Twitter was the victim of a massive cyber attack and the social network speaks of more than 250 000 compromised accounts. Sophisticated, the attack was the work of professionals with deep pockets, said Bob Lord, responsible for security of the site. Today, everything seems to be back to normal.
Hackers wanted access information from 250,000 compromised accounts. All accounts in question were created in 2007 and the site has decided to reset all passwords profiles involved. So, if you receive an email asking you to recreate Twitter password is that your account was targeted.
The attack came at the same time as those of large American media, like the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. Twitter think they are the same pirates who attacked the site and is working with authorities to find those responsible.
Twitter and Instagram haven’t been the best of pals lately. After the latter was acquired by Facebook, Instagram quietly pulled the ability to display image previews on Twitter, making people view the images on their own new site.
We knew good and well it was coming, and come it has : Twitter has begun its all-out assault on Instagram (and in turn, Facebook) by including its own set of (free) photo filters. As of now, just the Android version has been updated with the new lenses, but we’re expecting iOS and the rest to follow suit in short order. Much like Flickr did earlier this year, Twitter has tapped Aviary to power all of the company’s filters and effects.
As of now, users will find just eight filters — ranging from “black and white to vintage” — while the grid view enables you to preview how your image would look if any of the eight were applied. You’ll also be able to crop, as well as pinch to zoom in order to focus attention. Moreover, there’s an “auto-enhance” feature that’ll add a little whiz-bang to whatever you managed to snap, and if you’re still struggling to wrap your brain around it, there’s an introductory video waiting just after break. (As well as a (NSFW) video that speaks the truth about all of these filters.)
Via : VentureBeat & Twitter
Twitter is about to give all of its users a bit more of a face online as well. While select users have had access to revamped profiles for a few months, Twitter confirmed today that all of its users would be allowed into the party starting December 12th.
The main addition here is the use of a header photo, and if you’ve got any questions on the hows and whys, there’s a cute video just after the break to explain all.
Via : Twitter
Twitter has updated its native mobile apps for iOS and Android, too. The changes concern mostly search and Discover on the mobile platforms.
Discover is Twitter’s auto-generated stream of tweets, suited to your interests and generally coming from outside your regular network. The latest developments to Discover are now available to the mobile apps with “a completely re-done the back-end and user interface”.
Search has also been updated and now shows photo and video search results first. Search result ranking is still been intelligently tuned to your interests, but now you’ll also know why a certain result has been promoted as the app will show you “context like who favorited or retweeted it”.
Here’s a recap of the most important changes brought along by this new release:
*See what’s popular within your network on Discover.
-Tweets now appear right in the stream
-These Tweets show photo, video, and article previews so you can engage easily
*Get a new perspective when you search.
-Photo streams on top show what’s happening
-Results also show multimedia previews
*Manage your account with ease.
-If you’ve forgotten your password, now you can reset it in a few simple steps
Judging from online comments, the new version is working fine on Android. Some people have had issues with Notifications but it turned out just a setting that needed a switch. On iOS however, people have had some bad experiences of frequent crashes. If you’ve already updated to the new version, don’t miss sharing with us if you are happy with it in the comments below.