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FIDO Friendly - Fall 2012

31 October 2012 02:53

English | PDF | 84 pages | 33.5Mb

FIDO Friendly is The Travel & Lifestyle Magazine For You & Your Dog. Each issue contains important aspects of including Fido as part of the family. Content rich articles encompass: health & wellness, training advice, fashion trends, celebrities and their pets, travel and adventure, and reviews on top pet products.


Avoid Network Security Issues on Your Personal Devices

Public WiFi is something I increasingly take for granted. I pay for public WiFi access on my more ferry commute. Many coffee shops offer WiFi as a perk to customers. When I travel internationally, WiFi is something I actively seek out to avoid roaming charges or the need to burn through data on a pre-paid SIM card. Even most of the flights I’m on have WiFi. Each of those connection opportunities comes with a risk – I have no way of knowing whether the network I connect to is compromised or not and neither do you.

If a network is compromised, you could be exposing username and password information to people you wouldn’t want to give them to. Even if the network isn’t compromised, there are ways other people can see your network activity. Having someone see the password for your favorite website may not be the end of the world, but what about your banking information. Or worse, if you use the same username and password on many sites, exposing your login information on one site could put you at risk on many sites.

More Devices Mean More Security Risks

Now that laptops aren’t the only device used to connect to WiFi, protecting yourself becomes even more complicated. You could be exposing personal data via your smartphone or tablet. The device form factor doesn’t change the risk factor. Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are all equally capable of exposing data over a shared public connection.

Use Corporate Security When You Can

When you work for a company with a VPN, the risks are easy to overcome. Make sure you connect to the VPN before connecting to any accounts and your device security is as good as the security at the office. The big thing is to make sure you have the VPN profile on your device so you can easily protect yourself. If you don’t have a VPN, the options are potentially confusing, or at least they were.

Cloak Helps Make Security Simple for Apple Users

VPN for iPhoneBy Apple, I mean all Apple devices. If you have a iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or MacBook, there’s a great app called Cloak that can protect your device. Cloak is free for the first 1GB of data and 2 hours of usage per month, which is enough to test out the service and make an occasional data connection at the local coffee shop.

For MacBook users, Cloak automatically switches itself on when you are connected to an insecure network. For mobile devices, all you need to do to protected yourself is join the coffee shop (or any other) network and activate Cloak by switching your VPN from Off to On on the device you are using. If you go over the usage limit, the price is either $8 or $15 per month. Cloak allows you to use one user account for multiple devices, so the usage is aggregate across all devices, not per device.

Hotspot Shield Offers VPN Protection

Hotspot Shield is another configurable VPN, with support for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android. I use it when I need to secure my Windows machines, though in many cases, I simply connect to a computer on my home network using LogMeIn instead. There’s an unlimited free version of Hotspot Shield, but it runs advertising continuously while you are connected. I’d personally rather pay for protection and avoid the ads, but using the ad-supported version certainly better than not protecting your connection.

The pay version of Hotspot Shield is available either for an annual fee of $29.95 or in bundles of 20 one-day passes at $0.50 per day. The mobile version also offers to compress data and provides a U.S. IP address to users who want to access resources blocked in their own country.

While Hotspot Shield is technically cheaper than Cloak, I find Cloak to be a better performing solution overall. Obviously, if you don’t have a Mac, Hotspot Shield is the Windows solution.

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Advertising Age - 29 October 2012

29 October 2012 10:16

English | PDF | 36 pages | 11.1Mb

Advertising Age brings you the world of advertising. Fast-breaking news. In-depth reports. The deals. The dilemmas. The events and trends shaking and shaping today's explosively changing marketing world. The how, what, when, where and why of it all and everything you need to know to stay on top of it.


Cycle World - December 2012

27 October 2012 19:47

English | PDF | 92 pages | 50Mb

America's leading motorcycle magazine since its inception in 1962, Cycle World covers all aspects of the two-wheel universe. From dirt-slingin', double-jumping motocrossers to wind-cheating, 200-mph roadracers, Team CW brings experience, credibility and excitement to the pages of the magazine each month.


