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Android app holds you ransom for $500, after snapping a photo of you

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 2:32 am

There's an Android app going around that is holding people ransom, but not before it snaps a picture of the user. Adult Player is a porn app that secretly takes a picture of the user through their front-facing camera, after which it locked the users device and demands $500 to unlock it again.




Adult Player has not been approved by Google Play, and can only be downloaded from a website. US security firm Zscaler says that Adult Player's ransom message sits on the smartphone's screen at all times, reappearing if the smartphone is rebooted. Zscaler said: "This ransomware acts as a porn app named 'Adult Player' and lures victims who assume it is a pornographic video player". Zscaler added: "When the victim starts using it, the app silently takes a photo of the victim, which is then displayed on the ransomware screen, along with the ransom message. The app demands a ransom of 500 USD".


Zscaler says this is the second porn-focused ransomware they've discovered and is particularly nasty as it pops up once a smartphone has been rebooted. It completely locks the user out of the own smartphone, forcing users to pay the $500 to remove the block from their smartphone. Adult Player can be removed, but Zscaler says that it is quite difficult to do so. The security firm added: "The ransomware is designed to stay stagnant on screen and does not allow the the victim to uninstall it. Rebooting the device does not work in such cases as ransomware app becomes active immediately after reboot, which leaves no scope for the victim to get into device "settings" and uninstall the ransomware".


If you, or anyone you know has installed Adult Player and need to get it off, Zscaler provides full instructions on how to remove it here.

WhatsApp is now home to 900 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 7:14 am

WhatsApp is continuing to grow, with the Facebook-owned messaging giant now having a huge 900 million active monthly users. This is up 100 million from five months ago, where WhatsApp sat at 800 million active monthly users.




The company said back in January that it had 700 million users, adding 100 million users to its system just three months later. At this rate, the Facebook-owned company should hit 1 billion users before the New Year. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg congratulated WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, where she said: "900 million people now use WhatsApp every month to stay in touch with family and friends around the world. Congratulations to Jan Koum and everyone at WhatsApp on reaching this incredible milestone and for still finding time to make us all laugh".

Re-live the old days with PAC-MAN 256 on your mobile

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 21, 2015 12:28 pm

Developed by Hipster Whale and BANDAI NAMCO Studios Vancouver, PAC-MAN 256 is now out on Android and Apple iOS devices in a bid to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this legendary title.




With bonuses added including a 'glitch' and power-ups that enable stealth, tornado's, laser beams and more - this rendition also includes the classic colorful ghosts and collectible fruits we all know and love.


Continuing on the PAC-MAN legacy is something that Matt Hall from Hipster Whale is most excited about, saying a recent press release that "Now the day is here people can play our tribute to the PAC-MAN legacy."

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MilestonePod app is updated to include even more metrics for runners

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 9:15 pm

The MilestonePod from Milestone Sports has recently been upgraded, providing users with a detailed in-depth look at health and performance. Users can now track workouts and see metrics that include mileage on a wearer's shoes, calories burned, pace, distance, cadence and stride length.




The MilestonePod is available for $24.95, and doesn't require owners to carry anything else with the device. Once placed on a shoe, it collects data that can be wirelessly connected to a Bluetooth-enabled device to access workout data.


"For the first time, runners and walkers can receive detailed feedback and information about their personal running style that can help them make changes to not only meet their goals but to also mitigate preventable injury and pain," said Jason Kaplan, CEO of Milestone Sports.

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McDonald's is now rolling out its mobile app across the country

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 10:15 pm

McDonald's is now rolling out a mobile app to some customers in the United States, which features a loyalty program for the restaurant's drinks, special deals, and more. A customer can earn a free drink after five McCafe drink purchases, if they use the app.




The company will rollout the app nationwide by October, if everything goes according to plan with limited testing, according to McDonald's. Ideally, the mobile app could pave the way for increased use of different ordering and payment opportunities while inside McDonald's restaurants.


McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook admitted the company is "a little behind some others" when it comes to mobile app rollouts.

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Excalibur uses your phone to automatically enter PC passwords

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 10:37 am

With passwords entered in your phone, simply walk near your computer and everything will automatically log in - apparently. Excalibur has just seen an Android release and in an email to us they explained exactly how this interesting application works.



With browser support limited to Firefox and Chrome, this app allows you to store multiple passwords in its secure memory. When paired with your computer, this app will automatically log you in or out of your computer and websites depending on range. As you can see in the video above, simply placing your phone next to the PC will see it log in, walking away will see everything log out.


This free app requires a specific authentication process to make sure people can't steal your precious data - if you're looking for a more in depth explanation as to how this is achieved, head to this blog post.

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Over half of all YouTube views are thanks to the mobile apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 6:29 am

Just how popular is YouTube for Android and iOS? Very popular, with over half of all YouTube views originating from mobile devices. Google has recently been revamping its mobile apps to provide a better experience, not just for viewers, but for content creators, too.




The latest update to YouTube includes a new 'Home' landing page, where you can take a look around and discover videos with recommendations and personal playlists based on your history. 'Subscriptions' is the new home for updates from the channels that you're subscribed to, as well as a new option being made available which lets you receive notifications once your favorite YouTuber uploads a new video.


'Account' is the last part of the new YouTube, where all of the videos you've uploaded are found, as well as your watch history and your playlists. All of these small changes to YouTube culminate in a much better application for video playback, especially with the latest update which allows for full-screen portrait videos.

YouTube for Android will now display videos in vertical full screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 25, 2015 7:32 am

In what feels like "why haven't we had this sooner", Google has finally allowed vertical videos on YouTube. Vertical videos you ask? Sounds weird, but with videos shot on smartphones representing a large portion of YouTube videos, vertical video support is very welcomed.




YouTube for Android previously only supported landscape video playback, so if the video was filmed vertically, it would have some large black bars and it would simply look atrocious. But with YouTube for Android v10.28, vertical videos are supported, with the tall clips now taking up the entire frame.

Rovio will be releasing Angry Birds 2 on July 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 6:36 am

Angry Birds has become quite the phenomenon over the years, ushering in countless iterations of the game on so many platforms it hurts my head to even begin thinking about it. Well, prepare yourselves for Angry Birds 2, which will fling into our lives in just under two weeks, on July 30.




Rovio Entertainment said in a post: "With 3 billion game downloads, millions of fans across the globe, multiple mashups and spin-offs, collaborations with A-list celebrities and much more, we're really proud that Angry Birds is the mother of all mobile game apps. And now we're proud to announce the mother of all sequels - Angry Birds 2!"


Will you be playing Angry Birds 2? If so, on which platform?

YouTube isn't playing nicely with Streamus, a music Chrome app

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 10:55 pm

Among the funny cat photos, former-CEO Ellen Pao hate and some interesting life tips, Reddit has become a way for those without a voice to speak up with concerns. In comes Reddit member BAM5, letting /r/Music know that Streamus, a Google Chrome web stream application, has been allegedly bullied by YouTube in the recent past due to a failed acquisition.




The story is quite long winded and consists of a summary section, numerous emails between the sole developer and a YouTube employee, alongside notes in various sections touching back on previous points. If you wish to read the whole email chain, you can check it out here.


The summary states that after failing to contact YouTube personally, the team got in touch with Sean Anderson (the developer) after an article on TechCrunch saw Streamus rise of 70,000 users. YouTube voiced its concerns that video playback on Streamus would not halt whenever the tab is minimized, advertisements weren't functioning correctly (turned out to be YouTube's issue) and there were also some video display issues ensuring that the video was not prominent enough when being played.

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