Google play offers interplanetary distribution of apps

Google play offers interplanetary distribution of apps

      Google has offered to take App publishing beyond earth using Google play store , with more than a billion Android users world wide Google now aims to push app for space tourists and astronauts . With new  Material Zero-G  design guide lines, space testing of apps; Google aims to publish your apps for space usage.   Google has partnered with The Guardian to launch it’s app for space and it looks spectacular ! See it yourself in the video below,     And not just The Guardian  app, people from  the Talk about News  platform  – The revolutionary News reading and sharing app are trying to launch it’s app for space . Check their app built in the video below ,   Talk about News is now available on earth  for Android – http://bit.ly/1q82EoL & iOS – http://apple.co/22D7bRz  on earth , so check them out.   So this is an inter galactic endeavour by Google to distribute apps to outer space is welcomed by developer community in whole with just one concern.  The launch being today !...

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Install whatsapp and whatsapp++ on iPad or iPod touch with iOS 8.1.x

Install whatsapp and whatsapp++ on iPad or iPod touch with iOS 8.1.x

WhatsApp, arguably the most used mobile messaging application isn’t available for iPad  as it lacks the  SMS or calling feature required for WhatsApp verification. But this hasn’t stopped modders from installing WhatsApp on iOS  with full features. As of later versions of WhatsApp needs Jailbreak tweaks to function, so this trick requires your iPad’s iOS to be jailbroken. This method has been tested to work with jailbroken iOS 8.1.2 . Jailbreaking void’s the warranty of your device & I hold no responsibility for your jailbroken device or related activity. Requirements : 1. Jailbreak (Note : read above info) – http://www.taig.com/en/ 2. iFunBox – http://www.i-funbox.com 3. WhatsApp Messenger from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/whatsapp-messenger/id310633997?mt=8 4. Whatspad from Cydia. 5. Phone number for verification. Procedure : Follow this video walkthrough – 1. Download WhatsApp Messenger .ipa to your local file system. 2. Install it to your iPad or iPod Touch using iFun Box. 3. Install whatspad from cydia. 4. Open whatsapp from your iPad or iPod touch and complete the verification procedures. Note : Keep in mind that if you are using the phone number of an existing  WhatsApp install then you’ll loose the ability to use the WhatsApp on the former install, of course till you re-verify it. 5. If you want you could install WhatsApp ++ from cydia repository. Note : whatsapp++ is an unofficial mod for whatsapp and is not connected with official whatsapp messenger. Using it might get you banned in whatsapp, though I’ve haven’t yet been banned in iOS for using whatsapp ++. Let me know if  you had any  queries on twitter @theindiandragon   Copyright info : Apple, the Apple logo, iPad, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. WhatsApp is a copyright of WhatsApp inc....

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shellshock vulnerability in android

shellshock vulnerability in android

  I’ll try to put it as simple as possible to the readers from non information security background, ‘bash shell’ an inevitable part of unix based systems like Unix, Linux, Mac OS  is messed up badly by a easy to exploit  vulnerability that all hell broke loose. Shellshock aka Bashdoor  as it’s fondly called is a series of dangerous security bugs on the bash shell. CVE-2014-6271 The first of these series, which would let anyone execute arbitrary commands following a crafted environment variable like this, env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test" Speaking more on the vulnerability and it’s implications is beyond the scope of this article. Incase you are a power reader and wish to know in-depth regarding the vulnerability, please take a look at the excellent coverage on the same by troy hunt here. What I really wanted to speak about here is shellshock’s implications in Android operating system. Shellshock and Android Now that smartphones have effectively replaced laptops as your personal computing devices and then large scale surveillance celebrity nude leaks have become page 3 news – you should really be aware of the things which could affect your personal devices and shellshock or other bash/linux vulnerabilities should fall on the top of that list, because Android is just a Linux on steroids inside ! Android devices part of Open Handset Alliance like LG, Samsung, HTC etc. seem to use sh instead of bash for your sweet dreams but all is not well in the android world as significant number of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) based android devices like Cyanogenmod are still running  un patched version of bash shell and are very much prone to shellshock vulnerabilities. During my tests I was surprised to see MIUI a AOSP based android OS from Xiaomi, not to be affected by shellshock. I’m eager to test on Amazon’s Fire OS, Alibaba’s Alyun etc. Testing shellshock’s CVE-2014-6271 on Android is simple if you had any kind of experience with android developer tools. Run the above command on the adb shell and if you get the command after the environment variable function executed successfully, it means your device is vulnerable to shellshock exploit. Sandbox In Android, apps are run inside a sandbox environment for the data in order to prevent other apps from accessing it. Though bash vulnerabilities shouldn’t directly affect the sandbox security, any privilege execution resulting in super user capabilities for the malicious app can affect the entire system. For making things simpler for those who didn’t  want to get their hand’s dirty in testing for Shellshock vulnerability, I made an app which does it for you. Shellshock Vulnerability Scanner app   You...

