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Check-In Apps12 percent1 of U.S. smartphone owners use check-in apps—geosocial services that allow them to announce where they are. Here are our favorites.
Its huge user base makes Facebook’s check-in capability, called Places, hard to beat. This app lets you tell people where you’ve been, where you are right now, and where you are going. You can also check in other Facebook users. Free (iPhone, Android). facebook.com
Setting up a home or office video surveillance system is no small undertaking. Dropcam is trying to change that with Dropcam HD, a small monitoring camera that takes minutes to set up, is Wi-Fi enabled, and streams video to the cloud. With an account on dropcam.com, you can peek at live or recorded video using a computer or smartphone. Dropcam streams 720p HD video and has an 80-degree viewing angle. Cool features include infrared LEDs that let Dropcam HD see in complete darkness, and two-way audio so that you can actually hold a conversation with a person on camera from your smartphone or PC. US$149; viewing plans range from free to US$29.95/month. dropcam.com
Security Tops Mobility Concerns
A survey of 500 business and IT professionals in a variety of industries in the U.S. revealed that for 70 percent of respondents, security considerations are the greatest risk involved in supporting mobility. Respondents cited these concerns:
Source: CompTIA’s Trends in Enterprise Mobility study
Stressed?You’re Not Alone
Ready to quit? 67% of IT administrators have considered switching careers because of stress. More than 200 IT administrators in U.S. organizations with 10 to 500 employees were surveyed.
Source: GFI Software and Opinion Matters
Security Threats Rising
83% of business and IT executives surveyed believe information security threats are on the rise. And 70% rated security as a higher or upper-level priority in 2011, compared to 49% in 2010. Five hundred U.S. IT and business executives who set or implement information security policies and processes were surveyed online in November and December 2011.
Typing on the iPad’s native keyboard is possible, but it’s not the most comfortable thing to do. Plus, the native keyboard covers half the screen, leaving very little real estate for you to work with. Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover with Bluetooth technology addresses these issues and also doubles as an elegant and sturdy aluminum iPad cover. Thanks to a clever magnetic clip, the keyboard quickly attaches to the iPad. A built-in slot right above the keys lets the iPad stand at the optimal angle for reading or typing. The keyboard has a great feel when you are typing on it, and it makes functions such as text highlighting, copying and pasting, and searching a breeze. US$99.logitech.com
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