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How to use Falcon Pro for twitter on Android devices

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I don’t know whether you guys are familiar with this client but it is by far the most complete twitter client for Android.

Once available on the play store, the application was then removed by request from twitter after reaching the maximum allowed authentication requests of 100 000 users, especially that the app which costed 5$ was mainly installed via blackmart and aptoide for free.

That forbid users who already bought the app from the play store and those who were willing to pay for it from getting the app or any further updates it could have. However, Falcon Pro developers made the app available for free on http://getfalcon.pro/ and included a very interesting (and smart) workaround in the last update (v2.4) which allowed users to overcome the maximum allowed tokens error.

Note: Users who already had an access token could easily upgrade to the latest version.

 

So here’s a step by step guide to install and use the latest version of Falcon Pro for twitter:

1. Make sure you delete any older versions of Falcon Pro if you have them and restart device.

2. download and install the Falcon Pro for twitter app from  http://getfalcon.pro/

3. Once you open the app a login screen will appear.

4. Press the Falcon logo, then press all corners until all squares are on, then turn off the orange one

5. Shake your phone!

explanation: I know this might sound crazy and it is but please carefully follow all steps.

click the logo –> click all 4 corners of the screen (each corner will light up with a different color) –> turn off the orange one (click it again) –> SHAKE YOUR PHONE!! yes shake it shake it!!

6. At this point you’re in, follow ALL the instructions (Press HELP). No I mean it… PRESS THE HELP BUTTON!

7. A detailed picture guide will tell you what to do there.

8. Follow all steps and voila!

9. Tweets!

 

Please include any questions or problems you might have in the comments.

How in control are you of your own “smart” phone?

Smartphone-security

 

I have been wanting to write about this for a while now and been postponing it due to recent commitments at work and thus the lack of free time.

First of all I’d like to state that I am no security expert nor I claim to be an electronics geek but what I’m going to show you is more of what I stumbled on randomly at the beginning and decided to look further into it afterwards.

Skipping the smartphones introduction and the way they changed our lives, the way we’ve slowly become dependent on these devices that we now require them for the simplest of our daily tasks. I am going to go straight to the point of this post.

In the intention of finding an app that changes/alters the permissions given to an app to function on my phone, I instead found an app that lists you all permissions given to installed apps on your smartphones.

For those who still don’t know what we’re talking about, permissions are what an app asks you to grant it upon installation after you download it. Most of us including myself until recently, skip these steps by pressing NEXT NEXT NEXT NEXT OPEN.

So the application I found is called  App Permission Watcher (click for download)

This app scans all applications on your phone for “suspicious apps” judging by the permissions these apps require.

Here are some screenshots from  App Permission Watcher of apps one could’ve never suspected to be suspicious or malicious.

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So let us start with EVERNOTE, my favorite place to write notes.. Neat and nice interface and is used by millions worldwide.

It appears that Evernote (as shown in picture above) can relay your contact data allowing itself to send all contact information over the internet. One could say that’s cool, I don’t mind someone knowing my contacts but why does Evernote want to know my movement profile? Allowing it to track my position anytime anywhere and without my permission?! Fine again, one could argue that I don’t care if someone knew where I was and when.. It’s fine. But can someone please explain why evernote can use my phone as a covert listening device?!! They can actually listen to our phone calls and use our device microphone to record audio clips and send them over the internet without! I repeat again, WITHOUT our permission.

Now just as you’d think they’ve done it all, you learn that they can use your device camera to send data over the internet, which can be used to watch the field of view of your phone at anytime, without you finding out. Cool eh?

same goes for our beloved facebook and whatsapp apps

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only whatsapp can send sms from your phone to anyone without your permission and without you even finding out about it..

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but my biggest surprise came when I checked my what supposed to be ANTIVIRUS / ANTISPAM / ANTITHEFT / ANTIFRAUD app…

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sadly this app simply takes full control of your phone and can and probably is or will hurt you in many ways.

AVG antivirus app can:

1- share your contacts

2- share your location

3- make phone calls

4- send and relay sms messages

but most dangerously… this app can FALSIFY sms messages sent TO YOUR PHONE such (as explained by the next pic) mTAN codes sent to your phone by online banking services and could lead to an attacker getting into your bank account.

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pretty shocking and unbelievable in some cases but that doesn’t mean all apps are malicious..

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For example the google drive, translate, hotmail and Instagram apps require only contact info and usually that kind of info is used to add your friends on these services.

To conclude this, there are many ways that these permissions YOU yourself allow these apps to have can be used against you. A simple example which some might call an exaggeration is the capability for a hacker/security expert to place you somewhere perhaps a crime scene without the possibility for you to deny that claim.

Another example would be to send sms or make a call on your behalf that could lead to financial, social or even physical harm.

