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Evernote, Twitter and Facebook apps for Google Glass announced

Following the start of this year’s Google I/O developer conference, Evernote, Twitter and Facebook have announced official apps for Google Glass. If you’re among the lucky few people packing “explorer edition” Glass devices, you can turn on these new applications by heading to your MyGlass page atgoogle.com/myglass and enabling the app you want.

Evernote, Twitter and Facebook apps for Google Glass

While the Facebook app for Glass is primarily focused on sharing pictures you’ve taken on the device, the Twitter app offers much of the functionality of a full-blown Twitter app, including the ability to send and receive regular tweets, images retweets and direct messages. (You might remember Twitter for Glass has been rumored for some time.)

Evernote, on the other hand, focuses on quickly added photo or video snippets to your notes, and sending existing notes to your Glass timeline, so it’s always within view. These are small first steps, but it’s early days for Glass, and we can’t wait to see what developers come up with in the months ahead.

If you’re rocking Glass already, be sure to hit the comments and share your thoughts on these new apps.

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Evernote, Twitter and Facebook apps for Google Glass announced

Mystery LG handset leaks out with no physical buttons

Evleaks offers first glimpse of buttonless LG phone with unique earpiece

Prolific leaker Evleaks has posted images of what could be a future LG handset. The device, pictured on Facebook, shows a spartan front face with only an LG logo down below. There’s also a curved glass front and an unusual looking reflective earpiece. In today’s post, the leaker offers a guess that this might be the rumored Optimus G2.

Mystery LG handset

The mystery phone seems to share some design cues with the Nexus 4, but there’s no suggestion at all that this is a Nexus device — for one, LG’s branding is very much front and center. But it could indicate a change of tack for LG, if it’s to join the likes of Motorola and Sony with a push towards on-screen buttons. (It’s a move that would undoubtedly please Android purists.)

For the moment that’s about all we can surmise from an image showing a featureless phone with a blank screen. If you’ve got any theories of your own, be sure to shout out in the comments. The original image is linked below, as is a close-up of the bezel.

Phil weighing in here: The Optimus G Pro has nicely hidden buttons as well. I’m willing to bed there are a couple on either side of that LG Logo.

Via Androidcentral, Source: Evleaks (Originalbezel close-up)

Mystery LG handset leaks out with no physical buttons

Facebook ‘Trusted Contacts’ Needlessly Complicates Security

Facebook announced earlier this week a new feature called “trusted contacts” to help you get back into your account when locked out. Although it’s intended to make life easier by leaning on a few friends when you’re in need of re-entry (think lending out your spare house keys), the concept is a handful. In fact, you’ll need a special code from each of your trust contacts (about three to five people) to get back into your account.

Facebook 'Trusted Contacts'

In theory, this sounds like a strong way to triple-lock your account and prevent anyone from entering, but how is this any better than remembering the answer to a few security questions or using Facebook’s existing two-factor authentication feature?

First, here’s a rundown of how “trusted contacts” works: If you’re ever locked out of your account, Facebook will send a code to your chosen list of three to five friends. To gain access to the account again, you need to enter at least three of those codes into a prompt. Theoretically, this will prevent hackers from breaking in. With that in mind, Facebook actually recommendscalling these friends to get the codes because you wouldn’t want an impersonator sweeping in via email or chat to access your account.

But there are a few problems. To start, you’re banking on the ever-accessibility of your friends. What if one of your trusted contacts is out of town for the weekend or is otherwise unreachable? The beauty of the Internet — and now storage in the cloud — is the fact that you can retrieve information without relying on anything or anyone else. Sure, giving a set of keys to a trusted neighbor is good practice if you’re ever locked out, but in this increasingly connected and digital world, don’t you just wish you could securely unlock the front door remotely and not have to involve the neighbors (or the whole neighborhood, for that matter) to get back in?

In this case, Facebook is blending old-school methods of relying on friends with digital security. But not only is this an inconvenience to your closest friends — at least three, in fact — there’s also the problem of getting in touch with someone who might not be around when you need them.

“While you may trust your friend from pre-school who is on sabbatical in Borneo, it might be a better choice to select the people you know that you’ll be able to reach,” Facebook told me.

“While you may trust your friend from pre-school who is on sabbatical in Borneo, it might be a better choice to select the people you know that you’ll be able to reach,” Facebook told me.

Does this mean each time a trusted contact goes out of town, they need to let you know or you should just pick friends that just don’t get out much? And what if you lose touch with a friend or they even die? Facebook says you’ll need to report the issuewith the site and select a new contact. Again, more legwork on your part.

Keep in mind this is just an option. You can still answer security questions and thankfully, use two-factor authentication.Facebook rolled out two-factor authentication — an increasingly popular security method, which adds an extra layer of security to an account besides a password. If you log onto an account from a device the service doesn’t recognize, it will then send you a text or voice message with a code that needs to be entered before access is granted, just to make sure it’s actually you.

What’s surprising about this secure method, however, is that many people aren’t aware Facebook even has two-factor authentication. You would think the company would spend time informing users about how to sign up rather than rolling out “trusted contacts,” which seems like more of a hassle and involves way too many people. Instead, Facebook should focus its efforts more on its more reliable, proven two-factor method, rather than an entire new system which makes users jump through hoops.

Twitter users have long asked for two-factor authentication to come to the micro-blogging site, which has experienced a series of high-profile hacks in the past year. Facebook should make the most of the feature that many other services need.

What do you think about the feature? Should Facebook look for ways to ramp up two-factor authentication and focus less on trusted contacts? Let us know in the comments.

Via Mashable

Facebook ‘Trusted Contacts’ Needlessly Complicates Security

Instagram Adds People-Tagging to Photos

Instagram is adding one of Facebook’s most popular features — photo tagging — to its iOS and Android apps Thursday. You can now tag people in photos, and browse feeds of photos you and others appear in.

Instagram Adds People

Previously, the only way to find out whether a photo of you was uploaded to Instagram was to crawl through your activity feed, hoping someone had mentioned your username in a caption (i.e., @laureni). Likewise, there’s been no easy way to share a photo someone uploaded of you to your own followers; oftentimes, I see friends share screenshots of another user’s photo that they appear in, captioned with the hashtag #regram.

Unfortunately, @mentions will not be automatically converted into photo tags, a spokesperson for Instagram confirmed. If you want to add tags to your old photos, you’ll have to do it manually, one by one.

Now, when someone tags you in a photo, you’ll receive a notification and the photo will be added to a new “Photos of You” section — again, just like Facebook. You can adjust your settings so photos don’t appear in that section until you approve them. “Photos of You” will go public on profiles on May 16.

You can check out the feature in action in the video from Instagram above. To get access, upgrade to version 3.5 of Instagram in Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.

Screenshot courtesy of Instagram

Instagram Adds People-Tagging to Photos

Facebook gets upgraded on older BlackBerrys, adds more focus to photos

Facebook for BlackBerry smartphone users, get excited. The Facebook app for BlackBerry smartphoneshas been updated to version 4.0 and brings some exciting new features that are designed to make it easier for you to stay connected to your friends and family. If you use a BlackBerry smartphone…

Facebook Home Hits 500K Downloads In Five Days, Pales In Comparison To Instagram’s Android Shift

It would appear that Facebook Home has just surpassed 500k downloads on Google Play since launching on the platform five days ago on April 16. The app’s Google Play listing notes the milestone, and Ben Evans confirmed on Twitter.

Facebook Home isn’t so much of an app as a user interface for…