One of the most logical and useful groupings of applications are the Android news apps. It just makes sense to have one or more of these free apps on your phone so you can get the news you want when you want. Typically, all the bigger news sources provide their applications free of charge making these free news apps an even bigger no-brainer. This leaves everyone with one big decision to make: which one(s) to download. A secondary concern you should also consider is whether you want a local news app. Again, these are almost always free to download; however, the quality of these varies tremendously and it’s really a market-by-market issue. Of course, the bigger the market the better their Android news apps should be and this line of thinking usually holds true.
Regarding which of the many free Android news apps to download, the only way to figure it out is to learn more about them. Here is some periphery information about 10 of the best Android news apps:
Like the TV channel and programming, this free Android app tends to provide its news from the more conservative point of view and spectrum. FOX News provides users with the latest news and updates from the people behind the FOX News Network. You can control the number of feeds and the type of news items you receive!
Tech Buzz Widget
Want to know the latest about technology, including any and all news about the Android OS, gaming, and mobile gadgets? If so, this free Android news app is the right app for you.
This is another app providing news on the mobile technologies niche. This one is more specialized toward information, news and rumors on all the latest about the Android OS and the Android Market.
Pulse News Reader
This Android news app will basically make you want to use your Android phone more and more for the sake of gathering news information. Its goal is to make reading your favorite news sources easier and more efficiently. It takes your favorite news sites and separates and orders them into a completely different look that’s easier to read and browse through. It really is a great app to have.
NYTimes for Android phone
This is one of the apps that nothing should need to be said about. It’s from one of the most trusted and popular news sources in the world. Now, you can read the famous NY TIMES articles without paying for the paper!
This is one of the favorite free Android news apps of tens of thousands of users. AP Mobile gives you exclusive access to all Associated Press news feeds – the same source that provides news to every news outlet throughout the world.
This app provides the latest headlines from one of the most trusted news sources in the world. It’s very compact and convenient; you will never miss an important world news event again with BBC News on your Android phone.
One of the most worthwhile free Android news apps around, Express News gives you instant access to more than 300 news providers all over the world. From the AFP and Associated Press to more localized sources like the Canadian Press. This list goes on and on and is great for those who like to take in the news from a multitude of sources.
The official USA Today app is definitely one of the best free Android news apps around. Get the latest news (current events, sports, weather, society and more) from one of the mot circulated newspapers in the United States.
NewsRob (Google Reader / RSS)
This free Android app is an RSS/Atom newsreader that syncs the most recent articles and content from feeds. It is auto-synced with Google Reader and allows for partial feeds in case you want to read the articles offline. Easily said, it’s one of the very best RSS/Atom readers available.
Source by Jed Lampi
Facetime is an application developed by Apple to be used in its various products such as iPhone, iPad and also MacBook. It allows users of Apple mobile devices to connect and communicate seamlessly with other users. It allows video calling via your contact email or also your mobile phone number. Basically, it is a video telephony as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP). Before iOS 6, Facetime requires Wi-Fi connection to work but after the release of iOS 7 and onwards, people can also use Facetime over cellular networks such as 3G or LTE. However, unfortunately, Apple does not support any installation of Facetime on a PC. As any other Apple products, most of their software are proprietary and only let the product being used within Apple’s product and ecosystem. This is one of Apple’s way in controlling and keeping its products under one close environment. It does not allow much freedom for integration with other outside system. And if you also are wondering if you can use an emulator such as other Android Emulator in the market such as Youwave or Bluestack to emulate Facetime in your PC, it cannot be done at the moment.
