TEKSide Presents Week In Review: 9/3-9/9

Last week before the big Apple event, that mans lots of rumors are floating around. 

Apple issues updated statement about iCloud breach

Apple has released an updated statement regarding the leaked images from last week:

"We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, 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.
To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232."

Ive on iWatch: Switzerland is in trouble!

NY Times has a piece on the current wearable market and within it they have quote from an Apple design member

"Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, in bragging about how cool he thought the iWatch was shaping up to be, gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for “trouble” to express how he thought the watchmaking nation might be in a tough predicament when Apple’s watch comes out."

This is classic hs said/ she said verbiage. We will find out soon enough.

Bloomberg breaks down what happens with faulty iPhones on launch day

This isn't news but it is an interesting article and I recommend reading it.


iCloud security alerts and expanded 2 factor authentication expanding

Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated the company will add an extra layer of protection to iCloud.   Apple will an email and push notification alerts when an attempt is made to restore iCloud data to another device. This alert will be similar to the alert you receive when you first use your Apple ID on a new device.

I am happy to see Apple improving user security, they are always looking out for user privacy. Users also need to be diligent in protecting themselves. Use 2 factor authentication anytime possible, don't repeat passwords, use strong passwords that include numbers, upper & lower case letters and special characters( using an app like 1Password is super useful and helpful in this category) and don't use real answers for security questions.   


Marc Newson joins Apple design team

Famous designer Marc Newson is joining Apple's design team. Marc has designed a variety of products over his lifetime but has primarily focused on watches. Newson is also close friends with Apple lead designer, Jony Ive.


CVS & Walgreens to support Apple's payment system

The 2 pharmacy giants have reportedly signed up for the upcoming payment system from Apple. Apple is expected to announce a new payment system soon.


Apple CEO sued by shareholders

Tim Cook is being sued by shareholders over the e-book pricing conspiracy.  


Fashion editors & bloggers invited to Sept. Event

Reuters is reporting that Apple has invited top fashion editors & bloggers to their event this week. This rumor further fuels the fire that Apple will reveal the iWatch this week.  

SDK for iWatch reportedly seeded to select developers

9to5Mac is reporting:

"A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements."

This almost makes an iWatch demo guaranteed at the event. 

5.5in iPhone could run iPad apps when in Landscape Mode

App developer Steven Troughton-Smith has altered the iOS simulator to run at 736 points x 414 points (1472 x 828 at 2x or 2208 x 1242 at 3x). Hit the source for screen shots.


Beefed up iCloud security rolling out

Apple has begun sending emails out to icloud.com users advising them their account has been accessed via the web. This is just a small step in alerting iCloud users to a potential hack of their account but its a start in the right direction.


U2 again rumored to play role during Apple event

Despite the bands denial last week about playing at the event, rumors are again popping up from multiple sources that claim otherwise. The band will reportedly perform during the event and their new album will also be tied into a new Apple product somehow.  

Tuesday certainly will be interesting.  Who else is excited?


Boston based Siri team expanding

Apple is rumored to be expanding the Siri team that works out of Boston Massachusetts. The company has leased more office space and is active recruiting employees from Nuance, Amazon, research and development firm BBN Technologies, and data management firm Actifio.


Thats it for the week.  I am ready for this event to happen, BRING ME iWATCH!!!!

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