Evernote Breached; Enforces Password Reset

Popular note taking service, Evernote has announced that they suffered a data breach recently. But thankfully, according to a blog post made at the Evernote blog, the hackers were not able to break into and access stored notes of individual users.

However, they did get access to usernames and encrypted passwords. Evernote stores passwords after hashing and salting process. So there’s little chance that even if the hacker did get the encrypted passwords, they will be able to decode the original ones.

Nonetheless, Evernote is asking its users to reset their password to ensure maximum safety.

After signing in, you will be prompted to enter your new password. Once you have reset your password on evernote.com, you will need to enter this new password in other Evernote apps that you use. We are also releasing updates to several of our apps to make the password change process easier, so please check for updates over the next several hours.

Evernote hacking is in the wake of a series of data breaches on high profile tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple etc. Now, they haven’t released any details on how the actual hacking occurred, but props have to be given to the company for quick action on their part in letting the users know about the hacking and taking actions to reset their passwords as soon as possible.

Editor’s Pick of the Week: Evernote

Welcome to the fifth edition of Editor’s Pick Of The Week. This week Abhishek Baxi talks about the very popular note-taking application, Evernote, that he uses everyday – on phone, on PC, and on a tablet.

The leading text would irk the folks at Evernote since they insist to call it a memory tool than a note-taking application to broaden the horizon. Last year when I interviewed Phil Libin, the CEO of Evernote, he mentioned that their competition is pen-and-paper, not other note-taking apps or utilities. Evernote allows you to save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see.

Evernote allows you to create text notes as well as add voice memos, snapshots, files and web clips. All the notes you create are synced across all devices that you own as well as to the cloud. You can also sync individual notebooks (container of these notes) with your friends or colleagues to collaborate. You can of course email a note or post it to your social network. The powerful search feature allows you to search within your notes by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images.

I use Evernote for diverse scenarios. Sometimes, I plan and my trips by keeping all the itineraries, confirmations, and plans in Evernote. My fascination for Evernote had me using it to plan my wedding ceremonies and manage the guests, which became a case study for a feature on Evernote in a business magazine.

Apart from the user experience and the feature-set of Evernote apps, there are a couple of reasons for which I’m a big fan of Evernote. Evernote is available on all devices, and the company strives to make it available on every platform that comes about. As an early adopter of Windows Phone last year I was glad when it arrived on Windows Phone Marketplace in a great avatar. Similarly, the app is already available on Windows Store with the new Windows design style. Also, there is a huge app ecosystem integrating with Evernote. There are several apps and services that allow you file the output as a note in Evernote. I use Evernote in conjunction with several apps on my phone to manage my to-dos, scan documents, file payment receipts, record meeting minutes, et al.

There is a cheeky sticker on my laptop lid. It says – “I’m not being rude. I’m taking notes in Evernote.” :)

Evernote And BaconReader For Android Updated — Expanded Notifications, Holo Theme And More

A key reason for any service to be successful on any platform is that it must have a beautiful app. Evernote is a very popular note taking service that needs no introduction. The developers of the official Evernote application for Android keep updating the app from time to time to add new features, to adhere to updated Android design guidelines, to add support for new OS features etc. The latest update of the official Evernote for Android app brings with it support for expanded notifications introduced by Google in Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

Post the update, Evernote users will be able to share or view the snippet of the their latest note right from their notification bar in Jelly Bean. Apart from the expanded notifications, the update also brings performance improvements and general stability and bug fixes.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

Notifications improvement [Jelly Bean only]
– Displays thumbnails and text snippets
– Share and edit the note from the notification
– Groups similar notifications
Improved performance:
– User interface refinements
– Notes containing images load faster
– Faster notebook scrolling
Numerous bug fixes

Besides Evernote for Android, another popular Reddit client for Android — BaconReader — got a major update. The new update brings with it a totally revamped UI which is based on the Holo theme, a new dark theme and an optimised layout for 7-inch tablets.

The whole change-log of the update can be found below -:

* New, crisp design with easier navigation and more sorting options
* New “Welcome Guide” to introduce new features and welcome new redditors
* Access to subreddit sidebar with subreddit long-press
* Subscribe to presented subreddits
* Support for spoiler alerts
* Dark theme for large, half screen widget
* Images formatted to custom fit to your device
* Domain and keyword filters

The update is already live in the Play Store and new users can try out the free version of the app before purchasing the paid version of BaconReader.

Evernote Targets the Enterprise Collaboration Space with Evernote Business

Evernote seems to be on a roll these days. It not only announced new partnerships with the likes of 1DollarScan and Moleskine, but also launched Evernote Business, which marks its foray into the enterprise collaboration space.

Evernote Business is targeted at small and medium-sized businesses and enables teams to share their notes, files and other data with each other while maintaining user or group ownership of it.

Evernote Business will be priced at $10 per user per month, and could potentially boost its revenues significantly. In June this year, Evernote stated that it had around 34 million users and 1.4 million paying users. It is valued at more than $1 billion after raising more than $160 million, and has seen hockey stick growth in the last couple of years. Its employee base has grown to 230, and its number of users has grown to 38 million, which means a net addition of 4 million users in just 2 months.

To Evernote Business customers, the company will be providing sharing features as well as dedicated support on top of Evernote Premium accounts for each team member.

The product will be in beta until December.

via Techcrunch

Evernote For Android Update Brings New Tablet Layout; Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light Hits Play Store

Today, the Evernote team has released an updated for its Android app that brings with it a re-designed UI for tablets, a new note view and other enhancements.

The new tablet interface homescreen is similar to the one as seen on phone’s but optimized for the bigger screen. There is also a new list view for tablet users, new swipe interactions, save the location data related to a note whenever possible, and the ability to create sublists. The whole change-log can be found at Evernote’s official blog. The update is already live in the Google Play Store and can be downloaded for free.

