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Flappy Birds finds New Nest

flappybirds 1“Flappy Bird” fans, have no fear — your favorite app has found a new nest.

 

 

Gamers cried fowl when the creator of the highly addictive mobile app “Flappy Bird” plucked the game from the App Store and Google Play, saying his creation “ruin[ed] [my] simple life.”

But toucan play at this game — there are alternatives scattered like bird seed all over the Internet.

flappybirds 2A variety of websites now host the popular game online (most likely without permission from the original designer). “Flappy Bird” still flies at sites like Flappybirds.com,  FlappyBird.com,  Flappybird.io…… the list goes on and on.

“Don’t worry we are not going anywhere,” Flappybirds.com reads. “Play Flappy Bird online for free! No longer available in the app store.”

But if you’re looking for a mobile gaming experience, you’re out of luck unless you’re willing to lay out more than $100,000.

An iPhone 4s loaded with “Flappy Bird” is listed on eBay for$134,295. That makes the iPhone 5s with the game for $99,999 look cheap.

The game was downloaded more than 50 million times on App Store alone. In an interview with The Verge website, creator Nguyen Ha Dong said “Flappy Bird” was making $50,000 a day in advertising revenue.

flappybirds 3On Twitter he didn’t address allegations that the number of downloads had been inflated, but denied suggestions he was withdrawing the game because it breached another game maker’s (Nintendo’s Mario Brothers) copyright.

“It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore,” he wrote.

 

Original post here.

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HOW TO: Change Window 7 Starter Wallpaper

Windows 7 Starter wallpaperToday, the Starter edition of Windows is designed for entry level PCs and available only in certain regions. We first introduced a “Starter edition” with Windows XP, and did again with Windows Vista. Starter comes with limitations, such as being able to run only 3 concurrent applications on a PC at a time (this excludes background processes such as anti-virus applications, wireless and Bluetooth, and system tools like Explorer and Control Panel).

There of course will also be Windows 7 Starter edition, but based on the feedback we’ve received from partners and customers asking us to enable a richer small notebook PC experience with Windows 7 Starter, we’ve decided to make some changes compared to previous Starter editions.

For the first time, we will be making Windows 7 Starter available worldwide on small notebook PCs. We are also going to enable Windows 7 Starter customers the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like, instead of being constricted to the 3 application limit that the previous Starter editions included.

We believe these changes will make Windows 7 Starter an even more attractive option for customers who want a small notebook PC for very basic tasks, like browsing the web, checking email and personal productivity.

It is important to note that Windows 7 Starter still includes only a subset of the features offered in the higher editions of Windows 7 such as Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and above. Windows 7 Starter does not include:

  • Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the “Windows Basic” or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
  • Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
  • The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • DVD playback.
  • Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
  • Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
  • Domain support for business customers.
  • XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.

After using Windows 7 Starter out myself on my Dell Mini 9, I loved the advancements that it inherently offered versus Windows XP but also concluded that I wanted more. I like to personalize my Dell Mini 9 the way I want it (because I like showing it off and take it everywhere because it’s so small). I also use it to watch videos and listen to music. Because I also have a portable DVD drive, I also sometimes watch movies on my Dell Mini 9 as well. I believe that the majority of consumers will want a version of Windows 7 – like Home Premium – that will make their small notebook capable of all the things that you could do with an “traditional” PC, like playing movies, working with documents, listening to music, working with photos, and even playing games.

As we continue to say since we announced the Windows 7 editions in February, all editions of Windows 7 have been optimized to run on the broadest range of hardware ranging from small notebook PCs all the way up to high end gaming machines. Windows 7 Starter should not be considered “the netbook SKU” as most machines in this category can run any edition of Windows 7. Many of our beta users have installed Windows 7 Ultimate on their small notebook PCs and have given us very positive feedback on their experience.

Originally posted here.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Computing & Technology

 

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Why Sharing Private Data with a Partner Is Not Safe

loginMobile devices and digital services have made sharing information very easy. People often share their online passwords, bank account details and social security numbers with people they love. However, sharing such private information, even with boyfriends or girlfriends, can be a bad idea.

 
McAfee, a security software company, recently did a survey about what private information people reveal to others. Of those who answered, more than half have shared their passwords with their partners.
 
