7 Best Android Learning Apps

As your child grows, they’ll need your help in school less. Part of this is from independence and learning more. The other part is knowing where to find high school and college homework help. One useful tool for students is learning apps, which focus on teaching them how to do problems instead of just providing answers. Here are seven of the best apps for Android users. These are perfect for students, as well as adult learners who want to refresh on something or learn something new.

1. Khan’s Academy

Khan’s Academy has versions for children and adults. It has over 10,000 lessons and is completely free to use. Many of its subjects are more common, which is great for struggling students or adults who want to brush up on lessons. Some of the areas it covers include math, science, physics, English, economics, and others.

2. DuoLingo

DuoLingo is perfect for anyone trying to learn a second (or third) language. The app is full of fun games that make learning vocabulary easy and enjoyable. According to the designers, spending 34 hours on this app teaches as much as a semester in school. Currently, there are over a dozen languages offered.

3. Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle is not just for entertainment reading. It is also full of reference guides and books on any topic students can think of. This can be useful if they are researching a topic or need extra information on a subject. As an added benefit, students can buy textbooks. This means they do not have to lug their book home every night.

4. Coursera

Coursera is its own online school. It is best for older students who need extra help or adult learners. There are more than 1,000 different courses available, each of them with video content, access to reading material, and lectures. At the end of each course, a certificate of completion is given to students.

5.  PhotoMath

PhotoMath works with your phone’s camera. It is useful for students or parents. Simply take a picture of the problem and wait for the explanation and answer. The major benefit comes from the explanation since it walks students through the steps toward a solution.

6. Wolfram Alpha

This is a more advanced app that might benefit high school or college students. It can be used for all types of information and works as a calculator. Some subjects covered include data analysis, physics, mathematics, engineering, geography, weather, astronomy, and more.

7. LinkedIn Learning

While this will not help the average student, this is a great app for adult professional learning. It is free to use and covers job skills. This could even benefit students considering their first job. Some topics covered include office skills and creative skills.

Parents and tutors are not students’ only options for assignment help. Learning apps for Android users are a great alternative for help. The best apps will guide students in finding the answer rather than doing the work for them. This ensures they are prepared come test time while providing the extra help they need to succeed.

10 Ways to Secure Your Information Across Your Devices Online

The digital revolution has brought great advances in public access to information. Before the internet, you needed a set of encyclopedias or a visit to the library to find things out. Now, almost any information you desire is at your fingertips, on the computer. But the same technology that permits information access online makes us vulnerable to invasion by others seeking valuable information or resources from us. So it is vital in this digital age to take strong steps to protect yourself and devices.

Here are 10 ways to secure your information across your devices online:

  1. Pick Strong Passwords

This is the obvious one, but you’d be amazed how many people choose simple passwords that are easy for sophisticated hackers to hack. Algorithms can go through millions of simple possibilities in seconds. A good password should contain/include alphabetical, symbolic, and numeric characters. It should be of sufficient length, 10-12 characters, and not contain obvious names or words. Acronyms make good passwords because they are easy to remember, yet do not present discernible patterns for hackers. Also, obviously your passwords across different apps should be different, not the same.

  1. Protect Your Passwords

They are the keys to your digital kingdom! Do not give your passwords to others. Password manager apps are one great answer for those who have many passwords. If you do use a password manager app, make sure their reputation is excellent and security strong. After all, someone who gains access to that information will pretty much gain access to all that you own, in one form or another. Change your passwords when notified of any security breach.

  1. Maintain Separate User and Admin Accounts

Maintaining separate user and admin accounts is a common, almost universal, practice in business settings these days. It is a good idea for your home devices as well. Protect your admin account with a password. Use this account only for admin purposes. If your computer is hacked, the hacker will not automatically have access to make administrative changes. It also makes sense to protect your user account with a password. If your computer is stolen, the thief will need to know the password to immediately access any information you keep on file.

