Category Archives: Mobile

Apple iOS version 5.1.1 patches serious iOS Security Bugs

Apple came with an iOS update this Monday and have urged its all iOS users to update their devices immediately. The iOS 5.1.1 patch fixes 3 serious security issues found in the existing devices, mostly browser based bugs.

The updated iOS  version 5.1.1 will work on  iPhone 3GS, iPhon 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (3rd generation and later), as well as the iPad, iPad 2, and new iPad.

However,  jailbroken devices  can also update to iOS 5.1.1 excluding newer devices like iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, and the iPad which came after the iPad 2.

One address bar spoofing bug and 2 webkit browser based bugs are addressed in this security update.

 

Iris – Now you can chat with android !

Recently Apple launched iOS5. The main feature that caught everyone’s mind was Siri. Siri is a personal assistant application for iOS. The application uses natural language processing to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions.

There was a huge uproar that this is the reason Android can never compete with Apple’s products. However, Dextera, the android developmental team managed to make a prototype of a personal assistant in just 8 hours! Here’s a video demonstration by XdaDevelopers:

Although still in developmental process, Iris proved a point. What took Apple a really long time to develop took Android just 8 hours. This was due to the expertise in google, existence of voice recognition software that was open sourced, and inspiration from the already launched siri.

The new Iris app is now available on the Android Market. Download it and try it out. The best part with Iris is that you can play around with it and have fun. Its not just something that’ll simplify your life but also make it more enjoyable.

Summing up: Iris is

  • Personal assistant for android
  • Developed by Dextera
  • First prototype was made in 8 hours
  • Understands everything you say(try it out, even misuses and abuses are understood)
  • More fun to use than Siri
  • Now on the Android Market

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“Touch Meets Type” – The New Blackberry Bold 9900 Commercial

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Blackberry Bold 9900 is out with brand new Blackberry 7.0 OS. The New blackberry bold 9900 stands out of the box by offering “Touch and Type” facility for its users.

The brand new TV commercial which got launched recently says it all..

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Blogger app for iOS devices realeased

Blogger iPhone app now available! Now blog through your Apple device

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Google just released its Blogger app for iOS devices. You can now blog on Google’s Blogger platform through your iPhone and iPod. The app got released just yesterday as stated on Google’s official blog post.

Blogger app for iphone welcome screen

According to Google, you can now create and publish new posts right from the app. You can also edit posts which you created earlier through your computer. The modified part will automatically be synced to all your apple devices and you will always get the latest version of the post when you sign in to your blogger account.

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Apart from creating and editing posts, the app also gives you the facility to add photos, labels and location information to your posts. Adding photos slightly got easier in the Blogger app for iPhone. You can now capture pics and link them directly to your posts all from within the app. There’s no need to leave the app to capture a pic. You can even attach pics from your gallery.

The app is available to download for Apple iOS devices 3.2 or later at the iTunes official store. If you are an Android-ian then don’t forget to check out the Blogger app for Android devices.

Comment and share your views about the new Blogger app for iPhone! Do you like the app?

via Gizmodo

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Norton Mobile Security for Android

Norton Mobile Security for Android: Reliable Protection Guaranteed!

Hi friends. Today i am going to review Norton Mobile Security for Android devices. This is a full guide and feature-list to Norton Mobile Security for Android. I am going to discuss all its protection mechanisms and how it makes viruses a thing of the past.

Norton Mobile Security for Android reviewed

Being a open source fan myself i prefer Android over any other Mobile Operating system, simply because its so easy to work with and its functionality is always extendable. Keeping your Android device safe and secure is entirely upto you, its decided on how well you authorize data transfers on the web with your Android phone. With the availability of third party apps, malicious users can easily gain control over our phone. This is where Norton Mobile Security comes in to save you.

So recently i got the chance to try out the paid product and here’s what i came to know:

INSTALLATION:

The setup is very simple or what we call as a 2-minute install. Just visit this link from your Android phone and download the Norton Mobile Security for Android software. You will get a .apk file, just install it and you are good to go.

At its first start it will ask you for your activation code. You should enter the secret code that you got when you purchased the product. Norton will then connect to its licensing server to check if the code is valid and enable your subscription period momentarily.

FEATURE STUDY:

As soon as you’re in, you will get a host of options to choose from such as Setting up Anti-Theft, Anti Malware, Call and SMS Blocking, Web Protection etc. So lets discuss them one by one.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Features

Anti-Theft: This is an advanced feature which remotely locks your lost or stolen device via a SMS and prevents strangers from seeing your private information. You can wipe your sensitive data remotely with the help of your friend’s mobile. Just send the password in the form of a text message to your phone and all your data gets erased to protect your identity.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Anti Theft

To help locate your device, Norton Mobile Security also sends the exact GPS coordinates of your phone’s whereabouts, offering an increased chance of retrieving it. I found this feature to be very helpful since very few software companies these days actually safeguard your phone even when its lost.

