Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone.
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Thankfully, we’ve got technology on our side. A nearly endless parade of tools can not only help us remember things, but even get our brains working a bit more efficiently in general. Here are some free apps to help you ramp up your recall. Sometimes the best apps are the ones you already have. Both Android and Apple devices feature quick ways to set reminders for yourself, whether that means leveraging Siri, Google Assistant, or some other AI-powered helper.
Link: 5 free apps to supercharge your memory
If you were hoping to buy an iMac Pro for some serious work, you’d better act quickly. 9to5Mac reports (and Apple has confirmed to Engadget) that Apple is winding down sales of its all-in-one workstation. You can still buy one, but it’s limited to the base 10-core Xeon configuration and only…
Link: Apple will stop selling the iMac Pro
Google: Bad bots are on the attack, and your defence plan is probably wrong Cyber security 101: Protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government The best antivirus software and apps The best VPNs for business and home use The best security keys for two-factor authentication How a hacker attempted to poison a city’s water supply (ZDNet YouTube).
Link: Check to see if you’re vulnerable to Microsoft Exchange Server zero-days using this tool | ZDNet
As we head into spring, the excitement of summer and WWDC starts to become a reality. Apple’s plans for iOS 15 and macOS 12 are likely being finalized about this time, so it’s the time of year where I began pondering what to expect. While it was big news at the time, we’ve heard almost nothing out of Apple regarding its plans for Fleetsmith after it acquired the company.
Link: Apple @ Work: MDM vendors shouldn’t fear Apple’s Fleetsmith acquisition
Meeting online with Zoom doesn’t mean you’re tied to your desk—learn how to host or join video conferences from your smartphone. Millions of Americans are now working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak and that means demand for video chat apps and other remote collaboration tools has skyrocketed.
Link: How to get started with Zoom’s apps for iOS and Android
Enjoy the entertainment you love, straight to your mobile for the length of your plan – with a fantastic choice of YouTube Premium, Amazon Prime or Spotify Premium. With over millions of tracks from thousands of artists, Spotify Premium lets you stream ad-free music in full HD quality. As well as letting you download songs for offline listening wherever you are – enjoy your favourite tracks on a road trip, in the gym or while relaxing at home.
Link: Choose great entertainment with Vodafone mobile plans
Video conferencing app Zoom can do a lot of different things to make meeting with people in different locations easy. One feature that comes free with the desktop app is the ability to record Zoom meetings and store them on your computer with the tap of a button. First off, if you’re using Zoom with a free account, you can forget about recording the meeting in Zoom: Screen recording on iOS and Android is restricted to paid Zoom accounts.
Link: How to record a meeting in Zoom from your mobile device
Apple’s “Find My” service allows users to track their missing devices by leveraging a worldwide network of location-aware iGadgets. With millions of iPhones and Macs out in the wild listening for the missing device’s Bluetooth advertisements and relaying their findings to the Cupertino…
Link: Get Apple To Track Your Bluetooth Devices For You
Google recently removed 164 apps, downloaded over 10 million times, from Play Store. Called CopyCatz apps, these apps copy notable apps to garner downloads, only to then trick the user into seeing a whole bunch of unexpected ads. These ads can be malicious and harm the data in your smartphone….
Link: 37 Android apps that smartphone users need to remove from their devices
Desktop as a service adoption lags behind on-premise VDI, but the popularity of cloud-hosted desktops is growing. Here’s a look at the top DaaS providers and their services. Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) hosted in the cloud and paid for as a subscription service, usually charged for by the seat.
Link: Top desktop as a service (DaaS) providers: Amazon, Citrix, Microsoft, VMware, and more
Mind mapping on tablet devices is one of the “quiet revolutions” of mobile computing. You don’t hear much about it, but as the number of iPads and other tablets being used explodes, mind mapping apps are making a huge difference in the way that many people think and work.
Here are the top 10…
Link: 10 reasons why tablets are the perfect mobile tool for mind mapping