Tech Talk 10/16

This week in tech has been bustling with hacks, innovations, and big announcements. Here is a quick update about the latest advancements in the digital world:

Contributor: Ricky Rajani

“The Snappening”

Snapchat LogoLast Thursday night, several nude photos were leaked from Snapchat on to 4chan. This event, known as “the Snappening,” was blamed on Snapchat’s users using third-party applications. These apps essentially allow users to save photos sent through Snapchat. Snapchat stated that their “servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks. Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps.”  On October 13th,, a third party app, confirmed that they were hacked and 500 megabytes of images were effected by the breach.

Shamu’s Big Reveal

Google recently announced the new Nexus 6 (codenamed Shamu) that is packing several notable improvements. The new features of this phablet include Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” a battery life that can last for days, and the ability to take epic camera shots. The Nexus 6 is a larger, sleeker, and pricier version of the Moto X.

Another Big Reveal

Moments after Google revealed the Nexus 6, Apple leaked the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 a day before the official announcement. The leaks indicated that the tablets will be getting Touch ID and burst shooting mode. The representations that showed up on ipad-mini-tablet-computer-market-shareiTunes also indicated that the exterior of the new iPads will be similar to earlier models. Don’t forget to tune into Apple’s big keynote event today where they will be revealing more information about their new iPads and Macs.

The Google Doctor

The search giant is now dipping its hands into the realm of telemedicine. Through its expert-chatting feature, Helpouts, Google has plans to help users connect to doctors instantaneously. If you google a health issue, not only will it suggest seeing a doctor but it will also offer to have you talk to a doctor over video chat. This is not a new concept; however, Google has more resources and exposure to the public to make virtual medicine a common practice.

Revolutionizing Haggling

Greentoe, a new iOS app, has come up with a method to let customers haggle prices without uttering a word. This sounds a little too good to be true; however, the app appeals to both retailers and customers. Essentially, Greentoe creates a “name your own price” marketplace. This lets customers name the price they will pay for a product alongside a gauge that tells them the probability of a match and a retailer will accept the offer. This allows retailers to sell at “market prices” (the lowest prices retailers are willing to sell an item for) while not advertising their minimum advertised prices (which is illegal in the US).

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