Home Security Apps

As people become more mobile, it only makes sense that the home security and software industries would come up with a way to work together to increase home security options. There are numerous mobile apps for home security systems, and many of them work on multiple phone platforms. Here are 7 apps that will control home security systems remotely:

· FrontPoint Security – This security app can be downloaded to iPhone, Blackberry, and Android phones. The user can then monitor home activity while away by accessing the home alarm system to check status, monitor video, review entry and exit logs, and receive notifications of hazardous conditions in the home. Hazards would include fire, flooding, smoke, or freezing pipes.

· Alarm.com – This app is also available for iPhone, Blackberry, and Android. Home alarms can be accessed and controlled remotely. Many of the national alarm companies use the alarm.com software with just a few branding changes to make it look like their own. Alarm.com does not need an internet connection to access basic functions.

· Vector Security – Customers of this company can use the mobile app to control thermostats, alarms and lights, and they can also monitor video surveillance. This is an alarm.com program.

· ADT – ADT alarms and security systems are a household name, and now the security giant offers mobile access to home systems. However, the user will need a broadband connection to control an alarm system remotely.

· E-Secure for Protection One – this mobile application has improved to not only include remote bill pay and access to alarm date, but it will now control the home security system remotely. The app is available for all iPhone, Blackberry, and Android phones.

August 10, 2011


Kindi Software

Today I once more encountered that someone “sucked” my flash script off the web. So after a bit of research I googled Kindi.

Kindisoft is a pretty interesting product, that I just saw. It’s basically a software that protects ActionScript v1, v2 and v3. Scraper tools like Flashscraper and others cannot be used to pull info anymore.

Kindisoft secureSWF stops all known Flash decompilers and disassemblers using the following advanced mechanisms:

Control flow obfuscation.
Dynamic code wrapping.
Statement-level randomization.

I am sure it’s a great product and will cover 99% of Flash pulls as of today. However, 100% is never given.

July 14, 2011


Mobile Interactive Campaigns – McDonalds case study

Mobile interactive campaigns are pretty interesting and we here at Viooli always wondered if they really work. Apparently McDonalds Sweden ran a pretty big campaign quite successfully. Check it out and let us know what you think:

June 5, 2011


SafeSync: Secure Files and Simple Transfers

These days, there’s an app for everything. Today’s most-talked-about mobile apps include real-time maps, enhanced-reality programs that provide an information overlay for the world, and barcode scanners that instantly search prices over the Internet. While these programs are powerful and useful tools, it is quiet and unassuming data backup apps that have truly revolutionized the way we store and share information in the age of mobile technology. TrendMicro, a venerable software manufacturer best known for their web security software, has made the latest foray into this app genre with SafeSync. This program’s multi-platform compatibility and ease of use offers affordable, secure, off-site backup with a minimum of hassle for the end user.

Backups /Online storage solutions are without question the best way to secure important, vulnerable data. Different forms of data backup provide different degrees of security: merely copying a file to a different hard disk drive on the same computer offers no benefit if a power surge strikes or a burglar makes off with the computer. Similarly, backing up data onto physical media such as CDs or DVDs provides more protection, but is very time-consuming and requires organization and foresight. The most reliable options are data backup services that upload user data to an encrypted account; the redundancy and off-site nature of the backup mitigate nearly all threats.

SafeSync streamlines the off-site backup process. Users pay an annual fee in exchange for a preset amount of storage space; different packages allow users to choose a size that matches their needs. Because SafeSync works with Windows PCs, Macs, and both iOS and Android smartphones, users with a range of devices can rely on SafeSync for easy file transfer. In essence, SafeSync functions as a high-capacity shared folder that users can access from nearly anywhere, improving productivity and data security at the same time.

SafeSync’s range of features includes version-history maintenance, i.e. the program keeps a history of previously saved versions of files in case of accidental edits or damage to a current file. In addition, SafeSync integrates with social networks, allowing users to upload files and photos from any computer or mobile device. Most importantly, SafeSync’s security is military-grade: TrendMicro’s 256-bit AES encryption system is identical to that used by various online banks and many government agencies. AES is thought to be unbreakable by standard methods, meaning that your data will always be safe from prying eyes or anyone wishing to modify it. For peace of mind in the face of data dangers, SafeSync is one of the best choices on the web.

