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The Advantages of Native Mobile Apps

Mobile phone apps are software developed for mobile devices that do specific tasks like playing music, games, and calendars, among others. There are two basic types of mobile phone apps: native applications and web applications. According to the Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA), native mobile phone apps are those designed to operate on a device’s operating system and firmware. Native apps also need to be modified for different devices. Web-based mobile phone apps, on the other hand, are those that need to be downloaded from the Web each time they are operated. These can only be used in web-capable mobile gadgets.

In recent years, due to rapid developments in HTML5 technologies, the difference between the web-based and native mobile phone apps is constantly decreasing.

However, in the end, native applications will prevail.

Here are some reasons why:

* Native mobile phone apps provide higher click through rate (CTR) among ad-serving publishers. A survey conducted among publishers that offer both native and web mobile apps revealed that publishers saw more than 100 percent higher volume usage and engagement on native phone apps than web apps.

* Native mobile phone apps are the preferred interface for heavier applications that usually run on a gadget’s internal memory, and those that use pay-per-download schemes. Games, for example, work best using native phone apps because of heavy graphic usage without the need to access resources through a browser.

* Native mobile phone apps are by far more secure because they do not need to connect to the Web or a network like web applications do.

* Mobile phones that power the applications will always be more powerful than the networks they run on. Giant mobile phone developers like Nokia, Samsung, and Apple are constantly introducing more and more powerful gadgets that suit native mobile phone apps more. To this day, the development of new and faster mobile devices still outpaces that of high speed networks.

* Another advantage of native mobile apps is that they drastically reduce the communication time between the server and the mobile device. Users can just create an app, such as a stock portfolio, in their phones and just update the stock prices daily. No more need to download and entire portfolio every day.

* Since native mobile apps reside in mobile devices already, users can launch them directly, without having to connect to the web. Native applications are made to operate independently of the web, or can even immobilize web functionality without ruining user experience. This is a great convenience especially if users live in a great metropolitan city like New York, where network congestion is very common.

* Native mobile phone apps promote brand loyalty. People who use a mobile application will usually rely on that application, trust it, and follow-through with updates and other developments.

* For native apps running on more powerful mobile devices, user experience is deeper, richer and more engaging than mobile apps. Native mobile phone apps running on a device that has higher screen resolution, greater memory, and easier navigation can provide users with a more interactive experience.

* This is only an informative intro guide to native mobile apps. Please reference authority mobile app publications for the latest trends before making your own purchasing decisions.

**Photograph “Library Mobile App” by DavidKing under Creative Commons Attribution

Ways to Keep Your Mobile Phone Identity Safe

The electronic universe has become a widely traversed place, full of people from every part of the world. For those who are new to this type of environment, it’s often incomprehensible to believe what is truly capable with such technology. Often, with the simplest or most irrelevant of data, one person can easily become the next.

In a world of identity theft, computers and related hardware have become the tools of thieves throughout the world, infiltrating the lives of anybody who dares to wander the world-wide-web unprotected and unprepared.

But, as technology persists in protecting the users, awareness becomes the most ideal protection tool, allowing people to protect themselves and their lives from being violated by an intruder who is intent on stealing your identity, even through something as simple as a phone call.

Online software security

Always keep track of any applications you sign up through smartphones, online sites, and social media. Now, it is also important to understand that even if you sign up on a secure network, many of the apps can infiltrate your phone account by simply knowing your phone number.

For this reason, it is also important to understand that by answering an “unknown” number that requests for your name, you put your identity in jeopardy. If someone contacts you, requesting information of any kind even if it’s just your name, understand that if they have your phone number, they should know who you are.

Instead of answering the phone by speaking your name, ask who is speaking. This is especially important if you don’t recognize the number. The better choice is to let any unrecognized number go to voicemail, then calling back at a later time to put your personal information in a more strategic position. Though the call may be international, keep in mind that a smartphone tracks a large quantity of information on it (hence the name “smart phone”). Calling long distance and internationally through prepaid services doesn’t mean that the information on your phone isn’t readily available, so be careful what you’ve stored on this open network.

This is especially effective when job hunting, a situation in which you can better prepare exactly what you want to say when you need to say it. Don’t let yourself get caught off-guard by someone that may just be looking for an open door to infiltrate.

Another point is that you should never trust the ability of computer technology, especially because information travels faster than word-of-mouth. What you say, text, and who you contact are all tracked through your phone number and can be collected by electronic thieves. Don’t give out the following over the phone at any time:

• Your phone number
• Your social security number
• Your INS number
• Your credit card number
• Your driver’s license number
• Your bank account or routing numbers
• Your mother’s maiden name

All these things can be used to access any or all of your personal information. Once they have some of your information, it is that much easier to access the rest of it. As more information becomes readily available online, it becomes easier for people to find other people. At the same time, understand that more people also make more targets. While it always seems that it will happen to someone else, keep in mind that you ARE someone else to everyone else.

Secure your hardware

First things first, always keep your credentials confidential, especially when concerning smartphones. Don’t store any information that you don’t want other people to see on your phone. Schedules are commonly kept, and are generally okay, especially if they are public information. But, don’t become too intimate about your stored information, such as exactly who you are contacting (full name, relation, exact location). Use your smart phone apps as reminders, not complete files of information that can be stolen or used against you.

