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Apple, FBI investigating massive celeb photo leak

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

Hack attack

As you may of heard, a massive hacking attack was carried out over the weekend, targeting more than two dozen celebrities’ personal cloud storage accounts.

The attack apparently leaked hundreds of intimate, graphic photos of A-list celebrities, which has left them with egg on their face and has raised big concerns about the privacy and security of cloud storage.

The private images of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, were posted to online public messaging boards 4chan and Reddit. The alleged attacker claimed that he or she has more photos and was asking for donations in either real money or Bitcoin to release more images.

It is believed that most of the images were hacked from the celebrities’ iCloud accounts, which, of course does not look good for Apple.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, said in a statement that Apple is ‘actively investigating’ the report and that they take user privacy ‘very seriously’. However, Apple is not the only party getting involved in the investigation.

According to the BBC, Jennifer Lawrence – who seems to be the most affected by the hack – requested an investigation into the matter and now the FBI is getting involved.  (more…)

iWatch rumoured to cost around $400

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, 2 Comments

iwatchWith the rapidly approaching Apple event on the 9th of September every iFan around wants to know what will be presented, when will it be available and most importantly what will it cost me? All of the latest rumours agree that Apple will launch the iPhone 6 (both models) as well as the iWatch on their 9/9/2014 event. Whilst the smartphone prices should be in line with competitors and previous releases it is still unclear what kind of hole the Apple wearible tech will make in the consumer’s pocket. Now some credible sources have come to the party… (more…)

NASA to format Mars rover’s memory from 200 million km away

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The Mars rover has been on quite a mission thus far, but it has some way to go yet. NASA has said in a statement that they need to reformat the memory in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time with some frequency over the last month. (more…)

Samsung, PrimeStars educate high school students on finance

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Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced its partnership with PrimeStars Marketing for the third consecutive year, for the screening of Smartbucks “mind your moolah” initiative. This is a financial literacy programme aimed at high school pupils across the country, to educate them on the importance of being financially savvy – topics include managing debt, looking after one’s savings and spending wisely.

Michelle Potgieter, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Samsung Electronics SA: “We are delighted to be a part of this incredible project to financially prepare our youth for the future. Samsung believes in investing in educational programmes that will empower Learners to better themselves and the country at large, in the long term.” (more…)

Galaxy Note 4 teaser makes bold claims (video)

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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We are only a couple of days away from the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 at Samsung’s IFA keynote. Samsung has launched a final teaser video to make sure people are as fired up as they can be before the wraps are taken off its latest phablet.

The teaser only offers a silhouette of the phone, unfortunately, so in fact there isn’t much to see in the video. But what it does tell us, or claim rather, is that the new S Pen will be more functional than ever.

Make of the video what you may, but luckily we only have a couple of days to go before we see what the new Note is all about. Check out the teaser below: (more…)

Google to reveal first Android One phones on Sept 15th

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

android-one

Ever since Google announced Android One out of nowhere, we have been very interested to see it on a budget device. We might not have to wait much longer, with the first Android One smartphones rumoured to be launching in two weeks.

Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, and it seems likely that it’ll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. Android One allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google. (more…)

Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, 2 Comments

iphone5The bane of any smartphone user’s existence must surely be the ever constant need to charge your device. In the world of power hungry smartphones there exists no place for faulty batteries which decreases your already limited amount of battery life. Unfortunately these mistakes do happen and have happened to a small amount of unlucky iPhone 5 owners. Apple have launched a program which will replace certain faulty batteries in the iPhone 5 free of charge, their statement reads:

“Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range. If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.”

Here is what you have to do. (more…)

Aerial shots of first stages of Apple’s spaceship campus

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, No Comments

Apple Spaceship Campus

Almost a year ago, we reported on Apple’s extensive plans for their new, spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California. And while we know that the project has been on track for quite some time, one YouTuber filmed some sneaky ‘spy shots’ of the campus from high up above.

The spaceship campus, which gets its name from it’s circular design looking very much like a mothership, started construction at the start of the year.

Now still in its first stage of construction, the campus looks set to be the biggest Apple campus as of yet. The building will sit on a mammoth 2.8 million square-feet and will house up to 14 000 employees.

It is four stories high, with a 4-story ‘ring of glass’ surrounding the entire building. It is designed to be a ‘green’ building with the roof made up entirely of solar panels.

Although it doesn’t look like it now, the building will be surrounded by acres of green space. For now, however, it wouldn’t be strange if you confused the construction sight for some weird, alien-like crop circle. (more…)

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