CES 2015 officially starts on January 6, 2015 and your team from Life On My Mobile will be on-site to cover all the new technology as it is unveiled. If you want to keep up with what’s happening at CES, make sure you follow @LifeOnMyMobile on Twitter.
You may or may not have noticed a small change when you open up your App store on Wednesday. “Free” apps now display a button that says “Get”, instead of “Free”. If you browse around the app store you are sure to find one that is now labeled with a “Get” button. “Freemium” apps are often misleading, allowing users to download the app for free, but then requiring money to be spent in the app. This change appears on both the iOS app store and the desktop App Store.
With every great app successes you see people trying to ride the wave and carve off a piece of the pie for themselves. That seems to be the case with Puffchat. This is a messenger app, that prior to today I didn’t even know existed. I found out about the app when Puffchat CEO Micheal Suppo decided to threaten security researcher Thomas Hedderwick for disclosing that the Puffchat security model was more smoke and mirrors than an actual secure app and provided proof.
Thomas had attempted by a number of means to contact Puffchat and let them know about the issues prior to disclosing.
In the interest of responsible disclosure I did try and contact the dev multiple ways, I was either ignored or not replied to and I feel users deserve to know what’s happening with their data. It’s only saving grace is that it appears to delete the message logs if you manually clear your feed, still a far way off being secure.
How insecure is the app? According to Thomas, there really isn’t anything. Read more
Happy New Year to all of our readers! Starting the New Year means that CES is just around the corner. The Life On My Mobile team will be headed to Las Vegas tomorrow to cover the world’s largest tech convention. We will have boots on the ground starting January 5th to cover CES Unveiled, and then for Press Day on January 6th. The show floor opens at 10am on January 7th and we will be there roaming the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center looking for the newest and greatest advancements in technology.
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Smartwatch maker Pebble has put out a little teaser of “something special” to be announced at CES 2014. There were no hints if it would be some new hardware, or maybe something more elaborate to their new app store. Either way, we will be waiting to hear all about it. For those of you who want to get the news in real time, they will be live streaming the announcement at GetPebble.com. The event is slated for January 6, 2014 at 11am PT.
Between now and January 4th students can go to their local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store and get a year of free talk, text, and 1 GB of data. All that is required is that students purchase a new Smart phone or regular phone and activate a new line of service with a Sprint Unlimited My Way plan. Customers will have to pay for the phone and a one-time $36 activation fee. Monthly taxes and surcharges still apply as well. This promotion offers a savings of up to $70 a month, is available only at Best Buy, and only on the Sprint Network.
As mentioned before the plan includes unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of data for smart phones or unlimited talk and text for basic phones. Sprint also does not require a 2 year agreement on Students’ lines. If you think that 1 GB of data is not enough for you unlimited data can be added easily for only $10 a month. Students can also trade in their existing mobile phone for a phone on the new plan.