SwiftKey sharing users data with strangers

Swiftkey was an amazing keyboard that usurped swype as my default keyboard, I loved its predictions, its swiping to type tech and its overall layout and features. For a long time it worked great, then I grew enamored with other keyboards and moved on. Recently Microsoft bought the app for a cool $250 million. Awesome right? well it seems that SwiftKey sharing users data with strangers and just about anyone that asked… or didnt ask. Multiple swiftkey users found other people phone numbers and emails or text predictions in languages not used or installed by the user. Swiftkey has announced that this is due to a synchronization “feature”. they have now disabled this bug feature and are working on fixing it. This week, a few of our customers noticed unexpected predictions where unfamiliar terms, and in some rare cases emails, appeared when using their mobile phone. We are working quickly to resolve this inconvenience. While this did not pose a security issue for our customers, we have turned off the cloud sync service and have updated our applications to remove email address predictions. During this time, it will not be possible to back up your SwiftKey language model.   The vast majority of SwiftKey users are not affected by this issue. If you have any reason to believe you are seeing unfamiliar predictions, please contact [email protected]     We take users’ privacy and security very seriously and are committed to maintaining world-class standards for our community.    We will continue to post further updates on our blog.    The SwiftKey Team  users everywhere […]

Cyanogenmod Gapps error with SetupWizard

I saw that CM13 is out and it brings Android 6.0.1 (r17) goodies such as the battery saving ‘doze’ functionality and new permissions model, alongside the usual set of CM features. I have an HTC m8 sitting around which I figure was due for a custom rom right about now, so I downloaded and install a copy of CM 13 from https://get.cm. everything went well as expected. I downloaded a copy of google apps from opengapps and installed it next and thats where things took a turn for the worse, as soon as I booted into CM i started getting errors of setup wizard being force closed over and over. I couldnt do anything but click the OK button over and over. So if you are getting a Cyanogenmod Gapps error this just may help you. I booted into TWRP and tried fixing permission with no luck on next boot into system. I tried re-flashing everything from a clean install again with same results. I saw that you could report the issue so I clicked the submit button and it let me see the actual error that was being thrown which looked partially like : AndroidRuntime: java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to create application com.google.android.setupwizard.SetupWizardApplication: java.lang.SecurityException: addOnSubscriptionsChangedListener: Neither user 10069 nor current process has android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE. luckily I had enabled debugging before I installed gapps. so I connected my phone to my computer, booted up ADB, check out my post on some basic ADB commands here if you need a refresher, and granted the permissions needed for the issue […]

Mount HTC one M8 system partition as read write

So why cant you write to system partition on HTC devices even after rooting? it’s because they are S-ON by default. which means that neither can you access certain areas of the system nor can you guarantee a permanent root. S-OFF means that the NAND part of the device is unlocked and can be written to. S-ON also has some other restrictions like image signatures etc. to make an end run around the S-ON problems, you can temporarily mount your system partition as read/write by running the following commands via ADB. or just the last two lines in terminal emulator on the device itself.   adb shell su mount -o rw,remount -t ext4 /dev/block/mmcblk0p45 /system  

Hush a disposable phone numbers app

Need a local number for california? Madrid? Milan? or you know just make your friends believe you are sitting in NY while you are just too lazy to get out of bed to answer the door in San Jose? well Hushed got you covered! just pay $1.99 for a 1 week number or $5.99 for a 1 month, or $9.99 for a 3 month number and you are set for that amount of time! you also have the option of pay as you go via paying $6.99 which gives you $5 in useable credit. one * very* awesome thing I noticed is this is a VOIP app so while using this you WONT be using your regular cell phone minutes. which gives you infinite possibilities need a temporary number? well use your tablet as a phone with this! or got a friend coming in to town? buy them this on any extra android phone you have and they are set. as long as there is internet service they will have a phone line. hushed features from the description page : Hushed is private, safe and secure, all your phone conversations can be protected so nobody can access your information if they find your phone. Get as many Hushed numbers as you would like and destroy them when your done. Use a Hushed number for a week, or for months at a time. Every Hushed number comes with Voicemail, and SMS. Even your voice mail is professional and is a standard voice so you don’t have […]

Spotify for Android

[et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”on” specialty=”off”][et_pb_fullwidth_post_title admin_label=”Fullwidth Post Title” title=”on” meta=”on” author=”off” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”off” featured_image=”on” featured_placement=”background” parallax_effect=”off” parallax_method=”on” text_orientation=”center” text_color=”dark” text_background=”on” text_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” module_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)” title_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_fullwidth_post_title][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] While I have a bunch of music on my phone one does get tired of listening to the same ol’ thing every so often, so recently I have tried out streaming and radio apps. I tried some that stream from a server like subsonic etc and ones like Spotify that stream from a third-party service. Since this post is about Spotify lets talk about that 🙂 So far Spotify is pretty awesome, I didn’t go for the premium element yet but maybe i will take the plunge some day. The radio part only works in the US but since im here why not…. The stations have some new and some old songs but the idea is you thumbs up or down songs you hear and it gets used to your song styles over time and you will get more of what you like and less of the rest…. “US users can listen to radio for free. Discover and save music on the go! If your station plays a song you really like, save it with a single tap. Unlimited songs and stations – listen forever!” Spotify Premium features Instant access to millions of songs Stream online Listen offline – no mobile connection needed Share music with your friends Star your favourite tracks Wirelessly sync your own music to your […]

Ultimate server app for Android

Got an android tablet or phone you aren’t using? or are using but feel it can serve other purposes while not doing whatever you are forcing it to do against its will? well check Ultimate server app, a *FREE* app out that turns your android device into a server type of your choice! Overview – Add a Dynamic DNS Updater using the local or public IP of your device – Start/Stop servers automatically when connected/disconnected from a specified WIFI network, or on boot, or directly when the app starts – Set a custom name and port per server – No rooted device is needed – Set a WIFI lock, keep the device alive and/or keep the device fully awake (including the screen) – Optionally save all the server data to the sdcard to prevent removal during upgrades – View all IP addresses of your device, including the public IP – Automatically email and clear the log when the maximum amount is reached – Verbose log (filter, email, etc) Features Features summary per server type for Ultimate server app: – DLNA media server: add multiple roots, support for Samsung devices (television) – DNS server: caching, forward to dns server, use web dns server for requests, only access from certain IP’s, add rules to block or change requests – Dynamic DNS updater: run dynamic updates to keep your server(s) available, select from predefined ddns services (set a custom URL, or choose from ChangeIP, DNSdynamic, DNSexit, DNSMadeEasy, DNS-O-Matic, DNSPark, DtDNS, DynDNS, easyDNS, eNom, HE.net, Joker, Namecheap, No-IP, ZoneEdit), set timer, […]