for their mobile platform to improve the concern on the impact of the upgrade to their mobile units is always there, too.

However, when it came to android 4.4 KitKat, users were completely psyched to find out that the update is finally released. It came at a very strategic tome when the ios 7 was making a noise on its own, as well.

Proving all our fears wrong, KitKat is undoubtedly meant to make every user’s experience more convenient than ever. However, it may take a little getting used to in order to appreciate the changes.

One of our favorite features of Android 4.4 KitKat is the new lock screen. Apart from the capability of the device to know display an art work, we can also navigate music through the lock screen alone. Yes, you can now seek, stop, or pause your music without unlocking the device. Now that’s certainly handy!

usingandroidThe common concern on the possibility poor performance of an Android unit after the upgrade is immediately addressed by KitKat’s improved memory management. This may not be one of the most obvious improvements with the OS but android 4.4 is actually compatible with devices running on minimum of 512mb memory. This means that even less sophisticated gadgets can still perform faster, specifically in terms of multi-tasking. Similarly new android devices such as Nexus 5 and Moto G are expected to run exceptionally fast with KitKat.

Finally, the best giveaway from Android 4.4 is its highly improved and extremely accurate search function. With Google Now fully integrated in the OS it’s like the your Android phone really knows you too well. This search function, located at the top right of your gadgets, puts into consideration your location, your recent activities, and even previous data stored. It makes any Android gadget a full pledged personal data assistant. For instance, we tried searching for cafes, and the first result was the cafe which was only 30 meters from where we were. Other suggestions included the other cafe places we have checked in to month back, and other new recommendations nearby.

With all these improvements at hand, what else do you want Android to come up with in the next upgrade?

Top Android Apps for Football Season

Thanks to smartphones and mobile Internet providers, football fans can keep track of their favorite players and teams like never before – even if they’re away from the living room. Here are the top Android apps for football season:

NFL Mobile

Verizon wireless subscribers and National Football League enthusiasts can take advantage of NFL’s signature Android mobile app. With NFL Mobile, fans can watch game highlights with a single click and can view stats, browse league standings and take advantage of seamless social media integration.

Although the app uses a lot of data and works best with Wi-Fi, it’s become the standard when it comes to apps for football season.

Yahoo Fantasy Football

For fantasy football fans, the Yahoo Fantasy Football app is the standard for fans who want to monitor their teams on-the-go. With this app, fantasy football gurus get full access to their Yahoo fantasy team including live updates, scores, stats and more.

WatchESPN

For the college football enthusiast and sports fan in general, the WatchESPN app brings “the worldwide leader in sports” straight to Android smartphones. WatchESPN offers live streaming of sporting events, news and ESPN original shows from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU. With Watch ESPN, fans get portable access to ESPN’s sports networks 24/7.

ESPN ScoreCenter

Although ESPN ScoreCenter is an all-purpose sports tracking app, its NFL and college football modules offer especially in-depth coverage of the games. Football fans get access to play-by-play information, stats and scores in an easy-to-browse menu that provides a quick glimpse of all the day’s football action.

It’s October now, and football season is in full swing. Fans that don’t have some of the best Android football apps are missing out on convenient live-updates and information that could influence their fantasy football decisions or selections in their office pick-’em pool.

Surge in Smartphones and Tablets to drive the demand for data centers further forward

Most recent surveys predict that by 2016 there will be close to 8 billion handheld and mobile ready-to-go devices across the planet. Even that seems like a pretty conservative estimation as an economic upswing in world markets in the coming years could see a far greater number in 4 years time.

While this places an incredible amount of demand on network carriers and also offers a wide array of features for mobile and tablet users, the latest upswing in the use of handheld gadgets seems like pretty good news for data centers across the globe as well.

The latest tech reports indicate that for every 120 tablet or smartphone devices, there is a necessity of a single server to competently and quickly handle all the web-based traffic that they create.

Considering how 60 percent of the current smartphone market is Android-centric and how Android tablets are also expanding in their reach with each passing day, they would constitute a majority of these 8 billion handheld devices that place a demand on those who are handling web-traffic.

The need for servers is universal and while some firms are starting to realize the merits of having their very own servers, many firms are opting for server facilities provided by leading data centers like Next Connex, which offer wholesale data centre services along with the necessary internet infrastructure to go along. The demand for world class server facilities and providers is constantly on the up and the fact that future handheld devices would require further grid support only means that there will be continuing demand for both servers as well as data centers as they provide the necessary support without forcing companies to spend both time and resources on infrastructure.

As the demand for data center server chips also increased, companies are constantly trying to revamp the available technology in a quest to create faster server systems and more energy efficient data centers that will serve the future web traffic surge created by mobiles and tablets. With the growing cloud-based services to go along, one can only imagine the strain placed on future data centers and servers.

Official Image of the Google (LG) Nexus 4?

Not long ago, an image of what could be called the Nexus 4 has leaked on Twitter.

