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1
Sep

Amazon Video for Android and iOS now lets everyone download for offline viewing



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The wonderful world of streaming video content is quite easily cut short when you are out of data or when no data connection is available. If you live on services like Netflix, you know the struggle is real. However, if you utilize Plex or Google Play Movies & TV, then you are privy to having the ability to have movies and TV shows available on your device without a connection. Today Amazon has announced that they are finally bringing that experience to all Android and iOS users. Previously the offline function was limited to Amazons own branded devices.

The new ability is available to all Amazon Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria. There won’t be any additional charges to save your favorite shows or movies offline, but you do need to be a Prime member, obviously. The company does state “download thousands of eligible movies and TV shows”, which leads me to believe not everything can be saved offline. They do list out shows like 24, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey,Extant, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Mr. Selfridge, Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Teen Wolf, The Americans, The Good Wife, Suits, Under the Dome, Veronica Mars, Vikings among others. Along with movies like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Captive, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Wolf of Wall Street. 

“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing–anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today,” stated Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon. “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing–on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection.”


If you are a Prime member you will need a couple of apps to get started on your Android device. First up will be the latest Amazon Underground app. Then search for the Amazon Video app and get it installed. If you aren’t sure Prime is what you need in your life, feel free to take advantage of the FREE 30 day trial offer via the banner below. Along with instant video streaming and offline viewing you also get FREE prime shipping, access to 2 hour delivery via Prime Now in certain areas on certain products, access to a ton of music and a whole lot more.

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1
Sep

Qualcomm Smart Project will feature on Snapdragon 820 to halt malware attacks



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Qualcomm has been very proactive lately in trying to secure devices with its hardware inside and the benefit of Qualcomm’s solutions are that they done in the device, not in the cloud as other solutions attempt. Their latest attempt at this is the Qualcomm Smart Project which will feature in the Snapdragon 820 in an attempt to stop malware ever getting a hold on your device. Thanks to the Zeroth machine learning technology on Qualcomm’s new processor, Qualcomm Smart Protect will be able to not only figure out what malware has infected the device, but also whether it has changed form based on a known database. Check out Qualcomm’s video describing its new technology:

Malware has shown itself to be one of the primary growing threats to mobile platforms and having hardware manufacturers on board trying to combat it will go a long way to making our devices safer and more secure. While the Snapdragon 820 is shaping up to be a performance beast, it’s always nice to know that it has the security credentials to match too.


What do you think about Qualcomm Smart Project? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Qualcomm via TalkAndroid

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1
Sep

AT&T LG G4 Stagefright update rolling out to consumers



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The nasty little vulnerability labeled Stagefright took center stage not that long ago. It left approximately 95% of all Android device owners susceptible to attack on their devices from would be hackers via a MMS message, or picture message. Needless to say, a lot of people were worried about it as it would give the attacker full control over their devices. Since its discovery manufacturers and carriers alike have been working to plug the hole as quickly as possible. Just the other week AT&T pushed a patch out for the HTC One M9 and today they have begun rolling the patch out to their LG G4 devices.


The OTA that is rolling out doesn’t offer up anything else beyond being labeled as including “Device security improvements.” Although, in this case, that is a welcomed thing. The file is labeled as software version H81010I and weighs in at just 46.7MB’s. You will still want to make sure you have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to let it install. Being so small, it shouldn’t take but a few minutes. If you don’t see the update pending in the notifications, you can navigate to Settings > General > About Phone > Update Center > Software Update. It still might not be presented to you, but it is coming.

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1
Sep

Android Wear makes its debut on iOS



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There were hints, rumors and leaks that all pointed to Google working to bring Android Wear support to iOS device. Everyone can stop hoping and dreaming as Google has announced today that the app is now available on Apple iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 plus so long as they are on iOS 8.2 or newer.

  • Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you’ll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.
  • Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
  • Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.”

Google also makes mention that the release of the iOS compatible app works with the LG Watch Urbane and will be supported by all future Android Wear devices, including the Huawei Watch they used for the promo image. (below) Don’t fret though, ASUS and Motorola are in the mix as well. Although I have heard that the current line of Android Wear devices, including the Moto 360, G watch R, Gear Live, ZenWatch and others are off the table. However, Droid-life does have it working with the Moto 360 that is sporting the latest software and Android Wear v1.3.

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This is really a huge thing for Google and for Android Wear watch manufacturers as well as developers. Getting these watches into the hands on billions on the other side of the os spectrum is only going to boost sales and bring more people to the party. Any dual weilders out there happy to see this, or have already tried to get their watch up and running with an iOS device? Let us know so others can know as well.

Source: Google Via Droid-Life

 

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31
Aug

Bing wants to help you win a fantasy football championship this season


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Our own Aaron Souppouris put Cortana to work betting on English Premier League matches last season, and now Bing wants to offer more help with NFL action. Microsoft’s search software has been making sports-related predictions for some time now, and this season it wants to help you dominate that fantasy football league. To lend a hand in selecting your lineup each week, Bing will offer updated player projections and suggestions for free agent pickups. Sure, ESPN, Yahoo and others already serve up a similar collection of weekly rankings, but Microsoft’s search engine has a decent track record when it comes to sports (and Oscar) predictions. Bing will continue to predict games every week, much like Cortana has done since the start of last season. It’ll also give you updated team power rankings every Tuesday alongside updated projections on your team’s postseason chances. And as you might expect, it wants to be your home for states and other game-related info while you watch at home. You can put Bing to the test when the NFL season kicks off Thursday, September 10th.

