World Clock & Widget (1.5.9) – Android App Review

April 23, 2014

World Clock & Widget (1.5.9)

Cost Of App: Free (Google Play App Store)

Is there a paid upgrade option ?: No

App Description: (See Below)

Simple and easy to use world clock application & widget.

If your location is missing, find a place in the same time zone & change the clock title:

(1) Find another city/location in the same time zone, and add it.
(2) Click on the new city and select “Edit Clock”.
(3) Rename the clock title & description and click on “OK”.

Features:

* Customizable widget background.
* Multiple clocks support.
* Quick search for locations.
* Displaying 12H or 24H clock format.
* Optional display of date

Are there in App ads ?: Yes, but only a very small random logo

 

A. Ease Of Use: 5/5 – Super simple. Select your desired location (AKA. Place like London or Time Zone like PST) Then decide if you wish to have a widget on your home screen or no widget and only have the clock in your Google apps list.

B. Security: No effect on Smart Phone or Tablet security.

C. Usefulness: 4/5 – Again only really useful if you intend to use it. If not it is just taking up space on your phone or tablet.

D. Smart phone Slowdown: None

E. Tablet Slowdown: None

f. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: Anyone who wants to keep track of different time zones other then there own. Then this is a very easy call to make. So go ahead and download it and don’t by accident call your mate at 3am his time. Because you were unaware of his time zone difference.

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Erin


AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 (2014.0.4569) – Freeware Review

April 23, 2014

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results

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Price: Free

A. Installation AVG4.5 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved in this area 10 fold. I personally thank G-d that this time around it did not take more then once to install AVG Anti-Virus 2014. As oppose to AVG Anti-Virus 2013 that more then a dozen times to install on my PC’s. So well done AVG for getting it right this time. Better late then never.

B. Un-installing AVG 3.5Average” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 is very sloppy un-installer. But that is not a surprise to me. So has every other previous AVG version going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) seems to have been completely fixed in AVG 2014. Along with the jenkey manual update option.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus4.5Great” – No reports of AVG being compromised.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating - 4.0Great” – Automatic updating is fine. But if you want to manually update your AVG. Expect some slowness.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue5.0 – Yes, you can now with, no doubt. But leave the manual update option alone unless you want to invite stability related issues.

H. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test – - You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner that is more dedicated to removal of Internet cookies. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.

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1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test - 3.5Average – I still find SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

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Computers Protection

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3A. Anti-Virus Scanner 4.0Great” – AVG has finally beaten their just average score. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.

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Web Browsing Protection

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4A. Link Scanner4.5Great – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield – Not available In the Free Version

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Identity Protection

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5A. Identity Protection - Not available In the Free Version

5B. Identity Alert – Not available In the Free Version

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E-mail Protection

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6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it at all.

6B. Anti-Spam - Not available In the Free Version

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Firewall

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7. Firewall - Not available In the Free Version

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Extra Features

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8. Fix Performance (AKA. PC Analyzer) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that you only can fix your errors for free once then great. But if you are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this extremely expensive add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion.

9. Mobile ProtectionN/A – This option is pretty much just a bullet point reminder. As you can download the AVG Free SmartPhone app from the Google Play Store.

10. File Shredder3.5 Average” – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking what Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 7. Advanced File shredder options.

11. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – With only a free forum and a phone number to call for support.

You will often find yourself ether being told to go to the free forum or they will recommend you go to further specialized support via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is an epic MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and overally misleading to users.

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My Overall Score: 73/100

73 % = C +

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My Final Verdict - AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 takes what disappointed me with AVG 2013 and up the ante. It is still not AVG 2012 which seemed a lot smoother. Also again this appears to clearly tailored first to Windows 8 and then to Windows 7. If you don’t have ether. Then you maybe as disappointed as I was yet again.

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Kirbe


What is a “Mouse” ?

April 22, 2014

Computer Mouse - is an input device that is most often used with a personal computer. Moving a mouse along a flat surface can move the on-screen cursor to different items on the screen. Items can be moved or selected by pressing the mouse buttons (called clicking).

It is called a computer mouse because of the wire that connects the mouse to the computer. The people who designed the first computer mice thought that it looked like the tail on a mouse. Today, many computer mice use wireless technology and have no wire.

On most computers, the user can move the mouse to move the cursor in the same direction. To choose something that is on the screen, the user can move the cursor to it and “click” the left mouse button. The right mouse button is used to open menus that are different depending on where the cursor is. The other mouse buttons can do different things, depending on the software. Most mice have two or three buttons to click. Most mice also have a “scroll wheel”—a small wheel found between the two main mouse buttons. The user can move the wheel up or down to “scroll” through things like a website or folder, which means to move it up or down on the screen, or can click the wheel down like another button.

