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July 7, 2012
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Barbara Dalderis
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Costco just introduced a new smartphone app with info about their store locations and Costco shopping info!

 

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May 2, 2013
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Here is a new crowd sourced Navigation App. http://navfree.com/

Maps are local, so they don’t use data.

I don’t have any experience with it, but it might be worth a look.

It can even be used on an old smart phone without cellular service.

 

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May 15, 2013
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Barbara Dalderis
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Just found a great free app that compresses your data use.  The app is called Onavo Extend and lets you get up to five times more out of your data plan without changing the way you use your phone.  I read about it in USA today and CBS.  I have an unlimited Verizon plan , but I am trying it out.  I could have to go to a limited plan soon.  This could be very helpful for those with limited data plans.  

May 21, 2013
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Thanks Barb!  If you start using it, please let us know how it goes.

I found this CNET article on Onavo Extend.  It sounds good.

This PC Magazine article also reviews it favorably but mentions that it offers No compression for streaming video or VoIP.

June 2, 2013
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A few months ago I put together a list of app’s RVer’s might find useful in their travels I posted the link to the list on the Beaver Ambassador Club Facebook page (http://www.flipsnack.com/5679E…..7/fuk3yutr). I tried to make the list as agnostic as possible for both iPhone’s and Android devices but there are more iPhone than Android app’s listed. It might also be useful to know there are web sites like alternativeto.com that provide comparable app’s for both ios and android platforms

June 3, 2013
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Thanks for the list Keith.  I like the cool FlipBook too!

You have a lot of our favorites in there … AllStays, GasBuddy, Passport America.

Even though it’s a general purpose App, I think that every RVer must have a flashlight app on their phone! And, you might want to add the weather app we use … My-cast Weather Lite.  It includes moving radar and severe weather alerts in the free version (android)

Another good navigation one is Waze.

June 4, 2013
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My-cast weather radar is available for iPhone ($3.99) but not the lite version. The app I have found most useful for severe weather alerts is WeatherRadio.

There is one category of app that I think everyone using a SmartPhone should seriously consider loading a security app. Here are some examples:

Lookout Security & Anti- Virus  free version includes  a locate function with an alarm and the ability to track the device, anti-virus and scheduled scanning. The paid version includes safe browsing, remote lock and wipe, privacy reports on apps, as well as advanced backup capabilities (photos and call history)  iPhone & Android

Avast Mobile Security has antivirus protection, scans your apps to provide details on what they are doing, and  has a Web shield that scans URLs for malware. There is also an impressive anti-theft component.  Android

TrustGo  Anti-virus & Mobile Security  has a standard security scanner for on-demand or scheduled scans, supports secure Web browsing, a system manager to help you manage data, memory, and battery usage. There is also a secure app search to deal with the malware problems triggered by users downloading and installing dubious apps or updates. Finally, TrustGo includes a privacy guard, a backup option, and anti-theft tools for locating a missing phone and remotely wiping it. Android

There is an excellent article regarding SmartPhone security on the Consumer Reports web site

http://www.consumerreports.org…..index.html
 FYI -I am currently working on a SmartPhone presentation that addresses app’s from the perspective of App categories (Camera, GPS, Food & Restaurants, Shopping & Show rooming, News, Social, Weather, Fuel, Medical, Fitness & Health, Reference, RV, Utility, Games, and Geek). 

 

 

June 5, 2013
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Security on mobile devices is a must.

I use Lookout.

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