Anti Malware: This feature regularly checks your Android system for viruses and other malware that might have gained access. You can also schedule your scans to run at specified intervals. This utility also gives you an option to scan your memory card which slows down your system for a while but that’s a choice i am willing to take.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Anti Malware

Call and SMS Blocking: You can block unwanted numbers and text messages with this feature. Also you can create your own Block List to prevent those numbers from communicating with your device in the future. This is a great utility as you can permanently get rid of a certain someone who annoys you all the time.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Block calls

Web Protection: Surfing websites has never been easy. Hackers can easily gain advantage to your phone and use it for fraudulent purposes if you are careless. Norton Mobile Security’s brings you a web protection that constantly protects you from phishing and malware sites. It works with the Android browser and scans your clicks as you visit them.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Web Protection

Automatic Update: Norton Mobile Security’s LiveUpdate installs and updates your databases automatically. You can also schedule your updates to be a performed when you find it convenient. My update ran for under a minute and all the catalog files were updated successfully. LiveUpdate also respects what you are doing and disables the update feature when you are roaming.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Live Update

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY: 

Norton Mobile Security is available for purchase at leading retailers and telcos across the country at Rs 599 for a single license. The price includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates.

If you want to check out the free version before purchasing the fully paid product check out Norton Mobile Security Lite (NMS Lite) available for Free Download at the Android Market.

VERDICT:

I would like to give this product a 4 1/2 star out of 5 stars. When i was working with the Auto Scan enabled i hardly experienced any lag, all the applications ran as smoothly as possible. The only con i found in this product is its memory consumption. My Android phone has 280 MB of RAM installed and Norton was consuming 1.03% of it. But i think that’s a very small price to pay considering of all the pros this product carries especially the NMS tracker technology.

I give a GO to this product and recommend it to all the Android users as security is always important whether it is a PC or a Smartphone, prevention always has the upper hand.

Now show your love and drop a comment to express your views! We are excited to hear your thoughts.

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Time Travel in Games now! Girl discovers exploit in mobile games

A 10 year old girl from California whose is called as CyFi in the hacker world has discovered an exploit in Android and iOS games. This exploit allows users to time travel in games.

Girl discovers exploit in mobile games

According to CyFi, we can now fast forward the game progress by advancing the clock. The logic is simple, disconnect the device from WiFi and advance the clock by small increments then reconnect it to WiFi. The result is you are now ahead of time and you are pretty much enjoying it!

She was out sitting playing a Farmville game and apparently got frustrated because the game wasn’t moving fast enough. The game is designed such that a particular crop takes more or less 10 hours to mature. CyFi discovered that if we can advance the clock somehow we can jump into the time sequence and skip the previous chapters.

CyFi told CNET,

“It was hard to make progress in the game, because it took so long for things to grow. So I thought, ‘Why don’t I just change the time?’”

She calls this creation as “Zero Day”. Mobile developers and Testers failed to discover this flaw in games with which we can easily cheat a game. CyFi has done a great job by discovering this vulnerability, she is denying to reveal further details of the flaw as she wants to give the game developers time to fix it. Don’t take this kid lightly she is the co-founder of DEFCON KIDS which is a small part of DEFCON ( The World’s largest underground hacking conference).

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Blackberry Torch 2 leaked

Blackberry Torch 2 leaked: RIM says its better than Torch

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Just hours before, we spotted new documents regarding a possible announcement of the Blackberry Torch 2 smartphone of RIM (Research In Motion) technologies on the FCC website. The model number listed as RDM71UW is undoubtedly the Torch 2.

BlackBerry Torch 2 slim

OK, lets get down to the point. The major changes you will see in this version of Torch i.e. the Torch 2 are as listed below:

  • Screen size is 3.2 inches delivering a 640×480 resolution whereas the Blackberry Torch 9800 was a 480×360 resolution one.
  • It gives you a 1.2 GHz processor (still single-core) with 768 MB of RAM compared to a mere 624 MHz processor speed seen in its predecessor.
  • Runs the latest Blackberry OS 6.1 whereas Torch ran a 6.0. Folks at RIM already deemed 6.1 as a “major upgrade“. Lets see what 6.1 packs in this time.
  • You get enough storage facility this time. Blackberry Torch 2 boasts of a 8GB  internal memory and a 32GB external memory, expandable with the help of a microSD card.
  • 5 megapixel camera with Autofocus and LED Flash integrated. Records videos in HD i.e. 1280×720 resolution.
  • Other great features you could expect are Bluetooth 2.1, NFC integration (which is huge), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Quad-band GSM, Tri-band HSDPA, WCDMA II and V bands compatible, Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity Sensor and an Ambient Light sensor.

BlackBerry Torch 2 5MP camera

Watch the hands-on video below to get a first hand look on the latest Blackberry Torch 2.

For a full list of specifications refer to this guide.

engadget has managed to perform a complete review and pass a verdict of this product, please visit here to view it.

