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Protecting your smartphone gets easier with Lookout Security and Antivirus

Smartphone security today virtually offers the same benefits, irrespective of the OS. Many developers offer various protection services against virus, malware, etc. Norton, AGV & Quick Heal are some companies which have released their apps for security & protection. In that pool of apps is Lookout Security & Antivirus, which has been steadily climbing the list of popular security apps.

So what makes this app special? The answer is “simple”. Lookout is one of the easiest apps to use when it comes to smartphone security. A sleek design, smart features, & good malware support mean it has all the pieces of a solid Android and iOS security app. The Android ‘Start’ screen, for example, displays a dashboard with a ‘live’ activity feed, & shortcuts to features underneath. The activity feed gives updates like when the app last scanned your device for malware, or whether that last app you downloaded was safe. These nifty features come when you are loading bunch of apps on your smartphone. Lookout’s approach makes it clear that the app is working behind the scenes to keep your device safe.

Lookout’s iOS & Android app has 2 versions. The free version has limited functionality like anti-malware protection, backup of contacts, remote locate, & scream. The paid version costs US $2.99/month or $29.99/year. The paid version has 2GB of cloud storage to backup your photos & call history, a ‘Safe Browser’ feature that blocks malicious links it detects in the stock browser & Chrome, a privacy advisor for your apps, & remote lock & wipe. If you really can’t find your device, whether it was lost or stolen, the Premium remote wipe & lock features are far more important to have than remote locate & scream. Lookout lets you remotely lock, scream, or geolocate your device.   Enabling the better protection feature Lookout protects the devices from external attacks from GPS or WiFi. Lookout also emails you photos of a would-be thief taken with your device’s front facing camera, but only after an incorrect passcode has been entered 3 times. In the competitive space of mobile security, Lookout is set apart because of its features & services. There are many other apps such as Kaspersky or Bitdefender. But the reason to use this app is its simplicity. Lookout works in the background without bugging the user with notifications.

Click here to download Lookout on your Android device.

Click here to download Lookout on your iOS device.

Image Credit: Google play/Lookout

AllCast: Send your photos & videos to your TV from your Android device

Google’s Chromecast is a sweet device to stream you digital Content into your not-so-smart TV. You can play YouTube videos,Netflix, Hulu, Google Play Music & Google Play movies directly on your TV from you smartphone. But all these apps don’t work in all regions. In India, for example, Netflix & Hulu services are not available. Only YouTube videos can be streamed to Chromecast. Chromecast App on your Smartphone or Tablet cannot play the Content which is saved on the device.

Wish there was a way out of this? Welcome to this Android app called AllCast.

AllCast is an ultimate Chromecast companion app that lets you stream the Content from your device to Chromecast. The working for Chromecast is simple. Install the app, connect your smartphone or Tablet to the same network as your Chromecast is connected to, & select the media from the app itself. You can stream videos, music & even photos from your device to your TV.

AllCast is not restricted to Chromecast. You can stream your Content to WiFi-enabled TV or DLNA-enabled device. For that matter, this app supports Amazon Fire TV, Xbox 360 & Roku, among others. When you are searching for device the TV automatically shows up in the list. Simply select the device & play the Content. Another feature of AllCast is that you can play the Content from Cloud & Server. If your computer is connected to the same network you can select the Content from that device & stream on your TV. You can do the same with the Cloud service like Google Drive or OneDrive as the app currently supports only these 2 Cloud services.

Here’s a video on how this app works:

AllCast is only available on Android OS & not on Windows Phone or iOS. There is one more catch: the free version lets you play Content only for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes you only have the option of replay. To go on, you need to purchase the premium version of this app. This is available for US $4.99.

The app has been developed by a team called ClockworkMod.

You may click here to download AllCast on your Android device.

Image Credit: Google play/AllCast
Video Credit: YouTube/AllCast

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