In terms of cost of purchasing it, it does not cost anything as the app is already pre-installed in your Apple devices and it can use Wi-Fi connection as well as cellular network. The only cost of money you have to bear is the subscription of your cellular network for your devices that normally covers also data coverage and also your internet bills. However, Facetime can also work on Wi-Fi devices only. If you wondering on the standard data usage of Facetime, Facetime uses three megabytes of data per minute of conversation. So, if you subscribe to an unlimited data connection it should be no problem as you are paying a fixed amount of cost regardless how long you use Facetime. However if you are having an internet or data subscription that bills you by the minutes or hour, the cost to your internet or cellular data bill will very much depend on how long you are using Facetime. If you have a below 1GB of data plan per month, you need to keep an eye on the usage of Facetime as it is a video application and therefore it will consume and transfer a lot of data. The best way if you subscribe to below 1GB plan is to just use Wi-Fi. So far, most of the world cellular network provider supports Facetime. And if you really want Facetime to not cost you anything, just find any free Wi-Fi connection and log in to your Facetime to connect with someone. However, the smooth connection of the communication using Facetime very much depends on the speed of the Wi-Fi and internet connection. So, do not expect much out of that connection.
Facetime does not use minutes as normal mobile phone minutes coverage plan. The video communication is done through the cellular data network via 3G or LTE. This data plan are normally covered by the Cellular Data Network by measuring how many usage of data that you used per month. You can check with your mobile phone operator on the data subscription. Normally, there will be the unlimited data plan in which you can upload and download as many data through the internet as you can and you only pay a fix amount per month. There is also the fix data plan such 1GB, 5GB and so forth in which you also will pay a fix amount per month. However, with this plan, once the data usage exceeded the allocation, it will start to charge you by the data usage that was used. So, please note that each time you use Facetime for video calling, about 3 to 5MB will be used every minute. So, if you do not have the unlimited plan, please check with your network operator on how much they charge per MB of data usage. Even though Facetime uses phone numbers to connect to others, it does not affect your mobile phone minutes as Facetime only uses the phone numbers as contact address in the network. Facetime also identify email address as the contact address. So, you do not have to worry of any charges of minute’s usage in your cellular phone bill as it only will affect the data plan that you subscribed. As Apple devices and products becomes much faster and also a lot cheaper in the future, Facetime would definitely here to stay and change the way we communicate with others.
Source by Razamith Sovereign
The role that a Digital Forensics Investigator (DFI) is rife with continuous learning opportunities, especially as technology expands and proliferates into every corner of communications, entertainment and business. As a DFI, we deal with a daily onslaught of new devices. Many of these devices, like the cell phone or tablet, use common operating systems that we need to be familiar with. Certainly, the Android OS is predominant in the tablet and cell phone industry. Given the predominance of the Android OS in the mobile device market, DFIs will run into Android devices in the course of many investigations. While there are several models that suggest approaches to acquiring data from Android devices, this article introduces four viable methods that the DFI should consider when evidence gathering from Android devices.
A Bit of History of the Android OS
Android’s first commercial release was in September, 2008 with version 1.0. Android is the open source and ‘free to use’ operating system for mobile devices developed by Google. Importantly, early on, Google and other hardware companies formed the “Open Handset Alliance” (OHA) in 2007 to foster and support the growth of the Android in the marketplace. The OHA now consists of 84 hardware companies including giants like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola (to name a few). This alliance was established to compete with companies who had their own market offerings, such as competitive devices offered by Apple, Microsoft (Windows Phone 10 – which is now reportedly dead to the market), and Blackberry (which has ceased making hardware). Regardless if an OS is defunct or not, the DFI must know about the various versions of multiple operating system platforms, especially if their forensics focus is in a particular realm, such as mobile devices.
Linux and Android
The current iteration of the Android OS is based on Linux. Keep in mind that “based on Linux” does not mean the usual Linux apps will always run on an Android and, conversely, the Android apps that you might enjoy (or are familiar with) will not necessarily run on your Linux desktop. But Linux is not Android. To clarify the point, please note that Google selected the Linux kernel, the essential part of the Linux operating system, to manage the hardware chipset processing so that Google’s developers wouldn’t have to be concerned with the specifics of how processing occurs on a given set of hardware. This allows their developers to focus on the broader operating system layer and the user interface features of the Android OS.
