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Apple says iCloud security not breached in celeb photo leak

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2014, No Comments


After the weekend’s massive celebrity photo leak, Apple has released a statement saying that the leak did not occur because of a breach in Apple security systems.

In a statement released yesterday, the company said that they immediately set their engineers to work after they were informed of the hack.

However, after what they say was “40 hours of investigating”, their engineers found that the leak did not happen because of a lack of security in either iCloud or Find my iPhone.

As we reported yesterday, some believed that the hack may have been pulled off through the Find my iPhone service. This is because, up until recently, the service allowed for an unlimited number of password attempts. Many speculated that the hacker(s) used new software called iBrute, that basically initializes a ‘brute-force’ attack on certain accounts, trying different password combinations until it finds the right one.

However, because Apple fixed this issue – allowing for only 5 password attempts now – this possible theory has been ruled out.

Apple said that they are continuing to work with law enforcement to track down the person responsible for the hack. The company also said that they believe the accounts were compromised because of a targeted attack on usernames and passwords – “a practice that has become all too common on the Internet”. (more…)

Video of working iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) leaked

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2014, No Comments

iphone_6_1-still002Until Apple officially presents the iPhone 6 at their September 9th event next week the internet will be teeming with rumours, leaked images and speculation. What we haven’t seen yet is a leak on the actual components and all-round package of the iPhone 6. A Russian website has just about broken the rumour mill when they released a video introducing the new 4.7 inch iPhone 6, showing of its components and comparing it to the current iPhone 5S. If what they present turns out to be true, the new iPhone will be quite the looker… (more…)

BWB Monthly: Top 10 Articles of August ‘14

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2014, No Comments


While we go through our daily lives, we don’t always have the time to read up about all the interesting things we necessarily want to. While consumer technology news never really stops, hopefully your workday does, and you can take a look at ten of our biggest articles in tech news in the last month, according to our readers. We have a review from the end of July that featured strongly in this month’s countdown as well, that of the LG G3. A review of a lesser known manufacturer has also sneaked into the top 10.

Check out this month’s countdown below. (more…)

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact photos show familiar design

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2014, No Comments


Sony is almost ready to reveal the much anticipated Xperia Z3 Compact. We reviewed the Xperia Z1 Compact a couple of months ago and we absolutely adored it (check out the review here) for its small chassis – at least by today’s standards – yet still packing top of the line software. That is why we cannot wait for the release of the Z3 Compact.

You might be wondering why we haven’t reviewed the Xperia Z2 Compact. Well, simply because there isn’t one. Sony decided to skip the Z2 moniker on its smaller flagship to coincide with the upcoming launch of the Xperia Z3, Sony’s newest iteration of its flagship smartphone. (more…)

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, 4 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

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments


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

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments


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…)