This week in Tech News – Facebook adds weather, Apple starts two-step verification – with a bug and acquires an indoor GPS developer.
Apple’s Two-step Verification Flaw
One day after Apple rolled out its two-step verification security measure for Apple ID’s, a major flaw was discovered. All users who had not switched to the new process were immediately vulnerable to a bug that allowed anyone with you email address and date of birth to reset your Apple ID password. Apple took quick steps to fix the problem and suspended password resets from iForgot. The bug has thankfully been fixed by Apple as of March 23rd.
Facebook Adds Weather to Event Listings
Integration of Weather Underground, a property of the Weather Channel, into Facebook’s event listings is the newest feature to the social networking giant. The new addition shows the anticipated weather on the date of the event so that guests know how to best prepare for the situation. The inclusion of weather on events is a product of a hackathon, a tradition at Facebook, which involves software project collaboration between programmers and those in the field.
Apple Acquires Indoor Mapping Developer
As Apple strives to redeem itself from the Maps fiasco, the company purchased indoor-GPS startup, WifiSLAM this week in an effort to beef up its map offerings. WifiSLAM allows mobile apps to detect user locations by using WiFi signals within a building. Google has already delved into the indoor mapping arena and it seems that Apple is attempting to increase its offerings to match. In addition to the indoor-GPS development, WifiSLAM was also used to help proximity-based social networking apps and improve retail customer engagement.