September this year was a bit of a mixed bag of top stories. The biggest news from the month was probably the leaking of celebrity nudes, which was thought to have occurred through a breach in Apple’s iCloud service. The month also saw the pre-order phase of Apple’s iPhone 6 and the Xbox One launching in South Africa.
As celebrity nudes started to make its way onto the internet, technology giant Apple was trying to piece together how the breach of its cloud-based storage and backup service, iCloud, occurred. At the time it was suspected that the hacker stole the compromising images by hacking the celebrities’, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, iCloud accounts. The hack has been describes as being the biggest celebrity hack in recent memory, enough to trigger a response from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Mega-social media website Facebook announced in September that Africa now has 100 million active Facebook users on the continent. “People in high-growth countries want to be connected to the world around them. In countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey, and elsewhere, mobile devices are increasingly the way people find new information, and share their new experiences in the world,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, EMEA VP at Facebook, in a press statement.
What turned out to be one of the biggest buy-outs of the year, Microsoft confirmed in the middle of the month that a purchase for Minecraft development studio Mojang was made for a whopping $2.5 billion. “Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join Microsoft. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009,” Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, said in a press statement.
Everybody knew that Apple’s new iPhone would be really popular, but what nobody expected was that pre-orders for the iPhone 6 would be the highest ever. Apple announced at the time that a record four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones had been placed in the first 24 hours, which it claims to be the biggest advancements in iPhone history. The company had in fact received so many pre-order that it is not sure if it would be able to fulfil them all on release day.
Towards the end of the month, South Africans could finally get their hands on an xbox One console – almost a year after it released in the US. At launch, the console that doesn’t include Kinect retailed for R6 299, while the full gamut would have set you back around R7 999. For the new console, Microsoft has made an even better Kinect sensor that responds more often than it doesn’t to your body movements and voice commands.