New world, new realia
The world is getting smaller and smaller; at the same time, new threats appear due to the elimination of some borderlines and the creation of others. New technologies and changes of scientific paradigms do not eliminate emergency issues; moreover, the problems of protection, for both people and information, remain the same as centuries ago. Once, a cave man could have been eaten by a saber-toothed tiger or trampled down by a mammoth; nowadays, one can be “eaten” or “trampled down” by much more powerful forces.
The most important thing nowadays is to be able to survive in the world becoming more and more dangerous and cruel, and more technically sophisticated at that. You must protect your home, business and family, your dignity and freedom, your views and hopes etc. You must be fully equipped to undertake resistance to those people or phenomena trying to inflict harm unto you. The issue of adequate equipment will be discussed below.
Paths of problem solving
There are numerous ways of how to cope with the problems of lack of security and protection. The first thing one can think of is the resort to the services of private detectives or bodyguards. But here some cumbersome aspects arise. First of all, it’s pretty expensive; not every ordinary citizen can afford it. Next. There are some functions/operations a single person cannot embrace; physically, it’s sometimes impossible to follow an observed person day and night, in any weather and without breaks. Finally, there’s no guarantee this protection is absolute, ideal and has no flaws.
The best decision
One more, much simpler and more cost-effective, way to guarantee protection and security is to use specialized mobile applications that can serve as the invisible yet very effective guardians for your precious children, confidential business information or some other issues that require monitoring/tracking of every online/offline action of people and data, with the help of a mere smartphone or tablet.
A “super fighter” among the most advanced “space crafts” in the world of such mobile applications is mSpy which allows the whole range of versatile parental/business control functions.
Once installed on the target smartphone or tablet, this cell phone tracker starts monitoring everything, including calls, GPS location, e-mails, text messages, chats, photos and videos. It records calls and phone surroundings, remotely blocks inappropriate websites and applications, prevents unwanted contacts from calling, monitors web history and physical itinerary etc. This application will provide you with the information you are looking for, no matter where you are and what evidence you want to get. The mSpy cell phone tracking software is virtually untraceable, which means that you can track a cell phone in a stealthy mode and its user won’t notice a thing. Really, it’s a kind of “stealth aircraft” in the fleet of your varied digital helpers, both at home and in the office.
For some time now, it has been pretty much common knowledge that any iOS7 device which has been jailbroken is more vulnerable to keyloggers which are able to intercept each keystroke or touch allowing passwords and security information to be stolen. However, one security firm has now proven that even iOS devices that have not been jailbroken could be vulnerable to a similar security threat.
Earlier this month, developers from FireEye published a blog about a new monitoring app capable of recording and transmitting all touch/press events. This would include screen taps, volume button use, home button presses and even TouchID presses. The app is said to work in multiple versions of iOS including 7.0.4, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, and 6.1.x and can be installed either by exploiting weaknesses in other apps or with the help of phishing activities.
The app was created as a proof of concept and FireEye has said that they are currently working with Apple to address the issue. At present, users are able to turn off the ‘Background App Refresh’ which may offer a temporary solution. However, FireEye representatives say that since background music does not need permission to refresh, it is possible for malicious apps to masquerade as background music in order to work around this. Until such time as Apple is able to offer a reliable fix for this security flaw, FireEye is advising that all users simply stop apps from being able to run in the background using task manager.
To access the task manager, users should double tap the home button. This will show previews of any apps that are currently running – allowing users to swipe them in and out of view in order to turn off anything unnecessary or suspicious that might be running in the background on their device.
Keyloggers are taking an increasing interest in smartphones and tablet devices because so much input comes from touchscreen interfaces instead of alphanumeric keys. Recently, another security firm (Trustwave) has been able to develop a proof of concept app for both Android and jailbroken iOS devices which was able to capture screenshots showing the X and Y co-ordinates of screen taps.
News of this latest security flaw in iOS7 comes hot on the heels of Apple releasing a fix for other security issues including problems with the SSL encryption which is used in the protection of confidential data which was fixed with last week’s release of version 7.0.6 of iOS.
Well, what surprises can come next in this line?
