Even budget smartphones ship with a set of earphones, and it’s no wonder: they’ve revolutionised the way we interact with music. So here’s our top 5 apps to get you started on your journey of musical discovery, with your Android smartphone as your guide… (This is all about consuming music – there’s plenty of apps for creating music too, and we may well be back to look at them later…)
Today many people use multiple web services, such as social networking and messaging services. Some users explicitly show their identity in these services, but others visit those services separately–as unidentifiable, different users. To protect their privacy, the latter group might not want their accounts and activities on multiple services to be associated with each other. …
More than a million Android smartphones are mining cryptocoins without the owners’ knowledge, via apps downloaded from Google Play which stealthily incorporate ‘hashing’ software.
Researchers at security company Trend Micro say they have found at least two apps on the Google Play store, Songs and “Prized”, which contain code to join any phone that has them to a cryptocoin-mining “pool”. Each app has had between 1m and 5m downloads, meaning that up to 10m phones might be affected. Songs was still available at the time of publication. An email to the developer had not been answered by time of publication.
The subverted apps seem to include a request to run the mining software within their terms and conditions - meaning that once the user clicks “OK” they have in effect given it permission to steal their processing time. Trend Micro criticised “the murky language and vague terminology” of the terms and conditions.
Your Android phone can now warn you when traffic is likely to crawl to a standstill on the drive home. Google has updated the platform’s search app to send Google Now notifications if road work, accidents and other incidents might create major delays.
Life is a video game, right? We hope the hooker we just ran over in our Truffade Adder knows that. And doesn’t that moustachioed plumber look familiar?
Only joking. But apps to make real life more like a game - or, to give it its official title, gamify it - are springing up on the App Store and Google Play, hell-bent on turning us all into fit, rich, extra-curricular humans. Smug Sims wading about in meatspace, basically. Zero self discipline? Doesn’t matter. The lure of badges, XP and level-ups will no doubt to be too strong for you to resist. Here, in no particular order, is our pick of the best.
Two of the most popular apps - WhatsApp and Instagram - are now available for download on Nokia X. Users can get the fully working, fully featured WhatsApp version from third party stores such as 1Mobile Market or APTOiDE, both of which are accessible straight from your Nokia X device.’
Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, thanks to an extremely critical vulnerability in a widely used cryptographic code library.
The bug in the GnuTLS library makes it trivial for attackers to bypass secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protections available on websites that depend on the open source package. Initial estimates included in Internet discussions such as this one indicate that more than 200 different operating systems or applications rely on GnuTLS to implement crucial SSL and TLS operations, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the actual number is much higher. Web applications, e-mail programs, and other code that use the library are vulnerable to exploits that allow attackers monitoring connections to silently decode encrypted traffic passing between end users and servers.
We don’t talk a whole lot about the specific tools of modern productivity here at AoM. We’re generally more interested in principles, skills, mindsets, etc. Every once in a while, though, we come across something so useful, we just have to share it.
Enter Evernote. It’s an app for your smartphone, tablet, computer, and even your Moleskine notebook. It’s just what the name implies: an application that serves as your notetaker, PDA, pocket notebook, to-do list, etc. The beauty of Evernote is that it syncs automatically across all your devices, and across all your operating systems. Never lose another post-it note, scrap piece of paper, or notebook that has important information on it. You’ll also streamline your desk from a jumble of notes and folders into a single digital storehouse.
The app is roughly organized into notebooks and notes. Just like in real life. You create a notebook for a particular subject/topic, then fill that notebook with notes. Besides syncing across devices and operating systems, there are some features that make Evernote really stand out: