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Mobile Banking Apps: Are We Really Safe?

I am in love with smartphone applications or just simply “apps” as most–if not all–of us refer it to. With the development these apps had for the past couple of years, it’s safe to say that they simply make our everyday lives easier. There’s even this one radio ad that i heard before claiming that these days, “there’s always an app for everything”.

Well, thinking about it, i think it is true.  A lot of companies from all parts of the world of all sorts these days have created mobile apps crafted for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry users designed for them to reach their customers easier in different ways. One example are Banks. Banks from all over the world created smartphone apps to let their customers check their balance or perform whatever banking transaction they need to just like paying bills, as long as these actions are available with the web version of their Bank’s eBanking services.

Yes, it is very convenient. But, the question is: Are we really that willing to entrust the safety of our hard earned money into these mobile applications our banks are offering when we hardly know how safe it was developed just for the convenience of not having to go to the ATM machine each time we need to check our balance, or saving ourselves a trip to the bank for bills payment and what nots when we live in a world where hackers and identity thieves are so out there, ready to make a move to steal not just money, but also personal information they can use?

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Facial Recognition Apps that’s Good for your iPhone

As smartphones get upgraded almost every 6 to 8 months from the last version that you’ve purchased, security becomes an issue and consumers are clamoring for a more secured product from the manufacturers. In the beginning manufacturers used a simplistic password combination to lock and unlock phones and then it evolved to patterns and swiping (for touchscreen phones), and then eventually to facial recognition and biometrics scan. Well, Apple has a long way to go before delivering a working facial recognition app; however, you can try these two third-party facial recognition apps that works at least 80% of the time.

The two handy facial recognition apps that I’m referring to are FaceCrypt and FastAccess Anywhere.

Face Unlocker

FastAccess Anywhere

This app, which has a 14-day free trial on the leash, is cool not because of how efficient it can recognize your facial features, but because it has a secondary unlock feature in case the app has trouble recognizing your face. Forget about those Hollywood films with ultra high-tech retina/biometrics/facial scanner that will recognize you in less than a second, if you blink or even tilt your head slightly – it will not recognize you. Yes, it can be that frustrating sometimes, I mean, Samsung has a better FR (facial recognition) app (Face Unlock) than these and Apple is still on the verge of creating a working model of their own for their devices. So, as I was saying, FastAccess Anywhere will capture your familiar facial features and let you choose a secondary image or shape and you save it as your password. The next time you unlock your phone, it will simply ask you to align your face to the camera and then you click on that shape that you had selected previously.

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Is the Transformer Pad Good for Gaming?

Whether it is online casino sites or games based on video games or movie franchises, gaming is big business these days, and increasingly people want the convenience of being able to do this using mobile devices – for example Transformer Pads like the Asus Transformer Pad 300. This means that for such devices to compete in the marketplace it is vital that they are able to offer a good gaming experience for the user – whatever other benefits they have – but what exactly is the Transformer Pad and is it really any good for gaming?

Well basically, despite the unusual name Transformer Pads like the aforementioned Asus 300 and Infinity are basically just tablets – those nifty devices fall somewhere between mobile phones and laptop computers.

When it comes to the gaming experience these devices certainly have much to recommend them, including large screens and very high image resolution – both of which are crucial as games like casual and puzzle games, hardcore action games, or those at online casino sites become ever more graphically sophisticated.

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Download Paid iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Apps for Free without Jailbreak

Having your iDevice’s firmware untouched, that is without jailbreaking and installing the Installous app, there’s no way you can download premium or paid apps for free in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The Installous App is a simple yet very popular app that hosts thousands of “cracked” apps on its database so you would be able to select and download such apps right in your iDevice. Installous, however, can only be installed once your device is “jailbroken” — though this doesn’t mean to be able to download paid apps for free always requires you to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Well, I just discovered this new app that has been available in the Apple App Store for a couple of days already which allows you to download premium or paid apps for free. Yes, it’s legit and ain’t a jailbreak app; and the good thing is such app is free as well.

This app is called “App of the Day” and is available in selected countries including Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and of course – the Philippines. The dev’s website says it will soon become available in France and the UK as well.