  1. Keep Software Current

This is done automatically, in large part, these days on many computers. If you don’t have your computer set up to automatically update at specified times, do so. Many updates are security fixes to combat vulnerabilities in programs. There is a continuous race between developers and hackers who wish to exploit these vulnerabilities. If you are not updating, hackers can easily win this race! Back up your files. It is also a good idea to back up all vital information on two flash drives. Store one and keep the other with you when you go places. In the unlikely event of some kind of disaster (fire, hurricane, theft, etc.) you will maintain your vital information.

  1. Connect With Care

Connect only to secure sites. Do not use public Wi-Fi to conduct personal or business affairs. If you must connect to sites where security is questionable, use a strong Virtual Private Network (VPN) like Surfshark. Try it here.

  1. Practice Multi-Factor Authentication

Two-factor, or multi-factor, authentication is the use of more than one form of identity verification to gain site access. Passwords are one method. Security questions are another often-used form of authentication. But many times the information commonly used is easily available to identity thieves as well. So, if you are going to use a security question, make sure the information is personal and truly private. Biometrics is another method growing in sophistication and popularity. Facial recognition or iris identification should someday be the norm in all computers. Fingerprints or voice identification are other good examples. Biometrics authentication is the future state of the art, although all methods still face challenges. Some devices have biometric capability now. Passwords will become a thing of the past, although they’re still vital currently! Setting alerts on your online accounts is another good practice.

  1. Use Caution with Emails

One of the most common security breaches comes from replying to or opening links in fraudulent emails. This is commonly known as phishing. Never open a link in an email unless you are absolutely certain it is from a trusted source. Don’t even open it then. A common hacker practice is to gain entrance to one account and use that account to send phony messages to all contacts, with requests for money or information. Phishing emails have led to many notorious security breaches. Think of the 2016 elections, when a phishing email led to the massive DNC security breach.

  1. Use a Good Security App

This is just good common sense. In this day and age, a good security app is a must. Many decent apps are free, but this is one area where it likely pays to pay. Consumer advocate sites rate the top security apps each year. If you don’t have one, hurry to check these ratings out, then purchase a good app. Visit at least 2 or 3 sites to get a consensus. Then check customer reviews as well.

  1. Minimize Physical Access Possibilities

Physical access to any of your devices may be the easiest way for someone to gain vital personal information. Don’t leave your computer up and running in public. Do not leave important applications open anywhere while you are absent. Protect access with a strong password. Although best practice with passwords is to not keep physical copies, in the real world, where you might have 50 passwords, this is often not practical. Keep password information in a secure spot.

  1. Utilize a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The VPN has become vital to maintain strong internet security. VPNs encrypt information and route your connection through a remote server. Your actual identity and location are masked by that server. VPNs also permit connection to sites that are geographically restricted or forbidden. They protect information when using public Wi-Fi. VPNs can be used to stream video such as Hulu or Netflix. VPNs permit download access without a digital footprint. Business users can log on to their business networks while traveling. One of the highest rated VPNs is Surfshark. Surfshark has more than 500 servers in all parts of the globe to facilitate strength and speed of connection. They were recently named a top VPN newcomer. Surfshark now offers annual plans with decreased cost and 24/7 support. Presently, a no risk trial is available. This is an excellent opportunity to secure a strong VPN network at an unusually low price.

12 Awesome Resources For Developers On App Marketing

Developers often dislike marketers. The reasons for that are often quite simple – they had a bad previous experience where the marketer didn’t understand their product enough and oversold it. This only brings poor results and no one is happy.

However, this also comes from the fact that app developers don’t really understand marketing well enough. It has a different approach to the app – marketers are focused on users and what would work for them even though they might not always understand what it takes to make it happen.

This means that app developers, aware of what they can do, should try to learn the basics of marketing in order to market the app themselves or have a better relationship with their marketer. Here are some useful resources to begin with:

Gamasutra

This resource covers game development and the business of making and marketing games in general. In various sections you can find many useful tips on app development, marketing and crowdfunding.