Ultimate Ranking Guide - 50 Years of Bond (2012)

28 October 2012 09:34

English | PDF | 84 pages | 42.8Mb

The ultimate collector issue for Bond fans with the best martini-shaking, Aston Marin-racing and gadget-exploding moments. The #1 Bond Girl. The #1 Bond Film. The #1 Bond Villain. Plus the untold story of 007!


Las Vegas - 28 October 2012

28 October 2012 12:30

English | PDF | 116 pages | 51.3Mb

LVM is the complete guide to everything Las Vegas. Every week LVM features the most current information on gaming, dining, entertainment, shopping, and nightlife selections in the city; with easy-to-use listings by category and dozens of fabulous coupon savings.


Amazon Releases Kindle App for Windows 8

In the tide of the Windows 8 official launch, Amazon has announced a Kindle app for Microsoft’s latest operating system.

There’s a few things worth mentioning here (aside from the features of the app). First off, the app is already available in the Windows Store here. Secondly it’s free, but we were expecting that.

kindle for windows 8

Our initial impression of the Kindle app for Windows 8 is that it’s rather nice. It has Amazon’s typical design, just integrated with Windows 8’s style and interface. There really isn’t a whole lot to it. It allows you to read your favorite books on your computer or tablet with a click (or tap) on the cover of the book you want to read and you can pin books to your start screen, too.

It has cloud features, so it will sync the books you have already bought (including the place you got to in those books, through Amazon’s Whispersync technology). And, of course, you can highlight passages and put in your own notes.

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As you would expect, it also connects directly to Amazon’s Kindle store so you can purchase books directly through the app.

A great addition to Windows 8, indeed. Will you install it?

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Based in Romania, Bogdan Bele is a groovyPost senior writer.

Which Edition of Windows 8 Should I Buy?


Which Edition of Windows 8 Should I Buy?

The answer depends on how you plan to use Windows 8. If you are a casual user who needs to browse the web, use productivity applications, play games, watch movies, and view pictures, then the basic Windows 8 edition will work just fine.

If you are a more knowledgeable user who wants to use more advanced features such as BitLocker encryption or make Remote Desktop connections to your computer, Windows 8 Pro is a good choice. For small businesses that don’t need an expensive enterprise version, the Windows 8 Pro edition is a very good choice.

The next question worth clarifying is: 32-bit or 64-bit? If you plan to use Windows 8 on an older computer with less than 4 GB of RAM, the 32-bit edition works just fine.

However, on newer computers, you should always use the 64-bit edition. You get a bit more performance and security, but most importantly, you get support for large amounts of RAM. The 32-bit version cannot manage more than 34 GB of RAM memory. If you plan to use more than that (such as for playing games), you should use the 64-bit edition.

Windows 8 vs Windows RT


Let’s clear up one important point at the start:

Windows 8 vs Windows RT

Windows 8 is written for x86 processors, such as the Intel and AMD variants found inside your existing PC or laptop; Windows RT is written for the ARM processors found inside your tablet or smartphone. Except that it won’t actually run on your smartphone - for that, you will need Windows Phone 8. Windows 8 and RT look the same, and use the same gestures, but there are some subtle differences.

One is that you can’t buy Windows RT, in the same way you can’t buy Apple’s OS operating system for the iPad. It comes pre-installed on a tablet.

Windows RT is compatible with apps downloaded from the Windows Store, as is Windows 8. However, RT comes with Microsoft Office pre-installed; Windows 8 does not.

Windows RT does not include the traditional Windows desktop required to run legacy programs; Windows 8 does. Both the standard version of Windows 8 and RT also lack some of the features found in Windows 8 Pro: there’s no Windows Media Player, nor BitLocker encryption, no domain support and, although there’s Remote Desktop, it works only as a client, so you can’t remotely connect to a Windows RT tablet.

Windows RT includes the Internet Explorer 10.0 web browser, the Office 2013 productivity suite, plus apps for Mail, Calendar, Maps, Photos, Music, Videos, Weather, People, News, Travel, Finance and SkyDrive. There’s also Windows Defender, Exchange ActiveSync and support for virtual private networks (VPNs).
Microsoft has confirmed that Internet Explorer 10.0 in RT will support Flash, which is used on many websites and for a lot of internet video. Flash is also supported in the desktop version of Windows 8.

