In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. Everything from the Yelp for people to the massive T-Mobile hack that affects 15 million people — it’s all here.
Caution: You are about to enter a very judgmental zone. When new app Peeple makes its terrifying debut in November, it’ll be like putting the entirety of the Mean Girls‘ burn book online, and once you’re in it, there’s no getting out. Described as “Yelp for people,” the app lets you rate and review literally anyone and everyone, making each and every interaction you’ve ever had potential fodder for gossip, judgment, or worse. Justifying the concept, Julia Cordray, one of the app’s founders, said, “People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions. Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?”
If you’re planning to buy an Apple TV or Chromecast device on Amazon’s site, you’d better do it before the end of the month. Amazon confirmed today that it will discontinue sales of the rival devices, pointing at optimization of its Amazon Prime streaming video app as the reason. According to a report from Bloomberg this morning, marketplace sellers were sent an email letting them know that the devices are no longer allowed to be listed as of Oct. 29. When Amazon released its statement on the issue, the online retailer highlighted how Prime Video has become an important part of Prime membership, mentioning rival streamers like the Roku, gaming consoles, and of course, Amazon’s own Fire TV as the best options to access its service.
More than 15 million postpaid customers have been impacted by a data breach involving T-Mobile, where names, addresses, and social security numbers were revealed. The “unauthorized acquisition of personal information” actually occurred on a server of the consumer credit agency Experian, and T-Mobile is one of its clients. Experian said in a blog post today that it discovered the hack on September 15, adding that the hack affected customers over a two-year period. Although the hack exposed some sensitive personal information, Experian stated that no payment card or banking information was accessed by the hackers.
The scare that the original Stagefright hack caused is back in a reboot called Stagefright 2.0. This new strain was discovered by Zimperium zLabs, the same folks who found the original vulnerability. Unfortunately, the really bad news is that Stagefright 2.0 affects almost every Android device ever released. According to Google’s latest stats, that’s about 1.4 billion devices worldwide. Even worse, it doesn’t matter if your device received a patch for the original Stagefright hack because this is a completely new vulnerability.
On the first day of October, LG revealed a new flagship called the LG V10, which has all the high-end specs of the G4, but packs them into a durable steel and silicon body. The V10 also has two screens and two front-facing cameras as its marquee features. LG also revealed the second edition of its Watch Urbane, which happens to have its own Nano SIM card and phone number. That’s right — You can make phone calls with this crazy Android Wear smartwatch.
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