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APP Lock Secure Private & Personal Info

APP Lock Android App, Secure Private & Personal Info


The APP Lock Android app is a simple solution for protecting some (or all) of your applications with a number passcode or lockscreen style pattern.

  • Version: 1.21
  • Size: 600KB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free

When you launch APP Lock for the first time, you’ll be asked to choose a passcode or pattern that will be required to open APP Lock and any secured applications. As many of you already know, it’s best practice to use a completely unique password that would be difficult for someone to guess. Also, avoid using the same passcode or lockscreen pattern as you’ve set for the phone itself.


The app’s main screen displays a comprehensive list of every app you have installed on your device. For app’s with potentially private or otherwise sensitive information, flip the lock switch to instantly make it password protected. Some Android apps you might want to lock are Email, Facebook, Gallery, Google+, or Messenger. For those who prefer ultimate protection there’s even the option to lock every single app (whether or not it’s practical is up to you).

As a bonus, there are specific system functions you can lock like the ability to install/uninstall apps from the device or Android Market as well as even answering an incoming phone call.

APP Lock also includes a few convenient settings like whether or not you’ll need to re-enter the password for an app after toggling the screen on/off or how much time can pass before being asked for credentials again.




  • Individually secure applications and important system functions
  • Protect with a number passcode or lockscreen pattern
  • Straightforward interface/lock management

Areas for improvement:

  • Remove need to press “Ok” button after entering numeric passcode

Conclusion: APP Lock Android app is a simple, elegant method for protecting various apps’ private information from snoopy friends, family, or total strangers.

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Pan-Roasted Salmon with Collards and Radish Raita

Pan-Roasted Salmon with Collards and Radish Raita


  • 4 ounces daikon (Japanese white radish) or white turnip, peeled, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 English hothouse cucumber, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup plain 2% fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 bunches collard greens, center ribs and stems removed, leaves cut into 1-inch strips (about 14 cups)
  • 4 6-ounce pieces skin-on salmon fillets
  • 2 red radishes, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar

    Daikon is available at Asian markets and some supermarkets.


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Squeeze excess liquid from daikon and cucumber. Mix with yogurt, lemon juice, mint, and cayenne in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Set the raita aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add collard greens to pot, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Season fish with salt and pepper; cook skin side down until skin is crisp, 5-8 minutes. Transfer to oven (do not turn fish); roast until opaque in the center, about 4 minutes.
  • Add radishes and vinegar to collard greens; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Divide greens, salmon, and reserved raita among plates.

Bonappetit –

US HIV baby ‘cured’ by early drug treatment

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune system


A baby girl in the US born with HIV appears to have been cured after very early treatment with standard drug therapy, researchers say.

The Mississippi child is now two-and-a-half years old and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

More testing needs to be done to see if the treatment would have the same effect on other children.

But the results could possibly lead to a cure for children with HIV.

If the girl stays healthy it would be only the world’s second reported cure.

Dr Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, presented the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.

“This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants,” she said.

Dr Hannah Gay

I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk and deserved our best shot”

Dr Hannah GayUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center

Cocktail of drugs

In 2007, Timothy Ray Brown became the first person in the world believed to have recovered from HIV.

His infection was eradicated through an elaborate treatment for leukaemia that involved the destruction of his immune system and a stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection.

In contrast, the case of the Mississippi baby involved a cocktail of widely available drugs already used to treat HIV infection in infants.

It suggests the treatment wiped out HIV before it could form hideouts in the body.

These so-called reservoirs of dormant cells usually rapidly re-infect anyone who stops medication, said Dr Persaud.

The baby was born in a rural hospital where the mother had only just tested positive for HIV infection.

Because the mother had not been given any prenatal HIV treatment, doctors knew the baby was at high risk of being infected.

Researchers said the baby was then transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Once there, paediatric HIV specialist Dr Hannah Gay put the infant on a cocktail of three standard HIV-fighting drugs at just 30 hours old, even before laboratory tests came back confirming the infection.

“I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk and deserved our best shot,” Dr Gay said.


Diabetes cases in UK hit high of three million

Overweight person
An estimated seven million people are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes in the UK


Three million people in the UK have now been diagnosed with diabetes, says charity Diabetes UK, which warns this new high could create a huge burden on the NHS.

Most of these cases are Type 2 diabetes, caused by the UK’s ageing population and rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people.

Another 850,000 people are thought to have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

The total represents an increase of 132,000 over the previous year.

In 1996, the number of people diagnosed with both types of diabetes was 1.4 million; the latest figure is three million. Roughly 90% of these have Type 2 diabetes.

It is estimated that, by 2025, five million people will have diabetes.

Experts have previously warned that unless more is done to prevent Type 2 diabetes, and more help is given to those with the condition, the increase could have huge implications for public health.

Diabetes UK said that every year in England and Wales, 24,000 people with diabetes died earlier than expected, a situation that was expected to get even worse without urgent action.

The charity made the announcement of the new figures at the start of a public awareness campaign aiming to reach the estimated seven million people at high risk of diabetes.


  • People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. No-one knows exactly what causes it, but it is not to do with being overweight and it is not currently preventable. It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses, a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
  • People with Type 2 diabetes do not produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce does not work properly (known as insulin resistance). They might get diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said she was concerned by the numbers.

“There is no reason to think this will mark the end of what has been a rapid rise in the condition.

“Instead, all the projections suggest that the three million figure will be a grim staging post on the road towards a public health emergency and this unfolding tragedy is already putting huge pressure on the NHS and will have potentially devastating consequences for those people who develop the condition.”

But she said this situation was avoidable.

“By identifying those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, we can ensure they start getting support to make the kind of lifestyle changes that can help prevent it.

“And by making sure people who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are already getting the care and support they need, we can help them avoid the devastating complications diabetes can cause.”


