With the growth in the use of smartphones and tablets in the workplace and the increase in personal use for such things as online banking, cybercriminals are turning their nefarious attention to mobile devices. Internet security giant Symantec has revealed that mobile malware variants soared by 54 per cent in 2017 when compared to the previous year.
Some time ago I decided to have a cull of duplicate and rarely used apps and services on my Android devices and wrote about it on this blog. Last week I decided to rationalise my various cloud storage and backup systems. The primary reason for this was that I had a substantial number of files relating to a client for whom I do consultancy on my private Dropbox account.
The risk of this is obviously if I get abducted by aliens or decamp for life to a Buddhist monastery, the client has no access to its data. I also had data scattered across other cloud-based systems after years of sampling services for this blog. It was obviously time for rationalisation and to wield the axe.
I can remember back in the dim and distant past when all my old mobile phone could do was make calls and send texts. To make a call you had to punch the numbers in from memory until such time as the manufacturers created the magical address book. With the advent of smartphones, there is now a veritable torrent of dialling related apps and services that have revolutionised the way we contact and interact with people.
I was a firm favourite of Contacts+ until I discovered the drag n drop world of Drupe and I switched allegiance. I know, I am a fickle bastard! Then Srinath Rajaram came along asking for me to take a look at Rolo. On its website, the developer states: Rolo is an app that helps you track and follow-up with your clients, vendors & friends. Even if you have 1000s of clients & make 100s of calls, you’ll remember everything.”
That’s a tall claim, but I believe that Rolo is clearly more than “just a dialler” and more of a contact management system.
I have long maintained that if an app or service is of great benefit to you, then it is worth paying for. Hell, I even wrote a post about the services I am more than happy to pay for. But there is a band of people who believe that everything they want on the net is free and their right to use as such. A case in point is CloudMagic which recently returned as Newton with a stack of turbocharged added extras. A typical discourse would have been:
“Wow! CloudMagic is the best free email app for Android and IoS with some fab features. It really is head and tails above anything else on the market and I cannot envisage using another mobile email solution. Great, I have just tread that CloudMagic is changing its name to Newton and will have even more great value added modules. I can’t wait.
“Hang on, they want to charge for Newton? Screw that. I am dumping this and going with Outlook. It may be crap but it’s free!”
Over a number of years, CloudMagic has become the leading email app for mobile platforms. It has been on my “must have” list for a long time and it’s ability to work as well, if not better, than some desktop email clients, has kept me in touch while sitting in a taverna in Greece, enjoying an ice-cold Estrella in a bar in Barcelona or even just sitting outside enjoying a rare chunk of English summer sun in the garden. Now CloudMagic is metamorphosing into Newton, a paid for subscription service with a host of additional features for the power user. I have been playing with the beta version and I love it and will not hesitate to cough up the $49.99 for 12 months – just think of all that additional power for less than a cup of coffee a week!