September 2012

‘Hey someone is making up shocking posts…’ Twitter spam

If you receive a Direct Message on Twitter saying “hey someone is making up shocking posts that are about you…” (or similar) it’s SPAM and you shouldn’t click on the link.

It looks like this, I’ve received 2 instances from seperate accounts in the last 12 hours:

On both occasions the message was sent as a Direct Message not a @mention and the link is a bit.ly style link that doesn’t reveal its source until clicked.

The best course of action, as is always the case if you’re not sure, is to DELETE the DM and politely inform the holder of the account that they should update their password.

UPDATE: It appears once the account has been compromised the bot sends out tweets from it like this:

Best course of action in this case is simply to ignore that Tweet.

The new iPhone5 and Apple’s other big announcements this week

Here’s a rundown of the main announcements that Apple made this week:

The New iPhone5

After much speculation and assumption Apple did indeed launch a new version of the iPhone and it is called iPhone5.

Features include:

  • runs on Telstra and Optus’s new 4G LTE networks (unlike the new iPad)
  • 4-inch (diagonal) display (4S was 3.4inch) – existing apps will be “letterboxed” until upgraded in size
  • faster A6 processor
  • new “lightning” connector (adaptors, of course, available in your nearest Apple store)
  • facetime on 3/4G networks

A few more images from the media kit are shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The iPhone5 will be available in Australia from September 21st.

Apple iOS6

Yesterday Apple also released details on iOS6 with over 200 new features, highlights include:

And finally…

Other notable annoucements from the conference this week include:

  • the brand new MacBook pro with retina display and and even thinner case
  • a new iPod Nano range with pause/rewind ‘live’ radio and Siri
  • the new OSX – Mountain Lion
  • the fifth generation iPod Touch with larger (iPhone5 sized) 4-inch screen

Passbook on iOS6 stores all your tickets & confirmations in one place

Apple’s new ‘Passbook’ app launched at the WWDC today stores tickets, confirmations, boarding passes and cards in one place within the new iOS6 operating system.

Apple are using Passbook as a way to change how users approach digital wallets and as with most of their other iOS6 apps the UI is incredibly simple to navigate and operate.

The app uses GeoLocation to bring up relevant Passbook ‘tickets’ when you are near outlets that you have confirmations for.

Passbook also appears to be able to handle stored value cards as demonstrated by Scott Forstall with a Starbucks card.

Plus cards are ‘live’ – ie: if your flight details change so will the boarding pass stored in your passbook app and an Apple notification will appear with the update.

Passbook is one of over 200 new features being launched with iOS6 this week.

Images via @verge.

 

ASOS Scan To Shop on iOS and Android

Fashion etailer ASOS were promoting their ‘Scan to Shop’ app at a recent Vogue event in Sydney.

‘Vogue’s Fashion Night Out’ in Sydney on September 6th showcased fashion retailers and brands in the CBD through a vast array of live events, outdoor stalls, activities and  parties.

ASOS provided a large 4-sided wall of product images which allowed owners of the app to scan via iOS/Android and purchase direct.

The app is similar in principle to Woolworths’ smartphone app which allows you to scan grocery items in train stations to virtually shop without visiting an actual store. ASOS have taken this principle and adapted it for the tech savvy online fashion market.

Pictured on the left is the fashion wall of products being scanned on an iPhone 4S.

Download via: iTunes or GooglePlay

More info on ASOS here.

David Wetherill’s ‘that’ shot video goes viral

Some videos go viral. Many don’t. Some you wish didn’t (there are only so many cat videos one can watch in a lunchbreak).

However some deservedly get attention, as is the case with this snippet of UK Paralympic Table Tennis player David Wetherill literally throwing everything he had on the line to return an impossible forehand and win the point.

After the game, David Wetherill tweeted this:

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/Wetherill89/status/242683978287570944"]

Incredibly inspiring stuff for a Tuesday morning.