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Android One – what it means for us, vendors and google !

Android One – what it means for us, vendors and google !

Google, yesterday at a event in Mumbai announced new range of smartphones under ‘Android One’ banner which enables domestic handset vendors sell hardwares using google reference design and regular operating system updates from Google directly like it’s nexus line of smartphones but with one key difference – price. Since Android One programme is aimed at countries like India, Philippines, Bangladesh  where smartphone penetration though growing at a massive rate still distributed lesser than feature phones, they are priced very competitvely. The first set of Android phones announced here were  Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Sparkle V and Micromax’s Canvas A1 priced INR 6,299, 6,399 and 6,499 respectively which is close to US $ 100. Since they all share the same reference design by google, they all share same hardware except for some customisations in enclosures. Click below to see the specifications. Technical specifications of Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice android One Dream UNO, Micromax Canvas A1 Form : Touch SIM : Dual SIM Network : 2G, 3G Operating Frequency GSM : 850MHz/900MHz/1800MHz/1900MHz 2100MHz/850MHz Processor : Mediatek MT6582 – 1.3GHz Quad core Operating System : Android 4.4 Kitkat Memory : RAM 1 GB Display : Size 4.5 inch Resolution : FWVGA 480*854 pixels Camera :Primary – 5 MP, Camera : 2 MP Video Recording : Yes, HD Recording, Zoom Connectivity : GPRS, EDGE ,3G, Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB GPS : Yes Storage : Internal memory 4GB, User Memory 2 GB (Approx) External memory Micro SD, up to 32GB Multimedia : Video, Audio FM : Yes Dimensions/Size : Karbon Sparkle V : 113*66*10.4mm Spice Android One Dream UNO : 67x132x9.15 mm Micromax Canvas A1 : 13.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 cm Weight N/A Battery Type 1700mAh Sound : Loudspeaker, 3.5mm jack Sensors : G-Sensor , Proximity sensor, Light sensor, E-Compass, Gyro Sensor So choosing one of these phones is more of a personal choice and vendors help a bit with offering colours and other offers for you to choose. Spice Android one Dream UNO   Spice has partnered with Flipkart exclusively for delivering Android one Dream UNO coupled with great offers such as, Free screenguard in the box. On your purchase of Spice Dream Uno Android One phone get Rs. 200 recharge from FreeCharge. Free preselected eBooks worth Rs 1000 on downloading the Free Flipkart eBooks App. Rs.1,500 Myntra App exclusive offer for Spice Android One phone. Flat 50% off on Spice Dream Uno flipcovers. Free Sandisk 8 GB memory card with this product. You can check Spice Android one Dream UNO in Flipkart here.   Karbonn Android One Sparkle V     Karbonn has partnered exclusively with Snapdeal to offer Android One Sparkle V. Unlike Spice’s Dream UNO,  Sparkle V seems to...

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Travelling Sales Person problem, how Quantum computing solves it faster

Travelling Sales Person problem, how Quantum computing solves it faster

I checked out a recent article in BBC on Nasa/Google inducting a new Quantum computer – D-wave Two , what impressed me more was it’s benchmark results based on Travelling Salesman Problem(TSP). It’s been long, I did a math post so thought why not do small, simple demo on TSP for you and explain how Quantum computer like D-wave excels at it.   This demo is for people for whom combinatorial optimisation is new or those who want to check out implementation of TSP on Wolfram alpha. This post is not Computation/Mathematics experts as I won’t be covering any algorithms or optimisation approach, this post is just aimed at giving basic understanding of TSP.   Travelling Sales Person problem, how Quantum computing solves it faster The Objective of the Travelling Sales Person problem is cover a set of cities such as to take route with least distance to cover all cities and reach the starting point. I have given a wolfram alpha widget below to explain the concept with actual Indian cities – Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi. Usage : 1. Click “Check it out “ 2. Click “Show Shortest path” Solution : Here the optimal solution i.e least distance for tour is Mumbai->Chennai->Bangalore->Kochi->Mumbai . Computation : The TSP problem is NP-Hard problem which cannot be solved in polynomial time, in simple terms a very hard problem. Since the computation is linear, i.e  the distance between all cities have to be calculated to know the least distance. The problem gets complicated when number of cities increases, infact the computation is in  O(n!). For 50 Cities, it becomes 10^64  (Thats 10 followed by 64 zeros ! ) . Even powerful computers struggle for Hard TSP problems. Variety of approaches like Dynamic Programming, Exact algorithms, Heuristic and approximation algorithms are used to solve TSP problems. Video demo : [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufsmk1HTPBU] Quantum Computing : “The laws of quantum physics, which govern the microscopic world, allow bits of matter to be in two states simultaneously”, says D-wave Systems. D-wave 2 a 15 million $ quantum computer has two unique processors which use a concept called “Quantum Tunneling”. The benchmarks of D-wave 2 accessed by Nasa/Google shows that the TSP problem which took 30 minutes to solve on a traditional computer software like the one I used in my demo above, was solved less than fraction of a second on a D-wave 2 quantum computer. D-wave is able to produce such impressive results using it’s “quantum annealing” feature that can extract optimal mathematical solution from all possibilities. In the case of  TSP, The D-Wave Two chip can compare all the possible distances at once, rather than having to work through each in turn. That saves lot computational time and thus...

