T-Mobile user data was acquired by hackers this week when credit bureau Experian was compromised. Hackers got customer names, addresses, drivers licenses, social security numbers and more. According to T-Mobile CEO John Leger, 15 million people including new applicants requiring a credit check from September 1st, 2013 through September 16th, 2015 were affected. Customers will get two years of free credit monitoring and identity resolution services from Experian.
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Google had an event this past week where it unveiled two new Nexus phones and Chromecast devices. The Nexus 5X is the smaller and less expensive phone, and the Nexus 6P is the more premium model with a larger 5.7" screen. These phones have decent specs for the price, with great cameras and screens, and big batteries. The new version of Android, code named Marshmallow, will be delivering better battery life as well.
Apple has released Mac OS 10.11 called "El Capitan." Leo says this is a pretty safe install, as it's been in public beta for quite some time already. But if you need your computer for work and depend on it for important things, Leo still advises waiting. Apple users generally like to update sooner than Windows users, so this can be problematic if an application doesn't work as it should on the new operating system. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the second update to the new operating system before installing it.
Better looking screen, improved camera, and that Rose Gold finish. And yes, Leo says it is a golden rose and not just "pink." So based on the new improvements, Leo says that if you've been thinking about the iPhone, the iPhone 6S Plus is the one. Live photos is interesting, in that the images come to life. It begins recording when you enter camera mode and when you snap it, it saves a second and a half of video on either side of the shutter press with it. Leo says it's unknown how widely Live Photos will be supported, but Facebook says it will be built into the iOS app.
Leo says that the new iPad Mini 4 is essentially the iPad Air 2 shrunken down. The Air 2 wasn't updated. The Mini 4 has about 50% better performance and better graphics from the previous Mini. Leo says it a good size. The larger 12.9 inch iPad Pro won't be out until November.
Apple's iOS 9 update now makes it possible to install an ad blocker. This isn't system wide, and will not block ads within apps. It's just for the browser. To do this, you'll have to download one of several ad blocker apps that are available in the App Store. Leo uses Crystal. Then you'll see in the settings that you'll be able to enable it.
iOS Developer Marco Arment has pulled his app "Peace" from the App Store just three days after its release. The app instantly became the most successful ad blocker in the store, and he claims it "didn't feel right" because of the implications it has for those that depend on advertising.
Read more at marco.org.
Leo may have ordered the new iPhone 6S+. but his other new phone for now is the Motorola Moto-X. He likes it, but the jury is still out on battery life. The benefit is that it charges fast, taking about an hour thanks to Android's new quick charge system. But Leo says that the current standard is 10 hours, and that won't get you through the day. He didn't mind it so much when he could swap out batteries, but the new Android designs are moving away from that.
While most of Apple's announcements on September 9 were things we had expected, the iPad Pro's 12.9 inch size has opened people's eyes. When Apple showed it off with the Apple Pencil, it showed promise that it could be a device used for something more than just media consumption. iPads have been great for watching movies, TV shows, reading books, surfing the web, and browsing magazines, but the fact that this is more like a full computer makes it more productive.
In a marathon two and a half product reveal event, Apple announced a new OS for the Apple Watch, a pair of new iPhones - dubbed the iPhone 6S and 6S+, the iPad Pro, and the new AppleTV. Leo says that. Leo says that the iPhone's new camera looks impressive, but Apple's new 3D Touch feature looks good too. There's three levels of touch that gives different menus and features. The new iPad Pro, however, proves that Apple's tablet has moved from a content consumption device to a bonafide productivity tool.