Next time you are installing an application on your phone, make sure you read the permissions you are giving it.

Knowing that most apps require these permissions to allow you to install them on your phone, a way to come around this is to install an application called SRT appguard PRO which allows you to alter applications permissions AFTER you install them and thus being able to deny them any undesirable permissions and privileges.

How to use Whatsapp on PC ~UPDATED with NEW METHOD~

Hello Everyone,

Yes, Whatsapp on PC you read correctly…

So as you all might know and of course when slowly Whatsapp took over the text messaging throne in Lebanon and worldwide, for its simplicity and its capability to connect different handsets types for FREE. Other messaging apps got stupid… For example BBM for Blackberry..

I mean ok, I have a Blackberry but my friend has Iphone, umm No problem! let’s Whatsapp!

Another big advantage of course being its availability on WiFi… Whenever you are home or in a place with a WiFi connection, voila! you are back online for FREE 😀

But to some people.. (like me) That.. wasn’t enough.. hehe

I kept looking for a way all over the internet in order for me to use whatsapp over on my laptop and yes I finally found a way, and guess what? Very few know of it.

So here is a step by step tutorial on how to install and use whatsapp on your laptop/pc

  1. Go to http://www.youwave.com
  2. download the software, It’s an Android emulator. (It comes with a 2.3 version of android.)  it’s a 14 days trial version
  3. Yes, I know >100Mb with Ontornet but it’s worth it. (Use Download Accelerator to resume your interrupted downloads)
  4. Once the DL is finished, install it on your laptop and run it.
  5. as you can see you have  a 14 days trial version.  (don’t worry we will get to that later)*
  6. Now you have the program opened, click on the browser icon to open the browser.
  7. go to http://www.whatsapp.com
  8. Once loaded click on ‘download now’
  9. wait for the next page to lead and click again on ‘download now’
  10. Once the download is finished click on it and click ‘Install’
  11. When installation completes click on ‘Open’ then ‘Agree and continue’
  12. Next — THIS IS DELICATE AND IMPORTANT —
  13. choose your country and insert a phone number (NOT YOURS)
  14. i repeat not yours but you need a valid phone number so you can use landline.
  15. click OK the system will launch an sms verification process which we want to fail. (which is why we chose a landline)
  16. wait for the 5 minutes to end, you will get an alternative choice ‘CALL me’
  17. Click on ‘call me’
  18. whatsapp WILL CALL YOU and you will be provided with a 3 digit verification number. (on the same landline you used first )
  19. Btw, a machine will call you so don’t feel awkward 😛 lol
  20. now insert the code you were given and You are in (even no need to click anything)
  21. now put a name and follow the rest as it is self explanatory.
  22. To add contacts you will have to do it manually obviously as if you were using a phone.
  23. once you add a contact, you go to whatsapp and you can initiate a conversation.

I hope this was helpful and informative to all of you people out there.

If you face any difficulties, feel free to email me or comment right here with your questions and I will be more than happy to answer them.

N.B: I don’t have a landline. Right, there is a way to overcome this, leave your email and I will send you the corresponding steps to follow.

N.B’: back to step number 5, the android emulator is only free for  14 days, which makes using whatsapp on your laptop only available for that period of time. WELL.. umm No! of course no lol…. You just have to buy it… And it’s relatively cheap for around 15$ naah hehe 😛 again am kidding, well the thing to do is to go online on google and look for a ‘patch’  😉 and thus…  ~!~ Unlimited use ~!~

 

~!~ UPDATED section ~!~

 

WhatsApp for PC using BlueStacks App Player

You must also know this guide or the above one is not authorized by WhatsApp inc this means whatsapp Windows PC platform is not supported. We are simply giving you a “working”  method of WhatsApp using BlueStack’s App Player.

What will you need to use WhatsApp on your PC?

Step 1: Download and Install BlueStakcs App Player.

BlueStacks Download for WhatsApp

Warning: You can’t run WhatsApp on your PC and on your phone with the same phone number. WhatsApp checks to see what version you have lately installed and cancels the other install. You will be installing WhatsApp for Android basically.
  • Download BlueStacks and Install it on your PC.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions.

Downloading BlueStacks for WhatsApp for PC

  • Now go ahead and launch the app. When the installation is complete you will have something looking like the Android Market Place.
  • BlueStack is not an Android simulator like YouWave it is just a program that will run android apps on your PC. So don’t expect a fancy screen.
  • When you launch blue stacks for the first time it will do more downloads – it doesn’t take verry long.

Installing BloueStacks

  • Then the actual install will happen
  • Save the file where you can get to it.

