How to Avoid Sharing Lies, Myths, and Nonsense Online; Get a $50 iTunes gift card for $40; Encrypting Your Laptop Like You Mean It; 7 Photo-Printing Apps to Save Your Memories Forever; Five Disturbing Things You Didn’t Know About Forensic “Science”; Apple Bans Fart Apps From the Apple Watch; Facebook Messenger adds free video calling; BlackBerry 10 Gets WhatsApp Voice Calling; The 15 Best Android Games; Lenovo ships free OS recovery media for Superfish-affected laptops; The file manager that Android forgot; The promise and pain of gaming in India; Microsoft loses ~12 cents on every phone sold; Watch DARPA’s magic bullets change course to hit moving targets; Media Sues to Get Letters from Top Officials in Support of Petraeus; Apple’s second biggest market is now China; Google Can Tell You Whether Your Fashion Sense is Trending.
How to Avoid Sharing Lies, Myths, and Nonsense Online – We’ve all either done it, or seen it done: shared a big lie on social media. It’s usually not our fault, but when you see amazing, horrifying, or just bizarre news, the natural inclination is to share share share. That’s what the social media networks have instilled in us, to a fault. But knee-jerk shares don’t do anyone any favors if the item in question is an urban legend, a joke, or just an outright lie. But there are ways to make sure you’re not left looking the fool by sharing something false. Here are the steps to take.
The file manager that Android forgot: How to find photos and other data on your device – In Windows, it’s all so easy. You’ve got File Explorer in Windows 8 and Windows Explorer in previous versions, making it a cinch to create folders and copy, move, or delete files. But although Android has a perfectly fine file system, it doesn’t come with a file management tool. The solution, of course, is to download and install one.
7 Photo-Printing Apps to Save Your Memories Forever – The digital age is a curse of overabundance. And when it comes to photos, people snap thousands, but only return to look at dozens. The problem with the digital is that it abandons the physical, turning objects we once treasured into ghosts trapped inside the machine. These seven apps will help you liberate your photos from your smartphone, turning treasured memories into memorable treasures.
Five ways Google search works directly with your Android phone – Google keeps adding tricks, and now there’s a total of five functions that tie Google even closer to your Android phone. To make any of these happen, just open a new tab in Chrome or head to the Google search page in another browser. When you type the right phrase a box will appear for you to add the content, along with a menu to select which of your Android devices you want to connect with. Be sure you’re signed in with your Google account in order to make these five options work properly. Google has a support page for linking your phone to these services if you run into issues.
Facebook Messenger adds free video calling to take on Skype – Facebook is rolling out video calling to Messenger today, letting users chat face to face with their friends by tapping a single button inside the app. The free feature, which works over both LTE and Wi-Fi, competes with similar products including Microsoft’s Skype, Google Hangouts, and Apple’s FaceTime. It’s meant for the average user, but should also prove useful to Facebook as it continues developing its Facebook for Work service.
BlackBerry 10 Gets WhatsApp Voice Calling – WhatsApp voice calling is rolling out to BlackBerry 10 users. The feature has been available for several months to BlackBerry beta testers, but this latest app update opens it up to everyone. As reported by TechTimes, the new BlackBerry app also comes with improvements and added features, like the ability to search for messages, chats, and contacts with a single tap, share location in a larger map, and new font and highlighting settings.
How to install a graphics card – Few upgrades add as much punch to your PC as installing a new graphics card. It can transform your PC from a system that chokes on lightweight games into a monster that churns through even the most visually punishing titles with ease. But you need to get that new hardware up and running before you’re able to bask in enhanced graphics glory. Here’s how to upgrade your existing computer with a new GPU, from basic buying considerations to step-by-step installation instructions.
Microsoft responds to Nepal earthquake with free Skype calls– Following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal over the weekend, Microsoft is making Skype calls in and out of Nepal free to landlines and mobiles. Skype is one of the most widely used online telecommunications tools across the world, so Microsoft’s efforts are significant. It’s part of an initiative by Microsoft to donate $1 million in cash, technology, and services to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts in Nepal.
A Fedora 22 beta walk-through – Summary: The new Fedora, with its GNOME 3.16 interface, is an interesting, powerful Linux desktop.
Now Google Can Tell You Whether Your Fashion Sense is Trending – The company’s inaugural fashion report details what styles and garments are growing in popularity, based on search queries. Google’s insight into fashion trends has allowed it to begin consulting for major retailers including Calvin Klein, which use Google search data in fashion planning.
Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags – Just in time for Spring, Instagram is announcing three new filters “inspired by weekend adventures outdoors”. Lark, Reyes, and Juno offer Instragrammers the chance to enhance photos for use with the social medium in new ways, while still capturing a distinct style that makes Instagram attractive. These three join the Color and Fade tools introduced last month, and the five new filers Instagram launched in December: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua. In addition to the new filters, Instagram is also letting users add emoji to hashtags.
