The September Pinkletter

September 2017 web news

Hurricanes aside, September has been a month shaken also by nasty cyber-attacks as well as new smartphone releases. Facebook continues to enlarge its feature base with cool new ones, and we’ve got a new way of previewing furniture before buying. Here’s what you might’ve missed from this month’s tech and digital news:

1. 143 million US consumers’ data stolen in Equifax breach

There isn’t a month where a major hack is revealed to us. This time, Equifax was the target – 143 million US citizens to be precise. The hackers stole names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers, and more. A good reminder to run a full system scan right now.

2. Facebook adds a dedicated ‘Movies’ section offering showtimes and ticket sales

Who doesn’t love movies? With this in mind, the folks at Facebook made a brand new ‘movie discovery’ feature for its mobile app. You can now learn about movies shown at your local theaters, and available showtimes directly on Facebook.

3. LG Unveils V30 Flagship With Super Camera, Sound Features

Although this month the iPhone 8 was all the rage, LG also launched a long-awaited new version of their flagship phone. LG V30 packs an admirable set of specs and features, but also a slew of innovations, such as OLED FullVision display and F1.6 aperture camera lens.

4. Facebook Is Testing a ‘Snooze’ Feature That Will Make Wedding Season Safe Again

Let’s be honest – we’ve all unfollowed friends on Facebook. Otherwise, we couldn’t keep up with the news and updates we really care about. Yet, if you have friends you want to hear about again after unfollowing them (say, after they get married), Facebook lets you snooze updates from them through a new feature. Quite useful.

5. The CCleaner hack was much worse than we thought – here’s how to fix it

The popular Avast-owned app, CCleaner, was recently a target of cyber attackers. About 2.3 million users were affected, but apparently the attack was targeted towards major corporations like Samsung or Intel. Are you going to switch to other cleaning apps?

6. Face Filters Can Now Be Added to Instagram Live Videos

Face filters are still popular, and the people from Instagram know it. A new face filter feature will roll out on Instagram, letting you customize your photos with glasses, beards, and so on.

7. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

Another flagship smartphone has seen daylight this month. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is no stranger to popularity and everyone seems to praise its new features and design. As expected though, it costs a small fortune. We’ll see how it fares against its main rival – the iPhone 8 – in the weeks to come.

8. One Week With the iPhone 8

Behold, the new iPhone is finally on sale. This time, iPhone 8 will have a ‘sister’ phone, iPhone X, which hasn’t been rolled out yet. iPhone 8 has a new Apple-designed GPU, louder speakers, video improvements, and much more. But it seems that many reviewers on the web aren’t exactly pleased with the new iPhone iteration – are you?

9. Hands on: Apple Watch 3 review

Apple’s smartwatch has also been given attention, which culminated in the release of Apple Watch 3. The design hasn’t changed, but its processor has improved and LTE connectivity was added. But are these new features worth an upgrade?

10. Download this: Ikea’s AR app lets you preview furniture before you buy

You can try on clothing, test gadgets, apps, and so on, but can you check how furniture looks in your home? Ikea makes that possible via its new app called Ikea Places. This innovative app uses augmented reality to allow you to check out how Ikea furniture would look in your actual space.