Friday, April 27, 2012

What Time Is It? It’s 4:20 With Cheech & Chongs The Fatty

Are you ready? If not, well you should be. Join Cheech & Chong in their new joint venture The Fatty. With one toke from this fatty, your device is sure to be ripped. The Fatty is the ultimate app for fans of Cheech & Chong and the lifestyle they have come to symbolize. What are you waiting for? Tap into a top-shelf variety of games, features, sights, sounds, and smells – all wrapped in a ridiculously interactive design that will make your head spin.

The Fatty was developed for multiple generations of Cheech & Chong fans who are just now discovering   the counter-culture comedy duo, who practically created 4:20, to longtime fans that have followed the duo since their start in the early 70's. Cheech and Chong are widely known and still celebrated for their 1970s and 1980s cult classic films and stand-up routines largely based on the hippie, free-love era and their personal love for cannabis.

Some of the features of this app includes:
A Custom Look and Layout
The Fatty features a ton of interactive elements that you can touch, tap, twist, and explore. Tap around the app and watch what taps back.
• Big icon-style navigation!
• Enjoy what happens when you tap the logo or the iguana!
World's Greatest Clock Ever
Why is this clock better than all other clocks? The time is always 4:20! It’s like that movie with the dude who keeps waking up on the same day, but way better.
 Tap and rotate the clock – unlock special surprises!
The Chronic
Feed your head with the latest news and updates from the front line of marijuana reform. The Chronic pull its content from NORML & The Marijuana Policy Project, so you know the information is legit.
 Learn the laws. Get the facts. Know your rights. And always stay informed.
Kush Notifications
 “Did you remember to grab that thing for that dude?”
 “Are you sure that’s the right one?”
 “Don’t forget your pants.”
Activate your Kush Notifications and you’ll get random reminders that remind you to remember the super-important things you may or may not have forgotten. You can also get alerts of when it’s 4:20 in cities around the world. Because it’s always 4:20 somewhere.
Social 420
You can automatically share this magical time of day with all of your homies on Facebook and Twitter. When the sun hits high afternoon, Social 4:20 updates your status with a fun message and “the time.”
Cheech & Chong Soundboard
You are able to relive your favorite Cheech & Chong moments with a primo selection of sounds, lines, and classic phrases from the two pot-riarchs of comedy. Download additional sound packs and keep the good times rolling!
The Head Shop

The Head Shop is your one-stop shop for music, movies, and Cheech & Chong merchandise.
With much more features to come

"I've never had so much fun making an app. 'The Fatty' is jam packed with everything a stoner could possibly need," said Dave Swartz, MEDL Mobile co-founder and chief creative officer. "We're bringing something unique, fun, and useful to loyal Cheech and Chong fans everywhere." I couldn’t have described this app better myself. If you are a loyal die hard Cheech & Chong fan, you’ve got to check out this app. This is pure Cheech & Chong fun. It’s 4:20 all day long.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Android Trojan Horse Alert

We have a fond love for the internet. It’s a place where we can keep on the latest trends, whether it’s the news, sports, the weather, our social media or any other area of interest. Not only are we online at home or in the office, but with our smartphones or tablets, we can be online at virtually anytime. That being stated, our private data is even more vulnerable to being either hacked or even stolen. The ways that this vulnerability is being compromised sometimes can be surprising.

This new malware Trojan is determining keystrokes based on phone vibration and movement. It’s the latest ingenious method of parting a device and its data from the user. The culprit is a new Trojan horse program, created by security researchers at Pennsylvania State University. Of course all malware would be directed towards the world’s most popular mobile operating system. It takes advantage of one of the flaws in Google's Android mobile operating system that lets background apps monitor the device's sensors -- like the accelerometer, which detects movement and orientation. 

Enter the malicious app, which it should be noted is not in the wild, it first establishes a pattern by getting the user to put in numbers on the keypad within the app, and logs the vibration patterns created by tapping on different numbers. Therefore when the user is putting in passwords or card data elsewhere, the app continues to listen in to those vibrations, matching them to different numbers. I would encourage smartphone users to keep their files encrypted with a password. Although users are not always safe with this precaution either. Hackers have continued to find security vulnerabilities within Android.

This app, which has been named TapLogger, has been described at a conference as a proof of concept by Zhi Xu, a graduate student at PSU, and two other researchers. Google has not responded to questions regarding the vulnerability. Google has indicated that it has emphasized that they are always actively policing the app store for apps that, like this one, abuse the permissions that they are given by users.


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