Skin patches ‘may beat prostate cancer’

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer cells

Skin patches which deliver oestrogen into the blood may be a cheaper and safer treatment for prostate cancer than current therapies, a study says.

The main treatment is injections of a chemical to cut levels of testosterone – the driving force of many prostate cancers – but it causes side effects.

The Imperial College London study in the Lancet Oncology compared patches and injections in 254 patients.

It found patches were safe and should avoid menopause-like side effects.

‘Effective treatments’

Using oestrogen to treat prostate cancer is an old treatment.

Both oestrogen and testosterone are very similar chemically, so ramping up the levels of oestrogen in the body can reduce the amount of testosterone produced – and slow prostate cancer growth.

However, taking oral oestrogen pills caused significant health problems by overdosing the liver. The organ then produced chemicals which caused blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.

The preferred treatment is injections of a drug, LHRHa, which reduces the production of both oestrogen and testosterone. However, this has side effects similar to the menopause in women – resulting in poor bone health and diabetes.

The patch releases oestrogen through the skin

Prof Paul Abel, from Imperial College London, said: “We’re not claiming this is equivalent to current therapies yet, but it does look like we are getting castration levels of testosterone.”

However, the researchers need to follow patients for longer.

“The next step is to test if the oestrogen patches are as effective at stopping the growth of prostate cancer as the current hormone treatments, we’re now testing this in over 600 patients.”

Kate Law, from the charity Cancer Research UK which part funded the study, said: “More men than ever are surviving prostate cancer thanks to advances in research, but we still urgently need to find more effective treatments and reduce side effects.

“This trial is an important step towards better and kinder treatments that could bring big benefits to men with prostate cancer in the future.”

Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “It is unclear as yet if hormone patches could be an effective alternative to hormone injections, but we await with anticipation the results of the further trials planned which could in time offer men hope for the future.”


Rise and Shine movement aims to raise happier, healthier children

Rise and Shine movement aims to raise happier, healthier children

SINGAPORE: A community—led initiative aimed at helping to raise healthier and happier children was launched on Sunday.

The Rise and Shine movement is the effort of a group of parents, supported by various agencies and healthcare partners.

1,341 people spent their Sunday morning at The Lawn@Marina Bay eating breakfast as a family. They set a record for the biggest breakfast picnic turnout in Singapore.

The event was part of the Rise and Shine movement to raise awareness on healthy development of children.

Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor stressed healthy lifestyles for children must start with the family.

Dr Khor urged parents to cultivate healthy habits in their children early.

She added activities that families do together can have a significant impact on children.

Dr Khor said: “In order to develop our children and allow them to develop to the fullest potential, we need to ensure the healthy growth and development of our children and healthy growth and development really means promoting, inculcating healthy living, healthy habits in our children from as early as possible and that of course must include good nutrition, good diet, regular exercise, as well as of course mental and emotional well—being.”

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Elderly to benefit from integrated Social Service Hub in Chong Pang

Elderly to benefit from integrated Social Service Hub in Chong Pang

SINGAPORE: Elderly residents in the Chong Pang ward can now make use of a one—stop social service provider — whether they are looking for leisure activities or financial help.

The integrated Social Service Hub, the first of its kind, is collaboration between Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities and the area’s grassroots leaders and community.

One in four residents in Chong Pang is a retiree, compared with the national average of about one in 10.

Grassroots leaders in the area have set up a service centre to look into elderly care.

Elderly residents can choose from a variety of activities — from doing light exercises to playing games. At the same time, help is available.

Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam, who is also the Member of Parliament taking care of Chong Pang, said: “The government announced various measures to help people who’re older in the Budget. But the older people sometimes don’t know if they get assistance for this, support for that, hearing aids for example. And here is one stop where you can get access and knowledge, people will tell you what you can get and help you get that. So that’s the whole concept.”

The centre’s 30 case managers are in charge of finding out the needs of the residents who go to the centre. The case managers working at the hub are trained in social work and are familiar with government schemes.

Satyaprakash Tiwari, divisional director for elderly and disability services at Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities, said: “They provide a range of genetic assessment — means basically they know what the needs of the elderly are. The needs may range from financial, medical, even things like home modification.

“So once they make a thorough assessment, meaning from social, medical, even to the home safety, then they will start tapping the resources which (the elderly) qualify for. These could be various government schemes, the financial assistance schemes, the mobility fund, we also tap the CDCs, and we also tap the various foundations, which can help them in terms of financial aid.”

Mr Shanmugam said: “We work very closely with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, and as a result, there’s step—down care. You may not need to go to the hospital and people can come down here and work on less serious cases. You can therefore grow gracefully while staying in your environment and being helped by the community.”

Thye Hua Kwan said this integrated social hub could be the solution to “ageing in place”, where elderly Singaporeans can take part in activities when they are healthy and seek help when the need arises. If successful, it hopes this model can be replicated in other parts of Singapore.

The Social Service Hub is also enlisting the help of more than 100 volunteers.

Many of the volunteers are elderly residents themselves, chosen because they can speak a range of dialects and communicate with residents using the centre’s facilities.

Mr Tiwari said this is part of its drive to promote active ageing and is a win—win situation.

For example, elderly volunteers help out at its call centre.

Mr Tiwari said: “We’re looking at the elderly who are active, who can speak dialect, who can help us with the programme. And we’re recruiting volunteers, basically one to do our tele—befriending — it means if we have a group of elderly who want to speak to someone, in for example Cantonese, call our centre, our centre will connect to our volunteer who speaks Cantonese. And both of them can have good communication of up to one hour. So this is something which is a win—win situation.”

Mr Shanmugam said the help of the community is extremely important in setting up the hub. Yishun Junior College has helped to raise funds of some S$20,000 for the call centre.

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