BlackBerry has a lot planned for new customers in 2014. Among the new devices eager customers can check out in the coming year is the new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone. Devoted Blackberry customers globally will find this device has a familiar feel to it as well as offering the classic QWERTY experience.
The goal with the design of the new BlackBerry Q20 is to incorporate the features that loyal BlackBerry customers have come to expect and depend on from the brands devices. Some of the features incorporated into this new device’s design include the Integrated Tackpad, the ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ Buttons. With the inclusion of these features, devoted BlackBerry customers will get a device that is quick, easy to navigate, and offers one-handed use.
IT Celebrity Revelation
Before delving into the features included in the new BlackBerry Q20, read the following quote from a recent press release by Executive Chairman and CEO of Blackberry, John Chen:
“In my first 90 days on the job, I consistently heard from our ardent BlackBerry customers that the hard buttons and trackpad are an essential part of the BlackBerry QWERTY experience that made their BlackBerry smartphone their go-to productivity tool. I want these customers to know that we heard them, and this new smartphone will be for them. Today, we’re delighted to announce the new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone which is designed to give you the distinct experience that every BlackBerry QWERTY loyalist and high-productivity business customer absolutely loves. With the BlackBerry Q20 smartphone, you’ll get the familiar hard buttons and trackpad that you want, along with the best email service, the best keyboard experience and the best battery life possible.”
Features of BlackBerry Q20:
- The trackpad, ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’, and ‘End’ buttons are essential parts to the smartphone and user interface, allowing for quick and precise navigation within and between different applications.
- The patented BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard with sculpted keys providing the best typing experience for users.
- Dependable email service which includes BlackBerry Hub and BES10’s enterprise connectivity.
- The inclusion of a generous 3.5” touchscreen providing ample display space for viewing messages, browsing the World Wide Web, and accessing additional applications, this display size is the largest for any QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone.
- Only the highest quality materials will be used to create a device that is durable and reliable.
- A larger battery providing exceptional battery life.
In addition to the above features, BlackBerry 10, with its latest enhancements will be included in the BlackBerry Q20. The inclusion of BlackBerry 10 will provide for mobile productivity that is secure as well as reliable communications. Be on the lookout for further information, pricing, and the availability with the launching of the BlackBerry Q20.
What else is there in stock?
In addition to the new phone, you’ll definitely need new and reliable software that will help you protect your device from an unauthorized usage, as well as provide security of the important business/private information you store on it. One of such indispensable mobile applications is mSpy, the advanced piece of software that ensures complete safety and security of your investments into modern gadgets.
If you have a big family, it can be somewhat problematic to pay heed to every single aspect and every need of your relatives in an all-embracing manner. This paramount task can be successfully handled by advanced modern technologies and digital communication means. There is a group of apps that promises to make your hectic family life easier and more controlled. Here are a few interesting apps to consider, with additional features for paid versions.
A key feature of this app is a shared calendar where family members can individually schedule their activities. Color coding shows the itinerary of each family member. You can use it to manage shared shopping lists and family to-do lists. It even has a group journal where you can record important family events, such as holidays and vacations.
It preserves your children’s artwork, schoolwork, and photos in a digital timeline. You simply snap a picture of a “keepy,” such as a face painting, a report card, or photo of a first tooth, and then add voice or text commentary. You can share your private memory playlist with relatives. Extended family can add video, voice, or text responses.
It keeps track of family members in real time without having to call or text them throughout the day. When you log into the app, a family map shows you the exact location of every family member at once. You can also save favorite places and get automatic alerts when your kids arrive.
It’s an app for both coaches and parents of children participating in youth sports. It tells you what games are coming up and keeps you notified of last-minute changes. This app also keeps track of team payments, refreshments, game visits etc. You can even use this app to organize family events such as picnics, parties, and large reunions.
It tracks class schedules and homework assignments. Your child can use it to prioritize tasks and set alarms for when things are due. But the best feature of this app its capability to take notes. While in class, your child can use it to take typed notes, audio notes, video notes, and even pictures.
Besides the abovementioned applications for the common usage, there are some apps that are intended for the usage by narrow circles, like computer games’ geeks.
