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3 years ago

Evernote forcing users to change password after hacking attempt

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Evernote, the popular cross-platform note taking and sharing app, has issued a statement about some recent "suspicious activity on the Evernote network". All users will have to change their password, and it seems that user names, and other data that includes the encrypted version of passwords has been accessed. In a letter sent out to users, Evernote says the following:

The investigation has shown, however, that the individual(s) responsible were able to gain access to Evernote user information, which includes usernames, email addresses associated with Evernote accounts, and encrypted passwords. Even though this information was accessed, the passwords stored by Evernote are protected by one-way encryption. (In technical terms, they are hashed and salted.)

While our password encryption measures are robust, we are taking steps to ensure your personal data remains secure. This means that in an abundance of caution, we are requiring all users to reset their Evernote account passwords. Please create a new password by signing into your account on evernote.com.

After signing in, you will be prompted to enter your new password. Once you have reset your password on evernote.com, you will need to enter this new password in other Evernote apps that you use. We are also releasing updates to several of our apps to make the password change process easier, so please check for updates over the next several hours.

As we've seen recently, there's a rash of coordinated attempts to hack the big players in online services. Hopefully Evernote's encryption methods are solid, but having users change their password at log in is a great way to keep everyone safe. Visit Evernote's blog for more information.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Mokriya Craigslist, Guess The Movie!, MLS MatchDay and more!

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It's the second day of March, and an Apps of the Week post is a great way to kick off the new month. As we do every week, the Android Central writers take some time to chime in with an app that they're using on a regular basis. We've got a good mix of utilities, entertainment apps and games here for you to check out.

Hang with us after the break and see how our picks stack up this week.

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3 years ago

Bionfly: a new retro side-scroller with lots of potential

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Retro-looking games are a big category right now, and Bionfly is a new entry that not only impresses now but has plenty of potential to offer more in the future. The game has just launched in the Play Store with throwback graphics, original lo-fi soundtrack and simple controls. We've seen games of this style before, but Bionfly still stands out as an independent game.

Hang with us after the break and learn a little more about Bionfly, a new 2D retro side-scroller game.

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3 years ago

Rovio teaming up with Dreamworks for latest title, The Croods

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Rovio needs no introduction, the developers of the Angry Birds franchise, Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies have hundreds of millions of downloads to their credit around the globe. Breaking away from Angry Birds once more, Rovio has teamed up with Dreamworks to produce the official game of forthcoming movie, The Croods. 

Billed as 'the worlds first modern family,' The Croods will hunt and gather their way through the Stone Age catching creatures along the way. Not much in the way of gameplay is shared at this moment in time, although the few screenshots posted on the Rovio website indicate this is nothing like the Angry Birds style of gameplay. 

The Croods will be available from the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore on March 14, and will be free to download. 

Source: Rovio

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3 years ago

Pocket Casts gets the best damned looking widget we've ever seen

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And we're not just saying that because it features the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. OK, maybe we are. Don't care.

Pocket Casts got an update and it now has a widget. And did we mention we're featured on it? Good deal. Download it now. And subscribe to our podcast. Do it today. Operators are standing by.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Photosphere Installer: An easy way to flash Photosphere on rooted devices

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Yes, that's my LG Optimus Black, and yes, it is running Photosphere. It's the same Photosphere that distant relation the Nexus 4 is running too, not the LG version found on the Optimus G Pro. Where there's a will, there's usually a way in Android, and Photosphere is one of the headline new features in Android 4.2. We love it, as I'm sure many others do, and thanks to an app available in Google Play, rooted users can have it without any more effort than downloading and opening any other Android app. 

Root access with Busybox and Android 4.1 are the only requirements. Since CM10 counts as Android 4.1, anyone running this or other Jelly Bean based custom ROM's should be fine. Upon opening the installer app for the first time, you're presented with the two steps to installation -- downloading the files and then installing them. That simple. A nice touch though is the ability to backup/restore a camera, and you can tell the app to either keep or remove the actual camera app on the device. Once installed, a quick reboot later and you're presented with the Android 4.2 camera app complete with Photosphere, and the Android 4.2 Gallery app required to view them. 

Update: The dev just pinged us to say that an update has pushed out that should address a number of bugfixes.

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3 years ago

Amazon tablet app now finally available in some European countries

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For reasons not all that clear, tablet owners who wished to use the Amazon Mobile application outside of the United States have been squarely out of luck. More so, it's still disappointing that there has to be a separate tablet app at all. With this latest update to the application however, Amazon customers in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the UK can now take advantage of shopping from their Android tablets. 

The Amazon Mobile tablet app is compatible with tablets between 7 and 10-inches in size, and with screen resolutions from 1024x600 all the way up to 2560x1600. Android 4.0.3 and above is required, and you can grab a copy from the Play Store link above. 

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3 years ago

Runtastic adds Timer to their app portfolio, not just a stopwatch

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Anyone into exercising apps will likely have heard of Runtastic. Their portfolio of exercise focused apps is quite, quite excellent combining superb functionality with excellent design. The latest app to join the collection is called Timer. But, it isn't just a stopwatch. 

Timer is customizable to assist you to break down your work outs into sections. You enter the duration you desire for preparation, rest periods and working out, along with the number of repetitions and sets. Timer then counts down through each portion, with the option of voice feedback to notify you when you have reached the end. Voice output currently is available in five languages. Users on Jelly Bean can also take advantage of a notification that contains a pause and stop button as well as a visual countdown clock. 

