11 February 2019

Pirate Developers using Apple Tech to put Hacked Apps on iPhones

Software pirates such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley and TweakBox hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of apps. They are distributing hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones.

The £1M Queen Elizabeth Engineering Prize won by GPS Developers

Brad Parkinson, James Spilker Jr, Hugo Fruehauf, and Richard Schwartz were awarded this year’s QE Engineering prize for the roles they played in the development of the Global Positioning System. The GPS development started off as a military project and now supports hundreds of billions of dollars of economic activity.

Twitter is Testing A Simpler Way To Check Out Profiles on iOS Without Leaving the Thread

Twitter aims to simplify the process of following a thread by adding a pop-up mini profile feature. The new feature will launch a preview of the profile,so that you can see a replier’s full bio, follower counts, and when they joined the service without leaving the thread.

Google to Expand US Footprints to Several States in 2019

Google’s expansion plans for 2019 will result in new offices in 24 of the 50 states in the United States. The expansion includes the construction of data centres in 13 communities to support the core of Google’s search engine, cloud computing, and YouTube businesses.

Apple to Secure Developer Accounts Using Two-Factor Verification

As a measure to protect developer accounts from hackers, from the 27th of February this year, all app developer accounts will follow a two-factor verification protocol. The additional level of security will require developers to sign into their Apple Developer account and certificates, identifiers and profiles, ensuring that they are the only ones with access to their account.

Personal Information of 14.8 million 500px Users Leaked in Security Breach

Photo-sharing website 500px is in the process of notifying all of its users and resetting their login credentials due to a security breach in July 2018. The breach exposed personal user data that was entered into the platform. 500px has since secured the vulnerability.

Slack Launches Block Kit to Help Deliver More Visually Appealing Content

Block Kit and Block Kit Builder were created to make it easier to design apps and deliver a more consistent user experience. Block Kit lets developers present dense content in a much more visually appealing way, while Block Kit Builder is a prototyping tool for building more attractive apps inside Slack.

Extorters Abuse YouTube’s Copyright Claim System

Google removed a YouTube channel after it was found to be abusing copyright claims to extort money from users. The extorter demanded payment ranging from $75 to $400 (£58 to £309) be sent via Paypal or Bitcoin. Refusal to pay drove threats of a third copyright “strike” but Google noted that this would result in a YouTube channel being “subject to termination”. The YouTube account has since been deleted.

Instagram Testing Direct Messaging for Desktop

Instagram is working on bringing direct message to desktop and browser-based versions of the platform. Posting images from your desktop will still be impossible, however you may in the near future be able to send direct messages.

The Second-Generation Apple AirPods Expected Features

The AirPods 2 are expected to launch in the first half of this year and cost around US$200, approximately US$40 more than the first generation AirPods. New features to include a range of health-tracking attributes, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility. Although AirPods 2 will sport the same look, they will have better sound, more sensors and to be offered in white and black colours. There are reports that the AirPower Wireless Charging Pad is also expected to resurface.

G Suite Recruitment App Now Available in the UK and Canada

Google launched a G Suite recruitment tool in the UK and Canada to make it easier for businesses to recruit the best talent for their organisations. The app seamlessly integrates with other G Suite apps such as Gmail and Google Calendar,enabling customers to run an efficient recruiting process.