Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for August 07, 2013:
- AOL will buy Adap.tv for $405 million. Never heard of them? Then you obviously don't buy advertising on video websites. Adap.tv is an electronic trading platform for video ads, a market that eMarketer forecasts will grow 40% this year with electronic exchanges like Adap.tv growing 75%. AOL wants a cut of that. AOL also reported higher-than-expected revenue for Q2 mostly from an increase in ads. Read more at reuters.com.
- In an effort to compete with Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Voxer and BBM, .Whatsapp has added the ability to record and send voice messages in its app, on Phone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Nokia S40 platforms.. 300 million people now use Whatsapp at least once a month, so perhaps the concept of voicemail has finally arrived. Oh, wait. Read more at bbc.co.uk.
- Amazon announced that its app store is about to get bigger because it is now open to developers of HTML5 web apps and mobile websites. You'll be able to find these web-based apps on the Amazon Appstore alongside native Android apps. With this new system, developers won't have to bother to run their HTML5 code through a wrapper to make an app; they'll just have to submit URLs and some metadata while Amazon will do the rest. Amazon also revised its In-App Purchase API that will allow these HTML5 apps to sell items using Amazon one-click. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- John Carmack, the man behind id software, Doom and Quake will become CTO of Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Carmack will help develop for Oculus in their new Dallas headquarters. He will not leave id software or abandon Armadillo Aerospace, in case you were worried. Read more at polygon.com.
- LG has unveiled its new G2 smartphone with a 5.2-inch full HD display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the first global device to include it. The device also is LTE-Advanced capable, allowing for faster wireless speeds in places that support it, like South Korea. The G2 will be available globally at more than 130 carriers within the next eight weeks. The four biggest carriers in the U.S. -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- all will carry the device. Read more at cnet.com.
- A post by web designer Elliot Kember put a spotlight on how Google Chrome handles passwords. Kember, a Safari user, found out that Chrome stores passwords in one location and a person could easily toggle the Show/Hide button to see a stored password clear as day. Google's head of Chrome Security, Justin Schuh said people should secure their computer user account to protect their passwords. Read more at theverge.com.
- Yahoo will change their logo September 5th, and to help you care, they're using a presumably rejected variation of the logo every day on the for the next 30 days. The final logo will be purple with an exclamation point and Yahoo will keep their yodeling jingle too. Several of the alternative designs were unveiled in a video promoting the stunt. Read more at theverge.com.
- Two weeks after 250 employees were let go from BlackBerry's testing facility in Waterloo, Ont., 3 senior members of the company will also be leaving. Who are they? Doug Kozak, vice-president, corporate information technology operations. Carmine Arabia, senior vice-president, global manufacturing and supply chain, and Graeme Whittington, vice-president, service operations. In an email to CBC news, a blackberry spokesperson wrote "We are in the second phase of our transformation plan where we will be assessing our organization — from top to bottom — to ensure we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing." Read more at cbc.ca.
- Twitter's highly-criticised two-factor authentication that rolled out in May has been overhauled. The new system lets users verify login requests from their Android or iOS apps. The codes rely on a 2048-bit RSA key pair. Users can also use a stored backup code to verify logins when their phone is not available. The previous system used text messages and shared secrets which can be vulnerable. Read more at arstechnica.com.
- Facebook Graph Search is now activated for all English-speaking members in the United States. If you've forgot what Graph Search is, it's Facebook's search that lets you find Facebook friends and content with natural language. If that's not exciting enough for you, Facebook has also revamped the News Feed so that they are now ranked. You might see older stories float to the top thanks to Facebook's new algorithms based on the number of likes and comments Read more at usatoday.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 07, 2013.