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digi.me now available for free on iOS and Android

mobile digi.me

We are delighted to announce that a digi.me app is now available on the Apple App Store so everyone can see, search, save and share all their social media pictures and pins on the move.

digi.me has brought the best of its desktop application available on PC and Mac to mobile, so you can see all your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest pictures and pins you’ve posted and liked in one place.

The digi.me app automatically shows you all your content, which you can browse through at leisure. It also features improved search as well as filtering functions so you can narrow down what you look for by keyword, platform post and type, person, time period, album, board or a combination of these.

When you have found what you are looking for or you have re-discovered a forgotten gem, one Swipe helps you save it to your device, send it in a message or email, see it in its original location, complete with likes and comments.  You can also save your favourite searches to come back to quickly and easily to the content or topics you are regularly looking for.

“The team have worked hard to make sure you get to the photo you’re looking for as quickly as you can think of it. We’ve had a lot of fun building, optimising and using the app and hope that is reflected in your day to day use”, said Pascal Wheeler, digi.me Chief Creative Officer.

“We’ve created widgets for Flashback, your posts, your likes, and photos you’re tagged in – and more are in development, so stay tuned!”

As with the digi.me desktop version, all user data remains wholly private as digi.me doesn’t see, touch or hold any of your information, which you download directly to your device or your personal cloud that only you have access to.

An Android version of the App has also been launched and can be downloaded here.

YOU are the #12 reason to love digi.me (#1-11 are also very good!)

You unlocking the power of your data is arguably digi.me’s greatest gift as an app – and it’s only going to get more powerful in 2016.

digi.me’s current incarnation as a social media gathering tool, allowing you so much more enjoyment of, and insight into, your life is already a technological feat that has enriched hundreds of thousands of lives since it was launched.

But 2016 will see the start of a new control over personal data, bringing information about you, that is currently scattered across the web,  back to the person who can be most trusted with it.

And with that data centralising of a whole life, not just the online elements of it, will come greater benefits for you, directly.

Your data will be returned to you, starting with health and financials, and with that gathering enabled by digi.me will come the choice to exchange slices of it as and when you choose, in return for service, convenience and reward with businesses who you – and we – trust.

Our app will enable you to gather this data back together, but you will do it, not us, and so it will be yours alone. We will never be able to see your data or access it at any point, so all the control and choices exercised over it are yours to take.

It’s a revelation in the personal data economy that will benefit businesses who crave better, 100% accurate data, just as it will benefit you, with personalised benefits in return for sight of data you are happy to share.

A value exchange that is a true win-win for all involved – and it’s not just a dream, it’s very close to being a reality.

Download digi.me now, and you can be among the first to know of exciting new developments as they happen – it’s also 50% off for December as an added incentive!

Happy Christmas!

 

What Does Your Phone Know About You?

These days we really do rely on our mobile phones and it is quite scary to think how much your phone knows about you, where you have been and who you have seen.  It even knows some of your favourite hobbies, interests and activities. It is in essence your digital brain!  What would you do without it?

Mobile phones have moved on an incredible amount over the past 30 years, from a device that is clunky and cumbersome to small, light incredibly fast computers that fit in our pockets and handbags. We connect other devices to them such as our fitness trackers, smartwatches, children’s toys and much more.  They are the central hub of our daily lives.  As such they collect a massive amount of data about us.  Some of which is passed on to the applications that we use and some just sits idle on the phone.  Then there is some data that goes back to the carrier as well and some that is collected by the sites that we browse. They are complicated little devices and often we forget just how valuable that data is to us until we lose or break our phone.

A couple of weeks back I wrote a piece on how you can find your phone using the data stored online about you that relates to your phone and it’s location.  This week I thought we would look more at just what data there is on these devices and why it is important to secure and back up your phone and it’s content.

Most mobile phones these days have the option for you to store a copy of your photo’s and contacts in the cloud.  This means that every new contact and photo is saved both on your phone and somewhere on the internet.  The chance of losing this data is low unless of course you haven’t set your phone up to do that. It is one of the first things I set up whenever I get a new phone and I would recommend that if you haven’t done this already then do it as it is a life saver when your phone is damaged or lost as you still have all your contacts and those precious pictures of friends and family.