They have a lot of posts and the community posts often as well. Some of the most quality posts come from established game developers but there are also a lot of useful tips from amateurs that can help you with all elements of app development”, – says a content marketer at UK Writings and State of Writing, Sarah Gilles.

Relate – The Digital Mag For Marketers

This app used to be called Appboy but they rebranded and published a great resource for people looking for marketing tips on various elements like deep linking, retention and much more.

People with experience share posts here and they share their personal tips an stories which is great.

Apptweak Blog

This blog is set on publishing fun, thorough and entertaining content on marketing and promotion. Here, you can learn everything you need to know about ASO, beta testing and much more.

Mobile Marketer Blog

This is always a great read because they often do case studies and conduct various research experiments to bring you the best conclusions and information they can. They serve a large market of big companies but also small businesses just starting out as well.

You’ll be able to find a lot of great data here.

The App Guy Podcast

This is a fun podcast which offers a lot of useful information on all aspects of app marketing. There are a lot of episodes and you can hear from app entrepreneurs, startup founders and so on. People really love it and have found it useful in the past”, – says Tina Gruber, an app marketer from Simple Grad and Academized.

App Savvy – Ken Yarmosh

App Savvy is an amazing book dedicated to all app marketers out there. Ken really dedicates his time to elaborate the subject and bring it closer to the reader. This book may be a bit old but its still timeless.

Touch Arcade

This is a forum dedicated to game developers and helping them solve their issues. Here, a lot of experienced people and amateurs alike post their tips and advice in order to help others create a better marketing campaign for their apps.

Tune Blog

This blog is publishing great content from industry experts on several areas, making it one of the most helpful blogs out there for app developers.

Appentive Blog

Appentive makes a point out of creating valuable pieces for their readers. “They cover a wide range of topics but you will most likely be able to find anything you need on this blog” comments April Cordero, a tech writer at Let’s go and learn and Student Writing Services.

Fiksu Webinars

These webinars can help you learn amazing things about app marketing and it’s especially good because you can ask questions at the end of the webinar and get all of that extra information that you need.

iPhoneDevSDK

This is an amazing blog and a great place to exchange some information and tips between independent developers. There are interesting debates and insights from time to time.

Arkenea

This is a mobile app development company that offers a blog on app development and design, app marketing and so on. There are also interviews with successful people from the app and startup industries.

Find The Best Way To Market Your App

Marketing can be difficult and seem terrifying but it becomes much easier once you learn how to do it properly. Who better to market your app than yourself? You know what you can do and what is possible, so learn the basics and dive a bit deeper into the specifics. Hopefully, these resources can help.

How to sync Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to Outlook

Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are the newest additions to the Wide World of Phablets. The Edge+ is the first Phablet phone to feature the curved edges which can show information while the phone is turned.

DejaOffice for Outlook App is made for these large screen phones, giving a maximum of functionality.  Only DejaOffice offers:

* Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes in one app, and you can link them together
* Category colors, use the same categories across all conduits.
* USB, Wi-FI and Cloud synchronization options
* Private records, view them only when you enter a pass code
* Onboard encryption.  Even if your phone is lost, your data is safe

Setup Guide for Samsung Galaxy Outlook sync

  1. Install CompanionLink on your PC. Click here to download it.
  2. On your Galaxy Phone, launch the Google Play Store. Search for DejaOffice and install it.
  3. Configure CompanionLink. Your configuration steps will depend on the sync option listed above that you choose.
    1. Setup guide: Galaxy S6 to Outlook USB sync
    2. Setup guide: Galaxy S6 to Outlook WiFi sync
    3. Recommended: Galaxy S6 to Outlook DejaCloud sync (automatic)
    4. Setup guide: Galaxy S6 to Outlook using a Google account
    5. With DejaCloud sync, the synchronization will begin automatically within a few minutes. If you selected USB, WiFi, or sync to Google, you need to click on the Sync button in CompanionLink on your PC to start the first sync.