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Nokia 5230 Firmware Update: Swipe to Unlock, a New Browser & Internet Radio

Good news for Nokia 5230 users. Nokia has rolled out a new software update which comes with some amazing add-ons like “Swipe to Unlock” , Internet Radio, an awesome web browser , Kinetic scrolling, improved camera performance and more..

Swipe to Unlock

People who upgraded their phone to the newest firmware 50.0.0.1 are pretty much excited about the “Swipe to Unlock” feature where the user is just required to swipe around the screen to unlock phone.The “Swipe” feature in Nokia has been heard in recent announcement of Nokia N9- The buttonless phone.

A good surprise for those who upgraded to latest nokia firmware 50.0.0.1.

An Awesome Browser

(with minimal HTML5 support)

You cannot believe if this is your default Nokia browser. The Upgrade comes with NokiaBrowser/7.3.1.25 with a major UI update, easier navigation, html5 support and more. I rate this browser the best among all the other previous releases. New color schemes, simple, opening multiple windows is a big plus!

Internet Radio

(Optional)

An Optional update for this firmware. Though the Internet Radio requires some extra space, it is an awesome thing one could ever imagine. The radio stations can be played so swiftly on handset, blends it very natively to your phone. Internet Radio is equipped over thousand internet radio stations across world. Plays with a good quality sound, works well even on basic GPRS connection..

Facebook and Ovi Maps optional upgrade are also available with this firmware.

Note:

The Update to 50.0.0.1 cannot be made OTA(Over the air), one has to upgrade using ‘Nokia Software Updater’ from PC..

Dial *#0000# on your handset and click on “check for updates” to start with.

Expected Question: How to Use Swipe to Unlock feature in Nokia 5230 (latest firmware 50.0.0.1)

Answer: When the phone is locked, click on the “Menu” hard key and then a big digital clock with a swipe option pops up.. swipe on it to unlock the phone.

Easy, Interesting and Exciting. Isn’t it? Nokia is getting better and better. What say?

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Flash Vs HTML5

Google Swiffy Introduced: Flash “out” HTML5 “in”

With the introduction of Google+, Google also introduced its new Flash to HTML5 converter on Tuesday. This creation is the work of a very young, energetic and passionate Googler known as Pieter Senster.

Google Swiffy Labs

According to this software, it can convert Flash animation files known as .SWF into fully functional HTML5 files. As we know Flash is very important to us. All the videos we watch on YouTube and other internet players are Flash related content, so with the introduction of this technology people can now watch videos without installing the Flash plugin, like iPhones and iPads which do not support Flash.

convert-flash-to-html5

Speaking in Technobabble, simply feed the Swiffy converter with a .swf file and the result is a JSON file rendered with the help of SVG and a bit of HTML5 and CSS3. Modern browsers like Google Chrome and Apple Safari reads the converted files as Javascript and renders the content smoothly to you. Take a look at some of the demo content here at Swiffy Galleria.

Maybe you would have also heard a similar Flash to HTML5 converting tool developed by Adobe and only known as Wallaby. But Google claims that Swiffy has lot more advantages than Wallaby. Some of the primary being Swiffy can convert .swf files whereas Wallaby only focuses on .fla file conversion. Also Wallaby’s converted file can easily be edited whereas Swiffy’s files are very hard to breakthrough. For a more deeper review refer to FAQ over here.

Don’t forget to visit Swiffy Labs. Time for your comment! You can also submit your creations over here.

friendthem app for iPhone

Friendthem: An iPhone app to friend someone in real time!

The many times you go outside, you always see new faces around you. Some known and mostly unknown. Facebook has become the newest medium of interacting with someone when not face to face. It is the quickest and the most reliable form of effective communication.

Guess what has changed now? Friending, yes now when you realise you have made a connection to someone, no need to look back and see that person walk out of your life, you can use the new Friendthem app and quickly friend him right then and there. No unwanted hassle of asking his/her full name and sitting down and spending time searching that person on Facebook. The new Friendthem iPhone app allows you send a Facebook friend request in real time or also to schedule that request to be sent at a later time.

friendthem-app-settings

The good news is you will have full control over your privacy. You can change how you want others to see you. Hiding sensitive information has just become easy. Also you can become invisible anywhere. According to MASHABLE, Friendthem lets users create geo-faces so that you can become offline in certain places such as a bar or at a conference. If in case you forget a face, another cool ‘Friendthem Later’ feature tells you exactly how and where you met that particular person in your life. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Another neat feature of this app is that along with sending friend requests it can also tell you how many mutual friends you both share! What do you think?

Working with it is simple. Just log into the app using Facebook and start using it. The application is currently available for iPhone only. In the near future, apps for Android and Windows platforms will also be released. Friendthem app founder Richard Passer tells us that he will further develop apps for Twitter and Foursquare too. Two small caveats of this app is that it works only within a 1500 foot radius and allows you to send upto a maximum 10 friendthem requests per day. So what are you waiting for, make your life simpler, download this free app from the iTunes Store now! Watch this nice video to experience first hand.

Have you found this app useful? Share your comment to let us know!

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