Tech 2.0 for Monday, July 22, 2013
Apple says that hackers may have gained access to personal information of software developers who make the company's apps. Apple Inc. says its website for software developers was hacked Thursday. It's possible that some developers' names, mailing or e-mail addresses was accessed, although other information was encrypted and can't be accessed. The company says it took the site down immediately on Thursday and has been working on fixing the problem since. Apple says it is overhauling its developer systems, updating its server software and rebuilding its database to prevent such security threats. The Cupertino, Calif., company did not say how many developers were affected. The iOS, Mac and other developer sites are still down Monday.
Aereo, which provides broadcast television over the Internet for $8 a month, says it will expand to Utah next month. The service started in New York last year and expanded to Boston and Atlanta this spring. It already has announced plans to expand to Chicago in September. Service in Utah will begin Aug. 19 and will be available statewide. It will come with several over-the-air stations, plus the financial channel Bloomberg TV. Aereo is positioning itself as a cheaper alternative to cable or satellite TV subscriptions. It converts television signals into computer data and sends them over the Internet to subscribers' computers and mobile devices. Subscribers can watch channels live or record them with an Internet-based digital video recorder. Aereo has won key court rulings in broadcasters' copyright-infringement lawsuit.
Following in the footsteps of "Veronica Mars" and Zach Braff, Spike Lee has launched an online campaign to help fund his next feature film. The Brooklyn filmmaker on Monday unveiled his bid to raise $1.25 million over the next month using the fundraising site Kickstarter. Lee offered few details on the film, but said it would be about "the addiction of blood." Lee said it's difficult for independent filmmakers and the only way to insure your vision gets on screen "is when you bring the money to the table." Contribution levels range up to $10,000, which earns a trip with Lee to a New York Knicks game in his courtside seats. His "Oldboy," a remake of the 2003 South Korean thriller, is to be released in October.