How would you change Samsung's Rugby Smart?

2:51 AM Edited by Blony

. Samsung's beefy Rugby Smart is probably the best rugged smartphone it's easy to lay your hands on. However, its preoccupation with being able to take a beating means there's not much going on in the specs department -- with performance that's not pedestrian, but infuriating. The question we're asking you, however, is does its super-cheap price and build quality make up for being straight-up nasty to use? Would you have stumped up an extra fifty bucks to get a better CPU (or just to banish TouchWiz from the device?). Mobile phone companies want to know what'd compel you to buy this device, over all the others in the world so why not tell them in the comments below?

Via Engadget

Stitcher updates its iOS app with offline mode for data-free radio

2:48 AM Edited by Blony

. Stitcher is all about giving the people what they want and, only days after introducing its popular lists, it's back with an offline mode for its iOS apps. Despite boasting one of the smallest data footprints in the streaming game (0.2MB per minute), you can now download over 10,000 radio shows for unconnected listening. Beware -- the app will automatically update the shows on your custom stations, so if you plan on using it to save that precious data for other things, make sure to set it to only pull over WiFi. Along with that major enhancement, there's a new comments system and other improvements in Facebook sharing, searching and AirPlay compatibility. The PR says the update is live, but iTunes disagrees, so you'll have to wait a little longer before going off-grid.

Apple’s new iPhone 5 won’t rely on Samsung components as much as older models

2:43 AM Edited by Blony

. Samsung has been a key component supplier to Apple throughout the years, manufacturing parts for basically all iPhone models until now (although the latest iPhone 4S doesn’t use Samsung-made NAND flash, like the previous models do). But Apple’s new iPhone, expected to be unveiled on September 12 in San Francisco, might not rely that much on Samsung components. According to Reuters and The Korea Economic Daily, Samsung will not supply DRAM and NAND chips for the first batch of new iPhone 5s. Instead, Apple will use chips manufactured by Toshiba, Hynix, and Elpida. Even so, Reuters reports that “Samsung is still in the list of initial memory chip suppliers (for new iPhones). But Apple orders have been trending down and Samsung is making up for the reduced order from others, notably Samsung’s handset business.” The publication further notes that Apple didn’t reduce Samsung orders because of the two companies’ ongoing patent disputes, but because it wants to widen its supply chain in order to avoid shortages.

Via UV

How to tell if your company is monitoring you at work

2:41 AM Edited by Blony

Businesses are typically well within their rights to install software that monitors company-owned computers and reports back to IT with details on exactly what employees are doing on the company’s dime. There’s nothing wrong with spending a few minutes here and there checking out the latest status updates from your Facebook friends or the latest tech news here on BGR, but some employers might not agree. Of course the safest play is to keep personal browsing and chats on your smartphone, but there are also several ways to determine whether or not your computer is being monitored.

Heading over to your IT department and asking if your computer is bugged might raise a few eyebrows, so Yahoo News assembled a few more subtle tactics to help you find out if your company is spying on you.

For Windows users, digging through your start up and programs folders for entries like VNC, Shadow, Web Sleuth and Silent Watch is a good first step for catching lazy IT workers who didn’t bother covering their tracks.

If that doesn’t work out, the next step is to snoop around in your Windows Firewall settings to see if permissions have been granted to any suspicious programs. Windows Task Manager is a big help as well, but be prepared to search Google — or Bing, or Yahoo — for every process you don’t recognize, and there will likely be dozens.

If you’re on a Mac, Yahoo News says the best thing to do is check out Activity Monitor and search the Web for unknown process names to see if they might be spying software.

Remember though: Depending on the solution your company is using to watch you, your IT department may be able to figure out that you’re hunting for monitoring software pretty easily. Search the Web for application and process names on your phone if possible, and definitely don’t try to delete any suspicious software you find. Instead, use that knowledge to your benefit by performing personal tasks on your phone. Or, Yahoo News notes that a VPN service will allow you to surf the Web securely, thus hiding your traffic from the corporate network.

How to Get Phone Numbers on Facebook

2:31 AM Edited by Blony

. If you need to contact long lost family members, or even just to ask someone out on a date, a tool like Facebook is a quick way to locate a phone number. Finding a recent phone number is as simple as locating the person's Facebook info page.

1.Go to the Facebook home page and type your email address and password into the corresponding boxes at the top of the screen. Click "Login."

2.Type the name of the person you are looking up into the "Search" box at the top of the window. If the person is already in your friend's list, a drop-down box will appear showing your possible matches. Click the name of the person. If the individual is not in your friend's list, click "Enter" to bring up a list of possible matches and click the person's name in the list.

3.Click the "Info" link on the left side of the screen to access the person's information page. Scroll down to the "Contact Information" heading to find the person's listed address, phone number and other contact details.