Revolar personal safety device sends your GPS location – When it comes to personal safety, there are a number of products out there to help anyone stay safe. Some of those products involve fighting back, and others are there to send out a call for help. If you are being attacked, it can be difficult or impossible to pull out a mobile phone and call for help. A product called Revolar aims to make it easy to tell anyone on your contact list that you need help and give them your precise location.
The activation button on the device is recessed so it can’t be activated accidentally. Dimensions of the Revolar device are 1″ x 1″ x 1/8″. The product is on Kickstarter seeking $75,000 and with 11 days to go it has raised over $67,000. A pledge of $75 or more will get you a Revolar with shipping estimated for April 2016.
Get a $50 iTunes gift card for $40 – An honest-to-goodness card delivered by honest-to-goodness US Mail. Nice gift item for a mom, dad or grad! Plus: three bonus deals!
Apple Bans Fart Apps From the Apple Watch – Essentially, the app turns the Apple Watch and a paired up iPhone into a whoopie cushion for the 21st century. Place the iPhone near your intended target, wait for the opportune moment, then tap the Apple Watch app to release fake flatulence at will. But unfortunately for the Fart Watch developers, Apple doesn’t see this all as one big gas. The app has been rejected from the Apple Watch App Store, CultOfMac reports.
Encrypting Your Laptop Like You Mean It – If you want to encrypt your hard disk, you should know the basics of what disk encryption protects, what it doesn’t protect, and how to avoid common mistakes.
Researchers hijack teleoperated surgical robot: Remote surgery hacking threats – Security researchers launched cyberattacks against a teleoperated surgical robot; they easily hijacked the Raven II robot during surgery and launched a denial-of-service attack that stopped the robot and made it impossible for a surgeon to remotely operate.
Lenovo ships free OS recovery media for Superfish-affected laptops – Lenovo’s recovery media will have no traces of Superfish, providing laptop users with a clean OS image.
New BlackBerry/Porsche collaboration leaks – The last time BlackBerry and Porsche worked together, the result was a $2,00 smartphone. Expect similar results this time around, as a series of pictures have leaked via Weibo which seem to show off a new-look BlackBerry Porsche collaboration. Though similar to the BlackBerry Passport, the design here is distinctive enough to be a lot less BlackBerry and a whole lot more Porsche, unlike the P’9983 we saw appear late last year. If you like BlackBerry and love bold design, this might be one to watch for.
Microsoft loses ~12 cents on every phone sold – A filing with the SEC reveals that Microsoft loses 12 cents every time a phone is sold, potentially leading to a write off of its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s Phone Division.
Apple’s second biggest market is now China, not Europe – Apple opened five new stores in China during the first quarter of this year, part of a plan to add 40 new retail locations across the country by 2016. It seems to have paid off. This quarter the revenue generated in China passed Europe to become Apple’s second biggest market after The Americas. The company reported $16.823 billion in revenue for Greater China, up 71 percent year over year. It was also the only territory to show positive growth over last quarter’s blowout numbers.
Apple sold 61.1 million iPhones in the first three months of 2015 – As everyone expected, Apple has continued its run of insane iPhone sales numbers. Apple sold 61.1 million iPhones in in the quarter, bringing in $40.3 billion in revenue, making this the second biggest quarter for iPhone sales — and overall revenue — in its history. It’s a notable increase from the 43.7 million iPhones it sold in the same quarter last year, and beat analysts’ estimates which hovered around 56 million iPhones sold, according to Fortune. Apple’s previous quarter was its largest ever for iPhone sales, selling a record 74.5 million units and posting $51.2 billion in revenue.
Xiaomi’s plan to be No. 1 in India begins with the Mi 4i – Global Vice President Hugo Barra had an idea in mind when he joined the Chinese phone giant two years ago. The result is the Mi 4i, a cheap flagship phone for India.
Google wants to buy your patents before trolls get them – No stranger to patent trolls, Google has introduced a program they’re calling the ‘Patent Purchase Promotion’. Equal parts patent purchasing clearinghouse and troll roadblock, Google’s scheme will allow those interested in selling patents an avenue for submitting the patent, setting a price, and allowing Google to review the offer. After a review period, Google will either make an offer or refuse the purchase. Google is calling the new program ‘experimental’, and its first wave will open up next month for a two week period.
eBay Backs Google in EU Antitrust Probe – Despite their competitive differences, eBay has got Google’s back in the European Commission’s antitrust probe. EBay chief John Donahoe told the Financial Times that EU needs to develop a better understanding of consumers’ online shopping habits. The EU recently accused Google of abusing its search power, saying that the Web giant favors its own shopping products, known as Google Shopping, in search results, and demotes those of its competitors.