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Source: Wikipedia


AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android (4.0.0.1) – Free Smart Phone Android App Review

April 22, 2014

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 6.5 - “AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App Review Template

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Tested On A: Samsung Galaxy Ace Q (Model: SGH-I827D)

Operating System: Android (V2.3.6)

Price: Free (Google Play App Store)

A. Installation AVG Mobile Anti-Virus Free5.0 Excellent” – Very easy just click on AVG Anti-Virus Free  App icon and press Install.

B. Un-installing AVG Mobile Anti-Virus Free4.5Great – It could be a little easier to remove. Just follow the steps below to un-install your AVG App.

B1. Go to your “Settings

B2. Then go to “Applications“.

B3. Then choose the “Anti-Virus App“.

B4. The press and hold your finger on the app

B5. There should be a screen that appears where you can un-install the AVG App.

B6. Wait a few seconds till the App is fully un-installed

B7. Then your good to go

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent” – No crashes or freezing. Since I downloaded the app.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for AndroidProtection

D1. App(s) Protection5.0Excellent” – AVG will tell you is the app is rouge and not affiliated with the Android App store. It does an excellent job at this. Thus far it has warned me 3 times.

D2. Settings Protection5.0Excellent” – This option is very simple yet very important. It makes sure in your options to install and download apps of “unknown sources” will not be allowed to occur. Other then that super important job. I saw no other reason for this Protection option.

D3. Content Protection4.0Great” – This feature is by no means outstanding. But I have had a few “AD” detection’s. I’m assuming that means “AD”-ware. But I can’t be sure at this point.

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E. Real Time Scanner5.0Excellent” – This feature works like a charm. You can ever see it in action.

E1. SD Card Scanner3.5Average- Nothing special here. This is pretty much an external SD card memory scanner.

E2. File Scanner5.0Excellent” - This feature works as expected.

E3. Safe Web Surfing3.5Average” – Nothing special here. No detentions or warning. I’m still unclear as to what this protection is suppose to do.

E4. Deep File Scanner5.0Excellent” - This feature works as expected.

E5. Text Message Scanner3.5 Average” – Nothing special here. No detentions or warning.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for AndroidPerformance

F1. Task Killer3.0 Average - This option is exactly what you would expect and nothing else.

F2. Battery Consumption3.0Average” – This option could of been so much more then. Here your phone or tablet is at ##%.

F3. Data Usage4.0Great” – Great, if you are on a set data plan.

F4. Storage Usage4.5Great” – A really great option to check on both your Internal Memory and your SD card memory stats.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android - Privacy

F. App LockerN/A – Not available in Free version

FF. App Backup - N/A – Not available in the Free version

F1. Wipe Device  (AKA. Factory Re-set) - 4.0Great” – Great tool for people who unwittingly corrupted their device.

F2. Wipe SD Card5.0Excellent” – Great for when you are upgrading your devices memory or if you wish to trade or sell your SD card.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android - Anti-Thief

G. Anti-TheftNot Tested

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H. Speed of Scan2.0 Poor” – Very slow. Even when I expect some limitations due to Smart phone system resources. This aspect has gone right down the tubes. I would of thought it would of gone the other way, FASTER. But nope not in this case at all even with just a .0.0.1 update.

I. Updating3.0Average – It needs to be updated manually and it won’t always update the first attempt.

J. AVG SupportNot Tested

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My Overall Score: 82.5/100

82.5 % = A -

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My Final Verdict -Part 1- The main difference with AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App. Is that is it split into 4 different layers of protection.

The 1st layer would be your - Protection

1. Apps -This is where the scanner will pick up any rouge apps. That are not certified via the (Google Play App Store).

2. Content – This is where you’ll find out if you downloaded or transferred a virus on to your smart phone. Via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth.

3. Settings – Is also very important and often overlooked when people first get their phone. Often there are settings with in setting that make your smart phone less then secure. Such as letting unknown or un-certified apps to collect your private data, Or transmitting your location without your permission (Also known as Geo-tagging).

The 2nd layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App - Performance

1. Task Killer

2. Battery Consumption

4. Wipe Personal Data

5. Data Usage

6. Storage Usage

The 3rd layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App - Anti-Theft

1. Device Locator

The 4th layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App - Privacy

1. App Locker – Only 10 day limited trial

2. App Backup – Only 10 day limited trail

3. Wipe Device

4. Wipe SD Card

My Final Verdict -Part 2- Now performance wise. This is no watered down version of the full blow PC version of AVG. Yes, there are less options and scanning is a little slower. Due to mobile phone limitations. But other then that you get what you would expect. A rather good free Anti-Virus program.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App when available. Also important is to update your AVG virus definitions as often as possible. Which in the case of this App there are new virus definition updates (Nearly) everyday.