As you can see, this new image highlights the famous Nexus mobile. A few days ago, the Korean manufacturer LG has formalized the thing simply confirming that they are the technical designer for a ‘next Nexus’ smartphone.

In this picture, there are still many things to clarify:

  1. the notifications bar is somewhat scrupulous yes, we note that the location of the time has been moved to the middle, however there are two temperature indices weather which are displayed on the right. Clumsiness?
  2. one of the system colors have changed slightly with a little less blue turquoise and sky – after this is just a guess – again, we see that the small logo battery has been changed or when Is the percentage of remaining battery?
  3. with Google logo was replaced by the back of the Nexus smartphone, an assumption most likely adopted from the ASUS Nexus 7 , then it is quite possible that this fourth Nexus follow the same path
  4. not really number four, except that this effect is clearly apparent and straw is a bit like a sort of pixel art

Android Viruses: What to fear?

The young hacker arrested in Amiens, designer virus has infected thousands of Android smartphones, says he has “not been aware of the risks.”

The young hacker (20 years) was arrested last week in Amiens says he was “not aware of the risks” in an interview published today Courrier Picard Monday, October 22.

Suspected of having developed a virus has infected 17,000 smartphones for more than 500 000 euros of damage, the young man has been indicted for fraud and piracy and placed under judicial supervision. He was summoned for a hearing on November 8 before the correctional court of Amiens.

“I was not aware of the risks: for me, the people who downloaded the apps I had copied illegally. They are paying and they got free on illegal sites, “said the young man of 20 years, a native of Amiens, Picardy daily.

A defense that some find awkward: those who scammed téléchargeraient illegally (which remains to be proven) is not necessarily an alibi point of view of justice ….

The design of the virus would have taken an hour!

The hacker would have developed dozens of types of viruses since 2011, intended for smartphones running the Google operating system, Android, by the Central Office of the fight against crime in information technology and communication.

The young man began to provide free software download that, without the user noticing, consisted of telephone numbers overtaxed. Users then receive an SMS containing codes that allow, in turn, micro-payments via hacked sites.

The young man would be launched in the piracy game, according to the Mail Picard. “I was in bed, and I had this idea. I had never worked on Android. I went to my PC and I did. It took me an hour, “he told the daily Picard. He adds that he then let the system run without “measure the consequences.”

Is Android becoming the Windows of the mobile world when it comes to malware?

While the 90s and early 2000s saw the spread of computers, home PCs and the growing popularity of the laptop, it seems that the current decade is all about the handheld device revolution.

Tablets and Smartphones are now more popular than ever before and with hardware becoming cheaper and cheaper with each passing day and technological advances making gadgets smarter, sleeker and more multifunctional.

But with the growing use of handheld devices comes the threat of malware and virus attacks and industry experts along with recent surveys suggest that it is the Android platform that is at the greatest risk.

The fact that some believe Android is going the route of Windows is believable as just like Windows, Android mobiles and tablets have a large user base.

Latest figures suggest that 60 percent of the smartphone market share belongs to the Android mobile with iOS owning 23 percent of the market. And greater number of devices simply means a greater chance for malware to spread and increased number of targets for hackers. The ‘open source’ nature of Android, which has made it so very popular is also one of the biggest reasons why it is more open to attacks.

Those using Android mobiles usually install a third-party app that is not provided by any trusted ‘app store’ as it is in the case of Apple users or those few who use Windows mobiles. This automatically opens up a great opportunity for hackers to spread malware by alluring users with apps that either simply spread viruses or access far more information than they need to. Multi-functional Trojans that steal data, backdoors giving complete control of user gadgets and third-party apps that secretly obtain data have grown from 5000 in Q1 of 2012 to 15,000 in the Q2!

While the likes of Simplitec could help us counter such threats effectively when it comes to the Windows PC platform, similar comprehensive anti-virus protection units from trusted software sources could also eliminate many of the threats posed by Android malware. Apart from having a anti-virus suite, the other simple thing you could do is stay away from suspicious third-party apps that come from lesser known publishers.

Nexus 10 Tablet and Android 4.2 launch date confirmed

Recently, Google has invited the press to a conference on 29 October. According to recent rumors, the Nexus tablet 10, a 3G edition of the Nexus 7, the LG Nexus 4 smartphone and Android 4.2 will be released.

The invitations to the press for the presentation of 29 October were sent by Google last week. Previously, the majority cited technology news that the giant web search would lift the veil on the 32GB edition of the Nexus tablet 7. However, the website The Next Web reports that the event will be much more abundant.

According to The Next Web, Google will also present an update of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) and at the same time, two new terminals under Android 4.2 Tablet Google Nexus 10 (manufactured by Samsung and also known under the code name “Manta “) and the LG Nexus 4 (quad-core smartphone with 4.7 inch). In addition, it appears that Google will present a 3G edition of the Nexus 7 (currently available in WiFi-only single).