This experimental game aims to envision “an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious”, with players being able to create worm-like constructs with a finger swipe. Thrilling enough!
Well, everyday duties and absorbing games for pastimes are necessary things; but you must not forget about security and protection of your children.
There is one application that can turn out to be an indispensable tool for your family life management – a mobile monitoring/tracking app called mSpy. It’s a real wonder for those who want to combine their schedule and the chance to follow all the events in the life of their children. If you are a responsible parent, pay attention to this app that can become the best bargain in your shopping cart.
Thus, the online life of your family can be varied to a great extent, with the help of useful abovementioned apps.
Resources of the planet are everything we have; we must take care of them properly in order not to face an apocalyptic future. That’s a challenge big enough for the world community.
Every day we have more newcomers born into this world, use more water, consume more energy, and spend more on this globe. Solving those problems is the perfect driving need for the internet of things. “It will be tens of billions of sensors, billions of wireless networks, and tens of millions of cloud apps,” ARM director Gary Atkinson said at Wavefront’s Wireless Summit in Vancouver. “We need to be able to gather more data to make more granular decisions and be smarter about how we consume resources.” How the internet of things can help is by making everything smarter: resources consuming, mass production, health care, etc. Thus, we all have to think big in order to continue our existence on this planet. All of us have to meet this challenge, both in our private lifestyle and in business.
In order to continue existence in the global market, some companies are required to think big as well. Today, we’ll view the case of Facebook. At the point of its 10th anniversary, some experts consider Facebook be able to think big enough to take over mobile market.
Facebook’s recent move to enable Facebook ads in third party mobile apps has created a lot of excitement among mobile developers, but even more concern among mobile advertisers afraid of confronting such a mighty entity as Facebook. But there is one point they all seem to miss.
Ultimately, most of them will benefit from Facebook’s entrance. If successful, Facebook’s mobile ad platform will herald the end of television as our central advertising platform, while transforming how we largely consume content for years to come. The overall mobile advertising market will grow, and we should see it push broader trends. The simple presence of Facebook in the mobile space will increase the overall market, due to the fact that mobile games and mobile apps generate high session rates, compared to other media content.
For instance, such mobile tracking/monitoring apps like mSpy can benefit from being widely introduced to the consumers that hadn’t heard about them before, but actually might need them: businessmen and parents who must protect and secure their families or businesses.
Facebook has the potential to drive a broader shift toward mobile. Video ads on mobile show the best results; and in the long run, there is more revenue in video than display. Though it’s still unclear what Facebook plans to do with video ads within its mobile platform, one thing is definite – our future will be changed once and for all, and for the better, hopefully.
At this stage of its development, payments, local and search are the three fields in which Facebook tries to win the first prize. “Move fast and break things” is Facebook’s motto. Sometimes, the right approach is “go big or go home.” To win in the abovementioned spheres, you have to have commitment.
Unfortunately, all the steps undertaken there by Facebook are small and non-persuasive so far; it seems Facebook is an 80-year-old service. Google is an older company than Facebook, but it feels younger in the way it acts. It takes bigger risks. If you face such industry monsters like American Express, PayPal and Google, you have to use every opportunity to grow fast and big, like a young organism craving for survival in the competition for life. It’s advisable for Facebook to enter new spaces, even totally unknown ones, which are higher, further, and more complicated. To create a meaningful difference in people’s everyday lives is to think big, to think challenges.
The NSA Restricted
Justice might finally be served.
The first week of February witnessed the approval by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) of two of the president’s proposed changes as for the future functioning of the NSA.
FISC has now approved the proposal that, unless there is a “true emergency,” the collected telephony metadata can be mined only after the court itself has determined there is a “reasonable, articulable suspicion” of international terrorism. Previously, that determination of reasonableness was being made by the agency itself. Additionally, any query into the metadata is now limited to extending only “two hops” from the targeted information — think of it as degrees of separation — instead of the previous three, thus narrowing the scope.
A Spying Manual, by E. Snowden
As for Edward Snowden’s revelations concerning the NSA activities, this information was simple enough to obtain.
