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The focus of this site is on mobile web apps so I rarely cover native apps. However I prefer using a native app for password management. I want my passwords available instantly and everywhere regardless of whether I have a wireless signal or not. I also need a password management solution that works on all my devices using the same encrpted password database. I use Windows and Linux PCs as well as Android andSymbian smartphones and basic feature phones with Java ME support.
There are some excellent comercial password mananagement utilities that support multiple platforms. But none that I know of support all the platforms I use. Cost is also an issue when you use as many devices as I do including review phones that I have just for only a couple of weeks.
My solution for password management and one I recommend highly is KeePass Password Safe. It's free open source software (FOSS) for securely storing passwords, PINS, social security numbers and any other data you want to keep hidden from prying eyes. Originally a Windows PC only app, KeePass has been ported to many platforms including; Mac OS X, Linux, iPhone, iPad,Android, BlackBerry, Java ME, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7. There's a list of all ports with links on the KeePass site.
I use KeePassX on my Linux laptop. The copy on the laptop is my master password store and is where I edit and modify passwords. I frequently copy the KeyPass database (using bluetooth and my LAN) to my other PCs and phones that are running a variety of KeePass versions. KeePass Classic Edition on Windows XP, KeePass Droid on Android, first image, and KeyPassJ2ME on Symbian and dumbphones, second image.
The KeyPass apps I use work well together. KeyPassJ2ME is noteworthy for its support for basic phones that don't allow Java apps to access the filesystem. A companion KeePass Packer desktop app lets you build a special version of KeePassJ2ME with a read-only copy of the password database encapsulated in the app itself.
Several of the mobile implementations of KeyPass have mobile friendly download sites (listed below) which I've added to the WapReview Mobile Directory's mobile downloads section.
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This week was a busy one for mobile browser vendors with three new releases. The most notable is the long awaited Opera Mini 6 for the iPhone and iPad which was announced and demoed at CTIA in March and is finally available. I wonder how much of the delay was due to Apple's paternalistic app aproval process?
New features in the iOS release include:
- Updated design with a fresh new look and feel
- Super smooth pinch-to-zoom and panning Support for iPhone 4 retina display, iPad, and iPad 2 devices
- Direct share on Facebook, Twitter, vKontakte and My Opera
- Open new page in background tab
- Improved international font support for Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other non-latin languages
You can download Opera Mini 6 for the iPhone and iPad from the iTunes App Store.
Opera also launched Opera Mobile 11 for MeeGo 1.2 N900 Developer Edition (DE). The browser has been available for MeeGo Tablets and to the N900 running Maemo for some time. The new version adds support for the N900 developer edition of MeeGo which itself was just released at the MeeGo conference this week. Interesting that there was a two month delay for iOS vs. instant gratification for MeeGo N900 DE. What a difference an open OS makes.
Note that MeeGo DE on the N900 is primarily intended for devlopers and is not recomended for regular users at this time. There are still some issues with making calls and other core phone features. Check here for the current status of MeeGo on the N900.
Finally, the Bolt Browser was updated to version 2.51. I suspect this is strictly a bug fix update as there has been no press release and no announcement of the new version on the official Bolt user forum. The in-app "What's New in Bolt" help page is unchanged from version 2.5. Current Bolt users will be prompted to update when they launch the browser. New users can download 2.51 for Boltbrowser.com.
Opera Mini for the iPhone is a runaway success, it was the most free popular app in all 22 iTunes markets around the world for several days and over a million copies were downloaded the first day it was available.
For many of those million plus new users this is probably their first experience with Opera Mini. The browser is very fast and intuitive to use but it does work a bit differently than Safari.
Here are some fixes and answers for the most common issues and questions new users seem to be having with Opera Mini on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Opera Link not synchronizing bookmarks: Only bookmarks in a special Opera Mini folder on the desktop are synchronized. The folder is green and has an Opera Link sync icon on it. It looks like this:. If you have enabled Opera Link in Opera Mini and in desktop Opera and you don't see the Opera Mini folder, try saving a bookmark in Opera Mini and then loading a new page which will force a sync. Once you have the special folder, copy the bookmarks you want to see in Opera Mini into it.
Opera Mini only shows a blank white screen: This seems to be affecting mostly iPod Touch users. First try pressing the Home button and going back to the App Store and reinstaling Opera Mini. It that doesn't work see this thread on the Opera Mini User Forum for a possible, if rather geeky solution. I imagine that Opera will release an official fix for this issue soon.
How to get rid of the big header and menu bar at the top and bottom of the screen: Go into "Settings" (image above) and tap "Full Screen".
How to improve image quality: Go to Settings, tap "Image Quality" and choose "High"
How to add or change Speed Dials: Do a long press on the Speed Dial you want to change and Choose "Edit" or "Add".
How to save images on Web pages: Do a long press on the image and select "Save Image". Images are saved to the iPhone's "Photos" App.
How to copy text: Do a long press on the screen and choose "Select Text". Then tap and drag to highlight the text you want to copy. Lift your finger and then tap "Copy".
How to Paste Copied Text Into the Address Bar or a Field on a Web Page: Open the field you want to paste into for editing by tapping it. Then do a long press on the field and choose "Paste".
For more Opera Mini iPhone tips and tricks take a look at these posts on the Choose Opera blog:
Opera Mini 5 Settings, You think that is real text you are looking at?
How to import your bookmarks to Opera, Opera Mini Web page layouts on iProducts
The last 18 or so hours have been crazy with announcements in the mobile world. Opera Mini was approved for the iPhone, Nokia announced three new QWERTY phones at impressively low price points and there's a new Bolt browser release.
I don't think anyone expected that Apple would approve the Opera Mini iPhone app. But the app store rules are so vague and approval process so opaque that you can never predict what Apple will bless and what they won't. Opera Mini does seem to fall under the prohibition that apps can't duplicate existing iPhone functionality which was Apple's excuse killing the Google Voice and Podcater apps. Plus Apple has never allowed any 3rd party browser that was more than just a different skin or user interface tweak on top of Safari's WebKit engine. Hopefully the approval of Opera opens the door for Firefox, Bolt, Skyfire, UCWEB and others. Dare we dream of Chrome or IE on the iPhone?
I'm going to drop by the Apple Store later today and try to get a little hands on with Mini on the iPhone. I'm especially interested in seeing if two key features of Opera Mini on other smartphone platforms are supported: file upload/download and saving web pages for off-line reading. I'll update this post when I know more.
Update: I got some hands with Opera Mini on an iPhone 3GS at the local Apple Store. I found it fast and glitch free. I tried quite a few pages and saw no rendering issues at all. Image quality seems as good as in Safari.
The user interface appears identical to the Java version of Opera Mini on touchscreen phones like the Nokia N97. As a long time Opera Mini user I felt right at home. It's a nice UI but not particularly iPhone-like.
Opera Mini on the iPhone is able to save web pages and open saved pages, which is something Safari can't do. Saving images on web pages works (they end up in the "Photos" app).
As with Safari, file upload web forms (input type="file") are disabled and there is no option to download and save documents other than images. Word, PDF and other document types that the iPhone supports can be viewed but not saved. If you switch from Opera Mini to another app (which closes Opera because the current iPhone doesn't multitask), the next time you launch Opera it reloads the last page you viewed, something I wish it would do on other platforms.