Apple Improves iCloud Security, Twitter Kills Twitpic Over Trademark, And More… [Tech News Digest]
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 , 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 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 to secure their accounts.
Apple is still pinning the blame 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, read our blog for more info http://t.co/7QZJTjKikM – Please retweet
— TwitPic (@TwitPic) September 4, 2014
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 .
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 , 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 . 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
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) September 4, 2014
Microsoft is clearly desperate for gamers to buy an Xbox One , with the console not selling as well as its next-gen rival the PlayStation 4 . 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 .
Is Google Glass The Worst Product Of All Time?
And finally, Google Glass has split opinion fairly evenly down the middle since its initial unveiling . 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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