Some sources claim that Snowden used web crawler software to “scrape” data from the NSA’s computer networks; the process being quite automated. Besides, Snowden’s attack wasn’t sophisticated at all. And it was hardly the first, as it came three years after the WikiLeaks disclosures showed the vulnerability of government networks.
Snowden was working on the inside as a tech contractor, a systems administrator conducting routine maintenance work. He found that while the agency had strong protection against outside attacks, it had rudimentary protections against inside attacks. The NSA declined to comment on these statements.
Great Figures Join the Great Movement
The Internet community cannot keep silence while freedoms and rights are suppressed.
February 11, Reddit, Mozilla and Tumblr (Yahoo) teamed up with more than 5,300 other technology companies, human rights organizations and media properties to protest the NSA’s mass surveillance program. Dubbed “The Day We Fight Back,” the protest includes unsurprising participants such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); as well as Upworthy and Thunderclap.
According to the official site of the initiative, participants will be asked to “install banners to encourage their visitors to fight back against surveillance” — not as extreme a reaction as the internet blackouts of services like Wikipedia back in SOPA days. The overwhelming goal of The Day We Fight Back is to raise awareness. And it’s more disappointing to see major SOPA/PIPA protesters, like Google and Wikipedia, sitting this one out.
The System Fights Back
Naturally, there are counterstrikes from the system.
A secret British spy unit allegedly turned Anonymous’ preferred cyberattack technique against the “hacktivist” group. The UK’s Joint Threat Research Intelligent Group (JTRIG) launched a “distributed denial of service” (DDOS) attack against Internet chat rooms where members of Anonymous collaborated, according to NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden and obtained by NBC News. The DDOS attack proved effective, reducing targeted chat rooms’ traffic by 80 percent after a month. The British government is the first Western government known to have carried out a DDOS attack, which typically target high-profile sites and services like banks, retail, and government websites.
Individual Protective Gear
The level of fighting back can be different as well. For instance, it can employ not only complicated hard- & software complexes, but single applications as well.
iCitizen is a startup with the aim of strengthening democracy through a mobile app. It keeps track of political issues you care about and what your elected officials are up to, making it easier to stay up to date and voice your opinions. The company said its daily polls regularly draw over 13,000 votes. Many voters have minimal interaction with the political process outside of elections every 2 to 4 years. iCitizen wants to heighten this weak engagement and inspire action by monitoring and delivering relevant information to your phone, and opening up channels for communication.
One of the challenges for apps like iCitizen is achieving a critical mass of constituents and lawmakers — a significant amount of both are necessary for success. Without enough constituents, lawmakers won’t take the polling seriously. Without enough lawmakers, people won’t feel like their opinions are being heard. iCitizen was launched in November, and its iPhone app has been downloaded more than 200,000 times, with an Android app next in turn.
Besides, there’s one more interesting app called mSpy allowing you to track activities of your kids/employees for the sake of their security and safety. The usage of this app is undertaken with the informed consent of the participants.
What is the most important thing in life? There are many intricate philosophical questions of the kind; it’s next to impossible to give a definite answer once and for all. You can choose whatever you deem appropriate for you – money, family, love, career or status. Some people are not satisfied by all the above-mentioned things, they need something more, and not so tangible, but more elevated, spiritual in nature, as it were. They need some lofty feelings and emotions, some ways to see the reality around them in different and unusual colors. For instance, they appreciate the things, people and situations that create around them the feelings of protection, sure security for their kids and homes, mutual trust, appreciation and care etc.
All these evasive substances cannot be bought in the supermarket round the corner. Nor there are any material values one can buy these ethereal “things” for. But they can be received indirectly, as a by-result of some other things or actions. For instance, you can buy certain software to become assured in the safety and security of your relatives, especially kids, or your money invested in the business equipment which is handled out to your employees. These non-physical, indirect investments can be even more precious and rewarding than the material ones, in the end.
These results can be achieved by simple physical actions of hiring a private detective or a bodyguard, buying some expensive devices or even weapons, creating protective shields for family members, bans and prohibitions etc. Unfortunately, all these manipulations can protect your dear people and things for a short period of time only. But there is something that can yield more long-lasting results. We speak of the specialized software products for monitoring and tracking cell phones and other mobile devices which are so numerous and popular nowadays.