Even your computer is an access point for you smartphone. Be careful with whom you contact online, especially through social outlets such as Facebook, which offer an “open-book” to your personal info. Though it may seem tempting, never post or publish your phone number through an online site. If someone requests it, give it to them in person.

If that isn’t an online option, be sure that you utilize secure options through electronic transfers. The secure connection, confirmed as “https” rather than just “http” is your safest choice. Never make a transaction or personalized connection without being sure that you’ve contacted securely.

The online world is a growing culture, full of many people with many different intentions. There’s always the need for protection, especially when you can never be sure who may simply want to “check” out who’s been checking them out. Secure yourself and secure your online connections by securing what your smartphone knows about you.

* Use this only as an informational starting guide. Please seek additional advice from a reliable data protection provider or research consumer reports to attorney general offices for additional mobile phone data protection advice.

**Photograph “Phone Call” by Corydalus under Creative Commons Attribution

How To Backup Text Messages on iPhone, Android or Blackberry Mobile Phones

Mobile phones have become a necessity for many people across the globe. This is mainly because the advent of mobile phones has revolutionized the way people communicate with each other. Mobile phones enable us to keep in touch with our family, friends and business associates. Besides serving as a communication tool, they are used to send and receive text messages, listen to music, browse the internet and even play mobile games. Text messages are the preferred method of communication as they are short, simple and easy to read right away. Mobile phone users use text messages to say hello, exchange useful information and to stay connected with friends. Text messages are proactively delivered to mobile phones and can be stored for future reference. This post will walk you through how to keep all your data safe to learn how to backup text messages you’ve sent.

Backing up of text messages

Unfortunately, many mobile phone users either lose or break their mobile phones which result in loss of valuable data and information. However the user has the option of backing up text messages and all this valuable data onto his or her computer if anything goes wrong.

How to backup text messages on an iPhone

Generally, iPhones have a limitation to the number of text messages that can be stored. In case the number of text messages exceeds the limit, then there arises a need for deleting the messages to create room for new messages. However if the messages are quite important, then the backing up of your iPhone text messages is extremely important. This is how it can be done.

Step 1- Connect your iPhone to the computer with the help of a USB cable.
Step 2- Launch and open iTunes. Now choose your phone model from the list on the left-hand side. Now right click on your phone and select ‘Back up’ to back up all the iPhone’s text messages and other valuable data to your computer.
Step 3- Wait for a few seconds or several minutes till the back up process is complete. Now disconnect your iPhone.

How to backup text messages on an Android phone

If you possess an Android phone and you text often, then there are chances of accidentally losing important messages. However Android phones have third party applications that enable you to back up your text messages. Android text message back up is made easy with a simple free Android tool called Mobilego Android manager. Let us see how this tool works.

Step 1- Initially you have to download and install Android contact manager on your computer.
Step 2- Once the installation is over, launch it and connect your Android phone to the computer.
Step 3- Mobilego Android manager will detect your device. Click on the ‘SMS tab’. Now select the text messages and click the “save as” button and save the messages on your computer in .txt format.

How to backup text messages on a Blackberry

Step 1- Install Blackberry desktop software on your computer.
Step 2- With the help of a data cable, connect your mobile with the USB port on your computer.
Step 3- Launch the Blackberry desktop software and when the icon in the window changes to ‘sync’ or ‘sync all’, click ‘back up now’.
Step 4- Scroll down the list until you locate ‘SMS messages’. Now click on the check box next to the ‘SMS messages’.
Step 5- Now enter the name of the back up file by clicking the text box next to the ‘file name’.
Step 6- Click ‘back up’ to initiate the back up process. Now your text messages are safely stored onto your computer.

Conclusion

Losing important data and text messages from your mobile phone can no longer be a nightmare if your keep your data backed up safely. Please use this information as a basic guide on how to backup your text messages for iPhones, Android or Blackberry mobile phones.  Contact your mobile phone provider for additional backup help support.

**Photograph “SMS Parlament” by Saul Gordillo

Simple and Easy Ways to Make International Calls From Your Cell Phone

International calls can easily be made from a cell phone depending on the service provider. However, making international calls from cell phones is an expensive choice. Many people still do not know how to make international calls from their cell phones. It is not as perplexing as it seems really. Most cell phone services are equipped for international calls, and certain companies offer international calling plans that supply special rates for an additional monthly fee. However this is not the best way to really save on International calls abroad because of the high rates your going to pay by using your current cell phone provider.

Making an International Call From a Cell Phone

Compared to making an international call from a regular phone line, even better rates are available by purchasing international calling cards that are compatible with cell phones. Here is how to make an international call from a cell phone using a calling card:

.Press the local access number
.Enter the PIN number written on the card
.Dial the number of the country via the standard international set-up

If an international calling card does not work with your cell phone, here is how to make an international call from a cell phone utilizing a different method:

The caller must first locate the plus (+) key on their cell phone. If there is no plus key, the caller can either press the asterisk key two times quickly in succession or hold down the “0″ key, which then turns into a plus sign.

The caller then dials the country code, the city code, and afterwards the local phone number of the person they are trying to contact.

For example, this is how you would call Zurich, Switzerland on a cell phone:

Country Code: +11 = Switzerland
Local Code: 41 = area code
City Code: 44 = Zurich
Local Number: 382 4444

Certain numbers may require a specific digit to be dialed before a tone is actually heard. However, some cell phone calling procedures may vary slightly and users are advised to check with their providers.