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3. Indispensible Apps

01 Jun 11

BlackBerry Protect
BlackBerry Protect is described as a free security solution that goes one step to offering peace if your BlackBerry smartphone is misplaced, lost or stolen. When a device is lost, users can log in to the BlackBerry Protect website to lock the device and display a message on the smartphone home screen for whoever finds it. The app provides features including wireless device backup and restore, remote device wipe, remote device lock and remote activation of a "Lost and Found” home screen. There’s also an option to locate your device on a map and then activate a loud ringer if you’re close by. Before your phones falls into the wrong hands though, you should backup contacts, calendar, memos, tasks, browser bookmarks, and text messages on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to minimise information loss.
Sky iPhone app
Android (Coming Soon)
Sky has released a new iPhone and iPad app that will allow subscribers to access some of their My Sky features remotely. The free app allows subscribers to browse the Sky programme guide and set the My Sky box to record any show from anywhere. You can also let your friends know what’s on via Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS functions. There’s also an option receive alerts for when your favourite programmes are about to start. The app isn’t exclusive to iOS users either, as Sky says an Android version is "coming soon”. You’ll never miss an episode of Shortland Street again.
Android (Coming Soon)
After launching the its unique social-based web browser back in March for PC and Mac, an iPhone and iPod app is now available. RockMelt is a browser that offers easy access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and the iPhone and iPod version syncs with RockMelt on Mac and PC for a "seamless online experience”. Main features include notifications the moment your Facebook, Twitter, and other favourite sites have new updates, the ability to quickly share links, photos, or videos to your Facebook and Twitter and a View Later option. Changes you make on your iPhone will automatically be updated on your computer (and vice versa). The company behind the browser is has also confirmed it’s working on RockMelt for Android and iPad.
Android (Coming Soon)
Songsterr is a simple tab player app that gives budding musicians access to around 300,000 guitar, bass and drum tabs. If you’ve ever used the Songsterr website, then you know that the tabs on offer are of a very high quality, unlike some other websites out there. A ‘Realistic Guitar Engine’ plays back your selected song and you can switch between multiple instruments (guitar, bass, drums, vocal, etc) by tapping the instrument icon in the top right corner. Tabs are constantly fixed and improved by the Songsterr community in a similar way to articles on Wikipedia. An Android app will be released later this year and the service is completely legal as the music creators get paid. This is one app worth paying for.

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