Nadim Kobeissi wants to bulldoze that steep learning curve. At the HOPE hacker conference in New York later this month he’ll release a beta version of an all-purpose file encryption program called miniLock, a free and open-source browser plugin designed to let even Luddites encrypt and decrypt files with practically uncrackable cryptographic protection in seconds.

The Ultra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything | Threat Level | WIRED

Copyblogger calls this practice digital sharecropping, and it works in a similar fashion to the the feudal system, where the landlords reap the rewards, and the peasants do all the work.

We don’t know which empires will stand strong in the future. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn change their terms and conditions on a regular basis, and as tenants, we don’t know what they have in store for us.

Why you should consider investing in digital real estate – The Next Web

Is there anyone who failed to notice the colossal growth of mobile sector within the past years? Undoubtedly, smartphones and tablets have become indispensable in people’s lives. The competition between vendors has driven prices down, making mobile communication affordable to a much wider market. The swell of mobile traffic, estimated around 125 percent within the past year and the number of mobile visits, which has grown around 10 times faster, than desktop, can only be described as a worldwide “mobile triumph”!

Monetization of Mobile Traffic: How to Solve the Puzzle – Website Magazine

There are two ways to create Kuler color themes on the iPhone: using the color wheel, and using the camera. The color wheel is exactly the same as the redesigned color wheel on Kuler’s website — you drag small circles around the wheel to create millions of color themes. You also have the standard rules at your disposal (analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, etc.) to generate a multi-color palette using your chosen color as a starting point. You also have the ability to change hex values for one or all of the colors in your theme.

Extract Colors From Your Surroundings With Adobe's Kuler App | Wired.com

What a timely release…

Released this past Sunday, NRA: Practice Range features a virtual shooting gallery in which you can fire at targets by tapping the screen. The app offers you a few handguns and rifles for free, but you can upgrade to such weapons as an AK-47 assault rifle or an MK-11 sniper rifle.

Read more: NRA's iPhone shooting app triggers petition for its removal | CNET News.

On Monday, Apple announced that its iOS App Store has reached 40 billion downloads. Nearly 20 billion of those downloads came in 2012 alone. The App Store also had a record-breaking December 2012, with more two billion downloads. Apple said that iOS developers have built 775,000 apps for the platform (includingiPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and the company has paid more than $7 billion to developers.

Read more: Apple iOS App Store Adding 20,000 Apps A Month, Hits 40 Billion Downloads.