I’m lucky: I’ve never had a phone stolen, lost, or broken irreparably. (Well, other than gradually wearing out due to age.) But Sam Cater’s post about phone theft (and the precautions you can take against it) got me wondering how common that is.

Of course, I’ve been invited to plenty of those Facebook events named “Lost my phone, numbers please!!”, but it still seems like a problem that’s only for other people. And besides, if you’re using Android, your numbers are all stored at google.com/contacts anyway, so there’s no need for any of us to create an event like that 😉

But maybe I’m just living in a safe little bubble, I don’t know. How about you? Have you ever had to get a new phone out of necessity alone?

If you have ever had your phone stolen then you know how crushed and distraught you feel when you realise someone else has one of your favourite gadgets — not to mention all the data stored on there.

Though it will always be an awful experience, there are a few techniques available to help keep the information thieves could gain to a minimum, as well as giving some extra hope of catching them, or finding your phone.

With summer finally here many of us are in the mood for getting fitter and trying on those summer clothes. To help you show off at the beach I’ve collected a pretty good round-up of apps I’m finding quite useful in this endeavor for summer!
With apps for tracking progress, keeping an eye on your food intake, water intake and even apps that act as pretty good personal trainers – without the high per hour price tag – we’re really spoilt with our Androids!

my6sense uses a magic formula to serve up exactly what you want to read. They call this formula Digital Intuition and it makes finding cool content a snap. No more digging through RSS readers, search engines, or flipping from site to site; just fire up my6sense or glance at the my6sense home screen widget and it’s all right there.

Established in 2007 by CEO Avinoam Rubinstain, and Chairman/Visionary Geek Barak Hachamov, my6sense is a privately funded startup that aims to help you manage the ridiculous amount of information available via the web. Their innovative ‘Digital Intuition’ solution is the key to their success.


As more and more mobile phone manufacturers release phones based on the Android mobile OS, and as Android handsets get cheaper, smartphones are slowly becoming a growing phenomenon in more and more countries across the world. India has traditionally been a market for low-cost, economical handsets with a very high emphasis on durability and simplicity. As more and more Indians get on the Android bandwagon, local apps and services are gathering momentum.

Let’s look at some of the top apps available specifically to Android users in India. There are of course tons of such apps in the Android Market, but I’ve found these to be the top of the lot in terms of design, quality and usability.

Does your company need good internal communication? If yes, how do you go about achieving it? There’s Skype and Google Talk, but neither of these are very efficient at group conversations, and a lot of communication in a company must be received and understood by a group of people. Inviting everyone to a Skype chat is laborious, and on Google Talk — forget about it.

However, a third option allows easy group conversations with minimal effort. This application is called HipChat.


The jaw-dropping popularity of the humble mobile app can be seen by the half-million or so available across the various app marketplaces. The industry may have grown up around the iPhone, but apps are now ubiquitous across mobile phone and tablet devices…including on Google’s, who have come under a bit of recent flak.

Is this the future of online surfing? Possibly. But this could also be the future of malware, as malware-ridden apps are becoming more and more common and are slipping through the net, particularly via Androids, according to new research by security software experts Symantec. Of course, phones are a treasure-trove of information for hackers due to them becoming more and more like small computers, so app security is set to grow in importance.


The Amazon Appstore launched fairly recently and it’s really cool — offering a paid app for free every day — but unfortunately it’s limited to US customers, making the rest of us feel like that kid who’s not invited to the cool party down the street.

I recently got a new Android phone and I realised that it’s crazy that I, living in the UK, can’t access the Amazon Appstore. So I did some searching around and discovered that there is a fairly easy workaround to give access to their store to everyone, not just those in the USA.


In the last week or so, we saw the launch of Google+, alongside a truly excellent Android-only app for the service; Facebook announced their new Skype integration, allowing for video chat directly in the website; and President Obama answered a few questions that were submitted via Twitter.

It’s no surprise I’ve got social networking on the brain.

I use it a lot. I’m on Twitter and Facebook (as is Android.AppStorm), and Google+, and that alone takes a lot of my time. But I know some people use even more, like Tumblr, or SoundCloud (which we reviewed earlier today).

It’s awesome to be able to post a quick question to Twitter while on the move, or snap a photo of something in town and share it with my local friends via Facebook. At least, I think it is. How many of you agree? Vote in the poll to let us know! And if you want to connect with other Android.AppStorm readers, leave your Twitter IDs, Facebook URLs, Google Profile links — or whatever else you use — in the comments below.

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