April 3, 2011


Disneyworld

Oh so excited to go to
Orlando Florida again. This time again with the family and obviously a few days to Disneyworld.
Last time was truly a great time and the 4 days felt like 2 weeks. We really had a blast and the little one enjoyed it as much as he could.

One problem however occured. Disneyworld has a deal with Verizon, so my phone wasn’t able to take advantage of all the Disneyworld Magic Craziness.

It’s kind of mind blowing that Disney, who really has the entire Disneyworld sorted out to a milimeter…doesn’t offer any mobile support. But whatever..maybe that’s purpose, so the people actually walk around and don’t go crazy with their phone. Obviously not the biggest fun for a mobile enthusiast.

January 22, 2011


From Engagment App To The Fake Smoker – Crazy Apps

If you think that you’ve seen it all, here a few crazy apps, that will blow you away:

Ok…Ifart..is old and boring,but here our top 5

Passion App:
Measures passion and tells you how to increase it.

Fake Smoker: You can light up a cigar on your phone. Whenever you want

Pimple Popper: Allows you to pop pimples. Yeah right :)

Sim Stapler: Makes you fell like you stapling something. Who needs that?

Date Checker: Check out if your date is sleaze or check the interests

but whatever…..the engagement ring finder app from Tiffany’s, which allows you to pick from 100s of engagement rings is still one of my favorite.



Mobile web design companies

With 2000+ devices, multiple carriers and various mobile OS versions designing for the mobile world becomes
more difficult day by day. After talking to a few guys over at Crisp here are the top 15 rules to apply for mobile web design:

1. Avoid using tables for the main layout.
2. Use CSS. Period!
3. Use UTF-8 characters in the code
4. Design for usability and with the small size screen in mind
5. Use lists over text fields. Typing on a mobile phone is still a pain
6. Design light pages. 20kb should be the max
7. Use .gif or .jpg images for maximum compability
8. Use valid markup
9. Simplify whatever you can simplify
10. Give users the option to use normal site
11. Don’t force users to download the app
12. Limit scrolling to one direction
13. Avoid pop-ups or open new window function
14. Minimize use of images
15. Optimize navigation
16. Avoid Flash and Javascript (if possible).
17. Double-check that re-direct to Mobile page is setup right
18. Use Mofuse, Mippin or Mobilesitegalore or anyone of the other mobile web design companies  if you don’t know how to design a mobile website :)

January 12, 2011


The Personal Hotspot Market

I remember 2-3 years ago a Spanish startup called Fon tried to develop routers, which would be used as hotspots and the owner of the router can make some money off it.

Well, the idea sounds nice, but in 2011  a ton of people own smart phones, which are capable of switching on their own hotspots. These new devices obviously kill such companies including hotspot providers in airports or Mifi sticks, which used to sell like crazy.

That being said, there is still a huge untapped market for hotspot systems.  Just imagine you live above a popular coffee shop or Starbucks and get your own hotspot going. If you use  powerful hotspot software such as Hotspotsystem or Radius Gateway, you’ll be capable of outdoing the Starbucks wireless and therefore generate some serious income.

Same counts for restaurant owners, who decide to offer internet for their clients , which then results not only in additional internet revenues, but also in additional sales.

Well, we’ll see where the future is going…

December 27, 2010


Mobile App Craziness

So I bought the 4G phone and got a lot of shit for it: All the Iphone fanboys attacked me and besides not having Itunes…they were all just plain wrong.

The attack that Droid doesn’t have many apps was kind of a joke. There are just so many useless Iphone apps, that I started stop counting. The popular and useful apps nowadays get instantly developed for IOs and Droid. Everything else also wouldn’t make sense.

But well…maybe my Iphone friends are right. I am having a massage tomorrow and I highly doubt, that the Shiatsu App is something the Droid marketplace doesn’t offer :)

December 1, 2010


Overview Mobile Coupon Apps

The online coupon craziness finally reached the mobile app market.  First and foremost Groupon, who made the loudest noise across the web. But also other services such as Yowza or Gilt have a fair share of the market.

Here a list of services:

Groupon Mobile App: Local results from across the web. Customized to specific location

Couponsherpa: Old and aged coupon service. Mostly for in-store coupons

Couponheaven: Coupon codes for all kinds of services. Mostly online, less in-store

Coupons.com – Old and aged coupon service out of California

Shooqer – Mobile Coupon App

Conterable Mobile Coupons – Mostly lifestyle coupons

There are many more services, but these are the most common used ones. For a full list visit Appstorehq.com

November 23, 2010


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