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Apple Improves iCloud Security, Twitter Kills Twitpic Over Trademark, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 05-09-2014

Also, Rdio goes freemium, Facebook privacy checkups, free Xbox One game offer, iDiots queue for the iPhone 6, and why Google Glass sucks.


Apple Ups iCloud Security Measures

Apple is set to improve security measures on iCloud How to Set Up iCloud For Your iOS Devices No doubt the most welcomed feature of the latest iOS 5 update for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad is Apple rolling out iCloud and wireless Wi-Fi connectivity for its smart mobile devices and Macs. Many... Read More , the aim being the make it more difficult for hackers to gain access to people’s private files. This comes in response to The Fappening, which saw nude images of dozens of celebrities Apple Investigates Celebrity Nudes, YouTube Introduces Tip Jar, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, looking forward to the Internet Slowdown, Windows XP edges 1% closer to death, play Star Citizen for free, the new Raspberry Pi Web browser, and the wearables we narrowly avoided. Read More leaking online via 4chan.

According to the Wall Street Journal, once these new measures kick in, iCloud users will be notified whenever anyone tries to “change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time.” Apple will also make a concerted effort to increase the number of users adopting two-factor authentication What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More to secure their accounts.

Apple is still pinning the blame Apple Deflects Blame in iCloud Hack, Yelp Cleared of Extortion, and More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Xbox One expansion incoming, Netflix Likes Facebook, BlackBerry teases something or other, Destiny Planet View, and the ram who hates drones. Read More for this particular leak on the users, with CEO Tim Cook saying, “When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece. I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That’s not really an engineering thing.” In other words, it’s your fault, Jennifer Lawrence.

Twitpic Is No More, Thanks To Twitter

Twitpic is shutting down on Sept. 25, and it’s blaming Twitter for doing so. In a blog post announcing the shutdown, Twitpic founder Noah Everett claims Twitter demanded the company “abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API.” Twitpic was founded in 2008, and the trademark application in question was filed in 2009.


Everett concludes, “Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic.” Users are invited to export all of their photos and videos, and then search for an alternative.

Rdio Free To Compete With Pandora

Rdio has rolled out its latest redesign while opening up its free service to 20 countries. The free offering focuses entirely on radio stations, including a number curated by real people. The full Rdio experience costs $9.99, which is standard across all streaming music services Which Is The Best Mobile Music Streaming Service? Online radio is picking up steam now that there’s a good bit of competition driving the technology. You might be familiar with services like Pandora and Spotify, but now that you can stream music on-the-go... Read More .

This change puts Rdio squarely in competition with Pandora, but while Pandora is (bizarrely) only available in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, Rdio is already available in 20 countries, with a promise to roll out to more countries in the coming months. And then there is Spotify Discover New Music For Free With The New & Improved Spotify Radio Spotify continues to go from strength-to-strength. After becoming a growing presence in Europe over the course of several years, it emigrated across the Atlantic to embrace the U.S. The ultimate goal is to span the... Read More , which is Rdio’s main competition.

Facebook Offers Privacy Checkups

Facebook is offering a Privacy Checkup for anyone flummoxed by the ever-changing Facebook privacy settings Make Sure You're Secure With Facebook's New Privacy Settings: A Complete Guide Facebook also means two other things: frequent changes and privacy concerns. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Facebook, is that they’re not really concerned about what we like or our privacy. Nor should they... Read More . The Privacy Checkup invites users to review who they’re sharing what with via the Public, Friends, and Only Me categories. While this isn’t mandatory, it’s thought Facebook will request all of its 1.3 billion users complete the Privacy Checkup. And, to be perfectly frank, why wouldn’t you?


Buy An Xbox One And Get A Free Game

Microsoft is clearly desperate for gamers to buy an Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More , with the console not selling as well as its next-gen rival the PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More . So, anyone (in North America) who buys an Xbox One at participating retailers — including Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys R Us, Amazon and Walmart — between Sept. 7 and Sept. 13 can choose a free game worth up to $59.99. Bargain.

Queueing For The iPhone 6

People are already queueing for the iPhone 6 outside the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York. This despite the iPhone 6 not having been announced yet, and not likely to be available in stores for at least a few days after the press event scheduled for September 9. Words fail me Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion] I personally cannot fathom the mindset of people who queue for the latest gadget on launch day. I've tried, I really have, but I think it's a bizarre choice to queue up for hours or... Read More .

Is Google Glass The Worst Product Of All Time?

And finally, Google Glass has split opinion What The Internet Really Thinks Of Google Glass [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we take a look at what the Internet really thinks of Google Glass. Some people are in love with this futuristic device, others hate it. What about you? Read More fairly evenly down the middle since its initial unveiling Actually, Google's Project Glass Concept Video Is Possible [Opinion] Google recently released a concept video for their Project Glass. Today I'd like to take a closer look at the technical feasibility of these real-life Google Goggles; what we know; and why this concept video... Read More . But John Pozadzides of Geek Beat hates Google Glass with a passion, as can be seen in the 10-minute video embedded above. In it, he lists all that is wrong with Google Glass, which from his perspective may just be “the worst product of all time.” Ouch.


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are the new security measures Apple is adding to iCloud enough to ease concerns? Are you upset to see Twitpic shut? What one word would you use to describe the iDiots queuing for the iPhone 6?

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