A Large Market Share
The Android OS has a substantial market share of the mobile device market, primarily due to its open-source nature. An excess of 328 million Android devices were shipped as of the third quarter in 2016. And, according to netwmarketshare.com, the Android operating system had the bulk of installations in 2017 — nearly 67% — as of this writing.
As a DFI, we can expect to encounter Android-based hardware in the course of a typical investigation. Due to the open source nature of the Android OS in conjunction with the varied hardware platforms from Samsung, Motorola, HTC, etc., the variety of combinations between hardware type and OS implementation presents an additional challenge. Consider that Android is currently at version 7.1.1, yet each phone manufacturer and mobile device supplier will typically modify the OS for the specific hardware and service offerings, giving an additional layer of complexity for the DFI, since the approach to data acquisition may vary.
Before we dig deeper into additional attributes of the Android OS that complicate the approach to data acquisition, let’s look at the concept of a ROM version that will be applied to an Android device. As an overview, a ROM (Read Only Memory) program is low-level programming that is close to the kernel level, and the unique ROM program is often called firmware. If you think in terms of a tablet in contrast to a cell phone, the tablet will have different ROM programming as contrasted to a cell phone, since hardware features between the tablet and cell phone will be different, even if both hardware devices are from the same hardware manufacturer. Complicating the need for more specifics in the ROM program, add in the specific requirements of cell service carriers (Verizon, AT&T, etc.).
While there are commonalities of acquiring data from a cell phone, not all Android devices are equal, especially in light that there are fourteen major Android OS releases on the market (from versions 1.0 to 7.1.1), multiple carriers with model-specific ROMs, and additional countless custom user-complied editions (customer ROMs). The ‘customer compiled editions’ are also model-specific ROMs. In general, the ROM-level updates applied to each wireless device will contain operating and system basic applications that works for a particular hardware device, for a given vendor (for example your Samsung S7 from Verizon), and for a particular implementation.
Even though there is no ‘silver bullet’ solution to investigating any Android device, the forensics investigation of an Android device should follow the same general process for the collection of evidence, requiring a structured process and approach that address the investigation, seizure, isolation, acquisition, examination and analysis, and reporting for any digital evidence. When a request to examine a device is received, the DFI starts with planning and preparation to include the requisite method of acquiring devices, the necessary paperwork to support and document the chain of custody, the development of a purpose statement for the examination, the detailing of the device model (and other specific attributes of the acquired hardware), and a list or description of the information the requestor is seeking to acquire.
Unique Challenges of Acquisition
Mobile devices, including cell phones, tablets, etc., face unique challenges during evidence seizure. Since battery life is limited on mobile devices and it is not typically recommended that a charger be inserted into a device, the isolation stage of evidence gathering can be a critical state in acquiring the device. Confounding proper acquisition, the cellular data, WiFi connectivity, and Bluetooth connectivity should also be included in the investigator’s focus during acquisition. Android has many security features built into the phone. The lock-screen feature can be set as PIN, password, drawing a pattern, facial recognition, location recognition, trusted-device recognition, and biometrics such as finger prints. An estimated 70% of users do use some type of security protection on their phone. Critically, there is available software that the user may have downloaded, which can give them the ability to wipe the phone remotely, complicating acquisition.
It is unlikely during the seizure of the mobile device that the screen will be unlocked. If the device is not locked, the DFI’s examination will be easier because the DFI can change the settings in the phone promptly. If access is allowed to the cell phone, disable the lock-screen and change the screen timeout to its maximum value (which can be up to 30 minutes for some devices). Keep in mind that of key importance is to isolate the phone from any Internet connections to prevent remote wiping of the device. Place the phone in Airplane mode. Attach an external power supply to the phone after it has been placed in a static-free bag designed to block radiofrequency signals. Once secure, you should later be able to enable USB debugging, which will allow the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) that can provide good data capture. While it may be important to examine the artifacts of RAM on a mobile device, this is unlikely to happen.
