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“Dirty” devices…fresh out the box!

Android devices, after being unpacked, have been found to have malware. The devices were not sold via retail outlets. But this is an example of why no device can be considered absolutely safe…anyone can be vulnerable when it pertains to issues of security.


“The Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention has recently detected a severe infection in 36 Android devices, belonging to a large telecommunications company and a multinational technology company. While this is not unusual, one detail of the attacks stands out. In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users’ use, it arrived with it.

“According to the findings, the malware were already present on the devices even before the users received them. The malicious apps were not part of the official ROM supplied by the vendor, and were added somewhere along the supply chain. Six of the malware instances were added by a malicious actor to the device’s ROM using system privileges, meaning they couldn’t be removed by the user and the device had to be re-flashed.”

Preinstalled Malware Targeting Mobile Users

Samsung Galaxy 6 edge+ phone is fantastic!

Periscope, Rdio, Wurrly, the Samsung Galaxy 6 edge+, and the Samsung Galaxy Note5 were discussed on a television segment with Andy.  (And he didn’t even say “Hi” to me…)


When he wasn’t looking, I was able to use the phones…enjoyed watching live streaming videos…made some long distance calls (that I never paid for)…took some “selfies” (that I hope my mother never finds out about)…

Continue reading Samsung Galaxy 6 edge+ phone is fantastic!

(I’m) Up (on) Periscope!…

Andy has been bugging me…(this time) about using Periscope.

In one of the posts on our blog I stated I was waiting for something to be done by personnel at Periscope. It was to change my username. You can now follow me at “Slick1”.

My thanks to the “Periscope people” (Nader/Jamie/all) for being nice to look into the issue for me. Some of our conversations is posted below…

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SEP 02, 2015

Dear Periscope Team,

I assumed I would be allowed to use my Twitter name with Periscope…

Is there any possibility I can request to have “slick” assigned to me?

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SEP 04, 2015

Nader replied:

Hi…

We are now able to change usernames on our end. Please note that this is a one-time request. We have alerted our team this is a feature users want for the future. In order to change your username, please provide the following: 1. Provide your current username. 2. Confirm what you would like as your new username. (No spaces or special characters.) 3. Provide your Twitter account or phone number. Once we have the above information, we will do our best to help you out.

Happy Scoping,

Nader
Periscope Team

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SEP 04, 2015

S!ick replied:

Cool! Thank you very much…

My current Periscope username is: slick1

(To match my Twitter account,) I am requesting: slick

My current Twitter username is Slick (http://twitter.com/slick)

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SEP 17, 2015

Jamie replied:

Hi…

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to change your username because it was already taken. Do you have another in mind? Let us know!

Happy Scoping,

Jamie
Periscope Team

 

(i)Phones and security…

During our September 12 show, Justin mentioned an incident when an iPhone was hacked by a guy…I think this may be what he was referring to:

“Watch John McAfee hack a Fox News host’s phone live on air”


Relating to the issue of iPhone security, from an article in the New York Times:

…the Justice Department is engaged in a court dispute with another tech company, Microsoft…the company refused to comply…because the emails were stored on servers in Dublin.

…two types of encoding…end-to-end encryption, which Apple uses in its iMessage system and FaceTime, the video conversation system…

With Apple, the encryption and decryption is done by the phones at either end of the conversation; Apple does not keep copies of the message unless one of the users loads it into iCloud, where it is not encrypted…

The second type of encoding involves sophisticated encryption software on Apple and Android phones, which makes it all but impossible for anyone except the user of the phone to open stored content — pictures, contacts, saved text messages and more — without an access code…

 

Free game through March 8 for iOS, Google Play and Kindle Fire

Through March 8, The Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley is FREE on iOS, Google Play and Kindle Fire.  Players try their hand at magic in order to lift a curse that has settled over a mysterious valley…

The fabled “Magician’s Handbook” has fallen into your hands. You are beckoned to a dark and desolate place whose true name has long been forgotten. Set out with your trusty wand in hand to find enchanted objects hidden throughout the valley which will help you to break the evil spell. Use special incantations to reveal pages of the sacred Magician’s Handbook, and lift the curse from the haunted valley to discover its true name.

2 Gameplay modes: casual and apprentice
12 Challenging mini-games

August 25 to 31, free game (for iOS, Google Play, and Kindle Fire)

“Letters from Nowhere 2” will be available for free from August 25th to 31th. Here’s the description of the game from G5 Entertainment:

“Travel to the town of Nowhere and search for clues to remove the terrifying curse in this thrilling and spooky sequel! Audrey collected all the letters with the help of the dead postman, hoping they would lead her to Patrick, her missing husband. Instead, she is taken to a mysterious sleepy town. In Letters from Nowhere 2, Audrey discovers that her husband is a descendant of a cursed family, and is doomed to death. Now it’s up to her to confront the evil that haunts her beloved and prevent a series of grisly murders. Search through over 30 cryptic locations including the sinister mansion and a bloody sacrifice room for important artifacts. Play mini-games, collect all the pages of a missing diary, and save Patrick before it’s too late!”

http://www.g5e.com/games/letters_from_nowhere_2_ipad

 

Mobile Vampire game goes Free (until the 23rd of March 2014)

vampgameIt seems that people like vampires…and the vampires they find our prevalent in theatrical movies (Dracula, Twilight, Near Dark), Television shows (True Blood, Vampire Diary’s, Dracula) and of course books…

There has always been a sort of romantic nod to Dracula, sure he might give a tremendous kiss on the neck but lets remember, that kiss usually brings about death – or at least towns people all reeking of garlic. Either way, that romanticism with The Vampire is a 10 billion dollar revenue creator to the economy according to the article  from 2011 at DailyFinance.com – This during the Twilight Saga wrap up but the genre continues

And now, Gaming for the mobile devices resurrects the vampire genre with the game “Vampires: Todd & Jessica’s Story” is free from March 17 to 23 for iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android (Google Play and Kindle Fire), Nook and Mac.

