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
It’s been a week since International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was taking a look back on what the “WOW factor” was for me, and the Ascend Mate 2 4G from Huawei stood out.
Samsung has been the biggest name in the Android device arena when it comes to smartphones, especially when it comes to bigger displays. Huawei has designed a device that can easily compete with Samsung’s Note series and give them a run for their money.
When first getting my hands on the Ascend Mate 2 4G, I was automatically drawn in by the display. Usually a bigger screen doesn’t do much for me, but a 6.1” display will grab your attention, especially since I’m an iPhone 5S (4” display) user. When playing around with the handset and talking with the Huawei rep, the first feature she pointed out was the 4050 mAh battery that gives you up to 60 hours of battery life. A power user can go up to 12 hours of display with data access. This is perfect for the majority of us who live on our smartphone. Not to mention you’re even able to charge another device right from smartphone as well. Perfect for topping off Bluetooth accessories, etc. Read more
We are expecting lots of new product announcements from CES 2014, but Lenovo has announced four new smartphones just a few days ahead of CES. The smartphones from Lenovo all run Android, and bear the following model names: Vibe Z, S930, S650, and the A859. All run on Android 4.2 except the Vibe Z, which runs Android 4.3. Screen size also varies between devices, with the smallest at 4.7″ to the largest at a large 6.0″ screen.
All seem like some very good Android devices, but none are currently available for sale in the U.S. Check out the links above to get more details on the devices.
Lenovo will be setting up shop at the AquaKnox Restaurant in the Venetian during CES, and we will be there to check out all of their latest and greatest products. Stay tuned over the next week for updates.
Remember how crappy WhatsApp security is and the developers really don’t seem to care? Once again the lack of an encrypted WhatsApps database leads to a game, stealing conversations and selling them. All the user needed was your phone number if you had both WhatsApp and Balloon Pop 2 installed.
Balloon Pop 2 was removed from the Google Play store once it was discovered that a for a fee anyone could grab a copy of the users WhatsApp conversation.
The apps website listed the game as a way to “backup” your WhatsApp conversations but the real reason is to spy on someone. It is pretty easy to get someone to install a game and then you have access to their WhatsApp conversations. All the person who wanted access to your private conversation had to do was visit the WhatsAppCopy website, enter your phone number and pay a fee.
If you have this game I suggest you delete it ASAP. If you want any more info on this issue check out the article written by Graham Cluley via this link. A friendly reminder, anything you do on the Internet isn’t private.
Spotify, which has been one of my goto sources for music, is planning on moving their computer based offerings to mobile devices. Spotify has offered mobile access but for a monthly fee. The Wall Street Journal is reporting they will be offer a mobile version, ad supported, at no cost, much like the computer based version.
If this all pans out Spotify mobile users will be able to enjoy unlimited radio style listening based off their likes, much like Pandora and some access to songs on demand. Licensing the songs on demand is what took almost a year to achieve. Rights holders and Spotify had to come up with a formula to pay for the music but still make a profit. Which can be tricky in this industry.
Currently Spotify has 6 million paying subscribers and 20 million active users, with a library topping 20 million songs. We will know more next week when Spotify holds their official event in New York.
This is a smart move for Spotify with the introduction of so many competitors such as iTunes Radio and Google’s Play Music, they need a competitive edge to pull in listeners.
If you want to check out Spotify’s offerings follow the appropriate link below. We will follow-up after the press announcement next week.
iPhone / iPad
Looking to help put you in the Holiday spirit, TeleNav released an update to their turn-by-turn navigation GPS app Scout. With the new update, you can now choose your vehicle icon to be a Santa’s Hat, an Elf Cap, Rudy the Reindeer (Rudolph) and a New Year’s topper.
On the non-holiday side, this update also includes the following enhancements:
- Adaptive Routing – Scout looks out for timesaving options as you drive, automatically shows you if a better route is available, and helps you reroute around incidents and hazards.