Acquiring the Android Data
Copying a hard-drive from a desktop or laptop computer in a forensically-sound manner is trivial as compared to the data extraction methods needed for mobile device data acquisition. Generally, DFIs have ready physical access to a hard-drive with no barriers, allowing for a hardware copy or software bit stream image to be created. Mobile devices have their data stored inside of the phone in difficult-to-reach places. Extraction of data through the USB port can be a challenge, but can be accomplished with care and luck on Android devices.
After the Android device has been seized and is secure, it is time to examine the phone. There are several data acquisition methods available for Android and they differ drastically. This article introduces and discusses four of the primary ways to approach data acquisition. These five methods are noted and summarized below:
1. Send the device to the manufacturer: You can send the device to the manufacturer for data extraction, which will cost extra time and money, but may be necessary if you do not have the particular skill set for a given device nor the time to learn. In particular, as noted earlier, Android has a plethora of OS versions based on the manufacturer and ROM version, adding to the complexity of acquisition. Manufacturer’s generally make this service available to government agencies and law enforcement for most domestic devices, so if you’re an independent contractor, you will need to check with the manufacturer or gain support from the organization that you are working with. Also, the manufacturer investigation option may not be available for several international models (like the many no-name Chinese phones that proliferate the market – think of the ‘disposable phone’).
2. Direct physical acquisition of the data. One of rules of a DFI investigation is to never to alter the data. The physical acquisition of data from a cell phone must take into account the same strict processes of verifying and documenting that the physical method used will not alter any data on the device. Further, once the device is connected, the running of hash totals is necessary. Physical acquisition allows the DFI to obtain a full image of the device using a USB cord and forensic software (at this point, you should be thinking of write blocks to prevent any altering of the data). Connecting to a cell phone and grabbing an image just isn’t as clean and clear as pulling data from a hard drive on a desktop computer. The problem is that depending on your selected forensic acquisition tool, the particular make and model of the phone, the carrier, the Android OS version, the user’s settings on the phone, the root status of the device, the lock status, if the PIN code is known, and if the USB debugging option is enabled on the device, you may not be able to acquire the data from the device under investigation. Simply put, physical acquisition ends up in the realm of ‘just trying it’ to see what you get and may appear to the court (or opposing side) as an unstructured way to gather data, which can place the data acquisition at risk.
3. JTAG forensics (a variation of physical acquisition noted above). As a definition, JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) forensics is a more advanced way of data acquisition. It is essentially a physical method that involves cabling and connecting to Test Access Ports (TAPs) on the device and using processing instructions to invoke a transfer of the raw data stored in memory. Raw data is pulled directly from the connected device using a special JTAG cable. This is considered to be low-level data acquisition since there is no conversion or interpretation and is similar to a bit-copy that is done when acquiring evidence from a desktop or laptop computer hard drive. JTAG acquisition can often be done for locked, damaged and inaccessible (locked) devices. Since it is a low-level copy, if the device was encrypted (whether by the user or by the particular manufacturer, such as Samsung and some Nexus devices), the acquired data will still need to be decrypted. But since Google decided to do away with whole-device encryption with the Android OS 5.0 release, the whole-device encryption limitation is a bit narrowed, unless the user has determined to encrypt their device. After JTAG data is acquired from an Android device, the acquired data can be further inspected and analyzed with tools such as 3zx (link: http://z3x-team.com/ ) or Belkasoft (link: https://belkasoft.com/ ). Using JTAG tools will automatically extract key digital forensic artifacts including call logs, contacts, location data, browsing history and a lot more.
4. Chip-off acquisition. This acquisition technique requires the removal of memory chips from the device. Produces raw binary dumps. Again, this is considered an advanced, low-level acquisition and will require de-soldering of memory chips using highly specialized tools to remove the chips and other specialized devices to read the chips. Like the JTAG forensics noted above, the DFI risks that the chip contents are encrypted. But if the information is not encrypted, a bit copy can be extracted as a raw image. The DFI will need to contend with block address remapping, fragmentation and, if present, encryption. Also, several Android device manufacturers, like Samsung, enforce encryption which cannot be bypassed during or after chip-off acquisition has been completed, even if the correct passcode is known. Due to the access issues with encrypted devices, chip off is limited to unencrypted devices.