ESPN Sues Verizon Over Its TV Packages Aimed At Cord Cutters – Verizon has apparently hit a snag with regard to its efforts aimed at cord cutters. The cable TV provider recently introduced a way to purchase TV channel packages via à la carte bundles. But today, ESPN filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Verizon, arguing that Verizon’s move to break out ESPN’s channels into a separate sports tier that isn’t a part of the core package is not authorized by existing contracts.
Tata invests in Xiaomi’s Indian business – Summary:Business tycoon Ratan Tata has become Xiaomi’s first Indian investor, injecting an undisclosed amount into the Chinese company’s Indian business.
Games and Entertainment:
The 15 Best Android Games – These days, you can use your smartphone for just about everything. There are Android apps for getting things done, for doing your office work, and for predicting the weather. You can even file your taxes. But what if you don’t want to do any of those things? What if, instead of being productive, you’d rather waste a few minutes, race a few laps, or slay a few dragons? For that, you need games, and for you, we have a list of our favorites.
Will the future of gaming be free-to-play? – Last month, Nintendo announced that they will be stepping into the mobile gaming market. Pokemon Shuffle is one of the first titles, which fellow Geek.com author Matthew Humphries has (accurately) called “a Candy Crush clone.” Suffice it to say, gamers are conflicted. Some people are excited that Nintendo is finally on mobile platforms, while others feel Nintendo is “selling out” — but this whole situation has people asking a question that is only becoming more and more important to gamers at-large: is free-to-play the future of gaming?
4 ways PC gamers think Steam could fix the paid mods debacle – Not everyone wants to tear down Steam after its messy venture into paid mods. Here are some more constructive solutions from the community.
Gears of War Remastered inbound for Xbox One – The launch of a new console generation is usually an opportune time to relaunch well-loved titles, tweaked a bit to the technology of the present age. We’ve seen that happen with the rather contentious Halo: Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One. And now it seems that Gears of War will be getting that same treatment, but to a lesser degree. Screenshots and whispers of a remastered version of another iconic first person shooter have been going around the net, though many of the missing puzzle pieces have yet to fall into place.
CoD Black Ops 3: co-op, customizations, swimming, coming 6th November – Game developer Treyarch has removed some of the fog that surrounds Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and suffice it to say, fans will be in for another treat in this installment. Aside from a date to look forward to later this year, the developers behind the popular game line has let out hints of what gamers can expect once the it lands in their hands. With a feature pool that includes local or online co-op campaigns, heavy character customizations, and new movement mechanics, Black Ops 3 is poised to become yet another hit in the long running franchise.
The promise and pain of gaming in India – The world’s majors have rushed to the country and startups are mushrooming, but India needs to see a radical revamp of its infrastructure if gaming companies hope to match their stellar experiences in neighbouring China.
Famous gamer retires, wrist can’t take it anymore – Technically Incorrect: Hai Lam, one of the famed participants in eSports, has to give it all up because of a repetitive strain injury.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Ex-NASA engineer wants to use drones to plant a billion trees a year – The U.S. military has been using drones for years. Now, a new company called BioCarbon Engineering plans to use UAVs to wage war, too… against deforestation. CEO Lauren Fletcher is a former NASA engineer, and he and his team are shooting (quite literally) for a billion trees a year. They’re working with drone experts at VulcanUAV, who don’t build dainty little flying machines that let you spy on your neighbors. They build muscular machines that can carry payloads up to 8 kilograms — perfect for the kind of work BioCarbon has planned.
Five Disturbing Things You Didn’t Know About Forensic “Science” – The FBI’s review of flawed hair analysis — its largest-ever post-conviction evaluation of questionable forensic evidence — is just the tip of the iceberg.
This Video About Samsung’s Crazy History Will Blow Your Mind – Samsung may be known as one of the world’s largest producers of computer chips, smartphones and television sets — but that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this ever-expanding conglomerate. Samsung’s operation is so massive it even includes a defense department that manufactures tanks, according to a YouTube series that tries to get a handle on the what the world’s largest companies actually make.
This is what tasting looks like – It is more or less a given that at some point in your life, you have encountered the taste map — a map of the tongue predicated on the idea that different regions of your tongue taste different flavours. It’s not true; the 1901 theory was debunked pretty solidly in 1974, and has continued to be debunked since. But the exact relationship between the taste cells within the taste bud and how we perceive taste still remained something of a mystery, said Professor Seok-Hyun Yun from Harvard Medical School.
Multiphoton intravital microscopy image of the tongue, with papillae in yellow and taste buds in blue. S. Lee, S. Yun, M. Choi
Watch DARPA’s magic bullets change course to hit moving targets – We already have smart guns, but DARPA has taken the next logical step — the defense agency has built smart bullets. The military agency has shown off new footage of its Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance — shortened to EXACTO rounds — that show the smart bullets maneuvering in mid-air to hit moving targets.
