May 8, 2012

Item Unlocked: My Bubbletea Time Forum

Hi everyone, I hope you had a productive day today. As you may have noticed we have added yet another tab at the top of this website. This new gizmo is our forum. On this wondrous page, you are most welcomed to share your thoughts and views on any topic you like. This forum is simple to use, there is no registering required, and you can remain anonymous in your posts. Of course the admins will be on watch for any flaming or inappropriate messages for the safety of our beloved readers. 
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Critical security update now available for Adobe Flash in Google Play

Adobe Flash Update Android

Back in May 2010, when Android 2.2 FroYo was released with support for Adobe Flash, the entire Android ecosystem glittered with pride, as Flash support was the one thing that the Apple iPhone and its iOS lacked, and still lack to the date of this article.

Given that, since then, the web has been slowly moving to HTML 5 (some say smartphone apps will take that path as well in the near future). Flash content might very well be a thing of the past: just name three websites with Flash content that you visit regularly and do not offer a HTML 5 version as well.

Those of you with the ability to choose the content that you visit on your smartphone (as in “those of you with an Android smartphone”) should be aware that Adobe has recently identified a critical vulnerability nested inside their Flash app, one that potential hackers could use to crash apps or hijack your system.

Despite the fact that most of those affected are using a PC, Adobe has also released a security update for the Android version of Adobe Flash. Just like all updates available for your apps, you can install the Adobe Flash update by going to My Apps inside Google Play, choosing the app you want to update and then tapping Update.

As a side note, one of the best habits you can force on yourself as an Android user is to constantly check for updates and apply them when available. Granted, not all of them are critical security updates, but they usually make apps better by bringing new features, tweaking, and polishing them, to provide an overall better experience.

Facebook Messenger updated

For those that can’t resist the lure of profile hopping on Facebook, there’s a stand-alone Facebook Messenger app that still allows you to engage in conversation with your Facebook friends, without the usual distractions. In a bid to become the messaging platform of choice, Facebook has updated its Messenger app for both Android and iOS, bringing them closer to competing platforms, in terms of looks and functionality.

The updated mobile Messenger application now comes with a “read receipts” feature, which lets you see whether the messages you send to your friends have been read or not. Since it works both ways, this feature may lead to that awkward moment when you can no longer lie about not receiving or reading messages from people you’re actively ignoring. In addition to the read receipts, there’s now a real-time typing indicator showing the name of the person who is typing to you.

Next, Facebook has updated the Messenger app so that it shows your location to your friends, making use of the rather specific GPS coordinates that most modern smartphones can give out. You’ll see the place from where the messages you received were sent right on the main screen.

These are two handy features for stalkers, but might prove downright creepy for others. Although you can turn off the location feature on the updated Facebook Messenger app, which is especially useful for people who want to maintain some privacy, the message receipt feature can’t be turned off at all.  Hide all you want from your friends, but they’ll still see if you’ve read their messages or not.

Since the update hasn’t made its way to the main Facebook app yet, you can use that one instead for the time being. But Facebook plans to roll out the new changes to the main app in the near future as well.

[via Android Authority]