The next thing that I always set up is a way to secure my phone so that if I lose it someone else can’t just use my phone, run up a massive bill and cause all sorts of trouble. I have heard too many friends lose their phones abroad and because it is abroad they are still liable for the call charges made. Put a pin on it and it is at least a deterrent. You can also turn on phone tracking and remote wipe which take that process one step further. The only issue with these is that you need to have GPS turned on and this can be a bit of a battery drain. You can still find your phone’s last known location through other means so to me this is not essential.  Android phones track where you are using a process called triangulation which uses WiFi and cellular data to identify where you were last so I tend to use that as my fallback.

The apps that you have installed on your phone and have paid for are all stored by the app store where you bought them from so these too are recoverable. The data within these apps is stored remotely too by the app creators. As long as you have stored your contacts, pics and videos remotely you should be able to pretty much recreate your device time and time again. This is the beauty of distributed data.

Looking at this another way though all that distributed data is accessible from a single point – your phone. Once someone has that they have access and potentially control of everything. Just bear that in mind the next time you turn your phone on and you haven’t got any security turned on. You are putting your online identity at risk. That digital footprint that we have talked about here on the blog a few times could become compromised if you don’t protect it properly.

This article was brought to you by digi.me who put you in control of your social media content. Download it now to protect your digital memories. 

Useful Backup Tools

You know that you need to backup your computer and your online content but what are the best tools for the job?  This article gives you some suggestions of tools that you can use to do just that.

PC Backup Tools

There are lots of options when it comes to backing up a PC and some of these are free or relatively cheap and some are paid for services.

Online vs Offline Backups… You have two options with your PC.  You can back your content up online or you can back it up to an offline device.  If you have poor internet access then we would suggest you go with doing offline backups to an external hard drive.  This would be your quickest and simplest answer however it is easy to forget to do it so set a reminder in your calendar to do it regularly.

If you have decent internet access then online backups are certainly a quick and painless approach if you don’t have loads of large files to back up. There are a range of services out there that offer this.

This article from PC Pro gives a good comprehensive list of cloud backup services for you to choose from.

Mac Backup Tools

Similarly to backing up a PC you can back up a mac to an external hard drive if you don’t have a good internet connection.

Cloud backup tools are also an option but remember with a mac you also have the option of backing up to iCloud.  You can find the instructions on how to do this here.

Mobile Backup Tools

Mobiles can be one of those things that you just completely forget to back up and yet they are one of the things that we use most and capture a lot of our memories with.  So how exactly can you back up your phone contacts, pictures and more?  If you have an iPhone the answer is easy. Just use iCloud and voila.

If you are on an Android or Windows phone then backup services such as OneDrive and GoogleDrive are great alternative options. This article on the 10 Best Android Backup Apps may come in handy for those looking for a tool to just do it all without any technical know how.  For Windows phone just follow these simple instructions to set where you want your data backed up to.

Social Media Backup Tools

When it comes to our online social media content we often don’t consider backing it up and yet we would be lost without it!  So how do you back up your content from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIN?  The answer here is simple. You can download digi.me for free and back up your four favourite social media accounts for free for a year this World Backup Day!

Make the most of the offer and tell your friends and family!

digi.me: What is Coming this Spring!

As many of you know we have been working hard over many months to bring you a great iOS digi.me experience and you won’t have to wait too long.  This spring is going to bring new life to your iPhone – Your Life!

To get you in the mood for spring and so that you get a taste of what is to come we thought that we would share some screen shots and a couple of short preview videos ahead of the software hitting the iTunes Store.

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We know you will probably have loads of questions… when can you have it and how much will it cost. Well you will have to wait and see. What we can say is you won’t be disappointed! So be patient and enjoy this little behind the scenes look at what is to come!

Share your thoughts on the new iOS app with us in the comments below and make sure you are registered for our newsletter to ensure you hear all the latest news first!

Likes and Recover Instagram Apps For iOS Now Released!

