September 8, 2014

Apple ramps up iCloud security after celebrity photo hack

The company will now alert iCloud users whenever someone tries to change their account password, restore data stored on iCloud to a different device or logs into the account for the first time.

While Apple already notifies users of password changes or first-time logins, this is the first time it will send notifications about iCloud data. Users will receive both email and push notifications.

The changes will affect iPad, iPhone and Mac users.

Hello! launches monthly fashion magazine

The first issue of Hello! Fashion Monthly (HFM) were distributed free at large shopping centres this weekend, as well as at London Underground and mainline stations, this morning; 8 September.

The standalone magazine is aimed at 18-35 year-old women who are interested in fashion but do not have the time to invest reading the traditional high-end fashion magazines.

The first paid-for issue will be available from 30 September and will be priced at £1 and the 12-day print deadline will allow it to offer more up-to-date news and fashion content in contrast to many competitor monthly titles.

Each issue will contain latest high-street offerings alongside catwalk trends, style and beauty tips alongside interviews with designers and industry figures. The title will also have a mobile version for smartphones and tablets as well as a new website.

Ikea parodies Apple’s iPad for launch of 2015 ‘Bookbook’ catalogue

With the iPhone 6 just about to launch, that means it’s only approximately 52 weeks until the iPhone 7 launches! IKEA have taken to the stage to launch their 2015 Catalogue just as if it was the world’s best gadget, in a complete Apple Spoof, filming the explanation of how their catalogue was engineered to perfection… Including classic language like ‘tactile touch technology’, ‘eternal battery life’ and ‘crystal clear pages load instantly with zero lag’. Watch their video here.

Sky’s Now TV arrives on Chromecast

Sky’s Now TV service has arrived on Google Chromecast, giving users access to a range of Sky films, live sport and 13 pay TV channels on their main TV screen. Now TV customers with the Entertainment Month Pass will also have access to ITV’s brand new channel, ITV Encore, which launched in June.

70% of smartphone users check device before getting up

70% of UK smartphone users frequently check their device before getting up in the morning, according to research from digital market research and tech company Toluna. Using a sample size of 1,000 Brits, the survey revealed that in addition to checking their mobile first thing in the morning, 32% look at their device if they wake up in the middle of the night, while 58% do so immediately before going to sleep.

The Latest on Facebook Video

Video is one of the most engaging and immersive ways to tell a story so to prove to advertisers and the world that it’s not just YouTube that has massive video engagement online, Facebook announced it now delivers 1 billion video views per day and will begin showing everyone view counts on videos posted by Pages and public figures. When people see high view counts, it can reassure them a video is worth their time.

65% of Facebook’s video views are coming from mobile where Facebook’s user base is shifting, and views grew 50 percent from May to July, in part thanks to the viral ALS ice bucket challenge finding a home on Facebook.

Facebook is also letting video publishers include a “call-to-action” link that viewers can click at the end of a video, push them to another video or to a website for example.

Pinterest’s Chrome Extension lets you decorate your new tabs

Pinterest wants to insert itself further into its users’ every day. The company has rolled out today a new way to jazz up your Google Chrome web browser with a little bit of “inspirational” imagery. With its second Chrome extension, Pinterest can now insert a full-colour Pin onto your New Tab page. Pinterest is using professional quality, high-res images from a variety of sites, including art-collecting and education resource Artsy, photo community 500px, and National Geographic’s photo community Your Shot In addition to the full-screen photo, the new extension will also include a small calendar on the bottom-left, a clock in the middle, and a greeting.

KLM: Live High Five

Last week KLM connected hundreds of people in Amsterdam and New York live, through high fives. For one day, two interactive installations provided a live look through across the ocean. This created spontaneous interactions, letting people on the street come face to face with another citizen from New York or Amsterdam. Whoever could achieve the “perfect” high five with their counterpart across the Atlantic was rewarded with KLM tickets to the other city.

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