Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Week in Tech,” where we recap some of the most interesting technology and mobile stories from the past week.
This week we cover Apple’s link to nude celebrity pics, Twitter hinting at a curated feed, Uber getting banned in Germany and Daimler’s subsequent move, and Samsung’s preemptive strike on Apple.
Hackers access nude celebrity photos; Apple’s iCloud at fault?
Last weekend, nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst were posted on the image-based bulletin board website 4Chan. And Apple’s iCloud storage service is in the middle of this mess.
After investigating the situation, Apple denies that hackers achieved a system-wide breach of iCloud to access the nude photos; rather, they claim that the celebrities’ accounts were specifically targeted. There was also speculation that a security fault in Find My iPhone was the culprit, as someone identified and published a flaw that allows hackers to continually guess passwords. Apple fixed the flaw soon after and while the company implied it wasn’t the cause of the hack, they didn’t explicitly state that the bug wasn’t exploited.
I bet Apple really wants to announce the iPhone 6 and iWatch right now.
Twitter hints at curated feed
Twitter wants to be more like Facebook and the content in your timeline may soon be very, very different.
Twitter’s CFO Anthony Noto remarked at the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York that the company may move to more of an algorithm-driven curated feed (like Facebook’s), rather than the reverse-chronological order timeline that has been a staple of the service since day one.
Noto also suggested a move toward a group messaging system as well as improvements to the app’s search functionality.
Uber gets banned in Germany; Daimler picks up rivals mytaxi and RideScout
A state court in Frankfurt, Germany, has banned Uber from operating in the country, claiming that the company’s ride-sharing service unfairly competes against local taxis. This is the first nationwide ban faced by the company. Despite the ban and potential fines, Uber continues to operate its service in Deutschland.
mytaxi allows users to hail cabs and the company’s stronghold is in Germany and other parts of Europe. The Uber ban in Germany is music to mytaxi’s ears.
RideScout allows users in North America to search multiple transportation options to determine the fastest and cheapest ways to get from point A to point B. This service will become a subsidiary of Car2Go and will likely prominently highlight its new parent company’s services in the app.
Samsung announces a slew of new products before Apple’s launch
Samsung is preempting next week’s announcements of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iWatch with product launches of their own.
At one of Germany’s largest technology conferences, the electronics manufacturer revealed four new products:
- Galaxy Note 4 – a phablet with a 5.7″ screen that has the highest resolution available.
- Galaxy Note Edge – another phablet with a curved screen.
- Gear S – an upgrade to the company’s smartwatch.
- Galaxy VR – a virtual reality headset, Samsung’s first foray into VR
Your move, Apple, your move.
What do you think of these stories? Have you read other interesting mobile and technology stories this week that are worth mentioning? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments.