Epic eBay Hack, Nest Protect Update, Secret Android App, Apple Weed Firm [Tech News Digest]
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Today in Tech News Digest, eBay gets hacked, Nest Protect gets updated, Secret app expands, Apple removes Weed Firm, Spotify boasts 10 million subscribers, and ‘I Got This’ should actually exist.

eBay Hacked, Change Your Password Now

Online auction site eBay has suffered an epic hack eBay Urges Users to Change Their Passwords After Cyberattack eBay Urges Users to Change Their Passwords After Cyberattack If you are an eBay user, then change your passwords immediately. That is the message coming from eBay headquarters, who are facing the embarrassment of having a database hacked and users' encrypted passwords stolen. Read More which has resulted in the account information of all 130 million users to be compromised. For this reason, eBay is strongly urging all users to change their passwords at their earliest convenience.

The attack compromised a database containing passwords, email addresses, phone numbers, and physical addresses, which is a tasty haul for any cybercriminal. However, eBay insists no financial information was stolen, and PayPal data is stored on a separate, secure network.

The eBay user information was encrypted, which should at least mean it takes longer for those responsible to utilize the data. However, as this breach occurred in either late February or early March, users shouldn’t waste any time in changing their passwords.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Security Matters section of MakeUseOf for more information on the eBay database hack as it emerges.

Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarms Fixed

A software update is being pushed out to all Nest Protect + CO alarms (at least 440,000 units) to fix a known issue with the Nest Wave feature. This software update means the Nest Protect + CO alarms will be going on sale again within weeks after a period on non-availability.

Those who have their Nest Protect + CO Nest Protect Review and Giveaway Nest Protect Review and Giveaway Read More alarms hooked up to the Internet will get the update automatically, while Nest has provided an FAQ detailing the steps that need to be taken by everyone else. Nest Labs was recently acquired by Google Google Nest, Facebook Branch, YouTube Comments, Muppets Row [Tech News Digest] Google Nest, Facebook Branch, YouTube Comments, Muppets Row [Tech News Digest] Google acquires Nest, Facebook acquires Branch, Twitter Web makeover, Yelp forced to reveal anonymous reviewers, YouTube introduces comments management, IObit Uninstaller 3.1 released, and the Muppets stage a mock Twitter argument. Read More for $3.2 billion.

Secret App Launches Globally & On Android

Secret, the app which allows people to post secrets while remaining mostly anonymous, is now available on both Android and iOS in every country around the world. This impressive expansion comes just a month after Secret was made available outside the U.S. Google Self-Driving Cars, HP Android Laptop, Oculus Rift Lag [Tech News Digest] Google Self-Driving Cars, HP Android Laptop, Oculus Rift Lag [Tech News Digest] Google cars navigate cities, Microsoft owns Nokia, HP Android laptop, Secret expansion, BuzzFeed wants $1 billion, Joss Whedon's In Your Eyes, and Oculus Rift demonstrates living with lag. Read More , at which point the Android app was still being developed. Just don’t tell anyone else, eh.

Apple Removes Weed Firm From App Store

Apple has removed Weed Firm from the Apple Store. As the name suggests Weed Firm was a game about growing and selling marijuana, so it’s no surprise to see Apple condemn it in this way. Weed Firm isn’t the only drug-related title on the Apple App Store, but its rise to the top of the download charts made it a prime target.

The maker of Weed Firm, Manitoba Games, has vowed to change Apple’s mind, even if it means censoring the game to comply with Apple’s strict rules 8 Ridiculous & Inconsistent Apple App Store Guidelines [Opinion] 8 Ridiculous & Inconsistent Apple App Store Guidelines [Opinion] Here’s a radical opinion - you should be able to run any apps you like on the devices you own. Apple doesn’t agree, and it’s twisted itself into pretzels creating arbitrary rules for what app... Read More . But only after they satisfy their cravings for lots and lots of munchies.

Spotify Hits 10 Million Paid Subscribers

Spotify has racked up 10 million paying subscribers, from a total of 40 million active users. This suggests strong growth in the past year, with the company boasting 6 million paid subscribers from a total of 24 million active users in March 2013.

This means Spotify has a commanding lead over the competition, as shown in the graphic above. Unfortunately, this growth hasn’t resulted in profitability, the reason being the significant gap between the number of people paying for the service and the number of people who listen for free. Because they’re cheap.

Read our unofficial guide to Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More to become a master at music streaming.

‘I Got This’ Explains TV Shows For You

And finally, the combination of social media hype and binge-watching A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More means a lot of people start watching TV shows midway through a season. This inevitably leads to them asking all manner of inane questions about what is going on. Which is annoying.

Conan O’Brien has discovered the solution to this problem. ‘I Got This’ is a service which provides n00bs Kill It With Fire: 10 Internet Expressions That Need To Die [Weird & Wonderful Web] Kill It With Fire: 10 Internet Expressions That Need To Die [Weird & Wonderful Web] Languages are forever evolving. Some new words and phrases are readily accepted into common parlance. Others remain confined to the Internet, where they are often overused to the point that they need to die. Read More with a guide to whatever television show they’re catching up on.

Unfortunately, it isn’t real, though we wish it was. Someone, somewhere, please make this happen.

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  1. Kittenfuud
    May 24, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I'm not an Apple user (though I DO have quite a few Beatles records-ha) but I AM a parent. When they were little, there were no smartphones but we had one computer in the living room facing where I would sit and enjoy their experiences WITH them. In this age of "there's an app for that," I don't get why parents don't just install some monitoring apps on the phones then hide them. Of course "Show me your phone" should be a frequent request since younger and younger kids are savvy to the OS and could potentially dl these so-called "bad" apps and hide THEM.
    Summary: Keep the game, more parental responsibility and savvy-say NO to censorship and watch your kids!!

  2. av
    May 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Taking off a game because "young children go on there"?
    If you are a parent and just let your "young children" download whatever they want and play whatever they see then you probably have bigger problems than Weed Firm.
    No one should depend on Apple's censorship to keep their children safe.
    Can you imagine what would happen if we let idiots like this into all media?
    Think about what the gaming industry would like with this level of censorship. TV. Movies. Even most classic literature would not pass your stupid "young children" Apple censorship test.
    I don't defend the use of weed, but this level of censorship is terrible. Android forever.

  3. dragonmouth
    May 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    " So, the second most popular game on the iOS App Store is currently “Weed Firm”. Seriously Apple? Young children go on there.

    — Christine Standley (@Arkyoptrix) May 16, 2014"
    Seriously, Christine? When will people stop using children as a front for their own agendas???!!! Whenever the do-gooders (busy-bodies) do not like something, they always drag out the "Think of the children!" appeal to emotion. If a cause is important enough for you to object, have the intestinal fortitude, the spine, to say "I'm against it" or "We, who like to meddle in other people's business, do not want them to be able to do sos and so." An appeal to emotions shows that the argument is weak.

    BTW - I am neither codoning nor condeming marijuana use. What I am condeming is the hypocrisy of the do-gooders.