5. Over-the-air Data Acquisition. We are each aware that Google has mastered data collection. Google is known for maintaining massive amounts from cell phones, tablets, laptops, computers and other devices from various operating system types. If the user has a Google account, the DFI can access, download, and analyze all information for the given user under their Google user account, with proper permission from Google. This involves downloading information from the user’s Google Account. Currently, there are no full cloud backups available to Android users. Data that can be examined include Gmail, contact information, Google Drive data (which can be very revealing), synced Chrome tabs, browser bookmarks, passwords, a list of registered Android devices, (where location history for each device can be reviewed), and much more.
The five methods noted above is not a comprehensive list. An often-repeated note surfaces about data acquisition – when working on a mobile device, proper and accurate documentation is essential. Further, documentation of the processes and procedures used as well as adhering to the chain of custody processes that you’ve established will ensure that evidence collected will be ‘forensically sound.’
As discussed in this article, mobile device forensics, and in particular the Android OS, is different from the traditional digital forensic processes used for laptop and desktop computers. While the personal computer is easily secured, storage can be readily copied, and the device can be stored, safe acquisition of mobile devices and data can be and often is problematic. A structured approach to acquiring the mobile device and a planned approach for data acquisition is necessary. As noted above, the five methods introduced will allow the DFI to gain access to the device. However, there are several additional methods not discussed in this article. Additional research and tool use by the DFI will be necessary.
Source by Ron McFarland
Do you like playing pokemon vortex and would like to know the tips that will help you in being successful in the game? Here are some of the beneficial tips:
Train with A Cpu Player
If you are stuck with a weak pokemon you should train with a Cpu player which is a training account. The account has 6 pokemons that can’t attack. When training you should ensure that you defeat all the pokemons and you will greatly raise your points. You will also get a lot of money when you win.
Legendary pokemons are extremely powerful pokemons. When you get them you will be assured of winning almost all of your battles. There are a number of ways in which you can get them. One of the ways is by catching them when playing.
The legendary pokemons usually appear at random areas on the map when you defeat all the gym leaders, champions and elite 4’s. After winning your battles you should be keen and identify the legendaries. When you notice a legendary you should be quick and catch it as soon as possible.
Getting Master Balls
Master balls are much better to work with than regular poke balls. While the master balls are much effective, the unfortunate thing is that many people don’t know how to get them. If would like to get the balls, here is how you can get them. You should start by right clicking on an Ultra ball and choose “Inspect Element.” You should scroll through the menu and find “Value=Ultra Ball.” You should double click on it and change the Ultra Ball to Master Ball.
Winning More Money
For you to continue playing the game you need money. There are a number of ways in which you can earn the money. One of the ways is by winning as many battles as possible. Here you need to ensure that you win against all the pokemons that you come across. Another way is by changing the Ultra Ball to Master balls.
Losing the Battle
If you analyze the situation and you find that you are about to lose the battle, you should flee. This way you will never lose a battle which will be good for you. If you are just starting out and you don’t want to lose a battle, you should battle training accounts.
Pokemon vortex is a great game when you play it correctly. For ideal results you should avoid following absurd tips that will drive you astray.
Source by Siddartha Thota
Android, an OS by Google, has become the favorite of both the developers and the consumers, due to its unparalleled flexibility. It even boost an array of features that greatly enhances end users smart phone experience.
Today, Android phones are being sold like hot cakes in the market, giving a stiff competition to iPhone’s. Android supports development of all sorts of applications ranging from business to health to travel to entertainment and such. This offers Android developers a lucrative opportunity to enrich their skills for Android apps development by developing apps for a range of categories.
