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SnoopSnitch mobile network security app warns you about threats

snoopstichSnoopSnitch is a mobile network security app made for Android phones as an open source project.

The application collects & analyzes mobile network data so that it can warn you about threats like user tracking , fake base stations & over-the-air updates.

It currently only works on Android phones with a Qualcomm chipset & stock Android ROM (ver 4.1 or later). This includes devices like the Moto E, Samsung S3 Neo, LG G2, Samsung S4 & S5 & the Sony Xperia Z1.

Also note that the application depends on data contributed by users & collected at the GSM Security Map at If you choose to upload your mobile network security measurement results or security events, you will be contributing your data to help improve the database & make tools like SnoopSnitch more effective.

SnoopSnitch seeks your confirmation to upload encrypted data to their servers. The app also runs a series of active tests.

1st, it will place a call to dedicated number that is always kept busy in order to avoid the possibility of users being billed for the call. The app will also send an SMS to an invalid number as a test.

Your carrier should in theory not bill you anything for the failed call & SMS. But SnoopSnitch still suggests using a dedicated pre-paid SIM card to run these tests.

Installation is quite simple too. You root your phone, & then download & install the app from Google Play or the SnoopSnitch Website. Run the app, let it execute the active tests, & then upload the security events & threats the app has detected.

SnoopSnitch was developed by Berlin, Germany-based Security Research Labs. SRLabs are a security research & consulting think tank which helps their clients understand & mitigate technology risks. Their work includes strategic technology projects for Fortune 500 companies.

Click here to download the SnoopSnitch mobile security app on your Android device.

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Tempo smart calendar app launches in Asia

The Tempo smart calendar app can now be used in 26 countries in Asia. With the exception of China, Tempo is now available as a localized smart calendar app in just about every major country & region in the world.

tempoapppageThe latest update also includes the addition of a new widget & a whole bunch of languages including Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Korean & Swedish, among others.

The Tempo smart calendar app was already capable of being a highly efficient virtual secretary & personal assistant, providing “Insights” about people & companies, fetching related emails & documents, & matching up contacts to events without inviting.

It can send “Running Late” messages & wish your friends happy birthday on Facebook on your behalf.

If all this & the ability to create events using SIRI is not enough, you can also use it as a calendar to add & update reminders, & show your week by people, companies or events.

The new smart widget makes use of the new Today View in iOS8, where it will show you the day’s events, along with one-touch access to the contact details & insights for people you’ll be meeting. You can create & schedule events without opening the app.

A Tempo smart calendar app running on iOS8 will also be able to receive interactive notifications with contextual alerts. You can get directions, check your flight status, & dial-in to conference calls with a single tap in response to the notifications.

Another new thing is the evening notification. These are notifications sent after you finish your work day. It will summarize important events for the next day, along with relevant insights & suggested follow-ups from today’s meetings.

The Android version is not available as yet, but you can sign up for a beta test for Tempo’s Android, web, Mac & other platforms.

Click here to download the Tempo smart calendar app on your iOS device.

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