Here is yesterday’s top news and tech stories.
- Apple is using a chip to stop you from buying cheap cables – We’ve reported in the past that only Apple is selling their new lightning adapter for the next year, but now it appears there is a little chip in the cable that will stop you from buying off-brand adapters. This is getting absurd. Via Gizmodo, more here.
- Apple TV just got their latest update (5.1). This update adds multiple account switching and subtitle support. As well, Apple TV can now stream AirPlay to AirPlay devices. The Apple TV just keeps getting better and better. Via Ars Technica, more here.
- There’s a WAP only Facebook for those in Africa – tricking the phone companies by being considered “zero-rating” by the telecom firms, this version of Facebook is free to users who cannot afford expensive data plans. Facebook Zero is also being distributed on SIM cards for those who cannot use the WAP version. Via Gizmodo, more here.
- The new version of the Aakash UbiSlate 7Ci is an inexpensive tablet for Indian students – they are releasing two versions of this device (WiFi only and 3G enabled) which will come with affordable data plans as well (both home broadband and 3G). This is the second attempt at an ultra -inexpensive tablet, which is considered much upgraded. Via TechCrunch, more here.
- Iran has announced the block of GMail and Google searches – in a protest to the anti-Islamic film whose trailer was unveiled earlier this month, Iran is blocking some Google sites. Via Ars Technica, more here.