• Retina-X Studios, LLC, announced today the immediate availability of Mobile Nanny for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows smartphones.

    This parental control service allows parents to monitor, filter and restrict their child’s smartphone with ease. The software records and blocks the activities the parent specifies, and can restrict usage of the device to a
    schedule the parent configures.

    According to 2010 data from a Pew Research survey, one in three teens send more than one hundred text messages per day. Many parents are not fully aware of what their child is texting about. With sexting on the rise, many parents have a responsibility to know whether or not their child is using a device safely and wisely.

    Mobile Nanny, a stealth application, allows parents to see every action their child performs, including every text message sent or received, every call dialed or received and every photo captured. Parents can view actions inside the hidden interface on the phone itself, or they can login to a secure Web panel from any Web browser to view logs and GPS locations.

    One Retina-X Studios customer, Mike Robertson, had the following to say about the company’s mobile monitoring software. “I am trying to prevent pornography from getting to my child’s phone. I love this program. Its working great and helping me monitor all the text messages from the monitored phone.”

    Simply knowing what they’re doing isn’t enough. Certain actions performed by a child may need to be corrected. The program can block any phone number from SMS and calls. Websites and applications can also be blocked. The parent can even setup a specific time schedule that the phone can be used, thus restricting the time their child can use the device.

    “A teenager with an instant communication tool in the palm of their hands is a necessity in today’s world. However they are not adults, and many times they’re not yet mature enough to handle this type of technology. Mobile Nanny helps parents to bridge the gap between technology and safety,” states James Johns, CEO of Retina-X Studios.

    Mobile Nanny also includes instant SMS commands the parent can send to the child’s phone. This allows the parent to track where their child is at any given time using the Instant GPS Locate command. It also provides an anti-theft feature for tracking the number of any SIM inserted to the phone in case the phone is lost or stolen.

    A one-year subscription to Mobile Nanny is priced at $49.97 in the USA. This hybrid software and service supports Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows Mobile smartphones. The product is coming soon for Symbian OS and Windows Phone 7. For purchase and download information, visit http://www.mobile-nanny.com.
    About Retina-X Studios

    RXS designs and develops tools that let users monitor their individual PC, network or smartphone. Retina-X Studios products have been mentioned by Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, PCWorld and other media outlets.

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  • New content from Qype with community based recommendations helps everyone make the most of their time

    Ovi Maps, the free walk and drive navigation service from Nokia, announced new partnerships that deliver more relevant information on more points of interest making travelling easier than ever. With summer holidays fast approaching, the updated Ovi Maps gives travelers and locals alike the ability to find the most interesting places and sites in the area making traveling less about getting from A to B and more about enjoying everything in between.

    Ovi delivers unique mobile experiences that mix content with the best location, social networking and connectivity services and is the go to-place for discovering, sharing and enjoying lifestyle content and entertainment, all from a Nokia smartphone.  

    New partnership with Qype delivers community based recommendations
    Ovi Maps now includes Qype, Europe’s biggest portal for local community-based reviews, helping people find new places wherever they are, leaving nothing overlooked.

    Initially offering information on more than 20,000 cities, the Qype community enriches Ovi Maps with hundreds of thousands of reviews and recommendations from locals and travelers on  many European hotspots like cafés, shops, spas and hotels, giving the inside track before arriving. And, with a new post added to Qype every 40 seconds, people are assured to have the latest information to help them make the best choices no matter what they are looking for.

    More tailored and personal trips
    In total,Ovi Maps now offers Nokia smartphone users access to more than 25 million points of interest worldwide.  Whether people are looking for a souvenir shop or a youth hostel, trips can be personalized and planned right down to the last detail with map data from NAVTEQ and city guides from Lonely Planet, WCities and Michelin. Agreements with leading directory companies such as telegate in Germany, Turkey Yellow Pages and Yell Publicidad-Páginas Amarillas in Spain make it even easier than before to find the closest pharmacy, cash machine, shop or service. Hotel booking services such as HRS and Expedia make it easy to find a place to stay.

    In-car navigation made easier
    For people planning a road trip, Nokia has started to include car kits with new smartphones in-the-box* at no extra cost which makes finding new places and navigating whilst driving safe and easy. And, with the added convenience of pedestrian routes for exploring cities on foot, swapping the phone from car to pocket makes navigating around new places easier, no matter how people choose to do it.

    Holidaymakers can plan routes before leaving the house, on a computer or laptop and simply upload them onto a Nokia device to use when abroad. This saves time searching for routes when out and about and enables people to use maps in offline mode, reducing roaming costs when traveling in foreign countries.

    The latest version of Ovi Maps (3.04) is available to download for free from www.nokia.com/maps

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