POTW: Prey, GrooVe IP, System Sweeper
Tom’s pick: Prey
Prey is an open source anti-theft solution for Mac, PCs & phones. It keeps track of your phone or laptop and helps you find it if it ever gets lost or stolen. It’s 100% geolocation aware. Once installed, you can send a message either via internet or SMS to gather info on it’s location, network status, and trigger specific actions. Prey will can also take a picture of the thief with your laptop’s webcam.
For a full list of features go to http://preyproject.com
Andrew’s pick: GrooVe IP
GrooVe IP, in conjunction with Google Voice, lets you make unlimited calls to any phone in US or Canada using the data connection of your mobile device without using up any of your mobile minutes! Once you get a free public phone number from Google Voice, you can use this app to make or receive calls to/from anyone in the world. It supports making and receiving calls using Wi-Fi and/or 3G/4G data connections. It brings the power of Google Voice to you without the need to use any of your mobile minutes. You get all the advanced voice features provided by Google Voice on your mobile device.
For more info and to download GrooVe IP go to: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gvoip
Sunkast’s pick: Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is a new tool from Microsoft that is designed to help aid you in starting a computer and removing viruses, trojans, or malware. It has both a 32bit and 64bit version that matches the version of Windows you intend to use it with. It can be installed to a USB stick, CD, or DVD. After which, you can boot to your media and begin to scan for viruses and malware. MSS works with Windows XP SP3, all the way up to Windows 7.
For more info and to download the tool go to http://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper