Top 10 Apps of the week!



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Looking for new apps for your Android phone or tablet? Check out our weekly round-up for the latest apps and click on the links to download them for free.







Javelin

1. Javelin Browser (Get it for your android) Free

If you’re looking for an alternative to Chrome or your default browser, you could do a lot worse than Javelin. This stylish app has an impressively functional UI, and it’s also got a focus on privacy, with a built-in incognito mode, reading mode, and ad blocker, and a proxy service (for a recurring fee, free trial available). Its excellent use of space makes it handy for phones and tablets alike.




coursera

2. Coursera (Get it for your android) Free

Coursera is a service that lets you take real college courses from real universities, online and for free. The official Android app is now available, giving cyber-students access to lectures and other course materials while on the go. As a nice bonus, you can also download videos locally, so you won’t be left out of the loop if you get stuck on a plane or in a poor reception area. The app also lets you enroll and notifies you of upcoming courses..





Lingualy

3. Lingua.ly (Get it for your android) Free

Learning a new language is hard, but one of the most universally-accepted tools for doing it are flash cards. Lingua.ly is a set of pre-made flash cards for a ton of languages, including most of the big ones from Europe and east Asia, that you can use to quickly and effectively expand your vocabulary. You can also personalize your cards with notes, and there are a few games included for kicks.





GCloud

4. G Cloud backup (Get it for your android) Free

Have you checked out the latest update with G Cloud? The backup app you’ll want to download on your Droid. With the new enhancements, you can view your backedup items in a Cloud Gallery, upgrade your account to Unlimited Storage with a pivotal price as well as locating your Android for Free and tons more! If you want to backup all your app&game settings just download the key for rooted from here!




Kmplayer

5. Inkling eBooks – Beta (Get it for your android) Free

Do you want books that are more than just books? While most readers are content to simply display text, Inkling takes things a bit further in the name of education. The textbooks offered in the app include animated diagrams, at least some voice narration, offline access, integrated search, and embedded video. They aren’t cheap (and they might take some getting used to), but the app includes a free sample to try out the service..





packpoint

6. PackPoint packing (Get it for your android) Free

Every time we travel, without fail, we will forget something, inevitably costing us time and money at the destination. PackPoint is like a coach for your packing session, letting you know what you’ll need to bring based on both the occasion and the location. Going somewhere cold and rainy? It won’t let you forget an overcoat and umbrella. Heading out of the country? It’ll remind you to pack your passport and visa. The app is nicely presented and has presets for both men and women.




Kmplayer

7. KMPlayer (Get it for your android) Free

KMPlayer is one of the most popular media players among desktop power users, long admired for its wide file support and excellent subtitle implementation. Now it’s got an Android port, and the same focus on a wide array of features has made it to the mobile platform. A ton of file types and codecs are supported, and the swipe-based interface can change the speed, screen ratio, volume, and next/back functions without leaving the main player. There’s also a small file explorer integrated into the app.




downtyme

8. Downtyme (Get it for your android) Free

Workin from home means that going into the nearest big city isn’t so much a regular occurrence as a trip to Mordor, thus meaning not spending as much time with friends as one ought to. Downtyme attempts to rectify these situations, connecting you with your friends by analyzing your schedule (calendar) then shows you the friends you have nearby when you’ve got free time. It’s not a perfect situation, since you’re still relying on others who may or may not be free, but it’s certainly novel.




knocklock

9. Knock Lock (Get it for your android) Free

Tap your phone in a certain area and it will go to sleep. It’s an interesting idea, especially if you have an irrational fear of
power buttons, but not an original one: this is basically LG’s “KnockOn” add-on feature in reverse.





impala

10. Impala (Get it for your android) Free

Instagram is good for taking an ordinary photo and making it special, or at least a little bit more interesting. But if you don’t trust yourself to choose from the various filters, Impala will do it for you, automatically selecting an appropriate filter for the photo you just took. (It doesn’t actually integrate with any sharing systems, you’ll have to do that manually.) Check out the middle screenshot below: the developers clearly know their audience.





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Siri is comin g to your car

CarPlay

So now not only will we have Smatphone disputes (and sort of discrimination); the heated arguments will extend to your vehicle choice.

Monday marked the day that Apple announced partnerships with a couple of automobile behemoths for a new system that integrates the iPhone with in-car entertainment systems.

Introduced as CarPlay, the setup includes a console touchscreen as well as buttons on the steering wheel that trigger Siri, Apple’s voice command system. With the new CarPlay, drivers will be allowed to make phone calls, listen to voicemails, hear and dictate text message, obtain directions via Apple Maps and access Spotify along with other music services. Volvo will be the first vehicle to feature CarPlay debuting later this year, along with Ferrari and Merdedes-Benz. As for other vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, will be receiving the “update” down the road, according to Apple.

Ferrari stated CarPlays as a: “smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.”

Volvo seems eager for the partnership with Apple and stated: “promises to transform the in-car experience.”

To enable the CarPlay system, users will have to connect their iPhones to their cars using Apple’s lightning charger cable. The system’s compatibility is only with the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s.

Apple’s announcement sets a steady push ahead of its tech-industry rivals that are also working to integrate Smartphone technology into cars.

Google announced in January a partnership with Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai promising to bring its Android operating system to cars starting this year.

Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product marketing, Greg Joswiak, stated CarPlay “lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction.”

Mobile usage is the principal contributor to “distracted driving” accidents, which killed 3,328 people and injured 421,000 in 2012, according to government statistics.

Laws have been enacted in a number of states in recent years prohibiting texting or talking on mobile phones while driving. President Obama, in 2009, issued an executive order prohibiting federal employees from doing so while on the job.

One crucial reason why mobile usage is so critically dangerous is because it can force the driver to take their eyes off the road and their hands off the steering wheel as well. The National Safety Council discourages even the use of hands-free cellphone use, stating it significantly increases the potential for accidents.

“Talking on hands-free or handheld cell phones requires the brain to multitask — a process it cannot do safely while driving,” the NSC says. “A form of inattention blindness occurs, which results in drivers having difficulty monitoring their surroundings, seeking and identifying potential hazards, and responding to unexpected situations.”



Top 10 Apps this week!



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Looking for new apps for your Android phone or tablet? Check out our weekly round-up for the latest apps and click on the links to download them for free.







Telegram

1. Telegram (Get it for your android) Free

Facebook announcement that it bought WhatsApp for $19 billion ended up sending users to other apps. One of the lucky beneficiaries of this exodus was Telegram Messenger.

This app, founded by Russian billionaires Pavel and Nikolai Durov, ended up adding 8 million new users. Its another anonymous messaging app that lets users send an assortment of messages but the company touts their network as being very secure.





Push

2.
Pushbullet
(Get it for your android) Free

Pushbullet makes it easy to send messages to all your devices, but now you can automate the process. The newest version of Pushbullet comes with support for Tasker, because manually pushing things between your internet-connected devices is for chumps.





Type

3. Type Your Ringtone Lite (Get it for your android) Free

There is an app for pretty much everything at this point. It’s like rule 34 for smartphones, and that’s where Type Your Ringtone comes in. You just enter some text, and the app turns it into a ringtone. What, this isn’t what you’ve always wanted?






GCloud

4. G Cloud backup (Get it for your android) Free

Have you checked out the latest update with G Cloud? The backup app you’ll want to download on your Droid. With the new enhancements, you can view your backedup items in a Cloud Gallery, upgrade your account to Unlimited Storage with a pivotal price as well as locating your Android for Free and tons more! If you want to backup all your app&game settings just download the key for rooted from here!





Wickr

5. Wickr-Top Secret Messenger (Get it for your android) Free

Wickr is a powerful messaging app that provides military-grade encryption of text, picture, audio and video messages. While similar to Snapchat, Wickr lets you set a countdown timer to set for a self-destructing messages. The length can last for six hours or up to a few seconds.





Plex

6. Plex for PlexPass (Get it for your android) Free

Plex was one of the early apps to add Chromecast support. This is great, because as a service that takes content stored on one of your computers and makes it accessible anywhere, it’s the ideal candidate for Chromecasting. Yet the team isn’t settling for simply putting videos up on the big screen, and after the latest update, the app now goes a step further by tossing up detailed information on it while you browse through content on your mobile device.





Thief

7. THIEF? COMPANION Promo (Get it for your

8. Stitcher Radio for Podcasts (Get it for your android) Free

Stitcher Radio has made the jump to version 3.2, and it’s a pretty nice update. Ever start a podcast and wish you could come back to it later without having to search? The app’s new “Listen Later” feature will take care of that problem. Just click on an episode and hit up the “Add to Listen Later” option that appears. You can then access it and other saved episodes from the sidebar.




Pass

9. PasswordBox (Get it for your android) Free

If you’re not into LastPass for whatever reason (or just looking for something new), it may be time to check out PasswordBox. It’s basically on par with LP when it comes to price ($12/ year) and having you covered across multiple devices (Android app and Chrome extension), but as of the most recent
update to the Android app, it also boasts a feature that LastPass can’t hold a candle to: one-tap logins. It’s killer.





Typee

10. Type Machine (Get it for your android) $2.04

It’s profoundly annoying when some janky web form or app crashes and you lose a bunch of text, but you’re just a few clicks away from stopping that once and for all on your Android device. Type Machine silently backs up every word you type so you can retrieve it later. Does this sound both awesome and worrisome? Well, it’s only one of those.





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Why Apple should basically say: Update your iPhone RIGHT NOW!!





Apple’s security protocol puncture is almost as grave as giving your credit card straight to a hacker instead of making them steal the information through the magnetic stripe readers.

The bug in Apple’s iOs and OS X platforms basically permits a hacker to get in between the initial verification “handshake” connection between the user and the destination server, enabling the attacker to disguise as a trusted endpoint. This means the connection which is meant to be encrypted between you and your bank, email server, healthcare provider and more is potentially vulnerable to attack.

 Secure Sockets Layers, and more recently, Transport Layer Security protocols have protected web users for years by creating a digital secure handshake to identify and encrypt data from the browser to the secure end site. The Apple flaw puts hackers in the middle of that handshake, by allowing the SSL/TSL routines to be bypassed.

Secure Sockets Layers, and more recently, Transport Layer Security protocols have protected web users for years by creating a digital secure handshake to identify and encrypt data from the browser to the secure end site. The Apple flaw puts hackers in the middle of that handshake, by allowing the SSL/TSL routines to be bypassed.



Security experts across the web advise updating iPhones and iPads with the available iOS patches now, as well as avoiding the use of Safari for OS X systems without an available Apple fix and use other browsers for the time being.

Usually to achieve encrypted web traffic, a handshake is obtained through a Secure Sockets Layer (abbreviated as SSL) or more recently, Transport Layer Security (TLS) ; both are Internet protocols that provide a secure channel between two machines operating over the Internet or an internal network.
The full austerity of the security glitch has yet to emanate, but the duplicated line of code which is prompting all the disturbance has been in place since September 2012. This means theoretically that if you’ve been using the flawed iOS or OS X systems since then, a hacker on your shared network could have captured all your data that should have been SSL (or TSL) encrypted for the past 18 months.
Now take a seat and think of all the banking, online dating, email writing and Internet purchases you’ve made in the last year and a half.


The duplicated line of code that caused the Apple fail is shown here, and now dubbed on Twitter as #gotofail. (Image via Gizmodo)

The duplicated line of code that caused the Apple fail is shown here, and now dubbed on Twitter as #gotofail. (Image via Gizmodo)



The SSL/TLS effort beseeches almost zero interaction from us (the end users), however, you may be acquainted with the little lock icon that appears on the browser, indicating a secure connection has been achieved. This is where the Apple flaw steps in; anyone using the same network connection (the person sitting next to you at the coffee shop or at work right now) could fake the secure connection and hijack communication between your browser and a site.

What’s more horrifying, the flaw permits for modification of the “data in flight”; which means in plain English that a hacker could deliver exploits to take control of your system, according to Crowdstrike. Other apps that you may not instantly associate with Internet browsing are influenced as well.




Apple did release a fix to the flaw harbored in iOS6 and 7 authentication logic, yet the company only states the OS X fix is coming “very soon,” according to Reuters. This indicates Mac desktops and notebooks are still exposed to man-in-the-middle attacks.

Apple’s support page says the company will not “disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available”. It does, however, describe the fail was addressed by “restoring missing validation steps.”

Apple did not immediately acknowledge TheBlaze for clarification on how swift fixes for Mac desktops and notebooks will be available.

So, are you still on board the iOS ship or will you trade sides for Android?



WhatsDown? What really went down with WhatsApp yesterday

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Facebook, the social media giant, was forced to annunciate an apology today following the 3 hour blockade of its recently acquired WhatsApp. The staggering $16 billion – plus $3 Billion in options – it had paid for the global mobile messaging app came as a shock to many people.

The team responsible for the instant messaging app, which was procured by Facebook on Thursday, declared the error was due to “server issues”.

The app’s highly popular chat conversations- evidently used by more than 450 million each month – displayed a loading asterisk and mark, “connecting… “ while the problems continued.

WhatsApp employed its @wa-status account to tweet at 8:16pm: “Sorry we currently experiencing server issues. We hope to be back up and recovered shortly.”

At 10:48pm it announced the issue had been resolved, tweeting again: “WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for the downtime…”

While many users complained about the downtime, others took it light- heartedly saying the WhatsApp team has probably gone on holiday after their multi-billion dollar deal with Facebook.

Tom Daley, the Olympic medal winning diver, took to Twitter and asked his followers:

Software engineer Chris Sedlmayr tweeted the following:

 

Mathew Ingram tweeted:

 

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, declared: ‘WhatsApp is on a path to connect one billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.’

Jan Koum, co-founder and chief executive of WhatsApp, stated:

“WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide.

We’re excited and honoured to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world.’
The WhatsApp brand is to be maintained, and its headquarters will remain in Mountain View, California.”

Mr Koum will come aboard Facebook’s board of directors, and WhatsApp’s core messaging product and Facebook’s existing Messenger app will remain to operate as standalone applications.

The new move from Facebook comes after it recently reported record revenues of 2.5 billion dollars from 750 million daily users.

The end of quarter results, published at the end of last month, showed a revenue rise of one billion dollars on the same period last year.

A total of 757 million people used the world’s biggest social media platform every day between October and December, up from 618 million the same time in 2012.

In 2012, Facebook bought photo sharing social media site Instagram for one billion US dollars.