The app itself is a free download from the Google Play Store, but for a relatively small in-app purchase of £0.85/€0.99 you can create unlimited timers and remove the ads. It's another job well done from the Runtastic team, and we've captured a few in-app screenshots for you after the break.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA shows off previous PS3 only title Burn Zombie Burn! running on Project Shield

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NVIDIA just this week showed off some impressive screenshots and gameplay video of new Tegra 4 optimized games, and now we've got a look at one of them running on Project Shield. Burn Zombie Burn!, previously a PS3 only title, has been ported over directly by NVIDIA to run on Project Shield with a Tegra 4 processor, and seems to perform exceptionally well. On top of just the basic game port, the team has apparently enhanced the game further, with new graphical flourishes and improvements.

Not only do controls work great because of the relatively similar layout to a console controller, but everything seems to run graphics-wise without a hiccup as well. Check out the video above to see Project Shield in action with this title, and if you want more information you can see NVIDIA's blog post at the source link below.

Source: NVIDIA

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3 years ago

Real Racing 3 hits the Play Store with new freemium model

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The much-awaited release of Real Racing 3 from EA has finally come, and it's sticking with the freemium model that has received much attention leading up to the release. The game certainly looks fantastic from a graphical standpoint, and the gameplay seems to be top notch like previous editions in the series as well. What's keeping people cautious is the new freemium model, which lets anyone play for free but will require in-app purchases to get in-game actions like car repairs finished faster. There's a store to buy in-game currency at different rates, or you can buy "Packs" at a discount that have different unlocks bundled together. It's certainly interesting, but probably won't appeal to those who would prefer to have a single purchase up-front to unlock everything.

The game is just a small download from the Play Store, but you should have some battery and a stable network connection available when you launch it to download all of the additional content. Even with no game saves, the entire package is weighing in at about 1.2GB.

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3 years ago

Adaptxt Keyboard: clean and customizable for just 99 cents

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One of the best features of Android is that different portions of the interface can be changed to the user's liking, especially the keyboard. Even with drastic improvements in the stock Android keyboard in the last few iterations, one size certainly doesn't fit all. If you're considering trying out replacement keyboards on your phone or tablet, Adaptxt Keyboard should be on the list for your consideration.

Read on past the break to learn a little more about Adaptxt Keyboard and how it could be the next keyboard you choose to use.

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3 years ago

Google Play Books updated; Now available in India and 'over 90' issues fixed

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Google tossed out an update to Google Play Books this evening, making it a whole lot better by fixing "over 90" issues, allowing users in India to be able to install and use the app, and finally tossing in some UI improvements. While they don't go into any detail about the 90 issues that were addressed they do tell us that they added a drop-down menu in the library to filter books by type, and now place names are identified on the current page when the controls are up and showing. Of course, support for India and the growing smart phone user base there is huge, and long overdue.

What wasn't addressed is the lack of the ability to import your own DRM-free books. Until that happens this is one I'll hide in my app drawer, no matter how great the app is. Hit Google Play to update or click the Google Play link above.

Thanks, Anshi!

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3 years ago

Field Trip adds more sources, lets you 'snooze' notifications

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Google's Field Trip app may not be at the front of everyone's mind, but it's still being developed and improved. The latest update has added several new sources of information and added a new way to dismiss and snooze notifications that appear. You will now see more content from Art Nerd New York, Cultureist, Mad Girl Eats, Weekend Sherpa, Wilderness Press and more when searching for local info. There has also been a pretty big overhaul of the notification system of Field Trip. One of the complaints early on was Field Trip being a little too notification happy -- turning on your screen, talking and vibrating too often -- which made many people turn it off or uninstall it completely.

When you receive a notification on the lockscreen now, you'll have options similar to an alarm: swipe right to unlock, up to "snooze" (and not receive notifications for the rest of the day), and left to dismiss. There are also more configuration options for how you would like to be notified, letting you receive regular status bar notifications and keep Field Trip from waking the screen when they arrive.

There are a lot of major usability improvements in this update, so you may want to give it another try if the early issues pushed you away before. You can grab a download at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

MLS MatchDay updated for 2013 with new interface, tablet support

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The 2013 MLS season kicks off in just three days, and the MLS MatchDay app has been updated right on time with a new interface and full tablet support. Last year's update was functional but certainly not easy to use or perfectly designed. For 2013, they've pulled out all the stops and gone with a complete redesign that should keep Android users happy for the whole season. The interface has taken on a holo design, shedding the legacy menu button and adding a slide-in panel to improve navigation. There are also now more granular notification settings, so you can see when lineups are available, to get condensed match stats, and breaking news alerts.

The new update also added tablet support, which takes advantage of the larger screen to display news articles in a newspaper-style format rather than a list, and offer more navigation options on individual team and match pages. Over and above the new interface, you can now watch matches directly on your devices with MLS Live, as well as see Goal of the Week videos.

Stick around after the break and see the new phone UI, along with a few comparisons to what the new app does on a 7-inch tablet. Then head to the Play Store link at the top of this post to get the app.

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3 years ago

Super Sync Sports makes Chrome sync between devices fun!

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The latest Chrome Experiment out of Google shows off the power of sync between devices with a fun little game called "Super Sync Sports". Head to chrome.com/supersyncsports on your computer and g.co/super on your phone or tablet (Android 4.0 and above), enter the code to get them synced up and you're off to the races. Literally. You use your phone or tablet as a controller, with the computer display as just a portal to view the game. Select a character, and you can run, swim or bike against the computer or friends that you invite.

It's a fun game to play, especially with more than one device, but it what it really shows off is the power of Chrome to provide real-time syncing between devices using just a browser. When on Wifi, there isn't any perceptible lag between actions on the phone and the response on the screen, which is quite impressive considering that you're just using an HTML5 game in two browsers.

Google loves to do fun little experiments like this, and when they show it off to the public it's even better. Hopefully this means that it is planning to leverage these technologies in user-facing Chrome products in the future. Head to the source links to learn a bit more about how it works and to play the game for yourself.

Source: Google; More: Play Super Sync Sports

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