Device IDs for millions of Apple users have been found by hackers on an FBI laptop, Wal-Mart tests iPhone payments, and Bad Piggies gives Angry Birds a new headache.
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Members of the hacker activist movement AntiSec
claim they accessed an FBI agent's laptop
and found the unique device identification numbers for 12 million Apple iOS devices. The group posted one million of these ID numbers online. Hackers criticized the data that these UUID numbers can reveal about a user, and called into question what the data could be used for.
These UUIDs are not the same as Apple ID email and passwords used to log into iTunes accounts. Rather, these are unique serial numbers for every Apple device, and can track a user. The hacker group said the data taken taken from the FBI also had the addresses and phone numbers for the owners of these Apple devices.
[UPDATE] After taping of today's show, the FBI released a statement late Tuesday
denying AntiSec's claims
. The FBI released this statement to media:
The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.
Wal-Mart and other retail stores are researching ways for customers to
self-checkout with iPhones
. Customers would scan the barcodes of items in a cart using the phone's camera, and then pay for the items at a small counter. It's just an early test, but it is another step by stores to get you using your device to shop. (And it could save money on their checkout stations.)
Apple sent out media invites for its next product
announcement on September 12
. The press conference will take place in San Francisco and will likely be about the iPhone 5.
The Angry Birds better watch out: the pigs are falling. A new version of the game, called
the Bad Piggies
, has the green pigs tormenting the birds. But this time, there's no slingshot. It comes out September 27 for Apple and Android devices, with Windows to follow soon after.
Nokia and Motorola will be announcing new smartphones on Wednesday. Motorola will likely show off
a new Droid Razr with 4G LTE on Verizon
, and Bloomberg reported it will have an edge-to-edge display. And images have leaked of Nokia's new Lumia Windows Phone 8 models, and it can
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