Fake Anti-Virus Apps Found In App Stores

Fake apps claiming to offer virus protections for mobiles when in reality they offer none have been found in app stores.

Apps claiming to operate under the Kaspersky anti-virus name were found in both the Windows Phone Store and on Google Play.

On both occasions users were required to pay to download the apps, which went under the names Kaspersky Mobile and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014, both of which have since been removed.

The former app claimed to act as a scanner to pick up viruses on the users’ phone, while the latter used screenshots from the official Kaspersky Android app’s page to fool users into downloading it.

Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky Lab, said: “The story of paid fake AV for mobiles started with the appearance of Virus Shield in the Google Play store. Now we are seeing how one successful scam spawns numerous clones. Scammers who want to make a quick buck from inattentive users are selling dozens of fake apps, copying the design, but not the functionality of the original.

“It is quite possible that more and more of these fake apps will start appearing. However, one thing for sure is that the security mechanisms put in place by the official stores cannot cope with these kinds of scams.”

Yahoo Buys Vanishing Message App Blink

Self-destructing message application Blink is vanishing into Yahoo´s growing mountain of mobile technology company take-overs.

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A post Wednesday at the Blink website announced that the start-up is becoming part of Yahoo but did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

Blink said that in coming weeks it will shut down its applications for mobile devices powered by Apple or Android.

No mention was made regarding what Yahoo planned to do with Blink technology that is competing with Snapchat by letting people send digital messages, pictures, or voice files designed to erase themselves shortly after being opened.

“We built Blink because we believe everyone should be free to show the same honesty and spontaneity in their online conversations as they can in person,” the Blink team said in a blog post.

“We look forward to the possibilities that will come from bringing the Blink vision to Yahoo.”

Yahoo has been undergoing major changes since former Google executive Marissa Mayer became boss in 2012, notably acquiring what is now more than 20 start-ups including the billion-dollar buy of blog platform Tumblr.

Mayer has made a priority of adapting Yahoo´s products, services, and digital content for smartphones and tablets increasingly central to Internet lifestyles. (AFP)

New Facebook Feature Now Enables You To See “Nearby Friends”

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby by the use of a new feature launched by the company. It is simply called “Nearby Friends”.

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This new feature should be switched on by the user, so that people do not end up broadcasting their location unknowingly. It uses the GPS system on smartphones to tell your Facebook friends that you are nearby, but only if they have the feature turned on as well.

Location sharing or even knowing the exact location of your friends has been possible in the past through many different apps, but what we like about this feature from Facebook is that it does not share your exact location, it will only show that you a re nearby, say, within half a mile radius.

However, if you insist to share your precise location you can manually do so with a specific friend you’d like to meet up with.

 Friend will be able to see where you’re located in an airport or a city block or a park, etc. By default, your exact location will be shared just for an hour, although one can change this.

Such new feature only suggest that we have started to bring online and physical worlds together, with more advanced technologies being developed this bridge will soon be complete.

Google Launches Standalone Camera App In Play Store

Google has finally revamped its camera app for Android and at the same time it’s also releasing it to the Play Store for easier updating in the future. This one is available for any phone running Android 4.4+ KitKat.

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Google has made a number of improvements and refinements here, introducing a much cleaner interface “that gets out of your way” with a prominent shutter button.  A brand new Lens Blur mode promises to achieve “SLR-like photos” offering a shallow depth of field.

Lens Blur replaces the need for a large optical system with computer vision algorithms and optimization techniques that are run entirely on the mobile device, simulating a larger lens and aperture in order to creating a 3D model of the world,” Google said. Google Camera packs in signature Mountain View features like Photo Sphere, and also brings the viewfinder back to 100 percent, meaning what you see will always be what you get in your final shot.

Google has also cranked up the stitching algorithm in the Photosphere and Panorama mode. Photospheres can now be up to 50MP in size, which is great for pixel peepers. Panorama resolution can also be adjusted between low, high and maximum with the processing time increasing as you go up from low.

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Google Camera snaps quick and easy photos and videos, and has creative picture modes like Photo Sphere, Lens Blur and Panorama.

Features
• Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views
• Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
• Panorama mode with high resolution
• 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
• Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button
• Works on phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat

Top Android Paid Apps – Now Free !

