New FlyRights App Aimed at Stopping Racial Profiling by the TSA

A new iPhone and Android app, FlyRights (not FlyRight, which is confusingly another iPhone application which allows you to use social media to provide feedback to the airlines) allows users who feel that they have been the the victim of racial profiling by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to immediately – on the spot – file a complaint (via the FlyRights app – hence “Fly Rights”) with both the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

How to Factory Reset an Android T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

At some point you may have a reason to want to do a factory reset and restore on an Android T-Mobile MyTouch 4G – maybe you are selling the phone and want to erase all personal data from the phone, or maybe you are gifting the phone to someone and want to wipe everything off it. Whatever the reason, unlike many other devices, there is no easy setting that allows you to perform a factory reset on a MyTouch 4G. Here are instructions, along with one key screenshot, for how to restore your MyTouch 4G to factory settings.

Best Portable Emergency Weather Alert Radio? Your Phone!

With the rash of deadly tornados recently, not to mention thunderstorms, blizzards, and wind storms, there are plenty of reasons to want to be able to get an urgent or emergency local weather alert – or even a national weather alert – wherever you are. Sure, you could carry a portable weather radio, but it turns out that the best sever weather alarm radio is… your phone! Weather apps turn your iPhone or Android phone into an emergency alert weather radio, and provide you with mobile weather alerts. Instead of an actual weather radio, your ‘weather smartphone’ will be your best weather alert radio; it fits in your pocket, will send you a weather alert text message, and provide you with weather radar and a weather map (unlike a radio). And even if you don’t get a severe weather text alert for weeks or months (and who wouldn’t like that?), it will gives you weather forecasts, weather conditions, and those great weather maps. So, what is the best weather app for the iPhone? Or the best weather application for the Android? Happily, the best iPhone weather app and the best weather phone app for Android are, in our opinion, the same one!

Study Finds Personal and Banking Data Likely Accessed on Found Cell Phones Before Being Returned to Owner: How to Protect Yourself

Internet security firm Symantec (proprietors of, among other things, Norton Anti-Virus) have released the results of research that they have dubbed the “Honey Stick Project”. In Project HoneyStick, researchers “lost” a total of 50 cell phones in various cities around North America, including NYC, Washington D.C., LA, San Francisco, and Ottawa, Canada. The aim was to see what the average citizen would do with a found cell phone: would they try to reunite it with its owner, or would they do something more sinister with it? It turns out that the answer is “both”.

Review: The Best Phone in the Dictation and Transcription Arena

As our readers know, we have always been a fully Android shop when it came to our phones. Now, recently, we had the opportunity to put the iPhone 4S to the test and, in fact, have been using the iPhone 4S ever since. Because I (Anne) do a lot of work while on the road, on my phone, this means that I do a lot of voice dictation, which in turn means that I have had the opportunity to put both versions of the software for dictation (the Android phone dictation software, and the iPhone speech dictation program) to the test. To be clear, we are talking about the free dictation apps that come native as software dictation services on each phone, not a separate dictation app.

How to Change Your Gmail Password on an Android Phone

If you find that you have to change your Gmail password, you would think that it would be really easy to update your Gmail password on your Android phone. And you would be right. The problem is, it is not at all obvious how to update your Gmail password in Android, and there is no way to reset your Gmail password in, say, the Gmail account settings on Android. So how do you change your Gmail password on your Android phone? Here’s how.

New Amazon Tablet: Kindle Fire – What it Is, and What it Isn’t

Amazon has announced their new Kindle tablet – the Amazon Kindle Fire (Get it? Kindle…Fire…), and while it may not be an iPad killer, the Amazon tablet very well may be some serious competition for the iPad. In addition to being able to access all of Amazon’s catalogues – books, music, movies, and more – on the tablet, you can access Amazon’s Android app store (the Kindle Fire runs a modified Android under the hood), you can subscribe to magazines, you can check email, and you can browse the web using Amazon’s snappy new web browser, Amazon Silk (not sure what silk has to do with fire), and, you can run Flash with the Kindle Silk browser – which the iPad can’t (or rather won’t) do. All this for only $199!

Do You Have Random Stripes on Your Android Camera? Here’s What to Do

If you suddenly have random stripes going up and down or across on your Android camera (the camera on your Android phone), you are not alone. The colored stripes (in our case green and pink stripes) across the camera are a known issue that occurs suddenly on the camera of some Android phones – most particularly HTC phones, such as the Sensation and the MyTouch 4G Slide. Here’s what these stripes on the Android camera look like – again, in our case they were green and pink stripes on our Android camera, and on the pictures taken with the camera – and what to do about it.

How to Select and Share Multiple Photos with Newer Versions of Android

If you have a new Android phone, such as the MyTouch 4G Slide, which has the newest version of Android on it (say, Gingerbread or newer), you may be frustrated trying to figure out how to email or otherwise share multiple pictures at a time. In older versions, you could just long-press an image in the thumbnail gallery, and it would let you select as many images as you wanted. But no more. It’s actually very easy to select and share multiple images in the newer versions of Android, you just have to know how to do it.

Android Phones Surpass iPhone with Largest Smartphone Market Share

Digital marketing analysis firm comScore has released a report showing that in terms of marketshare, there are now more (vastly more) Android phones in use than iPhones. With nearly 40% of all smart phones in the U.S. being Android phones, compared to the Apple iPhone having just a little over 25% of the market, Android seems to be eating Apples for lunch. Just how many people are using Android phones as to compared to the number of people using iPhones? Read on…

Massive Android Security Hole Affects up to 99% of All Android Users

Three researchers in Germany at the University of Ulm have discovered a massive security hole in Android – so big, in fact, that it affects at least 97%, and as many as 99%, of all Android users. The researchers, Bastian Könings, Jens Nickels, and Florian Schaub, have discovered that the security flaw allows anyone who is sniffing around your connection on an unsecured wireless network to acquire your Google authorization credentials from a specific token (the authToken), giving them access to your contacts, your calendar and, well – really any application that authenticates you by using your Google authorization credentials contained within that authToken.

How to Remove or Delete an App from an Android Phone or Tablet

Android is an awesome mobile operating system – so awesome, in fact, that many report that Android sales are overtaking those of the iPhone. The Android market – where you can find and download Android applications for your Android phone, is extensive, and the majority of apps are free. It’s easy to load your phone up with apps, but at some point you will need to know how to uninstall apps on an Android phone, because you will want to delete apps from Android to make more space on your phone, or you will want to remove an application simply because you don’t use that application any more. It’s very easy to remove an Android application – in fact easier than with an iPhone. To remove an app from Android, just follow these simple steps.