- Traffic Speed Indicators – See live traffic speeds on a map and along your route, so you know exactly what to expect when you hit the road
- Improved One-Box – Now gives you more intelligent suggestions to help you find what matters faster
Scout has become my favorite GPS-Navigation apps to use, especially to avoid traffic. Throughout the year, it became the #1 download GPS-Navigation app in the Apple App Store and stays in the top of the charts week to week.
The new Holiday icons are also available on Scout for Android. Below is a quick video of them action.
If you are just hearing about Scout, you can download it for free for iPhone or Android.
Google Play Music finally arrived for iOS. I was happy with Apple’s iTunes Match and the features it provided but not the price.
iTunes Match ($24.99/ per year) allows access to your music library from iTunes on your computer or in the Music app on your iOS device. After using iTunes Match for a year, I found that I didn’t take advantage of the service enough to justify the expense. When it was time to renew I went back to manually syncing music from my computer.
I decided to give Google Play Music a shot, mostly because it is free and provided some great features. Right after installing I was impressed with the user interface and the layout of the app. Read more
I know many mobile users struggle with storage space on their smartphones. I have run into this especially taking pictures. I have written about Dropbox in the past. I used it for quickly accessible storage, but the free Dropbox account starts out with only 2GB of data for free and a maximum of 16GB through referrals.
Copy has entered the mix and for a limited time they are offering 15GB to start and 5GB for each referral you bring in. You can quickly get yourself 100GB of free, non expiring cloud storage. While Copy is being very generous during their launch phase you need to keep in mind all the features you may be use to in Dropbox may not be in Copy. The biggest thing missing for me, is that the iPhone version does not offer an automated upload of your camera roll. You can still choose photos to upload but you must select them. I have actually turned this into a benefit as I now choose pictures I really want to upload verses everything. Keeping my photo library much cleaner. The Android version does offer the option to upload all your photos.
I suggest you give Copy a try. You have nothing to lose and starting with 20GB of storage I bet you will find a use.
Signup via our link and get 20GB of storage to start. You will start with 15GB during signup and then once installed on a mobile device or computer you will be credited the extra 5GB.
Follow this link to signup.
Let’s talk candy, not Candy Crush (I will block you) but CandyShell Grip from Speck. Speck a company I’ve come to love has come a long way since first starting in the smartphone industry. Speck has delivered many different styles of cases over the years like the CandyShell series, SmartFlex series, Pixelskin series and Fabshell series.
My favorite case of Speck’s at the moment is their CandyShell Grip series. If you’re a big time gamer and want great protection you’ll find the CandyShell Grip will handle your needs.
Since being introduced to the CandeyShell Grip, it’s been hard for me to use other cases. For starters, the rubber grip structure eliminates the slipperiness helping prevent you from dropping your phone. Not to mention the case has all-around protection from a raised bezel which keeps your screen safe and it also has rubberized cover shield buttons.
The CandyShell Grip comes in several different colors, so it’s quite easy to find one that fits your lifestyle. The CandyShell Grip costs $34.95 and comes with a one-year warranty.
If you don’t have an iPhone 5 don’t worry, the CandyShell Grip is available for other smartphones as well. Look below to see if your device makes the cut.
- iPhone 4/ 4S / 5
- Nokia Lumia 920, 1020
- Motorola Droid ULTRA
- HTC One, One X, One X+
- HTC Windows Phone 8X
- Sony Xperia TL
- Motorola Droid Maxx
- Samsung Galaxy S IV
You can check out the full line up via this link.
Sprint is adding some color to their Galaxy S IV line-up with “Purple Mirage”. Currently Sprint has the Galaxy S IV available in Black Mist and White Frost.
The Galaxy S IV in Purple Mirage will cost $199.99 with a new qualifying agreement. The Galaxy S IV is powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display.
Other features include:
- 1.9 GHz quad-core processor
- 13 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 16 GB internal memory (9GB available)
- 2 GB of RAM
- 2,600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
It’s nice to see Sprint adding a little color to their line-up, if you’re interested in getting your hands on the “Purple Mirage” Galaxy S IV head to Sprint store near you or check it out on line at www.Sprint.com.