Category Archives: Apps

Firefox Coming For iPhone And iPad

Firefox is one of the most popular browsers but it isn’t available for iOS. The reason is because Apple doesn’t allow Firefox to its own web engine, so the company has always said it would not release a Firefox version for iOS which would force them to run Apple’s engine instead.

Firefox manager Lukas Blakk wrote on Twitter “”we need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS”.

Chris Beard, the new CEO of Firefox, seems to be making a number of strategic changes, just last month it was announced that Yahoo will be the default search engine, replacing Google.

You Can Crash Your Friends WhatsApp And Delete The Chat History

Two Indian security researches have found a way to make WhatsApp crash remotely and the only way for someone to fix it is to delete the entire chat history.

Apparently 500 million people are effect as it effects versions 2.11.431 and 2.11.432.

All you need to do is send a 2000 word message in special character to your friend and the app will crash. Every time the recipient opens the chat, the app will crash again and it will happen until the entire chat history is deleted. This can be done with single recipients or for an entire group as well.

The hack was demonstrated in a video at The Hacker News:

Last month WhatsApp released a new feature which showed users when the recipient had actually read a message in the form of two blue check marks. It later took that even further and included the exact time when the message was read. Many users took to social media complaining about the new feature. We wrote a short article on how to avoid the blue check marks.

Intel Acquires Password Manager & Generator PassBox

PassBox, a password manager which launched about a year ago has been downloaded 14 million times.

The app saves all your web IDs online and you can than login to all of your sites just using the app. PassBox also helps you to generate strong passwords.

Today Intel has announced that they acquired the Montreal based company. All 44 employees are keeping their jobs.

No financial details were disclosed.

Twitter Now Tracks Which Apps You Have

Twitter wants to “build a more personal experience” for you which is why they are now collecting a list of which apps you have installed on your phone. Twitter insists they only collect the list of apps, no information within them. This means Twitter will be able to get more insight into your interests, show you more targeted advertising and suggest content or pages to follow.

Once the feature is turned on you will be notified by Twitter.

There is a way to opt out though, by following these steps:

Using Twitter for Android:

  1. Tap the overflow icon 
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  4. Under Other, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Using Twitter for iOS:

  1. From the Me tab, tap the gear icon 
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  4. Under Privacy, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Is Twitter About To Make Justin Bieber Even Richer?

Justin Bieber is worth an estimated $200 million but Twitter might just come along and make him even richer.

Earlier this week, Twitter’s CFO Anthony Noto accidentally tweeted what was supposed to be a private message about being in talks to acquire a company.

Now sources that spoke to CNBS suggest that the company he was talking about is Shots, a selfie app which Justin Bieber has invested in and often uses when he posts on social media.

Shots has 3 million users, almost half of them are active on a daily basis. Two-third of the users are under 24.

It isn’t known how much share Justin Bieber has in Shots but regardless he could be adding a large amount to his net worth. If Twitter for example would pay the same amount per users as Facebook did for WhatsApp the deal would already be worth over $100 million.

Apple Will Pre-Install Beats Music

According to the Financial Times, Apple is going to pre-install Beats Music on all iOS devices starting early next year. Since the $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats there have been many rumors surrounding the streaming service Beats Music. People wondered if Apple would keep it around at all or integrate it with iTunes.

So it seems Apple is going to keep Beats as a separate brand to gain market share in the music streaming space. Spotify is the world’s largest music streaming service with 50 million users of which 12.5 million are paying customers. Amazon offers free music streaming to Prime customers and Google has a number of offerings, most recently they released Music Key which could shake up the entire industry.

Certainly no lack of competition in the space which in the end only benefits consumers but continued price decreases of course also have a negative effect on the music industry in terms of earnings / royalties.