Around 56% of respondents have also snooped on their partner’s social media pages and online banking data. Another 48.8% said they have snooped on their partner’s e-mails.
share passwordMany people share passwords and pictures with their partners, thinking the information will stay private. According to McAfee security expert Robert Siciliano, couples also think sharing passwords with each other is a way of showing affection and love.
 
However, when relationships end badly, an angry “ex” may threaten to post private pictures or videos of an ex-partner for everyone to see. Several people in the study admitted to posting their ex’s private data online.
Siciliano recommended using security software to protect information on mobile devices. He also said people should change passwords right away when a relationship ends.
 
In addition, psychologist Erika Holiday advised people to wait until they fully trust someone before sharing private online information, although getting to trust someone could take years.
 
The experts also said that the best way to prevent an ex from revealing one’s information is by not sharing passwords or account details in the first place.
keep your pw safe
 

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WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!!

social mediaFor those who take photos with their smartphone, and posts them online……..THIS IS FOR YOU!

Do you take photos using your smartfone? Do you post these photos online? If you do………..watch this video so you take extra precaution……..yes, you may still take and post your photos……………with this safe feature you will need to set.

 

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Android Malware Forwards Your Messages to Russia

android malware alertIt turned out that the latest malware designed for Android will forward copies of your SMS to Russian criminals. It might appear very interesting for a Russian criminal to find out that you want pizza for dinner or that you cannot speak right now because of the important meeting, but it seems unclear what the hackers hope to achieve with a huge database of useless information.

android malware infectAnyway, security companies call to admire the coding and tremble with fear at its results. The matter is that once installed, the malware can be used to steal sensitive messages for, say, blackmailing purposes. Worse still, the criminals can learn codes sent to your phone by banks to confirm online banking transactions. The only problem is that the crook would have to install the malware on a specific cell phone manually. This, as you can understand, is not the most efficient way of spreading trojans. Even after doing so, the hackers will then have to sort out the message they are looking for from a huge database created from everyone who had the virus on board.

android malware messageIn the meanwhile, the experts of the Russian security company Doctor Web dubbed the malware in question “Android.Pincer.2.origin”. Upon running the trojan, the user will see a fake notification about the certificate’s successful installation. However, after that the malware won’t perform any noticeable activities for a while. The security experts found out that the hackers can then send following instructions to the malware – for example, turn it on and off. In addition, the virus can change servers in case the current one is shut down.

Original article by Sam posted here

 

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SMS Controlled Android Malware called TigerBot

Malware Alert AndroidIf your Android mobile phone occasionally reboots by itself (that’s the sign). You better read this and learn about the malware you might possible have.

 

 

TigerBot Android MalwareSMS controlled Android malware named, Tigerbot, has been recently uncovered by NQ Mobile Security Research Center, in collaboration with Dr. Xuxian Jiang’s team at North Carolina State University. This malware can record phone calls, send SMS messages, upload the device’s GPS location, and reboot the phone.

NQ Mobile claims TigerBot receives remote commands via SMS messages.

When the device receives a new SMS message with a specific bot command, Tigerbot will hide the message and execute the command. The malware has been found to support the following commands:

  • Record sounds in the phone, including phone calls, surrounding sounds, etc.
  • Change network settings
  • Upload current GPS location
  • Capture and upload images
  • Send SMS to a particular number
  • Reboot the phone
  • Kill other running processes

TigerBot hides itself from the user by using common application names such as “system” or “flash” in the installed apps list.

NQ Mobile researchers advises Android users to be more careful in downloading Android apps. Never accept application requests from unknown sources and only download applications from trusted sources.

WQ Mobile Research Center, NC, USA

[Source: NQ Mobile Security Research Center]

 

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Petition to STOP Cruelty to dogs in China: Pls. sign in the comments area

Reposted from here

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To: The CHINESE GOVERMENT

Through Mr. Obama (US President) and
Mr. Barroso (President of the European Commission),

We are all world citizens and were shocked to see how the Dogs are treated and killed in China, as you can see directly from the snapshots above and in this video below.

We do not need words, because we don’t have any word, to comment on the brutality and ferocity of what we saw, and we don’t have the courage and strength to review the video twice.

The DOG is always considered, by all civilizations, man’s best friend and it never hesitated to sacrifice its life for men.

For this and other many reasons, we want all together to make our voices heard because this senseless cruelty is stopped, the dogs’ dignity, as well as that of every living creature is respected, and it will be sent an official note by the European Commission and US Government to the Chinese Government because this brutal and uncivilized practice will be stopped immediately.

 

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