The old standby four-digit PIN passcode for smartphones is a mere speed bump to R2B2, a PIN-guessing robot that shares pretty much no physical resemblance with the famous "Star Wars" droid. But just as R2-D2 was good at opening starship doors and hacking into the Death Star, so is R2B2 good at hacking into Android phones.
The device consists of a robotic fingertip that taps out different passcodes until it manages to hit on the right one. Instead of a hacker having to sit there and try all the potential combinations in a mind-numbing exercise in boredom, the indefatigable robot provides the labor.… Read more
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As promised, Twitter-owned Vine updated its Android application Thursday with a slew of improvements to simplify the process of shooting, sharing, and finding 6-second clips.
The latest Android release carries over the "revining" functionality (Vine's version of retweeting), helpful camera tools, and content channels that were introduced on iOS last week. The update also comes with a unique-to-Android capture widget that lets application users launch the camera and start recording from the home screen.
Twitter's Vine application for creating and sharing 6-second looping videos will join a collection of hit social and photo applications making their way to Windows Phone 8, Nokia revealed Thursday in a press statement on the launch of its Lumia 1020.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that Vine is coming to Windows Phone but declined to disclose additional details, such as whether the video application would be built around the Lumia 1020's impressive 41 megapixel camera.
The pending Vine for Windows Phone adds even more color to the young app's video melee with the older and more entrenched … Read more
At the "Zoom Reinvented" event Thursday, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced that Flipboard, Path, Vine, and Hipstamatic are coming to the Lumia 1020, the first Windows Phone 8 device to get these apps. Yelp and Foursquare are also updating their apps to utilize the Lumia's impressive 41-megapixel camera to help users take and share better photos.
All of the apps are taking advantage of a new software development kit (SDK) from Nokia that gives developers access to the 1020's camera and the new Procamera app for capturing images.
Path, a social network for close friends and … Read more
The story of Mario has been told with video games, sticky notes, first-person animation, and real-life go-karts. But never before have you seen Mario quite like this, reenacted in snack food 6 seconds at a time using Vine.
One of the biggest features missing from Vine since its launch has been the ability to mark an account as private. Twitter's video sharing service, from day one, has been an all public affair, with no way for users to easily share a Vine privately.
Today Vine announced it was updating its iOS and Android apps, finally bringing a level of privacy to the short video social network.
The iOS version also includes a long list of other notable features, which make for a notable answer to Instagram's new video feature rolled out last month. You can read … Read more
Facebook's Instagram video announcement last week went a long way in hurting its chief competitor Vine, a new study has shown.
According to data compiled by Marketing Land using Topsy, a tool designed to analyze social media shares, the number of links shared on Twitter to Vine videos fell off a cliff after Instagram's new video-recording feature was announced on June 20. And since then, things have remained quiet for Vine.
According to Marketing Land's findings, Vine's Twitter shares hit 2.5 million on June 19. After Instagram's video service launched, that fell to 1.… Read more
Calling all selfie-obsessed digital denizens, Vine for Android now caters to you.
The weeks-old Twitter-owned video application was updated Thursday with support for the front-facing camera, meaning Android users can switch between front and back cameras when shooting itty-bitty scenes for their videos.
The app was also gifted some major speed improvements that Dom Hofmann, one of the app's co-founders, said in a now-deleted tweet makes the app, "the fastest video app among the video apps that copied us."
Hofmann is, of course, referring to Facebook-owned Instagram, which recently launched a video option that seemed to be … Read more