So how do you get a paid app downloaded in your device for free?

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iPhone, iPod Touch, & iPad App Giveaway – Popping Birds!

It has been for a while now since we gave away products here on CTB; we actually received several giveaway requests, mostly from software and app developers, so you guys could expect similar giveaways in the future. And yes, what CTB will giveaway this time is a premium game app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users. I would say, don’t fret for non-iOS users though as we’ll try our best to do similar giveaways for your respective OS’es.

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Anyhow, this premium game app is called Popping Birds. I have downloaded this myself and of course, enjoyed playing it as well. The gameplay is very simple: you simply tap two or more of the same birds that are adjacent to each other to earn points. And each level has a set of number of points that you need to achieve, at least, so you can make it to the next level. It’s really that simple yet exciting. Below are some of the screenshots I got for you to see how the interface looks like.

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Get Official London 2012 Olympics Latest Results with Mobile Apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, & Windows Phone 7

Either you’re a sports enthusiast or just a simple fan watching closely the latest news and updates, as well as schedules and results of the ongoing London 2012 Olympics, well, you got everything covered even on-the-go. The London Organizing Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games have prepped mobile apps that will cater users of at least 4 top mobile platforms today which include Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Phone 7. The London 2012 Official Results App shares the same key features across all platforms, including the Latest Results of all events itself, Live Schedule, Calendar Schedule, Sports News, Medals counts, and Athletes profiles.

London 2012: Official Results App

And without any further ado, grab your smartphone and tablet devices now and hit the download links after the break.

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Celebrate London 2012 Olympics with these BlackBerry Apps

The clock is ticking and in more or less 32 hours after this article is published, the 2012 Olympics in London will kick off the opening ceremony. I believe you’re all excited for your favourite athletes and so do I. But what’s more exciting if you’re a BlackBerry user who wanted to feel the Olympic spirit right in your handset? You got it right: Apps!

So for today’s Apps Highlights, we’ll be featuring at least 5 apps for BlackBerry devices which fit such world’s foremost sports competition. I wish there could be more Olympics-related apps on the list, but anyway, we’ll just update this post once we have scoured for more at the BlackBerry App World. So let’s enumerate them, shall we?

London 2012: Official Join In App for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
By London 2012
Get a pocket guide to the Games! In the summer of 2012, London and the UK will come alive with events, celebrations and activities during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Official London 2012 Join In app is a mobile guide to help you plan, enjoy and share your Games experience.
This app is free and can be found on BlackBerry App World.

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The Angry Birds Are Heading to Space!

After conquering the biggest social network in the planet, the next franchise of Rovio’s popular puzzle game Angry Birds will kick off comes March 22nd; and because it’s almost everywhere, the Finnish game developer will bring it somewhere you’ve never imagined – the outer space!

What’s exactly new on this version of the game dubbed as Angry Birds Space is obviously the outer space as its gameplay setting, with the new physics involved in which the birds will contend “with zero gravity, leading to new gameplay elements like slow-motion puzzles and “lightspeed” destruction”.

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Social Networking and Messenger Apps Dominated Nokia Philippines Top Apps of 2011

I’m personally not surprised. The Philippines was once named as the “Social Networking Capital of the World”, and the country being a “Nokia nation” – that would explain why social networking and messenger apps topped the list of popular applications downloaded from the Nokia Store in 2011. In addition to that, not only for a reason that most of these types of apps are free; but because Filipinos can leverage the services built to such apps and are perfect solutions to stay connected through the internet with the people they care most.
 Below is a complete list of the most downloaded free apps from Nokia Store in the Philippines:

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4 Great BlackBerry Apps to Download for Chinese New Year 2012

BlackBerry users looking for great applications they can download on their handsets in time of Chinese New Year may fire up BlackBerry App World and see if the apps below would fit in.

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First up is the Chinese Zodiac, a Chinese astrology and horoscope application that converts your western birth date to Chinese lunar birth date and finds out your animal sign, giving you a detailed report that includes your health, career, relationships and lucky numbers!

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