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Here are 2 links to download AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App:

1. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antivirus (Google Play App Store)

2. http://free.avg.com/us-en/for-mobile (AVG’s Main Site)

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Remy “Se7en”


Harris Poll Online – Survey Site Review (April 2014)

April 21, 2014

Name: Harris Poll Online

Link: http://www.harrispollonline.com/

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Anybody

Type of Award Or Payment: Points / Instant Prize / Sweepstakes /

Points Or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 0  – 100

Sign-Up Time: Very Short

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 0 – 5

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: You’ll be long dead before you get the prize you really want, unless you are really really lucky.

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 – Harris Poll Online has some very cool rewards available. But the overall decrease of surveys invites (month over month) and downright unfair point values. Will keep you from the cool rewards for a really rather long time.

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Blog Update #319 – This Week (CSW) Reviews The Latest Versions Of AVG Anti-Virus

April 20, 2014

Dear Readers,

This week the (CSW) crew will be bring you 3 AVG Anti-Virus reviews.

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1. AVG AntiVirus FREE Smart Phone Android App (4.0.0.1)

**Review will be posted April 22nd at 00:15 EST**

2. AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 (2013.0.4569)

**Review will be posted April 23rd at 00:15 EST**

3. AVG Internet Security 2014 (2013.0.4569)

**Review will be posted April 24th at 00:15 EST**

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Erin


Drippler – Top Android Updates (2.07.3) – Android App Review

April 19, 2014

Drippler – Top Android Updates (2.07.3)

Cost Of App: Free (Google Play App Store)

Is there a paid upgrade option ?: No

App Description: (See Below)

Install Drippler to discover daily tips, new features, top apps, Android updates, accessories and more. Join millions of users getting the latest:

✓ Android tips, tricks & secrets
✓ Android apps & games
✓ Software updates & firmware upgrades
✓ Android widgets & tools
✓ Android manuals & guides
✓ Android themes, wallpapers & accessories

What are the best Android apps for my Galaxy S4? Where can I find help or easy how to guides for my Nexus 10 tablet? What are the latest Android updates & upgrades for my Nexus 5? Drippler has all the answers!

★ Press
✓ “Turn Your Phone Into the Best Damn Phone It Can Be” – Gizmodo
✓ “A must-have for Android owners” – TheNextWeb
✓ “Drippler offers news on Android updates and useful apps” – The New York Times
✓ “Try Drippler. It’s like a Flipboard edition for your mobile device” – GigaOm
✓ “A useful way to stay current on the rapidly changing mobile landscape” – TechCrunch
✓ Recommended by Samsung, Amazon, Verizon and AT&T

★ User Reviews
“Thanks to Drippler I found many cool accessories, Android app sales and the best system updates for my Galaxy S4!”
“Drippler is where I read about Android kitkat first, and in general a great app discover source”.
“Love the new tablet app! Drippler is like an Android assistant or a user guide built specifically for my tablet, with the best tips, updates and daily apps in the Android market”.

★ Drippler supports Android version 2.3 and up
Android Honeycomb (Android 3.0, 3.1, 3.2), Android Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Android Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3), Android Kit Kat (Android 4.4)

★ Tested on
Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 2013 (Nexus 7 2), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0 & 10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0 & 10.1), Motorola Droid Razr (Hd, Maxx HD), LG Optimus

★ Permissions
✓ Access to external storage – to enable moving the app to SD card
✓ Prevent phone from sleeping – only when getting new drips and will only prevent sleeping for a few seconds
✓ Accounts – for Google+ sign in

★ We LOVE connecting with our users, please reach out!

Facebook – http://facebook.com/drippler
Google+ Community – http://goo.gl/Inr269
Google+ – http://goo.gl/0Qvkay
Twitter – http://twitter.com/drippler

Are there in App ads ?: Yes

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – Very easy to use. You set your notifications in your Drippler settings. Then when ever there is a new story. It will pop up, then just click on it and it will bring you there. You can then back out and see the list of ten or so top news stores related to Android devices.

B. Security: No impact to smart phone or tablet security

C. Usefulness: 3/5 – It’s not the best news app out there. But it is very targeted to Android users.

D. Tablet Slowdown: No lag, that I noticed.

E. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: Anyone who wants a directed / targeted news app for Android users. Then you maybe happy with this app. But, if you want a wider spectrum type of new app. Don’t bother downloading this app because you’ll be very disappointed.

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