Further help for Samsung Galaxy to Outlook sync

Call us at 503-243-3400 if you need further help. Support is free to everyone with a Galaxy S6 phone, regardless of whether you do or do not own a license to CompanionLink . You can also access our setup guides online. If you want an advanced configuration help, we offer a $49 RunStart package where our experts will log in to your PC and Galaxy S6 to configure the sync for you. This gives you the peace of mind that your Galaxy S6 to PC sync is fine-tuned to match your needs.

 

How to sync Outlook Color Categories to iPhone 6

Current iPhone Outlook sync options simply don’t work for business professionals using a PC. Apple ships iTunes and iCloud as two ways to sync Microsoft Outlook with iPhone and iPad. The problem is neither product supports sync of Outlook Categories.

Why are categories important on phones?

Business users who have hundreds of contact records, notes, and appointment details need a way to organize info for quick lookup. Organization is inherent in their PC Outlook database courtesy of the Color Categories feature. Each category has a name and color in Outlook. This offers quick sort and view options on the PC.

But what about the iPhone and iPad?

CompanionLink solves this problem by mapping Outlook Color Categories to iOS devices. This means business users can rely on color recognition to view data on their iPhone or iPad. They can sort and view the device’s contact list the same way they did on the PC. They can assign categories as they create new Notes or Tasks on the device. These new items will sync back to the correct Outlook Category on their PC.

CompanionLink supports Outlook Categories for Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, and Journal. Outlook calendar alarms, task alerts, and contact photos also sync to iPhone and iPad. Basically, you get everything iTunes and iCloud offers with support for additional Outlook data like Categories and Alarms. This is a perfect paid utility for business users who need to organize hundreds of Outlook records on their phone.

How Outlook categories on iPhone look

How Outlook Categories look on iPhone

You have two options to view Outlook categories on your iPhone: use our DejaOffice mobile app or use the phone’s Contacts app. There are pros/cons to each approach.

CompanionLink relies on our DejaOffice iPhone app to store Outlook data on the device. Our app is designed for a one-to-one map with Outlook fields, which is why we can handle more Outlook data than iPhone’s Contacts app.

If, however, you prefer to use iPhone’s Contact app, you have that option. Go to Settings > Sync > Sync to native iPhone Contacts. This will create and transfer DejaOffice Outlook Categories to the iPhone’s Contacts app as Groups. You can then use the Contacts app to view your rolodex by Group (which is Apple’s name for Category).

Click here for more information about Outlook iPhone sync.

Carrier policies for unlocking devices

Many people will be selling their current Android or iPhone device to make room (and cash) for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. An unlocked unit will earn more money on sites like Gazelle that pay cash for your old phone or in the private market.

Here are links to the Device Unlock Policy for each major US carrier.

AT&T: click here.
T-Mobile: click here.
Sprint: click here.
Verizon: click here. (Most Verizon LTE devices come unlocked.)
O2 (UK Carrier): click here.
Virgin Mobile (USA): click here.

Sync Gmail Calendar and Tasks to the On My Mac account

You can synchronize Google Calendar and Google Tasks to any On My Mac account in the Calendar app and Reminders app on Mac OS X.  The Mac has the ability to set up Google Calendar, but only as a separate account from the On My Mac account. With CompanionLink, you can fix this.

  1. Download CompanionLink for Mac. It’s available here.
  2. Configure it to sync with a free DejaCloud account.
    1. Tip: you can set up Auto Synchronization to make it automatic.
  3. From Advanced Settings, choose the Mac Calendar account and categories to sync.
  4. Log into the DejaCloud web portal and enable the Google Connector.
    1. Click Account Status.
    2. Click Connectors.
    3. Click Add Google Account. Enter your Google login information.

Here is a full setup guide for further details.

Your Google Calendar and Tasks data will now synchronize to the Mac Calendar account you specified in Step 3.

CompanionLink for Mac is free to use for 14 days. If you need uninterrupted synchronization, a one-time license costs just $49.95.