We Fact-Checked All of Jay Z’s #TidalFacts – Things have been rocky for Jay Z’s Tidal service ever since the service relaunched with an Avengers-like call-to-arms of music superstars last month. Since then, the streaming platform has fallen out of the top 750 apps on Apple’s App Store, replaced its CEO and taken several dings in the press. So it’s no surprise Jay Z is eager to defend his new service against detractors.
Something to think about:
“Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.”
– John Stuart Mills
Today’s Free Downloads:
MoboRobo – Manage Your Android or iPhone from your PC Desktop. Transfer contacts between Android and iPhone and much more.
Transfer Contacts Between Android & iPhone – MoboRobo is one of the first cross platform softwares that supports transfer of contacts of both the Android and iOS devices, as well as the cross platform transfer between Android and iOS devices. Making switching/upgrading to a new phone much easier.
Download App, Wallpaper & Ringtone through PC to Android “0” 3G Data Usage! – Want to download something new to your device while you managing your device? MoboRobo comes with a built in resource download center that allows you to hunt for application, game, wallpaper and ringtone to download to your phone through PC network. Thus, saving you more 3G data usage for other purposes! You can download Apps from MoboRobo for FREE!
Fast & Secure Data – Backup / Restore to PC – MoboRobo Backup and Restore is a quick, easy and secure way to back up important contact or files on your Android / iPhone to your PC. You can create backup for your phone contacts, messages, call logs, images, files, or even App data.
Multi-media File Management – Access to Music, Images & Videos – Moborobo have various tabs for easy file management such as the music, images and videos tab. Giving users faster and more convenient access to their media files, along with the drag and drop function to offer users easier management of their files.
Send & Reply SMS from PC Desktop – Still find it too slow to send SMS messages through your phone with qwerty layout. Moborobo gives you the ability to send and reply SMS messages through your computer, no matter whether it’s to a single person or a group of friends it’s quick and easy.
NetSetMan – NetSetMan is a network settings manager which can easily switch between 6 different, visually structured profiles including: IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and more.
NetSetMan is not only useful and effective but also easy and intuitive to handle. The entry fields remind of the Windows “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties” but it’s much easier to fill in the adresses.
NetSetMan is a network settings manager which can switch between visually structured profiles. With only 2 mouse clicks you can activate a saved profile!
All settings and changes are saved automatically in a separate file (settings.ini) so a backup, transfer or upgrade to another version is absolutely no problem.
NetSetMan is a network settings manager which can easily switch between 6 different, visually structured profiles including:
Preferred & Alternate DNS Server
Note: NetSetMan is free for non-commercial use.
IP Adress settings
Subnet Mask settings
Default Gateway settings
Preferred as well as Alternate DNS Server settings
Computer Name + Workgroup settings
In Pursuit of Freedom – The Pushback Continues:
Media Sues to Get Letters from Top Officials in Support of Petraeus – A coalition of news organizations that includes The Intercept filed a suit today demanding the release of information about the sentencing of former CIA director and retired general David Petraeus, who last week pleaded guilty to mishandling classified materials.
Petraeus, who admitted to giving secret information to his former mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell, was sentenced on a misdemeanor charge to two years probation and was fined $100,000.
More than 30 people, including high-level government and military officials, reportedly filed letters of support for Petraeus ahead of his sentencing. “The letters paint a portrait of a man considered among the finest military leaders of his generation who also has committed a grave but very uncharacteristic error in judgment,” U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler said at the sentencing.
But those letters, and the sentencing memorandum filed by Petraeus’ lawyers, remain under seal in a federal court in the Western District of North Carolina. The Intercept’s parent company, First Look Media, is joining the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Associated Press, the Washington Post and other media in suing to have them released. (Here’s the motion and a memo laying out the news organization’s arguments.)
Whistleblowers Back Surveillance State Repeal Act – There is no sign of an end to the erosion of Constitutional liberties that began under George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks and continues under Barack Obama, a group of seven national security whistleblowers said Monday.
“The government chose in great secrecy to unchain itself,” said Thomas Drake, who was working at the National Security Agency in 2001 and said he saw lawlessness spread under the name of “exigent conditions” during the Bush presidency.
Then, as part of Obama’s war on whistleblowers, prosecutors charged Drake under the Espionage Act – a law intended to brutally punish spies – for talking to a reporter. After a four-year long ordeal that the federal judge in his case called “unconscionable,” all 10 felony charges against Drake were dropped in return for his guilty plea to a single misdemeanor.
Now, Drake said, he is throwing his weight behind H.R. 1466, the Surveillance State Repeal Act.
The bill would completely repeal the 2001 PATRIOT Act (which the NSA cites as the legal basis for its bulk phone metadata collection), repeal the FISA Amendments Act (which ostensibly legitimizes Internet spying) and otherwise protect people’s privacy.