Anyone who uses Instagram will be painfully aware that it doesn’t have a ‘favourites’ feature that would allow you to easily mark things for future reference. Nor is there a way to save images directly to your phone.

Well in the last few weeks our we’ve been quietly working away on a couple of separate iOS app projects alongside our main SocialSafe app development, and the fruits of these labours are now ready to be enjoyed!

These will be of interest to anyone who uses Instagram on an iOS device, and so we are proud to unveil Likes and Recover for iOS.

Likes and Recover

Likes [App Store Link] allows you to view a stream of all the Instagrams you have liked, and download any them to your iPhone’s Camera Roll with a single tap. Holding down on an image will take you back to the original on Instagram. It’s as simple as that!

Likes - Effortlessly save the Instagrams you’ve liked to your Camera Roll

Unlike Twitter, Instagram doesn’t have a ‘Favourites’ feature that allows you to easily mark things for future reference.  With Likes you can view all of the photos that you personally liked, without having to scroll back through weeks or months worth of other photos.

All you need to do to get started is download Likes to your iPhone/iPod touch, login through Instagram and the app will show you all of the Instagrams you have liked!

Recover  [App Store Link] works in the same way as Likes, but applies to all of your own Instagram photos. So with a single tap you can save any of your photos to your camera roll, or you can press to view that photo – and any comments etc – on Instagram.

Recover - Effortlessly save your Instagram photos to your Camera Roll

By being able to save Instagram photos to your camera roll, you can do things that you simply cannot on Instagram, such as zooming in on photos, or sending the images privately to non-Instagram users via other messaging apps such as WhatsApp, iMessage, WeChat etc.

These apps are both available NOW in the app store, so please download, rate and review them!

Job Vacancy (Surrey) – iOS Developer Required At SocialSafe

We’ve got lots of exciting things planned here at SocialSafe, but in order to accomplish some of these goal we need to expand the team… Do you fit the bill? Read on…

Right now we’re looking for a talented iOS developer to join our team and help us bring the power and convenience of SocialSafe to iPhones, iPads and the iPod. Applicants will have at least 3 years iOS mobile development experience, extensive knowledge of iOS SDK and Objective-C and be able to provide a portfolio of their work, including live apps in the app store.

Successful applicants will be those seeking a challenging opportunity with an exciting and expanding organisation and who are enthusiastic, flexible and personable, able to work well on both an individual basis and as part of a development team. The position requires problem solving skills, attention to detail and good communication skills, both oral and written.

We’re based near Farnham, Surrey, which has good travel links to London and is a town with much character and charm. So if you like the idea of joining the SocialSafe team, please view the full iOS Developer job spec for further details on the level of technical expertise and experience we’re looking for, and to submit your application.

We look forward to hearing from you!

New Google+ 2.0 For Android Exceeds iOS Functionality

A few weeks ago saw a big update to the Google+ iOS app, and now Android customers can breathe a sigh of relief as Google have now overhauled the Android OS. And what is more, Android users can celebrate the fact that their update has more features than its iOS counterparts.

The new Google+ app for Android has all of the same aesthetic improvements that the iOS update had, but it goes one step further by affording Android users the ability to initiate Hangouts straight from the app.

In terms of the Google+ 2.0 app in general, the changes are seeming to please the majority of users. While in the past the previous version of the app was much like the mobile version of the Google+ website both in appearance and functionality, version 2.0 of the app gives crisper fonts, larger images and the Google+ stream as a whole is easier to navigate.

Of the iOS version of the Google+ app, a Google spokesperson said to TechRadar: “Our overall goal is to create a consistent, beautiful and simple experience for all mobile Google+ users… We aim to get new updates for our mobile apps in the hands of users as quickly as possible.”

Have any of you tried either the iOS or Android Google+ 2.0 apps? How do you rate the user experience compared to other social mobile apps such as Facebook or Twitter? Please leave a comment with your views.

Don’t forget that if you are a Google+ user, you can use SocialSafe to backup your Google+ profile, public posts, comments and +1s. We’re also working on backing up shared posts, circles, photos and videos – so stay tuned!