ICG Hotline App Review On iTunes and Android

  • May 8, 2015
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ICG Hotline App Review On iTunes and Android

Ever wish you had a personal IT guy at your side? With the ICG Hotline App you will have immediate 24/7 access to Innovative Consulting Group, Inc., Knoxville’s world-class IT consulting firm. Technology is always having issues so I see a huge demand for an app such as this.

ICG is also launching its own custom mobile app in conjunction with the expansion. The app, ‘ICG Hotline,’ is available for iPhone and Android devices and offers two unique features. First, if you have IT questions and/or needs at any time (24 hours/day 7 days/week) you simply press the ‘hotline’ button and a one of the top ICG technicians is guaranteed to take your call. Second, the app allows submission of questions and consultations for IT needs…simply snap a picture and send your question, someone will get back to you within one business hour, guaranteed.

Features include:
• Direct hotline to technical staff
• Find offerings and customer testimonials
• IT and consulting services listing
• Direct consultation with the staff
• Learn more about ICG

“We are proud of our skills and responsiveness,” adds Bronson. “Our new app will allow us to shine where we truly excel, customer service and IT solutions. We are getting IT done and taking care of business.”

I don’t see any ratings on iTunes or Android for the ICG App. The current version on Android is 1.0 and on iTunes it’s 1.0.3. If you’re looking for a 24/7 personal IT help this may be the app for you.

Screenshots:

ICG Screenshot Apps ICG Screenshot Apps 

Rating: 9.7/10 (3 votes cast)
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Brain Hacking: Your Thoughts Aren’t as Private as You Believe

  • April 7, 2015
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Brain Hacking: Your Thoughts Aren’t as Private as You Believe

Modern electronic technology has changed a lot over the last few years. For instance, BCI (Brain Computer Interfaces) have become popular because of the video games that have been developed by the entertainment and gaming industries. Consumer-grade BCIs are now available for very reasonable prices and are used for a variety of different applications. As anyone savvy with current technology knows, there are now application stores where you have access to APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that have been designed to interface and collect data from a BCI device. And all of this technology has led to what we call, brain hacking.

Brain Hacking Revealed Through Scientific Research

In 2008, a neuroscience research company by the name of, NeuroFocus, was bought by The Nielsen Company (a leading global information and research company). NeuroFocus developed an EEG-based BCI called Mynd. At the time they stated (see the Martinovic PDF):

“…market researchers will be able to capture the highest
quality data on consumers’ deep subconscious responses
in real time wirelessly, revolutionizing mobile in-market
research and media consumption at home.”

Using this new technology, scientific studies were conducted by researchers at the University of California in Berkley and the University of Oxford in Geneva. The researchers wondered if they could access secret personal data stored on a person’s brain by using EEG-based BCI devices. The specific data they were interested in was secret information such as: bank accounts, bank cards, PIN numbers, areas of living, the knowledge of known persons, etc.

Results of Brain Hacking Scientific Studies

The initial testing, which took place back in 2012, showed significantly positive results that the conclusion of the researchers was that as technology in the quality of EEG-based BCI devices increased, the success rates of attacks to obtain secret information from brain hacking would also increase. Their conclusion was that the development of new brain hacking attacks could be accomplished with relative ease and would only be limited by the attacker’s creativity.

It seems that brain hacking is another serious threat to our security now and in the future.

Rating: 9.0/10 (1 vote cast)
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Paranoia Text Encryption App Review

  • March 31, 2015
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Paranoia Text Encryption App Review

Ever thought about encrypting your text messages or any other text on your mobile phone? Well you’re in luck because there’s an app for that. The iPhone and iPad app is called Paranoia Text Encryption. The Paranoia Text Encryption app is a universal and secure encryptor for your messages, notes, chat posts and any other texts. Paranoia Text Encryption is the universal text encryption application for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod) by Paranoia Works. Paranoia Text Encryption keeps your SMSs, emails, social networking posts, notes, and any other text safe from snoopers, hackers, and prying eyes. I could see this app being especially useful for businesses who want to keep their company information safe. Right now there are no reviews of the Paranoia Text Encryption app, but it is free so it’s worth at least trying out.

