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Helping Drivers with Car Park Issues  

 

Driving a car is indeed a joyous experience but as you grow old, you will find that it is tiring especially if you face a dilemma of where to park. The good news is that there is a mobile application that can help you with directions of the available parking spaces.

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If you have a smartphone, you have to utilize it and download applications that can help you in the conduct of everyday life. Perhaps you have to consider Park&Go @ SG. The application was launched here in Singapore on November 26, 2015.

The application was developed by Intelligent Transportation Systems together with partners Technical University of Munich and Institute for Infocomm. The creation of the application is part of the Smart Nation initiative of Singapore.

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You should be proud and lucky because the application is the first in the world. It can directly navigate the driver to available parking spaces since it shows available parking lots of about four hundred twenty seven HDB car parks plus twenty six entertainment, government, retail and government parking spaces.

Many car users here will surely consider this application since it provides real-time updates for available parking spaces through its GPS navigation system. With this, users can save two things – their petrol and their precious time.

There are three types of car park listing that users should choose from –availability, distance and price. It does not end there because the application will send SMS to users about the price of the parking lot. The Land Transportation Authority is hopeful that the application can improve ease of use and speed of course.
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Jailbreaking Your iOS: The Pros and Cons

 

If not all, most of iOS owners have at least looked into the possibility of jailbreaking their devices. While it’s tempting to get full control of the customization of your phone, jailbreaking also voids your iPhone of its warranty. Are you willing to sacrifice the security of your device in exchange for some handy applications? Here are the pros and cons to ponder before proceeding with the jailbreak.

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Pro: A Whole New World of Apps

If you jailbreak your iOS device, you can install applications that are not available in the App Store. For example, Cydia is an app source that allows you to download and install unauthorized apps—games and networking apps—in your device.

Pro: More Customization

If you want your device to be more customizable, there are a myriad of themes available in Cydia to alter your wallpaper, icons, and text fonts. WinterBoard is also a handy customization app that allows you to do the same things, although it’s said that it doesn’t work on iPads.

Pro: Free Tethering

Ever wished to use your iOS device as a modem to connect your laptop to the Internet? While cellular companies offer this service, which is called “tethering,” it comes with a price or is part of high-priced service plans. Jailbroken devices can use this service for free, thanks to unauthorized applications like MyWi, which can be downloaded through Cydia.

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Con: Vulnerability to Malware

Jailbreaking totally removes the walls that Apple has built into their system and allowing you to download apps from any website you want. And since you are free to install any unscreened apps, you are an easier target for malicious software.

Con: Unsupported Apps on Every System Update

Jailbroken applications are not always supported in newer versions of iOS. Therefore, each time Apple pushes a system update, it will erase the jailbreak and the apps that depend on it. You will have to jailbreak your device again, reinstall the jailbroken apps, and hope they still work the same.

Con: Poor Anti-Virus Protection

There is not much anti-virus app available for Apple, and the few that exists offer very limited abilities. Why? That’s because Apple locked down its operating system, making it 99.9% secure even on its own—without the need of any anti-virus app. However, if you jailbreak your unit, it’s up to you how to secure your device from malicious programs.

If you intend to jailbreak your iOS device, make sure to do thorough research about the things you will be getting—because you’re entering a realm of no restrictions. Study how exposed you’re going to be and carefully deliberate whether the pros outweighs the cons of jailbreaking.

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The Fastest Media Application

We live in a world where information can be obtained with just one click. Most people now go online to look for something or share something. The internet serves as a platform for many people to communicate. With their posts, blog and pictures, things are better. For instance, here in Singapore, there are a growing number of mobile and other technology users. These users employ different applications every day to keep their life online.

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If you are the type that puts his/her online, you should know that Instagram is the fastest media application here in Singapore. In fact, Experian (an information services company) determined that Instagram’s social site visits increased 8, 121% in Singapore from July 2011 to July 2012.

Putting your life online also includes some risks. You should know about the risks so you will be cautious about the things that you put there. For example, if you take a picture or make a comment on something, make sure that you do not directly hit somebody because it will reflect on you. Should that person take your comment offensively, he/she can sue you in court.

You should also be conscious of your words and the person whom you are referring to. There are issues that are not meant to tackle online but if you decide to tackle or make a comment about it, make sure that you use the right words or you understand the concept. Misinterpretation will likely happen.

For you, it is simply a freedom of expression or merely stating what you feel but you should be responsible and think about other people before making a comment or posting a picture. Instagram only wants to share good memories or sometimes even bad ones to bring us closer, not to create rifts.