How to sync Nokia Lumia with Outlook – Cloud, USB

You have three popular options to sync Outlook with Windows Phone devices:

  1. Use a Microsoft Exchange Server or service.
  2. Use Hotmail Outlook Connector to sync to the Microsoft Cloud (for Outlook 2010 and below)
  3. Use CompanionLink to sync using a USB cable (works for Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, and 2000)

Options 1 and 2 use the Microsoft cloud service; also known as a Microsoft account. Nokia has an FAQ article about how to set this up.

Options 3 gives you the security of a direct secure sync between PC and Lumia. Your contacts and calendar are not stored in anyone’s cloud. This offering rides CompanionLink’s core value that people and businesses should not be forced to store client contacts and notes, calendar meetings, and task and project lists in the cloud.

Yes, people should be able to choose if that’s something they want to do. The cloud is an option for those looking for convenience and integration of data across multiple devices. The cloud eliminates synchronization, which is a major step forward for convenience.

But what about people looking for data security? What about people who do not want their data hostage to some garage hacker across the world, or government agencies that mine data, or Search Engines like Google and Microsoft that scour your personal data and profit on it?  These people need a cloud opt-out switch.

CompanionLink offers this opt-out switch for those who want to restore data security.

How to set up PC Outlook 2013 from Office 365

Takeaways:
+ Office 365 offers both Cloud and PC Install options
+ Office 2013 PC Install is available to Office 365 subscriptions

When you purchase an Office 365 subscription, you automatically get a license to the Office 2013 PC Install software with Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  This means you do not have to store your data in the Office 365 Cloud.  You can pay for an Office 365 subscription, download the Office 2013 PC Install, and set up your existing email provider instead of the Office 365 email account that Microsoft creates during sign-up.

Learn how to download Outlook 2013 PC Install from your Office 365 subscription: https://www.companionlink.com/secure-office365

CompanionLink now synchronizes Act!, GoldMine, and Salesforce CRM direct to both Office 365 Cloud accounts and Outlook 2013 PC Install. PC Outlook includes features not found yet in Office 365 Cloud such as calendar with linked contacts, notes, and better control over categories/groups.

Office 365 Pricing versus Office 2013 Pricing
Table: Pricing options – Office 365 subscription, Office 2013 one-time license

JUMP! needs the Cloud to jump-start new devices

People using JUMP! will need an efficient way to move personal and business data from one device to another. A cloud-based data hub like Google (currently free, ad-supported), Outlook.com (currently free, ad-supported), or DejaCloud (currently free, no ads) is the answer because they enable calendar, address book, notes, and task lists to move from one device to another with just a username.  People who are averse to hosting data in the Cloud can opt for CompanionLink’s USB software to move their data.

Why JUMP! changes everything

On July 11, 2013, T-Mobile announced a radical change to how often people can upgrade devices.  Their JUMP! upgrade program allows existing customers to swap devices two times in 12 months for the same low price that new customers receive. For example, if you own an iPhone 5 and want to switch to a Samsung Galaxy S4, JUMP! allows this for the same price (currently $99 on T-Mobile’s website) that new customers receive. Essentially, you can trade-in for a new smartphone every 6 months for about $100.

Wow, talk about a game-changing move.

This raises the bar for other wireless carriers and reinforces how people yearn to consume new mobile hardware. With the pace of new devices increasing (Moore’s law on steroids), T-Mobile is simply offering a way for people to rent their device instead of owning it for  waiting archaically long (two years) to upgrade.

Who benefits the most from JUMP!

Business professionals and consumers who want to frequently upgrade devices or use the latest-and-greatest will love JUMP!. The plan allows them to “lease” devices instead of being locked into the ownership of one device every 24 months.

T-Mobile’s offer appears to be a win-win because customers get to switch phones at a low price while T-Mobile still carries customers for a 2-year term, which resets with every phone upgrade. History points to win-win situations sticking around for a long time, and changing the game.

Disposable devices just got one step closer to reality.