I was busy reading about the launch of Spotify for BlackBerry (yes for mainly older non OS7 devices as of now) today and came across an interesting exploit.
While searching AppWorld for Spotify I entered the term Spotify into the search bar. Instead of it listing no apps found for Spotify, since it isn’t there yet, I was taken into an application called Voydat for international calls. I did the search again and again with the same result. It went straight into this application listing for this one and a half star app.
It has nothing to do with music, so I was baffled. After expanding and reading the tons of Summary information about the application, I found they mention the word Spotify along with other terms like YouTube, Fring, eBuddy, WhatsApp and more. So any search for those also return this in the search.
So some more testing of search terms had me finding all sorts of applications gaming the system by using keywords in their summaries that have nothing to do with the applications being offered in AppWorld or BlackBerry.
I am pretty sure this was not the intent of the design, but it definitely allows anyone to place an app with crafted keywords to show in search results they should never appear in.
Felt – send handwritten cards from your iPad via SxSW 2014
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 1:38p Chris Miller Felt was a finalist in the Accelerator Social Technology category at SxSW 2014. This iPad application lets you create handwritten cards that are mailed for you.
Using their pretty slick iPad application, you choose the type of event card you want to send from Felt, including awesome artwork ones that can be used for anything. I like the fact they offer cards that are not just built around holidays and events, yet have very good artwork. You can also find some simple ones.
After choosing th [read] Keywords: apple
Ferris – a video app for living stories
Sat, Mar 8th 2014 12:12p Chris Miller Ferris was at the SxSW 2014 Accelerator showing off their living story video app. We look at use cases and how it works. It is just in beta now.
The Ferris idea is based around multiple people recording at the same time and geographic location.
Ferris is a stunning mobile video app for creating and contributing to living stories. Ferris joins together relevant mobile video clips based on location, time, topic and category to create a fluid, evolving and interactive stream of relevant content.
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Samba.me launches for SxSW and accesses your contacts
The Samba.me service is a video sharing platform that records the reaction of the receiver and sends it back to the sender. For example I record a skating video (maximum time is 16 seconds) with a person falling. I send the video to a friend via the Samba.me app. When they watch the [read] Keywords: google
Would you hand over 30,000 Instagram followers for free?
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 10:32a Chris Miller How much are 30,000 real Instragram followers worth? Apparently free to young artist Luz, courtesy for SuicideGirl Carrina Vargas. With everyone putting a dollar value on the number of social media followers across the networks, you see brands and people try to build followers and sell or leverage them to sell advertising. No one just hands the account over freely do they?
Well I watched Noelle (formerly @carrinavargas on Instagram and now do just that. She made one final post as she starte [read] Keywords:
How Bandwagon.io succeeded and failed me at CES 2014
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 8:11a Chris Miller Bandwagon, a shared cab and rideshare car service , had a decent presence at CES 2014. This service forces you to socially share your destination to their service and eventually who you share a cab with. That is the first thing to keep in mind when using the service. I had the opportunity to use the service more than once and here is where it succeeded and failed me.
I first encountered Bandwagon trying to get a cab between the convention center and ShowStoppers at CES. The cab line was [read] Keywords: application
Google Plus releases custom URLs for your profile
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 12:39p Chris Miller Google has begun offering custom URLs for your Google Plus profile. Setting it up is quite simple, but you are limited in the naming convention. Here is all that you need to know.
I went through the process to claim my own custom Google Plus profile URL and it would not let me freehand the entire URL naming convention. Google will utilize the first and last name in your profile and then will ask for random characters if your name is not unique. Here is the screenshot of my setup
Before I cl [read] Keywords: policies
Instagram Messaging- using Facebook Messenger?
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 11:59a Chris Miller With the Instagram messaging service that sites are predicting, I personally predict Facebook Messenger will play a part in it. It only makes sense that Instagram leverage the existing integrated messaging platform.
I did some digging into the theories that Instagram will use email based alerts or notifications and messaging as an option. I even did a test sending Kevin ( a founder of Instagram ) an email through that system. All of this is publicly available so don’t get up in arms.
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Coin – the mobile wallet retailers won’t accept
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 1:41p Chris Miller Only Coin is getting a lot of press as a mobile credit card and data wallet. I love the idea and will support them, but retailers should not take it yet and here are my reasons why. But, I still say get in now and grab one as this may simplify your life (in the USA that is)
The United States lags behind the world but not using chip and pin type credit cards. We, begrudgingly, still use signature blocks. Most merchants ask to see identification when using the card even when a sig [read] Keywords: mobile
Speaking at SxSW 2014 on Social Identity – thank you!
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 9:24a Chris Miller I was recently notified I will be speaking at SxSW 2014 on Social Identity. I just wanted to thank everyone that took a few minutes to click and vote to make it a reality.
For those that need a recap of my topic, here is Social Identity – Public, Personal and Private:
As you use more social networking sites, your social identity becomes a blend of publicly shared and personal information.
Based on the upcoming book, see firsthand how innocuous things you share can be used to gain access t [read] Keywords: networking