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Verizon announces More Everything deals for April 17


Verizon Wireless on Monday announced some new changes to its More Everything plans set to take effect later this week. Effective April 17, customers on a month-to-month plan can switch over to a More Everything plan and take advantage of the savings. According to the carrier, those who move to a data plan of 8GB or less can do so for $30/month, a savings of $10 per month. Those who move to a 10GB data plan at $15 per month will save $25 per month.

Also available on April 17, new customers who want to experience the nation’s largest and most reliable network can add any smartphone they already own to a MORE Everything plan for either $30 or $15 depending on the data allowance they choose.

Verizon says these deals are for a limited time; it’s unclear how long the promotion will last. To take advantage, simply visit a Verizon store, call Verizon Wireless, or log into My Verizon beginning from April 17.


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Kill time with Shuttle Up

Shuttle Up

Looking for a new game to pass time? Shuttle Up is an addictive, tricky game that lets players control a shuttle as it is flying through the air.

The game itself is very simple. All you have to do is get the shuttle as high as possible and become the ruler of high scores. Sound easy? It’s not. You must watch out because you need to fly very carefully and keep your pace as there are moving bars trying to stop your flight path. Check the leader boards to see if you were able to get the number one spot. As you climb the ranks you will find out that you will be playing this fun Android title for hours.

The game was created by independent developer Areon. It is a free game that you can find in the Google Play Store.

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Google to introduce new icons for Android apps –report


Google will soon introduce some new icons for its Android applications, reports Android Police. Rumored to be part of what’s called Project Moonshine, the new icons will more closely align with Google’s web-based counterparts. Details appear to include flatter images with more pronounced shadows with some getting more tweaks than others.

Alleged to be picking up some adjustment include

  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Chrome
  • Google+
  • Gmail
  • Hangouts
  • Maps
  • People
  • YouTube
  • Play Books
  • Play Games
  • Play Movies
  • Play Music
  • Play Store

It’s not clear where Google is in terms of updating the icons or whether any further adjustments are in order.

In the meanwhile, those of you who like to flash your own ROMS, install themes, and play with icons might appreciate Phlash Tha’s latest icon bundle. Available for free, this kit includes .AI files (Adobe Illustrator) for playing around.

Android Police | Plash Tha

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How to install the Google Play Store on the Kindle Fire


The Kindle Fire is a great little tablet, at a fantastic price point and is perfect for those hooked into the Amazon ecosystem. The Kindle range runs Android, albeit a very customised Android to a point where it is almost unrecognisable. As part of this customisation and integration into the Amazon ecosystem, the Google Play Store is nowhere to be seen. Luckily, with a bit of work, you’ll be able to hook your Kindle Fire back into the Google services.

Here we’ll show you how to get the Google Play Store on your Kindle Fire.

For this method to work, you’ll need to have your Kindle Fire rooted.

1. First off, download the ES File Explorer App from the Amazon App Store which will allow you to transfer and launch the necessary files.

2. Download the necessary Google Play files from here and extract the files from the compressed file.

3. Open ES File Explorer and enable ‘Root Explorer’ by going into ‘Settings’ and selecting ‘Root Settings’ and checking the ‘Super User’, ‘Root Explorer’, and ‘Mount File System’ options.

4. Return to the folder where you extracted the downloaded files and install ‘GoogleServicesFramework.apk’ and reboot your Kindle.

5. Once the reboot is complete, cut the ‘vending.apk’ file and paste it in the /system/app directory.

6. Long press on the ‘vending.apk’ once it’s moved and select ‘Properties’. You’ll need to change the permissions to make sure that ‘read’ and ‘write’ are checked for ‘User’ and ‘read’ is checked for ‘Group and Other’.

7. Install ‘vending.apk’.

8. Return to your homescreen and look in your Home-> Apps section and open the ‘Market’ icon to launch it and sign into your Google account.

9. Finally, you’ll want to return to the folder with the extracted files and install the file ‘gplay.apk’, reboot your Kindle, and enjoy Google Play on your Kindle Fire.

Drop us a comment to let us know if you have any issues with getting the Google Play Store on your Kindle Fire.

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Watch SpaceX’s ambitious launch of a reusable rocket

Haste makes waste, and you have to move awfully fast to break out of Earth’s atmosphere. After today, however, space travel might be a tad more sustainable. SpaceX is testing a new, reusable version of its Falcon 9 rocket today. The test is tacked on to the company’s regularly scheduled cargo mission, which carts supplies to the International Space Station — but today’s capsule will be pushed into orbit by a modified rocket featuring four large landing legs.

The new design is supposed to break off during launch and slow its decent with a re-entry engine, eventually landing safely in the ocean to await recovery. Think of it as the natural evolution of the company’s “Grasshopper” vertical takeoff and landing tests. If the recovery technology can be successfully developed, SpaceX says that it’ll save millions of dollars on every launch. Unfortunately, there’s only about a 30 to 40-percent chance of success. Either way, NASA is broadcasting the attempt at 3:45 PM ET today; Update: Scratch that, NASA just announced that the launch has been scrubbed. According to the organization Twitter account, it’ll try again at 3:29pm ET this Friday.