An All-Inclusive Yet simple Answer
There are numerous mobile applications that let you save time, money and efforts in the attempts to reach peace of mind and easy contemplation of any outer disasters. Once you start employing these apps, you need not worry about financial scandals, political problems and other troubles of the secular world any more. They take care of all the routine aspects connected with strict parental control or successful company management.
Among such apps, there is mSpy, an app that can function as a trustworthy guardian for your kids in their perilous Internet travelling, or as a helper in carrying out surveillance of employees’ devices issued by the companies. There is no need to be actually present by their side in order to control them; mSpy can do it instead.
The numerous advanced features of mSpy allow the person to track the target phone as per its physical location at a given time point or during certain time periods, to monitor different online actions, various services/applications for immediate communication, view operations with multimedia content, as well as to undertake drastic measures in the form of blocking actions for parental or bossy control.
Right in front of our eyes, the word has shrunk into a tiny global village with transparent borders and instant deliverance of information. Now, any type of information can circulate freely round the globe, and it can evoke very contradictory feelings and emotions. Abundance of information, as well as its lack, can give the most deplorable results.
Modern people are becoming more and more worried about the aspects of life that was worry-free not so long ago, a mere couple of decades before the advent of digital means of communication. Anxiety has become the buzz word of present days, and the situation worsens with every year. We are being constantly bombarded by mass media messages full of negative emotions, financial defaults and political crises.
The telling feature of this psychological state is the same for everyone – an abnormal level of worries and an immediate picturing of the most horrific scenes, ranging from almost harmless assaults to murders, at the mere absence of immediate response to a regular call.
The reasons are different in nature but there are some basic underlying prerequisites:
The constant usage of different instant messengers is among the main factors worsening the situation. Your brain gets addicted to the constant ‘stay-in-touch-online’; and any unscheduled breach in the non-stop flow of online conversation is treated as a sign of danger. What is more, the number of these messaging services is growing in rapid fire fashion.
Are There Ways Out?
There is one remedy, at least for the cases when you want to protect your loved ones but cannot be at their side all the time. Mainly, it concerns children protection. You cannot guarantee that anything bad happens to them when you are away – bullying, shooting, or the mere loss of pocket money. The world is getting crueler day by day; and the defense against modern threats is rare and precious.
Instead of worrying in vain and eating your heart out, you can secure your virtual parental presence on the kid’s smart phone, a digital invader that can be converted into a faithful helper for parents. You can become omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient in the life of your kids, virtually.
Intrigued? The answer is simple – there are specialized mobile applications that can serve as guardians in the stormy sea of internet. For instance, mSpy app can perform tracking/monitoring functions of any online/offline activity of your kid and inform you about everything that happens with your kid during the day – starting from his/her texting while jogging to school in the morning up to the (possible, and now, quite preventable) sexting late at night. This app returns you the feeling of strong parental control and peace of mind.
Do Android apps make less money?
Approaching the end of 2013, Android impressed the world by 81% of the global smartphone market share, but… If to speak about average software figures, an Android app makes 5 times less money per download than an iOS app. Everything is not so clear in terms of revenue. Despite Android’s dominance in the market, iOS is still the biggest platform for many app developers, due to a variety of reasons.
User demographics seems to be one explanation of this complicated situation. All over the globe, iPhone is the device at the very top of the price ladder, affordable the few well-procured, while Android is available on a whole spectrum of devices, from high end to low end ones.
Let’s consider some instances. India ranges third in app downloads for Google Play, but it is reflected nowhere in the revenue charts. The same is with Brazil and Russia: they are responsible for the plethora of downloads, unfortunately, with almost no revenue for app developers. Cannot users in these countries afford or just do not want to pay for app content?
Strangely enough, the monthly average revenue per paying user (ARPPU) doesn’t differ much across countries; the matter is that the average income difference in these countries is almost five times in favor of the US:
Perhaps, there’s a more banal reason, an inability to pay with a credit card due to its sheer absence? The below data might provide the partial explanation:
Western markets are becoming increasingly saturated by versatile applications, whereas India, for instance, has less than 10% smartphone penetration, but shipments are increasing at a huge rate here.
