Snapchat Launches Spectacles V2

Spectacles V2 Launched By Snapchat

Snapchat launches Spectacles V2 in U.K., Canada, U.S., and France.  It will also be available in 13 more European countries this May.  The $150 new V2s are $20 more than the old version.  It is available only on Snap’s app and site.

What Is Spectacles V2

Spectacles are sunglasses that capture your world, the way you see it.  They capture your perspective with circular images and videos, reflecting the way you see the world.  You do not have to fumble with your phone to capture precious moments.  Just press the button to capture an image or a video and continue with what you are doing.

They are water resistant.  So you can take pictures and videos any where, anytime, and under any conditions.  This make the Spectacles a very convenient item for any perspectives.  The Spectacles V2 is available in Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue, with different lens options for each.  So you can choose a style that reflects your point of view.

Spectacles V2’s Specs

The launching of Spectacles V2 is not a spectacle.  It has no hidden things and cryptic clues.  They are openly for sale in Snap’s top markets.  This ensures that everybody interested in it can have it before it does not become trendy anymore.

It is packed in a tennis ball tube which is 1/3 smaller.  So you can squeeze it into your pockets, or on your jacket, or a purse.  The older version requires a backpack if you want to bring it along with you.

The charging port has also been moved to the side so it does not fall off easily.  Spectacles are supposed to have enough battery and memory to record and transfer 70 videos over a week on a normal charge.  It should also have four extra charges in the case.

More About The Spectacles V2

The sunglasses itself feels sleeker and less like chunky plastic.  Users in the U.S. can order them with prescription lenses via Lensabi.  The lenses are more transparent, making them easier to use in lower light.  This does not make it restricted to sunnier days, although they are still UVA and UVB rated.

The box holding the hardware on the hinges are much smaller, making them lighter and shallower.  There is also an extra microphone on the Spectacles.  This is to reduce noise like wind, and other sounds and balance out conversations.

It can also record under water.  Diving in the deep with them is not recommended, though.  Just on the pool.  You can sync it to your phone via Bluetooth.

Try out Snapchat’s new Spectacles V2 and have fun capturing memories.

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Skygofree: Spying on FB, WhatsApp, Skype and Credit Cards On Your Android

Malware is definitely getting more sinister and Skygofree, said to be in existence since 2014, was reported by Kaspersky as vicious enough to steal messages and take over your phone camera and steal data. The ultimate eavesdropper, Skygofree does not actually read WhatsApp and Facebook encrypted messages but goes around this limitation by capitalizing on Android’s Accessibility Services, something that was created for people with disabilities or limited interaction with the smartphone or tablet.

Kaspersky Lab researchers have uncovered an advanced mobile implant, active since 2014 and designed for targeted cyber-surveillance, possibly as an ‘offensive  security’ product. 

Late last year, it was considered one of the most sophisticated malware affecting Android operating systems because it can link-up infected devices to Wi-Fi networks under the control of the attackers. Unlike in the past when malware was released by cyber attackers, word has it that an Italian company selling surveillance systems developed this malware with root access. Hence, it is capable of reading practically anything on your device’s memory including geolocation, text messages, calendared events, business data, and personal information. It can also take photos, record video and conversations automatically without as much as alerting the owner that anything was remiss. It has better control of infected devices and can record the once impregnable Skype conversations.

Skygofree is a sophisticated, multi-stage spyware that gives attackers full remote control of an infected device.  – Kaspersky

You realize the gravity of the security risk when you realize just how much information you’ve entrusted to your smartphone. You read emails, write notes, store passwords, credit card information and even hold virtual work meetings using your Android.

According to Kaspersky, the malware is spread through landing pages that mimic mobile network operators. Users are then tricked into installing and using the app. If you notice your smartphone is fast draining charge and heating up, it may be infected by Skygofree and other Trojans). Aside from the 48 commands it can execute, it can circumvent battery-saving mechanisms (such as in Huawei) and unobtrusively implant itself as a protected app. A particularly dangerous quality because it remains quietly operating in the background when the screen is off.

How does Skygofree do it? Once installed from fake sites, you will see a notification that may be permutations of this “Dear Customer, we’re updating your configuration and it will be ready as soon as possible”. It sounds official and above-board and doesn’t raise suspicions. However, if you detect something off and want to address this by deleting or uninstalling the app, you are in for a big surprise! The trojan hides the icon in background services where it isn’t easily removed from the system. According to Kaspersky, this self-protection feature affects almost all services. Windows itself could be the next target and this has already started with infiltrating Skype.

Prevent infection by Skygofree by:

  • installing antivirus/anti-malware protection such as  Kaspersky Security for Mobile.
  • being cautious when opening mail from unknown sites
  • not opening attachments
  • downloading only from known sites and
  • turning on Application Control if you are the system administrator.

Three New Photography Apps Are Launched By Google

Taking pictures is part of our daily routine nowadays — whether you admit it or not. Most people prefer selfies in order to have something to post in different social media sites. Now, Google is launching three new photography apps for both Android and iOS users.

With so many photography apps, people still look for better ones. Three new apps are coming our way and here is a sneak peek of their features.

Three New Photography Apps

  • Storyboard

Created for Android users only (sorry iOS peeps), this helps you transform your videos and images into comics. You can choose different layouts and designs. Customize all you want. Storyboard projects can be used for your business presentations or school projects, etc.

  • Selfissimo

Have your very own personal photographer in your phone. Strike a pose and it will take your picture. Feel free to move for a different pose and when you stop moving, the app will automatically capture it. How cool can it get?

  • Scrubbies

Last but definitely not the least is an app made for iOS users. Scrubbies lets you make video loops. It lets you manipulate the speed and direction of a video playback.

Whether you’re an Android or iOS user, these apps are worth trying.

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