More Heartbleed Protection: Update VMware Horizon View Client on Your Mobile Devices

The industry is still cleaning up following the news about the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL. VMware has released updated versions of the Horizon View Client for both Android and iOS.

The easiest way to ensure you’re safe from the Heartbleed vulnerability is to check to see if there’s an update to the View Client available for your device, and if there is, install it. You can do this on Android by going to the Google Play Store and then selecting “My Apps”. On iOS, go to the App Store and select “Updates”.

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DIM Project: Smartphone Dashboard Mount

I’m currently involved in a large-ish DIM project that was taking up my driveway, is currently taking up my deck, and will, when finished, occupy space in the backyard.  I plan to write that one up when it’s complete (I hope to finish it this week), but I figured that GeekFluent’s first DIM Project posting ought to be something simpler, and something you could do today with things you might already have handy.

This project was inspired by an article I read on LifeHacker on one of the many, many uses for binder clips — a dashboard mount for a smartphone.  Turns out it was even easier to make than reading the instructions implied (and the instructions made it seem pretty easy).  I made this a few months ago and it’s been an incredible convenience ever since.

Since making this, I don’t ever fumble for the phone while I’m driving.  If the phone rings, I only need a quick glance to see who’s calling, and with my Bluetooth headset, it only takes me one touch to answer.  If I need directions, I can use my phone’s Navigation software without blocking any of my view through the windshield.

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Tasker: The Android Equivalent of a Radioactive Spider-bite

If there is anything that counts as a “must-have” application for your Android phone, Tasker is it.

Tasker is the first Android app I ever paid to purchase, and is by far the most versatile I’ve seen.  I am convinced that with it, you can grant your Android the smart-phone equivalent of super-powers.

The best way I can think to describe the phenomenon that is Tasker is that it allows you automate almost anything you can do with your phone.  You do this by creating macros.  You can execute these macros manually, just like starting another application, or (and here’s where the true power of Tasker comes in) set the macros to be triggered automatically based on context.

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