[Image credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images]

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31
Aug

iHeartRadio hits Windows 10 with Cortana support


Beating Pandora to the punch, iHeartRadio has just launched a Windows 10 app that takes full advantage of Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant. So, in addition to streaming music and radio stations from the app the usual way, you can also shout commands at Cortana to spin up some tunes. (Yes, it also works with Cortana text search.) It also packs in Live Tiles support, allowing you to make your favorite songs or artists accessible right from the revamped Start menu. The new app could be a smart way for iHeartRadio to add to its user base, which already clocks in at over 60 million people. It’s surprising that Pandora still hasn’t delivered a dedicated Windows 10 app yet, so iHeartRadio might be able to satisfy some of the demand for streaming radio on Microsoft’s new OS.

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30
Aug

NSA wants encryption that fends off quantum computing hacks


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The National Security Agency isn’t just yearning for quantum computers that can break tough encryption — it wants encryption that can protect against quantum computers, too. Officials have begun planning a transition to “quantum resistant” encryption that can’t be cracked as quickly as conventional algorithms. As the NSA explains, even a seemingly exotic technique like elliptic curve cryptography “is not the long term solution” people thought it was. Quantum computing is advancing quickly enough that the NSA and other organizations could find themselves extremely vulnerable if they’re not completely ready when the technology becomes a practical reality.

This doesn’t mean that the NSA is asking the government or security vendors to avoid upgrading their ‘traditional’ encryption. It already has suggestions for cryptographic methods that should make it easier to adopt quantum-proof security. However, the agency doesn’t want others pouring a lot of their time and money into encryption that may well become obsolete in the “not too distant future.” Even though you aren’t likely to see a wave of quantum hacking any time soon, the prospect is real enough that the NSA is treating it as a high priority.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky]

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Tags: cryptography, ellipticcurvedcryptography, encryption, internet, nist, nsa, quantumcomputing, security, suiteb

29
Aug

The many (surprisingly realistic) hacks of ‘Mr. Robot’


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Most infosec pros agree that few Hollywood films or TV shows have gotten hacking as “right” as USA’s Mr. Robot. The show’s creator, Sam Esmail, told Engadget, “The hacker side of it actually was a combination of my frustration with the way hacker culture and tech culture was represented in Hollywood. I thought it was a very inaccurate, forced and cartoonish way of representing that kind of a culture.”

Getting hacks and hacking right on Mr. Robot means the tools and techniques pull from work done by security researchers in real life. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see hackers tweet that they spotted a colleagues’ research on episodes of the show. This is all in large part because it’s a TV show about hacking that chooses accuracy over drama. Mr. Robot’s technical consult, Michael Bazzell, told Forbes, “We don’t need to fake it. … We want that code to be accurate so that even the most sophisticated hacker or technical person out there will not roll their eyes at a scene.”

So while we all wait patiently for Mr. Robot‘s season one finale, let’s take a look back at Mr. Robot‘s notable hacks and the researchers who made them possible.

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29
Aug

Slack ties in with Windows 10’s notification center


Communication / productivity tool Slack is starting to blend in with Windows 10 after its latest update. In version 1.2.0, notifications show up in the desktop OS’ Action Center, and clicking them links directly to the appropriate conversation in the app. Many Windows applications never updated to take advantage of new features in Windows 8, or even to become fully compatible with how it worked with hardware like touchscreens, so it’s encouraging to see some support.

It’s not a Windows 10 Universal app yet, but the company has a Windows Phone version in beta, just months after it came out of beta on the desktop. There’s also a fresh new icon for Windows 10, and color-coded notification icon in the tray. If you use Slack in the workplace (like we do), it should probably auto-update with the latest features, or you can download it here.

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29
Aug

Android Marshmallow Developer Preview 3 adds a way for us to track milliamp-hours used



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We’ve known for some time now that Android Marshmallow is going to greatly improve the ability of the Android operating system to save battery power during idle periods – early tests on a Nexus 5 were extremely encouraging. One new feature that has been included in the Android Marshmallow Developer Preview 3 which doesn’t directly affect these new power saving capabilities, but will help track it, is the addition of the milliamp-hours used counter. Hidden in the battery stats, each app now has an additional metric called “Computed power use” which adds up how much of your battery it has been eating up – a nice tool in case some of your apps are particularly power hungry.

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Android Marshmallow Developer Preview 3
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We don’t know exactly how accurate this new metric is – for lack of a better example, we’d equate it to the accuracy of data usage on Android devices – but it’s a nice way to give a more quantitative representation. We’ll have to see whether “computed power use” makes it into the final cut of Android Marshmallow as a similar feature was seen on the Android L Preview before it disappeared as well.


What do you think about this new feature in Android Marshmallow Developer Preview 3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Google+ via Android Police

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