SELF-DESTRUCTING MESSAGES

Blink, for Android phones, allows users to send each other self-destructing messages – you know: like the old Mission Impossible shows — including text, photos, videos and voice messages. Around 51 percent of users are in the U.S. The next largest group (over 15 percent) is in Saudi Arabia.

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REMEMBER: EVEN PARANOIDS HAVE ENEMIES

The TV show “Sixty Minutes” recently focused on companies who track you for marketing purposes. Their website, 60MinutesOvertime.com, gives tips on being virtually invisible.

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PHOTOFY HAS COOL PHOTO EFFECTS

“Photofy” is a free app with lots of cool effects, frames for your photos and the ability to add captions. However, most of the design elements cost $3 per album, with each album having thousands of designs in it. Some of the sample graphics we saw were so good they could be used as ads.

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CAMERA AWESOME

“Camera Awesome” is a $3 app that is now available for Android, after 20 million downloads for iPhone. Use it instead of your phone’s camera app to take a panorama, a burst of action photos, or an image-stabilized picture. The editing mode improves your pictures with over 100 artistic effects, including an “Awesomize” button, and makes them easier to share.

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MILK MUSIC

“Milk Music” (what an awful name) from Samsung is a free online radio app for owners of Samsung Galaxy Android phones from the Galaxy 3 on up. We love their classical station, and they have fifteen other categories, such as rock, World music, and jazz.

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CAREFUL WHEN YOU PUSH

“Push Bullet,” free for Android phones, is a handy way to send any file, photo or web address from your computer to your phone.

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PRACTICING SAFE PHONE

If you’ve ever been in an airport or cafe, you’ve probably been tempted to use their free Wi-Fi connections. After all, that’s what it’s there for. This is dangerous without a shield, experts say; it’s a perfect situation for identity theft.

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APP HAPPINESS

Sometimes there’s an extra piece of movie that plays after the credits go by. But the credits are so long these days that you’ve probably left the room and so you missed the funny outtake.

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WHAT’S THE FUSS?

Facebook paid 19 billion dollars to buy “WhatsApp.” What’s up with that? “WhatsApp” is an app, and it works with almost any smartphone to let you exchange an unlimited number of text messages for free. The app itself is free for the first year and a whopping 99 cents a year after that. We don’t need or use WhatsApp ourselves because we’re on a $30 a month unlimited plan from T-Mobile (with just 100 voice minutes). But we installed it anyway to try it out. A message appeared immediately warning us to uninstall two of our favorite apps, Battery Doctor and Mobile Care. Both are so-called “task killers” to prevent battery power loss. For us that’s a deal killer. Because […]

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VIRTUAL CONCERTS

If you have an Xbox, you can go to a concert virtually and interact there with other virtual concert goers. “Virtual” means none of you are really there, which for many people is much like real life

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