Blackberry World Soon Accepting Android Apps
This is awesome, so I can download all the blackberry specific apps, and I can also download all the android apps I want to all in the same phone! Now thats a 1 up!
Major game and app development companies are being approached by Blackberry to submit their apps to a new section on Blackberry World. In the past, Blackberry only accepted apps done using their own proprietary format. In the near future Blackberry will be releasing a new firmware update that will allow users to install Android apps (apk) files directly on their phone. To gear up for this transition, Blackberry will be offering Android apps for direct download in their online app store.
At least four different game development companies at Pepcom and CES confirmed to Good e-Reader that they have been approached by Blackberry to include their productivity and gaming apps into Blackberry World. This basically requires no work on the developers part who have an existing Android app that is compatible on 4-6 inch smartphones. All the studios/developers have to do is make a new profile and submit icons/screenshots and app descriptions. Blackberry owners will be able to download and install them the same way they have been downloading apps since Blackberry 10 was released.
Blackberry is betting big on the 10.3 firmware update that will allow native android apps to work on the Q5, Q10, Z10 and Z30. This will allow your average user to install whatever they want and not be limited. The Good e-Reader labs tested an early build of this update on the Z10 and installed our own Good e-Reader App Store. I was able to install and run every app we had. This is going to be a serious boon for people who have been let down by the dirge of apps until this point on Blackberry World.
There is no estimated date when the new firmware update will be pushed out. Some companies have confirmed that its basically all done, but Blackberry is waiting to have at least 10,000 Android apps in their library before they start a marketing campaign.
BBM’s Successful Launch Points Out A Survival Route For BlackBerry
This is the news you’ve been waiting for! I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe!* In the next few hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play, the App Store and in select Samsung App Stores – where it will be free to download.
BlackBerry had 10 million downloads in twenty-four hours. Now that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is available on iOS and Android, the walled garden is down and everyone is pouring in to pick up one of BlackBerry’s signature technologies. If BlackBerry wants a signpost to a way forward that’s good for the business and ensures they stay relevant over the next few years, BBM has handed it to them.
Until now, if you wanted to be on BBM, you had to purchase a BlackBerry
device. While smartphones were still regarded as ‘phones with a bit more’ it was a simple decision to buy one. But the last five years have seen smartphones morph into ‘very small but fully capable computers’ and not every manufacturer managed to stay on top of that change. Nokia stayed with Symbian for too long, and by the time they changed to a modern OS (in Windows Phone) Android and iOS were too far ahead to be caught.
To help manage this unprecedented pent-up demand for BBM, we are implementing a simple line-up system to ensure a smooth roll out. Here’s how it is going to work…
BlackBerry has struggled to make the jump to a modern smart phone, and it took until early this year to launch their vision in the Z10.
While the exact sales numbers for BlackBerry devices running the BB10 OS are not available, many analysts expect them to be around the 5 million mark with a following wind. Twice that number have shown an interest in BBM in twenty-four hours.
And BlackBerry is not finished with the app, as Andrew Bocking, BlackBerry EVP writes:
“We committed to delivering a BBM experience on iPhone and Android that was equal to that on BlackBerry 10. That means bringing BBM Video, BBM Voice and BBM Channels to Android and iPhone customers too. My team is still committed to bringing those features to BBM on Android and iPhone in the near future.”
Perhaps the only sad note to the success of the BBM app this week is the realisation that BlackBerry has come into this game too late to be earth shattering. Ten million users (assuming they all stay) is a big number, and one that could be built on, but the rise of clients such as WhatsApp Messenger (currently quoting 300 million active users across multiple mobile platforms) are a reminder of what could have been for BlackBerry. If they had opened up their service to a wider audience two years ago as former CEO Jim Balsillie argued for, instead of waiting for BB10 to be finished and placed in a rather standard smartphone chassis (the Z10), BlackBerry could have established themselves as the cross-platform mobile messaging system of choice.
That’s not an option for them in the near future, but with focus and dedication (and an attitude about serving the user first, and not serving the BB10 platform before iOS and Android), they have a chance to become part of the mobile infrastructure once more, without the extra cost of building and maintaining an alternative operating system or mobile hardware.
BBM is a little beacon of success in the middle of some turbulent times for the Canadian company. Hopefully BBM will continue to receive investment and attention so it can build on a successful launch and keep BlackBerry relevant in the smart phone world.
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- Is it Bad Timing for Blackberry’s BBM for Android/iPhone? (eustacedunn.wordpress.com)
- BBM for iOS to Relaunch Today With Reservation System (iClarified.com)
- BBM for Android, iOS clocks over 10 million downloads in 24 hours (ibnlive.in.com)
- BBM for Android, BBM for iPhone finally here, but not for all (ibnlive.in.com)
- BBM for Android and iPhone hits 5 Million Downloads in 8 Hours (techcircledxb.com)
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Android one-click Google authentication method puts users, businesses at risk
A feature that allows Android users to authenticate themselves on Google websites without having to enter their account password can be abused by rogue apps to give attackers access to Google accounts, a security researcher showed Saturday at the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas.
The feature is called “weblogin” and works by generating a unique token that can be used to directly authenticate users on Google websites using the accounts they have already configured on their devices.
Weblogin provides a better user experience but can potentially compromise the privacy and security of personal Google accounts, as well as Google Apps accounts used by businesses, Craig Young, a researcher at security firm Tripwire, said during his talk.
Young created a proof-of-concept rogue app that can steal weblogin tokens and send them back to an attacker who can then use them in a Web browser to impersonate a victim on Google Apps, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Voice and other Google services.