Android is widely known for its free apps but there are indeed some interesting apps that come at a cost. Well, much to your pleasure, many developers are rolling out free versions of their earlier paid apps.

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Galaxy on Fire 2
This space game puts players in an impressive sandbox universe. You take command of your personal starship, fly trading missions, and take up arms against threats in a magestic 3D world. The game was originally released as a paid app but was recently turned into a freemium model. You can download the base game for free while the expansion packs come at a cost.

Dead Trigger
It was launched at a premium price that disappointed many but can now be downloaded for free. You get to play a first person shooter and is pretty interesting for game addicts.

Doodle Jump
The game was first release in March 2010 and featured the popular Doodler. In the game, the Doodler makes his way skywards, dodging dangers and finding safe landing spots. It works using your phone’s tilt sensors. Now it is available as a free download too.

Dungeon Hunter 4
Resembling Diablo, but in a mobile format, it was launched with a lot of premium content. However, now it is free-to-play. The game melds both strains together, providing the sweeping storylines of previous Dungeon Hunter games, while remaining accessibly F2P, reports Tomsguide.

Real Racing 3
This one is for those who fancy racing games. This series became popular because of offering mobile gamers a realistic racing experience that was graphically stunning. Initially, a paid experience, the latest release, Real Racing 3, is now a free-to-play game

Streetmix Lets You Reimagine And Redesign Your City’s Streets

It’s easy to point out that there’s something wrong with a system, such as the design of an urban street or neighborhood, but it’s another thing entirely to come up with a design that would be better. But when it comes to re-imagining the streets in your neighborhood, that process just got quite a bit easier, thanks to a new web app.

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With Streetmix, users can design their own perfect street, with the right balance of bike lanes, sidewalks, public transport and vehicle traffic lanes, just by dragging and dropping design segments and adjusting their parameters.

“Design, remix, and share your street. Add bike paths, widen sidewalks or traffic lanes, learn how all of this can impact your community.” – Streetmix

While you can start to design a scenario from scratch, or begin from the default Streetmix settings, some users are designing alternatives to real streets in their cities, either for analysis or for visualization of proposed changes. The app uses real-world design constraints, which can help the layperson understand some of what urban planners need to incorporate in their designs and enable better communication between the planners and the population in design and use issues.

Go ahead, make the city better with Streetmix.

 

Source – By Derek Markham

 

Delhi Metro Launches Mobile Application

Delhi Metro said its commuters using smartphones can get to know fares and train timings with the help of a new mobile application that can be downloaded from its website.

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“The application will provide information about nearest metro station, fare, timings of last and first train at stations, travel time, route information, metro map and parking availability on the station premises,” Delhi Metro managing director Mangu Singh said.

The mobile application can be downloaded by commuters who have iPhone and Android phone. The users can also find tourist spots near metro stations.

Status Updates Via Voice? Facebook Buys Speech Recognition App

Facebook Inc plans to buy the maker of a speech recognition and language translation app, providing technology that could bolster the social networking company’s mobile efforts.

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The purchase of the app will help Facebook’s mobile strategy.

The social networking company did not disclose the financial terms of its deal for Pittsburgh-based Mobile Technologies.

Facebook Management Director Tom Stocky said in a blog post, “Voice technology has become an increasingly important way for people to navigate mobile devices and the web.”

The deal comes a week after Motorola, which is owned by Facebook rival Google Inc , unveiled its Moto X phone which has built-in voice recognition capabilities. Apple Inc’s Siri feature, which functions as a personal assistant for iPhones, also uses voice recognition.

Mobile Technologies, founded in 2001, was the maker of the free Jibbigo Translator mobile app that automatically translates speech from more than 20 languages.

Source – Reuters

Now Talk To Friends On Whatsapp With New Voice Messages Feature

WhatsApp has introduced Voice Messages for users across platforms that will allow users to send recorded messages to their contacts. The introduction comes on the day the service crossed 300 million monthly active users.

A a company spokesperson ,“ we’re proud to announce that WhatsApp has surpassed 300 million monthly active users worldwide, a milestone on the road to WhatsApp becoming the communication network of the 21st century.”

