Emil Protalinski for The Next Web – Security hole allows anyone to hijack your Skype account using only your email address:
We reproduced the attack, step-by-step, and managed to access the Skype accounts of TNW writer (with permission) Josh Ong (as well as editor Matt Brian to verify again) with only their email addresses. Essentially, that email address is used to create a new account with your own email address tied to it. Then, minus a couple of key steps, you can use a password reset token to gain access to your target’s account.
You better change your email to an address nobody knows. Hint: Gmail supports the + operator in addresses. So email@example.com arrives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Verge reports that Microsoft is disabling password resets.
Google’s newest Nexus devices – Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 with 3G – are available from various European Play Stores now, go grab them while they’re hot. There’s also a 20 Dollar bumper in case you want one for your Nexus 4. Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 are available in two capacities, Nexus 7 with 3G is also available now. Shipment (of a Nexus 4) is due in 3 to 5 days according to my receipt.
I wonder how real world battery performance of the Nexus 4 will turn out. Reviewers so far came up with mixed results.
Some of you with the older Galaxy Nexus can already get the newest Android 4.2 directly from Google. Thanks to Pau Oliva on Twitter, here’s the Nexus 7 update (zip). More info on how to install it is available at Android Police.
: Nexus 4 with 8/16 GB is already sold out here (German Play Store). No “add to cart” anymore, it’s back to email notification.
Sam Byford for The Verge:
Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft executive in charge of Windows, has left the company. Julie Larson-Green is to assume control of Windows software and hardware engineering, and CFO Tami Reller will be in charge of the Windows business. The changes are effective immediately, and no reason was given for Sinofsky’s departure.
Looks like it’s management shakeup season these days.
Grand Theft Auto V preview: the inside story:
Driving around the intricately detailed streets, we spot tributes to landmarks like Muscle beach and the Hollywood sign, we see mime artists and weirdos patrolling the pavements, there’s a guy dressed as Jesus – that guy is really out there in Santa Monica, posing for photos with tourists. There are dodgy fast food joints with names like The Lucky Plucker, there are juice bars and boutiques. The sense of place is incredible; a sort of skewed, woozy take on the real thing. Los Angeles. Los Santos. The two are inextricably linked, but it is LA that the game is really thinking about.
Great article by The Guardian’s Keith Stuart for those who love the GTA series and can’t wait for the next episode, due out next year.
I wonder how long it’ll be until we can fly through real cities based on Google’s or Apple’s 3D maps? I can’t be the only one who wants to step into a (virtual) blimp and recreate Google’s IO 2012 performance in a realistic three dimensional world.
Jean-Louis Gassée – Minding The (Apple)Store:
The store is impressive… but its also unpleasantly, almost unbearably noisy. And mine isn’t a voice in the wilderness. The wife of a friend walked in, spent a few minutes, and vowed to never return for fear of hearing loss. She’d rather go to the cramped but much more hospitable Stanford store.
A few days later, I heard a similar complaint from the spouse of an Apple employee. She used to enjoy accompanying her husband to the old Palo Alto store, but now refuses because of the cacophony.
Apparently Apple’s newest Palo Alto store has a noise problem. According to Gassée Apple is aware of the issue. They were using an SPL recorder and employees wearing omnidirectional sound recorders to gather data when he went there to
see hear for himself.
China’s Commercial Times (Google Translate):
The industry pointed out that Apple’s new machine together, the new version of the iPhone, iPad and iTV in the first half of next year will be launched, including in low-priced products are also expected to debut, breaking Apple over the years, the practice of the year a new machine.
There are already rumors – take them with a grain of salt – about an upcoming iPhone 5S (plus iPad and “iTV”) that could be out in early 2013. These kind of things have the potential to ruin the ever important December quarter.
Implementing Smart App Banners – A short tutorial by David Smith:
Anyone visiting your site will now get this clean and context aware banner. If you are an app developer please take the 2 minutes needed to implement this. Gaudy popups promoting your app were detestable before but are now downright inexcusable.
Hate it when developers use popups to promote their own apps on websites. A reason to never come back. This should at least help, even though the new banners in iOS 6 are still rather large.
iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Top Two Million in First 24 Hours:
Apple today announced pre-orders of its iPhone 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S.
Yep, absolutely nobody will buy this thing or is even remotely interested.
Kent German for CNET:
It was a big win for Apple today when a jury in San Jose, Calif., awarded the company $1 billion in damages in its patent lawsuit against Samsung Electronics. The jury also decided that 25 Samsung’s
Android smartphones and tablets violated several of Apple’s design and utility patents.
Nice rundown on which devices infringe on Apple’s patents.
Paul Haddad on the Tapbots Blog:
There’s been a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt generated by Twitter’s latest announcement. I wanted to let everyone know that the world isn’t ending, Tweetbot for Mac is coming out soon, Tweetbot for iOS isn’t going anywhere. So sit down, grab a towel and let’s go over some of these API changes.
Matthew Panzarino of The Next Web has some additional insights.