There are strong alternatives to official Google Play distribution channel, including:
They are not so widely known, but as much as a third of the apps developers revenues is now coming from these channels, mainly from the emerging markets.
New horizons for apps developers
Alternative Android app stores are in dire need for quality content, and their promotion opportunities for Android developers are the most favorable. For instance, it’s 20 times more likely for a high-quality app to get featured on an alternative store than on Google Play. Thus, the future prospects for Android app developers are definitely dazzling.
No wonder, more developers are turning to emerging markets nowadays. Homogenous Western markets, characterized by one distribution channel, high-profile phones, majority of users with credit cards, favored a single strategy, but the situation is entirely different in emerging markets – many chances, changes, challenges, as well as rewards and threats.
One of the prospective strategies is to develop applications that are quite rare and very specialized but are in high demand. Among them, there are such niche software products as mobile tracking applications, for instance, mSpy.
Are you the boss in phone tracking?
Location tracking has become a common feature for many third-party apps, but one group of developers wants to give Android users the opportunity to understand the subtleties of these apps. MIT Technology Review reports that Rutgers University assistant professor Janne Lindqvist and his group have developed an app (it should be available on Google Play within the next two months) that will display a banner across the front of the screen that reads “Your location is accessed by [app name]” any time an app accesses the GPS functionality of your smartphone. Lindqvist and his group performed a field study that demonstrated to a group of participants just how many of their apps were accessing their location and gathering location data. God only knows what official agencies can get access to these data, and how they can be employed! So, in order not to be tracked and trapped unaware, be the first to protect the privacy of your family and secure your business data – start tracking the important target phones yourself!
History of tapping is as old as the hills.
The next really big thing in eavesdropping is mind reading. Though some people think it’s still way off in the future, advances are being made every year. Here is one instance. By analyzing MRI images of the brain with an elegant mathematical model, it is possible to reconstruct thoughts more accurately than ever before. In this way, researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen have succeeded in determining which letter a test subject was looking at. A minor step forward, but nevertheless, it’s the movement ahead in the development of functional mind-reading devices!
Is Eavesdropping a Human Brain Actually Possible?
Researchers have managed to collect the first solid evidence that the pattern of brain activity seen in someone performing a mathematical exercise under experimentally controlled conditions are very similar to that observed when the person engages in quantitative thought in the course of daily life. The researchers monitored electrical activity in a certain region of the brain. It is known to be engaged in attention focusing and hand motion. Previous studies showed that some nerve-cell clusters in this area are also involved in numerosity, the mathematical equivalent of literacy. It turned out that electrical activity in a particular group of nerve cells in that brain region peaked when volunteers were performing calculations. It was possible to find out, simply by consulting the electronic record, whether a volunteer was engaged in quantitative thought. Thus, these facts can lead researchers to find a way to “eavesdrop” on the brain in everyday life.
To get tangible results with mind-reading devices and to move from theories to practice, scientists need the proper testing fields; here the problem begins. One cannot get an access to a living human brain at an easy rate. Thus, a team at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences has succeeded in growing miniature human brains. The team, led by Dr. Jürgen Knoblich, started by analyzing human stem cells that has the capacity to change into any other type of cell found in the body. The complicated procedure took up a couple of months. It is now hoped that such lab-grown brains could be used as models for understanding brain disorders, testing of treatments and other types of experiments. No need for brains extracted from living organisms anymore!
Present-Day State of Affairs in Tapping
All these findings could one day lead to the appearance of “mind-reading” devices or applications that could potentially help not only those who are mute to communicate via passive thinking, but many other people as well. It will definitely happen in spite of pessimistic sentiments that these devices and applications are a long way off.
For the moment being, in the absence of the abovementioned gadgets, we have the single possibility to employ specialized software for tapping, not people’s brains, but merely cell phones. mSpy is one of such “phone-reading” applications that can tell you what is happening with the target phone – its calls, messages, web visits, physical locations etc. It has numerous advanced functions that let you know everything about the phone actions as if you are inside the mind of its user.