Home Depot’s data breach has many consumers worried. If you’ve used a credit card at Home Depot since April of this year, there is a chance you have been compromised. According to Home Depot, 56 million cards were affected, which is the largest breach of 2014.
Facebook is a good way to find news (you can find us there, too!), but has faced quite a bit of criticism for not providing timely posts. Today, Facebook is announcing changes to their news feed that will provide users with topical info that is popular, and not simply a sampling of everything in your feed.
Toshiba has always made solid PC hardware, but finding one of their devices may be a bit tough moving forward. Toshiba is announcing they are scaling down their consumer PC efforts, and pulling out of some markets entirely. The company is also cutting 900 jobs, or just over 20% of its non-manufacturing PC workforce.
All this chatter about iOS 8, and it seems everyone is slow to upgrade! Via several sources who track which OS is in use on their network, we find that iOS 8 is not yet widely used, and is seeing a slower uptake than iOS 6 or iOS 7 before it.
Chitika, Mixpanel, Appsee, and Tapjoy are all networks who provide information about OS use based on their ad networks. Through charts they have provided, we see that iOS 8 is on a slow march to its eventual takeover. There could be a variety of reasons for this slow iOS 8 adoption rate, which we’ll unceremoniously jump right into!
“Launching something is difficult”, says OnePlus via a new blog post. They’re right. With OnePlus’ slow rollout for their One smartphone, the Android faithful fervently position to get their hands on one of the best Android handsets around. Via a new and open pre-order process, starting next month, more people will be able to snatch a One, or at least wait in line for it.
Google’s Nexus 10 languished in the doldrums since release. Never really catching on in a big way, Google focussed their efforts on the Nexus 7. As it becomes clear Google is focussing their efforts on a larger tablet once again, news emerges about just when we might be able to officially get our hands on it.
Depending on what side of the fence you sit on, Google is either brilliant and pushing the envelope — or too spread out and unfocused. CEO Larry Page thinks his company can reach beyond the consumer base, and spread their wings into other areas, possibly even literally. A new report lightly details Page’s direction, including a second Google X lab.
Thinking of smartwatches as sidestepping smartphones is a novel concept, but lawmakers in the UK are asking that we take a step back from that. The Department for Transportation there is asking drivers to think about how a smartwatches an contribute to distracted driving, just like a smartphone can. In fact, they’ll go after you all the same if you cause an accident.
In their ongoing effort to better secure iCloud, Apple is taking additional steps to let us safeguard our stuff. In addition to two-factor authentication, which came back to iCloud not long ago, Apple is also letting us create app-specific passwords for various third-party apps that access iCloud. The feature will also become standard very soon.
Panorama video is a neat concept that you find utilized in the sneakiest of places. Sporting events such as Formula 1 often have a camera mounted on the top that swivels to catch action, but doesn’t quite give a sharp 360-degree experience. A new Kickstarter campaign could change that, aiming to bring 4K shooting to your entire field of view.