If you would like more information on the app visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paranoia-text-encryption-universal/id935278498?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Text Encryption App Screen Shot Text Encryption App Screen Shot 2

 

Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
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TimeDock Employee Time Tracking App Review

  • March 28, 2015
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TimeDock Employee Time Tracking

Ever needed to track employee time at your company? This is what the Time Dock employee time tracking app does. It turns your iPhone or iPad into a bar-code time clock for employee time tracking in the cloud. Employees present their bar-coded ID to the manager who scans the bar-code to start tracking their time. I still remember the days when employees used punch cards to track their time. Things have definitely changed for the better! The new version of the app has an upgraded interface and it currently boosts a 5 out of 5 star rating. The older versions of the TimeDock app got 3 out of 5 stars. This is something that’s needed at every company why not let Time Dock be your solution.

If you would like more information on the app visit:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timedock-employee-time-tracking/id313246459?ls=1&mt=8

Time Dock App

Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
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Freemake Music Downloader For iOS Review

  • February 27, 2015
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Freemake Music Downloader For iOS Review

Music is an art which helps you escape reality. Listening to tracks and exploring new music genres, you can forget about your inner or surrounding problems, dive deeper into the pure sound and then come to conclusions you couldn’t face before. In this case music perfectly works as a kind of meditation. But what a bad thing: it is not always free, especially when it comes to iPhone. But on the other hand there still exist some free ways to get a lot of tracks and listen to them afterwards, and one of them is called Freemake Music Downloader.

It is an app for iOS. Designed for iPhone only, available for free on iTunes, here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-music-download-mp3-downloader/id927239407?mt=8

If you open the app you will discover that these seas of music discoveries are available here for free. You are able to enter the name of every song, band or artist in the search bar. This means that you will see a lot of tracks, all organized in the list for you to download. Search, listen & download MP3s. Free & legally. Play favorite songs offline, without Internet. All versions of the Freemake app get a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

The Fremake app searches the internet for free songs, gives you the ability to play those songs without the Internet. This app will definitely save you some money by not always buying music through iTunes.

Freemake Screen Shots:

Freemake App 1 fremake_2

 

Rating: 10.0/10 (2 votes cast)
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EXPLODING KITTENS – Why All the Excitement?

  • February 11, 2015
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EXPLODING KITTENS – Why All the Excitement?

EXPLODING KITTENS? When I heard about EXPLODING KITTENS I thought, how awful! Sure, it was supposed to be a card game, but I love cats and kittens and I couldn’t see how that would be a fun game as advertised. Wouldn’t that lead to more violence, this time against innocent little kittens? Wasn’t there already enough violence in this world that we live in? How could a card game called EXPLODING KITTENS possibly be a fun, family game, for children aged 7 and up?

Well, I guess the EXPLODING KITTENS team that created the game also had misgivings about the name, at least at first. They confessed that they were concerned about what people, like me, might think. Here is what they had to say under the heading, But You’re Blowing Up Kittens! Not Cool, Buddy:

“We struggled with this a lot. We love the name Exploding Kittens, but we don’t want to hurt kittens. We also don’t want the kittens to be hurt by anyone else. Eventually we decided to explore the concept of the kittens blowing themselves up…

“Our kitties would not blow up out of malicious intent or negligence, but by doing the things that kittens do, like running across keyboards or chewing on things they shouldn’t be chewing on.”

Okay, that was a lot more acceptable! Then I read that they also had developed cards that could be used to “defuse” the exploding kittens. The defusing cards were items that you would use to defuse a live kitten. One that I particularly liked was a “catnip sandwich” card. Cute, isn’t it!?! At that point, I began to get interested in how the game was structured.

How EXPLODING KITTENS Was Created and Is Played

EXPLODING KITTENS was created by Millennial gaming-industry veterans, Elan Lee (Xbox, ARGs), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel).

Here are the basics of the game, as stated on Kickstarter by Elan Lee:

“Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.

“The game gets more and more intense with each card you draw because fewer cards left in the deck means a greater chance of drawing the kitten and exploding in a fiery ball of feline hyperbole.”

The standard game is designed for ages 7 and up (as I stated above), but an adult version, listed as NSFW (Not Safe for Work, or X rated), was designed for players who are 35 and up. To be honest, I don’t really understand why you would need an adult version, or what the specific differences are. Nevertheless, they are both being made available to the public. EXPLODING KITTENS looks like it will be a very fun card game. Be sure to check it out.

Rating: 9.5/10 (2 votes cast)
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