Step 2: Installing and Configuring WhatsApp for PC

  • When Bluestacs is installed you can download whatsapp from the app market.
  • See the WhatsApp icon.
    WhatsApp installed on PC using BlueStacks

 Step 3:  Verify WhatsApp for PC

  • Now if you have installed WhatsApp previously you will know the installation instructions that follow. If not it is simple enough. Agree to the Ts & Cs.
    Installing WhatsApp on PC using  BlueStacks Screenshot
  • Enter your country code and then your mobile number. if it asks you for a phone verification or a text message, select “TEXT MESSAGE”. with your code.
  • P.S: You can use a landline but then you’ll have to wait for the call verification. (For more Info check YOUWAVE method above.)
    Enter Your Number and country code
  •  This text message had your verification or activation code in it. WhatsApp will ask you for this code. Enter it to activate WhatsApp on your PC.

Verify WhatsApp Pin Number That was sent 

  • WhatsApp is now Installed on your PC.
    Finally WhatsApp PC Installed

If you had WhatsApp on your mobile phone it will no longer work, it will give you a verification error. Should you click on verify again, then your installation of WhatsApp on your PC won’t work.

You will need to add contacts manually and remember to add them in international format. You can if you want activate and deactivate from your phone to PC and vice versa, but don’t complain if it stops working. Not that I think it should.

 

Hope this helped, for any questions don’t hesitate to email me or type in your questions in the comments box.

ALi

 

Top 10 Changes Google introduced in 2011

 

Revamping spree: The year 2011 seems to be a big year for Google as the company has come up with two new projects – Google Plus and Online music store and has also given a facelift to its gamut of services. From YouTube to Gmail, all its key services have undergone a major facelift. Here are some key changes introduced by Google this year.

 

YouTube has reprogrammed its website to make it easier for viewers to find and watch their favourite channels. The facelift is the latest step in YouTube’s attempt to make the Internet’s most popular video site as easy to navigate. It has been reorganised to display three main vertical columns instead of scattering clips in horizontal rows.

Google’s black bar has undergone a facelift and the company has come up with a new bar. Instead of the horizontal black bar at the top of the page, users can now find links to services in a new drop-down Google menu nested under the Google logo. The new grey bar has three main regions. On the left, the Google logo contains a drop-down menu with links to Google services that displays when a user hovers over or clicks on it. The central area contains a search box for the Google service the user is currently using. The right side features a share box and notifications to participate on Google+ from any Google page.

Gmail gets a new look. Google has also released the refereshed interface for its popular email service Gmail. Users can move to the new look by clicking on Switch to the new look in the bottom-right of Gmail. The new features on Gmail include redesigned email threads that now display profile pictures of contacts. Users can also choose the density of conversations displayed by choosing between three displays: Confortable, cozy and compact. Google had first announced its plans for a Gmail makeover in July this year.

Google’s mapping technology has been upgraded by including indoor maping. Google’s next frontier in digital mapping will span the world’s shopping malls and airports. An upgrade of Google’s mobile mapping service has been released that includes directions within stores, malls, airports and transit centers in the US and Japan.

Google has released its latest version of the Android operating system – Android 4.0, codenamed ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’. Google has not only refined the already existing applications and functionalities, but has also introduced a number of new features

In a bid to counter Facebook’s popularity, Google came up with a new social networking site Google Plus in late June. Earlier, Google Plus was open only to individuals, but it opend the service for businesses also in the month of November. Meanwhile, the company added a social layer to Gmail by adding integration with its new social service, Google plus.

Since the beginning, Chrome has been designed to allow apps to do more faster. But Google also made changes in Chrome to make it even easier to access favorite apps and discover new favorites. In the latest stable release of Chrome, the company completely redesigned the New Tab page. The company claims it to be more streamlined now and hence it becomes easier to access and organise apps in different sections on the page.

Google’s blog-publishing service Blogger has also been given a new look. The company has rewritten the entire editing and management experience from scratch so that it becomes faster and more efficient for users to update and improve over time. Whether the user is on a dashboard or settings page of blogger.com, he can always create or edit posts with just one click at the top of the screen. The post editor has also been expanded and simplified to give users a larger canvas for drafting and previewing their work.

 

Opening a new front in its battle with Apple’s iTunes, Google has come up with its much-anticipated digital music store in the US. Some songs are free, while others have been priced at 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29 – the same prices as on Apple’s iTunes. Artists whose work is available right away include Adele, Jay-Z and Pearl Jam. The store will feature dozens of free tracks from artists like Coldplay, Rolling Stones and Busta Rhymes.

 

Google is in the process of killing a number of its initiatives, which have failed to make the impact as the company had hoped. Google is calling it an out-of-season spring cleaning session. The services which the company has planned to shut down include Google Buzz, Google Wave, Google Knol, Google Friend Connect, Google Bookmarks Lists and Google Gears.

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