Here is a list of things that every Android developer need to take into account to make sure that the app developed is best in terms of quality, functionality and utility.
Learning Fundamentals & Polishing Your Skills
It is very essential to have knowledge of SQL basics in order to develop robust and functional Android Apps. To become an Android app developer you need to keep yourself updated and aware about the latest trends as well as the tools and technologies and learn how to use them to create interactive Android apps. For this, you can refer to Android blogs, forums, online tutorials and more, to learn new tips and tricks.
Devise A Strategy Beforehand
Like any other platform Android also defines a clear life cycle that needs to be followed to develop quality Android Apps. Right from the beginning you should have a clear idea of what kind of app you want, how it should perform, the functionality it should incorporate etc. This will help you save time which you can effectively use for your apps marketing and promotion.
Rigorous Testing of Your Android Apps For Flaws
Testing is a very crucial step of Android apps development life cycle for an app, be it large or small. Google Play doesn’t have any stringent rules for apps submission, as its important for an Android developer to thoroughly test the app, as to ensure that they perform well on the Android devices and
doesn’t fail to meet the expectations of the users. A faulty app is sure to leave a bad impression on the minds of the users and will think twice before downloading and developed by you.
Breaking Down Large Applications into Small Chunks
As a programmer, you need to work on project of different industry verticals with varying degree of complexity. In such cases, it is always advisable to fragment the large applications into smaller and manageable pieces that can be handled with ease. This will make it easy for you to code the apps, fast loading of apps, consume minimum resources while saving your valuable time.
Last but not the least, never doubt your abilities. If you are confident enough of your capabilities, all you need is to put into work along with your creativity, to develop a unique, feature-rich and user-friendly app.
Sincere consideration of the above facts, will greatly enhance your chances of developing quality Android apps.
Source by Ellen Wills
If you want to help one of your Facebook or Twitter friend use a certain app or computer feature, you can make the whole process a lot easier with a screen recording app. Since there are lots of such apps available online, you may be in need of the right one. Below is a list of 6 screen recording apps that can serve your purpose.
1. Icecream Screen Recorder (Free)
Icecream Screen recorder is free. It supports Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows 8. The app comes with lots of features, such as area selection, drawing penal, hotkey support, clipboard feature, audio settings, and project history, just to name a few.
2. ActivePresenter (Free)
If you want to do something big, such as making educational tutorials, we suggest that you opt for ActivePresenter. The app allows you to record the screen and get screenshots in order to make the tutorials a bit more interactive.
For instance, the application allows you to insert elements, such as voiceover, callouts, graphics and annotations, just to name a few. Aside from this, it is compatible with tons of operating systems. Aside from the free version, you can buy the standard and professionals versions as well, especially if you have the budget for it.
3. CamStudio (Free)
As far as popularity goes, CamStudio is one of the best screen recording apps. It has a huge number of downloads. Although the app doesn’t have tons of features, the ones that it offers are enough for most users. For instance, while recording, you can hide the curser. Aside from this, you can get the sound from a number of sources.
4. Snagit (Premium)
Snagit is another great product developed by TechSmith. While the app is a paid one, you can also try it out by downloading and using the trial version. The app comes with amazing editing tools, such as hotkeys, integration with some cloud-based services, free technical support and so on.
5. EZVID (Free)
If you need a screen recording app to record videos and then upload them to YouTube, you can check out EZVID. The great thing about the app is that you don’t need to look for an external video editor since the app is also a good video editor. So, for basic editing features, we suggest that you use the built-in features of the app instead of buying another video editor.
If you are into open-sources apps, Wibinaria is one of the best apps. This Windows-based app allows you to create videos in.flv format and add voiceover as well. Aside from this, Webinaria comes with lots of editing features, such as text insertion.
So, if you have been looking for a good screen capturing app, you can check out the above apps one by one to find one that will suit your needs. As a matter of fact, all of the apps are good, but if you are on a budget, the free apps or the ones that come with trial versions are your best bet.
Source by Shalini Madhav