Kickstarter User Data Hacked
If you weren’t paying attention to social media or your email over the weekend, you may have missed that Kickstarter was hacked. They sent an email out to their customers on Saturday apologizing and explained that on Wednesday, they were notified by law enforcement that hackers had broken into their system. Now, they didn’t get access to credit cards, but usernames, emails and addresses were breached. They accessed encrypted passwords. So the hackers would have to separately decrypt the passwords to see them. Many of you mentioned to me on social media that what’s more concerning is that law enforcement had to tell Kickstarter, rather than them knowing when it happened. But regardless, if you haven’t already changed your password, GO DO THAT NOW!
Don’t worry. I’ll wait. Be sure to use the suggestions at geekbeat.tv/passwords.
The Saga of Flappy Bird
Okay! Now that that’s done, let’s move on to more interesting controversy. Flappy Bird. Flappy Bird became extremely popular recently. It was a difficult game that drew people in and made them want to play all day. Seriously, people wouldn’t put their phones down! They were walking into walls. They were walking out into traffic. They even fell off bridges because they wouldn’t stop playing!
Well, maybe not, but they could have had the developer not removed it from the app store! He says he was trying to protect the world from addicts like you. Some would believe he took it down because he was being accused of stealing artwork from Super Mario Brothers. It doesn’t matter why. All that matters is that it’s gone. And there are many developers who are trying to fill the void in your life.
By launching Flappy Dragons. Or Flappy Bee. Or Flappy Plane. Flappy Super Hero. Flappy Flyer. Splashy Fish. But they can’t. Because Apple and Google are rejecting these games. They won’t allow you to enjoy life. They want you to be miserable.
They SAY it’s a violation because the app name “attempts to leverage a popular app” and is misleading. But does it? Does it really? Because Flappy Bird isn’t IN the app store. How can it be leveraging something that doesn’t exist?
(Make sure you check out the free version here.)
Artificial Intelligence Made for the Home
Let’s talk about EmoSPARK. It’s an IndieGoGo campaign that has already exceeded its goal. They claim to have the first artificial intelligence home console. It’s a little cube that’s running Android that can also run your life for you if you’d like. It’s smart like a human. It has emotional awareness and conversational intelligence so you can speak to it like you would your friend. It can tell the difference between you and your significant other, and it’ll tailor its conversation to each of you differently. It can talk about 39 million different topics. It uses an IP camera to see and hear what’s going on. So if you’re like me and like to listen to music while nothing else is going on in the house, it’ll be proactive and ask if you want it to turn the music on. It can tell you the score on a game. It can play cat videos to cheer you up when you’re sad. It’s basically your new best friend.
Navigating the Grocery Store – With Your Phone!
Philips is testing a new lighting system that sounds awesome. It would work together with an app. The idea is to help you get what you need at the grocery store faster and easier. So you make a list of what you need in the app. Paper towels. Squash. Chicken. Or you save an entire recipe to the app. Then when you’re there, it’ll see what you want, send your location to the light fixture by you and then it’ll literally guide you on a map and tell you where to go to get what’s on your list. Stores might be concerned about losing impulse buys, so to combat that, the app can offer discounts on items as you’re walking by. I like the idea because I hate walking from isle to isle just to find something. And then when your normal store changes up the way they organize stock, it drives you mad! So yes, please Philips. Bring it on!