Source: Space, NASA


Mozilla picks interim CEO as it tries to move past controversy

Previous CEO Brendan Eich lasted just 11 days as head of the Firefox company. He resigned last week amid political backlash; Eich contributed $1,000 to California’s controversial Proposition 8, a bill that would’ve ended the legality of same-sex marriage in California. That bill was eventually struck down by the US Supreme Court, and last week Eich was similarly struck down by uproar to his financial contribution. As of today, Mozilla’s appointing Chris Beard to its CEO position (as well as giving him a seat on the company’s board). Beard’s been with Mozilla for years, and the company says it was exploring the idea of adding him to the board for some time (regardless of recent news, in so many words). Executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker doesn’t mention Eich or the reasons for his exit in her announcement. “In this time of transition there is no better person to lead us,” Baker says of Beard.

Given Beard’s position is “interim” CEO, it sounds like Mozilla’s still on the hunt for a new leader. Let’s go right ahead and put this out there now: any interested parties should be prepared for an especially thorough vetting process. Just a guess.

[Image credit: Greylock Partners]

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Source: Mozilla


LogAnalysis maps the structure of gangs using phone records

It’s no surprise that law enforcement agencies use mobile phone records to investigate criminal activity, but a platform called LogAnalysis could facilitate some of the most sophisticated analysis for all that raw data. Developed by Emilio Ferrara and his team at Indiana University, the software uses call records and other info to map hierarchies within criminal organizations according to “social network theory.” (Hint: Those who make the most calls are usually at the bottom, while those in charge tend to communicate the least.) And by automatically importing call records and removing ambiguous or redundant information, LogAnalysis streamlines the process of analyzing that data.

In a paper, Ferrara and other researchers describe how LogAnalysis processed call records for a group convicted of several robberies, drug trafficking and extortion. By clustering together calls based on the time and date, the software revealed which numbers traced back to gang members involved in a particular robbery or murder. The data also clumped calls together in 14 different subgroups, revealing individuals (or at least phone numbers) involved in specific crimes. As the MIT Technology Review points out, many of the researchers behind this paper are based in Sicily, so it’s likely that some of the call data in this case comes from Italy. If that’s true, we have a pretty good idea what criminal organization they’re talking about here.

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Via: MIT Technology Review

Source: Detecting Criminal Organizations in Mobile Phone Networks (paper)


Crooks use Heartbleed exploit to steal 900 Canadian tax IDs

While it might not be the worst case scenario, a security breach at the Canada Revenue Agency could be the worst known real-world exploit of the Heartbleed vulnerability since it went global last week. The CRA claims that almost 1,000 Social Insurance Numbers, as well as unspecified business data was removed from the CRA systems by hackers using the high profile server vulnerability. Most significantly, the breach happened after the CRA (and the world) learned about Heartbleed. While the agency took swift action to start securing its own systems (which were affected by the bug), it looks like the opportunistic hackers beat them to it, and managed to bag the identifying data before being shut out. Further analysis by the government agency assures the public that there is no evidence of any similar breach either before or since this incident. The Canadian authorities will be applying additional security measures to the accounts that were compromised to hopefully prevent any misuse of the data. While this might be of little comfort to the 900 or so taxpayers who had their information pilfered, it highlights the importance for organizations, — government or otherwise — to not waste anytime stemming the flow.


Via: The Verge

Source: Canada Revenue Agency


Prime-time TV enjoys its highest ratings since 2007

The drastic change in the way people consume media has stirred up the argument that TV as we knew it is dead. But while prime-time ratings have dipped since the rise of services like Netflix and solid programming from networks such as AMC and HBO, the first quarter of 2014 has been very kind to prime-time TV in the US. According to a report from MoffettNathanson, prime-time TV ratings saw a surge of four percent compared to the previous quarter, and in the process marked the first time TV has seen any sort of growth since over a year ago. As Re/code notes, researcher Michael Nathanson says this is television’s “best performance since the last quarter of 2007.”

But there’s a reason for this: Nathanson points out that the increase in TV ratings is largely due to major events that have taken place this year, including the Oscars, the Sochi Winter Olympics, playoff games from the NFL and, most recently, the NCAA’s March Madness tournament. We’ll see if ratings can keep up this momentum going forward, but, at least for the time being, it’s safe to say good ol’ TV is far from being put to rest

[Image credits: Lubs Mary, Flickr; Re/code (graph)]

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Via: Re/code

Source: MoffettNathanson (login required)


Google beats Facebook to acquisition of drone maker

Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of high-altitude solar-powered drones that was in acquisition talks with Facebook just a few months ago. The Mountain View company hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous vehicles to assist its Project Loon project, which aims to broadcast internet signals to parts of the world that can’t get online. Facebook, on the other hand, went ahead with another drone company called Ascenta for, its own worldwide internet project. Titan drones could also work with Makani, a Google airborne wind turbine project. As the unmanned planes are also able to collect high-res images of earth and support voice and data services, they could also be of use in other Google divisions, such as Maps.

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Source: WSJ

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