It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for Adi’s Week in Tech news. For those of you who are new to my website, this is the feature where I do a quick run-down of the week’s technology news stories. I’ve not done one of these roundups for a while so it was time for me to get back into it. Without further ado let’s jump right into this.
Of course, the main story of the week is Samsung. They had their unpacked event where they announced the Galaxy Note 7 (read more). It’s got a 5.7″ screen, a fingerprint reader and the biggest battery they’ve ever put into any of their smartphones. The Galaxy Note 7 will be coming out on August 19th 2016.
We’re all familiar with seeing links to articles from news websites in Facebook’s news feed. However, the folks at Facebook are making changes so that articles that are deemed to be clickbait or link bait(i.e. articles with misleading headlines) will be penalised and dropped down to the bottom of your news feed. Writers, you have been warned.
Here in the UK, the rules of the TV license are changing. As of the 1st of September 2016, you will need a TV license to watch shows on the BBC iPlayer after they have aired. To enforce these rules, there will be vans randomly driving around the UK to detect if an internet connection inside a person’s house(whether Wi-Fi or wired) is watching the iPlayer without a TV license. However, this rule does not apply to Channel 5, ITV or Channel 4. Some may not like this new rule but someone has to pay for this content that people create.
The folks at Dashlane (an alternative to LastPass) and Google have joined forces to start a new initiative called OpenYOLO(in this case, YOLO stands for You Only Login Once). This will be an API so that developers of smartphone apps can access the passwords you have stored in your password manager(such as LastPass, 1Password or Dashlane). OpenYOLO is going to be available on Android to begin with but the intent is to extend it to other platforms in the future. This might be a tricky task on iPhones and iPads because Apple’s platform is more locked down. As such the creators of this initiative will have to work with Apple if they want to integrate OpenYOLO into iOS(Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads).
At this week’s DEFCON(a cyber security conference), the folks at Apple announced that they will launch a bug bounty program in September. This means that they will start paying security researchers who are able to find security holes in iOS and iCloud(Apple’s cloud computing platform). The bug bounty program will be by invite only for a few researchers that Apple has strong relationships with. Payouts will range from $25,000(£19,000) to $200,000(£153,000).
So there you have it, that’s my roundup of this week’s tech news. Were there any stories that I missed out? Let me know!