Apple Acknowledges Hacked Accounts But Denies Wide Breach of Its Systems

Mashable! Mobile - 2 hours 27 min ago

Apple acknowledged on Tuesday that celebrity accounts had been accessed and photos stolen, but it disavowed any systemic breach of its systems.

In the statement, the company says it was "outraged" by the leaked photos that began appearing Sunday and "immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source."

"After more than 40 hours of investigation," the statement continued, "we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet."

"None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved." Read more...

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Reddit Rolls Out AMA App, in Very Un-Reddit Fashion

Mashable! Mobile - 6 hours 37 min ago

Reddit has launched a new app for its popular "Ask Me Anything" series, as the front page of the Internet works to expand beyond its desktop dominance.

The release, first reported by Variety, marks Reddit's re-entry into the mobile app market following an ill-fated 2011 effort. The site said in April on its job board that it had started to explore developing mobile apps.

See also: The 15 Best Websites, According to Redditors

The app is currently available on iOS in Apple's App Store, and will be coming soon to Android.

Reddit's interest in mobile comes as no surprise, as the site's massive desktop popularity has not quite carried over to mobileReddit's mobile presence is dominated by third-party apps including Alien Blue and BaconReader for Android. Read more...

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Netflix (Finally) Understands You Don't Want to Share Everything on Facebook

Mashable! Mobile - 7 hours 55 min ago

You can now link your Netflix and Facebook accounts without every friend on your social network finding out about your High School Musical obsession.

Netflix is rolling out new social features today that give the video service's subscribers more control over how much of their viewing they share over Facebook and with whom, a departure from the current experience of sharing everything.

See also: 12 Signs You're Addicted to Netflix

By giving viewers more control, Netflix hopes more of their 50 million users worldwide will connect their accounts with FacebookFor Netflix, connecting with Facebook allows friends to recommend videos to one another. That's a more compelling way to find something to watch than the algorithm recommendations from Netflix or randomly typing titles or actor names into the search bar, Cameron Johnson, the company's director of product innovation, said in a phone interview. Read more...

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What to Expect at IFA 2014: Smartwatches, TVs and More

Mashable! Mobile - 9 hours 29 min ago

BERLIN — It's September, which means the gadgets are coming.

IFA 2014, which stands for Internationale Funkausstellung (and translates to the international radio exhibition), kicks off this week in Berlin and will usher in collections of new smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, giant TVs and home appliances. The trade show is one of the longest-running technology expos — with roots dating back to the 1920s — and it gets bigger each year.

See also: 10 Fan-Made Apple Product Concepts We Wish Were Real [PICS]

While the Consumer Electronics Show (Las Vegas) and Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) are arguably the two biggest tech conferences of the year — front-loaded in the earlier months to set the stage for what will hit stores later — IFA is becoming an increasingly important launching ground for tech giants. It serves as an annual hub for Eastern and Western manufacturers to show off their goods to the world and is the only major show right before the holiday shopping season. Read more...

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AirStand is probably the sexiest tablet stand, ever

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
So, you’re looking for a stand for your tablet? Look no further – the AirStand is the product you’ve been waiting for. It’s a sexy piece of high grade CNC machined aluminum that doesn’t stand on your way. The stand incorporates a minimal design with two high quality friction hinges that are infinitely adjustable (180°… Read more
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How low can you go? Mozilla unveils a $33 smartphone in India!

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
The other day we’ve told you about the $38 Firefox OS phone called Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1. That, apparently, won’t be the cheapest device running Mozilla’s mobile platform; the maker of the Firefox web browser has announced an even more affordable model, the $33 Intex Cloud FX. Specs of this baby include… Read more
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HTC One E8 Lands on Sprint

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
The HTC One M8 is now available on Sprint’s network in either Polar White or Misty Gray colors. The device can be scooped up for $0 down and 24 monthly payments od $20.84 by using Sprint’s Easy Pay program, or $100 with a new two-year contract. The HTC One E8 is more or less the… Read more
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Xiaomi phone with sapphire glass in works?

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
Guess who’s looking to make a smartphone with sapphire glass? Yup, that would be Xiaomi, which is often referred to as “Apple of China.” If “regular Apple” can do it — cause we expect the next iPhone to boast a sapphire glass screen — so can its Chinese “counterpart,” if I can say so. According… Read more
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Om/One is probably the weirdest, sexiest, craziest Bluetooth speaker you’ve ever seen

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
If you’re on a market looking for a Bluetooth wireless speaker, you have quite a few options to choose from. Some of these speakers look rather simplistic, while some others are sexy. The latter group consists of products made by the likes of Jawbone and few other specialty accessory makers. Om/One is something completely different;… Read more
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Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk to be announced at IFA?

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
We’ve already told you that Sony is preparing to launch its latest smart watch at IFA in Berlin. What we didn’t know is that it won’t be the only wearable device the Japanese company will unveil at that time; joining the SmartWatch 3 will be the SmartBand Talk that will be a simpler device that… Read more
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Top tech companies looking to invest in/acquire Cyanogen?

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
With its rock-solid custom Android ROM, Cyanogen has attracted a huge following, with the likes of Oppo and OnePlus even preloading this “flavor” of Android to their high-end handsets. Said huge following and vendors’ willingness to opt for third-party ROMs may be raising eyebrows in Mountain View, whereas the big tech companies are exploring ways… Read more
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18 mobile devices that may be announced this week at the IFA show in Germany

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
Chances are you know that the IFA show is kicking off later this week in Berlin, Germany; and that we expect to see a bunch of new mobile devices unveiled at that time. In fact, we expect to see more new product announcements at IFA than we’ve seen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Guess… Read more
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Apple teams up with American Express, MasterCard and Visa over its mobile payments service?

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
It has been suggested that the next iPhone may finally integrate an NFC chip to enable contactless mobile payments, among other things. Alongside that rumor, we’ve also heard that Cook & Co. are preparing to launch their own payments platform and have apparently cornered American Express, MasterCard and Visa over some kind of deal. We’re… Read more
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New Moto X caught at Verizon Wireless computer system; Launching with Moto Maker?

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
Motorola will be announcing new products on Thursday, September 4th when we hope to see the successor of its wildly popular Moto X smartphone. The rumored Moto X+1 has been apparently caught at Verizon Wireless computer system, hinting us that the Big Red carrier is readying to jump on the opportunity as soon as the… Read more
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bKey battery lives on your keyring for emergency smartphone charging

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
The most important moments in the life of your smartphone are those minutes right before it runs out of juice. You send those last-second messages to your friends to let them know you […]
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Moto 360 smartwatch shows up at Best Buy with $250 price tag

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
While Android Wear has been available to the public through the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear live for a little while now, the device that everyone has their eye on in […]
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Minority Report interface gets a step closer with Myo armband and Skylight

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
Future iterations of wearable tech will consist of a bracelet, regular looking glasses, and a few shakes of the wrist.
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HTC One M8 now with Windows Phone and Cortana-friendly Dot View action

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:52
There has always been a staggering difference between what powers Windows Phone flagships when compared to Android phones, even when those devices are made by the same manufacturers. For a while, this had […]
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FLIR One thermal camera: The iPhone case of my dreams

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:51
Regardless of its utility, my dream of owning a thermal camera is finally within reach.
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Why iPhone pictures flip when emailed, and how to fix it

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:51
When receiving emailed photos taken with an iPhone, you'll often run into upside-down or rotated images. Here's why that happens, and how to fix it.
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