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Security hole in WhatsApp allows others to read your conversations

A security expert from Double Think has discovered a major security flaw in the way WhatsApp backs up and saves your data that could lead to nefarious users accessing your chat history. Bas Bosschert says that the hole in security lies in the way WhatsApp saves user data when it is manually backed up by the user.

 

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All of the data is stored in the WhatsApp database which is encrypted, but unfortunately the popular messaging service decided to use the same encryption key for every user. This means that a hacker could in theory develop an app that has a hidden side that's sole purpose is to sneak into your Android or iOS file system and copy the data base. Since the same encryption code is used for all WhatsApp users, decryption is quite easy and anyone with a small amount of knowledge on the subject could access your chats.

 

Bosschert actually developed an app to do exactly what was described above that used a loading screen mask the apps malicious activity. The app was able to acquire and decrypt the encrypted WhatsApp database without fail. WhatsApp did receive an update yesterday, but Bosschert says that this flaw was not fixed. We have reached out to WhatsApp for a comment but a response has yet to be received.

King files IPO for $533 Million, did not take any lessons from Zynga

Another mobile tech software developer is filing for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) but is this another case of a company not knowing true value? Today King, the developer of popular mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga, has officially turned in its F1 filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. King is seeking to raise $532.8 million with about 22.2 million shares valued at about $24 each. This gives the company a total valuation of $7.6 billion.

 

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Unfortunately we have seen a similar situation present itself before when Zynga filled its IPO and was valued at $7 billion based on the success of a hand full of mobile games. King's biggest title to date is Candy Crush Saga, with a few other less popular games. It leaves one wondering why a company with a single hit game would value themselves at $7.6 billion, especially since at the moment its entire success depends on Candy Crush Saga staying in the popular favor.

Flappy Bird creator says he's "considering" bringing the game back

Flappy Bird has been gone for a month now, but the creator behind the game, Dong Nguyen, has finally come out and talked about his super famous game in a feature interview with Rolling Stone.

 

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In the interview itself, Nguyen says that he is "considering" bringing Flappy Bird back, even after all the attention - good and bad - he has received. The Flappy Bird creator says that he the game even saw him hit with threats. Even with the threats, he is exploring his options, warning players to take breaks from the game as it has addictive qualities - a big part of why he took the game down.

 

Nyugen also talked about the inspiration for Flappy Bird, and how the culture of his home city of Hanoi influenced the game's simple mechanics. He says that the citizens dashing through the city, eyes focused on their smartphones, which is where the simply 'tap' control method made its way into Flappy Bird.

Skrillex launches new album as Easter egg inside mobile game

Easter eggs being hidden in video games its a long standing tradition in the programming world, but it is apparently becoming popular in the music world as well. Dubstep super star, Skrillex, has hidden his entire new album inside a new mobile video game called Alien Ride. The game is available for download on both the Google Play Store and in the iTunes App store, and yes you do have to play through the game to unlock all 11 of the tracks.

 

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Recess is Skrillex's first album since his massively popular 2011 hit, Bangarang, the album many credit for making Dubstep popular with today's club scene. Unfortunately there is no mention of Skrillex on the Game or in its credits, but Skrillex is taking credit for the beats that get unlocked. Now all we need is a Flappy Bird clone that plays to a new Deadmau5 album and my life will be complete!

Pebble launches new App Store for Android

After what seemed like forever, Pebble has finally launched its App Store for Android. While the App Store has been around for the iPhone since February, Android users who own Pebble smartwatches have been left in the dark when it comes to compatibility with their smartphone. The new Pebble App Store for Android allows users to select new screens, and apps and upload them directly to the watch from the App Store via your phone.

 

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The new Pebble App Store also allows users to easily customize and change App settings directly from the Smartphone and negates the need for intensive editing and uploading that Pebble users were subject to before. Do you have a Pebble Smartwatch? Check out the App Store and let us know what you think about it.

Got Milk? Samsung does, with Milk Music, a free streaming service

Samsung has announced a new streaming music service is has dubbed Milk, something the company worked with Slacker to develop, with the service launching with around 200 radio stations, and over 13 million songs available.

 

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It's quite unique, with a circular dial that is similar to analog radio dials, where you just slide your finger around the dial to "tune in" to various genres of music. Once you've found a station that you like, simply run your finger along the inside of the dial to choose difference channels within that genre.

 

Competing streaming music services aren't all that intuitive, so it's refreshing to see Samsung thinking outside of the box with Milk Music. Samsung's Ryan Bidan has said that there is a group of consumers that haven't dived into the mobile music market because current services are simply too hard to understand, with people not liking advertising with what consumers have used so far.

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Twitter flips the script on Vine, bans pornographic uploads

As with anything on the internet, Porn always finds a way to infiltrate it, and Twitter is apparently fed up with pornographic material making its way onto its Vine video app. Today Twitter changed Vine's Terms of Service to explicitly ban the uploading of pornographic material or any nudity what-so-ever if it is not classified as artistic or as part of a documentary.

 

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"As we've watched the community and your creativity grow and evolve, we've found that there's a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit for our community. So we're making an update to our Rules and Terms of Service to prohibit explicit sexual content," the company said in a blog post. "For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn't really change anything. For the rest: we don't have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet -- we just prefer not to be the source of it."

 

The new rules are inline with several popular apps and social media site's policies on nudity and pornography, but some industry analyst are suggesting that Twitter updated Vine's ToS to appease some of Apple's App Police from making a push to ban the app from the app store. It's still unclear weather or not this change will also effect Twitter itself as the social network has thousands of active accounts from the porn industry.

VLC for Windows 8 to release on March 10th

Users will now be able to get their hands-on the first public release of VLC media player for Windows 8 via the Windows store on March 10th, coming this Monday. The announcement was made by VideoLAN via its Twitter account.

 

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Earlier in 2012, VLC started a Kickstarter campaign which ended as a success in raising the necessary funds. Along the way, VideoLAN showed off their work-in-progress media app player. Some time ago, it was reported that VLC was passed to have its passed and will be placed on the app store. Now that the team was able to take care of last minute bug fixes, it was two days away for its release.

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Wake Up & Smell the Bacon Makes your iPhone smell like pork

Oscar Mayer is a company that has been making lunchmeats and bacon for decades. The company has unveiled an interesting, if a bit weird, accessory for the iPhone called Wake Up & Smell the Bacon. This device is an app and hardware combo.

 

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The hardware plugs into the iPhone and has some sort of system for producing the smell of cooking bacon using a scent canister. The app portion has an alarm clock and when your alarm goes off you are woke up to the sound and smell of cooking bacon.

 

I can't think of a better way to get up in the morning than the scent of bacon. It would be better if you woke up to real bacon. A company called Scentee in Japan makes the device and you can't buy the device at all. The only way to get your hands-on the bacon-scented alarm clock is by answering a quiz at the Oscar Mayer website. The good news is that anyone who wants to will be able to download the app.

Twitch adds option for mobile games livestreaming and screen capture

Twitch made an announcement recently that they've released its mobile software development kit which will allow developers to add livestreaming and screen capture functionality in its mobile games. This will allow mobile gamers to livestream their mobile game online via Twitch and even capture screenshots.

 

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"Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they're on the go or in the living room," VP for marketing Matthew DiPietro said. "We've achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting."

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