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As far as the new Voice Message service is concerned, WhatsApp’s team wrote on a blog post,

We are releasing Voice Messages on all of our platforms simultaneously. We worked very hard to make sure that iPhone and Android devices have perfectly working Voice Messages functionality, and we put extra effort into making sure that BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone users can enjoy the same rich and powerful Voice Messaging experience.

So how exactly does the service work? For Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 8 devices, users will now see a microphone icon next to the box where they type messages. Just press and hold the icon to record till the end of your message.

Once you release the icon, the voice message will automatically be sent to the recipient. To cancel a recording, just slide your hand across the microphone icon and it will be cancelled.

BlackBerry users (those who have older devices with keyboards) can press the space bar while Nokia Symbian users can simply hold the centre button to start recording the message.

Once they release the buttons the message will be sent automatically.

To cancel recordings users can just hold the ‘end call’ button on the Nokia Symbian and BlackBerry devices.

Each voice message also has a microphone icon next to it. When you send someone a voice message the icon will turn blue indicating that the person has read the message.

There is no limit to how long the voice message can be. When it comes to Android and iOS devices, the voice message switches off from speaker mode automatically when you hold the device next to your ear.

Whatsapp’s move comes at a time when BlackBerry is preparing to launch its BBM messenger for Android and iPhones. The latest version of BBM allows video-calling, screen share and voice messages.

Other than BBM, WhatsApp also other serious contenders such as the WeChat app, which recently launched in India and according to a new report, is the among the five most used apps worldwide. WhatsApp is number nine according to that list and even Facebook’s Messenger app is ahead.

Will Voice Messages help WhatsApp go from 300 million users to 400? We’ll have to wait and see. Tell us in the comments if you will use the new feature of WhatsApp and what you think of it.

Check out this video –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3I_7H1mByA&feature=player_embedded

Apps To Help You Study & Get Through the End-of-Semester Stress.

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When December hits, students start to panic. Now looming are those dreaded deadlines they’ve been ignoring all semester, as they start preparing for final projects, papers and exams. Soon, weekends will be spent pent up in the library, and when someone screams “shots,” they’ll only mean of 5-Hour Energy.

Studying doesn’t necessarily have to be stressful, however. Thanks to technology, whether you need help taking your notes, organizing them or figuring out what exactly it is they mean, there’s an app out there to solve all your end-of-semester dilemmas. Don’t believe it? Here are six right here that could make your next two weeks more manageable, and take some of the stress out of studying.

Evernote — For those who hate lugging around their laptop, Evernote is the perfect solution. Any note, web clip, file or image you save can be made available on any device you use, from an iPhone to an iPad, or even your home computer. The free app (yes, you heard it: free), allows users to create notes, clip webpages, store PDFs and snap photos, all while using tags to organize the content into various notebooks. Perfect for group projects, you can use Evernote to share files with friends, as well as create schedules and to-do lists.

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Cram — With Cram, preparing for an exam has never been easier. You can review your materials using digital flashcards, and then answer multiple-choice questions to assess how much you’ve retained. Cram then grades and records your test performance, so you can track your progress, and even allows you to sync your notes up to your Mac.

Margins — Margin is perfect for those who prefer to take detailed, hand-written notes while reading. The app organizes all annotations by book and page number, and allows users to search for keywords, which is something that can’t be done with the traditional pen and paper approach. When taking notes, you can also leave a quote or a comment, so you know exactly what it is about a certain passage that caught your attention and got you thinking.

iStudiez Pro — For those who need a little help managing their hectic schedules, iStudiez Pro is the ideal digital assistant. Students can track their course load, lectures, due dates, grades and GPA. They can also sort assignments by date and priority, and synchronize their data between all of their iOS and Mac devices. With the touch of a finger, you can get a full overview of the classes you need to attend and what you need to prepare for them.

Wikipanion — Wikipanion uses a direct connection to the Wikipedia servers, making access to the site easier and much more accessible. Through autocompletion and an in-page search functionality, not only are you brought to the material you need faster, but you’re also given exactly what you need without having to look through paragraphs upon paragraphs of text. Through the app, you can also bookmark all of your favorite pages, or save particular articles to read and reference later.

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Dictionary.com — If you’re going to download any sort of dictionary app, use the one from Dictionary.com. Not only is it free, but it also provides full mobile access to Thesaurus.com, which is incredibly useful when you’re trying to write your final papers and have used the verb “to be” one too many times.