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BIGnews in the Tech World: Amazon Prime Day Edition

by Meghan Gabel

consumer electronics technology

With these last few heat waves in Boston, the BIGteam has been staying nice and cool in our new office. And what better way to spend that time cooling off than to keep up with the latest tech news? It’s been a busy few weeks, so let’s not waste any time!

Amazon Prime Day

Amazon announced last week that its 2018 Prime Day will begin at 3 p.m. ET on July 16 and last through July 17, making it the longest Prime Day ever! Prime Day is like the Cyber Monday of Amazon, with discounts on major gadgets such as its own Echo and Kindle. The deals are only available to Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay $13 per month for perks such as free two-day shipping and video streaming services. Keep an eye out for deals on #BIGclients as the day approaches! Items are expected to go fast, so take a look at the deals before July 16!

iOS 11.4.1

On Monday, Apple officially released iOS 11.4.1. While it’s mostly just bug fixes, there is a big security update that came with the update: USB restricted mode. Supposedly, this mode makes it harder for law enforcement and other government officials to unlock your phone. Once your device has been locked for more than an hour, iOS will block any new USB accessories from collecting data from your phone. However, researchers at the cybersecurity firm ElcomSoft found a loophole that resets the one-hour long period when you plug any USB device into the phone’s lightning port, regardless of whether or not it has been used with that iPhone before.

Timehop

Timehop, which provides a reminder of all of your embarrassing social media posts from your past, suffered a major security breach on July 4. What you’re thinking: not again. The hackers had access to the app’s cloud for about two hours before Timehop engineers shut it down. The names and email addresses of 21 million accounts were stolen, and of those, 4.7 million had phone numbers attached to the account. Timehop has published a timeline of the incident, its response, and its plans for the future to avoid another hacking.

AR Makes Its Way to Facebook

Facebook will begin to roll out new augmented reality advertisements on its news feed, allowing users to virtually “try on” certain products before purchasing them, such as sunglasses. Sounds great, right? Not for Snapchat, who has previously dominated this AR space. Guess we’ll have to see what happens as more and more companies get into the AR world, including Apple in its newest iPhone software.

Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft is attempting to infringe on Apple’s iPad territory with its new 10-inch, lightweight Surface Go tablet. Microsoft is mimicking its larger Surface tablet, but instead this new device weighs less than a pound. Additionally, the new Surface Go is helping it make a dent in the student market against its competitors, Apple and Google.

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