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Run Whatsapp on pc mac or hackintosh

Run Whatsapp on pc mac or hackintosh

Run Whatsapp on pc mac or hackintosh Whatsapp has proved itself to be an indispensable messaging application mainly due to it’s simple usable interface and multi platform support. The multi platform support of Whatsapp extends only to mobile devices and not across mobile and pc platforms. Most of us spend our maximum time on pc and how cool it would be to send and receive messages in whatsapp over pc to mobile or vice versa when working on other pc tasks like programming, editing or even word processing ! To our relief is the Bluestacks android application emulator, which allows us to run android application on multiple pc platforms like windows and mac. As of this writing, Bluestacks is also available for windows surface tablet and release for other platforms like chrome OS is also planned. Bluestacks mimics Android user mode thus enabling us to run android apps on windows or OSX. Bluestacks is a free software, and you can download it from the link below. http://www.bluestacks.com Video Walkthrough I’ve made a complete video guide showing you how to install and run Whatsapp using Bluestacks on  mac osx but you can use the same procedure to run whatsapp on a windows computer. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu8SZGULyi4] Text Guide Those who cannot wait to watch a 17 minute video can follow the quick summary of steps involved to run Whatsapp on your computer. 1. Download and install Bluestacks application from the above mentioned link according to your OS. 2. Run Bluestacks,click search button on top right to search for Whatsapp and sync with your google account using 1-click sync. 3. Install Whatsapp from the market of your choice. 4. Install Astro file manager the same way. 5. Copy your contacts from contacts application(mac), outlook (windows) or from your mobile to the Documents folder of your computer. 6. Use Astro file manger from Bluestacks to open My Files/sdcard/bstfolder/Documents and click the contacts you exported before and open them with Contacts application of android inside bluestacks. 7. Open Whatsapp from home screen of the Bluestacks. 8. Verify using a mobile number, the mobile number should not be used with another Whatsapp app on a real mobile and you should not use a fake number. Verify by sending sms to that number from Whatsapp , if it fails use the call verify method from Whatsapp. 9. The contacts who use Whatsapp will now be visible in the Whatsapp on your PC. 10. Send them a message informing your number if they did not have that number in their contacts earlier. Enjoy Whatsapping !   Ask your queries in comments, Facebook, Google plus or twitter. If you found this trick useful share the knowledge with your friends...

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Sync iCloud live hotmail and outlook.com email account in Android

Sync iCloud live hotmail and outlook.com email account in Android

If you are like me who having a dozen email id’s, like to keep up a rap sheet on email response time  and want to have all your email accounts synced to your smartphone on the go ? Look no further, as today I’ll show you how to sync iCloud,live,hotmail or outlook.com email in your Android device. Since syncing gmail and yahoo accounts are well documented, I’ll show you syncing iCloud account used in Mac , iOS devices and Microsoft email account such as hotmail, outlook or live.com as they are not widely used and many are facing difficulties in syncing those accounts. I’ll show you account parameters used to sync the above accounts on my multiple devices, so if you follow the guide clearly then you should be able to pull this off with ease ! Sync iCloud live hotmail and outlook.com email account in Android 1. Open the  default email client in the android. 2. Enter your full email address with domain (hotmail (or) outlook (or) live ) accordingly and enter the password for that account. 3. Select Manual setup. 4. Select Exchange (or Exchange Active Sync ) 5. Enter your full email id in domain/username section (Delete the pre-populated username if any) and password. 6. Enter Server as m.hotmail.com and  it’s common for what ever domain you have your email like live.com or outlook.com 7. Set to use  SSL 8. Set the port 443 9. Set the sync option according to your need and data plan in the next screen. Setting it to Push will give you instant notification. Note : If you want to sync your office Exchange account  with your Android, you should get the security settings from your employee. You might probably have to set a key guard and give device administrator status of your Android device to your employee. There are some methods to bypass device administrator and key guard requirements for Microsoft Exchange account but it might get you fired! If you still want to check it out then, here’s a heads up – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1117452 Syncing iCloud email account in Android 1. Click Add new account and enter your complete iCloud email id with password. 2. Click Manual setup and select IMAP . 3. Set Incoming server settings as follows, Your username without domain (i.e without iCloud,mac or mobile.me) and password . IMAP server : you can get this server setting from your Mac Apple Mail preferences, mine is – p07-imap.mail.me.com in general it is like p0X-imap.mail.me.com (Where X is any number from 1-9). Security  : SSL Depending on your version of Android, your setting screen in Email app could be different. So I’ve attached screenshot from Gingerbread and Jellybean. 4. Set Outgoing server settings...

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