According the Game Creators The Vampires: Todd & Jessica Story gives you the ability to take on a role of a vampire who longs to be human again. Todd is in the middle of proposing to Jessica, his one true love, when he’s kidnapped. Worse, Todd discovers that his close friend Zack, a charismatic and dangerous vampire, has sinister plans for Jessica. Now this desperate young lover must find his fragile fiancée and protect her from a terrible fate. Explore eerie locations, meet mysterious yet friendly characters, collect useful objects and solve brain-teasing puzzles as you experience an immortal love story with bite!”

The Title comes from Adore Studios, Check out more information here

http://www.adoregames.com/games/Vampires-Tod-and-Jessica-story/

 

free games until December 15: Nightmares from the Deep, and Stand O’Food

G5 Entertainment has made the game “Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart, Collector’s Edition” available for free on many devices…until December 15th:

“In Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart, you’ll follow the story of an ancient pirate with a forbidden passion. The pirate was cursed and died. His soul never found rest without the accompaniment of his long-lost love.

“You begin this adventure-hybrid game as the director of a nautical museum buzzing with excitement over its newest exhibit: the mummified remains of the notorious 18th century pirate, Captain Remington. In a twist of the supernatural, the pirate awakens and kidnaps her daughter and makes off with her aboard his ghost galleon to his hideout on Skull Island. You soon find yourself aboard his ship, bargaining with skeletons for a map and listening, enthralled, to an undead dwarf as he recounts an unlikely story of romance. You’ll travel throughout the Caribbean to some numerous locals as you try to lift the curse and discover more about this ghostly pirate along the way. It’s a tale of murder and mayhem upon the high seas and you help to make the story right, in the end.

“Gameplay is a bountiful blend of exploration, mini-games, and a choice between hidden object searches or mahjong solitaire. While you can complete the game in a traditional hidden object game fashion, exploring the game’s 45 locations and playing its 39 hidden hidden object scenes, you can also switch to a Mahjong-style mini-game where you’ll take items from hotspots and can use them elsewhere in the game, like in its 16 puzzles or mini-games.”

It’s available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Mac…and Nook!

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I got a message that they’re also giving away another game…

“…Stand O’Food, will be available at absolutely no charge to iOS players…through December 15th…

“In Stand O’Food players have to feed a host of hungry patrons before they leave in a huff! The game offers you to choose between Quest mode and Lunch Rush mode, more than 100 levels to complete and more than 80 receipts of sandwiches to try your hand at. Slap together burgers and cook up some bacon as quickly as you can! But it’s not all about speed – you’ve also got to plan ahead. Put the sandwiches together in the correct sequence, and set yourself up so you can make the next sandwich without difficulty. Earn money to purchase condiments and upgrade your equipment to serve tastier food even faster than before…”

 

new Samsung Galaxy tablets will be available for pre-order

According to reports, June 25, pre-orders will be accepted for new Samsung Galaxy tablets…

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will cost $199, $299 for the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and $300 for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

I noticed that none are noted to have a quad-core processor.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/24/samsung-galaxy-tab-3-7-0-8-0-and-10-1-release-date-pricing/

“All three Galaxy Tabs will come with a $10 Google Play voucher, three months free Hulu Plus, and a year of free Boingo hotspot use (it’s not clear what the data allowance will be). They’ll be available in either white or brown…”

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/24/4458606/samsung-galaxy-tab-3-us-price-release-date-specs-pictures

It’s also reported that two years of 50 Gb Dropbox storage will be included.

And:  “…keep in mind that the Galaxy Note 10.1 with its quad-core processor and S Pen costs only $50 more” than the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/samsung-galaxy-tab-3-2

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Just a reminder that the Google Nexus 10, though it doesn’t have a memory card port (which is something I prize), has a quad-core processor…and is priced at $399.

 

free game for iOS, Mac, and Android through June 30th

“June 24th through June 30th, G5 Entertainment is giving away Epic Adventures: La Jangada on iOS, Mac and Google Play. Based on a novel by the legendary French novelist Jules Verne, the game takes you back to the 19th century on a trip with Minha and her family through the Amazon River…

“After Minha agrees to marry Dr. Manuel Valdez, they decide to hold the wedding in Brazil. You start this riveting adventure in Peru and travel through Amazon on an astonishing ship – the Jangada…her father’s dark past threatens her happy marriage. Long ago, he was accused of murder and now he is being blackmailed for Minha’s hand in marriage…it’s your job to help unravel the mystery of her father’s past.

“…you have to find and then return the items to their exact places in some scenes. For example, you’ll need to help Minha tidy her bedroom and pack a suitcase…”

http://www.g5e.com/press/press_releases