This Week in Tech News

Thailand Patent Office Tweets Existence of Two New iPhones

Episode 1110

Twitter on iPhone

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission inadvertently tweeted its approval of two new iPhone models for sale later this year. This is the year of the big redesign of the iPhone, which Leo refers to as the "tock" of the "tick-tock" development schedule from Apple. Apple has called a meeting with the Commission to discuss the matter. Leo says this doesn't necessarily mean we'll see two new iPhones, though, but he hopes so.

OnePlus Controversial 'Ladies First' Campaign Cancelled

Episode 1110

OnePlus One

The makers of the OnePlus One Android smartphone have cancelled a controversial campaign in which it asked women to submit photos of themselves with the OnePlus One logo on them. The photos were to be judged by staff, and invites would be given to the top 50 women. The invite doesn't even get you a phone, however -- it only allows you to buy a phone at full price.

TMZ Brings the iPhone Rumor Mill to a New Low

Episode 1109

Using an Android clone that looks like an iPhone, TMZ tried to put forth a series of silly rumors of what iPhone 6 will have, including wireless charging. Leo says that they got fooled by a Chinese clone that uses a heavily modifed version of Android to look like iOS.

Facebook Faces Member Revolt After It Forced Messenger App on Users

Episode 1109

Facebook is facing a virtual revolt from members after they required mobile app users to download their messenger app to use the private message feature. Leo says the app requires a stunning amount of control over a user's phone including making phone calls and text messages on your behalf. The bottom line is, users would have to trust Facebook with their privacy and phone use, and as such, it's proven to give Leo the ideal excuse to delete the app from his phones. He'll just use the desktop app from now on.

Facebook Messenger Invades Privacy, Kills Battery Life

Episode 1108

Facebook Messenger

Leo decided to try out Facebook Messenger this week since Facebook has decided to force users to use it instead of the regular Facebook app for private messages. Leo says that not only does the app deplete your battery by constantly monitoring your activity and location, but you also can't turn off notifications on messages for longer than 8 hours in the app. As a result, Leo was more than happy to delete both the Messenger app and the Facebook app from his phone. He'll just continue to use Facebook on the desktop instead.

Security Firm Says Russian Gang Has Stolen Over a Billion Email Passwords

Episode 1108

Password

Security expert named Alex Holden published a report this week saying that a Russian gang has stolen 1.2 Billion email passwords. Leo was initially skeptical, but he knows insiders who have seen the data and he's now convinced it's real. The reason he was skeptical at first was because he was charging $250 for people to check to see if they're on that list. The news was announced at the annual DefCon Hacker convention in Las Vegas.