Android 4.2 assumes the introduction of new features in the image of ‘Content in the center’ (which add value to access Google Play Store via a widget) and ‘Tablet Sharing’ (with which users can quickly and easily switch between several tablets with their own login).

Google will unveil more information about Android 4.2 and the new terminals on October 29 in New York.

Five advantages of Virtual PBX for mobile users and business firms

Virtual PBX or Hosted PBX has plenty of advantages for not juts small and big businesses, but also for mobile users all across the globe.

With new services and even specially crafted apps now available on the Android mobile platform, it is a good time to look at all the big advantages that Virtual PBX brings and the many benefits it offers for businesses both big and small and for Android users across the platform.

  • Virtual PBX is a system that is blessed with exceptional call handling features like virtual receptionist, intelligent call routing, call queue management, voicemail transcription and automatic call distribution, which help streamline and organize all your personal and corporate needs.
  • One of the biggest benefits being offered by Virtual PBX is simply the cot-effectiveness of the entire set up. Since no individual, firm or corporate house actually needs to own and install any expensive equipment, there is no great expenditure in the form of infrastructure to access the service.
  • Greater productivity is assured with technicians and professionals setting up the system in place which suits your own individual needs. This way, you are assured of the best services without wasting any of your own time on installation and with constant technical assistance, you will not have to waste your time in sorting out any disturbances in the service.
  • Greater business opportunity is one of the biggest reasons why more and more individuals are turning towards Virtual PBX. You can simply filter out all the unnecessary calls that you receive through the day and only take the ones that help in taking your business interests forward. This is simply the best way to do away with interruptions.
  • Apart from the cost reduction due to lack of supporting infrastructure, for individual Android users, there is the great incentive of cutting down on telephone bills, since calls made over IP are a lot cheaper and cost-effective. The Virtual PBX apps available on your Android app store should help you in this regard.

Motorola Razr i Gets Free Norton Security for UK Users

While having some sort of antivirus for our laptops and PCs is mandatory and a thing we take for granted, it seems like the trend has not yet caught on in case of smartphones. That is especially a concern in an ‘open source’ platform like Android and as you think about buying the new Motorola Razr i, it is one thing you will not have to worry way too much.

Online retailer Clove is offering Norton for antivirus software, if you buy the new Motorola Razr i SIM free during its limited-time offer. You will get the £30 Norton Mobile Security pack absolutely free with the Razr i and that goes along with the large array of features already offered by the latest slim phone from Motorola.

The selling points of the Razr i include the large 4.3-inch edge-to-edge display with Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch protection that goes along with its sleek form that comes with a water repellent nano-coating covering, a 2GHz dual core Intel Medfield Processor, an 8-megapizel camera for the shutter bugs and Android Ice Cream Sandwich on the inside from Google.

The SIM free version of the Razr I at Clove is priced at £342 including the VAT and if you do wish to pocket this android device, then you can at least be relieved that you have the necessary security against malware and viruses in the form of the mobile security offered by Norton.

And for those still wondering, there will be a 4.1 Jelly Bean update rolled out sometime down the line, which will further improve the Razr i experience.

With 5GB of in-built memory and a microSD slot that allows you to expand further with ease, the mobile is definitely worth a look if you love both Android and Motorola. And if you do not have the £342 to shell out, then you can look at the various plans also available that will allow you to bring home the Razr i for  a lot less.

O2 Simplicity Erases Your Data Woes

O2, the prominent UK carrier, is out with an awesome ‘O2 Simplicity’ plan that will allow their users to select data plans. In a scenario where users waste around £5 billion a year due to allegiance to a wrong tariff, the new Simplicity plan could come as manna from O2.

Ever wondered how much money you are losing due to the wrong data tariff plans on your Phone? O2 shares the concern with customers and is aboard with the new O2 Simplicity plan so as to save their customers from bank wreck.

Wonder what this is all about?

O2 Simplicity is a SIM-based offer, which means you can switch over to it without changing your handsets. Data requirements may vary from customer to customer, time to time, and which will be easily compatible with various tariffs available with the plan.

Plans start from a basic £3 a month, and have three different packages to choose from that can suit your internet usage habits. There are two types of payment options with O2 Simplicity; you can opt for the Pay Monthly or Pay & Go option.

Pay Monthly comes with one month or 12-month package for which you only pay the debit after time period applicable. For Pay & Go you will have to pay the carrier via top up.

O2’s On & On allows unlimited minute, unlimited texts and 1GB of data at your disposal for £26 plan. You can also double the data limit with an additional £5. The carrier also ensures that users will not have to fret about the additional charges when that 1GB/2GB limit dries up, as it will stop once the limit is reached. However you will have to chip a £31 instead if you are jumping to a new phone.

There are different tariffs for the low, medium and high data users, with different talk time, text and data limits. And, the monthly and yearly contracts have a significant difference in the costs too.