A couple of weeks ago, Square Enix released Final Fantasy II on the Google Play Store for a whopping $16. Today, they have finally released Lara Croft and The Guardian Of The Light on the Play Store. The game was initially supposed to be available for Android device last year in November, but got delayed by 8 months for some strange reason.

As of now, the game is available exclusively only to three Xperia handsets from Sony, the Xperia Ion, Xperia S and the Xperia Play and at a discounted price of $1.29 instead of its full price of $2.99.


Evernote Food For Android Released; SoundHound Tops 80M Users and Gets A Major Update

Last week, Evernote released its popular iOS app, Evernote Hello, for Android. Today, the company has released another popular of its popular iOS app, Evernote Food, for Android. With Evernote Food, a user can save and share each and every meal that he makes, or enjoys at a restaurant.

The app even allows users to click multiple snaps for a particular experience, thus making it perfect for budding chefs. Below is a video that perfectly explains the use of Evernote Food -:

In other Android app related news, SoundHound for Android got a major update to version 5.0. The new update brings with it a cleaner, and easier-to-use interface and even faster music recognition service. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  • SoundHound’s famously fast music recognition now even faster
  • Big, beautiful album art and hi-res artist photos throughout the app
  • New home screen featuring top artists and tracks
  • Cleaner, easier to use interface
  • Even more LiveLyrics scrolling in time with music
The update is already live in Google Play, and can be downloaded for free from here. A similar update is also out for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners. Along with a new version, SoundHound’s vice president of products, James Home, also announced that the company now has more than 80 million users worldwide -:
James Hom, SoundHound vice president of Products: “SoundHound is 80 million users strong. Version 5.0 delivers an abundance of rich content and a beautiful and engaging user experience, showing why SoundHound is the most utilized mobile music search, discovery and sharing service in the world. We thinkour fans are going to love this update.”

Evernote Acquires Penultimate – A Digital Handwriting App

Evernote, the note-taking service, has acquired Cocoa Box’s Penultimate for an undisclosed amount. For the uninitiated, Penultimate is  a digital handwriting app designed for the iPad and available for just 99 cents in the Apple app store. The app looks like a notebook and users can jot down notes, draw an image with the help of a stylus or fingers, or even post pictures.

Ben Zotto, the founder of Penultimate, will be joining Evernote. Ben also notes in a blog post that Evernote will not only not shut down the app but will also make the app available on various platforms. At the time of writing this, Penultimate already offers basic Evernote integration where users can send notes directly to Evernote.

The acquisition makes sense for Evernote and Penultimate. Evernote is already good at handwriting recognition and its integration with Penultimate will bring Evernote to the iPad audience. In fact, according to Apple, it’s the #4 best-selling paid iPad app of all time. Whereas for Penultimate, Evernote will keep the app independent and bring it to a wider audience with its promise of bringing it on various other platforms. Ben Zotto will also lead the effort to put handwriting and digital ink functionality into other Evernote products and platforms.

Currently, the Evernote app is available on OSes such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, WebOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone. We can’t wait to see how Evernote integrates Penultimate on its app on touch enabled operating systems.

Evernote recently raised $70 million in a Series-D round at a valuation of $1 Billion from Meritech Capital and CBC Capital. The company is said to be preparing for an IPO.

Buy Penultimate for iPad for 99 cents from iTunes App Store.

Use Sticky Notes with Evernote

I have been a big fan of note-taking software which allow me to quickly jot down notes for later. In the past  I have covered several note-taking and sticky notes software and even for . However, Evernote has always been one of the best software I have used for my desktop and mobile devices.

One of the things I usually miss while using Evernote is the lack of ability to post sticky notes on my desktop and a desktop widget which would allow me to quickly jot down notes without having to open up the app itself.

While searching for a Sticky notes application which would work with Evernote, I came across the "Sticky Notes" app in the Evernote Trunk, where external developers create apps based on the Evernote API.

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Sticky Notes for Evernote has looks and feels like any sticky notes app for desktop out there. However, the advantage of using this app is that it automatically synchronizes your notes to Evernote making it available on multiple devices. Additionally, you can also setup the app on multiple desktops and it will automatically synchronize notes on them, provided you link it with your Evernote account.

Sticky Notes for Evernote

Never Forget a Delicious Moment with Evernote Food

One of my favorite apps is without a doubt one called “Evernote“.  There have been several articles about it on our site and for good reason. Evernote is like having your brain accessible on your smartphone, your tablet, or your computer. Now the makers of Evernote have produced a companion app called “Evernote Food“. It is designed to help you remember great dining experiences.

Evernote Food

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had a wonderful meal and later wished you had looked more closely at the ingredients? Maybe you’re like me and you traveled somewhere on a trip and had the most wonderful restaurant experience and later could have kicked yourself for not writing the name of the restaurant down. Evernote Food is a great way recollect such experiences.

Evernote Food was released about four months ago and at this time has only been released as an iPhone app. Recently, they added new features at the request of some of their users. The features they highlighted on their blog were as follows:

  • Meal Search – “so that you can quickly jump to that amazing brunch you had”
  • Location Search – “We’ve added the ability to search for restaurants and points of interest by city and name. So, no matter where you are now, you can find the location you were back then.”
  • Date Selection Screen – “set the date of a meal”
  • My Places – “create your own favorite locations”
Take a moment to check out their YouTube video so you can see it in action for yourself.
Unfortunately, this app is only available to iPhone users. Hopefully the Android version will roll out soon. If you are interested in learning more visit their website at http://www.evernote.com/food/.