Weekly Tech News Roundup 6/2/2017

A look at the iPhone 8 rumours, Foxtel v. Facebook Live Streaming, thousands of printers hacked.

We have had the iPhone 7 out for about 6 months now and we are already looking towards what the next phone for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

The original phone was a 2G handset with a 3.5 inch screen, a single 2.0Mp camera, up to 16GB of storage and no App Store! Even then it was arguably a revolutionary phone that sent people into a frenzy after being blown away with the Apple iPod.

The iPhone 7 is a big change from the original with massive bumps in features and specifications (except for the headphone jack) and speculation is rife on the features for the phone that will celebrate a decade of Apple mobile products.

Here are a few things that are rumored to be announced for the next iPhone.

  • Wireless charging
  • OLED display
  • Edge to edge display
  • Reloation of home button and fingerprint sensor to behind the screen
  • Laser sensor for gesture recognition
  • Curved screen on one of the three expected models
  • A new red coloured option
  • Virtual reality/Augmented reality capable

There are other crazy ones out there like a transparent phone or a foldable iPhone but that will probably not happen in the next 12 months.

Click here for more from reviewed.com.

Shots fired across the bow of Foxtel’s aging business model by Facebook users.

In the highly anticipated boxing event with Anthony Mundine and Danny Green on Friday just gone, Foxtel had exclusive rights to broadcast the match and was selling the privilege to watch the fight at around $65 on top of normal subscription costs.

It looked like Foxtel was going to be the only place to see the fight until a couple of facebook users decided to use the social media networks live stream feature to rebroadcast the show to friends that were either away from their Foxtel equipped homes or could not afford the heavy costs of subscription.

The live rebroadcasts quickly went viral and up to 150,000 facebook users were watching the stream until a phone call to one of the rebroadcasters claiming to be from Foxtel threatened legal action if the stream was not stopped.

The facebook broadcasters were called criminals and “deadset legends” from all corners but it raised the question over how long Foxtel can cling to the existing business model under the onslaught of new media with not only social networks with live video streaming but juggernauts like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video as well as US based production houses like HBO, AMC, NFL, NBA and MBL offering their own content direct to subscribers.

The consumer has never had so much control over what they watch, when they watch and how much they pay to watch so why does Foxtel insist on holding on to an outdated business model that is clearly under threat. The Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now service is a step in the right direction but time is running out on traditional premium cable services and Foxtel could very quickly become a relic of the past if the entertainment giant fails to pivot its business to match the market expectations.

Read up on the story from News.com.

Thousands of printers compromised and recruited into a 150,000 strong botnet.

Printers are actually pretty smart despite the names you call it when it runs out of ink or has a paper jam.

They are essentially internet-connected computers capable of performing all sorts of tasks including sending messages over the internet or local network, infecting other devices or even participating Denial of Service attacks against websites and online services.

This time however it was done by what we could label as a “white hat hacker” known as Stackoverflowin who got the compromised printers in his botnet to print out warnings to users and owners that the printers are vulnerable to being compromised by electronic ne’er-do-wells.

So system admins should be tipping their hat to Stackoverflowin for helping to highlight where a little extra patching is needed.

TechRadar has the story here.