The app was designed to masquerade as a stock viewing app for Google Finance and was published on Google Play, with a description that clearly indicated it was malicious and shouldn’t be installed by users.
During installation, the app asks for permission to find accounts on a device, use the accounts on a device and access the network. When run, it then displays another prompt asking for permission to access a URL that starts with “weblogin” and includes finance.google.com.
This secondary prompt is uninformative and most users are likely to accept the request, Young said.
If they do, a weblogin token is generated and the users are automatically signed in to the Google Finance website. However, at the same time, the token is siphoned off through an encrypted connection to a server controlled by the attacker.
The issue is that this weblogin token does not only work for Google Finance, but for all Google services, Young said.
For example, it can provide access to the victim’s documents in Google Drive, emails in Gmail, calendar entries in Google Calendar, Google Web search history or potentially sensitive company data stored in Google Apps, the researcher said.
It can also be used to access a user’s Google Play account and remotely install apps on his device or to access his accounts on third-party websites that support Google Federated Login.
If the user is an administrator for a company’s Google Apps domain, the attack could compromise the company’s entire Google Apps operation. The attacker would gain the ability to reset the passwords for other users on that Google Apps domain, create and modify privileges and roles, create and modify mailing lists, and even add new users with administrative privileges, the researcher said.
The issue was reported to Google in February and the company started blocking some of the things an attacker could do, Young said.
For example, an attacker authenticated via a weblogin token can no longer use the Google Takeout service to get a data dump for an entire Google Account and can no longer add new Google Apps users, although there is a workaround that still makes the latter action possible, Young said.
Young’s app displays the weblogin permission prompt because it uses the standard Android API (application programming interface) to get the token. However, if the app used an exploit to get root privileges on the device, it would be able to grab the token without requiring user confirmation, he said.
The app stayed in Google Play for around a month until someone probably reported it as malicious, and during this time there was no indication it had been scanned by Bouncer, a Google Play service that searches for malicious apps in the marketplace, the researcher said. If it was scanned, then it wasn’t flagged as malicious, which raises questions about Bouncer’s effectiveness, he said.
After it was reported as malicious, the app was removed from Google Play, and Android’s local app verification feature now blocks it as spyware when trying to install it.
Google did not respond to a request for comment sent Thursday.
Most Android antivirus products from well known vendors didn’t detect the app as malware either, but one privacy advisor application did list the rogue app as having account access, Young said.
“Today’s presentation showed that with enough ingenuity and effort you can easily bypass apparently well protected systems,” said Alexandru Catalin Cosoi, the chief security strategist at antivirus vendor Bitdefender, who attended Young’s talk.
The only way to prevent these things from happening is to raise the cost of attacks, so that by the time one lock is bypassed, there is a new lock in place that needs to be breached, Cosoi said. Vulnerabilities can be found on a regular basis, so continuous research definitely helps in improving systems like Google Bouncer, making attacks more costly for hackers to pull off, he said.
Businesses shouldn’t allow their IT administrators to use Google accounts on their Android devices that are also Google Apps domain administrators, Young said.
Users should be wary of apps that request access to accounts added on the device and should answer “no” to permission prompts containing the words “weblogin” or “ID,” he said.
Google should create an option to allow Google Apps domain owners to block Google Apps access via weblogin and should make the weblogin prompts more informative so that users understand what they do, the researcher said
Pre Live Website CheckList
This is the checklist of things to accomplish before you go live with yhour website. Make sure its not a rush, take your time and get things right!
|1||1||Settings||Verify all site pages and elements display properly on Chrome, Firefox, IE (multiple versions), Safari, Opera, Mobile Safari, Android, etc. Most importantly, test while logged out. Secondly, test all scenarios while logged in, both the front-end and the back-end. (do this again as the very last step)|
|1||1||Settings||Verify favicon displays on IE (might need .ico version) and non-IE browsers|
|1||2||Communications||Receive Client approval of site design concept, moving forward toward finalizing/publishing. As appropriate, initiate change orders (i.e. charge more for feature-creep)|
|1||2||Settings||Take backup before proceeding to finalize|
|1||3||SEO||Create needed categories and tags, including Description text for each|
|1||3||Settings||Change default category from “Uncategorized” to something else (e.g. “News”)|
|1||3||SEO||Confirm SEO plugin’s settings per tag and category|
|1||4||SEO||Create archive-, tag-, and category-specific layouts/pages|
|1||5||Settings||Change the author of all posts, pages, and CPTs to be authored by the Client’s User(s), not your own Administrator User|
|1||6||Themes||Review items in the WordPress Theme Development Checklist|
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By: Corey Geier
Have you been looking around for a free program that allows you to turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcam that you can use to stream live video in chats? Yes, you can do video chats right on the iPhone & Android phone using apps like Skype but then, that’s going to be at a cost: you either don’t get the good quality of the iSight camera, or if you use it, you don’t get to see the other person. Fine, what’s the solution? Turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcam for your system. Things are as simple as they sound thanks to this apps that are designed to turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcamera that you can use for all your video chats on programs like Skype, Google Hangouts in Google+. Etc.
EpocCam by Kinoni
Price: Free (HD version available)
Apps that turn your iPhone & Android phone into a webcam aren’t usually free. The good ones are sold at over 3 dollars apiece. Interestingly, this version of EpocCam is free and comes with a neat set of features. The performance isn’t all that great but it’s passable. The HD version is an epic one though: has everything you’ll possibly need.
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