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Here’s the latest revelation from documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

While you’re enjoying slinging birds at pigs in Angry Birds, chances are that N.S.A might be tracking your personal information. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden,  N.S.A and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters have been working since 2007 towards achieving a method to snatch data from smartphone apps that contain user’s information. The amount of data gathering is not yet known, but reports suggest that data is collected from social network, mapping and gaming apps.

Earlier reports revealed N.S.A eavesdropping on phone calls as well as intercepting text messages in an effort to prevent terrorism acts. However a recent report by the Guardian indicates that every time the user launches a “leaky” application, the spying agencies can collect information related to user’s location, sex, age and other personal information as well as the phone model and screen size.

When N.S.A was confronted regarding the report, it repeated again that it is concerned about privacy rights and only collect data that is “authorized by law”.

“The communications of people who are not valid foreign intelligence targets are not of interest to the National Security Agency,” spokeswoman Vanee Vines said in a statement.

“Any implication that NSA’s foreign intelligence collection is focused on the smartphone or social media communications of everyday Americans is not true,” she said.

“We collect only those communications that we are authorized by law to collect for valid foreign intelligence and counter-intelligence purposes - regardless of the technical means used by the targets.”

According to the Guardian, the N.S.A has spent more than $1 billion on it’s phone targeting campaign.

Source : The Guardian, New York Times
Via : RTE News

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moto_x_4.4.2According to Motorola’s VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, the Canadian variant of the Moto X will be the first to receive Android 4.4.2. A few people reportedly already have the latest update, but US Moto X owners will have to keep waiting for now. No soak tests have yet been announced.

Not much is known about the specifics of the Moto X update, but we’ll be sure to pass on information as it comes out.

Source: Motorola Blog

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As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.

In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.

source: phoneArena

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Google’s Chrome team and LEGO have partnered to bring the fun of building with LEGO bricks to your browser with the Build with Chrome experiment. Built using WebGL 3D graphics technology, the collaboration between the two companies gives users the ability to build amazing creations and pin them to a virtual globe. The idea originally came from a team in Australia that built it as an experiment that Google is now opening up to everyone. The timing of the change from experiment to release was probably helped along with the upcoming release of THE LEGO MOVIE.

If you have a Google+ account it is even better as you can save your creations, share them with your circles and find stuff others have built. The Chrome team also added a categorization system to the official release to help users sort and filter for specific types of structures. A Build Academy is also available, which you will probably look at after you spend some time clicking together bricks, that contains some tutorials and challenges to help you hone your skills.

For those of you who would rather build using your fingers instead of a mouse, you can use the Chrome for Android browser on your smartphone or tablet if it possesses high-end graphics capabilities and you have support for WebGL.

Check out the promo video below and then head on over to buildwithchrome.com if you are ready to start building.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: Google Chrome Blog

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Last September, we saw the birth of Chrome Apps that work offline on the desktop. At that point, we knew it was a matter of time that Chrome Apps would come to Android and iOS devices. Then last month, it was predicted that it could happen this month. Well Google just announced an early developer preview of a toolchain based on Apache Cordova, which is an open-source mobile development framework that can be used for building native mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Using this toolchain, Chrome Apps will be wrapped with a native application shell that allows them to be distributed in either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Google provides a developer work flow for packaging your Chrome App. Chrome Apps can be run on a device or emulator using the command-line or an IDE. You can also use the Chrome Apps Developer Tool to run your app on an Android device. Many of the core Chrome APIs were also made available for mobile versions of Chrome Apps.

As I mentioned, the toolchain is in developer preview mode, similar to what Google is doing with the Chromecast, so don’t expect to see a bunch of Chrome apps in the Play Store for a bit. Expect a lot of talk about this at Google I/O.

This is pretty significant news because this could very well be the future of mobile apps. Developers can create apps that will work on Android, iOS, as well as the desktop without the need to create separate versions. The question is if Apple could or would somehow curtail this effort?

source: Google  / more info: Apache Cordova / Developer Workflow

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Top 10 Best Android MLB Apps

The 2013 baseball season is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep up with our favorite teams through the Playoffs (by the way, GO TIGERS!!) and the off-season. Or play some baseball on our phones and tablets while we wait for the 2014 season. There are plenty of Baseball apps on the Play Store from games to wallpapers, to game companions, to even ballpark companions. We’ve scoured the Play Store and found the top 10 that we feel are the best. Of course, everyone is open to their own opinion. So if you think we’ve missed an app or two, feel free to let us know in the comments down below.

10. Yahoo! Sports

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Nothing to special about the Yahoo! Sports app. It’s actually a rather generic sports app that gives you scores, news, rosters, standings and more for the MLB. As well as other sports like the NFL, College Football, College Basketball and much more.

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9. Flick Home Run!

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Want to play some baseball on your Android phone or tablet? Well this one’s also available on iOS. The reason why it’s #9 is because the developer seems to think Google Play is the Apple App Store. Nonetheless, it’s still a great game. Just by flicking your finger, you can play baseball on your Android device. Seems pretty fun, right?

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8. Baseball Wallpapers

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Are you an avid baseball fan? Want some baseball wallpapers to go on your phone or tablet? Well then here’s a great app that gives you plenty of great wallpapers to sport on your phone or tablet. Many of these aren’t team or player specific wallpapers, but they are still great looking wallpapers.

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7. 9 Innings 2013 Pro Baseball

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Here’s another game that’s worth checking out. From the folks at Com2uS, they’ve created 9 Innings, which gets a new version every year. So of course we are talking about the 2013 edition today. In this version you can play as your favorite players. It includes real photos and stats of over 1,400 players across 30 different teams. Not to mention it’s completely free.

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6. MLB.com at the Ballpark

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Headed to the game? Then you may want to check out MLB.com At The Ballpark. It’s your ultimate companion when visiting the ballpark for the Tigers, or Giants, or Yankees game. You are able to check in, buy tickets, find your seats and so much more. Not to mention it’s holo!

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5. CBS Sports

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You’ve probably heard of CBS Sports before. Much like the Yahoo! Sports app, it shows you all kinds of scores, standings, news, stats, rosters and more from all your favorite sports. Including Major League Baseball. It’s also rather Holo, which makes it look really nice on Android devices running Android 4.0 and above.

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4. MLB: Full Deck

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Full Deck is kind of like a Fantasy Baseball game. You can play MLB teams, build your own team and then play against your friends. There are over 650 players to choose from. You can also play season mode against the 30 MLB teams.

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3. MLB.com Home Run Derby

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Want to be a part of the Home Run Derby? Well now you can. This game is made and developed by the MLB. There are two different modes, Arcade and Derby. Arcade allows you to hit as many home runs as you can before time runs out. While Derby allows you to play an authentic home run derby tournament, to see if you can stack up to the greats like Miguel Cabrera.

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2. Baseball Superstars 2013

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Gamevil has made some pretty great games over the years. Now they have Baseball Superstars 2013. Which I played one of their earlier versions a few years ago and it was actually quite good, especially for a free game. It does support full HD, so if you have a 1080p device like the new Nexus 7, you’re going to love this game. You can compete with your friends, there’s touch intuitive my batter and my pitcher modes and much more.

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1. MLB.com At Bat

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MLB.com At Bat is my go-to app when I want to see how the Tigers or any other team is doing. Thanks to T-Mobile’s partnership with the MLB this year, you can watch many games on the app for free. As well as getting stats, scores, standings, news and much more. It’s also a holo-designed app, so it looks really nice and even better on tablets.

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