How to Connect Windows 8 to Your Xbox


It was mentioned in a previous section that you can connect to your Xbox console from any Windows 8 PC or device connected to the same network and using the same Microsoft account. You do this with the help of the Xbox SmartGlass app, which needs to be downloaded and installed from the Windows Store.

In this exercise, you will learn how to connect your Xbox to your Windows 8 PC or device through the Xbox SmartGlass app.

First, install the Xbox SmartGlass app from the Windows Store if you don’t have it installed yet. Start your Xbox console and log on with your Microsoft account.

The Xbox LIVE gamer tag must use the same Microsoft account as the Windows 8 PC or device to which you want to connect it.

On your Xbox, click Settings and then choose System. Click Console Settings and then choose Xbox Companion. Select Available.

On your Windows 8 PC or device, launch the Xbox SmartGlass app while your Xbox console is still turned on. Click or tap Get started.

Connect Windows 8 to Your Xbox

Read the instructions displayed and click or tap Next.

Connect Windows 8 to Your Xbox

Xbox SmartGlass automatically connects to your console. A confirmation of the connection will be displayed both in the Xbox SmartGlass app and on your Xbox console.

Connect Windows 8 to Your Xbox

Now you can start using the Games app and purchase games, download demos, customize your Xbox profile, and so on. You won’t need to reconnect the app each time you use it. After you have set it up, each time you run Xbox SmartGlass it searches for your Xbox console. If it finds it online, you can start using the Xbox SmartGlass and Games apps. If it doesn’t find the console, you are informed and given advice on how to fix the problem.

How To Watch Videos On iPhone Or Ipod

Guys,Most of the people that personal an apple iphone and ipod video know they may watch videos but maybe you don't know how to exactly . For that reason I have published a post that will assist you to understand almost all the ways in which you can watch videos on your brand new iphone .

Watching Videos , Sports , Music Videos and all other videos you already own :

The first task in watching videos that you already own is to get them on your personal computer . If its a dvd just pop it into your computers dvd rom drive . Next you will need to get a dvd ripper this will allow you to put the dvd movie into your computer's hard drive . This will take sometime depending on what dvd ripper you have . ( If you already have the videos that you want to watch on your iphone on your computer's hard drive go to Step 2 )

To watch the videos on your iphone or ipod video you will need to convert the videos you already have to the iphone format . For this you will need an iphone/ipod video converter or any other program that converts video files to .mp4 ( H .264 encoding ) because this the only format of video that the iphone/ipod plays . This will also take a while depending on how big your video file is and how good your iphone/ipod video converter is .

Now before you continue on putting the video files onto your iphone/ipod make sure all of them are in the proper iphone/ipod format . You do not need to worry about this if you used a video converter that converts videos to iphone/ipod format .

3 . After you've ripped and converted all the videos you want all that is left to do is to actually put it on your iphone/ipod . This is by far the easiest step and takes the least time because this can be done right from itunes . All you need to do connect your iphone to the computer . Then open up itunes scan the video files into the itunes library and then put the videos files right from itunes to your iphone or ipod video .

The Simple Shortcut Secrets :

I will also tell your about two different simple shortcuts . These shortcuts will allow you to skip Steps 1 and 2 . You will want to skip these steps because it takes a lot of time to rip and convert video files .

The first shortcut is that there are some websites on the Internet which allows you to download movies , sports , music videos and other videos for the iphone/ipod directly from their site for free after you pay a one time fee . The good thing about these websites is that the videos you download will already come in the iphone/ipod format . This means you do not need to rip or convert the videos which will save a lot of time .

The second shortcut is youtube . YouTube and Apple have devolved a close partnership . Now you can watch the videos on YouTube encoded with the H264 format directly on your iphone By the end of this month YouTube will have over 50 ,000 videos which you can watch your iphone . Furthermore you will also be able to download these videos via EDGE,3G or Wi-Fi connection.
You can watch any video on your iPhone/iPod Video as long as it is in a certain format . For you to watch videos on your iPhone/iPod Video the videos must be in .mp4 format.